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Saturday, January 20, 2018

This week we got to work a lot with the members.  Homar one of the recent converts in the ward is really excited with his calling. The assistant to the ward mission leader.  And considering that the ward mission leader is inactive, that means that Homar is basically the ward mission leader.  We have been doing a lot of coordination with him and we are now going to have members accompanying us in almost every single day.  That will be pretty cool.  We are hoping that the members can help us to reactivate some of the less active families in the ward and then we are going to go for the inactives that only have part of the family baptized.  Hopefully that way we can find some references.

I'll tell you that I am really tired.  When the Elder went home his companion got changed to another zone.  And he was one of the district leaders, so me and my companion have had to fill in.  We are doing a lot of work to put the area book in order so that everyone that comes after us knows where to keep working.  We have been working a lot with that every night.  And beyond that we have been trying to talk to more people in the streets. It's hard. Sometimes you just don't want to talk to anyone and you feel like everyone that you talk to is just going to reject you, so I'm trying not to judge.  God is no respecter of persons, and I don't want to be because I am doing His work. I am trying to get over that.

We have been working with 2 families more than anyone else.  The Hernandez family that I was telling you about a few months ago.  We have been teaching them a lot and the dad is reading the Book of Mormon and he loves it, which is great because it took 3 months to get him started,  but as soon as he grabbed it he was hooked.  His sons are willing to listen and the three of them are willing to get baptized.  Now we have to work a bit more on his wife.  She likes us, and is willing to talk to us but she is really difficult, and she always has a lot of excuses. Hopefully we can help her to have real intent.  The husband is willing to get baptized if God answers his prayer, but we just have to help Sister Hernandez to get over her doubts.

We have also been working a lot with the Porras Family. They are some investigators that I was teaching when I got here to Lomas, but we only every found Sister Porras and she never really had all that much interest.  She likes us too but she doesn't like to read and she hasn't gone to church in years. But we found Brother Porras at home one day and found out that he does like to learn about the church and seems to have a good idea of what we teach. He loves to read. We just haven't been able to get them to church.  We are going to finish talking about the restoration and the first vision tomorrow and hopefully it can touch their hearts enough to help them decide to go to church, and to get baptized.  They are a really fun family to be with and I just hope that they can open up their hearts.

The members are willing to help us.  After some of the Ex missionaries saw us knocking doors, rumors spread.  All of the ex missionaries in the ward know that we are using our last resort, and they are now willing to help. We are starting to get some references and we hope that something will turn up from all of this work.  I guess it's true that if you see the missionaries working hard then you are going to want to work as well.

I love you
Elder Brady Allred

Sunday, January 14, 2018

This week I worked really hard.  I talked to more people this week than I think I've talked to in my whole mission. Almost everybody that God put in my path was a hearer of the good word of God.  But the majority of the people didn't want anything to do with it.  So I guess that only leaves us with one choice.  Change that "almost everybody" to "every single person"  Honestly talking with so many people made me really really really tired every single day.  You get really tired looking for people to teach and the mental force required to talk to them and to try to help them feel the spirit.  But it is a great feeling to get home at night and to know that I did better today than yesterday.  It's a lot of work.

We, on Friday, had a mission wide conference call with all of the zone leaders. We talked about some of the goals of the mission and how we are going to do it.  Really the goal right now is baptize 125 people in February.  To do it we have the goal of talking to everybody, being obedient to all of the rules, and having the faith necessary to harvest.  I am working on all of those.  I'm not too bad in any of them, but there is a lot of room to improve. ALWAYS!  

 You'd think that you can just change in one day.  And sometimes you do.  But what I've learned with myself, as a leader, and more than anything with the investigators that I teach is that change takes time, and a lot of it.  We have to constantly be improving in everything that we do so that we can be more like God.  I've had to learn a lot of patience.

The bad news this week is that the Elder that had a appendix, but now he doesn't, has decided to go home. Even with all of our efforts he is just determined to go home, and we can't do anything now but wait for him to be physically recovered enough.  Today they tell us when he goes.  I feel really bad for him and hope that he can get everything worked out fast.

