Friday, December 30, 2016

Group Portraits and First AreaPresidente e Hermana Rodriguez

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Good Afternoon,
Attached you will find a picture of Sister Brown with President Rodríguez as well as a group photo with her and her trainer. She will be serving in Las Misiones in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. 
Presidente e Hermana Rodriguez and me 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Llegada en Bolivia!

Good Morning,

It’s a pleasure to inform you that Sister Brown has arrived safely to the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission. Attached is a photo of the arrival of their group in the airport.

We’re happy to receive her and serve together with her in the Work of the Lord.

We are going to do everything possible to help her have not just a positive experience as a missionary, but an experience that will serve them for the rest of their lives. We will take care of everything we can for your faithful daughter of God.

Mondays are our preparation days and you will receive notices from your daughter weekly. We encourage you to write and encourage your daughter each week to faithfully serve a full-time mission.

We know that this is the Work of God and that Sister Brown will share this truth with many people here in Bolivia.

President and Sister Rodríguez

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

MERRY Christmas and Felix Navidad!

Lunes de LEntes!
what is it? Only the BEST holiday! All the Hermanas wear our glasses on Monday and this last week we got our teachers into it and all of our elders wore their llama ties too! and Hermana Heartline doesn't wear glasses so she borrowed some from Hermana Berg and they give her headaches. But its all worth it for LUNES DE LENNTES! We also took an illegal PICTURE OF IT. WILL GET IT TO Y'ALL NEXT TIME! BUENOS DIAS!


I'm excited to spend Christmas here in the CCM although I know I'll be crying a lot too! But I just want everyone to know that I'm wishing them a very merry Christmas and to remember that revue spirit of this holiday so this is my last few day here in the CCM! and I fly to Bolivia on Monday! I'm so excited! 
Here's what happened this week


Last week was my 1 month mark and that's crazy! The first few weeks felt so long but it sped up real quick! 17 more to go! My paper says I return April 24, though so a bit less than that.


District shenanigans

We had a hear drawing competition where we had to try and draw hearts with only our elbows... that WAS INTERESTING.

Efy medley
we sang the efy medley to the princioantes and at least one cried. It was amazing! I love that song!

Elder Nase forgot his name tag in the bathroom and that caused a wild goose chase of him blaming everyone before realizing he'd been responsible for its disappearance. Then Schiendler questioned why it would have been in the bathroom and he replied "I don't want God to see that" and our teacher Hermana Ferro couldn't stop laughing for like 5 min straight it was great.


We listened to an AMAZING Holland devotional this week and I cant even describe how awesome it was. He is so awesome. I've earned so much here its fantastic.

One thing I hope everyone can take from my email this week is that I've really learned is how important the BOM is. Please read it, study it and cherish it. There is nothing in this world so inspired. I promise anything you struggle with or have questions about in your life you can find answers comfort and guidance in the Book of Mormon. 

...sorry not much time today! see ya next week IN BOLIVIA!!

Hermana Brown! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hola! Victory!!



OK.  we had a roll-eating contest last week with our district and we were the ONLY ones in the cafeteria because it was a day after all the old people left and so the elders sat on one side of one table and we sat on one side of the other so we could face off and THE HERMANAS WON! I'M SO PROUD. I ATE 12 ROLLS AT LUNCH and as a whole we beat the elders by 2 rolls!!!! with 4 Hermanas we ate 62 ROLLS. I know its insane but we had to beat Elder Ashman who ate 32 plus his whole regular meal all on his own... and he eats like that almost every meal too. So that was great.

We got to stay up to welcome the newbies at 3 am, but our teacher Hermano Palasios yelled at me and my roommates (not like real trouble though--we're good) but that was funny. There are 4 new girls in the 6 week program and they seem awesome.  It's weird being the oldest ones here... and our district leader elder Nase is now the Zone leader so that's cool. Our new DL is Elder Ashman and he's doing a great job. 

Butter Birthday

speaking of Hermano PALASIOS--it was his birthday this week! So what our district did was smuggle about 39 little packets of butter out of the cafeteria and we wrote messages on them like "comocomocomocomo??" cuz he says that a lot and "happy birthday" and other funny inside jokes and we hid them ALL OVER the classroom I'm talking in the ceiling tiles, behind the TV, under the table, there was like 12 behind one sign so when he moved it there was like a cascade of butter. We keep having to tell him "mas!mas!" and he was like "mas!?" It was really funny and I think he loved it a lot. My companion says she thought she saw him tearing up. MY HEART! It was fun
he took home a big bag of butter as our birthday gift.

