Taking Control (Salta-Week 88)

Hola Familia y Amigos!

Well it was a good week for the most part!
This week here in our area we basically focused on what we CAN control instead of what we can’t. Lately we’ve been thinking a lot about things that are basically out of our control. We’ve been visiting and serving the members, asking for referrals, planning activities, and all that jazz so that the members of the ward get excited about the work and it hasn’t really borne fruits just yet. It’s a process so we decided to double our efforts, to keep doing all that but to search more actively on our own as we search for new investigators that will progress towards baptism.
We basically have 0 investigators that are close to baptism and don’t have any huge obstacles in their progress so we desperately need more! This week we were able to find 18 new investigators and it’s a great start! Of those 18, I would say that 4 or 5 of them are truly interested in changing their lives and being converted! I’ll keep you guys updated if they actually progress! So, we are taking control of new investigators!
I’m taking control of my driving skills too haha! I went in my second excursion in the mission truck with Elder Salazar. We had to go to a little town like 45 minutes away from Salta called Rosario de Lerma. So he drove like 10 minutes just to get out of the city and onto the highway and pulled over so I could give it a shot. What he thought was just highway was actually a little series of small towns so I got to practice a lot and it went really well. It only stalled on me twice haha!
I’ve also taken control of my health lol. The majority of the days we are here in Salta we have to wake up early to go and do something for the mission so it has been kind of hard to get some good exercise in but I started this week to run at night with one of the office elders, Elder Towns. It’s a lot more fun now because I can actually do it hahaha! Before, running was basically a healthy controlled heart attack but now I can run for a while without a problem!
Random stuff:
-We went to have a girl in the ward who has her mission call help us with an activity and we talked to her mom for a little bit. I asked her “What do you think about your daughter leaving?” and she said “I’m so happy for her but I’ll miss her so much”. And Elder Salazar answers her with this gem haha “Here’s something that might comfort you. Just know that after about 2 months in the mission she’s gonna forget about you. At the beginning of my mission I thought about and missed my family but after about 2 months I woke up and said ‘Oh yeah I have a mom and dad’ for a while I was fine with the fact that I was alone in the world haha”. The sister just like looked at him blankly and walked away. I told him “Elder, that would NOT have comforted me hahah”. He’s such a goober
– Today we played soccer and I scored the most goals out of everyone #MessiStatus
Spiritual moment: I’d like to cite 2 lines of the last stanza from the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
“I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul”
These two lines are very profound and very true. WE are the masters of our destiny. WE decide if we are to be happy. We choose happiness or misery. Whatever happens to us, no matter how many trials we might face, we decide how things will go!
“27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
 28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit”
We can take control of where we end up and how we are, we only need to trust in God and in His son Jesus Christ and follow them. I love the gospel!
Livin’ the Dream,
Elder Brundage
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