Monday, September 18, 2017

10 MONTHS?!?!?!?!?

Hey guys, I'd like to start this email with an inspirational quote of the week:
"If God had a bedroom, you would be in a photo on his nightstand."
Alright so I guess I'll start with the story that goes with that quote.
So we were knocking doors and one door we knocked an old man answered but when he opened the door and saw us he jumped back and yelled in shock!
We literally gave him a good scare? Then he asked us if we spoke English or Spanish and we said both and then he started talking to us in perfect English??? It was really weird. He lives in both Santa Monica, California and Tarija, Bolivia and he is half Jew half Mexican but was converted to a Protestant church when he had a vision of Jesus and used to be a prophet apparently. He had an earring. And he had read an anti Mormon biography on Joseph Smith. But apart from that he was quite nice and pretty funny. He had some interesting views but he listened to our testimonies of the Book of Mormon and reasonably accepted our invitation to read it and ask God if its true. It was cool, but weird cuz we spoke in English and it was kinda hard for me and my comp to remember how to teach in English ha ha.
On other news: 10 MONNNNNNNTTTHHHSS!! WHAAAATATTT?!?!?!?! It was cool to have my comp and I complete 10 months on the same day. We had french toast to celebrate. It was weird.
We also taught the relief society how to make peanut butter this week. It was really great.
We had a lot of awesome work this week and me and hna Gardner are having a great time together! At one point Pimienta followed us again but with 4 OTHER FRIENDS we were being followed by a gang of 5 dogs at one point, what is happening.
Last p day
We went to the paleantioligical museum (I'm not gonna try to spell it right I'm sorry)

This last p day! It was super cool! Apparently Tarija is actually a hot spot with a LOT of the worlds dinosaur bones! The one of the big skeleton (pic attached) was found in the park right next to our bishops house!! and we also saw some cool minerals and some stuff from ancient Americans (Lamanites!!) one pic I've attached is a pretty sick picture of a really well preserved baby mummy. also some human skulls (one looks like he died from getting his head bashed in). It was some pretty legit stuff. Hna Gardner did ceramics a lot so she was excited about all the ceramic jars. We also passed by "la casa dorada" which is on the back of the twenty boliviano bill. It's very dorado. We're going to tour the inside another day. we also bought our own mate pors! It was a really fun day! I'm glad my comp likes to go out and sight see on p days! We're going to "la copa" today.
Well I love you all so much! Thank you for all your prayers they give me strength and hope! Please pray for those caught in the natural disasters too! I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of god and I know that I am doing his great and marvelous work in Tarija Bolivia! I know that God loves us and wants our eternal happiness and that the plan of salvation is true! I know that families can be together forever and it is all possible because Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. I am so eternally grateful for these things. I am happy.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and I hope you ll all do your personal scripture study and prayer and also go to church this week! You can do it! (that's an invitation to everyone with whatever beliefs or religion)
love you guys!
Tariiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiijaaaaaaaaaaaa, Bolivia

Hermana Brown

Monday, September 11, 2017

You Learn All Sorts of New Skills in The Mission

SHOOT! sorry this email is from LAST week! i guess i forgot to press send :C soryyyyyy.

