Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Hallo"clean"! :)

Emailing at the library

Happy Halloween!!

I hope y'all have a wonderful and safe evening!! Our mission president doesn't want us out on the streets tonight, so we have to be in our apartments by 5. Because some missionaries’ apartments are super disgusting, we are having hallo"clean" (our mission president is pretty clever.) We are going to be in our apartments cleaning all the goblins and spider webs away. Hehe 

This week has been really good; we are starting to really build up our teaching pool. The struggle with YSA is they will show they are really interested and we get a first lesson with them. We get their contact information and set up a return appointment and they either don't show up, won't answer their phone or try and be clever and give us the wrong phone number or we call/text them and they just block us.  (It happens daily) BUT, in the midst of it all, we are finding really solid and cool people right now. Let me tell you about two: 

Kayla, she is so cool. She was walking on campus and we commented how much we liked her sweatshirt. She turned around and was really happy and told us how she got it on sale and all this funny stuff. We, of course, took advantage because we had her engaged in conversation and she hadn't run away yet. We then started talking to her about religion and she commented on how she had a friend who just got back from her mission and is a Mormon. (You HARDLY get that in Virginia. We are lucky if they know about our church.) She was religious but wanted to explore different religions and find out what best fits her. She was dealing with roommate drama, so she couldn't stay very long, but we set up a return appointment. She actually texted us back and met with us a few days later!! It was really awesome. We went through the restoration with her and she really liked it. She said it all made sense! We set up another return appointment and will be meeting with her again this week :) 

Sarah. She was a cool miracle. We were out with a member last night and weren't finding much success. We talked to people on campus for a whole hour and they would either straight ignore us or we would talk to them for a little and then they would just make up an excuse and leave. Super lame. We decided to try a different part of campus and walk around a little more. We walked by Sarah and said hi. She was super happy and bubbly and said hi right back. (Again, that doesn't happen very often) We started talking to her about her religious belief. She had little to no belief in God and Jesus Christ. We really focused on how much God loves her and is aware of her. Our member, Colton, bore super strong testimony of how much God does love her and how we are His children. She looked at us and said, "Wow, I really needed to hear this." We set up another time to see her this upcoming week. She seems really cool; we are super excited to meet with her again :) 

We had Ward missionary meeting this week. We just had all our ward missionaries released and a whole bunch of new ones called. Our bishop is amazing. He is so missionary minded and wants to help us in any way that he can. We got together and talked about how we can further the work in our ward and how we can all be member missionaries. I am so grateful to be able to be in this ward. I love it here in Chippy.
Ward missionaries, missionaries, ward mission leader
and our bishop and his wife.
We had some major drama this week as well...  we were supposed to go on overnight exchanges with the Powhatan sisters this week, but we ended up just going to their area for a few hours due to some drama with a recent convert in the Ward. She called us telling us it'd be the last time we'd talk to her as she was going to kill herself.  She was kicked out of her house because she stole a big amount of money. The Boswells spent the day with her trying to help her find a house and calm her down but she ended up running away from them twice... resulting in us walking around downtown trying to find her.  She threatened to jump off a bridge by the freeway (she posted a video on Facebook and some members saw it and called the cops).  After the cops searched for her for an hour, they took her to the mental institution where she has been ever since. Thank goodness she is safe now!! So that was stressful... but we had a good time in Powhatan! Sister John's and Johnson are so cute.

Scripture of the week: Mosiah 2:12- "I say unto you that as I have been suffered to spend my days in your service, even up to this time, and have not sought gold nor silver nor any manner of riches of you". We have been reading Mosiah with a recent convert and this scripture really stuck out to me. I love how our church is not a paid ministry. We don't go out seeking for money and doing things because of money. We do it because we love the Lord and we want to serve Him. 

I love y'all so much!! 

Love Sister Brooks :)


I can't remember if I mentioned we are making a music video.... 
hahaha this is a screenshot of one of the parts 

Sister Johnson and I, rescued a turtle. 

Jessie and us at Costco. 

Colton, one of our ward missionaries. 

Virginia waste service is cool. 
Hahahaha, I just thought it would be funny. 

This is what a normal wall in Virginia looks like. 

We were super lame and didn't wear costumes to the Halloween party.
The Elders suggested we switch name tags. We did.
Say Hi to Elder Genduso and Elder Kauer

Stefano's photo bomb 

Our Halloween costumes (lame I know) we tried doing doing things
 they would do and what we would do.


