|One of the great views out here!|
|On the airplane flying from Los Angeles to Guatemala on August 6th. :D|
|You didn´t think I could go without this, did you? ;)|
Dear Mom,That´s good I guess! [He has a plaque at Lincoln Ward and Beaver 1st Ward now.) Now I´m twice as popular out there, huh? Getting around! Hahaha! Kidding. That´s really nice of everyone. I definitely miss our ward out there too! There were so many good examples I had, including Bishop Shumate, Bishop Ripley, and BroLo (Brother Lohrey). They are such good men.
Wow, Brian and Stasia might go to Turkey! What are the chances that happens? Too crazy! I kind of hope they don´t so I can see them and Hannah right when I get home. Whatever happens happens though I guess. :)
When did Tessa put her available date as? I really can´t believe she is going on a mission! It´s kind of funny because she might even get home before me depending on when she leaves. ;D
President Vasquez sent you a picture when I got here, right? We all took a picture with him and his wife and then wrote down our parents´ email addresses. [I didn't get it!]
He is really, really awesome though! We got to the mission home in the afternoon, had a couple lectures about our finances, health, and other safety advice, and ate a late lunch. We also had an interview with President Vasquez. He is just really nice and I already feel close to him.
Just to tell you a little about him, he used to be a professional soccer player. He actually has a Mormon message! He is a convert to the church but was called to be a bishop at the age of 21! Since then he has also served as the President of the MTC in Guatemala (before President Cox) and now as a mission president here.
This week I had another interview with him. He said a lot of nice things about me and answered some questions I had. He is just really sincere and I look forward to getting to know him better.
It´s so crazy to think it has nearly been a month that I have been here in El Salvador! There is so much I have learned though. I love it out here and can´t imagine being anywhere else! :D
This week we had two of our investigators at church. This was a miracle. It is really, really difficult to get people to church. Our district leader, Elder Flores, had an investigator at church but hadn´t had one for around six weeks! But he has been inviting every single investigator and even visiting them before church to get them to come. A lot of the people don´t work on Sunday and don´t have a desire to do anything at all.
Anyways, two of our investigators, Alex and Jose Maria, came to church. It was so great! They both really enjoyed it. It is a rule here that to be baptized, an investigator needs to come to church at least three times. They are both a step closer now to baptism, which is really exciting!
Sadly, Elder Leatherow, who arrived at this area in July, still doesn´t have his first baptism. He also had to open the area though, which makes it understandable. We have been working so hard though, and we have two baptismal dates in November. We also have families that are really close to being baptized, familias Mulguia, Patris, and Martinez. Really we just need to continue teaching them and building their faith in the church.
As you probably know, there are so many churches here! A lot of people go to the Catholic church and Evangelical church. One of our problems is helping people understand the Great Apostasy, that for a long time the priesthood was lost from the earth. Pretty much people believe that all churches are good, that we can be saved as long as we are baptized and believe in Christ. I am so thankful to have a knowledge of the restored gospel, to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church with the authority to perform sacred ordinances such as baptism.
Elder Leatherow and I had a really good experience this week. On Wednesday we were walking to the home of an investigator and Elder Leatherow was prompted to talk to someone on the street. While he was talking to him, a lady tapped me on the shoulder and asked if we could come visit her and teach her about our church. She said that a lot of her family live in Utah and are members of the Church and she wants to learn more. I was so excited! I got her address and name, Jacqueline, and set up an appointment. We visited her on Friday and she is really positive! She is 23 years old, has two kids, and was really interested in the ¨historia¨ of the Church. Sadly, when we went to her house to pick her up for church (she said she wanted to go to church before accepting a baptismal date) her husband answered the door and said she was sick with Chikungunya. I am really excited to keep teaching her though!
Anyways, I have had a lot of good experiences this week! I wish I had more time to email! :)
I hope you have a great next week!
I love you,