It has definitely been an interesting week. Well, you probably don´t know what is going on in El Salvador right now, and honestly I don´t really know either because we don´t get to watch the news or read the newspaper. But something has happened this week. That probably sounds scary, but don´t worry about me! On Tuesday we were suppose to go the second meeting for new people and their trainers but on Monday night, our leaders called and said that we were not having the meeting because there was going to be a strike (huelga) of the buses in Santa Ana and so people wouldn´t be able to get the capital. But then on Tuesday afternoon they called again and said that we had to enter the house at 6 o´clock and we were not to ride any buses. Then the same thing happened on Wednesday and Thursday. So, apparently the gangs here are attacking the buses. Don´t worry about me because Santa Tecla is pretty low key. Really all the dangerous areas of El Salvador are in the other side of the mission and we are just being precautious over here in the West. But it has been just a different atmosphere. In fact the weather on Tuesday felt like Halloween. The air was crisp and there weren´t many people walking around. It felt a little eerie but now it feels back to normal. So, all we have really heard about is that the gangs have burned some buses but no where near where we are and all the people in Santa Tecla say that there is nothing to worry about around here. And hearing the natives say that means something because they are worry warts. So, we have been able to enjoy more study time at night to read the scriptures and it has also been pretty relaxing.
It doesn´t seem like much else has happened this week but I do have one funny story. Yesterday we went contacting and so we were knocking on doors and we turned a corner and knocked on the first house. It was kind of a bigger house and it had a doorbell intercom so it is a richer person. But as we waited we were waving at people across the street and saying hi. But no one answered and so we started walking away. Not before long, Hermana Woods turned around and said ¨Oh, I didn´t realize...¨ and I turned around and above the house is a huge sign that says ¨Iglesia Cristiana¨ and continued to give the schedule of church meetings. It was so funny because we must have looked so funny: 2 sister missionaries knocking on a door under this huge sign for another church. Well, we had a good laugh.
This month seems like the month of birthdays (including mine). A guy that got baptized in January turned 21 on Wednesday and so we went over to celebrate with their family (and the majority of them have been baptized in 2009 and 2010). We ate donuts and we gave a Triple (Book of Mormon, D&C and Pearl of Great Price). He was so excited about it and it was really fun to see. I love giving presents to Latinos because they are more gracious because they don´t get presents very much.
To answer Mom´s question, the culture is pretty similar to the US but there are differences. For instance, they listen to US music but the majority is Spanish pop music. And no matter where you are there are woman carrying big tubs of things on their heads. That is my homework this week, to figure out the difference in culture. Hermana Woods has been commenting on differences but I feel pretty much used to everything by now that it doesn´t seem different.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes. I am going to try to send pictures home this week. I have to find time to write letters today. And again, don´t worry about me. We are not in any danger. I just wanted to tell you what had happened this week:)
We are working hard and enjoying our time in the mission. I love the gospel and I love to see people come unto the truth!