This is a screen shot of Braxton's current ward. The blue outline is the Ward Boundary. I divided it up with lines and numbers and asked him to tell us which parts he is covering. His church building sits in the middle of 2, 3, 5 and 6.
Hi! How are you?
That is a lot of area to cover. That puts the church in the middle of the two areas, which is nice. Which section do you live in?
What kind of work do these people do? There are warehouse looking buildings up in section 3. Do they work there in manufacturing?
It depends I don`t really know that much. We don`t live in the ward.... Or even in the mission. We live in the street Las Rejas a little north of the street Ecuador in apartment buildings that are close by. We have to travel every day to the sector and back, but oh well.
That is interesting. Is your apartment nice? How are you feeling?
I think that I have an infection of some kind most likely respiratorial because it isn`t going that great, but it could just be my asthma acting up lately....
We do have Haitians in our sector that are members and investigators so I am practicing my French and Creole again.... I understand a lot when they talk. The Haitians are really receptive and one that is a recent convert comes with us most of the days to visit people which is really great.
The apartment is small and I have been much better, but I am working hard and just doing my best. Always hungry and I don`t know if I have a problem because I eat everything and stay skinny. I feel tired a lot, but work hard. I can run normal, but I get tired quickly. We played soccer today and it was hard on me today.... We will need to look into it afterwards to see what is going on. I used all of my medications and everything like I should and it was still complicated to play.
Who would have thought that you would be speaking French and Creole and teaching Haitians in Chile. I guess they had to go somewhere after the big earthquake and flooding. I am glad you’re are having some success with them.
It has to do with financial situations as well. They speak Spanish and English on occasions. The majority have some Spanish. I know a little French, but it is not enough. I can understand it when spoken and know what they are trying to say, but teaching is something else. That is why we bring a recent convert that is Haitian. Like you know I have a convert that is Haitian in Lo Espejo. I am doing great, but there is a lot to do and always be focused on.
You can spend extra money from your account if you need to and buy more food. I don’t like that you are hungry all the time. I will keep praying for you to have the strength you need to finish strong. We will get you into whatever doctors it takes when you get home to make sure you are healthy and recover your strength. Take care of yourself the best you can and if you need to, please talk to the mission medical person. A priesthood blessing may help. Are you okay emotionally?
I am glad you are being exposed to some different languages and cultures. It is good for you. I am happy you have a recent convert willing to go teaching with you.
It sounds like you are still stressing a lot! Just do the best you can. Don’t beat yourself up for things you can’t control and things you can’t accomplish. I realize goals are such a huge part of the mission life, but be realistic. It is not your fault when someone cancels an appointment or doesn’t follow through with their commitments. You can lead them to the gospel, but you can’t force them to partake of it. Be happy with your best efforts and smile and have a little fun now and then. How are things with your new companion?
I am fine. I just pulled out around $60 today. I am eating a lot. I am not bad off. I feel fine. I am fine emotionally. I am just doing my best. I talked to Hermana Barreiros and she said that if I keep losing weight that they were going to have me go through an exam. I am doing my very best and I don`t think that it will go bad.
I am glad Hermana Barreiros is aware of the problem. I worry about you, but you are great at dealing with problems on your own, so I will let you make the decision of whether you need an exam or not. When you get home, you know you will have to deal with me being Mom again and making sure you get into the doctors and get healthy again. Dad, Clain and I all went to the dentist this month and after two years, we were all cavity free. Hopefully you will be, too, when you get home.
Do you and your companion live with any other missionaries or just the two of you?
Are you still there? You haven’t told us anything more about your companion. How did your lessons go this week? Please say goodbye before you go. Your letters have been so short lately.
Things are going really great. I am not stressing over things. I am just working hard to accomplish all of my goals. I have taken on a lighter aspect in the work to be serious when working and relaxed in the street talking and working as we should. I am not stressed. I work hard to have success everyday, but we can´t always have the best day of our mission. I know that there are tons of blessings and miracles that the Lord has placed in all parts. I am grateful for all of the blessings that I have seen in my life and the gratefulness of the people that have accepted the message. I am working hard and here I am going to be able to do a lot more to help people to get to the temple and see the blessings that are waiting for them.
