Monday, March 23, 2015

The Apple has left the garden!

I repeat, the Apple has left the garden! I have returned to the wonderful world of windows!... almost. Our mission exchanged our old iPads for new ones this week, but since I'm in my last transfer they didn't give me another, so I am back to e-mailing on a PC like the good old days of Sagamihara and Kunitachi! It's not quite a full return from the dark side of operating systems, more like halfway, because our church has an extremely old computer running an outdated version of Linux, which is what I'm using to write this, but it's still much easier!

Heyo you peoples of Idumae! Whazzup?

We had to back-up all of our data on our old iPads, so my next Book of Brooksby chapter is currently in cyberspace somewhere. I'll send it when I get a hold of it!

Weekly Questions!

Do they dub or sub the General Conference? Are we going for the Saturday and Sunday in Fukawasa stake? Is that by the coast close to the Endochina place?
They actually Dub the conference here, but they always have a room showing English, so anyone who would rather hear that version is free to, and missionaries are recommended to do so unless they are attending with an investigator. Fujisawa would be the preferred place! I don't know exactly how far it is from Enoshima... Ima check really quick... Oh hey, it's only a 20 minute train ride, if I got my stations right!

Are there specific people I want to go back and see? Will I be able to get in touch with them if I don't have a mission phone?
There are a couple of people that I would enjoy seeing again, and most of them should be contactable through Facebook.

Do I have a transportation card with money on it for subways and trains? Can I reload a card like that?
It's called a "Suica" card, Suica meaning "Watermelon". Don't ask me why we get on trains using watermelons, I wouldn't know. We use them basically anytime we go anywhere.

How much money do I think we will use on Subways and Trains?
It depends on how much you want to travel! The 20 minute train ride from Shonan-dai to Katase-Enoshima is about 220 yen, or about 2$ one way, while on the other hand, the trip we took today to make it to Mt. Takao was about 550 yen, or around 5$, or 10$ round trip.

Something special I want to do on my Birthday?
Now what I would WANT to do and what I'll be ABLE to do may be two different things, mind you! But I think that there's a really cool park in Hodogaya called "Kodomo Shizen Koen" or "Children's Nature Park", and hopefully right around that time the Sakura trees will be in full bloom and there are a ton of really cool Sakura trees around there, not to mention that that park was where I got what I consider to be the most important revelation that I have ever received to this day, so I would love to visit again.

We had a combined mission conference with the North Mission this week before we switched out our iPads. It was Elder Nielsen and Evans that came and it was pretty cool. They definitely threw down that "hell-fire and damnation, repent ye sinners!" typa deal. It was intense. I don't think in my entire life I've ever been in a room with 400+ people that were 100% humble, to the point even of those who had previously thought "I've made it past that weakness, I've made it past that trial, my sins will come upon me no more." were made to think more along the lines of "Lord, is it I? What have I done, what must I change, how can I improve and once again become innocent, like unto a little child, and truly become like unto a child of God, as I once was?". A really awesome thing that was really emphasised was that iPads are not so much for the hastening of the work as they are for helping the missionaries learn to use technology properly, on their missions and beyond.

Random Story Time!
Elder Evans came to our ward for church! I believe Elder Nielsen went to the English branch with President Wada, but Elder Evans speaks Japanese and had been the mission president for some of the members in our ward while they were serving in Nagoya, so he came here. It was pretty fun, and he made sure to talk with each missionary individually. He asked me why I wear gloves and, because there are many reasons, I gave him one of the simple answers; "I get cold.". He kinda laughed and said "Well, that would make sense, now wouldn't it! My wife has the same thing; she's always freezing in these old church buildings of ours!" and he was a supa' chill guy.

This week on splits Elder Christensen and I ran into a family of bible-bashers! It was... fun? It kinda bums me out to see people being mislead by the Devil in the name of Christ, and it also bums me out when they don't really give us a chance to respond. There was only one moment that we both wish we would have interrupted her at, one we both felt very strongly about, and that was when she said "You guys aren't even Christians!". I wanted so badly to correct just that one thing. She could believe anything else she wanted about us, but that is the one falsehood that I wish with all my heart that I had had chance to correct. Ah well, there's always next time, right?

We were chillin' in district meeting and Elder Johnson was explaining about their investigator and how he believes in "The God-blob", and we all kinda laughed and Elder Gonzales, a bit lost, asked "You mean the Trinity?" and Elder Johnson said "Yeah, I just couldn't remember the word for it and it seemed like an accurate description...". Missionary conversation is supa' weird.

