Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

Well this was a fine week of work for us. It was tough but we pushed through it and never stopped working. We had interviews with President this week and he taught me so many things which I am so grateful for. Wow. I love that man. He is just amazing and is always there it help. It was weird because in my interview he talked more about Sensunte then my new area. He even told me he left me close so I could keep an eye on it. I was like okay? But that’s cool that he has done the changes to help me grow and to help missionaries and areas grow too. I did interchanges with Elder Mateo this week too. It was fun to go back to Sensunte and work with him for a day too. I also got sick this week. That was a bummer… I had to work close to the house so I could run and go to the bathroom, because my stomach hurt like crazy. All Friday Saturday and Sunday it was hurting. Well like that’s really all that happened this week. I don’t have much to say but yep… That was my week! Love you!!!

Monday, April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018

Well changes this week right. I called around to see where I was going to go. A couple people thought that I was going to go to Usulutan or San Miguel. I was like alright sweet! Then I get the call on Tuesday night. Hey you are going to be District leader in Ilobasco. What???? I'm only going to move over one area?? So I am in the same district just a different area. I have my 5th area and 12th companion. My companion is from Guatemala and his name is Elder Herrera. He just finished his training. He is a good kid and wants to learn so this should be a good change. No one told him on the day of changes that I was his comp. So I got off the bus and he thought he was going to get on another bus but then I told him we were comps and he was like are you serious??? Wow!!! He was really excited because we are already friends and have worked together. So this week was to get to know the area a little bit and also I did a baptismal interview for a girl that was 8 years old, but this girl knows more about the gospel than a ton of adults. I was proud to get to know Esmeralda (the girl). So church this week was different seeing more than 45 people there. It is a ward here so that is nice. But wow I was pretty frustrated with the young men who are passing the sacrament phones out playing some game... Wow I hope we weren't glued to our phones like they were... But they are passing the sacrament the thing to renew conevants to repent and they don't take it even a little bit seriously.... The members here are nice. But there is like a barrier here. They won't pass being the members and us being the missionaries. We need them to know that we really are just their friends and want to help them out. So we are going to change this and we are going to baptize. We have a couple fechas lined up they just need a few more things. But they should be baptized this month. Well love you guys! Have a great week!
Pics from Sensunte

Voice Recording
Well, another week went by, we're in Ilobasco now, we're not in Sensunte.  Had some changes, I'm with my 12th companion, 7th Quatemalteco, his name is Elder Herrera.  He's brand new to the mission, well not brand new, he's already go 2 changes, so he's just finished training.  A lot to learn, but we'll help him out. 
Ilobasco is a little different than Sensunte, like the Members don't have as much as a friendship with us as Sensunte did.  I don't know, like Sensunte loved the missionaries and were down to do whatever for the missionaries, but here it's like yeah, you guys are the missionaries- yep, that's it.  Like they don't  care.  They might give us a little bit of food, but they give it to us, not because they really want to.  But, we'll just see how it goes.  It should be fun, It should be great.  I know I'll have at least 5 more weeks here.  I hope I can finish out my mission here so I don't have to move again.  
I don't really know what to say, I haven't done this for a while, but I figured I needed to do it.  
UM- not much to say.  Ilobasco is like the biggest place to buy souveniers, so if I stay here, I can come home with a lot that aren't so expensive.  
Yep, well, I don't know.. . .
Oh, yeah I got a call from the Secretaries and they go. Hey how are you?  -- Good-- Hey what airport are you going to go to? --  uh, uh --  Salt Lake Right? -- Yeah, yeah, I think so. -- Alright Thanks.  and then hung up on me.  What the freak man, I've got time still.  Why are you asking me this??  But, Whatever right.?  
Well, I'm tired, I'm always tired.  Why??
Well, I guess I'll talk to you guys next week, see ya!

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Wednesday 27 June 2018
Delta Air Lines
27 June 08:15 AM
San Salvador, (El Salvador Intl) (+)
27 June 12:50 PM
Los Angeles, (Los Angeles Intl) (+)
Terminal: 2
Duration05:35 (Non stop)
Distance2,319 Miles
Booking statusConfirmed
ClassEconomy (V)
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Flight mealBreakfast
Wednesday 27 June 2018
Delta Air Lines
27 June 08:25 PM
Los Angeles, (Los Angeles Intl) (+)
Terminal: 3
27 June 11:15 PM
Salt Lake City, (Salt Lake City Intl) (+)
Terminal: 2 - Terminal Unit 2
Duration01:50 (Non stop)
Distance589 Miles
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Semana Santa April 2, 2018

