Well I am getting to the point that I am fairly used to El Salvador now. Today marks one month that I have been here. I can´t hardly believe that I have already been in El Salvador for a month. It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was on a bus coming here.
I was on splits with my zone leaders from Wednesday afternoon to Saturday morning which was a lot of fun. It was really good too because when I got back to my area on Saturday, my companion hadn´t done hardly anything that we had on our schedule. He just stood up a lot of people for our appointments and told me he just forgot. He has been out for seven months and I still don´t think he has figured out how to use his planner. He just uses the excuse that things are always changing in the mission field. They do change a lot, but we always have to change things after splits because he wasn´t responsible and didn´t do it. It makes me look bad too, then I have to explain to the people that I was in a different area.
I am learning the language super fast and can understand and reply to most of what people say to me. I have improved a ton since the day that I got here! I still have a lot to learn and I can´t understand everything yet, but I am always learning more!
I am learning to eat a little slower here. A lot of times when I eat fast, they start serving me more and won´t listen to me when I say I am already full. My companion is a little bigger and eats a lot so everyone thinks that I need to eat as much as him. Because of all that, I try to eat a little slower so I don´t have to eat more than I want to!
Yesterday, they had their presidential elections, so we all had to stay in our houses. There are lots of people in the streets during it and I guess it is pretty dangerous, so President called and said that we couldn´t work. He did give us permission to stay at our zone leaders house though. Some of us went there after church and stayed the night. We studied for awhile, played some games, and watched a movie about the Book of Mormon. It was pretty fun to hang out with everyone.
Well there is a little bit about my week. I love you all and hope you all have a great week!
Aaron & Elder Rogers, his zone leader, seem to have become good friends. Here’s a picture and a few things taken from Elder Rogers’ letter that tell a little more about what’s happening there:
March 11, 2012
(Picture of making dinner at the Zone Leaders’ house sent by Elder Rogers)
“On Tuesday we had exchanges with area Barberena. I was with Elder Black here in Layco. We met some guy that night and he said he wanted to talk to us Wednesday but he said he wanted only me and Elder Black, no one else. So we once again were on exchanges together on Wednesday. We go to meet this guy at the church but he pulled a no-show. Kind of a bummer. Then on Thursday, Elder Barrera went to Cuscatancingo to work with Elder Tirado. Elder Tirado’s companion Elder Pineda went to work with Elder Casares. So once again I’m with Elder Black. It was a fun, yet slow, 3 days.
We did find Christian (the grandson of the lady who talked to us last week) and he was at church too. He’s 16 and he understands everything.”
“Elder Black is great. His Spanish is better than what mine was when I was in the field for only four weeks.”
“There really wasn’t much that happened this week. We do have a meeting with Elder Amado of the Seventy on Tuesday. He will be talking to us for 5 hours. It’s been divided for the whole mission in 3 days. We have Tuesday. Some go Wednesday and the rest Thursday. We need to be in our seats at 7:30 and we won’t leave till about 3:00. This should be interesting. I hope there’s lunch.”
“I’m on splits with Elder Black again today as our companions are going to the office.”
Here’s a little more from the emails to the rest of us:
Dad, I am starting to get used to things here. We were on splits for a few days this week again. When I got back, my companion hadn´t done the things that we had scheduled. One of them was helping a lady in the ward move on Friday night and Saturday morning. When I got back on Saturday afternoon and asked him how it went, he just shrugged and said that he forgot. He doesn´t keep hardly any commitments when I don´t make him. I made him go to the house with me and tell the lady why he wasn´t there and then we helped her move. How am I supposed to learn from someone that I am pretty much telling how to do things. Thats awesome that you are going to New Hampshire though. Have a fun trip! That is to bad about Aunt Shauna [cancer]. I´ll make sure to remember her in my fasting and in my prayers. Love you dad! Have an awesome week!
That is so awesome that you got part of your dog house built! I think you should get a lab or a retriever! Those are my two favorite kinds of dogs. Sounds like you pigged out on the rolls! haha. That kind of table manners would fit right in here. Most people eat things with their hands and don´t have hardly any table manners at all! I eat papusas all the time, but I eat lots of other things too! People here eat lots of rice and soup too. Things have been better here. I am starting to get used to El Salvador and am having more fun here. Love you bro! Have an awesome week!
I am doing good and I am glad to hear that you are doing good too! My week went pretty good. I was on exchanges pretty much all week with Elder Rogers so it was a lot of fun! What was good about your week? It sounds like your having some pretty crazy weather at home. It is just super hot here. March and April are the hottest months in El Salvador, so I am always burning up! haha. That is cool that you had the missionaries over. I was eating dinner with other elders actually. Our zone was together last night. Our church starts at nine here and I have lots of people that I am teaching right now! Love you sis! Have an awesome week!
I don´t know if Johnathan’s parents have been to the temple yet. Baptisms here don´t seem like that big of a deal to a lot of people here though, so I wouldn´t be suprised if they didn´t. People here don´t even dress up for them. I think my table manners will probably be worse when I get home. People’s table manners here are horrible, which happens to be one of my pet peeves! haha. I am getting used to it though. One thing that you could send that would be great is a package of good ear plugs so I can sleep. Other than that, there is not a whole lot of stuff that I need right now, so just whatever you decide to put in it is great. Love you mom! Have an awesome week!
I´m sorry to hear about your wreck! That sucks bro, but I know exactly how you feel! Are you excited for prom? What all are you guys going to be doing? I know you guys will have a lot of fun! You will have to let me know how the ACT went when you get your score back. I´m sure you did great on it though. El Salvador is getting better and I am a lot more used to it. Love you bro! Have an awesome week and I hope you heal up soon!