Monday, July 31, 2017

Miracles is what you get for waking up in Vegas as a missionary :)

Hello everyone!! Another week has come and gone, and tomorrow is
August. That blows my mind. It has been great over here in Vegas! Hot,
but we have seen miracles every. Day. It is amazing!! I love my
companion, Sister Cochran, and we have been seeing miracles because of
our diligence when we keep going, even when it's hard. I am seriously
so blessed to be able to have the wonderful Sister Cochran in my life

Just to name a few of the many miracles: We had 5 investigators attend
church!! We were able to set two people with baptismal dates and will
hopefully be setting a date with one of our investigators, Jackson,
with his date. We had a lesson with his mom, sister, their friend
Annette, and he walked in a little late. As we were setting up an
appointment for when we would come over again, we heard him ask his
mom, "When am I getting baptized?" We looked at each other and were
like uhhhh yas!!  We were so excited!

We had zone conference this week which is always so good! Well, that's
pretty much it! Not much to say this week. Just the wonderful miracles
that take too long to write down and explain.

I love you all! So does your Heavenly Father, and He is so aware of
you and your needs!

Sister Brown :)

Monday, July 24, 2017

If you know but don't do, then you don't know

It has been quite a week!!

Sister Cochran and I have been trying to get to know the area and investigators this week and it has gone really well!! This was the area she started in, so she knows the members pretty well already so
that's really nice.

We had a lesson this week with a man named Tom. He has been taking discussions from missionaries for a long time, and this was of course our first lesson with him. It was such a spirit guided lesson! We didn't really know much about him, so we went into that lesson with a plan, but as we got to know him we followed the spirit and it went in a completely different direction. The spirit was so strong and it was 100% guided by the spirit! I love feeling the love that God has for the people that I get to teach!

This week i learned an interesting principle. If you know, but don't do, then you don't know. At first i was a little confused, but now it makes so much sense to me!! If you know something, but if you don't do anything about it, then you don't actually know it. Like if you say you know the gospel, but you don't go to church or do anything about your knowledge, then you really don't know it. Because if you truly knew it, you would do it... if that makes sense. Well it makes sense to me and i really like it and it makes me realize that action means a
lot. It is proof of faith and so much more. If you aren't wiling to act on something, than do you really believe in it? Just a food for thought :)

I love you all!! Stay cool

Sister Brown :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Just a short 6 weeks :)

Hey Everyone!!!

Ok no time at all, but I wanted to let y'all know that I have surprisingly been transferred!! Thats why I have no time... but I am back to the South Zone, and I am so super pumped!!! I am covering the Painted Mountain and Coranato wards with SIster Cochran, and we are both coming into this brand new, because Elders were here before. But we won't be completely lost, because Sister Cochran was here at the beginning of her mission, so thats cool. She only has six weeks left, so she will start and end in the same ward in Vegas :)

Well this week was pretty good, but it has been so super hot!! We have just been out alllll week knocking on doors and trying to find people and talking to people. Pretty uneventful, but still super great. On Sunday night we went tracting with our STL's Sister Lemmon and Sister Southam and it was so great! We saw awesome miracles there and I got to talk with Sister Southam and pick her brain out before she flew home today!! I love her and will miss her so much, but she has absolutely served an amazing mission.

I am going to miss Sister Stroud dearly because we have become good friends, but I cannot wait to start this amazing next six weeks with Sister Cochran!! I have a testimony that God knows exactly what we need. I did not expect to only be in the wonderful YSA ward for only a short 6 weeks, but it was a privilege to serve there at all and I know I am supposed to be here in this area now with Sister Cochran. I know that President Walker is inspired and we are going to do amazing things here and see so many miracles.

I love you all!! Stay cool :)

Sister Brown :)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Will the heat ever stop???

Hey y'all!!

Well I hope everyone had a happy 4th!! We were able to go to a BBQ party for FHE with the YSA on Monday night and it was so great to get to know all of the members and have fun with them!! We had a great
district meeting on the 4th and took pictures afterwords. Over all it was a great day as well!!

