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Sorry again...I just saw that another old post got emailed out.  I'm not sure what's going on!!!!?!!!!!  Weird.

Latest letter

****Sorry to those of you who receive email updates...I don't know why, but I think one of my old posts from 2012 (about gophers) got emailed out recently.  Weird!****

Dear Mom,
     Hey, how has your week been?  We've had a great one!  We had members present at all of our lessons!  We only had 6, but it's better than none.  We've had to drop a couple of investigators unfortunately because they just aren't progressing.

     To answer your question about what a typical day for us is like:  Our week goes Monday to Sunday.  Monday is P-day (preparation day) of course.  We are up at 6:30 every morning and our morning schedule is usually the same with breakfast and showers from 7 to 8am.  Personal study from 8 to 9 and companion study from 9 to 10.  We are in walking distance to the family History Center, so we usually head over at about 9:30 to get computers before all the other missionaries get there! ha ha  We're there from about then to whatever time it…

"Domesticated Elder"

I just received this short email and picture from Br. W. this evening (a member of the ward that Elder B. serves in).  This family is wonderful....they feed my son and Elder J. on a regular basis.  During the hot summer months, they keep a small fridge stocked with cold drinks for the Elders so they can stop in and get a drink when they need to (this is a walking car or bikes).  Br. W. also sends me pictures from time to time.  I'm so grateful for this family!!!!
************************************************************** Br. W. titled this picture "Domesticated Elder"! ha ha "He insisted on helping with dishes after dinner!  What an Elder!  :) He's awesome."

~The 'W' family
This week's pictures:

Here's a great meal provided by Sister "A" in our ward after 7 hours of weekly planning this last Friday. She spoiled us good with Zips burgers/fish 'n' chips, halloween candy, soda and ice cream!!

Here's where I am every Monday!  This is the Family History Center where we e-mail. This was from last week.
Here's p-day at the stake center! (me: Were you studying instead of playing b-ball?!!!! ;o) // Elder B.:Yyyyyyyep!)

Here's some background on what Duportail is! All the street names in this area are named after generals.

I Love you mom!!!!!!! :) <3 have a great week!
Meet the Mormons

Listen to this! Elder J. and I had this happen. Yesterday we were feeling kinda discouraged after tracting a bit and all of a sudden this car drives by real quick and we hear the word "Mormons" as it drives by. We just assume someone is yelling hate at us again, but then it turns around and comes back. There's this guy in it that yells "Hey! Are you guys mormons?" Elder Johnson and I are like, "Yep! We sure are!" and he says "I just got back from that Meet the Mormons movie! Have you guys seen it? It was great! I had you guys pegged all wrong! I have the utmost respect for you now! You missionaries keep up the great work and Praise Jesus! God bless!" Then he drove off real quick and we were like almost running after him like "Thank you! Hey wait! What's your name? Where do you live? Do you wanna get baptized????? hahaha lol It was pretty cool. We don't know who he was but the movie has touched someone already! Ho…

Yay, it's Monday!

"Hey! Can't wait to get my book and letter! :) Yep! We just got the transfer call on Sunday morning that we're both staying.  I'm very glad that I am staying.  I'm no longer in training now and we are excited for our next transfer together. Is that a song from 'Meet the Mormons'? (I sent him a copy of the song from the movie) Is MTM going to play in Flagstaff?

"Thanks for the pictures! We had a great time watching conference this weekend! We watched them all at the stake center except for the Sun Morning one with the 'W' family and 'C'. This conference was powerful! Did you see all of it?
"Here's another picture of Elder R. and I on our exchange this week. He came to my area and Elder J. went to theirs."
(This was a short email...he writes more in snail mail! We also send little emails back and forth (one liners mostly), but nothing that would really qualify as blog fodder! ha ha)

Sunday morning session of Conference with the "W" family

We enjoyed having the Elders over for Breakfast and to watch the morning session of conference today.  Biscuits and gravy, conference then playing a skittle game with the kids.

We love having them in our home.  We were also able to hear, with them, that they both will be staying in our ward through this transfer so Elder J. will finish his mission here.  We are excited for that blessing to have them both another six weeks.
Thank you for sharing your sons with us,
Love the "W" family.

Now that I'm feeling less lazy about typing, here are some excerpts from Elder B's  September 1st letter:
"Every other transfer we have a zone conference and in-between we have a temple trip.  We will hopefully get to go pretty soon!

"Yes, we are close to some baptisms hopefully.  "D" is someone I've told you about who is just about there.  We've taught him all the lessons almost, so once everything is done he will be baptized!  We are also waiting for "M's" baptism.  She is a 9 year old foster daughter who just needs a baptism date and will be baptized by a boy in their family who is 16 years old.  It will count for our key indicators though because we were the ones who taught her the lessons.  We also just had a breakthrough with "L" last night.  She expressed many interesting things to us.  She's been to church and we've been giving her reading to do each week.  She expressed to us that she was glad we come visit …

Latest snail mail

Remember, this is an EXCERPT! :o)

Sept 8th and 15th, 2014
Our investigators are still hanging in there.  "L" is super close to actually starting the lessons.  We are just leaving her with reading to do right now.  The great thing is that she reads all we give her and she understands all that we leave with her.  She is progressing very well and has said things that lead us to believe she wants to be baptized.  "D" is having some issues with his testimony.  He thinks that he will know that the church is true after he receives a great awaking epiphany of some sort.  We spent the last meeting with him trying to help him understand how witnesses are received and that he doesn't have to worry.  He was worried that something was wrong with him.  "S" is someone we haven't been able to see for awhile.  He is super awesome but we haven't been able to make any contact with him at all.  We will hopefully be able to soon.