Well this was Semana Santa or Holy Week. It was a disaster... Well it was just chaos for missionary work. Because it is vacation week for everyone. Everyone leaves and has their doors closed. No one wants to let you in and everyone turns catholic. Like it's not a joke. So we found a really good guy this week. His name is Josue. Wow what a blessing to find him. He says he's been interested for sometime in talking with us but he has never done it. Now he had the chance!!! We got to see the Alfombras or carpets. They are the biggest ones in the country. They are 4 blocks or 250 something meters long. They were cool. They even had a Donald Trump one but his face was well distorted to show that they think he is ugly. Hahaha. But on Friday as well as seeing the Alfombras there was a ENORMOUS Catholic procession. That was 3 BLOCKS LONG!!! What they do is they stop and pray at spots and share a story of the crucifixion of the Savior. I'm not completely sure. But they carry a giant statue of Jesus bleeding and carrying the cross. It bugs me. He isn't carrying the cross He is alive now like don't you get it??? But Like everyone in town was there.... They yelled at us for passing through and almost threw rocks at us... Hahaha we did walk against the current. But the best part was is that we saw members and they asked what we were doing? We responded with the better question is what are you doing?? Ya they wonder why the church doesn't grow. Anyways we did get to watch General Conference. But in spanish... Last GC but in spanish. It was great but it just isn't the same listening to translaters when you know how the voice is of the apostles and everyone. You don't get the same effection. But wow! High Priest groupp doesn't exsist anymore! And Home and Visiting teaching is a new level! Wow President Nelson is just full of revelation. He truly is a Prophet of God. The Holy Spirit confirmed that Saturday night in my evening prayers. When I was really wondering if he was a Prophet with the changes and what not. I remembered what the Book of Mormon says in the introduction. "Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter'day Saints is the Lord's Kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah." I know that the Book of Mormon is true. Maybe I had doubts about him being the new prophet but I just stuck with the truths that the Holy Ghost has manifested to me. If the Book is true it all is true! God will never let anyone lead us astray! Great conference and wow we will have 19 temples in Utah! And every country in Central America will have a temple when they build the temple in Nicaragua!!! The Church is true! I love this everlasting gospel! I love you guys!!! Have a great week!!

March 26,2018

Well weeks just keep going  by and I don't understand where the time keeps going. Like I wake up and feel like it should be Tuesday or something like that but it is freaking Friday or Saturday... I don't get it... But we just keep pressing on. This week we have a week called the week of faith. The goal is to find a lot of new investigatores and put a lot of fechas bautismales. The new investigatores is easy but the fechas are harder. But we have put a couple. They are pretty cool. On Saturday it was funny, we woke up did the norm than went to work. We went to a new place contacting and we found a place that we hadn't been to before. So we started walking, and kept walking, and kept walking and we got to the point where we were only an hour away from Honduras... Like ya... We walked a ton.... Then we taught a lesson and had 8 news in one lesson. hahah we walked so much that my shoes blew open. Like ya that is how much we walked. But the best part is on the way back a Catholic Priest gave us the ride into town. Hahaha who would have guessed. So then on Sunday we went to church and not very many people showed up... But we had some cool people show up. President Duran and Hermana Duran! Wow it was pretty cool they talked and macheted hard. So I hope that these guys got the message and will start working with us again. Because we really need their help. But really that is all that we did this week. Just Excited for Semana Santa this week! We are going to see the biggest Alfombras in the country on Friday!!! WOW We are going to have a week full of success!! Love you!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

March 19, 2018

So this week was alright. We were working hard and saw some success but always there is something that doesn't go right during the week. This week we had a baptism planned and it fell threw because the mom doesn't want to give us permission. We aren't sure why but we will work with her this week to see how it goes. So we found someone super awesome it is just that they don't go to church... Man it is so hard to get people to go to church... They always have an excuse... It sucks. But you just gotta deal with it right? So we started working with a kid well he is 20 years old. His name is Ricardo. He is a member and we are trying to get him to go on the mission. So we leave with him when we can and we visit him a lot. His mom isn't a member so we are working with her too. He is a great guy. I am helping him with english too. So we also had interviews this week. President is just a great guy. He helps me out a lot. He talked about a few consepts when he taught us and wow they are great. I hope this week we can start ripping the area open again and find the news that the Lord has prepared for us. Well that's it for this week! Love you!!! 
PS I met the salvadoraño style Nick Dokus

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 12, 2018

Well another week down and in the books. Hard to say that the time just flies by... I have no idea how it does but man it just doesn't stop ticking. So this week had its ups and downs. The downs were only 5 out of 7 days of work... And Saturday there was an activity in the church so really only 4 days of hard work. It really messed up our week... It started on Wensday when we had to go to another área to work. We were in the capitol working. I had the chance to work with Elder Roundy in his área. It was nice to see him again but sad at the same time. There has been Little to zero progression in his spanish. He has almost 8 months in the misión.. I am getting worried for him... He is really lost all the time... But Thursday we went to the capitol to listen to 2 70's. One was the 1st counseler in the área presidency, Elder Zeballos, and the other was Elder Gong. One of the Presidents of the quorum of the 70. All the talks were mainly centered on the spirit. It was an awesome experience to listen to their talks and inspiration that they had recieved for us. Haha a funny part was that there were only 2 missions there. The West and the East. The West showed up late hardly anyone was in a suit, and almost all of us were in suits. It is just kinda disappointing that those missionaries were not as well behaved as our misión. But what ever. I shouldn't judge but it's hard not to. Anyways, we had a very good lesson with the mom of familia Lopez. She told us that her companion doesn't want to recieve us anymore and all sorts of stuff. She decided to leave him. Now she has been looking for a job to move out with her kids. We talked to her about  trials and it was a very spiritual lesson. She really has so much faith. it is incredible. We are struggling with finding people to go to church. Well new people. We always have like the same 5 come but it's time for new people so we can keep baptizing. We found some families that are really good. We will just have to keep working with them. So ya that wass my week! Love you!