Monday, May 22, 2017

Ward Like the States

The MTC Crew 


I forgot to tell you last week, but, my camera broke. My last comp accidently dropped it while taking a pic of me with some members from Alberdi. Oh well. All future pictures, for now, will come from my new comp, Elder Bird.

I totally forgot to tell you about my new comp. He is from Westfield Massachuttes. But, his family moved to Meridian Idaho, where my comp Elder Terrell is from. He´s 21. He´s a capo. Super down to earth. He´s a really great guy.

My new ward is HUGE. I feel like I´m in the States. 140 people from my ward attend church weekly, and about 50 more from a nearby branch also go to our church building because their´s got damaged in a flood.

We started teaching a family from Misiones, the province where the Iguazu Falls are at. They have had lots of problems with churches in the past, and are gonna love the LDS church when they go this Sunday. Their names are Leo, Laura, and Héctor. All three of them said that they´d get baptized if they feel like God tells them that the LDS church is true and that the Book of Mormon is true. Please pray for them.

I just love being a missionary.

Elder Brown

Alma 37:16-17

16 But if ye keep the commandments of God, and do with these things which are sacred according to that which the Lord doth command you, (for you must appeal unto the Lord for all things whatsoever ye must do with them) behold, no power of earth or hell can take them from you, for God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words.
17 For he will fulfil all his promises which he shall make unto you, for he has fulfilled his promises which he has made unto our fathers.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Mother's Day





Well, first off, happy mother´s day to all!

Second off, I had an emergency transfer. I am now in a city called San Nicolás. My area/ ward is Barrio Oeste. I am pretty excited about this area. It is known for having success. This`ll be really sweet.

My last companion, Elder Taylor, showed up to Rosario sick. He was in bed for the first week, got better, and got me sick. I was in bed for the second week haha. But, I was able to catch up on a lot of reading. I read a lot from Jesus the Christ. For those who have not yet read it, I REALLY recommend it (not as much as the Book of Mormon, but still).

More than that, I don´t have too much to report. I am now feeling well, don´t worry. Learning a lot and excited to work!!

Elder Brown

Ether 12:41

  41 And now, I would commend you to aseek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth brecord of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen.

Monday, May 8, 2017








This week was pretty great.

My companion was sick almost all week. So, we spent a lot of time planning and turning our pensh into what almost looks like an army general´s tent. We bought a dry erase marker and wrote on our windows what our plans are for this transfer. We hung a bunch of things up on our doors (we can´t on the walls because the paint comes off). It´s pretty sweet. Even though we´ve had to spend the majority of our time inside, the spirit has been really strong. I think it is because we both have been really giving it our all, even if we have been confined to an apartment for a week.

Sunday was sweet. I gained a testimony of what D&C 59:14 teaches, that "fasting" is really just "rejoicing." The first time I read that, I was dumbstuck. I couldn´t understand how starving yourself for 24 hours could possibly be considered "rejoicing." Well, I found out how. The way to do it, is not to "starve yourself." Of course, you shouldn´t eat, but, fasting is a lot more than just that. It is also trying to be happy and not focus on the things that you can´t have. It helped me to have a better attitude about everything and feel the spirit a little stronger.

Nothing much else happened this week. Like I said, my comp was sick and we had to spend a lot of time in the pensh. He´s feeling better though, and we´re gonna work "a full" this week!!

Elder Brown

Mosiah 18: 9-11

  9 Yea, and are awilling to mourn with those that bmourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as cwitnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the dfirst resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
  10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being abaptized in the bname of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a ccovenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
  11 And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts.
 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bautismos

An old cannon
BAPTISMS!
Me and Elder Taylor
This week was awesome.

This was the first time that I have had two baptisms in the same month, and even more, on the same day. Noelia´s parents and sister went, and they loved it, because we baptized as Jesus got baptized, by immersion. They agreed to have the missionaries visit their house. I hope they too get baptized. The following Sunday, Pablo committed himself to get baptized June 3rd. So, we will be working a lot with him.

