Monday, August 14, 2017

Preaching Repentance in Sodom and Gomorrah

So the worlds been up in flames this week. Literally.
So on Thursday night we were walking home after a long and good working day when we looked up to an uncommonly obscure night sky and a bright basically orange full moon. We ran up to the roof of our building to admire the moon and it was indeed beautiful hanging just above the brick colored Tarija houses and rolling mountains. I admired it for a minute or two and then I turned around to go back inside, but what I saw when I turned around was a long orange crack in the dark night sky. I pointed it out to hna Herrera for a moment imagining that the Apocalypse had actually come or the fabric of time had been broken or something when I realized that the crack wasn't in the sky but it was lining the tops of the dark mountains. And there was more a bit farther to the east too. We realized it was moving and the reality of a HUGE mountain forest fire hit us. I realized why the stars weren't as clear as usual because the sky was filled with smoke. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. I hadn't heard a word or seen any panic all day and the city was as calm and peaceful as it usually was at night. Yet there it was in front of my eyes destruction that wasn't really to far off.
We watched it for a while and then went to bed. The next day followed with finding out from our pencionista that all classes had been cancelled and people should stay inside from the air contamination. And that the fire was spreading almost to Argentina without any signs of stopping. Chili with their big firefighting helicopters were of no help, typical chili. and the government in La Paz were partying while Tarija was burning.  She told us if the fire got to the city with all the loose electrical cables, that there wouldn't be survivors and likened the situation to Sodom and Gomorrah. We were directed by our leaders to buy face masks and to keep working. We continued our day as normal. The fire continued until on Sunday we were told to stay inside the house unless we had a secure appointment with someone. But not too soon after lunch the fire had finally gone out and we were told we could go out proselyting again.
it was an interesting weekend. ha ha
Conferencia
We had a stake conference this week and were able to hear messages from the general offices broad casted to all of Peru and Bolivia. I learned a lot and one thing I like was they talked about missionary work ,and how if you're a youth and trying to decide to go on a mission, the better answer is yes, because we will never feel like we need to repent for serving a mission but we may feel we need to repent for not serving one. So if you do have the opportunity, you should choose to go and I testify of that because its the best! Also what was really cool is they shared a story of a member named Henry, that everyone thought was a great story, afterward I realized it was the story of one of the members and his family that I know very well from my last area!! Cool!
OK well don't have much time but I love you all, and don't be afraid to do things even if you don't know exactly how to do them, just have faith and act and that's how you will learn!
I testify that Christ lives and he loves and knows each and every one of us individually. He is our Savior.
love you all have a great week!
love and luck from Bolivia <3

Hermana Brown

Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy Independence Day, Bolivia!

Hey guys!

So this week we had some ups and downs. We were able to help out an awesome member named hna Cachari. She is a returned missionary (she had 80 converts! crazy) and she's amazing. She's a strong women who is fighting lucimia right now. Her faith is amazingly strong. We made her a little cake that we bought in the "campacino" (which is a giant market area that seems like a tiny city because it is throughout multiple surrounding streets.) and I decorated. pics attached.She liked it a lot.

We have an amazing family that's absolutely golden and its a mom with her two daughters. They have a date for the 19th and they absorb the gospel like a sponge! They came to church this week and loved it they already seem like members! We are blessed to have the opportunity to teach them.

We also had a great lesson with an old investigator where the spirit guided us to talk about the love of god. And it was a great spiritual experience, she understood a lot better.

We also met some pretty hard-hearted people this week too. One guy walked in on a lesson we were having with someone else and started attacking us out of know where and the spirit left. We kept our cool though and did our best to be patient even though he was being pretty rude. 

We also got to go to an amazing activity where the whole stake came and all the members had prepared traditional Bolivian dances from each department that they performed for celebration of Bolivia's Independence Day! It was amazing! But I forgot my camera... sorry.

yay Bolivia!

I know the gospel is restored on the earth and I know Christ lives and he is my savior! I'm so grateful for the love He has for me and the sacrifice He made! There is nothing better I could be doing right no but sharing His light with others!

I love you guys! Remember to do something good for someone else this week!
love and luck from Bolivia

hermana Brown

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Area, New Everything!

Hey guys! So as you've heard, I'm in TARIJA!!
So a little about Tarija, to start its a LOT more beautiful and calmer than the big bustling Santa Cruz (and although i love it here and the streets are a TON cleaner, I feel a weird defensive pride for the city that I learned to love. <3 Santa Cruz)

But my area is basically everything I dreamed. The city is beautiful.  We've got lots of restaurants in our area and the marketplace and the Feria (there was a Feria of all things tiny this week that only happens once a year it was so cute and everything was indeed made tiny! mostly food but still we had fun eating tiny salteñas empanadas and cakes and mini hamburgers.) There's bags of juice here called Karpil that hna Mamán talked all about and I finally tried, I felt like I was drinking a straight up liquidated orange. It was awesome. 


