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November 2016

I so love love being a missionary

Familia,  (last weeks letter)

This week was alright. Probably the hardest week I have had on my mission. But I guess it just means that the Lord wants me to learn something that I haven’t quite learned yet. But that’s kind of a good thing. Like the Lord never tests us or sends us trials or hardships because he is mad. It’s because he wants to help us. So even though sometimes life isn’t SUPER easy, we should also remember that life was never meant to be easy. It’s meant to be a test. It is meant to help us prepare for a better future. So that is what I am trying to do. Try to look at the trials as a blessing and as an opportunity to learn and get better.

I hope every one is doing super well! I love you a lot!

Love, Hermana Brimley

Hey familia!

How is everyone? Sounds like a fun Fakesgiving you guys had. And I am sure it will be a great Thanksgiving on Thursday. Man I am jealous, playing soccer and football and stuff. That’ll be a party. But I think we are going to ask permission to do something as a zone for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving doesn’t mean much to the Latins, so I am really pushing it. But either way I won’t be in Loja on Thursday because I need to travel to Guayaquil do a  “autosuficiencia” class. (self sufficiency)

But this week was great! A little weird because on Wednesday we traveled to Cuenca at like 1 in the morning. Elder Godoy, the President of the Area here came to speak to us. He is from Brazil. He taught us to work like an army with love for the people we teach. It was awesome! My mission president ask me to share testimony to the whole mission and I don’t think I have ever been so nervous. But it was great!

And then straight from Cuenca we had to travel for consejo de lideres to Guayaquil with Elder Godoy again. Super awesome. And I got to do two sessions in the temple! And by coincidence I was there when MY FAVORITE MEMBER was receiving her endowments so I got to help with that. Wow, what a blessing. It was incredible.

Then pretty much I got back to Loja on Saturday night, went to church on Sunday, and now I am here. I can’t believe it is P-day again. Time is incredible.

Everything is great here! I so love love being a missionary. It has been such a privilege to be able to be here. I love the people here and I love my companions and all the Hermanas and Elders. Obviously things are hard, but life was never meant to be easy. We only go through what we can handle, and we only go through it because Dios has something better  in store for us. I love the mission. I love what I have the opportunity to learn. I love the church.

Thanks you guys for everything. All the support and prayers. It is so appreciated.

Love, Hermana Brimley

He had been waiting for this moment

Hey,

How is every one doing? I hope things are still going super well in the United States. I hope the election goes well. You are entering Pumpkin season, which is the most delicious season, so that is very fun.

Anywho. This week was great. We got to work and it was so much fun. Actually let me just tell you the highlight of the week…since our branch is SUPER struggling, the branch president asked our mission president if we could have permission to play soccer on Friday with the members. That, jamas, happens. We haven’t played soccer in this mission for like 10 years. I was so so so so so excited. And we played for like 5 hours and then the next day I couldn’t walk. But they called me Hermana Messi so vale la pena. Then we actually got permission to play soccer for our P day today with the zone and it rocked. Again, I won’t be able to move tomorrow and I got super sun burned but it was great.

Spiritual experience: so my companion and I were contacting on Sunday night. And here in Loja, there is NO ONE outside on Sunday night. Absolutely no one. And worse because this week was vacations for them and so EVERYONE was gone. Except for the people that were drinking. It was kind of a rough week. But anyways, we were outside at like 8:30pm “contacting” (putting pamphlets on people’s cars). When finally I saw this super mean looking guy, whom I was initially afraid of, but I ran up to him (literally ran to him), gave him a pamphlet of the Plan de Salvacion and told him that this message was specifically for him, it was specifically going to bless his life and that God loves him. And he kind of started to cry, but then got really excited and said he had been waiting for this moment. And it was just beautiful. God seriously is preparing people every where. And it is like Elder Uchtdorf said in his talk, fourth floor last door. Just keep knocking. My companion and I just felt done trying to find people to talk to that night and wanted to go home. But we kept working and in those last moments God really blessed us. It’s like the scripture says, it’s AFTER the trial of your faith that you will see the blessings. So just keep going.

What else…what else. The virgen left this week. Silly doll. Some drunk people thought we were prostitutes and when I explained to them that we are missionaries they started crying and asking for help for a long time. But then when I was trying to leave they kissed my arms and ugh I am so done with that kind of nonsense. Pero sigamos.

Mom you asked how my Spanish was, well I had to make a call for the mission nurse in english and I was trying to speak english and the lady was like “oh you don’t speak english. I will transfer you to the Spanish call lady.” haha

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Anyway. I hope every thing is great back in America. Ecuador is doing well. The church is the best. The gospel is real and God really does love us. I am realizing that more and more every day.

Love you guys.

Hermana Brimley

The election sounds kind of horrible

Hey!

Nate’s concert looked so cute! And sydni’s concert looked fantastic. What talent we have in the family. Bien hecho, todos.
I am not going to lie. I am so bored of writing letters. So I am just going to give you a rundown of what happened this week:
-conferencia de zona con presidente morena and hermana moreno. They spoke about the doctrine of christ, our objective as missionaries (BAPTISM) and the unity between companionships (they even showed a clip from the pìnk panther). Then they took us out to lunch.
-Interviews with Presidente. Which was greaaat. He is so wonderful and humble. He taught me a lot about the justice and mercy. And the humility. I had so many questions for him. I ended up being in my interview for like an hour. But he’s wonderful, and told me how much he loves me and how grateful he is for me and what I do. Always a confidence booster.
-District conference. So much fun because I got to see everyone from zamora! The familia jensen and my old mamita and stuff. They are great. But, by the lack of assistence and the lack of progress here in loja I think that are going to take missionaries out and put some of the branches together. Kind of like…a punishment. No, better said, a tiempo de probación.
-HALLOWEEN. As a zone we had a bbq and we played volleyball and it was so much fun. I love the zone.
Other than that we are just working on finding new people. We have found some awesome investigators that are preparing for baptism. Which is a miracle. We also have been in a lot of doctor’s appointments and stuff for my comp. So that is…something. I am not sure what the lord wants me to learn from all of my companions getting sick. But there has got to be something.
Anywho. Love you guys! Have a great week. Sorry the election sounds kind of horrible. Glad I am missing it. But read your scriptures and say you prayers and go to church. Even with all the crazy things that go on in the world, we will be so so so much better off if we keep humble and we just live the life that the Lord wants us to live. We can do life in 2 ways: the man’s way or God’s way. Man’s way leads to problems and God’s way leads to blessings. But it is very much up to us to choose.
Love, Hermana Brimley

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