Outside the newly renovated Ogden Temple.
This was an awesome week, even though it didn’t start out all that well.
Elder Richardson had an issue and we had to go up to Logan to find a solution. My responsibility definitely has increased. It was stressful and things could have gone really bad, really quickly. But thankfully they didn’t get that bad. Overall I believe that God prepared me my entire life for this week. Lessons I learned earlier in my life have helped me this week, if I hadn’t had those humbling experiences I might have been completely overwhelmed. But I knew God had things under control, and he prepared me in such a way that I could help.
And oddly things here in Utah have been a bit warm. We have only had one day of snow so far, and things have stayed about 50 degrees. Apparently the warm followed me here.
But it did snow. And that was awesome!!! I love the snow. Everybody tells me I won’t love it after my mission, but we will see. Snow has so many wonderful traits, but my favorite is that it dampens sound, so much peace and quiet.
First snow of the season!
We also went outside of our mission boundaries yesterday—not too far—for Stake Conference at the Ogden Temple Tabernacle. The Ogden temple is so beautiful. It recently got overhauled so it is no longer the wedding cake design. I love that building and I hope I’ll have a chance to go back one day and see the inside.
At the Stake Conference, Elder Peterson, of the Seventy came and gave several addresses. One of the things he did is promise members that if they invite us over to their homes, that they will be able to find people to share the gospel too. So now we have 20+ lessons in the upcoming weeks.
We also invited one of our investigators to get baptized and he accepted. And we put it on the calendar. We are now working with him to help him be ready for his baptism day.
Regards from Elder Brown.
(Lux Taylor and Elder Richardson and I right before his baptism).
November 7, 2016
This has been an interesting week. One of our progressing investigators had a set back and was unable to continue to have lessons. But she still wants to read her scriptures so she’s going to be awesome one day.
We also had an hour and a half lesson with somebody who doesn’t live in our area, named Sai Chung. He initially only wanted to learn more about our culture, but we ended up teaching an extremely spiritual lesson on the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance. Sai literally cried when we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon. He has committed to reading the Book of Mormon. So yeah! Maybe one day he will commit to be baptized.
On Saturday, we had a baptism for our investigator Lux Taylor. It was an awesome service, and you could feel the Holy Spirit in the meeting. Lux was confirmed on Sunday the next day. [Editor’s note: In the LDS Church being a baptized member of the church is a two-step process. First, you are baptized by immersion in water. Second, you are given the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and confirmed a member of the church. We call this Confirmation. As a verb, confirm.] It was awesome to see his family come together. His father had been less active and only recently came back to church. After the baptism both parents were with Lux and show casing their baptism scriptures, and connecting over the scriptures. Like I said, it was awesome!
We also broke the baptism font. Yep. We couldn’t unplug the font and we ended up breaking the plug, even more than it was already broken. We had to have our senior missionary couple come over, one of whom was a plumber who discovered the problem and fixed it. I can now indulge in my knowledge of PVC pipe and heat. The font’s plug was a three-quarter inch PVC pipe part that screwed into a PVC pipe Apparently, our first mistake was tightening the PVC plug too tightly into the pipe. Once hot water was added to the font it caused the PVC pipe to expand and the PVC pipe fused with the plug, making it impossible to unplug. Elder Koldewyn our senior couple had to cut it out. But it all ended up okay in the end.
I also got food poisoning, so I’m sick again. (I got better).
Regards from Elder Brown.
P.S. Everyone is free to send me Emails at my address at firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween, me and a creepy clown doll.
October 31, 2016
This week has been awesome. The area seems to be on fire and we are getting a lot of work done. My new companion Elder Richardson looks kinda like me, and he is a super hard worker.
Introducing Elder Richardson. Do you think we look alike?
I have felt a stronger desire to be the best I can this week, and we have done some great things. But it has not been all awesome. I managed to get food poisoning on Friday and had a terrible night, and had to share a bit too much time with the bathroom. I didn’t get better until Sunday and couldn’t do much. In fact, I probably pushed myself to do more than I should have done.
But even after that I’m extremely excited for the baptism this week. Baptisms are awesome events and everybody involved always ends up feeling so good after the baptism.
I’m still not feeling the best so this letter is going to be shorter.
Regards from Elder Brown.