Monday, December 30, 2013

Chaparrastque Volcano Erupts

Yes, the rumors are true, during our sacrament meeting the volcano (Chaparrastque) exploded a little, It had about 3 or 4 small eruptions throughout the day. But we were calm enough to finish out the sacrament meeting because it was the primary program. So after church, members who have cars helped us run to our house to gather a few belongings, then they took us to the terminal to catch our bus out of there!





Honestly, one of the freakiest things I have ever seen. When I stepped out of the church we could not see the volcano because the skies were completely black on one side. So we made like a tree and left. 

The only real route to San Salvador goes on a highway directly by the volcano, through the huge ash cloud and all. It was so intense, I almost felt like the people in the movie Dante´s Peak. From what we have heard there were only 2 casualties, one in a car crash, and one from a heart attack. So they were really indirect deaths because of the eruption. Around 5PM we arrived at the temple grounds where the temple missionaries had so nicely prepared us a big dinner, and then we all divided up into several groups and slept on the floor in other missionaries houses here in the capital.

Almost the whole eastern zone was evacuated, including missionaries in the zones San Miguel, Rio Grande, San Vicente and Usulutan. 

Honestly it was quite the scare for us, but we new we would be okay. Well, that was a crazy experience and all. Thankfully it wasn't a big deal like MT St Helen's was in 1980 where a third of the mountain was blown off, because that could have wiped out the whole city of San Miguel.

All is well though, I am great, just a little tired because we didn't sleep too well last night. But all is well. We are going to enjoy a relaxed pday here in San Salvador. We are staying in the house of one of my old areas when I was in the office, it is so weird seeing this place again.

Anyways, I hope you all have a great new years, mine will probably be spent here while we wait for the ash to settle, and I´m sure that upon arrival in San Miguel we will have a lot of clean up work to get done, haha. I just hope all the things in my house are not all covered in ash now, that would be a sad thing to come home to. 

Dad, do you think you could send me some sweet pics of mt st helens eruption, I think it would be interesting to see. Thanks


Love Elder Vaughan

Here's an email in Spanish that was sent to the missionaries (rough translation via Google follows below):

Queridos misioneros,
Cuanto les amamos. Cuando algo pasa como esta erupción del volcán de San
Miguel, uno hace una pausa, y agradece las muchas bendiciones que tiene.
También agradece las personas queridos en su vida. Estamos tan agradecidos
por la protección de todos ustedes. Dios nos dio unos milagros ayer. Escribí
a todos los padres por la cual tengo email.

(Carta a los padres )"No queremos preocuparles, pero muchos de ustedes ya
han oído de la erupción del volcán de San Miguel hoy. Todos nuestros
misioneros están bien. Hemos evacuado a las zonas de San Miguel, Usulután y
San Vicente a la capital para su proteccion. Todos están bien y seguros.
Hemos visto la mano del Señor en todo lo que ocurrió hoy. El Presidente
sintió que debía asistir a la iglesia en una ciudad cerca del volcán. Lo
vimos explotar. Pudimos llegar a San Miguel con tanta rapidez. Pudimos
contactar a todos los misioneros (70 de ellos) en el área de peligro. Esto
era un milagro, porque sólo unos pocos tienen teléfonos celulares. Pero,
porque ocurrió durante la iglesia, pudimos hablar con todos. Fue otro
“milagro” que el consejero de la presidencia de la misión estaba visitando
nuestros misioneros en Berlín (que son muy cerca del volcán. El los puso en
su coche y evacuaron a San Salvador, en cuestión de 10 minutos. Y los
misioneros del templo oyeron y hicieron una comida para todos. Fue increíble
su servicio a nosotros. En todo hoy, fuimos bendecidos.

Estamos muy agradecidos por sus oraciones . Por favor oren por los santos
que permanecen en las zonas afectadas. Oremos para que el trabajo misional
también será bendecido por este desastre - que los corazones serán
ablandados y más escucharán al mensaje.

