Friday, August 7, 2015

Busy week

Hi, I love you all!  This week was great but I don't have any time to write today, I'm so sorry, how's everything?

Love, your favorite missionary,
Elder Tobar

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Quick weekly update

These last two weeks have been so busy so here we go with your weekly El Salvadoran update ...

- Fatima got baptised!

- We hiked Mt. Chingo with some Elders and had an awesome bbq on top... in Guatemala!  At the top is the divide between the two countries and there is a monument on top.

- We helped at a ward activity for pioneers in the area

- We helped a members whose entire roof fell in.... no one was hurt but it was crazy.

- And we survived countless rainstorms haha

I love this place more and more everyday and time is flyyyying by.  I feel like I was in the states just last week. love you all!

Elder Tobar

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Out for 2 months!

Wow, time is going by so fast, this week was a blur. We had zone meeting this week that was cool. We spent most of the week visiting with contacts and members, most days in the rain. It rained so much this week it was nuts.
We have a baptism this week on Saturday! Fatima, we've been teaching her for three weeks now. Her parents are inactive but we got the whole family to an activity on Saturday. The Rama had an activity celebrating the first members in the rama. It was a lot of fun, the members are so funny. People are just so different here, I like it. We have been focusing a lot on getting the members involved in the work. There are so many less active and inactive members that we don't have time to visit them all. They need to feel the love and fellowship of the members! We got the bishop to start the rama reading the Book of Mormon together starting next Sunday with one of those chapter coloring sheets.

Mondays are awesome. Last week we played futbol with some other elders and the kids in the area, it rained so hard on us.

Next week we are hiking Mt. Chigo. It's an inactive volcano on the other end of my area. I'll be sacrificing my writing time next week because we need to go early in morning but I'll send pictures. I've wanted to hike it since I got to my area and the branch president's sons is going to take us and a few other people.

Love you all, till next time,
Elder Tobar

Monday, July 6, 2015

Walkin' in the rain!

I don't have a ton of time but this week went by so quickly! We went to San Salvador on Tuesday for some immigration stuff which was fun. All my CCM friends came with us so it was super cool to catch up with them and hear their stories after a week in the field. I'm starting to really get to know the area and the people. It's so hot and humid and I've never walked so much in my life but it's so beautiful here and the people are so humble. There is fruit everywhere and a ton of fruit that you can find in the states. Oh man, the mangos!! We always look for ripe ones in the trees, then throw rocks to knock them down haha it's pretty funny. They taste sooo good. Talpas are pretty great too.

Sundays mornings are pretty crazy. Every morning before church we run around (sometimes literally) tracking down our investigators to get them to church!  One girl Fatima who is going to get baptized this month lives in the middle of a huge cane field and is too young to walk to church so we have to get her before and drop her off after. But she is so sweet.

One last story, last night we were in our last appointment and it started to pour! It was the biggest thunderstorm I have ever seen in my life. We tried waiting a little but it didn't let up at all. We had to get home so we walked 40 minutes in the downpour. I thought we were going to get struck by lightning hahaha it was crazy. Love you all.

Elder Tobar

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Buenas Dias todos!

I finally left the CCM! We woke up super early and took a bus to the mission office in Santa Ana. We got split into two groups and half of us went to a plaza and contacted people while the other half did paper work. After we had dinner at the presidents house. We slept at some elder's houses that night and woke up early for exchanges. I got assigned my trainer Elder Rodriguez, he's a short Honduran. Hes been in the mission for 20 months, his english is pretty broken. My first area is called Magdelana, it's the biggest area in the whole mission. Its so beautiful here but everyone is so poor. Our area is pretty rural and a little dangerous so we can't live there. Our house is a 45 minute walk from our area. So every morning we have to walk 45 minutes or if we're lucky catch a bus just to get to our area! We walk soooooo much. We spend most of our days walking though the mountains and visiting members, less actives and investigators. We have 2 baptism dates and about 6 investigators now.  The people here are so poor but so humble, most live on dirt floors. Enjoy a few hot showers for me! I got to go but keep the faith!

Elder Tobar

Bus ride - Guatemala to El Salvador
No explanation necessary ...
Elderes Rodriguez y Tobar

Nuestro apartamento y estudios
It's so hot!!
the elders that live behind us. We climb over the roof to eat and ask for things they're super chivo. We raided their kitchen on Sunday because we had no food in our apartment haha

Friday, June 26, 2015

Arrived in El Salvador!

Here's an email from Tad's mission president after he arrived.
We are happy to announce that Elder Tobar has safely arrived in our mission. The night of his arrival, we enjoyed getting to know him during dinner at the mission home, and we can tell that he is going to be a great missionary. We are grateful for the sacrifices you and your missionary have made that allow him to be here. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will pour out his blessings upon your family. We are very happy to have your son with us and we know he will bless the lives of many people here in the great country of El Salvador.
He has been assigned to the area of Magdalena in the Chalchuapa Stake. His companion is Elder Rodriquez from Honduras.  He is a determined, hardworking missionary who is diligent in the Lord´s work. We expect to see great success from this companionship.

President and Sister Spjut

Monday, June 22, 2015

Semana 5 en la CCM

Don't have a lot of time but here we go!

First off thank you everyone for your letters and emails I love to hear from you and how you are all doing! This week was pretty rough. The day after P-day, Wednesday, I got crazy sick with the stomach flu so I was out for 3 days in my room. Wasn't fun but I'm better now. We got the new Latinos and they are probably my favorite.

We have been studying Spanish like crazy and everyone is getting really excited because...drum roll...We finally leave on Tuesday!  I can't wait to get out of here. Don't get me wrong, I love it here and the people I've met but I'm a peacock you gotta let me fly! (sorry if you didn't get that reference). We had some great devotionals and get to watch "Meet the Mormons" this week before we head out. I'll miss the CCM and President Cox but Eccl. 3 "there is a time and place for everything".  I got some pictures from the plaza so enjoy. Sorry this week was so short but I'm out of time!  Love you all, Keep the faith!

Elder Tobar