Not So Scary–Answer, Invite, Serve


October 30, 2017

A lot happened this week, but since most of it was works in development, so it’s hard to talk about without a milestone in these stories yet. One really cool thing is that Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles came to our mission. He spoke to us and gave us a lot of training.  So, I got a lot of great notes from that. He talked a bit about the sacrament and teaching. It was all really good.

He also talked about member missionary work. One thing he said is that members are often scared of doing missionary work, and that it is often because of misconceptions.  This of course is a classic trick from Satan, he lies to make missionary work seem harder than it is. Let me clear some stuff up. It is fairly simple and straight forward.

First—Answer. People worry that they have to teach people like missionaries do, as in they’ll have to teach them all the doctrine taught in the missionary lesson.  Or they’ll worry they can’t teach any gospel principle outside of the missionary lesson. While there are some sacred things which we don’t talk about all in great detail, all we really have to do is just answer their questions, whatever those questions might be and the best we know how. We don’t even have to knock in their door and say would you like to know more about my church.  Just answer questions leave the teaching to the full-time Missionaries

Second–Invite. God allows all people chose for themselves; but they can’t choose if they do not have a choice placed before them. Inviting people to church, or to have missionary lessons, or to a ward activity, or a family home evening gives them the ability to exercise their agency. They might say no, but that doesn’t matter. Respect their decision and keep answering questions.  If another opportunity arises, great.

Third–Serve.  Go out of your way to make the lives of others better. This means being an example and demonstrating what Christ-like love is. As people feel your love they’ll feel their saviors love, and feeling the love of Christ enables them to use their agency and make a choice. But service also helps us feel the Savior love, we feel our Heavenly Fathers appreciation for the service we do for his children, so if nothing else service draws us nearer to Christ and Heavenly Father.

This week I have been able to see the examples of many member missionaries going out of their way to answer friends questions, to invite others to come to church or take the discussion, and to serve their friends and family.  It has been Truly inspiring to see the courageous efforts of others. And guess what, people didn’t always say yes. And nobody lost any friends over it.  And they seemed a lot happier.

The Lord has promises us great joy and greater receptiveness to the Holy Ghost as we make efforts in missionary work.  I have seen them in my life.  Please seek after these blessings yourself, they have made a big difference in my life.

Regards from Elder Brown.


How Great Shall Be Your Joy


October 23, 2017

This week has been a great week.  The work here has really picked up and we have a lot of things going really good for us.  This has been one of the best transfer of my mission, and has been one of the greatest moments of my life.  

 As such, I recently had a thought, it is this: “I am so grateful to be able to be able to serve the Lord”.  As I expressed this thought to my Heavenly Father I felt the spirit very strongly.  It is a amazing privilege to be able to serve, especially in missionary work.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks said:

“We do not preach and teach in order to ‘bring people into the Church’ or to increase the membership of the Church. We do not preach and teach just to persuade people to live better lives. … We invite all to come unto Christ by repentance and baptism and confirmation in order to open the doors of the celestial kingdom to the sons and daughters of God.”

That quote stirs me. When I meet somebody who is willing to meet with us I think of how I will be able to play a part in the greatest blessing somebody can receive in this life.  It is such a privilege and a responsibility, and it has brought me great joy.

Regards from Elder Brown.


Baptism and the Book of Mormon



Baptism Day!


October 16, 2017

This week has been an amazing week.  And the main reason is we had a baptism this week!!!  And to make it better we’ve become good friends with the person who got baptized.  His service was really great, and he bore a powerful testimony on how powerful service and the Book of Mormon was in his conversion.

I’ve seen the power of the Book of Mormon this week.  In addition to the testimony our convert bore on the Book of Mormon I’ve seen other moments this week which are examples of the witness that comes from the Book of Mormon. I was able to acquire a reprint of the original printing of the Book of Mormon.  It’s cool to see how the Book of Mormon still has that witness no matter how it is written.

We found an investigator while tracting, he lived in Utah all his life but didn’t grow up a member.  What was interesting is he readily accepted to the challenge to read the Book of Mormon. When we check up on him, he told us that he thought it was good.  And he also just seemed happier the second time we met him.

Another person we tracted into grew up in North Carolina (#beststate), and was raised in the churches there.  But we invited her to read the Book of Mormon and she accepted the challenge. Later she told us how she has always been curious about the Book of Mormon.

