Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Week 58 Layco District, El Salvador (Zone Leader)-August 29, 2016

Like Little Children

Hello everybody! I hope you all had a great week! This past week was a good one for us. Nothing too crazy happened but we were able to get a lot of work done. Ourselves and the rest of the missionaries in the zone. As a result, we are hoping to see a number of baptisms in the zone this next weekend so that will be super cool! Jacklin and Jose Roberto came to church again so they are on track to being baptized soon! Way excited for them. On Saturday we were invited to help out with a Primary activity in Layco. The stake was holding a Mini CCM to teach the little kids about the mission and getting them ready for it. It was a fun activity and we were in charge of teaching a small district of kids. They were all so cute and happy to be learning about the mission and even had little "Futuro Misionero" nametags! Haha unfortunately didnt get any pictures but it was great to see how awesome the Primary aged kids are in the church. If we all could be as excited about missionary work like these little kids the whole world would be coming unto Christ by tomorrow. This next week we will be busy busy busy. Yesterday after church we were already realizing how full our agendas were for the whole rest of the week. But we are super excited for it! I hope you all have a great week as well and are able to enjoy it regardless of how busy you are! Love you all so much!
Elder Abilez

Pupusa Count: 27

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Week 57 Layco District, El Salvador (Zone Leader)-August 22, 2016

We're exhausted...

So this last week was a bit wild. As Zone Leaders Elder Simiskey and I have the duty to go out on interchanges with the missionaries for instruction and to see how the work is going. At the beginning of the change we had set the goal to visit all of the areas before the first 3 weeks of the change ended to be able to establish a lot of good work in the zone. Unfortunately, the first two weeks were pretty busy and we were only able to visit two areas. and so, to meet our goal and address a few concerns in the zone, this past week we had three interchanges in a row. quiere decir that elder simiskey and i didnt even work together for 3 whole days of this past week. doing one interchange is exhausting enough. and we did 3 in a row. and in the middle of those interchanges i also had to go to immigration to renew my residence in el salvador. so yes, we are exhausted. but it was a great week and we learned a lot from working in other areas and with the missionaries. our minds unfortunately werent 100% focused into our actual area for a little while and the results show. but for that reason we are buckling down to focus 110% into our area this week because we just have too many people to help. lots of plans for this next week and we are excited for what is coming. i hope you all also have busy weeks and get satisfaction out of reaching some goals! love you all so much bye!
elder abilez

pupusa count: 23

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Week 56 Layco District, El Salvador (Zone Leader)-August 15, 2016

He is a God of Miracles

Hey! How is everyone? This past week was excellent. It was a really humbling week that showed me especially that despite our weakness (and especially mine) the Lord will still bless us. So we had a good week and met a lot of really great people. We had a leadership meeting with President Adams where he shared an example where he compared missionary work to a train. Without getting into too many complicated details, the basis was that we need the help and direction of the ward council as missionaries. And so, Elder Simiskey and I started building up the express train in our area and it worked miracles. As we began to be more attentive to our investigators and more preoccupied with them and their spiritual needs, the work began flying. We found a lady this week named Melisa who has a great desire to learn and even came to church AND institute after only one visit. The best part is that before institute we decided to teach her in the church building and like 12 members came in to share their testimonies with her. The members love her and her three little, adorable children. She is very quiet and kind of timid but she has loved the church so far. Pray for her! Then, our ward mission leader and his wife have been working double time to bring in new investigators and a family member came to church with them this week! His name is Jose Roberto and he is awesome! Already got plans to keep teaching him as well. And then, Jacklin, an investigator that Elder Gallardo and I had found through a reference more than a month ago, finally came to church this week after not seeing her for almost a month! Our old bishop was the one who even went out to pick her up and bring her to church and back. We are almost dumbfounded with how much the members have stepped up to bless us with this work. There isnt more for me to say than that it was a set of great miracles. For us those were big miracles, but every day we can find and enjoy even little miracles. Everyday I see miracles. Most are things that would be so easy to ignore or not recognize but I know that our Heavenly Father is a God of miracles. The world is a more beautiful place when we can see the blessings that He so openly gives us. Trials always mar and darken our days but the miracles always give us a pinnacle of light to keep us moving forward. I love you all and miss you all lots and hope that you all too can find miracles this next week in your lives. I know that they are there.

Elder Abilez

Pupusa Count: 15

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Week 55 Layco District, El Salvador (Zone Leader)-August 8, 2016

Is it bad if I punched my in the face after only 3 days?

Hey! We had changes! Like I said, I am still here in Central and Elder Gallardo se fue para Sonsonate. My new companion is Elder Simiskey who is from Texas. He has a little more time than me and came back from Belize not too long ago so he has quite a bit of experience. Super cool guy. We have had a lot of good experiences already together. So this past week was mostly just the hectic baptism of Nicole that we rounded together Sunday morning, her confirmation, and the confirmation of Michelle (finally!) all yesterday. Great Sunday. On Saturday we had our temple tour for the mission so we were able to go with our investigators and members to visit the temple. Really great activity. I even was able to see a lot of people from San Julian! Including Javier and Catherine! They and everyone else are doing really good. Lots of blessings there. So, to explain, after the temple trip we had a little ward activity in the church and there we were playing soccer and the such. Our bishop (who, if i never mentioned before, is kinda crazy in a really good way) has boxing gloves and enjoys boxing/playing around. So after Elder Simiskey boxed the dang bishop for a little while we decided to play around and box each other. I punched him in the face...and he punched me in the face more than once...but it was super fun and funny and we all had a good time and a good laugh after haha. All things are good here. One of our long time investigators, María, accepted the goal to be baptized at the end of this month and so we are praying and fasting a lot for her to be able to overcome or receive solutions to a number of obstacles. Miracles will happen. Love you all so much and hope you have a great week!

Elder Abilez

Pupusa Count: 6

Nicole's Baptism

San Julian

The District

The temple group (well like half...)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Week 54 Layco District, El Salvador (Zone Leader)-August 1, 2016

Changes are coming...

Hey! So this last week was busy and good! Unfortunately Michelle didnt come to church yesterday so she didnt get confirmed...but next week we are praying extra hard and we just know itll happen! Nicole didnt get baptized either but that is because her father wants to be present and then be able to present and bless her younger sister the same sunday so next week we will be seeing some miracles! But heres something interesting, President Adams seems to be changing how changes are happening so we, surprisingly, actually received the changes last night! Not that much is changing in the zone but the biggest surprise is that Elder Gallardo is being transferred to Sonsonate. Especially surprising because he just came from that zone too! But my new companion will be Elder Simiskey. He came back from Belize this past change so I have only really ever seen him like once. But he is a good guy and it will be great to work with him. This week I will take pictures and send them i promise! Not much more to say about the goings ons here but I am sure this next week will be full of good times. Anyway, love you all so much! Bye!

Elder Abilez

Pupusa Count: 40