Time is Flying By

Dear Family,

Well this week was full of a lot of emergency changes with missionary companionship’s and other administrative things. We have changes coming up in a couple weeks, so we have started in on working with those. It is a pretty big job figuring out where to put about 180 missionaries and making sure it is the right place. I like big tasks like that though.

We worked hard in our area this week. I am trying to make these last three months in the mission that I have the best I can. I am dialed in and focused and working as hard as I can to do work!

Well I don’t really know what else to write. This week went by so fast that I honestly can’t really remember what we did. My companion feels the same way. I asked him what he was writing about in the week and he couldn’t really think of anything either. Haha

One cool thing is that we had 10 investigators in church this week. The Lord has definitely showed us some miracles as we have tried to balance administrative roles with working in our area. It is a high pressure position with so many things on our plate at once, but I like life better that way. Well I hope you all have a great week! Love you!

Love,

Elder Black

 

These are some pictures from our leadership meeting that we held with the zone leaders.

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Making the Most of My Time

Dear Family,

Well this week has been a pretty good one. Things are going great, we are working hard, and we are seeing some miracles. We have been talking and praying a lot lately about what the most effective way for us to go find some new people to teach is. We have a lot of really positive investigators that will be getting baptized in a few weeks, but we are trying to look for even more investigators for future baptisms as well. We know that there are tons of people out there just waiting to hear this message and we want to go find them. Our goal for this week is to develop a plan of finding them in the most efficient and effective way possible without wasting any of our time at all. Balancing administrative duties and taking care of my area as well has helped me a lot to be better at time management and look for the most effective things that I can be doing with my time at any moment. It is going to be something that will help me in my life in the future to come.

The mission has been going great lately. We have been seeing so many cool miracles and the members in the Campestre Ward have been helping us out a lot. They almost make me feel like I am working in a ward back in Utah. They are so willing to work and definitely pull the member weight of missionary work.

We made a fairly big change in the mission this week. We have been talking a lot with President Adams and after going to the temple and praying about it, we came to the conclusion that we are not going to be doing daily number reporting with the zone leaders anymore. We want them to be able to take the energy spent in late night followup calls and refocus it into helping their zones. We trust the zone leaders a lot right now and are excited to see what they can do with their zones. We will still be talking to them three times a week to see how things are going, but will only take their zone numbers once a week. It is going to be a big change, but I have a lot of faith in the abilities of the zone leaders here and know they will handle it well.

Well I hope you all had a great week! Love you!

Love,

Elder Black

p.s. Here is the baptism picture from a couple weeks ago and also a picture of Elder Monsen and I getting pupusas.

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Watched Over by Angels

Dear Family,

It looks like the tile is coming along nicely and things are as busy as ever back at home. There has definitely been a lot of family stuff going on back there. I am glad that everyone is having a great summer!

This week has been a crazy one and I can’t really believe I am sitting here at the computer writing you guys again. The week just flew by. We were busy with helping President Adams with a bunch of stuff, traveling around to help missionaries in their areas, and working in our own area as well.

So a few really cool things happened this week…..

We had a home teaching Elders Quorum activity on Saturday. When we talked about it last week Sunday, one of our investigators asked if he could come along with his son as well to learn how to do home teaching. One Saturday, they showed up and went out to go do visits with us. It was super cool to have investigators out doing home teaching with the members! I have never had that happen before. He is not even baptized yet and is out fellow shipping other people with home teaching and fellowships our other investigators at church as well. He is solid! After the visits, we all met back up at the church and we walked around by the temple a little bit talking with our investigators. The spirit was super strong just walking around the temple and they both felt it. They are faithfully preparing for a baptism.

While we were out doing some divisions with some struggling missionaries, we had a really cool experience happen. We walked into a less active members house, and said hello to the family. The dad was kind of in the back and took a few minutes to come out. When he came out from where he was, he asked where the third person that came in with us was. I told him that there was only two of us that had entered the house. He said that he definitely saw three people walk through the door. He proceeded to tell us that he knew we were called of God and that God had sent someone to be watching over us because there was not a doubt in his mind that he saw three people walk through the door. It was a really cool experience, and one that made me realize even more that God really does look after his missionaries.

