Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012: Baptismal Service Blessing

Hola Familia,

How are you all doing? Good I hope. Sounds like the weather is super sweet and also very up and down. I would love to see some snow or feel the cold for a second. Here in Sonsonate it is blazing hot. I sweat all the time. I have to drink so much water. I love it when I finally get to feel a nice breeze or the very very few times when I walk into an air conditioned building is the best.

Those are sweet pictures Kylie that you sent and it makes me really love my nephews and proud of them that they are playing soccer. I have grown an even bigger love for soccer here in El Salvador. We play it almost every week. I take it the games are like every little kid game where all of the kids are just running in a big crowd around the ball trying to kick it. Those are the best games.

Well for over here in El Salvador I don´t believe it was all to exciting. We did get to see some sweet stuff in our area start to progress though. So last week we went and had that really sweet baptismal service, right. So on Monday we went to a family we had been teaching like a month ago (but we left them because they weren't very positive), but they went to  the baptism because they are friends of the family. So Monday we talked to them and they had totally changed. We asked them how they felt during the wedding and baptism and they said they felt the spirit super strong. They started asking what they would have to do to get baptized and married. We asked them if they wanted to do all of this stuff and they said YES. The mom, Yesenia, asked if we needed to take out some papers and we said yes and that we needed there ID´s. She ran and brought hers and her husbands. Me and my comp were stunned. They were talking about how they want to go to church and all. We left and were in awe. It was amazing. We didn't really believe them too much at the time really.

Throughout the week we kept passing and they have been doing better and better. The whole family (it is a dad (Carlos he is like 60), mom (Yesenia, 48), daughter (Zuleyma, 12), son (Carlitos, 8) and a baby). It was super sweet stuff. They loved church and got along with the members. They will be getting baptized and married a week from today the 2nd of April.

That was the best thing that happened this week. We also got news of transfers. YA THAT'S RIGHT. I have already been here in Sonsonate for a whole transfer. I will be here another change, which I am super stoked about. I will be with elder Norene again, That´s alright i guess......

Well love you all and enjoy the weather for me. This week will be my last General conference in the mission. That's crazy. Next one I will be eating mom´s good ol' donuts. I am so excited for the General conference. I have been thinking of a couple questions to bring to conference. I have done it every conference in my mission and every time I have left with answers. You should all definitely try it. Love ya all! talk to you next week.

Elder Gillette

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012: Dirty Face

Hola Familia,

Wow, sorry that I wasn't able to write all to much last week. This week is a lot more relaxed. Last week was a blast though and we were able to go and have a lot of fun by the beach. We went back to Acajutla and played soccer and volleyball. After we went and took a bunch of pictures by the beach(as you can see). we then went to this restaurant and ate the best food I have eaten my whole mission. It was on the pier and I ate fish filet and my comp ate lobster. It was awesome and the zone loved it. I took a bunch of photos and sent them today.

This week was really cool too. We have had some really great investigators lately. We have been teaching this family (the familia Cordova). The 13 year old daughter is a member and the dad too, but the mom isn't. They have been super worried to get married and baptized and stuff. They have gone to church the past 3 weeks and we have been able to bring a lot of great members to help us. Suddenly something changed this past week and they started feeling ready and we put the marriage and baptism for the 17th. We invited EVERYONE. We told all of the missionaries to bring investigators and we bought cakes and got a whole bunch of stuff ready. This Saturday they got married and we had such a great support from the ward. Over 60 people came and we decorated and all. It was awesome! the whole family was so excited.

We got to the part of the baptism and the room was full of people. Right before she got in the water they turned off all of the lights, but the baptismal font light and since it was about 8:30 at night it was super dark and everyone went quiet. It was such a spiritual experience and everyone felt it. We had so many members come up and tell us after how great it was. The best part was that between us and another companionship we had brought 15 investigators and all of them mentioned how great it was and a family decided the want to get married and baptized too. The baptism was beautiful. She was so happy after.

Aside from that I did another set of interchanges this week. I went to this super far away place called Cara Sucia (aka Dirty Face) and that was an adventure. Let´s just say last week when they had the elections here in El Salvador they city ended up burning two school buildings. It is pretty crazy there, but the people are SUPER ready for the gospel there.

I sent a bunch of pictures. We did an activity with the stake about teaching the primary how to be missionaries and it was super cool. We took a picture with the whole zone and I sent that. Most of the pictures are from Acajutla. There are a couple from the restaurant. It was super sweet.

Well I have a feeling that this will be another really great week. I am loving it here and dad you are super right. I have a feeling that these last 6 months will fly. It blows my mind.

I love you all and hope you all have a great week. Good luck Hilz out in California shooting that show. It will be sweet to see when I get back. Talk to you all next week.

Elder Gillette

Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012: (No Subject)

Hey Family!!!

So I am not gonna lie I don't have like any time to write today, because we did a zone activity and went to Acajutla and played volleyball then went to the pier and took pictures then ate at some sweet fish joint as a zone. I sent some really sweet pictures and I totally got sunburnt. I can tell it will be pretty bad haha. I will tell you all more about it next week.