First, Kyle. So we initially taught kyle a couple weeks ago and set him with a baptism date and everything and it was such an awesome lesson! We could really tell that he was so ready to make such a change in his life and couldn't wait to get baptized!! Well after that, he didn't show up to the next lesson we had and he just dropped off the face of the Earth. Like, his phone was disconnected, someone who lived at what his address was said he didn't live there any more, he wasn't answering his friend's facebook messages, nothing. Literally
just gone. Well we have been praying and praying for him, that missionaries would find him where ever he is and that he is okay. Well his friend called us this week and said that Kyle finally messaged him back on Facebook! He said that he was in rehab. At first when he said that, I was like "man that's what we expected. Something to do with drugs. Man!" But hold that thought, because he told us that he entered himself into rehab because he wanted to be entirely clean before he gets baptized. That makes the story way cooler, right??? Right. :) so it's been really hard to communicate with him, but I know that God answered our many prayers and has been watching over Kyle because he has bigger plans for him in his life :)

We are still teaching Robbie and he is doing so great! Always so excited. To learn more when we come over and he is so excited to get baptized :)

This week I have read a lot in Alma and it is talking a lot about missionary work, like how Alma's sons go with him to preach the gospel in other lands and such. It is just really amazing to think that missionary work is something that has been going on for a suuuuper long time, and it is so important. I am so privileged to be a part of this great work! It is amazing to see the miracles and the blessings that God brings to his children's lives. There are so many of us, but He loves us each individually and personally. How amazing is that?!!

I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week!

Sister Brown :)

Monday, July 3, 2017

You do you

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!

I can't believe it's July already. But the good news is, one month of summer down, 2 to go. It is getting hotter and hotter and I'm afraid it will get even hotter... that's Vegas summer for ya. But nevertheless, it is worth it!!! Being a missionary is the best thing ever, and it's even more rewarding when you do it when it's hard. And
hot :)

This week we had a miracle happen! There is this family we have been trying to get in contact with, because they are less active, but their two grandkids go to church, one of which isn't baptized but wants to be. We have tried to set up multiple appointments which eventually fall through some how. But this week the grandmother texted us randomly, asking to set an appointment! Of course we were thrilled and set up a time right away. His name is Robbie and he is 9 years old. We were able to teach him last night and it was so great! He was so
engaged and participated and asked questions and it was so fantastic. You could tell that he definitely was the one who wanted us to be there and he wants so badly to be baptized. He's so great and he should be baptized within the next couple of weeks!

We stopped by a less active YSA member this week and he said it was about time, because he thought everyone had forgotten about him by now. I thought that was so sad! Well nope, Max you have not been
forgotten! We set up an appointment for later that week and were able to sit on his porch and talk about how he joined the church and why he doesn't come now. It was a much different lesson than I have ever been
in before, because I was so distracted by the fact that he looked and acted exactly like someone in my life that I really care for and love.
As I was in that lesson and listened to his struggles, I realized that his struggles were much like the ones that I struggle with. I was able to testify to him of the Savior's love for us and how it brings peace to every aspect of our lives. I definitely felt the spirit guide me as I said words to him that I knew I should follow myself. IT was
strange, giving counsel and encouragement from the spirit to someone, but feeling like the words were meant for me as well. The spirit was so touching and reminded me again that God loves each and every one of
us and knows us personally and doesn't forget us at all in the slightest, we are the ones who forget him.

Ooo another cool experience: We were supposed to have a lesson and our ward mission leader was supposed to join us, but the lesson was canceled. So our WML asked if he could go on some visits with us, and
we asked him if he had anyone in mind. Well, the person he mentioned was a less active who had a son who had a lot of Mormon friends and we are trying to find a way to ask him if he would like to take the missionary discussions. The catch is that his less activemother is on a list of the church as someone who does not want to be contacted. My whole mission, I have avoided people who are on a list like this, because I don't want to make anyone irritated or upset. So when he suggested to go visit her, we hesitated but agreed. And I'm so glad we did! Even though we didn't make contact with the less active or the son we were looking for, we were able to talk with someone else in the household and get some more information, and also see that they are
very nice! They even invited us to their firework show they are having tomorrow! I definitely know that our WML followed the spirit and I am so glad that we followed him instead of doing what we were comfortable
with :)

Man oh man does God know me so well. I have learned this over and over again on my mission, and I will most likely continue to realize this over and over again still through different experience. I have a testimony that every single one of you are in the place you are in for a reason. I had a thought yesterday in Relief Society. If you ever feel bad about yourself or about your circumstances, change your thought to, "what is Satan trying to prevent me to do right now?" Because the only reason why you would be thinking negative is because
Satan out that thought there and he wouldnt be making you feel bad for nothing. God needs you to be you, not for you to be trying to be like someone else. So, you do you. Because that's exactly ho God needs you
to be :)

Well, I hope y'all have such a happy 4th! Watch lots of fireworks for me!! I love you all, and I hope you stay cool in this sweltering heat.

Sister Brown :)