Sister Aleta Bray

Aleta 25

Aleta 25
On my Birthday!

Worn Out!

Worn Out!
after pushing the car....okay it may have been slightly exaggerated....(explanation of car in July 18th letter)

Aleta Christmas Eve - Beunos Aires

Aleta Christmas Eve - Beunos Aires
Look at what I Got! Aleta Christmas Eve - Beunos Aires

Monday, November 28, 2011

Here we go again 2.0‏

Hello family,
well we had transfers today. It was a little tough to say good bye to Hermana Binks and to Urquiza. 6 months is a long time to have in an area and well there is just a special relationship between trainers and their hijitas. So here I am once again in Vicente Lopez. 2. Yep, that{s right. It seems I have more to do here. So I{m opening the area...again. I guess. So it got split when I was here in May and then they closed it or maybe better said put it back into one area when we got transferred to Urquiza. So I{m here again to split it all over again. It should be fun. My new companion is Hermana Sperry she{s from pleasant grove. This is her 2nd transfer here in Argentina, so I guess I{m still training. Well this last week was fun. Last p-day we went to calle Florida and I bought a lot of souvenirs and things. I had a feeling that I{d be leaving capital and I wanted to take advantage of the easy accessible and cheaper souvenirs. Mom, thus would be the reason of the with drawl from my account. We had a good time. Our awesome investigator Alcides, moved to Chacarita, the zone leaders area. So we aren't able to teach him any more, but they are awesome. Then he told us that he got a new job and had to work on Sundays. Well he wasn't aware that he couldn't get baptized if he didn't go to church. So miracle he called us today and told us he found another, better job, and he only has to work Monday thru Friday! What a miracle. Hermana Binks and I have been praying a full for that.
Well it sounds like you all had a pretty calm Thanksgiving. I{m sure next year will be full of adventures. Dad, that sounds like one good menu. Mom, I thought of you on Friday and wondered if you went shopping. Glad you spent some time with Jennie. Hey Melissa I got your Christmas card today, thanks!!! oh and Christine, I hope you feel better soon, I{m sure your sticking it out, but ouch!
Well that{s about all I got for you. I{m sure next week will be full of fun stories.
Lots of Love,
PS. ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!! o como dicen aqui ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡Feliz Cumple¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Family and friends,

Thanks for the letters! Jaime, that is so weird to think you have been married a year. Congrats! Oh and speaking of marriages, Congratulations HEIDI! I got the wedding announcement this week when we went to a leadership training meeting and was slightly speechless when I saw your name. You look so happy! I can´t wait to meet up with you again and hear all about it.
Oh and HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone! I can´t believe it´s on Friday...wait no Thursday. I guess that´s a sign I´ve been a way a while, can´t even remember when national holidays are....well, friday´s the day of the sales , that I remember ;)
So I´m sending home a few pictures of this awesome pen that Hermana Binks and I bought....then it broke, which just made it even more funny. I hope you think so too.´s funny.
Also sending a picture of cute little Jonas, the chicken pox culprit... in case you´d like to see who i caught them from. I think he´s three.
Oh and this week at our training meeting, all of the sisters had a special meeting about this new pilot program the church is doing about open chapels. It´s like a mini visitors center and is mobile. They set them up in church and have an open house type thing, with a huge cut out of the christus and everything, even the same recording that you here in the temple visitor centers. Pretty cool huh. Well our mission is the ¨test site¨ So we´lll see how it all goes, I hope I get to participate in one before I go home. It is really great and the way they have it set and contact the people is just great. So we´ll see.

