Monday, January 21, 2013

New Missionary Gear?

We got a letter from Elder Brooksby yesterday with these two pictures attached.  He said that the pictures were taken after a member said he needed more protection while riding his bike because he and his companion almost got "creamed" earlier that day.  So the member gave them his dirt biking gear to try on.  I can only imagine how hot you'd get wearing all that gear while riding your bike.

He also said that he ran into a former Hawaii Honolulu missionary who was from Fiji, at the Social Security office (he was there getting a new SS card).  I guess the guy was back because he was going to go to school at BYU-H.  Jared said it was great to talk to him, but weird at the same time.  He said he remembered the young man going home like it was yesterday, but in reality the former missionary had been home for a whole year.  Jared said he feels like his mission is going by too quickly.  He also said that a lot of his good friends in the mission are going home this coming transfer, and it makes him sad.

But he got to see a former companion whom he really liked, Elder M at a Zone Conference a little while ago, and he said that was great.

It sounds like transfers are in two weeks and that he can't quite decide if he wants to be transferred or not.  He likes where he is, but would also like to see another area before he comes home. Transfers always bring surprises - but hopefully they will be ones that he likes!

Elder Brooksby is at the point in his mission that I remember reaching in mine.  You're very comfortable as a missionary and a little apprehensive about returning home and what that will be like.  He said he's excited to see us again but everything else about returning home scares him.

This past week was a very productive one for him.  He said they taught a lot of people, and found a lot of people.  He also said he really worked with a recent convert who was having some difficulties.

I love getting letters from Jared and seeing the growth he's had while he's been serving a mission!

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