Thursday, May 29, 2014
Lots of traveling for Brandon to get to Portugal!! So Brandon was able to call home from the airport on the first of several stops on his way to Portugal. Chasity and I were able to talk to hi map for about and hour and a half!! It was great!! He was so excited to get to Portugal. He first flew to Texas where he was able to call home again and this time all of the kids were home so he got to talk to them as well. Then he flew on to London!! He had a 6 hour layover, but it sounded like he spent several hours figuring things out and everything. He did call from London and talked quickly, because his calling cards weren't working once he got out of the country. He sounded tired but still in good spirits. Then I got a quick email from him with the picture of all of the missionaries and his mission president & his wife. His adventure begins!! :)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Last email from the United States! "Don't ever let yourself get in the way of the Lord. Let him build you into the person that he wants you to be."
Holy cow this will be my last e mail from the United States of America! What in the world, where did the time go! Seriously I have no idea! I feel like this time flew by! I have learned so much though and I am so happy for this wonderful MTC experience! I have grown so strong spiritually! I have gained a solid and steadfast personal testimony that I am not sure if I had fully before of this true and pure Gospel we have been so blessed to be a part of! Something that I have learned this week comes from Helaman 5:12. My teacher taught me this principle and I tied it in with this scripture. But Helaman says here that it is in Christ that we must build our foundation. That is our part to build the foundation. To gain sweet and simple testimony of eternal truths and become converted to him. When we have a solid foundation instead of us trying to build our own house, it is much better to step out of the way, swallow your pride and let the Master build your house. Don't ever let yourself get in the way of the Lord. Let him build you into the person that he wants you to be. Be selfless be servants and as you loose yourself in charity for others, the Lord will mold you into the person he wants you to become. I love that. It applies so well to missionaries but it also applies to anyone on this Earth. Just let him in and he will work miracles. Also this week I have learned a lot about how important members are in our work. Every member needs to be a missionary, honestly the change that accelerates the success of missionary work doesn't come from the full time missionaries, it comes from the members. As members have become more involved the work is growing. Always remember this and don't ever let fear or pride hold you from sharing the gospel. I challenge all of you to pray for those opportunities and they will come. Also pray for the courage to share the Gospel when the time comes. Members are so important. So important!!! I love you all and I thank you all so much for the support and love that you have all given me will prayers and other things!:) You are all so great and I pray the Lord will pour out his blessings on you as you pursue righteous lives:) It has been hard saying bye to all of my wonderful teachers and leaders here what a blessing it has been to be here at the MTC it is truly a great place to be! Thank you again and I can't wait to tell you about my first week in Portugal!:) Eu amo voces!!!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
"You cannot "invite" investigators to a party that you aren't at!" Quote from Elder Holland about becoming converted to Christ
Elder Brandon Eldredge
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Week #2.5 at the MTC (no pictures this week...sadly) Favorite quote of this email "It is so awesome to literally wear the name of the Savior on my chest every single day!:) "
It is so crazy that I am halfway done with my MTC stay which is awesome but at the same time I feel like I still am a baby at Portuguese which scares me cause I only have three more weeks till I get there but it will be alright I think:) The Lord provides a way! So yeah with my wart I went to the Doc and he gave me this medicine that I have to put on every day to dry it out and he said it usually works really well and since it doesn't bother me all that much when I am walking I figured it would be fine:) But it was so weird to hear your voice on the other end of that phone call! It was crazy!! It made me want to talk to you all so bad! Which brings me to say..... I GET TO CALL ON MOTHERS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So this Sunday at 2:15 I will be calling so stay close to the phone! I will probably call the home phone! So make sure that Chas is over there and stuff for it too:) That will be totally awesome to hear everybody's voices again! Gosh I am so looking forward to the Sunday! But yeah so I went to the doctor and got meds, it was so cool to talk to real people about their own life!! It made me so excited to be in Portugal and serve those people with everything I have! I mean we teach a lot in the MTC but our teachers are just acting as investigators and it just is not the same haha! But yeah it was really refreshing!:) I am so excited to go and serve! I have learned so much from being here! I love being so close to God and feeling the angels that have been sent to protect and help us each and every day! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!! Normally I wouldn't just talk with everyone while waiting for a Rx at a pharmacy but everytime I see someone I just get this urge to talk with them! It is so awesome to literally wear the name of the Savior on my chest every single day!:) I have heard from so many RM's that the worst day is getting released from your mission and you realize the wonderful protections and blessings that you had while you were serving! This work is so great! So yeah the only other thing I can think of that I would want from you right now is ust some pictures:) so yeah, Other cool thing is that I sat two rows from the from the front while Elder Christoperson spoke to us. Also there is another GA that is speaking wiht us tonight! What a great oppotunity to hear from so many apostles of Jesus Christ in so little time!:) Not much has changed, it is all pretty much the same old same old now. The days go by slow but the weeks fly by! So this Elder in my zone was suppposed to go to Brazil and his visa ha not come through yet so he got reassigned but instead of serving somewhere like out in the states, his reassignment is here at the MTC. I felt so bad for him so I am praying that he gets his visa!! Oh lately as a zone leader I have felt kind of like more of a baby sitter haha because there are these three new elders and two of them just but heads all the time and so Me and Elder Casey have been spending a lot of time talking with them and what not so that has been fun to deal with!:)