This was the week we (Bronson’s family) have been waiting for… The phone call! Bronson called right on schedule and we got to speak with him for 30 minutes on Christmas Day. He sounded so happy, healthy, and excited! Next Monday, January 5th, he will be heading out to his assigned mission, in Saltillo, Mexico. When he arrives he will meet with his mission president, and spend a day or so at the mission home receiving training and probably some really good food, thanks to the mission president’s wife, then an assignment with his first companion in his first area.

Bronson is doing very well, even if he (and the rest of his group) are still struggling with the Spanish language. In a recent letter to his Aunt, he said he was not worried at all about the language. As long as he worked as hard as he could, the language would come.

Here is an excerpt from Bronson’s most recent email.

This month went by so fast! Christmas came up really fast too, because honestly, I wasn’t expecting Christmas this year. I was just going about my days, and then suddenly Christmas is just around the corner! So weird.

On Tuesday, a couple of days before Christmas, there was a devotional broadcast from Provo, Utah. It was Christmas-themed, and Bishop Gary E. Stevenson (the Presiding Bishop of the Church) was going to speak. Before he spoke, they showed a video clip that the Church put out this year called “Share the Gift” (#sharethegift). My guess is that it is going viral just like a similar video did last year. I loved it. After they showed the clip, he spoke mainly about our role as missionaries. We have received the gift of Jesus Christ. Without Christ, there would be no Christmas. Without Christ there would be no Joy. We, as Missionaries, are the divine gift-givers. We have the opportunity to give the gift of Jesus Christ in people’s lives. This is for everyone: True happiness comes by making others happy. You can both give AND receive the gift of the spirit. Then he continued on and talked about the armor of God, and pulled out a FULL-SIZED two-handed sword. Everyone erupted in laughter!

Merry Christmas from Mexico City!! Feliz Navidad!

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My CCM District just before Elder Wasden left us
My CCM District just before Elder Wasden left us
Elder Loren jumped in and helped the groundskeepers rake leaves
Elder Loren jumped in and helped the groundskeepers rake leaves