Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy New Year

DC Street Performers
     Hey everybody I hope y'all had a merry Christmas! Mine was pretty good even if it was 75 degrees and no snow. Anyway I'll just tell you a little bit about my week.
     Monday we went into DC with Elder Kerr and his new companion and we went to the National Cathedral. It was awesome, but all my pictures are on my camera so I will get them sent out here pretty soon. After that we went to see the National Christmas Tree, but before we got there we ran into some street performers and listened to them for awhile then on to the Christmas Tree. The tree was on the Mall behind the White House and it was surrounded, but a bunch of little trains going around it, it was pretty sweet. Then in the evening we went caroling as a district, it was a lot of fun and made me think of when we would go caroling for Young Men and Young Women back home.
     I'm going to skip to Christmas Eve, on Christmas Eve we went up to the Temple Visitor's Center because our mission was doing a performance, but we had to direct traffic but it was still fun. I got to be with Elder Kerr and we had the job of making sure everything went smoothly so it was pretty fun.
     Christmas was a great day, we didn't get back to our apartment until late at night but that's ok. We got to Skype home and that was awesome! Skyping home is probably one of my favorite things we get to do, it's nice to see and hear everybody. After Skyping we went to the Bishop's house and played some card games with him and his family and then we went to the Shamlion's for dinner. We finally got back to our place and opened up presents, whoo!
     Saturday we spent most of the day in Willow Crescent, an apartment complex, trying potentials in our area book. It was a long walk there and a long walk back. We didn't get anybody that wanted us to come in or even come back so that was a bummer, but hopefully we will have something work out for us soon.
     Sunday we had church and then after that we went to the Bishop's house for the mid-singles pot luck for lunch. It was pretty good and fun, we talked about the weirdest Christmas presents that had been given and received. I couldn't even think of any b there were a lot of good ones that other people had.
     Well I hope y'all are doing good and had a great Christmas and I hope you have a Happy New Year this week!! Party popperConfetti ball
     ~ Elder Brady
The Christmas Lights at the DC Temple

Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas

Christmas Tree and Stocking...check!
     Hey everybody I hope you are doing well and having a good holiday season so far. It blows my mind Christmas is this week mainly because it just doesn't feel like it, there is no snow and it's supposed to be 70 degrees on Christmas Day! Whaaaaattttt? It's just driving me nuts, I need me some snow and cold for Christmas but it looks like the closest I'll get is rain...oh well I guess there's not much I can do about the weather.
     So on Monday we decided to do service for Brian and move our P-day to Tuesday. We helped him stack a bunch of wood and then we started a fire and just relaxed for a bit, burning a bunch of sticks that he had collected over the summer, it was nice. Later we went and got a Christmas tree so we could maybe feel a bit more Christmasy. We had District Meeting and that went pretty well, I have a pretty good district so that makes it better. We got the tree set up and the stand is a protein bottle and to keep it up we used some weights tied to the tree as a kind of anchor thing. It's pretty jenk.
     Wednesday we did some service, we helped with a move. We got the uhaul filled up at the storage unit and then went over and unloaded it at the house. It wasn't a huge uhaul so it wasn't all that bad. That evening I got to interview Ana and Sharon for baptism! It was a super cool experience and they are just awesome. Ana is Sharon's mom and Sharon is 11 and they were so excited about baptism it was awesome! 
     Thursday Sister Huntsman (president's wife) picked us up and took us to the doctor because Elder Coles had an appointment, so while he was back I got to talk to Sister Huntsman. She is great I like her a lot. After that we went to a Christmas party at our leasing office for residents and that was fun, I talked to some people about the church so it was cool. They also had a raffle which everyone got a ticket for free and they were giving out a bunch of gift cards and two Blu-Ray players and I just happened to win one of them. I don't know what the heck I am going to do with a Blu-Ray player, but hey I won.
     Mission Christmas Conference was on Friday and that was a lot of fun! The beginning was like a regular meeting with some speakers who all did a good job and then we had lunch. After lunch was the talent show and that was awesome and hilarious! There was a lot of good ones, the finale was a hot dog eating contest and President Huntsman won, he destroyed everyone else it was great!
     Saturday Ana and Sharon were baptized and I got to go to that so that was cool. Then we had our Ward Christmas party which was really good. It was pretty funny, there was two guys at the table next to us watching the BYU-Utah game and they would tell me scores and how much time was left, it was great. Oh and I got to sit on Santa's lap, woot woot!!
     It was the Christmas program in church on Sunday and it was really good, most of it was singing. They told the story of Christs' birth through the songs so it was cool.
     Well I hope you all have a great week this week and a great Christmas! This is one of my favorite times of year and it's a great time to show people we care. Don't get too cold back home! Merry Christmas!!!     ~ Elder Brady
Missionaries I came out with. This is the sisters
last transfer, they go home in 4 weeks!

