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Monday, February 24, 2014

Brooke Email 2.24.2014

(Sister Hatch...Me...Coolest Bible EVER...What you learn in the South) HEYEYEYEYEYEY! This week, we got a text from Ryan (our main investigator). He's 21 I think and he's awesome! We got a text from late Saturday night and he said, "I really need to talk to you guys tomorrow." We were FREAKING out!! We thought he was going to drop us! Sunday morning, we texted him his usual wake-up-and-get-to-church text. He responded that he would be there but that he was really struggling today. !!!! Again! We were really worried. When he got to church, we asked him why he was struggling. He said that it was because he was so tired. PHEW! After Sacrament, he pulled us aside and said that he wanted to talk about the text he sent last night. Uh oh... here we go. He was like, "I've decided that I want to be baptized." !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's been meeting with the sisters for 5 months and FINALLY made up his mind. :):):):):):):) He told us that he knows it's true. I almost got teary. I'm so happy! Also, We found a new investigator this week! His name is Phil and he's a mountain man. Our church starts so early! It's on Mayflower Rd. in Johnson City (so we have to travel a ways) and it starts at 9 am! That's not the early part...for our meetings, we have to be there BY 7! We get up before 6 to get there on time. WOWZA! Everyone here tells me I look like Sister Clove(she's the one I just replaced). They all say that I look exactly like her from behind, but when they realize it's just me, they can't help but be disappointed. Rude! It's pretty funny though. :) I miss Brevard, but I'm going to love Johnson City. :) I keep having dreams about Brevard and the people in it. It's kind of crazy! I hope to hear from you all soon! Love you mucho! P.S. Is Erin a Spanish missionary now? I love you more than Gerard Butler doesn't realize he loves me!!!! Mom: I have spring fever too. All I want to do is play sports, lay in the sun, and eat otter pops. That's the life! Steve Downey will be a great bishop... he had someone awesome to learn from. I got a package from Michele Downey... it had lotion(my new favorite kind), and also a purple scarf, and a nail manicure set. SO CUTE! Is Grandma doing better? That's kind of scary that she had to go to the ER. I love the Garcia family and I will DEFINITELY keep them in my prayers. I hope they will do better. Dad: You're not bishop anymore?!?!?!?!?! How do you feel?? I was expecting it, but it's still weird because I'm not there, so it kind of feels fake. What do you do in your spare time? I bet you have a lot more now, but it's still weird! Michael: Send me pics of you and Anna! I want to see her clothes style and how cute you two are together! You have to send me TONS of info about your guys' story together... pics, details, etc. :):) I'm so excited for you! I can't even contain it! Kevin: 1) Australia- I'd rock the accent 2) Anaheim- Disneyland 3) Gerard Butler, Katniss Everdeen, Peeta, Jacob Black, Han Solo, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley 4) Hunger Games... Boom Baby! 5) Gerard Butler-DUH 6) Te'alc (however you spell it) 7) I love all of Mom's food, but I really like her ham/peas/potatoes 8) Never... I would sacrifice it so I could enjoy the rest of her other food 9) I'm not sure... It would be awesome, but I don't know 10) Jesus.... hahahaha...missionary answer 10) I would be able to breath under water! Now on to my questions... 1) If you were a fish, which body of water would you live in? Atlantic, Pacific, lake, river, pond, ect. 2) If you could have the voice of any singer, who would you choose? 3) If you were famous, what would you be famous for? 4) Which celebrity do you have a crush on? (girls only please) :) 5) What is your favorite movie? 6) If you lived in Hotel Transylvania, which character would you be? 7) If you had to fight either a) Liam Neeson, 2) Brad Pitt, 3) the Rock, 4) Davy Jones, or 5) Wolverine... who would you choose to fight? 8) What is your favorite child-hood memory? 9) If you were in the Olympics, which sport would you want to be in for? 10) What is your favorite summertime activity? Jen: Brian IS a dork! I did get Dace's valentine! SUPER CUTE! Thanks for helping him remember his favorite aunt! I would agree that you belong in TN. I can see you livin' it up out here. I like to show people our family picture, and they (YSA) ask about you and they're super disappointed when I say that you're married! hahahahaha!

