Monday, June 12, 2017



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Elder Brayton and Elder Perez




June 12, 2017


Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been one of those weeks in the mission that it is so difficult to not get sad but at the same time, a week that strengthens your testimony a ton. I got to have a very life changing experience for me! It has strengthened my testimony in the plan that God has for everyone of his children and for our families. The first came from an interview that I conducted on Thursday with Patricio(Pato). This was the first time that I had actually met him face to face. However, I am familiar with his situation. He has, just a couple of weeks ago, been informed that his 10 year old daughter has terminal cancer. She has been allowed to return home from Santiago with a life expectancy of only 3 more months. I can only imagine that this is something that would destroy any parent to know. Instead of giving up or getting mad at God, Pato decided that he needed to strengthen his own faith to be able to help the rest of his family be strong whenever that day comes when his daughter passes away. In the interview, he told me that he just wanted to know that he would be able to see his daughter again. I was given the opportunity to testify of the Plan of Salvation that God has for everyone. I was able to promise him that if he is faithful to all the commandments that he would be able to see his daughter in the morning of the resurrection. Never in my mission have I felt the way I did in that room with Pato. I ended sharing my testimony and crying a lot. This past week, Pato was baptized and confirmed!!  He is excited to be able to continue learning and strengthening his testimony. 

Whenever I found out about the situation with Pato we made a call to the mission president, who made a call to the area presidency, whom made a call to the First Presidency. All of this so that they could all be praying for Erica (Pato's daughter). After the interview, we told Pato what we had done and we offered to give his daughter a blessing. He accepted without hesitation. The blessing was something super special. We felt prompted to give her a blessing of complete recovery. During the blessing thoughts of this little girls future blinked across my mind. Her graduation, her marriage and her with her own eternal family. Also during the blessing both me my comp and I said that we felt like every single member of the Quorum of the 12 and the First Presidency with us as we layed our hands on her head. It was something that I will never be able to describe fully -- but something that has touched me deeply and left everyone present weeping.

The other thing that happened this week was the passing away of the little brother of Jerko. Jerko has been meeting with us for a couple of months. When his little brother passed away he called us and asked us to pretty much lead the funeral. The traditions here are different, but basically it isn't uncommon for a family to have to pay a ridiculous amount of money to have someone from a church to speak at a funeral. The family was extremely grateful when they heard that everything that we do is non-profit. At the actual funeral we were able to speak in front of about 50 people about the Plan of Salvation.

This week has made me so grateful that I am sealed to my family for time and all eternity. I am grateful that others can learn about these blessings that God has for us and that they can also partake in the blessing that are available. I love you all and I am so thankful for all of my friends and family and the support that I get from each of you.

Love,
Elder Brayton

Lessons from Liberty Jail

June 5, 2017


Dear family and friends!!

I don´t think that we are supposed to have favorite scriptures, but this is my new favorite one. This week I met a lady that told us that God had abandoned her. So we start reading with her D&C 121-122, where Joseph Smith is in Liberty Jail and he begins with more or less the same doubt. This lady has been bouncing around Chile almost her whole life, and she has definitely been through a lot of stuff in her life. After hearing her story, I felt that she had been through more than most people her age(she is 35). After reading with her and listening to her stories, we were able to testify of the truthfulness of the love that God has for everyone. That in no moment will He abandons us. We may be disobedient and weak at times but He is always there waiting, watching, and listening for our prayers. One part that I especially liked at the end of the reading (and where Anglia started to cry) was in the one of the last verses of the last section, where it begins to talk about all the trials that one may experience and all the blessings that come after enduring said trials. 

I hope and pray that each of you will take this opportunity to look at the strength that God has offered you.

Love,
Elder Brayton

Talks and teachings

May 29, 2017

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Skyping into the conference

Hi to all of my family and friends,

This week, I spoke in church. I got to speak about the stumbling blocks that often come up in life. It was sweet because this time I was told that I had to talk in advance. Last week I talked about opposition and this isn't exactly the same thing. Where opposition could be an actual trial or something that you can put a label on, the stumbling blocks that we come across can be anything that impedes our belief or understanding -- as well as normal obstacles to progress. It was a little different, but I learned a lot and am excited for this week coming up. Tomorrow the missionaries that are in the city of Arica are going to have a conference with the President of the MTC in Santiago. After the conference, my district is going to have a Q&A with him so he can help new missionaries coming into the field. I´m exited to help in any way I can. Within the district, we have been doing a lot of things very different than normal. Things that are within the rules of the mission but outside of the normal. So I think that is maybe why he wants to see what's different. 