Elder Doolin has been transferred to another city. It was a great last week together. He was a really good companion. I shall miss him a lot. I learned a lot with and from him.

My new companion is Elder Taylor. He´s from a little town close to Houston called Vidor. He´s not a steriotypical Texan that is full of himself and his state. He is a super humble missionary, and a SUPER hard worker. He´s also pretty fun. We get along really well. In his words "I haven´t gotten along so well with a companion in so little time." He looks JUST LIKE my cousin Tyton Larsen. This transfer is gonna be a blast. Lot´s of fun, and LOT´S of work!

Elder Brown

Mosiah 13:14
14 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Work Continues for Noellia and Ivan

Elder Adrian, a good friend from Venado Tuerto
Our district

Noelia and Ivan Mir had their baptismal interview´s Saturday, and passed with flying colors!! Noelia is one of the most prepared people that I have taught. Some prepared people accept everything we say without question, and others accept it and apply what we teach in their lives. Noelia accepts what we teach, and does it. She lives what she learns. In the words of our ward members, she is a "dry Mormon," which means she already lives a Mormon life, she just lacks baptism.

Pablo, Noelia´s husband and Ivan´s father, told us last night that he wants to get baptized too!! He has been our main concern with the Mir family. He knows he will have to stop smoking and make a bunch of changes in his life, but, he is willing to make these changes. He said he doesn´t want to do it for his wife nor for his son, but rather, because he feels that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. All his ideas of Christianity are found in the LDS church. It was amazing!

Normally, I don´t like to share that I am a leader in the mission, but, I feel like I should share an experience I had this week.

There are six missionaries in our district. Two are zone leaders. Two are sister training leaders. One is a district leader, and the other is the district leader´s junior comp. The missionary who is the district leader is the missionary with the least amount of time out of the 6 of us. He has been in the mission field for 8 or 9 months. His comp has been out for 15 months. The sister training leader´s have been out for 16 and 11 months. I´ve been out for 20, and my comp´s been out for 16. Our poor district leader feel´s, obviously, tons and tons of stress. I´m sure he feels really insecure. He, with such little experience, has to be a leader of missionaries, who are leaders, with lots of experience. His and his comp´s situation is almost exactly what I had in Venado Tuerto. My comp was pretty new and was a district leader of 5 other missionaries with more experience than he, my comp was even from the same place as our current district leader.

On Saturday, when they came to our area so that the district leader could interview Ivan and Noelia, I felt like I needed to speak with his companion, whom I will call Elder Black, and I will call his comp Elder Silva. I started by asking "How are things going with you and Elder Silva?" He told me that things were going good, but, that the stress seemed to have really gotten to Elder Silva, and that they were getting along really well. I told him about my time in Venado Tuerto, and how I was able to win the trust, confidence, and love of my companion. The spirit was really strong. At the end, he gave me a huge hug and said "This was the answer to my prayers. Thank you." I guess what I am going at with this, is that I learned that the experiences we have in this life aren´t just for us. Gods gives us these experiences for us to share with us, and wants us to record our experiences, especially our spiritual ones. I noticed after the little chat we had, that I had not recorded in my journal what I had done to win the confidence of my companion. So, I will do that today, so that in some future day, I can help someone else too with my experiences.

Love you all!!

Elder Brown

Doctrine and Covenants 121:7-9
And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?
Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.




Monday, April 17, 2017

A Full

"A full" (pronounced, "a fool") is a local saying that basically means "super busy," which is what we have been this last week.

