Here is Alex’s last letter:
hey. see you guys on Friday.
Here is Alex’s last letter:
hey. see you guys on Friday.
What a quick week. I can’t believe it is already Lunes again! BUT HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Nah, we didn’t celebrate because we are a too broke. But if money comes tomorrow, we make go a little crazy and buy some pizza. Nice. But Thanksgiving looked like a blast. And how fun, it is snowing again. I just can’t believe it is winter again. Today I got pretty sunburned so we will see how the transition goes.
Anyways, I think I mentioned last week that I would be going to Guayaquil for an autosuficiencia (self sufficient) class. It was pretty interesting. They called us all by our first names, which was kind of bizarre. They also had us put metas (goals) for our futures studies and jobs and…our marriage goals. So that was kind of strange. But now I have a goal haha.
The fun part of this week was the activity we did as a rama. (ward) A noche de talentos.(talent night) As missionaries we did a sketch where we got all dressed up to do a dance, super cool, with super cool music, every one was like “what the missionaries are going to dance?” but then we just did like one dance move and then danced like idiots and a member came up and was like “no no no, the missionaries can’t dance. Get off!” And it was funny. Did that even come across as funny? No, I just re-read it. It doesn’t. Haha.
What else what else. Not too much! We are working our booties off, but igua creo que van a cerrar la rama. There just isn’t too much progress here. Which is super super sad. But what can you do, if the members don’t care, we can’t force them to care. But I just wish they would care! I was reading Jacob 5 today and I just know, I KNOW, that el Señor de a viña esta aqui con nosotros. I also know that he is putting his part in, and we are putting our part it, and it just breaks my heart that the members don’t put their part in. That they can’t progress. Ah, gosh, it’s so frustrating. But it will all work out.
Sorry. That was probably a rant. But I just want every one to understand how important the gospel is. It is absolutely the most important thing that there is. I love the church. I love being a missionary and being able to testify of Christ every day. We are so so blessed to have the gospel in our lives.
I love you guys.
Familia, (last weeks letter)
This week was alright. Probably the hardest week I have had on my mission. But I guess it just means that the Lord wants me to learn something that I haven’t quite learned yet. But that’s kind of a good thing. Like the Lord never tests us or sends us trials or hardships because he is mad. It’s because he wants to help us. So even though sometimes life isn’t SUPER easy, we should also remember that life was never meant to be easy. It’s meant to be a test. It is meant to help us prepare for a better future. So that is what I am trying to do. Try to look at the trials as a blessing and as an opportunity to learn and get better.
I hope every one is doing super well! I love you a lot!
Love, Hermana Brimley
How is everyone? Sounds like a fun Fakesgiving you guys had. And I am sure it will be a great Thanksgiving on Thursday. Man I am jealous, playing soccer and football and stuff. That’ll be a party. But I think we are going to ask permission to do something as a zone for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving doesn’t mean much to the Latins, so I am really pushing it. But either way I won’t be in Loja on Thursday because I need to travel to Guayaquil do a “autosuficiencia” class. (self sufficiency)
But this week was great! A little weird because on Wednesday we traveled to Cuenca at like 1 in the morning. Elder Godoy, the President of the Area here came to speak to us. He is from Brazil. He taught us to work like an army with love for the people we teach. It was awesome! My mission president ask me to share testimony to the whole mission and I don’t think I have ever been so nervous. But it was great!
And then straight from Cuenca we had to travel for consejo de lideres to Guayaquil with Elder Godoy again. Super awesome. And I got to do two sessions in the temple! And by coincidence I was there when MY FAVORITE MEMBER was receiving her endowments so I got to help with that. Wow, what a blessing. It was incredible.
Then pretty much I got back to Loja on Saturday night, went to church on Sunday, and now I am here. I can’t believe it is P-day again. Time is incredible.
Everything is great here! I so love love being a missionary. It has been such a privilege to be able to be here. I love the people here and I love my companions and all the Hermanas and Elders. Obviously things are hard, but life was never meant to be easy. We only go through what we can handle, and we only go through it because Dios has something better in store for us. I love the mission. I love what I have the opportunity to learn. I love the church.
Thanks you guys for everything. All the support and prayers. It is so appreciated.
Love, Hermana Brimley
How is every one doing? I hope things are still going super well in the United States. I hope the election goes well. You are entering Pumpkin season, which is the most delicious season, so that is very fun.
