Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dec. 16, 2013...Christmas rap & playing with horses!

Hey everyone!! Sounds like everyone is doing fantastic!! Dad, the jerky is sooo amazing and I am trying my hardest to make it last till at least Christmas. And I havent opened my presents yet, I'm waiting till Christmas for that too!! And Bruce is lookin pretty tough with that big gun!! Thats also a sweet watch you're wearing Bryce! Where did you get it??............... Haha yeah you can wear it. Dad I'm also trying to figure out how to send videos so I can send you some videos of the flock of about 5000 snows that landed in the pond by our place. Theres also a video of about 3000 canadians sitting on the ice too, it makes me trunky.
Thats good that everyone is doing better and isnt sick anymore!! So for the christmas day plan, we will be going to the Tracy home (the family that sent you the very first picture of me and Butz) between 11:30-1:00 so for you that is between 10:30 and 12:00 so be ready!! If you could have everyone there at that time, that would be great! I havent had to use the ear warmers yet because we had the car this week and also the weather here is crazy, now its really warming up. Its supposed to be 58 on wednesday, but way cold next week. Also, I've been meaning to ask about Bart and Misty, but that is so good to hear that all is going well with them!! HANK!! That is sooo awesome!! I love that name hahaha
Sissy, its so good to hear that you are feelin better twinner!! I miss you a lot!! I have talked to so many people about you and brag about you and tell them how flipping awesome you are!! I show them pictures and they all say, "wow you DO look like twins!!" I love you and miss you dissy doo-dah!!
So about my week.. Yesterday both Elder Butz and I gave talks in church and it actually went really well! I would send home a copy of the talk but I honestly just wrote down bullet points and expounded on them in the talk so it doesnt make much sense on paper. But it was all about keeping Christ the center of Christmas. Not much else happened this past week though.. Our investigator appointments basically all fell through which was sad, but we had two less actives at church again yesterday which is sooo exciting for us!! Oh, something that you guys might find entertaining is a little "I am a child of God" rap... ready for this??
Yo I aint never seen God but I know He's there.
I can feel his love surround me, I know he cares.
And I'll admit it I wish I could see God face to face,
but that dont mean that I got doubts, we aint wasted space.
Cause I dont need that proof to know that he exists,
The Holy Ghost speaks truth, I know I am His kid.
The greatest dad in the world and I just gotta give,
Praise to Him and His Son, I know that He lives
Died for my sins, paid with His sufferin'.
And thats word to Isaiah, fulfilled his promises.
Jesus Christ saves all no matter where you been,
so when you've hit rock bottom remember God forgives.
Remember who the rock is when you're feelin' low,
And when you're that lost sheep He'll bring you to the fold.
Leave his 99 sheep to find His missin' bro.
Cause thats what big brothers do, I love my Savior so much.
I believe that I can be healed just by one simple touch,
of His clothing I can be made whole cause his love is such,
a blessing, if you feel the same way you can sing along,
Cause you's a child of God, lets sing the song.
Haha I think that is sooo awesome!! That was written by an Elder who just left for home not too long ago. His name was Elder Ofahengaue (Oh-fah-hen-gah-way). Anyways, thats pretty much it for this week. Cant wait to see you all on Christmas!! I love you all!! Have a great week!!
Elder Trey Brimhall
They did a service project last week brushing these adorable horses!



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dec. 8,2013...metamorphisis

This was an incredible letter from our son, who has done a lot of growing since he's been gone.
There aren't adequate words to describe the joy we felt when reading his email this week,
and knowing that while our precious boy is literally "losing himself in the work of the lord"
...we can see that he is also finding himself in the process.
So things were pretty good and also pretty miserable here in the last week!! It was good in the sense that we did a ton of tracting and found 9 new investigators and gave out probably 15 copies of the Book of Mormon, but miserable in the sense that we were doing a lot of tracting... in sub-zero temperatures,that give both Elder Butz and I frostbite. But hey, I'm just glad to be doing the Lords work in any way that I can!!
 Okay so I know this sounds bad, but before my mission, I never really read in my scriptures or in the Book of Mormon nearly as much as I should have. I always knew it was true and that I loved it, but my testimony of it just wasn't that strong. Now that has completely changed. I cant put it down. It truly is so amazing... It is so crazy how much a person can relate to the Book of Mormon when they really read it with the intent of learning something new from it. In 1 Nephi 1:1, I made a great connection there.. in the first verse of the entire book!! That alone told me how special it was.
I want to bear my testimony to you all of the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon. There is no other book on this planet that testifies of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ like this book. It was written by prophets of old who were called of God who preached the correct Gospel principles. It was put away for this last dispensation. Joseph Smith was a true prophet of the Lord who translated that book by the almighty power of God. I know that it is true. I know that if we abide by its precepts, as we are constanly told by prophets and church leaders, we can and will obtain everlasting life and we will inherit the very Kingdom of God. As if that isnt great enough, we can do that as a family. I will stand as a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon until the end of time. I will let my light shine forth unto all men and let all men know of its greatness whether they will accept it or not. I know it is true. I have been on my mission for 42 days now and I already have a testimony that is unbreakable and cannot be turned over. I believe in this church and Gospel more than I have ever believed in anything in my life. I love it with all my heart. How grateful I am to have so many great examples in my life. My entire family is one that will enjoy everlasting peace and happiness together. It is very sad that so many families will deny that privilege throughout time, but I am happy that my family will not. I am so proud of all of you. Stay strong and continue to learn more of this gospel and grow closer to our savior and redeemer.
If this is posted on my blog, then to all who read this who have not had the opportunity to read the Book of Mormon and even those who have: I invite you as an Elder in this church, An ambassador of Christ, a minister of the true and restored Gospel of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ, and as your humble brother and child of our loving Heavenly Father, seek out the Book of Mormon. If you do not have a testimony of the Book of Mormon or this Gospel, then lean on my testimony. I know it is true. I have seen the works of God brought to pass by the power and divintiy of this book. Seek out the missionaries. Visit mormon.org. Obtain a Book of Mormon and find out whether its true or not. Go onto youtube.com or google.com and search "Safety for the soul" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Focus on what you feel. I promise you in the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ that you will receive an answer or witness of the truthfulness of this Gospel if you will just simply ask God if it is true. I invite you all to do so.
I love you family!! Thank you all for the love and support!! Have a great week!!
Serving proudly,
Elder Trey Brimhall

