Hermana Brimley

The Lord is just really super blessing us

Hello family!

So yeah, I am in Guayaquil right now. Seriously I am so broke. We added it up and this month, since we have had to travel so much we have spent over 100 dollars on tickets. And we only get 160 dollars a month. So thank you so much for sending money. But yeah, we are here for a few medical appointments for my companion and a consejo that we will have tomorrow. My comp has some issues with her knee and the doctor said that she needs to rest for the next 3 weeks………………….There are so many hills that we go up and down on and it is dirt roads so it is hard on the knees. I haven’t had a problem with that, but most of my companions have. Actually I think we might be having transfers, so I don’t know if I will be with my companion much longer.

GUESS WHAT? THIS WEEK WE HAVE A BAPTISM. It is so exciting because Zamora isn’t the easiest place to baptize and so we are so excited. I am a little nervous because we are going to be out of our area for the next few days, so I hope he is all good. His name is Wilmer. He is 44 years old. Just barely separated from his wife. He is the guy that showed up to our door one morning just bawling and asking for help. He is super humble and a really good guy. We are also trying to get these two other people to be baptized with him. We will see how it all turns out. But I am super pumped for that.

Wasn’t Women’s Conference just the best thing ever? None of the members have Internet, nor is there in the chapel so we just went to a cyber and watched it by ourselves (a little sad, but after we got yogurt–so it was okay). I felt like it was priesthood session. The way Sister Oscarson told us exactly how we need to be better. How we aren’t living up to our potential, how we aren’t living up to our temple covenants. I was like…wow. Thank you. And then President Uchtdorf! I was nearly in tears at the end of his talk. “Keep knocking” “Fourth floor, last door. Keep knocking”. I was so impressed with that conference.

We also did a fun noche de amigos on Friday. We made cinnamon rolls! I am such a chef now. And we played a bunch of games.

Sunday was also great. Every day is great, let’s be honest. But we had so many investigators in church! There were like 15. Practically more than the members. My companion was giving our numbers to the zone leader and they thought we were lying. But no! The Lord is just really super blessing us. It was awesome. My companion gave a talk about the faith in sacrament meeting and I taught all the classes. And then we got on a bus and traveled to Loja. And then to Machala. And then to Guayaquil. (I am so tired of traveling)

So that is what happened this week. It was a great week. Every day in Zamora is super bizarre. Mom, you asked my daily schedule but we really don’t have one. We just run around doing the most random things for the rama (ward) and for the investigators. I’m kind of tired. But I am so happy. Love Zamora.

Love you guys! The church is so true! I am so blessed to be able to express to everyone how much I love the gospel and how happy it came make them.

Love, Hermana Brimley


“You can just bless the sacrament”


First and foremost, do you guys what to hear a funny story? This week I put as a “district leader” since we don’t have Elders in our area. Which doesn’t mean too much except for I have some random responsibilities along with my own responsibilities. I was worried about priesthood holders not showing up on Sunday to bless the sacrament and I told my Zone leader that. My zone leader was like “so don’t worry about Sunday, Hermana, because if the priesthood doesn’t show up to sacrament meeting, You can just bless the sacrament.” Wow.

BUT DON’T WORRY. Sunday was all good. Por milagro, 2 priesthood holders showed up and we were able to have the sacrament. The rest of the time was a little stressful because me and my companion gave talks in sacrament meeting and taught all the classes which was hard when you can’t separate from your companion. But it all worked out and we only were a little stressed.

But the week was good. So crazy how fast it went. There is so much to do. We have been teaching English classes and seminary and institute and took over every thing the Elders were doing here. So we just try and take things one step at a time. And new Elders will come eventually, so this is only for a awhile.

We did a fun noche de amigos this week. We did “protect your egg.” We gave our investigators and ward members who came an egg and 20 minutes to use a bunch of materials to save their egg from a fall. Compared it to the fall of Adam and Eve and how through the atonement, even when we fall (unlike the eggs) we can be made whole again. And after we made chocolate chip cookies! There were more investigators there than members so that is always fun. I am so prepared to be a young women’s leader with all of these activity lessons.

But yeah, wow 3 months I will be home. 3 months ago, I was just getting here to Zamora, so that is crazy how quickly time flies. But I guess I will start eating healthy and getting myself in shape for America. JK. Actually, I have hit a rice wall. I actually won’t eat rice anymore. I don’t really think I can. It just sort of gets stuck in my throat.