That's about it! TTYAL!

Younger Elder Brooksby

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If you don't stop being a missionary when you die...

"Why not be a good one?" A cool quote from Elder Ballard, who visited
Tokyo and spoke at a combined North and South mission conference this

Hello, how are you?

I'm fine, thank you! And you? Fun week, and more ahead!

Weekly Questions!

Would I like to work retail? Like at a mall like my little sister?
That would be pretty chill. I really just wanna get started working as
soon as possible.

What kind of shape are my suitcases in? Do they roll without problems?
I only have one of my original three left, and that's the one that
exploded, but luckily I was able to repair it rather well, so it's
still in good condition. The one other bag I have came from a Samoan
missionary in the MTC, and it's more like a duffel bag with wheels,
and not very stable ones at that! But I can still stick everything I
own in those two bags, so it works out fine.

Do I have a lot of stuff to pack and bring home? Are my cases going to
be really full?
Mmm... That's actually a good question.... If I were to get rid of all
of the stuff I don't need and pack well, I could potentially have
quite a bit of room. As my stuff is now, my bags would be pretty
packed if I were to load them up.

Is there something I want to buy and bring back home? If so how, big is it?
Mmm, not that I can think of, actually! I'd love to bring some friends
home, but that's prolly illegal and I'm not sure they would appreciate
the plane ride inside my bag...

What are you not asking that I want to tell you?
I love you! I dunno what you would ask to get that answer, though...

Any last wishes?
Be good to each other, and PARTY ON, DUDES!