This week has been a roller coaster. We have had some great up and some huge downs. I guess that is the way things are though. The down definitely help you see and be grateful for the ups. We have an investigator Alcides, he is amazing and so prepared. It has been a blessing to see him learn and grow. He has had some amazing experiences with the spirit and loves the Book of Mormon. He has been working and living in the same house and as of last week the family moved in that had hired him to remodel. Well it turns out that they told him he had to leave the next day. Well, he had no where to go and doesn´t know anyone here, he´s from Chaco (a province in the northern part of Argentina). So to make a long story short, after much prayer and diligent search on our part, the lord blessed him with a place to stay for the weekend. Unfortunately, he told us yesterday that he didn´t have enough money to stay there any longer and he didn´t know where he was going to go. With tears in his eyes he said, ¨I don´t want to go, I feel God´s love and I want to get baptized in this church.¨ We talked a lot about repentance and a few things that he needs to change in his life, but the spirit was beautiful as it touched his heart and he saw the truthfulness of the gospel and the hope to change for the better. We are going to try and stay in touch with him, we aren´t giving up on him yet, we just aren´t sure where he will be going. He really has been a blessing for us and has helped us learn how to teach by and with the spirit. On another note...
Our district leader called us this week inviting us to look for ways that we could find new investigators. Well Hermana Binks and I prayed and counseled about it and we came up with some great ideas. I know that as we go forth with faith and diligence the lord will bless us with his children who are ready for this good news.
Okay I think that´s enough from me this week, I love you all!
Have a great week and eat A LOT of turkey and potato's for me. They don´t really do the whole turkey thing here, it´s pretty much pig or cow, but it´s delicious :)

Monday, November 14, 2011


Dear Family,
Hi how´s everyone? Thanks for the emails. Aunt Janie that sounds great! I can´t wait to see the video, good job with the surprise everyone. I have a great mental picture of you seeing Mike there in the doorway. Dad, I´m gonna try the cookies, they sound really yummy I´ll let you know how they turn out. Mom, I´m glad you liked the pictures. It has certainly started to warm up here, sigh. Oh well, I guess I had better enjoy it, since Feb, will be extremely cold when I get there. This has been a week with a lot of walking. We ran out of credit on our cell phone and we don´t get more until the 23rd, so that makes it a little more difficult to set appointments and find members to come with us. Today was a little abnormal as well, we had to go to San Fernando at 8 this morning to do paperwork for Hermana Binks, then we (all of the companions not doing said paperwork for visas and official documents) had to take the train to go to Capital. Well that took forever, then we walked around and looked at a few shops, we walked past the congress building, which is beautiful by the way, and the plaza 25 de Mayo. Then we hooked back up with our comps and well that was that. I had fun though and it´s always nice to get together with the other missionaries.
Our area is doing well, we have an investigator who is fantastic. We can´t find him right now, but he is great. I have never met someone so susceptible to the spirit.
Well sorry it´s short I don´t have too much more to say...I feel like the longer I´m here the shorter my emails become. Sorry about that, I just never remember all the things that I want to tell you when I´m here writing. I hope everything is good and that you have a great week.

Monday, November 7, 2011

15 Months!

Dear family,
Well here we go into another month, I can´t believe I just completed 15 months in the mission. wierd. So they don´t observe daylight savings here, I completely forgot about that. Well, I´m glad you all got an extra hour of sleep! Wow, mom, that sounds like one busy weekend. I hope you had fun with everyone. Thnaks for the pictures you sent a couple of weeks ago, it looks like Calsita is getting really big. I look forward to seeing here just in time for her birthday;) Oh and no, I don´t think any of my packages have ever been opened. Well, that´s not entirely true. This last one was opened, but by Elders in the offices, it seems that my name somehow got lost on the package. It got here and everything, but they couldn´t tell who it was for, so the elders dug in in hopes that something had a name on it inside. Well lucky for me I had a few cards in there, and Aleta´s not that common of a name. So they got it to me. So it might be a good idea to write the name on the actual box as well as the typed address. There was a little note written on one of the inside flaps that said, ¨Looks like a great package, enjoy!¨ So I know somebody opened it
Well that´s all I got time for today,
Love you all Tons!


She has Arrived

She has Arrived
President & Sister Gulbrandsen & Aleta

Hermana Vargas, Gillum and me

burrrr, cold spell

burrrr, cold spell