So the other Hermanas in our district they were teaching and weren't prepared, so Hemrnana Heartline tried to tell him "well prepare a better lesson for you next week" but ended up saying "well prepare a woman for you" and he was like "a woman?" That cracked us up for a while.

WE ESCAPED THE COMPOUND. We got to leave the walls and go proselyting this last Saturday and it was so amazing!! We waited in the chapel for our leaders to show up for like two hours and we just sung a bunch of hymns with the elders it was actually pretty cool . And then me and my companion got to go out with Hermana Ballard! Who was an avacado who just left last week but this is her mission so we got to teach with her and lewanr about the field life!! It was so cool and her trainer is on FIRE--she walks super fast and is so good with the people. She is so cool. There's one Hermana leader in the whole mission and it's her. I learned a lot from her like the best ways to walk fast. And we taught two lessons! To REAL PEOPLE! The first we helped a man write his first talk for church the next day! That was so cool! And then we taught his recently baptized sister a lesson!! They were very nice people! their house was very very small though so at first I wasn't sure how I could relate to them because we come from such different lives, but then I saw the proclamation to the world on their wall and I remembered that they are my brother s and sisters. I understood most of what they said and I bore my testimony a couple times--it was great!

Secret saints
I've got really creative ideas to make awesome presents for our roommate and district secret Santa's I'm really excited. I'm proud of my cleverness of using our limited resources. Will have pictures later.

Our district had such a wonderful district meeting last night. There were a lot of tears lets just say. We all feel like a family now. I feel like I was raised my whole life with these people and couldn't imagine a different combination of souls in our classroom I love them so much. I know that each one of them are someone who was meant to be in my life. We will miss each other a lot, but were already planning our reunion in 2 years. We made a rapping video that I might have to send next week.

This week I've realized that the lord is always helping me, because every time I've starting to feel at the lower point of life he sends exactly what I need to lift me right back up, even higher than before. I know that all your prayers are reaching me, and I am so grateful. I could not do it without the strength of the lord or your prayers. I love my district--they rock and I am so excited to get to my mission. I

love you all! 

Hermana Brown <3

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Christmas Decorations at the CCM
3 weeks already! I can't believe it! Time is starting to fly by, but that doesn't mean this week was any less difficult, and wonderful.

Hermana Messenger and Moi

Happy Elders eating food happily

Alright so, I got this virus that's been going around and it was AWFUL. I felt like there was a knife in my stomach and every once in a while someone would twist it. Not fun. I felt like death for half the week. 

I had a pretty hard lesson in humility this week. I realized sometimes pride comes in forms you don't expect. so I honestly thought I was pretty humble until he Lord knocked me down. And with all honestly I am so glad that He did. because I have learned so much its incredible. I have learned what it really means to trust in the Lord with all of my heart, and what t means to be humble.
I can see the blessings he gives me everyday now, and I thank him for truly every good thing that comes to me. I have been able to recognize answers to my prayers and blessing from the lord as they come and that it truly amazing. I am so grateful for that. I'm grateful to the Lord for everything! I don't know how else to explain it clearer but remember everyone, to always put the Lord first. in absolutely everything. It will bring you happiness I promise.

That's a nickname or the "avencados" here. which are the missionaries who are three weeks ahead. because newbies come and oldies leave every three weeks.) So yesterday, we had to say good by to all of our avocados. It was rather sad. I made some really good friends in that group and it sucks to see them go, but I am also so excited for them all because I know hey will be fantastic missionaries. One among them was mi Prima, Hermana Elaison! It was so wonderful and comforting to have her here with me for the past three weeks, ad the people of her mission are so lucky to have her! But their leaving means that WE are now the Avocados!!!! ALPHAS. We own this place! Just kidding we still have no idea what were doing most of the time. But I'm excited to meet the new missionaries coming in! We're supposed to have 4 new English speaking hermanas! Can't wait to tell them about our butter tradition and the inevitable diarrhea.

