Monday, March 31, 2014

Love my family!!!

Dear family,

I have to apologize in advance.  This is going to be a pretty lame letter.  I am just not in the mood to write I guess.  I don't know why, just not.  I am good though.  I feel the spirit like crazy, it’s the prevailing thought in my mind.  I am happy, healthy, and doing so good.

Well, I love you all so much, I hope you all know that.  Its really important for you all to know that I love you so much!  I can’t imagine where I would be without a family like you.

This week was a bit of a tougher one, but not all bad.  Transfers are again coming up, then only two more to go.  The time is going to fast!  I still really can’t believe that I am coming home so soon, it doesn’t feel right ha ha.

This week we had a baptism for three awesome men!  The first is Joshua, he is 23 years old, super smart man.  He’s trying to work now to save so he can go to school, and then we also baptized his brother Jonathan.  They are both Nigerian, Joshua grew up in Ghana and Jonathan in Nigeria.  They are brothers but you can hardly even tell, they are about as different as could be.  Both great guys though!  The third is named Prince.  Prince is friends with a member, also a great great guy.  He is 2 months older than I am, so we are shooting for missionary service now!  It was a great baptism, President and Sister Judd came.  That was cool.  It was very spiritual and I was very happy with how it went!

Well, not much more I can think of to write about.  I just want you all to know how much I love you and how much you all mean to me.  Lately, more than ever, I have really realized what an awesome family I have.

I got the Valentine’s package from you, and I got an Easter one from Grandma and Grandpa Bradshaw, as well as a letter...also I got one from Sister C.B. and the Lund's.  Thank you all so much!

Well gotta go, I’ll get you a better letter next week.

Love you all,

Elder Bradshaw

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pushing cars...

Dear family,

Again so sorry.  Today has been a mad house trying to get the
opportunity to email.  The cafe's are really messed up this week....
Its taken me about 45 minutes to load my in-box.....  So I am lucky I
at least got to read your email and try and send you a quick one.

Well...this week we had kind of a cool experience, we were walking down
the road and a tro tro (basically a Mercedes sprinter bus) stalled and
needed a push start to get going again.  There were some men trying to
get it rolling, and we of course hopped on back and gave them some help.
It started...drove away...and then we just kept walking.  And then...I didn’t really think
all that much about it. 

A few minutes later a silver CRV pulled over
and asked if they could give us a ride somewhere.  We were just going
right up the road...but for some reason we ended up in the back seat, I
think it was half ‘the spirit’ and half just because I wanted to ride in
my old car again! 

But...anyway I just thought it was some members that picked us up. We
told them, “We were headed to the chapel.” 
And they said, “okay which
“Wait, what? You’re not members?” 
“So, what made you want to pick us up then?”
“Well, we saw you push that dirty car up the road in your nice white shirts...
you were not a part of the car...nor did you have anything to do with it after it started...
you just kept walking...they didn't ask you to help...but you just did.  When we
saw that...we knew Christ was with you and that he would have done the
same.  And we wanted to be a part of you.” 

Wow!  I was blown away!
I didn’t think twice at all about helping to push that car, but it
touched someones heart and now they are meeting with Elder Honour and
his companion (they were not in our area).  This experience really affirmed the family
theme to me that, “by small and simple things, are great things
brought to pass.” 

It was really so cool.

On a funnier note, Elder Honour and I were asked to preside and conduct
a baptism the other day because the Bishop and all his counselors are
out of town.  So, we were at the chapel preparing and there was a bunch
of little kids that kept running into and around the chapel, so Elder
Honour closed the steel gate that goes over the doors.....Only
problem was that we didn't have keys, and our phone was dead....  So, we
were locked in the chapel that night...not all night.  Finally someone
came by and was able to let us out, but that was pretty funny!

Anyway, I’m still with Elder Johnson...but I gotta go.

Love you all so much, miss you like crazy,

Elder Bradshaw

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ants in Pants...

Dear family,

I can’t even fathom how time is going as fast as is is!  I didn’t even realize it was March until last night.  I thought I just slept on my watch wrong and changed the date!  Time really is going so so fast!  Anyway we had an okay week, not really a great one, but one where I learned quite a bit.  I am feeling pretty good this week.  Kinda looking forward to transfers, I think there may be some big changes this week, so that will be kinda fun to see.  Not so much for least I don’t think...but we’ll see.  Hoping for a new companion, and some more people to join the apartment.  Living with only two of you is kinda rough.  It’s nice to talk with someone else at the end of the day sometimes. was another one of those weeks where it went by so fast that I don’t really know what happened.

In my study right now, I am studying both the atonement and the 3 Nephi chapters where Christ visits the people in America.  I have very much enjoyed it!  The thing that all my study boils down to is how much God really does love us.  He loves each of us at an individual level that is so incredible.  It is just amazing!  These chapters in the Book of Mormon are some of my favorites. I started studying them when I was in Tema, and I am still I think only on chapter 17 (they start on 11).  I say that just because it blows my mind how much there is to be learned and such a seemingly small amount of words.  I can spend hours, or even days on one word at a time...and I love it so much!  Honestly, if I didn’t have such a desire to have a family...I think I would study ancient language and religion...move to the Middle East or Central America and devote my life to proving that the Book of Mormon is true using concrete evidence and with more than just the spirit.  Elder Honour and I, on Mondays, listen to this guy, Daniel C. Peterson.  I don’t know...I just get so much satisfaction by how perfect the Book of Mormon is.  It’s awesome!  I wouldn’t ever really do that...but I guess I say it just because of how much I love the Book of Mormon.  It’s the most incredible thing, and everyone needs to read it more!

Is it transfers this week?  Any news about that?
-I don't think I’ll go anywhere, but I guess we will see tomorrow.

-sorry, my card is still messed up.  I’ll try and fix it today.

Funny stuff?
-Ok...ready for this? 
I was teaching a man on a bench under a tree.  During the conversation...he kept doing this horribly painful face.  He looked shocked out of his mind and then would grab his hum-hum...then say, “okay, go ahead”...He would give it another minute...then the same thing again.  Finally he says, “I’m sorry...I have so many ants in my pants that are worrying me too much, and they’re biting! Can we make it another time?!”

Holy cow! It was hilarious. I felt for the guy though...those ant bites hurt...I’m sure especially where he was having them...

Service this week?
-not really, I wish we had more opportunities to serve.

Any special mission activities?
-not right now, I hope we have a temple trip soon though...its been way too long!

Okay so sorry!  Time is out.  Sorry its a short one.  I had to email a few others today so thats why its short.  Anyway, I love you all so much.  I am safe.  I am happy.  I am doing well.  Weston emailed me this week and it looks like we will most likely be rooming together up at USU...still not for sure.  When would we need to have that figured that out?

Love you all so much,