The streets are like those of San Francisco. You don't have be looking down for it to be staring you in the face. I'm burning a lot more calories hiking to our  investigatores houses ha ha. There are MOUNTAINS! It's beautiful! And our house is like a real house! It's really nice and I like it a lot. We needed to do a lot of cleaning and organizing though which took up all this morning and we still have more to do. The members here in 4 De Julio (hence #freedom) are really nice and great but its a small ward and they don't have a pianist. But the chapel is nicer and cozier. Also the weather here is perfect! It's not hot and crazy windy and eating sand 100% of the time like Santa Cruz. I can actually wear a sweater. 

We only have 3 companionships in our district. But one of the elders is from my CCM (MTC) district, he is training a new missionary. 

Hna Herrera is from Argentina too! We drink mate EVERY night! I love it. She's from the province of Misiones where the giant falls bigger than Niagara waterfalls are. She's the tiniest person to ever exist but shes full of energy and were both ready to work really hard this cambio. I'm excited. It's kind of scary being senior companion because I'm the one responsible for everything and my comp looks to me to make the decisions.But I'm learning and growing a lot. I feel like I'm being a real missionary. But I still feel scared to open my mouth sometimes. but I open it anyways and trust the spirit to guide me. It always works ha ha. 








We made "rollos" with a family this week that were really good and we also have a really nice park in our area and also we found the mystery machine!!ha ha. 

Well I'm excited to be here in Tarija and I know that I'm exactly where I'm meant to be. I'm so blessed to be here and also to have met all the people I've met in my area before in Las Misiones. I've attached just a few of the photos of only a few of the many amazing people and friends I made in Santa Cruz and some from Tarija.

OK love you guys! remember that wherever you are right now you can do what you can to make a difference! Have faith and just do it! the lord always provides a way for us to complete his commandments! (1 Nefi 3:7) walk the path he's prepared for success!

We also met a wonderful lady with her daughter this week named Janith and Fabiola who accepted a baptism date in the first lesson. She's amazing and we teach her in the park. She absorbs the gospel like a sponge and I'm happy to be teaching her the wonderful message of the restored gospel. My challenge you you all this week is to ask the missionaries for a pamphlet of "the Restoration" and give it to one of your friends!! You can do it! Share Christ's light with the world and make the world a little bit happier!
Love you all thank you for all your prayers! I really need them!
Love and luck from Bolivia
Hermana Brown

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tarija!


Hey, I don't have a  lot of time right now, so i=I'll give a full update next week with photos, but I'm in TARIJAAAAAAAAAAAA! I got transferred from my first area and it was really hard to leave behind and there was lots of crying and no sleeping because packing so I'm super super super exhausted but I'm here now and I love it!!! I've got a lot of work to do to get to know the new area and ward! But its beautiful here and lot cooler!! My comp is hna Herrera, she tiny and from Argentina too! We're gonna have a good cambio!! I'm senior companion also, so that's crazy! I'm reeally excited and ready to work hard.
I love you all and thank you times infinity for all your thoughts and especially all your prayers, I really need them!
I hope you all have a fantastic week and in whatever your working on, be constant in doing the little daily things, and with that you will definitely achieve you goal!!
Preaching the Gospel of Christ and being his representative is that joy of my life! I love being a missionary!!!!
I love you alll!!!!!!
<3<3
love and luck from Bolivia

Hermana Brown

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Week in the Mission of Miracles!

OK so this week was great!
Servicio
This week we had the opportunity to both clean up the apartment of a awesome less active member and then a different day, we were knocking gates (we do that instead of knocking on doors)and we accidentally ended up knocking the back gate of one of our investigators who invited us in and we ended up helping her to paint her windows!!! It was super cool. She asked us to sing because singing makes the paint job turn out better and the only words we could remember were to hymns so we sung hymns and it brought the Spirit in a special way and she said she really liked the songs. We explained a lot about missionary life too, and she seemed impressed by that. But I'm glad we got to have the opportunity to lend service this week. It was fun!