Cool other news is that this past week I completed a year and a half in the mission WOW!!! isn't that crazy?

Love you all and I will tell you all more about it next week.

Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012: La Playa


It is so HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!  I am just always sweating. It would be sweet to just see a picture of snow. Sounds like the weather is awesome over there. Here I sweat in my sleep. It is terrible. Also there is starting to be a lot of wind and here there is NO grass and so all the dirt is getting blown around everywhere.

Well this week was really fun. I did not go to another sweet hotel and I doubt that will happen again. OH Krick that is so sweet that lady contacted you that I met in the hotel. They were super nice people and I got to help and talk with them. They were super nice people.

This week I went on a tour to a whole bunch of the areas in my zone. It was a lot of fun. I got to visit 3 of my areas and work with a couple sweet missionaries. I like doing interchanges. Its fun feeling like you help haha. One of the days I went to a part of the city that is named ´´America´´ So it felt be in America for a little bit. There it was fun and I got to go with a missionary that received the biggest card I have ever seen. We took a pic and I sent it. We decided it looks like one of those giant checks they give out for like the lottery.

This Friday I got to go to an area in my zone that is in the city Acajutla. It was so sweet. It is about 40 minutes from the city in bus and it is right on THE BEACH! It was so sweet to see the beach for the first time in a very long time. I took some pictures and I got to see the Pier from far away, but I believe we are going to go for a zone activity soon. I just wanted to jump in and start swimming. Also this place Acajulta is the biggest port in El Salvador so if you look well in the pictures there are some really giant ships too. It was a sweet experience, but SUPER HOT there, but at least there is a sweet ocean breeze and at night I could here the ocean waves.

Other that all this we had a couple reunions and we have had some sweet investigators this week. We had a family we have been teaching for like 3 weeks go to church and yesterday when they went they were super stoked and told us that they want to get married and baptized. So they are preparing for the 17th of march. They are awesome.

Well I love you all and I just want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY BASIL!!!! 5 years old. THAT IS CRAZY! I had a crazy thought that in one month it will be my last general conference and in 2 months my last call. That's scary.

Love you all and talk to you next week!!!!
Elder Gillette

Ps I also sent a couple pictures of the day when I left Molino and some of the sweet families there I love.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

February 27, 2012: International Hotel

Hello Fam,

This week was a pretty sweet week. It is still very hot and I believe it is getting hotter. How is the weather over there? much snow yet?  I can´t believe this week we start march. Time flies by so so fast. This week went by super fast. It was pretty fun though and we have a lot of good things that are starting to come to us.

There was mainly one really really cool thing that happened this week. Like Wednesday I received a call from President Cordon and he told me that I was going to go with him to a publicity thing in San Salvador. I was a little confused, but thought it would be sweet. So Friday Me and my comp went to Santa Ana and met up with president. We ate in his house and it was fun being with his family and getting to know them. At about 4 we left and it was just President, me and he also asked my old comp Elder Romero (who is also a ZL. SO we did the 2 hour trip to San Salvador and it was sweet.

We finally got through all the crazy traffic and we got to the International hotel there and the meeting was going to start at 7. The hotel was Gigantic and so SO SWEET! we got to go and help set up a little bit, but president told us both that he invited us 2 to talk to the people and answer any of there questions. I found out that what it was was that the church gives out an award each year to someone who helps the society each year in some aspect of helping to protect the family. The winner of the award this year was some doctor who also was a famous news writer here in El Salvador and wrote a lot about Chastity and the importance of Marriage. The Doctor wasn't Mormon and many of the people weren't there.

About 50 people came and all of them had tons of money. Just talking to them they would all tell me about there studies in Spain and Italy and stuff. I was talking to this 2 kids that there mom won last year the award and it was sweet talking to them and hearing all of there stories. I got to meet a lot of interesting people. One of the area 70's came (Elder Rivas) and I got to talk to him too. It was an awesome experience.

After they gave us Appetizers and they were SO GOOD!!!! I ate my first egg roll in 17 months. I actually ate like 6. They also had little chicken wings and all the soda you would want. We left at about 9:30 and got back to the house around 11. It was a really fun night. I was happy that I got lucky enough to go.

So that was the really cool news of the week. We had a pretty fun activity this week also with the ward. We brought a bunch of investigators and we did a church open house and played a couple games. It was sweet. One of the families we brought went to church yesterday also.

It has been an interesting change to be with Elder Norene. He is an interesting kid... haha

I hope everyone is doing good. I love all of you and I hope that you have a great week. Hilz how is work? Still loving it? I believe that KC is now getting payed at his job, if so congrats man, if not then forget that I mentioned it haha.

I will talk to you next week and hopefully I live through this hotness and humidity. It is terrible. I have started to like Ice Cream here.

Love you all and talk to you next week!

Elder Gillette