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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

These weeks I have started reading the conference talks from all of the Liahonas (or Ensigns for those of you that live in Utah and are spoiled with three church magazines instead of just one).  I am learning a ton and I am trying to write down some of the most powerful quotes for my investigators to be able to share some of the words of our modern day prophets to accompany our Book of Mormon prophets.  This was one of my favorites that I read this week end.

It is a great talk. Read it , listen to it, and meditate it.  Look for one of the Ensigns from one of the recent conferences and read some of the talks.  They are our modern scripture.  It will strengthen your testimony of modern prophets, modern revelation, and modern priesthood power, and more than anything it will strengthen your testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Look for some talks and print them and share them with your friends.  Or give away some of the Ensigns, New Eras, or Friends to your non member or inactive friends.  That is a very simple, cheap and powerful way to preach the gospel.

This week was really rough in the work.  We didn't have much success and we got really tangled up in a lot of things that weren't really all that important.  But we have recommitted ourselves and I have honestly asked God to help me be better this week and I am going change.  I hope that you can all find something that you need to be better in and to do it. And I really hope that you have all be reading the Book of Mormon everyday.  If it wasn't enough that the Prophet of God told us to read it last conference, about 6 or 7 of His living apostles told us that we need to do it too.

Sorry Mom and Dad that I didn't write as much to you this week, but I was writing to my siblings because they all wrote to me this week, which hasn't happened in a long time and I told them each some things to do and stuff.  But thank you so much for what you each have done for me.  I hope that you are enjoying the school year and if there is anything that you want help in, or if you have a question I am more than willing to help you all out.

And one comment before I finish.  We are working with some great families and we are hoping that they can all progress in these weeks.  It is so great to get to know these great people and to be able to work with each of them.  I'm learning to love serving them and teaching them and I hate when I am not able to do everything perfectly to be able help them. When I mess up I feel horrible.  But I am so grateful to see that I am able to change and be forgiven of my mistakes.  I hope that some of these wonderful people can move forward on their paths towards covenants.  I hope to do my best to help each one of them, and hopefully there will be more fruits next week. Even though I know that outward fruits are not always the best sign of inward success.

I love each one of you so much and I hope the best for all of you in this week and every day.  I love you.
Elder Allred

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Happy Birthday to everyone that has one this week.  Especially Jakon and Kira.  17 and 15.  Be sure to act mature and to be good people this year,

It's great to hear that you are all staying so busy.  I hope that it can stay that way.

This week  was really great.  It felt really good to finally have a companion that likes to work as hard as I do.  When it's hard for me to want to work he helps me keep going, and when he gets discouraged I'm there to help him to keep going too.  There are some great people in this area and a ton of potential for the coming weeks and months.  Hopefully we can keep everything moving and achieve a lot here in Lomas.

The ward is really great I got to know a ton of really great people this week and the whole ward is really willing to work hard with us.  I think that this week the members must have asked us for at least 15 Books of Mormon. It was something so weird, because they asked us without our asking them.  That is something that has never happened before. But I think that some really good Elders were working here and got a really good system going with the members.  Hopefully we can take advantage of that and we can help each one of the members and families to keep giving away Books of Mormon and preaching the Gospel.  They really obey the prophet in his saying "every member´s a missionary."

We had a family come to Church yesterday, the family Hernandez.  The missionaries have been teaching the family for about 2 weeks. They are neighbors of a recent convert called Guillermina.  They came to church for the first time yesterday.  The dad, the mom, and their 3 kids, (2 of which are 8 years old or older).  So we are hoping to help them progress and hoping that they are going to be prepared to get baptized on the 28th of this month. We have faith in the planning that we did last week. We were planning and trying to get to an agreement on how many people we would be able to help get to the waters of baptism this month.  We were talking about it and decided to pray.  We still didn't think the same thing.  We talked a little more and prayed again.  Still not the same.  And then we did it one more time and we both felt the spiritual confirmation that we would be able to baptize 5 people in the month of October. So we are working to be able to bring to pass that revelation that we received.  I think that that is the definition of faith.  Find out what God wants for us and then working so that it can be true, and I think that humility is very closely related with that.

Humility is not so much that I am humble before my companion or my parents or anything like that, although true humility will a lot of times be reflected in those aspects too.  Real humility is that two people will be sufficiently humble to talk about an idea and then praying about it. Or being humble before God and then doing what He wants us to do.

Thank you for everything and I love you all so much.

