Elder Broadhead is serving a 24 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Veracruz, Mexico. This blog will be a collection of his weekly emails and pictures for his family and friends to keep up on his mission experiences.

Monday, June 25, 2012

June 18th -25th, 2012

hey guys,

it was good hearing about your trip to moab. dad i feel bad about your back, something has to be done about it right? what are you plans? i pray for you all the time and have faith that it will improve.

well we had the activity last saturday and everything went great and it was awesome except we only had three little kids come that weren´t members. so that sucked and we were bummed. our investigatores are so dang flaky it´s killin me. everybody performed their parts great though and the spirit was strong we just didn´t have the turnout we expected.

we tried really hard this week to get fifteen lessons with member present and we were barely able to do it so we were way happy about that last night when we got it. we had fifteen with member and twenty two other lessons taught. this week the mission goal is to have every companionship baptize. we have two lined up for sunday night. they are two kids, their brother is the only member in the family and he only is thirteen years old, his brothers, our investigatores, are eleven and nine. when they´re all together it´s classic to watch them interact cause the whole time they´re just trying to bug each other it´s so funny but they´re great kids. the kids are awesome and are completely aceppting of all parts of the gospel. it reminds me of alma 32 16 that says bendito es él que es bautizado sin obstinacion de corazon. o algo así. that´s how the kids are and they´ll be blessed for it.

we´re really trying to increase membership and activity in the branch because there is not enough people to fill all the callings. for example yesterday i gave the opening prayer, both me and elder zamarripa spoke, and then i taught one of the sunday school clases. oh yeah and we passed the sacrament. there´s just not enough active members. also we really need a ward mission leader to help us out, but before any of that happens we have to increase the activity and membership. it´s been kind of tough on us, we haven´t had the success that we´ve expected but we´re working hard and have faith that the lord will bless us with success.

well dad p days we don´t really have time to do much it seems. i´ve only played soccer once and actually two weeks ago sports got outlawed in this mission cause too many elders were getting hurt. i think that ban will be lifted here in a little bit. but this morning we had a bit of an adventure haha. two of the young men in the ward have been asking us to go running with them on p day for like three weeks, and we finally went with them this morning. it was pretty classic cause the ´´run´´ turned into a walk after about five minutes and one of the kids, carlos, got tired and decreed that we would walk the rest of the way haha. they took us way out of town and we walked for about two hours and then hitched a ride back home cause carlos was too tired haha. but we saw some really beautiful country side and got a good exercise. i´m trying to attach some pictures but it´s not letting me so i´ll do it next week. the other kid that went with us, julio, loves to workout and loves to talk to me about my old workout days and how much i could lift and stuff haha. he´s a great kid though. seventeen years old. and trying to prepare for a mission. here in mexico you can leave for the mish at eighteen, just have to finish the ´´prepa´´ i think it´s the equivalent of high school. crazy though. we also had plans of going fishing with the other elders in our district today but we had too much to do and had to turn down the invitation. but we have fun on p days and do a lot of random stuff haha.

thanks for sending the book i´ll be on the lookout for it.

well we´ve got to get going, we are trying to find a rat trap cause we have a bit of a rat problem in the house and they´ve been eating our food so that was the last straw haha. other than that everything is going good and we´re working hard to fulfill our purpose. i feel very blessed. i got an e mail from ben today and it was his first week in the field and he is starting to realize the difficulties of the work haha. it was great to read and he says no one listens to them over there in france and he´s jealous of where i am haha. we´re baptizing second most in the world right now in the veracruz mission. that´ll change though cause in eight days the misison splits and we won´t be back to full force for about six months. during these next months lots of new areas are going to be opening here in the mission. it´s cool to think about because these will be little villages down in the tuxtlas where missionaries have never set foot before. it´s gonna be crazy cool if i get the oportunity to be in a place like that.

love you all and pray for you often. during the day a lot of times i think how lucky i am to have a family like you guys and i honestly am excited to spend eternity with you guys and we can have all sorts of fun. my work right now is to help other families be able to do that. love you! have a good week.

-elder broadhead

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