Bryce has been super busy and is continuing to serve in Cuauhtemoc, Mexico. The weather has finally turned cold and I see many more pictures with full suits.
Some of his experiences in the past 9 weeks. Bryce and his companion had dinner with a family that are in his branch. A few days later there was a fatal car accident in front of his apartment. He witnessed all the emergency teams, crashed vehicles, etc. That night at 3 a.m. his phone rang. He was asleep and it was an unknown number so he ignored it. A little while later, his phone rang again but this time he answered. It was the father of the family he had eaten dinner with a few days earlier. The man on the other end told Bryce that his daughter was in a horrible car accident and had passed away earlier that night. He asked if Bryce and his companion could please come over to the house and give his wife and the family blessings of comfort. Of course, they got up, got dressed and walked in the middle of the night to offer these blessings. Bryce said it was really hard to watch how quickly a life can be taken and to see the effect on the family. He has since been able to continue contact with this family and do his best to help them through the grieving process.
More recently (this week) he had the opportunity to baptize a sister that has been trying to get the courage to be baptized for an entire year. She is deathly afraid of water so she couldn't imagine going under the water to be baptized. Bryce was able to comfort her and walk her through it and prove he was tall enough to save this short, sweet woman should she get lost in the water.
Sunday the AP's (Assistants to the Mission President) called Bryce and told him he would need to take a bus to Chihuahua the next morning (1.5 hour bus ride). Turns out about 14 missionaries were selected to sing a hymn for Elder Oaks that is coming to visit the Mission on December 9th. They put together a special choir and Bryce will be traveling to Chihuahua every Monday until December 9th. He said the practice for severl hours each Monday and then ride the bus back to Cuauhtemoc. He is excited for Elder Oaks to be coming to Mexico and honored to get to sing for the occasion. Bryce was also happy to meet up with many of his past companions and said he didn't realize how much he had missed some of them until he saw them again (at the choir practice). He got to spend time with Elder Mucino! Mucino was Bryce's very first companion when he arrived in Mexico so they have a special bond. He also mentioned seeing Elder Lito Martinez who was also one of his very favorite comps oh and he said he was super excited to see Elder Epperson also. Not a comp but a connection in some area at some time :) I'm starting to have a hard time keeping them all the connections figured out.
Last note we got this week was Bryce had his first migraine of his Mission. It happened last Thursday. They were in Chihuahua having a training meeting with the Mission President and Bryce could tell his eyes were not okay. He has struggled with migraines as a teen and we were concerned about them on his mission but he was able to go 17 months before he had his first one! That's a blessing. He carries the meds with him in his bag but said it's been so long since he had a migraine that he was afraid to take it. That's when these elders need a Mom to tell them what to do. So he took nothing so of course he lost his vision, his arms and legs went entirely numb and his speech got all crazy. (His migraines mimic a stroke) Not sure if the other elders knew what was going on but he's lucky they didn't carry him off to the hospital). He said he felt pretty lucky to be able to go a year and a half without any.
That's all this mom can think of for now. Just that he loves the area of Cuauhtemoc. It's his favorite area of his mission and he loves the people.
|Bryce and Elder Shaw|
|Elder Shaw and Bryce|
|Wall in Back in English "MY CRAZY LIFE"|
|Elder Mucino and Bryce (still as close as ever)|
|Member baptized last Saturday|
|Paintball Bryce sore his giraffe pajamas so he could be his "spirit animal" First time I've seen them on him (apparently I made them for two of him to fit into the pajama pants)|