Elder Garrett Markham
El Salvador San Salvador East Mission
PO Box #3362
San Salvador, El Salvador
Monday, June 29, 2015
This week was an awesome week of teaching and finding new people! We were able to get 11 new investigators and we set more baptism dates. We are now up to 6 people with a baptism date! The only thing now is to get them to come to church. We were expecting about 6 or 7 people but only Orlando came again. It was very sad but we are still working hard! Another problem came up with Orlando. He was going to finally get baptizedbut his passport is expired. He is from Guatemala so that's the huge problem. The bishop in the other ward needs it to do the baptism for us but it won't work if it's expired. So we have to help him raise money these next few months to try and get a new passport. Last night we had an awesome experience! We went to go visit a guy that we taught a long time ago but haven't been able to find him in his house for a long time. Only his wife was there so we said we would come back another day. We didn't have a whole lot to eat last night but as we were leaving she said, wait! Let me give you guys some avocados. She went into her house and came back with a huge pineapple! It was awesome! We've never even met her! She was so nice and it was a huge blessing. Except for the fact that we ate so much and my lip started bleeding ahah. Today we are going bowling so that will be pretty fun! A good change up from the regular play soccer every pday haha. I love and miss you all sooooo much!
Love Elder Markham
Sunday, June 28, 2015
We had a good week this last week. We were able to find 14 new investigators and get some good lessons in. There are some good humble people in the area that really want to learn! It's just super hard getting them to come to church because they can't get rid of old habits and it's a little hard for them to go to the church because you have to take a bus to the next town. But we have an investigator called Orlando that I've talked a little bit about. He's been an investigator for a very long time. He's just been waiting for his marriage papers to get here from Guatemala. He's been such a prepared investigator from the start. The only things are that he's been having a lot of problems with his son who's super sick in the United States that has been trying to work but he can't. And their granddaughter is super sick with a heart problem, and Orlando has arthritis. We're doing the best we can to help them with everything to help him get baptized. I think he will get baptized with in a couple weeks. We also have another investigator who's been going to church for four years. Her daughter is a member and so is her husband but he doesn't like the church anymore. We were finally able to find her in her house and her son too! He's not a member so we were able to teach him too. But the only doubt she had was baptisms for the dead which doesn't make sense why nobody had helped her with that before. So we taught her about that and she said it made sense and now she's fine about that. We invited her to be baptized in a couple weeks but she said she would pray and tell us Sunday...well...she didn't come hahah. But I feel that it's only a matter of weeks.
I love you all and miss you very much!
Love Elder Markham
|Garrett and his companion Elder Stout eating muffins in a cup|
|Garrett and his "Ghost Friend"|
|Here's a couple fruits called mamones. They are super good. A little sour and your mouth feels weird as you eat them haha. But they're awesome haha|
Sunday, June 21, 2015
This week was a super fast week! I'm glad to hear a little bit about the wedding. I'm sad I missed it but El Salvador is where I need to be! We are still working hard and teaching lots of people. During the mission I have really learned how to listen to the spirit better. I love it when we are teaching lessons and I just start saying things and using scriptures that I would never thought about using if I didn't have the spirit to help me.
This Saturday was an awesome day! We went to a little conference thing for an awareness of this river that we are going to be cleaning. It made the national news so I'm pretty sure if you looked it up you could find it and I'll be on there. It's for the Acelhuate Rio I'm pretty sure. Our whole Zone was part of it. So try looking it up and you should be able to see me on there!
Not much happened this past week. It just goes by faster and faster I can't keep up. It's rainy season now. It rains a ton almost every day, then when it doesn't rain it's 10x hotter! Haha, I also learned that the city where our church is inside a crater of a giant volcano! And our house is on the opening when all the lava flowed out when it exploded thousands of years ago. Pretty cool huh? Well I love and miss you all.
|Garrett and his companion Elder Stout|
|Here is a part of Garrett's area. He said they had to walk down this little street to try and find people to teach. It seems like a beautiful area and he is really enjoying his time there.|
|Garrett and his District Leader Elder Lucero|
Monday, June 8, 2015
Hola Mi Familia!
Puchika, este semana fue super rapido. Cada semana siente como un dia! Nos vemos en un rato.
This week was full of surprises and awesome uplifting moments! I got some letters this week. I got the letters from Sara too with all the pics! I love them!!!! So during the week we were walking through the street and we crossed to the other side to just barley see two huge buses racing, they were racing for fun. They were seeing who could get to the exit first, and.. they ended up crashing together. The scary thing is is that they were both filled with people. At least it wasn't too serious or anything. Then we went to a Sisters house in the ward to teach her and her kids. She lives with a bunch of older sons that are members and always listen to us, but they don't come to church. The last time we went she was telling me how she was happy that I was so happy and that's how every missionary should be. Then this time she asked my companion what he was learning from me. He just said that he was learning a lot and she said that my companion seemed to be a lot more happy since I had come. Then she just kept saying that there was something about me that was different than other missionaries and that she just liked me. It's hard to say what she said because it's weird to explain in English haha. It was good and helped me notice the difference you can make just trying to smile a lot more. So yes mom, you were right...we had stake conference and it was awesome! We talked a lot about keeping S a holy day and they encouraged the missionaries to write to their families and tell them one thing we could all improve. I thought and there isn't much really. Mom and dad taught us well from the activities that we do and don't to what we should wear. I always thought that was a rule that mom made up . It's been a super fast awesome weekend. We are teaching lots of people and we will have a baptism soon, we are just helping a guy get his marriage papers. I love and miss you all!!!
Love Elder Markham
Monday, June 1, 2015
Well...another change means...another change haha. I had changes once again. I don't know why. I'm in an area that's called Santo Tomas. My last area was probably the smallest in the mission, but I am now in the biggest area in the whole mission! It's awesome too because I have the number one pupusa place in all El Salvador, which pretty much means the world! hhaha. The area I'm in is super beautiful too. There are tons of areas that are just all jungle! There's a pupusaria that we ate at the first day and you could see mountains and hills covered in the jungle! I love it here! My companion is from Washington and his name is Elder Stout. It's cool because he was really into football so he's a big lineman haha. Its good to have a cool companion that we can relate a lot. He's also a great hard worker and he's only got a few months in the mission. We've been working super hard, talking to tons of people and finding new investigators. I don't know how many baptisms we will be able to get because there's a ton of people that we have dates with but I don't exactly know for how sure they are since I'm just getting to know the people. And no one came to church yesterday so that was hard too....But we are still working super hard and the days are flying by! Just this week was pretty long. I'll try to get some pictures of the jungle areas to show you guys but we'll see how that goes haaha. I love and miss you all so much! I'm doing great and eating lots of pupusas! Which reminds me! We went to a members house the other day and they asked how many we wanted and it was all free. I said 7 because I wasn't for sure how big they would be...that was a mistake. I could have eaten about 3 or 4 more but they were sooo good. They also gave us an ice cream sandwich.
I love you all!
Love Elder Markham