Thursday, August 17, 2017

Work is really picking up!

Ya' ta' hey!
I love this ward! The people here are incredible and very complimentary! Training has been going well. I'm really hoping that I'm doing all that I can for Sister Austin! 

Sister Anderson and Sister Brown are training Sister Austin
This week has been crazy and full of exchanges! 
Tuesday we were on exchanges and we met a woman named Daeshawn who grew up in the church but fell away in her teenage years due to family issues. She has had a really rough past with people abusing her and bad choices. We taught her a couple times but we don't know where she's at right now, because her boyfriend got her kicked out of the hotel they were in and whatnot, but she has a strong testimony of Heavenly Father and the plan that he has for her!

We also had our last lesson with Jason this week because he's fully active now! We'll probably have him come to lessons with us now though! oh and we also had the most delicious omelets with Brother Venegas for dinner that night too! 

Wednesday we ran into Daeshawn again, before she had gotten kicked out of the hotel. We also saw Judy again who came to church yesterday again for the 2nd or 3rd time in forever! We also knocked some doors on the county roads and met a man from Kenya! He was pretty great, but had no interest unfortunately...We sure got a lot of mosquito bites though, from walking those county roads!

Thursday we had lessons with Antonio and Jori as well as dinner with Paul and Margaret (our new investigators as of last week). She made the most delicious enchiladas! 

Saturday we were on exchanges once again and we were able to put Hannah (a new investigator as of last week too) on date for baptism for September 9th! He husband sat in on the lesson too and would like to investigate too! So he was our new investigator this week!

Sunday, we were given the privilege to talk in Sacrament meeting about missionary work/how to invite your friends to church since next week is our "invite your friend to church Sunday!"
We also were able to see Tanner again finally for a recent convert lesson! 

This week over all was pretty good! I absolutely love the people here! The Bishop is incredible...He has a heart of gold! The members are so kind and the work here is really picking up!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Being led to those who want to hear the truth!

We are in a trio and it's been great having Sister Austin here! I've never trained before so it's a new experience but I pray every single night that I can be the trainer that Heavenly Father and Sister Austin needs me to be! We are both training her and its been fun. Sister Austin is from Oakley Idaho, her favorite color is purple and she loves potatoes and her mom's homemade bread sticks! 

I'm thinking I'll stay in Cortez for the rest of my mission! :) ...because Sister Anderson will leave just before the transfer ends and I'll probably end up finishing Sister Austin's training (training lasts 2 transfers), but who knows! We'll see what the lord has in store for me! :) I love Cortez and there are so many incredible people here!

This week has been crazy, but great!
We had a training meeting all morning on Tuesday and picked up Sister Austin. When we got back to our area we taught Antonio (our new investigator from last week) as well as taught Paul and his wife Margaret (who are two new investigators as of this week!). It was a miracle the way that we found them! Bishop had given us the name of someone to go try to visit and we'd tried like 3 times over with no success. Well after the 3rd time we were like there has got to be a reason we keep coming all the way out here! So we stopped and said a prayer, we thought for a little bit and felt prompted to knock on a door close by. Well no one was home, but as we were about to head out, a car pulled in. We talked to him and he invited us back to meet with him and his wife this week! We were able to teach them twice this week and they want to feed us a meal this upcoming week! They are incredible people and I know that we were lead right to them!

Wednesday we were able to see Judy Martin. She hasn't been feeling too well lately but at least we got to see her! We also saw Scott and he's really doing well! He didn't come to church this week because of work, but he mentioned being re-baptized! We also saw Jason Morgan and He is basically fully active again!

Thursday we had District meeting and Elder Birch is our new District Leader and he invited the spirit so strongly to our meeting! It was incredible!

Friday we were able to see Sister Pixler (who we haven't seen in forever!) and that's when we saw Paul and Margaret for the 2nd time! 

Saturday we double worked our area because Sister Anderson is still a Sister Trainer Leader so she has to do lots of exchanges but because we are in a trio and the other sisters are also in a trio we could double work our area! We were able to find a new investigator because of it! She seems to have tons of potential too! We also saw Rhonda that evening and she seems to be doing ok. She wasn't feeling too well, but when we saw her briefly, earlier in the week she seemed so much happier! 

We've been walking A TON and we've seen so many miracles from it, but we were walking home from Rhonda's lesson and the city was doing this hot air balloon festival so we got to see them and it was really neat!

Sunday we had a wonderful fast and testimony meeting, and got to meet with Bishop about doing a "Bring a friend to church Sunday" where we specifically focus all the talks on the basics of the gospel and make it really powerful and spirit filled! Each member will be invited to bring a friend to church (whether that be a less-active or a non-member). We will be doing a linger-longer after too! We are so excited to see how it all pans out! 

I love you all have a wonderful week!
Sister Brown

In a Trio with Sister Austin and Sister Anderson.

Hot air Balloon Festival
Sister Anderson, Sister Brown, Sister Austin (In a Trio now)


Monday, July 31, 2017

Training! And staying in Cortez!

