Week 56 (Famailla, Tucuman)

Hola familia y amigos!!

Sooooo I wasn’t able to write out my letter today because we went to a zoo so just forgive me. It’s not gonna be the best letter today.
The week was good but I feel like we weren’t able to accomplish all that much (talking about the progress of our investigators). It was just an average week and our investigators didn’t do much to progress. I think we are going to need to start doing some serious finding and a nice cleaning of our investigator pool. Let’s get this show on the road!!
I’m sorry guys. Nothing really happened this week. I’m also super tired from the trip to the zoo today. It was crazy long and I was stressed about the time the whole day haha. My companion is waaaaayyy more chill than I am haha!
I’m happy. Dont worry. Keep going, keep trying, and keep trusting in the Lord!!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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P1020016One of my best mission buds Elder Birch from Lehi, UT

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Selfie with Pres. Chaparro-Nobody else has the guts to do it! haha

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Elder Osorio and Elder Brundage

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PDay at the zoo

Famailla-(Tucuman) Week 55

Hola familia y amigos!

Well the first week in a new area always seems to be a long one. I was kind of confused, lost, and trying to get to know everyone and help them the best I can. But it was fun!
Famaillá is a small little town about 40 minutes from the city. The people are very devout catholics (Friday night the whole town shut down for the Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen) and they are kind of lazy haha. The town is known for the empanada and because they harvest a TON of lemon and sugarcane.
The church is very small here. Yesterday was a good day because there were 20 or so people in sacrament meeting! We meet in a house converted into a chapel thats pretty small but nice and we have very few active members. Yesterday, Elder Osorio and I blessed the sacrament, I gave a talk, and we taught the sunday school class to all the members. We are also 1st and 2nd counselors in the branch presidency!
We have some really solid investigators who love the church and love the gospel. We have great people preparing themselves for baptism as well. More on them next week!
Our apartment is kind of horrible haha! Its very humid, there’s mold, it’s small, and we don’t have a fridge or gas (we have to get the propane tank thing filled up this week). We didn’t have gas so we couldn’t cook and the members don’t give us lunch (working on that) so we had to buy our food all week. We use an electric water heater to shower. We fill up a tank of water and plug it in and it heats up the water. Then you unplug it and shower really fast because there isn’t much water. A few weeks ago President came and said that we need to move as soon as we possibly can so we are also looking for apartments haha!
My comp is Elder Osorio and he’s great. He’s 21 years old, was born in Paraguay but grew up in Buenos Aires. He’s a convert of 2 years (he had his 2 year anniversary on the 6th of this month) and he has about 8 months in the mission. He’s a very happy guy and he loves to joke around. We get along really well and I love working with him!
As I told you guys last week I’m district leader now and that’s been cool. Basically I talk with them (missionaries in the district) every night to see how they are and make sure they are working hard. I give advice and encourage them and train in the district meetings we have every week! We have 3 other areas in the district. Bella vista: Hna Knowles from Maryland and her hija (greenie) Hna Adams from Alaska. Simoca: Hna Highfill from Chicago and Hna Lugo from Nicaragua. Monteros: Elder Bigler from Tucson Arizona and Elder Cloud from Tropic Utah. They are all so great!
This week I was feeling a little discouraged about the situation  in the branch and felt a little overwhelmed facing the task of helping not only our branch but trying to help everyone in the district. But I was able to learn in my studies that the Lord is happy with progress and effort. If I do all that I can He is happy and I don’t have to worry about the numbers or physical results. If I work hard I know God is happy with my service.
Also I don’t know how the tone of this letter sounded but I’m not discouraged or sad. I’m happy and excited for a new challenge. Come what may, and LOVE IT!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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The District

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After English Class

Many things happened but I don’t have time (Famailla, Tucuman) Week 54

Hola Familia y Amigos!

I would love to describe everything to you in fine detail but I just don’t have time.
This week: Tuesday: I did divisions with our district leader for the inverviews for the familia Juarez. They passed with flying colors and they also made a bunch of pizza. Yummmmmm
Wednesday: Elder Carrasco and I spent the whole day preparing the baptismal service. Gustavo, Cristina, Daniela, Ivana, and Aaron Juarez were baptized! It was a lovely service and the spirit was so strong.
Skipping to Sunday: The Familia Juarez were confirmed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! They were so excited and and happy and ready to be members!
That night we found out that I would be transferred to Famailla, Tucumán! We’ll come back to that point.
That afternoon we went to the house of the Familia Juarez to say bye and they gave me these letters to read that night. I read them later and cried because of the happiness and spirit in their words. I am one blessed son of God. He allowed me to be a part of their lives and I will never ever forget them. They made me promise that I would come back when they get sealed!
Today I came to my new area, Famailla Tucumán! I have no idea how much time the Lord wants me in Tucumán but it seems like this province just can’t get rid of me haha! This is a tiny tiny little town. The branch is super small and super weak. Attendance: 5-15 every week. I’m excited for the challenge!
Also I’m District leader now. So thats cool.
My new companion is named Elder Osorio and he is from Buenos Aires Argentina. He’s a convert of 2 years and he’s been in the mission for about 8 months! He seems really fun and I’m excited for my time here.
I am also 20 today. Or that’s what I’ve been told. I’m so grateful for all the blessings that my Heavenly father has given me!
I love you all!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage

P1010923P1010925The Familia Juarez! (That youth on the left baptized Cristina the mom, the YSA baptized Daniela, I baptized Gustavo and Ivana, Elder Carrasco baptized Aaron

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Bye bye Elder Carrasco

P1010946                                   New companion: Elder Osorio from Buenos Aires

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Bishop and Sister Chavez

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Juarez Family

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A Surprise Anniversary Present (Tucuman) Week 53

Hola familia y amigos!

Sooooooo I have a surprise!

On Monday we were looking at the marriage papers with the Familia Juarez and we saw that the date of their wedding was the 1st not the 7th! So this last Friday Gustavo Juarez and Cristina Nickler were married! We all went to registro civil (a government building) and they signed the papers with fancy clothes on and they were pronounced husband and wife! Nothing too fancy.
Since it was a surprise the ward wasn’t able to do any party or anything but I’m pretty sure they are gonna do something for their baptism. They had been planning for next thursday and the relief society was super busy with something else so we just had an asado that night with The Familia Juarez and some friends.
Now that they were able to get married, them two and 3 of their kids will be baptized this Wednesday the 6th! The ward is going to travel to the Cordoba temple from Thursday the 7th until Saturday the 9th at night and Daniela wanted one of the YSA’s (Pascual whose real name is Jonathan. That guy who sent you a picture of Elder Black and I) to baptize her and he’s going to the temple so we have to do it Wednesday night! It’s gonna be great! They also have the goal to be sealed in the temple a year after! They are so converted its nuts. LOVE THEM!
It is such a joy to see the conversion of the children of God. And it’s even sweeter when a whole family learns about, accepts, and lives the gospel of Jesus Christ together! We’ve only got one more to go in this family! The 18 year old Exequiel. Daniela (the oldest) says he’s been reading the Book of Mormon by himself and that he’s just weird and shy when it comes to formal talks and discussions like we do. He’s coming soon!
Also this Friday I hit my year mark……… It was weird…… Its all downhill from here……
Also this next monday there are transfers and it’s my birthday! If president follows the pattern, I’ll be leaving and will spend a good part of my 20th birthday in a bus 🙂
Love you all!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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The District

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Juarez Wedding Day

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Juarez Family-getting married

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PDay with the District