Monday, December 14, 2015


     Hey everybody I hope things are going good for you. Everything here is going fairly well and the Christmas lights are definitely up. Depending on where you go there is either a neighborhood full of lights or one that isn't so full, I have decided I'm going to always try and have some lights up, it just seems to make people feel happy when there are Christmas lights. Anyway this week was a pretty busy week what with all that went on.
     On Monday Elder Kerr and I went into DC and we got to go to the top of the Washington Monument! It was super sweet! By far the best view I've seen in a long time. After we were up there for a bit we went to the zoo and spent the rest of the day there. It was nice because there weren’t a lot of people so the place wasn't packed, we could basically go anywhere we wanted as quick or as slow as we wanted. 
     Tuesday was my birthday! I am 20 years old.....that's really weird to say because I still feel like I'm 17 or something like that sometimes. Anyway we had a zone training which they taught us what we were taught in the "special" meeting last week so it was pretty good, but a repeat for some of us. We went to the Bank's for dinner (an older couple) and when they found out it was my birthday they got a tiny cupcake, put a candle on it, sang happy birthday to me and made me blow it out. It was great, they are super nice. Afterwards we went to the Johansen's who my mom had gotten in contact with and they had made me a cake and they sang happy birthday to me there as well. It was a great day, but it didn't end so great, we found out that Elder Kerr was being transferred so that was a big bummer. 
     Wednesday we spent most of the day at Brian's helping him with some things and making a trip to the dump, then he took us out to get milkshakes because Elder Kerr is leaving. When we got back to the apartment Elder Kerr still had to pack so he started that and I....well I don't remember what I was doing.
     Thursday....transfers. It was rough because Elder Kerr was being transferred and Elder Schenk was going home, but that happens. I was helping the new AP, Elder Jones (one of my good friends) load the luggage of the missionaries going home and was sitting on the side of the truck talking to Elder Kerr when President Huntsman came walking up and I decided to give him a hard time. I said "You're splitting us up!" He apologized and started telling me how hard it is to get transfers figured out and I totally believe him, it has got to be really hard. I have a lot of respect for him even though I'm not too happy Kerr and I aren't companions anymore. Anyway my new companion is Elder Tyrel Coles and he is from Meridian, Idaho. 
     The rest of the week went pretty good although nothing too spectacular happened, but it's the little things that matter right? Sunday was stake conference and that was pretty good, they focused a lot on temple attendance and I wish missionaries could go more, but we are lucky to have a temple so close so I shouldn't complain. It is about time for another temple trip though, going to look into that. After dinner there was an "Evening of Music" which was basically a concert with people of all different faiths performing at the church. It was really cool and interesting to see how people interact during the holiday season even though they are of different faiths, it all seems to just kind of get pushed to the back of everyone's mind and Christ comes to the front, it's really sweet. Christ should always be the center of our lives, this is how it should always be.
     Well I hope you all have a great week and stay safe. Remember the reason for the season, remember Jesus Christ and focus on keeping him in the center of your lives throughout this season, and throughout the year as well.
     ~ Elder Brady

