Week 62 ‘Duck Dynasty Rednecks’

Awesome Mama! It’s been a good week here too! We have been working with a family (not those pictured above) who’s friends with a family in our ward. They’re so funny, both the families should be on Duck Dynasty. They’re total rednecks haha. They have beards and basically all they do is hunt and talk about hunting. They’re the people I told you guys about that have the Obama toilet paper haha. So the member couple is Jordan and Kelsey, and their friends are Tony and Adriana. Tony and Adriana live in the area that Elder Riding and Klamm cover, but they always come over to the Neilsons house, who live in our area, so we’ve all been working with them the past few weeks. Adriana finally accepted a baptismal date earlier this week, and then tony accepted one last night! They’re going to get baptized the 11th of October! It’s a huge miracle because Adriana has been a devout Catholic her whole life and tony didn’t know if God existed a few weeks ago. So we’re pumped for them! Also Elder Acosta and I are working with a young couple named Daniel and Alisha, who I think I told you guys about before. They haven’t come to church the past few weeks for different reasons, and they need to come 4 times to be baptized. Daniel has come once and Alisha still hasn’t come yet so we are going to do everything we can to help Daniel get baptized before he leaves to the army on October 12th. I love you mis Padres! I’ll send some pics. Elder Acosta got his eyebrows waxed haha. We usually don’t hear about transfers til late Monday night, so tonight we shall know our fate!

bren's miss acosta eyebrows done

bren's miss peavlers pig

bren's miss jensen fam

bren's miss sis street

bren's miss bren bro perkins acosta

bren's miss george acosta bren

bren's miss bren laura serrano

Week 61 ‘Can’t Remember What the Heck Happened’

Hi Mis Padres! Sounds like ur doing really well Mama! That’s awesome to hear! That’s so funny that u locked yourself in the stall so that the horsies wouldn’t break you. That’s definitely a Mama thing. It’s been a good week. I can’t remember what the heck happened now, but I’m sure it was great. We taught a sweet lady named Lissa and she came to an hour of church! I got my new camera. I’ll send some pics!

Yes Mama, we wake up at 6:30 am and don’t leave the apartment til Noon. Heavenly Father gives us 5 and a half hours every day to prepare cuz that’ how important it is!

That pic below is of me and Elder Maluia, he’s in my district! I’m still with Elder Acosta, we have transfers next week!

bren's miss elder and bren soccer balls

Week 60 ‘Haka dance and Anthony + Zoey’

It’s been a great week! Learning the Haka was supa fun! On Thursday I worked with a missionary in my district, Elder Maluia. We talked to a young couple who was walking down the street. Their names are Anthony and Zoey. They wanted to hear our message, so we stepped off to the side of the street and started teaching them about the restoration of the gospel, but right when we started talking two dogs started barking at us and wouldn’t go away. Anthony and Zoey’s house was about a half mile away, so we just started walking home with them and teaching them at the same time. After a few minutes we stopped in the shade, and all of a sudden a bunch of super loud trash trucks were driving by and making a ton of noise. So we waited for them all to pass, and then it was quiet for about 2 minutes. We invited Anthony to pray and ask God if what we had been sharing with them was true, and all of a sudden some dude starts weed wacking right across the street! Satan was throwing everything he could at us! I’m convinced that he really was doing all he could to keep Anthony and Zoey from learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ! So we started walking to their house again. And when we got there, we sat down and Anthony said an awesome prayer, and received an answer through the Holy Spirit that what we taught them was true. We then invited them to be baptized and they accepted. Anthony told us that he had been pleading with God for help with different problems he and his family were going through, and he knew that God sent us to answer his prayers. Zoey was sick, so we gave her a blessing. In the blessing I felt inspired to tell her that there are many people in heaven that love her and that are rejoicing because she is learning about the gospel. She was crying after. Then we gave Anthony a blessing too, and the spirit was super strong. They were very grateful, and it was very obvious that the Spirit had spoken to them during that experience. It was so cool. Now something happened and their family kicked them out of the house and they don’t have a phone so we haven’t been able to get a hold of them, so we are praying for them a ton and we know they will join the church eventually!