Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Pretty Bland Week


So this week was fairly bland. Nothing too crazy to report on. One day we were looking for some less actives that the bishop asked us to look for and we had gotten a little lost in the streets. So we decided to ask a guy that was sitting on his front steps for help. We couldn't see him very well just his legs and his hand that had a cigarrete in it. (for the angle that we were at in the road) so we got up to him and sitting right next to him was a gangster that we had seen before. Hes super inked up on the head and body and everything (its amazing bro, you gotta trust me) and a member told us that his nickname is "Fósforo" which means "Match" because he is super white and hes got super red hair. So I thought to myself, "Ah crap not this guy" But he was super cool, helped us with the directions we shook hands and said bye. I almost sayed "Hey thanks match!" But I dont know what he would do to me... hahaha

We contacted a house in a different part of town, and a 20ish year old guy told us to come back later at night. We returned that night and only is sister and mom were there and they didn't believe us that he told us to come back. So after a little bit of convincing they let us in. A couple minutes later this guy showed up to the house and was all drugged up and said "Ah I didnt think they were going to take me seriously!! I don't even believe in God!" then his sister got mad at him and scolded him for being a turd to people that preach about God. Then she listened to us. It was pretty sweet. Turns out here dad had passed away a few years ago and when he passed away her brother started doing bad stuff. It was pretty sad, but it was a pretty cool lesson.

Have a good week my children, follow jesus and don't be doing stupid things. Elder Vaughan

Found a kid with a Seattle Mariners shirt, Elder Williams practicing his "Haka" Face.

Bonus note from Josh: Tonight, an old friend of mine from my mission in El Salvador, Arnulfo, was in Ilopango visiting his girlfriend when he ran into Elder Vaughan, who was visiting Arnulfo's girlfriend's family. So naturally Arnulfo took a picture with him and sent it to me via Facebook tonight.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Temple Trip and a Broken Table


Well nothing really interesting this week. A little rough in this new area, because the missionaries that were here before us are the assistants and they basically never worked in the area and were in the office all day. So we have had to start from scratch and as of right now we don't have a whole lot of positive people (like 1 maybe) so we gonna go nuts in these weeks trying to find new people.

Other than that we had an activity in the temple with the whole mission and with investigators, and basically everyone in the country. Pretty sweet, I got to see a bunch of people from my old areas, and I just handed out cookies and juice and roasted the little kids when they tried coming back for seconds and thirds. And I broke a table... Other than that nothing really new. I'll hopefully have something sweet to tell next week!

Peace out dudes.

Elder Vaughan

The district in the temple, me with my son and grandson.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Back in a Familiar Place


So I have now been moved back to one of my old wards. It's pretty cool to be back with these people again, but also really weird. We only have a couple people that the other missionaries were teaching before, so it's pretty rough, because we have to start from scratch. It's also hard because my area is like 30 min from the church building (by bus) and where the church building is at belongs to a different gang than my area. So that's also pretty rough. But I'm excited to start over and get back on top of things. To work well and to really help people out here. I know it will be hard, but Im excited for the opportunity to work hard here.

We were looking for a new house because our current one stinks and we entered into this private community and we checked out some model houses they have and I legit felt like I was in the US the houses are so nice. I told my comp that I would easily buy one of those if it were in the US.

But yeah that's basically my week. I am not in the most dangerous are of the district which is pretty sweet. But it's not really that dangerous because there is only one gang here, its just that half the population of my area are gangbangers hahaha have a fantastic week my children and keep the commandments. Don't be stupid please.

Elder Vaughan

Also here's a baptism that we had on Sunday that is from my old area. This guy is super awesome he always talks to me about soccer. Some awesome people that we said bye to, and a dope sombrero.

Oh, and my comp is Elder de Los Santos from the Dominican Republic.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Star Wars


So yeah, me and my comp have changes. We now know that we won't be staying together, and that I will be returning to my old ward in Las Cañas this Tuesday. Awesome story, I bought this little kid a Star Wars toy, because we both love Star Wars. After he opened up the wrapping paper he was super happy. Then he turned around and pulled out a gift for me. It turns out he had bought me a Star Wars toy as well!!!! I gave him a toy of Kylo Ren and he got me one of Darth Vader. Woot woot, go dark side. Also a lady in the pics below named Karen went to the US this past week and will be there for a couple months. So we took pics with her, she is way super dope. There's my week basically!! I love y'all, and remember: "O be wise, what can I say more?" Jacob 6:12 Pics with my comp, the Star Wars toys, wedding of a guy from my old area in Las Cañas.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Familiar Faces


So this week was fairly normal, nothing too crazy to report on. Just the coolest thing ever... I saw the KELLEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! The new president and wife of the Santa Ana Mission!!! Wednesday I had to go to immigration to become a legal resident again, and while I was waiting talking with some other missionaries someone said, "Hey, missionaries from the other mission!", and in my mind I thought something like, "Ah, what chumps...", then I turned around and saw these two amazing people! It was almost like seeing my parents... well, they basically are my second set of parents. Vadawn Kelley broke the rules and hugged me so don't tell anyone. It was way awesome!!!!