Estamos muy agradecidos por sus hijos e hijas fieles. Hoy fueron valientes,
sin quejarse, y muy obediente hoy. Estamos muy agradecidos por sus
maravillosos ejemplos. Todas ellas estarán escribiéndoles mañana de sus
aventuras, pero queríamos que todos ustedes sepan que están seguros y sanos
y que Dios ha bendecido verdaderamente nuestra misión el día de hoy. Ustedes
quizás querrán también, ofrecer una oración de gracias. Cuán bendecidos
somos! Dios es tan misericordioso y nos ha bendecido mucho hoy. Estamos muy
agradecidos. Dios les bendiga a todos ustedes."

Muchos padres me han escrito. En Facebook, muchos de los misioneros
retornados, unieron con nosotros en la oración misional a las 8 (y están
orando por uds y los santos).

Dios quiere que usamos esto como una oportunidad de predicar y bendecir.
Cuando volvamos a nuestra áreas, podemos hacer mucho servicio. (tendrán que
usar máscaras, porque la ceniza será muy mal a inhalar). Pero estaba orando
de cómo podemos usar esto como una bendición en la misión.  Vino a mi mente
un idea. Leí, hace mucho, de un par de misioneros que hicieron “kindness
kards” (tarjetas de bondad). Acercaron a gente, le dieron una tarjeta, y
pidieron que escribieran un mensajito de estímulo para dar a personas que
los misioneros vieron que estaban deprimidos o que tenían grandes problemas.
Yo pensé que sería un buen idea hacer MENSAJES PARA SAN MIGUEL. Compran
tarjetas de índice (en el almacén) y cuando nos acercamos a alguien en la
calle, les pedimos que escribir un mensaje de aliento para los de San
Miguel, que han sufrido este desastre. Algo breve, pero alentador, para
darles esperanza y ánimo.  Lo llamaremos el proyecto MENSAJES PARA SAN
MIGUEL. Nos dará la oportunidad de hablar con muchos, hacer un servicio, y
encontrar al mismo vez. Mandaremos las tarjetas a San Miguel. Creo que será
algo bueno para todos.

Les amamos. Queridos misioneros:
“¿No hemos de seguir adelante en una causa tan grande? Avanzad, en vez de
retroceder. ¡Valor, [elderes y hermanas]; e id adelante, adelante a la
victoria! ¡Regocíjense vuestros corazones y llenaos de alegría! ¡Prorrumpa
la tierra en canto! ¡Alcen los muertos himnos de alabanza eterna al Rey
Emanuel que, antes de existir el mundo, decretó lo que nos habilitaría para
redimirlos de su prisión; porque los presos quedarán libres!  ¡Griten de
gozo las montañas, … proclamad las maravillas de vuestro Rey Eterno! …
¡Canten en unión el sol, la luna y las estrellas del alba, y den voces de
alegría todos los hijos de Dios!” (D&C 128:22-23)

Dios nos bendecirá. Regocijemos. Demos gracias a Dios por su protección, su
guía; por los milagros que hemos visto; por los milagros que vamos a ver;
por su infinito amor.

Les amamos mucho! Muchos están ejerciendo su fe en nuestro favor. Sonreímos,
y hacemos algo bueno de algo difícil.

