Monday, March 31, 2014

Grateful for Warm Showers!

Greetings from El Salvador. Things are going alright here. The work is slow, but that’s nothing new.  My companion and I are getting along fine. I’m getting used to the new area. It’s a lot more rural than SantaAna. It’s a little bit more dangerous too, like more gang activity. But nothing has happened yet. One of the things I love most is that the showers here are naturally warm… ha-ha. In some areas here they have to ''bucket bathe'' which is exactly what it sounds like, dumping buckets of water on yourself. Luckily our house is really nice and we have showers.

We had a really good multi-zone meeting last week and we talked a lot about the atonement. The atonement is so much more complex than I thought, and it’s crazy how little we really know about it. I guess that’s where faith comes in. But yeah we watched this talk by Bruce R. McConkie. It was the last talk he gave before he died. It’s a must see if you haven’t already seen it. But I’m sure you guys saw it live back in the day. But anyways his testimony of the atonement was so powerful.  I love you guys so much. I know Christ lives and loves us, and gave everything to save us.

I don’t have any pictures of my new area but I found an old picture from my time in Guatemala. It’s weird to see how much I’ve changed. Also a huge cicada, as big as my finger… so gross! And of course, the token animal picture of some cats…no kids this week.
Love Elder Hoy
Almost a year ago in Guatemala

Giant Cicada


Monday, March 24, 2014


CHANGES! SO... yeah as I’m sure you all figured out, I had changes! My new area is called Turin, and the zone is Turin as well.  It’s about 30 minutes away from Santa Ana. I’m no longer district leader which is fine by me. I was getting super stressed from that. Now I’m just senior companion. My new comps name is Elder Candray. He is from California, but both of his parents were born here in El Salvador. He has 19 months in the mission.

Did you guys watch "One Good Man" yet? I loved that movie so much. The new area is really hot. It feels like I’m back in AZ! I am really going to miss my old area though. It was hard saying good bye to everyone. It’s crazy how attached you can get to people in just a few months. 

And yeah it’s crazy to see all the sisters that are going out on missions. A third part of the missionaries in my mission are sisters now. It's so great! But yeah... I love you guys a lot! I only have about a year left... ha-ha!
Elder Hoy
My Old Companion

My New Companion
Saying Good-bye is Hard!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Things are Better!

Hey family.  How are things going back home?  Things are getting better here. This week was a lot better than last week.  We have started working a lot better with the members so now we are finding a lot of new people to  teach. I watched this one church movie called ''One Good Man'' that made me laugh and at the same time inspired me and helped me a lot. I highly recommend it for a FHE or something.

 And yeah… Jaime and his family came to visit me and we went out to lunch.  It was really good to see them.  That’s what some of the pictures are of.

Juan Antonio still hasn’t been able to get married yet because his wife Noe has problems with her documents. So now I don’t know when they are going to be able to get baptized.

 I can’t wait until General Conference. It’ll be really good to hear and watch ! Our mission is soooo small that we have zone meetings every week. I think I’ve gotten taller and gained a little bit of weight...not much though.

I might have changes on Wednesday. If I don’t write you next Friday then that means that I had changes and my new day to write will be Monday.

 I love you guys a ton! Here are some pictures of me and cute kids and stuff. My pictures are always with niƱos… cuz I love them. I LOVE YOU ALL! 

Elder Hoy
Thumbs Up!
Jaime, Harlan and Family
Guapos Chicos!
Hermosos Ninos!
Streets of Santa Ana


Friday, March 7, 2014

Baptism Date Set

This week has been a little challenging. We are struggling to find new people to teach and the people that we are teaching aren’t progressing very much. Other than that, things are going really good. We have been working more with the investigators of the Hermanas that got taken out of this area. 

We set a baptism date with a 13 year old girl that we have been teaching for the 27th of this month. That will be great! We are also hoping to put a date with Oswaldo. He is the guy that plays the guitar. He just has to get married first. That’s a really big problem in this country. The law of chastity and the Word of Wisdom are probably the two most difficult commandments for the people here. Everyone drinks coffee and the people don’t like to get married here.

The picture is of me and a boy named Christian. He is a very special son of an awesome Sister here. I love him so much. I told his mom that you taught a seminary class for special needs kids and she wishes you were here to teach her son:-)

Oh ...and in 10 days I’ll complete 11 months! Almost to the 1 year mark! Pretty crazy to think about! Well I love you guys a ton! Hope y’all have a fantastic week!

Love, Elder Hoy

Big Smiles from Christian and I