Week 83 (Jujuy)

Hola Familia y Amigos!

So things are changing here in the mission and the work is hastening in the whole world and in Argentina!
Many people heard that we have new daily schedules (the changes were minimal here the biggest changes to that was that we plan in the morning and 30 minute comp study, and studying in pday). And the church recently changed the key indicator system to focus in on the most important things! In addition to these changes the area presidency has changed one of the requirements for baptism. Now, investigators can enter into the covenant of baptism after only going to church twice!
All these changes show me that we need to do more and that the Lord truly is hastening his work before his second coming! I’m glad I get to be a part of it.
The people who are progressing are still progressing and we will have much success in February! I’m really excited but I’m also kind of scared of the transfers next week haha!
Nothing much is new. for the first time in my mission I’m gaining a little bit of weight because we have more time to eat dinner now and my comp likes fast food…..
I’m not trunky don’t worry haha 🙂
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage

District Meeting in San Pedro


Familia Vequi-a family in our ward


The Week of the Bad Haircut (sorry no picture) Week 82 (Jujuy)

Hola Familia y amigos!

This week was good! We are seeing some great progress with some of our investigators here! This week was a little rough but full of great experiences anyways!
One investigator named A was playing in a soccer tournament in the church organized by the Elder’s quorum here in our ward and he had a spiritual experience! He felt very strongly that there was where he needed to be, the people whom he should associate with, and that he needed to stay there. This is one of the many experiences he has had. So he told us that in a lesson and the spirit was very strong. We talked to him about the Word of wisdom and he made the decision to quit smoking (he’s met with many many missionaries and he never could quit). We offered him a blessing to start the process and he asked me to give it. I felt strongly guided in my words to promise many blessings that that family desperately needs IF he would put his full effort to quit smoking. He told us he knew it would happen the way that we said. It was a great experience!
Another investigator that has also met with many missionaries finally (after almost 8 months of investigating) put a date to get married and get baptized! We talked to them about faith and putting their trust in God using Alma 32 (before the whole seed metaphor) and they said that they would trust and do it!!  He’ll be married the 17th of February, then baptized the next day, and confirmed on Sunday! He’s called Marcelo and his wife is Mariel.
A couple other part-member families are finally getting their stuff together and are getting active again and are helping their kids get baptized!
So it’s been good! Sometimes I feel like we do very little and that all of the hard work doesn’t really bear fruit, but I know the Lord has blessed us and will continue to bless us if we keep working!
The only bad thing is that today I trusted another missionary to cut my hair and it didnt really turn out….. but it’s a blessing that hair grows back!!!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage

This is NOT the bad haircut 🙂

Jujuy-Week 81

Hola Familia y Amigos!

Sooooo It was an awesome week!
There were some changes in missionary daily schedule and in the way we work. Now we only do 30 minutes of personal study, 30 minutes of companionship study, and 30 minutes of idioma. And now we plan in the morning not at night. The changes have been weird but it’s amazing what we can do with a little extra time!
We have a lot of great people we are working with now. A lot of the adults we are teaching right now are progressing a little bit slower so our nearest investigators to baptism are kids! We’re trying to help these families get active and help their family to be complete in the church! I’ll keep you posted on them!
The focus this week and a little bit of last week was finding new investigators and talking with EVERYONE! A lot of missionaries disregard contacts because they think they can do it all in other ways. What we learned is that we still need to work with members and contact references WHILE STILL TRYING OUR VERY HARDEST TO FIND PEOPLE.
We have felt the Lord guiding us and our steps this whole week to find the people which he feels are ready for the gospel. One day we were having a hard day. Everything was falling through. And we felt impressed to talk to people that would say the most horrible things to us and send us away fuming. But we didn’t stop. And after 4 hours of nothing, we felt like we should go to a reference we already contacted. We walk there and contact a house on the way. He let us in and gives us soda and we were able to teach him a message of the restoration. IT WAS A MIRACLE. It made up for everything.
I love this work sooooo much and I can’t believe how fast the days keep flying by!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
ps. did I ever tell you guys that Elder Chahalis and I lived in the same dorm building at BYU? Small world.

Jujuy – Week 80

Well I really love everyone but there’s not much to report.

We’re trying to find new investigators. We have to start from scratch basically haha. I love being with Elder Chahalis. He’s really fun and is a great missionary.
I promise you a better letter next week!!!
Love you all!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage

Wait! I’m in charge?? (Jujuy) Week 79

Hola Familia y Amigos!

So it was a good week honestly! Sorry I forgot to tell you last week who my new companion would be! He hadn’t gotten here yet so I forgot haha!
My comp is Elder Chahalis from Atlanta (newnan) Georgia, and he came to the mission at the same time as me!! He already extended the mission so he’s going home after me but it’s been cool because we know a lot of the same people! He’s great!
The last couple of weeks have been kind of slow.  Sooooo this week we were looking for new people!
We found some great new investigators with a ton of potential and we are really excited for the future!
Sorry I don’t have any more time because we are going to Salta for the Mission Leadership Council so we have to catch a bus!
Love you all soooooo much!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage

Braden’s new companion, Elder Chahalis