March 30. 2015

Man, what a week. Well, I finally broke the streak! That no baptizing slump was really tough! But we broke it! We were able to baptize the Dominguez family and Ricardo, a very well needed 3 baptisms! Alexander and Sandra got married in the room of the baptismal font and the relief society did a really good job decorating. Afterwards, I dunked Alexander and my comp dunked Ricardo and Sandra. 🙂 The adrenaline rush that comes over you after the baptisms when you’re changing with your comp is pretty sick. It’s like a 5 second celebration of joy haha, not really sure how else to explain it.

The zone had a lot of dates that fell this week and half of the zone is going home or was wanting changes so they pretty much completely stopped working. So the week in my area was awesome, but for the zone it was pretty bad. Of the 20 missionaries who started the change here in this zone, only 12 remain! 3 go home this week, 4 went home for being sick or wicked, and 1 was emergency changed to a different part of the mission because her comp went home, so it was a pretty wild ride this change.

I’d say that the highlight of the week, besides the baptisms, came when I went on divisions in the area of the assistants! Elder Baker, who was one of my best friends in the MTC, called on Wednesday night and told me we’d do interchanges on Thursday! I had no idea what was waiting for me. Well, I got to the office and remember that the assistants always have the car. We barely walked all day because we just drove every where. We were hungry and it was lunch time but he realized he was broke and told me if I paid for him, he’d take me to a secret food court only the office missionaries can go to. Well, obviously i didn’t hesitate very long and next thing i know I am buying 2 Big Mac combos in my first trip to McDonald’s in my entire mission. We had a fun day and talked about plans after the mission and the MTC and everything in between!

The best part of the interchange was what came the next morning as I took a hot water shower. Nearly 20 months without a hot water shower can really get to ya. I’ve been taking very cold water showers since June, and before that, I had been bucket showering with cold, mosquito-filled water for 6 months. To feel hot water hit my body and see steam come off my shoulders was just another testifying moment that the church is true.

On another interchange during the week, I went to a little city named Ciudad Real with Elder Oliver who is going home in 2 days to Canada. He is from Canada but is still pretty cool. We taught a few people who are family members with some members of the church. They say they believe God will save them, not mattering what church they join or even how they live their lives. They understand that Christ paid the price for our sins, and so regardless of what we do, we will be forgiven for all of our sins. It’s sad when people say that because usually the people that say that are so hard hearted that they don’t want to change how they feel. It’s like a lie you repeat over and over again and start to believe that it is actually true.

We’re still looking for the people that want to change and know the truth, but it’s not the easiest . I’m loving the mission and am learning more and more every day. The group that leaves before mine got to see their plane tickets today. Haha oh man. They’re trying to make me think a lot in home, but I won’t let them! Haha not yet at least!

Love you guys, thanks for the support. The church is true.

Elder Nate Slack
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March 23, 2015

March 16, 2015

So, when things seem too good to be true, it’s usually because it is. That’s pretty much been my story for the past few months!

March 9, 2015

Hey! I’m gonna make is short and sweet today, just because i don’t have a ton to say.
The dates we have are still solid 🙂 we’re becoming really good friends and it’s always fun to visit them. They always keep all their commitments and have stopped drinking and smoking and stuff, so they’re pretty much the perfect investigators. What makes it even more fun is that they are all really young. 18, 18, 23, and 26. We had a pretty cool family home evening last week where we had them take charge of everything. The hymn, prayer, message, etc. It was surprisingly spiritual and was cool to see them take charge of it. We took care of the refreshments and the activity. Haha it was awesome! I made a 5 min video of the activity and will make you guys wait to see it when I send the memory card in the mail. But yeah, everything is good with them.
Last week we also had a multi zone in Santa Ana and for lunch, i almost shed a few tears. For the first time in 19 months, i sunk my teeth into Pizza Hut! It was delicious! We had bread sticks, cinnastix, and a personal sized pepperoni pizza. man. it was great.
We also learned about the importance of teaching families, looking for families, pretty much everything about focusing on families. I think that’s one of the coolest things we get to do as missionaries. You don’t really know how much the gospel affects your family when you grow up as members of the church all of your life until you regularly see the families of those who are not members of the church. Like we say every day in lessons, every family has problems and obstacles, and a lot of them don’t know what to do to fix the problems. That’s when we come in as missionaries and explain how the church and teachings in the church can help them. That’s when you begin to see a change in all of the people being taught. For example, they start wanting to be together more often, they laughed together, they have more trust and confidence, etc. I’ve finally learned to be grateful for having the gospel in my family, but it took my 19 months on a full-time mission to understand that.
We ordered the American’s March Madness t shirts in the zone.  It is going to be a black shirt that says March Madness like the Nike Just Do It shirts.  It is the same font and everything.  The letters are royal blue with the NCAA logo like is on the jerseys in the tourney.  They are going to be really cool man.  On the back it says #mmchalchuapa15 and will have the BYU logo.  Really nice.
Yesterday we met with the Bishops, branch president, mission president, stake president, and ward mission leaders in the entire stake for a meeting.  Kind of cool to tell them what we expect of them and then see them write things down.  haha they’re actually listening to us!! I am 19 and they listen to me.  Kind of cool.
Everything is going well here and i’m enjoying the leadership, companion, area, and things i am learning. Hope everyone is doing good there!
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