Monday, December 7, 2015


My District
     Hey everybody I hope y'all had a good week! My week was pretty good, I wish I had more time to tell you about it but we are going into DC so I got to be fast.
     We had a pretty fun district meeting this week, we played a game kind of like jeopardy. There was a bunch of questions where they had to find scriptures and explain the answer but there was also just some random stuff like rope the cow we have or put leaves on the table. It was pretty funny and crazy but a lot of fun and then afterwards Sister Rossi, who is going home this week, bore her testimony and it was really spiritual. She really stressed making the most of everyday because time slips through your fingers faster than you realize. It was really good.
     This week I was invited to a special training with all the leaders of the mission and some other missionaries. It was an all day thing and we were trained a lot on planning, that's what they spent most of their time on anyway but we were also trained on how to really help our investigators progress and they did role play after role play for a couple of hours to show this. It was pretty intense but I learned a lot.
One Squirrel
     We went to the church early one morning and helped for a couple hours with the Syrian refugee coat and blanket drive they were doing, we had a ton of boxes filled! It took a big semi and then a big packing truck and half of another packing truck to get all the boxes we got done and there's still more. People are going back tomorrow to finish the rest or try and finish the rest anyway. After that we went to Brian's and we were helping him out with some hides and he came up to us with a squirrel and said who wants supper? A little bit later we had another one and we skinned and cleaned them, cooked them over a fire and ate em... wasn't too bad actually. Kind of weird, but not too bad.     Well it was a good week, but I'm out of time right now we got to get going into DC. I hope everyone is doing well and I hope I get to hear from y'all soon. Have a good one!      ~ Elder Brady
The ball that I received for my birthday.
Skinning a deer hoof.
Oh, the things we learn on a mission.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Turkey Dayyy!!!

     Hey everyone I hope you had a good week and a great thanksgiving! It was a good one out here for me anyway.
     On Monday for P-Day we had our zone activity and we had a thanksgiving lunch that we all made food for. Elder Kerr and I made rolls won the zone leaders and we made a ton! It took us way too long but they turned out good and everyone liked them so it was ok. After the lunch
we played some volleyball and that was pretty fun because we had the whole zone playing on two different courts so it wasn't just a couple of us playing.
     Tuesday and Wednesday we were doing service for Brian Doran, he got three more deer so we fleshed another hide on Tuesday and then set it out for the night. The next day we went back and salted that hide and then we started building a tepee to smoke the hide we've been working on for a while now. First we built a tepee and then we hoisted the whole thing up onto a couple of ladders to get it up around the smoke stack of his smoker. It was uhh....pretty redneck. We decided it wouldn't work too well so we took the tepee down and just put it over a little fire pit he had and started smoking the hide. We being guys though we don't know what low heat is....we charred the hide and melted the poles it was hanging on so they were bending in half. It didn't workout the way we wanted it to, but we are figuring things out.
     Thanksgiving Day!! Turkey day was awesome! We went to the turkey bowl in the morning and there was a lot of people there, I was surprised by how many showed up. After that we went down to Elder Kerr's last area and helped a lady with some service and had a big lunch with a bunch
of other missionaries and some non members at their house so that was cool. Got back to our area and Brian picked us up to go have dinner at their place but first we went to Wal-Mart, it was crazy. There was 3 cop cars there and the front was barricaded down into a little alleyway like thing by some metal barriers...good ole Wal-Mart, preparing for the apocalypse. Brian was getting some stuff they needed and he bought Elder Kerr and I a shirt and a sweatshirt each, it was pretty sweet.
     Saturday was a great day! We got to go back to Elder Kerr's last area and see two people he taught get baptized! It was awesome and then when we got back to our area our zone was in the middle of a Finding Fest so we spent the rest of the day finding. It all worked out though because we found a family to teach! They are from Mongolia and are an awesome family, the mom is super nice and the oldest boy is 17, next is a 9 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. So now we have a family of three to teach and we are going back on Wednesday to start. It's going to be awesome.
     Sunday was also a really good day, we went back to Elder Kerr's last area and he got to confirm one of the people that got baptized a member of the church. It was super cool and there was soo many people there to support both who got baptized. I don't think I've seen that many people in the chapel in a long time, it was awesome!
     So this week was really good and I have so much to be thankful for. I hope everyone sees the little things in their lives and is thankful for them all. It's the little things in life and the people in your life that matter most. At least that's what I think. Well I hope y'all have a great week.
     ~ Elder Brady

P.S. Sorry for no pictures, I don't think I even took any...too busy with everything. I'll get some for next week though.

