Monday, August 25, 2014

Week 71- Villa Maria, Lima, Peru: Cambios

I don't have much time but here's what going down. I am staying in this area, Villa Maria, and I am going to train.

I love you all!

Elder Bromley

Shrimp Soup

4 out of 5 generations

Geovany Falconi

Monday, August 18, 2014

Week 70- Villa Maria, Lima, Peru: Temporary Missionary

Last Monday I sent Elder Topham off to his house and received my new companion! His name is Geovany Falconi and will be my companion for one more week until los cambios happen again. He is from Chorrillos, Lima, and is trying to decide when he'll go on a full-time mission.

This week has been a learning process; I am training Hermano Geovany in these two weeks we have together. I have a stronger testimony now of the language of angels mentioned in 2 Nefi 31:13; I have really felt him discover his own strong testimony as he has poured out his heart to our investigators. I look forward to this next week that we have together.

I invite all of you to refresh your thinking back to the basics of the Gospel. All a mission is is a year and a half to two years spent teaching the same 5 things: the five steps of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Elder Bromley

New companion- Elder Geovany Falconi

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 69- Villa Maria, Lima, Peru: Jose Antonio's Baptism (PICTURES)

Jose Antonio was baptized and confirmed last weekend! He's going to be a strong priesthood holder; he actually left early from lunch afterwards because he was going to go visit families with another church member. We are going to do everything now to ensure he remains active in the church. What shocked us most about this baptism is that Jose Antonio cleaned up a lot. while we were teaching him he had longer scraggly curly hair and he had a scruffy little beard. But he walked into the gates of the church in a new suit and tie. We did not recognize him at first becuase he looked so different haha it's just one of the effects of accepting the gospel.

Elder Topham has been a great companion; we worked super hard in this new area and these four weeks have blown by. I look forward to seeing who my new companion will be. It still freaks me out a little bit but I know it'll all be ok. I will drop Elder Topham off in a couple hours and then I'll figure out who this Missionary (full-time or ward, I don't know) is.

I love and miss you all!

Elder Bromley

Monday, August 4, 2014

Week 68- Villa María, Lima, Peru: Villa María

This week was nice, we were working super hard to get everyone to understand how church attendance creates conversion. We were able to see 8 investigators at church Sunday, which makes me happy, but there is still a lot more work to do here. We are going to have a baptism next week and plan on putting up more fechas. Villa Maria is a great place, we are going to help the ward council with their retention efforts so it becomes better. I'm not quite sure who my next companion will be, but we will not slow down in this area.

Next week we will baptize a man named Jose Antonio. He's an awesome computer gaming part time wood edging maker. I will send pictures next week.

A spiritual experience this week, Elder Topham and I were teaching a less active woman whose mom recertly had passed away. I shared a scripture with her, in John 14, Christ said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

She then asked what that meant, and without thinking I opened my mouth and related to her a story from Pisco. There was a young woman who was passing through many difficult circumstances in her life. To forget her troubles, she would go out and drink and party with her friends saying that it made her forget. Coming to a realization that those feelings only masked her deeper feelings, she broke down. Eler Mera and I then invited her to pray and with some encouragement, offered a very sincere prayer. The room was then quiet and warm, and she realized that God's love renews the heart in times of trouble while other efforts may harden it.

I invite all to open up the scriptures, offer a silent, sincere prayer, and also to have your family home evenings tonight. The word of God heals the scarred soul and enlightens the soul. So do it!

I love and miss you all!

Elder Bromley

Lots of pictures this week! (Captions by Elder Bromley)
The Mountain of the Cross

Ceviche de pota with the district

Ceviche de pota
About to play volley and mata gente (Peruvian dodgeball)

My comp almost ate it in mud

We climbed a mountain for morning exercise
Elder Topham

Villa María from the mountain


Villa María at night