It is looking like we are going to have another marriage in the sector. We had one of our investigators come up to us after a lesson and he told us that he wanted to get married to his girlfriend. So we are going to help him make that happen in these next couple of weeks. They are so awesome! Claudia and Jercko have been coming to all of the activities these last couple of weeks and she brings all 3 of her kids to church even though her kids behave terribly. But the ward helps out them and everyone grabs a kid and tries to keep them calm and entertained. She has been loving that and even though he cant come to church because of work, he is progressing really well.

I hope that you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Brayton

Opposition in all things

May 22, 2017




Dear Family and Friends,

This week was cambios {transfers}. I got lucky and both me and my companion are staying. But there were several changes within our zone. Now I'm living with a district leader from the other district and I think the president wants me to help him out. The zone, from what I can see is, doing a lot better. Now this past week I have been studying a ton about the role and the need of opposition in life. We know that even though it isn't pleasing, it helps us grow. And sure enough... the same week I get sick. It's never enough to just read about something, hay que experimentarlo {you have to experiment}. So I got to learn something great! One of the most difficult things for me, and I think everyone, is to accept the will of God. But whenever I strive to always find the good, or find the reason that something might be happening....I will find it!!
 
2 Nephi 2:11
For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things..... 
D&C 122:7
.....know thou, my son, that all these things shall give theexperienceand shall be for thy good.

I love you all and I hope that you have a good week.

Love, 
Elder Brayton

Monday, May 15, 2017

After mothers day email

May 15, 2017



 
Dear Family and Friends,

Yesterday I got to call home and it was great! But I think that I left my family waiting for a while when I was getting ready for the call.  Anyways, the cambio is coming to a close here this next week and it has been a good one for me. Something that I have been doing a lot more here than in Copiapo is interviews for baptisms. Its one of those things that no matter how many you do, you never get used to it and always feel just a little bit nervous before hand. But I have never had a bad interview, even though there have been some that haven't passed. I feel like every time, everyone leaves on a spiritual high. I don't know how the Investigator feels, but as the missionary conducting the interview, it is incredible!

The testimony that I have is that God loves and knows each and everyone of His children!! In the interviews, without fail, I feel that same love that He has for them. Even though I have been talking with someone for only 5 mins, I am blessed to be able to see those children of God for who they really are! I know what they have been through and can help them apply the gospel to their lives. It is still mind boggling to me how fast I fall in love with the people that I am talking to. I always remind myself that I need to enjoy it while I can. It is one of those small miracles that only happen in the mission. Sorry this is going to be short today but I pretty much said everything yesterday!

I hope that you all have an incredible week!!

Love,
Elder Brayton

Monday, May 8, 2017

Fast week!

May 8, 2017





This week has flown by faster than I knew what happened. Yesterday in church, I thought to myself, I feel like I was just here yesterday. So that means things are starting to pick up pace in this ward. That is very good for everyone. We recently got a new ward mission leader, where as before we there wasn't anyone. I think the bishopric got sick of hearing me call and I don't think that they had time for me either. But, he was called and he is a young guy that just got married a year ago and he has a ton of energy to keep up with the missionaries. The biggest thing that we are focusing on right now is waking up the members and getting them active.

Friday we had a family home evening in the church and it was one of the most fun activities I have done in the mission. Then, Sunday we saw a ton of less active members and investigators in church. Between the two, it was 16 extra people in church! In these weeks and months coming up, we are going to be doing weekly and monthly activities. We will be bringing back English classes and pick up soccer games on Wednesday. We should have the church an extremely active place this month. As it should be! The sector is great, everyone is getting to know the missionaries and the members will be wide awake very soon.

I hope that you all have a great week!!

Love, 
Elder Brayton
cooper.brayton@myldsmail.net

Monday, May 1, 2017

Loving Arica again!

May 1, 2017




 
Hello Everyone!  
  
This week has been a party, but really every week is a party when you are in the mission and have a good attitude. Lots of walking, lots of sun and even more sunblock! Typical of Arica. So even though the area where I am borders with the university campus, there are very few students here. What there is a ton of immigrants. It seems like everyone that comes into Arica ends up in my corner of the city. This past week I met two different people that just moved out from Bolivia and Peru, but both of them lived back in the jungle, in small towns or villages. It is crazy to me how differently they talk and the different accents that they have. Because here in Chile there are a ton of sayings that are unique to only Chile. Most of them get here and don't really understand what people are saying. Sometimes the saying makes no sense and other times it can mean something really bad in the other country.
     