Monday, October 24, 2016


Emailing at the library today!


I know I say this all the time, but I can't help it... I love being a missionary!! I wouldn't trade this for the world. I am so extremely blessed. Heavenly Father has been way too good to me these past 15 months and I can't thank him enough for it. I have never been happier in my whole life!

I can't wait to tell you about my wonderful week :) 

  Let's start off with the most exciting news... Stefano our investigator is SO AWESOME!!! Let me tell you about him. He is probably 5'3, with dark brown hair and the funniest little grin. He is very shy but has opened up so much to us in the past 2 weeks. He has grown so much and has really opened up to the ward as well and has gained really good friendships. Ryan Morrow, a guy in our ward, has really been fellowshipping him and has come to about every lesson with him. He has helped Stefano tremendously. Ryan is the greatest :) Stefano was baptized when he was little and told us he hasn't really seen a need to be baptized again, BUT, as we were on exchanges Wednesday night, I was here with Sister Thornley, we sat down and had a lesson with him. After singing and praying, we asked if he had any questions. He looked at us and said, "Yeah, I actually do. Tell me about how baptism is done in your church. I love the activities and church so far and all the people here. I think I'm leaning towards being baptized." I was completely shocked and SO DARN HAPPY!! We had a wonderful lesson with him on baptism and confirmation and how it is all done. 

    Well Thursday we had a super funny law of chastity lesson with him. It is seriously so funny teaching YSA law of chastity. You never have a dull moment. After dying of laughter, cracking jokes and ending the lesson, we said our goodbyes and went on our way. We had dinner with Jessie and Anna, a member in our ward, at Cafe Rio- #blessed. We got in the car and saw we had a text from Stefano. In his text he said he wants to be baptized and decided to be baptized on November 12!!!!!! We are so excited and of course screamed a little. We called Ryan to tell him the good news and he told us he was praying for Stefano a few minutes before we called asking God to answer his prayers and guide him in the right direction.  It was so amazing!! GOD IS AMAZING!! 

    This week has been a little harder to find and teach people because the first half of the week was mid-terms (which also means if you talk to anyone, they completely ignore you) and then starting Thursday, they had fall break. So campus was pretty much dead. But, God still put people in our path to talk to :) 

   We have worked with a lot of recent converts and less actives lately. It's so amazing for me to see the strength and testimony some of the recent converts have. They are so great. They really have a love for our savior and want to do everything they can to help build his kingdom and help themselves grow more in his gospel. Most of these converts are the only members in their family. It must take a lot for them to go against their families beliefs, but we know this is the restored gospel here on this earth and the amount of blessings we receive from it is so wonderful :) 

     Today after sacrament meeting, we were talking with Jessie. She was telling us how her baptism date is set in stone and is working towards the 11th of November. She then looked at us and said, "Sisters, I know I was supposed to be baptized when y'all were here." It was one of the sweetest things I have heard. It was a good confirmation that I needed to be here. I sure love Jessie. We have gotten so close to her. I love her so much. She told her twin sister and her family this week she was getting baptized and they weren't happy with her at all. Her twin sister won't talk to her, so it has been a hard week for her. Definitely keep her in your prayers! 

     I don't know if I have ever told y'all about the Boswells. They are fairly new and they are the senior couple in our ward. Holy cow, they are so amazing!! They will drop anything and everything to help us missionaries out. Elder Boswell is Hawaiian, Sister Boswell is from Texas and they have lived in Hawaii for almost there whole married life. They make me so happy. (They told Sister Fitt and I that we could go stay in their house and use their car if we went to Hawaii.... once we save up, guess where we are going..... HAWAII) They feed us all the time and have us invite our investigators. It is fun to be with them around the dinner table, with super yummy food and to die for homemade apple and peach pie. 

  I am so grateful to be in Virginia. I know I am supposed to be here and serve these amazing people!! I love it here.

Scripture of the week: Matthew 16:19 "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." I love how it says what is bound on earth will be bound in heaven. I am so happy I get to be with my family forever :) 

I love y'all so much!! I hope you have a wonderful week :) 

Love, Sister Brooks

Exchanges with Sister Thornley 
Contacting with Kiara.

