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Hermana Brimley

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July 2015

We are all good here

Hola familia!

Man it feels like it has been years since I have been able to write. But that is okay because the CCM is cool. I will be honest, i am not quite sure what CCM stands for. I think it is Central capitol missionary. Something like that but who knows.
So we switched rooms this week because more latinas came and it is good because now me and my companion live with two latinas. Though one of them is from venezuala and their accents are like impossible. So that has been fun. Also wait…they are kind of mean. They always laugh at my companion when she tries to speak spanish. Which is lame because it is like how much english do you know? But that is okay. It is all a learning experience. Also I think that this has been a stressful week for people because a couple people have had stress seizures and this one girl was barfing up blood and it sounded like something from a horror movie. Then all the girls from the older group right above us have just been bawling every day because apparently having a Latin companion is pretty rough. But i am excited! Because I just need my spanish to get better. Oh, if you were worried dont worry I am not going to have a seizure or panic attack. We are all good here.
So fun thing that happened last week. We had a lesson with Presidente Duvall on how to contact and pretty much he said say something silly enough that people laugh and want to talk to you. So me and my comp tried it through the fence. I was like “I see you are walking” to these guys and a bunch of them stopped and were talking to us. It was stressful because I definitley dont know enough spanish. And they were asking us if we were nuns and stuff because we live across the street from a catholic church and tons of nuns are in and out of there. Anyways, when we told them that we were not nuns they were asking for our numbers and trying to convince us to marry them and stuff. So not exactly a successful contacting time but good Spanish practice haha.
We had two members of the 70 come and speak to us this week which is AWESOME. They bore there testimony about Christ and it was just like the most motivating thing. Also we had a devotional with Presidente Duvall on the gift of tongues and it was a good lesson. But at the end of it he asked this guy who had been here for like 2 days to say the prayer. Needless to say, he said pretty much every word wrong and he was like pretty much crying during it. But at the end of it Presidente was like “was there any one of you that didnt understand what he was trying to say?” and that doesnt sound like much but it was just like YES THAT IS HOW THE SPIRIT WORKS. It was great.
Okay other things. Haha sorry this letter is boring. But these next couple of days are going to be more interesting becausetomorrow we go proselyting for 3 hours out in the city and then Sunday is just the best because it is all english and thenTuesday is P day and we get to go on our tour then! WHOO. Then Wednesday we get out Latin companions so feel free to pray for me for that. Because apparently it is hard.
Okay I love you! The church is true and I am so happy to be on a mission!!! PS I love that you guys arent mentioning California when I KNOW YOU ARE GOING. But seriously have fun. I cant remember exactly what day you are going on but have fun!! I love you guys!!
Hermana Brimley

I looked into the squirrels eyes that night and I chose the dandelions

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Hola family!

It feels like I just wrote so excuse me for not having to much to say. Haha.
So last week was great because we just had lots of devotionals and on Wednesday we got extra gym time which is EVERYTHING. And on Friday we got to go out to the city for a few hours and actually go proselyte. It was a good learning experience because I thought that I was going to be okay but it was a kick in the dang pants at how bad my spanish really is. We talked to this one guy for ages and I honestly thought he was speaking chinese (granted his accent had that “ching chang chow” kind of thing). But yeah it was good. We gave out a couple of Book of Momons and we got some peoples number.
We had these like croissant things the other day. And they were so good. Everyone was so excited because they were not rice or hot dogs but lo and behold what were they stuffed with? Rice and hot dogs. Wow. The same thing happened with this ravioli that we ate. I dont know  why we arent expecting it at this point. There is so much good fruit here though. I had never heard of this one fruit that we eat a lot here it is called a granadia (I dont know how to spell that) and it looks like fish eggs. I nearly died when I opened it. But people like it. I am sorry I talk about food so much but pretty much all we do is go to class and eat…so there you have it.
What else happened this week. Oh yeah on Sunday we were having a district meeting and our District lead elder twitchell was teaching a lesson on the things that are most important in life and he told a story about one time he went out in the woods by himself for like 5 days and he lived off of dandelions because he couldnt find anything else to eat. But one night he caught a squirrel and he was so excited because he would have something other than dandelion soup, but in his words “i looked into the squirrels eyes that night and I chose the dandelions”. Does that even sound funny? Because literally we all fell on the ground laughing. Sundays are just the best here because it is the only day that we can speak English openly. If our teacher catch us speaking english we have to do push ups or squats. So you would think I would either be in better shape or have better spanish but no.
Lets see…I saw some guys giving each other a sponge bath today. They just do it in the median thing in the middle of the freeway. Colombia is bizarre honestly.
I LOVE  my district. We all get along so well and I am so sad to leave them. The other people here are great too. Lately I have been exercising with this girl who played soccer at BYU Hawaii and she is nuts. She makes me run so hard and its so good but so hard. We know the Elders here but the relationships we can form are super strict. Like crazy strict. So, besides the guys in my district, I dont know them too well. But we are getting a new group today which is kind of fun. Actually we are just downsizing in Nortes and getting a booty load of Latins.
Alrighty well. I love the gospel and I love being a missionary. It is so hard and frustrating so much of the time but I honestly love it. I feel like I am paying tithing to the Lord on my life. It is kind of cool. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers!!
Love, Hermana Brimley

