Elder Colton West

Elder Colton West


Monday, May 23, 2016

Week 82: Darned Ants! Foggy and What a Week!

Note: Elder West sent 3 different group emails this week to break up pictures into batches so as not to bog down the server.  I've combined them into one post for convenience! And yes, I've let him know that sending 12 pictures this week is much appreciated. The fact that 6 of them were of ants and the tree and NONE of the 12 had his face or any humans in them, not so much!  He's promised to send pics of his face next week and of their activity from P-day today!!!  Make sure not to miss the last 2 pics of the mountain paradise he's serving in!


They ate my tree!  Well, part of my tree.  

Here's how it went down.  We have a bit of a garden behind the house that the landlords put in before they moved to San Salvador.  One of the conditions of the rent is that we have to take care of the garden.  One of the centerpieces of the garden is a lovely little almond tree.  In a few more years it's gonna be nice and huge and shady.

We went outside after planning last Monday night and found this botanical carnage going on.  After taking a few pictures, my companion started spraying the tree with the hose to knock the ants off of the leaves.  We then proceeded to make war with the ants using garden-friendly Raid.  In total, they annihilated around 45% of the leaves on our poor little almond tree before we got there.  The good news is that they haven't come back!


We woke up to this a few days ago.  It stayed super foggy until around 9:00.  Only 2 photos because my comp took those pics with his camera on a super high resolution setting.


As the title suggests, it's been a week!  As I mentioned to my best friend Joel in another email, things never seem to turn out how we want them to.  The good thing is that, for us, God always gives us a helping hand when things go south.

So I mentioned that we are teaching "A", who has been investigating the church for around 6 months but hasn't been able to be baptized for some word of wisdom  problems.  He was good with all of that for almost a month, but the day before we were going to have his baptism interview he went and got drunk with his friends.  We found that out in his interview. Frustrating, but he did commit to a new baptism date for next month.

On the bright side, God definitely made up for the fall of that baptism date.  That same day we met our new baptism date for the 28th of May.  His name is Jefferson, and he is the son of a less-active family.  We had no idea that he hasn't been baptized until the Relief Society President told us last Sunday!  His mom hadn't mentioned it at all in any of the times that we bought dinner from her.  We taught  Jefferson for the first time on Tuesday and have visited him every day this week.  He's already ready to be baptized, we just had to verify that he knows all of the necessary doctrine and the commandments.  The only thing left is to ask Jefferson who he wants to baptize him.  Expect baptism pictures next week.

Well, that's all I have time for this week.  Stay the course, Keep the Faith!

Elder Colton West
El Salvador, San Salvador East Mission

the view from the mirador (scenic overlook) here in Berlín. 
Wednesday was the first clear day that we've had since I got here.

Another view from the overlook

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