Erin Email 2.24.2014

(I got a ring pop stuck on my finger #BlessMyHeart#TryingToBeAKidAgain, Sister Anderson stole my camera,Aldous dying her hair) Dearest Familia, YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dad's not a bishop anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE CAN BE A DAD AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!! The new bishopric will be pretty good. I knew from the beginning that Steve would be the next bishop, I just knew it. And I also guessed that Bro Downs would eventually be in the bishopric, and Bro Cannon. I was thinking about it all last week and I knew that Dad's time was going to be short. It's been waaaay too long since he's been bishop. Basically my whole growing up. He was a great bishop, but now it's time for him to get his life back. Late night movies, sluffing church because of sickness, swearing in Australian... etc. I'm so glad that he's finally done! I have been praying for the Garcia's constantly because I love them so much! Is it bad for me to claim them as my 2nd family even though we're not related by blood? I talk about them to everybody that I meet. I consider myself part Mexican because I love their family so much! Seriously, they’re all I have been thinking about lately. Anytime I mention my family to anybody, they always pop in my mind. I've been really worried that they went inactive and I pray about them so much. Gosh, I hope grandma's ok. I wish Michael and Anna would wait to get married until we get back. It's really weird being gone for it. Maybe you'll just have to pick out a brides made outfit for us too so we can wear it on the wedding day and take pictures clear out here. Haha. It'd be fun to make a wedding album and have the whole family matching in different parts of the country. :) I'm glad Sister Perkins is doing well, I think it was a very good thing that she went home to get the help she needed. This week, we have been teaching the Solorio family a ton! We've literally seen them every day since the day we met them which was a month ago. l They've been taught every lesson and now we're just having FHE's with them in members' homes. Last night we had an INCREDIBLE time in Bishop Corbride's home. His wife's name is Erin and he has 3 girls (Reagan, Noelle, and Lilly) and a boy on the way. They're such a fun family!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish we had family's like them in out ward because then we would probably be translated like the City of Enoch. It'd be the best thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They're going to get baptized on March 15 and it's basically set in stone. They want to be baptized so badly. And last night Julia bore her testimony in front of all of us and she said that she knew that this church was true. She got tears in her eyes and the spirit was overflowing. Actually I don't know if it was the spirit, I just know that I was so happy, I was going to pass out. It's kind of like the happiness when you can smell Disneyland, and you can hear the giggles of the kids, and you can feel the electricity in the air of all the rides being warmed up, and you can hear your own heart beating. Ok, it wasn't that exciting, but it was a second close. Haha. I love you all more than fat people love fat jokes!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Erin Email 1.17.2014

