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March 2016

Transferred to the Galapagos Islands

Hello Familia,

What is up?

Happy Easter! I totally forgot that it was Easter, yesterday, if that tells you anything about how the people here celebrate. But happy Pascua. Now let me tell you a little bit about the most beautiful place in the world- The Galapagos Islands.
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A seal in the background
So on Monday, I totally thought I had escaped cambios and I was so happy. Like shed a few tears happy. But then we were teaching a lesson to this Testigo de Jehova and the ZL called me and said “Hermana Brimley!  Thank you for all your work here, but you have cambios and you need to be on a bus to Guayaquil in 30 minutes“. My response to him was, to be honest, a little pathetic: (crying)  “But Elder…I am happy here…what did I do wrong…?” But anyways I ran home and packed up all my stuff and called everyone and all of the YCL’s came over to say goodbye and it blew– but yeah. It happened. Anyways, we got to Guayaquil at like 10 at night and it was only me and my companion and the Asistentes there. We got in a taxi to go to the house where I would be sleeping and I was trying to get them to tell me where I would be going when finally one of the asistentes was like “Fine. Hermana you are going to train in Loja (Loja is freezing).” And I was like okay alright that is fine. But then we got to the house and the asistent told me to take out something to note and told me I would be going to the sector “Santa Cruz” and he was like “Hermana do you know where Santa Cruz is?” and I was like “Yeah, Elder you just told me it was in Loja.” And he was like “Hermana Brimley, the Lord trusts you so much that you are one of the few people that get the opportunity to preach the gospel in the beautiful Galapagos Islands.” And then I died.
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With Charles Darwin
So anyways I packed up a suitcase (because you can only bring one) and I flew to the Islands by myself (whaaat) and man. It is AMAZING. I cannot even believe I am here. It feels like a dream. And the people and the members are so darn wonderful everyone just rocks. It is super super super hot aka I am a Lobster but it is gorgeous with all these Palm trees and you can always see the beach and the Turtles and all the animals. I don’t even know, but I am so so blessed.When I left, I was thinking Mom and dad don’t even know I’m flying in this small plane over the ocean. Mom would be worried.
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Downside to the Islands: It is super expensive. Like it is like 3 or 4 times more expensive than Ecuador. And like we miss out on things like…we couldn’t watch the Women’s Conference because it doesn’t work here in the Islands. But that is okay.
My companion in Hermana Quispe, de Peru. She is really really great and we are working our booties off here and I am just trying to take it all in and learn my sector because I can only be here for like 8-10 weeks (for Visa reasons).It is just me and my companion and 2 Elders on the island.
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I got my Birthday package and opened my presents because I couldn’t fit everything in my suitcase. Thank you so much. I love the clothes they are sooo cute and fit great. I left my easter candy and the other food in my suitcase and will enjoy it when I get back.It truly was a tender mercy it came before I left.
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Yes I know Mason Wells and feel so sad for him. That is crazy that happened.I hope he will be alright.
But anyways, I love it here and I love preaching the gospel to these people. Who would have thought that in like the most obscure place in the world, I would be preaching the gospel, but like the scriptures say, the gospel will reach every end of the Earth and I LOVE being a part of helping move the Lord’s work forward.
I love you guys!
Hermana Brimley
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I just love the people here

Hello my dear family!

How are you guys? HAPPY EASTER! Have you seen the video that the church made for this Easter? It is really cool. And also how much fun is it that we have a real bunny for Easter. Anywho, Happy Birthday Garrett. You are entering your 30s? And me, my 20s. SO Sad

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So anyways this week we had A MIRACLE. Seriously. On Friday we were in a lesson with a member and after the lesson was me and my companion were like “We should go visit this one investigator that the Elders had” (the Elders were teaching this one girl but then she moved to Santa Rosa (like an hour away) but she had all of her lessons and her asistencias and todo. But anyways we decided to verify and we went to her house and by some miracle she was there. And we invited her to be baptized for that same day, because she was leaving again to Santa Rosa on Saturday in the morning. ANYWAYS after a few crazy dramatics she ended up being baptized on Saturday in the morning and confirmed that same day, because she got a call that she needed to be in Peru the next day and wouldn’t be able to attend church. Anyways our President of the rama was like “Well, I never let people do this, but because I really like you guys we can confirm her now.” WHOOO. I hope this story makes sense because it seriously was miraculous. The Elders were working with her for MONTHS and she wouldn’t be baptized. It really was a testimony builder as to the Lord has his time for everything.

