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 MamΓ‘n 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!! σΎ“¦πŸ’ŸσΎ“¦πŸ’ŸσΎ“¦πŸ’ŸσΎ“¦πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽσΎ“¦σΎ“¦σΎ“¦ 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 BrownπŸ’Ÿ

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!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Musings on Mormon and Moroni

As I have read the Book of Mormon multiple times, I have gotten to see Mormon's narrative more clearly and thought about how and why he chose which stories and which things to include. It has helped me to know him a little better. And Moroni is  little bit of an incredible mystery too. They tell us all about the other people, but we have to learn about them by what they chose to tell us about others. Like Moroni choosing to add Mormon's two talks in Moroni 7 and 8, that Moroni decided to add after he had finished the record several times. Moroni 7 is one of my favorites, so I am grateful to him for including it.


Monday, June 19, 2017

What Interesting Things You Find in a Bolivian Mercado

Well I had a very interesting week, but not about many things I can write about. I learned a lot this week that's for sure. Mostly I learned that the real teacher isn't us, isn't me, its the Spirit. And its impossible to teach without the Spirit. Lots of miracles this week that I'm very grateful for and I know that God always answers prayers and is always helping and blessing.
But here are some photos:
So where we normally do shopping is in the market. Its like a giant
farmers market that's always open because that's more normal here than a supermarket. Its where people sell there fruits veggies other food and also a seccion where people sell clothing and a TON is used and imported American clothes. Those are pictures of a sweater from my freshman year High School football team from Mission Viejo High School! California! That was right there in Santa Cruz Bolivia mercado! I thought it was pretty impossible and hilarious!
Okie dokie love ya'll and I hope you'll all grow your faith this week!
Lots of blessing and love and luck from Bolivia,

Hermana Brown <3<3<3














































































pastel de chocolate.  ¿Tengo que decir algo mΓ‘s?


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

No Transfer For This Cambio!

We had transfers today but both me and hna Maman are staying in our area for ANOTHER cambio!! I'm gonna have almost half of my mission in my first area ha ha. But that's awesome because we've got a lot of great plans and investigators this cambio and I think were going to have a ton of success. 








Hmn Maman

Birthday wishes

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Feliz Cumpleanos to Me!

Birthday with Hermana Maman and the Padilla Family






video

OK! So all y'all are asking for an update and I don't have a lot of time but here are the points of this week:

MY 21 BIRTHDAYYYY!!
So obiviously y'all wanna hear about that well, we had a conference all morning and that was very motivating and I learned aloooottttt and we ate a LOTT of food! We had like 6 meals from different people and I got a lot of sweet gifts and card from members, conversos and investigators.  It was really fun and I'm really happy I got to spend my birthday in LAS Misiones!

MIRACLES!
Faith without works is dead. We made goals every day to find more new people this week and God helped us so much because almost every day we achieved our goal!
And on Sunday we found 11 nuevos!!!!! That made it so we found 24 nuevos when our original goal was 16!!!!! That's crazy!!!!!!!!!! We couldn't believe it! And they are all such good people and among them 2 families!!! I'm excited to teach them!!

7 to 10
We had a change to our schedule and now we wake up at 7 am and return to the house at 930 r 10. Crazy! But I like it a lot more. Also, transfers are on Mondays now which is good but means I have two less days int his cambio which makes me sad! 

Well gtg!! love y'all!!!

love and luck from Bolivia


Hermana Brown


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

We had another baptism this week!!! of a 26 year old golden investigator 
named Maritza!!! The baptism went great although they had to baptize her a second time in the cold water because she swallowed water though her nose the first time and her arm didn't go in. But it was really great and both her parents came including her very Evangelical mom and also the family of her boyfriend came (her boyfriend who's a member baptized her). We had our first lesson with Maritza only a month and two weeks ago!! Shes truly golden. 
























































We also had visitors! Hna Wheeler who's Hna Maman's last companion. And they brought Papa Johns!! We had to leave our keys in the tree next to our gate for them since we would be in our last lesson with Maritza when they would arrive-- but we came home and they had pizza and a member had also given us cake and it was a fun time.
We had an activity with the young men and women and we had them send a link of something from Mormon.org to a friend using their phones. Then we ate homemade pizza.
Also I got to call the fam yesterday!!! That was pretty awesome. It was really great to see all you guys!! I'm surprised I didn't cry. Hna Maman, Alcivar and Jara all did!  ha ha!
Also HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
I bought some new dresses and skirts for really cheap this morning so I'm pretty excited for that too! Yay clothes!
Also TODAY I HIT 6 MONTHS IN MY MISSION!!! WOOT ONE YEAR LEFT! That's really weird to think about. Gotta get working!!!

