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October 27, 2014

Another week come and gone!!

This week was pretty good, not great, but good.

I went on divisions with a missionary in my district and we put 3 dates with some of his investigators and so that was pretty cool.

On Saturday we visited this lady that went to church last week and began to talk about baptism. She had some doubts about why she needed to be baptized again if she was baptized in the catholic church, but we explained things pretty well, i feel, and she accepted a date for the 9th of November 🙂 we must’ve taught it pretty well because her daughter and grand kids also said they’d prepare for the 16. 🙂 unfortunately they didn’t go to church yesterday so we have to wait another week to count the dates with them, but i think they will be baptized. WE have quite a bit of potential for November.

The rain this week sucked again. I guess there is a hurricane or something nearby? Who knows. I just know it has been raining like crazy. There is a canton in my area called Tacjuiluljan and to get there you have to pass through a big field with high grass and a ton of cow feces and mud. It is gross! When it rains, it is worse. It gets even worse. That morning is when i went divisions to put the dates with Elder Guzman, and my shoes for the rain broke and so i ended up working the rest of the day in some nice, leather, classy shoes.The water was up to the middle of my shin in some parts of the field and the streets and i could almost feel my eyes filling with tears. But they didn’t, and i held strong. We ended up getting from lesson to lesson, but it was a pretty ineffective date. When it rains you have to yell really loud so they can hear you. The metal roofs are awful in the rain.

Luckily, people are saying they are seeing this bird that supposedly migrates when the rain is ending and the cold weather comes. Now, at night and in the morning, I get pretty cold and so i hang out in my sweats and jacket. it’s gotta be a brisk 72 degrees or so. There is also a nice little breeze.

We had 3 baptisms yesterday! They were pretty sweet. Everything went smoothly and I have another set of converts to buy scriptures and hymn books for. Hopefully they are able to be sealed in the temple next year!

Well, that’s pretty much it. I am still doing good and loving life. Glad to be a missionary. Go Cougars.

Elder Slack

October 20, 2014

Hey! Man, the weeks are going by really fast now!

I have a new comp! His name is Elder Martinez and he is from central Mexico. He isn’t very shy but is extremely nervous to do anything. With my past comps, that means they didn’t talk a lot. With him it is the opposite. He talks and talks and talks hahaha. It is funny. He usually repeats himself quite a bit and i have to recap what he says. But he is good and has a good desire to work! He also puts ketchup on everything he eats, but whatever. His food, not mine! Haha. The only thing that is a little tough with him is his accent. I almost cant understand him! I feel dumb asking for him to repeat himself but sometimes i have to. Haha i can speak Spanish just fine, but man. I have never heard an accent as strong as his. I love El Salvador Spanish.

I am actually pretty surprised i am still here. I thought i was going to leave! Now the question is whether i will be here or not for Christmas. We have changes again on the 26th of November, and i will be in the middle of training elder Martinez. So i guess we will see! Hopefully i don’t leave until the 7th of January.

We had a couple harder appointments this week. The first was with this one 20 year old lady that went to church with her friend last week. We had never taught her before, so we were just visiting for the first time. I was on divisions with my ZL because we were working between his area and mine to get some baptism interviews done. We began teaching and tried to get the spirit there with us. We finally get it there and invite her to baptism. Out of no where, her crazy mom comes out and starts yelling at her telling her she needs to go to church with her family in the church that her dad started. She got really mad so we just decided to leave. It was kind of frustrating, but oh well. We went back 2 days later to a house of a member to visit her, but one of the members who lived there just talked the whole lesson so we didn’t get a whole lot done. We are currently trying to see what we can do to have a solid lesson with her.

One of my converts i have here is named Alexander. He is 15 and already inactive. We are talking to his sisters and mom, trying to strengthen their testimonies. At the end of the lesson, we invite them all one by one if they will make a bigger effort to go to church with us this weekend. We get to him and he straight up says no. Whatever. We just packed up and left.

Sunday was a pretty good day. we brought 7 people to church again and also put a baptism date with a little girls, whose parents we are going to be baptizing this next Sunday. We are pretty excited 🙂 we baptized one of the daughters like 2 weeks ago, but we are going to baptize the rest of the family on Sunday. So 3 more baptisms this week.

I was just chilling on my hammock one night and looked to the door to see something i had NEVER seen before. It was an 8 inch grasshopper! I was scared to death! Man, i had never seen anything so big in my life. It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin purple people eater, sure looked strange to me.

Anyways. That’elder martinez (2)s pretty much it. I know the church is true. Still working hard. It is getting a little chilly now. I actually get cold at nights.

Elder Slack

October 13, 2014

I was having some more computer problems and so this is going to be a little shorter than i wanted!