(The crew at lunch, Papi Clarke made me an omelet this morning... how nice,RODRIGUEZ FAMILY BAPTISM,blackout during the ice storm. I look like the joker, Saying goodbye to Sis Hixon who was transferred out of Peachtree City, Gerorgian cardinal) Yay! Another PDAY! this week was really good and we got to witness our Rodriguez familia be baptized. It was the coolest thing finding and teaching them in Spanish. It was even more amazing to watch them grow closer to god. Miracles! Wow! Families! Everybody here makes fun of my accent... I no longer have a Utahan accent, I have an "Echols" accent. Nobody can mimic me because I talk so funny. It's nowhere near a southern accent. People are constantly asking me where I'm from because I talk weird. I have to explain to them that I am American. Then, they act like I'm retarded and start talking to me like I'm five. It's pretty hilarious once you get past the fact that people think you're an idiot. It makes for some really good laughs especially if you go along with it an actually act like you're retarded. The whole perspective changes and you get some weird looks. When I showed up to church on Sunday, I had a militia mob me and tell me how glad they were that I didn't get transferred. The whole ward would have been devastated if I left. I've had people left and right tell me that I'm their favorite missionary they've ever met by far. They all want to feed me and have me in their home. Bro Leavitt really misses me. You can tell, because he came up to me and punched me in the arm. I sure miss him too. It's really weird having him in the Bishopric instead of the WML. We had a cool opportunity... a ginormous ice storm that forced us to stay inside for a couple of hours. I slept the whole time because I'm lacking on that. After I woke up, my comp made us bundle up and go out. It was pure miserable. People weren't talking to us and it was bloody cold. She wouldn't listen to me and take my advice to stay indoors. Well, we got stranded out side and she ended up getting sick... hehe... sinister laugh... #ShouldHaveListened. I did feel bad for her but I hope she learned a lesson from it. Everyone here keeps trying to introduce me to family and friends and trying to set me up for marriage. Somehow, everybody knows my first name and they're always sticking it with other's last names... Like: Erin Jenkinson, Erin Vandersloot, Erin Laws, Erin Hansen... etc.! It's crazy! I guess I should just become a girl polygamist and marry everybody, that way... everyone who wants me to be related to them can be! I can be a part of the whole ward! Haha Well, I love you more than Hamburgers love to make people fat! Love always, Erin the Stupendous

Brooke email 1.17.2014

(Goodbye Sister Paxton: My Golden Pearce Family: The traveling Party .Bybee. Echols. Southard. Flynn: SNOW) Familia!! This week was INSANE! On Saturday, I got the call that I was leaving on Wednesday. We decorated the Pearce's door with Valentine's day stuff (a lot of it) and we went on our way. On Tuesday, I got another call that said I was leaving early and had to leave immediately because of the major storm that was coming. I packed literally everything and got it down the stairs and in the car. Then, I got ANOTHER call that said we were too late to leave to beat the storm and had to wait until Friday to leave. So, I got everything back upstairs in the apartment and then the storm hit. For 2 days, we had continuous snow and had a snow day at the Bakers. We watched Legacy, Johnny Lingo, the Best 2 years, 17 miracles, and a documentary on the Book of Mormon. Finally, on Friday, we went to President Van's house and had a huge snowball fight while we waited for 2 more elders to show up. He took us(me, sis p, elders Woolums, Bybee, Bills, Flynn, Southard, and Hansen) to Waynesville. There, President Irion and Sister Irion met us there and took me, Elders Bybee, Southard, and Flynn to our new destinations. On the drive there, he told me that I was going to Johnson City! I had no idea where that even was. When we got to Johnson City, I met the missionaries in my new district. All the sisters hugged me and Sister Sharlie Hatch gave me a hug. She was like, "I'm your new companion." OH! No one had told me, so I was pretty lost... I thought I didn't have a companion. I had to ask her what state we were in because I had no clue. She told me we were in Tennessee. OH! again. This was the weirdest transfer EVER. It was my first time being transferred and I completely missed the meeting. I just didn't go because I was snowed in in Asheville. CRAZINESS! Talk about a weird few days. I love you more than missionaries love snow days!!! I'm in the Johnson City West area in the Kingsport East zone in Tennessee. We live in a town called Jonesborough which I guess is the oldest town in eastern Tennessee or something?? Mom: You can just put the packages in my room... it's just full of stuff that branch members gave me and some clothes. I'm glad you liked my Valentine's card! I really liked it too. Dace is so stinkin' cute! He's so grown up... and I'm REALLY glad that he doesn't throw tantrums anymore. He's a man now. It's so cool that you got to do Sister Holden's temple names! I know she'll be super excited about it. Did you enjoy your few days with the boys at camp?? Of course you did! I know you well. I'm really excited for the Easter package... and I'm also excited for May to come because we can ... SKYPE again!!!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYA! Dad: It was kind of hard to move to a new area, but I felt ready. I loved Brevard, but I'm excited to be in Johnson City. Did you go on the campout too? What kinds of things did you do? It sounds like your Valentine's day date with mom was a hit! You are such a stud muffin. Michael: Anna is TINY! I hope you'll be able to find a job you like. One where the boss is nice. Would you rather be a) extremely hairy, or b) extremely bald, what would you choose? Kevin: Answer my questions! I don't remember what I asked, so you'll have to go back and look. :) I hope it was a good week for you! Jen: Brian wrote me! He's so funny... If I had another brother-in-law, he'd be my second favorite. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I love him! Dace is so grown up now! What fun are you planning for the summer/springtime?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Brooke Email 2.10.2014

