Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Final Email, He's Coming Home Friday!

Dear fam,
Well guys, this is it. Don´t really know what to say, but I guess I don`t need to say much, cause I will see you all in a few days! We were able to baptize Alex on Saturday which was great, despite of some difficulties with the water going out at the church with two inches of water in the baptismal faunt.... haha I had to have one last mess before I went home :) but it all worked out in the end. So President Maybes house at 630 huh? great. Speaking of Elder Marchant, I think I´m going to be working with him on Wednesday and Thursday in my first area por venir, sweet huh?! Im way excited. Well I have a bunch of mixed emotions here all of which seem pretty unreal, but most of all I just feel gratitude. I´m very grateful to have had the opportunity to be here and serve a mission, and feel like I have learned a lot, but also know I have a lot more to learn. Now comes the real test!!! Take care, I´ll see you all on Friday.

Love Nick

Friday, November 11, 2011

2 more weeks! Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dear fam,
Hey guys, just wrapping up a pretty darn good p-day. We went to the temple in the morning at about 9 O clock, for the first time in about two years! It was way nice. I almost forgot how great the temple is. It was cool to see and feel the difference between when I was there doing the open house and now that it is actually dedicated. It is a real, tangible difference. President was there with us, but unfortunately Sister Glazier was sick. It was also really cool to do it in Spanish! There were a lot of things that I didn´t really pick up on in English or I guess were just clearly or better worded in Spanish, I don´t know hard to explain but it was good. I´m going to be able to go back with all the Elders that are going home and president again on the 23rd so I´m looking forward to it and am glad I´ll be able to go one more time. Then afterwards we went to play soccer at a cool field with another zone that went to the temple with us, and Elder Marchant was there so that was fun.

Well sounds like everybody had a pretty eventful week! Sweet football game, and sweeter fight! haha nothing more pathetic than watching grown men fighting at little league sporting events... but nothing quite as funny either! haha. I can´t believe that it is snowing!! I´m gonna freeze! just looking at those pictures gave me the chills. Everything is going welll here. I´m trying to secure two baptisms for the last weekend of my mission! Alex and José.

Well pretty breaking news here in El Salvador this week. Ready for it....? El Salvador was officially rated the most violent country in the world. How about that? haha more than Iraq, Africa, Mexico, yup all the big ones. We´re number one. The numbers have been really high this last month for some reason, people say it´s normal for the month of November.. who knows why. Looks like I´m getting out of here just in time! haha. Well I think this Monday I´m going to go down town to get some shopping done. If you know me well you will know how much I LOVE shopping... ha so if I don´t come back with something you absolutely love please forgive me. I don´t have much patience in that category especially when people are trying to rip me off! But I´ll try my best :) Well I hope you all have a good week, sorry so short but....I´ll see ya in a couple weeks!
Love Nick

Happy Halloween, Monday Oct 31st

Dear Fam,

Well during the week I always sort of forget that I'm going home soon, or it at least doesn't seem as real, and then Monday comes around and I read your guys' email and remember "wow....... I guess I am coming home soon.." haha. Don't build it up too big in your mind's guys, I'll get home and you will all realize hey... it's just the same old Nick... with a few changes I guess haha. It's all pretty weird that's all I can say!
Well Vilma got baptized on Saturday! We went over to her house the other day and she was way flustered so we asked her what was wrong and she told us that some robbers got on her bus and robbed a bunch of people. She said that had happened to her twice before and both times they had robbed her. They got on and one guy didn't want to give anything so they hit him pretty good. They went to the back of the bus where Vilma was seated, and passed right by her. She said she can feel such a difference now that she has been praying and reading the book of Mormon, and she's certain that God protected her that time because of it. Long story short.. DUNKED ON SATURDAY! :) Another cool thing with our investigator Alex Preza. We were in a lesson with him and the week before at church the principles of the gospel class was on fasting and fast offerings. Anyways at the end of the lesson later that week I asked him if he had any questions and he said "yeah can you help me on Sunday know how to do the whole fast offering thing? I fasted this week so I could get a lend for another bus for work, and it worked." First time I've had an investigator fast before being baptized, stud!

Well other than that everything is pretty normal. It has been burning hot these last couple of days... it went from nice and cool and raining to scorching. We played soccer this morning and I am so burned haha.
Sounds like everybody had a good time at the old family reunion. I'm excited to have another one and see how everybody has changed. From the picture you sent of the adults, looks like everybody has aged pretty well in the last couple of years! congrats! haha.

Yeah let me know when the Bishop tells you about the talk... that would be kind of nice to know. I remember one time a missionary came home and talked about food storage.. haha. Oh I forgot to say that I got the package! Man Reese is huuuuuge! I about died laughing on the video when she was saying "joooosh!" haha so cute. I liked all the things in the package and have already given a few of them away so thanks! Well I'll send some of those pics. Thanks for everything! Love you all have a great week.

