Showing posts from March, 2016
Hi Mom!
No, I am not sorry that I sent my umbrella home. Imagine me holding one on a bike! haha
Hope Dad's truck and the family van are ok! Please don't cost too much! Have you considered just getting new cars and selling those old heaps for scrap metal? ;) haha
Yeah, my doctor's visit was useless but it was good to do I guess. There was a $15 co-pay that I wasn't happy about... Apparently I have a "fried egg" mole (That's the nickname for it) I can't remember what the medical term for it is but it's not an issue. It's just ugly! Dr. Quinn is LDS and his receptionist is Sister "B" in 7th ward. We ate dinner at her house that night so it was funny to walk in and see her there behind the desk and realize she was the lady I talked to on the phone. She was like, "When you told me your name I assumed it was you but I didn't want to assume and be wrong!" haha  Dr. Quinn knows Elder K. Mark Frost pretty well too apparently! 
I received the best letter today from Sister C. Jones.  Elder Brinkerhoff and his companion live in the Jones' home.

Dear Sister Brinkerhoff,

I wanted to send a note of appreciation for your wonderful missionary son!  Elder "B" has been staying in our home for the past several weeks and he has been a delightful servant of the Lord. Faithfully following the mission rules, keeping up with the rigorous mission schedule, he is blessing 2 wards here, and is exemplary to all.  He is well and happy, and has his infectious smile on when I ask how his day was.

     What a blessing it has been to have missionaries living in our home that used to seem empty now that our daughters are grown and our youngest serving her mission in Brasil.  We are so grateful for the stronger spirit in our home, that comes from missionaries residing here.  As a convert myself, I wanted to personally thank you for raising such a wonderful mis…
Hey Mom! 
We're doing pretty well! It's been raining a lot this week but we've been blessed because we're often not outside when it downpours super hard. I can't believe how much weather we've had this year! Last year we had NOTHING.
I am super excited for Emily! I can't believe that this is actually happening! How crazy! Feel free to ask but I doubt they'll let me skype since Mother's day is pretty close. I'd be fine if I just heard the news from Sister Hogsett. (She's been out of town but she can just text me.) My call came pretty fast! I'm sure Emily's will too! Be sure to get it on video! Has she watched that Elder Ballard talk yet?
We had exchanges with 5th ward this week. I took Elder Johnson into my area. It was a pretty eventful day! It was the first day of our extreme spring wind. I also popped one of my tires... It felt flat so I looked down and saw a random goat-head sticking in it... We were able to have someone take it …
Hi Mom!

 It was a great week! We've been blessed with 3 new families to teach in 7th ward (So far that's 8 new investigators!!!) 

We have diligently worked to commit member families to doing small Christlike acts of love and service. We've definitely seen a lot of indirect blessings come from this because of the teaching pool we now have. The "M's" are a family that was taught by missionaries a few months back and now have accepted to meet with us again! The "L" and the "C" families are new. The "C's" were prepared by Brother "F" (A member carpool buddy). When we knocked on their door they were open and invited us in to have a discussion on questions they had about the church! Their 2 young kids love us and the parents invited us to come back to teach them the discussions! The "L's" are a part-member family that fell through the cracks for awhile! They were under a former name that wasn't used by th…

What a Powerful Week!

Hi Mom!!  What a powerful week! It was sad to say goodbye to Elder Poloncic but it has definitely been a pleasure to begin serving with Elder Hanna! He has brought a lot of energy and fresh ideas to this area! He and I get along well and he will do SO much good for this area. He also just came from Yakima 2nd ward so that has been pretty cool to swap stories about the area and the people there. 
We had great meetings with our Bishops and Ward Mission Leaders on how we can best help the 4th and 7th wards. We discussed how we can be more unified with the ward council. We are extremely EXCITED and MOTIVATED and we have seen many great things begin to happen. We have now a solid sense of what needs to happen to help nurture this area. 
We are beginning to improve member interactions in 4th ward. We are firmly (but lovingly) committing them to interact with their neighbors and find ways that they can develop friendships with nonmember friends. Many are afraid to begin simple interactions …