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October 2016

I guess that city is pretty magical

Hey!

Wow Disneyland only looked like a dream. Every one’s costumes were on point. Nice work guys. Disneyland at Halloween! So much fun. I also went on a little vacation this week. To Guayaquil!!!!!! Pretty much the same. Bueno, I actually think there couldn’t be more opposite places. I’ll never forget that guy that Scott met on his mission that was from Guayaquil and just shouted over and over “GUAYAQUIL. GUAYAQUIL.” Hahaha. Also I saw a cat in Guayaquil that was sitting on his bum with his hands folded in his lap. Wow. So I guess that city is pretty magical too.
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BUT ANYWAY. Yep, this week I pretty much was traveling the whole time. We left on Tuesday morning, had the consejo (leadership training) on Wednesday (went to the temple after!!) and then left Thursday afternoon, arrived here on Friday. But it is so much fun to be in consejo and see all of my missionary friends and listen to our President and his wife. Everyone is just so awesome.
 I have horribly bad luck! Seriously I don’t know what I do but every companion I have gets sick. Even Hermana Morena (President’s wife) was like asking about my work ethic and stuff because everyone ends up with knee or leg problems after being with me. So right now my comp has a weird ankle problem. She can’t actually walk. Her poor ankle is like the size of Nate’s biceps (when did Nate get so muscular…?). So this will be a fun time of recovery for her. I dunno.
Did you guys know that I am only coming home with one other Elder? No one else. Guess who that Elder is. Elder Humble! haha. How funny is that. You ask about the crazy things I have eaten…Nothing too crazy, I have had frog legs and guinea pig which tastes like chicken.
Okay love you guys. I hope you are all having the best of weeks. I miss you all a lot but I love being here. Even when it is hard and times are tough the mission is just the best.
Love Hermana Brimley
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Thank you for the hermana that was born on a Wednesday in the month of September that made me a dress in 1985

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Wow Aunt Lori’s party looked like so much fun, Every one’s costumes looked really really cool. It’s incredible how Lorin really just is Luna Lovegood. But every one was very clever with their costumes. I showed the picture of Mom and dad to my companion and we cracked up. You looked hilarious. I’m excited to go to the party one day. Also, dad, Florida sounds great. Also I cannot believe Nate dyed his hair orange. Also did you plant a new tree in the front yard…?
This week has been great. We are working on updating the lists of the ward members here, because we really have nothing else to go off of. So we are just searching for members but most of the names that appear are people that have moved or have died. It’s always kind of uncomfortable when they have to tell us that their loved one has already passed away and they get all upset. But we have found some super awesome investigators! We have this one, named Berta. She came to church yesterday. I was teaching the class on obedience and she for some reason when up on a rant about how she hates Loja and she is trying to escape (she’s like 50). And then she wanted to give the prayer at the end, and she starting saying the weirdest things like “thank you God that all of my children came out naturally, and I didn’t have to do a C-section” and “thank you for the hermana that was born on a Wednesday in the month of September that made me a dress in 1985″ and she was like praying for 10 or 15 minutes until finally I had to help her finish. But anyways, little by little, am I right?
But life is good. We are having a blast here in Loja. I forgot that it is fun to live with 4 hermanas! We are all learning a lot together and it’s fun because we all have the same goal…to help Loja get a lot stronger. It’s really really struggling right now. We just got a new branch president and they had to call him from a different branch because there really wasn’t anyone else. But yeah, we are doing activities and English classes and bible classes (they love the bible here) and piano classes to try and help. And we’ll get there. I am going to a leadership training tomorrow, traveling to Guayaquil and should be back here on Thursday night.
Any who. I love you guys! You are the best. Stay strong with this election. It sounds horrible. But luckily we have the knowledge that if we keep strong with the gospel, we will be well off in the end. Even with all the changing principals and morals of the world, we can be so so so much happier and blessed if we keep faithful to the laws and principals that GOD has set. Not a man.
Love you.
Hermana Brimley

I can’t do more rice

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I can’t believe you played Halloween Bingo without me! Thinking about it now, our obedience ghost story doesn’t make TOO much sense. But either way it’s fun and I miss peanut butter M&Ms. But I digress. And Cornbellys. Crazy that it is that time of the year again. Last year, I really didn’t know what was going on here on my mission, but this year I am totally going to celebrate Halloween.
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This week has been great! We are super super busy in trying to find everything. Like pretty much just getting lost and contacting on the street trying to find our way around. Opening a new sector is a lot more fun when I can actually speak the language. But the members are super super awesome here. Though…well there aren’t a lot. Like it is kind of like Zamora when I first got there. Yesterday we had 8 people in church. And the President of the branch and his family moved to Quito today. So now we have…well we aren’t working with much. But that is okay, we are going to start to do activities and bible classes and English classes. It will all get better. I know that if the Lord wanted me to come here, there is a reason for it. And that’s how it was in Zamora and when I left that branch 70 people were coming to church. Those members are super great. So are the people here.
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Speaking of Zamora! I got to go back this week because my investigator got baptized! It was so awesome. Zamora is the coolest. The elder that baptized is a gringo that started his mission this week and pretty much arrived to the area just to baptize. He was super grateful and the baptism was awesome. Ya mismo tendremos uno aca.
What else…my mamita is really awesome. The first day I got here, I was like “Hermana I am not going to eat rice. I love you. You cook wonderfully. But I can’t do more rice”. (I have become super direct). And she was like “That’s true hermana, we eat TOO much rice here. Lets change that.” So she’s an angel.
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Today we got to play volleyball as a zone! Whoo! It was so fun. I am so bad and got hit a lot, but still so fun. And then we ate tacos.
So this week I have been studying a lot in Isaiah. And it is so so cool (even if it is hard to understand). I love seeing how God is the same today as He always has been. Like even as the world changes, politics change, things become morally acceptable and unacceptable, the laws of God are always the same. Somehow that really comforts me. Like we don’t have to guess what is right and what is wrong. God has told us exactly what is right and wrong, and even if we don’t understand it, or we want to question it, we should always know that when God does something, He does it because he loves us. He wants us to live happily and He wants us to return to him. Very interesting. Very Comforting.
Anyways, I love you guys so much! I hope you guys are enjoying fall. Cuidense mucho.
Hermana Brimley

Are we praying, or just saying prayers?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Okay I love you guys. Sounds like the weather is crazy there, since every one talked about it in their letters..
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Love you guys!

Hermana Brimley

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