Monday, November 23, 2015


NRA Museum
     Hey everyone I hope your week was pretty good! This week was good for us and we got to do quite a bit of service, so it was sweet! Last Monday, for P-Day, we went to the NRA (National Rifle Association) museum and that was awesome! There was soooo many guns there it was great! We had to hustle through it, but Elder Kerr and I could have spent hours in there.
     Throughout the week we had some service opportunities and this week was one of my favorites of my mission. We got to help Brian Doran (a nonmember) tan a deer hide!! We scraped all the extra meat and fat from the hide and then stretched it out. It took sooo long, but it was fun. After we stretched it out we made a concoction of eggs, mayo, and vegetable oil and rubbed it on the hide. It wasn't the best smelling thing, but hey it was still fun.
Tanning the deer hide
     Another service we did was for a member who is selling their house and moving. We went and raked the leaves for her so she could do an open house this weekend. Elder Kerr was using a blower and a chipmunk ran in front of him, he looked at me and I looked at him and it clicked, we dropped everything and started trying to catch the dang thing! We weren't quite fast enough though and it got away. It started sprinkling rain so we had to hurry and finish before the storm hit, so we were working hard.
     Later in the week we went back to Brian's and worked on the hide again, this time we had to soften it up so we rubbed it back and forth on a tree. After that we stretched it again and then rubbed it with the oil. We then helped him put all the screens back in his windows and took care of a neighbor's lawn who is in Vegas for the winter.
     We had a couple lessons this week but nothing spectacular. We did have an investigator come to church for the first time in a longgggg time, so that was good! All together it was a good week and a fun week. I hope y'all have a great week and a great Thanksgiving!
     ~ Elder Brady

Monday, November 16, 2015

Good Weather

     Hey hey, how's everybody? How are things going? Things out here are going pretty good and the weather is in the 50s so it's not bad yet, well my companion sometimes says different. It's ok though he's from Mew Mexico and says he's cold blooded, he's just not used to cold yet. Well unfortunately not much in the way of missionary work happened this week, we did get a couple lessons (three to be exact) and saw two potentials but other than that it's been tough. People are either gone or won't return our calls or just don't want us to come and see them anymore, it makes me sad that people don't want something that will change their lives for the better but we can't force them. Sometimes I wish we could haha. We also had Zone Conference and Zone Training which they were good but they were pretty long. I enjoyed them though, they are always good and you can learn a lot from them.
Elder Kerr and Elder Brady at the Marrriott Ranch
a couple weeks ago.
     Our phone broke during the week so we had to go to the office and get a new one and while we were there we asked President Huntsman if we could borrow the roping dummy that is at the Mission Home and he let us so we went and got that, it's pretty sweet. That's what we do before bed, we sit and rope the thing.
     Well hopefully yall had a more eventful week then we did. I hear there's some snow back home, I'm really missing that stuff. We will see how soon it snows here but so far it's not looking like it'll be anytime soon. Well let me know how you guys are doing and what's going on in your lives. Have a good week!
     ~ Elder Brady 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Short Week

     Hey everybody hope y'all are doing good! I'm doing pretty good and things are going pretty good so it's pretty good! Well this is going to be another short email because it's only been four days since I last emailed so yeah, short week.
     So we had our last Preparation day on Thursday because of the half mission conference on Monday. Anyway on Thursday we did our shopping and emailing and then went to the church and played some volleyball, which got pretty intense. Before volleyball Elder Kerr and I found some wheelchairs and played a little wheel chair basketball, it was really fun and it was a workout, got the shoulders burning. Met with an Egyptian family that is investigating the church, hopefully they will be coming to church this week!
     On Friday we had leadership meeting in the morning. Leadership meeting is where the District Leaders in the zone and the Sister Training Leaders all meet together with the Zone Leaders and talk about things we can do to help the missionaries in our districts. After the meeting we went with the Zone Leaders to the house of an investigator of the sisters and dedicated the house and gave the woman's little boy a blessing. He was moving around and squirming in the beginning, but towards the end he relaxed and didn't move around so much, it was awesome.
     Saturday we spent most of the day trying to figure out ways to get some of our investigators to church. It's really difficult when people don't have cars, I'll tell you what. It was a rough day.
     Sunday was good except none of our investigators made it to church, that was a bummer, but sometimes things happen. Church was pretty good and we had a sweet dinner with a cool young family, the Thomas's, so it wasn't a bad day at all.
     I think that's going to be it for this week, I miss y'all and hope everything is going well for ya. I love hearing from everyone too, it's the best! Stay Happy and Stay Strong! Love the Gospel.     ~ Elder Brady

