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May 2016

I don’t have Zika

Hello family!

What’s up? Happy last week of school! That is fun. What else happened with you guys this week? Derek and Ali, your Europe photos are so incredible. You guys are super lucky.
This week…was good. It is an interesting transfer. But it is good. Me and my companion are working a little differently. We take it easy so we don’t overwhelm my companion, but are still able to do some work. I think she is feeling a bit better this week. I don’t want to stress her out or make her feel anxious. She is a really nice girl, just has some emotional issues. My plan is to lose myself in service to her which isn’t super easy, but I am learning more about the Atonement of Christ in this cambio than I have, I think, in all of my mission.I know with Heavenly Father’s help I can do this!
Guayaquil is just the best area in the world. Sadly, a lot of missionaries are going home.Their time is up. Watching a lot of my friends leave is hard. Also, what in the world… we can now wear pants? Lets be honest, here in the best mission in the world, I seriously doubt that we will be able to wear pants or sunglasses. Actually, I have a  story that illustrates that:
So we were in a leaders meeting and the zone leaders were in their suits and acted super super annoyed/upset with us. When we were all there, the zone leader was like “we have a new rule. At all times every Elder needs to be wearing their suit jacket.” The Elders were shocked. It is soooo hot here.The reasoning was that we need to look like disciples of Jesus Christ at ALL times. Anyways, it was so sad to watch all of the poor Elders. It was pretty believe able because we are constantly getting new rules. Like they just told us that we are not allowed to take out money from our own accounts.We can only use mission money. We just have to learn to be poor. But anyways, I doubt we will be wearing pants. At least until the new mission president comes. Oh and the Zone leaders decided not require the Elders to wear their jackets all the time.
What else…oh yeah. Like the most touching experience of my whole mission. So a member called us and asked us to go with her to a lady’s house, because it was her birthday and she wanted to bring her a cake. So we went with her and literally it was like the most heartbreaking thing. This lady, a member, is paralyzed from her neck down. She really can’t do anything for herself, except speak. And even that she has a hard time with. She has no family. But she pays a lady to bathe her and stuff. But we went to her house (on her birthday) and she was sitting in the middle of a pitch black room, by herself. Just sitting there. Ugh it was so sad. But she was so so so happy when we came. She just bawled. And man it just breaks my heart, like how many people are in situations like that? But anyways we made it our goal to visit her everyday now.
So yeah that was my week. As for questions. Guayaquil is an urban city with all the fun stuff that comes with that. It is too dangerous( it will get stolen) to have my camera out, so I will try and take pictures when I can. Yes, I wear bug spray but no I don’t have mosquito net. I’ll have to ask for that. What do people do for work? Like normal stuff. Work in offices,stores. It is sort of like America. I don’t have Zika and yes I will be careful!
Okay I love you guys! Have a fabulous week!
Love, Alex
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She starting throwing carrots at me

What’s up family!

Sorry I didn’t write a big letter last week but I figured we had just talked and you guys wouldn’t want to hear much more from me. But also HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICOLE!!!!!! What are you like 20 now? Actually, there are many many 20 year old women here with 3 kids so I wouldn’t even be surprised. But anyways I hope that you had a wonderful birthday (six days ago) and have a good year and I will see you next birthday WHOO.
So anyways. Yep! I am in Guayaquil. And, well, it is different than really any other place I have been. Is that a good thing? I am still not sure. But I will learn something, I assume. Let me share a little experience I had on Tuesday, my first real day back in Ecuador:
So we were walking back from our reunion de distrito with some of the Elders and Hermanas and we saw some lady drop a big bag full of carrots, so me and my companion went over to help her pick them up. Yeah, well, she started shouting at me and hitting me with this bag of carrots (which let me tell you, actually hurts) and then as we tried to escape she starting throwing all the carrots at me. Ugh. As we were walking away all the Elders were like “welcome to Guayaquil”.
On Wednesday we got a call from Presidente Torres that we needed to be in the office at like 9 for interviews. So we went, not really knowing why. Because that like never happens. But it was nice. Presidente talked to me about all my experiences and stuff. And then he asked me why he thought I was in Guayaquil, to which I responded “I really have no idea”: And he told me that he looked at the list of all the missionaries trying to figure out who should be with my comp right now (because she is REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY struggling) and he knew it was me. He said he wasn’t sure why, but no one else but me should be here. He told me how much more responsibility I will have, like senior companion, Hermana leader, and also that my work right now wasn’t with baptisms. That it would be great if I had investigators, but my job was like Nephi “bringing the plates back from Jerusalem”. Because my comp is at the point of like…condemning herself.(she is doubting the gospel and she has no support at home. President Torres is afraid that she will go inactive if she goes home.) And I need to help her. So after that he was like “How do you feel Hermana? Do you feel like you can do that?” To which I replied with my tears. Because I am really not sure.
But anyways, on Wednesday my companion and I were able to go to the temple and that was like the best experience in the world. Seriously the temple is literally heaven on Earth. We stayed in the celestial room for like 2 hours and man that was just the most wonderful thing in the world.
Other things….yeah leaving the Galapagos was heartbreaking. I sobbed. Embarrassing. It is really amazing, every sector I am in I feel like I couldn’t possibly love a place or a group of people more. That is, until I get to my next sector and somehow love it more. The mission is incredible that way. It is sad that I am not there, but I am here now! And the members are super awesome. The people are a little bit harder….one man literally said “that if God himself came down and told him that he needed to be baptized he would say no because he was going to die catholic”. But yeah. All good.
 I was wondering if you could send me some things haha. You know the oatmeal packets? Like the instant oatmeal? Could you send me those? (I think there is strawberry flavor…?) And also Parmesan cheese in the powder? And also Reese’s PB cups:) Is that too bratty to ask for?Oh and a Hymn prelude piano book. They have a piano here!That would be awesome awesome awesome. You are wonderful and I love you!
I have got to go. But if there is anything I can do for you, let me know. I wish I could do something for you guys. You guys are so wonderful and everyday I appreciate having a family like we do more and more. It really is such a blessing to have been born in the church and to be sealed together. I am very very blessed.
The mission is wonderful and I really am learning so much. SO much about forgetting myself and loving others. Putting the needs of others siempre in primer lugar. And more than anything, nothing makes a person happier than when you are working, especially when we are working side by side with the Lord.
Love you guys!!! Have a fabulous week.
Hermana Brimley

Transferred from the Galapagos

Hola,

It was so great talking to you yesterday!  You all looked great!  Baby Rose is so little and Jack and Lizzie are so big! I loved talking with them.
Did you get together with the family?How is grandma and grandpa? Tell grandma Happy Mother’s day!
When does Derek and Ali get back from their Europe trip?
I guess we talked about everything yesterday! I miss you guys and love you guys so much but I am totally focus on serving here in Guayaquil. Happy Mothers day again mom! You are the best mom ever and I am seriously so grateful for everything you have done for me. Here are the pictures I promised.
Love You!
Hermana Brimley
Note:
Alex was transferred from the Galapagos Islands to Guayaquil. The Elders called her Friday night and told her to be packed and ready to go the next morning. She told them she had 3 baptisms schedule for the morning. They told her if she could get them done before she had to leave go ahead and do them in the ocean before 6am.(before tourist come to the beach) She said they got up at 3:30am in the morning and was able to be there for their baptisms. She felt grateful that she had the chance to serve on the islands for a couple of months. The pictures are from the baptisms and her time on the Island.

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