A Tough Week

Dear Family,

This week has been pretty tough and people just aren’t keeping their commitments.  We had lots of investigators that were really positive and told us to come by their houses and when we went, none of them came with us except for one.  A few of them are almost ready for a baptism too, so it was really frustrating.  We just haven’t had a lot of success with investigators coming to church in our area and I am having a little bit of a hard time keeping a positive attitude about it.  We have been working hard and doing everything we can to help them.  People are super rude to us even when we contact them in the streets.  The people here are in this area are very hard headed and just won’t listen to us.  We are going to have to start from new and just drop most of the investigators, because they won’t go to church.  I am getting a little sick of my area, but I am trying to keep a positive attitude about it.

The Magaña family hasn’t come to church in awhile.  Hermano Magaña has been sick, so they have pretty much just stayed in their house for the last couple weeks.  He is starting to get better though.  He was having some heart problems.

We still go and have FHE in the house of the family Galan and I see Gabriella all the time.  They want to come and visit Utah someday, so maybe sometime Tanya will get to meet her.  Their family is always helping us out with the missionary work and they are awesome.  They are one of the bright spots in this area and they are a family that I will keep in touch with for a long time.

I also broke my retainer and I just took it out.  Can you call the orthodontist and see if I can just wait until I finish my mission to get a new one put in?  I talked with Hermana Glazier and she told me that the dentists here are just horrible and that if I can wait, it would be good.  If I need to get one put in, I can do it here and then just get a new one in when I get home.  This has been the third time I have broken one in six months though, so I would really like to get a good one put in, or see if there is some other type of retainer put in that isn’t permanent.  You can email Hermana Glazier after you talk to the orthodontist and tell her directly if I need a new retainer again.  I think since you guys are all in Saint George for the week that I will just give her your number to get ahold of you.

I love you all and hope you all have an awesome week in Saint George and good luck in your games Jared!

Amor,

Elder Aaron Black

Still in San Salvador

Dear Family,

This week has been going by pretty fast.  We are already headed for changes again!  I can’t believe that I have already been with Elder Garcia for six weeks.  These past six weeks have been a lot better than my first three months and I am having a lot of fun in the work.  We just got the word about changes and I am going to stay in my area with Elder Garcia, so I am pretty happy about that!

We have another baptism scheduled for the 30th of June, but we are going to have to change it to the first Saturday of July because a stake priesthood activity that we just found out about.  Her name is Veronica and we have been teaching her for a long time and she finally accepted a date for  a baptism.

On Saturday, we had a ward talent show and it was a mission activity too.  We had nine new investigators there and it was a pretty fun activity.  Some of them didn’t really want to meet with us, but we did end up finding some positive investigators out of it though.

On Wednesday, we had a meeting with both the San Salvador and Santa Ana missions.  It was really cool to see my companion from the CCM in Guatemala there and all the other missionaries that were there with me.  We had Elder Maynes from the presidency of the seventy come and talk to us.  He talked a lot about how we can become better missionaries and helped us see how we can get through to people.  I really learned a lot from it and took lots of notes.  On the way home, we were on a bus with our zone leaders.  A couple behind me started making out and it was super annoying and I wanted to make some comment super bad, but I held back from doing it.  Then I remembered that I had a pamphlet for the Law of Chastity in my backpack, so I pulled it out and interrupted them and started a contact about it.  I explained a little about it and ended up pulling out a reference for it.  But then, as soon as I finished talking, they started kissing again.  All the other missionaries on the bus were laughing their heads off though and I got a kick out of it too!

Well there is a little bit about my week!  I love you all and hope that you all have an awesome week!  Os quiero!

Amor,

Elder Aaron Black

Loving the Mission!

Dear Family,

The mission is going really good right now and we are finding new people.  We actually found a positive family this past week, the familia Smith. They are a married couple with kids that are 7 and 3 and she is about to have another baby. They couldn’t make it to church this past week, but they promised that they are going to be there next Sunday. They invite us to come and teach them pretty much everyday and they are very positive and want to learn more. We are going to commit them to a baptism date for the start of next month.

Yesterday (Sunday), we were walking to a visit that we had and a Pizza Hut delivery guy randomly stopped next to us and gave us a bunch of suckers from Pizza Hut. It was a super random thing, but I was pretty happy about it. I can say that of all the weird things that I have imagined happening here, that was not one of them!