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Other things. We have a new fecha…Alex. I don’t know if you remember him but he couldn’t be baptized a while ago because his crazy girlfriend wouldn’t leave his house.  But anyways we went to his house and his girlfriend LEFT WHOOO! So he is going to be baptized on Saturday. We went to his house last night to talk  and we were like “how did you like the church…etc.” and his was like “Oh no…I have to talk to you about that…I have something to tell you guys….the church…well…it was incredible. I have felt such a void not taking the Sacrament these weeks.” Phew.  But so cool. He gives me lots of fruit and chocolate and he is a good guy. Pray for Alex.

Anyways we worked our booties off this week and on Sunday man I wanted to cry because it was like such a good day. We finally saw like the…fruits of our labors and that is always such a good feeling. OH BUT SUCH A DUMB THING. So you know the rule we have that we can’t go to zone conference if we don’t have fechas? (people who have accepted to be baptized) Well on Friday we had two fechas and they called us at 10:20 at night and were like “oh sorry the new rule is that if you don’t have more than 2 fechas you can’t go to zone conference.” DARN IT. But there you go.

As for other things. I was pretty sick this week. whoooo.I think it was food poisoning. It wasn’t pleasant and I am still recovering but phewwwww.  One day I was laying on my bed (dying) and the new Hermana that is in our house came and sat by me and was like “do you feel bad?” I was like “a little…(dying)” and she started crying and showed me a mosquito bite that she had that hurt. (Are you kidding me?)

But anyways this week was so much better. I am in love with Pasaje guys. Pray that I don’t leave, that will be heart breaking. But I just love the people here. Let’s move to Ecuador, guys. Just kidding lol. But yeah I love the church and I love missionary work! I love you guys so much!!!

Hermana Brimley

You need a calzone right now?

Hello familia,

How are you guys? Sounds like you had a busy week. SCOTT AND ALI HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! I remember when you guys were just tiny babies. And now look at you. Anyways, we are all very proud of your accomplishments and siga adelante. I hope you had a great day and have a great year now.

SO as for my week. Another dull one, to be honest.  We are just doing A LOT of contacting which is cool because we get to meet lots of new people and go to lots of new places, but also sad because we have a new rule in the mission that if you don’t have fechas (lessons) you aren’t allowed to go to the Zone Meeting (we have zone meetings every Saturday) Que vergüenza… So anyways I am super super super resolved to just work my booty off this week and find new people. Still a little bit hard with my comp…but that is okay. I am learning patience and personal diligencia.

Other things…someone told me they thought I was a prophet this week. NICE. Also someone in my rama (ward) told me that they haven’t fasted in 10 years, but last week they fasted that I wouldn’t be transferred. awww. I do not want to leave Pasaje.

So since this is a pretty dull letter, I think I will tell you a funny story. So the other day at like 10:00 at night my companion wanted calzones (like the pizza things) and there is a place here that sells them. Anyways, since we can’t leave the house at that time, my companion called a member and asked if he would buy her a calzone and bring it to the apartment. Anyways he was like “You need a calzone right now? Like you can’t wait until tomorrow? And also, don’t you wear garments?” Anyways, long story short, the word calzone here in Ecuador means “thong”. Lol.

As for the spiritual side of things, I am really working on my humility. And I am realizing that all of the Christ like attributes goes hand in hand. I don’t know why that hit me so hard this week but as I was really trying and praying to be more humble, I realized how much my obedience increased which then in turn helped my diligence and with that my love for the people. So that is really what I have been focusing on this week. It has been cool.

Okay well I love you! The church is true. Seriously guys, we are so lucky to have the gospel in our lives. We should never forget that we are so blessed to have all that we do.

I love you!

Hermana Brimley

Drowning in sweat

Hello!

