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.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

December 24th-31st, 2012

dear family,

first off feliz nuevo año! also it was great to be able to talk with you guys this week. i really enjoyed it and it was fun, even if it did make me miss you guys a little bit haha. thanks for the e mails this week and all of your comments. it sounds like you have some good goals for the coming year. that´s something i need to work on really. setting goals. sometimes i think their pointless because i feel that wether i set the goal or not, i´m going to try my best. their is a quote en predicad mi evangelio that says if we don´t set goals we will get to a ripe old age and look back to see that we have only accomplished a third of what we could have accomplished. i´m going to try better to set new goals. for this year. something that helps me and that could help you guys as well is to set the yearly goals, and then from those goals, set smaller goals. for example, what do you have to achieve on a monthly basis to be able to achieve your yearly goals, and then what do you have to do on a weekly basis to achieve the monthly goal, and finally what to you have to do day to day to achieve the weekly goal. that´s what we do as missionaries, we call them mini metas. for example we alwasy have the goal of teaching two lessons before the comida everyday. that helps us achieve our daily goal, which helps towards the weekly of forty lessons.

did your record your talk dad so i can hear it when i get back? sounds like it was pretty good, i would´ve liked to be there. thanks for the comments you shared with me. by the way, where is mitch calder going?

well this is the last week of the cambio. my companion is ready to go home and it is a bit of a struggle getting him to keep working this last week haha. he really is a great teacher of the gospel though, and with him i have really learned how to teach people, and not just lessons. i really learned the the application of the teaching is the most imporant part. it is even more important than what gets taught. i feel grateful to have been able to learn that from him and i know feel like i am a better teacher of the gospel. this month of december we only baptized one, and the zone didn´t do to good. several areas didn´t even baptize this week. on tuesday we are going to have the consejo de los lideres de zona and i don´t know what we are going to tell presidente haha. i really don´t know why we are struggling so much to baptize. this week we have three possibles that can get baptized. carmelo was supposed to get baptized last week but wants to wait more, and know more. so we have him planned for this week. we are waiting for adrain to turn eighteen so we can baptize him, his mom still doesn´t give him permision, and our other option, gretel, goes to church everyweek but refuses to get baptized. we have no idea why haha.

today we are going to do a gift exchange with the zone and then play a little volibol. we are trying to get them excited, we feel that the elderes are a little down for not having seen as much succes as they wanted. hopefully the actividad gets them excited a little.

well i feel grateful to be starting another year and looking back i really can see the blessings of the lord in this year, especially as a missionary. i am excited to start another year and continue to learn and progress more. more than anything i just want you guys to know that i love our savior and will do absolutely anything for him. that´s really the sum of my testimony. i love you guys and wish the best for you!

love elder broadhead

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