We had our Church Open House this week. It was sweet. We learned a lot. I think that the biggest thing that we learned was how to teach someone who doesn´t want to be taught. A man who believes anything he reads in a book went, and everytime someone taught something, he said "But I read in (name your favorite book) that it isn´t like that." And then proceeded to give a speech. All of us missionaries tried to treat him with respect and understanding. There was one sister (not a sister missionary, a normal member) from the ward who didn´t though. She said "Sir, stop focusing so much on worldly things. Don´t look so much for physical proof. What you need to do is get a testimony of spiritual things. Do you have faith?" "No," he said. "To tell the truth, no, I don´t." "Well then, get on your knees, pray, and ask God if the things we have told you today are true." And he looked at her for a second, then said "Finally!! Someone who know´s how to talk!" He gave her a kiss on the cheek (the way men greet women here), congratulated her for saying what she said, and left. I learned then and there that I have to be more direct and bold with my teachings.

We finally got to talk to the Mir family again! They were going through some problems and told their member friends that they did not want to talk with us any more. These members did not say anything to us. We ran into them in the street Monday night. Noelia (the mother) looked kind of apprehensive at first. After talking a bit, she opened up and invited us to go to their house Tuesday for Ivan´s (the 9 year-old son) birthday party. We went for 30 min, met some of their family members, taught them, and Noelia´s mom asked "And when are you going to go to my house to teach?" Sadly, she lives in another area. The Elder´s over there will be very happy with this referral. The whole family (except Pablo, the father, who was working) when to the Church Open House, and got excited again about being baptized and are still wanting to be baptized the 29th of this month. It was a huge miracle. We now need to focus on Pablo and get him wanting to be baptized too.

I don´t remember if I mentioned this before or not, but our Ward Mission Leader is from Utah. His wife is from here. He met his wife when visiting some family members here in Rosario. Anyways, when we go to his house or speak with him on the phone, we always talk to him in English (for him, were it for us, we would keep talking in Spanish), and apparently, my English is terrible haha. Every time I say things in English, everyone looks at me weird and my comp makes fun of me haha. I can now say that my Spanish is better than my English :).

Elder Brown

3 Nephi 27:20
  20 Now this is the commandment: aRepent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be bbaptized in my name, that ye may be csanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand dspotless before me at the last day.

Crossing the river is the Santa Fe mission. That river is in my area

Birthday cookies :)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Rainy Season

Last year, it rained every single day from March 31st to April 21st. This year, I thought we would luck out a bit, cuz it didn´t rain for the first few days of April. Well, that was just the first the first few days. The rain has begun.

This week flew by. We finally started finding new investigators. We have broken the curse. In this last week, we were able to find 10 solid new investigators. Unfortunately, when it rains, everyone here sleeps in super late. It doesn´t matter what the occasion is, nobody does anything. So, we didn´t have any investigators in church, yesterday, but, we have made a plan to get people to go rain or shine. We shall see how well it works.

I think the biggest thing I am learning from this area is how to be truly humble. My main referrence for humility has always been Mosiah 4 :11, in which it is stated "would that ye should remember, and always retain inremembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingnessand his goodness and longsuffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even inthe depths of humilitycalling on the name of the Lord daily," without ever taking into consideration what Jesus said "Thou shalt love thyneighbour as thyself." (Mat. 22:39). I had always taken what King Benjamin had said to mean that I had to see myself lower than everything, even other people. What I learned this last week, is that yes, I should see myself as nothing compared to the Savior Jesus Christ, but that I still need to love myself. Pres. Uchtdorf said in a general conference, quoting C.S. Lewis, "True humility isn´t thinking less of your self; it´s thinking of yourself less." I had misinterepeted that one too. I had taken it to mean I should love and think only of others. I now know that I need not only to love and serve and think of others, but, love and help myself too. That is the way to be a leader. Love and serve others as you love and serve yourself.

Love you all!!
Elder Brown

Mosiah 3:19
19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

Mosiah 2:41
17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the serviceof your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

Monday, April 3, 2017

General Conference Weekend


General Conference was awesome. It was by far my favorite. I learned alot. Especially about humility, even though it was a topic that wasn´t spoken of very much. I will include links to two of my favorite talks.

We had ward council, and it was the best ward council meeting that I have ever gone to. My comp said that it was pretty bad by comparison with the others when Bishop is there. He has been out of town for the last two weeks. They´ve been in Utah, visiting Park City, Salt Lake etc. and went to the conference center to watch conference. I´m excited to meet this guy when he gets back.