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Shower in the $8 million home.
     Hey hey everyone hope y'all are doing good! This past week and a half has been pretty good. There was quite a few things that happened so I'll just touch base on some of them. It will be a shorter email though, sorry!
     Last week we found out I was getting transferred which was kind of a bummer because I was only in my last area for one transfer (six weeks) and transfers were the 29th, right before Halloween. It was okay though because I was pretty excited for who my next companion was going to be, Elder Kerr! If you remember a couple weeks ago Elder Kerr and I got to go on an exchange for a "special assignment," we got to go to the Marriott Ranch and teach people how to rope. So getting called to be companions with him was kind of awesome, members and other missionaries call us the two cowboys haha it's pretty sweet! I also got called to be District Leader which is kind of cool as well.
Culverts under the highway,
yes there is water in them.
     Anyway transfers happened and then it was basically Halloween, for Halloween our whole zone got together at a member's home in our Zone Leader's Ward and ate dinner, played games, and watched a movie. We watched the movie called Cokeville, which is pretty good. It's about a true story of what they call the Miracle at Cokeville, it was like a hostage situation, it's really good and it would be a good movie to watch, just saying. Also before dinner we walked around in a house that is being built, it's taken four years (it isn't finished yet) and it costs $8 million! It was a huge, beautiful house.
     Well the rest I could write about would just be random stuff like we wanted to find a shorter walk back to our apartment from an appointment so we walked through some culverts under a major highway and that kind of thing. It's just been a pretty good week and I hope everyone else is having a good week as well.

     Elder Brady

Oh my new address is: 3212 Arrowhead Circle, Apt. C, Fairfax, VA 22030
Elder Oyler and I
Played football on the mall in DC

Monday, October 26, 2015


     Hey everyone how y'all doing! So this week's email will be a bit shorter because we are going into D.C. and don't have much time, actually I'm sending this on the bus to the metro so yeah. Anyway I hope everyone had a great week! 
     So this week we didn't do much on P-Day we just hung out and relaxed. I got to go on an exchange Tuesday with Elder Yeager and it was awesome! He is a funny kid and we got along great so it was a lot of fun. We even played a little finger football. In correlation this week with Brother Johnson we focused on the Trunk-Or-Treat and getting as many people there as we could. We have multiple people we have tried multiple times so we are working at it. We got to help set up for the Trunk-Or-Treat and then we also got to go help at Gifts of the Heart. Gifts of the Heart is where people bring stuff they can donate and volunteers sort it out. Then the next day people who are in need can come and get things that they are in need of, it's a really cool thing that they do every 6 months here. 
     Saturday was the Trunk-Or-Treat and it went awesome! There was so many people there and a lot of people we didn't even know so it was great. We also had games for the kids and a chili cook-off and yes Elder Overstreet and I were two of the judges. It went really well and Harry and Delaine came! Anddddd they brought their daughter and her two kids! It was great and we were super excited that they were there! 
     For the most part this past week was pretty good and things are beginning to roll, fingers crossed. Sometimes it's hard to remember that God's time is not our time and he has his own timetable but it's something I've been trying to work on lately. Complete trust in God and a lot of hard work can take you a long way. Well I hope y'all have a great week and sorry again for the short email!
     ~ Elder Brady