We also had a very sad Wednesday this week.  First we heard that President Monson had passed away.  It was a very sad bit of news.  I think we all saw it coming, but he was a great man and a mighty prophet.  I know he is still working hard in the other side of the veil.  He was undoubtedly one of the Lord's elect servants in these latter days.  He left a great legacy of service for all of us to follow.  May we always follow his example and believe his testimony in the days to come.

We also received news that day that one of the recent converts in the ward had passed away.  He has also been sick since his baptism 4 months ago, and hasn't been able to go to church for that.  It was a great to know that he has been baptized and had taken the name of Christ upon him.  I think that he went to the Spirit world with good company, and maybe he and President Monson were able to exchange a few words as they entered into their rest in paradise.

It is a great comfort for all of us to have the great plan of Salvation.  We no longer have the doubt of where we go after we part this mortal life.  We know where we go, and we know how to get the best reward when we get there.  God loves us so much and his marvelous plan has everything we need to be able to receive eternal happiness in the family.  I know that families can be forever and we will have one of those eternal families.  I love you each so much and hope that you can have a very happy year.  I pray for you, and hope you continue to pray for me.  Never forget who you are.  you are each Children of God and have HIS potential for good inside of you.

I love you
Elder Brady Allred

Thursday, January 4, 2018

I'd like to start by saying that this keyboard stinks, so hopefully everything is legible.

Happy new year.  It's all over.  This year I'm going home.  We get a new mission president.  I have a lot of goals that I hope to accomplish.  It was a little sad yesterday when I looked at my goals from last year and I hadn't achieved one.  There was only one of the seven that I even got close to keeping.  Hopefully this year goes better.  I have mission goals, post mission goals, and whole year goals.  It was kinda weird to think about all of that.  So I decided that I'm not going to think of the post mission goals any more until about the 2nd of September. ( I should go home the 3rd)

I'll let you know that today has been the best day of the whole year so far.  HAHHAHHA  I've been waiting all year to tell you that.

The great thing that happened today is that the other 2 elders that were living in our house moved out about an hour ago.  There is so much room now and it is much less cluttered.  I can now do all of my exercise without being cramped.  I can eat my breakfast and shower before 8 am because the 2 that took 30 minute showers just moved out.  It should be pretty calm now.

Guess what happened this week. I went the the hospital with appendicitis again.  But this time I wasn't the one that was sick.  They were the weirdest splits in my whole life.  They started Tuesday afternoon.  He has been struggling emotionally so I, as his Zone Leader, wanted to help.  I brought him to our area.  We were going to have a good day with a lot of success.  Well everything fell apart.  He started getting depressed and everything.  And so we talked to President in the night.  He just wanted to go home, and he wanted to send emails and talk to his mom the whole day.  He's still relatively new in the mission, so we thought that it was because of the Christmas season.

We talked to President for about an hour that night, because President was in the part of the mission where there isn't cell phone service all day.  We talked about goals and I was trying to help the Elder to be able to relax and set some reasonable goals, cuz he has that Mormon Perfectionism that almost every missionary has.  President gave us some recommendations and told me to stay with him for another day and I went to bed thinking that everything would be better in the morning.  Nope

He was worse.  It was crazy to see somebody tremble from anxiety for a few hours as I tried to calm him down.  As I said President didn't have service and the assistants told me to figure out what I could do to calm him down.  We played games, but he quit because he couldn't stop thinking about home and how sad he is. So we listened to conference talks.  That did help him a little bit, but not much.  He still wanted to talk to home and go home. so we talked to president again.  

And then he felt like throwing up so we went to the hospital because he felt really sick..  It was his appendix.  The funniest part was when he was laying down on the bed before the surgery and the tests and they asked are you comfortable.  He answered by throwing up a TON.  all over the bed and everything.  It was really funny.  I enjoyed talking to anybody that would come into the room for the 2 days that we were there. I felt a little like mom.  He's doing all right now and we are still a little concerned about him emotionally cuz he still wants to go home.  I remembered a lot about that hospital visit 11 years and one month ago and it was another one that I won't forget.

I'm sorry I'm short on time.  I love you all and hope you all have a great new year.  I'm excited to make these the best 8 months of my mission, and hope to do everything that I can to please the Lord.  Thank you for all of your help and support.  I love you and I know the church is true.  Have a great week and year.

