CALLED TO SERVE FOR THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS AUGUST 2015-AUGUST 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week #100!!! - Vigilia

Wow I don´t even know how to describe this week. It was so crazy!!! And awesome! it was maybe the greatest week of all man kind!!! I don´t know if I can explain everything but I´ll try! 
     So number one. I went on exchanges with Elder Zavala! The power had gone out all day the day before because some random hurricane came through the Maquina. But the power went out everywhere except for one Evangelical church who were doing this thing called Vigilia. That is when they stay up all night. But this evangelical church is really special because they have giant a speakers that they hoist up on a pole so that everyone can hear them. And they were singing their songs all night and the whole Maquina could here them! It was awful I couldn´t sleep. 
    Second I was driving to pick a member up to go visit, well there was this unmarked ditch on a downhill slant that I did not see. Well I drove half of the car into it and I have no idea what happened but I´m pretty sure some angels grabbed the car and pushed it out because i put that thing in reverse and got right out of the ditch and everyone was astonished. Then we went and visited and a rabbit peed on me it was bad.
     Third this dog went right out in front of me when I was driving and i sliced that poor thing in half. It was really sad I saw it in the rear view mirror. It suffered. 
      Well the next day came and somehow I got to do exchanges with Elder Tagg!!!! I won´t explain how but it was awesome! Tagg and I went out to Tahuexco to invite a bunch of people to church and put a baptismal date with a family that we have been teaching! Well on the way back we had to drive through the flooded road and the car got destroyed!!!! i think I got water in the engine. Well we were stuck in like the middle of nowhere. We prayed and everything and some mechanics came to help us haha! Well they did not fix it so we had to get a ride to my converts house who lived a mile up the road. they helped us tow the car to their little town. Then it was 8 o´clock at night and we were still like 13 miles from our house and we had to get a ride. But the guy said that his mom was baptized and that he wanted to serve a mission! Well we got home in like 20 minutes and Tagg ended sleeping over. It was awesome! 
     Then we had to baptize the family in the river the next morning which we did! And we got so burned from the sun haha! 
     The next day was the conference. The whole mission Presidency came! And the temple President from the Quetzaltenango temple, President Galvez! i directed the meeting, sung in the choir and gave a talk! And the entire time I was in a suit and it was 100000 degrees! But we had 120 people attend and it was insane! My convert A from Tahuexco came and it turns out that the son of the family that we baptized is actually A son! A is my first convert in La Maquina and attends in the group in Tahuexco. He had no idea that his son was even going to church let alone that he got baptized! What a miracle! 
      Anyways in the end we had 17 investigators attend the conference and we have 5 people that are going to get baptized soon! Before I leave! And President Goodman hasn´t even gotten mad at me for the car. it was an accident.} And, I gave Elio the Melchizedek Priesthood! It was so cool! It was an awesome week! They are looking at the car right now, only the mission mechanics can look at it!
      Anyways that is the highest attendance that La Maquina has had in like 2 years! So cool! 
Awesome week! Love you!
Bryson and Elder Russell at conference

Zone Conference


The happy family got married!

Heading in the river


The soon to be eternal family

 





Elder Russell baptizing
The bunny that peed on him

After the bunny peed on him
Drinking water out of the bag on the beach

The new lays bags


Churirin Beach

beach huts

Chicago

Chicago

Family in Chicago

Brys and Elder Zavala
Brys and Tagg playing with "trompos"

La Maquina early in the morning
 
 
 




 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week #99-Risk!!!!

So I don´t know if you have ever heard of the game Risk. Elder Russell has it and it turns out that I'm pretty freaking good! Elder Tagg and I are still in the middle of a game. We played for three hours and we are still at a stand still. We took a picture so we can continue next  Sunday. The key is to get Alaska and then you will never lose. Those dudes got bears and stuff to defend. 
    Well we had an awesome week! Jo and his family are going to get baptized this weekend and we are going to get them married! We are also getting the car again this week to prepare for the conference this week! We have to have an attendance of 100 or President is going to kill me! 
    Ju is going to get baptized my last Saturday in the mission and Se and her son Gi are preparing for the 29th! We are also trying really hard with this family from Tahuexco that has gone to church many times but they need to get married and everything. We will probably put a fecha with them tomorrow or Wednesday! But yeah we are doing good! I hope to baptize like 10 people before I go home! That would be awesome! Elio is getting the Priesthood this week which is awesome and he will officially be my second councilor! And he will be able to bless his family and awesome stuff like that! He´s doing great right now! I interviewed the pregnant 16 year old yesterday! I feel so bad for her! She is having it so rough at school!!! The branch is doing better, though. The attendance average has increased a lot! I am actually really excited! We are ordaining people to the Priesthood left and right! 
      But yeah everything is going good! I can´t believe James and Colin are home! They are awesome! Tell them I say hi!
My camera can´t connect to this computer! It is so lame! Next week though I will send you all the pics!
Love you!!!!!!
 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Week #98-"Tomorrow I'm Gonna Leave Here"

