Monday, November 25, 2013

Early Thanksgiving Dinner, Potential Changes & Sister Missionary Assist

Hello family,

Well this week was pretty good. Things are really starting to pick up. We are really focusing on getting baptismal dates with our investigators to help them progress to the ultimate goal, you know. We have a lot of hope for December baptisms.

One of our investigators convinced us that this past Thursday was Thanksgiving so he made a huge turkey and all for us. So, surprisingly enough, we did have a Thanksgiving dinner even though it was a week early. It's really cool how some investigators can be so generous when we just met them this same week!

So this week is changes week, I really don`t know what to expect right now. I could be changed to a new area (which I would not like) or I could stay here (which I would really like). So we will see soon what is to happen with us here.

The sister missionaries that we share this ward with just had a baptism for a couple that Elder Wyatt and I found a while ago. They went through a lot for them to be able to be baptized and all. Lots of setbacks with a wedding paperwork and other things. It was super spiritual at their baptism. Great experience. 

Umm... well that is about all I have for this week to share!

I hope that you had a great birthday Mom! How old are you now? I ask because I always forget, people ask a lot and I really dont know what to tell them haha. I want to say 44 or something but I am not so sure. haha

Also I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, have a great week. and good luck on Cyber Monday!

Love Elder Vaughan

Monday, November 18, 2013

El Salvador del Mundo, Zone Conference & a Department Store

Once again it is p-day, Seriously, each week only feels like a couple of days to me, and I find it hard to come up with stuff to say.
OK, so this week was pretty cool. We had a multi zone conference. Our zone picture is attached here, but my comp was photo shopped out for pulling a goofy face in it. What a spaz. The conference was really good and motivational.

This week we are really hoping for a baptism with one lady who we have been teaching, and we have a couple more that are likely to be baptized next month. Sometimes I feel like I don't have many baptisms because I had bad luck in the office and some other areas I have had have been dead, and super hard to find people to teach in. But here in San Miguel things are really starting to pick up. We are slowly becoming the better area in our district, which is exciting since the past three weeks were really slow and all. But now we are on the rise, finding more and more people to teach.
 Also attached are some pictures from San Salvador a couple weeks ago. I had trouble sending them last week and the previous week as well. We are at "El Salvador del Mundo", the central plaza in the nice part of the capital. Hopefully these pictures load up alright, the net is kinda sluggish now.

That's about all there is for now. We only have 30 minutes to email now, they cut us down on our time for some weird reason.
Thanks for the money, I got a new suit and some new shoes, with some money left to spare. Walking into that department store felt like walking into a little piece of the United States. It was cool. Soon enough I will be back. But there are still many things to be done here!
I hope that you all have a great week. until next time.

Love, Elder Vaughan

Monday, November 11, 2013

Suit Shopping, Mucho Sisters & Imagine Dragons

Hello once again!

It sounds to me like things are going great. Lots of exciting stuff going on.

Thanks Mom for the Western Union help, everything turned out okay, and in a couple hours here we are going to go look at suits! I will take good care of this one so I can look like a sir when I come home.

Umm.. That's so cool that Ali Kelly is coming to this mission, that would be cool to see here when she gets here (and when I leave haha). There is a large number of sister missionaries in this mission now. When I first arrived in 2012, there were only about 8 sisters and 150 elders. Now there is probably about 50 sisters and 200 or more elders. There are so many missionaries for such a small country. about half of the wards and branches are divided between two companionship's, like ours is here. It is crazy having three missions in this country with more than 200 missionaries in each one, it is nearly impossible to not meet a missionary here. That is probably what it is like in many parts of the world these days.

Good job Dad on the elections. Its funny that you were challenged by another republican dude that has similar values as you do. Here in El Salvador, the Presidential elections are coming to an end. There are three main political parties in control the Republicans (
ARENA and Unidad are the party names) and the Socialist/Comunist party, FMLN. The sad thing is that ARENA and Unidad are both republicans, but they hate each other, allowing the communists to take control. If only the republicans could get along and get a hold on things. Its so sad seeing people resort to extreme socialism as a solution to problems. Poor people here in this country strongly despise the rich people, as if they were evil people. And honestly, in this country to make a lot of money, you have to be a flippin' genius, making money is hard work here. Half the Salvadoran population lives on an $8 a day salary. That includes housing, food, clothing, transport and all other costs. Sad.

Well, it sounds like business is getting better as usual. Nice work. We all know that that is not just good luck, that is skill.

Random side note, have you heard of a band called Imagine Dragons? Supposedly they are super popular now. I was in the MTC with the lead singers little brother both in Provo and in Guatemala, we just didn't realize how famous his brother was because the band wasn't big at that time.

Anyway. That's about all I have time for now. Maybe next week I will share more details about the missionary work in our area. All else is well. I love you and have a great week!

Love Elder Vaughan