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 24, 2013

June 17th-24th, 2013

Hey guys, it sounds like you had a great time on your vacations and ash sounds like she is doing good. as well i was happy to get e mails from tara and dustin this week. sounds like everyone is well and that makes me happy. i hope your first day on the job is going well mom!

tara that training yesterday was awesome!! i cannot even beging to describe how much i loved it. it was way cool the way they used the videos and i especially loved that last one about pres. monson. I always get teary eyed when i listen to him talk because i dedicate everyday to telling people about how amazing it is that we have a prophet of god on earth today. and that´s why i love to hear him speak, because he lives up to everything that i say about him. I get so excited to listen to the apostoles and prophets it is such a great opportunity and i am dobly excited becasue the liahona got to us down here this week, so i have been studying the conference messages as well. wow these men are soo inspired. all that new stuff about the computers and facebook and open chapels is not going to make it down here for a while haha. i hope it gets here before i finish my mission but well see. but what they said is true, the world is changing and we have to change the way we do missionary work. me and my zone are already starting. on wednesday we are going to have a zone class to start this new transfer and we are going to put the goal to activate every one of the converts of 2013 in the zone. here in the zone there have been a ton of baptisims, but too few converts. we are going to go look for these baptisms and teach them the gospel until they get converted. the other piece of news is that because of the massive influx of missionaries, here in my ward they are going to send another pair of missionaries. we will be four now in the ward and we are going to divide the area. we already found them a good house to live in and i am excited because the missonary that is going to come was my second district leader, when i started my mission in 3 valles. he´s a good guy and missionary.

we also went to veracruz on wednesday because we had a mision lider training conference. it was awesome. i sure do love president treviño he is amazing. i´m throughouly convinced that he´s gotta be the best president of mission there is and i´m sure he will be the next area seventy to come out of mexico.

we had a baptism on sunday that was good. the kids we baptized are awesome but there parents are so-so. we´ll continue working with them to try and help them change. well i am happy and working hard here in tierra blanca. thank you for your prayers and support i will never forget it.

the pictures are of us in the baptism, me washing my clothes. (sometimes we have to do it by hand) and my companion and the ward mission leader, jorge, with somethings that is called elote. it is corn on the cob on a stick with mayonesa and hot sause and lemon haha. they love it down here. it´s the only thing from nacho libre that is true about mexico haha.

love elder broadhead

June 11-17th, 2013

Hey guys,

first off, Happy Fathers day yesterday dad!! I hope you had a great day and are relaxing a bit on your vacation!! I love getting the e mails on p day and hearing about the stuff your doing. That´s cool that your gonna start workig mom, i think you´ll be able to handle it just fine. Whos is ash living with, how many? yes mom i am e mailing some of my friends and its pretty awesome to hear about their adventures. i´m also happy to hear the dad is feeling a litle bit better en his back.

well it was a good week this week. we didn´t baptize but we have two scheduled for this week. Benjamin, and ezequiel. This week was a stake conference in tierra blanca, the stake center is really small here, so we didn´t all fit but they put tv´s in other rooms so we could all fit. but we couldn´t hear too well, our tv was sucky haha. our president of mision came and also the temple president, to talk in the conference. the wife of president treviño saw me and she´s like wow, elder you are really red, are you using your sun block haha i was like yea hermana but its not working too well haha. she said she is going to try and get permission for the elders in tierra blanca to wear hats haha. we have a training on wednesday this week so we are going to go to veracruz all day wednesday.

We have been teaching some really poor families lately and i´ve realized that it really is hard for me to teach these really poor people, because i feel really bad. on friday we were sharing a message about the gospel to a family with a small baby, they can´t afford diapers or enough food for the bapy, so the naked starving child started going to the bathroom in his crib, and one of his older sisters took him out of the crib and put him in the brush to go the bathroom. then cleaned the poop out of his crib. i felt so sad for the poor baby and couldn´t take it anymore, so we quickly finished the lesson, went to the store and bought diapers for the baby. the family was really grateful. this is just one example. i haven´t really mentioned anything about the poverty here in my letters but it has really opened my eyes. it has made me feel so grateful to be from america and have a family that can cover my needs. we have been really blessed. The amazing thing is that the poverty, a lot of times, doesn´t affect their happiness at all. i have met some of the happiest people here that don´t have the commodoties that we do. I know that we won´t take any of the material things with us when we die and the things most important are spiritual.

well we had a problem in the zone this week because a companionship got in a fight. the result, president sent one to another area in another zone. It was sad because this elder has a lot of potential and could have been a good leader, but now he will be the junior companion for quite some time. the good part is that we will have the chance to train the new district leader that came to fill his spot. it´s the first time he´s been district leader, so we can mold him to work good with his district.