´´But tonight I'm gonna give in one last time Rock you strong in these arms of mine! Forget all the regrets that re bound to follow´´
       Ha ha Elder Hastings, Elder Heath and I were singing that song today. I won´t see Elder Hastings for a while because today is his last day! So sad! I love that kid! And Elder Heath has transfers so that´s really sad too! But yeah we´re singing baggy songs haha! 
      Well we had just a grand week altogether! Ch and Ga got baptized! It was so great! They showed up like and hour late but that´s okay! Elder Heath and I were tempted to have a hot tub party in the baptismal font after (even though the water is really cold) but we decided it would probably be a little irreverant. I don´t know if we would go to heck but I didn´t want to find out haha! 
     Also Jo and his wife are going to get married and baptized! What a blessing! They are the investigators whose house burned down. But we got permission to help them buy a bed and stuff so they can stop sleeping on the floor and they were really happy. But they are good people and I´m really happy that they´re doing it! I hope they feel really good in the Church. They´ll receive a ton of blessings. We are also trying to get their son to accept as well which should be a little challenge but I know he´ll do it! So that´s good! 
    We had the highest attendance of all my time in La Maquina yesterday! 66! Like the route. Like the song that I think Rascal Flatts sings maybe!
    I´m going to miss Elder Hastings but it will only be for a short moment! He´s studying at BYU! So we´ll romp when we get back. I can´t believe this is my last transfer! Pray for me that I will baptize 1 million people my last month! I want to go out with a bang like Hiroshima.
     Have a fun fourth of july! Tell the family I´ll bring them some cheap crappy tequila from Guatemala. Just kidding. Love you!!!! I will write you next week! Thanks for everything! I´ll take those parasite pills diligently!
    Love you!!!



 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Week #97-Candy Crush Saga

What an underrated game. I was so good at it! I let some kids get it linked up to my Facebook to see how far I got! I was in the 300s!!!! Insane! 
    Well we probably had what was the best week ever since Nixon was in office!! We married Ye in the half legal way which was fun because I read the whole paper thing and I said! ´´By the power vested in me.....´´ it was really intense! We took pictures. We told them that they could have a big wedding when they go to the temple and that now they just needed to stop sinnin haha! It was so good! 
       So he got baptized, Ma got baptized which was quite good! And En got baptized! So it was what they call a Hat Trick (or a turkey I don´t remember). Yeah!!! I had to give Ma my clothes!!! The zone leaders gave us clothes for like a 8 year old and when he tried it on it did not fit at all haha! So instead of baptizing I just gave him my clothes haha!  But it was good fun! 
     Ch and Ga were going to get baptized with them (which would have made it a Golden Walrus) but their dad wanted their family from the capital to come down and see the bautizo! So they´re going to get baptized this week! 
    I have been fasting for the last 21 months for two things!!! Go on exchanges with Elder Hastings and go on exchanges with Elder Tagg, well wouldn´t you know that I got to do both!! I couldn´t believe it! I won´t even try to explain how we ended up doing it! But it was totally authorized and good clean fun!
   Well it was a good week! We had the highest attendance that I´ve had in La Maquina yesterday! 64!!! So cool! A week to remember (like A Walk to Remember but way less sad). Anyways who won the finals? I feel like I should know that and I don´t! Love you!!!!!
The happy family

"I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry"

Bryson, Tagg and Russell


Celebrating with apple cider

The ring ceremony


 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Week #96-I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22 (months)

