I wasn't trunky until our goodbye lunch with President. We sang "Abide with Me Tis Eventide."
Tears were shed. That song will never be the same for me.
The members treated me soooo good this week. I had two goodbye parties!!!
I'm a bit of an emotional mess, but mostly I just can't believe I did it. I served a full 18 month mission. I promise you I'm leaving a chunk of my heart here in Santiago. It's been a ride. I know that I couldn't have done it without Jesus Christ, without Him I am nothing.
Thank you for your love, prayers, and support. My time is short, but that's okay because we'll be together soon.
All week I've been freaking out. I go from being totally fine, to really sad, to really happy, and then I'm crying. Today we had a goals class which was fantastic and then reading the emails everyone sent me has made me feel a lot better. (I almost spent all morning chatting with Hermana Grover about MTC memories, holy cow I love her so much. you raised a good daughter Miley!)
I have reached my last week as a full time representive of Jesus Christ. I really never thought this day would come. I think I've gotten to this point where I'm content being a missionary forever...leaving my missionary comfort zone is going to be hard for me, but blessings are coming. I just love this mission so much.
This week we got a new ward mission leader. He just got home from his mission in concepcion (he sort of knows Colin). The work is going to explode here in El Manzano.
Also it snowed here for the first time in 40 years!!! It was so fun to play in the snow!!!
I love you all. Thank you for your prayers, support, EVERYTHING. I couldn't have done it without you. I'm so excited to give you the biggest hugs ever.
Off to work.
It's my last p-day ever. (next week I have an after mission goals class all pday). Wish I could say I'm doing something exciting, but we're going to take a nap first.
We did "servicio" this week and cleaned a little old lady's house. one word: SPIDERS. I feel itchy just thinking about it, but the smile on her face when we left made it all worth it. ;)
I also ate goldfish this week. why hasn't anyone sent me goldfish in a care package? increíble.
Our haitian investigators freaked out because I didn't come to the lesson this week. (I was in divisions). Hermana Nacho told them I went home already (mala nacho mas mala) They started yelling "23!!!!! menti menti (liar in haitian creol/spanish)" they know my release date. hahaha
This week in our zone meeting we talked about putting our hand to the plow and then never looking back. I've realized that I've done that...and now I can't ever look back.
love you see you in 2 woo-hoo!!!! call me trunky I'm not afraid to admit it.
This week went by crazy fast.
One thing I've been noticing is I can feel the spirit so strong in our lessons. It makes me happy.
Also Angelina and Sabina came to church yesterday after not assisting for a while. That makes me really happy.
In divisions this week Hermana Chimbo saw someone jumping roofs and said "that's thief hermana!!!"
I was like "Hermana por favor..."
but then a whole bunch of police showed up and hermana Chimbo started yelling
"right there!!! he's right there!!!"
In the end she helped them catch him. A member told us we were on the news.
We are just making Padre Hurtado a better place everyday.
We seem to have issues retaining people, but Papito is the besttttt.
Sorry I'm running out of things to talk about. It is week 75 after all.
We found a Bolivan lady who is awesome this week, but she was ready anti-mormon stuff online. For the love. I'm sick people reading anti stuff on the internet. Can we all just read the Book of Mormon instead?
Read this article...this was my favorite part:
“Every generation has its tests and its chance to stand and prove itself. Would you like to know of one of our toughest tests? Hear the warning words of Brigham Young, ‘The worst fear I have about this people is that they will get rich in this country, forget God and His people, wax fat, and kick themselves out of the Church and go to hell. This people will stand mobbing, robbing, poverty, and all manner of persecution and be true. But my greatest fear is that they cannot stand wealth.’”
President Benson continues: “Ours then seems to be the toughest test of all, for the evils are more subtle, more clever. It all seems less menacing and it is harder to detect. While every test of righteousness represents a struggle, this particular test seems like no test at all, no struggle and so could be the most deceiving of all tests.