We also had a reference on Saturday that was pretty funny. A guy told us that he wanted to start meeting with the missionaries again, so I asked him what his name and address was. He said he would write it, so I handed him my planner. When he started writing it, he only wrote one letter for every word in the address. I had to ask him to just tell it to me so I could write it down. I will send a picture of what he wrote in my planner.

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The reference that the guy I talked about wrote down (below the line)

I am getting along great with my companion and loving being a missionary. The mission work is tough, but it is definitely worth all of the difficulties. I am pretty sure I got swear words yelled at me about 50 times this week, but I am getting to the point that it doesn’t really bother me as much and I just ignore them. The Lord knew that I needed a little bit of work with my temper and this was a good place to send me to help me out with it! haha. I feel like being on my mission has helped me to really mature and look at things with an eternal perspective. I really love it here now though!

I am feeling a lot better now and I think I am starting to gain my weight back a little bit. I am glad to be serving the Lord and I am having a lot of fun doing it!  It is hard work, but seeing the changes in everyone and in myself is an awesome experience.  I am already a fourth of the way through it though!  I think my mission is going to be over before I know it.  I am working hard though and I think the time is passing by super fast for that!  Staying busy makes time go by a lot faster.  When we have lots to do out here in the mission, the time goes by super fast!

Well I love and miss you all lots and I hope you have an awesome week! Os amo! Tengais una buena semana!

Amor,

Elder Aaron Black

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I found another random toilet sitting in front of someones house haha

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A little more of what it looks like here

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A big storm rolling in. All the white clouds were covering it then started moving really fast revealing the storm clouds. It was pretty cool to watch.

A Crazy Week

Dear Family,

This week has been crazy!  It has gone by super fast and we found lots of new people to teach.  We are starting to have a lot of success in our area and the members really trust us a lot.

Yesterday we were on our way back to the house for the night, when we heard screeching tires.  A car came around a turn to fast and lost control and slammed into a barrier!  It hit super hard and we saw the whole thing.  The roads were slick and they just weren’t driving very carefully.  We went over there to see if everyone in the car was ok and if they needed help with anything.  They were all fine, but the car was pretty banged up!  The front passenger side was crunched and it looked like it bent the axle a little bit!  Tons of people came out to help to the point that it pretty much turned into an argument about what to do…. just like everything else that happens here!

We had an investigator that I contacted in the street come to church today.  While we were walking one day, I saw him and felt like I really needed to talk to him, so I did.  He has turned into one of our most positive investigators and wants to start going to church again.  I feel like he is getting close to being ready for baptism and just needs to come to church a couple more times.  His name is José Luis.

We also had something sad happen in the ward here.  The son of our convert, Hermano Magaña died on last Tuesday.  He got sick and within two weeks, he got so sick that he passed away.  We have been visiting with them a lot and talking with them and their sons wife about temples and how they can be sealed.  It is a great comfort for them to know that they can see him again.  They are working towards going to the temple so they can be sealed as a family.  I am really grateful for the knowledge that we have that families are forever!

Well there are just a few of many stories that have come from this week!  It has been a super crazy one!  I love you all and hope you have a great week and an awesome summer break!

Amor,

Aaron

P.S.  Dad, I wish that I could be there to be doing the hay hauling!  I miss it quite a bit actually.  I wish that we could go [to the temple] more here.  Once every six months really isn’t all that much!  But speaking of six months, I have almost hit the six month mark in the mission!   Crazy huh!?  Time feels like it is flying by super fast and 18 more months really doesn’t seem that much time anymore! 

Tanya, I haven’t had brownies since I got here to El Salvador.  That is a desert that I really miss eating!  movie/ pelicula,  restaurant/restaurante, skype is the same, and I don’t know how to say flower bed.  

Mom, I am feeling a lot better now, but I am not all the way better still.  I still have the runs, which is not fun at all.  It isn’t as bad as it used to be though.  That would be really good if you guys found someone for the missionaries to teach.  Teaching friends of members in the homes of members is about the best way to teach.  It is almost impossible to do what we do without members, so that would be awesome if you found someone!  That is way crazy that I have been graduated for a year now!  Time is going by really fast and I am loving it! 

Nathan, that is so cool that you get ordained as a deacon on next Sunday!  That will be an awesome experience for you to be able to pass the sacrament! 

Jared, you should try to find a little time during the summer to study in Preach My Gospel if you can.  It has lots of really good scriptures and you can learn a lot from it.  Enjoy the summer break that you have right now, because when you get out here to the mission field, summer break means nothing! haha. I like the work here though and the time here is passing by really fast!

Amor,

Aaron