The Mir family is doing great. Pablo was sick when we went to visit them this week, but Noelia and Ivan are doing great! Supposedly, they watched the Sunday Afternoon session of conference with Noelia´s parents. I sure hope that their internet was working (we had a storm yesterday, and lot´s of people lost their internet) because Elder Joaquín Costa gave a great talk that I think would really speak to them.

We had a frank chat with some eternal investigators, and they started to show true intent. They started really listening to us, and reading the Book of Mormon. They are a young couple with two young kids. The best part? THEY¨RE ALREADY MARRIED!!!! So we won´t have to have that talk with them, and we won´t have to overcome that stumbling block. They are the Acevedo family. Their names are Diego (26), Nadia (22), and I can´t remember the names of their two and five year-olds.

¡Los quiero mucho!

Elder Brown



Remember the Godoy´s? Well, they live in my new stake, and I saw them in the church during general conference. It was awesome to see that they are still active and going strong.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Joseph Smith Bible

This new area is awesome! The ward is great. The members here work really hard. I love it.

Our main investigators are the Mir´s (their last name is Russian, and they all went nuts when I told them that I have a little sister from Russia). They went to church as a family yesterday for the first time and just loved it. He (the father, Pablo) has been working as a taxi driver for the last 7 years. He has a lot of really crazy stories. If anyone decides to move to Rosario, I recommend not being a taxi driver.

They all are reading the Book of Mormon, and they get along really well with a lot of members  here in our ward. Pablo is a bassist in a heavy metal group, and there (surprisingly) are a lot of members here that like heavy metal. I, personally, am not a fan. We get along well anyway´s though, and they are progressing a lot.

Our ward mission leader was born in Utah, and raised in Las Vegas. He and his wife are capo´s. They have seen big wards in the States, and they know what it takes to have that kind of ward, and are willing to do what is necessary to do to achieve that. They are hard workers.

Yesterday, we were walking in the street, and a car stopped right next to us, and a super buff guy jumped out of his car and started heading towards us. It was 8:30 ish at night. Naturally, I thought he was gonna try to rob us. He reached out his hand towards me, and I thought he was gonna try to punch me. Something miraculous happened though. He said "Do you have a Bible you could give me? You know, a Joseph Smith Bible?" We said "Of course!!" We gave him a "Joseph Smith Bible" (a Book of Mormon), and wrote down his address. We will try to pass by this weekend.

Speaking of this weekend... don´t forget to watch conference!! General Conference here is all afternoon long. From 1-3, 5-7, and 9-11. The times are a little better in the states haha, but, it´s still amazing though, even though it goes a little late.

I really just absolutely love being a missionary. I love being happy and making others feel happy too.

Elder Brown

Moses 1:39
39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

Making asado with our Zone Leader´s in Azcuénaga

Milanesa´s with oats instead of bread crumbs
Elder Doolin and I

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Alberdi

These last six weeks flew by so fast. I feel like Elder Terrell just barely got to Azcuénaga, and that I too just got there, even though I left Venado Tuerto December 26th. Time really flies.

I actually am no longer in the Azcuénaga ward. I got transferred. I am still in the city of Rosario though. I am now in a ward/ neighborhood called Alberdi. It´s about 5 minutes away from where I was in Azcuénaga. I´ve even got some of the same streets. But, it feels like a totally different world.  The layout is really different. In Azcuénaga, the streets were really orderly and neat. Here, they change direction at random, names change out of nowhere. It kind of reminds me a bit of the states. Here, in Argentina, the streets are normally about 100 meters apart, and are really straight, which forms blocks. A neighborhood is a group of blocks. Subdivisions are really, really rare here. So rare, in fact, that I have only seen one in my whole mission. Normally, the blocks are really perfect and orderly. Here though, like I said, it is totally random, even though I am in one of the richest (and in some places, this poorest) parts of Rosario.

