El Salvador Santa Ana Mission

El Salvador Santa Ana Mission

At the good-bye party for Pres. Cordon and his wife

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June 30, 2014

Hey everyone! We had another really solid week. We are being blessed! This area is awesome. We brought 6 investigators to church yesterday which is pretty good for the mission but i was bummed because we had some people that didn’t go because they were sick. but i am really happy!  We are working hard and being blessed by seeing the fruits of our labors. 

 
The three people we baptized last week were all confirmed yesterday which was pretty cool. We also put 3 baptism dates this past week. One is a lady named J. J is a mom of a recent convert, R, who was baptized last month. She has committed to be baptized on July 13th. I want to baptize her on the 12th because i am selfish, but i don’t think it would work out. She is a little hard to teach because she is like 65 and learns really slow, but we’re progressing. 
O is 16 and has accepted a date for the 13th of July. We are teaching him and his dad, and they both love it. The dad also wants to be baptized but he has to get married first. We are going to talk to his wife this week and see if we can pull out his papers so they can be married. That would count as another date! 
 
The last one is a 28 year old girl named E. Her whole family was baptize in September except for her and no one knew why. Tons of missionaries have visited her but she has never really progressed. She accepted a baptism on her birthday, July 12th! Whooo! Hopefully she sticks to it , we are going to visit her again tonight and talk to her again. She is the one i am worried about most, i think. 
 
This week President Cordon finished his mission so we have a new mission president now. President Cordon was awesome. He was in the quorum of the 70 before coming here, so i am sure he will be put back in soon. It was a weird feeling i had when we went to his goodbye party. I realized it is going to be a lot harder to end the mission than it was to start it. I love being here. I love talking to people. I love teaching. I love putting on my name tag. I hate wearing church pants, but everything else is awesome. It will be a really sad day when i have to talk off my name tag for the last time. 
 
Supposedly we are in the rain season, but it has rained one day in the past 14 or 15. Who knows. Maybe it will rain this week. 
 
The 4th of July is this week, that is crazy! I turn 11 months old in the mission that day. How many people get to say they are 18 years old and have 11 months in the mission? 
 
My comp really likes my royal blue BYU shirt with the old cougar over the BYU logo and has offered to buy it off me. I am spreading The Word of Truth with my companions. 
 
Last thing for the week is a bit of good news i received Saturday night. After 11 long months of tasteless, sad pizza, I have been made aware that Pizza Hut delivers to Nahuizalco. Whoo! Pizza Hut for lunch today. 
 
Thanks for all the support you all give me! I love the mission and the gospel! It can really change anyone. I have seen some people make a 180 degree turn in their life and see how happy it makes them. Just gotta keep finding the people the Lord prepares for us. 
 
Elder Slack

June 23, 2014

 

Another week down! Time is going pretty quick. Turned 10 months old this past week, I only have 13.5 months left. Time is going so fast! I’ll give a little highlight reel from my week.

 
Last Monday we played basketball after writing. I didnt bring any clothes to play in, so i just took off my nametag and tie. Man, my shot was dropping. Not bad for not really having played since September. Everyone in the zone and also a few converts were pretty impressed, so that was fun. It was a nice change from pretending to know how to play soccer. 
 
On Tuesday I did divisions with my buddy, Elder Smith. I had only been in my area for about 5 days and so I didnt know it perfectly, but we had fun. We taught some sweet lessons and committed a lot of people to church. We also had a cool family home evening with his comp and my comp, and about 25 people showed up. We watched a movie about the Atonement and taught a little bit afterwards. 
 
The next day, I went back to that family’s house because they always help us. They were baptized in September by my friend Elder Gonzales from Peru, and the 22 year old daughter who is prepping for a mission always loves to teach with us. When we got there, I saw a picture of a Mayan drawing. I asked about it, because I think that sort of thing is really sweet! Next thing I knew, the dad pulls out this box and 4 legit Mayan statues. He said people had come from Canada and Ahuachapan to analize them and ask where he found them and he wouldnt tell them. They are estimated to have been made before the times of Jesus Christ. It was really cool to hold them and feel them. 
 
We were at the house of that SAME family yesterday. At church i told them i would bring them a surprise, and so i did. I bought a ton of candy that had USA flag wrapping, and i gave the bag to them. I told them to cheer for me during the game against Portugal. When we came back in the night, they had taken the big bag and pierced a stick through it to fork a flag. Haha it was awesome! This family is really cool. The family Campos. 
 
On Tuesday night we were just hanging out in the house when it was raining when i saw a mouse run into a bag on the top of a suitcase. I took the bag and panicked, not knowing what to do. There was practically a river in front of the house because of all the hard pouring rain, and so i figured i would drown it. I take the bag outside and leave just enough room for the mouse to come out and splash into the water. When i emptied the bag to find no mouse, i was a little confused. Then Elder Rowberry yells, Slack it’s on your foot! right as the tail tickles my ankle. Man, adrenaline rush! But i kicked it into the river like I was in the world Cup. 
 
In the house we also have a taquazin living in the ceiling. Not on the roof, but in the ceiling. It is like a rat, but a whole lot bigger. Almost like a fat cat. 
 
Now for the work part of the week. This was probably the best week i have had on my mission. We had a lot of success and taught really effectively. By Thursday, we already had 12 people committed to go to church. Sunday rolled around and i left with my comp to go bring some investigators. One house after another, we would arrive to an empty house. I was getting pretty frustrated and didnt think anyone was going to show up. We get to church with 2 people to find another 10 waiting for us at the doors of the church! I was so pumped! We ended up having those 12, but 3 didnt count because they were baptized right after the meetings. 
 