I hope everyone has the best week. This week I gave a talk on simplifying the gospel. On how our importance really doesn’t depend on how full our agendas are. Sometimes I feel like we base so much of our self-worth on how much stuff we are doing, not really caring about WHAT stuff we are doing. We should always just remember what is the most important. The gospel! We should all just take a moment, breathe, and remember that at the end of the day if we are okay with God and with our family, than we are doing alright.

Love you guys!

Hermana Brimley

“Go home and soak your feet in herbs. Then cover your head in urine.”


I am so jealous of all your peaches. The other day I caught myself singing “millions of peaches”. I think everyone has been talking about them in their letters a lot haha. HEY SHELBY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Wow I can’t believe it is your birthday again this week! But I hope you have a super wonderful awesome day. And are having fun in Disneyland!
This week was great! As always, every day in Zamora is a little different. But it was good:) We went up and harvested and shucked corn with 3 eldery men on Thursday. And then we made humitas! They are super good except that (since I guess I am a girl?) they assumed I would know how to make them. And, heavens, I do not. So I was just kind of throwing things together. And so it ended up we made about 300 very mediocre humitas. That’s alright. It was still fun.
On Friday I got a little bit sick. That is never fun on the mission. And we had an activity so I was just dying. Haha but the women are so funny here. They are all like “look how white she looks. Like a princess!” “Go home and soak your feet in herbs. Then cover your head in urine.” “aww you are not feeling well? You should stop sleeping with socks.” It was funny. I went home and crashed but then that night there was an earthquake! Which I though was weird that we felt it so deep in the mountains.
Also the worst news. The elders in my district here both have cambios. They are both leaving. And they are leaving us here all alone in Zamora. I am so nervous. Like…it’s not like I exactly have the priesthood, and we kind of rely on the Elders to bless the sacrament. So I am not sure what we are going to do…But I do know that anytime the Lord gives us a trial, it’s not a punishment, but a chance to learn. So it’s going to be a really tough couple of weeks, but at the end of it, we are going to come out better. It’ll be great.
And on the flip side, we are going to steal the Elders house because ours is invested with cockroaches and cockroach eggs. So it’s really a blessing haha.
Okay I love you guys! Thank you for supporting me here and thank you for my prayers. You can’t imagine how much I love you and how grateful I am for your help. Have a super wonderful week:)
Hermana Brimley

Mud Slides

Hey guys!

What a fun week you guys had in Arizona. I am actually sitting right next to an Elder from Mesa, Arizona. Fun fact. But I am glad the BYU game was successful. And I am glad that Jack is loving preschool. Nate, I am hope you aren’t feeling to sick anymore.
This week has been great in Zamora. Every day is kind of bizarre. Like something always happens that changes our plans. But that makes it even more fun. The first part of the week was kind of stressful because we had this dang cat for which we were searching for a home. Everyone was like “just throw it in the river”. But eventually we found it a new house. And we found a new investigator! A tender mercy. Though, after we gave it away my companion laid in her bed and just cried.
A funny(ish) story. So on Saturday we were going to Loja for our Zone Meeting. We left at like 7:00am. But there was like a huge mud slide. So we waited in the bus for a while, and eventually every just started getting off the bus and hiking over the rock piles and taking taxis. So we did the same. So we got in a taxi to get to Loja (just totally dripping in mud) and then all of the sudden he pulled to the side of the road and was like “I can’t take you any further”. So we started hitchhiking on the road, looking for anyone to take us to Loja or even back to Zamora and that point. We even made a sign. Long story short: we missed the zone meeting. But it was funny (after it was over).
We had an awesome activity on Friday. We did those like unity games that you always do at girls camp. And we had tons of investigators and it was awesome. I even cooked for it.
Today was the most fun day. We went to the fair. We actually got to go on roller coasters. Which were…not as secure as America. But so much fun.
I love you guys! I really really do.  I know that there is nothing more important I could be doing than being here in the mission. I know Heavenly Father wants me to be here for a reason, I am learning more than ever to just trust in him.
Have a great week. 😊
Hermana Brimley

It was like the best Sunday ever


SYDNI IS ENGAGED WHAT IN THE WORLD THAT IS SO CRAZY! But I am so happy for her and I know that Nate must be a nice guy and wow I can’t believe I am literally coming home 2 weeks after the wedding. That is interesting. Very interesting that they are sending me home that day. Like 5 days after Christmas…But it is okay! Let’s just wait and have christmas with me!