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Zone Nerf Wars
Getting dirty
     Hey everybody how y'all doing? Thanks to all those that emailed me I really enjoy reading them and hearing from you. I hope everyone had a good week and did something awesome! This week was pretty good over here on the east coast.
     Monday we did our normal shopping/emailing routine and then we went to our Zone Activity. We had a big Nerf war for the Zone Activity and it was pretty fun, we played it a bunch of different ways and just had some fun. 
Elder Blanchard found a blister
     Tuesday we had our District Meeting which was pretty good, it was about opening our mouths and talking to everybody. A quote that was used was, "Nothing happens in missionary work until we find people to teach." There are promised blessings we have in Preach My Gospel about opening our mouths with boldness and that's what we are trying to achieve as a district. 
     Wednesday we had a big Zone Service Project for most of the day. We were clearing brush and running it through the chipper and then we dug some holes. The holes were so big I felt like I was in the movie holes! It was pretty sweet though and a lot of fun. In the evening we went to see Harry and Delaine, two investigators, and they told us while they were out of town last weekend they went to church! The struggle we have had with them is getting them to church, so the fact that they went when they were out of town was super cool! 
     Thursday was a bit slower, but we were able to go to Frank's and talk about his trip to New York to get things from his mother for family history. He came back with quite a bit of stuff, so the trip was well worth it. 
     Friday was a tough day for us. We weren't able to get in contact with anyone we tried to see. Literally everyone we tried wasn't home, or just didn't answer the door so that was a bummer, but we keep keeping on.
     Saturday we had a Zone wide finding fest where pretty much all we did all day was try and find new investigators. This was yet another day where we tried to find some new investigators through our potentials list, but nobody answered the door. Oh well. Later in the evening we helped Brother Castillo move a couch that they are getting rid of because they are moving soon. Oh we had dinner with the Caison family and they have one of the biggest dogs I've ever seen! When it stood on its hind legs it was almost as big as me! It's pretty crazy.
     On Sunday I gave a talk about the "Divine Role of a Missionary." I felt like I did pretty well and I had people come up to me afterwards and say I did a good job, so that counts for something right? I spoke with a missionary who just returned from his mission this last week so that was pretty interesting. Elder Overstreet and I gave the lesson in Priest's Quorum about service. We showed the "Lift" Mormon Message and it is a really good video and really touching. If you haven't seen it I encourage you to go watch it because it will change the way you look at things. Especially the little things. We also went to a mission prep fireside the bishop was putting on and that was really good and there was a good showing of youth there preparing to go on missions so that was cool to see.
     So this past week was pretty good at points and not so good at others, but that's how life goes. Sometimes you are high and other times you are low and we are defined by how we react to both situations. I hope everyone knows how much God loves you and that he is there to help you through all the times, the good and the bad. Always turn to him. Well hope y'all have a great week and have some great experiences! It's getting chilly here and I had to break out the sweaters this week. I don't know what it's like back home, but if they're falling go do service and rake some leaves!
     ~ Elder Brady

Monday, October 12, 2015

Marriot Ranch!!

Elder Brady & Elder Overstreet
     Hey everybody I hope you guys all had a good week! My week was pretty good, and crazy, and fun but it was a good week. I was only in my area about half of the week, so it was a little bit of different week, but it's good to shake things up a bit, keeps things interesting. Here are some highlights from the week.
     Well we had some good lessons and then we had some not so good lessons. One lesson we had with Harry and Delaine turned into being a question and answer session on things that sometimes didn't even seem connected with the gospel. Harry can definitely come up with some crazy things, but also things that can make you think. They are a nice couple though and I enjoy going over there.
Elder Kerr & Elder Brady headed to the
Marriot Ranch
     The first half of the week wasn't all that crazy or different, but the second half is when it started. Thursday I went on an exchange with our district leader, Elder Black. We did a lot of tracting and saw a part-member family, then we met with an investigator and his drunk dad, that was interesting. The dad wouldn't stop talking and didn't make sense most of the time, but nothing much we could do, we tried just talking to his son, but he would always interrupt us and go off forever on things, so we just ended up leaving as soon as we could.
     Saturday I went on another exchange, but this time it was with Elder Kerr on a special assignment. We got to travel outside of the mission, to the Marriott Ranch Picnic for ambassadors and diplomats and teach them how to rope! It was sweet! Elder Kerr and I were in heaven, we got to rope a couple of roping dummies all day and teach people and their kids how to rope. Two guys that were helping with the "Roping Station" said Elder Kerr and I were the best they've had at that picnic in years, so that was cool. It was way fun and even though it was a non proselyting event almost always the mission, or gospel came up in the conversations somehow. There was people from all over the world and it was just super cool, they were all way nice and having a good time. It was a great day, Elder Kerr and I didn't want to leave the ranch.
     I hope y'all have a great week this week and do something awesome! We each have a light of our own that we possess and that we should let shine for ones to see. Go out and share the light that you have with someone, so that their lives can be changed for the better! Oh and shout-out to my little sister, Natasha, it's her birthday on Wednesday! Happy Birthday!!
     ~ Elder Brady

Marriot Ranch
Beautiful View

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

General Conference!!