(Me and Sis P, Diego, John's baptism!, the Greene Family, check out my new injury on my eye, This gun was almost as tall as I am. This is right before I got hit in the face with Firewood.John's baptism) I got on to email this morning, but we got a call saying that the church was broken into last night and that we were the last ones there, so we're in trouble. !!!! That WOULD happen on my last Pday here! We just spent an hour with the police having them interview us 10 times and write out statements. They were super protective of us since we look so young, so they told us that if we ever feel scared, just call the dispatch number and they'll have a cop sit outside or take us where we need to go. Awwwwwww. There were probably 10 cops there. President Van's office window was shattered and also the donation closet window was shattered. Crazy! Did I ever tell you that I hate drama? John Vanhoy (12) was baptized yesterday! President Van baptized him. :) Temple was crying because she was so proud of him. Cute. I found out that I'm leaving on Wednesday... the only problem is that we're supposed to get 14 inches of snow, so we'll probably be snowed in and won't be able to go anywhere for a week. I'm going through Pearce withdrawals... we haven't seen them in a few days and I miss them. I really hope I get to see them before I leave, but I don't know if we'll be able to. :( Sad. This week, I got hit in the face with Firewood! We went to an investigator's house and were talking to his grandparents. He's in his 20's and was obviously trying to show off. He grabs a log and an ax and starts to chop some firewood... in the middle of the living room! One chunk flew off and hit me in the face! That would happen to me. I'm going to be unrecognizable the next time you see me! We're supposed to play Volleyball with the Elders today, but I don't know if that will happen because the weather is super bad. This is my favorite "Mormon Joke"..... Why do Mormon women stop having kids at 35??? Because 36 is just way too many!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Brooke Humor! I love you more than Rednecks love Nascar!!!!!!!!!!! Mom: I'm so happy that you enjoyed Montana! I wish I could have taken a week off and gone with you. I miss talking to you too. :( More than you know. Thanks for keeping me updated on the countdown! You did so well on the crafts! They look awesome! Dad: Wow, that DOES sound like a busy week! I hope Kinzie is doing better! How are the Garcia's doing? What other fun activities have you been part of recently? Kevin: Hahahaha! It's funny that Heather cried when you touched her hair... did she know it was from me? 1) If you had a man-crush on someone, who would it be? 2) Would you rather be completely bald, or VERY hairy? 3) If you could live in any Disney movie, what would it be and why? 4) Which Disney Princess is your favorite? 5) What Disney Prince are you most like? 6) If you had to run a holiday, which one would you choose? 7) If you had to make a school mascot, what would you pick? 8) Are you more like Nacho Libre, or Napoleon Dynamite? LOVE YA! You should ask me random questions too! Michael: Your weeks sound kind of boring, honestly. Do you try to do anymore park our stuff where you land on your face?? ahahah. How tall is Anna? How soft is her hair? Is her hair layered? I like random details. :) Jen: I hope your enjoying your assistants! I really can't wait to have another High School Musical night with you! I also love showing people your picture because I'm so proud to be related to a supermodel! :):):) ahahahah.

