June 6, 2018
This week was awesome. I have a lot to talk about and not a lot of time. We had a training meeting called ADTM were we were trained on using technology, as part of the training we hiked a mountain.
The Holy Ghost is amazing. We had an investigator start progressing rapidly because of his experiences with the Holy Ghost. It is really cool to see how what we felt inspired to teach applies in his life. Missionary Work is awesome. You could really feel the peace of the Holy Ghost at the baptism.
We had two investigators get baptized this week. They had been wanting to be baptized for almost 2 years but for legal issues they were not able to be baptized till now. The work of many missionaries payed off that day, and tons of people showed up to their baptism.
Stake Conference was this week. It was cool and all, but I miss the taking the sacrament 😢. And because P-Day wasn’t this Monday, Sunday really didn’t feel like a Sunday at all. We went to the Temple today because it was our three-month Temple trip today. I love going to the temple and it blew my mind again today.
And for transfers Elder Lowe, the first Missionary I trained is coming up to Logan to be me and Elder Bowen’s companion!!! We are in a tripanionship!!! And I was released from being a District Leader and senior companion, so I get to focus on the work!!!
Regards from Elder Brown.
June 11, 2018
This was a great week. The work in our area is still going strong (and likely will until the end of my mission), the work in the district is going strong, and the work in the zone is going strong. Our mission is finishing super strong, President Allred ain’t slacking and neither are we.
As I draw to the end of my mission I am kinda surprised how normal everything is. Of course things will change rather dramatically, but I feel very calm. I feel a bit like Joseph Smith who said while on the way to his impending martyrdom, “I am going like a lamb to the slaughter; but I am calm as a summer’s morning.”
Clearly my situation is not as drastic as Joseph’s at that time (although the comparison to mission lingo is funny); but this is going to be a dramatic moment of sudden change in my life, of which I most likely don’t fully comprehend. Yet despite that looming moment rising on the horizon, I am calm. Perhaps it is because I am swallowed up in the work of the Lord, or perhaps it is a spiritual gift. Nevertheless, I am glad that I have this time left to serve the Lord with all of my heart, might, mind, and strength.
This Sunday we had our “departing” testimony meeting at President and Sister Allred’s home. Normally this meeting happens the last day of our missions, but due to the fact that President and Sister Allred are leaving the mission field as well this month, we had to do it sooner (Sorry Mom that you didn’t get to come). It was great to hear the testimony of all the Elders that came out with me. As I shared my testimony I was able to reflect on all the moments that I have seen the hand of God in my life. I felt a deep gratitude for Heavenly Father. By far Heavenly Father has made the biggest difference in my life. And it was amazing to hear the testimony of President Allred. He has been a great mission President to every individual missionary in this mission, and it is sad to see him go home.
But I still have two weeks left of my two-year mission. And this won’t be my last testimony, that testimony will be growing everyday as I follow Jesus Christ.
Regards from Elder Brown.
June 18, 2018
First things first. Happy Father’s Day Dad! There was a talk this Sunday about the critical need of fathers in society and in the lives of their children. It reminded me about all the life lessons my father taught me. Truly with my Father I wouldn’t be a quarter of the man I am today.
In other news the work this week had been great. I’ve learned some lessons and had some good experiences. But my time here in the Logan Stake is numbered. (Even more numbered than my time on my mission). President Allred called me and told me that I will be going to join the Mendon and Wellsville stake Elders for 4 days. One of the Elders (Elder Wooten) had to have surgery, so I will be working with Elder Hoemke while his companion recovers, then I’ll be back in Logan.
In this last leg of my mission I have had the privilege of interacting more with President and Sister Allred. And while their impact on my life doesn’t compare to the impact on my life that my parents have had, and doesn’t even begin to compare to the impact Heavenly Father has had on my life, the impact of the Allred’s has meaningfully changed my life. But now, like me, they are closing their missions and leaving behind the ministry that they served in.
For a while I have been reflecting on the impact that these two have had and I have a few thoughts I would like to share. Perhaps one of the most influential parts of their mission here in Logan had been their ministry. Throughout my mission I have been surprised to hear the stories of missionaries who cited President Allred having one of the biggest impacts of their life. Often, they mention the advice that President Allred gave them, or how he patiently listened to their problems and helped them see the big picture of the Gospel. Throughout all of this it amazes me how President Allred would perform this service hiddenly with little fanfare. He never talked about these little moments; he performed this service out of love and concern, not out of pride or duty. He knows the worth souls, and is, like Christ the master, concerned with the one. Truly he is an amazing example of ministering.
Also, President Allred is an inspired man who knows to receive revelation. Like in his ministering, President Allred followed the revelation he receives with little fanfare. On my mission I would often be transferred with missionaries that had struggles. And I learned how to help them. Often I would be transferred to Elders who had certain struggles that I’m sure President Allred had no idea about. But God knew and would inspire President Allred to put them with me, and because of my past experiences I was able to help. This was a common occurrence.
Sister Allred is not a step behind President Allred in terms of impact on the mission. Sister Allred is fearless and bold. She knows what is right and is bold in declaring the truth. Often Sister Allred would give training, and often she would rebuke the entire mission. And it was never just rebuking for rebuking’s sake. Always you would understand the importance of what she was saying. In addition Sister Allred is a student of the gospel. She is always learning. In her downtime, she would talk to the missionaries and discuss the gospel with them. Some of the most meaningful and spiritual conversations I have had were with Sister Allred.
And it was amazing to see how their strengths complimented each other. Alone they were amazing, but together they have left an example and an impact that has forever changed my life, and countless others.
Regards from Elder Brown.