Anywho. This week was great. We got to work and it was so much fun. Actually let me just tell you the highlight of the week…since our branch is SUPER struggling, the branch president asked our mission president if we could have permission to play soccer on Friday with the members. That, jamas, happens. We haven’t played soccer in this mission for like 10 years. I was so so so so so excited. And we played for like 5 hours and then the next day I couldn’t walk. But they called me Hermana Messi so vale la pena. Then we actually got permission to play soccer for our P day today with the zone and it rocked. Again, I won’t be able to move tomorrow and I got super sun burned but it was great.
Spiritual experience: so my companion and I were contacting on Sunday night. And here in Loja, there is NO ONE outside on Sunday night. Absolutely no one. And worse because this week was vacations for them and so EVERYONE was gone. Except for the people that were drinking. It was kind of a rough week. But anyways, we were outside at like 8:30pm “contacting” (putting pamphlets on people’s cars). When finally I saw this super mean looking guy, whom I was initially afraid of, but I ran up to him (literally ran to him), gave him a pamphlet of the Plan de Salvacion and told him that this message was specifically for him, it was specifically going to bless his life and that God loves him. And he kind of started to cry, but then got really excited and said he had been waiting for this moment. And it was just beautiful. God seriously is preparing people every where. And it is like Elder Uchtdorf said in his talk, fourth floor last door. Just keep knocking. My companion and I just felt done trying to find people to talk to that night and wanted to go home. But we kept working and in those last moments God really blessed us. It’s like the scripture says, it’s AFTER the trial of your faith that you will see the blessings. So just keep going.
What else…what else. The virgen left this week. Silly doll. Some drunk people thought we were prostitutes and when I explained to them that we are missionaries they started crying and asking for help for a long time. But then when I was trying to leave they kissed my arms and ugh I am so done with that kind of nonsense. Pero sigamos.
Mom you asked how my Spanish was, well I had to make a call for the mission nurse in english and I was trying to speak english and the lady was like “oh you don’t speak english. I will transfer you to the Spanish call lady.” haha
Anyway. I hope every thing is great back in America. Ecuador is doing well. The church is the best. The gospel is real and God really does love us. I am realizing that more and more every day.
Love you guys.
Well. I had transfers. I am a little bit broken-hearted about it, I am not going to lie. The worst part is, I just can’t see the reason for this transfer! And as I was thinking about that during conference, what really stuck out to me was when people talked about doing the will of the Lord, rather than your own. And when we do…we will be able to realize our full potential. So as much as I am upset about leaving Zamora and coming to Loja, I know that it is for a reason.
Loja is 2 hours away from Zamora. It is in the mountains and is pretty. There are a lot of cows and llamas. I have gotten lost about 25 times today.
Our president is making a ton of changes in the mission, though. Like he just combined two zones and made one giant zone (I was made Hermana Leader so I think that is why I had transfers). My companion got transferred to Guayaquil in the office. I think because of her knee. My new companion is named Hermana Tonoto (I think). She has got like…4 months in the mission. Something like that. And is from Quito. So my wonderful gringa days are over. We are working in Loja, opening a sector. White washing? I think that is called. So I am a little nervous. Like 25 people attend church here. Ugh! I feel so sad because that is how it was when I got to Zamora but by the end we had like 60 or 70 people coming. Now I feel like we are starting over again. But that is okay. I know it will be great.
WASN’T CONFERENCE AWESOME!!!? There wasn’t internet in the church so we got to watch it with the Jensen family (an American family that is living in Zamora until December) And it was just like being at home. We ate hamburgers after. I could have cried. But seriously that conference was just the most fantastic thing. A few things that stuck out “Are we praying, or just saying prayers?” I just loved the way that was phrased.. And President Uchtdorf’s talk was awesome. Same with Elder Bednar’s. Wow how lucky are we to be able to listen to our prophets. And President Monson. It was short what he said, but so powerful. Plan of Salvation. I felt like they talked a lot about how we need to trust in the Lord. Like even when we don’t understand things, just trust in what we know to be true. I also really like “Do we BELIEVE what we know?” Super awesome.
Other things…bueno, last week we were in Guayaquil until Thursday. It was awesome.We were able to go to the temple! We arrived back to Zamora and then we were told that we would both be leaving. But we have 2 baptisms next week so I think I will go back for those.
Okay I love you guys. Sounds like the weather is crazy there, since every one talked about it in their letters..
Love you guys!