So wow what an eventful week for you guys! It sounds like everything broke down. I am sorry about that. But the new TV is beautiful. And oh my goodness I had forgotten what our house looks like. It is a mansion. We have been house hunting a little bit, because our house is full of mold. But as for now, we are still stuck there. All good, all good.
Yesterday, we were cleaning out this lady’s house and we found this tiny little kitty. Like 3 days old. It hadn’t eaten at all because its’ mom had abandoned it. We asked what she was going to do with it and she said she would probably throw it in a river.  So anyways I scooped it up in my jacket and we bottle fed the cat and now we are looking for a home for it. I don’t even like cats but man I felt bad for it. And the lady that was going to kill it…well she is going to be baptized soon. So we will be teaching a little more about the compassion.


Also another fun thing: On Wednesday me and my companion got totally lost. Unbelievably lost. Like we were walking around in the jungle for 3 hours trying to find a out way. Eventually we got it, though. So that was good. OH GUESS WHAT. We had an asistencia of 50 people on Sunday! It was so fantastic! It was like the best Sunday ever. Everyone even came to give their talks and it was so like perfect.

Everything else is good. The investigators are all good. A little lazy. It’s tough here because when people have to work on Sunday, like they just have to work. There isn’t another option because if they don’t work, they don’t eat. But it’s all good, I am 100% sure that the Lord will help them. Like we just need to always put our trust in the Lord and he will help us. That is what I have been learning lately. Obedience. But not to be obedient to avoid a punishment, but rather because I love the Lord and I know obedience to his commandments will actually HELP me. Not prevent me from being happy.

The weather is hot for like 20 minutes and that it starts raining and then it gets cold. The weather is crazy here. We went to Loja this week but not too much traveling. Which is good because my companion gets way sick. I think we will have to go to Guayaquil this next week. Or the next week I am not sure. And yes we get along super well. I really love her.

So anyways. SYDNI IS ENGAGED WHOOOOO!!!!!!! And parents are all good and healthy after the colon checks. Nice. Kids have all started school. Good work, guys. Scott is killing it with 4 dang medical school interviews…are you kidding???? Ali is now a university professor so wow. Nicole is (literally) running her booty off. Every one sounds really really awesome at home. I am so happy for you guys! And sydni is engaged.

I love you guys! I hope you have the best week.

Hermana Brimley

He started preaching to his own church what he learned in our pamphlet


How is everyone?? It sounds like you guys had a fun last week of summer. I am jealous. I want to go camping! And hiking! That sounds fun. But school will be fun and fall is just the absolute best in Utah. We have a noche de hogar (FHE) later tonight and I suggested that we make pumpkin cookies instead of snickerdoodles and every one laughed at me. I am not sure why, I thought they sounded good. But enjoy your fun fall season.

This week was good. We had interviews with Presidente and Hermana Moreno. It was so so good. They are so wonderful. We talked a lot about the specific problems that we have in Zamora. Which are a lot so my interview was super long. The told me that the biggest problem we are seeing in the mission is the galapagos (they are struggling back there) and then following it is Zamora. So whoo. But it is okay, we are working really hard with the members trying to train them and teach them and stuff.

We have found some super awesome investigators. We actually gave one man a pamphlet and then went back to verify his lecture (address) and turns out he had started preaching to his own church about what he learned in the pamphlet. And he wants us to come to the church and explain everything…I am not sure if that is actually allowed but COOL!

Also. A miracle. We were walking down the street and we saw these gringos and my companion was like “wow those people are the most Mormon looking people in the world” and then we hear “SISTERS!!” And wow! They are LDS and they are from Idaho and will be staying until December. 5 new members whooo!

Another miracle. Last Sunday we went to go get an investigator from her house to go to church and her face was just totally burned..a pressure cooker (of rice of course) exploded in her face. So horrible. She was in so much pain that she said she wanted to kill herself. So we called the elders to give a blessing and in the blessing he said “tomorrow you will wake up like nothing had happened” So last Monday we went to go see her (the day after the blessing) and seriously it was like nothing had happened. Her face was totally normal looking and she wasn’t in pain or anything. A miracle.

