It’s a (White) Boy!-(Famailla, Tucuman) Week 61

Hola Familia y amigos!

Well it was a crazy week!
On Monday I said bye to Elder Osorio and a lot of people in the district and then Elder Cloud and I were together here in Famaillá on Monday and then went to Monteros to sleep and work Tuesday morning. We went to Salta on Tuesday night and got the newbies on Wednesday!
There were 16 new missionaries and 13 of them were Americans so I kind of expected what was coming haha! My new companion’s name is Elder Rich! He’s from Worland Wyoming, and he’s really cool. He’s 18 and he comes from a family of 9 and is an amazing wrestler. He’s struggling a little bit with the language but so does every gringo haha! He’s super excited and ready to work and he LOVES the mission so far!
This week Pamela and Melanie Bazán got baptized! It was really stressful having so little time to prepare them this week and at the same time help Elder Rich get settled in and stuff, but we were able to do everything and they were baptized and confirmed and all is well!
I was afraid that the crappy apartment and the small town and even smaller branch would scare or discourage him but it hasn’t! He wanted to be in a small town and he thought the crappy apartment was awesome because it is the “real mission experience”. He was expecting to sleep in dirt and stuff like that haha! He’s taught me a lot about how my attitude should be about all this. WE ARE ON THE LORDS ERRAND! What greater thing could I do than help this part of the Lord’s vineyard!
I love you guys!!!
Livin’ the dream,
Elder Brundage
ps. I forgot to tell you guys. A few weeks ago I performed my first baby blessing in sacrament meeting! It was way cool!
(He was having computer problems and wasn’t able to send the baptism pictures)
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Shout out to Bethany on her birthday!

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Showing some birthday love to his sister!!

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Braden and Elder Rich from Worland, Wyoming!

Out of the fire and into the frying pan! (Famailla, Tucuman) Week 60

Hola Familia y Amigoooooosssss!

Well lots of stuff has happened to be honest haha….
So yesterday I got a call at about 3 o’clock from President Chaparro and he told me that I would be TRAINING ANOTHER NEW MISSIONARY. I was so surprised that I literally asked him “Are you serious?”. Hahahaha but he just said “SÍ!”. And I was like “¿wut?”
Honestly, it is very very uncommon to train 2 times in this mission. Especially so soon after finishing my other training. President usually doesn’t work this way haha. I am now one of 3 missionaries that have 2 hijos that are still on their mission. It’s weird.
It was a good week here in Famaillá! We had a lot of lessons and we helped a lot of people feel the spirit and read the Book of Mormon! Pamela and Melani were really sad that Elder Osorio left but obviously they are still going to get baptized this Saturday. What a welcome for my newbie huh?
I’m very happy and I love this work so much! I am sincerely happier than I ever have been in my life. But it’s not just the mission that makes me happy. ANY ONE OF YOU THAT IS READING THIS LETTER CAN FEEL THE EXACT SAME HAPPINESS. All you have to do is find your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, live according to that testimony, and share that with someone. That is all it takes. That is all that I do. And it makes me so happy. I’m so full. I feel a sense of fulfillment and I know that that doesn’t have to end with the mission.
Share what you know!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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Baptism of Nerea!

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Baptism of Nerea!

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Saw Elder Carrasco (Braden’s trainee) at the bus station

2 Weeks, Lots of News and Little Time (Famailla, Tucuman) Week 59

Hola Familia y Amigos!

First of all, Id like to say that the news of my Grandpa Bob’s death was hard. I love the man with all my heart. I will always remember his words of love that he expressed towards all my family and to me. I will treasure the memories of him for a long time. I remember an especially incredible experience that I had to interview him for a school project about his military service during World War II. His humor, and love for his country surprised me and helped grow in me the appreciation and love that I feel for our great country.
In this hard time let us remember him fondly but focus in on his future. As a just man, he is in the spirit world resting from all care and helping others to come unto Jesus Christ. He will continue in that way until the resurrection of the dead. All humanity will have a perfect body like that of Jesus Christ and God the Father and death will have lost its sting. How merciful and wonderful is the plan of our God! That no pain or loss, however great and seemingly irreparable it may seem, need last forever. Through obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ every heart can be healed, every loss recovered, and every family reunited! I invite every one to read the talk And There Shall Be No More Death by Elder Paul V Johnson.
Sorry I couldn’t write last week so now I will be writing about 2 weeks!
So, last week was great! We helped Luis Bazan get ready for his marriage and his baptism. On  Friday they were married and Luis was baptized that Saturday! He was so happy and relieved that he could finally get baptized and be a member of the church!
Also that day I had a very unique experience. The Sister missionaries in my district are teaching a woman named Nerea. She had a lot of doubts and the sisters didn’t know what to  do and they heard that other missionaries had their investigators talk with their leader like an interview and they left the interview without doubts and ready for baptism.  So they told her that if she went to our baptism that I could talk to her and help her with her doubts better than they could. Not true lol.  So they brought her to the baptism and asked me to do that. I did it and was scared because they had high hopes, but it was actually really spiritual. She opened up and I responded to her questions but the most amazing part happened at the end. I felt the impression to invite her to kneel with me and ask God if the Book of Mormon is true. We did it and the spirit filled the room to testify to her. Few times have I ever felt it so strongly. She left the interview crying but happy. It was crazy.
Monday: We went and visited the Familia Juarez! THE BEST NEWS EVER DANIELA TOLD ME THAT IN A YEAR SHE’S GOING TO GO ON A MISSION I ALMOST CRIED FOR JOY!!
Tuesday: District meeting with one of the sister training leaders on exchanges and our zone leaders no pressure haha. Killed it anyway!
Friday: We went to Simoca for the baptismal interview of Nerea. It took awhile and she needed another interview with the district president but she passed and will be baptized this Saturday. The weird thing is that she wants me to baptize her! So I’ll send pictures!
I love you all!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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Marriage of Luis and Pamela

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Baptism of Luis

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Asado with kidney, bowels, and cow heart

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Visit to the Familia Juarez

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Daniela Juarez and us!

Good Week (Famailla, Tucuman) Week 57

Hola Familia y amigos!

This was a good week! I’mm just gonna give you the highlights.

There is this great family of investigators called the Familia Bazán. The parents, luis and Pamela, are getting married this Friday and Luis will be baptized on saturday! His wife has been a little bit hard in accepting a date because “she wants to feel it and she just doesn’t feel IT yet”. So we were being patient and praying and she told us on tuesday that she felt an answer to her prayers and that she would be baptized with her daughter melani! We’re thinking the 20th for them!

On friday I did divisions in Monteros! They have bikes there because its a big area and nobody robs anything (we are asking for bikes too haha). So I got to ride bikes for the first time in a while and it hurt my butt a TON because I used the bike of an elder that is like 6′ 5″ and his seat is super high haha. I also got to do my first baptismal interview and it all went really smoothly!

Saturday morning we had a branch activity where we played soccer from 9:30 until 12 and then we ate hamburgers! We had a ton of less actives there and some new investigators so that was a huge success! I also got to put to good use my goalie skills haha! Then one of the nonmembers with us went to church yesterday with his wife!!

Today we went to tafi del valle as a zone. The picture I sent only has a few of the people who went because my camera died and I didn’t get to take any. But we woke up at 5:30 in the morning to get there on time and it was super fun. I felt super epic taking that picture by the way!

We havent moved yet. We can’t find anythiiiinnnnng. 😦

I love you all!

Livin’ the Dream,

Elder Brundage

ps. Have fun in carp :’)

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