Con muchísimo amor,
Pdte y Hna Glazier
Translated via Google:
Dear missionaries
How much we love them . When something like this happens eruption of San Michael, one pauses, and appreciates the many blessings you have.
Also thank the dear people in your life. We are so grateful for the protection of all of you. God gave us a miracle yesterday. Write all parents why I have email.
( Letter to Parents ) " do not want to worry them , but many of you have heard of the eruption of the volcano of San Miguel today. our missionaries are fine. We have evacuated the areas of San Miguel , Usulutan and San Vicente to the capital for his protection . All are well and safe. We have seen the Lord's hand in everything that happened today. the President felt that he should go to church in a town near the volcano. it we saw explode. We could get to San Miguel so quickly. we were able to contact all missionaries (70 of them) in the danger area . this was a miracle, because you have only a few cell phones. but because it happened in the church , we could talk to everyone. It was another "Miracle" that the Minister of the Presidency of the mission was visiting our missionaries in Berlin (which are very close to the volcano . 's put in your car and evacuated to San Salvador, in a matter of 10 minutes. AnTemple missionaries heard and made a meal for everyone. It was amazing their service to us. Throughout today , we were blessed .
We are grateful for your prayers. Please pray for the saints that remain in the affected areas. Pray for missionary work will also be blessed by this disaster - that hearts will be softened and listen to the message.
We are very grateful for their faithful sons and daughters . Today were brave, without complaining , and very obedient today. We are very grateful for their wonderful examples . All morning they will be writing to their adventures, but wanted you all to know that they are safe and healthy and God has truly blessed our mission today . you may also want to offer a prayer of thanks . how blessed we are! God is so merciful and blessed us much today. We are very grateful. God bless you all. "
Many parents have written me . On Facebook, many missionaries They returned , joined us in missionary prayer at 8 (and are units and praying for the saints). God wants to use this as an opportunity to preach and bless. When we return to our area , we can do much service. ( need to wear masks , because the ash is very bad to inhale ) . But I was praying how we can use this as a blessing in the mission. He came to my mind one idea. I read , long ago, a couple of missionaries who made "kindness kards " ( kindness cards ) . They approached people, gave him a card, and asked to write a little message of encouragement to give people viewed the missionaries who were depressed or had major problems.
I thought it would be a good idea to MESSAGES FOR SAN MIGUEL . purchase index cards ( at the store) and when we approach someone in the street, ask them to write a message of encouragement for the San Miguel , who have suffered this disaster. Something short, but encouraging, for give them hope and encouragement. We'll call the project MESSAGES FOR SAN MIGUEL . We give you the opportunity to talk to many, do a service, and finding at the same time . Send cards to San Miguel . I think it will be something good for everyone.
We love you . 
Dear missionaries :
" We must not go on in so great a cause ? Avanzad instead of retreat. Value , [ elders and sisters ] , and on, on the Victory! Let your hearts and rejoice with joy! break forth land in song ! Raise the dead anthems of eternal praise to the King Emanuel , before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them from their prison , for the prisoners shall go free Shout for joy mountains ... tell the wonders of your Eternal King! 
Sing together the sun, moon and stars of the morning and shout for joy all the children of God "( D & C 128:22-23 )
God bless us. Rejoice . Thanks be to God for their protection, guide , for the miracles we have seen , for the miracles we'll see ; His infinite love.
We love you ! Many are putting their faith in our favor. We smile, and make something good out of something difficult.
With much love ,
Pres and Sister Glazier

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Letter About Volcano

Letter received from Sister Glazier this evening... Josh has been serving in San Miguel. We are grateful to know he and the other missionaries are safe.

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Espanol abajo…
Dear Parents,
No need for alarm, but many of you will have heard about the eruption of the San Miguel volcano today.  All of our missionaries are accounted for and safe. We have evacuated San Miguel, Usulutan, and San Vicente to the capital for safety. All are well and safe. We felt the hand of the Lord in all that occurred today. The President felt that he should attend church in a city near the volcano. We saw it explode. We were able to reach San Miguel so quickly.  All of the missionaries (54 of them) we were able to contact. (that is a miracle alone, because only 3 have cell phones, but because it was during church, we reached them all.) Our missionaries in Berlin (who were very close to the volcano) just “happened” to have the counselor in the mission presidency visiting. He had them in his car and on the way to San Salvador in a matter of 10 minutes. It was all such a miracle.

We are so thankful for your continued prayers. Please pray for the saints who remain in those affected areas. Pray that the missionary work will be blessed because of this disaster—that hearts will be softened and opened.