Pizza!
We made homemade pizza with our recent converts which was great! They put corn and baloney on their pizza which was weird but it was still pretty good. My companion makes some good pizza dough. We made it on their table outside with our hands and everything it was pretty legit.
Members
So, me and hna Mamán are kinda famous in the ward I guess. cuz this Sunday we were told where we were going to eat for lunch and said that the family specifically asked for us. Then the family told us when we arrived that they had heard about us from other members talking, and it seems like they said some pretty good things because it made them want to get to know us. Then at church we could hardly keep track of our investigators because basically every member wanted to say hi and talk to us and it was also kind of crazy because everyone was huddled together from the cold. haha! Sunday was really fun. I love this ward. Also last week e arrived late and learned the hard way that our new bishop isn't going to let them pass the sacrament outside the sacrament hall, so if you arrive late....we made sure to be on time this week.
OK sorry I couldn't write much! I love y'all. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. Have a great week!
PS cambios this next week and I'm scared! I'll probably leave!! D: But I'm ready to serve were the Lord needs me
Okay Ciao!!
love and luck from Bolivia
Hermana Brown
<3
the foto is from Starbucks cuz we went to the mall today which was awesome!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

Okay so first of HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR ALL MY PROUD AMERICANS!! 󾓦💟󾓦💟󾓦💟󾓦😎😎󾓦󾓦󾓦 ha ha My 4th of July we had an inter-cambio so I didn't have a chance to do the things I wanted to do but me and Hna Bustamante tried to make pancakes in the evening but we didn't have one of the ingredients so we worked for an hour trying to make pancakes that just didn't work. ha ha But she did have sparklers for some reason so that was perfect! And I didn't go to bed until I had drawn an american flag on at least on thing! I also made pancakes for Hna Maman the following morning as a late celebration. It was weird not being in my own country for Independence Day. Some people wished me a happy day and that was funny. 
In other news:
New Bishop!!
So the other week our bishop got called to be the new 2nd councellor of the newly created stake of Aabundancia" so we needed a new bishop. All week were were guessing who it was gonna be, and we visited one of our dear member families and were teasing Hermano Justiniano because we thought it would be him. And in church he was called to be the new bishop!!! We felt like it was to good to be true because the now Bishop Justiniano is the best! He is a good man and will be great for the ward. And he already knows our investigators. It showed me how church callings are truly from revelation. He is nervous but is doing a great job at trying to be a good bishop. Especially since he's only been a convert for 11 years.
I talked to his daughter the other night during divisions and she told me of how the missionaries found them.she told me "I know the church is true just for the change I can see in my dad from how was before and how he is now" truly the gospel and true church of Christ can change people to be better than they ever hoped to be. And that is a beautiful thing. also he calls us "mis hijas" which means my daughters." What a great family :)
Also our investiogatores Myra and Jasmany have a new date to get married so they can get baptized! Also they found out that their baby is going to be a GIRL! Woo! They also talked to us about how they can't imagine how their lives would be if they had never found the gospel (us). 
Our recent converts have been great friends to them this week too!
A member who sells women's underwear gifted us some-- that was a weird experience.
We found a great family this week too, who are "looking for a religion for their family"  So I'm really excited to teach them, they are super great and the Hermana Paula when we knocked her gate invited us right in and told us "your from the Chruch of Jesus Christ, right? And don't you get always mistaken for Jehovah's Witnesses?" and we were like "yes!! thank you for recognizing us! and by our actual name too!" So that was cool.

I learned a lot about repentance this week, I know that it really is what helps us to be the person that we want to be. It's hope and Jesus Christ is my light. I found that light again this week when I have been struggling for a while now. I am so happy, and now I understand that I can do it. I CAN do it.
and whatever it is you have in your life that makes your scared or think "I don't know if I can do it, I can't do it," remember Christs words,
"be not afraid, only believe."


Okiedokie I hope y'all have a fantastic week!! I love you all and thank you u for all your love and prayers!! Miss you guys!!

Love and Luck from Bolivia

Hermana Brown💟

Monday, July 3, 2017

B Day and P Day

OK! sorry I haven't written in a while! But this week I got some things to say so here ya go!
Baptism!!!
This week we had 2 baptisms! Vicente and Teresa Talavera a young recently married couple who are absolutely the best were baptized and confirmed this week which went really well. We only met them a month ago they were super prepared to here the message of the Restored Gospel! It was such a pleasure to teach them and get to know them! We have another lesson with them tonight. Teresa gave me a cute necklace the night they had their baptismal interviews. it was so sweet! And when she changed into her white baptism dress she laughed and told us that after her wedding a year ago she never thought shed be wearing all white ever again.  We also are teaching the son of a member who's kinda infamous in our area book and in the ward. He practically lives at institute and wants to serve a mission, but he still hasn't been baptized? He's an interesting person but this week he accepted a baptismal date! Our lessons with him are always super spiritual and great. I'm excited to keep teaching him.
P day

We had a zone activity and we watched Lego Batman, which was pretty funny. Hna Maman didn't like it though hahaha. We had popcorn and candy and put the TV at the front of the chapel where all the cushy seats are, I felt like we actually went to a theater! It was pretty fun. Today we're gonna watch Finding Dory at a member's



house!