THEY ARE LITERALLY PLAYING 22 IN THE INTERNET RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! What a Christmas miracle! (It's a Taylor Swift song for those of you who don't know!) I can´t believe that I hit 22 months. I am so old. I even look old in the mirror. I get a 1 o´clock shadow now and i think I am getting wrinkles. Soon I´m going to have ´´those old man boobs that droop at the ends´´ (name the show). But yeah it was a crazy week! Awesome! We have 3 sure baptisms this week! We are going to baptize Os, En and Ma! We have to get Os married to his wife on Friday. It looks like they are just going to sign a paper and that´s it. I´ll tell you about it! Pray for those people though! They can´t fall!!!   And then Saturday the mega bautismo! But yeah Ma literally disappeared  and we thought that the devil had taken him but no, he is alright! We talked to him yesterday after church (it was a miracle that he went to church) and he said that he is going to do it! 
    The earthquake was so scary! I thought that it was a storm and that the wind was going to rip the roof off because our house is on stilts and it´s made out of wood! So I woke up and turned the lights on and then it finished and then Heath said ´´That was a big earthquake´´ and i realized that it was an earthquake. Just some coke bottles broke. It reminded me of Freaky Friday when the old man runs around shouting ´´EARTHQUAKE! EARTHQUAKE! EARTHQUAAAAAAAKKEEEE!´´ All the members called to see if we had died. We didn´t. 
      But yeah it was awesome! What  good week! We had interviews with President and he was going to change me out of La Maquina but then I told him that if the Lord wanted, I would be okay staying in La Maquina for one more transfer. So he said that he would think about it which pretty much means yes. So I´m going to finish in La Maquina! Tell all my friends that are coming home from their missions that I say hi!
     Anyways that´s that! Love you! 
Crab soup



Heath holding a crab




Bryson holding a crab
 
Heath fell asleep outside, haha!

Jack the Dog. He loves Bryson
 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Week #95-Naked Chicken

Has anyone seen the naked chicken chalupa thing from Tacobell. It looks pretty disgusting but I might have to try it just for kicks and giggles. Anyways that was probably the best week of my entire life! I honestly love being a missionary. There is no greater thing! Especially when you have a car! When you have a car in La Maquina it´s as if you showed up in a helicopter! Ha ha people asked us for money like 70000 times this week haha! But we saw so many miracles! 
     The temple was awesome! Elder Heath was really sick which is weird because last time we went Elder Martineau was way sick as well. 15 investigators came with us to the temple too! It was unbelievable! And 3 of my converts went in to do baptisms! So cool! 4 people accepted to be baptized this week! And 1 who is pretty sure he is going to do it this month but he has to get married first! So we should have 5 baptisms on the 24th! That would be great because that could be my second to last Saturday in La Maquina! 
      We had a good time though! We found a lot of people to teach! We found a family that attended church in Tahuexco this week who literally live under a tarp in the backyard of the group leader´s house! And they have a freaking cable that goes under the tarp to their TV so that they can have cable. It is really sad but also kind of funny. Not that funny, just kind of funny in a really tragic way. It´s just funny that they have cable but they don´t have a house. But yeah they´re cool! 
      Anyways the car has a crazy self lock thing. So it locks it´s self after a minute of being off. Well I wish I had known that before I left the key in the ignition for a minute to run in to the house to get some stuff for an activity. The car locked it´s self with they keys in. Well I did not want to tell the people in the office that I had locked the keys in the car because they were all pretty mad that we got the car in the first place! So Heath and I did what any desperate missionaries would do. We broke in! It was unbelievable! A brand new Toyota with a nice security system and Heath and I broke in!  Heath stuck a hanger in and hooked the keys from the ignition! Then the keys fell down onto the seat perfectly for us to press the unlock button with the hanger! It was so crazy!
     So I don´t get it. Am I going home August 8th or the 9th because President told me that I´m going home on the 8th. I´m leaving on the 9th early in the morning. (He's leaving his area on the 8th-his birthday-and leaving Guatemala on the 9th)
     We went to the temple this week! I was looking for Jake when we went! I can´t believe he goes home this week! It went by so fast!
     Anyways love you! 
Bryson and Hastings in Dory, the car, one last time



Elders went rollerblading


Group at the Xela Temple

Bryson bought a new missionary hand book while at the temple-old vs new



Group pics from the "Waters of Mormon" last week