We had another lesson with Yusuke this week and finally helped him to
pray out loud! Yey! Now to help him receive baptism!

~~~~~~~~~~Transfer Update!~~~~~~~~~~
1. Sister Feist goes home and Sister Eyring is training a new missionary!
2. Elder Ikeda transfers to Sagamihara!
3. Elder Van Vleet stays and his new companion is Elder Masaki
4. Elder Maurer transfers to Kanagawa to be zone leader
5. Elder Cook stays and his new companion is Elder Someone
6. Elder Taylor transfers to Yamate to be companions with Elder Strain
7. Younger Elder Brooksby stays and becomes companions with Elder Gonzales
8. Kawasaki A & C switch apartments, so my companionship will be a
two-man apartment and it will be Elder Cook and Elder Van Vleet's
companionships together in the other apartment

We were originally going to stay in the same apartments, but then
President had one of his "Transfer Call #2" moments this morning and
switched our apartments, which upset Elder Van Vleet quite a bit. I'll
take that as a compliment, haha

Random Story Time!
We visited a member's house to eat and share a message, and it was
pretty fun! They made a ton of good food and shtufts, and they even
served fruit punch! Fortunately I saw that it had pineapples in it,
and since I am allergic to pineapples it generally better that I don't
eat it, ne? But unfortunately I just thought "Oh hey, it's prolly
alright if I just dodge the pineapple and drink the other shtufts,
right?", which normally works, but when I took a sip or two I noticed
that old familiar tingling in the back of my mouth. I turned to the
sister next to me and asked "What kind of liquid is in this, besides
Calpis(They had mentioned that one)?", and she turned back to me and
said "Oh, just some kinda fruit juice, I think. Something like mango
and pineapple?" And thus I was sick for the rest of the day. Wahoo!
Those of you with allergies, check ALL of the ingredients, not just
the visible ones!

We had a fun music activity that was fun. Yey.

That's about it!

Younger Elder Brooksby

Monday, February 16, 2015

Melted Cookies!

I didn't make them, but I didn't help either! We tried to make cookies
and they died. We made no-bake cookies later and they were awesome, so
we determined that it was the Japanese oven's fault.

Heyo heyo heyo!

Times are rollin' beast! Gotta love life, ne?

Weekly Questions!

How's it going this week? How is life in the mission?
It's going awesome! I haven't died yet, ne? Just something to add to
the awesomeness! We have been working on some problems this transfer
and they are taking more out of me than I would like, but day by day,
step by step we're getting closer to where we need to be!

What hobbies have I picked up on my mission?
I play Sudoku when we're just chilling at the apartment during meals
or after nightly planning, or sometimes I organize something, but
those are both things I kinda did before my mission as well... just
not as frequently, I guess!

What way does the Spirit talk to me the most since I have been out?
Through logic. One of the biggest parts of my testimony of the Book of
Mormon comes purely from the fact that I've never come across flawed
or contradicting information in it in all of the times I've read it.

Which are my favorite rides, Rollercoasters or spinning rides?
I prefer roller coasters, I think. You can ride a roller coaster and
still walk, most of the time anyways, and therefore can ride other
rides and shtufts without all the recovery time.

What is my favorite american food?
Mmm... I would love to eat an American hamburger right now, actually!
Like a big, juicy, grill-cooked hamburger... that would be heaven
right now!

Has my handwriting improved since serving a mission?
Yupp! I didn't want to lose the advantages of messy handwriting, like
when nobody but yourself can read your notes, so I learned to write in
good handwriting, casual-but-readable handwriting, and the messy one
that closely resembles grafitti.

What advice would I give to someone who is planning on going on a
mission in 6 months?
Do it bro. Don't drink the orange juice.

What is the first movie I want to see after my mission is done?
Whatever's on, I guess? I'm sure I'll get around to all the movies and
shtufts I've missed eventually, so I won't worry about it.

My companion pointed out to me this week that I'll be in Japan with my
family for General Conference! I'll get to see all my friends again!
At least, I'll see some I'm not planning on hanging out with, ne? BTW,
if anybody in Japan that wants to hang with us somehow gets this
message, send my mom a message on FB and plan it out, 'cuz I have no
idea what's going down haha. Speaking of, I found out that my MTC
companion, Elder Peters, is also hanging around Japan for like, a week
or so, and he never told me! Dangit, bro! Ima have to track him down
as well, ne?

Random Story Time!
Normally when missionaries go in and do our every-other-transfer
interviews with president, they get supa' nervous because some intense
shtufts goes down sometimes. This last week we had interviews and I
came out and told the other elders "I feel like my interviews with
president get shorter and shorter every time, and every time all we do
is just reminisce about old times.". It's quite true, and it's always
a good time! Elder Van Vleet said he wished his interviews were like
that. I guess that's the advantage of growing old with your mission
president, ne?

This p-day we walked about 10 kilometers to get to the extreme edge of
our area, also the edge of Japan next to the ocean! Elder Taylor has
wanted to walk out to the industrial section of our area for a while,
and it was pretty intense, actually. They had really big factories and
trucks and pipes and towers shooting bursts of flame into the sky. We
took a picture of two, then hopped on a bus and rode back. It too
longer that we hoped it would, hence me typing this after planning and
all of you receiving it the day after p-day, but it was fun

Love you all!
Younger Elder Brooksby


It only has to be as perfect as you are!

