Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Semana Santa!!

Happy Semana Santa everyone! Its been a pretty normal but good week here in San Vicente. This week was pretty good, it was a little different because most people didnt have work for the holiday week but just about everybody here celebrates by going to the beach. So it was interesting to see how everything was celebrated since last year I was in Guatemala during this time and didnt get the full affect of everything. One of my favorite traditions that the Catholics do here is they make these giant carpet things in the street made of salt and paint and sand and they look really cool. I didnt get a picture of one but you are welcome to search it on Google because google has all the answers. Anyways that was basically the only cool thing that happened other than trying the food they eat here. Thats always an interesting experience. Also this week we were informed very late on Saturday night the President Vasquez and his whole presidency was going to come to our ward the following morning so things got really hectic for us trying to prepare everything for them to come. But church was really good.

We had a cool experience this week. We had been struggling to find a lot of positive investigators and we were working so hard in contacting and working with members and everything we could think of in order to find more. We weren't having a lot of success and we were praying so hard for someone that was willing to accept a baptismal date. On Sunday we were sitting in church and about to start when a random guy named Esileo walked in and we went up and talked to him. Apparently he was an old investigator of the missionaries about a year ago but they dropped him because we never wanted to come to church. he told us he woke up one day this week and the spirit came over him and he made the decision he was going to come to church this week. He also had a dream where God told him he needed to change his life around. I felt such a strong impression that it was a huge answer to prayer. That same day we found his house and he accepted to be baptized on the 17 of April, and we are going to work a lot with him mostly so he can keep the word of wisdom. I know that god hears and answers our prayers and if we really do all that we can do and then reach out for divine help He will always be there. We still have a lot of work to do but we feel as if the Lord had blessed us with a sweet tender mercy. 

So this week should be an interesting one. Tomorrow morning we have interviews with Presidente Vasquez and we also have a temple trip coming up. It will be the first time I will have the chance to do a session in the temple since about August so we are really excited and hope it goes through. Oh yeah and on Thursday we also had another temple activity like we always do where we take invt. to the temple. It was pretty good but we got home late because we had to help clean up and then wander through San Salvador looking for a bus to take us cross country to San Vicente. That makes for some fun stories. I love the gospel and love being a missionary. I have found joy in the mission work when I am working hard and giving my all. I know that if we consecrate ourselves to the Lord's work he will bless us and we can be His tools in the work of Salvation. I love you all and am thankful for all that you do for me. Till next week!

Elder Nelson

ps here is me eating food.

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