Monday, January 25, 2016


Time sure flies. It´s really weird to be writing again. I honestly feel like I just wrote the last one. This week has been totally packed. It flew.

So on Monday, I had a great find. Not a golden investigator who wants to get baptized right away. Not a stash of cash that someone had left in our pensh. I found something I had totally taken for granted, and even disliked: Soymilk. I have not tasted milk in 6 months. I had really started to crave it. I had looked for it for my first few months here, but, after a few months with no luck, I gave up hope. But, on monday, we went to a Supermarket, one that we go to almost every single week, and passed the juice section, and I saw something I had never seen before, a blue carton. I looked up, and thought it would be just a new flavor of juice, but, IT WAS SOYMILK! 😅 So I can eat cereal now and get some variety in my breakfast, besides just straight eggs every day. There is still hope for Casilda.

Later that day, after P-Day ended, we felt like we had to go visit a friend of the Branch Pres, Juan. But, we couldn´t remember where exactly he lives. So, we went to President´s land that is a few blocks from where his friend lives to ask. When we got to his land where he´s building a house, lo and behold, we saw his friend laying bricks. It was pretty sweet. We were able to set up a lesson with him for the next day and have a nice chat with him and do a bit of service. Then we went to visit a less active family and set up an appointment for saturday.

Tuesday, we met with Juan. He is so prepared. He gave up smoking already, prays night and morning, and reads the book of mormon. He says he can feel something empty in his heart and feels that we have what he is looking for. And he´s already friends with all the members in the Unit. So he is totally set.

Also on Tuesday, the Zone Leaders told us everyone need 2 fans in their pensh, and  that it is reembursable (I have no clue if that´s spelled write). So we went to buy a fan. I brought my Chase Bank card, and didn´t think there would be any problem at all. Boy was I wrong. We blew through the entire staff at that store. Every single employee tried without success to use that card. Literally took 2 1/2 hours before I just said "I´ll just take it to the bank and take out some money." I waited to do so for a while cuz the banks here charge like 6 bucks to take out money. So that was a last resort. I guess 6 bucks is worth not waiting literally all day though.

Wednesday we had our Gira Misional. I have no clue what that means in English. Something like Mission orientation or direction or something along those lines. It was a big meeting with half the zones and a member of the 70. It was great. Then we watched a broadcast for all the missionaries and learned some good stuff. Saw my MTC comp and another elder from my MTC district, so that was pretty sweet.

Thursday, we contacted a referral we had recieved and set up an appt with them. Walked a ton and all of our plans fell through. So walked a lot and contacted a lot.

Friday had a Daniel in the lions den experience. We were walking down this dirt road, and some young teenage kids spooked some horses into charging straight at us. However, literally 4 or 5 feet in front of us. They just stopped running and began calmly walking. And we could just walk peacefully among the horses. The kids jaws totally dropped. It wasn´t as cool as pacifying lions would be, but, it was still pretty sweet.

We talked with another Juan who is also totally ready to go. It was great.

On Saturday we taught a bomb lesson to the less active family we had visited earlier in the week. We read Alma 34 with them (cuz Pres. Zanni told us we should), and we felt an amazing spirit of humility and of repentance. My testimony of the Savior had been growing a ton throughout the week of the Atonement and the freeing power that it has. So Elder Walker (who already has a powerful testimony of the Atonement, even though he still doesn´t speak spanish that fluently) and I were able to bear our testimonies and hopefully we instilled the sincere desire to repent and come to Christ again.

Pres Cabrera´s friend and his girlfriend came to church! :D It was so awesome to finally have investigators in church again! It has been toooo long. It was sweet.

This week has been really tough, but it has taught me a ton about what Jesus did, and is still doing. I am so grateful for his sacrifice and what he did for me. My testimony of him and the Atonement grows so much all the time. I truly love hime and his Atonement, and hope all of you can appreciate and love him too. If you are feeling the weight of sin, and want out, but don´t know how, read Alma 34. It is so powerful. Then repent. Repenting is honestly the awesome-ist thing there is. It always leaves us feeling so fresh and so nice. Don´t be scared to do it. JUST DO IT. You won´t regret it. You will feel so great! In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Brown

Alma 34

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