Elder Brady Allred

Friday, October 6, 2017

I got changed again.  What a surprise!!  I am now in Lomas, Victoria (ward, and stake)  I am with Elder Melanson.  He's from Lehi,Utah.  I sure hope you don't need a map to find where that is.  He has 15 months.  I'm super excited to learn from him seeing that he is a really great missionary and has a lot of experience with other great missionaries.  Finally someone that can teach me more about how to work hard!!!!!!

So that means that I left Daniel, Karen and Rebeca there in Flores to keep trying to go to church. I honestly am a little bit sad that most of the converts that I have had are not going to church.  I learned today that Frederico (from Hidalgo, Madero, my first area) is still super active.  He's blind and mentally impaired but he's the only one that is still active, besides Daniel who came to church yesterday.  We are still trying to help the other ones to come back and find the church again, but that is really a lot harder than retention.  Retention is easier than reactivation, every time.

So we had an eventful General conference.  We got there on Saturday and to our surprise the projector had been stolen.  Somebody had set it up the night before in the sacrament room, instead of the high security room that all of the churches have here.  That's where they guard all of the technology.  And every door in the church has a lock.  But to our surprise somebody had left it out and somebody else opened one of the windows (they broke the lock) and stole the projector and broke the door of the other bishop's office.  In the bishops office they didn't find anything of value and tried to open the security room.  But let me say, the church knows how to make a high security room.  It's impossible to open without the crazy keys that they use for those doors.

So the consequence of that was that we didn't see the first session of the conference, we only got to hear the last part of the talk of Jefferey R Holland, thanks to the modern technology called the cell phone, and we saw most of the second session.  And then they worked out a temporary replacement and that worked everything else out for us, for Sunday.

But other than that the conference was super great.  I felt a lot of love and a great message of repentance and forgiveness.  I honestly recommitted myself to study the Book of Mormon with more prayer.  I hope not to hurt anybody's feelings, but it is a lot harder for me to find time to read the Book of Mormon in the mission than at home. At home I could do it at 11 or 12 at night, but here I can't do that.  So I have missed a few days, but I have recommitted to never miss another day and to study it more than just read it.  Honestly it is a very true book and with the spirit of pray anyone can get to know Jesus Christ a whole lot more.

I'm super excited to be here and I'm excited for what is to come in these weeks that are on their way.  I am glad for what I've learned and I hope to apply it and have a lot of success here in Lomas.

I love you.
Elder Brady Allred

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

It's great to hear from you all again.  It sounds like you all had great week.

I'd like to thank you all for your prayers.  It's honestly quite a testimony of the power of prayer because I honestly feel a ton better this week and we had an amazing week with a few very powerful miracles.

So last Sunday we had the baptismal interview for Rebecca, and everything turned out really well with her and her family.  But Daniel had a much harder time.

He was supposed to have his interview on Tuesday in the morning, but thanks to a certain secretary in the offices of the mission nobody had told anybody that President was going to come Tuesday for zone conference.  President Ramirez personally informed the zone leaders on Tuesday at 8:30 he was going to get here at 10:00.  I suppose it was the spirit that told him to warn us because the secretary called at about 9:50 to tell the zone leaders.  President Ramirez would have been there all alone.  So we moved the baptismal interview for in the evening of Tuesday.

We did splits and my companion stayed here with Elder Baldwin to do the interview.  They called us that evening to tell us that Daniel was not able to go the baptismal interview. He has family that lives in Mexico City and he was worried about them.  He also had some very strong family opposition to his baptism.  The didn't want to let him get baptized.  So we thought it was all over.

Wednesday we went to visit him with a brother (was the high priest group leader, but after yesterday he's now 1st counselor in the bishopric) called Moises.  He and Daniel are kinda friends.  So we got there and started to talk a bit.  We asked a few questions and then Moises started telling him that if he really wants to get baptized than he should do it.  He started to talk a bit about sacrifice and love and a whole bunch of stuff. Daniel started crying, we asked him if  he wanted to get baptized he said yes. We asked when and he said Saturday. So we planned an interview for Saturday morning. He passed and was also baptized on Saturday.  It was a great experience and he feels super great.  He and Rebecca were confirmed in church yesterday and then the bishop interviewed him and they ordained him as a priest. It was super crazy and we are super happy for him.

We also had a great activity on Friday. We did just about everything to get everything ready because none of the members got there remotely on time.  But it all turned out great.  Everybody loved it and it taught a great lesson.  Hopefully next time a few non-members can come.  We did call it a Missionary activity, but I guess the members didn't get the hint that this means that they should bring a friend or 2 or 10.  

