Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014 Cerro Navia, Chile

This week was awesome! We found 2 new part member families! These families are less active and they both want to return to church. They both have kids from the ages 11 to 23. We are super excited to teach them. We invited them both to church but they did not come, pero esta bien we are going to work for this next sunday. We almost completed our goal of a church assistance of 120.. we were short by 2! We got 118 and thats pretty good we taught almost 37 lessons this week and alot of less actives joined and something so cool happened! After so much praying and fasting and working Cecilia finnally went to church with us!! We have been trying for 3 months and my companion and his were trying even before that and she finally came!! She loved it and everyone was super nice and invited her to all the activities and we went back to talk with her about it and she wants to go to church and go to all the activities. She was so happy I had never seen her so happy. She has a date to be baptized for the 9th of November! I was so happy sunday i just couldnt stop smiling. Just seeing her in the church and that she was happy just was awesome. It makes you feel good inside. Really good. This week went really well with lessons and bringing less actives back to church. We had a huge success this last week. We hope for even bigger this next week. Unfortunately next monday when everything is just getting going ..we will have changes. We will find out this saturday whats going to happen but we both would like to stay. Cecilia has alot of questions and is really interested in the spirit world and family history and temple work so this week we are going to be really focused on that. She has alot of family who are not members and her parents died without the gospel and she wants to know what all is going to happen. But this week went really well.

--Elder Brady
Thanks for all the Birthday wishes!!

I got to spend an hour at a house! There is a girl named Jackolyn who turned 19 the same day also and so we both celebrated our birthdays the same time! It was pretty fun!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 20, 2014 Cerro Navia, Chile

 Wesley's birthday is October 24!  If you have a minute please write him a quick note!
This last week my companion and I have were really focusing on trying to get our investigators to go to church but we failed. We did everything we could to get them to come. We showed up at their house.They just cant wake up in the morning. But this week we found a new family. They are a less active family of 3. Well they have a 17 year old daughter who is not a member but is super interested. They have been living in the area for 8 months and they are really cool. They have been inactive for a little over 2 years. We went and taught them Sunday and it was super successful! They have been through a lot of hard things. We asked them what would interrupt them from going to church with us sunday and they simply said that they were lazy and its hard to wake up in the mornings. The dad took the iniciative and said ¨but nothing is impossible, we need to go.¨ It was really cool to hear him say that. While we were talking they recognized all the blesssings that they were missing out on from not attending the temple and church.
So our goal for this week is bring them to the church and start teaching their daughter. They are a super cool family.

So in total we have 3 families of investigators and 2 of them are progressing well. And i am sure si o si that at least those 2 families will assist church with us this sunday.

I heard news from my old Sector. We were teaching a young guy of 25 years named Elias. He is super cool and i have always been asking how he is doing. He got baptized the week after we had changed. I was sad i had to miss it. But i have heard that his family is now going to church. His brothers have a baptism date. His parents are taking the dicussions and believe Joseph Smith was a Prophet. Elias now has a calling in the branch working with the missionaries. He is an awesome example to me and i am really grateful that i got to participate in finding and teaching him and watching him make all the changes in his life.

We have been teaching a family.. well a couple thats living together. Here in Chile almost no one wants to get a divorce because its so expensive. So they just dont get married and are living in sin or they get married and cant afford a divorce and find another partner and ..continue living in sin. This is the case with a couple we are teaching. The guy is a member but is married, cant afford a divorce and is living with another girl who is not a member. It is so hard to help them to progress with out him getting a divorce and them both getting married. We have just continued to teach them and TRYING to bring them to church.

This week we feel very secure with our investigators and our big focus now is the less active members. we need to have a consistent 120 members assisting the church or they are going to drop this ward and combine it with another which means the church is farthur away and that means even more less actives. So our biggest focus this week is the lessactives. The past 4 weeks it has been between 90 and 110. We are shooting for 120+ this Sunday. We have faith that we can do it. We just need to do the work. 

But thats all this week. Sorry I havent been writing a lot. We do a lot of stuff on P-Day and somethings only have 10 minutes to write our families and president.

But I love you all.

-Elder Brady

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014 Cerro Navia, Chile

This is Wesley's mom for a minute.  I just had to write in here to all the future missionaries.....WRITE MORE TO YOUR MOTHER THAN JUST....."Hi mom"!!!

Wes sent an email this morning and all it said was, "Hi mom".  And I thought that was it until he sent something more a little over an hour later.  Funny boy.  So here are the few other emails that he sent.  He is looking for creative ideas of how to be a missionary.  He wants to know what you guys are doing that is successful.  If you have any great ideas that have worked for you please send him your ideas!

Here are his letters:

hi mom

Mom if its ohkay for christmas:


Key to thology (or what ever its called) (The book is called Key to the Science of Theology written by Parley P Pratt.  If you want to learn more about God this will be a wonderful book for you!)
Church history book

Rice crispe recipi
Nonnys monster cookie recipie

Mom what is going on with the war? Everyone hates me this week. No one has been shaking my hand or anything because im from the US and ´I have Ebole´. So many people here talk about the war and say bad stuff about the US.

I love you mom. I hope everything is going well.

I dont have a letter to really write this week.
 Tyson sent me this. I thought it was pretty cool.
And mom. I know Star Wars is coming out soon like end of next year. I just want to tell you not to see it with out me ohkay? Harrison Ford and all the old actors are going to be in this new one. Its going to be pretty cool but i want to watch it with you yeah? just letting you know in advance.

And also the movie meet the mormons came out recently. When it comes out on Dvd can you get me a copy? or as soon as possible please. 

I love you mom

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014, Cerro Navia, Chile

I will be able to skype on christmas. So hopefully you guys are all there that day. I am really bummed that I lost the money. I really feel like I let Dad down. I was so mad at myself that I didnt notice it. And all my photos and all that are gone as well. But anyways this week was alright. It was a lot slower. We found a Peruvian family and they are awesome! The couple is not married and they have one son age 5. The guy is a less active and wants to rejoin and the girl doesnt know anything about the church or heard anything about it. We were able to teach her about the Restoration and she accepted it really well, I really felt the Spirit with them. And after we talked about marrige a little and if they had plans to get married and they both really want to get married. So Elder Covinos and I are both really excited for that! But thats about all this week!

Elder Brady