Thursday, August 27, 2009

Elder Bearnson with his district companions in Lima, Peru.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Letter #6

Aug, 26, 2009
Hola Familia!!

This place is the absolute best I love everything so much! Today we went to the Temple and rode the bus there. It was pretty crazy, they dont really have a concept of lanes all the time, and the buses just stop in the middle of the road to pick people up and do the same to drop them off. My companions name is Elder Pilicita pronounced pilly cita. He is the best! I love him to death. I couldn't have asked for a better companion. He is from Ecuador I think that his home town is Quito. He is awesome! He helps me with my Spanish and I try to help him when we teach haha. Wow is teaching hard. My companion is pretty good at slowing down so that I can understand some of what he says but for the most part I'm in the dark. Some times I can teach something but for the most part I testify. I love it. I think that on this Saturday we get to go out and visit inactive members of the church. Im super excited for that. My spanish is coming along pretty well. This week has helped me so much Im learning so much everyday. This MTC is so beautiful I will get a picture and send it to you when I can. I learned some more stuff about my mission. I think that most of it is in farm land and areas like that. Sounds really great! I can't believe that I have been here for a week already. I can't even tell you how great this place is. i think that the president said we only have 66 missionaries total. And more than half of those are not even serving in Peru. All of the Latinos are leaving the country. My companion is serving in the Bolivia le Paz Mission. He is really excited. Its going by so fast. I have had rice for 14 out of the 21 meals while I have been here with some kind of meat stuff and maybe something else. And always juevos for breakfast but sometimes we get pancakes ha. I have not had any problems being sick or anything so thats good. My mission president is President Groberg, you know like the other side of heaven guy, except its his brother. He is great! Awesome President. So going to the temple in Spanish... really hard. We got to have some headphones to translate but some things no. Really hard haha. I loved it though really great experience. OK so the reason that my email is titled sheered sheep... I just had my second haircut in eight days. I had one right before I came and it looked pretty good. I just had another one done... Um yea pretty much no scissor action. All clippers for the most part and now I pretty much have zero hair! at least my hairgel will last longer now haha.I love this Gospel and am learning more and more about it everyday in some small way. I can't believe I only have 5 more weeks in the MTC. Almost half done. I'm really excited to be able to teach people about Christ and how much He loves all of us!I hope that somehow everyone can figure out a way to send me a letter. Only a few people have received one. Good luck to everyone! I love you all!! Dad Thanks for writing me! It was awesome to hear from the kids too! I love hearing how everything is going! Hope everything is ok. I can't send any letters home because no one told me that I would need stamps. We were all under the impression that we wouldn't need stamps for the pouch... but i guess they changed it right before we got here. I hope that you can send some in a letter or something. How is stevie doing? I hope that grandpa is doing well, sounds like he is in good spirits. I love you all so much!! Thanks for writing! I can't tell you how good it feels to read a letter from the people you love when you haven't seen them in what seems like forever. Know that I'm doing great and That Im working hard! Love you so Much!! I love you Mom Dad Lauren and the Z Meister! Love Elder Bearnson

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Letter #5

Aug. 21, 2009
Hey Family!!

I made it!! This Place is so crazy! There are so many people here its nuts. My companion is awesome his name is Elder Pilicita. Still trying to figure out how to say that one... He is really cool we can't communicate very well but we will figure it out haha. I love this MTC!! Everything is so nice. It's way better than the one in Provo. We pulled about a 24 hour day yesterday with a couple of hours sleep on the flights. I'm pretty tired, but after this I get to go take a nap!! Here we go proselyte to people that are less active every week on Saturday nights. We are skipping this Saturday I guess but next week we will go out. I'm excited!

Ok so the stuff you need to know. DO NOT send me packages. I have to go all the way down to customs and open it there if you do, and that takes like all day. Letters can be sent to

Elder Braydon Bearnson Lima South Mission
CCM Lima, Peru
Apartado Postal 12-167
Lima 12, Peru

Use that address for the first three weeks that I am here. Then for the next three weeks use.

Elder Braydon Bearnson Lima South mission
Av. Melgarejo 159
Urb. Campo Verde
la Molina, Lima, Peru

I guess that if you do it that way that my mail will get to me easier for the last little while. I'm doing awesome! and I'm ready to start learning some more. My companion is going to be great he is a really good guy. I'm excited to learn from him. Oh and I think that you can write to my pouch address too. If you could send me some stamps that would be nice because I can't buy them down here so I can't send any mail without them except for email.

So I'll tell you a little about what happened yesterday. It was about a 3 1/2 flight to Atlanta and then a 6 1/2 flight to Lima. It was really cool. Took a long time but wow is this place cool. Um I think that if you are thinking about the Inca trail you should look into doing it because I guess you have to book it like a year and a half in advance. But I dunno that is just what I was told. We talked to a whole bunch of people yesterday about being missionaries and stuff. We talked to a catholic guy and pretty much covered a lot of the first discussion and the restoration in our conversation. I gave him a pass along card with Moroni 10: 3-5 on it because he already has a B of M I guess so hopefully he will read it. I hope that Everything is going ok at home! Its really weird being so far away. It was very very scary driving through the city. Every single window and door was barred up. and there is graffiti all over the place. there are just random buildings that have burned down and i saw a few burned out and over turned cars. But all the people are super nice!! Its so cool! I cant even tell you how excited I am to find out where I'm going. The Temple is super beautiful! Ok remember no Packages. Thanks for everything family! I love you so so much!! Write me a letter or something this week!

Love Elder Brady

Friday, August 14, 2009

Letter #4

Aug 14,2009

Hi mom...

