First things first: Hurricane Patricia. The storm ended up going right through Saltillo, which is about 200 miles south of Bronson’s current location. By the time it got to Saltillo, though, it had been downgraded significantly to a tropical depression. Winds were only at 25 mph at that point. To be honest, I’m not sure that Bronson even knew about the storm. He didn’t mention anything about it. No news is good news, I suppose.
This blog entry consists of excerpts from about 4 weeks-worth of emails. We found out yesterday that he is being transferred today (10/27/15), and has been asked to fulfill a training assignment. He is very excited and will do well.
The dedication of the Mexico City temple was awesome. President Eyring, Elder Holland, and a Seventy from Mexico spoke. When President Eyring spoke, he had translator right next to him translating after every phrase. Same with Elder Holland, but at the end of his remarks, he bore his testimony in Spanish and it was super powerful.
This week was just pure work! We were able to get 4 people to church on Sunday! We are hoping that we can continue to get them coming. Conference is this week too. We get to watch it in the little building we have here in Muzquiz (“Moose Keys”). We had the option of traveling to Nueva Rosita , which is about a 50-minute bus ride, to watch conference, but it seemed a bit far. So we just stayed put. My favorite talk was the one that Elder Holland gave. It was about how important moms are. He also bore a really strong testimony of the atonement of Jesus Christ.
Elder Florez and I have been doing a lot of work here to find all the people we can to be able to teach. That consists of a lot of contacting people on the street and straight up telling them that we share a message of God. If they are interested, we ask to come to their home and teach them more. Most people tell us that they will call us, which has not happened… not even once! We also do door-to-door contacting, except we have to knock on the gate because all the houses have a gate or fence or barbed wire in front of the house. Not the best way to contact people!
Everything is going pretty well in the area right now. We have been working really hard to find new people to teach. We are finding a bunch of people that let us teach them, but no one has come to church. We can’t count them as “progressing” until they actually come to church. We have found a couple with a 7 year old son, and another lady named Yudi (Judy) who seems like she will progress really well. She is married with 4 kids with the oldest being 10. Her oldest really loves to read, and we ended giving him the Book of Mormon on the first visit (which is really rare here). We have only meet with them a couple of times so we are going to see how that goes with them.
We finally got a water heater for the house this week! That has been the best thing ever. We haven’t had any hot water for a long time. Something funny about the city is that all the people that live here eat nuts. They are everywhere! Because there are nut trees all over the place, people knock the nuts down and sell them. It’s like a town full of human squirrels, hiding away nuts for the winter!
I’m also moving areas this week!!! I’m going BACK TO MONCLOVA! This time I will be on the other side of the city. I will be in the area called Del Rio. The best part… I will be the senior companion! I will be finishing up training a missionary that got here 6 weeks ago. His name is Elder Day. He’s American, but that’s all I know. I can tell you more about him next week. My companion (Elder Florez) is going to stay here for another 6 weeks.
Well now the sad news. First, I have to leave this beautiful place (Nueva Rosita). Second, most of our investigators have been dropping like flies. We still have been finding a few new people to teach, but most haven’t been progressing or coming to church. On the bright side, the weather here is perfect! It’s finally beginning to feel like fall.
Elder Bronson Miner