Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013

Hey mom, I got a disc with pictures on it like 5 weeks ago haha, but I haven't been able to send it yet! We went to the temple today so that was fun! P-day is on tuesdays when it's temple week haha. It's something we don't get to do very much when you're a missionary! I know! 7 months! That's awesome by the way that you guys sold two tables at the auction! Congrats! So this week we didn't have quite 40 lessons, but we still made it into the 30s which is way above anyone's average usually haha! Willy's baptism on saturday went through and Elder bauman confirmed him on sunday! He's a strong member of the church now! But that, even though it was great, was not the highlight of the week. I told you guys that we have been teaching freddy who was only in town for two and a half weeks (and went home to california this morning). Well Saturday night came and it was 7 o'clock and he was saying nevermind about the whole baptism thing. He said maybe someday, but not soon. the next two and a half hours was testifying purely by the power of God! Truly it was one of the most spiritual experiences I have ever had in my life!!! At about 9:30 (which is our curfew!) Freddy knelt in humble suplication and prayer before his Father in Heaven, and offered the most inspired, sincere, and honest prayer that I have ever heard. The Spirit confirmed in both my heart, and Elder Bauman's, that if we gave him one more night, the adversary would gain the power over freddy that he needed to lead him astray. And so as we arose from our knees at about 9:45, we said "feddy, let's not let another minute pass by without you being cleansed and strengthened. Fred let's go." and took a deep breathe and said "okay let's go" The barajas family jumped in the car, called more families, we called president larkin to gain approval, and we went to the church to fill the font. At about 11:30 on saturday night, Alfredo Rodriguez was able to recieve the waters of baptism and a cleansing of his sins. We arrived home about midnight, and I confirmed him the next day in sacrament meeting. THAT is the type of experience that missionaries remember. Not that it's always okay, because we were technically breaking rules by having that long of a lesson, but that is what the spirit was dictating in that moment, which makes it okay because the missionary handbook states that our loyalty is first to the Lord and then to the mission president haha. It was so amazing! So we had 2 baptisms this week! Plus one of the guys I taught in federal way for like 4 months Got baptized a few weeks ago!! Awesome!! Anyways I just love you guys! This week is transfers so pday next week will be tuesday again. Have a great week! Keep working hard and being awesome!! Love you!!
Love, Elder Bailey Bryce Brimhall :)

March 11, 2013

Howdy do!! Well no I haven't gotten nana's letter yet, but I'm sure I will soon! What??? Mom got a gun?? Hey I'm just sayin, if everyone else is getting a gun, then I'm expecting to see a brand new 9mm waiting for me :) haha just kidding! That's a bummer that the weather in st. george was cold! our weather was mid 50's this week with only a little bit of rain hahah. So this week was even better than last week. We had a total of 40 lessons this week and found 6 more people who are preparing for baptism, 3 this month. Yes willy is still on track for this saturday, but now so is freddy and drew, so if you could pray for all three of them that would be awesome too! So Freddy is the ex-husband of melissa barajas in the ward and he has been staying with th for a coulple weeks and goes home to california in a week, so we literally only have like 5 more days to get him baptized an confirmed, so yeah, please pray for him! Hey dad that would be awesome if you guys could come see me! But I want you to know that if you ask President Larkin for permission he'll probably yell at you. And then He'll yell at me for letting you ask haha. So if you really want to see me it will be breaking the rules, just like when we went to see grant haha. But we all have our agency.... Sounds like bruce has a new girlfriend... easy there tiger. What would you know, you're just a dang kid! (Grumpy old men) I miss you guys a lot when I see pictures like that haha I want to be there so bad going trigger crazy! haha. Good luck with the new hardwood floors! Too bad you don't have a big buff kid like me to do all the hard work for you...just a bunch of scrawny turds haha. Except that ya'll can all probably out-bench me now, because i can't freaking use weights!! I wish I could so bad, but I can play sports, and I'm betting i could eat you all up by now in one-on-one basketball haha. I'm raining like jimmer....forget that, I'm raining like seattle haha. So i might get a different mission call if i'm in Renton or anywhere south of there when the mission splits haha. Not gonna lie, I want to be in the Federal way mission pretty bad. I like places like feddy way, renton, puyallup, or kent. Places like that. Granted I won't get to go to the spaceneedle, but the overall experience will be better in the federal way mission. Well gotta go. Love you guys tons of much!! Have a great week!! Hasta luego!! ( by the way, mom my spanish is going very well, I can read pretty decently in spanish now haha! Stoked!)
Love, Elder Bill Brimhall :) (or as lena's girls call me, Elder Butthall haha)

March 4, 2013

What's poppin fam!! So this week was way good! We got 32 lessons this week! Which by the way, if you don't know, that's a lot of lessons here haha so we were pretty excited that we did that well! So you and lena are buddies eh?? Good stuff! She's a pretty amazing lady, I love her to death! And I was there last night when you were talking to her haha awesome eh mom?? So last night she was pretty stressed about some stuff and asked for a blessing. I don't know what it was, but for sme reason last night i felt very close to th spirit and gave the most intense and specific blessings I've ever given, it was a way cool experience for me because the spirit was guiding every word! Way cool! Bishop Brewster again?? Bummer!! Tell him i say hi if you get the chance please. I'll be praying for him. Congrats on finishing the big job!! Mo money!! haha jk. Boot camp?? What the heck do you need 8 weeks of boot camp for??? haha well as long as you enjoy it I guess haha..... We're gonna go play ball today for a while with lots of people! Good stuff!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Bruce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No offense but that's pretty dang hilarious. You know I love you right?? But still that's funny, however it's just one more reminder that satan tries to play tricks with our minds using social media. I'm studying spanish every day now, and actually learning a lot and I'm able to understand a decent amount! Sweet eh? We should be having a baptism for willy and the 16th so if you could pray for him and his parents as well, that would be awesome. thanks. So I din't realize that mothers day was the day after my birthday this year! haha that's sweet! What an awesome birthday gift, to be able to see my sweet family! I miss you guys a lot. But like I said before, I have honestly never felt closer to my family than rigt now, when I 'm a thousand miles away. Amazing how the Lord can bless us. My friend's son just got home from his mission and he was only 6 months out.... and plans to fix the problem and be back out within 6 months from now. If you guys could pray for him, that would be awesome. Coming home like that can't be easy, but I am so proud of him, because it truly shows that he has a real understanding and testimony of the atonement, and that he loves the Lord enough to risk this, just to make himself right with God. Please Pray for him. I love you guys! I love this gospel and the blessings it has brought to my life especially over the last 6 months. I am grateful for trial, and for the opportunity that trial presents us with, to come closer than ever before to our Father in Heaven. Have a good week fam. I love you so much!!
Love, Elder Bailey Brimhall :)