Erin Email 2.10.2014

(Lockdown sleepover,Only in Georgia,Sister Aldous, Ellis, Katy Cambell, Andersen, and Echols Lunch at a Golf Club,The soccer crew!!!. Last day as a district,Lovin this weather,Missin my NaNa:Aunt Natha and memories) Dear family, This week I got to prank my companion tons because she needed to laugh and I secretly wanted to scare her out of her pants. When I scared her, she literally peed her pants. Haha. Revenge is sweet, but of course she doesn't think that I was doing it to be revengeful, she think's that I'm just an innocent little girl. Wow, has she got that one wrong, Hahaha. We got 9 investigators at church yesterdays and we had to spread them through out the ward because we couldn't sit with all of them. The ward was going crazy and they want to know how we do it. They think we're awesome! It was pretty cool! My computer is running out of time, so I'll try to hop on another one! The Bishop is very proud of us and Brother Leavitt said that he really misses my fun jokes. Since he's not WML anymore, we really don't get a lot done. Yikes I love you more than a cow love milk! Yay! I'm back on! We had 9 less active members at church too and one of them is absolutely golden. He hasn't been to church in about 8 years and when he came. He walked up to the bishop and introduced himself and said, "You'll be seeing a lot more of me" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOA!!!!! He had tears in his eyes and he was glowing by the time church was over. We're teaching his 2 kids and they're getting ready to be baptized on March 1. I hope this one goes through. We have had 60 degree weather the past few days and it's so nice going tracking without a coat. We're not allowed to have bags or backpacks because there have been a lot of missionaries lately who get mobbed. And, we were in a super scary situation. We walked up to one of our investigator's houses at night and walked past his car. In his car was this huge tarp and it looked like there was a body in it. I have never felt that scared before. The feeling that I got was RUN. Me and Sis Ellis took off running and then the cops came. I have no idea what it was or what happened. Then, we got stalked by this crazy guy. We did a lot of running in one night. We took refuge in our recent convert's house... Annie. It was terrifying. I have to go, but I love you all more than there is Carbon Dioxide in the air! #YayForPolution #IDon'tHaveAllergiesAnymore #I'mLovingThisHotWeather #WishIcouldHaveGoneToMontana #I'mProAtSayingYall #I'mFluentInSouthernLingo I Love YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Erin Email 1.3.2014

Ok...This is what happens when the town of Peachtree City is shut down.....Play Time.snow. (don't worry I didn't land on my arm. I landed on my stomach which knocked out my wind). Haha...The other sisters had to sleep over because we got trapped. I"M ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Mom....hello erin. I am driving to montana. I am in idaho. Almost to idaho falls.) WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? I"M SO JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How long are you going to be there? (Mom.....I am going until Saturday. Kevin is with me.) How FUN! I know you've been waiting for this for forever. I'm so glad you get to go to see Natha. I'm sure she's just sitting in her rocking chair just waiting for you to walk int the door. Or she's probably cleaning. You know her... she's gotta have things perfect for her favorite person in the world. Haha (Mom...I am so excited to be going I have waited a long time for this. I almost didn't go until Tuesday because I wanted to make sure I could talk with you on Monday. But I couldn't wait one more day. I won't be getting much signal from here on out. But I will keep checking. If not I sure do love you. Make sure you write me a blog letter so I can put it on the blog tonight.) I have a letter in the mail today that I've been sneakily working on all week long. it's a good one. I hope you get it. How long will you be in Montana? I could send it to Natha's if you want me to. Well, I guess you're all gone. I love you more than my computer loves to kick me off. I hope you all have a good week and have fun in montanana. Stay safe and thanks for the pictures. Bro Widfeldt is comming again this week and I guess I'll wait til next time to have him visit you all. Since you're all gone. I hope Kevin gets his happiness back. I love you. Bye. I love you Mom, I have to go. I love you more than a mermaid loves to swim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brooke Email 2.3.2014