Alberto is struggling a lot, but hopefully this week we can help him to change and to really understand and apply the doctrine.  He didn't make it to church yesterday, but at least he made it to the baptism.

We have a few other investigators that we are working with but nobody that really stands out a ton.  Hopefully one or two of them can progress next week.  Some of the names with the most potential are Soraida, Rosaura, Valentin, and maybe we keep trying to find Luciana again. but she´s impossible to find in her house.

Thank you all for your help and your prayers.  We were super busy again this week but I felt a ton better.  I had an extra energy and I hope that we can maintain that energy this week.

I love you all
Elder Brady Allred

Thursday, September 21, 2017

So this week was pretty crazy.  I went to Carrera yesterday in splits so that a missionary from there could come to our ward so that an investigator could come to church without being too scared.  It was really weird to go back to my old area.  A lot of memories came back.  It made me a lot more grateful for the great area that I have and all of the awesome members that help us so much with the work.

Alberto is doing pretty well.  He is working on stopping drinking and smoking still.  He didn't want to go to church yesterday because he didn't feel too good.  We visited him last night and today his goal is to make it the whole day without drinking anything, and he's only going to smoke 2 cigarettes.  It's a long and difficult process.

Rebeca and Daniel are still going to get baptized on Saturday.  Daniel wasn't here this weekend but tomorrow we are going to have his interview and then on Saturday the baptism with the other ward in the building.  I think it will all go over well.

Tambien estamos enseƱando a una hermana que se llama Luciana.  Esperamos que ella pueda progreasar

We have been living a super crazy life and it is starting to wear me down.  I need your prayers a lot right now.  I'm sorry that time already ran out.  I didn't really write all that much, but that is how my life has been right now.  We do a lot and it's hard to get everything done.

I love you a lot and love to hear from you, hopefully I can tell you more next week.

I love you all a ton.
Elder Brady Allred

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This week was pretty good.  And considering what other places are experiencing it was a really good week. 1. We did not feel the earthquake.  2.  It rained for about 10 minutes and then stopped.  It was one little cloud, it did rain hard but 10 minutes and it was more than over.  And in future events in which you hear about hurricanes don't worry about me while i'm in Victoria.  We have a few mountains around us and we'll only ever get water, and we live in the second story so you don't have to worry about that.  They tell us a few hours before at what time we have to guard ourselves in our houses (only for the "tropical storms" not whatever rain) so don't even worry about us.

It's also been hot here.  But we're getting used to it.

Our stake is now the Garden Park Stake?  Sounds like you had some great messages in the stake conference.  Don't forget what you learned, and keep applying it to your lives.

We have been working a lot with Rebecca and she is now  progressing better.  She and her family are changing a bit, and right now we are hoping that she can pray to know that The Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet.  Hopefully she can do that one of these days and if she does then we will have her interview Saturday and her baptism next week end.

Daniel came to church yesterday and if he can make it to church next Sunday then we will also baptize him the 23rd.  We are excited for a double baptism with the other ward in our ward building.

Alberto is struggling a bit because last week one of his friends died a very sad death.  He really struggled last week, but yesterday he came to church and hopefully God can show his hand in his life to help him come out of these struggles.  We are trying to be there as much as we can for him, and trying to help him remember Christ in all of these struggles.

We are looking for more people to teach.  I have started looking for the spirit more these days and i'm really seeing the changes in what I do and what I say and how I feel.

Thank you for all that you do.  I love you so much.  Thank you so much.  I can't wait to hear from you next week.

I love you 
Elder Brady Allred

Friday, September 8, 2017

Today it finally rained.  It has been cloudy for about 3 weeks straight, but it never wants to rain.  Today it finally let a little water go for about an hour.  It was great and everyone says that now it is going to start to cool down for Winter.  "Cool down" means about 75 degrees, but it's better than 100.

Alberto is doing great in stopping drinking.  He now is only drinking about 1 beer a day, sometimes less.  That's a lot better than the 15 that he drank before.  He started at 10 am before and now he just drinks one sometimes with dinner when it is really hot.  So we are getting there and we are really happy to see the changes that he is making.  I think the cigarette is going to be harder for him, but he's working on it.  We moved his baptism for October 14th, it's far away but that was the day that Alberto wanted because he beleives that he can be done overcoming his problems by that day.  Maria (his mom) is a great support and is helping him a ton.

