Week 28: Hernandarias Paraguay

Swaggy Christmas Swag. lol

Hello Everyone!! This week was Christmasssss, and it honestly felt nothing like Christmas, because ya know everyone here is drunk, high and do nothing everyday, so it was just a normalish day! Not too much happened this week, but i am still stuck in Posadas with Elder Thomas for another week so, that makes me pretty happy! This week was weird with the holiday, but we did find some pretty cool investigators, and ya know got told we are spies from the cia, and that the USA just wants his individual information so they can control him or something like that. but i will keep this short, because swag. i love you all.



Week 27: Hernandarias Paraguay

Ho Ho Ho… also t-minus 3 days til Skype 🙂


Well it was a BIG week in Paraguay, as I hit my 6 month mark! Which means I got to burn a tie! 🙂 I cannot believe I have been out this long, when you lose yourself in the work, the time FLIES!


The same day I hit my 6 month mark was the day of our Christmas activity for the mish! It was super fun, as all the homies were there ( Eddenfield, Mahoney, and some others) but we did something a little out of the ordinary, we partook of the sacrament! it literally was the neatest spirit I have ever felt in my life! There were about 50 missionaries, and it was the first time in my mission I have been able to actually focus on the sacrament, because normally there are people yelling and screaming, and kids running around playing soccer and all that jazz, so it was super cool to feel that spirit so strongly in remembrance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!


After that we did some games, but then our Pres. dressed up like Santa and the APs like elves, and his wife like Mrs. Clause, and gave out presents, it was so so so funny!


Our president is the man to say the least! Friday we had a branch Christmas party thing, which I organized and set up for and ran and did everything for. That’s one thing I miss. the relief society, and a self sufficient ward. I feel like no one here has any sense of responsibility, or work ethic, or drive. It makes it hard to run a branch, and preach the gospel all at the same time, but I am learning so so so much! Which in all honest is why I am here, to learn and grow while serving others!

Anyways I will keep this short bc I am in Posada’s for paperwork I love you all


Week 26: Hernandarias Paraguay

“RISE UP, and become the person YOU were meant to be.” -Elder Uchtdorf

WHAT A WEEK! So anyways this week me and Elder Eddenfield did a little challenge to see who could get the most “other lessons” which is just any lesson with an investigator without a member present, so like contacting and what not, but to be a lesson it has to have a starting and ending prayer and be 15 min long, and if you don’t feel the spirit then it doesn’t count, because THE SPIRIT IS EVERYTHING! So anyways the norm of the mission is around 12 to 14 a week, and my goal was 30, so going into it I knew we would have to work our butts off! Anyways we worked and worked and worked and worked some more, and ended up with 29! Which I am very very happy with! That is an amazing number for one week, and it was so so so much fun! I was literally trying everything to get into houses and my favorite method became! “Hey I am from America, and my comp is not, are you from America?” and then they say no of course, and then I say well crap, I can’t talk to ya then, and then they just start laughing up a storm, and then we get a lesson!


We have these new cards for christmas the Jesus is the gift movement, and it is so fun to teach about, especially because I swear that EVERYONE here is catholic, so its entertaining! But on saturday I was doing splits with Elder Merrell, and I was showing him some new contacting things, and some guy came out, and I was just super happy and everything (if you know me, you will understand that’s normal) and then we started to talk about catholics, and he looked at some old dirty fence post, breathed on it, and then shined it ( like you would to a window) and fell to his knees and started worshipping it, then he said No I am not a crazy catholic who worships anything and everything, safe to say I LOST IT!  It was so so so funny!

Also this same exact day, it rained harder than hard. We were swimming in water past our knees, I kid you not! It was so so wet! All our stuff was so extremely wet! IT WAS AWESOME!:) I absolutely love the fact that I live in Paraguay! IT’S SO SO SO AMAZING HERE! IT’S SO SO BEAUTIFUL HERE!:)

