Monday, February 3, 2014

La vigésima semana!

Dear Everyone,

I have a little more time to write today so you will get a lot more information. I will start by talking about the meeting with Elder Cook, then I will talk about my area a little bit more and I will talk about how the work is going in my area.

The Thursday before last, we had a big conference with Elder Cook in the chapel by the temple. We had to get up at about 6 and leave at about 7 to arrive on time to the temple because the bus ride there is about an hour and a half. We met up with part of our zone at the chapel in Versailles, a city here and also the name of the zone I am in. We rode with part of our zone and part of the zone arce to the temple. We arrived to the temple early but most of the missionaries were already there. There were probably 600 missionaries  in the chapel and the cultural hall because we were meeting as all the missions in El Salvador. When we arrived, I headed up to the stand because I was part of the choir. I sat three rows up on the stand, with the three presidents of missiona in front of me. After about an hour, president Cook walked in by himself, all 600 missionaries standing quietly. It was a beautiful thing. He then at down on the front row of the stand, about 2 seats to the right of me and 2 seats down. I could read his note book from where I was sitting. Then began a spiritual feast, beginning with the spirit he brought into the room, helped by the amazing male choir that I was in, singing Army of Helaman in Spanish. We had talks from the area presidency and Elder Cooks wife. I learned a lot from what Elder Cook taught, especially how to break scriptures down and link them with other ideas. I am really grateful for the opportunity I had to listen to him.

My area is out in the country side like I said. There are a lot of people who tend land with lots of fruit trees. I have learned a lot about fruit, including what fruit cashews come from. I had no idea that they were a seed that sticks out from a really delicious fruit called maringon. Or something like that. There are cows, chickens, goats, dogs and horses every where as well as every type of tree. We walk down roads, dirt roads and the equivalent to hiking trails to get to places. It is really calm and tranquil here, a huge difference from where I was before. There are more beautiful views and you don't have exhaust blowing in your face all day. Our area is extremely huge. There is a town in our area that is over 40km away from where we live. We share the ward with two other missionaries who work mostly in the town of San Juan Opico, where we live.

The work. We work hard because when we got here, there was hardly anything. We have one investigator from the missionaries before, and I believe he will be baptized this month. We have had to contact like crazy and we have to work with the members a lot to find people. Luckily, the members here are extra helpful so we have grown our area very fast. I have learned a lot because I am in charge of what we do. I have learned to talk to random strangers in the street likes it is nothing. I even enjoy it. It took some effort to learn how to do it well, but it has paid off and we have found quiet a few potential positive investigators.

More next week,

Elder Vierkant

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