Elder Colton West

Elder Colton West


Monday, September 5, 2016

Week 97: Temples, pupusas, birth certificates, and other such things

So you're probably wondering what those things have in common.  Well, they're some of the cool and important things that have been going on in my week.  We'll start with temples...

So this last week we got to go to the temple!  Finally!  It feels like an eternity in between our temple trips where we actually can enter the temple.  For us missionaries, that is our spiritual recharge.  I remember that before the mission going to church felt like a huge spiritual recharge every week.  The sacrament is still a huge important part of every week, but being immersed in the gospel 24/7 the gospel learning in Gospel Principles class and Elders Quorum feels so... Normal.  Going to the temple is where we missionaries can feel that obviously more powerful presence of the Holy Spirit.  And getting to enter the temple is a stark contrast to working in whatever area of the mission.  The temple is an island of peace in the middle of the crazy chaotic hurricane that is this country.  Sometimes I wish I could just stay there.  But the whole reason we are here is to help other people get there.  So it's back to work.

Attached are photos of me with my two "sons" in the temple.  First off Elder McDaniel and I.

Elder West & Elder McDaniel
San Salvador Temple

and one of Elder Socop and I.  He got sent to San Miguel.

Elder Socop & Elder West
San Salvador Temple

On our way home from the temple we made a stop for lunch in a very famous (at least in El Salvador) place called Olocuilta.  Everyone here knows it as the birthplace of the Pupusa, and the site of the most delicious pupusas in the country.  I can confirm that the hype is true.  Those pupusas are the bomb!


The pupusas are the bomb!

In other news, that family of four that we are teaching are still progressing.  That's where the birth certificates come in.  Here in El Salvador one of the required documents for a wedding is the birth certificate.  The interesting thing is that down here anyone can request a birth certificate for anyone.  We just go down to the city office (birth records are kept by the city, not by the state down here) and give them the full name and birthday of the person, and they print out the certificate.  The whole process takes about fifteen minutes and costs $2.10.  We already got one from the city office of Usulutan, and we have to go get the other from another town in our area this week.  Hopefully this time we don't get stuck in the city office for an hour waiting on a huge awesome tropical rainstorm to pass.  As fun as that is, it takes up valuable work time.

And yeah, the weather this week has been crazy.   Tons of rain!  We were on our way to dinner last night when it started to rain.  We have plastic ponchos that we bought, but they only protect you so much.  We were totally soaked from the knees down.  I was wearing boots, but my feet still got wet. Boots don't really keep water out when the water is pouring in from above.

So I only have a month left in the mission....  I really don't know how to feel about it.  On the one hand, I am super excited to go home and see my friends and family again.  On the other hand, I feel like things are passing by too fast.  Very conflicting feelings...  I'll just have to enjoy the time I have left.

Well, that's all for this week.  Talk to you all next week!  Have an awesome week!


Elder Colton West

El Salvador, San Salvador East Mission

That is called a lycha.  
They are delicious, and to top it off it looks like a 
crazy alien fruit from a sci-fi movie.

Zona Usulutan, minus Elder Quintana.

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