Elder Garrett Markham
El Salvador San Salvador East Mission
PO Box #3362
San Salvador, El Salvador
Monday, December 15, 2014
This week was nuts! We had changes and I'm in the same area with my new companion Elder Lowry from Utah. He is known as the happiest guy in El Salvador haha. But since he just got out of working in the office for the past year and doesn't know the area at all, I'm pretty much the trainer right now doing all the planning and stuff.But it's been great because I've been able to work a ton harder! I'm exhausted every night from working super hard! I feel great right now!!!!
This week we had a zone conference. I guess everyone thinks I'm the strongest in the zone so they had me do the push ups for the atonement activity...if you don't know what that is let's just say I had to do about 50 plus more push ups after doing 100 that morning. It may not seem that much but I don't have tons of time to work out and I'm a bit out of shape so it was a lot for me! HAHA. Then we talked to this drunk guy on the street and he said that the world is his home and that he wants the wisdom of the mayans....I love the drunk guys.
My presents got here! I'm so happy! Only moms and dads though. I'm so grateful for it! I love it. and for Christmas it looks like 24th afternoon is when we will be skyping. I don't have tons of time but I love you all!
Love Elder Markham
**Garrett is serving in Alta Vista, El Salvador
Monday, December 8, 2014
Not too much new going on this week...But first there is a small possibility that we might skype on the 24th. We aren't sure and I really don't know what's going on. But I'm just giving a heads up. I really hope it's the 25th! So i had some new foods this week. I finally had my first pumpkin pupusa...it wasn't quite the pumpkin pupusa I thought it would be. It just tasted like tortilla. Then I had some tres letches which was awesome! Just like moms except it had a cherry on top. I saw an ice cream truck for the first time...a very very sketchy ice cream truck. I wanted some ice cream because that annoying song was tempting me but I thought I might die if I ate that ice cream. So i didn't. I also almost got ran over by a middle aged chicken stampede. They weren't chicks but they weren't full grown yet so they also looked like dinosaurs. I also got two letters this week! Its so great to hear from the kids and they are sooooo funny!!!! It helps me so much!
Well I have to go but I love you all!
Love Elder Markham
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
This week was awesome! I'm loving the mission every week!was my first baptism and it was awesome! The spirit was so strong and it was a very great experience. Of course the devil tried to stop the baptism and Osvaldos grandson that lives with him was super sick and was not doing well. But my companion and I gave him a blessing and when they showed up to the baptism it was like he was never sick! After the baptism we had Osvaldo give his testimony and it was amazing even though I couldn't understand too much...He talked about how he didn't have any words to describe the way he felt, and how amazing me and my comp are...he also talked about how we healed his grandson that morning so I guess I now have my own cool little story for that. During his testimony was when I really realized that this is what its all about and how amazing it is that two kids can go around in a foreign land helping others come unto Christ and Save their eternal salvation. Its amazing.
The temperature isn't that bad anymore...the first few weeks was kind of like "Pure Luck"... Remember the scene where Martin Short is super uncomfortable when the guy is smoking in his face...that's kind of how I was because of the heat! It was killer! haha
I love you all so much. Have a great week everyone!!!
Love Elder Markham
|Garrett's first baptism...Osvaldo|
|The Zepeda Family...they are very good to Garrett and feed him well!|