Sunday, December 27, 2015

Week 4 - MTC

***He would love to hear from you via  ***
You choose "Write a Letter" then in the Letter Selection drop down choose "Provo MTC" click on "Write a Missionary" and enter your information.  His info is: 
Elder Brigham Grimes
Unit 43   TX-HOUS    JAN12
You then enter your email address and type him an email.  He will get that email printed out and handed to him that same day!

We were very blessed this last week to “hear” from Elder Grimes 4 times!  We got a handwritten letter, a Christmas phone call, the P day email and a package.

Here is some from his handwritten letter.
“Spanish is coming slowly but surely.  In our last lesson with ‘David’, I went off on a tangent in spanish about baptisms for the dead.  I did not know any of the words that were coming out of my mouth.  I thought I was speaking english, but when we were done Elder J. asked how I did that. #GiftofTongues it’s a real thing.  Open up your mouth and words you don’t know will flow out.” 
“Right now Elder H. and I are chillin’ in our classroom waiting for our Tuesday night Devotional to start.  The rest of our district wanted to go and sing in the MTC Choir. Yea, no we have an hour to do whatever we want and it feels wrong.”

It was a great 6 page letter and we hope to get more of those :)

We loved hearing his voice on Christmas although he said it was hard to hear us.  He sent us a package that we didn’t get until Saturday so he was bummed we didn’t have it yet.  He wrote his testimony to us in Spanish and was excited for us to read it (we have it now and we loved reading his testimony in spanish - Elder Grimes’ dad read it to the rest of us) He was excited for his Christmas presents, especially the t-shirt blanket we made him.  The Elders opened their gifts on Christmas Eve because they were busy all day on Christmas.  Elder Bednar and his wife came and spoke to the missionaries and we heard from Elder J.‘s Dad that after the phone call David Archuleta came and sang for them. - We will have to wait to hear about that from Elder Grimes.

                                                                His new blanket.
                                                               Christmas presents.
Christmas Jammies.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Week 3 - MTC

"I love you guys and hope the wedding is cool. I get to go to the temple today too.  I don't know what to tell you guys about. Every week is the same in spiritual boot camp.  I look forward to our morning service projects where we get to clean the toilets... just a change of the schedule. This whole experience is weird, because I'm not far from home yet and it still feels like home here.  My teachers are super cool.  Which is nice because we spend 15 hours a day in the classroom.  We only get breaks to eat.  I FEEL SO FAT.
I will say that we taught five lessons in Spanish on Thursday. That was fun. Brother A. is such a dope guy!  In class on Thursday, Elder N complimented his tie, so Bro A. said, "cambiamos?" and they traded ties right there.  It was really cool.  Yesterday I wore the tie that Danny gave me and he asked if I wanted to trade.  I explained to him that I wasn't willing to part with that one and apologized.  He was super cool about it and explained how he missed his brothers.  I miss Dan and Blake.  Is the blurb holding out?  Throw me a bone here. 
On Christmas day I will be calling home from 3:15 to 3:45!  I will probably only speak broken spanish to you guys. haha  
Yes I did get all three packages. Thank you so much!!! Sharon also sent me a package. There were Chewbacca socks in it!!
Christmas requests: a beanie, and a yo-yo. I don't know how to send things home, but I got all of you guys some Christmas presents. I got you all presents but I have to figure out how to send stuff home first!  I love you guys!!!!!! Talk to you in a week!!!"
Elder Grimes

                                                The Package from Sharon - Thanks Sharon!!
                                               Moroni standing on the mountain top for Dad
                                                         Me and my companion Elder J.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Week 2 - MTC

"We just barely got done doing laundry. The laundry room is a total Dungeon. We sat and waited for just over an hour while the laundry was going. It is pretty uncomfortable having free time here. We never know what to do. During the week we have morning study blocks from 8 to 11 without a teacher. We are left to our own devices to study and learn everything that we want to know. Then we have gym time from 11:10 to 12:15, followed by lunch from 12:30 to 1:15. Then it's back to class until dinner at 5:30, we sometimes have a teacher during the day. Dinner is 5:30 to 6:15, then it's class again until 9:30. Our days are sooo long, but they are so fun that it doesn't even seem bad. My district is super awesome and we are all pretty good about using our study time wisely. Sometimes, however, we do get pretty drained and need about thirty minutes to cool down and just chill. Every time we go to the bathroom during class we have to go down stairs to the first floor because there isn't one on our floor. we pass the front entrance to the building and we all stop for a second at the door and look out just to think for a few seconds. Our building is right inside the gates of the MTC. We look out and see the Security Hut thing, The mountains, the temple, and lots of cars driving by. It's hard to think that people are just living outside of this spiritual boot camp. Class is in building 8m right up front. if you drive past the MTC and look to the left of the security hut, it's the first one. We sit in this building all day every day. Its really not that bad tho. The food is good, I love my district, love my teachers. The "investigators" are pretty strange. Teaching lessons in spanish is super hard. We did commit David to baptism tho. That was so cool. We knew that he spoke english(he is one of our teachers) so at the end of our final lesson with him I asked in spanish if I could bear my testimony in english, and he said that I could. I struggled to get the words out in english because the spirit was so strong in that room. Yes, Dad, I am praying in spanish now.  haha it's pretty cool to be able to do that. Preguntas?  Just be happy. I love this experience, as hard as it may be and I have never been closer to Heavenly Father. I love you guys so much!!  Don't you worry, these oils are saving my life cada dia. I am praying for you guys constantly. I Pray that you will all be happy and safe while I am away.
Yo testifico que esta iglesia es verdadero, y que Jose Smith fue un profeta de Dios. Mediante Jose Smith Podemos Tener el evangelio restaurado en nuestras vidas."

