June 23, 2014
Letter from Erica
was way cool to talk with you on the phone!! [Erica called us
from the airport on her way to Mesa.]
I love telling everyone
about how my brother is dating my [former] roommate.
is hot. There is no denying that...... But it's realllyyyyy not that
bad. I would rather be out here than in than Hawaii 85 degrees
humidity (although in Hawaii I do get to go to the beach). But
seriously, I love Mesa and I've decided that I might live here
someday. But I should probably make it through this summer before I
fully decide that.
is beautiful. It has quite a different beauty from Hawaii or Oregon,
but it really is beautiful. When I would go hiking in Oregon I would
look over the edge and see tons of Evergreen trees and typical Oregon
trees. I went hiking this morning with my zone (such a great hike),
and I looked over at the top and saw hundreds of cacti. And death.
Just kidding there was no death. It was actually a great hike because
we left at 5am and so it was super cool. I even wished I
had brought a sweater when we were near the top and stopped for a
acclimated very quickly to the heat and I now have to take a sweater
with me if I know I'm going to be inside for long amounts of time.
And when Sister T****** (my companion) and I do personal/companion
study, I just wrap myself up in my comforter in our 79 degree
day in Mesa:
by 10:30 (I've been getting into bed by 10 every night
though because I've been so exhausted, but now I am really getting my
energy back :))
day has been very different. Sister T***** and I are white washing
[covering the whole area, meeting people, etc.] the area so she knows
as much as I do about the people and we are still trying to figure
things out, but so far we have mostly been contacting potential
investigators and less active members to see where they are at.
studies are great!! Sister T***** is a fantastic trainer and I really
am glad she is my companion! When we are in the car we have great
conversations. Oh yes, we have a car and I feel so fortunate!! It is
probably part of the reason why I haven't had such a problem with the
love working with the ward members. Sister W****** is my favorite
person in the ********** ward. She has 6 kids and 12 grandchildren(2
or 3 of her kids live close by) and she is a widow now (I'm not sure
how long ago she lost her husband). We had dinner with her last night
and I think at first she must not have been sure what to expect by
having the missionaries over, but at the end of dinner and our lesson
when we told her we had to go she exclaimed, "I have really
enjoyed this!" I was so happy to have made a new friend and to
have brightened her evening. We watched "Good things to come"
the Mormon message by Jefferey R. Holland and it really touched all
is the funniest person in the world. I love him so much! Haha I love
to tell people in the ward stories about my nieces and nephews!
Please send letters! Michelle sent me a letter via Dear Elder and it
was so sweet!!
funeral was it??
heard about the shooting at Reynolds. One of the young Men's leaders
in the ********** ward served in the Portland mission about 5 years
ago (He even served in one of the wards in our stake!) and then he
said "Oh yeah! did you hear about he shooting?" And I said
"....no...." and then he felt bad for even saying anything
(I think he realized there was probably a reason a missionary hadn't
heard about a shooting from their home town), but of course I wanted
to know what had happened so he told me. I don't think I knew the
boy, but the family name sounds familiar. If you could tell me more I
would really appreciate it, but obviously if you don't think I should
hear something about it I will leave it up to you whether or not you
love the zoo. The zoo in Arizona is in Phoenix so I will probably not
get to go to it on the mission. But I get to go to the temple on
Friday! Yay! And we will most likely get to go to the Phoenix temple
open house at the end of this year :)
love the Silver Falls hike! Sorry you had to do an extra long drive!
Sarah like Napoleon Dynamite??
hope she has fun at camp!! She told me about her skit and it sounds
funny! Are you going to go see it? You should record it and save it
so I can see it in a year and a half.... :)
is the job searching going?
Erica Brady (make sure you put my first name in there too!)
Shelly – me – for her address]
don't know my actual apartment address! But it's on the corner of
**** and *****. The apartment complex is called "***********"
during companionship study I had a profound experience where I really
came to understand the Atonement more fully.
T******** and I were talking about how it was necessary for Christ to
suffer our sins so that we could be forgiven of them if we turned to
Christ and eventually return to Heavenly Father. This is something I
understand. I also understand that Christ has felt all of out pains
and sorrows. But suddenly I wondered why He had to suffer those pains
as well. When we stub a toe or lose a loved one, we feel pain that
Christ has also felt, but those aren't pains that come from sin!
Those are just pains we experience as human beings! I was getting a
little frustrated that Christ had to suffer those pains as well,
because I can't understand how it would be necessary for Him to
suffer those kind
of pains in order for us to return to Heavenly Father.
Sister T****** turned to Alma 7:11-12 (I think those were the vs.)
and we read about how Christ suffered those pains because He had
mercy on us and He wanted to fully understand us so that He could
know how to take care of us and have compassion on us.
read the verses and there was just silence between us for a moment.
I just kind of laid down on the floor and started weeping.
had understood before that Christ felt our sorrows, but I had never
questioned why He
did that for us.
I know. It is because He loves us. Christ loves us so much. He loves
us so much that He paid the price for our sins. He loves us so much
that He experienced our sorrows and sicknesses so that he might
better understand us and love us even more. I cannot even comprehend
how full the love the Savior has for us all, but in that moment, this
morning, I certainly felt His love for me.
I love all of you so very much!!
hope you have a great week and I will talk to all soon!
mom, if you don't forward this right away to my siblings I might just
put them on the list because they like to read it as soon as
mom, will you friend Wendy Cornelison on Facebook and ask her for
Chris's email address so I can email him?! I won't be on Facebook for
another 2 weeks, and even then I might not really be able to message
him. Okay thanks :)