Montaña Rusa Argentina (Argentine Roller Coaster) (Famailla, Tucuman) Week 65

Hola Familia y Amigos!

My subject line isn’t about an actual roller coaster but it’s been a roller coaster week!
I’ll give you the play by play:
Monday: We had a fun day playing soccer with the zone and having Choripan (Sausage sandwiches basically haha). Then the afternoon kind of took a turn. Everybody we tried to visit wasn’t home or they didn’t want to receive us. About 1/4 of our investigators told us they would not be investigating anymore and that they don’t want us to come back.
Tuesday: We had our district meeting and I kind of had to drop the cane (bajar la caña it’s like slang for like rebuke with scripture and the spirit but with love like it says in D&C 121 haha) about our focus on our callings and in our meetings and stuff. Don’t worry guys I’m not one of those horrible leaders. I did it with lots of love :))))))
In the afternoon basically the same thing happened. Nobody was home or they didn’t want us to come back anymore. We lost like another 1/4 of our investigators.
Wednesday: Once again it was a rough day. We lost MORE investigators and we had hardly any lessons. We weren’t discouraged though. It was the craziest thing. We were both just so calm and collected when in other times of my mission this could have crushed me. We prayed so hard and we asked the Lord to lead us to his chosen sons and daughters. We promised him that if he would put them where we are, we would find and talk to them.
Thursday: Weekly planning, and then my companion and all the other newbies in the zone had to go to Salta to work on their visas. I was in a trio all day and we didn’t get to work in our areas. Forgot my camera so there aren’t any pics sorrrryyyyy
Friday: The trio worked in Famaillá for an hour and a half and NOTHING WORKED AT ALL. We finally went to leave Famaillá and we waited for the bus. A woman sat next to me and I felt the opposite of in the mood to talk to her. Then I felt within myself “If you won’t talk to her then why are you here?” So I talked to her. Her name is Lucia Cejas and she is going through a really tough time. She opened up to me so much at that bus stop. I set up an appointment for the next day and we left in the bus.
Saturday: We visit her and teach her. She is SOOOO PREPARED. She just wants things to get better and to be happier and she will do anything to do it. She accepted the Book of Mormon, baptism and an invitation to church.
Later that night the Lord made us feel that we had to visit a certain member. We went to his house and there he was with his 2 friends willing and ready to talk to us. That brother had already talked to them about the church and they had set up to go with him to church the next day. We taught them briefly and left.
Sunday: All 3 of the people that we had found the day before came to church! Lucia read WAAAAAAYYY more than we asked her to in the book of mormon and she prayed to know if it was true. She said she felt that God had answered her prayer and that’s why she was there.
God ALWAYS keeps his promises. I know it and I love him for it. We are never alone and he will NEVER abandon us. Dont you ever forget it!!!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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He’s a man of few words this week (Famailla, Tucuman) – Week 64

Hola Familia y Amigos!

Soooooo not much happened this week! It was a normal week you know?
Wake up. Exercise. Get Ready. Study. Work. Eat. Study. Work. Plan. Sleep.
We have some people that are really really amazing but have seemed to take a break from progressing for a little bit haha! I know they have so much potential and they are so ready and so prepared. We just have to do a little something different and they will be ready to listen more, learn, progress and make covanents with the Lord!
The good news is that one of our investigators named Victoria is going to be baptized not this Saturday but next Saturday! Her mom finally gave her permission and she’s gonna be able to make it to October 1st! She was going to get baptized and confirmed this Saturday and Sunday but she missed church because she was sick and couldn’t go! But that gives us enough time to help her invite a ton of people to the service and make it great!!!!
I’m so excited for conference it’s nuts. I need a spiritual boost!
Still lovin’ life. Still livin’ the Dream!
Elder Brundage
ps. Sorry no pics 😦

 

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An older picture of Elder Brundage

Happy Birthday, Elder Rich-Week 63 (Famailla, Tucuman)

Hola familia y amigos!

I don’t know how I got so skinny here I’ve been eating so flipping much.
Anyways this week was cool! The biggest highlight was that Elder Rich turned 19 this week!!!! This Wednesday he turned 19 and I basically made him celebrate. I got the members to throw him a little party/ family home evening (because that’s not getting him unfocused haha). And I got us a good lunch with members. It was cool!  There was cake and everything. I had 2 super lame birthdays in my mission and I’m not going to let him have a crappy one haha!!!! Not for my child!
I don’t know, it was just a really regular week. I also didn’t get to write my letter beforehand so it wouldn’t be good even if I had time. So I’ll just give you the highlights!
1. Went on exchanges with Elder Batman (new missionary in my district)
2. Had a cool zone training
3. Went on exchanges with the zone leaders
4. It was the national empanada festival but we didn’t go because it cost like 100 pesos just to get in and then like 18 pesos PER EMPANADA!!  That’s crazy expensive and we’re poor.
Love you all!!!!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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The Zone

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The Zone

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Elder Mendez

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Elder Batman and Elder Brundage

Loving Life as a Missionary-Week 62 (Famailla, Tucuman)

Hola Familia y amigos!

Well it was a pretty normal week so I don’t have all that much to talk about haha!
I love my comp! He’s such a good guy. Very down to earth and he has an awesome attitude! He’s helping me be waaaay better!
I seriously can’t think of anything very significant so I’ll just put a few points:
1. From Wednesday until Saturday our cell phone didn’t work at all. We couldn’t receive or make calls or messages for that time so we didn’t get to verify with the district, or call any member, or do anything basically. It sucked. An awesome member helped us by giving us his phone so that we could use it for a few days while he used a super old phone that he had lying around just so that we could make our calls and stuff. I love that guy!
2. On Tuesday we were gonna have a meeting in Concepción with the zone leaders and the other district leader and then have the district meeting right after. So the bus gets to a certain point and stops and then I look out the window and I see that people cut off the highway with burning tires and they were out there protesting for some reason. The bus driver said that he was going to turn back and that if anybody wanted to get off we could. So we got off and started walking and walked like 3 kilometers to the church in Concepción. It was quite the little adventure.
I love the mission, I love the people, I love Argentina.
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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The District

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Melanie and Pamela’s Baptism

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Melanie and Pamela’s Baptism

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San Javier on P-day

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Elder Brundage and Elder Rich at San Javier

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Elder Rich and Elder Brundage