All packages are to be sent through the U.S. Postal Service. They do seem to arrive intact within 2-4 weeks.
Elder Daniel Blanchard

Mision El Salvador Santa Ana

Apartado Postal #142

Santa Ana, El Salvador, C.A.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 19 (Campestre, Atiquizaya)

Well this week I did not get drunk so that is definitely an improvement from the last week. Also we had our investigators actually come to church. What a miracle! Right now we are having problems with the families of our investigators. One seemed super positive and was about to go to church with us, but then Saturday night her in-laws came to visit her. 

Well they just so happen to hate the church. So Wednesday when we went to visit her she told us she doesn’t want to meet with us anymore. We have another investigator who has 16 years. And he wants to join a church but right now he is in search of which is the correct, because he used to be catholic but now he hates them because they have all this money but don’t help the poor. And also he has read the bible and knows that the two don’t really match up. 

Well we had plans all made for him to assist last Sunday with a member, but his dad wouldn’t let him go. Same problem this week. Its super frustrating because we have more investigators who are having problems similar. But this week we had 4 come to church. 

One is the one who I mentioned last week. He is preparing to be baptized on the 7th of January. He wasn’t positive if he could come to church because sometimes he works Sundays. He sells drinks that they make in the morning so they need to wake up early to prepare the juices. So we offered to come to his house early in the morning to help him prepare so he could have time to come to church. He told us alright and that he was going to call us in the morning around 5:30 to tell us if he needed help. 

Well he only had our cellphone number (We have two phones, one cell and the other land line because we don’t have service in our house or anywhere else in our area  because we live by a jail) Well I told him that we were going to call him in the night from the landline so he could have our number because I don’t have our landline written down. 

Well when we got back to the house at night, I pulled out our cell to search for his number. Turns out we didn’t have his number like I thought. Well I didn’t know what to do because if he called us on our cell we wouldn’t know. So we woke up at 5:30 and left to go to his house to see if he needed our help. He was still sleeping when we got there so we assumed he didn’t need our help. We ended up just sitting outside his house for like an hour until like 7:10 which at this point we knocked on the door and woke him up haha.

These are the two logs we need to chop up into fire wood.I dont think it can be done haha. They are full length mango trees that are still a little green. My gringoness makes it harder to do it too. My comp did like 10x more than me. 

This week we had interchanges with the district leader. It was super weird being with him because he actually taught with me. In our first lesson I was super hesitant to stop talking because I am  accustomed to giving all of the lesson. It was super nice teaching with someone who actually teaches for a change haha.

In the lesson with the investigator preparing for baptism on Saturday I was teaching the restauration to him and was just starting the lesson, and I just finished teaching about how God is our loving heavenly father and wants to bless our families and one of the ways he does this is through calling prophets and revealing his gospel. And I asked his what a prophet was in his own words, and he gave his response.   

Well Elder Hernandez cleared his throat like he had something to share so I stopped and let him continue with the lesson. Well this is basically word for word what he said.. Yes exactly, when Heavenly Father was on the earth, verdad, he established his church, verdad, with 12 apostles and prophets, verdad, so that today we know about the restauration, verdad, hermano, for you, verdad, which is the true church?..  And I was like ah crap. 

Haha you could tell the difference immediately in our investigator, and Elder Hernandez was just as surprised as I was of what came out of his mouth haha he looked at me with horror in his eyes looking for me to save him haha. Cause he started talking about things that were super off topic.  Luckily we were able to bring it under control again, and continue to have a good lesson, but after the lesson with both laughed about it.

This week should be a good one with investigators progressing. We found a 18 year old and we went to  teach him and after the lesson of the restauracion I asked him, do you want to know if these things are true. and he replied , I already know. That was a huge shocker. He only doesn’t want to get baptized because he thinks it’s a wasted to be baptized and then three months later fall away. So he wants to be sure in his decision. 

Hopefully this week goes good and we can put more dates for baptism and have  more success.

Things are slowly improving, it just takes a lot of patience. 

Everything is going good, and I hope things are going well for Christmas time.

Love Elder Blanchard

No comments:

Post a Comment