Hello everyone from rainy Mexico!
First off my P-day got switched, I know you were worried, Mom ;)
In other news I leave the CCM Monday night and will be flying all night to Chile! So about Tuesday at 8 am your time I'll be just getting to Chile! I am very excited to leave, but super grateful for this experience. I kinda feel though, like I've been living in a dream and not in the real world. I think I'm ready to leave the walls!
This week wasn't uber exciting, but there were some fun points!
1. We sang "A Child's Prayer" in Spanish for tuesday devotional and everyone cried. It was a super neat moment. Even in Spanish the feeling is the same.
2. An elder in my district has a black belt and teaches what we call "hermana self defense" every night. His comp is his victim and it is soooo funny. I'm ready for you, Chile!
3. The new district that came in are our new buddies. I have a new love for volleyball thanks to the CCM. It's the best sport ever and so fun when the people are fun.
4. The Hermanas in my room and I had a serious heart-to-heart last week. We went around and talked about an issue we've been having. After that we talked about what we like about each other. Two of the girls said exact quotes that were in my patriarchal blessing and two things I really needed to hear. It was crazy.
5. Sometimes in the MTC they let us watch mormon messages. It's the best 5 minutes of my day. This week we watched "Because He Lives" and "Because of Him." I encourage everyone—non-member or not—to look those up. It is powerful.
6. Yesterday Elder Casteñda of the Seventy came into our classroom again. This time he wanted to watch us teach. I was teaching an elder in my district about church attendance and Elder Caseñda was literally right in my face. Pretty scary. You can imagine how red I got. Luckily, the Spanish came and it went well. After he pulled out some scriptures about church attendance and I learned so much from him. Once again he started crying and so I did too. I really like that guy and anyone who gets to come to the CCM with him as director is so lucky. He told us that when we teach about church attendance we need to tell them it's all about the Savior. He then told us that, "When your message is focused on Christ, the words will come." I took that to heart and I know it's true! The Savior is our only way to redemption.
I love all of you so much & love hearing about back home! The church is true & I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and am eternally grateful that I'm a member of Christ's restored church.
Wish me luck, my next email will be from CHILE!
-Hermana Josie Brinkerhoff
This is when we met Elder Oaks. Pretty sweet huh?
Hermanas Hopkin and Brinkerhoff representing Wyoming! (Next three)
Step aside, Beatles.