At last a letter from Hermana Brinkerhoff!
This week was super awesome. First of all I spent the day with Hermana Johnson. She is the twin of Tellese Whitaker. It was super fun and I didn't want her to go back to her sector. Sadly, Hermana Johnson finished her mission yesterday and is back in Oklahoma! She has such a special spirit and I am so glad I got to know her. Also I am still in mourning because Hermana McNevin finished her mission too—shoutout to that woman! David, be sure to take her to dinner.
On Monday we had a reunion with all of the mission and we said goodbye to President and Hermana. It was SO sad. Although I've only known them for five months, they are my second parents. I look up to them so much and one day want to have a marriage like theirs. I am so glad I didn't go to the last semester of school for a lot of reasons, and meeting the Barreiros is one of them. President is tough and runs this mission in a very direct way (he used to be in the military), but at the same time he is a teddy bear who speaks a mad mix of spanish and portugués. Hermana is an angel and one of my goals is to one day be the example to someone that she is to me. President loves to call me out during these meetings and this time he said in front of everyone (while talking about how we are the future of the church) "For example, Hermana Brinkerhoff when you are President of the Young Women, visit your young women and tell them how much they are loved in the eyes of their Heavenly Father."
Alright I have a cute story for you all!
Hermana Barreiros grew up in Brazil, and when she was 16 her dad got a job here in Chile. So she had the opportunity to live in Chile for two-ish years. After that she went back to Brazil, met President, and they got married. Chile has always had a special spot in her heart and she dreamed of coming back for a long time. President told her "for our 25-year anniversary we will go on a vacation to Chile." (he said this in 2013). Right as they were making plans to head to Chile, he got a call for the Church and you guessed it...they got called to be mission presidents in Chile Santiago Oeste (mejor misión en el mundo). SO CUTE.
This week we were able to contact once more a woman I had taught in a park during a division. She is almost never home, but I think about her almost everyday. (She is sooooo sweet.) Turns out she has been in France for a month (welcome to my sector, this kind of stuff is normal). We were able to teach her once more and she has promised to come to church this week. (She didn't come the first time because she had to do her hair. Yes you read that right, she is from Haiti and has hair that is impossible to tame and takes two days to do.)
I love my sector and get more nervous as we end this transfer. Diego de Almagro 1 & 2 will always have a special place in my hard.
I have about a million photos to send, but this computer doesn't have an SD card reader. So prepare yourself for lunes [Monday]. :)
Love you all, the church is true, this is the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth in preparación for the second coming. God speaks to His people today as He did in olden times. He loves us and has a plan for us. It's interesting to be a missionary, you get a view of the world that you can get in no other way and see people in a way like never before. I sure am grateful for the experiences I am having. Even when they are bad, I look back and see the they were good for me, and I am being prepared to be a better sister, mother, daughter, wife, friend, and leader.
I testify it's so important to keep the commandments and when we do, blessings will pour from heaven.