Monday, June 26, 2017

I Know that My Savior Loves Me

Hey y'all!!!

This week was really great! On Tuesday we had a Mission Tour and Elder Costa of the 70 came and spoke to us. Sister Costa was there also and I fell in love with her and her sweet spirit. They both are wonderful people and they made me want to become a better missionary and all together a better person. I know that this is possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the sacrifice that he made in my behalf. Elder Costa gave a talk this past Conference about his conversion and he basically addressed it to investigators. If you haven't had a
chance to hear it, go to and look it up! It is fantastic and really shows his personality and the way he was with us the whole day :) it was such a great experience!

We had a lesson with Katrina this week about the Plan of Salvation and it was so good! Katrina is so fun and just has this constant desire to learn more and take in any knowledge that we give her. She loves this gospel and her faith is amazing! We talked to her about what she wants out of life and out of us teaching her, and she expressed her love that she has for the people of this church and her desire to want to be apart of this gospel that she sees makes others so happy. We set her with a goal to be baptized July 29th! We are super excited for her and I am happy I get this opportunity to teach her :)

This week we got a TON of referrals, well at least a lot more than we usually get. One of them was for a girl named Lisa. She was referred to us by her fiancé's brother in law in Montana, and he had us call him before we stopped by. It was cool to see the other side of referrals and hear how he feels about Lisa and how he just loved her and wanted this gospel to be a part of her life, knowing that it would bless her. He just gave us some encouraging words and told us to go try and stop by, so we did! She was super nice and let us in and right
away Sister Stroud and I were excited to talk to her more because we heard he wonderful sound of a Southern accent :) She was thrilled to see that not only were we sisters, but that we were both from the south! She is originally from Arkansas and has a true, thick, super cute southern accent that I so desperately want :) but anyway, we just had a nice conversation with her about how the gospel blesses families and how she has a desire to learn more and feel more of the peace she feels when she searches for knowledge of her Savior and his love for her. She asked us for a Book of Mormon and when we could meet her next, so of course that made us super happy too :) one of He best parts was having a couple phone calls that night, back to back, thanking us for our visit we had with her. One from the man who referred us, and another from her fiancé, who is a less active member. It was really neat to see the love that people have for one another, and that the way they express that love is by sharing the gospel with them. And hen they care enough to spend the extra time to thank us! It really meant a lot :)

But by far, the highlight of my week was being able to attend Amelia's baptism!! It was so great to see her again, especially in such a wonderful day!! She was just so happy the whole time and it was wonderful to see the joy that she had because of this decision she has made. I cried the whole time, of course, because I felt so so privileged to have been able to teach her. Amelia may never know the effect that she has had on my life, but I thank God everyday for placing her into my life and loving me enough to give me the chance to teach such a sweet soul, an opportunity that I truly didn't deserve. I love her with all of my heart and it was such a wonderful experience to see her be an example to her mom and to her friend as she bore her testimony and expressed the love that she has for this gospel. Here was such a sweet spirit there at the baptism, one that I will never
forget. It was the same spirit that was there in the room when we taught her the Restoration that brought everyone in the room to tears.

Experiences like these are ones I will hang onto are are He memories that I will cherish from my mission forever. I will be forever grateful for Amelia, and for my Heavenly Father who sent her to me because he knows me personally. He knows exactly what I'm going through and knows exactly what I need to get through it. I have such a strong testimony on prayer and I know that God hears those who kneel down in faith and pray. He may not answer it in the way you want, and most likely it's not. But I know he answers them in the way he knows you need. Which is sometimes very hard, but you will look back at your experiences and realize that you wouldn't have had it the way that you wanted in the first place, even though you thought that's what had to
happen. I love my Heavenly Father, I love the love he has for me even if I don't completely understand it, and I love this work that he has called me to, even in the blistering heat of Vegas :) I love you all, and I hope you are doing well. Thank you for all the prayers and love you send my way. I appreciate it so much! Have a great week, and don't forget to tell me about it :)

Sister Brown :)

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