Friday, April 26, 2013

New Old Clothes, Baptisms & Gourmet Burgers

Hello once again!

So here are some random pictures. The top one was from a few weeks ago when we went to "la Puerta del Diablo" which is a cool mountain type thingy. The next one is a shot of San Salvador from a distance, its hard to see really because the air is so polluted. Next is a random picture of me... with a garbage can head. And I don't remember if I ever sent a pic of the office, so there is is!

I think I blinked again because somehow today is p-day! If I don´t stop blinking I will be home pretty quick! Anyways this week was pretty crazy. There´s a lot of stuff going on here, preparing for the mission divide, and all that stuff! In the house where we are now living there were 5 of us Elders, but now only me and my companion are there. The others are now living on the other side of San Salvador where the new office is supposedly going to be. So on top of the office work and the missionary work, we had to move a ton of stuff. And it's not like just a few suitcases and stuff, in the house we had tons of big things. Anyways I am tired.

Yesterday was a super cool day! Elder Hall is the guy who manages the Perpetual Education Fund here in El Salvador, he is going home on Monday. So he stopped by the office yesterday to drop off a bunch of stuff that he is not going to take home. Among those things were like 10 white shirts 2 suits and a ton of ties. So I got a few of the shirts and the suit. I was really happy about the suit because my suit pants ripped a few weeks ago and I was contemplating buying a new suit here, but I decided to wait. I guess being patient paid off! The suit is brand new, Elder Hall says he bought it and used it only once! The only problem is that the pants are slightly big for me, but I can send it to a tailor´s shop to cut it down for maybe 2 bucks. That's a good deal!

So the fact that the other missionaries in our house moved to the other side of the capital, we inherited their investigators and their baptismal dates. So in the next few weeks we may have two or three more baptisms!

So far in my mission I haven´t been baptizing a ton, I've baptized a small amount, and now being in the office makes that even harder for me. I guess that after being in the mission for almost a year I should be a little better or something at this. But my favorite quote in the world is "it is what it is". So whatever, its not all about the numbers and all. What really bothers me is how many missionaries measure success by baptismal numbers and the put notches in their belt like a bomber puts tallies to mark its kills. That kind of bothers me because you can´t really measure success like that. In my mission I have reactivated inactive people like twice as many times as baptisms, but there is no number that we use in the mission to mark that one. For all those who have been or are missionaries know that the purpose is "invite people to come unto Christ", it doesn't say who, just people whether they be members or not! Some of my greatest joys have been with the families that are already members and we help them reactivate and stuff.

Anyways, I am content here in the office because it is a kind of work I understand well. I liked studying computer science before the mission because it was all systematic, there is a set pattern of completing things, there are rules and laws in computer science. In missionary work it's not so set in stone the "right way" of doing missionary work. I guess that is also why I struggled in Psychology class, too complicated for me. 

Last p-day was sweet, we went to GBC (Gourmet Burger Comp.) and ate some 16 dollar burgers. Really good. When I come back from the mission I will have to take like a 1 year break from cheeseburgers... or more..

Well sounds like all has been going well this week for you all, I hope you all have a great week. Well talk to you in another blink of the eye!

Love, Elder Joshua Vaughan

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