1st Letter from Columbia CCM

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HEllo family! I miss you guys so much and I love you guys so much! But here I am safe in Colombia. Sorry I didn’t email you before, mom. For some reason it wouldn’t let me and so I just wrote down the emails I thought I remembered hoping it would get to someone.

They are very strict with time here so I have only an hour. So I am going to write a big email and those who I don’t respond to personally I will do that on Tuesday, which is my next P day. Also these computers are hard to use to forgive me for the bad grammar or spelling but I am trying.
Okay let me tell you a little about Colombia. We are at 9000 ft elevation so sometimes it is hard to breathe and it is always pretty chilly which blows because I didn’t bring very many jackets. But its okay. And its always overcast. The food here consists are rice, potatoes, soup, but mostly…are you ready? HOT DOGS. We have hot dogs in eggs hot dogs in soups hot dogs in meats hot dogs in every things. Sometimes our breakfast is just one hot dog. No bun. Just a hot dog and juice.
Don’t worry about my safety here because we are double fenced in and there are security guards lining the perimeter of the CCM. Also Bogota thinks we are a rehab center for American kids so I think we are good here. But we get to exercise for like an hour a day and during that time we are sometimes to try and contact with people. Which consists of us sticking our arms through the fence and saying hola and asking them if they have a religion. So people generally avoid this place. Speaking of exercising I have really been consist in running every day. We run for 30 minutes around the building which is about as big as…I dont know…a small church. Like us and the Garvins house put together. So running gets tedious and the elevation hurts but like I said all we eat is rice and hot dogs so I am trying here.
So how the CCM works is every two weeks we get a new group of nortes and a new group of Latins and when you are at your fourth week here you get a Latin companion to finish it off. Which people say is tough but super helpful.
The night we got here, it was like 1 am and we were so tired but the Presidente sat us down and told us that the CCM was not a place to be boisterous. He didnt want laughing or singing or talking with the elders or any of that kind of stuff. So anyways I went to bed that night like, holy moly, what have I done. But dont worry. It is much more fun than that. We laugh all the time, mostly because we are horrible at spanish and make so many mistakes. But we also work our bootys off. We wake up and six fifteen and are in personal study by seven and then breakfast at 8 then class pretty much until nine thirty. Except for meals and an hour of gym time. So my spanish still blows but it is already so much better.
So every p day we get to go to the Colombia temple. I did that for the first time this morning and it was beautiful. So interesting. I sat next to an older Colombian lady and she was so sweet and tied my robes and straightened my clothes and called me pretty. The city, on the other hand, is not so pretty. It is like downtown New Jersey I would imagine. So much graffitti and dirtiness. And the way people drive is insane. They dont use stop signs or lights so you just honk and hope no one hits you. Also they dont use lanes. So everyone is like grazing the sides of everyone elses cars. Estabien.
My companion is Hermana Anderson. She lived in Boise and went to BYU last year. I think we got off to a good start when I asked her where people joked about getting their mission call, because we all joke about Boise. Jk. We get along really well and laugh all the time (dont tell Presidente). Sometimes she tell me what to do which is annoying but who cares.
My district is so cute. My district leader is hilarious and loves girls. Like the highlight of the week was when he said he wished we could all be hermanas.
Okay i am going to send a few pictures. We only get our cameras on p days so I dont have very many. Life is good though. I hope you all had fun in Bear Lake! And dad i hope you had a happy birthday. Dont worry that I wasnt there to make a treat because I dont get treats either. Except for sometimes they give us like green jello. Oh actually. Quick story. Yesterday they served pizza and I am serious everyone freaked out. Like people were crying and hugging and I felt sick with happiness. Oh also there are like 60 people in this MTC. 30 white people and 30 Latins. Everyone is really nice. All the girls share a bathroom though and there are only 3 working showers and the power goes off at least once a day. Random things keep coming to my head to i will probably write more in a moment.
I love you guys! I fall asleep every night thinking about all of you. Mom, I cannot tell you how grateful I am for those packages. Those sort of things keep me going and the Utah necklace is so cute. I brag about you all the time. My heavens I love you guys. Also sorry to hear about Elder Packer, that was very sad.
Love you!!!!!!
Hermana Brimley

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