Monday, June 26, 2017

Para siempre Dios esté con Vos.

The last photo con Pres. and Sis. Zanni


The Gilbert Elder´s (Smith, Brown, and Niu)

Raining miracles. "Forget yourself and go to work." Those simple words proved to be miraculous last week.

On Friday morning, we decided to go on special splits with some Elders that have been having some trouble opening their mouths and talking with everyone. So, we went to their area and just talked to EVERYONE we saw in the street. I´m not gonna lie, after about 1 1/2 hours it got tough and stressful because they have downtown in their area and most people that go downtown don´t go their to talk to other people in the street. But, we stuck it out. From 10 to 12 we just talked and talked and talked to everyone. At about 11:50, when we were finishing up, the Elder I was with contacted a woman who said, "Guys, I am going through a really tough time in my life right now. I know that God put you in my path for a reason. I really don´t have time to talk right now because I have to go pick my kid up from school, but, I want you to stop by my house and I want to talk to you." She gave us her addres, and guess what? She´s in my ward! But not my area haha. I hope the other Elder´s over there help her out.

Then, in the afternoon, we went to go visit some callback´s we had. My comp had contacted the mother of the family on Tuesday, and we had contacted the oldest son on Sunday. Our plan actually was to go look for a camera (because my is broken and on Saturday we were gonna travel to another city to say good-bye to Pres. and Sis. Zanni, and I wanted to be able to take pictures with them), but, we had appointments until 6:00 in the afternoon. After we left our last appointment at about 6:05, we both felt like we shouldn´t go to look for a camera. So, we decided to go visit this family. I am so glad that we did.

They´re a family of 8. The parents are: Adriana and Matias. Their kids are: Jasmín (15), Gerónimo (14), Bianca (13), Milva (8), Luisana (7), and Felipe (5). Their neighbor, Gerónimo´s friend, Nahuel (17), was also there. We taught the Restoration. When we talked about the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days Matias said "This is gonna be the first church we attend where no one gets paid." (At this point we still hadn´t even invited them to go to church :) .) Then, we invited them to get baptized. All of them said yes. We invited them to be baptized July 29th. Adriana then said "Is the 29th a special day in this church?" and we said "It will be a special day when you get baptized." She then said "That day we are going to celebrate Felipe´s 6th birthday. But, we´ll talk to our friends and family to get something worked out for that day." They are golden. We are super excited to work with them!!

Right afterwards, we stopped by the Fábrego´s house. We sang a hymn and had to go. But, before we left, Gisela told us that her boyfriend Andrés wants to start taking the discussions and going to church 😃. That´s huge. That family is so amazing.

Then Saturday. We all went to Pergamino to say good-bye to Pres. and Sis. Zanni. There was 80ish missionaries (half the mission). In the morning, we took pictures and played some games. We then ate lunch and everyone talked. There was about 6 or 7 of my past companions, so it was pretty fun catching up with everyone. We then went to the chapel to have a Q&A/ Face2Face session with them. That lasted for about 4 hours. We then went back to the Cultural Hall. We all stood in one big circle. Pres. and Sis. Zanni bore their final testimonies as missionaries. We then all sang Hymn #293 "Each Life That Touches Ours For Good." I didn´t make it through the first line without breaking out in tears. During these almost two years I have come to love those two so much. They have both helped me out and taught me so much. I don´t think anyone else has ever dropped the cane on me so much in so short a time as they, but, I don´t think I have ever come to love anyone so much in so short a time. I will miss them a lot. But, I know that Pres. and Sis. Allred (the new mission president that gets here June 30th) will also be great. I am really grateful to Pres. and Sis. Zanni for all that they have taught me and for all that I have learned from them. I wish I knew all this before (I would have been a way better child to my parents haha) but, at least I got to learn it early on in my life anyways.

Elder Brown

2 Nephi 31:20

The last photo con Pres. and Sis. Zanni
The Gilbert Elder´s (Smith, Brown, and Niu)

Monday, June 19, 2017


This week was sweet. I had almost forgotten how good it feels to have a companion who really pushes me. Of course, I have always pushed myself, and I have really learned a lot from my other companions and enjoyed my time with all of them. I just love having a companion that I feel like really pushes me to be my absolute best.

I don´t know how many of you know Ben Niu, but, he is in the same city as me. It´s weird being so close to someone that lived so close to me.

