May 25, 2015

Well, another week down!

This past week I went on a couple of fun interchanges and had some fun. We’re still in a trio and so I just went on a trio with the other two areas. The bad part is that the majority of the houses only have 2 mattresses and so i was in need of somewhere to sleep, so I brought my hammock. The first house had a spot to put hammocks so it was really easy to put. I put it up before leaving to leave to work with the missionaries and was all excited about it. We walk in the house as we finish the day and one of the missionary tells me, oh no! We forgot to tell you that when it rains, water falls in that spot of the house. I ran to the hammock and it was soaked! Haha oh man, i froze that night. It had rained really hard a solid hour, so my hammock got destroyed.
It is hard to teach when it is raining because the rain is really strong here and with the tin roofs, it makes it impossible to hear anything. When all was said and done, I did end up sleeping, but slept really bad because i was cold all night.
The next day I went on interchanges again and slept in the same hammock, but slept outside in the backyard! haha it was awesome! I’m just glad it didn’t rain in the middle of the night.
On the first day, we visited this kid who has gone to church for 5 straight Sundays and is assisting seminary and everything as well. He is a really smart guy and pretty cool, but hasn’t wanted to commit to be baptized and the missionaries who are teaching him weren’t really sure why not. We ended up teaching him for about a half hour and after a million questions we were able to figure out his doubt. Turns out he is terrified of water. He had a bad experience in the ocean once and has him really spooked to get baptized. We’ll be trying to help him get baptized in these next couple weeks, but it’s really hard when the people are scared of water.
Overall it was a really good couple days. We were able to put a few baptism dates and put a good number of goals as well. It was a couple of the best days I’ve had in a long while. Best part was the dinner that a family of members gave us. They poured this juice that I had never seen before, but i was pretty thirsty so I began to chug. It was some of the best juice i had tasted on my mission so i asked what kind it was. She quickly responded it was peach and i asked to see the package so i could buy the same thing on Pday. The ex-missionary, ex stake relief society pres whips out a package of iced tea and hands it to me. Haha oh man, it was so awkward. I tried the best I could to explain to her we couldn’t drink this but she refused to listen. Whoops. I ended up finishing the dinner drinking water.
We have plans for a baptism this Sunday of a kid named Fernando. He is super shy but we’re all excited for his baptism! We are going to be baptizing a family on June 20th as well! The date was originally for this Saturday but because they are going to be getting married, the wife wanted to get a dress made that wont be done for 3 weeks. It’s a little frustrating from a missionary’s point of view but makes a lot of sense from the perspective of anyone else haha.
Not really sure what else to say, it was kind an uneventful week. The rain is starting and with the rain comes lightning and thunder so I’m a happy guy. I am just excited to leave in time for the heavy rain to begin. I’m still happy and working hard as always, just weird to see all of my friends going home.
Elder Slack

May 18, 2015

Well, I wasn’t expecting it, but I’m still here in Chalchuapa! On Wednesday there were changes but I’ll be here with my comp for the 3rd straight change. Haha we have a ton of time together! We lived together for 2 changes in Nahuizalco also. But we’re really good friends and work well together so I’m happy about it. I think I’ll probably die in this area. I’m hoping so, at least. We’re in a trio right now due to the number of missionaries dropping, and one companionship had to be in trio, so, well, here we are. Haha. I was pretty bummed i couldn’t go to changes because I couldn’t say bye to Elder Bauserman.

This past week was a really good one for us though! On Tuesday we were able to baptize Dennis, the 12 year old kid, and it was easily one of the most reverent baptisms of my mission. Everything went really smooth and we were all happy.

We were able to put a few dates as well! Yesterday we were able to get names and birthdays to pull out some birth certificates to have a wedding and baptism on the 30th of June. The wife of Edgardo, who now has a date, was baptized when she was 8 but then inactivated. Yesterday she went to church with us for the first time in a year and really liked it! Their son is already an active member, but the daughter was never baptized. Her name is Fatima and she is 12 years old. We have been teaching her little by little  but it is hard because… wait for it… she’s deaf and mute! We have been leaving folletos so she can read them and teaching by using what is probably terrible sign language and drawing on a mini white board! It’s been really cool! Her uncle is like a counselor to President Spjut and he will be baptizing her. So the 30th of May will be a pretty special day. We’ll be baptizing her, her dad, and also the kid we put a date with last week. We’ve been doing really well at baptizing and completing families in this area.

My comp and a few friends were making fun of me for all the BYU stuff I had hanging up, so I have officially hidden all of my BYU stuff. I decided that I’ll pull it all out next change, but it may be a really long 5 weeks haha.

Overall I’m really good! Still working hard and healthy, but a lot more relaxed with a small little change in the mission. We’re now going to be having zone meetings monthly instead of weekly. That takes a HUUUGE stressor away from us, because now we don’t have to teach the zone for 2 hours every Tuesday. Whoo hooo. 🙂

Thanks for all the support!