In other news, next week we have changes and we already know that they are going to move both me and my companion. Below I attached a picture of what the areas of my district are. There are three areas in my current ward which is Alta Vista. I am in the area Alta Vista 2. Then there is a little house that I drew which is the church building for both of the wards. Now if you remember, I was in Las Canas before. For one change my area covered both Las Canas 1 and 2, then after that change they split my area in 2 and I was then in Las Canas 1. Hopefully that made sense. So the Assistants to President are in Las Canas 2 and they told us that they are going to switch areas with me and my companion. Alta Vista 2 and Las Canas 2, and it's because we have a big house with a garage for the car that they have... so in other words, I will be returning to the ward Las Canas again!!! At the end of the next change I will have spent 6 of my 11 changes in this district, attending the same church building... and who knows for how much time I'll be in Las Canas again hahaha.

Love God, and read the scriptures my children, be obedient and recieve blessings from God.

Sweet, later dudes

Elder Vaughan

The sky looked pretty cool, I found other parents! waiting for the bus after taco bell with the crew, savior of the world statue, and the picture of the areas of my district.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Search and Rescue


So this week was fairly normal but at the same time crazy. Our neighbors tell us that they hear noises from our house at the hours that we're not there... Like as if someone was trying to nail something into the wall... So, that's interesting.

Also the assistants came to our house at like 11PM this week and told us "GET DRESSED RIGHT NOW! WE GOTTA GO!" So we got dressed and went looking for a couple elders that had not responded. Long story short, I thought the gangsters had killed them, they were doing something bad, or they had beaten eachother up, because those two don't get along at all. We found them and they say that they were "Deep asleep" and didn't hear a thing. Just to let you know we were throwing rocks at the door and their beds are 5 feet from the door...... who knows what happened.

We had our first multizona with the new pres and his wife and below are pictures of them. Try to be like jesus my children and dont do drugs.

Vaughan

with the district and the new pres and wife

Emergency Changes... Or Not.


So this week was good! So the assistants called us Tuesday night and told us that me and my companion had emergency changes, and that the asistents were going to take over our are and that we were going to go to their area. Long story short, me and my comp didn't like that so we called President, he came to us and we had an interview with him. He told the assistants not to make that change until the end of the month (the normal day of changes. So that was cool. Oh and BTW if I do go to that area of the asistents I will be returning to my old ward, and my old area... before my area there was super big, but then they divided it in two. So I would be going to the other half of the area that I was in for only a short amount of time and in the same ward as before, which would be sweet if that happens, because I love the ward and the ward (from what I can see) loves me!

Also president Vasquez went home this week and the new president is President Duran from Honduras. I met him Saturday and he seems to be pretty cool. I guess we will see what happens with him!!!

Also we had the baptism of Roxana!!! Pics below. We were able to solve our problems with her and she was finally able to do it! So there is my week.

God exists and so does his gospel. So be good kids and don't be an idiot.

Nos vemos bichos

Elder Vaughan

Note: The last image below was sent to us from President and Sister Kelley, as they ran into Jesse at the immigration office in San Salvador this week! The Kelly's are serving as mission president in the Santa Ana - Belize Mission, adjacent to Elder Vaughan in the San Salvador East mission.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Birthday Pupusa Eating Contest


On this day 20 years ago I was born. Wooo hoo. I was born into the world vomiting and pooping all over the place, so what better way to celebrate the big 20 doing the same things I did when I was born? Yeah this little boy is a little sick.

So a week ago I had one of those weird evil spirit experiences. Long story short I saw a shadow of a human body move accross the wall of my house, when it disappeared a huge force came over my body that I had never felt before in my life. I couldn't move at all. Then it came to my mind to use the priesthood. As I got half way through the sentence the force got stronger and I almost couldnt talk, as if it was trying to keep me from talking. I pushed through and finished casting that shiz out. when I finished the sentence the force went away and I was left heavely breathing. Maybe I was just dreaming super werid, but that definietly strengthened my testimony of the priesthood.

Then this Wednesday we had a pupusa eating competition with another companionship here. Long story short, after an hour of downing pupusas I tied for second place with 19. The winner was 20. We had 20, 19, 19, and 18.5. The next morning I threw up like none other. Then the day after I threw up again then I was feeling back to normal. Then last night we ate two big dinners and I threw up again today in the morning... wooooo happy birthday! I should have stopped eating sooner, but my pride got in the way and I wanted to win. FYI, the winner was a lineman in football, a bigger dude and I was only 1 behind...

Love yall!!!

Elder Vaughan

Opening my birthday present, my pupusa competition count,

Sorry I look so ugly and crappy in these pics. About 5 minutes after opening up the present, I threw up....

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Elder Perez, The Second


So we had changes this past week and my companion left. For the longest time they kept moving me around, but finally, I'm staying! My new companion is Elder Perez from Guatemala. Some of you might say "Hey what happened didn't he have Elder Perez from Guate as a comp?" Yeah, it's a different Elder Perez that was companions with the Perez that I was with. If that even makes any sense. He has about 15 months in the mission and is pretty dope.

This past Saturday we had a ward activity celebrating father's day and mother's day (the both of them together) and it was pretty dope. We (the missionaries) had to do a little skit there and it went alright, I guess, and one of my investigators has a mariachi band that he brought and they played there. It was pretty sick!

We also had a baptism this past week. An 8-year-old girl named Jenifer. Technically it doesn't count for us because her parents are members, but they are inactive, so I'm gonna count it for us because we did all the work to get them to church. Well, We might have another baptism this week. Depends on this woman. If she is still mad at us or not. She's been avoiding us and hasn't talked to us in over a week now... .

Later kids. love God and do good things.

Elder Vaughan