Really, I wonder why more people aren’t curious about the Book of Mormon. It is claimed to be additional scriptures, additional clarifying instructions from God.  It has a promise that all who read it and ask God will gain a witness that the Book is true. And that by that simple truth we will know for sure that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that Jesus is the Christ, and that God has reestablished his kingdom on the earth today, which is the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Through the Book of Mormon we also learn the Gospel, or the things that we must do in this life in order to return to God in the next life.  We learn the Plan of Salvation, we learn in detail why Jesus Christ is savior, and why we need him in our life. We learn how we can overcome the devil. We learn that God loves all people on the earth.  We learn how we need to change our life for the better.

I love the Book of Mormon. I love the witness that I get each time I read it. I have learned for myself it is true, through the witness of the Holy Ghost which brings me peace, happiness and understanding. I would encourage y’all to read the Book of Mormon.  No matter who you are that Book of Mormon will bring blessings into your life.

In the Name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.



Me holding a reprint of the first edition of the Book of Mormon. Very Cool!



At a teaching and dinner appointment




New Haircut, same mug.




Winter Is Coming!



In Logan Canyon

October 9, 2017


My favorite time of the year is coming, Winter!  The leaves are already starting to fall and the mountains are changing colors. We have already seen some snow on the mountains—it has been exciting! I just love how peaceful and calm things get in the winter time. Elder Lowe, who is from Florida where they do not have a Fall or Winter, is super excited, and he’s been amazed with everything going on so far.  

How amazing is this planet? Everything is amazing. The fact that that same planet houses both cold and warm, and how everything adapts and reacts to the changes of the weather, it just amazes me.  Even just the simplest tree is so sophisticated; it amazes me that each tree detects the change in the season and begins to shed its leaves. And not to mention how amazing each animal is: bears fatten themselves up and hibernate, insects go into hiding, and the birds fly south to warmer waters.

I’m reminded of President Uchtdorf’s talk this Conference: A Yearning for Home. In it, he spoke of how animals have an innate sense to find their way home. All of this wonderful world makes me feel like the prophet Alma who said:

Yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.  (Alma 30:44)

How loving is our creator for “not even a sparrow falls to the ground without our Father’s notice.”  (Elder Rasband paraphrasing Matthew 10:29 and By Divine DesignGod knows every single detail of this wonderful world. And He in his great love gave life to everything in this world, and He gave life to us also.  

In his amazing plan He not only gave us this life and beautiful world, He gave us a purpose as well—To learn and to grow, repent and improve, and be perfect as He, our Father in Heaven is perfect. And He provided a way for us: He sent his Son into this world, to bear the mistakes of all.  And if we have faith in Jesus Christ, repent, get baptized by water and by the Holy Ghost and endure to the end, Christ will make us perfect.  Be Ye Therefore Perfect–Eventually

 I just love my Heavenly Father, this world he has made for us, and his Son Jesus Christ who allows us to fulfill the purpose for which we were sent to this earth.

In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 Regards from Elder Brown.


Logan Canyon




Logan Canyon Part 2


The leaves have already turned and fallen up Logan Canyon in preparation for winter



Providence Utah on the Foothills





General Conference Musings




October 2, 2017

This was a great General Conference, the third one on my mission. Recently I’ve found that I learn a lot from conference, more than I did before my mission. I feel like sharing a few of the insights I had during General Conference.

There were two major things I was impressed by:

First was just the reason for loving service.  I was very impressed by President Erying’s talk when he was talk about the Mormon Helping Hands disaster relief efforts. It is hard for me to put into words exactly what I want to say. Basically I was think of how important it is that we help take care of the temporal (physical) needs of God’s children.  Our bodies are precious and so anything we can do to help save people’s lives is huge. I just feel like I want to serve people, and make people’s lives better.

The other thing that struck me was how important the Book of Mormon is.  I realized that the Book of Mormon is the gateway to testimony, and testimony is the foundation for everything.  When we know the Book of Mormon is true then we know that the Holy Bible is true, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that we have a living prophet and living apostles, and that there is a God and he sent his son Jesus Christ to be our savior. But more than that I realized why we must use the Book of Mormon daily.  If we don’t feed our testimonies they will shrink, and possible even fade away.  But by reading the Book of Mormon every day, which is the great testimony builder of our dispensation, our testimonies will grow.

I believe that God expects us to use the Book of Mormon, he spent put a lot of diligent care into bringing the Book of Mormon forth in our day and age.  I believe that so many questions people ask in this day and age would be answered if they would just read the Book of Mormon. Reading the Book of Mormon might be a small task for us but behind that small task comes an exceptional amount of power.

It is an exciting time to be a missionary.

Regards from Elder Brown.