Got our Starbucks.
We meet Valerie, a recent convert, there because she works there
and we get free drinks ;)

Cristhian took us to the Cheesecake Factory.
Best day ever.

We were dancing in the car and
realized in the video this guy was staring at us haha

Virginia weather- half cloudy, half sunny 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Great transfer week- because I'm not transferring- woohoo!

Emailing from the library today!

Hello hello :) 

    This week has been such a fun week! I still can't believe I am still in Chippy. I am so so thankful to still be in this ward. I love it so much! It was so fun to go to Transfer meeting and not have a stress or care in the world. We went because we had Sister Sorensen with us and she was being transferred. It was fun to see Sister Tadd and Sister Squires right before they left. I can't believe it was already time for them to go home. I feel like I was just barely with them!! I love them both so much and I am extremely grateful for the time I was able to spend with them and to learn so much from them. They were such amazing missionaries. Time sure is flying. It was really fun, Sister Squires didn't have anything to do before dinner so she came and spend a few hours with us. I never wanted to take her back to the mission home, but sadly we had to. It was fun being with her for the last few hours she had! 

I love Sister Tadd!

I love Sister Squires!

 Some news about our investigators:

Jessie is doing wonderful. She just got a job as a high school teacher, so we have been doing lessons and helping her grade papers. Sometimes we have a good laugh as we go through the answers. It just made me think of when my teachers were going through my papers they were probably laughing at me and my answers as well. Haha She is still preparing for her baptism on November 11. She is excited. I have loved to see how much she has progressed- from not wanting to meet with us, to setting herself on date for baptism in just 6 weeks. God is great. 

   Stefano is awesome. When we first met him, he was super shy and didn't say much. Now he is cracking jokes and opening up more to us. He has a lot of free time on his hands, so we get to meet with him pretty frequently. He has come to pretty much every activity (FHE and institute) and has even made it to the last 2 hours of church the last 2 weeks! He works night shift, so he doesn't get much sleep in the first place. So it's awesome to see him get up and come! Hopefully he will be able to make it to sacrament meeting soon. The whole ward loves him and has fellowshipped him so well, which is THE biggest help and is one of the best things ever for a missionary to see! 

   Malcolm is doing great. He just needs to quit his job so he can come to church on Sunday. We are trying to see if he wants to push his date up for baptism. He has been praying a lot about it and hasn't received his answer yet, but we know it will come soon. He said if he doesn't catch up on his school work soon, he will quit his job. I may or may not be praying that he doesn't catch up on his school work so he quits.... oops! 

   I can't remember if I told you about Christopher. He is awesome. He is a member’s boyfriend, whom she has been bringing to church for a while but just introduced us recently. He was teaching the youth in his church and encouraged his youth to go out and explore religions to find out if this is really for them. He then realized that he never did that. He had agreed to meet with us and has been doing very well. He has made statements when we met with him this week that, "when I get baptized...." so that has been really great!

     We have been contacting a lot lately. We have been able to find some really cool people and been able to teach many people as well. God has been blessing us tremendously. 

Funny story: we were contacting one night and it was pretty chilly. Sister Fitt and I were joking around with our member saying this is pretty much St. George/Arizona winters. About 2 minutes later, after we got on a different topic.... a guy in front of us turned around asking, "Did I hear someone was from Arizona?" He then explained that he had friends in AZ and he was from Vegas. I told him I lived in St. George really close to Vegas. He was saying how he went to St. George all the time and how people in Utah are so nice and tried to talk to him about Mormonism and "threw a Book of Mormon at me trying to get me to read it." After talking for a little bit, he asked what we were doing in Richmond. We told him we were missionaries and he just laughed so hard and realized that we had to be because we sat there talking about Mormons for a good solid 5 minutes. He then talked about how much he loved Mormons because they always had food at every activity. So true!  He wasn't interested in learning, but said he would want to come to activities. It was super funny! I promise, it was funnier in person haha 

Scripture of the week: D&C 130:21 "And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." I love this scripture because it is telling us that when we are obedient, God is going to give us blessings. I see this all the time in missionary work. We need to always be obedient to all God’s commandments and strive to be better each day. 

I love y'all to the moon and back 100 times. Have a wonderfully Fantastic week!! :)

Love, Sister Brooks

Lunch of  a champion!
FHE for the win

We have been liking this new update for editing photos.... hahaha 

Daniel's niece, Neeko. She is seriously so funny.