My district is starting to pick up a little more steam in the work. Most of my missionaries are experienced, and two have been out longer than I have.. So keeping everyone focused and motivated is always a fun challenge throughout the week. One of the investigators that I interviewed last week, got baptized on Saturday, Today we went out to some caves that are just south of the city and then we came back for a BBQ. This week we also had interviews with the President of the Mission, and one of the things that he really stressed in my interview was the unity in the zone and how we need to get everyone participating and bringing some new energy to Arica.
 
 
 
Thanks for all of your love and support!
 
Love, Elder Brayton

Back in Arica

April 17, 2017





This was my first full week back in Arica and it is all better than I had remembered before! The area that I am in has a lot of potential, but is going to take a lot of work. My first impression of everything is how different it is here than the other places that I have been. First off, I live right near a huge university in a really nice apartment building, the University of Tarapaca. The houses surrounding this area are enormous. But we also have a very large tomas (Hooverville?) crossing the river.

I have seen a ton of people that I have met before. I can't believe how much has changed in just 8 months! I don't have a ton to write about because we have been doing tons of getting to know the sector and contacts. In other news, there were nine investigators in church Sunday!! Also, I have talked so much this week that today I have no voice to speak or do anything useful. 

I hope that you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Brayton

Back to Arica

April 11, 2017




Well I have been sent out from Tierra Amarilla and returned from where I was before. I am on the other side of the city, so I will be meeting and teaching all new people. However, I am looking forward to reconnecting with some of the people that I met when I was here last winter (his seasons are the opposite of ours).

My companion is Elder Capuñay from Peru. Whenever I trained forever ago, he was one of the missionaries that came with the same group as Elder Jimenez. I am back in a full ward so I am looking forward to working with the members in this area. I am still district leader here, so I will have to get to know the missionaries in my district and their sectors so that I can help them as much as I can. I really haven´t heard much about Arica because I have been in the southern part of the mission for the last 8 months. But, tomorrow we have a meeting with the zone so hopefully I will be able to hit the ground sprinting!



Yesterday I got reminded that I only have a couple of transfers left and that kind of scared me but more than anything it helped me realize how little time the mission really lasts. We are going strong here now. Today I will get to know the sector, and tomorrow the zone!

Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Brayton

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Crazy Everything!

March 27, 2017

Tierra Amarilla Mission District

This week has been a whirlwind of a week for everyone, with a little bit of marriage, some baptism interviews, a soccer tournament, a Hercules play and a festival. The marriage was a team effort for part of other missionaries in Copiapo bringing the couple to get married, and for my part, organizing everything for the marriage in Tierra Amarilla. It was a very last minute thing, but all went well and the family of the couple came into town from Santiago to see it all.

The happy couple!
I interviewed a boy named Pietro that got baptized by the missionaries in my district. We started having soccer games in the church and in neighboring wards, we are going for a stake wide soccer league if we can get enough support. Also there was an activity in the stake for the youth and I got to help out a bit with the rehearsal and making the costumes. I didn't go, but I heard that it was a great success. Saturday night there was a sort of running with the bulls in Tierra Amarilla. But instead of using bulls they dressed a couple of guys up as bulls, and then they took some more guys and dressed them up as women and they have them hit people with little bags of potatoes. I am still not sure how the tradition started but we took advantage of the time to a ton of contacts and to tell everyone about the English classes we are doing.

This last week was probably one of the weeks where I was able to get more done in the 7 days than I can usually get done in 3 weeks. But all of that came at a price. Apparently I was doing too much too fast and my companion, the mini missionary, got bummed out or really over whelmed with all that we did and he decided that he needed to go home. His is still going to go to his normal mission whenever that time comes around, but he just got really intimidated with all the stuff that we were doing and the pace at which we did all the work.

As it turns out there is no one else that can replace him, so for these next two weeks I will be back in Copiapo again. I'm not sure where I stand right now with Tierra Amarilla. I am referring to if I will go back for another transfer or not. If I do go back, it will be my 6th transfer there, which is 10 month and a really long time. The normal is usually about 4 or 5 months. I guess we will just wait and see.

Thank you again for all of your prayers and support.

Love,
Elder Brayton
Soccer on concrete?

Rain!!!

