Tuesday, November 29, 2016


So for a few weeks, we had been without solid investigators. We pretty much spent all our time contacting. On Thursday, we did splits with our Zone Leaders, and the elder that I was with taught me a lot. We started aplying what we had learned, and found a lot of really good potential investigators. One of which is proving to be really fruitful.
Victoria Sosa (20ish) and Griselda Ramírez (56). We contacted Griselda on Saturday, and went by her house on Monday, yesterday afternoon. She has had a really tough life. Lost her husband. Both parents. A few of her kids. A few aunts and uncles. All of which she cared for in their last moments of life. She currently lives with two grandkids and a son and a great-grandson. One of these grandkids is Victoria (her grandson went into his room when we showed up, so I don´t know his name). So, we struck up a conversation with both of them. We were about to start the lesson, when we heard someone clapping out front, and Victoria said "Oh! I sure hope that´s Florencia(19)! We are planning on taking our babies to the park today!" (they both have baby boys that are one month apart) She threw open the door, and I thought it would be some random girl named Florencia, but, to my surprise and grand excitement, it was a less-active member with whom we have been working for a few months.
We started the lesson with Florencia, and she proved to be a great ally and a HUGE help. Towards the end of the lesson, I thought about inviting them to be baptized, but felt scared because Griselda didn´t seem really interested in changing religion. But, I decided to invite them anyways. And Victoria said "Yes. I went to a Jehova´s Witness church before, but, something about it just didn´t feel right. Florencia and I are gonna go to your church this week, and, if I like it, then yes, I´ll get baptized." She is probably the most solid investigator that has accepted a date in this area. And she already has friends that are members, and Florencia was able to be a tool to help us, and hopefully this inspires her to start doing the right things again and making some good choices to be and example for her friend, Victoria. She has a date for the 7th of January.
I am loving this area. I hope I will still be here in this area for her baptism. The work here is really picking up!!
Elder Brown
Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of a good acourage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the bLord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not cfail thee, nor dforsake thee.

One More Door

Saturday July 30th was tough day. Elder Sousa and I taught probably the two best lessons I have ever taught in my entire mission. SUPER strong spirit in both lessons, and yet, both people straight up rejected the message of the Restoration. The rest of the day was spent contacting, with ZERO success. We got the worst rejections that day than any other day of my mission. At 8:50, we were about 10 minutes from the pensh, and started heading home. At 8:55 more or less, we saw a family in the street, and I thought "I should contact them." Then I thought "No, but we´ll get home late, and they probably won´t be interested anyways. They´re probably Roman Catholic and don´t want anything." I felt then really strongly that I should contact them, and I thought, "Why not? I´ll give it a shot." I gave it a shot, and the dad, named Sebastian, said he would go to church the next day. He showed up with half an hour left in the last hour of church. We found out that he lived in another area, and sent his address to our Zone Leader to send it to the corresponding Zone Leader or area or wherever it had to go, and I forgot about Sebastian.

We had a District Conference (there is no Stake in Venado Tuerto) this weekend, and, on Saturday I met a ton of members from other Branches in the District. On Sunday morning, a short man came up to me and asked me if I remembered him. I recognized him, but, did not remember him, and figured it was a member a I had met on Saturday. He told me he had gone to that church building about a month and a half before, but currently goes to another branch. I then remembered this man and where I had met him. I had met him about a month and a half before, after a long and very dissappointing Saturday in July, and I had not seen him since he showed up late to the church services on Sunday July 31st. I was talking to Sebastian. He informed me that he had been talking to the missionaries for the last several weeks, gone to church a few times, and on Saturday, he will be getting baptized. I was speechless. I felt soooooooooooooo happy and joyful and glad and grateful and excited. He thanked me for talking to him that day and told me he had had some doubts that week about his church and my talking to him led him to the church that has all the answers. He kept thanking me and saying "Thanks to you, this all started. Thank you so much." I am so grateful to have been a part of this man´s conversion process. On Saturday, the 17th of September, he got baptized. In October, his daughter got baptized. And Saturday the 12th of November, his wife got baptized. My attitude towards street contacts has totally changed. I used to just think of them almost as a chore, now, I view them as a priviledge to help out my brothers and sisters. I testify that if we give it ALL we got, and then, a little more, that God will bless us with miracles. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Smooth Week

