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, February 4, 2013

January 28th-February 4th, 2013

hey fam,

well i really enjoyed reading your e mails this week. it´s always a nice mental break. first of happy birthday tara!!!! i can´t believe a nother year has already passed for you! it sounds like your doing great and loving life. i have loved to see how you have grown over the years and you are such a great sister to have, i have always looked up to you and admired your ability to positively affect the lives of todos around you. thats why so many people went to your birthday party and ashley consideres you her best friend. it´s a great cuality you have and i know you have already found the key to happiness in this life. thanks for alwasy being such a great example. i´ll bring you back a mexican birthday gift and sing you the mexican happy birthday song next year.

ashley what you said in your e mail was the complete opposite of what mom and dad told me about you this week haha. keep your head up and don´t worry to much about anything, take a chill pill it sounds like you have aan awesome summer coming up. just do your best to be like jesus christ. are you thinking about a mission ash? this week two apostles came and closed down a mormon school here in mexico and turned it into an internation mtc. also they are going to start sending american girls here to mexico, so you could serve in my same mission!

it´s been awhile since i´ve heard from dustin, tell him to send me a update will ya!

well this week was allright. on saturday we arrived at the house of gretel, the girl who was going to get baptized, to verify that everything was good for later that afternoon when she was supposed to get baptized, and she told us that she didn´t want to get baptized anymore haha. so oh well we couldn´t baptize this week but we have a fecha for this week named guadalupe. we found her knocking doors, her mom and sister are inactives that moved here from chiapas and she is excited to get baptized. the dad is not a member and not to supportive, but we´ll see what happens.

this week i have felt very edified for the chance we had to fast and pray. i have thought and studied this week a lot about love. i feel like i need to love the people here more. that has alwasy been one of my weak points, love people i don´t know. i´ve thought a lot about how i can improve in that aspect and studied in the scriptures about how god loved us so much that he sent his son and that christ performed the atonement out of pure love. it´s always easy to love someone that loves you back and that is why i don´t have any problem loving the savior, my family, or my companions and the other missionaries, but when people slam doors in our face or don´t respect us, sometimes i get a little angry and frustrated, and when that happens i don´t have the spirit. i literally feel it as it leaves me when i get angry. i know we can develop love through service and i´m trying hard to serve the people by sharing the gospel but sometimes i just don´t love them as much as i should. i´ve realized that that is the difference between a good missionary and a great misionary. the ability to love. those missionaries that really love the people, and show it through word and action, have the most success. so that is what i am going to be working on. first off i´m going to start praying to be able to love the people more, it´s something i have never done until right now but i think it will help me a lot, and as a result i´ll have more success. i feel grateful to be able to be a missionary because i´m learning so much. i know that i won´t be able to take my converts back home with me, neither any of the best parts of the mission here in mexico, but i will be able to take with me everything i learn and change about myself. it´s something i´ve understood and it´s helped me to have a better outlook on things.
well sorry i didn´t answer any of your questions, but just keep writing them down and i´ll answer everything afterwards. i love you all very much. till next week!

love, elder broadhead

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