Monday, July 28, 2014

Week 67- Villa María, Lima, Peru: No Time to Write

So my computer totally shut down while I was writing and now I am out of time to write! I love you!

Elder Bromley

Monday, July 21, 2014

Week 66- Villa María, Lima, Peru: Working Hard

This week has been pretty decent; we have worked hard to get a good start off here, and there is a lot of work to do, but we are doing it. We have been setting a lot of personal and companionship goals to make this area take off without being distracted by all of the things that a double gringo companionship naturally brings.

We have a couple of people who have dates or who will have dates very soon, and a family came to church who we will marry. We just need to work every day as if we have a blank canvas and always work like it's our last day. We will keep improving next this week.

We should all embrace each day as a fresh start and work as though it were our last. Something I have learned is how never lowering your expectations is key in reaching greatness. Keep the mark put on Christ and you really have no limits.

I love and miss you all!

Elder Bromley

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Week 65- Villa María, Lima, Peru: Hello from Lima!

So the cambios have caught me by surprise again; this last change was probably the least expected one that I have ever received. After being only one transfer in Pisco, my companion is going to train a new missionary and I am now serving in Villa María, in the program Villa María 2. It is an area that has been closed for a few months and I am not sure why. But the weirdest part is that my companion is an Elder that I already know.

His name is Elder Topham and he is from Delta, Utah. I was in the same zone as him about a year ago, and he ends in four weeks. I'm not quite sure what'll happen when that day comes, but we are so pumped to start working in this area and to get it blooming. I just never imagined that I would ever have an American companion in the mission ever again. Today we are buying furniture and food for our new house.

Pisco was a great place and I thank God for letting me work there. Elder Topham and I have already decided that we are going to work super hard this change so this area takes off. We have already been contacting less actives and asking for references. We have plans to meet ward leaders and to learn the area. The zone leaders are showing us around and are doing splits so that we know the people. Really we are going to take advantage of this blank canvas so we can restart this area in the Lord's manner.

I'll just share something very quickly with you. Of all of the things that I have learned on the mission, one of those I hold closest to my heart is that of our challenges. We all have them and we all have need of them. Sometimes we can ask ourselves why we have so many, but I feel that at the root of all of life's challenges are opportunities to truly feel embraced by God's love; God gives us challenges because He wants us to know Him better. We have the agency to do so or not, but God's grace and love are always an option.

I love and miss you all!

Elder Bromley

Elder Topham at the nightly planning session with cardboard floor mats and a suitcase table

Monday, July 7, 2014

Week 64- La Esperanza, Pisco, Peru: La Boda

This week has been one of the most stressful and gratifying weeks on the mission. We married the Barboza family this Friday, they were baptized this Saturday, and confirmed yesterday. They are doing super well and are doing all they can to be good examples for their 6 children. The ward has received them well and the ward council has already assigned visiting teachers and home teachers and Juan Carlos will receive the Priesthood shortly. We are trying our best to keep finding families to rescue and baptize.

Elder Mera and I are working hard, we are having to do divisions every so often just to keep up contact and teaching with our investigators and less actives. We were able to have 30 lessons in total this week, and we don't want to slow down. So we will see what happens this last week.

Please keep helping the missionaries where you live by accompaning them, give them references, and be friends with those they teach. Make a warm welcome to new members always and look for places to help and support.

I love and miss you all!

Elder Bromley