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, October 28, 2013

October 21st-28th, 2013

Hey guys,

sounds like everything is good back home. i hope you have a happy halloween! thanks so much for the package!! loved it. wow how i missed candy corn haha. thanks alot. 

we had an activity that we did this week that turned out not too bad but not too good. it was a rally with lots of little games but it was poorly organized by the district. oh well they tried hard. lots of people didn`t come through for them and al final the missionaries had to do almost everything. it was a good learning oportunity.

well i`m getting transfered to ciudad aleman of the zone tuxtepec. and i`ll be training!!! president told me that before he read my request to train he had already done the transfers so i know it is the will of the lord. last night they told me that i was going to open an area in veracruz because an area that already has missionaries was gonna divide in half. the other missionaries that are already there are sisters, so i wasn`t to happy about it, but then they called this morning and told me that there had been some minor changes and that i would now be going to ciudad aleman. me and my hijo will be getting there in whitewash. i`m excited because i used to do divisiones there when i was in tres valles. because it used to be part of the same district. so i know a few of the members. it`s a branch. they don`t have a chapel so they meet in a prayer house, i think its called. casa de oracion. i`m really excited for the change. i was tired of being zone leader. 

the members have been really nice here giving me gifts and inviting us to eat today cause yesterday i talked in church and announced that i was going to leave. a little later we are going to eat with preisdent masa (branch president) and then in the night we are going to eat with presidente vasquez (district presidency) 

filiberto, the investigator we were going to baptize yesterday didn`t get baptized because we didn`t think he is ready. he had started telling us that people had been coming to him in visions and attacking him and things like that so we were like, well we are going to wait a few weeks for your baptism. he still went to church though. he`s a good guy and understands everything, he just might not be allright in the head.

well thanks for everything guys, i love you all. i`m trying really hard to have the spirit with me to have great lessons.

love elder broadhead

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October 14th-21st, 2013

Hey guys,
mom, my ministerial certificate says the 20th of january. but i don`t know the exact date still. this week was rough cause we couldn`t find any new people that were good. we are working hard to always have the spirit to be with us to be able to find people. it is very obvious the difference between a lesson with the spirit and one without it. i asked president today in my letter to him if i could spend the last two transfers of my mission training cause this is the last week of the transfer. we`ll see what happens. we had zone conferences this week and for the first time the local priesthood leaders were invited so that we can learn how to work better together. it seems like it worked cause they are a lot more willing now. the mission also gave us a new book that talks about how to deal with stress in the misison its pretty classic. i am still working hard everyday and trying to talk to as many people possible about the message of the restored gospel. today in the morning we went out early to the houses of some of the elderes in our zone to surprise them and found a few problems with disobedience.
overall i am happy and trying my best to be better every day.
the picture is of me and some investigators in catemaco. great people. i was able to teach the elders in catemaco how to teach people and not lessons.
i loved the pic of the jazz game mom, looks like you had fun.

love, elder broadhead

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 7th-14th, 2013

Hey guys,

first off, thanks so much for the pictures, it was awesome, lets see if you can keeep em comin. it was great to see that i`m not the only incredibly red person on earth haha. love you guys. second off, i`m not sure what to say about the arthritis in your hips dad, it`s good that they found what could be the problem but bad that you have arthritis. when would the surgery be? i`ll have to ask my companion aragon (he`s a male nurse) a little bit more about arthritis.

thanks for sending the package, i`ll be on the look out for it. if you happen to send a nother package before i go home i would need some new garments tops and bottoms, like three, and a english - spanish visual dictionary by darling kindersley. i saw one of the missionaries that had it and it looks really helpful. its just like a dictionary with pictures of everything like food and body parts and sports and thinkgs like that.

that`s cool to hear about ryan short going on the mission. there is lots of missionaries these days. i was reading the liahona of october and it talks a lot about the work of salvation. i don`t know if you guys have read it yet but i hope so. it is awesome, i`ve learned a lot. i`ve been doing allright on my conference goals, i`m trying to talk with absolutely everyone i come in contact with like i did at the beginning of my mission and i`m memorizing the articles of faith and trying to not get mad at all costs.

this week we found a great family that looked like they were going to progress until saturday we went for the appt and the dad told us that we shouldn`t come back and that they were happy in the catholic church aaaahhhh heart breaker. this week on friday we will be having zone conferences and be looking for new people again.

i`m also a little confused on what happened with scott cause nana told me that they were moving to utah.

also i will have a ton of great farting stories to tell you guys when i get back haha.
well i`m happy to be part of the true church of god and am trying my best in every moment. i have learned that for me, the biggest battles in life will be mental. anything i put my mind to, i can easily do. sometimes its just that a lot of doubt and fear of failure and other things come into my ind that i have to fight out. like dad used to always say is true, it`s all in the head. god is a person with a body like us, his power comes from his mind. al que cree, todo es posible. thats the mission theme.

love elder broadhead
the pics are of a zone activity we did today. i really don`t like doing them, it`s a big hassle but it turned out fun.

Monday, October 7, 2013

September 30th-October 7th, 2013

hey fam,

good to hear from you all. first off, mom no they haven`t told me about any release date and i`m not asking. second off i really haven`t heard anything about the world series. it`s pure soccer here. dad, i hope it goes well at work with your back this week and i hope you can get some relief. where did you take that beehive down from?

This week was pretty cool because of the general conference. wow i absolutely love the general conferences. i love the spirit that can be felt. i remember on saturday morning by the time i got to the church for the conference i was a little mad and frustrated because we had passed by for some investigadores but they couldn`t go, but i remember that when i got there and started listening to the choir it was just an awesome feeling of peace and the spirit that came over me. i don`t know how anyone can watch the general conference and not feel the spirit. there were soo many messages that were shared that seemed to be just for me or the mission or my investigatores. i got to watch almost all of it in english which was even better. every time i see the conference my testimony gets strengthened and i know that the church is true and i know that those men are inspired by god. they can do what they do so well because they have learned after a lifetime of experience, how to recognize and listen to the influence of the spirt, act according to the prompting, and recognize the tender mercies in their life that come from it. i have already analized my notes and set some goals to improve. i hope you guys can do the same. 

after the conference we baptized jesus. it was a great baptismal service and the young mens president, lehi, baptized him. he`s a good kid. it`s gonna be hard for him cause he is the only member in his immediate family and he`s young. but i have the feeling that he is going to stay strong. this week we will be working hard to find new people to teach. that is the key in this new programs of five times in the church. we have to find at least 2 new people cada dia.

our other investigator that has a fecha is filiberto. he went to the conference and loved it. he has a few problems with the word of wisdom but he is on track to get baptized the 27th. he`s a really humble guy, in the heart and in the world. he is really poor but accepts everything we teach him without questions.

the other picture is of us at a restaurant we went to eat one day because the hermana couldn`t give us food. it was a lot of chicken and after my comp felt really sick with gas cause he ate too much and it was hillarios cause he accidently let some slip in the lessons haha.  

i love you guys a lot and am proud to be part of your family. i am trying hard to be more like christ everyday and develop christ like attributes. i know god lives and loves us and i know the scriptures are true. my prayers will be with you this week as always. thanks for everything, peace out.

love elder broadhead