Well I hope you all have a great week! Love you!

Love,

Elder Black

A Great New Area in El Salvador

Dear Family,

This week has been a crazy one. As you all know, I left Belize and am here in El Salvador. I flew out the day before the hurricane hit. Everything is fine over there now though. There was about 5 feet of standing water, but it has gone down now. I enjoyed my time in Belize, but I could not have been more excited to return to El Salvador and be able to speak Spanish again. I am happy to be back serving the people here. I am still serving as an assistant, just with a different area. I had a pretty intense welcome into the administrative roles of AP here. I got here on Tuesday, and on Saturday, Elder Monsen and I were in charge of an activity that about 550 people came to. We had to coordinate and make sure all the missionaries knew what they were doing. It was a pretty intense day and we were running all over the place to make sure everything was going how it was supposed to. It went well though. As intense as that was, I actually really liked the pressure of it. It was kind of thrilling trying to make something that big happen.

The activity was a tour around the temple for the mission. It was really cool to see that many people come to the temple to get to know a little more about it. We had a bunch of stations around the church where missionaries would be dressed up as Joseph Smith or John the Baptist or someone else. They would tell the story of that person as if they were them and then we took them around the temple and talked to them about it as they walked around. It was a really cool activity and a lot of planning went into it to make sure the timing was right for everything and that it went smoothly.

So my new companion is Elder Monsen. He is from Draper, Utah. We get along really well and are working really hard together. We didn’t really get much time in our area this last week, so we really made the best of the time that we did have. We were even jogging to some of our appointments to make sure we could get more people visited. I usually feel like I am jogging to keep up with him anyways. He is 5 or 6 inches taller than me. I thought I walked fast, but I have to step up my pace to keep up with him. We have been focusing on being more spiritual and working as hard as we can. This past week we had a baptism and also had 11 investigators in church. That is the most that I have ever had in church in one day. It was awesome to have that happen. It was a cool miracle that the Lord gave us. It is super cool to see the miracles that come when you put your faith in the Lord and rely on him. I realize more each day how important it is that we humble ourselves before the Lord and let the spirit do the work. The spirit is what is going to testify to the hearts of the people. If we look to our own abilities and don’t have the spirit, we accomplish nothing.

The ward that we have here is an awesome one. I almost feel like it functions as a ward in Utah does. It is super cool to be able to just focus on our investigators and not have to worry about running everything else as well. All my efforts were able to go into our investigators on Sunday. The members even took care of getting everything ready for the baptism. The girl that got baptized is named Valeria. She is the first one in her family to get baptized, but the whole family is preparing to take that step. We are hoping that they all get baptized over the next month.

Well I hope you all have a great week! Love you!

Love,

Elder Black

Returning to El Salvador

Dear Family,

Well, I am super excited to be heading back to El Salvador! My time in Belize has been shorter than most missionaries, but I couldn’t be happier going back to speaking all Spanish again and being able to improve it for the next four months. I am going to be going to an area called Campestre and my companion’s name is Elder Monsen. He is a really solid missionary, so I am excited to be his companion. I will be changing my area, but my administrative roles are going to become even more heavy. I am going to be moving from assistant to the president in Belize to serving as an assistant to the president in El Salvador. I am going to be getting even less sleep serving as an AP over there, but I am really excited for the opportunity that I will have to be able to serve the missionaries over there as well. One really cool thing about the area that I will be serving in is that the El Salvador temple is in the middle of it! The chapel that I will be going to is on the temple grounds. It will be awesome to have the temple right there and be able to see it so often.

This week has been fairly crazy helping President Adams get everything ready for changes and now with getting all my stuff packed to fly back. I hope you all have a great week! Love you!

Love, 

Elder Black