Monthly Archives: April 2017

Tyler’s Letter – 04/24/2017 – Sleepovers All Week!

Hello everyone!

How is everybody doing?

It’s been a taxing, but rewarding week. We had 3 tradeoffs, and the Assistants to President Jacobsen stayed over at our apartment from Tuesday night to Wednesday. Also, we had zone conference on Wednesday for between 7 and 8 hours. So it’s been a little crazy! But Elder Turley and I had a great time with all the Elders who came through and worked with us, it was a blast.

We have officially dropped some of the people we were teaching because they’re really not making an effort to learn or change right now, and it’s amazing how quickly God provides us with new people to teach. We picked up three solid investigators to teach who I’m really excited for. Chandra, a man we teach from Nepal, has officially given up his habits of drinking tea and is preparing to be baptized on May 6th! Ahh! We’re so proud πŸ™‚

Spending more time with the Spanish Elders was fun. I feel like my comprehension of spanish is improving little by little. I like going around after church when the Spanish ward is just starting and I try to talk to some of the people coming into the chapel. x) We went up to the stake center Friday night to play soccer with the Spanish Elders and their investigators and members and I have never seen spanish used in such heated ways!

Elder Turley is nervous President Jacobsen is going to transfer him somewhere else for his last six weeks, because he’s been hinting at it. Uh oh that means I might have to hold down the fort when he leaves… But that doesn’t come for another couple of weeks.

We are very well supported here and I am happy. I just have been trying to continue to adjust to all the differences and find the right balance to remain consecrated, yet not become robotic or obnoxious. I just want to follow the example of Christ. My studies right now are focused on the life of the Savior in the New Testament. I challenge you all to take some time to study his life as well! It’s impossible to do so sincerely without it having an impact on you or your spirit, I believe. His love is unmatched, and I need to have that love for those I serve, too.

So, I love you all!

Have a wonderful week I will talk to you later!

Elder Breinholt


Tyler’s Letter – 04/17/2017 – The Craziest Week of my Mission So Far

I don’t even know where to begin but I just know that I’m still tired from what happened on Thursday night into Friday morning:

Hello Everyone!

This was a busy week but it was great πŸ™‚ It probably just felt busy because I’m still not used to all this. Nevertheless let us begin–

Monday – Pday! Ran a couple of Elders around to do their errands because they don’t have a car, and then we and a bunch of other Elders went to the driving range and had some fun! I was really terrible though and it was frustrating but that’s okay. Then of course we played basketball

Tuesday – Thursday – Interviews with President Jacobsen! Interviews now happen every transfer over 3 days in each zone to get all the missionaries through. Elder Turley and I have to be there all three days and stay with the missionaries and be part of their district meetings at well. Favorite district meeting was the Spanish District’s! I did NOT realize I’d be able to comprehend everything they said but it happened! I still had difficulty talking back but it was a fun time πŸ™‚

Thursday Night – Friday Morning – At the hospital in Jackson. Elder Liu, and past companion of mine (my 2nd one, you’ll probably remember him) ended up in the hospital to have an appendectomy. We were just starting our tradeoff with the AP’s so we ended up going down there with them to be there through the surgery and his stay at the hospital. We tried to assign shifts to stay with him so others would be able to sleep, but it wasn’t easy sleeping on the cold Jackson apt. floor with nothing but a couch cushion as a pillow. Haha. So we ended this crazy experience with maybe two hours of sleep and some crazy videos taken in the waiting room while we all tried to pass time.

Saturday – MISSIONARY WORK! Finally had a chance to be in our area for a whole day and do some teaching πŸ™‚

Sunday – Easter! We had a bunch of awesome less actives and investigators we work with come to church and they loved it! I have to say I feel very blessed to be serving here in Wyoming, it’s a great ward, we get fed almost every day, they make friends with new people and with investigators, and things are going really well for those we teach.

I love you all, I hope you had a wonderful Easter and have a great week!


Elder Breinholt πŸ™‚


Tyler’s Letter – 04/10/2017 – Prince of Peace

Hello friends and family!

How is everybody doing?

Elder Turley and I are having a great time here in Wyoming 1. I am still trying to figure out why they would name a city Wyoming no where near Wyoming. But hey, Michigan has a city called Hell as well.


Went on a couple of tradeoffs this week! We had a lot of fun with Elder Mitchell, Elder Christensen, Elder Valentine, and Elder Quintana. I forgot to get a picture with the latter two, but a lot of people seem to mistake Elder Quintana for me. We don’t look that alike but I guess it’s enough that people who knew me for six months still couldn’t tell the difference. No big deal πŸ˜‰

This week we are having interviews with President Jacobsen as a zone. As zone leaders we go to all the interviews for all the members of our zone, so they’ll take a big chunk out of our day tomorrow, wednesday and Thursday. Plus, after Interviews on Thursday we’re going to Lansing with the Assistants to the President for a tradeoff with them at MSU! I’m so excited I hear it’s super fun serving at MSU, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Well Easter is coming up soon and I just want to let you all know how much I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. He truly is risen, He is not dead. And because He lives, we will all live again. I invite each of you to take 2 minutes for him and watch this video which uses music, words, and faces to remind us of the Resurrection of Christ. Once again, I know He lives and that He, along with our Heavenly Father, loves each of us and desires our happiness, so let him into your life! Pray! Read from the scriptures! Go to church and just listen to your heart! I know if you do, your heart will be changed for the better. I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!

Elder Breinholt


Tyler’s Letter – 04/03/2017 – Goodbye Grand Rapids! Hello Phonecalls

Hello lovely friends and family!

It’s your friendly neighborhood Elder Breinholt here. How have things been going?

The Kriegs from GRap Ward

Elder Turley and I have been serving here in Wyoming 1 together for about a week now and it’s been great πŸ˜€ Elder Turley has had a lot of experience as a zone leader so he’s training me on all the responsibilities really well. We make and receive a LOT of calls as zone leaders. For example on Sundays we have to call through all the districts to get information on all the areas key indicators, baptismal projections, and how the missionaries themselves are doing. It’s been super busy, but also very fun. I’ve loved getting to know these missionaries a lot better, and we already went on one tradeoff last week and had a blast. Tradeoffs now basically always involve a sleepover because all the missionaries come to our area to work with us.

Awesome friends we made from Calvin College

So I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m having lots of fun and I’m happy! πŸ™‚

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to watch General Conference, and to hear inspiring words from the Prophet and Apostles. One awesome talk was Elder Bednar’s talk in the Priesthood session about the difference between being called to serve, and being assigned to labor. Remember, we are all called to labor in the Lord’s vineyard! So go out and be a light unto the nations through your example and the love you show to others by sharing what makes you happy!

Kevin, Alisha, Cam, and Kayla :’) (Made us steak and ribs for my last day)

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!


Elders Quorum in GRap

Elder Breinholt