The language is coming along really well, like people always tell me that I have a really good Salvadorian Spanish accent. I can have fluent conversations with some of the people here who I understand well.
The next thing I will talk about is the people. The people here are so much nicer then the people in the States. We literally have been let into every single house we have gone to. The people here love the missionaries, I feel like people almost fight over us because they all want us to be at their house. Also you know how when you are walking around in the states how usually you just walk around and mind your own business? well is is not like that here, haha. Everyone sais Buenas to each other when they walk by which basically means hello. Its super cool.
The food..I actually really like the food for the most part. I eat alot of popussas and chicken and beans. They feed us these things callled patinas which is kinda like a banana and they are terrible. Like the worst. But other than that I really like the food to be honest. In the area I am in, we pay for someone to cook all of our meals. Hermana Angie, she is a member and we pay her 100 dollars each per month and she cooks all of our meals for us. So me and my companion spend a lot of time there. Alot of people here have pitbulls and they are awesome! Like the coolest thing ever. Hermana Angie has a super awesome guard dog blue nose pitbull named glacier. Alot of people here have dogs for protection. So basically I eat all of my meals with this awesome family and huge Salvadorian pitbull Its pretty cool.
A couple stories that I think are cool or funny or just in general I want to tell.
1.) SO I haven't talked about this yet, but the buses are the way we get everywhere here. either bu bus or by walking. its usually a quarter to take the bus. So the buses are usually crammed with people and its close on the bus. Like you have to get on the bus quick because as soon as you are on the bus the driver takes off. And a lot of times, people hang outside of the bus which is super dangerous but a lot of the locals really like to do it. Anyways the story, so I was riding the bus with my companion going to a lesson and this lady just starts breast feeding her kid right there in front of everyone on the bus! Like it was nothing. I turned to my companion and I was like why is she breast feeding her kid on the bus? I guess it is normal for here and everyone does it and no one really cares but for me that was a bit of a surprise.
2.) So I was with this recent convert at his house and we were reading the book of Mormon with him. and it was really cool because he has a 2 month old blue nose pit bull and I got to read the book of mormon and bear my testimony to him in Spanish about the book of Mormon while holding a baby salvadorian pitbull. It was a really awesome experience.
Right now I rely a lot on my companion to carry lessons. But my first day we visited a partial member family. One of the sons of the family is named Luise. We taught Luise about baptism(Again because he has already learned about it with other missionaries) and how baptism is part of enduring to the end. My companion taught him about baptism and I bore my testimony about why we all need to endure to the end and why this is an essential part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. After that my companion invited him to be baptized and he said yes. But then he didn’t come to church yesterday so we need to help him come to church before he can get baptized so we will see what happens with that. But yeah teaching the gospel here is incredible, I teach in like the rainforest. Most of the houses I teach in are not really houses, like They are way different. Like there are trees growing inside some of them or they are missing a wall and then they use this as a door and things like that. To get to some of the lessons I needed to to teach I literally am ducking under trees and going into these cool tropical places to teach the gospel. This is definitely a unique experience that I will never forget. Anyways, I just want to end with my simple testimony that I know that this church is true. This is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And through living the gospel we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again and have a fullness of joy because that’s what God wants for all of his children. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
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