Sunday, August 18, 2013

Our week in El Salvador...
Bright and early Monday morning we took Daniel to have pupusas for breakfast.
Pupusas are like the national food of El Salvador...
Pupusas are to be eaten with your fingers....but these were too hot for me to pick up, and I enjoy them more if I can use a fork.
You put salsa on them, then cover them with the shredded cabbage, carrots, onions, and other spicy condiments...
Googled this info: A pupusa (Spanish pronunciation: [puˈpusa], is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla (made using masa de maíz, a maize flour dough used in Latin American cuisine) that is usually filled with a blend of the following:
  • cheese (queso) (usually a soft cheese called Quesillo found in all Central America)
  • cooked pork meat ground to a paste consistency (called chicharró)
  • refried beans (frijoles refritos), or queso con loroco (loroco is a vine flower bud from Central America).
The two most common pupusas are the pupusa de queso (cheese) and more popular pupusa revuelta with mixed ingredients of cheese, beans, and chicharrón. Pupusas are typically served with curtido (lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar) and a watery tomato salsa.
Two fills us up....but some connoisseurs can eat 4 or 5 at a time...
We ran in to President Alas and Elder Winter who had walked over to Antigua Cuscatlan...about a 20-min walk in traffic. They were happy to have a ride back to the temple grounds.
Continuing on with our Monday P-Day activities, we took everyone  (our three Sr. couple temple missionaries) grocery shopping.  We had fun showing Daniel the brown eggs. (In the photo some look white, but there are really only brown ones.)
Family Home Evening was at the apartment of Elder y Hna. Haroldsen...
Elder Haroldsen gave a great lesson on "Obedience and Learning Line Upon Line Till We Know the Mysteries of God."
 He shared these four scriptures: (1) Deuteronomy 11:26-28
  "Behold, I set before you this day a blessing... 
"A blessing if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day..."
(2) 3 Nephi 26: 9-10/  
(3) 2 Nephi 28:30/ 
(4) Alma 12:9-11
Elder y Hna. Haroldsen...
Elder y Hna. Winter...
Elder y Hna. Clark...
And most all of us together...
Hna. Haroldsen served "Poor Man's Cake" which is what my Mom called it....the cake made with raisins, without eggs, milk, other ingredient I can't remember now.
Now we need to come up with a lesson and refreshments for FHE at our apartment tomorrow night.  Oh, yes, I remember, I am planning to have Hot Fudge Cake and Ice Cream.

Tuesday, August 13....we had the early morning shift, and Daniel came to the 11:30 session.
    Walt stopped to greet this Dad with his son and niece.
Daniel went out exploring.  I went to see if he had forgotten his key and needed to get back in to the building.  Here is the temple at sunset when I went out at 6:10 p.m.
Wednesday, August are our wet umbrellas after we got drenched walking back to our apartment after our afternoon/evening shift at 9:40 p.m.
Daniel is typing the day's events for his journal...he did an 11:30 a.m. session at the temple...
Walt is also working at his computer...
Thursday, August 15...We had no shift today.  I made a batch of bread...and some more stew to welcome our new Sr. Temple Missionary couple who arrived tonight from Canada--Elder Roberto and Hna. Irma Caballero.  Her brother, Hugo Martinez, our chief engineer picked them up at the airport. Yes, they are native San Salvadorians but have lived in Canada for 30 years.
   ......I didn't get their photos downloaded before I sent my camera off with Daniel on Friday who has gone out on splits to work with missionaries.
   Friday we had the morning shift; Saturday the afternoon/evening shift.
     Sunday, Aug 18, today, we left at 6:45 a.m. and arrived at San Miguel at 9:00 for the Stake Conference. Hugo drove us, and Elder y Hna. Clark rode with us, then they rode back with her sister and husband: President y Hna. Glazier of the El Salvador San Salvador East Mission.   
Oscar Auriel Machado Soto, age 19, rode back with us. His family lives near San Miguel. He was baptized 5 months ago and today had Elder Clark ordain him an Elder. He is attending the Universidad CentroAmericana JoseSimeonCañas in Civil Engineering. He plans to serve a mission after he has been a member for 1 year. He is the only member in his family, but his mother came to the stake conference today. He lives with a family here in our Campestre Ward.
       We got back at 3:45 p.m. and got in on the second half of the Coordinators Training in the Temple.
     We are bushed tonight and are going to bed.
         We hope you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
            We are thankful for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and for His Great Atonement for each one of us.
              Con amor, Los Petersen - Walt & Eileen

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