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Snapshot of El Salvador – Spanish is El Salvador’s official language. The dialect spoken in El Salvador is similar to other Central American countries such as Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Most Salvadorans are of mixed ancestry (generally of both European and Native American descent). A little over 50% of the population is Roman Catholic, and nearly 28% of the population belongs to Protestant churches. The LDS Church represents about 1.4% of El Salvador’s population. El Salvador’s culture represents a blend of Spanish and Indigenous influences. Ceramics and textiles are popular traditional art forms. Catholicism also dominates many cultural aspects of El Salvador, with several holidays based around Catholic traditions. Many of these holidays have traditional clothing that is worn in conjunction with the festivities. Reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, and hip hop music are all quite popular in El Salvador. Soccer is the country’s most popular sport, but basketball and volleyball are also somewhat popular. The pupusa is a unique food item of El Salvador. Pupusas are thick tortillas that are typically then stuffed with cheese, pork, and beans. Panes Rellenos is a popular type of submarine sandwich that generally uses either chicken or turkey. Seafood, tamales, soups, and fresh fruit are also popular.
The church has a strong presence in the San Salvador East Mission, and missionary work is very successful. There are 9 stakes to which a missionary can be assigned, and missionaries can expect to work with lots of investigators and members to help the church continue to grow in the region. San Salvador itself has a bishop’s storehouse and an institute facility. There are family history centers located throughout the mission. The San Salvador Temple was dedicated in 2011 and lies just across the border in the San Salvador West Mission. It is a beacon to both members and non-members in the area.
Traditional cuisine in El Salvador comes from a combination of local foods and Spanish cuisine. Many dishes are made from corn and are served with beans, rice, and tortillas which are much thicker than Mexican Tortillas. Some typical foods from the San Salvador area are:
Pupusas- a thick handmade corn flour tortilla stuffed with cheese, chicarrón (cooked, ground pork meat), a red sauce and curtido (a pickled cabbage, onion and carrot topping).
Panes Rellenos- warm submarine sandwiches. The turkey or chicken is marinated and then roasted with Pipil spices and handpulled. This sandwich is traditionally served with turkey or chicken, tomato, and watercress along with cucumber, onion, lettuce, mayonnaise, and mustard.
Salvadorean Tamales- Cooked in plantain leaves, a Salvadorean Tamal is made from a corn dough or batter and filled with pork, beans, or olives.
Missionaries who serve in the El Salvador San Salvador East Mission can expect to walk a ton and use public transportation. Throughout the major cities there are bus systems that are cheap and easy to use which provide access to all parts of the major cities. This will be the primary form of public transportation used by missionaries in the El Salvador, San Salvador Mission. They also provide great opportunities for contacting! There are also taxi services in many of the major cities which are a little more expensive but quicker. Trains and highways run throughout the country, providing missionaries easy access to all parts of the mission.
Edificio la centro americana, Nivel 6, Local 603
Alameda Roosevelt 3107
El Salvador, C.A.
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