OK guys! so I got some new news and some old news that I forgot to write hahaha.
First of the old news: a number of weeks ago I completed HALF MY MISSION!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTT?!?!?! How'd that happen? todo es locura.
9 months and almost at 10 WHATTTTTTIi need to get WORKINGGGG hahaha.
On other newer news, WE HAD CAMBIOS! Hermana Herrera went to ward Paraiso which is close by, and guess who is my new companion who came from Santa Cruz only NOW just leaving her first area?!?!? HERMANA GARDNER!!! woo! She was in my CCM group! and actually we were comps for a bout half a day in  our first day in the CCM. this cambio's gonna be awesome because were gonna work SUPER HARD! woo!
English class
We had our first English class this last Friday and even though the relief society president and the bishop and his three little sons showed up, it went SUPER well! They were all actually pretty awesome and great at learning. and my comp told me that I was a good teacher afterward (better than her teacher from high school  jaja) which is nice to hear because I don't actually have any idea what I'm doing. We learned the alphabet and a basic get to know you conversation. It was cool! 
I think were going to have a lot more people in our next class!
Familia Correa
Were teaching a wonderful family who now have a bautismal date and we had a super spiritual and awesome experience this last week with the single mom Janeth where we taught her "a proclamation to the world" and temples. After reading through it, I asked her if those things are something she wants to have and she said yes. I promised here she could find them in The Church of Christ. It was very special. I hope you all will read the proclamation this week its beautiful. #goals
Janeth also now has goals to go to the temple. She is a very special person. :)
We found some really friendly and wonderful new investigators this week that I'm really excited to teach!
You Learn All Sorts Of New Skills In The Mission
So Tarija doesn't have a big super market Hipermaxi like Santa Cruz where a simple gringa can go to find her favorite American sabores, for example: Peanut Butter.
They've got lots of peanuts here but mantaquilla de mani is just not a thing. 
So whats a choca like me to do??
Learn how to make her own obviously!!!
I'm actually pretty proud of myself for figuring out how to MAKE PEANUT BUTTER. 
That certainly was never something I thought I would be able to do. It's cool, we all have so much potential to do things that we never thought we could do, if we just get up and try to do it. 
My comp enjoyed the peanut butter. I'll attach a picture of my creation.
Things I've Learned
Well I have this prompting to talk about something I learned a lot about over these last 6 weeks. 
It's about those of us who feel, inadequate, unprepared, like we don't do much or anything, or that we don't make a deference, or that we aren't doing all that we could be doing.
These disappointing thoughts are not uncommon. As a missionary, I get them a lot. 
But somethings I've learned and am changing in myself are two Christlike attributes:
Diligence and Patience.
Here is what I've learned and has helped me and  the Spirit testifies to me that they are true-
Be diligent, keep working. if you know what you want, be diligent in doing the little and consistent things that will get you to that goal. It probably won't come as fast as you'd like, but if you keep working and stay diligent, it WILL undoubtedly come. don't give up. that is the only way it will NOT come. 
Be patient primarily, with YOURSELF. I feel like what is true for me could be common for others as well- whenever I lose patience with someone else, it's usually because I have first already lost patience with myself.
I have lost my self confidence or iIcompare my weaknesses to others strength. I'm not fair to myself.
To all of you who may have had these similar feelings, I'll quote elder Dieter F. Uchtedorf, 
YOU are a child of God! YOU have DIVINE POTENTIAL and you CAN DO IT. The only thing stopping you is you. Keep working. Things come in their own time, in gods time. have hope for that future that is as bright as your faith.
YOU are loved by He that is almighty, and he gives you challenges because he knows that you can handle them.
This is a phrase I'm going to work on remembering and that can help you guys to remember too:
Tell yourself, "I CAN DO HARD THINGS"
That's the truth. There's nothing stopping you. Keep working at it. You can do hard things. 
I love you guys and I believe in each and every one of you! 
Thank you for all you prayers. They give me the strength i need every day.
God always answers prayers. iIsee that every day.
When you feel like you cant do it, Ask for His help. and he will answer "immediately"
Ironic tile in our apartment haha

when life gives you mani, make montiquilla de mani!

Have a wonderful week everyone,
Love from Tarija, Bolivia <3
Hermana Brown


On Tuesday we were walking we didn't do ANYTHING but this little salt and pepper colored dog started tailing us!! He wouldn't leave us alone! he come to lunch with us and also a couple of lessons. People were like "is this your dog" and we were like "NO!" Finally we noticed he'd lost us hahahaha But then Friday we walked up to our investigators house and HE WAS THERE!!! AHHHHG He found us and followed us again but this time with a friiieennndd. We were like Snow White being followed by like all the neighborhood dogs. We named him Pimienta. It's against my nature to kick dogs, but I forcefully nudged this one a number of times.
Other than that my comp hna Gardner is the best and we've got some great plans for this cambio! Including music classes, a choir, English classes and were gonna teach the relief society how to make peanut butter this week! We've got some pretty great investigators too!
I know this is the work of the Lord! he Lives! and we are children of God!
I love you all and I hope you will all remember your divine potential and identity this week!
thank you for the prayers they help a lot!
love you guys!
love and luck from Tarija Bolivia,
Hermana Brown

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

No Hay Tiempo!