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dec. 2, 2013...thanksgiving!

Hey Guys!! Sounds like a pretty crazy week for you!! Broken water main, dad with strep, black friday shopping, bruce buying a freakin 9mm, etc... Makes me miss home!! I feel like I'm missing all the action!! Bryce I might need you to send that gun out here.. hehe and I'll tell you all why in a bit;) But over all it sounds like you had a decent week!! Dad i cant wait for the jerky!! Everyone out here is hunting and killing deer and every time we talk to someone about hunting, i think about jerky and how much I miss it and crave it, so that will be perfect!!
So for thanksgiving, we went to the Wise's home to eat and we ate soooo much food. We had a contest to see who could gain the most weight from dinner so we weighed ourselves before and after annnnnd........ I WON!! I gained 3.8 pounds from dinner!! Sick, I know... im fasting for the next two weeks... hahaha just kidding! Oh Dad, just fyi, I'm now at about 158 so I'm definitely gaining weight. How was thanksgiving for you guys?? Ugh, I miss your thanksgiving dinners mom.. Like really bad. And then with Christmas coming up, its going to be soooo weird being away from home during Christmas for the first time.

Okay I'm way jealous that you guys are going hunting but I'm glad that you're going!! Someone please use my gun and tell me how the new part works and if my gun can still hit something.. hahaha even though I already know that its deadly accurate. There are sooo many geese by our place because we live right by 2 small lakes and there are at least 1500 geese that sit in them every day so every morning and every night I listen to flock after flock after flock fly by honking their guts out and all I want to do is call at them with my goose call!!

Okay so about my week... It was a pretty slow week honestly. We have a few more potentials that might be some good prospects, but nothing crazy yet. We did, however, get two of the less actives in our ward to come back to church!! One hasnt been in over 12 years and the other in over 2 years. I didnt know this but I guess thats just like the equivalent of baptizing them all over again, so we are having some success!! Okay but with our 3 investigators... oh boy... So our investigators have kinda gone down the toilet... One is a rude old man who refuses to change his ways, but he's somewhat willing to listen to what we have to say. Another one refuses to give up his alcohol and meth which is really sad cuz he is a fantastic guy. Annnnnd the other guy...... Dont get like freaked out or too worried about me cuz we'll be fine, but last week he was shot and killed because he was basically standing on one corner of the street that was another gangs "turf".... Pretty sad. Bruce thats why I need your gun;) haha jk, I have the Book of Mormon!! And if someone shoots at us, I'll hold that book up and it'll stop the bullets at the Isaiah chapters since they're so "hard". haha I hope you get that joke;) But for real, the guy got shot:( Ummm other than that, not much else has happened. Yesterday I fasted for the swift arrival of my Visa... But anyways, I'm just working my hardest out here and trying to hasten the Lords work!!

So in order to drive, we have to memorize all 5 lessons found in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel AND all the baptismal interview questions... So the record is 4 days which was done by a kid with photographic memory... Before him it was 10 days, and before that it was 18 days!! Well I want you to be proud of me for this... But today I will be passing off lesson 5 and the baptismal interview questions and that will mean that I finished them all in 16 days... It's taken a lot of patience and hard work, but I got it done!! I just thought that was kinda cool;) And Squish, I wanna see pictures of the house with the lights and your sweet room!! Bryce, be so so careful with that gun. You are a big boy now and need to treat that thing with the utmost respect. Be responsible. Dad, I'll be sure to keep you in my prayers even moreso now that you have strep.. Have fun for me on the hunt though!! Mom, I love you so so much and cant wait to get my packages!! Thank you again for sending them!! The Lord is blessing us all more and more each and every day. Please keep the names John and Linda Gunnufson in yours prayers this week!! They are both in their 60's and they are brother and sister. Linda's husband just died two months ago and she is less active and really needs peace and comfort in her life. John is not a member but expressed to Linda that he feels ready to be baptized and join the church, so pray that he will have a continued desire to do those things. Thank you guys!!

I love you all so much and I miss you like crazy!! Have a great week!! I'll see you soon on X-Mas!!
Love always, Elder Trey Brimhall