We are so thankful for you faithful sons and daughters. They were courageous, uncomplaining, and very obedient today. We are so grateful for their wonderful examples.  They will all be writing you tomorrow of their adventures, but we wanted you all to know that they are safe and well and that God has truly blessed our mission this day, so that you, too, could offer Him a prayer of thanksgiving. How blessed we are! He is so magnificent. We are so grateful. God bless all of you.

Sincerely,
President and Sister Glazier








Queridos padres de nuestros misioneros,
No queremos preocuparles, pero muchos de ustedes ya han oído de la erupción del volcán de San Miguel hoy. Todos nuestros misioneros están bien. Hemos evacuado a las zonas de San Miguel, Usulután y San Vicente a la capital para su proteccion. Todos están bien y seguros. Hemos visto la mano del Señor en todo lo que ocurrió hoy. El Presidente sintió que debía asistir a la iglesia en una ciudad cerca del volcán. Lo vimos explotar. Pudimos llegar a San Miguel con tanta rapidez. Pudimos contactar a todos los misioneros (54 de ellos) en el área de peligro. Esto era un milagro, porque sólo 3 tienen teléfonos celulares. Pero, porque ocurrió durante la iglesia, pudimos hablar con todos. Fue otro “milagro” que el consejero de la presidencia de la misión estaba visitando nuestros misioneros en Berlín (que son muy cerca del volcán. El los puso en su coche y evacuaron a San Salvador, en cuestión de 10 minutos. En todo hoy, fuimos bendecidos.

Estamos muy agradecidos por sus oraciones . Por favor oren por los santos que permanecen en las zonas afectadas. Oremos para que el trabajo misional también será bendecido por este desastre - que los corazones serán ablandados y más escucharán al mensaje.

Estamos muy agradecidos por sus hijos e hijas fieles. Hoy fueron valientes, sin quejarse, y muy obediente hoy. Estamos muy agradecidos por sus maravillosos ejemplos. Todas ellas estarán escribiéndoles mañana de sus aventuras, pero queríamos que todos ustedes sepan que están seguros y sanos y que Dios ha bendecido verdaderamente nuestra misión el día de hoy. Ustedes quizás querrán también, ofrecer una oración de gracias. Cuán bendecidos somos! Dios es tan misericordioso y nos ha bendecido mucho hoy. Estamos muy agradecidos. Dios les bendiga a todos ustedes.

Con mucho cariño,

Presidente y la hermana Glazier

Monday, December 16, 2013

Trio No Mas, Working Hard & Psyched for Skype

Hello again!
Well this week was very interesting and disappointing at the same time. On Tuesday we went to President Glazier`s house for the Christmas celebration thing. That was really fun and all. Kind of redundant compared to last year`s celebration activities, just a bunch of deja vu and all that. When we got back on the bus to head back to San Miguel, President told Elder Caballero (our third comp) that he is getting changed, I don't know why. But I don`t care because now it is just me and Elder Wyatt in a duo again. That`s how it should be. I don`t know if you (Dad or Chris) ever had trios in the mission, but they are annoying. I hate them.
So this week was really lame. We worked really super hard. Harder than ever, and nothing happened. One of the more discouraging weeks of my mission. It makes us question ourselves if we are doing things right or not, which we are. It is just easy to doubt and be discouraged.
Part of the discouragement is that our investigators always move or disappear or other things like that! In the past 2 weeks two of our great investigators have moved to the states without warning. Hopefully some lucky Elders find them there.
The other annoying thing is how people like to reject us. I usually don`t get too bothered by being rejected, but this week was just not cool, an unusually large amount of people rejected us and it is annoying. But whatever. What matters is that we are working as hard as we can, doing everything that we know we should do, and things will eventually work out.
So the Skype call. We want to call on the 25th, but we are not positive. This week we are going to secure a location where we can call , since on the 25th the whole country will be on a nationwide hangover of epic proportions. So we may have to call on the 24th. We will see. Just be on standby on those two days. I will let you know on Monday to verify everything.
Well that is about all I have for today. Sorry my life tends to be very uninteresting, but that's the way it seems to be. I cant wait to call you all next week!

