Proselytizing and Cotton Candy

 

August 19, 2016

I got a prompting telling me that I should share how my mission is going.  And since I don’t have a lot of time until we have to go to Logan to get winter gear, this is going to be a very short lesson. Around here we basically cover one neighborhood in our area.  So we don’t have a car, we walk everywhere.  We also don’t tract, because we literally know where every single non-member is, so we spend a lot of time talking with members trying to find somebody that might be interested.  Despite this we do our best to find those that are ready to progress. We actually got a new senior couple, Elder and Sister Koldewyn.

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Elder and Sister Koldewyn

 

August 26, 2016

This has been an intense week.  I’m a bit tried as I write this because we just had a very intense game of speedball. We have been working hard to find out if one of our potential investigators wants to have lessons, as he seems like he wants to avoid the subject all together.  We have found a new potential investigator and we are going to follow up win her next week.  And there is a kid that is about to turn 9 but hasn’t been baptized yet, and wants to, which means we will be teaching him. BTW, I had dinner today with the brother of our stake president, President Kelsey, funny how small this world can be.

We had dinner with a  family that has a cotton candy machine. And it was filmed!

Elder Alex Brown makes Cotton Candy

Regards from North Ogden East, Elder Brown.

 

Six Week Transfers

Sept 12, 2016  (Around 12:00 pm)

So it has been a whole 6 weeks in my mission so far.  That means that I’m am about to be done with my first transfer.  [Editor’s Note: Transfers take place every six weeks. A transfer means being reassigned a proselytizing area typically with a new companion. Not every missionary is moved every transfer. Missionaries often use the term transfer to mean a six week period of time between these events, whether they are moved or not.]

This transfer:

  • I learned a lot about how to be a missionary
  • I ate tons of awesome food
  • Two of our investigators where baptized and confirmed
  • I became better at drawing
  • I taught many lessons to many different people
  • I studied my scriptures for a minimum of 42 hours (1 hour a day)
  • I am now able to do a real, full plank push up
  • I got a perpetual cold, that never seems to go a way
  • I learned how to use an IPad, I also broke Siri
  • I found out that quesadillas can last me for 6 weeks
  • I found out that I don’t like breakfast food (okay I already knew that)

All in all this has been fantastic, and I have enjoyed it. North Ogden East has been an awesome place to stay, and there are fantastic members here.  Since I am being trained it is basically guaranteed that I will stay here in North Ogden East. But you never know, wherever the Lord calls me I am ready to go.

And now I am called to work in the…well, I guess we don’t find out today, we find out tomorrow.  I’ll inform you guys when I can.  I’m not sure if I can email tomorrow but hopefully they’ll make an exception.

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Sept 12, 2016  (around 6 pm).

So President Allred actually came through and sent the mission roster out to all us missionaries.  It turns out that I’m staying in North Ogden East, and so is my companion Elder Short. Relief!

The reason the transfers info was delayed was because the new missionaries coming from the MTC were delayed. And because of that they decided not to release the roster.  But enough missionaries complained, or the mission president realized that we would basically have two P-day’s and gave us the roster, OR IT WAS A TEST.

Anyway some cool things happened this week.  We met an Irish Jehovah Witness, who we gave a Book of Mormon to and that was cool.  We also taught in primary, and when somebody asked the question, “What did Ammon do?” (If you don’t know, read Alma 17:26-39), one little girl said really loudly, “HE KILLED SHEEP!”.  That was funny, I think I should hang that quote on a wall.  (FYI, Ammon did not kill any sheep.)

Oddly despite not getting moved we are in a new district.

Also, I HAVE A CHALLENGE!  We have been asking members to pray for missionary opportunities, so I’m going ask all y’all to pray for missionary opportunities.

Have a nice day, Elder Brown

For Myles,  Raising the Roof

(Myles your legacy will last forever).

 

Missions and Mountain Climbing

So I felt like I should talk about what my mission in Utah is like. Considering that I’ve only been out on my mission for a month, don’t expect me to be the end all authority on the Logan Utah mission. Here goes!

First off, there are a lot of companionships in my mission. According the mission presidency we have seventy-two. That means we have at least 144 missionaries in our mission. To make things even more hectic twenty more missionaries are joining us next transfer. So in all we will have a whopping 164 missionaries. And considering how small geographically the Logan Utah mission is, we have a large density of missionaries.

Second, Utah is a lot different from other LDS missions. This is mainly due to the fact that everybody who lives in Utah already knows about the LDS church. There are members everywhere, and the religion is part of the culture here, which means that people who aren’t members can feel isolated from society and become bitter about the LDS church as a result. But on the other hand because the LDS church is so big here non-members have a lot of opportunities to learn about the gospel and many get baptized. Which is why we are the number one baptizing mission in the continental US.

And we get fed a lot, so most of us get fat 🙁.

And we walk a lot so many of us get buff.♥

And since LDS church members are really important here, we literally can’t do anything if the members won’t help us. (Also members take forever to do anything).

But I am enjoying life! Just today (Monday) I got to hike up to the top of Ben Lomond, which looks just like the mountain in the Paramount logo.

Hope you are having a nice day everybody.

Regards from North Ogden East.

P.S. Transfers are next week.