August 21, 2017
My Trainee’s name is Elder Lowe. He basically came pre-trained. He is an excellent teacher and he already invited an investigator to be baptized. His speaking skills are really great. He’ll go far on his mission.
Something kinda funny happened this week—I had a bishop pull me over and “rebuke” me for wearing super worn down shoes. (See photo below). Eventually I need to get new shoes. Man, I really blew apart a pair of shoes in just one year of my mission. Hopefully I can make the rest last till the end. [Editor’s note: I ordered Alex a brand new pair of shoes.]
We also gave three talks this Sunday. Elder Lowe did fantastic. I saw a lot of people cry as he was speaking. He is a really good speaker, and had great messages.
I’ll put some notes from my talks in this letter:
First Talk: How to improve your repentance. Repenting might seem hard, but that is often because people forget what repentance really is. Repentance is the second principle of the gospel and comes after faith. It is a change of our thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that are not in harmony with God’s will. Note how repentance comes after faith; Elder Bednar in a recent broadcast to missionaries said that all the principles and ordinances of the gospel are inseparably connected. Repentance without Faith in Jesus Christ is incomplete.
At the Martin Harris Pageant there was a cool part of the play that demonstrated this principle very well. Martin Harris was commanded to repent and humble himself after he lost the 116 pages of the Book of Mormon manuscript. If he would do this, he would see the plates. But he struggled he didn’t know how he could repent (he couldn’t just bring the pages back). When it was time to obtain the witness, Martin was unable at first to see it and departed to pray. Joseph came to Martin and told him that he needed to have faith that the Savior’s atonement could heal him. Martin prayed again thanking Heavenly Father for The Savior’s atonement; and then suddenly the angel appeared and showed him the plates in a stunning display.
Building our faith in Jesus Christ through scripture study, prayer, and service build enables us to fully repent.
Second Talk: Special Language of Prayer
When we pray we use more formal language in address God: Thee, Thy, Thine, and Thou. Why? Because it shows respect and reverence to Heavenly Father. It is like in computer science. Syntax most of the time determines if a program will work or not. As we improve the language of prayer we will feel closer to Heavenly Father, and we will feel more love and reference for him.
Third Talk: Always remember Christ.
The inn keeper who reject Joseph and Mary missed out on having the most important person ever born, be born in his Inn. But he was too busy? He didn’t have room for Christ? Are we too busy for Christ? We covenant to always remember Christ. Do we do this? Do we have room for Christ?
Of us Christ has said: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”
He has not forgotten us, nor will he ever. Will we forget him? Here are some ways we can always remember Christ:
- Seek to do the will of Christ
- Be accountable to God
- Seek the aid of The Savior
Regards from Elder Brown.