Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 26, 2013

Hey hey hey! Sounds like a fun week for some and a frustrating week for others... just know that I'm prayin for all of you and that whatever happens to us, the Lord is in it. Even if he isn't the one causing our stresses, he is letting it happen for a reason...just have the mid set of "hmmm, what is the Lord trying to teach me this time?" That always helps to bring a much more broad perspective into our tight little mortal vision haha. So here's the story of my frustration this week. Our investigator zoid, on saturday night said " whens the soonest i can get baptized??" And we were like uh tomorrow. And so he said set it up! Let's do it i'm ready!! So in total awesomeness we set up a great baptism service, invited the entire ward and in sacrament meeting they announced that he would be baptized that evening. Well he wasn't feeling well in sacrament meeting so after that he went home to take some medication, but on the way he stopped by a catholic church (because he is a catholic) and talked to a priest about his baptism that evening and the priest told him that all church is good and he can get baptized if he would like, but it would do him no good and it wasn't necessary for his salvation, so then he calls us and tells us that we need to hurry and cancel the baptism because he decided against it. We went over an talked to him, but it was to no trevail for us or the Lord. He had made up his mind. But! We are still meeting with him and teaching him the principles and doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! So that was a huge bummer! But I'm trying really hard to have a good attitude about it! How's everybody's scripture studies going?? Right now I challenge our whole family to read from the scriptures every single day, if you are not already doing that. You may think that I get tons of time to read the scriptures, but I don't. I get one hour every morning for studies and that's it. Not only do I study, but I just finished "Our search for happiness" by M. Russel Ballard. I'm almost done with Jesus the Christ by James E Talmage (which by the way is an 800 page book teeming with literrary complexity) I've read the Book of Mormon 3 times, I study from preach my gospel, and I'm in the middle of the New Testament. I say all of that not to brag about how awesome I am, but If I, of all people, who hates reading, can do all of that, then any one of you can at least read and pray about a few little verses every day. I love you guys! A lot. Trey, Bryce, and Sheridan, you guys may not think this right now, but You will miss your family a lot when you are in the mission field. Create close ties to them while you are home, so that you can truly feel the strength of their prayers for you when you are no longer home. I miss all of you very much and hope you have a fantastic week! Keep the faith and keep working hard!! Oh by the way, yes I did get your box this week! Thank you so much! I loved it so much, and Tell grandma and grandpa thank you so much for me!! Love you guys and have a good week!!!


February 4 & 19, 2013

February 4-
Whazzup!!!! So this week was a very good week as well for missionary work! Guess what?? We found Lena last week and have been teaching her for like a week and a half now. Well she passed her interview last night and is getting baptizedthis saturday!! Wooooo!!!!!!!! She is so excited too!! Every time she thinks about church and baptism she just can't stop smiling!! She is super converted to the gospel and truly understands it's importance for her and her kids! I'm so stoked we're having a baptism too! I love that lady! Plus things are picking up. We should be having more baptisms coming up in the next few weeks too! Soooo..... My house doesn't really look like my house anymore haha, but it's okay, life at home must go on without me. ( but i'm sure it's hard for ya'll to move on without me because i'm just so awesome haha) admit it, you miss me. haha. So i hope you aren't mad because you won't be here for it, but I'm getting my patriarchal blessing done on thursday. I don't want to go any furthur without it! Why didn't I get it sooner?? No idea, don't worry, i'm just an idiot haha. But yeah it's gonna be good! President Larkin wants to be there too so that will be good. Love that man.. LOVE HIM. So you all are getting concealed weapons permits eh? Go MOM! You rock that 9mm! haha! The time is really flying. Honestly I feel like I didn't leave very long ago, and it feels like I just face-timed you a few days ago haha! Bless your hearts! haha. So I don't have a whole lot to report this week, but I love you guys very much! Please keep praying that more investigators will come! The lord needs them!! I loveyou guys and hope you all have a great week! talk to you next week, but here I'll be until then, just pruning the Lord's vinyard.
Love, Elder Brimhall:)
(Lena's Baptism)

January 19-
Looks like you all had a good time in st george this weekend without me!! Don't worry I'll start coming with when I get back, which by the way, is less than 18 months away haha. Not only that, but President Larkin goes home in july and because of the timing of him going home, we had to make this transfer only 5 weeks instead of 6, so all the missionaries who are out right now will end up going home a week earlier than they planned! I got jipped a freaking week! That could be a baptism!!! Bummer.... So I haven't gotten my box yet, but i'm sure i'll get it soon :) It should have been here already. But i will get it soon. My new companion is Elder Bauman (pronounced like Bombin!) haha. He's a way cool guy and he is also the district leader for my district. He's going home in a few transfers haha. But this should be a great transfer! Mostly just because we are going to work our butts off for the Lord and get it done!!! I miss you guys man. However, I'm doing just fine, considering the circumstances. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I feel as though I have handled things pretty well out here, and I am doing great now. I whole-heartedly trust God in what He is doing! My mission will be over before I know it! Too fast man. I love it here. It's weird... I have never felt as close to my family, then when I'm out here a thousand miles away. I love you all a lot. Have a good week guys! Love you much!!