Monday, May 20, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
May 13th 2013
Hey all! Today is the first day of my 2nd change in the mission. A 'change' is a 6 week period that is pretty much the standard unit of time in the mission. It is at the end of a 'change' that missionaries get moved to new areas and such. I have one more change of training, and then I will likely leave Apopa and set out on a new adventure somewhere else. Or maybe I'll stick around one more change. Who knows. Anyway, there are 16 changes in the field, so I have 15 left. I'll be home in no time. This weekend I got to skype home!! That was by far the highlight of the week, if not the month. 30 minutes just didn't seem like enough though. But it was good to hear the voices and see the smiling (and very good looking) faces of each of my family members. Only 3 more times of doing that until I'm home. I'm glad to hear that everything is still moving along at home. Things certainly are moving along here. Today, I am writing early. REALLY early. We have a super P-day in San Salvador today. We are going to Wendy's and then going bowling! So that should be super fun. Anyway, there isn't a ton to write about today, and not a lot of time. I finished the Book of Mormon yesterday. I love that Book. In fact, everyone reading this should read the Book of Mormon. Regardless of religious beliefs, preconceived notions, or other circumstances or situations, EVERYONE should read the Book of Mormon. I invite and challenge all of you to do it. You will quickly see that it is inspired of God, and that by applying its teachings in your life, you can find greater stability and happiness. Ask my family for a copy. They can get one for you. Also, so that you can further see and understand just exactly what I am doing here, you should talk with the missionaries!! You could even meet with them in my house with my family. They are just normal people like me (maybe a little more normal than me...), and they really do want to help in any way they can. When you see them on the streets, wave. Stop and say hi. Tell them that you appreciate their sacrifice, and that you respect what they are doing. Maybe tell them that you know a guy that is serving in El Salvador. Remember, they are pretty much just kids like me who are far from home and who are giving up time with their families so that other people can find the only way that they can be perfectly happy forever. Think about us. Pray for us. God answers prayers. Have a great week everyone!
(PS, the picture is the view out of our front door.)
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Another week has gone by already. They seem to go so fast I can't even count them anymore! This was an interesting week. One night, we did a demo about the Atonement, I'm sure you guys know the one; the pushup analogy. So basically we brought some cake to our investigators house, and we had 11 people there. We offered cake to each person individually, and I had to do pushups so that everyone could have cake, whether they wanted it or not. My companion decided in the middle of this activity that 10 pushups per person was not enough, as I was 'not struggling enough'. So I did 15. After all was said and done, I had done 130 pushups in about 5 minutes. And I was dripping sweat (but that isn't such a rarity here...). Anyway, the next morning I woke up sore. A little too sore. My whole body was sore, and I had a throbbing, excruciating headache. We went to a district meeting, and it just got worse and worse. Basically by about noon I was out of commission. So I just slept. UNTIL 8 AT NIGHT. I woke up in the middle of a huge rainstorm. Then my companions said we had to go out. So I put on my boots and we went out. Our 8 oclock wasnt there. On the way home I started to feel really sick. My vision started to darken, and I began stumbling as I walked. I just wanted to get home, but at one point I saw some steps and decided I needed to sit down. That was an inspired decision. Within seconds I had passed out. Freaked my companions out a bit. After I came to, I got up and we just walked home. I went straight to bed. The next day I felt better and we were back to work. That night, the woman we were supposed to meet at 8 the previous night received the first lesson, and when I invited her to be baptized, she accepted without hesitation. We are working with her for the 22nd of June. I learned from that whole experience that the Lord is preparing people, and you just have to have the faith and trust that when you put yourself to work (especially after times of trial, like being sick and passing out...) you will be guided to those people who are willing and waiting to receive the gospel. It is never too late to send me letters you know... I was reading in my journal the other night, and every time I have received letters, I have written in my journal about how loved I feel and how encouraged I am to keep working hard. So get on that!! We had another baptism this week. Pedro was baptized on Saturday. He is the cutest, most perfect old man. And he LOVES reading the Book of Mormon. Everyone should read the Book of Mormon. In fact, everyone should read it in it's entirety at least once before I get home (hint, that's all of you). I am on track to finish it in the next 2 weeks. I am currently in 3rd Nephi 11, so it's about to start getting REALLY good. I hope everyone is doing well, and that they will WRITE me telling me just how well they are doing. I am doing just fine here in Apopa. Have a great week!