Monday, January 12, 2009

Hey mother y padre =D,

My b-day went well, we actually didn't do anything special lol...but it was nice, I just ate myself some cake and put myself to work. It was nice. Last Wednesday I received about 5 cards, 1 from gramma y grampa Salazar, 2 from gramma y grampa Hicken, 1 from aunt Shelly and family and 1 card from the Olsen family in gg6th. I know I really need to get some cards out, but it is very hard here to send mail, the banks won’t mail them for us. I plan on sending a package(s) home next Monday, when I do I promise to write letters to all of the family. I was talking to President Cox on Wednesday and they don’t even write/mail home. The only time they write/mail home is when they send packages.

Everything here is going well. Right now in the mission we have been talking a lot, about sacrificing more, basically going the extra mile. This is the last week of our change. There is a good possibility that Elder Kay or myself will be changed but we won’t know till next Sunday. Yesterday (Sunday) we baptized two daughters of one of my converts, the baptism went really well. I had my first opportunity to confer the holy ghost =D, usually we let the bishop do it but he asked me to do it this time. Yesterday a member gave us a ride to church, we got in the car and started driving and as we were driving I realized a beagle was racing us outside the car! He followed us really far! It turns out the dog belongs to the car owner and whenever they leave home he follows them running, finally when he gets tired or distracted he just heads home. They said sometimes he doesn’t come home for 1-2 days but always comes home. I had fun talking to them about Skippy and sharing all the funny stories, but then I got super trunky thinking about Skip, lol. But things are going good here, I Just got over a really bad cough so things are even better.

Well I gotta run, but I love ya! No estoy tomando el agua entonces no te precoupes!!(Im not drinking the water so dont worry!) =D

PS: Big shoutout to Grammy and Grandpa Hicken, Grandma and Grandpa Salazar, Aunt Shelly and Uncle Leif and family, And the Olsen family from GG6th ward. Thank you for your love, support and money! LOL, but honestly thank you! Love elder Salazar

1. Will President Cox be your mission president the whole time you are on your mission?
--------Yep, I go home in March 2010 and he goes home in July.

2. Your hair looked pretty good in the Christmas tree pic, are you using gel in your hair? Is it hard to get gel in Mexico?
--------Thank you, yes I am. President made a rule that we have to part our hair, I actually don’t mind it. Myself and the zone leaders are always having competitions to see who can get the nicest part. Gel is easy to get here, I use a gel called Monkey Snot. It works really well.

3. Do your American companions like the food there?
--------Yeah, almost all of us do. We have a few things we don’t like but the majority we do like.

4. How do people drive in SLP compared to New York or TJ?
--------They drive ok here, Mexico puts speed bumps EVERYWHERE. So it’s hard to drive fast or crazy because you can wreck your car. New York is definitely crazier.

5. What do you like most about SLP?
--------Downtown is really beautiful, also that we live in a big valley, so the surroundings are beautiful.


Jeff Trader said...

Elder Salazar,

Julius Aiono had his Eagle Court of Honor Saturday night. Lots of people and gobs of food were there. When Pres Hicken made a presentation to him, Julius picked him up off of his feet with a bear hug.

Sadly Millie Bell passed away. We will all really miss her.

Bishop Robinson told me a story about how he has been working with a new convert, can't remember his name, but we'll call him Bob. Anyways, Bob sent a Book of Mormon to his mom. She was in the store and pulled out the Book of Mormon at the same time as her check book from her purse and the two ladies (sister missionaries) in line asked her if she was a member. She said no, and now those two sister missionaries are working with his mom. Nice!

The boys went to Mount Pisqua camping. Tony Crespo was one of the adult leaders - the boys said he was great and hope he will come again with them.

Stay healthy,

Jeff Trader

Anonymous said...

Hola Benjamon,
Glad to hear your over your cold. Stay Healthy. Well Matt and i and the older Boy Scouts went to Pisca and checked out the lava caves. Matt and the boys, along with some of the leaders, went into several caves. I only went into one, but it was fun. Now I can say I am a caver, HaHa. We had a ral good time, but we were unable to find the one cave where after awhile you come across a makeshift table and book where you can sign in. Brother Ben Olson finally found it on the way back to camp. It was too late to enter because we had to head for home by this time. So, we made a pack to come back in a month or so to explore it. We had to come back early Sat afternoon around 4:30 PM so that we could get cleaned up for Julius Aiono's Code of Honor for Eagle Scout. That was pretty cool. The food was very very good too. Well, i will talk to you soon. We LOVE YOU. Take Care
Tony Crespo

taylor bourne said...

What's up slammin, good hearing from you again.. I'll probably bother you again next Monday, give you more to worry about. Hahaha, anyways.. Sounds like things are going well down there. Good ol' skip, miss that guy! Keep on keepin' on and all that jazz, talk to you soon man.

Nathan said...

Yo Benjammin

Some missionaries came into Best buy today and one of them was from Mexico he did not speak a word of english! I was like wheres Ben he can translate lol. I bought them a bottle of water and pack of gum. Its fun to read your stories.

Love Nathan

Anonymous said...

Elder S:
Bishop Trader took all my good stuff.
Several of our young men are close to getting their Eagle award - Dennis Bronson and Travis Johnson with Donald McGinnis not too far behind.
Monkey Snot indeed! Ugh. But if it works, go for it.
Bishop B

Lori said...

Hello Ben,

Here is a scripture for you. "Behold, a sower went forth to sow, and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprang up because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up they were scorched: and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up and choked them: but others fell in good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty fold, and thirty fold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.' Matthew 13:3-9. I hope you like the scripture. I thought of you as a was reading my Joseph Smith book. Take care and have a great week. Love Lori