Sundays are probably my favorite days. this Sunday was so amazing with the fast and testimony meeting! All the avocados stared it by singing the EFY medley (which is my favorite) and they changed the words to "we are now the lords missionaries" and the whole thing was so powerful. It was like a piercing feeling in my heart. and the testimonies people shared were so incredible. We also had great talks from our president and his wife and other senior leaders and we got to watch that one really good Joseph Smith movie.  It's my favorite! I absolutely LOVE the Joseph Smith story every time I hear it. We also got to watch video clips of Christ's miracles  in one lesson and that was amazing to. 

Everyone, I have realized how lucky I truly am to be called to serve here. I realized that I get to walk upon the lands that the people of the Book of Mormon walked on. I get to teach these people of the true history of their ancestors. I get to march in the place that those stripling warriors marched. I am in that army of Helaman. And most amazingly of all, I am so blessed to have the opportunity to testify of Christ, who walked on these lands, among these people. 
I have learned many things this week, including the truth of the Book of Mormon, and the importance of exact obedience, And what lesson I cherish most this week is this, That Jesus is our savior. He lives and loves us. He is the son of God. and if we put our faith in him, then we can witness miracles.

I hope all of you will read the Book of Mormon because I want everyone to have this knowledge and happiness that it has brought me. I know these things are true. and I know that Ihave a special purpose here.
Itestify these things in the name of Christ, amen.

I love and miss all of you!

Hermana Brown

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hey everyone! This is week 2 in the CCM!

My nametag and the Lima Peru Temple

So last Wed. we got to go to the Lima Peru temple!! Is was small but awesome!! I had to speak in spanish there and I fell asleep a bit but it was still great!! And when we got out we could go by stuff from the distribution center but there's also this guy that pulls his car up to the curb outside the gates and sells all these Peruvian themed things for missionaries, like ties, notebook ,scripture cover, shirts and little llama keychains that are super adorable. (I got a black llama keychain and I named him Juan Noches I--love him--forgot to take a picture though will do that next week).  Oh also there was a wedding outside the temple when we got there which was really sweet.

Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!! We had a devotional with Niel L.Anderson speaking (braodcasted from the provo MTC) and it was really good, then we were suprised by the lovly cafeteria workers who made us a thanksgiving lunch!!! They even had cranberry sauce! (although the pataoes were more "pureed" than "mashed") but they had warm apple pie to which was so good! It made everyone so happy!

So it finally reached me, the stress built up and I had a small breakdown sesh where I cried a bit into my companion's shoulder. but crying made me feel better so I'm okay now. I think everyone needs to lose it a little bit every once in a while. Im not gonna lie. It's really super hard sometimes but you gotta just cry it out and then focus on how far you've already come and see the love that surrounds you.

WE GOT HAMBURGERS ON SATURDAY! It made everyone's day--it was like a wonderful miracle! The salad bar was super crowded with evryoine actually trying to get to the ketchup for once (ketchup isnt usually very good on our regular diet of rice, potatoes and chicken) and it was hilarious to see the many Utahens /plus me making fry sauce for the fries. It made us feel at home and it was really good. Anyways moving on to not food things.

This Sunday was so great! I felt the spirit so much! We had a great lesson on repentence and I just read the chapter in Alma with Captain Moroni and the Title of Liberty. I never really  understood why everyone liked that bit so much but now I totally do. Moroni is AWESOME, favorite chapter now. I'm kinda weided out because now during personal story I'll be like "sweet--I get to read my scriptures for an hour!" cuz the wars in Alma are pretty epic, then sometimes I feel bad like"wow I'm just relaxing and reading my scriptures I should probably get to work." which is so funny because I used to stuggle reading my scriptures all the time, but they are my favorite thing now! Anyways on Sunday. We also had a great relief society lesson and a FANASTIC devotional from Bednar and his talk "be good boys, and good girls". I urge everyone to go find it and listen to it because it answered questions that I didnt even know I had.  Oh, also I read Uchdorf's "his hands" talk and that was great and we watched Holland's mercy meet talk which is one of my favorites.
Pointing to my mission area

All of us pointing to our mission areas

Page 33
I accidently ran into an Elder cuz I stepped outta the door and he wasn't looking and I couldn't move anywhere so I just tucked my arms in and went "ahhhhh!" as he ran right into me. Elder Pond thought my reaction was pretty funny and another joked by yelling "page 33 " at me. (which is the page in then missionary handbook that talks about proper conduct between elders and hermanas and stuff) it was pretty funny.

