Week 103, ‘President Torres!’

July 5, 2016

I’m glad y’all had a good 4th of July. We had a great day too. It was the only day in my entire mission that we didn’t go out and proselyte. We played sports at a park in McAllen with a lot of other missionaries and the Mission President and his family. The Maluendas went home last week. The new Mission President is President Torres. He’s from Honduras and doesn’t speak very much English. He is so awesome! He’s a young guy, in his thirties and he loves working side by side with us. We all had to be in our apartments by 6pm yesterday, so I went to sleep at 7:30. That was the most sleep I’ve gotten in a long time!

See u soon! I love you Mama. I’m doing really good and I’m pumped to see you next week! Dang Dad that’s crazy (regarding an awesome work thing Mark did)!!

I love you mis padres! I think we found that family of 5. They haven’t come to church yet, but they are very interested and many miracles lead us to them. I gotta go but I’ll give you the deets later. I love you mis padres!

bren's miss torres maluenda

Week 102, ‘Victor Got Baptized!’

June 27, 2016

This week has been super cool! VICTOR GOT BAPTIZED!!!! He’s is so cool. His conversion is seriously one of the biggest miracles I’ve seen on my mission. Literally, Elder Hawton and I didn’t have to do anything. He was so prepared to receive the gospel it was ridiculous. The first day we met him he prayed about the restoration and received an answer from the Holy Ghost that it’s true. That night he stayed up til midnight reading the Book of Mormon, and then he got up really early in the morning and read more. We met him on Saturday and his neighbor who is a member of the church brought him to church on Sunday, and he bore his testimony and told everyone he was excited to be baptized on the 26th of this month. Everyone welcomed him in very happily. He later told us that after that first time at church, he got rid of all of his pornagraphy and dirty music and cleaned up his language. He was so excited for his baptism yesterday and he’s even more excited to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost next week and to receive the Priesthood and go on a mission eventually! And we found him because his neighbor told us to go by and meet his family, but she warned us that they would probly just tell us to go away. That just shows that you never know who’s ready for the gospel. Heavenly Father is a great guy.

Wow that’s incredible Dad (regarding the surprise party)! Ur the best husband/dad ever! Seriously that is so cool that you did that for Mama. Sounds like it was dope!

Thank you mis padres. I love you mucho. Have an awesome week. I’ll see you soon!