My new comp is Elder Doolin. He´s from Cedar City, Utah, my second comp from Utah.

My last week in Azcuénaga was awesome.  I think I left that area in the best condition out of all my areas. In April, there will be at least 4 baptisms (there are a total of 9 that have accpeted a baptismal date for the month of April, but, 5 of them are kinda iffy).

Lorena and Ulises Guardo. I have spoken of them a few times. They are making a ton of progress, and are pretty excited to get baptized the 8.

Leonel and Mara (Leonel´s aunt) are on fire. They both are reading the Book of Mormon and are praying. They will get baptized the 15th.

Here in Alberdi, we´ve got 5 investigators that have accepted the invitation to be baptized the 29th of April, and Elder Doolin says that we have 4 or 5 more that could get baptized in April too.

Elder Brown

Moroni 7: 33
  33 And Christ hath said: aIf ye will have bfaith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is cexpedient in me.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Twenty

I turned 20 on Wednesday, and I don´t feel any different. Maybe a little heavier, because I ate a lot of junk food this last week. I got spoiled with a cake and with a lot of asado. Unfortunately, I couldn´t take any pictures because of technical difficulties with my camera. Luckily though, a member took a pic with his phone. In the picture you will see that I am with Elder Ostler (a former comp). He is my Zone Leader and he and his comp felt like we needed to go on splits Wednesday. So, Elder Ostler (who, coincidently, or not, was my comp on my last birthday), got to enjoy the cake and the asado.
This last week has been filled with good food and good experiences.
One huge miracle was Leonel. He showed up to church with his friend. His friend is from another city, Baigorria. He however lives close to our church, and that is were his friend brought him. He has been going to institute with some friends (one of which is about to go to Chile for a mission) and they invited him to go to church. He did, and there we met him. He said he loved church and we will visit him on Wednesday.
Elder Brown
Moroni 7:45

  45 And acharity suffereth long, and is bkind, and cenvieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily dprovoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.


Monday, March 6, 2017

The Godoy's

So something pretty funny happened two weeks ago, and I forgot to tell about it in my email.

Two Monday´s ago, we went to Downtown Rosario cuz my comp had to buy shoes and wanted to see the monument. We went with a guy named Ricardo. Ricardo was born in Rosario, and moved to California when he was 15. He lived there for 30ish years. He moved back 4 years ago and is a friend of every missionary that has lived in our pensh. He is the security guy for our neighborhood (that means he rides his motorcycle around at night to scare away robbers) and knows everyone, but really likes the missionaries. He offered to take us in his car to see the monument when he found out we were gonna go. He knows all about history, and basically gave us a free guided tour.

When we were there in the monument, waiting to go up to the top (it´s 70 meters tall and you can go up in an elevator to the top), and old coulple comes up to us and said, "¿Is... quince... pesos... sufishientay?" Haha they thought that we were Argentines and tried to ask us in spanish if their purchase of 15 pesos was all they had to do to be able to go up. We three busted up laughing and said "Yeah, that ticket that costed 15 pesos was sufficient." The woman said "Oh! You speak English?" "Yes," we said, "we´re from the States." We told them which states we were from, and they said that they were from Wisconsin, and had come down for the winter to escape the cold (down here, it is anything BUT cold right now, so they came to the right place).

When we were up top, Ricardo explained them everything that there was to see (which isn´t much, Rosario borders a river and the province of Entre Ríos, which, just like Santa Fe, where we are, is just pure fields). He told them about the river, the city of Rosario, the inpendence story, why this particular monument was in Rosario etc. He then pointed to a certain spot and said "And over there, you´ve got the tomb of the unkown soldier," and the woman said "Oh yeah that´s right, I saw their names written on the sides."... HAHAHA!! I just about died laughing, I tried so hard not to laugh. Luckily, nothing escaped, because she might have felt bad, but, Elder Terrell and I died laughing later haha.

Anyway´s, we´ve been having lots of success here in Azcuénaga.