Elder Brady Allred

Friday, December 22, 2017

This week wins on the crazy scale.  It started off alright with a lot of successes in the work.  We were able to talk to a lot of people that were very willing to accept our message.  So in that aspect we did have more luck than usual.  We also had interviews with President Ramirez and they went very well and he gave us some new ideas for how to teach better and how to keep finding new people.

So it was all going very well until Saturday. I woke up and felt a little bit drained of energy.  I tried to do exercise but I couldn't do all that much.  I ate breakfast and we kept going.  About 12 got here and I felt super tired and a little bit discouraged.  We even had some of the worst rejections Elder Sanchez or I have ever seen in our 3 years of combined missionary experience.  We went to the house because the sister that was going to feed us was going to bring us Pizza.  We thought that it was just hunger.

So we ate and then went to a stake Christmas "devotional" (I say that because there was really no opportunity to feel the spirit there, it seemed very "worldly" to me and the other missionaries)  So we were there and I felt like I had a fever, and I felt pretty bad.  We went back to the house and I got some rest.  I am feeling better now.

We also had transfers today.

Guess what!  I have a new companion.  His name is Elder Bawlby (I still have no idea how to pronounce it).  He is from New Jersey but he and his family live in Utah right now.  I really haven't talked to him that much because of being a little sick, but I'll get around to that.  We are still here in Lomas and we hope to keep working hard.  Elder Sanchez didn't go far, he is only on the other side of the city but he is going to be training a new Elder.  So we will still be seeing one another.

I do want to tell a great experience that was very much a miracle this week. We were looking for a past investigator called Gloria.  They were teaching her about 8 months ago.  We were in the colonia and the street but the register didn't have her house number, it just said that she lives in front of a bike shop and we had no idea where that was.  So we stopped to pray for direction, and we were going to contact people while asking for the bike shop.  We finished the prayer and an older lady was walking towards us.  She stopped us and started talking to us about the Jehovah´s Witnesses that stopped visiting her a few months ago without telling her why.  We told her that we aren't the JW´s.  And then we asked her name.  Guess what!  Her name is Gloria.  She said that she had felt the impression to talk to us.  So we went to her house and started talking to her.  She is recently separated from her husband, her 2 daughters already moved out, and she is alone.  the Gas also got there while we were there to fill up her gas tank, and the water jugs also got there.  She also found her pills that she had to take for her stomach just before we got there.  It was really cool how everything fit together and now we are hoping to find her in her home tomorrow to teach her some more.  But we are hoping for some great experiences with her and we hope that all of this was a sign that it is her turn to change her life.

I love you all and hope you have a great week full of miracles.  I hope you enjoy this Christmas season.  Thank you for everything.

Elder Brady Allred

Saturday, December 16, 2017

This week was a ton of work.

We planned a ward/stake missionary activity.  We were going to let some helium balloons go with some cards for Light the World initiative.  So it turns out that helium is really expensive so we had to give away candy attached to the cards instead.  And it just happened to be one of the coldest days in Victoria in about 20 years.  And then the next day was the coldest in 20 years.  We did go below 0 degrees Celsius.  I guess that was why the list asked for a below 0 coat.  It was cold and we all (every body in the whole city) froze half to death.  We did alright, but it was definitely very cold.  It's different here.  They don't have insulation in the walls and they don't have heaters. The good news is that the house does have a water heater so we didn't freeze like all of the other missionaries did.  But we outlived it and we will keep going on.

So El Chino told us that he doesn't want to get baptized until he knows more (we already taught him everything) and he still drinks coffee.  He's stopped coming to church.  So right now doesn't seem to be his moment.  Hopefully we can see some progress soon but for right now we will not have a baptism on Saturday.  It's kinda sad :( 

Aylin, the little girl that we told you about a few times a few weeks ago, seems to be going well and we hope that we will be able to get something moving in the family.  It may be time for a baptism there.  The family situation seems to be going better.  We just have to find them home.

Antonio and Laura don't seem to want to progress right now.  They have some problems in their house and we still can't figure out what they are.  They did stop smoking, but they haven't done anything to get married, and they aren't going to church, or reading either.  So it may not be their moment either.