Love Nick

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October Emails

October 10th:

Well this week has flown by! This change just wrapped up and I`m heading into the last. Unreal. This has definitely been the fastest change of my whole mission.
Well this week was real busy, we had the wedding and baptism of Edgardo. It was tough to get it all put together in time, but as always was worth it in the end. They were a bit late for the wedding, but when they finally showed up, Edgardo walked up to the church in a nice new white shirt and tie that he had purchased. He would only just show up to church in jeans and a shirt, cause hardly has any money at all. So that was good to see! The lawyer who did the wedding took foreeeeever to finally get it over with. Seriously talked for about an hour... and there were quite a few of their relatives as well (so pretty crazy wild people), so they were are loud and irreverent.. but they finally got married and baptized him right after. I`ll send you some pictures! Vilma didn`t end up getting baptized this week because of some doubts with tithing. She lives with her mom and brother and supports all three of them teaching school for seven year olds..... if you don`t think teachers get payed well in the states... try coming to El Salvador. So anwyas it was just hard for her to commit to making that sacrifice. We watched with her the other day the story of John Tanner, I don´t know if you guys have seen it? It`s way sweet, and helped her I think. So anyways we`ll keep working with her and hope it all turns out.
Well the beauty of being in an area a long time and then getting sent back to that area is that everybody knows when your birthday is haha, I think I have cake coming out of my eyeballs. Pretty much everyday of the week we had somebody invite us to dinner for the big 21, so I`ll send you some pictures of that as well! I love this ward! haha.
Well that`s awesome that Adam is back, sounds like he did a great job in his talk. You`ll have to ask him for me if he`s still down for rooming! That`s hilarious what he said at the tennis match haha cause I can imagine exactly how that would feel. So what else is going on over there? Sounds like everybody is pretty busy, which is good.
I got the package! Thanks a lot, my companion and I have been feasting for the last few days now. I think I`m going to buy a new suit.... a nice grey one with subtle pin stripes, how do we feel about that?
Well President just sent a letter that said there are going to be quite a few changes on Wednesday and we need to be accepting to them and do the best we can.... That would really stink if I got changed for my last change in the mission... knock on wood.
Well I`ll get those pictures sent off, thanks for everything hope you all have a good week! love you !

Love Nick

October 17th:

Dear Fam,
Hi guys, well this week has pretty eventful and crazy. To start off, my companion surprisingly had changes, so I am now with Elder Rivera from Guatemala, by the border of Mexico. He is a zone leader with me now so I`m not the only one haha finally. He`s 27! He tells everybody that he is 21, I`m only one of like three that know his real age. He`s a good guy though so it`ll be good to end with him. Well other than that, you guys heard a bit about the weather that has been happening down here.. it`s been pretty bad. It literally has not stopped raining for 8 days. The longest period of time that I can remember without rain has been an hour or so, it has seriously been crazy! In fact, I just got a call this morning from the assistants saying that we shouldn`t leave the house unless it`s really important for today and tomorrow. There have been some pretty big damages in the country especially towards the coast- flooding and landslides all over! Yesterday we only had sacrament meeting, and after a lot of us went over to Lyco to prepare packets of food and emergency kits to be sent out. In fact, Edgardo who just got baptized on Saturday was one of the few people who went to church, and then went with us after to help in Lyco. Stud! It was pretty cool though, A TON of rice. I`ll send you some pictures! It was pretty cool though to see the church in action in moments of disaster. When everybody else is asking, the church is giving. That`s tithing in action! There were actually a few Americans there helping out. Man it`s going to be weird being surrounded by white people haha, I saw them and just thought wow they are so out of place.. and then remembered.. oh yeah, I`m white too. haha not to mention hearing English from somebody else besides a missionary and not using spanglish. But yeah I think the rain is starting to calm down and it is supposed to be over with on Wednesday. It has all been caused by a hurricane in Mexico, and Central America has caught the tail of it. (I was surprised at the dead on information that Justin told me about it!)
Well the zone got quite a bit bigger as well this transfer. President opened up two more areas in the zone, including moving the sisters Mendoza and Ray from their area and putting them in the area of the assistants. Well that was sort of a last minute thing, so when they told me about it they said that they hadn`t actually found a house for the sisters to live in yet.. so I needed to find some sort of arrangement for a few days. So I spent pretty much all day Wednesday and Thursday moving their suit cases around and calling people and blah blah... all this in a tropical storm. FUN!!!!!!!! haha.
Well sounds like everybody is doing well and life is moving right along. I can`t help but feel like all of your lives have changed quite drastically from when I left, more than I thought they would! A lot can happen in two years huh? Well have a great week, love you all!
Love Nick

October 24th:

