Brett's apartment mailing address:

3712 Howard Dr. Apt # 18
McAllen, TX

Brett's mission office address:

Texas McAllen Mission
Attn: Elder Brett Mecham
200 West La Vista Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hey all,

We got the transfer call on Saturday and it turns out I'm staying in Rio Grande. Actually, the entire district is staying the same. I thought for sure 2 or 3 would be leaving. Maybe there will be mid transfers? Who knows. I'm excited though because we have some people really close to baptism.

I attached a photo to the emal. Hopefully it works. This is a picture of me and Hermana T___ and her son Humberto. Hermana T___ is one of the greatest ladies I've ever met. When I was new to Rio Grande and when Elder Stone came in and replaced Elder Anderson, we were looking for a ride for one of our investigatores because she didn't have a car and I noticed in the branch directory that there was a member that lived past our investigator but would probably be able to pick her up on the way to church, since it was on the way. I didn't know her but I gave her call and got it set up that she would take our investigator to church on Sunday.

We introduced ourselves to her that sunday and she has been the biggest help since then. We started taking her out to lessons with us and then she started feeding us every friday evening. (This was awesome because this was back before we were getting fed) She has helped us out with so many lessons. Her testimony is so strong and she relates so well with the people that we teach.

She and her husband (he's less active) live in a very humble home and can only offer a little on fridays when we come by to eat, but boy is it the best food in the world. Not because she's an amazing cook, but because it means so much to us. Even though she doesn't have a lot, she always insists that we eat there. We have some of the best conversations with her too. She loves to talk, and I love to listen and try to absorb in as much spanish as I can. It's hard to stay there for under an hour because we get caught up in talking. She and her family are wonderful. This past week though she has been in Mexico visiting some family and it's been difficult because we really enjoyed her help. She should be back next week though. We're excited.

Anyway, I just wanted to show you that picture and share a story about one of the members here in the Rio Grande Branch. It really is a grand place. I'm excited to spend a little more time here. (or a lot, who knows?)

Thanks for everything. I won't be able to write next week because it's the 4th of July. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Con mucho amor,

Elder Brett

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday already...

It was another great week. We have been teaching a young lady named Monica and she is all ready for baptism, but she and her mother had to go out of town for some doctor appointments so we are just waiting for her to get back. Alex and her three kids were already interviewed for baptism and all set to go but there was an emergency in the family and it has been postponed. Satan really knows what he's doing...

It's been amazing being here in Rio Grande. Mas de cuatro meses! We find out about transfers this weekend and our district is pretty excited because we're pretty sure there are going to be some big changes. Four of us have been here for a considerable amount of time, so we're trying to guess where we are all going. My prediction is that I'm going to stay here and then halfway through the transfer I'm going to get moved. President tends to do that quite often. Keeps us on our toes I guess.

Have I expressed my love and appreciation for the members here? Man, they are awesome. I feel pretty fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of a regular ward all my life where there are sufficient amount of people to accomplish all the required tasks. The branch here is so small and there are many members who have to do so much. It's been a blessing to see them work so hard and diligently. I forgot to bring my cord that connects the camera to the computer, but next week I am going to send a picture of me and one of the older ladies in the branch who is absolutely amazing.  She feeds us every friday evening and the last time that we were there I asked her if I could take a picture with her and her son because I wanted to show my family back home some of the wonderful members in Rio Grande. I'll tell more about her in my next email.

But how are y'all doing? I really appreciate all the updates. It's fun to read them and then tell the other elders in my apartment all about you all. I like to brag about you guys.

So Saturday night the AC in our apartment broke. It was funny because Elder Diamond and I picked up Elder Ginez and Elder Pallo because they are in a bike area and when opened up the door to the apartment and headed inside, we were all like, "Something's wrong." It didn't take long to figure out that the air wasn't working. The thermometer said 100 degrees outside, 100 degrees inside. It was a brutal night's sleep. About every hour during the night, I would get out of bed and stick my head in the freezer for a few seconds. It was miserable. Elder Ginez ended up just sleeping on the tile floor the entire night because it was a tiny bit cooler. Elder Pallo slept under the fan by his desk in the study room. Fortunately we talked to the landlord this morning and he just barely fixed it. It will be nice to go back to a nice cool apartment. This sure made me appreciate air conditioning! We teach a lot of people here that don't have it, and now I wonder how they do it.

Well, thanks so much for all your support. You all are the best.

Elder Brett

June 13, 2011

Hello family,

Sorry I haven't sent an email in such a long time! P-days are precious!

Today we had another awesome awesome awesome game of futbol in the cancha. The Elders from La Joya (The district next to ours)came up and we had an exciting match, La Joya versus Rio Grande. The game got pretty crazy at the end and I think we just ended in a tie. We usually play for only an hour or so because it's so hot but we played for two today and we were all just about dead at the end. Some members from the branch came too. I love this branch. It's pretty small, totally crazy, but wonderful. I hope I stay in small branches throughout my mission. It's difficult most of the time, but it's worth it.

When I first got here we mainly just brought out certain members from the branch to help us out with our lessons but something that Elder Stone and I started to do and Elder Diamond and I are continuing to do is bring a lot of recent converts. We've had so much help from them. They still have that "fire" in them since their baptism. This branch sure is growing. Mom, I sent a CD of pictures. Did it ever get there? If it didn't, I am going to buy a flash drive and then I'll add the pictures to it, send it so you can all put it on your computer and then just have you send it back. I've tried putting them in emails but it didn't work. I have a TON of pictures too. I want you all to see them!

Transfers are coming up and a part of me really wants to stay here in Rio Grande. Out of all the people in the district right now, I've been here the longest, and the members know me really well. The beginning of my mission was so crazy, and I felt like I never got to know anyone, but now I do! At the same time though I wouldn't mind to get to experience another part of the mission. There are so many great places here, and all I know is Rio Grande. But I guess I'll find out in a week or two and let y'all know.

I was wondering if you could send me a few boxes of protein bars or trail mix bars or something. There are the nature valley oats and honey ones which I like. Anything really would work. I just want to assemble my 72 hour kit. All I need are the energy bars. Thanks a bunch.

Well we are in a hurry to do laundry. We decided to take a break from soccer next P-day so we have more time to write letters and email. I'll make sure and respond to your letters next time. Thanks for everything! Sorry if you all were worried. Things here are wonderful. I just need time to slow down. Thanks for all your updates. That is truly the best part of P-day.

con mucho mucho amor,

Elder Brett

May 22, 2011

Hey everybody,

I don't have a whole lot of time to write because I spent a lot of time writing President. A lot of good things are happening here in Rio Grande! There's a wonderful story that I'll have to tell next week.

I have a companion though! His name is Elder Diamond and he's from West Jordan Utah. It's about time I had one from Utah, especially since he's my twelfth companion. He's been out for more than a year and a half so he's got quite a bit of experience. He apparently plays soccer so we'll go find out if that's true or not in a little bit when we go to the concha. I got my butt whooped last week. It's probably karma since I lacked humility in my last email. I'll win today though...

Well family, thanks for everything. I love getting all the wonderful updates. Especially you Mallory, thanks for the plethora of letters. I'm really not sure where to keep them all. Even though you're really busy down there in Florida with work and hanging out on the beach, you never ever forget to write your little brother a nice letter here and there. (he he)

Love you all. You're the best.

Con mucho mucho amor,

Elder Brett