Monday, June 1, 2009

Transfered to Salamanca, 350 baptism's for the month of May. 3825 hits

Hey mom and dad,

I am in my new area, here in Salamanca, Guanajuato, in the Irapuato Zone. I am really enjoying it, the city is actually very nice. I must say I am really enjoying it here. My comp is Elder Whittle, he's a really good kid, who has about a year in the mission. He is from Riverton Utah. Hes about 6´3 and 215 pounds, he's a pretty big guy. His spanish is coming along, he struggles a little bit, but is always making progress and willing to accept suggestions. He's a really humble, quiet person, and very, very patient, but he likes to work hard which is good, we get along very well.

As for my foot, it still hurts, right now medication helps but it doesnt take the pain away like before. Today I am actually going to Leon to have a meeting with Pres. Cox and a few other Zone/District leaders, so I will talk to Sis.Cox. But until we get more Xrays of better quality, we wont know what to do.

Elder Ditto is doing well, right now he is in San Luis Potosi. He is still a trainer, but I think he will be moved up to District Leader by next change. Elder Maxfield is still an office secretary, and Elder Callen was also moved up as a district leader, so we are all doing well. As for feeling like an old timer/experienced, sometimes I do because all of the people that were in the mission when I got here are all going home. Even Elder Velez MY trainer from Irapuato is going home in August, so the mission is changing alot. As for President Cox considering who will be a District or Zone leader, I know he considers our weekly numbers, what the zone leaders opinion is about us, and our interviews with him tells him alot, other than that I am not too sure. As for the packages, I STILL havent gotten them, although I know they are in the mission offices. Today I am going to Leon for a leadership conference so I will pick them up today!!! =D! Other than that, All is very well. We were informed that Elder Bednar will be coming the 20th of this month! But we will not have interviews with him =(, just a mission conference. Either way it will be fun, and a great experience. Also, we ended this month with a little over 350 baptisms, we over shot our goal of 300 by 50 baptisms! We are all very excited. And tired, =D.

I have to run, but I love and miss you all.

Con amor, elder Salazar


Jeff Trader said...

Elder Salazar,

Wow - things are really hopping for you! So glad to hear about your new area. I know the folks in your old area are going to miss you. It is not a light thing to become so close to people thru service - you give so much of yourself they can't help but form a meaningful connection with you and vice versa.

Seminary graduation was last night. Seth, Travis, Jacob, Sister Olson, Chelsea Griffith, and Tiffiny Shearer walked the plank. I was so happy for them; they deserved the recognition.

Thx for keeping us posted; we'll be reviewing your blog tonight in FHE.

Jeff Trader

Anonymous said...

Hi Benj,

I think Jeff means Jacob Olson LOL.

Plus Dennis.

Glad to hear you are happy in your new area. I went to see a family in Fullerton who I tracted out and they were baptized when I was in
the mission. The mom is in the hospital and I went to see her. The whole family was there and it was a great reunion. The mom and dad do not go to church all the time but all the the kids (6 of them) are all married and very active. The youngest of them was with his wife and called me on the phone later on (after our visit) he asked me "where would he be in his life if I hadnt served a mission". Food for thought eh! I love the people I served and have a very special bond with them.

You are in the right place doing the right thing and I am so proud of you. Your mum and dad are too (just a tad!) What a great example you are to our youth.

We love you & miss you.

Sue Clark

PS Nate & Jens wedding was great. They make a lovely couple.

Anonymous said...

Hola Benjamon,
Thats Fantastic, 350 Baptisms. You all are a Blessing. I am so Happy for you guys. I hope they figure out whats wrong with your foot. I know thats got to hurt when you walk around. I will be praying for you. I am glad to hear your enjoying your new area. Be Safe and Good Halth. Tony C.

Anonymous said...

Elder Salazar:
Tell us more about your new area. Is it a bigger city? Bigger area? Interesting sights?
What a treat you will have listening to Elder Bednar. He is such an inspiring speaker and Apostle. You'll probably leave the conference vowing to do 350 baptisms on your own!
Get that foot fixed. It's no fun tracting on sore pedes.
Bishop Bowring