Alex-and-compsHow is everyone? I hope you are all well.
So this week was nice. We had a baptism! That was great. I will send pictures.The boy who was baptized is named Neycer. He is really cool and wants to be an example for his mom (who is working in prostitution) and wants to help his family and stuff. So it was wonderful to be a part of that.
I am so sorry, I don’t have much to say, my week was a bit boring. My companion is “sick” a lot of the time (she is trunky and misses her boyfriend a lot. She has 3 months left to serve.)  We ended up in the houses of members and conversos a lot. Which is… great but we need to be out finding new people to teach. Well it is what it is. The Lord knows why I am here and so I just need to trust that.
Summer here lasts until the end of March. OOOHH man it is hot. It is unbelievable.. Like water in the street goes up to our knees because it rains so much but also we are just drowning in sweat (haha sorry that is gross).
I did get the recipes! I plan on cooking at some point. But I am too cheap to buy butter so one day when I am feeling pretty spendy I will cook.
 Sounds like the presidential debates are really hilarious. I can’t wait to get back and see the SNL. Shoot I just broke my watch. That’s number….7 I think on the mission (if you were wondering about the quality of things here in Ecuador).
I love Pasaje! I have served here for 4 months now and love the members so much. We are celebrating my birthday in the house of a member after I finish writing!(I know it is a month away, but just in case I get transferred they wanted to celebrate)
 I have got to go now! I love you! I hope you are doing so well! Thank you for everything.. you are seriously the best family ever. Have a lovely week. Tell me if there is anything I can do for you!  Alex-at-River
Sorry that my letter is lame, but this week was not our best. But still love Ecuador and love the people here and the church is still very true and there is no better place I could be. I love you guys!
Love, Hermana Brimley

Best day ever

HELLO FAMILY HOW YOU ARE?

Derek: HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK! Hope you have a lovely day and a lovely year and be very good to your wife and study and work hard and have a happy birthday. You are a great brother, even if you forget to write me (for 5 months).

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So…this week I think I saw the craziest miracle of all time. Ah man it was so awesome. Do you remember Carmen? Our investigator that was looking for a house? Well, on Wednesday I went on a Intercambio with another Hermana and when I got back on Thursday my companion told me that she had found a house and moved out. We were so so excited (aka on the bus ride home I was crying).

We called our district leader and that excitement came quickly down, because he told us that it is a mission rule that you have to be living the law of chastity for 15 days before your baptism. I was so mad because I KNEW Carmen was a special case.(she was living with her ex husband because she couldn’t find another home)

Anyways, the other problem was that Carmen didn’t want to be baptized without her boyfriend, Carlos,  and he was working in the Mines for another 15 days. But anyways I knew that Carmen was special and needed to be baptized,

So on Friday morning, we went to try and convince her to be baptized the next day (a long shot) or the next Saturday. And while we were in the appointment, the ZL´s showed up and started talking to her and then, wouldn´t you know it, the Assistants showed up. That was so stressful. But anywho, they started talking to her and talking to her and she was like “no no no. Carlos needs to be here before I get baptized, and furthermore, I am going to be in Cuenca (another city) on Saturday, so it is impossible.” But then one of the assistants looked at her and was like “Hermana, the scriptures say that we should not wait to repent, we should repent today. Hermana you can be baptized today mismo. You can be clean of all your sins and you can start your life over again. I promise you, in the name of Jesus Christ that your boyfriend will be there”

WHOOOOO — SHE WAS BAPTIZED THAT NIGHT. Seriously the best day of all time and the best baptism ever. I will never forget that experience. So happy for her. At 6 o’clock that night we went over to the river and she was baptized. (like Jesus). I will send pictures of it.

Other things…things are the same with my companion. When we went on the intercambio the companion I was with told me lots of comforting things like, I am not with her to be helped, but more to help her and serve her. It was helpful to talk to someone and get advice. Needless to say, I am still learning patience. And ugh, when I got back to my area, the mission nurse called me and told me to be careful and eat enough because my companion called and told her I was anorexic.

The nurse made me take a stress test. Ugh. I am learning patience. (I promise I am eating enough…I will send pictures)

I got the Valentine package! Thank you so much. I passed the CTR rings to my cambios. And they loved them.  And I loved my new ring! Thanks for all the cards and the code word” hoverboard.” You guys are great.

Alrighty. The church is true and the Book of Mormon rocks. So does Ecuador, lets be honest I am in the best mission in the world.

Love you guys

Hermana Brimley

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