Hey everyone! Sorry I don't have a lot of time to write this weeeeeeeekkkkk! I'm soryyyyyyyy but what I learned this week was pretty awesome! I learned that its SO important to do everything you can to have the Spirit with you! If you make that your first priority everything else will follow! and specifically for  missionaries we cant teach without it! 
I've been trying to focus on creating that spiritual environment better and that starts with waking up at 7 am in the morning every day! Not just in discussions!
Also, miracles happen! Heres' one that I wrote to my mission president this week. It's in Spanish sorry but y'all can put it into Google translate probably....
con eso quiero compartir un milagro que vi este semana:
estabamos muy cansadas, hemos tocado puertas todo el tarde y todos nuestros citas cayeron. pero nuestro unico deseo era para encontrar por lo menos, una persona buena. caminando por un calle que siempre tiene muchos personas, con planes para contactar hasta neccesitamos ir al consejo, pasamos un madre con sus hijas sentando a fuera de su casa. hablamos con ellas, y al principio estaban un poco cerrada, pero sigimos hablando con ellas, preguntando de su vida, familia y intereses. y eventualmente nos reconocieron como representantes de Jesucristo. por que la mamá abrió su corazon y hablo de los desafios de su familia. y nos invitó a pasar y enseñar! mientras enseñando la restauración, la mamá salió por un rato y su hija de 17 años nos contó su propio perpectivo de un familia roto. lloró, y compartió su testimonio que er simple pero sincero de jesucristo. 
segimos enseñando y buena leccion y cuando salimos, indiviualmente, nos agradacieron por veniendo a su casa. vamos a volver este semana. milagros pasa, mayormente cuando piensa que no van a pasar. tenga fe y solo siga trabajando. 
eso es lo que apprendi este semana. siga trabajando.

Ok thats all I really have time for right now. I'm trying my best to work hard and I know that this is the work of god! 

Scripture!! Alma 17:11

Love you all and thank you for your prayers! they always help!

Love and Luck from Tarija, Bolivia!
Hermana Brown

-our dessert one lunch, half a papaya with yogurt and cerel. it was good!
-Saice! the tarijan dish!
-pics from watching rey leon with maté and pancakes with hermana vega y hermana gonovilca!
also the view from the tp of their building.

chau <3
Traanslated Version:
with that I want to share a miracle which I saw this week: we were very tired, have played Gates throughout the afternoon and all our appointments fell. but our only wish was to find at least one good person. walking down a street that has many people, with plans to contact up to neccesitamos go to the Council, we had a mother with her daughters sitting outside their House. We speak with them, and at first they were a bit closed, but sigimos speaking with them, asking his life, family and interests. and eventually we  were recognized as representatives of Jesus Christ. MOM opened her heart and I talk about the challenges of his family. and invited us to go and teach them! While teaching the restoration, MOM came out for a while and her 17-year-old daughter told us his own perpectivo of a family broken. She cried and shared his testimony than simple but sincere er of Jesus Christ.  segimos teaching and good lesson.   We are going to return this week. miracles happens mostly when you think will not happen. have faith and just keep working.  that's what apprendi this week. continue to work.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tarijans Love Potatoes Too Much

Hey guys!
 This week was hard but I learned a ton about patience and love and that patriarchal blessings can be an amazing source of strength and hope as was mine for me this week.
I don't want to talk much about the struggles this week cuz that no fun but just so y'all know every struggle I faced I also received some pretty amazing assurances from my Heavenly Father that everythings going to be alright.

One of the funny things that happened this week is our pensionista made lunch called pido de papa, which was a side salad with about 4 whole potatoes and 2 whole sweet potatoes on one plate. It was very good but I couldn't eat all the potatoes. It is one of my favorite plates now though it is very healthy. The people like quinoa here a lot. 

Also my testimony.
This week I know that this is the great and marvelous work of the Lord and I'm exactly where I need to be right now in my life doing exactly what I should be doing. And we are all daughter and sons of God who loves us and knows us each individually. 
This is his one true church. and the message of the restored gospel is a happy one. That families can be eternal and that Christ lives and God still talks to his children on earth. There is room for the Gospel in every persons life and ever person needs to hear it. If you are someone who has a testimony of these things (a big one or a small one, simple or grand) share it with someone, with anyone. Help the missionaries in your ward, they need it. And share the happy news of the restored gospel with anyone who will listen. "every member a missionary".
I love you guys. I hope all is well in your lives. Keep calm and carry on. 
Thank you for your prayers they always help a ton.
miracles happen, love and luck from Tarija, Bolivia,
Hermana Brown

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
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