Hey! Another week gone! This one was actually way crazy. Tuesday morning we got the call from President Spjut that Elder Solano (one of my ZL) was to leave about 2 or 3 hours later to head to the office to be the new immigration secretary. This left me the rest of the week, and still today, in a trio with my comp and Elder Rowberry.

We were flying all over trying to cover both areas the best we could all week, but it was pretty tough.

It gets better. Wednesday I was tested for parasites which came back positive which made me stay home that day. I had to buy 15 bucks worth of the worst tasting pills i have ever tasted in my life. You pop 4 in your mouth and swallow them, but everything else you eat, breathe, or drink the rest of the day tastes bitter and makes you want to cut your tongue out. It was great. But finally, for the first time in about 3 weeks i am not dead tired and am finally feeling more energetic. It was probably the hardest week or two in my mission, I just didn’t have desires to do anything. But now i am feeling better, and am pumped again to get out and work.

It has been sooo rainy this week. My umbrella broke and now water leaks in and i am too cheap to buy another one for a couple bucks. I will probably do that this next week.

we also found out about changes as well! My comp is out!! I was sure i was going to have changes. I was pretty bummed because we are baptizing a family on Sunday and baptized their daughter this past Saturday and still have a ton of potential i was planning to miss. But my comp is leaving and i will be training again this next change 🙂 my new comp comes to El Salvador today and we’ll be together on Wednesday. Another 6 weeks here, at least! Whoo!

The baptism we had with Joseline on Saturday was pretty good. Because i am with ELder Rowberry now, we had 2 baptisms and a marriage. We left the little wedding at the house of the lady who was going to be baptized, and, without umbrellas, it was POURING. We booked it to our house but in that 3 or 4 minute run, we were drenched and had to change out clothes. OF course as we get to the house the rain stops, but oh well, whatever. We changed, headed over to the baptism, and did that.

It was a pretty crazy week, but we got a baptism, have 2 more on Saturday, and I am finally getting healthy.

Elder Slack

October 6, 2014

Imagen 001Sounds like my week went better than a lot of other BYU fans. Man, Taysom Hill.

It wasn’t a perfect week, but we had a lot of good results. 🙂 We’ll start with the non important things.

This past week one missionary put a cockroach in my face and i didn’t like that very much. Luckily, I am trying to learn more patience and charity. I thought of ways I could get him back. We ended up catching a rather big scorpion and cutting off the stinger so it wasn’t dangerous, then I put it right next to him to kind of spook him. It didn’t work out as well as I would have liked, mainly because I was nervous he was going to get really mad. It was a really cool idea though. The execution just kind of sucked.

I was still sick for about half of the week. Tuesday and Wednesday i was debating staying in the house rather than working because i had a pretty high temperature. 38 Celsius. (Who knows what that is in Fahrenheit.) So the member who makes us lunch was nice enough to give me a good amount of some kind of cooked spinach and other herbs to cure me. Man, that was terrible. It doesn’t compare to some of the things I have had to eat here, but dang, it was really hard to keep it down. She knew I didn’t like it, but i was trying to be a champ and joke as I was eating it. She kept saying I know that the flavor is awful, but it is good for you. haha well, I guess it worked, but whooo. It came at a cost.

On Wednesday after I forced down the spinach and stuff, I rested for a little while on my bed. I ended up falling asleep. Like, way asleep. Next thing i know, I am waking up with 3 missionaries peeking at my through the slightly closed door. They start laughing and saying he’s been resurrected! I’ll be honest and say I was really more annoyed than anything, but then they showed me the video they took. They were pretty creeped out haha! They knew i was feeling pretty week and that I had gone to rest for a little bit. My comp went into my room to check on me to find a missionary lying on his back with his mouth and eyes open and hands over the belt. I looked dead. He got a little nervous and got closer to me to see that my chest was moving up and down. he called in the other missionaries who began taking videos of the missionary who sleeps with his eyes open. hahahah this video is awesome. I will send it home and have my parents show it to some of you guys.

Conference was really good for us! We were blessed again with 12 investigators throughout the 5 sessions which ended up being the 2nd most in the mission. I finally learned the importance of conference! I learned a lot and am excited to try and put in practice some of the things mentioned. Elder Jorg something gave an awesome talk about change. We should wait to be in shape physically or spiritually. He spoke direct and i liked that. I also liked David A Bednar when he spoke to the investigators. We have a lot of investigators who are just how he explained. Some think they ARE the church, some just don’t want to act, etc. Haha, I also liked how he added that it doesn’t matter how awkward or abrupt it may seem, we are just trying to help them accept a message that has blessed us.

I know this church is true and I am blessed to be a called of the Lord to be a representative of his church.

Elder Slack