Hermana Brimley


June 2016

Transfer to Zamora

Hey family!

So to start, lo siento!(sorry) I don’t have very much time today because…..CAMBIOS.(transfers) The worst part about the mission. But that is okay. I didn’t think I would like Guayaquil, but I love it here and sad to leave. It is like I have said before, every cambio(transfer) is harder.I am worried about leaving my companion. We have done well and she has improved so much, but I have faith and I will go where the Lord wants to sends me.

Highlights of the week: We had two baptisms! Luis and Ivan. They are so so so awesome. Like more active than most of the members. Already have gone to the temple and are going to receive callings this week. So cute I am so happy for them. And the baptism was awesome. Normally in baptisms here, there are like 8 people (maybe) but we tried to make the baptism service awesome enough that like 85 people came. So many investigators and stuff it was great. And they were happy. And I learned how to make Arroz con Pollo and it was delicious. So that was good.

okay we just received a call and need to go to the office. I will try and write a little bit later.

Okay hello I am online right now. Yes, I have cambios, but I am now not sure what time I will travel. The place I am going is really cool. It is called Zamora. It is in the jungle (it is the only part of the amazon in the mission) and it has been my dream to go there but Hermanas rarely get to go so I am super excited.  There are monkeys and waterfalls and it is supposed to be just beautiful. I will definitely use my mosquito net.They also told me I will be Hermana Leader which is fun. I have done that before but this Zone is much bigger. So it will be interesting.

What else? Right now I am in the office. It is our President’s last day but he already left.The new mission president arrives tomorrow.I am just sitting here with the Elders waiting for my companion to….feel better. My new Companion has been out 5 months and is from Peru.

Happy Birthday Dad! I just want to take a moment and thank you for everything. I can never really truly express to you how grateful I am. And probably I will never understand really how much you have done for me in my life. Raising me, paying for all of my many, many, many lessons in piano and violin. Playing and coaching soccer with me. Going to all of my concerts. Putting up with my horrible teenage years (aren’t we glad those are over), supporting me in college, letting (and providing for me) to go on a mission. But more than anything else, thank you for teaching me the gospel! I can’t imagine it was easy. Actually, I know it wasn’t. Getting up at 5:30am and dragging us all to do scripture study, family home evenings, family prayer.Always going to church and doing your callings. You are such a great example of Christ. With your patience and your love. Dad, I just want to be like you.

I hope you have the happiest birthday ever! I cannot believe it is your birthday again. That means I have been out here for one year. Crazy! But I love you so so so much and I am so excited to see you again, but so happy to be out here serving.

Love you dad!

Okay yeah that is about it. I should be traveling tonight (Loja is like 10 hours away and then  Zamora is like 2 hours from Loja) so it should be an interesting night.

Love you guys.


What a fun week this was!


How is everyone’s summer going? Sounds like everyone enjoyed their Father’s day. Happy 30th Anniversary Mom and Dad! Happy 61st Anniversary grandma and grandpa!

What a fun week this was! Mom, I think you saw the pictures, but we had an activity” como obra misional “and it was so much fun. We played minute to win it games. I forgot how fun social events are. And at the end of the activity, the investigators there bore their testimonies and shared their feelings about the church and it was so touching. Both people that shared talked about how grateful they were for my companion and I. Not like I am here to be praised or anything, but it’s really nice to know that what we are doing ACTUALLY is helping people.

ALSO WHOOO ESTADOS UNIDOS!!!!!!! People here were not happy the day after the game,(US VS Ecuador in soccer) but yeah. I think God was actually helping the United States because I had a lot riding on that game; a cake, a pizza, tacos, and (mas importante) the asistencia of 4 investigators in church on Sunday. So good job U.S.A.

Also, I am doing my personal progress Faith project (planting and taking care of a seed) but I am making the…what’s that called? Like the square that the plant goes into. Bueno, the plant-holder thing. But it has turned into a competencia with my zone leader and I have never been so dedicated. I always think “what would Garrett do?” But it is going to be great. And I have the seeds all ready from a chile plant so I am really learning a lot about Faith.

What else? Well, we have two baptisms this week. Ivan and Luis.WHOOO!! They are both super super awesome. Like Luis wants to follow the word of wisdom so exactly that he is trying to drop the cola. We keep telling that he is fine and can drink cola,pero bueno. He really wants to do it well. And Ivan is great. So yeah.

Questions: Presidente Torres leaves…in like a week I believe. It will be interesting to see what changes. My companion is…better. I don’t really know what to do for her except to just be super patient and like calm all the time. But we are doing better. Yes, we have a mamita. She cooks lunch for us but no doesn’t do laundry. That is what a kitchen sink is for, right?

Okay I love you guys! Have a great week!

Hermana Brimley

Wow what a crazy week

Hello Familia!

Wow what a crazy week. I learned so much. I feel like I could explode with all the new things I learned. What a blessing it was to hear from Elder Rasband. He is so cool. That probably isn’t like the most effective word to describe him but…yeah. He is so cool.