We are also starting to teach Rebecca.  She is supposedly a member, but according to the church records she never got baptized.  Nobody has a picture, nor written in their journal, nor anything written about what day was the baptism or who was their.  So the good news for us is that we get to teach her again and baptize her.  She is 13 years old and so we are going to try to reactivate her whole family so that this time she can be sure to stay member.  We are planning to teach her everything because honestly she doesn't remember a thing, but we do have a date for the 23rd of September.

Today was super great because we got to play volleyball as a zone.  It's the first time that I've gotten to play since president Ramirez gave us permission.  It was super fun and I really hope that we get to do it again.

This week we are going to have some family nights with some different members, and we hope that they can turn out well so that we can get to know the family members and friends of some of the members of our ward.  Hopefully we can find some new people to teach that way.

We are working really well with the ward and we are also realizing that a lot of times the activities are very under-planned and that really the church meetings need a lot more direction.  But hopefully we can figure out how to do that.

It's great to hear that you are all getting back to school again.  Work hard and don't procrastinate.

I love you all,
Elder Allred

Friday, September 1, 2017

This week was really great.  It's rough getting to the year mark, but now that I'm almost here it's getting easier to get back into the rhythm again.  I bought myself a new pair of shoes and a tie and socks for my "birthday".
We are loving this area and Barrio Flores (Flowers Ward).  The members here are super great and they are really willing to help us with the missionary work and to organize and plan great ward activities.  We decided to plan one for in September and we are hoping to have a lot of members and investigators come.  We are going to preset Lehi's vision, but we are going to do it in a very original way.  We presented the plan yesterday to a committee that we organized and we improved the plan a ton.  Really church committees can get a ton done when they are well organized and have a good direction.

I am really starting to get a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon.  The more problems and stress that I have the more the Book of Mormon helps me to find direction and peace.  As there are more responsibilities in the mission experience more and more I want to read the Book of Mormon and feel the spirit that we can always feel when we read it.

The other day we were talking to a brother named Jaime and he was telling us about all of the problems that he is facing and that everybody wants to give him good advice but that nobody really knows what he is feeling.  I told him that Christ knows how he feels and the way that he can receive Christ's help is by reading his counsels that he gave to the Nephites just after suffering everything that would help him understand us.  In other words Christ suffered and died for us and then after being resurrected he taught to the Nephites the ways to receive his help and his secret for how he passed through our problems.  It was really cool and Jaime committed to start reading the Book of Mormon again.

This week we also worked quite  a bit with Alberto and his mom, Maria.  They are very willing to change their lives and are starting that process.  They have a very rough and personal backstory, but they were very willing to tell us because they really see us as Angels, and believe that we can help them.  It is incredible to believe that two 19 year old young adults who have never had a problem with drinking, smoking, or real life family problems, can help people with all sorts of problems and 3 or 4 times our life experience.  It really strengthens my testimony of the importance of the gospel because it is the Gospel that changes their lives, not us.  We are just the messengers.

Now that school started here too, Steve has disappeared.  We are trying to look for him but it is really hard to find him, except after 10pm, and even at that we may not find him.  And Daniel is also having a hard time in his family and business problems and it is really hard to help him too, because he is moving away from our help in his attempt to fix his problems.  We keep telling him to read the Book of Mormon and he is, but he is really struggling.  but we are there still to help him.

We hope to keep working with Maria and Alberto and hopefully this week we can find a few more people to teach.  We are looking at teaching a sister that got baptized a few years ago but there is not paper or registers or pictures of anything.  And it is not in the computer.  So we are going to have to teach her again.  her name is Rebecca and we are going to try to reactivate her family again and baptize her again.  She is 13 years old and she and her little brother are really fun to work with.  Hopefully she can start to remember what she already knows.

It`s a really great experience to be on a mission.  It is really hard but very worth every effort.  Really I know that this is the true church and that through the ordinances available with the restored priesthood we can find more peace and happiness in our lives.  Really God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son for us.  I know that the Book of Mormon is a true testament of him and that a man can come nearer to God by obeying his precepts than by any other way or book.  I know that all of this is true because I've lived it.  Don't ever forget that God loves you and that he wants to help you get rid of every mistake.  It's not easy, but He will help you.
Thank you for all of your love and support.
Elder Allred

Sunday, August 27, 2017

This week was only slightly more eventful than last week.  But I do have to admit that I did think about Wolf Creek quite a bit on Saturday.  We were doing a service project for a less active Brother and I think that my mind took advantage of the physical activity to take a break thinking about the nice, green, and cool mountains.  The idea of the coolness was a very relaxing thought.  and I just told myself, "Next year you will be going through the same experience. But! in one year and two weeks you will be there.  So JUST WAIT!" and so I will wait another year and two weeks and not worry about it.  But, it was great to see several pictures of people and scenery.