(me and Sis P...David made us 'Snowcream'...fun with magnifying glass...Elder Bybee, me, Sis P, and Elder Boore at the BILTMORE) I've gotta say... yesterday was the best day at church that I've ever had! We had 9 of our investigators come, but the best part was Sunday School. David and Michelle, and also Temple, Martha and Caitlyn, and Olivia came to sunday school. David bore such a powerful testimony... He said that when we started out teaching him, he was just looking for stuff to prove us wrong the next time we came. He said it didn't take long for him to realize the truth. He talked about Sis P and I and how we'd brought peace to his family and to him. He was like, "about 6 weeks ago, these two..." (he couldn't think of a word to describe us) and Temple was like, "Brats!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Funniest thing! Seriously though, when he bore his testimony, EVERY body was crying and it was so wonderful to see the Spirit work on them. If I never find/teach anybody else my entire mission, I'll feel successful because I got to meet the Pearce family. Also, I sometimes complain about living in a worn out appartment and say that I wish we had lived in a nicer one, but truth is, I wouldn't change it for anything because I never would have met Temple. We stop in to visit with Temple and her son John (12 years old) all the time because they're our next door neighbors. This week, John came out and was like, "Sisters! Can I be baptized in 2 weeks??" We were like YES!!!! Him and David are going to be baptized this next sunday! We are going to have Sacrament meeting, Sunday school, and then instead of R.S. and Priesthood we are going to have the baptisms and them have a celebratory Potluck afterwords. BEST LAST SUNDAY EVER!!!! So, I've gotta tell you, David has a word that he says all the time. It's SHUMON. (I hope I spelled it right.) It means agreed, or yes, or let's do it. I think it's awesome! He also made us the Snowcream that's in the picture. It is made with snow, vanilla, sugar, egg, milk, and love. :) It's the best! On Saturday, we got to watch a broadcast of Elder L. Tom Perry. He went to Knoxville to have a conference for our mission. Our zone was the one they told not to come. They said it was because it was too far, but I feel left out. I wish we could have gone. He said that even if the world legalized sin, God doesn't. :):):):):) He's so funny too! I love you more than I love Gerard Butler!!! (woah, that means A LOT) ;D Mom: Why are you going to Montana? Was it a spur of the moment thing? How long will you be there? Are you staying with Natha or Lisa? The Biltmore was so amazing! I'll own it someday... jk. I wish I could have taken pictures inside, but it wasn't allowed. At least there are probably pics on google. It was by far my favorite Pday ever!!!! I love getting your cards! I liked the cookie one because it was like BROOKIE-COOKIE! You know me so well. Dad: I'm so glad that the White's and the Larsons are doing so well! I don't really know the others, but it's good to know that they are doing good too. Is Jose having a hard time? I hope everything works out. Have you seen FROZEN? I've heard so much about it and I can't wait to see it! LOVE YOU! Kevin: I am SOOOOO jealous that you're going to Montana with mom!!! Yes, tell Heather HI for me. Tell her, "Inside out oreos FOREVER!" and then touch her hair for me. :) She'll know it was from me. Answer these questions... 1) what was your most awkward moment? 2) If you could have any real talent, what would it be? 3) If you were a Marvel or DC superhero, who would you be? 4) What is your favorite scar, and where did you get it from? 5) What's your dream vacation? 6) If you could hang out with any celebrity, who would it be? 7) If you had the chance to take the girl of your choice on a date to a Justin Bieber concert, would you do it? 8)What is your favorite non-electronic thing to do? 9) On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love me? JK! Don't answer that. :) 10) If you had the choice to either A-spend 5 years in Disneyland without EVER leaving or B-NEVER go again, what would you choose? Love ya! Michael: Wow, I can't believe I forgot that you can't smell...awkward. :) When I said "future family" I meant your future in-laws. How many kids are in her family? Are you still working at Ancestry? When you're not at work, or with Anna, what do you do? You did very well on choosing her ring, by the way. :) NICE WORK! SCORE! I hope you have a magical week! Jen: I hope you liked the birthday card! I thought of you when I saw it. :) Thanks for the update on your life! How long do you think you'll be cub master? Brian's in YM?? He'll be so good at that! Thank Dace for me for his email he sent me. MUAH!~