Something I told some missionaries as we were cutting out paper hearts for our valentines party at English Class.

Heyo heyo heyo! Younger Elder Brooksby here, lovin' everybody!

We went to Enoshima today! Sadly, I didn't get Elder Taylor attacked by sea hawks this time. Too bad, ne? Well, there's always next companion!

Weekly Questions!

So how is your favorite Missionary doing?
Assuming that's me, pretty good, I think!

Is it starting to warm up at all here?
Maybe a little bit? I didn't think about it until today, so if it has been getting warmer it's not quite noticeable yet!

So am I interested in seeing a show while we are in Korea?
See a show? What kinda show? I guess it'd be fun? I call an NEI!

Do I like to ride bikes?
I generally prefer to walk. You pass too many people on bikes, and often your only focus is to get to your destination.

What would be the worst thing to mistake while in Japan?
I would not recommend getting on the wrong train in a big station like Shibuya. That'll get you lost for hours!

Does the Spirit direct us to which subway or bus or any form of transpiration to get us where we need to go?
Well, the spirit generally speaks to me through logic, or will point shtufts out to me, and that's how I normally travel, so I guess the answer is yes? It's not like I have a voice that yells at me "Get on that train!" or anything like that.

What advice do I have for someone getting ready to put papers in for a mission?
Do it bro. Don't drink the orange juice. I've decided that that will be my advice when anyone asks me for shtufts like that, but other advice I would give would be to spend some time living away from home, if it's early enough, and after you get your call, spend some time learning about the culture, if you're unfamiliar with it, and if you are familiar with it, spend some time on things specific to that culture that you won't be able to do as a missionary.
Before I came to Japan I had seen some anime and shtufts, so I had a fairly clear idea of what the culture was like before I came, but it would've helped as well to listen to some modern Japanese music or learn some shtufts about their government or something.

What is my favorite holiday (besides Christmas) and why?
Mmm... asking me right now, it would prolly be Valentine's Day, because I transferred to Hodogaya the day before Valentine's Day last year, so that day was my first full day in my favorite area.

I know it is late but... Will I be your Valentine?
I think Ima need a legal contract including all the details of becoming said "Valentine" before I accept your offer!

We walked to the all of the most extreme sides of our area(Yomiyuri Land, which is a theme park, the industrial section of the bay of Tokyo and kodomo no kuni, or land of the children, although when we arrived it was dark and we couldn't really tell exactly what it was) this week! In total we walked 96.6 kilometers from Monday to Sunday, and another 7.3 if you include today! That's over 60 miles!

Random Story Time!
Wow... Fun bit of drama that makes my random story this week, along with the story I was already planning! I'm writing this on the train on the way home from Enoshima, and across the aisle from us is this high-school couple that look like their on their way back from a date or something, and they're being all cutesy and holding hands and the girl is all resting her head on the guy's shoulder, all the classic couple shtufts that is supa' embarrassing but everybody loves anyways, until we pull into the station. Then, all of a sudden, the guy sits up, says something to the equivalent of "Oh crap oh crap oh crap!" and gets all anxious and nervous, with the girl asking him over and over what's wrong, and all he does is lean forward and rock back and forth until the train stops completely and the doors open. Then after a couple of seconds another guy with the same uniform runs up along the train to the door that was nearest them and steps onto the train. They all stare at each other for a couple seconds, then the second guy, kinda breathing heavily from running basically the entire length of the train, says something to the effect of "Wow, you've been working hard, huh?" and the couple guy says back "You know it. What are you doing here anyways?" and the girl is all silently freaking out and Elder Taylor and I are just kinda sitting there watching this epically tense scene going down and just kinda laughing, then the other guy just says "My gosh this is so awkward. We'll talk later." and ducks outa the train.
From what I could catch from what the guy and his girlfriend were talking about afterwards after they had a bit of a breakdown moment, I guess that they were students in the same class at school and that guy liked the girl he was with, who was not only his girlfriend, but was actually his girlfriend-as-of-a-couple-of-hours-ago girlfriend. That was like, a scene from a movie or something.

Random Story #2!
We aren't allowed to start conversations on the street of in trains or basically anywhere with people of the opposite sex in our mission because of it being Japan, but sometimes you're on a train and you can tell that someone wants to talk to you extremely badly, but is just too nervous to do so, and that's way annoying 'cuz you can't do anything about it but hope they muster the courage to say something. I finally did this new tactic this week while we were on splits that I've always wanted to try. There was a girl across from us that I could tell could speak English that really wanted to talk, so I started explaining to Elder Cook in English that I would love it if we had some kind of tag underneath our missionary name-tags that explained that we can't talk to girls unless they talk to us first and things like that. It actually worked, kinda! She asked just before we stopped where we were going and where we would change trains, and we all got off at that stop, but then she got nervous as she got off and said "I used to live in New York!" and ran off. It worked, but it just has to be the right timing, I guess... either way, I won't likely do it again; it was kinda freaky, actually.

