Date

April 24, 2017

Area

Tazumal, Chalchuapa Stake

Companion

Elder Cristian Alfaro

Happy Birthday me!

Hello Everyone,
This week has been pretty good. We've been focusing a lot on finding new people because we're running low on investigators. One of our mottos is "fill the bus" which means that as people get off the bus and get baptized, we need to be putting people on the bus at the same time to keep it full. I think finding a balance with this is really important but it's a pretty hard thing to master.
We had a pretty awesome experience walking down one of the streets out in the colonies on Wednesday. We were just walking and then one person called us over and we started talking to him and he's had a little contact with the church but as we were talking with him, another guy came and started talking with us. He was just a little high but he's the first guy's friend and he was really interested in the church before but then the missionaries stopped working in this area. As we were talking to them, another Hermano came and started talking to us and he told us about where he lived and said that he really wants to go to church but he's afraid that we'll throw him out because he has tattoos but that's not the case. We taught all three of them a little about the restoration and baptism and then we left but as we were walking farther down the road, a dude on a bike yelled Jose Smith at us...XD so we asked him if he knew a little and he told us that he almost went on a mission but now he has a family so we'll be visiting them soon because he still loves the church and he wants his family to be able to learn about it. 
I keep learning new things about people I thought I knew because my Spanish is getting better. I learned that out cook has a boyfriend and their anniversary is today. The funny thing is that I thought that he was her brother the whole 10 weeks I've been here... The more you know. 
This week I gave my first blessing and that was really cool. It was pretty hard because it was in Spanish plus I was super nervous and my hands were shaking so bad. XD
On Friday we visited an older member that has cancer and is stuck in bed. We gave him a blessing but his ex-wife (long-story) told us their story and she told us that he's really afraid of dying soon. I've never felt this type of sadness that I felt as we were there with him and I kept thinking "...the worth of souls is great in the sight of God". We're going to visit him more in the future and sing hymns with him because he really loves music.
Today's my birthday but it just feels like a normal day. I'm a little lucky that it's on a P-day though. We played soccer this morning and I scored two goals! I've improved so much in futbol since the beginning! I'm not sure where we're going to go eat for lunch but I'm freaking starving! Probably McDonalds becuase the Gringos need to eat "American" food every week to recharge or they die according to the Latinos...X'D
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~Elder McKinnon




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