I hope you all are doing fantastic out in the world! Here in Mexico time is starting to FLYYYY. This week I hit one month on the mission. How the heck did that happen? I love it here in Mexico, even when there are sirens every five seconds.
I want to wish a happy birthday to Brad and Lucas! 1 & 29, but who's counting?
Last week when I got done emailing I walked out of the computer lab and guess who I saw? Elder Oaks & Clayton getting a tour of the beautiful CCM. They yelled "Hola hermanas!" at Hna. Grover and I. It was so neat and put us in the craziest mood.
I did in fact sing in choir. Here at the CCM if you have a talent and you don't share it people flip. My district makes me sing for them every night because they miss music. A group of us also sing Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing and it is marvelous! I may send a voice recording. I'm learning not to hide my talents.
The devotional was amazing. Here are some key parts:
Sister Clayton: "This mission is a season of service unlike anything else."
Elder Clayton: "Come home half Chilean (or whatever place you go to), and evaluate what you need to work on or put some shine on yourself. Wherever you are, find joy." [I have to say Elder Clayton was my favorite part and helped me the most. I feel like I can relate to that guy so much.]
Sister Oaks: Her talk was so good! She loves the Sister missionaries of the church so much! She told us that "Sister missionaries have angels with them at all times." She also told us about her mission to Japan and the the lives that are impacted 40 years later by her service. So neat. "Joseph Smith locked in this message with his life; now you go share it with everyone."
Elder Oaks: "Be a full-time missionary. Take care of you body. His time, His way. Who am I? I am a follower of Chris and I strive to keep His commandments."
I hope some of that made sense, I just stole from my notes.
After the devo he asked to shake all of our hands. It was amazing. His eyebrows are a lot bushier in person, but that's also besides the point. His sweet wife asked where I was going and told me good luck. Elder Clayton asked me if I knew the Brinkerhoffs in Idaho. Good try, but no.
So neat. I will never forget all of that. After I shook his hand some hermanas and I commented on what Elder Oaks was saying to everyone. It was hilarious the reactions people had.
Overall this week was great. I have finally understood this big bad CCM. Also, Hermana Hopkin came! I will send a picture next week. I've enjoyed stalking her at dinner and talking about inside jokes and life back in Wyoming. A boy in her district is also from Rock Springs and played tennis. Today at lunch we had a tennis chat about when we played each other. It was so fun.
Two of my other favorite parts of the week were:
1. The new CCM director came into our class to see what was going on. He just sat and listened. His name is Elder Casteñeda of the 70. All of the sudden he takes over our lesson and starts talking about how we learned Spanish in the pre-mortal life and that with work it will come. He also just started crying. He repeated a bunch of times "It's there elders, it's there. You can do it!" I started crying too of course. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and although it was random, I know he was inspired.
2. The old CCM director spoke to us. He's the funniest guy! He served in Chile and hated the MTC the first few weeks. He's like my twin. He told us to stay on target and look forward. None of the past mattered and that is so true. He then told us to write down an attachment we have and then forget about it this week. I had many to let go of. Amazing. I love the energy at the CCM.
Well folks that's about all I've got. If you got this far I love you and your dedication. I will be out to Chile in two weeks and I am pumped and scared out of my mind. But we've been promised that our Spanish will be enough. Next week we start packing our things to leave. Time flies. Life is good in the walls.
Hermana Josie Brinkerhoff
P.S. It was an emotional week saying good bye to the friends I made this past month.
I lost at "What are the odds?" and had to run through the sprinklers while my whole district watched. It's okay because Hermana Grover ate a lady bug.
Semi-care package from home: best day ever. I've worn the shoes everyday. Cutest ones I have. The cookies and pineapple are long gone.
These sweeties left for Chile yesterday. I will miss them dearly. Best examples ever.
Hermana Neslen left for Denver South. I cried. We have plans to meet up in 17 months.
Someone show these pictures to AJ's mom. I am going to miss seeing this 9er everyday. He's a great kid! Big Horn Basin is the best. (Above and below)