That's all for this week! Thanks for reading!

Love you. I friggin' love you. I love that I can tell you that with the electronic messages that I love so much.
Younger Elder Brooksby

Monday, February 2, 2015

273 Meters in 40 Seconds.

Japan's fastest elevator is in Landmark Tower and it moves at the rate of 750 meters per minute. I don't know what that is in mph. It's very pretty up there, an excellent place to propose to someone or something of the sort!


We taught Yusuke again this week and I can see that he's actually changed quite a bit. He used to only be interested in learning about religion, but now I think he's honestly searching for truth, and it's way cool to see!

Weekly Questions!

How is the weather?
It's pretty cold recently, but we're surviving! Too bad hot chocolate is supa' expensive in Japan, ne?

How are you feeling?
I'm feeling alright. I think I'm getting a bit sick, (Shhh... Don't tell my companion!) but other than that I'm doing sweet!

Excited to get home this year?
Mah, life is life. It goes. Something I told Elder Taylor this week, "I want to be where I am, unless I'm going somewhere else." Or one from Elder Maurer, "I get tired at 10:30".

What are your plans for home life?
My plan is to have no plans, just to go with the flow. I have some form of bucket list somewhere amidst all of my notebooks and things, but that'll come out when I get back.

Any cool spiritual ideas to talk about?
Umm... The spirit is cool? I'd have to think about that one...

Do you remember what it's like to have a mother?
What do you mean, "Do I remember"? I still have one, don't I? Maybe I haven't had the chance recently to clean her bathroom and rock out to "Supermassive Black-Hole" with her, but she's still my mom, ne?

What is your favorite amusement park ride?
Mmm... I dunno, actually! I guess it would depend on the park and who I was with. Like, if I'm with a short and very attractive girl I prolly wouldn't be going to the Buzz Lightyear shooting game in Disneyland, would I? And likewise, I wouldn't plan to take a 3 year old kid on Screamin' either, right?

Who is a spiritual giant you admire?
I admire Jesus.

Which General Authority speaks to you?  From which one do you always hear talks that I enjoy?
I really enjoy quite a few of them, actually. It depends on what message I need to hear at the time, I think.

When was the last time you felt the Spirit?
Just now as I was thinking about someone we saw on the street, when I took a second to remember who they really are.

What is a challenge you have overcome?
I overcame pride. I feel like that's a bit ironic to say, but I have destroyed every little bit of pride in my achievements and have replaced it with pride in my God. I don't think pride was ever a big problem for me, but throughout my mission I've had the chance to improve it, and I've seen how much awesomeness comes from every effort to improve.

If you were a candy, which one would you be?
I would say Twizzlers, but I don't think so... Maybe Gushers, 'cuz they look pretty straightforward, though varying in color at the same time, and when you least expect it, BANG! a whole burst of flavor you hadn't ever thought could be contained in such simplicity.

Kinda a fun thought of mine recently:
Apathy is the epitome of destruction, not because it rearranges or disorganizes things that have been created, but because it nullifies them, makes them lose meaning, causes that which is affected lose the desire to be active, be good, or to become anything at all. The opposite to apathy is imagination. Imagination is the epitome of creation, one that motivates to see, learn, hear and do more. Imagination increases desires, inspires, and looks higher, beyond what you know to what you can know, beyond what you do to what you can do, beyond what you are to what you can become.

Random Story Time!
On Sunday we went like normal to our morning correlation meeting, talked about some shtufts, partied hardcore, then randomly at the end our ward mission leader walks up to us and asks us if we could teach the Gospel Principles class 'cuz they didn't quite plan as well as they intended to. I mean, what's the problem with teaching a class of 9 people for an hour with only 45 minutes to prepare, right? So during priesthood we prepare an awesome lesson on the lesson of the day, "Family Responsibilities", when, as we get up to teach, one of the sisters calls out "Excuse me, but would you mind changing your lesson to prayer? One of the sisters is praying in sacrament meeting for the first time today, and I'm sure she would really appreciate it!"
And so we taught a lesson hour lesson on prayer with literally no preparation. It was actually pretty good! I would love prep time next time, but times like that make you more aware of your abilities.

We had FHE at President Wada's house, splits with our district and zone leaders and a dinner with a couple from New Zealand. It was an entertaining week!

That's about it! Loves!
Younger Elder Brooksby

Monday, January 26, 2015

Rocky has 157 denim jackets.

One of them valued at around 4,000$. He likes his jackets.

Hey, whazzup people?

What do you guys think of naming your kid Nyx? The other elders found
a guy named Mix, but I misheard when I first head it and heard Nyx.
It'd be interesting, for sure!

Weekly Questions!

How is it going?
It's going awesomely!

What have I found is the Lords most effective way to teach you?
Well, honestly it's when I'm supposed to be focused on something that
I get the most random and unrelated bits of inspiration. For example,
on Sunday while our ward mission leader was giving a talk about
missionary work, I was busy writing the revelation I'd received about
gaining knowledge and not upsetting my future wife. Both good bits of
revelation, but not particularly related to what I was doing at the

When is my most favorite time of day?
Mmm.... I dunno, all of it? Recently I've been waking up at 2:00AM for
