It has been a crazy week because we have to house the new sisters that came into the mission and the old sisters that are leaving the mission. Pretty much that means that we have to do a lot of waking up early and going to meetings. We feel like this pday is a well deserved pday. Everything is going great here in El Salvador and Hermana Woods and I are really looking forward to this transfer with our new roommates. We get along really good and her Spanish is really great too. She definitely has the gift of tongues because she can say a lot of stuff and only went into the MTC with 2 years of spanish in High School. We make a good team. She can speak a lot but has a hard time understanding spanish over the phone with is totally reasonable because she is new. So sometimes I talk on the phone and translate to both sides: english to spanish and then spanish to english. I think it is kind of fun.
So last week we got to go to Tazumal and that was super exciting. It is not very big and it only took us a half an hour to walk around it but I thought that it would have been really silly to have worked in that area for more than 4 months and then to have never gone to the ruins. I wanted to go there so bad and now all my dreams have been completed. The baptism was really great too and I am so glad that we were able to go. Carlos finally got baptized.
Well, right now we have 3 people with a baptism date for the 28th of August. They are all really great. We are teaching the family called the Familia Gutierrez and they are so funny. The dad is the one that has studied all the religions and cultures of the world. They have 3 kids and one is only 4 years old. The other day we went to their house and the Dad said that they have been thinking about baptism as a family and they want the kids to get baptized. So we asked the kids (who are 17 and 13) and they love the church and they want to do it. The 13 year old boy is especially cool. He is reading in the Book of Mormon and he had a dream. He was in the jungle and he was being attacked by big snakes in different places and in one of the places I was there and I helped him to kill one of the snakes and then in another place we were there with 3 other missionaries but he didn´t know who they were and we were helping him kill snakes. He said that was an answer to his prayers and he knows that this is the right path. I think that I have already told you but here in El Salvador, people have more dreams and they really believe in the dreams and they interpret them all. I wish I had dreams that were more than forgetting to do my homework.
So we have two new roommates now: Hermana Cash (my trainer) and Hermana Fuentes who is from the other mission in El Salvador. They are both really great and I am looking forward to the time that we have together. Hermana Cash trained me when she had only 3 transfers here and guess what, now she only has 3 transfers left in the mission which counts this transfer. It is crazy how time flies.
I completed 9 months in the mission on the 18th of August. Time has really flown by. And now I have successfully ¨killed¨ 2 people (that just means I was there last companion). I am scared because now I am the senior companion and that means I have more responsibility. I better not mess anything up. Hermana Woods is really great. I am glad that I got to be with a new person that came already trained from the MTC:) Now that Hermana Schmidt is gone, we have a lot of responsibility but we can also focus a more on the missionary part of the work because before it was more important that Hermana Woods learned the nursing stuff. President told us that another nurse might come in October but I think that President would send her to the field first before being the nurse.
Just know that I am happy to be here. I love the ward and I love El Salvador. My testimony grows each day. Hermana Cash always says that if we feel comfortable, then we are not growing. There is no growing in a comfort zone and there is no comfort in a growing zone.
I love you all.
The pictures are of me and Hermana Woods at the ruins in Chalchuapa: Tazumal, me with a whole bunch of piñatas (our recent convert´s wife makes piñatas), the same wife of our recent convert making us empanadas chilenas, and finally the Hermana Woods, Hermana Cash, me and Hermana Fuentes (they are the new sisters in our ward with us and our new roommates).