April 20, 2017




 
This week has been another good one. We have turned our efforts to the other companionships in our district to try and help all have some success this month. We have been doing attacks in some sectors to help them find people. This week I have been to the civil registry more than in my whole mission. The civil registry in Tierra Amarilla is able to help people get married a ton faster than in Copiapo. So we are getting ready for two or three weddings this week. One of the investigators that lives in Copiapo works in Tierra Amarilla during the week, so when he gets off we have been visiting him to help him out while he isn't at home. His name is Julio and he is going to get hitched this weekend! 

Something thing that didn't help this week was that I got sick for several days. It was terrible to be stuck in the house all day. I'm pretty sure my mini missionary comp was glad to have a break.  I keep having to remind myself that he isn't used to doing this every day. I had some flu-like symptoms, but am good now. I think it was just all the stress from the other week catching up to me. Thanks for all the support from home, I got to read some emails that y´all sent from my family! {from Cami: Several of you responded to the situation Cooper had with his companion 2 weeks ago. I copied these responses and sent them to him. Thank you again for your prayers on his behalf!!}

We had something VERY unusual this week...RAIN!!!! Everyone that lives here was panicking. All of the schools and work were cancelled for the day for a little rain. They say that it is going to happen again or something similar on the 31 of this month. This is the first time that I have seen rain since I left South Carolina!! They are calling for a red alert but I can't look into it more than what they tell me. Guess we will have to wait and see.
 
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I hope that you all have a great week.

Love,
Elder Brayton

Mini-Missionary

March 13, 2017 








Dear Family and Friends,

So things here are back to normal for the most part, or as normal as things can get for the week that happened last week. I got my new companion, sort of. He is a mini missionary from Antofagasta. So he already has his missionary call to go to Quito, Ecuador, but while he is getting ready to leave he has come to Tierra Amarilla to help me out. It is very different from the time that I trained because usually whenever a missionary arrives to the field, they already have some experience from the MTC -- but my comp is coming straight from his house. He also doesn't have the same rules or expectations as I do, so it makes for some interesting days.

For example, he still has his phone and can use it how he wants to. It is pretty much like he is accompanying me all day more than anything. Don't get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for him having come here and him letting me work in Tierra Amarilla. Actually this week we had tons of success! We had two baptisms and in church we had more than 50 people! It was more than I had ever seen!! And we found tons of new people to teach this next week! But with all that happened, it has been harder than ever for me to get back on track.

Another selfie with the mini missionary

This week has taught me at least one thing that I won't be forgetting soon. Ever since my companion left, I was working with other missionaries in other sectors, and instead of feeling sorry for myself and my sector, I just focused on working as hard as I could in the area that I was in. The week last was very good for those in the other sectors, they both finished the weeks with baptisms and really good numbers. That same mentality that I had has carried over into this week and followed me to my own sector. Just about every morning that I woke up, I had to ask myself if I really thought I could make it through the day. Instead of dwelling on that, I would say a prayer and start getting ready. I know that I have been receiving a lot of extra help this week. I can feel it coming from home, from the other missionaries here in Copiapo, and from Heavenly Father. I have, without a doubt, seen miracles this week in Tierra Amarilla. These next couple of weeks won't be a walk in a park, but I also know that I won't be alone.

Thanks for all the emails and all the prayers!!

Love,
 
Elder Brayton

Changes

March 6, 2017

 
The life of an Elder is hard! Exhausted with his Scriptures in his lap.

 
This has been a beyond difficult week for me. So what had happened was.... Monday night when we were ending up our day, my new companion wanted to go into Copiapo to meet up with a member from Antofagasta. I didn't have too much of a problem with that until he said that he didn't want me to come with him. So we argued for a long time about that and kept telling him that we couldn't be apart, that we had to be with members or with each other {from Cami...this is a big part of the rules for missionaries set by our church}. So after a long time of him not understanding, or not wanting to, I said that we should go to Bryan's {a young man in their local ward/congregation} house to see what he had to say about the whole thing. We get to Bryan's house and my comp doesn't even go into the house. He got in a taxi and left to Copiapo alone. So I was with Bryan for a while before I finally called the zone leaders and President. After that, they told us to go back to our house to see if he had gone by the house and taken his suit cases. We get there and all of his stuff was still there, so the zone leaders tell me to go ahead and go to bed, it is like 4am at this point, and that they were going to come over in the morning. So, Bryan and I slept for about 3 hours that night. In the morning, whenever the zone leaders get there at 7am, we start packing all of my companions things because as soon as he gets back he was going to be on a bus to Antofagasta. Right when we get everything all packed, he shows up and walks in like nothing, at like 8am. He doesn't tell us anything other than that he was with a amigo from Antofagasta.