Other things. We went to Loja on Saturday for our zone meeting. Man. The Virgin came.The Catholic holiday called Virgen de El Cisne  It was nuts. There were thousands of people walking on their knees to worship her (A statue of the virgin that is carried hundreds of miles pilgrimage and people throwing money and their clothes at her. Just doing all this crazy stuff. And now they are just having parties for her until like the middle of September. It’s rough.   We ended up getting stuck there for the day because of all the people and it is too crazy to go out. We were not allowed to wear our mission name tags. Luckily I brought phase 10, so it was fun.

Other things…having an American companion rocks. We just make salads and go running and that is just something the Latinas would not do. So it has been fun.

We played soccer and volleyball for P-day with our district today (aka us and the elders here in Zamora). But it was so fun I miss sports so much. But also my arms are all bruised because the Ecuatorianos play volleyball with practically a rock. Either way it was fun.

How are the Olympics going? Our mamita is always watching. But since technically we aren’t allowed to, we just stand up and sing the national anthem when America wins. Which seems to be always. Nice.

Have a super great week, all!  I love the church and I love being here in Zamora. i love you guys so much!

Hermana Brimley

So this week was fun!

Hello familia!

What a week you guys have had. The kids at EFY and being at home alone. But that sounds fun. What in the world why are you going to Disneyland in October, why wouldn’t you wait for me? It’s fine we can just go to Rome and I will feel better. Actually, I have a pal here on the mission that worked at Universal studios before the mission and he can get me into all of that stuff for free now. So the mission really is a blessing.
So this week was fun! On Monday we had cambios.(transfers) My new companion is Hermana Steffen…from the United States–California and has been out for 6 months. I am like so happy to have a gringa, my first on the mission. It is so much fun. She will run with me every morning. Though it isn’t easy to not speak English. So on Monday we had cambios but then we just stayed in Guayaquil because on Wednesday we had consejo de lideres (leadership council). Which was awesome. What was not awesome was the lack of clothing I had. But luckily Hermana Moreno (the President’s wife) bought me garments. So that was nice. Oh and consejo de lideres was AWESOME. It was so much fun to be with all the missionaries and stuff. And we have got some new rules! We can eat vegetables and fruits now! We can play sports! We can listen to EFY music! We can do service! We painted a house this week which was so awesome. We can wear pants!  It was so much fun.
A funny story: so Hermana Moreno was talking about how missionaries are gaining so much weight that they are having knee problems and back problems and can’t work and stuff so we need to start watching our diets. No cola in the mañana and cutting out intake of rice and stuff. She finishes, and they bring in a whole pizza from pizza hut for every person. Delicious. But yeah, we are going on a mission diet.
Another funny story: I was ask to talk about the challenges we have in our zone and in Loja and Zamora and so I talked about our bad asistencia at church (yesterday we started with 6 people attending) and how there is just full apostasia here. Like people who aren’t members wearing garments or blessing their food with the sacrament prayer and ending the sacrament meeting with a prayer on their knees and doing the cross action. Anyways, I said that and when I finished the whole consejo (counsel) like exploded with laughter. (That didn’t sound that funny writing it.)
So yeah. That night we traveled back to a city called Cuenca. Slept there, then on Friday we went back to Loja and then from Loja me and my companion came to Zamora. And now we are here. But tomorrow we have to go back to Loja for interviews with President and then on Wednesday go back again for a conferencia and then on Saturday AGAIN. So I am broke and kind of tired of traveling. But I love hearing from our President and his wife. They are so wise and humble and just want the best for us. Presidente has given me so much more to do as Sister leader…it is keeping me so busy. The Presidente and his wife has every one in the mission changing houses because they want us to live comfortably and happily. Not with cockroaches or without lights, water or with the cats. They are so awesome.
Okay I hope you guys are doing well, enjoying your fun summer and all of my sobrinos.(Jack, lizzie and Rose) I love you guys so much! I love the church so much. I am so so so happy to be here, to be a missionary. To get to talk about the church all the time and help people here in Zamora. Even when things are the worst, I am still so happy. I love the mission! I love you guys!
Love, Hermana Brimley

So this has been a bizarre week

Hello family!

