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Latest snail mail

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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…

Miserable Joy

I don't know why...I suppose I just never thought too much about it before...but until Dean started working on his missionary application, I didn't realize what an emotional experience it would be sending my child off to serve a mission (and this coming from ME--Miss Emotional).  I guess I just always focused on the joyful aspect of it.  I was not prepared for the emotional roller coaster I found myself on.  "Miserable Joy" is how a friend described the feelings of sending a child on a mission.  Looking back now, I can see that the "lead up" to the MTC drop off was the worst for me.  Lots of tears and heartache knowing that he was all grown up now and leaving the nest.  Knowing I wouldn't see him for two years didn't help either.  I'm doing much better though, now that Elder Brinkerhoff is out on his mission and doing well.  I have emotional moments now and then, but mostly I feel comfort and peace. 
I don't know what it is about rainbows, …