Braxton said that Alma 26:27 was him in a nut shell. So I though I'd share this scripture here. It says: "now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst the brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with Patience thine afflictions and I will give unto you success." It's awesome when the scriptures speak do us.
Elder Ropelato had a bit of a scare last week. While he was sleeping, it was around 3:00 am, a pet ferret got loose and was running around. Braxton wasn't in the mood for it, because he just wanted to sleep. A few of the Elders caught it though and put it back in its cage.
Elder Ropelato admitted to being a bit "home sick". He said things were just slow and hard and some baptisms had fallen through and he got just a bit discouraged. He did alot of praying and was blessed so much. Even his spanish took a huge leap and he is able to communicate with his comp better.
The Elders ususally share taxi's when they need to go places, like after meetings to get back home. Six will cram into a taxi (to save money) and when they hit the speed bumps the taxi will hit the ground. They think it's funny. After their last meeting the Taxi driver would only let 4 Elders get in at once. So, Braxton and Elder Cook put out their thumbs and got a ride. They were taken all the way home and Braxton thought that was cool, because it was for free.
Braxton thinks the way they do road work is a bit strange. They dig up the roads with picks and then shovel it into a backhoe. Now Braxton has worked with his grandpa alot with the backhoe and wonders why they just don't do everything with the backhoe. He thought it was funny.
Elder Ropelato and his comp are getting free pop by collecting the bottle tops that are left in the road. The caps say free Sprite and so they pick them up and redeem them, and Braxton thinks that is just wonderful
They found a really cool family that seems very interested with lots of questions. Braxton is excited to work with them.
For p-day the Elders went rock climbing and had a blast. Braxton is understanding the conversations better when they eat at people's homes. He says the people are hilarious or maybe it's his own imagination that is going crazy. Either way it's enjoyable.
This week he signed his letter with: Elder Ropelato IV and "I love being a Missionary"
PS - The candy in Mexico isnt any good and Braxton teased us by reminding us that we can talk to him in person at Christmas. (funny boy)