Hey guys,
Well, the rain has finally stopped and the sun is out! What a relief... got pretty depressing there for a while not seeing the sun for 8 days straight. The more orient part of the country got hammered by floods and pretty much all crops of any kind destroyed. Everything is really expensive right now because the same thing happened in Guatemala, where we get a lot of that kind of stuff shipped in. For example beans are usually at 80 cents a pound.. and they are at 2 dollars a pound right now. haha yeah in the states we complain about gas prices going up.. well here in El Salvador we complain about bean prices going up :)
Well this week went pretty well, just starting to realize how little time I have left... yikes.
The other day we went out with the stake president Mejivar do visit some less active families, he`s a stud. We visited 14 families in four hours, making sure everything was ok with the rains and everything. With that we were able to find some good investigators and help some people to go back to church so that was good. We had a good lesson with Alex Preza, an investigator who is way good but in the process of stopping smoking. Well somehow the subject of baptisms for the dead got brought up (which often people have a hard time understanding and accepting), and he understood perfectly and told us that when he gets baptized he wants to do the work for his Dad who dad a while back. Yup, already got one foot the in the water! Edgardo when to the temple with his wife on Saturday, so everything is going well and strong with him. The other day I did a baptismal interview for the area of Jardín for a family that I knew when I was there, just the son hadn`t been baptized. Anyways he asked me to baptize him so I baptized him yesterday which was good. I`ll send some pics.
Well sounds like everything is going well at home. New car huh? how on earth do you fit everything at the house.... sell the truck! haha sorry josh. That`s cool though it sounds pretty sweet I`m excited to see it. How has the weather been there lately? Man I`m going to freeze. Hopefully it will be decent weather in St. George the week I get back! Everybody is going to go right?

Well hope you all have a good week, love you thanks for everything!!! Cuìdense

Love Nick

WE GOT NICK'S FLIGHT INFO! He will be coming home on Friday November 25th at 4:45pm!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

October Conference, October 3, 2011

Hey fam,
Well another sweet October conference! I enjoyed it as it sounds like you guys did as well. I love conference. It was cool to here President Monson mention the dedication down here, even if he really didn't say much about it haha. I enjoyed his talk a lot on Saturday, as well and as the Elder from Japan and Callister who talked about the Book of Mormon. Really good talk! Elder Uchtdorfs talk was also really cool. I liked when he was explaining the creation and said "compared to God, man is nothing; but to God, man is everthing". All those guys are studs! I was able to watch all of the sessions except for one (the Sunday morning session) in English so that was way nice. We should all go to a live session in April!

Well this weekend we should have two baptisms. Edgar and Vilma. Edgar is going to get married on Saturday with his future wife (a member), and Vilma is a nice humble 27 year old women who has been coming for a couple of months now. So pray so that they both go through!
Everything is going well here. I've got pretty much this whole week lined up with birthday dinners, haha the members here are great. The package is actually in the office waiting for me! I have a zone leaders council tomorrow with President so hopefully he brings it. I'm sure he will. I can't believe it's already October.... time is flying. The fact that I'm coming home blows my mind. You guys will have to go to Adam Jones' farewell for me and tell me how it goes! Also Tyler Cheney comes home this next week and Travis Parrish is already home! It's going to be great to have all the boys back. How are my school papers coming? Good good? Sounds like the weather has been pretty cool there... speaking of which I was probably colder than I have been for two years today! We went to the volcanoe, it was awesome. I'll be sending some pictures. Right about as we were wrapping up being there, it starting POURING. haha so everybody was pretty freezing especially since the volcanoe is pretty cold in comparison to the rest of the country. We went to the crater and it was HUGE! Supposedly there was an eruption in 1917, and that was the last time. Now it's just all green. It was a good time though I think everbody was pretty happy.

How are the grandparents doing? Grandpa didn't come down to go to the priesthood session did he? Tell them I say hi. I shot them a quick email last week, but who knows how often they check that kind of thing. What about Grandma Kirkbride? Tell her I say hi as well, that house is still holding up isn't it? Well sorry a bit short this week but I don't have much time this week since we are getting back a bit late from the volcanoe. Love you all thanks for everything!! Have a great week.

Love Nick

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Getting ready for conference! September 26, 2011

Hey fam,
How`s everyone doing? Sounds like everything is normal in the Reid house (Well relatively.... when I left Josh definitely wasn`t going to homecoming dance`s, Adam wasn`t doing backflips on a wake-board, Justin wasn`t saying things like "kenady will look very nice, which is very nice for me", Brooke wasn`t taking casual weekend trips to park city and buying condos, oh yeah and Reese didn`t even exist!)