Sorry I was writing to My President. I am still here. My companion is in his 3rd change. I told you last week that he is from the areas near Concepción. He is 23 and is a convert of a little over 2 years now. He is really great. We had a great week. We had 25 lessons and 10 new investigators. We were so close to having the 12 that is our normal amount weekly goal... We are doing great working hard. You can go back to the pictures of the 2015 Christmas calendar to see pictures of him. I haven`t taken pictures yet with him, but I need to. I will look into a few more things, but things have been great. I am enjoying the work with him. He is shorter than most of my companions and a little chubbier. He has lost a good amount of weight, but he still walks slow, but it goes well here.
That is great. Getting people to the temple is even more important in my eyes than getting them baptized. I hope you are able to do that and to go with them to the temple. Being there makes it so special and memorable in your heart. Have you heard anything from Camilla and Guillermo? I hope so much you are able to go with them to the temple. I hope they will keep their commitment to get there. I wish so much that Carlos and Soley could make it to the temple while you are still there, but I doubt that will happen. What about that family from Lo Espejo that Elder Chuquel baptized? Have they gone to the temple?
I am glad you are not stressing, but it feels like you are by the things you have written lately. Maybe I am just worrying about you when I don’t need to. I will pray and try to relax and hope you will do the same.
I am happy you are getting along well. Maybe you need to walk a little slower for a while and notice the trees, bushes, flowers, bugs and birds. I hope there are not lots of dogs in your area. I have seen some photos lately of missionaries in your mission being chased by lots of dogs. Scary!!! I will try to look him up on the calendar. Please take some photos of the two of you. I want to see your smiling face and how skinny you are becoming. I hope you will put some weight back on now that you are walking slowly instead of riding so fast.
Make sure you buy a few souvenirs that you want to keep the rest of your life during these last few weeks you have. Get a wall hanging for me and one for you to keep that will help you always remember the wonderful people and culture of Chile.
I am happy you had so many lessons and new investigators. That is great work. I hope that will give you a great teaching pool to work with.
Is there anything fun or exciting to see in your new area?
The family from Lo Espejo moved back to the United States. Can you verify with Camila and Guillermo by Facebook to see what day they are going to go to the temple?
Can you send this? "Solo quería preguntarles cuando se van a ir al Templo y que me pueden averiguar cuando para que consigo los permisos para estar allí si me pueden hacer este favor sería genial. ¡Gracias Elder Goode! ¡Les extraño nos vemos entre poco!"
Yes. I will send it to Camila today. Do you know where in the United States they moved to?
I don`t know. I have a few things so far that I have received from members as souvenirs. I have a good amount of things to help me remember. Don`t worry about that. I am out of time though. I love you and thank you for everything! I am doing my best to still give you as much information as I possibly can.
Have a great week! I love you so very much!
Camila’s reply. "Elder! Este miércoles tenemos la entrevista con la estaca y tenemos que pedir la hora, apenas la tengamos le escribo a su mama para que le avise. Muchas gracias por su preocupación. También lo extrañamos, falta poquito!Cariños"
Braxton asked me to send this to Camila today. She replied and sent a message back to him. I did a Google Translate. Can you do a better one? What is falta poquito! Cariños"
"Solo quería preguntarles cuando se van a ir al Templo y que me pueden averiguar cuando para que consigo los permisos para estar allí si me pueden hacer este favor sería genial. ¡Gracias Elder Goode! ¡Les extraño nos vemos entre poco!"
"Elder! Este miércoles tenemos la entrevista con la estaca y tenemos que pedir la hora, apenas la tengamos le escribo a su mama para que le avise. Muchas gracias por su preocupación. También lo extrañamos, falta poquito! Cariños"
"I just wanted to ask when they will go to the Temple and they can find me time so that I get permission to be there if I can do this favor would be great. Thank you Elder Goode ! Strange We see ourselves between little! "
"Elder ! This Wednesday we have an interview with the stake and we have to ask the time , just have it I am writing to his mother to alert you . Thank you for your concern. We also miss him , little foul Cariños "
Curtis said, “I rewrote the google translate so it is translated correctly.”
"I just wanted to ask when they will go to the Temple and they can find me time so that I get permission to be there if I can do this favor would be great. Thank you Elder Goode! Strange We see ourselves between little! "
"Elder! This Wednesday we have an interview with the stake and we have to pick a date and time, as soon as we have it I will write to your mom and have her tell you. Thank you for your concern. We also miss him, just a little time left. Take care.