Patrocinio, Jose, and Jose had been being visited by a neighboring and well known church that i will not mention, that had been teaching them anti-Mormon doctrine. I was really nervous and wasnt sure if they were still going to be baptized. On Saturday we had a really good lesson though and i made sure they knew that this other church was telling lies about the Church. Not a huge fan of that church. They visit all of our investigators and recent converts, people that they had never talked too until we arrived there. But the baptisms were solid and they were happy. We hope the mom and sister accept dates tomorrow for the 13th of july. I want them the 12th, but just because i am selfish.(that is Nate’s b-day) It would be great to baptize another family. 
 
J and the N family should get dates this week as well. J is a mom of a man who was baptized last month. She has gone to church 4 times and everything, we are just teaching her son how to peer pressure her into being baptized. She was baptized in the catholic church but doesnt understand the priesthood. I thnk she will come around though and also accept a date for 13th of july. 
 
The N family is just a grandpa and his 2 grand daughters who are crazy for any teenage kid that walks through the doors. They were really excited to go to church yesterday and really liked what they saw. The grandkdis have already accepted baptism for the 13th of july, we just need signatures from their mom because they are under age (16 and 12) and the grandpa said he likes the thought but wants a little timie to think about it. so we have 3 people thinking seriously about baptism, and 2 that have committed, we are just working on their papers. 
 
The work is really flurishing and i am learning how to be a better missionary and person every day. I am grateful for the opportunity i have had to change here in the mission and help people do the same. The church is true, no doubt about it. 
Go Cougars. 
Elder Slack

June 16, 2014

 
I am going to get a solid long letter out this week! I will try to start doing better at that.

 
I am doing good! I had changes this past week which has been really nice! I was in the La Labor for 6 months but was happy to leave. It was hard to say by to converts, but that is it, really. I am now in Nahuizalco in Sonsonate. This area is sick! It is probably the most jungly in the entire mission. It is beautiful here! I guess i am surrounded by 5 volcanoes and everything is so green. I actually live in a the city Nahuizalco but work in the jungle. This is one of the only zones that has things you can buy of the Aztecs and Mayans and stuff, so i am stoked.

I am also training! Well, going to finish training someone. He has 6 weeks in the field, but is awesome. Elder Leiva is 24 and from Columbia! He lived in Madrid for a while too, he is a stud. He was baptized a year ago, yes, a year ago, and so i am having fun teaching him how to be a missionary and different stuff about the gospel. He may end up being one of my favorite comps. Saturday we tried visiting a place he wasnt really familiar with. After 2 hours of searching and finding nothing, walking down a steep mountain, crossing a river, running into the cops, and having them guide us up another huge mountain, we reached our destination and taught a solid lesson on the gospel of jesus christ.

 
I came here with 3 dates. We will have 3 baptisms on Sunday of P. and his two sons, Jose and Jose. Hahah original, right? But i am excited because Jose (24) has asked me to baptism. Whippin out the white pants again. We also have a lot of potential. We will be trying to get another 3 dates this week. In the past 3 years in my area alone, not ward or zone, but area, we have had 111 baptisms. It is a joke here amongst the missionaries that the waters of mormon were here.
 
My area is a pretty powerful ward. There are about 140 weekly in church. The members are cool and some even make pupusas on this popular corner every night. They hook us up with free pupusas and drinks nightly, so i usually snag 3 or 4 of chicken and cheese.
 
Something i have really been focusing on lately is how to recognize the spirit more in my life. Sometimes we get promptings to do something and then dont follow them, and then it bites us later. I have decided whenever we have any kind of prompting that could possibly result for something positive, we should do it because it is the spirit communicating with us. I have felt pretty in tune lately. These 2 weeks and been the most spiritual in my life, I’m learning a lot.
 
I bought something kind of cool last week. I dont know how many would remember, but i do. I saw the US play against Honduras in a world qualifier last year and wanted to buy a jersey. When i saw they were 90 bucks it kind of got me scared so i bought a jersey t shirt instead. I asked my fam to send me that shirt in a package a while ago, and i finally got it so i was pumped! I was walking down the road last monday and found this sick store with tons of jersey. I ended up buying the new 2014 nike world cup us jersey for 15 bucks. Dri Fit and everything. I love Nike.
 
I am not with Elder Bauserman or Elder Draper anymore, but i am still loving the mission! We are teaching a lot of positive people and seeing the fruits of our labors. Even though all of El Salvador watches the World Cup every day, we still find a way to teach a few lessons to some people.
 
I am really grateful to be here! The Lord has blessed me so much and it is a big honor to be a servant of the Lord for this time i have here in Nahuizalco. Hopefully we can keep working hard and helping more people come to christ.
Go USA.

Elder Slack

June 9, 2014

 
Sorry this is going to be quick, my computer went down for a bit so I don’t have a ton of time left. 

 
The work is going good here! We brought 3 to church and think we may be able to put a few dates this weekend… but i am pretty sure i am out! We find out about changes tomorrow morning at around 9 o’clock, so we’ll see. 
 
This area is definitely harder to leave than when i left Los Ausoles. I can actually speak Spanish here, and i will really miss a lot of my converts. I am excited for a new area though. 
 
The rain is at full strength and that makes it fun. I got a few good pictures i will have to get out next week, but everything is good. I was sick this week and it made it a little hard to teach. 
 
It has been awesome to work in La Labor and to live here in Turin! I will miss my nightly checker matches with Elder Draper and chicken and cheese pupusas. I have been lucky to see the gospel bless the lives of many people here. Especially with David and Milagro, it has been a big blessing in my life to be able to help them make the changes they had been looking for for so long. The gospel really is the key to happiness.
 
I hope you guys all have a good week and don’t forget me.
 
Love, Elder Slack