I would like to comment that Kira is a lot taller, Zander´s hair is a very different color, and I had never noticed so much the eye colors of all of you.  And that was sad to hear about Brian and I will be praying for him as well.  It was good to see a few pictures of loved ones and I feel ready to give it all again.

This week we worked a bit more with Steve.  We invited him to get baptized and he accepted a baptismal date for September 2nd.  And then he told his friend Alan to tell us no.  He said it made him feel uncomfortable to tell us no.  But at the end of everything he is not going to get baptized for at least 2 or 3 weeks until he feels like he knows more (that´s what they always tell us).

Daniel came to church again.  We are trying to help him understand that Green Tea is not good for you because God said so.  But that's not working to well.  We are in the difficult process of getting him to start reading the Book of Mormon again to be able to strengthen his testimony of Joseph Smith and that he was a prophet when he received the Word of Wisdom from God.  But so far he hasn't read much of anything.  We were able to get him to church again after a very serious talk about faith (thank you Alma 32, it got my point through that if he didn't read or go to church he was basically uprooting his tree of faith)  I also had the great experience of being able to promise specific and much needed blessings for him and his family if he went to church.  I have never felt such certainty about the blessings of Sabbath day observance as I did in that moment when I knew that he needed those blessings and I knew that I could promise them.

We also had a very pleasant surprise yesterday.  We finished the sacrament and as I went back to my seat I saw the Elders from the other ward motion that I needed to go out.  I told my companion to come, follow me, and he followed.  We got out there and to our surprise we saw a man that we had contacted the other day waiting for us with his mom.  He apologized for getting there late but they came in and enjoyed the last 2 and a half hours of the church block.  We were remarkably surprised seeing that he was half drunk the other day when we talked to him.  But we are going to work on that and I personally think that he will progress and we will help him to stop drinking and smoking.  Some one once said "I love it when the chapel smells of cigarette smoke"  I guess we fulfilled that dream yesterday.

My companion really thought that he was going to get transferred so lucky you.  He took a ton of photos last week so I will send you a few.

We are going to play No Coma a Pedro today in a family night.  for those of you who don´t speak Spanish that's Don"t Eat Pete.  It's my first attempt so hopefully it goes over well.

Wow I feel really good now.  It was great to hear about your week and I feel super excited for this week.  Make sure to send some good pictures of wolf creek every week ;) and the family too if you want.

I love you all so much.  It's great to see that you are all growing up and enjoying so much.  I hope you all work super hard in school this year and have a great time.  Please be great examples of the believers and do everything for the right reasons.  The church is true and God and Jesus Christ live.  Read the book of Mormon and you will know that it is true.  I love you.

Elder Brady Allred

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I'm excited for the Bow Hunt.  I want to see lots of pictures and lots of people.  Tell them all that I say hi.  I'm also excited because it means that the next bow hunt I will at least be there for the last part.

So I did live through a hurricane.  Technically.  So we are way inland and the hurricane took another route but it did rain quite a bit on Thursday.  There was a mission wide alert and we were all under house arrest on Thursday and we were going to be there on Friday as well.  But the hurricane took another route and didn't hit us so hard.

This week Daniel and us fought about Green tea.  He says that it is good for us and we said that it isn't.  It didn't matter how much I testified we couldn't get him to feel.  So we told him to pray about it and ask what God thinks.  Hopefully he can come to a conclusion with God.

We also talked to Steve this week and he is going to accept to get baptized.  Hopefully the 26th he will get baptized.  He has gone to church several times now and is ready for the water.  

A young adult contacted us today and wants us to teach her.  Hope to tell you good things next week.

Nothing else has happened.  I love you and have a great week.  Sorry I ran out of time.
Love Elder Allred

P.S. The pictures are of a Taco night that we had in home, the rain storm from inside our house.  We couldn't go outside to take pictures because President would have been angry, and I also want to mention that we got really wet Friday morning from 1 cloud that floated over and drenched the city for about 20 minutes.

Other than that we honestly just talked to a whole bunch of people and got rejected a ton.