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