There's pics and ill attach another email for more pics too!
I think that's all that really happened this week.
Love you guys!!! Thank you so much for all your prayers! They help a lot!! Remember to study your scriptures and pray!

<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

MUCHO love and luck from Bolivia
Hermana Brown​

Monday, May 8, 2017

May is the best Month!!!



So we had cambios again and I get to stay in Las Misiones 2 with Hna MamΓ‘n! Which is awesome because we have some amazing investigatores with baptismal dates this cambio and also we will be able to celebrate our birthdays together!!! 
May is the best month!!!πŸ˜„

I don't have a lot to say this week because we did a lot of walking and this week.   People didn't seem to want to listen much but we still saw a lot of miracles and found some great new investigators!! 
We have a young couple named Myra and Jasmany and they are super awesome. They were able to come see the baptismal service for the elders this Saturday which was really cool! President Rodriguez talked to them and said some cool stuff.
Myra couldn't come to church this Sunday because she was not feeling well (shes pregnant) but Jasmany came anyways which is really great!
And our other investigator Sara told us that she would like to serve a mission!!! So cool! It's super amazing to see people growing in their faith and trust in the Lord and watching them become happier with the light of Christ. I love being a missionary!!!!
Hna Sara our pincionesta went to the hospital this week which was scary but she has since returned home and we are eating lunch at her house again. I'm glad she is recovering. She is one of my favorite people here.
We changed to the other district in our zone so now we are in the same district as the other companionship of hermanas in our ward which is cool but like all the gringos are in this district and my companion was whining about going to the "distrito de los gringos" but Elder Lefgren is our district leader and he's really nice so I think it will be a good change.
We watched Moana again this last Monday but in Spanish! Which was really cool! I could actually understand a lot! and realized that they were saying things different than the Spanish subtitles were saying. idk why. But I learned the phrase "ni te metas" from it which was hilarious. The songs are actually really good in Spanish too.
OK that's all this week!
Bolivia is doing great ha ha I hope you all have a wonderful week and I challenge everyone to Count your Blessing this week! I promise there a more than you can fit on both hands!!
Love you all and thank you for your prayers and support!!
Love and Luck from Bolivia
Hermana Brown
<3<3<3<3<3<3<<3<3<3<3
photos from the zoo and baptism and a giant couch we made out of the extra mattresses we had from when the other hermanas visited.


May 1

So this week we wanted to go to the zoo for our zone activity so we changed our p day to Wednesday but then Tuesday night they called half our zone into immigrations (which usually happen early Wednesay morning) so that kind of ruined our p day. But we still went to the zoo and saw some cool animals including llamas and jaguars (the Latinas were joking by asking the jaguar "how are you doing" because you pronounce jaguar How are almost in Spanish) and it was cool but REALLY COLD because we didn't really have rain coats and it poured the whole time. So were didn't see all the animals that were hiding and we were jumping over small lakes in the sidewalks. I gave up once my shoes were totally soaked through. We did see a monkey eating a banana though so that was pretty much worth it all. Then we went to the plaza and got food. I got Chinese food but it all tasted like soy sauce. That's it. Just soy sauce.
Then I got a cool t shirt and wallet from a Bolivian gift shop.
And then Thursday morning they called us in again for immigrations!
So I have my visa and I think the next step is I'm going to get my license to be here finally. 
This week we had a lot of fun and did a lot of work and ate lunch with a young couple with baptismal dates which was fun. We ate Picamachu that was actually spicy which was great!

That's all I've really got time to write this week. 
Me and Hna MamΓ‘n bought a ton of food that were excited to eat this week so there's that too. Including ravioli!!! Yassssss.
Also, we made a goal to speak English in the house at nighttime for her to practice but its really hard because she does not like to learn English unlike a lot of the Latinas! haha.

Alright love you all! Don't forget to study the scriptures and pray often! I hope this week goes amazingly for everyone and thank you always for your thoughts and prayers!!
πŸ’ŸπŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸŒ
luck and love from Bolivia
Hermana Brown