We did find a man that seems to have potential.  He is called Javier.  He is 57, he works in the state government.  And he is a lifetime alcoholic.  Honestly, I do like working with alcoholics.  Sometimes they don't make it all the way out of their addictions but at least we do leave their lives a ton better than before.  He has drank since 13 years old.  He has destroyed his pancreas, and I think that his liver is about pickled.  He has tried to stop drinking but has never been able to accomplish it.  He said that right now the alcohol is the only thing that keeps his blood pressure down.  He thinks that drinking alcohol is better for him than taking pills.  He doesn't have much hope.  But we see a lot of potential.  He loves to read so we are hoping that the power of the Book of Mormon can get him out of his problems.  He just needs help and support.  Hopefully we can change his life.  Well I guess we're not going to change his life, the Gospel and Jesus Christ will do that.

I love you all so much.  Thank you for all of your support and love.  

Elder Brady Allred

Monday, December 4, 2017

So this was probably one of the most difficult weeks of my mission.

I started by getting really sick on Monday night.  A fever and everything.  Turns out that the cold that I had had the week before went away and then I got sick from a bacteria.  It was all in the throat and it was super miserable.  So we didn't work Monday or Tuesday cuz I had a fever.

Wednesday we worked a bit in the afternoon, I still didn't feel great but we honestly had to get out of the house.  The bad thing that happened on Wednesday is that we found out that they had tried to kidnap Alexis (El Chino).  They hit him a few times, loaded him up in the car, and when they were going to start beating him up again he got away and made it back to his house.  So he is staying in his uncles house and we still have no idea where that is. He also lost his Book of Mormon so he wasn't reading.  But now we are going to get going again with him.  That's 2 weeks without a good lesson.  He didn't come to church this week. So we'll get that figured out.

Antonio and Laura... well for all of the illness we lost touch with them a bit this week but we hope to start it up again with them this week.  They didn't come to church either.

Thursday was a normal day...kinda.  It was just a weird week and our time didn't go as we had hoped on Thursday.  I had had a dream that night that I was going to be bitten by a dog, and then we saw more dogs that barked and chased us on Thursday than my companion or I  have ever seen in our lives.  We saw 8 dogs in the last 2 blocks to get home.  But we were able to get away without any problems.  

Friday...We went to Tampico.  We had to take a baptismal record from some sisters in the zone and they weren't at the meeting place on time, they were in the bus central, so when we got there, we were going to go on the bus but it left 5 minutes early that time.  THEY ARE ALWAYS LATE!!! Except that time.  So we had to wait.  And we got to the meeting more than an hour late.  So that was really embarrassing.

The Christmas devotional was great.  I love all of the talks about love.  I hope you are all lighting the world in these days.   There are people that need your help.   We even picked up garbage yesterday looking for some way to light the world a little bit more.

So it was a rough week.  This week we are going to work hard and we are going to talk with literally everybody that we can.  We hope to have a lot of success.  I'm going to try to be more diligent this week.  The mission is great but it makes you realize all of your weaknesses.  I hope to be able to overcome all of them soon, but I think it's a life long practice.

Christ is there to help each of us.  If we honestly want to change then he will help us out and we will be able to do it.  I've seen many people.  Those who want to change do it, and those who don't, don't. And there are those that only want to change a bit, and they change a bit.  But God wants to change us completely, and if we are willing then He will make us what we were intended to be.

I love you 
Elder Brady Allred

Saturday, December 2, 2017

I am super excited for the Light the World activity this year.  We are going to serve a ton and we are going to be doing a few stake activities to show the world our light.  I am super excited and hope you all can catch the wave as well.   Share the activity with everyone that you know.  Member and non member alike.

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgivings.  We ate some tacos (called flautas) and cake to celebrate but I'm excited for next year to eat a ton.

This week we worked pretty hard.  My companion is pretty funny so we have been enjoying our time quite a bit and we have also been able to help a lot of people to accept the gospel for only being nice people.  We are sowing a lot of seeds and if we aren't able to harvest them, well it doesn't matter somebody else will be able to do it afterwards.  Maybe in 6 months or in 6 years.  The next time the missionaries pass by they'll say. Oh they are nice young men.  And then someday they will move that good thought to a desire to be like us, and to be happier than they are right now.  I've realized that its important to have that idea in mind, that even though they don't accept me now, that shouldn't keep me from sharing the gospel, because someday they might accept it.

