Monday, February 24, 2014

Back to the Volcano, District Leader & Sickness

Hello again,

Well I got changed yet again, I thought I would stay in Santa Rosa de Lima for the rest of my mission. But I was wrong! Now I am in San Miguel again, but in an area called La Pacifica, its small neighborhood on the outskirts of San Miguel. Not to mention the closeness to the volcano, I am even closer than ever :) So if it erupts again, Ill be the first to know ;)

My new companion, well, isn't exactly new to me. its Elder Caballero from Argentina. Does that name look familiar to you? He was in the trio with me and Elder Wyatt a bit ago in San Miguel, and here we are again (just without elder Wyatt this time).

Oh, and I am district leader, which is kind of cool but annoying at the same time. There are a total of 13 missionaries in my district, and the zone leaders want me to do 3 intercambios a week with each area, which sucks, because that leaves me no time to know my own area and get things done. The zone leaders want me to be the district police, which is NOT why I am here. I trust the missionaries and know that they are doing things right. I don't feel it necessary to do so many interchanges with them. I'll just ask president to see what he thinks on the situation, because whenever there are new zone leaders, sometimes they go do crazy things that don't make sense.

Oh, almost forgot. I got sick on Friday. That was not fun. Crazy case of mustard diarrhea, and vomit. It was horrible, but its over now. All I have now are some light headaches. The coolest things about the resurrection is that we won't ever get sick. Because spending all day on a toilet is not fun.

Umm... That's about all I have for now. Things are good here. I don't know much about my area yet since I spent the greater part of Friday and Saturday on a toilet. 

I'm pretty excited for USU with Chris this fall. It will be cool. Who knows what crazy ness we will do!

Be sure to congratulate Jenni Domski for BSU winning the Western Champions thing in swim!

That's all I have for today! Have an awesome week.

Love Elder Vaughan

Monday, February 17, 2014

Chronic Disease of Inactivity, Giving It All We Got & Cars Are A Luxury


Now this week, was pretty average. We are fighting hard against the chronic disease of inactivity in the church. Neither of our recent baptisms showed up to church (Ismael and Miguel). Who knows why, but it is a trend I have seen my whole mission here. People get baptized and they disappear. We are really going to give it our all with our most recent converts so that that same thing doesn't happen to them! That would be the explanation of why there are 500 members in Santa Rosa de Lima, but only 30-50 attend weekly.

By the way, its good to see Lokey is still alive, I was wondering if he was still around, how old it he? I imagined that he would die of old age during my mission. what a trooper!

Also this week are changes, the fact that I just got here means that I probably will not have changes. But my companion will probably be sent to a new area. But, who knows?

Seriously dad? A car for more than half of your mission? Lucky. Was that for leadership positions, or just for having a huge area and having to travel a lot? When I was in the office we traveled in bus daily about 1.5 - 2 hours. We begged and begged for a car, but we never got it because a couple years ago the office secretaries totaled one they had. Two changes after I left the office, President gave the office missionaries a Toyota Hilux pickup. Talk about bad luck huh? That would have been cool.

Well time is up, and I must be going! Have an awesome week family!

Elder Vaughan

PS: Jesse wants me to do a wilderness survival thing with him when I get back, sounds cool. but I don't know If I will be able to because I don't know how my schedule will be.... I don't know haha peace!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Baptism, Faith of a Child & No Pics

Hello again,

Yet again, another week has passed. The highlight would have to be the baptism we had with Ismael, he is a little kid whose father passed away when he was littler, but his grandma has taken him to church and now he was ready to be baptized! Ismael shared his testimony after being baptized, and it was so cool to see such great faith in a little kid. Adults are the stupid ones who doubt, and don't believe in the simple doctrinal principles. I feel like kids have more faith than most other people, and its really cool to see.

For next month we have a couple potential baptisms coming up. Hopefully all goes well with that. 

Sounds cool with all the wall smashing that is going on in the office and warehouse building. In a few years there wont be anymore walls to bust down, you will have to start building new walls. ha ha. Really, that's all I have to report for now. I would send pictures, but I left my camera in the house on accident, oops. Next time I will send you the pictures!

Have an awesome weekend family, until next time.

Elder Vaughan

Monday, February 3, 2014

Baptism, Presidential Elections & Elder Duncan of the Seventy


Well this week went well. First off, we had the baptism of Miguel, that was the highlight. The Sunday right after the confirmation, the president interviewed him and ordained him to the priesthood. It is good to see that kind of progress, now it looks like we will have help blessing and passing the sacrament from here on out.

Next week we have another baptism planned for Ismael, a little kid we are teaching. Hes a spaz, but we are equally excited for his baptism. Hopefully all goes well with that. 

Yesterday was the presidential elections of El Salvador. There were three main candidates, two of which are republicans, and one is communist. One republican lost so bad (just like the Denver Broncos) and the other two candidates did just about equally as well. So in March they will do another election to see how things play out with just two candidates. I think this will give the republican a greater chance of winning big time. This country could really use a good president to start fixing the many problems, but whatever, soon none of this will matter to me.

This Saturday, following the baptism of Ismael, we have a big fun activity planned for the branch, in the effort to bring back inactives and to bring in new people. hopefully all goes well!

Also this past week we had a zone conference with Elder Duncan from the 70, it was a great meeting, and a great chance to meet the man in person. When I mentioned where I was from, he knew exactly where Marysville was because he used to live in... Renton I think he said, I dont know. But it was a great meeting, I learned a lot about the importance of setting goals to be able to achieve great things.

Unfortunately, time is about up. I hope you all have a great week, talk to you next time!

Elder Vaughan