Monday, December 21, 2009

Arbide. Elder Maxfield. 2 Baptism's. 6130 blog hits.

Hey mom & dad,

I am writing a little bit late, today has been SUPER busy. On Saturday and again today we had to get up at 3:30am to take missionaries to the airport and see them off. We had to be at the airport in Silao by 5am. Also today we had to make over 35 missionary changes and make sure they got off to their new areas and then we welcomed 11 new Hispanic elders and 1 new American elder to the mission. We have been very busy training and teaching the newbie’s. Anyways, not too much is going on here. We have been working really hard and have about 11 people baptized this month, we have 4 more people ready to be baptized but 2 need to get married, and the civil register is closed here until the new year =(. Which puts a hold on things.

Elder Hatton went home today, he was one of the old assistants and a good friend of Elder Callen and I. I must admit, Hatton leaving, made me realize that I do have a lot of time here in the mission, almost 21 months. Elder Hatton was one of the hardest working elders in the mission, but he was one of the funnest to be around. He has had more success in the Mexico, Leon mission than ANY other missionary in the history of Mexico Leon. He ended up with about 200 baptisms.

I got the Fed-Ex envelope with my driver’s license, some pictures and everything. Thanks! I really, really enjoyed the pics. The second Christmas package never arrived, but don’t worry about it, I am not really going to need anything for the rest of my mission. But when we have p-days again in February, I plan on buying a new suit, a pair of dress shoes and souvenirs for the family.

I was glad to hear that Justin is well and didn’t re-injure his knee again.

I sent a few pictures. One is of a baptism we had. We recently baptized a family of 5, and last week we FINALLY baptized the dad!! There is another picture of a person we baptized who is deaf and speech impaired (the one w/the glasses).

President gave me permission to call on Christmas Eve. I will actually be able to call YOU, instead of you calling me! I look forward to talking to the family on Xmas eve.

Love ya!!

Elder Salazar

Asistente al Presidente Cox.

Elder Hatton


The Bowden's said...

Merry Christmas Elder Salazar! We are so proud of you and the wonderful job you are doing in Mexico! Only a few more months and you (and Greg) will be home...hard to believe!!
May the Lord bless you and keep you safe. Enjoy your holiday season!
Take Care,
Mark and Cindy

Anonymous said...

Elder Salazar:

How thrilled Elder Hatton must be to have baptized some 200 new members. Of course, you have pleased the Lord by baptizing as many as you have.

I'm sure your parents will be thrilled to have you telephone them on Christmas eve. Undoubtedly it will be the best present they will receive.

Seth Trader's papers being processed and Dennis Bronson starting his. Elder Aiono will be released in January.

Feliz Navidad and God bless you as you take His message to the people in the mission in which you serve.

Bishop Bowring

Anonymous said...

Hi Ben, I just wanted to tell you have a Merry, Merry Christmas. We miss you, love you and can't wait for you to come home.

Love Tiit