We had splits twice this week. One day Elder Jensen a missionary from Purificacion came with me.  He's pretty great but he doesn't speak any Spanish.  And the other day I wen to Planetario with Elder Sandoval.  It was pretty great and we hope that we were able to help them out to be able to work harder.

This week we really started to progress with a couple.  Their names are Antonio and Laura  They actually came to church yesterday and they are committed to stop drinking.  Then they just have to get married and we can baptize them.  They are really nice and it looks like they've had some good experiences with missionaries before.  If they can get on with the wedding then we should hear about a baptism soon.  I'm excited to keep working with them.

Alexis (El Chino) is also doing great.  He has accepted a baptismal date for the 16th of December.  We are excited.  His parents said that it's alright if he gets baptized, so we are going to keep teaching him and he is already rereading everything that we have given him. Hopefully everything turns out alright there.

Dalia is also going to start progressing soon.  This week she couldn't go to church for a few personal issues and tests in the university, but now she is going to start reading and we hope that she can come to church next Sunday with us.

I love you so much.  Thank you for everything. 
Elder Brady Allred

Saturday, November 25, 2017

​Today is revolution day here in Mexico.  It's not that big of a deal. It's more like Labor day, we don't do anything really special.  There is no school, but there are only a few small parties in a few houses.

This week was weird because my companion got here Wednesday in the evening, so I worked with Elder Adair and Elder Andrade until then. It was weird being with two missionaries.  I did work a bit in my area with some members and it was fun to work with them.  We did find a few new people and we put a baptismal date.  But it is so much better to work with a companion always by your side.  A lot less stressful.  you have to focus on a lot of things at the same time.  When is my companion going to get here? And how am I going to get him from the bus central? And a whole bunch of other things as well.

But now he's here.  Elder Sanchez is crazy, but really great.  He's from Mexico City and he has a little bit more time than I do, but not too much. He's really excited to work and to be obedient.  He met almost all of the members this week, and we are now going to work super hard because we now have the whole week to work.

So we are now teaching a sister called Dalia.  She accepted a baptismal date. The problem we are going to have with her is getting her to be able to come to church every week. Her spouse is a lawyer that works in Monterrey and he only comes here to Victoria every few weeks. He is an inactive member, and he just wants to sleep on Sundays when he comes, because he usually gets here Sunday mornings at 2 am and then sleeps in and just wants to play all day.  But we are going to try to help him to change and that way his wife can come to church at least.
We are also teaching a young man called Alexis.  We just have to talk to his parents and then we are going to baptize him. He has been coming to church with the Bishop's family for a few weeks and we have been teaching him little by little, but he wants to get baptized, so when we talk to his parents he's all ready to get there.
We are super excited for these next few weeks. I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving this week.  I am getting excited for Christmas. This Friday they post the video "Light the World"  Share it with everyone you know and live it.

There are some frogs and some pictures from the zone.

I love you all so much and hope that you have a great week this week and can keep doing everything right.

Elder Allred

Friday, November 17, 2017

We are still working hard but we are still not seeing results.  We are trying everything and we have finished organizing the area book and we are looking for all of the past investigators.  We have found a lot of people but honestly we have almost nobody in our teaching circle.

The few people we have right now are Alexis AKA el Chino (the Chinese ? who knows why) and Amayrani.  But we are thinking about leaving Amayrani for a time because she isn't really progressing either.  That's one of the hardest parts.  Leaving an investigator.  Because we are just losing our time teaching them.  They aren't reading, praying or going to church and so really it leaves us no choice.  And usually it is almost impossible to find them.  Out of every three times we go we find them there once.  So sometimes we just have to say "we're moving on" and then 2 or 3 weeks later go back.  

We have found a lot of people to teach but when we go back for the first appointment they are never there.  Don't think that we are depressed or anything.  We just keep swimming.  We keep going whether there are results or not.  It's hard sometimes but we enjoy the little things.