Love Elder Vaughan

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Time is Near, Fireworks are Here & No Snow

Hello!
How are you all doing? This has been an interesting week here, I don`t know where to start... People here are starting to gear up for Christmas time. Although Christmas here is not even close to Christmas back home. People here celebrate with lots and lots of fireworks! More than anything this Christmas season makes me really miss Independence Day!
Yesterday we went to the Christmas devotional, that was really nice. At first I was upset that I had to see it in Spanish, then I realized that I speak Spanish, so who cares. It was really nice.
So if it snows there, be sure to send me lots of pictures, to remember what it is like. Several years ago it snowed here in El Salvador, only at the tip of the highest mountain here, really a once in an eternity experience. So there is no hope here for that.
So Yesterday I got slightly mad at the youth, we had an investigator, Kevin, in the young men's class, and the teacher asked Kevin when he was going to be baptized, and he mentioned that "he was baptized last year in another church" all the young men burst out in laughter at him. Here we have Sacrament meeting after the two other classes, so Kevin didn't even stick around for the Sacrament, I hope he didn't feel too embarrassed. Me and my comps had to "machete" the youth a little bit, or lovingly correct their actions. It is always remember to important to behave in church so that outsiders don't feel like.. outsiders!
Well that is about all that I have for now. I am sending out some mail today for you family, hopefully you get it soon. I am so excited for tomorrow because it is the Christmas party with President Glazier in his house, so tomorrow we will be waking up super early so we can be there at 8AM sharp! I am excited.
I am missing you all this Christmas season already, We are still working on finding where we will be doing the Skype call, so I will let you know the time and date, most likely on the 25th. I cant wait!
Here are some pictures...
The one is with E. Caballero, Wyatt and me with our ward mission leader and his son Chele who just left on the mission in Ecuador.

The others are of us messing around on a Nacho Libre bike. Coolest bike ever.





Love Elder Vaughan

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving, No Changes & a Buff Kickboxing Companion

Hello World!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving week! Not much really happened here at all, I don't even think I realized that Thursday was Thanksgiving! But this week went very well!
You may be wondering if I got changed or not. I didn't get changed, but there were some changes here. First off I was in the zone San Miguel, I am still in the same area, they just divided our zone, which is now called Rio Grande. This was the biggest zone in the mission, it included three departments San Miguel, Morazán and La Unión. So the zone was divided to accommodate so many missionaries here. It's pretty cool. There are seriously so many missionaries here now I don`t even know a fourth of them!
I am still here with Elder Wyatt, for our third consecutive change together, except this time we are in a trio with Elder Caballero from Argentina. Caballero means "Knight" or "Gentleman" Its kind of a funny name. He is a cool, guy. Definitely the buffest companion I have ever had, he did kickboxing before the mission, so he is buff.
Umm.. So we are still sharing the ward here with a couple of sister missionaries and things are slowly picking up. This week was tough because it was the gran Carnaval de San Miguel. It is basically the biggest party in Central America, comparable to the parties in Rio de Jainero Brazil. So everyone was out partying over the weekend, so things were slowed down a bit.
Oh, it has also been so cold here lately. These are the coldest weeks before the Summer starts. In the morning it gets down to 74 degrees, SO FLIPPIN COLD!!!!! It makes showering a nightmare in the mornings.
Well... I think that is all I have for right now. I am excited to get stuff done this change here, we have a solid 6 investigators who will potentially be baptized in the next 2 or 3 months here. Hopefully I won't be changed out of here before the baptisms right?
I hope that you are all handling the Cyber Monday orders alright, sell lots of junk! Have a good one!

Love Elder Vaughan