well i´m happy and loving life here in tierra blanca. thanks for everything guys, talk to ya next week!

love elder broadhead

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 3rd-11th, 2013

Hey guys,

Wow, i got a ton of e mails this week so i spent a lot of time reading and don´t have much time left to write but it´s ok, i like hearing about things back home. i have been gone for a long time. it is starting to settle in that my mission is going to have to come to an end someday, it is really hard to think about and it scares me a little bit. i love it here and i love being a missionary. that´s crazy to think that ashley is already out of the house. How´s the empty nest life mom and dad? it´s weird to think about it. sounds like you guys are not wasting any time getting going with the fun stuff haha. where is aruba? sounds like another fun vacation. It sounds like ash is really liking her first few days away from home. sorry to hear that you are sick tara, hope you get better. sounds like you have a good bishop.
This week was awesome. we baptized, tonio y flor, the two kids of the great family that we have in the teaching pool. They are so awesome and they love the gospel and the church. I know that i was sent here specifically to find them. they are so in love with the gospel and everything about it. they invite everyone they know to church and we are teaching two other families just because of their references. I baptized flor y elder offer hall baptized tonio. it was soo funny they wanted to take a dive in the font afterwards haha. they only bard part is that obdulio still doesn´t have enough money to go to veracruz to get divorced, he says that he can probably go this week, and then we will help them get married here in tierra blanca and they can finaly get baptized. this week we couldn´t find too many good new people to teach. two people went to church that we found saturday night and invited them for sunday morning, and they went! it was awesome. This week is going to be stake conference so we will see how it goes. we are working hard in the zone and we are improving every week. In tres valles they are going to baptize a family that i found last year when i was there.  haha. it is weird to think that sometimes we just plant seeds.

this week i dedicated to studying about the atonement. wow it was an awesome week of studies. I especially enjoyed reading a detailed, very detailed, description of the atonement out of Jesus the Christ. It really is a great book. Talmage analyzes every step of the life of jesuc christ and i feel like i have really gained a deeper understanding of christ´s infinite sacrifice. i feel like i can teach it better. one of the things i love most about being a missionary is teaching people about the atonement from the book of mormon. the words i use to teach it might be about the same, but i will definitly be speaking with greater conviction. I know that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world. The atonement is incomprehensible but i know that He suffered for me and that he thought about me and my life and my sins, even if it was just for a moment, when he was suffering in those terrible days. I know it was necessary that he suffered. I know He loves us and I love him in return and I try my best to do what he asks me to do so that i too can be exalted one day. 

thank you for everything guys!! I love you all so much!!

love elder broadhead

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

May 27th-June 3rd, 2013

Hey guys,
It was pretty funny hearing about the birthday fun and the new developments of the week. Sorry it´s a little late, but happy birthday dad!! I hope you have a great fifty third year, i´m sure you will. Thanks for being the best dad a guy could ask for. I love you a lot and wish you a happy birthday. Presents will have to wait until after haha.
This week was good. We worked really hard, Elder offer hall and i, and we had really good numbers. we brought eight people to church and the baptism of jose antonio was great. simple, fast, and spiritual. He was really nervous for his baptism but we did a few practices and he felt better. he is really timid, and i saw that he was shaking a little bit after the baptism but he was happy and thats what counts. the family we are teaching is progressing and they love going to church and the english class haha. the only problem is that they are not married and the dad, obdulio has to get divorced still. But we are going to baptise the two kids, this week. it´s great because this family always gives us a ton of references. they are really social and know a ton of people and anyone that passes by when we are there teaching them, they always yell at them so they come in and listen too haha it´s awesome. the only problem in the lessons is that obdulio talks a ton haha sometimes we have to cut him off a little bit, but it´s all part of being an effective misionary. That is one thing abou the people here, is that they talk like you can´t believe haha. This week the assistents came to do divisiones with us. it was good. we also went to veracruz on thursday for the counsil of leaders. it was also really good. This week we will be working with julian as well. he has been to church three times now, but he still feels like he wants to know more before his baptism. we almost have taught him all the lessons and commandments, and then we are going to let him decide.
the zone is slowy improving, we just have trouble with the elders en tres valles, they are not working very good. we are going to go do divisiones with them this week to see what is happening. It is still raining everyday in the night and morning and sometimes in the afternoon, but then the sun comes out and it´s hot. we have been lucky, we havent got too whet yet. Things are good with me and my comp, but i think we need to be a little bit more focused sometimes we get distracted talking about things cause he is about to finish his mission, but we are going good. I try to serve him alot, ironing his shirt, shining his shoes, little things so that we can have the spirit more. I have been lucky in the mission, my companions have been good.

well that´s about it, tell brother accord and cook that i say hi too! thanks for everything guys, I love you all! good luck in moab ash!