Elder Grimes

Brigham requested a blanket because he is super cold at the MTC so that is getting shipped today.  He also didn't get the package we sent yesterday with stockings for the Elders in his district so we are hoping that he gets it today.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

First P Day - Week 1

What a crazy couple of days. When you dropped me off I had no idea what I was in for. All I knew is that I was Terrified. My host was an elder who had been here for 7 weeks and was learning Mandarin. He was extremely nice and helped me to get my tags, room key, meal and identification card, all of my Spanish books and materials. Then he showed me to my room and we dropped off my things. He was telling me that the first day might be a little hard, and to just stay positive and to pray always. He showed me to my classroom and then left me there. I walked in and sat down with only two others in the small room. They are about the size of my bedroom at home. I met Hermana Z who is our teacher for the next several weeks. She is awesome and classes with her are really fun. I feel like I recognize her from somewhere, probably some of the BYU youtube videos and studio c stuff. Anyway, after a while Elder J came into the classroom and I thought he was another teacher! He looks like an adult. He sat down next to me and we began talking, two or three minutes later the majority of the class had arrived, all but one elder from Florida. It took him a while to get here because he had several flights and his shuttle was late to the airport to pick him up. There are six elders and four sisters in my district
Elder J from Sandy going to Buenos Aires North 
Elder N from Idaho going to Buenos Aires North
Elder B from Brigham City going to Buenos Aires North
Elder H from Idaho going to Buenos Aires Santa Fe
Elder A the Floridian going to Buenos Aries Santa Fe
Hermana D From Tennessee going to Washington Yakima
Hermana M from California going to Toronto Canada
Hermana R from Utah going to Nashville
Hermana H going to Texas Houston South. 

It kinda sucks that no elders are going with me to Houston. There is nobody in my zone going with me to Houston other than Hermana H. 

The first night was the hardest night of my life. During the day we didn't have any time to worry or to miss home, but once we were in bed it was a nightmare, it took everything I had not to break down and weep. the second day was much better, and by now I'm fine. Oh, but that first night, thank goodness I only have to go through that a few more times. 

The days are pretty long, but we are so busy that we don't start to notice until around six when everyone is falling asleep anyway. hahaha I love class time with my district. Most of the time we don't have a teacher, we just have personal and companionship study. We all help each other and joke a ton. I'm surprised at how well we are all doing considering all the joking. 

This email is everywhere. I don't have a lot of time to email, and there are so many things I want to tell you about. 

The food is pretty good and I haven't been sick yet. I drink caffeine free Diet Coke with every meal. They made curly fries the other day that I enjoyed. 

We taught our first investigator the other day -in Spanish no less. That was really hard and discouraging. We had so many things that we wanted to say and had no idea how to say them. The hardest part I feel is that I understood everything he was saying, but didn't know how to answer him in Spanish. 

If you have any questions for me, send them in a Dear Elder letter, I get those the day you send them because they print here as soon as you hit send. I'll have time to read through those and answer your questions on P-day. 

Super exited to go to the temple today!!!!!


Elder Grimes

Friday, December 4, 2015

Brigham spoke in Sacrament Meeting on November 29th.  He gave a great talk about gratitude and what it means to him.  He also mentioned the scripture that he chose for his Missionary Plaque.
Alma Chapter 42 verse 31
   "And now, O my son, ye are called of God to preach the word unto this people.  And now, my son, go thy way, declare the word with truth and soberness, that thou mayest bring souls unto repentance, that the great plan of mercy may have claim upon them.  And may God grant unto you even according to my words.  Amen."

He also quoted one of his Grandma Linda's favorite scriptures found in Doctrine and Covenants Section 84 verse 88
    "And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."

Elder Grimes entered the Provo MTC on December 2, 2015.