Between sessions
(Elder Overstreet and Frank Del Vecchio)
     This past week has been a pretty good week and it was awesome to get to watch conference! This email is going to be a little shorter because there was a mishap and I lost the email I originally wrote, so I don't have a lot of time to write this one. Anyway I hope y'all had a great week and here goes mine.
      Well Monday was the usual P-Day we did our emailing and shopping and then we got together with a bunch of missionaries and played some football! I was pretty excited about that and there was a lot of us there so it was really fun.
      Tuesday we had interviews with President Huntsman, our mission president. He is awesome and it was really good to get to talk with him one on one and learn in that setting.
      Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were days where we did things like we are supposed to, but we didn't see a lot come from it. These days happen more than you'd think, but we all need trials to learn and grow so we are keeping on and pushing on.
Aiden and Hope Del Vecchio
      Saturday and Sunday were definitely the climax days because of General Conference. It was my companion's first conference he has watched on his mission, so that was pretty cool. We also got to watch all the sessions with a recent convert which was really cool as well. He had a lot of questions about how it works and how many people can fit in the conference center, but he was so engrossed in the people speaking it was sweet! I learned a lot from this conference and I'm so glad I was able watch it. I needed to hear some things that were said and it just strengthened my testimony of our church leaders. I love General Conference!
      Well I hope you guys all have a great week and I can't wait to hear from ya next week.
      ~ Elder Brady
Picture timeeee

Monday, September 28, 2015

Day to Serve

     Monday we did our emailing and then got a ride to Chantilly and went shopping. While there a member saw us and bought is all some lunch, so that was sweet! After that we went and played some basketball and volleyball. In the evening we met with two investigators, Harry and Delaine Whittaker, who are super cool and we had a good conversation with them.
Elder Brady & Elder Overstreet
     Tuesday we had District Meeting, Elder Black is the District Leader and he does a good job of it. Went to lunch with a pretty much in-active member named Jagadish, who randomly asked if we wanted to go to lunch with him one time, so it was sweet. Then we went to the mall because Elder Overstreet's iPad somehow got messed up with the update, so we went to get it fixed, but they said we have to go back tomorrow.
     Wednesday we started off by going back to the mall and getting Elder Overstreet's iPad fixed and ready to go, but it took awhile. On the way back a guy stopped us and said he wanted to learn about our religion, so we exchanged contact info. His name is Lazero and he seems super excited to learn. Went to Frank's and talked with him about family history which he is working on and he loves it.
     Thursday we met with Bro. Johnson, the Ward Mission Leader, and talked about how we can better do the work with and in the ward. Then we met Frank at Bro. Bowen's house to help him do some family history work. We tried two potentials after dinner, but no luck there so we decided to try Lazero. We got in and we had a short lesson on the Book of Mormon and he seemed to really enjoy it. Super excited to see how things go with him.
Skinnying a tie
     Friday was a bit of a slower day which happens sometimes I guess. We were trying potentials pretty much all day and then we tried to get in contact with a previous investigator, but we were not able to get a hold of them.
     Saturday was "Day to Serve" and our ward did a food drive for a local food pantry. It went all day, but there were people there in shifts. We went from 2-4 and it was amazing to see how many people helped out. There were a lot of people that didn't look like they COULD help, but they would bring something out for it, or donate some change out of there pocket and it was just awesome to see what people will do for others. We took all the food to the pantry and then helped sort and stack it and that took awhile, but it was fun. As a ward we raised almost two tons of food for for the pantry!
     Sunday was a good day, we had ward council in the morning and then church right after. Today in church it was the primary program which was awesome! They are always funny, but always so spiritual as well, it's a great mix. After church we did our studies and then had dinner at the Rickard's, who are a part-member family and they are pretty cool. Afterwards we met with the Bishop and talked with him about what we can help each other with in the work within the ward. He is a great guy and is really missionary oriented, it's great.
     So this week was a pretty good week and I hope y'all had a good week as well. In my studies one day I started reading "Our Heritage", which if you don't know is a brief history of the church, and I highly recommend it to help strengthen your testimony of the church. It has amazing stories in there and shows the courage and faith of so many early members, it's a great book. Well I hope you guys have a great week and keep smiling.      ~ Elder Brady

Package from Home
Package? Yes, please!

