Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015 Batuco, Chile

Zona: Colina
Sector: Batuco 1
Comp: Elder Cuadrado

This week was sooo cool! We recieved so many blessings and answered prayers! So about 3 weeks ago i lost my wallet and it had a bunch of stuff in it some really important stuff that i shouldnt have been carrying at the time but I got on a bus with my wallet, and i left the bus whithout my wallet. I dont know what happeded but my wallet wasnt there when i needed it. I prayed for help to find it if there was a way. I called our secretary to see if he could track the bus that we got on but he could because it wasnt a city bus. So we had to cancel all my cards and everything. I was bummed. I had my temple recommend and drivers license and social security there( because my wallet is more secure than leaving it in the house). 2 and a half weeks later we had to go to district class and we were going to wait for the others elders to get on the bus together but a bus just came and we just decided to get on without waiting. The bus driver handed me my wallet and everything was in it! It was so surprising! Everyone in Chile just robs and steals things and I just couldnt believe that I had gotten my wallet back! And after so much time the guy didnt forget that there was a lost wallet. It was pretty cool! It was a miracle! 

Another cool experience happened to my companion and I in the morning. Right before we left the house in the morning we said a prayer asking to be able to teach and find someone in the morning. We leave the house and our first contact...5 minutes after leaving the house... we were talking with a guy of 26 years. He invited us in and we taught him the restoration and gave him a book of mormon. We also gave him a date to be baptized the 12th of July! It was so cool!! 

My companion and I have had a great week. We taught 28 lessons and had 70 contacts and did a bunch of service projects. We found 3 investigatores this week and we have 4 investigatores with a baptism date in July. I did an interchange with my cousin Nate this week and we found one of those new families. We did contacts all day and finnaly at the end we were able to teach someone new. Its so cool being able to preach the gospel. We had a blast! 

This week we have zone conference. And in July one of the Seventy is going to come and talk to our mission and my president asked me to play violin again! I am excited! But thats all that happened this week!! 

Love you guys!

-Elder Brady

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Family Missionary News

Wesley's cousin, Hannah Wilson, was called to serve as a missionary in the Guayaquil, Ecuador mission.  She reports to the MTC the end of August.

Wesley's cousin, Cameron Jeffers, was called to serve as a missionary in the Madrid, Spain mission.  He reports to the MTC the end of September.

Wesley's cousin, Mallory Peterson, just returned home from the Pachuco, Mexico mission.

June 08, 2015 Batuco, Chile

Zona: Colina
Sector: Batuco 1
Comp: Elder Cuadrado 

Hola Hola!! I am here in Batuco starting my 3rd change here! Woooot!! I now have a companion.. Elder Cuadrado from Buenos Aires, Argentina!! He is mi Hijo. I am training him and dang we had a great first week! My companion has so much excitement to work and everything its great! He is improving so much! Here in chile we use the word ¨cuadrado¨ as obedient. like this missionary is cuadrado. EVERYONE makes jokes with him name its pretty funny. Elder Cuadrado is Cuadrado. haha .. He is a great companion I am super excited to be his companion and work!

We did a bunch of contacts and we have a list of new people to visit this week. We hope to have at least 3 new investigators this week. This last few sundays a family of 3 has been coming back to church. The Castillo family. They have been inactive for yearsssssss! They have been coming the last few weeks and have really been able to realized all the blessings they have been missing out on. 

Right now we are working hard with a couple who are expecting to have a baby girl soon. Orlando y Corali. We are trying to help them understand the importance of marriage because they arent married yet. Orlando is less active and Corali isnt a member but they both want to have a strong family and love learning the gospel. They commited to go to church this next sunday

Tonight we have dinner with Ivania and her family, She is the girl that I baptized a month ago. Her family is buying a bunch of papa Johns pizza!! I havent had pizza since before the mission!!!! Whaaaaaat!! I am so excited!! I dont want to sound trunky or anything but I just really miss american stuff!! Everything is so expensive here. I miss american milk and my moms pastas and american cereal! and Pizza and Burritos! And the beach! haha  

But the mission is an awesome experience. I am so thankful for the time I have here and all the families I get to serve. 

I love you guys. Until next monday

-Elder Brady

Monday, June 1, 2015

June 1 2015, Batuco, Chile

Zona: Colina
Sector: Batuco 1
Comp: To be determined...

Hola Hola!! 
    I am in my 10th cambio now! Wooooooot!! I have been called as trainer once again. This is my 4th ´hijo´ in the mission. I am still waiting for him.... he comes tomorrow from the CCM. Not sure if its a gringo or latino but i am excited for whatever happens! So this change I will be district leader and trainer haha. This last cambio has been hard. The work is really slow here in Batuco. It is difficult to contact people and recieve referencias. We talk to almost 200 people every week but we havent seen many fruits coming from it. We just found a new investigator this last week, I hope he can progress. He is a big time vegetarian... its interesting our conversations haha. We were able to have a baptism the last change...her name is Ivania, she has progressed alot and is preparing to go to the temple for the first time and do baptisms for the dead. Her dad is not a member and her mom and brothers are inactive but she her brother to go to church last sunday! That was cool!
    I am teaching violin lessons now haha and we are going to start an inglis class, i am excited for that. I am sure we will be able to find alot of new investigators though it. This last thursday we went to a members house to celebrate a birthday party... well when we got there we didnt know that a boy in the family was celebrating his birthday but they shared the news with us and we joied in. This family is very active and very humble.  The party remimded me of what true happiness really is.This birthday get together was for a boy named Santiago and he just turned 14. Just his small family was there and us. There were no presents or anything big. There was a small cake and small plate of rice that i ate in 4 bites. They arent doing well financially but they were all just happy. I felt so happy and just a warm feeling inside... I dont know how to describe it. But it was nice having a reminder like that.. that we can find happiness in simple things and always in our family.
    We were able to go to the temple a couple weeks ago and that was awesome!! In our mission we are allowed to go once a year nothing more. It was a really neat spiritual experience. We have to do a sleep over the night before because the busses dont pass by our house early in the morning. So we ended up with 6 missionaries in a house. 6 missionaries are 2 matresses and a few blankets oh man it was terrible!! Yes we did have permission to do that. It was crazy haha.
   I have 9 months more in the mission! Time is passing so fast. It always passes fast especially if you work. The mission is hard. It is very hard. It stretches you and makes you do things you have never done before. Its full of ups and downs but it is amazing. It is such an awesome experience to be an instument in the Lord´s hands bringing people to repentance and seeing them happy. And seeing the conversion in ourselves as missionaries. The mission is amazing.

Love you guys

-Elder Brady

May 11, 2015 Batuco Chile

Zona: Colina
Sector: Batuco 1
Comp: Elder Fernandez

Wow this week has been crazy! We didnt do that much this week. We were able to go to the temple this last thursday and that was an awesome experience. I was able to attend a baptism of Elder Dirkmaat. My companion and I sang at the baptism it was really neat. I really dont have alot to say but i have a lot of photos!