El Chino is a young man, 14 years old.  He is the Bishop's neighbor.  He came to church a few weeks ago and now we are teaching him.  He said that he wants to get baptized but he wants to know more before he takes that step.  We have yet to talk to his parents and we hope that today in the evening I can go there and talk to him and his parents in a family night with the bishop and his family.

Now there's a funny thing it what I just said.  I said that we hope that I can go.  That is because today are transfers.  And my companion, Elder Melanson, is going all the way to Huejutla.  For those of you who don't know Tamaulipas and Veracruz Geography, that is about 8 or 9 hours in a bus.  So he went and my new companion is the ex-Financial Secretary, Elder Sanchez.  He has to finish a few things up in the offices of the mission and he is going to come to Victoria to be my companion on Wednesday.  I am going to be with Elder Adrade and Elder Adair these two days.  But we have appointments in Lomas, so I am going to be traveling back and forth with members to be able to go to some of the appointments.  For example the family night with the Bishop.  And then tomorrow we have more appointments than I have had in one day in all of my mission.  We have 8 appointments tomorrow.  They are all new people that we have never taught before so there is a very low probability that we find them. But I am going to go with Brother Hernandez to talk to each of them, and if they are not there then I will talk to their neighbors.  It should be super fun.  And then in the afternoon I am going to go with a recent convert named Homar to visit some other people.  He is super excited to go with me and I really hope that we have some great success so that he can keep being excited about the Gospel. He really shares it with everyone so maybe I can train him a bit tomorrow on how to do it better.

The computers these weeks aren't working to be able to send pictures so sorry about that.  We saw about 3 million frogs today by the river San Marcos and took some pictures.  They are smaller than the thumbnail but they are all over the city now,  It's super cool.

Thank you for everything.  I'm super excited for what's to come and I hope and pray that we can start having more success.  It's a lot of work but worth every single moment.

I'm loving the work and can't wait to start working with my old District Leader as companions now.  

I love you and pray for you. I can hardly wait for Christmas.

Elder Brady Allred

Thursday, November 9, 2017

This week was a lot of hard work, and once again everything fell apart at the last moment.  It was pretty rough.  I guess we are still missing something.  We had great goals and plans, and we worked hard and finished tired. I guess we are just going to have to focus in a little bit more and work a little bit smarter.  I think that we can do it.  It's just a ton of hard work.

We had a few great lessons that we were able to use several great scriptures to help the investigators to understand a little bit more about how to have the Holy Ghost and revelation always.  We talked several times about the idea that we can all receive revelation from God and that when we get baptized and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost then we can have constant revelation. We also could tie the sacrament to that principle. So that way we could teach everything; The Book of Mormon, prayer, baptism, prophets (they go right with revelation) and going to church all at once.  It was really cool and we felt the spirit very strongly in many lessons that we had, the only problem is that no one actually showed up.  So we are going to have to do it better this week.

We have been working a lot with the members helping them to preach the Gospel. More than anything, we have been sharing videos from Mormon channel with them and then having them share those videos with friends or family. We are not receiving a ton of results still but they are at least sharing the gospel message with people. Hopefully if we keep it up in a few weeks we can start to receive references. But I invite all of you to look into Mormon channel and maybe (maybe) think about using a social media outlet or at least text messages to share those videos.  You can just send the link from a text message and you can all share the Gospel while being at home and without actually having to talk to people. is also a great resource that the church has for preaching the Gospel. Look into them.

Really nothing else happened. Just a lot of hard work and trying to share the gospel. I'm sorry that it's kinda short.  I also had some good experiences in my personal studies. One of the most profound things that I have learned ever in my study came the other day when I sat down to read the 11th Chapter of 3rd Nephi.  I read the first two verses and then learned that through the death of Christ the Americas were changed from a wicked place to a very good place.  Through the faith of the people they were able to outlive the disasters. So if we have faith then through the sacrifice of Christ we can change from wicked people to only good people and even though it is a hard process we can really change completely like it says in verse one.  It was honestly a great doctrine that I learned about the power of the atonement and repentance that I have reflected on several times.

I really liked this video. Look into it and you can share it with someone else.

I really love you guys and hope that you take advantage of the things that are within your reach.

Elder Brady Allred