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas
So yesterday was the best day ever! We had a realxing day and didn't have to teach then, we had hambiurgers again and then we had a wonderful christmas devotional with a seventy member! and we sang as a missionary choir and it was beautiful. but the english speaker-- had to have a translator and it was really annoying cuz the guy didn't know how to use a microphone and the sensitivity was to  high so we could here him breathing and a lot of "p" sounds into our headphones. But afterwards the lit the christmas light outside for the first time and it was beautiful!!!!!! I didn't realize there would be so many! there was a little party with food and really good hot chocolate! and I met the Lima East

mission president and he was super cool. and we all just had a really good time socializing and stuff it was the relaxing fun day everyone needed tbh. also honorable mention to my adorable teacher Hermana Ferro, who is litterally awesome and called my other teacher Hermano Princessa, becuase his name is Palasio which is "palace".

I really likeplaying volley ball at physical activity right now! It's fun!

 alright guys! outta time and gotta go! Love yall!!

-Hermana Brown

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CCM Life

My District

Hermana Messenger and Me

Packing and Traveling

packing with a tired mom 
the dogs are suspicious

airport fun 

outside the crazy bus 
why, thank you

inside the crazy bus

at the CCM--finally

Vote For Pedro!

Buenos Dias!
 So today is P day! Its only been a week but i feel like Ive been here for years its been the longest week of my life! my first day we arrived at 3 am to the MTC or as we call it here the CCM (say, say, emay) its cute cuz it rhymes. so there wasn't much sleeping that night. the next day they herded us around to get all sorts of paper work done, and then we jumped right on into Spanish classes. we did have a chance to unpack at one point but when i was almost all the way unpacked, they moved me to a different room because one hermana was switching from the 3 week to the 6 week program. So i had to move everything and change companions. but I know the change was meant to be, I love my roommates!!! My new compenera is Hermana Messenger. Shes from Utah and I'm only a few months older than her. The other hermana in my room are Hermana Berg (shes super funny and sarcastic and we get a long great) hermana Heartline (she is fresh outta high school and says shes not athletic but is totally fit), hermana Braisher (super sweet and chill), and Hermana Staihli (she is fantastic. she is the creep master. we both do this eyebrow thing its super funny). The only problem is hermanas Staihli and Braishers are in a different district (class) than us so we only really see them at night before bed and we all wanna talk and stuff but we all also have to write in our journals and for a couple times we were a bit late to turn the lights out. 

Our District
We have 6 elders and 4 hermanas in our district. it was funny because the first few days all the elders didn't really know how to act around the hermanas so it was kinda awkward, but we eventually got them to talk to us and now we have a great time chatting about superheros, movies, devotional and other things. 

Our schedule
its crazy busy here! I don't think I've ever had every moment of the day filled up with so much stuff to do. We wake up at 6:30, breakfast at 7:15, then personal study, then we sit in class for usually about 3-4 hours learning Spanish and fundamentals. Our morning teacher is Hermana Ferro and she is the sweetest thing ever. Shes a great teacher and helps me a ton with the language. after our first block of classes we have lunch and then physical activity, there's volleyball, soccer, ping pong, basketball, and there those workout machines that are disguised as playground toys. Their interesting because there's no way you can add weight to it, so if you want resistance for a better work out you've gotta get creative in having a friend like stand on the bar or hold it for you. after wards we have more classes. we have Hermano Palasio teach us. He is interesting. its hard to tell if he likes us at all because his face always kinda looks bored. also he doesn't speak much English so there was quite a language barrier the first few days. so that's another few hours of classes and Spanish, until we have dinner around 6. Then we usually have an investigator lesson.