I saw Leo Godoy (my most recent convert) the other day, and he is still strong in the church. He baptized his little brother and blesses the sacrament in church. I am really grateful to have been able to help him. I guess I didn´t really do anything anyways, but, it´s still awesome to have been able to help him out. He said he plans to serve a mission when he finishes high school. His high school is a Technical School, kind of like EVIT, where one goes to learn a career and graduates fully capacitated to work. Down here, these types of schools take longer to graduate from, and he will finish high school when his is 21. Kinda strange huh? But, that´s how things are down here. The important thing is that he has these desires to serve the Lord.

We had 6 investigators again. This time, it was differente. Instead of the four little boys from this family that went last week, only two went yesterday. The two that made up for them were Ulises and Lorena. I believe I mentioned them last week. They have progressed quite a bit. All the members looked really excited to see someone who went to the Church Open House in the church services. It was really neat to be able to take them to church. They are awesome.

Remember Lucas Godoy? Probably not, I only mentioned him once I think. He is a younger brother of Leo Godoy. He got baptized on Saturday. When I was teaching him (he is living in other ward boundaries, therefore it was not our baptism), he decided he didn´t want anything to do with the church, until Leo got baptized, and then Leo baptized the youngest, Santiago, and then Lucas got interested again. He has now made the decision to get baptized and Juan Escobar (recent convert from our ward) baptized him. It is really neat to see a recent convert so actively involved in sharing the gospel. He and his wife, Angélica, are really awesome and really hard workers. They fulfill the call "Every member a missionary" and have only been members (she, active) for 3 months.

I truly love being a missionary. These have been the best 19 months of my life, the toughest too, but, without a doubt, the best.

Elder Brown

2 Nephi 2:25
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

Sorry for not sending pics, this computer doesn´t connect well with my memory card. Next week I´ll send pics

Monday, February 27, 2017

Seis!

We had SIX investigators that went to church yesterday!! It was soooo sweet!!

Sandra Torres: An ex-eternal investigator. She and her less active boyfriend (Hector) started coming to church regularly Elder Argyle's last week in church. She and Hector committed to get married. We shall accompany them to the goverment building to get that process underway the 13th of March when their kids are in school and things settle down a little bit for them. We ate a huge asado with them. It was super good :)

Axel: the ten year old son of a family that is trying to become active once again.

Maxi, Carlitos, Lisandro, and Mario: the little boys of the family that is going to be baptized the 18th of March. Their mom didn't want to go to church yesterday, so, they went alone. Prayers for their mom, Alicia, would be appreciated, so that the whole family can get baptized together.

We started teaching the ex-sister in law of Juan Escobar (recent convert), Lorena, and her son, Ulises (12). They are golden. We taught them the Restoration, and both of them participated a lot in the lesson. They also went to the Church Open House that we did on Saturday, and there they accepted a baptismal date for the 25th of March!! They are capos!!

We ate a bunch of asado this week. It was awesome!!

Elder Brown

Alma 37:37
 37 aCounsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for bgood; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the cmorning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.





The Open house of the church


ASADO WITH JUAN (Lorena was there too)!! 
The old man in the middle is the most humble Elder's Quorum president I have ever met, and is gonna move to the province of Mendoza tomorrow

Monday, February 20, 2017

11

Weird title no? I shall explain.

This week, I broke my mission PR (for those not familiar with track or similar sports, it means "Personal Record"). We started this last week with 5 people commited to baptism. During this last week, we commited 6 more to baptism. Hence, we now have 11. #milagrazcuénaga in English #miraculouzcuénaga

Federico Sánchez- amatuer soccer player. We met him, he let us in, and after a 7 minute conversation (he only had 9 minutes), he said he would pray and ask God if he should get baptized. On Sunday (yesterday), he sent us a text saying that he still hadn´t recieved an answer but he would keep praying, reading, and asking. We will swing by tomorrow.

The Vasquez family(6)- continue progressing. They didn´t go to church yesterday because their mom was sick and we, as missionaries, can not escort children.