The pole vaulters of the Argentina Rosario Mission

Saying bye to Elder Cook

Elder Hill gained in 3 months what I gained in a year and 3 months haha


Lots of progress in this area. We are seeing a bunch of miracles.
We found a family of 5 on Monday. They seemed really promising. When we went back on Saturday, the told us that they had read what we had left in the Book of Mormon, but, had a lot of questions. So, we took the time to read with them and answer all their questions. We then taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson (faith, repentance, baptism, reception of the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end), and the spirit was super strong. We taught that lesson super well (with the help of the holy ghost, of course, it wasn´t just us, otherwise we would not have been able to teach that well). At the end, we extended them the invitation to get baptized. When we did, the wife grabbed the Book of Mormon, looked us in the eyes, and said. "I would say no to that." Then she and her husband proceeded to go off on tangents about how all religions are the same, that there is no "One correct religion", and the the JW´s, Catholic´s, and Evangelist´s are also the true church, adding "Even though the Evangelist´s are REALLY weird and have REALLY strange rituals, they too are a true church" (no offense intended to anyone who is Evangelist). Long story short, we had to drop them.
On Wednesday, we were walking to a less actives house during the siesta when everyone is sleeping, and I felt like we had to knock on a door of a house where very obviously either nobody was home or sleeping. We did anyways, and when no one came out after a few minutes, we continued on our way. We then ran into a lady to whom I had taught English in August who was just barely leaving her house to go to work. We talked for a few minutes, and she invited us to go back on Saturday.
On Saturday, we went back. We got there just as a friend of her´s was leaving. This friend upon seeing us, asked "Do you teach English classes here too?" (I didn´t translate what she said from Spanish to English, she asked us that in English). She apparently had taken English classes from some missionaries in Rosario and had recently moved here and wanted to keep taking the classes. She used to work in a Call Center for HP. I don´t know if any of you have heard of the man who called HP to ask how to fix the cup holder in his computer that had broken. One of her friends from work took that call. If you haven´t heard of that, look it up. Anyways, she asked us to teach her English classes and said she´ll bring some friends. So, next Saturday we are gonna teach English classes to someone who currently speaks more fluently than me haha.
Sorry for all the really short emails. I don´t know why I never seem to have time anymore.
Elder Brown
Joshua 1: 9

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the aLord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Transfers came in, and, Elder Brown stays in Venado Tuerto!! Elder Cook went to Rosario, and Elder Hill came and is my new comp. He is from Yreka, California. He´s my third comp from California. He went to BYU for a year before the mission and is pretty new out here, just recently finished his training. He ran cross country in high school and we agreed to run every day >.<  I don´t know what I was thinking when I agreed, I just know I gotta do more workouts, and he will certainly help with that.
We have a sweet investigator named Junior. He´s 9. He´s the brother in law of a less active family. He has a date to get baptized the 10th of December and is really excited, and we are too!!! He is really smart and learns fast and it sticks. He doesn´t just learn and forget.
Sunday we had and investigator in church!!! She said she loved it and wants to go back again!!
Sorry for the worst email in the world. The lady that owns this computer cafe wants to sleep the siesta and is telling us to leave.
Elder Brown
1 Nephi 3:7-8

 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I awill go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no bcommandments unto the children of men, save he shall cprepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
 And it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceedingly glad, for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Much better week

We had a sick zone conference on Tuesday. Pte. Zanni is a really inspired man. I feel really blessed to have such a great mission president.

This week we had some really great lessons.

On Tuesday, we were walking to visit a less active lady, and we heard "Hello missionaries!!" We looked, and it was an 87 year old lady who we take the sacrament to on Sunday´s. She called us over and invited us in for a little bit. We walked in, and not even two minutes later her less active grand-daughter showed up. We read some scriptures with her and she said "The scriptures just have a way of telling you exactly what you need in the perfect moment." It was a really great lesson. I loved it.

We had 6 less-active members in church today. It was awesome. Now, we just need their non-member family members to start following them to church.

Remember that 87 year-old lady? Her name is Ester Allende (we, of course, call her Hermana Allende). Hna. Allende has innumerable family members. She is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a great great grandmother. Over half of her family members are members, but all are less active. This Sunday was the first Sunday in a long time that the doctor said she could go to church, and she did. We were sitting on the same bench as her. As we were singing the sacrament hymn, her youngest sister showed up (for the first time since I´ve been in Venado Tuerto), snuck up behind Hna. Allende, and gave her a big hug. The look of suprise and joy and happiness on Hna. Allende´s face made my week. It was incredible. It reminded a little of the look on my grandparent´s face the times I have ran into them in the temple. It was really, really sweet and memorable to see those two aged women embrace in church.

Last night, we taught the Taberna family. They are some recent converts who have trouble understanding what the Book of Mormon teaches. Last night, we felt like we should read 3 Nephi 14 (one of the chapters when Jesus visits the America´s) and at the end, the dad said "That was the simplest chapter in the Book of Mormon! I understood it all!" Then he explained what he learned, and he really did understand it all. He almost recited the whole chapter after just reading through it once. It was amazing to see that.

I am really grateful for the chance I have to serve a mission. They say you mature 50 years in these two years (or 1 1/2 for the women). This past Monday, we were eating with some recent converts, and the father (who is 50 ish) said "When people get to my age, they start to realize all the stupid things they did as a kid, how bad they treated their moms and just how much their mother´s really helped and loved them. People my age start to apologize to their mother´s for how bad they treated them as teenagers and try to fix all those things they did wrong." I don´t think that there is a single missionary in the world that serves a mission and doesn´t write his mom some sort of apology letter during his time as a missionary, apologizing for how dumb he was as a teenager and telling her how much he loves her. The mission really has helped me out in lots of ways that I can´t describe. I 100% recommend it to anyone who has the chance.

Elder Brown

Doctrine and Covenants 16:6
 And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.