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Elder Daniel Blanchard

Mision El Salvador Santa Ana

Apartado Postal #142

Santa Ana, El Salvador, C.A.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 32 (Nopal)

So this week was weird.  Two of our dates dropped. Then we put two more dates. In the last baptism a guy’s brother came and he likes it a lot. He invited us to a "small lunch" and how it was super close to us. It was still in our area but we asked permission and it was ok. Well we went, it ends up being 30 minutes away. We went with the brother to it cause he is our ward mission leader, and we had no money so we couldn’t leave either. We were there for 3 hours. We had a five minute lesson with him and gave the reference to the elders in his area. It was super weird. 

Also the dates who dropped was super sad. One is one who wants to get baptized but his wife is crazy and evil and refuses to do so. They are super poor and building a house. He makes his own adobe to build the house by taking earth out of the well that was in the pictures a couple of weeks ago. Then he had to clear a bunch of rock hard dirt. We have been helping him every morning because he doesn’t have any help. My hands and body are dead. The bishop of another ward offered him a job too but his wife wouldn’t let
him take it because she wanted him to work on the house. This guy didn’t even have money to buy breakfast. Super sad situation. 

The other just didn’t come to church because he was only here two days and he was supposed to have jury duty on Tuesday but he was gone, so the guy gave the paper to us cause we are his neighbors. And we gave it to him after the lesson on Saturday night which was a really good lesson, getting him to be excited for his baptism, but Sunday morning he left super stressed out in the morning to go and figure out what to do about the paper. That sucked. 

We received a referral from other elders about a lady who went to church and wants to get baptized and lives in our area, so we will contact her this week. hopefully that goes well. Also on Monday we made a fire and s’mores with the guy who is really poor. like everyone in his family ate like 50 each. 

Then we had interchanges with the ZLs this week, there’s a new thing where when ZLs do interchanges the two comps both go to their area because it needs to be the model area. me and one of the ZLs found 11 new investigators haha. 

We went to an part of their area that is super far and started knocking on doors. We find a women and she wanted nothing to do with us but we asked for referral and she gave us her front door neighbor. It was more a clan then a family. There were 8 people when we went in. And while we were teaching, more and more people kept joining us. It was really funny. Then while we were praying  and so there’s a bunch of religions who pray really weird and they were evangelicos so they say stuff like "thank you Jesus" and "oh hallelujah Jesus" and "yes please Jesus" while the other people are praying, which is really hard to pray while they date that, but to end the lesson one of them were praying so while they were praying my comp started doing it too. I was trying so hard not to laugh, because he was doing it super weird, but to the other people its normal. I was having to cough to not laugh.  But yeah that was funny.
Here it rained last night for the first time in a while. I hate the heat. 

Have a good week,

Love Elder Blanchard

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