Monday, September 29, 2014

Week 76- Villa Maria, Lima, Peru: A Message for Men of Missionary Age

 Hello all!

This week has been a lot of work. Elder Sanhueza and I have been working our butts off here. We are currently setting plans with the Ward Council and bringing them to pass. WARD COUNCIL MEMBERS, PLEASE HELP THE MISSIONARIES.

We had a baptism, her name is Angelina Chavez. She is super cool and it was great teaching her with cards.

Here's something for those men of missionary age:

Tell them that I love them all! Tell them that there is absolutely nothing that could be of more worth to them in their lives right now than preparing themselves for the mission. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He is our Example; He is our Leader and our Captain. He has called us. He goes before us. He will provide the way and the means. Our weaknesses will convert into strengths and our seemingly insignificant abilities will be fortified to meet the task. The only reason why a mission should be delayed would be to put one's life in harmony with the will of God through repentance. Repent. All things temporal are excuses while all things spiritual are reasons. The biggest failure of man is letting what he wants in the moment destroy what he wants in the eternity. A good missionary has 4 basic characteristics. Worthiness to have the Spirit, humility to listen to it, obedience to fan the flame of faith, and diligence to magnify the calling. Love should always be the motive. Accept that you do not understand all things. Confide in God's omniscience and not in your own imperfect knowledge. Obtain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. If you wait for the perfect moment, it'll never come. Act now.

I love and miss you all!

Elder Bromley

A huge Peruvian graveyard city

A pig face on the ground

Angelina Chavez with her dad and family

Monday, September 22, 2014

Week 75- Villa Maria, Lima, Peru: The Work Has Changed

Everything is doing well here in Villa Maria. Elder Sanhueza is doing well; he is a very hard worker and very organized. We have worked more on how we are teaching and I feel the spirit in all of the lessons we teach. We will keep inviting people to repentance this next week. He's a GREAT missionary.
We have been working super hard with our less actives here. In the last 2 weeks we have been blessed to see 12 less actives that we have taught come to church. This last Ward Council we were able to assign members to each less active and to take it upon themselves to bring the less active members to church and sit with them throughout the three hours. We are hoping that it all works out and that we can find part member families with all of this potential.

It is amazing to me to see how God works. Just as He scattered the 12 tribes of Israel to ensure that His Gospel would reach every part of the earth when they would be gathered again, God has sent great missionaries out many years ago who were able to baptize many people completely aware that many of the would also become less active, or scattered, so when he would hasten His work, we could use those people to get the Gospel to all of Peru. Statistically speaking, 80% of Peruvian members are inactive or less active. 100% of those less active and inactive people now have families and friends that have not had the chance to receive the Gospel. The way that missionaries are now working is finding those part member families and baptizing and reactivating  them so they can all go to the temple and make eternal covenants.

I remember when I had just recently started my mission in Oregon, Eugene. My companion, Elder Egerton, and I spent hours walking through miles of neighborhoods knocking on doors in 100 degree weather dying of heat exhaustion and being rejected in the face by old American people. That was the only type of missionary service we new at the time. I just want to let everybody know that the work has changed. Members and missionaries MUST work together. It is God's way of working now and there is no other way.

I invite all of you to look for at least one friend or one family who has never gone to church before or who hasn't gone in a long while and to invite that person or family to watch General Conference with you. I promise that the Spirit will touch hearts and true conversion will take place in front of your eyes as you help someone receive the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

3 Nefi 18:32, Alma 6:6

I love and miss you all!

Elder Bromley

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week 74- Villa Maria, Lima, Peru: Sorry!

Sorry but I will repent and write a super nice email this next week. Just know that Elder Sanhueza and I are doing well and that we are working our butts off here in Villa Maria!

I love and miss you all!

Elder Bromley

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 73- Villa Maria, Lima, Peru: The Spirit Changes People

This last week we have been focusing a lot more time on our recent converts and less actives. We had a super cool opportunity to take a recently activated member, Lucio, to the temple to do ordinances for some of his ancestors. We were able to have the baptistry to ourselves and I was  able to do his confirmations. It was a super spiritual experience and Lucio keeps progressing more as he magnifies his new calling.

I have a much stronger testimony now of how the spirit changes people, and when people are filled with that spirit, they really serve the Lord with all their heart. All new converts and reactivated members should have the opportunity to hold a calling and make it to the temple.

I love and miss you all!

Elder Bromley

Monday, September 1, 2014

Week 72- Villa María, Lima, Peru: Elder Sanhueza

This week has been super awesome. I have a new companion, Elder Sanhueza. He is from Concepcion, Chile. He is 20 years old. He is super awesome and is not afraid to open his mouth and talk to people. He and I have been contacting families a lot in the street in between lessons and it is going awesome. I have set a personal goal to make him into the best missionary he can be. IT'S AWESOME.

I do not have time to finish this story, sorry chau!

This week I had the chance to finish teaching a less active named Victor. He was notorious before for being the drunkard who would always cause trouble. We have been able to teach him and his children for about a month now and he is a completely different person. The gospel changes people.

Elder Bromley

Elder Bromley, Lucio, and Elder Colton

Elder Sanhueza