Monday, September 21, 2015


Bye to the Canigiani's
     Monday we did some emailing and then we went and hung out with a bunch of elders. We played some football and then some basketball and I will never play sports again when I have my glasses and not my contacts. It was hard! Anyway so it was a pretty fun day and no one got seriously hurt so that's good.
Bye to the Jones Family
     Tuesday we did some service for Jon, we mowed and weed whacked his yard and it was actually kind of fun. It wasn't that hard because the yard isn't huge, but it still took a little bit. Had dinner and then had a game night with the Canigiani's and during the game we got the transfer email (they do an email instead of a call now) and we knew Elder Babb was going home, but we found out I was leaving and they were shutting down the area! It's crazy, I was expecting to stay another transfer, but I guess not.
     Wednesday was a HUGE pack day like all we did was pack, and say bye to some people. We went to correlation and then Bro. Wride took us out to lunch with Jon at Buffalo Wild Wings and it was super good. Did some more packing and then we went with the sisters to say bye to the Jones Family and they actually took us out to dinner, wasn't expecting that, but they are just awesome! Did some moreee packing and then said bye to Smith's after which we finally got most of the packing done.
     Thursday we went to Jon's and he made us some french toast for breakfast and we just talked. Barrett came over and said bye before we left so that was sweet, he is a cool guy. Jon gave us a ride to Centreville for transfers because he is awesome! Had to say bye to Elder McInerny, Elder Babb, and my trainer, Elder Seely, they are going home! My new area is Fair Oaks, and my new companion is Elder Overstreet. Elder Overstreet is from West Jordan, Utah, and has been out for three months. After transfers we went on a blitz (tracting one area with more than one set of missionaries) with the Chantilly elders.
     Friday the Zone Leaders dropped my bike off so we could bike instead of a lot of walking, I like biking a lot more. We did some weekly planning and then tried to see some people. We were able to see the Second Counselor (Bro. Rybiki) and his family and then the bishop (Bishop Burciaga) and his family. They were all super nice.
     Saturday we went to the Chantilly elders area and did another blitz and then came back to our area and did a blitz here. Woo tracting. After dinner we met with Frank Delvecchio and his kids, Frank and his oldest daughter, Hope (who is 9) have been recently baptized and his other two kids will be baptized when they are old enough. They are a cool family and they like the missionaries a lot. Woot Woot!
     Sunday we had early Ward council and then straight to church where I said the closing prayer in sacrament meeting. Church was really good and I only introduced myself maybe 20 times. At dinner I uhh made a guy cry.... I was sharing the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 121:7-9 and my personal cross reference to Proverbs 17:17 and when I read in Proverbs he started crying. He thanked me, said he really liked that scripture and that he needed to highlight it. He then told us a story of how is best friend had died and that scripture made him think of his friend. It was really spiritual and touching and then he said he had been able to do the temple work for his friend! It was super cool! After dinner we tried to visit the people on a list the bishop had given us and we met this nice young couple that told us to come back, they're less-active members but still.
     So this week was a pretty good week and I hope ya'll had a good week as well. I found this quote I really like so I'm gonna share it with you guys.
"Don't change yourself because you're afraid of what people think.
Change yourself because you want to be better."
     Don't be scared of what other people think and stop changing, stop progressing because of it. Trust in God and always work to change and progress and become more like him.
      ~ Elder Brady
Elder Brady, Zach Jones, and Elder Babb
Bye to Bro. Wride
 Bye to Barrett
Bye to my trainer, Elder Seely
Leesburg District - Back Row: E. Brady, E. Babb,
S.Gerber , E. Harper, S. Gardner, E. Rammell, Front Row: Sisters Archibald, Langford, and Manalang