Everything is going well here, just getting geared up for General Conference! I`m excited to say the least. We already have two for sure baptismal dates for the 10th of October, Vilma and Edgardo. The zone is going to baptize a TON in October. Every area has people. Well I had a good experience the other day. When I was here before in Buena Vista, the whole six weeks we were visiting a family named Quinteros who were inactive for quite a while. The Dad served a mission here in El Salvador and the mom was even born into the church. For a lot of personal reasons, they had justified inactivating. Anyways, we went over there quite a bit and had some really good lessons with them and everytime thought that that week they would be going to church.. but never did. Very frustrating. Well when I came back, I found they there were active and going to church and activities and everything! We went over to their house and I said jokingly "How is it that I spend two months begging you guys to come to church, and then when I leave you start going?!" haha well the Dad explained that when I left ( I didn`t tell them that I was leaving) the family started saying hey why haven`t the missionaries been coming over? And I guess it started to bug them and really missed it. So he told me one day they were at home and the dad said "let`s go look for Elder Reid at the church". Well long story short they went to look for me to find out that I had left, but because they went to the church it ended up reactivating them. And now I`m back! So that was good to see and hear.

Well I now have a for sure date... November 25th.. the day after Thanksgiving. But at least we now know for sure! It`ll be good though, Thanksgiving day we will have interviews with president, we`ll go to the temple, and he`ll take us out to dinner. Well next Wednesday I`m turning 21! Pretty crazy. I`m starting to get a little stressed out about it all haha what am I gonna do?! Where do I work? What do I study? WHERE do I study? What do I do so I don`t freeze to death when I get home?

So how`s the ward doing? Justin says that the Besinger boy came home for New York, how did that all go for him? That is still pretty crazy to me. That`s sad about Kit`s friend... tell her I`m sorry. The other day our cook`s husband was watching footage and a little documentary about the war here... pretty brutal. Just a group of common men with machine guns fighting againts the military. The weirder part is that I recongnized a lot of the places and really nothing much has changed since then in terms of how the houses look and the streets and all that. I`ve never really known the story behind it all but I defintely want to read about it when I get home. It`s hard to gather information here from the people because half of them were on the side of the governement and the other half with the revolutionists.. so yeah they both have there side of the story haha.
Well other than that everything is good here. Still lots of rain! But still brutally hot. Love you all, thanks for everything, have a great week!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Great Multi Zone- September 19, 2011

Sister Glazier making pupusas

President and Sister Glazier

Hey guys, Well this week has been pretty good. On Tuesday we had the multi zone meeting with elder Martino, and it was really good. That guy`s a stud. He was coming down on everyone a bit for the lack of priesthood baptisms and ordinations to the Melchizedek priesthood, but they added on at the end that Zone Cuscatlán was actually doing pretty well in that category, so that was nice and made all of us in the zone feel pretty good haha. And then on Thursday we had a Zone leader Counsel meeting with Elder Martino as well. It was really cool because it was a lot more personal. Only about 14 missionaries, President and his wife, Elder Martino and his wife. We set some good goals for the mission and received a lot of good instruction. It was pretty funny/impressive to see Elder Martino`s wife there with him. They live in Guatemala and have for quite a while now, even though his wife barely speaks any Spanish at all. I can`t imagine having to be the wife of an authority of the church, who is assigned to Central America, following him around hearing nothing but Spanish all day (including whatever type of meeting or church meeting), and not understanding hardly anything or being able to chime in or express yourself. Now that`s a supportive wife! haha. Well general conference is coming up here soon. I`m way excited. When I get back we have to go to a live session of general conference in April! I love hearing those guys talk, and we`ve got them 15 minutes away! It`s pretty funny, whenever I tell members that I live close to Salt Lake, the first thing that they ask me is "have you ever been to a general conference?!" For a lot of them it is a life goal to see the Salt Lake temple and go to a general conference. Then a couple days later I turn 21... I liked your comment dad, "maybe you can splurge and have a coke". haha that wouldn't be too bad of a birthday present actually! But I guess I can`t wait a couple more months and enjoy it more on the plane haha. Speaking of which, they have been some difficulties in finding flights for the 24th... which I knew there would be... so it`s probable that I`ll come home a couple days earlier. But we`ll see, maybe they`ll just send me home a week later? I`ll keep you posted. I sent that card of today Mom, so let me know if you get it. Well everything is going well here, we should have a few baptisms coming up here in the next couple of weeks. We should be baptizing a man named Edgardo who is the husband of a less active member who we have recently activated. And a women named Vilma who about 4 weeks ago just showed up to church all by herself, and has gone every week since. She`s great. We had a mission activity in my ward on Thursday (independence day for El Salvador), and my stake president invited President Glazier. He actually showed up! haha him and his wife. Sister Glazier learned how to make pupusas, it was hilarious. She`s probably the nicest lady I have ever met! So yeah I`ll have to send you a picture of that. Other than that all is well en la tierra de El Salvador. Hope you all have a good week!!! love you. Nick