                                                                                My Zonezone 5-18-15

Elder Nate Slack

May 11, 2015

We were able to skype Nate for 2 hours!!!  It was wonderful.  The best one yet.  He had us laughing pretty hard the whole time.  He is very happy.  We let him know Katelyn and Tyler got married Sat.  I told him that she was pregnant and they hurried and got married.  You should have seen the look on his face!!  He was just SICK!  Quickly, because of his reaction, let him know I was kidding!!  Boy, was he relieved!

It was a pretty solid week this past week!

We were able to put a baptismal date (sorry dad, I’m still putting the word… put) with a kid named Denis last week. He is a 12 year old kid who is pretty cool. Everyone in his family besides his mom are active members and so it wasn’t a very hard date to put, so it was a huge blessing. I’m not really sure why missionaries had never visited him before, but he is set to be baptized tomorrow night at 6! We’re really excited.

On Wednesday I was able to go on interchanges with Elder Brown. We had a ton of fun and did some work! Haha I’m gonna miss him, he goes home this next change. But we were teaching a guy named Walt that they have taught for a couple of weeks. He has gone to church a few times but hasn’t accepted a baptismal invitation so we went back to see what was up. We taught a little bit and then I invited for the 23rd of May. He said no and so we taught a little more before inviting again. He once more said no so we began to talk about the Holy Ghost after baptism everything. He mentioned that he had fears of sinning after baptism but we were able to clear up his doubts and invited to baptism again. Once more he said no. We were running out of things to teach haha. I pulled out a scripture in 2 Nephi 31:9 which talks about praying before we act and I invited him to kneel and pray with us to ask God if he should be baptized that date. I told him to ask in prayer, and before saying amen, he had to receive and recognize an answer. He executed the prayer perfectly and then took a good 2 minute pause before ending the prayer. He finally said amen and then we waiting there kneeled down for another minute or so. I asked him what he felt and he said nothing. I asked how he felt in that moment and he said he felt hot and had never felt like that before in his life. From that point, it was pretty easy. We explained how the holy ghost works and then invited again for the 23rd and he accepted. Needless to say, we were pretty pumped.

On Saturday we were visiting more members to get a few references and at the same time teaching the mom of the family who isn’t a member. She went to stake conference like 2 weeks ago and we are trying to help her get baptized and we realized that she had a 10 year old son who wasn’t baptized. They are next door neighbors and really good friends with our ward mission leader and his family who are all returned missionaries. We invited 10 year old Fernando to church Sunday, and he went. Long story short, yesterday afternoon we passed by and were able to get the signature and approval from his mom to baptize him on the 24th of may, so we have another baptism lined up.

This week was really cool as a zone. We started out with only 2 dates in the zone but were able to put 9 dates as a zone this past week and finish with 4 baptisms. It was a week of miracles after having a zone fast a couple of weeks before. Hopefully we keep this momentum flying into this next change and keep being more and more obedient so we can see more miracles. Excited to be here for another change in Chalchuapa! Hoping I am able to finish my mission in this area.
Elder Nate Slack

May 4, 2015

Another week down!

This week was pretty good. We’re getting really close to the rain season. It rained like 2 or 3 days this week, but man, when it rains, it rains really hard! I always forget how hard it rains until it rains. The first few rainstorms of the year are supposedly especially bad because they wipe all the chemicals out of the air and so a lot of people tend to get sick. One of the missionaries in our house was pretty sick and didnt leave to work on Saturday or Sunday. He had a 104 degree temperature but seems to be doing better after being able to rest on my bed a couple of days… i think i am going to have to wash my sheets haha.  The first few rain storms are also really cold! We were walking from a cita to the house of a member for only like 5 minutes and we got soaked and I froze. Haha so awesome.

We found a sweet Pupusa place where all the pupusas are 25 cents. I think we’ll probably be going there every night. I’m trying to take more advantage of the pupusas and the kolashanpan because they are things that dont exist in the states.

We left to go contact a few references with a brother and sister that are 84 and 87 years old. They are super active and really funny and you’d never think they were almost 90. The brother is probably 5´4 but slouches when he walks so he’s gotta be under 5 feet tall. They were Jehovah’s Witness before being baptized in January and now are members really active! Haha I will miss them if i have changes next week. But we were able to walk a mile or so with them to contact a few references who ended up being positive. It´s just a bummer that not every member has the same excitement to share the gospel with their friends.

We are teaching a kid whose family members are all members of the church. He is 12 years old and has been to church 2 times. His mom isnt a member, but everyone else is. She doesnt want to give permission to baptize him so we are working really hard to gain the confidence of the mom to have her sign the registry so he can be baptized on Saturday. We should get her signature tonight.

Everything is going good and I´m still enjoying life here. Working hard, stressing frequently, but it’s all good. Hope Alekai has a good birthday and that all the momma’s out there have a Happy Mother’s day! Especially momma bear.

Elder Nate Slack