Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. -Alma 26:12
Okay, so I couldn't email yesterday because all libraries are closed on Memorial Day. But, a huge surprised happened. I got transferred, so I'm no longer in Harlingen. I'm in Kingsville, Texas right now. Also, I didn't get any packages or letters yet, so hopefully they make it to me somehow. My new Address is 105 Ranger Road Apt C, Kingsville TX 78363. Send all packages and letters to that address. This week has been such a crazy week. One day I could be somewhere and the next I'm in a completely different area meeting new members and in a different ward. This area is still all English, so I guess God really wants me to learn English. lol. I really liked my last area a lot, so It was hard leaving it. I didn't really get to say bye to any members either because there was like a 90 percent chance that I would have stayed there. But, my new companion's name is Elder Hutchinson. He's a district leader... my first companion that has been a district leader. He's kind of nerdy, so it will take some time to get used to. lol All of the areas here are so spread apart, so we don't get to see everyone else as much as I used to. I have been picking up guitar a lot recently, though. I've learned a bunch of new chords and songs. We play and sing for all of our members. I've learned how to play a ton of hymns, so we play those for everybody. I think it's really fun to play guitar. When I came to this area, we had no investigators here, but now we have 5 and some are looking pretty solid for baptism. But, that's pretty much my life right now. Its not always easy, but I do my best. Hopefully I get those letters and packages soon. If not, maybe there's someone you can contact at the other apartment complex.
Love you guys. Elder Brady
Hey hows it going?? Some of this week was great and some of it sucked. Its hard being here. The transfer ends tomorrow. My companion is probably leaving because he got called to be a district leader. Besides that, no one knows if theyre leaving or staying yet. But I appreciate the letters and everything. I miss you guys! I miss Ashley! The mission is great but it sucks so much! Im going to send some letters out today so be expecting those. I think Lauren said that she sent a package but I didn't get it if she did sent it. it is sam houston drive though. I did have this one really fun day here though this week. It was on wednesday night and thursday. I was with these 2 elders and we were in a trio. We played soccer that we set up with the spanish branch and that was fun. I think we're playing a little soccer today too. But on the exchange, we saw so many kids outside and ended up taking pictures with them. It was super fun. Hopefully I get a good companion this transfer too. I'm hoping I become senior companion and get somebody younger than me on the mission, or the same age on the mission. That would be super fun. But not too much happened this week. I do have one request for a capo for the guitar. It would be useful. I did learn how to play hallelujah on the guitar now which is fun. I'm trying to learn a bunch of songs. Hopefully I can set up a Soundcloud and put all of my videos on there. Thats the plan. But hope everything is good! Pictures coming soon!
Hey! hows it going? It was super fun to get to skype you guys last night. It never seems like long enough, but it was fun. I'm trying to remember what happened this week. So, I know we taught a lot of lessons to this one 10 year old that is planning on getting baptized, probably a few of his siblings too.Wednesday we taught a Book of Mormon class. We found 7 new investigators this week, which is pretty good. But, this week was pretty typical. I did take some good pictures of this owl and this raccoon which I think you'll like. But, it really was so good talking last night. I especially appreciate all of the packages and everything you guys have sent me. It's so good to get letters during the week when I don't expect them. This is the last week of the transfer, so, things could be changing a little bit after this week. But, not too much is going on right now. I'll try to take more pictures of my surroundings here. I'll also try to send out a letter today. Even P days are pretty busy. And then today we have a huge FHE with tons of investigators and missionaries. I was wondering, though, if you guys know what the missionary schedule is like. Just so you have an idea of about what I'm doing for some of the day:
6:30 Wake up and excercise
7 Get ready for day
8 Personal study
9 Comp Study
10 Spanish Study
11 Lunch/ District meeting/Role plays
12 or 1 or 2 or 3 - planned lessons and whatever else depending on how long of a meeting we have.
But, that's the first half of the day.
I'd love to get some recordings of you guys or whatever else. But, I hope you guys have a great week. Take care! Elder Brady
Hey! Hows it going?? So, to start it off, I get to skype this Sunday!! I told you guys that it will be about 6 o'clock, but that will be 6 here, so its 7 o'clock there. Just a heads up. And, that google thing isn't loading right now. So, if it doesn't load on Sunday, I'm screwed. But, this week was alright. It started off with a surprise. Last Monday it started off with a surprise. We ran into this guy from Utah that came down here for work. He said he'll be staying down here and then he gave us a 140 dollars. It looked like just 20 dollars, but inside wrapped up was 120 dollars more. We're using it though for someone in the ward that needs it. So, that was a pleasant surprise. Overall this week wasn't too great. I feel like I'm losing a little bit of my Spanish just because I don't have as many opportunites to speak it in this ward. I can still speak it and understand most of it, but not perfectly. So, I'm hoping that changes. But I'm super excited to skype this Sunday! I'm also nervous because its only an hour and once it's over, I'm going to miss it. But, I biked super hard this week since our area tripled in size. So, my legs are toast. lol But, I did have a super good lesson the other day. We were on an exchange in our area and we came to this black guy that I'm cool with. He had 4 friends over. And I taught the Restauracion. BTW, the black guy is from GA too, so he calls me his homie. haha But, the lesson was super good. And the guy, even though he isn't a member, committed his 4 friends to get baptized, and said that he's getting baptized too. The other elder that I was with said I'm really good at talking to black people, so I thought that was funny. But, one of the elders in my district is originally from Mexico City. He has a place down there and said I'm welcome to come stay with him. He says the City is super safe. The only dangerous part of Mexico is the border. So, it sounds like a good option for a vacation of some sort. I've learned the importance of having a good attitude on the mission and being super social. It has helped me enjoy it more. It's still something super hard. And I can't say I do enjoy every day on the mission. I enjoy certain things, but one thing I don't like, is that people focus too much on numbers. Numbers are important, but it shouldn't be the main focus. The main focus should be to bless lives. But, I can say one thing I learned on the mission so far is to not be scared to talk to anyone, older or younger than me. And I've also learned to be super bold when I have to. So, the mission has taught me a lot. I'm grateful for it. It's still super hard and sometimes it's more difficult than other times. The hardest part is just learning to enjoy every moment of it. But, I like it and I know it's good for me. There is this one quote that if you guys could send me it, it would be awesome. It goes something like this, " Serenity is accepting the things you can't change. Changing the things you can change. Wisdom is knowing the difference. [I already sent him the quote.] I love that quote. And one of the missionaries worked for J Dawgs before the mission...the one with that guitar. So, I figured she'd like to know that. But, that's about all that happened this week. I did a lot of helping people move and doing lawn work, but it was a good week. I hope everything is good there. Love you guys.