“Do you know what peace and prosperity can do to a people—It can put them to sleep. The Book of Mormon warned us of how Satan, in the last days, would lead us away carefully down to hell. The Lord has on the earth some potential spiritual giants whom He saved for some six thousand years to help bear off the Kingdom triumphantly, and the devil is trying to put them to sleep. The adversary knows that he probably won’t be too successful in getting them to commit many great and malignant sins of commission. So he puts them into a deep sleep, like Gulliver, while he strands them with little sins of omission. And what good is a sleepy, neutralized, lukewarm giant as a leader?
“We have too many potential spiritual giants who should be more vigorously lifting their homes, the kingdom, and the country. We have many who feel they are good men and women, but they need to be good for something—strong patriarchs, courageous missionaries, valiant family history and temple workers, dedicated patriots, devoted quorum members. In short, we must be shaken and awakened from a spiritual snooze.”
Wake up already.
I'm full of "palos" today.
Have a great 4th of July....be safe.
love you all!!!
xoxo hermana brinkerhoff
It's been a day.
1. I'm an aunt again. I love that I'm getting NIECES. Finally. Baby Vivian is perfect!
2. I got my flight info. BOO. It looks like I get into Cody July 25th at 12ish. Time flies.
This week was good!!!
I destroyed the elders in a scripture race and they are still bitter about it. We had a ward family home evening and we talked about the word of wisdom. It was wild.
Our new friend Charles came to church this week..along with Papito. He tells us he needs to read the entire Book of Mormon to get baptized. Yikes.
I did the math and in my time as sister training leader I will do a months worth of divisions. This week I did two, one with hermana Gubernick from California and another with hermana Miller from Utah (well she was born in Chile). I love hermana Gubernick. We talked about her potential and how she can reach it during her mission. She is a great hermana.
Then I was with hermana Miller. She has two weeks in the mission but knows spanish because her mom is chilean. It was so fun to be with someone who is soooo fresh in the mission. She made me feel so good and by the end of the day we were joking around like old friends. She told me not to go home because she will be sad. Also a fun fact about my girl hermana Miller is that she is youtube famous. You know those three sisters that sing in spanish and english? yeah she's the alto of the group. she told me I can be sister number 4 when she gets back. Look up thier music on Youtube i love the song mix they did of "come thou fount and if you could hie to kolob"...they are called Eleyni Music :)
I love you all soo very much and I love this work :)
xoxo hermana brinkerhoff
This week I fell down the stairs. I need to watch where I am going when I have socks on.
Papito is awesome. He has no problem with the Word of Wisdom or the Law of Chastity. We have a date set for the 8th of July. He didn't come to church yesterday :( He had to change houses, but we think it is still our sector. We told him we couldn't enter in his house if there wasn't a woman in the house...so he took out three chairs and we taught outside. Even in the cold the work doesn't stop.
Nicol came to church all by herself yesterday. :) She has made many new friends.
This week while contacting we met a girl named Javiera. We become to talk to her and during our conversation we told her, "you know that you are a daughter of God right?" A smile came across her face that melted my heart. She then told us, "no one has ever told me that, but I know now that I am." Ah. I could be a missionary forever thanks to moments like that.
I really did fall down the stairs in our house. It was bad. I decided yesterday to ask for a blessing from the elders because I was in bad shape. As Elder Callister began to give me the blessing he said...."we want to give you a blessing...no your Heavenly Father wants to give you a blessing..." He then gave me one of the most beautiful priesthood blessings I've ever received. It was incredible and just what I needed in this time of my mission. In the blessing he repeated multiple times "your father in heaven is aware of you and he is aware of the sacrafices you are making." He also blessed me with the health I needed to finish my mission. I will be okay. I am really grateful for a Heavenly Father who knows us, who knows our desires, and I know He blesses us according to His will.
Have a fantastic week. I love you all.
What a week. I think I just followed my companion around while she did her going home stuff. I'm not going to lie....it was trunky.
A few things...
1. I started a new (and my last) change today. My new companion is Hermana Nacho (her name is sickkk I know) she is from Bolivia.
2. We are still chugging away here. We have so many good people, but no one wants to come to church because it's cold. Yikes.