I know with all my heart that this gospel is true. I know that the Savior lives and that we can find peace, comfort and joy through him! I am grateful for the opportunity to show others how they can have an eternal family too! 

Sooooooo...Great news!!! Sister Anderson and I are staying here in Cortez 4th Ward, but guess what...WE ARE TRAINING!!! I'm so excited!

This week went by so fast but yet it feels like the things that happened were ages ago! Weird how that happens!
I ran 4 miles all at once this week (no stopping in-between!)

Monday Sister Anderson had to go down to Farmington for Mission Leader Conference along with 3rd ward Sisters (that evening after preparation day stuff was done), so I went with 1st ward sisters for the evening and the next day! Some guy that we ran into gave us like 10 cobs of corn because he wanted too! It was good corn too!

Tuesday is when I was with 1st ward. After Sister Anderson got back from MLC we went to our dinner appointment and  we had something called a shrimp boil! It was delicious! Basically they boil shrimp and corn and potatoes and onions in a pot and then dump it all out on the table and you just eat off the table (there was a plastic table cloth of course). It was pretty interesting but also tons of fun!

Wednesday we helped Mona move some things and we also had a great lesson with Robert Jr. that night and the spirit was really strong! We testified of the importance of keeping our covenants and of relying on the Savior! We also had a great lesson with Jason Morgan that night on Eternal marriage and the law of Chastity. We thought it was going to be kinda awkward but it actually wasn't and the spirit was quite strong! We also had dinner with the Snyders (who are one of my favorite families) and Elder Hancock (who is no longer Elder) who was one of my first Zone Leader's was there! It was kinda weird to see him in normal clothes!

Thursday we were able to see Scott Cox for a great lesson on the 10 commandments and he had some really great insights! He also came to church this week!!!! We saw Judy Martin as well and she came to church too for the first time in years!!!! We seem to be working with a lot of less actives right now, most of which are progressing! Our investigator teaching pool is getting bigger too! :)

Friday, we saw Randy Kipp and he needed some help taking out his cat litter...eww! But it reminded me of old times, since that was one of my jobs at home! We just laugh about it though! We also saw Rhonda that night and she seemed soooo much happier than she usually is! She has started making a gratitude wall, where she writes one thing she was grateful for that day on a sticky note and puts it on the wall so she can see all of her blessings on a regular basis. Wow it has seemed to change her! She came to church too for the first time in a month or so! 

We saw Ken again as we always do on Friday nights and his lesson went pretty well. He came to church this week and he will be meeting with bishop about getting a patriarchal blessing soon!

Saturday was a miracle day! Wow, it was so good! We found a new investigator. Then Bishop called us and asked if we could go meet this family who was moving from Oklahoma to Washington (they weren't members). They were moving to be close to their brother who is a member and they want to get involved in the church! We taught them the restoration and they were all very receptive! After seeing them we started walking back to our apartment to have lunch (by this time it was like 2:30, 3-ish) and it just started pouring!  It is monsoon season so lots of rain!  We took a little shelter by this antique shop and there was this drunk man there and we talked to him of course about the gospel. The entire circumstance was cracking us up.  We got a selfi with him because we wanted something to remember the momentous occasion! haha! Luckily Soren Jorgensen and his girl-friend saw us and gave us a ride so that we weren't in the pouring rain any more. We saw Jason Morgan for another lesson that night and He is doing so well! He came to church again for the 5th time in a row I think and he even told us that he has noticed that he's been a lot happier and calm since reading his scriptures and praying on a daily basis!

Sunday was such a good day! We had the privilege of teaching the Yong Women and men for 3rd hour and the spirit was really strong!!!! We talked about missionary work and the importance of covenants and ordinances and also about why we decided to serve missions! It went well! I felt so much love for the Savior the whole day! The talks in Sacrament meeting were also good!

I know with all my heart that this gospel is true. I know that the Savior lives and that we can find peace, comfort and joy through him! I am grateful for the opportunity to show others how they can have an eternal family too! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Hagoonee! I love you!
Sister Brown

Teaching the Young men and Young women

 Taking out cat litter!

The Smith Family

Taking shelter from the rain with a drunk guy!

Trainers in Cortez! SIster Brown Sister Anderson

Monday, July 24, 2017

Zone Conference/service/Tomahawk/funeral!

Ya' ta' hey!
Our week went by really fast! 
On Monday we had a great lesson with Scott Cox about pioneers. We invited him to come to our Ward Pioneer Activity that is tonight at 6. 

Tuesday we helped out with a funeral. I had to say the opening prayer! I was a little nervous I'm not going to lie. I've never said a prayer at a funeral before. Plus I didn't even know the lady or her family, but it went well and it was actually a really good funeral! I felt so much love for the family even though I didn't even know them!

Wednesday we had Zone Conference, which was amazing as always! I got to see Sister Darlington! We were also able to find 2 new investigators that night!

Thursday we had interviews with President Adams. We also did a fun referral activity with a wonderful family here (the Smiths) and it went really well! We are excited to be working with them and their non-member friends!

