Erica's Missionary Adventures

Erica's Missionary Adventures
Merry Christmas from Mesa!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014
Letter from Erica

Dear Mom and Dad,

I got your letter!! I'm bummed you didn't get the job, mom! But it sounds like it is way better that you didn't end up getting it. You should just apply to Disneyland. If you got the job you could totally ask for no work on Sunday. Plus Disneyland.

I should apply to be a flight attendant when I get back! Except I'm too short so no one would hire me.

And I'm totally still applying to work for Disneyland in my future. I just won't do the college internship.

Also, I've decided, that when I get back I will go on tour with the BYU-Hawaii Concert choir, and then go to BYU Jerusalem that Fall (If I can earn enough money...).

I love telling people your conversion story mom! But suddenly I realized something. Although I totally know the basics of how it all happened (Kelly and you playing soccer, going to mutual, someone asking you to be baptized and you meeting with the missionaries), what I really want to know now is what happened when the missionaries were teaching you that made you realize that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored? Essentially I want to know how you gained a testimony and what your testimony was when you decided to be baptized. What were your thoughts on Joseph Smith? The Atonement? The plan of salvation?? What was it like being sealed in the temple to your mom when you were a child? Do you even remember it?

Hahahahahahahahaha I laughed out loud at dad and Emily wearing matching shirts and Emily not being happy about it!! Haaaaaaa. I just love my baby sister so much!

What is Grandpa and Grandma Brady's home address? I've realized this month that there is SO MUCH I want to ask and talk to my Grandpa about!! Like what area was he in in the Military?? How long was he in the military? I want to hear more stories about his teaching days! I don't know if he would actually write me back himself, but somebody needs to tell me these things!

I love working out!! It is so much fun and a great way to start the day! I'm so grateful that on my mission I have been blessed with a love and a desire to exercise. I know how important it is to take care of your body.

Good luck on your job interview tomorrow dad!! I love you! What job is it?

Did you notice in the Ensign the story about "Be like Ammon"? I haven't read it yet (cause I have sooo much I want to read!) but it always makes me laugh when I turn the page and see in this tiny little green column "Amulek can teach us too". haha poor Amulek does not get enough credit. He's a great missionary too!

I started reading "Jesus the Christ". the next day I bought a dictionary.

Haha but seriously, it is a great book! I actually jumped ahead to chapter 40 to read more about the Great Apostasy because I was studying the First Lesson in preach my gospel. The dictionary really helped and I LOVE reading and learning!! One hour for personal study is NOT enough! I don't know how I survived on only 10 minutes a day back home!

Thank you mom and Dad for raising me in the church. I've seen your example and every day as my testimony grows stronger it makes me want to follow your example and have a Christ centered home. I love the gospel!

M**** and J***** are great investigators. We were teaching them the lesson of the restored gospel and before we even were able to finish the lesson, J***** was already reading from the Book of Mormon. We are very excited for them, and they love the lessons! We've taught them twice now and the second time we came into their home we could feel the spirit so strongly in their home. They are keeping the commitments we are teaching them about, and it is really helping them to turn their life around. 

Letter #2 (from Erica)

Sorry! I wanted to say about M*** and J***** that they are also attending church and saying their prayers! Yay for missionary work!

I love you family so very much! I love the gospel! I love my savior Jesus Christ! I love that we have a loving Heavenly Father!

Missionary work is the best!!!

Sister Brady

p.s. You know who (two) could totally be married by this Christmas and have a baby by the time I get back. Just a thought... :)

Letter #3 (from Erica)

They did the “Iron Rod” at girls camp?!! Yay I love that!! Tell Emily to write me and share her testimony about it to me!!!

Our investigators our:
M***** and J*****
K***** (He is nine and mostly we need his dad's heart to be softened so that he can have permission to be baptized.)
E******* (Also nine and she has permission to be baptized and wants to be baptized yayy :))

I really want to encourage you and the rest of the family to go ask the missionaries who are serving in the ward and ask them who their investigators are. Those are some people you can also pray for. Oh and pray for the missionaries in the ward by their name if you are not already :) But it's super important that you guys are praying for the investigators who are in your ward :)

I love you so much daddy!!

Sister Brady
Letter #4 (from Erica)

If possible.....
if you ever get the chance to send a package we are allowed to listen to any music that will bring us close to Christ (i.e. MoTab [Mormon Tabernacle Choir], singers with hymn arrangements, instrumental hymn music, other songs that have to do with Jesus Christ/His gospel). If you have the chance (seriously this isn't a need) I would love if you could make copies of CD's and send some my way (I am in a car and the same CD every day can get pretty boring.... but I did buy one CD called "Music for Sister Missionaries" which has beautiful piano arrangements of hymns)

Also, Did you know that Saturday's Warriors has a sequel called STar Child??? We can't watch either of them, but please watch it and tell me if it's good! I want to watch it some day!!!

The best way to send packages according to the Mission President's wife is through Parcel Post. I have no idea what that is or how you would do that... maybe try googeling it? If you still can't find it I will ask her for more information :)

I am obsessed with Saturday's Warriors these days. Sister Henrety (not my companion but she is in my zone) and I will sing the songs every time we see each other haha :)

Okay I love you!!
Sister Brady

p.s. watch the Mormon message "Wrong Roads" It is so amazing and is my favorite Mormon message right now!!

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