So like the third day we were here we had to plan our first lesson. what they do is they have us do a sort of simulation. they've got these little "casitas" that our teachers while act out as an investigator. So our investigator is "Pedro Suaves"(aka hermano Palasio). I was seriously so nervous the first lesson because i hardly know how to to teach a lesson in English! and wed only been learning Spanish for two days! so it was kind of awkward our first time (especially because we didn't plan on figuring out how to get in the door, like they go full out like we gotta introduce ourselves and everything!) and he gave us a "maybe" to our invitation/commitment. Again its super nerve wracking to be in there because here you are hardly knowing 100 words in Spanish and Pedro has this constantly hard to read face and you have to try to not remember that its actually just your teacher. But the 2nd lesson we kinda knew what to expect so our plan was much better and went a lot smoother and i was proud of the Spanish that i was able to speak! finally we had our third lesson on Monday and me and my compenera were really worried about not being able to bring that strong feeling of the Spirit into our last lessons so we decided that that was our main goal and focus. and that's what we prayed for before we went in. And Wow, it worked. while my companion was talking I got this prompting of exactly what to say, and when i started talking,I almost couldn't stopped, I was saying words that I didn't even realize I knew and I was able to address Pedro's concerns and bear my testimony to him really well. and we got a yes to our invitation at the end. after me and my companion walked around and talked about how awesome we had felt and how freshly motivated we were to work harder. but while we were talking our teacher came out of the casita and said that "Pedro" could feel the same spirit we did and he told us it was a great lesson. !!!!that made us so happy!!! the next day Hermana Ferro also told us that Palasio had called her and told her how awesome the spirit was in our lesson and that was cool too! anyways me and my companion are super grateful for that expierience because we both really needed to feel that strong spirit just then.


Its been crazy how much I've already leaned, but also insanely stressful. its hard not to compare yourself to other. and we all are getting stressed out about not being fluent already, but that's when we have to step back and be like wait its only bee a few days and we already know this much? The Gift of Tongues is real. and I pray for it every day. but that blessing definitely does not come without a lot of hard work on our part.
one challenge we had was to bear our testimony to the Latinas, so one night in the bathroom while everyone was getting ready for my my roommates and I did just that. and they were so kind and supportive and helped to correct us. and actually it seemed to have inspired on of them , because a Latina hermana came up to me and asked how to bear her testimony in English! so I got to teach her! then ANOTHER hermana came up and asked if I could sing child's prayer for her in English. they loved it and I heard her humming the tune later. They are super sweet people and I cant wait to be able to have better conversations with them.

I am so tired all the time and I'm working all day, but for some reason I'm also amazingly happy. Although the CCM feels like a beautiful prison sometimes, I love it here. (but I still am really excited to escape the walls when we go to the temple later today) my hermanas are so funny and we joke all the time about pulling pranks on the elders and hiding butter under the tables in the cafeteria (an ancient Hermana tradition in the CCM). Mom and Dad, Peru is beautiful from the small bit that I've seen. but theres a lot of trash and stray dogs. I cant wait to go to the temple today and see it! I wish you could try the food. Yogurt and cereal is a thing here and its very interesting. the ice cream is always good though. lots and lots of rice.

My testimony

I know what I'm doing is so very important. The Gospel is so  so true. This church is true. God loves us so very much and wants all of his children to have the happiness that the restoration gives me. I am so grateful for the blessings I've already received here. I was reading in Alma and he spoke about the story of Nephi's family and the Liahona. And I learned that, we all have a liahona, the gift of the holy spirit is very much real. but like the liahona it works on faith. We need faith in order to receive guidance. the greater our faith, the clearer that guidance is. Without faith, we cannot receive that guidance and we will be lost like Nephi and his family in the wilderness. Have faith. Move Forward, and don't be afraid to feel uncomfortable, because that when you may learn the most. 

some great scriptures from this week were Alma 35 and 36. 36 is especially cool because its a special kind of poem called a Chiasmus and its the very center of the book of Mormon. D&C 31 helped me a lot with homesickness. 

I love the Book of Mormon. I am so very grateful for it in my life.

and as hermans Berg would say, she loves it because it has a lot of death scenes. ha ha

fun facts

Mi Prima Hermana Eliason is our avencado! or "avocados" we call them per tradition. 

the food here is either "interesting" or really really good. The soft serve they have sometimes is the BEST and I was really happy when I found the spicy sauce at the salad bar. I basically put it on everything now.

the CCM is much much smaller than the Provo MTC. I'm never more than a short walking distance and a couple of staircases from my bed really.

okay running outta time so gotta go! I love you all!
Hasta Luego!!