We started teaching a few new investigators. Estela, Jésica, and Elías. Estela and Jésica are friends that are both seperated from their ex-boyfriends that live in the same house with their kids. Elías is 9, the same age as my brother Sam when I left home. Jésica is his mom. We taught the Plan of Salvation because Jésica recently lost her dad, and Estela´s kids lost their grandpa. When we talked about the Spirit World and the Resurrection, Elías started to cry. In that moment, I saw him as if he were Sam, and I felt so much love for the kid. I showed him a picture of Sam and of my parents in my Grandpa Bub´s funeral, and bore my testimony of the Resurrection. I think the kid felt like he wasn´t alone in that moment, and the spirit was really strong and tetified to all of us that one day, we really will be resurrected.

I love helping people. Serving is just the best :).

Elder Brown

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Peru Again

I have a new comp... again. He is my second Latino companion. He, like my trainor Elder Yaques, is from Peru. His name is Elder Jimenez. He has been out for a little over a year. He is really humble and a really hard worker. I am excited for this transfer. This guy just works like crazy.

So, once again, I had a sick companion. Poor Elder Bird was in bed from Tuesday to Saturday. Then, I got a little sick too for taking care of him. But, I am feeling great now and Elder Jimenez is pretty healthy. So, I hope we can both work hard all transfer long! Even though Elder Bird was sick, we were still able to get some things done from our pensh. We made some important phone calls, resolved some problems some other missionaries were having, and were able to organize real well our Area Book.

The Mormon World is TINY. On Sunday, I met an RM who shared an apartment with Ian Keller for eleven months in Brazil. I dont remember his first name, but his last name is Cardenaz (or Cardenas, it sounds the same).

Love you all! ¡Que esten bien!

Elder Brown

Ether 12:27  And if men come unto me I will show unto them their aweakness. I bgive unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my cgrace is sufficient for all men that dhumblethemselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make eweak things become strong unto them.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Things are Improving!

Things are really improving here.

I don´t know if I´ve talked about the Fábrego family. I´ll explain a little bit:
Mercedes (55 more or less, mother & grandmother)
Cristian (35, son of Mercedes)
Gisela (33, daughter of Mercedes, looks just like Ali Taylor)
Gustavo (29, son of Mercedes)
Magalí (14, daughter of Mercedes)
Andrés (26, Gisela´s boyfriend)
Dylan (12, Gisela´s, not Andrés´, son)
Ixa (5, Gisela´s and Andrés´ daughter)
Nicol (3, Gisela´s and Andrés´ daughter)
Mercedes, Cristian, Magalí, and Dylan all got baptized between January and February. Gisela and Andrés can´t get baptized, because they live together and aren´t married, and Gustavo can´t because he still has some struggles with the Word of Wisdom. Andrés does too. Prayers for this family would be greatly appreciated.

We had a sweet lesson with all of them, except Gustavo and Andrés, last night. We were teaching the Plan of Salvation, and the power went out. So, we had a candle light discussion. At the end of our visit, we felt like there was still something more to say or talk about, and I felt like it had to do with Gisela. So, while my comp made some more remarks, I began to think what it could be that we had to say to her. Something came to mind, and, when I opened my mouth to speak, I totally forgot waht I was abot to say, and something totally different came to mind. So, I asked her "Gisela, what would you be wlling to give for your kids?" "Anything, even my life, the most precious thing I can give," was the answer, just like any mother would respond. So, I said, "If Ixa were to go to the Telestial Kingdom, if there was absolutely no way for her to go with you to the Celestial Kingdom, unless you have NIcol die. Would you let a bunch of wicked men torture her and kill her so that Ixa can live with you forever in the Celestial Kingdrom?" She didn´t respond. We saw the wheels turning in her mind, and said, "That´s what Heavenly Father already did for you. He already sent his ONLY son to suffer unimagineable pains and to die, for YOU. He already prepared the way. All you have to do, to make the most of this sacrifice the God made for you, is: have faith in his son Jesus Christ, repent, be baptized by immersion in the Church of Jesus Christ, recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end." She seemed really impressed by what we said, and I am sure that she kept on thinking about that question and our response even after we left. I hope she really gets after it and makes a decision soon as to what she decides to do as far as marriage and baptism go.

Please pray for the following families:
and for these kids: Oscar (21), Ruth (20), and Naim (15)

Thank you! Love you all!!

Elder Brown
Helaman 5:12
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.