Yesterday we had one of those stere…
OK, so I'm feeling like I just want to be caught up (aka:  LAZY!!!!) and I'm going to skip a few letters.  Here's the latest email that Elder Brinkerhoff sent out to everyone on his email list:  

Greetings from the WKM here in the Tri-Cities!

This has been quite the eventful week! I caught a bad cold and helped a Hungarian lady move for 2 days during the climax of my sickness. I'm feeling much better now thank goodness. I had a fun exchange last Thursday with an Elder in my district. Then on Friday we had a 7 hour training on a revamped weekly planning that will be more efficient and help our areas a ton!
On Saturday we had a great missionary workshop for the youth in our stake where we got to rotate and hear from President and Sister Ware, the Zone leaders, the Sister training Leaders and the Assistants to the president. We got to sit with and interact with the youth and help answer questions and get them excited for the work.
We FINALLY have a new ward missio…

Letter Excerpts

I haven't tried to send more pictures yet! I will in a sec. I haven't gotten anything from you yet, but I did get Nathan and Sarah's pictures finally!  Something I could definitely use sometime is more towels and washcloths. It's kinda gross using only one a week.... It's not urgent, but I'd sure love that haha! Also, there have been 2 more books added to the missionary library for my area! "The miracle of Forgiveness" (SW Kimball) and "Believing Christ" (Stephen E Robinson) I don't NEED them, but there's some ideas for down the road for like B-days or whatever. I have some stamps but maybe when I run out you can send one to me in your letter to use in replying. I have enough envelopes but it's hard to buy stamps because I don't have much time at Walmart the once a week we go. We usually e-mail at about 9:30 am if you want to get on at the same time! There's a lady we're teaching and helping who is a recent c…
Just wanted to  send a couple more pictures of your Elders.  We had them over again for dinner, this time making homemade pizza.  They also had a priest-age young man on a "mini-mission"  from Kennewick.  We also had them in our home for a discussion and they both have wonderful testimonies and a great spirit about them.  You can tell they have a solid companionship and enjoy working together.

Elder B. is growing and learning and every day.  He is so humble.   Elder Johnson is a great trainer and a excellent example of a seasoned missionary for Elder B.
They are blessing lives here in Richland.
~The "W' family


We wanted to share our 24th BBQ with you that we had with your Elders.  Since Elder Brinkerhoff is new in the field we decided to have a "greenie" theme for him.  They are doing well and having fun and working hard.  I am the YM's president so they attend our Priest quorum every Sunday and are great examples to the YM.

We love serving the Elders because we also have a daughter on a mission so we hope she is being taken care of in her area. Our daughter is serving in the Salt Lake central mission Spanish speaking.  been out 6 months now.  
The bald man in the picture is Bishop McDonald who was sharing the meal with us (his family is out of town).....  :)  I am taking the pictures!  haha
Thank you for sharing your sons with us.

The church is exploding in our area and we love our missionaries.

A fun thing the members also do is keep our extra fridge in the garage or a cooler on the porch stocked with drinks for the missionaries cause it gets into the 100's around here.…

Elder B. goes to Washington!

(Elder B. with President and Sister Ware)
"Dear Missionary Family,
We are delighted to inform you thatyour missionary has arrived safelyto the Washington Kennewick Mission.  We already love them and are excited to serve with them.  We have enjoyed becoming acquainted with them and are confident that they will become an effective instrument in the hands of the Lord in sharing the gospel with the people of Washington and Oregon.
We have assigned them a companion who is an experienced, devoted, and motivated missionary.  All of our missionaries understand that one of the greatest privileges available in the mission is to train a new missionary.  This first companion will be a special person in your missionary’s life and will help give them a great start here.
We feel that our greatest responsibility is the care and welfare of your child.  We want to assure you that we will be in regular contact with them.  We will be observant of their physical health, happiness and spiritual well bei…

MTC Life

First letter and email from Elder Brinkerhoff:

"Hi!  I'm sending out a quick letter to you to let you know how I'm doing!  Things are very busy and fast-paced here at the MTC.  These past two days have felt like a week.  We've learned so much.  My companion is Elder Johnson.  He, I and 3 others in our district are going to Kennewick and it's a great bunch!  I will write more soon by email most likely.  I'm sorry, I wish I had more time to tell all about it.  We had loooooooong meetings today and we've barely had time to do anything we need to.  I am senior companion. :o)  Hope everything is going well!  I love you!"

(Typical day at the MTC!)
************* (The following email was a general email sent out to many people):
"They said we would all say that after my first day at the Missionary Training Center.  It was a whirlwind of new buildings, new people, new food, new experiences and a new life.

"I have never felt the spirit mor…