Victoria is really pretty. It´s really nice to see some mountains and they honestly really do look a lot like the Utah mountains. It´s weird sometimes when I´m walking down the street and see scenery that looks so much like home.
I´m loving working here in the work. I've been so much less stressed here with Elder Flores, because we are always joking around. He´s from Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico. He's got about a year and a half in the mission field. He's got a great testimony and is an alright teacher. We work really hard and we're both exhausted but the time is really starting to go a lot faster and I´m loving the work a lot more. If you enjoy what you are doing then you will never work a day of your life. We have a lot of extra responsibilities that we're getting used to. Elder Flores is a Zone Leader and I'm helping him a lot with everything he has to do.
We got an assignment from President Ramirez (which means from God) to look for a family. It's an assignment for every companionship of the mission to find a family (3 or more people) and to help them get to a baptism on the. We worked so hard this week looking for a family. We actually found several families and some of them have a lot of potential. One of the most promising families is the Family Castillo. They are already married. They have at least 5 children with about the following ages, 20, 17, 12, 10, and a new born. That's at least 4 kids that are old enough to be baptized and there might be one or two more. Everyone in the family has a lot of questions, and they are very open to what we teach. They told us that the other night they sat down to read one of the pamphlets as a family and that they noticed that there really was a lot of peace in their house when they were reading and that they want that peace always. Pretty much they are ready to progress. They went on a vacation this weekend but were planing on reading the three pamphlets The Restoration, the Plan of Salvation and the doctrine of Christ. We have a lot of confidence that they are going to read them, and we have an appointment to answer all of their questions.
We have a few other families that also have a lot of potential and we hope to put a lot of baptismal dates and to have a lot of investigators in church S(it would be pretty cool to double the church attendance of 50 that we had yesterday, I´ll let you know).
This area is great, it's a whole lot more fun in the cold than in the heat. I've been staying warm, but if there's no snow then it's not actually cold. Everyone else is dying but I'm really loving the weather.
This week we also had world mission training. It was so cool to learn directly from three members of the quorum of the twelve and from all of the church mission council. We learned a lot of things from the experience that have already helped us a lot in the missionary work. It´s great to see improvements day to day and that God can really work on us and mold us little by little if we let him.
Really if we put our focus on the things of God then we will always see blessings in our lives. Like President Nelson said in conference, It isn't so much our situation that decides our happiness, it´s our focus. If we are focused 100% on Christ then we can never be sad because he has already overcome all of our problems if we just let Him help us.
Keep doing the things that you know are right and God will always bless you. If the temple and our covenants are the center of our lives then we will see a very big difference in all aspects of our lives.
Thank you for all of the support and love from home.
I love you.
Elder Brady Allred