3. I just feel wierd. I'm the oldest Hermana now. EWW. No. I'm going to be a missionary forever, right?
This week while walking down the street we ran into a girl named Nicol. We started to chat and found out that she is a member. She is 16 and after a simple invite to an activity she came without problems. I was so happy. She wants to come back to the church, but just didn't know where it was. I've never really had the chance to work with to many less actives in my mission and it was just so fun to see that because we opened our mouths she came. The Lord really does use us to bless the lives of others. I am just His instrument.
I love testifying of my Savior everyday. The mission is so great.
Hey do you folks even read this bad boy anymore?
I hope so.
This week I ate more than the elders. I know my mom is super happy right now. No but really I ate 5 breakfast burritos. It's a good thing to because lunch was..interesting :) I walk a lot. That is a blessing.
Anyways, I'm going to stop pretending like I still have a good sense of humor because it is just not there anymore.
My new best friend is a Hatian girl named Guirlande, but all of our Hatian investigators have been moving away. They just love to play with my heart like that.
I did divisions with Hermana Sotomayor. She is the best. The best. Sometimes I feel like the hermanas know more of this mission stuff than I do.
We had the best noche de hogar. We faked a plane crash and told everyone to read the scriptures. I better be in charge of activities at UW when I get home. The mission has taught me some fun stuff.
My companion is so funny. She goes home next week. It's not fair. I love her.
Papito is our potential in this moment. He still doesn't speak english or spanish.
Here is you homework for the week...if you read this article write me back this "yo lei" ¿lo hare? (insert accent mark on the "e")
We did a photo shoot. I'm trying to choose a picture to print and give to all my favorite people here in Chile. It's like highschool all over again.
Divisons. duh. It's my life as a sister training leader. I went with Hermana Chimbo from Ecuador (the besttttt. I loveeee this hermana). Then on Thursday Hermana Mariaca from Bolivia (such a cutie).
Elder Packer from the 70 came and visited us. We had a special meeting with the STLs and Zone Leaders where we learned how to be better leaders. It was fantastic. Then we had a meeting with the other missionaries. My favorite part was when he encouraged us to think in a way that we would baptize every week. Doesn't that sound fantastic? He told us that the second coming is near and the work is hastening even more. We've got to work harder.
For our service activity we cleaned a hoarder house. I'm just leaving it at that. It was interesting. We found a Book of Mormon from 1999 :)
Right now we are working with fantastic people:
1. Papito: our famous Hatian. He still doesn't speak spanish but he does speak a little english. And I mean a little.
2. Eliana: She has read the entire Book of Mormon and knows the church is true, she just won't seal the deal and come to church on Sunday :(
3. Franswa: he's from Haiti (everyone I teach is Jatian no joke) and he's a pastor in some evangelico church but he changed his tune these last few weeks and has been coming to our church alone.
4. Sara: she is the mom of a member. We had a great lesson this week where we talked about how she could receive her answer. We told her if she really wanted to know if the church was true she needed to come to church. (helllloooo) and she came. It was great.
I love my mission. I know I always say that, but it's not a joke. I love the saints of God here in Chile. Yesterday at church I got a little choked up because it hit me how much I will miss these people. They have been my family the last 16 months. They have fed me, listened to me, laughed with me, shared thier hearts and home with me. I owe a debt I cannot repay to the people of Chile.
This week my whole world got flipped upside down. We had "special changes." Hermana Bedoya left me. We still don't know why, but everything is for a reason. My new companion is Hermana Bohling. She is from Indiana and goes home in three weeks. Our house is getting a little trunky ;) She is a great Hermana and I'm excited to be her last companion. (It's the first time I've "killed" someone).
I'm still living the sister training leader life. The hermanas in this mission are so great and full of potential. This week I was with Hermana Young. :) She is an excellent hermana.
Jeggings is doing well. His cousins just got here from Haiti and didn't have any winter clothes, so we found them some. I just love Haitian people so much. Some of my favorite lessons are with them.
We met another Haitian friend named Papito. He is a famous actor in Haiti. It made my week.
I'm speed reading the new testament in Spanish. It's going well. I love learning about the life of the Savior. :)