Erica's Missionary Adventures

Erica's Missionary Adventures
Merry Christmas from Mesa!

Friday, May 1, 2015

April 27, 2015

Me and Sister S
She doesn't like photos
so I snuck a selfie with her :)

Letter from Erica To her Daddy


You went to eat out with the Scotts? How was that? Where did you eat? How long does Ian have left on his mission?

Haha! Sorry mom woke you up! I used to get really angry when people would wake me up. But then I bought a little fan and it makes great white noise so that I can sleep through almost anything!! You should get some white noise.

I LOVE EMILY!!!! I look forward to telling her all about my mission!!! She is the only sister I have who will let me tell her everything in great detail without getting annoyed!! :)) [just kidding other siblings . . .kind of]

I love you dad and I will try better to respond personally to all of your emails :)

I love you!!!

Sister Brady

Letter from Erica To Mom

Dear Mom,

I LOVE the painting analogy!! Yes! You are good!!

Will you make me a MONSTER cookie for Christmas?

Is it nice that only Emma is required to be at the Saturday Drama work party?

I am soooo sorry that you didn't make it to the game!!! [We were going to go to Henry's little league game but thought it was at 10am instead of 9am – with an hour drive . . . we missed it]. That makes my heart hurt a little!

Who is playing the main girl and guy in Much Ado About Nothing? Ugh, I can't even remember the character's names!! Nice Emma! Hero is a great part!!! I got cast as a Witch when they did Macbeth in 8th grade! But, then I quit so that I could be in the Oregon middle school choir :)

So, is Susan expanding her "youth" theater and officially making it a "community theater"? Cause Alec is def not a youth [actually Alec is a youth – I will let Erica know], and neither is Deanna and she was in Willie Wonka. And I was technically 19 for the last 3 days of Sound of Music... Black Swan Community Theater. BSCT. [Willie Wonka and Sound of Music were rare exceptions with some added adults to the cast.]

I love Kiss Me Kate. They should do that at BYUH.

Mom! Stop falling down! That makes me want to cry! :( [I fell down my driveway taking the recycling out, rolled my ankle and skinned up my knee. #klutz]

Who did Sydney McCarry marry?!??! I didn't even know she was engaged, let alone dating someone!!!!

No I didn't know Grandma Ferre was teaching Seminary!!! Wow!! That is great! She will be great. They are only putting the best teachers in Seminary these days. Seriously. The youth need really good teachers.

I love the Schaffrans!! Tell them I'm sorry about their dad :( and tell them I say hello!! And thanks for the popsicles!! Hahaha!! If you ever see them again.........

Hahahahaaha I love Dad!!!! I used to think the porcelain dolls in my room would feel left out if I didn't talk to them and tell them I love them every night. I was worried they would try to kill me in my sleep
if they got mad at me.

I love dress rehearsal week. It has almost been a year since I've last been in a play....

Actually, I hated dress rehearsal week when I was in high school. At the time I thought it was too long :( but hey, McCarty and Susan always put on AMAZING shows!!! But, Grandpa was always able to put on amazing shows and they didn't seem soooo exhausting. Maybe that's just cause it got easier as I got older and more use to rehearsal schedules. :) (And I didn't have early morning seminary and classes all day long every day . . . so yeah . . .). I LOVE being in plays and musicals. I wish President would let us perform the musical that the church wrote: "Savior of the World". That would be sweet.

Yeah, we will figure out a time to call. I will write you about it next week. Would you prefer morning? We could shoot for 9am? Or if you prefer afternoon we could try for 3pm?

Oh yeah!! Tali's silvery hair!! Someone was just telling us that gray hair is a thing right now! That and pale purple.

Listen to the song Blue Hair and tell me if it is good! I've never heard that song and I've never heard of the musical!

What does "the wrong dosage can ruin teeth" mean? What kind of damage does it do? No, Crest Whitening Strips hurt my teeth. Baking Soda does not.

Thanks for the Alamo info!

We helped one of our zone leaders clean one of their investigator's home. There was about 24 of us missionaries. And we were there for about 3 hours. Sister S**** and I cleaned the windows, walls, and
doors. And then she vacuumed some rooms while I scrubbed dishes. It was a great zone service! And the man was very grateful. He kept walking around the house and thanking us and blessing us. He told us that he didn't think any of us would show up! And there was 24 of us!!! But the best part was when we got a text from our zone leader that night that said "dear Heritage zone! THANK YOU for helping with B****'s home today. You have no idea how much of an impact you had on him :) #LoveYa'll". Serving people softens their hearts!!! It makes me think about the song "Have I Done Any Good"

I love this line:

"There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying "Sometime I'll try,"
But go and do something today."

