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Last night I received this great picture of Elder B. at church in his new ward, from Claudia Harris, a friend and former neighbor from Idaho!

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Dear Mom,

I didn't get your e-mail last week when you tried to send it really quick so I didn't find out that the Harris's were in my ward until Wednesday, but it's pretty awesome! Elder Jeffs and Elder Barbour had dinner with them this week and told them about transfers so they knew I was coming from them too. We went to their house on Thursday and ate some leftover birthday treats from their son's birthday and then got to see them at church yesterday too! Its really weird that they're here but it's so cool! haha We got to snag some of the treats that the ward was handing out for father's day haha Bro Harris is on the high council and usually isn't in our ward but he spoke alongside a young man leaving on his mission soon yesterday.
We have a great ward and I am excited to work here! My companion is Elder Jeffs from Gilbert AZ. He is super cool and we are eerily alike. It's going to be a good transfer! I have two sets of sisters in my district:…
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6/15/2015

Hey Mom!

I look forward to your letter! I've been wondering when you would send one haha (We email every week, but I've been terrible about writing snail mail!!!!)

Well, it has been a great week but it is also bittersweet to receive transfer calls this weekend. I am very excited to announce that I have been called to serve as a District Leader in the Rocky Reach ward in Wenatchee in the Washington Yakima mission. I will have Elder Jeffs from Az (who actually used to be in my zone here in Kennewick last transfer!) I will be a steward over him and 2 sister Companionships. Two of the sisters will be brand new and straight from the MTC. It will be a "Sistrict" as President Ware put it when he called me. I am basically the Relief Society president! lol Meanwhile, Elder Plehn is very excited to stay here and to train a brand new Elder! 
We had a great last week together full of success! The 'P's' and 'M' came to church and they all loved it! They…
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June 8, 2015

Hey Mom!

How are you? Still waiting for a letter... And an e-mail! haha (Unfortunately, I didn't have time to email him before he emailed me!) :o(
Quick investigator run down! 'M' has committed to baptism but has no date yet. He's been to church once. 'H' came to fast and testimony meeting with his inactive father 'E' yesterday! They loved church and will most likely be coming to dinner with us in a member's home on Tuesday. Actually the member served his mission in Flagstaff! He knows the Palmers really well! His name is B. Mackay. His brother actually works at Gore! Does Dad know a Mackay at work?
Well, Saturday is transfer calls! Transfers are on the 17th. I should know by then where I will end up!!! I'm trying to think of anything else to say... I know I'm leaving so much detail out... By the time Monday comes around I can't remember anything... haha Do you have any specific questions? I love you! Have a great week!
Love, …
6/2/15--I received the following WONDERFUL letter in the mail today from a man in Elder B's last area (Yakima):

Dear Chanon and Rebecca,

     I certainly hope I am reasonably close in my spelling of a unique, to me, name.  I am writing to tell you your son, Elder Brinkerhoff, made a very favorable and enduring impression on me.  One day this spring, he and his cohort, Elder Plehn, stopped at my house in carrying out their missionary duties.  I recalled being their age out on the road far from home and how kindness of strangers affected me.  So, I invited them in for a glass of water and a rest.  I am a 65 year old retired fisheries  biologist and grandpa.  I like young people.  Your son was a breath of fresh air, a model youth taking on passionately, an important job; he embraced his duty with poise, composure, and determination.  I told them right away that I was an unlikely convert but, if they wished, they could practice on me and at least they would find me an eager student.  …
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June 1, 2015

Hi!!!

No we haven't had more protesters. It seems like the open house for our new building has been a success but we weren't there and the members haven't talked much about it. The building will be dedicated in a few weeks! We are excited for that. It will happen right before transfers. This upcoming one will basically decide which mission I will end up in! It's gonna be interesting!

This has been a great week for miracles! We had our first investigator at church in a long time! "M" is his name. Elder Plehn and Elder Connell gave him a tour of the Stake Center while on exchanges and his friend "T" was there too. He then brought him to our ward yesterday. "M" has committed to baptism and to continue investigating the church. We are making progress with the "P" family too! "E" is the inactive father and he told us that he wants to go back to church and he has stopped drinking for a week! We haven't talked …
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Mother's Day Skype! **************************************************************** May 19, 2015
Hi Mom! Sorry I didn't write yesterday. Today was our temple trip p-day so yesterday was a normal proselyting day... I hate it when p-day switches haha
Crazy news! We are taking over Willowbrook ward and losing Cottonwood Springs! Our Zone leaders cover the meadow springs and Willowbrook wards and they meet at the same time in different buildings. They expressed this problem to President Ware and he decided the best thing would be for us to trade WB and CS. So, Elder Plehn and I have officially covered 4 wards in our time together. Doubled in to 3 of them! Crazy things happen on a mission! It's good though because We live in WB ward and Elder and Sister Cain are in that ward too! We've seen a lot of miracles already even though we've been in the ward only since yesterday.
 Here is last p-day. Elder Galvez (the one from Hawaii) went home this week.  Pictured are Elders C…