DSCN2091[1] So this has been a bizarre week. So on Thursday the secretario called me and said that me and my companion need to travel to Guayaquil to renovate my visa (it had expired). So we were like…chuso…because from Zamora to Guayaquil it is like 15 hours. But we left and we got to Guayaquil at 6 in the morning.  We went and renovated my visa at 10am and then my companion said to the nurse that her knee was hurting a bit. So, we took advantage of being in Guayaquil and went to the hospital. Yeah, we were there the whole day getting scans and stuff and it ended up that they put a cast on her whole leg.
So we slept in Guayaquil that night (and we didn’t have any clothes or anything to shower with because we weren’t expecting to stay there). The next day I got permission to go to my old sector Huancavilca and visit everyone and it was the best day of my life. Seeing all of the members and converts. Like 5 of my investigators got baptized and it was so so awesome. My favorite convert, Ivan was in a white shirt and tie and he is getting a calling as Mission Leader. And the family Zamora. So awesome.
Yeah, so right now we are still in Guayaquil but I’ve been keeping busy by going on divisions with another Hermana.

My companion has transfers, she is staying here in Guayaquil(to be closer to her doctors) and I am going to pick up my new companion to go back to Zamora. Which means yayayaya traveling all night.(I am so tired of traveling) And we might have to come back to Guayaquil on Wednesday to bring my old companion her things. I may go crazy.
How are you guys? I imagine that you guys are so well that you forgot to write me. hmmm mmm. But no seriously, I hope every one is super super happy and enjoying the summer! Happy birthday Grandpa and Harry Potter. I celebrated by going to 9 hours of church and learning how to play the guitar. It was fun.
Questions for Alex: What is like in Zomora?
Landscape: mountains. It is like we are hiking always. My bum is almost always sore.

Homes: Right now pretty poor. Like made out of old wood that is rotting and stuff. But some houses are pretty.

Weather: Rainy! It rains like every hour and so we walk around with umbrellas. Nothing dries because of the humidity.

I like being a sister leader. It is fun and stuff. I feel a little more pressure to have numbers and stuff but it is a good motivation and learning experience. Someone this week called me “Juana la bautista”

I love you guys!
Love, Hermana Brimley

It is super SUPER Catholic


Sorry I am writing a little bit earlier today but with this new mission president, the rules are changing a little bit. As in…the are taking away rules. 😓 So anyways right now, my companion and I are writing AT THE SAME TIME. Normally what you have to do is write one by one while the other sits and watches your computer screen, making sure you aren’t sinning. Not that big of a deal, but now it’s practically like we get another hour of P-day because we only take 1 hour for writing, opposed to the two hours we used before. Other things…we can now do service! In pants! Whoo! A few other ones, but the funniest? It is now actually a RULE that you have to get your booty out of bed at 6:00am and have to run for 30 minutes outside of your apartment. I am happy about it. The Latins…not so much.

So this week was kind of weird. We did an intercambio with the hermanas in Loja and so I went to Loja (like two hours away) and my companion stayed here. Normally intercambios last one day but the day we were supposed to go back to Zamora there was a derrumba (I am not sure what that is in english). Like part of the mountain fell and blocked all cars going in and out of Zamora. So I stayed in FREEZING COLD Loja for another few days. But it was fun. It was fun to mix it up a little bit. It is super SUPER Catholic in Loja, though. They honor a virgin called “La Reina del Cisne which is like the madre maria who came down during a war jumped on a horse with her, long curly hair flowing behind here, and saved all of the people. So they love this virgin and they say she is coming back pretty soon. So people are like walking on their knees for days just to honor her and on the day she comes…August 26th or something people start throwing rocks and trying to burn down our church. So pray for me NOT to be in Loja for those days. Sorry this was boring. But just a little Ecuatoriana historia for you guys.
On Sunday our president of the rama(ward) didn’t come so one of the Elders was directing the church and a lady came up to give her discurso and she began it with “I am not going to tell you how, if it was a heart attack or I died, but yesterday I learned that the spirit world exists.” When she said that all of the missionaries just bowed our heads in fervent oracion that she wouldn’t go into depth about this dream. Because justamente, the week anterior the man who gave the talk pretty much condemned us all and himself by telling everyone is temple name and a bunch of other stuff. Ugh. But yeah the lady continued with all this revelation she had received from God. After she finished the Elder got up and was like “well…thank you for your talk. Though, we can’t technically support what you said.”
I assume you guys are doing well! SCOTT THAT IS CRAZY AWESOME ABOUT YOU MCAT SCORES. Nate and Anna, enjoy your camps and EFYs. I imagine all the political conventions right now are pretty crazy. But I love you guys! Have a fun time in your fun summer. Happy Birthday on Sunday to Grandpa! (And to Harry Potter).
Love, Hermana Brimley

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