So, we get him on the bus at 10 and he leaves, but one of the zone leaders had the idea to talk to the driver to tell him that he was going to Antofagasta and that if, for what ever reason, he doesn't get off at Antofagasta or if he gets off before to call us. Well that call came about 2 hours after, the loco got off in Chañaral and the driver over heard that he was going to buy a bus ticket to go to La Serena, a city out of our mission. So our President told us to go to all the bus terminals in Copiapo and that we had to search every bus until we found him. Because all buses go through the city and all of them stop. So, we got the biggest 12 missionaries in Copiapo and we were searching buses all day. For like 5 or 6 hours we checked every bus that came through. It was honestly kind of cool, it was like being in a movie. So we finally found him and he refused to get off the bus. He told us that he had a brother waiting for him in La Serena. So we call President and ask him if we have permission to take him off the bus, and he told us that we had to let him go.

Come to find out, the brother that he mentioned doesn't exist and some of his old companions confessed that he had gone to la Serena before on intercambios {exchanges}. So that's what my week was like. Because I am the companion I was held responsible for him leaving, and because I didn't call right away, the missionary department got pretty upset with me. They called me the other day and said that nothing would happen to me but that this would serve as a very strong lesson.

Elder Brayton and his temporary replacement companion


This week I have literally been fighting for everything I have to keep my sector alive. A ton of members called me on Sunday because the attendance had dropped by half. It has not been fun for me at all. But the mission is going to send me a new companion that is preparing to serve a mission in Ecuador, so he will be with me this transfer. It also looks like I will be in Tierra Amarilla for a bit longer with what happened. The good thing is that the boy coming will get to baptize this week! I have two getting ready and they will be ready for the water of baptism this weekend!

In other news, the mission changed my district. I am now the district leader of the 4 sister missionaries in our zone. They are calling me the Relief Society president because it is 4 of them and one of me.  love you!!

Elder Brayton

Going for more

Feb 27, 2017





Well y´all already know, but there were transfers this week and I didn´t leave. Just last week, I got a new companion from Argentina, Rosario. So that means I will be here for a couple months more. I´m not frustrated as much as I am looking forward to the reason that I stayed. I know that everything happens for a reason, but for this we will just have to wait to find out what that reason is. In other news, I forgot how much I like bikes. We fell into a good routine with the bikes and how we are using them. So now we have pretty well incorporated them into our schedule. One thing that we are getting ready for here is at the end of this month the Branch President is leaving, so we are getting everyone ready for that change coming up. Nobody knows who is going to replace him so that will be a surprise for everyone at the end of this month. 

One of my converts emailed me from Arica and he told me that he had the opportunity to go to the temple in Santiago and that he has plans to travel to the United States later this year.
Anyway, I will be here through March and going into April.

Hope you all have a great week.
Love,
Elder Brayton
cooper.brayton@myldsmail.net

Special transfer


Feb., 20, 2017

Enjoying lunch on preparation day.



This week was weird. I´m not sure what happened but Thursday in the morning we got a call from the mission assistants. They told us that there will be a transfer this week with us and another town called Mejillones near Antofagasta. They didn´t tell us anything other than Elder Casteñada would be leaving Sunday and another Elder would be coming the same day. Transfers are not for another week so this was very unexpected for us, and even more I have been here for more time so it is strange that I am staying. And then something funny happened last night. We were waiting for my new companion to arrive (Sebastian, Nelson, and I) and his bus is running late.... something very normal to happen here or anywhere really. So after about an hour or 2 of waiting, keep in mind that it is 11pm at this point, I get a call from the office of the mission. They tell me that my companion somehow ended up in Vallenar, a different city 3 hours further south. So nobody really knows what happened with the bus but today I am with Bryan for the day and he is my companion! My actual companion will get here in the afternoon at about 4pm. He is from Argentina and has been in the mission for about a year and a half. I have met him before but it was more than a year ago. Anyways, that has been the last 48 hours of my life.
   
So I kind of mentioned this the other week, but I have been changing some of the old study habits that I have had. Before, I studied to prepare myself for the lessons, only on what I needed to teach. But now I have been studying more to understand and comprehend. From that,I have developed a much deeper understanding for what I am teaching and I am also able to help explain doctrine in much clearer terms. For whatever reason, that has resulted in me being able to feel the spirit much stronger in lessons and also for me to not get frustrated when we have a rough day or a rough week. 

