Monday, March 31, 2014

Goodbye March

   Well everyone another week has come and gone, March as well!
This week we stayed pretty busy, between planning a ward missionary
activity, looking for new houses, and just doing the normal mission
work we didn´t have much sitting around. We finally found a house that
we might possibly be able to live in, but we will find out on tuesday.
Where we are living now is full of bat poop, and the other house where
the elders are living is for sale. we are pretty desperate. but out
two month search may finally be coming to an end. the really tricky
part is finding a house for the sisters, they are a little bit more
picky about where the sisters live than the elders, which makes a
difficult search almost impossible. but we will keep looking!
   The ward activity was a movie night in the chapel, it was a
success, we had about 50 people in the activity. not very many
investigators, but a few less active members came. I was in charge of
making popcorn, so I made a bunch in a big pot with butter and
popcorn, it actually turned out really good. a lot more work than the
machine that we have back home, but it worked. we watched a movie
about this italian priest who found a book of mormon that didn´t have
a cover, and didn´t find out what church it was from for about twenty
years, and wasn´t able to get baptized for another twenty because of
the world wars. It was a really cool story but most people didn´t
follow it. so after we passed some mormon messages which people really
liked. Our bishop wants to do a play for our next activity about the
prodigal son. It should be interesting, hopefully it will turn out
well. i guess if everyone gets involved it will be fun.
    This month in our zone almost every area baptized. there was only
one who didn´t which was pretty cool. that was my main goal. if every
companionship can baptize it is a success. I have never seen it done
before, but we came really close. unfortunatly this week as far as
investigators in church as a zone we were really bad. we had nine as a
zone. which is pretty horrible. but hopefully we can bring a bunch of
people to general conference. It really is one of the best times for
people to get an answer to their prayers, and there are such flexible
hours its perfect. I personally am super excited for conference, and
its weird to thing that this is my third in the mission! that really
makes me feel old! I am planning on making rice krispie treats to
celebrate, and to take the place of mom´s orange rolls. its not quite
the same, but it will have to do.
   This week we were looking to try and find more less active members
to teach, because they are the best way to find investigators that
will be positive. anyway we found this lady S, who was baptized
when she was 16 and is now 42, she hasn´t been to church in around 26
years, but she still doesn´t drink coffee, and she told us that she
has the church website linked to her facebook and she goes on there
fairly often. we had a really good talk with her and have an
appointment to come back on wednesday. we are having a hard time
finding new investigators right now so hopefully she will be able to
help us out. just knocking doors is so ineffective, even here the best
way to find people to teach is through the members. and thats what we
are focusing on right now.
   It seems like so many people here in the ward are having a really
tough time right now, a lot don´t have jobs, and others are having a
hard time getting along with their spouse, its hard to see so many
problems, but I also know that through obedience to the Lord we can
avoid so many problems. but even so just like Nephi in 1 nephi 16
sometimes our bows break. even though we are doing everything right,
its times like that when we learn to trust in the lord, and work out
hardest to come up with our own solution. and make our "wood bow."
speaking of wood bows I have really had the urge to make one. when I
get home I am going to chop down a bunch of trees and get to work!
Well anyway thats mostly what´s happening over here on my end. Hope
you are all happy and healthy and doing well. love you all and can´t
wait to hear from you soon.
Elder Schriever

(P.S. J.G from Izalco told me to tell you all hello for him)