no reason, so I just lay there and think about life. I actually wake
up more rested than normal when that happens.

How do I think I learn the best?
I learn the best when I can just sit and listen, but also have freedom
to think outside of the conversation.

What would I like to study or just learn about?
Everything! I want to learn everything! As far as what's first, I
dunno yet. Whatever comes along first, I guess!

How is the new companion?  Where is he from?  Does he think I am a good guy?
He's pretty cool. He doesn't talk much, but I know where he's coming
from, ne? He's from places. Utah, mostly, I think, but his family also
lived on military bases in Alaska and Vegas. I dunno, prolly? It took
him over an hour to come up with a weakness for me in our last
companionship inventory, so either he doesn't pay much attention or I
don't bug him too much, but whatever works right?

There was a problem happening in the area and I finally helped solve
it! It's nice to not worry about it anymore.

Random Story Time!
We have been having problems with our dryer, because it was really
loud and made tons of humidity, enough that the walls were in danger
of growing mold, so Elder Taylor and I took some time to rearrange the
furniture. In the process we took the laundry room door off its hinges
and set it in front of the front door, and we "forgot" it was there,
so when the other elders got back for dinner they were quite
surprised! It was a good time.

We were sitting in a ramen shop eating ramen when "Tomorrow" from
Annie starts playing on the radio, only it was a Japanese pop version!
It was supa' weird! You guys should look it up!

Younger Elder Brooksby

Monday, January 19, 2015

No lost sheep? Well...

Elder Taylor and I ended up waiting on the wrong platforms during
transfers because the zone leaders never told either of us where to
meet and wouldn't answer their phone. Wahoo, we made it alive!

Heyo peoples!

Transfers have been mostly successful and Elder Wallace is now in the
depths of Kofu, the jungle area, and he has been replaced with Elder
Taylor, who is way chill. It seems that Kawasaki has a massive "chill
magnet" hidden somewhere in their church...

Weekly Questions!

How are things with me?
Things are supa' sweet!

How is the work going in Japan?
Faster than ever, and that's the honest truth!

Have my Facebook posts had a theme lately?

How do I decide what to post?
I look through my pictures, find a reference to match it, all the
while thinking of people who will prolly see it, then I post it!

Are there people that I have contacted in Japan using FB?
Mmm.... I am honestly one of the missionaries that uses it the least,
as far as contacting investigators or when finding. I'm not really
sure why... I guess I just prefer a phone number!

If I could summarize each area of my mission with one word for each,
what would they be?
Mmm... well, other than using their actual names as the one word,
Sagamihara would be "Foundational", Kunitachi is "Inspiring",
Kichijoji is "Bustling", Hodogaya is "Home", Kanagawa is "Friendly"
and Kawasaki is "Chill".

What is the Legacy I would want to leave the people in Japan?
Mah, I wouldn't mind if they all(minus short people, family and best
friends!) forgot about me, as long as they were happier because of
what I did.

Can I finish my mission without any regrets?
I stood every time I fell. There is no room left for regrets with all
that success.

How do I feel about the fact that time is getting short?
Life goes on. Seasons change. We may not wish for the cold of winter,
but it will come regardless, and if we spend our time wishing and
wanting, we will never be prepared for the first snow. We may long for
the rain of spring, the warmth of summer, the colors of autumn, but if
we do not live through the winter, we won't live much at all.

Do I need you to do anything for me?
Just keep on improving. That's all God asks, and that's all I ask.

What challenges did I face this week? How did I feel? How did I respond?
Well, I can't actually think of any! I dunno if that means I'm not
doing something right, or if it's just that I don't see trials as
trials anymore, but I can't think of anything difficult that I've had
to deal with this week.

Do I know how much everyone loves and prays for me?
I can feel it. I don't know exactly how many people are praying, but I
can feel every one!

Lots of questions! Gotta love the questions!

Random Story Time!
e had to watch as the ward council threw bishop under the bus! There
is a member who is taking some liberties with their calling, and
president has asked us to work on it with the ward council, but they
are all afraid of that member, so they called the bishop out to do it.
It's gonna be an interesting week!

Did you know that you can be whoever you want with anyone you choose?
You just have to give the correct information when talking about
For example, I can throw out that I used to play video games all the
time, I didn't hang out with friends a ton, I watched anime and I
listened to music like "Owl City".
Then again, I could say that I love metal and heavy rock, my favorite
bands including "Five Finger Death Punch" and "Disturbed", I had way
long hair and I wanted to dye it black and red, I wore fingerless
gloves and all black clothes and it was a hobby of mine to bug
teachers, ditch class and make people nervous.
And yet again, I worked on both sets for movies and plays, I've always
enjoyed acting, I took ballroom dancing classes, I love set design and
I want to run a company of professional storytellers.
And just as the last example, I have gone to church since the day I
was born, I planned to serve a mission from when I was young, I loved
to share the gospel to anyone, whether it be over video games, social
media, in person or otherwise, my favorite classes in school always
included seminary and I love to serve people, especially when I can do
it anonymously.

You can be who you wanna be and do what you wanna do. You know it and
believe it, and now it's time to live it!

Peaches of pie!
Younger Elder Brooksby