I hope that you all have a great week! Thank you again for your prayers and support.
 
Love,
Elder Brayton
cooper.brayton@myldsmail.net



Bikes and Baptisms!

Feb., 13, 2017

 
Much less walking!

So this week, after many many weeks of searching we were able to accomplish something incredible for our sector and people living here. We got bikes! It is probably something that should have been bought awhile ago because the thing about Tierra Amarilla is that it is just one long road leading up into the valley so there is no way that we can get from one end to the other without walking a ton and taking up lots of time. From where we live to the far end of where we work normally it takes about an hour and a half on foot, and now it take about fifteen or twenty min. So what these are going to let us do is see more people in less time and also go out to places that the missionaries may have never been before to find some new people. We are planning to head to the other towns up the valley twice a week to see if there is potential, we hear that there is a medium sized town called Los Loros that if it had enough people could be a Branch. So that will be our next goal coming up these following weeks.
 
One thing that we are preparing for that will happen soon is that the Branch president is leaving to go live in the USA in March. So everyone, including me, is wondering who is going to be the replacement. I don´t think that I will be around to see that but it may just end up being the missionary that replaces me this next transfer. That or someone will be called in from left field to take his place.

Ines and Nelson, the couple that got baptized two weeks ago are now helping us more that any other members with the missionary work. The other day they sat us down and started talking about all of their friends that they want to share the gospel with, all the problems that they might have,and much more! They are golden. Going off of what they are wanting to do this week, we are starting to teach people how to teach their friends about the Gospel. We are going to have classes and practices just so the members can feel more comfortable sharing what they already know  and applying it to friends that might be passing for hard times. We don't have a name for the classes yet, but Bryan wants to call it the Order of the Phoenix or something to do with Harry Potter.
 
 Yesterday I gave a talk in church and I spoke a a lot about Luke 15 and Jacob 2 and the responsibilities that we have and the examples that we leave based on how we complete those responsibilities.

I hope that you all have a good week!
 
Love,
Elder Brayton
 
 

Can't write...

Feb., 6, 2017
No time to write but time to play. ;-)

We don't have time this week but this is what happened:
1. It's very hot
2. We are buying bikes tomorrow
3. Bryan gave me his old camera and I gave mine to my comp.
4 Changed how I study and now the spirit is 10x stronger in every aspect of the mission
5. Maria Jose( investigator and member of other church) sobbed this week when I gave her a blessing of strength.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Marriage is what brings us together today!

Jan 30, 2017

Wedding Day!


Hey family and friends,

This week was one that I will not be forgetting any time soon! Just about all week we were getting ready for the wedding. Helping coordinate the food, cake, decorations and all that. I didn't know that weddings could be so crazy. I wish that I would have known before what we were getting into. But with the help from all here in Tierra Amarilla we were able to pull everything together in time. They do weddings here very differently here. It is a ceremony where they sign the marriage license. But the way that it was all presented was very cool. This was the first wedding that I have been to here in Chile. The other couple that got married way back when I was in Antofagasta I didn't get to go to because they had the ceremony super far away and very late at night. Anyway, the wedding turned out really well! Ines only cried 3 times so we were spared on this particular day. One thing that I thought was really cool is that after the ceremony several friends and family members of Ines and Nelson came up to me and were asking me how I convinced those two to get married. Supposedly they had said for years and years that they wouldn't get married and that they were content as is. So, I got to tell them a little about the plan that God has for us! Then, with most of them, set an appointment for them to meet with us and learn more. And even some committed to start preparing to be baptized just from seeing it happen to Ines and Nelson. The best part about the baptism was probably that their son, Sebastian, was able to baptize them. Yesterday we ate lunch with the family after church and they were just as happy as could be. They were telling us about some of their friends reactions and impressions of the entire thing. Everyone wanted something similar for their own weddings, one even asked if she could get married again! 

The other thing that happened, or that we did yesterday, was we went to a park with a ton of families to do some contacting. We took a bunch of pictures and we are going to print the pictures and give them to the families. It worked out really well because we got to explain a little about the importance of the families and then we told them that we can teach them more when we bring them the picture. It ended up being really cool to see all the positivity and connections that we made with some of the families that we contacted. A cool week for sure.

Contacting at the park


Hope you all have a good week!
Love,
Elder Brayton