Monday, January 26, 2015

Josh's Mission Jan 26 2015

hello Family!

It really has been a great week, so much has happened, so I hope that I don't forget anything or that I don't sound too scatter brained. I'll just go through each day and try and tell most of what happened. 

monday, not too much we just didn't email. Tuesday we had a great meeting with all of the mission leadership! We talked a lot about what we need to do to really truly become disciples of Christ, follow the Spirit always, and do all that the Lord wants us to. 

Wednesday we had interviews with Pres Jensen. This is when everything got really crazy.  There was a missionary in our zone that has been struggling a lot, basically his whole mission, with really bad head aches. President decided that he needed to get everything worked out, so he had to go home. It was really sad, I cam out with him actually (it's such an interesting emotion seeing this good friend struggle so much but still want to fight against his afflictions. I've never experienced anything like that before, but I'm really grateful that he is going to get better. I know that everything happens for a reason. 

so on thursday we had to take this missionary to the airport in Des moines, we stayed the night at the AP's house and left back for Iowa City early in the morning. for the rest of the week we had to work 2 areas because we are with the other misisonary now. so basically until further notice we will be in a trio . it's so much fun just a lot of coordination. it's really crazy!

We'll I love you all, that's all that I have time for right now. I hope that you know how much I appreciate everything that you do and especially for your love! I love you. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate everything. I know that our Savior lives! he love us and everything happens for a reason. 

ij iokwe eok!!
Elder Broadbent

Monday, January 12, 2015

Josh's Mission Jan 12 2014

Hello dear family!

Sorry that I am emailing so late, it's been a very busy day, getting ready for transfers and what not. 

It's been an interesting, slow, very cold week. Two days this week, we had to stay inside due to cold and snow, and then on monday night I got very sick - everything is alright now- I got a really bad sinus infection and had to stay inside another day, but I'm very grateful that I have been able to get better.

Now, I don't have a lot of time, but I just want to say that I am very grateful for Heavenly Father and for our eternal family. the Gospel is such a wonderful blessing, to know that as we follow our Savior and strive to keep his commandments, everything will work out for our good in the end. I have learned a lot recently about the purpose that Heavenly Father has for us in this life and how we need to live according to His expectations.

I know that as we remain humble and steadfast that Heavenly Father will guide us to what is right. This week I gained a deeper appreciation for our family and for the great blessing of living in a home that tried and tried again to do what is right. We talked with some members about doing family home evening and how important it is to just spend time as a family, I'm very grateful that we did that. 

It is also such a learning experience helping the missionaries in our Zone. I know that it is so important to remain humble and to remain diligent. I know that truly becoming disciples of Christ helps with everything, especially in being happy. "men are that they might have joy" 2 nephi 2:25. there a  few members of our zone who are going home this transfer and I've seen how being diligent can really help so much in happiness and feeling successful. I just can't get over how much of a blessing this gospel is and how much I know it makes us happy as we live it. 

We were able to get a hold of Linda this week!! it was really exciting and we are really happy that We're able to help her. Hopefully we can help to understand that having the gospel gives us purpose, as that is what she is struggling with right now. Carlos and Geo are still doing well, but they weren't able to come to church, and Erick is great! We are really trying to find some new people to teach. Elder Porter is great! and we will be staying together for his last transfer. We're both excited!! I really love him! 

Family, thank you so much for everything!! I love you so much! I am so very grateful for your prayers, love and your support. please know that you are in my prayers. 
ij iokwe eok!!
Elder Broadbent

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Josh's Mission Jan 5 2015

Good morning family!

it hasn't been super cold like it was last year, but it is supposed to get colder here in the next little bit. We really haven't had a very wintery winter at all, but that's okay, we get to see more people that way.
It has been a really good week. :) the new year was great! It's so interesting though, nothing really feels different, it's just a great time to start again, like every day :) That's something that we talked about in priesthood yesterday, that everyday should be a start of a new year for us. We talked about a talk that Edler Holland gave at a BYU devotional about setting new year's resolutions and Lot's wife. it's actually in a great Mormon message called New Year's: Look Not behind Thee. it's really good, and I know that it's so important to keep moving forward!

So I've got good news and bad news: bad news first.... it's really not to bad don't worry.

We haven't been able to get a hold of Tammie at all this week. She is living in a women's shelter, she doesn't have a phone, so we can't find her. It's really sad and we are praying that we are able to find her. also, Linda hasn't been contacting us. we think that she went out of town for the Holidays, but then we we went over there after new years, the lights were one, but she didn't answer. So we haven't been able to talk to her at all, but that's all good, we are praying that she didn't get antied, and that we can just talk to her. It's all work out though

so good news, we had a sweet lesson with Erick this week and we also found an African Congo family to teach and we have someone who speaks french coming with us to teach them. and I don't know if I've told you very much about Geo and Carlos, but they are these to great Mexican guys who really love the church and are excited to keep learning. they really want to change their lives. they both are so sweet.

in other news we get transfer calls next week, so we shall see if I stay or go. I'll probably stay though

thank you so much for your prayers! love and support! I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate everything that the Lord has blessed us with. I love you!! i hope that you have a great start to the new year!
ij iokwe eok!!
Elder Broadbent

Elder Broadbent on ice
Elder Broadbent with a Giant Sloth
(I'm not sure what Elder Porter is doing)