Ding Dong

Anyways I wanna talk about goals and that for a second! I used to hate goals, but NOW I LOVE THEM! I would never be able top get 30 lessons in a week, but that was our goal, and we were able to PLAN accordingly every single day to achieve our goal! What an amazing lesson that was for me, I mean I have always had the goal of being some type of doctor (Orthopedic, Neurologist, Cardiologist or Radiologist)  but now I have realized that is my long term goal, but what do Ii have to do in the short term? Well first I will finish my mission with NO REGRETS, I don’t wanna look back on life with regrets of my mission, I will work every single second of every single day, because 2 years is only 2 years, no matter how you look at it. Next I will get home, and go straight to work, school, and studies, that’s first for sure. I mean finding a wife is somewhere in there, but who wants to marry someone who doesn’t have a job, and isn’t going to school? I wouldn’t. Next is marriage, and marrying someone who will support me in my goals and ambitions! And after that is just work my butt off to become smart enough! That’s just an example, but you can literally use short to long term goals to achieve ANYTHING! Such as eternal life, first is baptism and the holy ghost, next is temple, and within it all is Enduring to the end, So you can make small goals, such as temple marriage, and then set smaller goals, such as only date people with good values, and then another goal, is make sure I know my values, things such as this will make ALL the difference in your whole life, I promise you that!

Anyways that’s about all I got for ya this week! Sorry for rambling on about goals for a good 30 minutes! Also everyone everyone read John 14, and remember that Jesus says he will not leave us comfortless, and that he did send the holy ghost! don’t forget that you are NEVER alone in ANYTHING! I know that with all of my heart! I feel so so so alone sometimes, and so stuck in my own thoughts, because I will admit it, living with a guy who walks around talking to himself all day and then until about 4 in the morning can feel a little lonely, in the middle of Paraguay, but then I just pray to have strength, and comfort to carry on so I can achieve my goal of serving a worthy, full-time mission. I invite you all to pray for help, strength and comfort, and I promise YOU WILL receive it!

I Like Turtles
Anyways I love you all, almost as much as I love Paraguay, but not near as much as I love being a missionary!
Elder Brayd 🙂

Week 25: Hernandarias Paraguay

´The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.´ -Majorie Pay Hinckley


Hello people of the world! 🙂 I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season, it is beginning to look a little bit like Christmas here in Paraguay!!!:) This was a strange week! so on last PDAY we came to a FLOODED apartment! A pipe had broke underneath us, and we were flooded out, so we ended up staying with other elders all week, which was a little strange! It was definitely a week of very little sleep! Anyways I had a dream one night I was on a bus contacting, and what not, and I talked to this girl about baptism and got her name and all that jazz, and then I woke up, and my agenda was right next to my desk with a map drawn to her house, and everything, so we went looking for her (me and Eddenfield in the picture with her) and WE FOUND HER!!! It was insane! She was super receptive, but she is catholic, so it was still a struggle, but I really think she can progress!!

My goals for this week were to teach my comp how to have more animo (animation?) in lessons and contacting, because I go in guns blazing supa happy, and get everyone hyped then he talks reallllly soft, and it just ruins the vibe of the lesson, so I have been trying to show him how! also I have been trying to push him to do more street contacting which is like my favorite thing ever, its like walking up to a girl and asking for her number, but you’re walking up to someone and asking for their address, and their faith which is like a million times more fun, because its more important and I can do it in Guaraní, which is so fun, because in Spanish is something like “Hola soy un misionero y representante de JesuCristo’ or some variation of that but in Guaraní its “Hou Pe! Or´e ha´e misionerpugua de HesuKristo tupao aramatekuera hapahapegua!” which is literally nothing alike at all, and people automatically are like alright I see you white boy speaking Guaraní, or I just walk up and say “de kuré tettaté” which means you’re supa fat and they laugh and then we talk about where I am from, and I LOVE saying how old do you think I am because everyone says 25 or around there and I am like uhhh 18…:) and their like whoa that’s cool and I am like ya!

Anyways I have learned so so so much this week, but my favorite is probably john 2:9 9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom.

I love this because it has a winky face and a sad face, and no I did not change it to say that! Because sometimes we will be like why is God giving me water when I asked for wine??? But he knows what he’s giving ya 😉 hahahahah:) its just so so so awesome!

