Erica's Missionary Adventures

Erica's Missionary Adventures
Merry Christmas from Mesa!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

July 6, 2015


Dear Mom,

I want to go to the beach!!!! Let's go next summer!!

Okay cool story! Remember last week how I told you about the talks we gave and how we got to see some of the effects it had on a person? Well, it touched another person! There was an 18 year old girl who heard our talks and she decided that she now wants to serve a mission!!!! Miracle!! How great to have effected someone in that way :)

We also had a great lesson with F****. HE KEPT HIS COMMITMENT TO READ 3 NEPHI 11!!! Success!!! He asked about 3 Nephi 11 verse 34. He wanted to know why we would be damned if we weren't baptized. We explained that the word "damned" means "stopped", and at if we aren't baptized, we literally stop our own progression which therefore means we choose to be "damned". He didn't think it was right that someone would automatically be saved if they were baptized and that was all they had to do. So we explained that being baptized wasn't the only thing we have to do to gain exaltation. We talked about a few of the things we have to continue doing and then we invited him to continue reading in 3 Nephi. He is progressing!! This is success!! I am so happy!! 

How do we attend 3 wards? We pre-planned all of our Sundays out so that in case anyone wants us to come into one of their lessons we already know if we are going to be in that ward or not on that Sunday :) and we just keep doing the work as normal! 

Have you fed the new sister missionaries yet??!?

I bought cheese today!!

Bishop's glass story:

So I was new in the area and Sister R**** wanted me to meet Bishop R***, so we stopped by his house and only his kids were home. One of the twins (she is about 11) said "oh!! Look at this cool trick I can do with a glass!!" So we stepped inside (there was a 16 year old female home :)) and the twin pulled out a beautiful glass cup with a stem and a gold colored line on the rim. And she put some water in it and tried doing that trick from Miss. Congeniality (where you rub the rim with your finger and it makes a beautiful sound). 

But it wasn't working so I was like "oh here I know how to do it"......... And I did it! And it was fine and beautiful :) 

......and then my companion wanted to try.....

So she started rubbing her finger on the rim and I said, "you're close! Put a tiny bit more pressure on it!"

And she definitely put more pressure on it

Cause the stem broke.

It just shattered. (The stem, not the cup itself. Just so you can get the right visual)

I was so embarrassed and I take full responsibility.

And then Bishop and his wife came home and I apologized profusely may have cried a little.... But they were very gracious and told me not to worry. Ugh, but I was so worried that Bishop would never trust me.... I think he does though :)

Have fun at EFY Emmy!! I am so excited about that!! Hearing about EFY kind of makes me want to be an EFY councilor!! 

I have read both of those general conference talks!!! The Music of the Gospel is one of my favorite talks from this conference!! I can't wait for the next conference because I love it!!

That is so sad to hear about the father who passed away! I will keep them in my prayers. Thank goodness for the blessings of temple ordinances. I really can't even imagine how hard that would be.

Oh that is so sad about Sister Tuttle's husband too!! I love Sister Tuttle. I love my home ward sooooooo much!!!!! I look forward to seeing everyone again!!

We are focusing on the Book of Mormon these next two transfers. We are going to finish it as a mission together on September 22nd, which is a transfer day, and it is also the day that Joseph Smith retrieved the plates from Hill Cumorah.

Here is a quote that talks about the blessings of reading the Book of Mormon:

"I offer a challenge to members of the Church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread the Book of Mormon. Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God." (President Gordon B. Hinckley, "A Testimony Vibrant and True", Ensign, August 2005)

I love you mom!

Sister Brady

I really love my zone!!

Dear Dad,

I love Moe's!!! I am glad your birthday was good!! The game of life was always my favorite but I really want to play TICKET to RIDE!! Let's play that when I get home okay?

Did Gordon even cry at the movie?? Definitely put that movie on my list, cause I really want to watch it!!!

You're 57???!!?!?!!?!? What!!?!? When did that happen!!!??

The Music of the Gospel is one of my favorite talks!!!! It really is true!!! And I have really experienced that from both ends! I LOVED that talk, and I love how he related it to music, because I could really understand his analogy!!

I just love you so much Dad!!!

Sister Brady

Double Rainbows!!

Our morning here in Mesa :) ❤️


I love you all so much!!!!!

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