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, November 12, 2012

My second to last day in Texas...

Dear family,

This is unbelievable. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was in the Rio Grande public library trying to shoot off an email so we could go play futbol in the cancha haha. Time flies. I barely started getting everything packed up and it's been really hard not getting emotional. I've grown so attached to the valley. It's been my home for these past two years. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm glad that I was called to serve in south Texas; It will be so much easier to come back and visit all my friends and families that I've gotten to know.

It's been tough saying goodbye this past week, but fortunately we have facebook! Seriously though, it makes it so much easier to keep in tough. I love technology. I can't wait to plan a trip and take you all down here and introduce you to everyone. This is such an amazing place. Oh the Rio Grande valley. It might not be the prettiest on the outside, but on the inside, it's beautiful.
Thanks so much familia for all your love and support these past two years. I can't believe it's over! There were always other missionaries that were finishing the missions but I never realized that one day it would be my turn! haha. I'm still in denial I think.

Well, I guess I'll be seeing/talking to you on Wednesday. Tonight we have some FHE's planned with members/investigators and that will finish up my last working day as a full-time missionary. Tuesday morning we'll be heading to transfers; I'll help the new greenies put their bikes together, and then I'll have my exit interview with President Trayner at 2:30. We will have dinner and a testimony meeting at 6. Then we'll get up Wednesday morning and head to the airport.

Les quiero muchooo!

Con carino,
Elder Brett

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nov. 5, 2012

Dear familia,

So I just have to say that it was another great week. The people we are teaching are amazing, and equally amazing are the members in the wards where I'm serving. I don't want to leave this place quite yet! Haha man this is unreal. I feel like I still have another transfer or so. The seminary teacher invited us to seminary this past week so we went and shared our story about how we prepared for the mission and then some missionary experiences. There are 15 people enrolled in seminary and 14 attend regularly. It's amazing. They couldn't believe that there were only 4 or 5 of us my senior year, and only 3 attended regularly. Those were the days...

This week we have a 3 day leadership training (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) in McAllen and it lasts nearly all day. It's for all leadership in the mission (Trainers, District Leaders, and Zone Leaders) so there will be about 80 people at the training. It's going to be huge and awesome! It will be great seeing a bunch of my friends that are serving in other parts of the valley but it's going to be sad not having those days to work and find. All we have is from 6-9 at night. Elder Stevens and I are determined to find at least one more family before I go. 

I'm hoping that next Tuesday before I head to the Mission Office I'll be able to stop by real quick to some of my recent convert families. Or maybe I'll get permission to go to church in Edinburg on Sunday. I really want to see them all before I head back home. I'm not sure when I'll be able to come back down to visit. I am so so so grateful though that I won't need to go too far to come back and visit in the future. What a bendicion.

So I'm working on sending my bike home. I got an old bike box and I just need to disassemble my bike and tape it all up. The question is how I'm going to ship it. Today we are going to try by a few places and see what's cheapest. I'm hoping it's under 100 bucks. It's such a nice bike and there is no way I want to get rid of it. I have kept it in really good condition too. We'll see what I can do, but I should be ale to take care of it.

Man, I'm not sure what else to say. It hasn't quite hit me yet. I'm not sure when it is...hopefully when I'm actually on the plane. 

Pues, los quiero mucho :) Gracias por todo. Voy a tener una semana tan exitosa y les escribo la semana que viene de esta gran semana que vamos a tener. Elder Stevens y yo nos llevamos muy bien y a veces nos divertimos demasiado. No es pecado, verdad? jaja pues cuidense mucho. TE AMO!

-Elder Brett