Matthew 7:2
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. I LOVE this because it said mete which think like Jesus was a pirate! hahahah:) he was on his ship preaching and he was like ye mete (in a pirate voice) this is one of mine and Eddenfield many theories of the life of Jesus Christ, but what it boils down to is he was and still is the MAN! 🙂

I love you all millions! remember he knows what he’s giving us ye mete!:)


Week 24: Hernandarias Paraguay

Feliz dia de gracias.. I mean wait, they don’t do that here…awkward


HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOLKS! While y’all were watching football, and gaining some weight I was sweating worse than I have in my whole life ever! SUMMER is starting here, and it probably will be a long one! it is hitting mid 90´s which may or may not sound too bad, but then the humidity is mid 90’s as well, which may or may not be killer. Anyways!

So we have this investigator named Aracley, and she is 17 and has came to church over 20 times, but they could never get permission to baptize her from her dad, so I come in here all guns a blazin’ and what not and get her permission, so now she can be baptized, BUT she is moving to Brazil so she can’t get baptized after 5 months of trying! So that really put a damper on my day! I bible bashed with her dad for a good hour and finally got him to understand that JESUS was baptized, and it is a commandment, and that in Matthew we learn about the authority you have to have from God to do things and yada yada, but now it doesn’t matter!

MY FAVORITE thing is to get in discussions with Catholics about why we shouldn’t pray to the Virgin Mary to Jesus to God, and I love love love it, because I know my bible now, which means I can bash, so I just start pulling out every time Jesus says ask the Father in my name and it will be given to you, and how Mary had other children, and how she was unpure for 2 weeks, and how yeah she was a stud and all, but we shouldn’t put her statue in little houses in front of our house and what not! so yeah!


Anyways on Friday we were out tracting and I have been PRAYING PRAYING and PRAYING to find a family that we can baptize and everything, and then my prayers were somewhat answered! I saw a lady and some kids digging in their yard, and thought I can dig! So I walk up and say hey can I help you ( in Guaraní to gain some respect:)) and she said no! and I said please I need to practice so I can get married one day! and she said well women do like men who can work! So she let me! And then I started talking to her, and what not! She is a solo mom. and has 6 kids all over the age of 10! she is Evangelical but not active, and she was like where does it talk about all this in the Bible? and I said well I can show ya! so I started explain everything to her about how it talks all about it in the bible with the stick of Ephraim and all that! So she LOVED it! the best part is THEY ALL CAME TO CHURCH! What a great day!!!:)

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE being a missionary is what its all boils down to!!!:) I have so so so many cool experiences everyday! Even the bad experiences are still so so so cool to look back on and think WOW I made it through that!:) I promise you, as Jesus promised Joseph Smith, that your tribulations will be but a second in the grand scheme of things! JUST PRAY AND.. PRAY.. and FAST! 🙂 There are so many simple, yet beautiful truths in the gospel that we have, there is no reason to not be happy!!!:)


I love you all so so so much, and I am so very very blessed to have your support! 🙂 ALSO all of you read the bible! Just start with the New Testament, because I will admit it the old test is kinda boring, but its super deep! And while reading you will start to think, man didn’t I already read this, and the chances are you have because the 4 gospels basically repeat themselves (besides John, he just kinda does his own thing) BUT I promise you every time you read the same parable or the same healing or something your faith WILL grow, and so will your TESTIMONY! I love the BOM and all, but my testimony has grown so so so much by reading the Bible, so I invite you all to read it as well!!!:) Once again I love you all,!!!:)


Now is the time to become
So after church yesterday a member who is 18 years old was like hey can I talk you, and I was like of course! So she starts to tell me how her boyfriend did all this crap to her, like cheated on her and broke her heart (she is completely bawling), and starts to say how she wishes she could find a nice guy like me who is doing something with their life, and won’t hurt her, and then instantly I start to get overwhelmed with tears, and started pouring out to her how I was so stupid with girls and everything, and yeah… so I have decided now is the time to change! Now is the time to change everything! To be smarter, stronger, bigger, have a stronger testimony, better knowledge of the scriptures! Now is the time for me to BECOME who I need to be! I will NOT come home early, I will NOT let a day pass with out doing EVERYTHING I can to BECOME! NOW IS THE TIME! I know that through hard work, study, and prayer I can BECOME the man I NEED to be! I invite you all to try to BECOME who you need to be!