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, June 19, 2017

Week 46 (Los Naranjos)

Hey how’s it going. So this week was crazy. First off I had changes, and for the first time I am leaving the city of Ahuachap├ín. Now I am going to the Rama in Los Naranjos. 

It is really cool in this area. It is actually really cold. I wear a sweater every day. The rama has about 30 in assistence and everyone told me you don’t baptize in this area but we arrived here and convinced everyone in the rama we are going to change the rama into a barrio.  

Then on Friday we met this kid who is 15, we had two lessons with him, and he accepted to be baptized the 22 of July, and he doesn’t need to get married haha. Also we find another family of 3 that are going to come to church this week. We are going to baptize like crazy here. I love this area already. 

I loved my comp he was from Mexico, but today president called us in the morning and we had emergency changes so basically I am opening area right now cause he gone ya. I don’t know who my comp is, I heard he’s a new person so I think I might be training again, but I don’t know. I was really sad to only have 5 days with him because we literally had everything in common. 

Also Its really wet and cold were I am at and is the mountains of El Salvador. and there are two volcanoes by us. I’m out of time to write already but Have a good week.

Love Elder Blanchard

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 45 (Nopal)

Hey this week was pretty good, I still don’t know if there are changes yet, no one in the zone knows yet.  We are so close to baptizing a bunch of people. They just won’t accept dates, get married, or come to church. 

We have this family is this guy was a drunkie and we found his house by pure inspiration a couple weeks ago, now he’s come two time to church, we haven’t seen him bolo for a while, and  right now we are teaching his two kids, and they want to prepare to be baptized, and the dad wants it too, but the dad wants them to wait 7 months... but we will be working with them this week if I don’t have changes. 

Um nothing really too exciting happened this week. Oh We had an apostle come talk to all the missions in El Salvador, and so we went to San Salvador all of Tuesday. It was really cool. I had a cool experience with him. It was Dale Rendlund, 

We will see if I have changes. I am a little bored of this area though because it’s really small,  and I already know everyone in the area haha. Of also this week on Monday I did an interview for baptism and she wanted me to baptize her so I technically had a baptism this week. 

Everything is good though. Happy Birthday Dad and happy father’s day. I wish I could be home to help with some yard work for your birthday.

Love Elder Blanchard

Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 44 (Nopal)

That sounds nice with all the yard work you guys are doing back home, it makes me really sad that I am not able to be there and help you guys. Although over here I am struggling to keep our house clean. You know it’s bad when I am the clean one. And remember how I said that President fined us 10 bucks for having a dirty house and it being a "disaster", well this week the senior missionaries came and inspected our house.. and we received another fine wasn’t even that dirty, but we will be cleaning a lot today. 

This week was another pretty good week. We are seeing a lot of progression in the family of 7. The wife has changed completely and its really a miracle of how much she’s changed. We hope that this week they can accept to be married. Other than them we have a bunch of people who are so close to accepting to be baptized and have changed a lot. 

Family of seven we are teaching.

Although I’m pretty sure this will be my last week in the area cause changes are next week. Basically the people who come next in this area will be baptizing like crazy. But I don’t care who baptizes these people, I just want them to get baptized, just requires a little bit of patience.

Also this week I got bit by a German Shepard. We were in the house  of a recent convert which is more of a shack, and we got there and it was raining so I had my umbrella, I set it on the ground and he has three dogs chained up outside and they are dogs that he takes to go hunting, and he has a German Shepard that is like the scariest dog I have ever seen, it has like a scar over one of his eyes and is always barking like he wants to kill us. 

Well we went and they had reorganized there shack and that means the place where the dogs were chained. Well the little ones started playing with my umbrella so I went outside to get it and then the big dog came out of nowhere and bit my leg, luckily it didn’t have enough chain to reach me completely and so only my pants ripped and only left a small bruise. Luckily it didn’t break skin. But it scared me so bad haha, we needed to go home and change my pants after haha just kidding...or am I. 

This guy attacked us in a house. apparently these things attack humans like a vampire bat from the movies, and if it bites you.. rabies

But yeah this week will hopefully be really good.

Have a good one.

Love Elder Blanchard