(Salta) Week 87

Sorry mom long day. I don’t have much to write about nor time to write about it.

We went to Tucuman and Santiago del Estero to do splits and it was fun but we are FINALLY DONE WITH ALL THE SPLITS WOOOOOOO. Now we have like 3 straight weeks in our area woo!
Also Elder Salazar started the driver’s ed training with me hahahah. It was a little bit more complicated than I thought and the truck stalled on me a lot haha! But I was proud that by the end I could go from first to second and up to third without it stalling on me! I’m a long way away from driving somewhere but it was fun haha!
Woo! Love you Mom!
I promise you a long very detailed letter next week. I PROMISE YOU!
Elder Brundage

Find Joy in the Journey – Week 86 (Salta)

Hola Familia y Amigos!

I had to do that literally this week because we went on a huge 4 stop road trip to the northern part of the mission. We left Monday afternoon and got back Friday afternoon!
We started off going to Jujuy to do splits in Alto Comedero!!!!! But we missed our bus so we had to wait a few hours and we got there late and couldn’t do any work 😦 But the next day we went and did splits with the Jujuy Centro Zone and that was fun!
After that we travelled like 4 hours to get to Orán in the north of Salta and we did divisions there. They had their zone conference the next day and since the zone is so far spread all the elders in the zone came and I got to see some friends! I even got to see Elder Rich my SON who’s in Pichanal right now! It was awesome!
Then we travelled up north another 2 and a half hours up to Tartagal (Its a fricking oven in this place !  Seriously I was dying). We did splits but one of the Elders, Elder Lewis was suuuupppper sick so I had to stay with him all day and it was seriously so hot I wanted to die. But it was fun anyways!
Then the next day we took the 5 or 6 hour bus ride back here to salta and to celebrate we bought Mcdonalds 🙂
We got to work a little bit in our area this weekend but nobody went to church…. So we’re gonna be in finding mode……. as soon as we get back from our huge trip of the south of the mission this week! Count yo blessings hahah
I’m sorry I have to go, a lot of stuff is happening today and I have to go now! Love you guys!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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Reunited with Elder Chahalis

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Plaza of Oran

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In Tartagal with Elder Figueredo and Elder Lewis

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Celebrating a successful road trip with McDonalds

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Evidence that the streets turn into rivers when it rains hard

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Zone conference

Woooo! I’m Alive (Salta) Week 85

Hola Familia y Amigos!

Well it’s been a long and tiring week to say the least! There’s lots of stuff to do and very little time to get all of it done but hey SOMEBODY has to do it haha!
Also, in a really weird transition like this its been great to have Elder Salazar. Like I said he’s really crazy but he really knows how to work and he puts his all into what he does. A lot of stuff has happened but we always have fun haha!
So that you can get the whole lowdown I’ll go day by day this week

Monday: So yeah we had to do all the transfer stuff and help all the missionaries get to their new areas. There’s always problems in something so had to be on alert all day to answer the phone calls and solve the problems. One example of this: In Ledesma there were some missionaries who had problems with their documents and we called the boss here in Salta of that company and he told us that he would take care of it. He even let us listen in haha! “HEY WHY ARE YOU GUYS MESSING WITH THE MORMONS. DON’T YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE? THE MORMONS ARE MAD AND THEY ARE THINKING ABOUT LEAVING FLECHABUS SO FIX THIS”. And 10 seconds later we get a call from that same guy in Ledesma and he says “wow I’m so sorry like I didn’t know. Sorry We’re gonna upgrade your seats for free…” I feel like a mafia boss haha
Tuesday: That morning we woke up early to help the missionaries ending their mission weigh their bags and take their suitcases to the airport to take their flight.
Then we came back and got everything prepared for the new missionaries and for all the stuff we were gonna do like the food for the next day and all that jazz. We then went back to the airport to welcome them here! It brought back a ton of memories haha!
They went to go do some legal stuff and when they got to the offices it was like 7 pm. We then had to talk to them and entertain them until like 11. It was really hard because they were all starving and dead tired but we did some cool stuff. Then we all went and ate at the mission home and in the end we were all in bed at 12:30 or 1.
We didnt get to be in our area.
Wednesday: We have the training meeting with the trainers and then with them both. Lunch and they were off to their area. We actually got to work a little bit!!!!
Thursday: We planned with president for our mission leadership council what we we’re gonna talk about and finished up the planning. Then we did companion exchanges with some missionaries. I went with Elder Osorio (former companion who’s a zone leader now) and we went to another area in Salta and each one went with one of the elders in the companionship. So I didn’t get to work in my area.
Friday: Had missionary leadership council and it went ok. We tried a new format and it got really unfocused so we’ll have to see what we do in the future. Then we went to fill up the baptismal font and we had the baptism of Ricardo! He’s a stud and he is very converted!
Saturday: We did MORE COMPANIONSHIP EXCHANGES WITH ZONE LEADERS. So I went with Elder Cloud (an elder from my district in Famaillá who is now a zone leader). I didn’t get to be in my area.
Soooooooooo yeah.
I’m not sure when I’m supposed to get to know my area but we’ll find time. But not this week because we’ll be traveling until Friday hahah!
We have a truck (a volkswagen amarok look it up it’s weird haha) and it’s a stick shift. At some point before Elder Salazar leaves I have to learn to drive stick shift. WISH ME LUCK AND PRAY PLEASE.
We have a normal ward and area but we work less time and have to be examples of baptizing and confirming so it’s hard haha
Even though it’s tiring I still have so many spiritual experiences. I’m so grateful for prayer. I know that God hears and answers prayers. And that he really is there for us when we need him.
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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Sending some Valentine’s Day love!

A Change of Scenery! (Salta) Week 84

Hola Familia y Amigos!

Estoy otra vez en Salta la Linda!

To be honest it’s been a very tiring weekend haha. This week went really well in Alto Comedero! We were able to visit a ton of people and see more progress with them!

We had a big conference with president, his wife, and the assistants! We talked about how to find more new investigators and a whole bunch of other stuff. Then we had interviews with President and it was NUTS! Everyone was doing their interviews and out of nowhere there was this HUGE hail storm (mixed with rain) and it was so violent and the chapel flooded a little bit. We were using the squeegees to get the water out it was hilarious!

This last Thursday I was saying my morning prayer at 7:05 and the phone rang. I answered it and President said I had to pack my bags because I was going to Salta to be his assistant. I was shocked and the only thing I said was “oh………. gracias”. He told me to be in Salta before 12 so I got all packed and I left.

My new area is called Portezuelo 1 and my new companion is Elder Salazar from Viña del Mar, Chile. He’s really great and really funny! Super crazy but he knows how to work well and he does what needs to be done. We’re gonna do just fine here!

The crazy thing that we had to do this weekend were the transfers. We had to do a couple of huge excel spreadsheets and buy a tooon of bus tickets. It was really stressful hahaha.  We were on the computer on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm doing this and we were dead but we still got to go out and teach!

I like the area a lot and there’s so much potential! We just need to spend some time working with the people that we have and find some new ones and we’ll have a lot of success! I’m almost sure that I’m going to be here for the rest of my mission! I only have 3 transfers left and the assistants normally finish here in Portezuelo but I’m very happy and I know its going to be a great time!

I love this work and I’m so glad for the part I can play!

Love you all!!!!!!!

Livin’ the Dream,

Elder Brundage

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Elder Salazar and Elder Brundage

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Alan and Braden

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