Ok so I wrote a big email and then this dumb computer deleted it... Sweet. This week was crazy. I didn't sleep well at all. One morning I woke up to find myself teaching my wall Espanol... Kinda crazy but it was funny. I'm pretty sure I dreamed in Espanol this whole week. I couldn't sleep so my roommates gave me a blessing. I slept awesome since then! I'm learning a ton. My Spanish is coming along great. Cant wait to get down there. Thanks to everyone that has been sending me mail. The MTC has accomplished one thing no one else has ever done. I have gained seven pounds in two weeks!! Maybe its the two plates of food every meal! Sorry that I cant write back to you all! Thanks for sending them though. Its awesome to read them. I love you all!

Elder Bearnson

Friday, August 7, 2009

My Dad was diagnosed this week with a grapefruit sized tumor on his lung and several small tumors on his brain. There will be more tests and surgery soon, but this was something I could not keep from Brady. Love to all, Kristen

Letter #3

Hi Family!
I got your letter about grandpa and all I could do was cry. The only thing that I could think to do at that point was pray. I think that it was probably the most incoherant prayer that I have ever said I couldn't even think straight. But While I was praying the one thought that came into my mind was "Brady get to work everything will be alright" At that point I just got up and went to teach a companionship the first discussion. I have never felt the spirit so strong since coming here. The lesson went great and I know that the spirit helped me get through it. I got to go to the temple today too and I felt the same way. I know that everything will turn out ok. The spirit has comforted me and I know it.

My companion Elder Taylor and I have started to get along alot better. We had a rough start because he is sooooo much different than me. we are pretty much exact opposites. It has taken us a while to get used to it but we are doing alot better. We are figuring out how to feed off of each other and learn to teach together. Lets just put it this way, If I can get along with him Im pretty sure that I'll be able to get along with every companion from now on. Im learning alot of patience from him. Im praying for it every day and I can feel how much the Lord has helped me to get through it.

I have made some awesome friends while up here! One of the kids in my district is from Ogden and he played football at Weber State last year. He is one of the nicest most humble people I have ever met. Frank should look into signing him up to play. He plays outside linebacker and has been looking at going up to USU when he gets back. His name is Elder Dustin Martin. Awesome cool guy.

Ok so we got our travel arrangments this week. we will leave the MTC at about five in the morning to head to the airport. out flight leaves at 830. I think that I get to call you while im at the airport for a little while. so be home! We fly from here to atlanta then onto Peru! We will be getting into Peru at about 1030 at night... Its going to be a long day!

Im learning so much here! I cant even tell you how much information is thrown at us every day. Im getting pretty good at espanol. I can pray testify and hold a pretty good conversation. Its so awesome! I know that the Lord is helping me to learn it. Iknow that he has prepared people in Peru just for me .Im so excited to get there and start teaching.
Im so thankful for everything that I have been given and the spirit that the Lord has given me. I know that without Him i would not have been able to learn half of the things that I have.

I know that this Gospel is the True gospel that Christ himself brought to the earth. I know that he is my Savior and that without Him I would be nothing. I love You family.

Thanks for all the Letters from everyone! Thanks for the Cookies Aunt Kim and Mother Henrie! Some of my friends though have neglected me and have not sent me even a Hello!! You better send me letters!

Love Elder Bearnson

PS I think that I have everything that I need. Im Having such a good time learning and im doing great! Im not just saying that to make you feel good either. Tell steve I got his letter and he has one coming. and Im sending you one that I need you to send to Grandpa because I dont have his address. Thanks love you!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Letter #2

Aug 1, 2009
Hola Mi Familia!

I love you so much! I'm having an awesome time here! I have had my eyes opened to so many things. My understanding of myself has grown so much in just four days. I struggled for a few days but I'm doing so much better. My companion and I have pretty much nothing in common. But we are working pretty well together and getting things done. We have had some hard times but we are figuring it out. I'm learning more patience and more patience from him, but it is working out.
I can't believe it has only been four days, it feels like a few weeks! I'm learning so much! Learning here is like trying to drink from a fire hose. Everything comes so fast but I'm making a lot of progress. I know that the Lord is helping me to learn and grow so that I can be a good instrument in helping souls come to Christ. I'm so thankful for this opportunity to serve. Thank you so much for your help in getting me to this point in my life.
Remember how much Christ loves you and everyone around you. I'm feeling His love more and more everyday. He is helping me to be what He wants so I can do what He wants. Thanks for the letters. I love you so much!

Elder Bearnson

PS Thanks to the Henrie's, Aunt Kimmy and the Johnson's for the cookies. They are awesome!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Letter #1

Dear Family,

I just finished my first day at the MTC. It already feels like it has been a week here! Everyone has said though, that the first three days are kind of crazy. I'm doing great and am just working on getting acclimated to everything. My room has me and three other elders in it. All of us are serving in the Lima south mission except my companion. He is going to be in the Lima east mission. His name is Elder Taylor and he is kind of goofy, and has some social awkwardness. So far we have gotten along pretty well. He seems like he wants to work hard which is all that really matters. the other companionship in my room is pretty cool. Elder Smith is from Washington and he is probably the most like me. His companion is Elder Tombs from Texas.

It is so hard to learn everything here. It is all coming at us so fast but I'm feeling pretty good so far. I'm trying to do the best that I can. Like someone said in one of my classes today, "feed the faith and starve the doubt." I'm trying to focus on the work and not myself.

Please know that I have a testimony of my Savior. I know that I have been called directly by God. I'm going to do my best. I love you all, Elder Bearnson

Map of Peru

Lima Peru South Mission

Lima Peru South Mission