Elder Garrett Markham
El Salvador San Salvador East Mission
PO Box #3362
San Salvador, El Salvador
Monday, September 28, 2015
This week was a crazy one. We had to make a ton of trips this week into the city of San Salvador so that meant taking lots of long buses in traffic and stuff. It was a very tiring week. But we were still able to get a lot of work in! We found a few more families to teach but they weren't too acceptive of the Gospel. But we still had some other great lessons with a few families! We are teaching a family called the Trujillo Family. The parents are super awesome! They have two kids and since they are only 14 and 17 they aren't super interested like their parents but sometimes the parents make them come in and listen ahaa. The parents are married which is pretty rare here so that makes everything a lot easier. They also read the Book of Mormon everyday and LOVE it! They are so close with not drinking coffee. The only problem that they would have is that they haven't been going to church. They want to go so bad because they love everything we teach, from the restoration of the gospel to the plan of salvation and all the commandments! They are so excited every time we go by and they study everything we leave for their homework before we get there so we almost never have to teach them haha. All we need to do is help them get to church and not drink coffee and they are all ready to get baptized!
Orlando took out his passport this week and will be getting married and baptized the weekend of the 10th and 11th of October! It's going to be great because he has been waiting for this for such a long time! He has even been helping clean the church and going to all the meetings Tuesday afternoons with the Elders quorum. He's pretty much been a member for months. But now he will finally be an official member!
We start a new change today but since my comp only has about two weeks here I'm staying here in Santo Tomas for at least another 6 weeks! I'm super excited to be able to see Orlando's baptism and see the growth of the other investigators here! I love the missionary work that I get to do here! I know the Gospel is true and that Jesus is the Christ. I'm so grateful for the blessing I have to live with my family forever and there's no place I'd rather be than here in Santo Tomas El Salvador!!!! I miss and love you all tons!!!!!
Thursday, September 24, 2015
This week was pretty crazy! Tuesday morning I got a call saying that I was receiving a new missionary that was leaving the mtc that day! So....I'm training again! Except he's right out of the mtc. His name is Elder McHaley from South Jordan Utah! He's great! We were able to find some more good investigators this week. Orlando is doing great but we weren't able to get enough money for him so we are still waiting and can't have his baptism this weekend but he's still enduring!
I completed my one year mark Tso to celebrate I read the first chapter of "Jesus the Christ" haha. The mission rule is that you can't read it until after one year in the mission. But that was about it. I haven't gotten sick but every once in a while I start to fill weird, then I started thinking that maybe I needed a voo du blessing from JJ...do you think you could throw one my way JJ man?
I really love the study time in the morning we have to really search the scriptures. My faith has strengthened so much! I know that Jesus is the Christ and that only through Him can we be saved. Many people don't understand how the atonement actually works but I'm so grateful for this chance I have to help them understand it. Many people don't accept but there's no other place I'd rather be! I love it here and I love being a missionary! I love and miss you all!
PS quick funny story...on the way here I saw a place called Grandpas bakery...they always name stuff here in English. Now I'm not sure about the details behind it...and there's nothing against you Grandpa...but wouldn't it sound better if it was Grandmas? haha maybe that's just me
Monday, September 14, 2015
Christmas is here!!!! Ever since the beginning of September the stores have been preparing to sell their Christmas stuff haha.
But anyway, this week was super awesome until Fnight...we had emergency changes and my companion and our district leader got sent home. So now I'm with Elder Hale for now in his area. We are trying to still visit the people in my area preparing for baptism but it makes everything super difficult. We've tried leaving to visit with the people in our branch but there isn't very many, and they haven't been able to go out with us. We at least got a new Companion this morning so now we are in a trio and hopefully it will be easier to leave with just one of the Brothers in the ward. Besides that, not much has been going on differently. We're going to have Orlando's raffle to help him get some money to take out his passport so we can have him get married and baptize him next week.
Alsois independence here and hopefully it will be super sweet! It's kinda like they are going to celebrate me completing my first year in the mission because the 17th of September is one year in the mission! It's gone by too fast! And everyone says that the second year is always way faster which worries me because I feel like I don't have time to get done all I need to!!!! Well I gotta get back to work haha. I love and miss you all so much!
Love Elder Markham
|Garrett LOVES to go to the Temple!|
|Elder Nelson leaving their conference|
|This kids name is Tonito. He came up to me one day and asked me for a tie. So I gave him this grey one, and now he wears it every day to church....it's also already got a ton of stains and stuff. But he's only 8 haha|
|Now those are some pupusas. the giant one is called a pupusa loca and it's full of just a TON of stuff. Definitly my favorite so far!|
|Garrett says "everyone and their dog" has one of these pet birds!|
Monday, September 7, 2015
This week was another good week! We found a ton more investigators! Two are super awesome! One of them we passed by when he was just sitting outside reading a book. I thought...no one here reads books. Then I felt that we should go back and talk to him. He went by and talked to him about the Book of Mormon and how special of a book it is. We then gave him a copy and set a date when we could come back. We went back a few days later and he had already been reading all the testimonies and a few chapters! It was awesome! He had tons of questions so we just spent the whole lessons answering them!
I don't know if you remember the couple that drove up to us on the motorcycle and started talking to us, but this last week the husband was in a terrible accident and almost died. He had a crazy surgery on his stomach. Now he's resting in his house. We went by to give him a blessing F. He lives super far away. We had to take a bus for about 30 minutes then we had to take a moto taxi. It's like a little red scooter taxi thing that's pretty cool. I'll try to get a pic of one later. Then we went back last night to meet his wife and mom. His wife is super ready to be baptized! She was going to be baptized years ago and they already have plans to get sealed in the temple!!! But the guy has to get divorced before he can get married to her so that she can get baptized. He tried getting divorced to his ex wife but she was asking for a ton of money each month and he didn't have that kind of money so the lawyer left him. But we are going to help them because I know tons of members that are lawyers who can do it for cheap. One of them is Karen Zepeda who I baptized back in January when I was in Alta Vista.
I love and miss you all so much!
Love Elder Markham