But despite such hardships, Salvadorans are a resilient lot. Many say their future promises better days ahead.
That optimism was on display over the weekend as LDS Salvadorans celebrated the opening of their nation's first temple with thanksgiving, song and dance. The festivities were highlighted Sunday morning with the dedication of the San Salvador El Salvador Temple. It is the 135th LDS temple in operation and the fourth of its kind in the church's Central America Area.