The Blanco family(3)- continue progressing. We they learned that to be baptized, one has to be married or single, Juan closed off a bit. We will continue to work with and pray for them.

Silvio Barrio- brother of a super active family. He is 45. He told us at the begining of the lesson to not even try to convert him, because not even his family could do it and he was just letting us him because he has a cousin serving in mission in Brazil and it would be tough serving a mission and no one letting you in. Then we asked what he thought of the Book of Mormon. He told us he didn´t like it very much because he didn´t understand the role of Joseph Smith. So, we taught him the message of the Restoration, and why it is so important to have a living prophet, and the story of the first vision. At the end, he said "Wow, that makes so much more sense. Truth is, I always wanted to be baptized, but, I never understood anyting about Joseph Smith, and never had the guts to ask either."

Being a missionary is awesome, I totally 100% recommend it to anyone who is considering it.

Elder Brown

Alma 39:16 (it is super, super awesome to be called to this ministry)
 16 Y este fue, hijo mío, el ministerio al cual fuiste llamado, para declarar estas alegres nuevas a este pueblo, a fin de preparar sus mentes; o más bien, para que la salvación viniera a ellos, a fin de que preparen la mente de sus ahijospara oír la palabra en el tiempo de su venida.
The final district meeting with Elder Argyle and Elder Rocha

The Elder Smith from my stake in Gilbert

My new comp, Elder Terrell





Monday, February 13, 2017

Pretty Sweet Week

This last week was pretty sweet. We started teaching two awesome families.

The Vasquez fam. Felix, Alicia, Lisandro, Carlos, and Brisa. Brisa actually is a neighbor that is always in their house. We taught them about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They accepted everything perfectly. So perfectly, in fact, I thought that we were secretly being filmed by the church to make a Latin American version of "The District" (training videos for missionaries that are filmed in the States in wards that work really hard in missionary work and that have lots of baptisms and everything always goes perfectly). It went perfect, they even accepted the idea of modern prophets. They accepted everything, that is, until we whipped out the Book of Mormon. Alicia had a really hard time accepting the idea of any book that isn´t the Bible. So, we shared Mormon 7:8-10, and explained that the Book of Mormon wasn´t written to replace the Bible, but to teach people what the Bible teaches, that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God. That seemed to help, and the "The District" scene started up and we were able to commit them to be baptized the 11th of March. Later, we realized that the 11th of March we will have stake conference, so, when we pass by again, we will change that date to the 18th of March.

The day after visiting them, we recieved some bad news. We called them to have daily contact, and Brisa answered the phone. She seemed pretty bummed, and we asked what was the matter. She said that her mom got mad when she found out that she had talked with us and that she had given us her phone number. So, Brisa, against her will and ours, fell through. But, when the Lord takes away, the Lord gives something even better.

The Blanco family (blanco, in Spanish, is "white", so Elder Brown is now teaching the White family). We are teaching 3 members of their family: Juan (35ish), Yoana (35ish), and Florencia (11). They have another daughter, Uma (2), and another son (whom I have not yet met). Yoana is the sister of a recent convert, and is pregnant. We have taught them twice. The first time we taught them, we taught the Plan of Salvation, focusing on the Pre-Earth Life, birth, and the life on Earth. That seemed to really interest them, especially since they shortly will be welcoming a new member of the family.

Then we taught the Restoration, and they loved it. They even seemed excited to accept a baptismal date and asked if they could go to church. An investigator asking a missionary if he or she can go to church is like asking a two year old if he or she wants a sucker. We said "Of course!!" They have the date of the 18th of March.

This work is incredible. I love it. I am so grateful that I have the chance to be doing what I am doing, and that the Lord took me out of Gilbert to help me learn all about his mercy and love, and how to learn to be merciful and loving myself.

Elder Brown

"Throughout the remainder of my life, I will seek to learn by what I hear, see, and feel. I will write down the important things I learn, and I will do them." -Elder Richard G. Scott