Anyways this week was like Christmas. Like I couldn’t even sleep at night because I was so excited. But on Friday night some Hermanas came from another part of Ecuador to come sleep in our apartment and on Saturday we had to be at the stake center at 7:30am (So naturally, all of Guayaquil South was there at 6:00). ElderRasband and his wife came and spoke to all of us. It was awesome. He talked a lot about the love that Presidente Monson has for us. He also talked about how we need to smile more and not be such robots. He also talked about  what it is like being in the room and choosing the mission that someone will serve. It was so cool hearing that. How they actually look at the missionary’s picture and assign them.
Then! As a surprise, after the conference ended, all of the missionaries got on a bus, went to another stake center and we had our last meeting with PresidenteTorres which was really sad. He is a wonderful man and will be an amazing seventy. It was so much fun being with all of the missionaries. We never ever ever ever, in the history of our mission, have gotten to do that. So it was super exciting.
OKKKAAAYYY. So what happened this week? Every week goes by quicker and quicker, and we have no time but then I think back on what I did and nothing really comes to mind. Luckily, that is what a journal is for. Unfortunately, I have been writing my journals en español lately so in a year, when I forget Spanish, that wont really work. Jk. Never gonna forget.
But anyways, I digress. We are really working on finding new investigators and this week we found some! Whoo! People that can actually (thankfully) progress. Aka they are married and not (complete) drug addicts. Just a little bit catholic. But no worries, that’s nothing that some good solid doctrine can’t solve. Am-I-Right?
Our investigator Luis is progressing wonderfully. Except for sometimes I feel like he accepts things TOO easily. Wow, my life is hard. But seriously, we could be like “Luis, part of the doctrine of the church is that we have to cut out rice from our diet” and he’d be like “Okay, Hermanitas.” Like he doesn’t have any problems with the Word of Wisdom but he is trying to cut cola out of his diet. He just wants to be super super prepared for his baptism. A real miracle.
What else? Oh yeah. A bit of drama, if you’d like to hear. So this member(older man) from one of my old areas got ahold of my email and emailed me last week. As that is totally not allowed, I decided to tell the ZLs just to make sure I was all good. Anyways, the ZL called the assistant, he called me, and then they actually went to my old area (like 5 hours away) to “destroy him”. So there you go, that is what I get for opening my dang mouth. (I asked what destroyed meant and they said don’t worry about it.)
My companion is doing better. We are doing better. We have been working a lot with Gigi, the lady in the wheelchair, and I think that helps. You know, forget yourself and serve. Yeah, well it is impossible to think about yourself when someone is so helpless. Like the problems we have seem really small compared to that. So service!Whoo!
Oh, crazy thing! They closed down all of the Galapagos Islands for everyone. I am not sure why. But that is pretty sad.
Dad…. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY ON SUNDAY!!!!! I wish we could talk again like we did on mother’s day.  Dad I want you to know that you are the best dad ever. I could not have asked for a more wonderful father. Thank you for all your patience and your jokes and for providing for us for all of these years. You are the best.
OKay I love you guys! Have a fabulous week. Read your scriptures every day and say your prayers AS A FAMILY. Mom. I love you. Happy birthday.
Love, Hermana Brimley

I cannot wait for my baptism

Hello family!

Happy Memorial Day! What a fun day. I was reading the Old Testament today ( not super focused) thinking about how Nate and Anna would be out of school and it is summer there! That is so much fun. Here, the kids just entered into classes. Enjoy all your hikes and your fun weather, ya? I’m so excited about the fun home videos! That is such a good thing, that we have them all on a hard drive. Are they hilarious? I was so cute. ALSO can you guys believe that almost a year ago we were planning moms 50th birthday party? Time flies. ALSO everyone take a moment today to celebrate my 11 month anniversary.
Okay so this week. Might I just begin with saying we are teaching miracle investigators. Seriously. One of the men we are teaching called us last night while we were planning and he was like “Hermanas I just wanted to tell you that while I was listening to the talks in church, I received my answer. I know, without doubt, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church and I cannot wait for my baptism.” WHOOOO!!. This man travelled here from the North part of Ecuador, where the earthquake hit. His house was destroyed so he came here to find work. What a great man.
The other man we are teaching said in our first lesson yesterday that he knows he is going to be baptized. He doesn’t know why. But he said he knows he will be baptized in the church. So those are our miracles.
 Yesterday was Stake Conference and a member of the seventy came and spoke. Also, Presidente Torres was there and spoke since he is now a seventy. So actually it was like hearing from 140 (hahahaha). But it was awesome. All the missionaries sang at the meeting and a cute little boy gave me a flower to put in my hair.
Other things, other things. I have had a cold this week. That isn’t very interesting. But it is what it is. Sneezing every 12 seconds. It is kind of annoying.
Bueno, I think that is about it.  Oh one more thing..So we did a “Noche de Chicas” in the house of this one member. An activity with only relief society. And we invited Gigi (the lady that is paralyzed). The member lives on like the 4th floor, so we asked the Elders to help us get her up to the 4th floor. She was pretty scared  the whole time as the Elders struggled to carry her up. Because Gigi is not…well…exactly little. The Elders really did a great job and I’m glad we could get her out of the house and enjoy a night around friends.
Okay yeah I love you guys! Have a good week!
Love, Hermana Brimley

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