Monday, October 28, 2013

Letter #15

This week was sweet! So yesterday me and Elder Roylance were on the bikes. I love bike days. So we were just messing around, i was jumping the curbs and trying to do weelies and stuff, pretty much just being stupid haha. So i was riding no hands and pedaling pretty fast and wasnt paying attention to anything and i totally lost control and ate it hard on the pavement haha! I slid across the concrete for a good 5 yards or so haha. Pants were ripped up, my bike handle is jacked, my arm is pretty scraped up haha! I guess thats what i get for being stupid. My companion just sat there and laughed at me! haha! It was funny.
Other than that, nothing too new with investigators. Were just working on finding people. I did get to carve a pumpkin at the ward party tho, so that was fun! Ive heard that we might have to be in early on Halloween night, but who knows. Hopefully we get to do something fun!! People are pretty crazy about Halloween down here. So many houses are decorated and stuff. Lots of party ads too.
Its hard to remember what went on, all the days kinda mix together.
Thanks for everything. Love you all!
Elder Brian

Monday, October 21, 2013

Letter #14

Its been sort of an up and down kind of week i guess. So this week we've been working with the Ochoa family of 5. We taught them the first lesson and it was amazing. Me and my companion thought we would never find a more prepared family than this one. So as the week went by we taught them more and more and they kept progressing. And we invited them to come take a tour of the church and they did! They met some members, got a tour of the building and had an awesome restoration lesson, they said they've never felt so good in a church building! Man, it was so awesome. After that, we committed them to church and they said they were super excited to come! So come Sunday, we were waiting for them at the church building and about half an hour before church starts we get a text from the Ochoa family saying they dont want to take the missionary lessons anymore, they dont wanna change their religion, and they dont want anything to do with the LDS church anymore. And this hit me pretty dang hard. I was like what the freak!! What did i do wrong?! This family, so willing to let us in and share our message with them, and they shut us down and we didnt even see it coming.
So, im still yet to find out why this all happened, hopefully i find out soon. But i know God has a reason for everything.
Other than that, its just been a regular week, we did a lot of biking around our area. Our area is huge! We've got a lot of work to do.
Thanks for everything!
Love Elder Brian

Monday, October 14, 2013

Letter #13

Pretty good first week of the new transfer. Its definately a lot different only living with one other elder. It really shows how much more i need to work on my patience and love. haha!
We were able to find 9 new investigators this week, so were looking forward to a jam packed week ahead. We also found a really awesome family we are working with. They are going to be our main focus i guess i can say. The Ochoa family. They are a family of 5. 2 younger boys and an 18 year old girl. We had an awesome first lesson with them and they said they wanted to hear more! So we're hoping all goes well with them.
Other than that, we've been working a lot with less actives and getting our new area organized, cause before it was all over the place!
Sorry its so short this week. Ill make next weeks better!
Love you all!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Letter #12

Its been a pretty slow week down here in Brownsville. Conference was awesome! We watched it at the chapel along with a lot of the spanish ward and english ward. Transfer calls came through! And it turns out that they are shutting a couple areas down in my zone and me and Elder Roylance are taking over one of them! So we'll have a lot more people to work with now. And two elders are moving out of our appartment, so its just me and my companion in a 4 man appartment. We have so much room now its awesome!!
 Not too much success and we've had to drop a lot of our investigators since no one is wanting to progress. Nestor and Nidia were doing good, but they wont set a wedding date anymore, and without that, they cant get baptized. Elder Roylance and I were praying super hard that they would come to conference cause we knew it would answer their questions about marriage, but unfortunately they didnt show. It wouldve been so perfect cause Elder Ballard or someone in the first session on Saturday, i cant remember (whoops), gave an amazing talk on Chastity and Marriage and it wouldve definately helped changed their minds on that. So this week, were giving them one last lesson to see if they will progress, if they do then we'll keep teaching, if not, we have to let them go.
Other than that, nothing too big going on. Like i said, its been a bit of a slow week. Thanks for everything!