This song makes me want to serve everyone I see!!! I need to be better at that!! I will go and do something today!!!!

Me, Sister S****, and the rest of our district helped one of our members fill a huge hole in their backyard with dirt (another service project, but this time it was just with the district, not the zone).
There was just this humongous dirt pile that we kept shoveling. It took us two hours to finish it (plus the two hours that we had spent on it a few weeks ago). At one point someone brought up that it was
like the movie "holes"! So then we all decided that our district was like all of those kids on holes and we all picked names from the movie. I am Caveman (Stanley Yelnats).

I wanted to be Zero, but they said no cause I'm white.......

And remember Elder R******? From the Portland airport when you guys dropped me off? He is in my district now and he claimed Armpit! Sister S****** said she wants to be Kissin' Kate Barlow, hahaha!

And we decided to make our zone leaders "Mr. Sir" and "Mom". Hahahaha. Anyway, we decided to make this the basis of our district T-Shirts :) I'll send you pictures if we actually decide to follow through with it.

Also, when Holes was initially brought up, someone quoted the line that Mr. Sir says: "Once upon a time.... there was a magical place.... Where it never rained.... The end..." Hahahahaha it was funny because we live in Arizona...... The desert.... Where it never rains....

BUT GET THIS!!!!! Right as we were almost finished with the dirt pile, IT STARTED RAINING!!!!! NO JOKE!!!!! My life was legitimately "Holes" for thirty seconds!!!!

I love my district. And my zone. I was in my last zone for 6 transfers!!! That's 9 months!! I was really close to all of the missionaries in my last zone, so it was hard for me when I first got to this new zone and district. But I am grateful that we were all serving together this week. We bonded!! Serving is the best!!

Okay, I love you Mommy!!!

Sister Brady

I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go 

Letter from Erica To Emily

Dearest Peter Panic,

YOU ARE THE BEST LITTLE SISTER EVER!!!!! Okay, don't tell anyone, but I miss you. And I LOVE getting emails and letters from you! I so look forward to the day when we star in a Broadway show, and then a movie, and then a spin-off TV Show together :)

Remember when we used to imagine ourselves into our favorite TV shows? Like how I imagined I was Tawni's little sister in "Sonny with a Chance" and how Chad Dylan Cooper would fall in love with me :) hahahaha good times!

What did Dave and Zach do for their duo musical? What did Cami and Natalie do for their duo scene?

Okay, this is very important: what did Natalie S. Do for her monologues? And can you/she find and save me some copies of them for future reference?

Also VERY IMPORTANT: what did Ellie do for her monologues?! And can she/you find and save me some copies?!??! Please??!!!

Finding good monologues has always been very hard for me. So I need your help. Ask them if you can get copies of what they did.

Did you do monologues for regionals? Or for districts? What did you do? Can you get me copies? :)

How do they select which three main stage productions get performed? Is that a part of the competition? Or so they just rotate which schools get asked to perform a show?

Hahaha, what is Neighborhood 3: requisition of doom about?! Hahaha it sounds like a video game, or a cartoon network series.

​What did you mess up on? Did you forget a line? I struggled with remembering lines all throughout high school. But once I got to college, I haven't struggled with it at all!! Yay! I hope I don't struggle with memorizing lines after the mission!
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE!!!!!!!!! I miss that show!!!!!!!!!

How did it go? Was it better than the BYUH production? Could Millie belt? Was Mr. graydon good looking? Were Jimmy and Miss. Dorothy good actors? Was the dancing/taping good? Tell me about Millie. Compare her to me. (i.e. "You could belt better, but This Millie was a trained dancer..." Etc.)

I want to be in that show again someday!!
You're too close to the boy in his picture:

Tell him he better step back.


Also, what was the theme of state this year? Why was everyone wearing T-shirts that say "I wish to go to the festival".. ? That is from Into the Woods... Have you seen that movie yet?

Yeah, please tell me what Ellie did for her monologues. If she showcased they must have been really good!!! And unique!! Bah!!! You should have recorded it!

What did centennial do for group musical this year? Did you guys even make it to state? Man, Centennial used to show case at state every year! I bet you'll bring glory back to Centennial's name :) and I will be home to help you prepare for next year!!! Right? Maybe. When is regionals?

I love you so much MC Clapp Yo Hands!!

A skinnier version of Chaz Bono

(Haha... actually, I can't remember if I am Shaun or Gus....) hahahaha I always forget because it could go either way with us!! Love you Emmy!!!!

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