Currently I feel super overwhelmed by this whole email business. Thank you so much for the emails you sent me! It made me cry to know that some of you were thinking about me. I appreciate your love more than I can say. Tuesday will be my p-day for the next 5 weeks and Hermana Grover and I will probably do it after lunch. Oh yes, that brings me to another topic, Hermana Grover.
Let`s start at the beginning of this crazy journey...AKA last week.
First of all leaving Cody, Wyoming was so hard but there was this beautiful sunrise that made me feel a lot better. Tender mercy. Anyways....I flew to Houston with some members of the school board so that was kinda funny. It made me feel a lot better! In Houston I was freaking out because I had literally (that one is for you, Kierstyn and Lu) ten minutes to get to my next flight AKA the most important flight to Mexico. Well by some miracle my plane landed a few gates away from it. I got on the plane and spotted a white girl, so I knew she was headed to the CCM. Once off the plane I followed some random guy to my bags and this sweet lady helped me through customs in broken Spanish. Bless her. I eventually found the girl again and upon asking her in the CCM van where she was from she said,
"Newcastle, Wyoming....Ever heard of it?" Oh my have I ever.
The ride to the CCM was a thrill. We almost t-boned someone at least five times.
The second I unpacked my bags two things happened: #1 Someone asked me if I was related to so-and-so Brinkerhoff (I get that at least once a day) and #2 They stabbed me with a freaking needle because I was missing a shot. What a greeting. Then we sprinted off to dinner and I found Elder Rasmussen-Dickson from Lovell. It was so nice to see him!
After that I met Hermana Grover! She is from Gilbert, Arizona. ;) We are both headed to Santiago on the same day, same mission. I find it funny how everyone says they did not like their MTC companion. They didn't have Hermana Grover. She's a sweetheart! We get along like we've known each other forever. Hermana Grover is on to me. The other night she said "Hermana Brinkerhoff, I get this feeling you're a lot more sassy than you let on..." Hahahahahahhahahahaha! No way sister. Just wait.
The first few days were full of meetings and orientation and holy cow it was rough. People say the MTC is hard, but really it's just a huge transition. Everyone here is so kind though. I love it! I've met so many people from around the world and let me tell you something.The church is strong, the church is organized, and the church is true! This campus is beautiful too. The past few days were freezing, but now its sunny and 75.
Also just to clear up a rumor, the walls aren't that tall and the gun shots are canons with a few gun shots mixed in. The latinos just like to celebrate the saints with canons.
The teachers talk only Spanish to us. Sometimes they find it enjoyable to torture us I think, but then they give really spiritual lessons in English too. My first teacher likes to pet my hair and say "muy muy bonita Hermana B" (she literally can't say my last name, that makes me feel better about my Spanish) I asked another blonde girl if anyone has done it to her and she said no. I think it's the curl the latinos like. Another teacher was drawing a sister missionary on the board and drew her with crazy curly hair. They love me, and I really love them. We laugh all the time, even though half the time I have no clue what they say.
Everything is Spanish and it's been amazing to me to see that the gospel has no language. You still feel the Spirit regardless. So far we've taught three lessons...in Spanish and it went...haha.
Everyday someone says something to make me feel better. They try to keep us happy and busy. One of my favorites was from our branch president. He said "if you are going to Santiago, you are lucky. It is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth!"
I apologize for the typos and bad spelling. My life is all Spanish now..including the keyboard.
I am well here in Mexico City and will enjoy the next few weeks of training. I love. love. love. you all. Thank you for your prayers, I'm not kidding when I say I need them. The other night I thought about the people that were praying for me and I could almost feel the power behind those prayers. Thank you. I LOVE YOU!
Even after a week I know this is where I am supposed to be, so don't worry about me I am great! This mission is going to help me so much and I already love it. (No you RMs out there I am not lying!) I am in good hands with the leaders here and it's very safe. Also Hermana Grover takes good care of me. (I'll send a picture next week).
If you want to send me a letter that will get to me that day, you can. And I would love it!
To do that email:
In the subject line put: Josie Brinkerhoff District 7C
Someone try it and see if it works! It's free also and not a care package, just an email they print and give to you.
Anyways, once again I LOVE YOU!
Have a great week,