We were able to talk to Brianne on the phone on Christmas day. It was our 4:00 p.m. and her day after Christmas at 7:00 a.m. We only got cut off once! It was so wonderful to be able to talk to her. It was the best part of Christmas--and also talking to her brother Josh who is serving a mission in Kennewick Washington. Bri told us that she and her companion are able to stay in Allen, even though the power and water have not been restored since the typhoon. She did say she is getting tired of carrying water up 3 flights of stairs. She is loving her mission. She is really excited to come home at the end of January but at the same time really sad to be leaving the people she loves. We ended our phone call with a family prayer given by Brad. The spirit was super strong and I hope Bri felt it all the way to the Philippines.