It’s hard to believe, but Bronson hit is 8-month mark this week. Time is really flying by! He continues to see success in finding, teaching, and baptizing people, but the work has slowed down somewhat. His spirits remain high and he looks great!  Here are some excerpts and photos from his last few emails:

This week was our ward conference. It was probably the best one that I have seen. Every day there was an activity. On Tuesday and Wednesday there were sport activities. On Thursday we had a cultural show with skits and songs from each of the organizations. Friday was the dinner dance. They had a live band that one of the members sings in. They were really good! That actually made me REALLY miss playing on the steel drums with brother Bastian and Drum Labs. Saturday they showed 17 Miracles in the chapel and had a mini-FHE (Family Home Evening). We got to travel to Saltillo on Saturday for a baptism of someone in my companion’s last area. They baptized 7 people! Then the ward conference was on Sunday.  157 people were there at church!! That was awesome! Normally only 100 to 120 people attend.

My companion is awesome! He works hard, and is good at the work. He is from Chihuahua, Mexico. He looks like he’s like 29 but he is 22. He left on his mission at age 21. This change with me has been his first change working outside of the offices for 11 months, and before that he had only been in the field for 3 months. He is also the District Leader.  So, my district consists of us, the Zone leaders, and one other companionship. So, I get to go on a lot of splits.

The heat honestly is something that you just have to get used to. But I still have to be careful. The bishop says that all the missionaries that are here for the really hot part of the year, have to rest somewhere with cool air, because they are not used to living in such a hot place for a long period of time. It’s just a matter of getting through the day, and getting into peoples’ houses because they all have a swamp cooler pointed to where you sit, so that feels good. It is really hard to find a cool place until the sun goes down. We also take cold showers to cool off. Actually, we always take cold showers, because we don’t have gas for hot water! Surprisingly, I have not melted yet. I think that like the people here, it’s just a matter of getting used to the heat. I have to say, there are a few ice cream bars down here that are like heaven, which also help us cool off. 🙂

We were able to baptize a recently re-activated member’s son this week. It was nice and simple after church and a bunch of people from the ward came to support him. It was great!

We recently had a zone conference and an Area Seventy came to do the training. His name is Elder Paul Pieper. The training was really good. One interesting thing he said was how much the Church has been changing lately. He said the Church will accelerate until those who are not faithful will not be able to catch up to it. Exciting!

Sadly our teaching pool has dwindled and we have been spending a lot of time looking for people to teach. Please keep me and all the other missionaries in your prayers.

Elder Bronson Miner

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Elder Rosales and Elder Miner
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Latest Baptizee, with Elder Vielma and Elder Miner
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Local wildlife
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I think this is supposed to be Elder Vielma
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Mexican flag ceremony as part of our ward activity week
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I think I won…
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A few of the ward members in Monclova
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Mexican cultural dancing. Awesome!
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Musician and clowns in training (at the ward activity)
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Ward members
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Treats at the ward activity
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A few more ward members