Friday we helped clean Judy Martin's house a little bit and she had some pretty neat native things and so we had a little fun. She also gave me an old native tomahawk, which she insisted that I take!

Saturday we had Exchanges. I was with Sister Hughes for the day. We did some service for a member and tried some part-member families with the Wuthriches (the senior couple here) and Sister Wuthrich almost got eaten by a dog! It was terrifying! luckily it didn't actually harm her at all, but he sure tried!

Sunday we got to sub in primary for singing time! It was fun! 

I love you all! I hope you have a wonderful week!
Sister Brown
Me and Sister Darlington at Zone Conference

Having fun with Sister Martin's native stuff!

Elder Wuthrich with the native hat

Monday, July 17, 2017

Finding more people to teach!

Ya' ta' hey!!!!
Sister Anderson and I have been running A TON, and we've made it a goal to lose some weight together since we both gained some on our missions. I ran 3 miles on Saturday in about 40 minutes and Sister Anderson just ran 7 miles this morning! We've been loving it! 

This week has gone by sooooo fast!!! It was really good! Where to even start! 
We finally found a new investigator this week for the first time this whole entire transfer!!!! We've been doing more finding than we ever have and are finally starting to see some sort of a result from it! 

Monday we saw Scott Cox for a lesson and it went really well! We committed him to read the talk "put the Savior 1st" from this months ensign because it had to do with what we were talking about and I invite you to read it too! It is seriously life changing!

I had a wonderful exchange with Sister Whipple on Tuesday! It was kinda a CRAZY day running from appointment to appointment, but it was really good and pretty spirit filled!
I can't even remember all of what happened this week, but Jason Morgan came to church yet again! 3 times in a row! Wooohooo! 

We had a really good meeting with Bishop and our ward mission leader about how we can help the ward become more missionary minded and his whole perspective on us has really changed! He seems to trust us a lot and we Feel like the work here will just boom!
Lets see...We also made fry bread this week! It was delicious! And we took some fun pictures in the rain yesterday! ....."don't look around, look up and drink it!"

I love you all! have a great week!

Sister Brown

Sister Anderson and I were making a meal for a family in need! I made Peach, raspberry, plum Pies


Looking for mail!
~haha, not really! Its brother Venegas's mail box...its just HUGE!
We made fry bread

"Don't look around...look up and drink it!"


We went fishing last Preparation day!

Monday, July 10, 2017

4th of July week!

This week flew by! I can't even remember half of what has happend! It sounds like you've been having the same heat that we've been having! 

Monday we Saw Scott and took Bishop out with us to his lesson and It went really well! Bishop's mindset of missionary work seems to have really changed (in a good way) since that lesson! 

We saw Jason Morgan this week on the 4th and He came to church again this week! Kay is still on date for baptism for the 29th, although we might have to move it...she might need some more time. She got a blessing again and it really seemed to help her, but She still has her tough days.

On the fourth, we also sticky-note attacked people's doors (people who we know of course) with scriptures about liberty and freedom and what-not and then that night we went to dinner with the senior couple here as well as 1st ward sisters and watched the fireworks from our house when we got in for the night.

We stopped by a less-active lady named Gay (bishop told us to go see her) and she terrified us at first, but we just listened to her and asked her questions about herself and by the end her whole demeanor changed! She was thanking us for coming over and said that next time we could talk scripture....she also said "don't give up on me!" 

We saw Ken this week and he has this scorpion knife ring that we got to try on! His lesson went really well! He had read 14 chapters in the Book of Mormon since last week!!!! and he came to all 3 hours of church this week....which I don't know that he's ever done that!!!
It was a pretty great week

I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Sister Brown

We sticky-note attacked people's doors

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Walking a lot!

Our week was fabulous! We've been walking and have had many opportunities arise from it that we wouldn't otherwise have. One day as we were walking main street we ran into a couple from England and I could relate to them on a lot of things because of Dailen's mission and they had been up to Glacier National Park too! They might go back to England and meet with missionaries there, because of our encounter! 

Monday night and almost all day Tuesday, I was with the 1st ward Sisters because Sister Anderson had to go to Mission Leader Counsel in Farmington along with the 3rd ward sisters. We had lots of fun together and a lot of Great work got done! 1st ward was able to get 2 new investigators that day! We also did some tracting and we completely changed a woman's view on Mormons! She was pretty cold at first and then realized that we weren't just robots and her whole countenance changed! She didn't want to learn more, but still!

We Saw Jason Morgan for a couple lessons this week and he actually came to church for the first time in years!!!! We have been running into tons of people that Sister Anderson is somehow distantly related to, Its been quite comical! We had a great lesson with Ken this week and he came to church as usual, but actually stayed for the 2nd hour this time!!!

Saturday we did some service for the McFarlands and got some pictures with their horses.
Sunday was a great day! I love having the opportunity to testify in front of the ward and to reflect on my own of the things that I know to be true! After we got in for the night we were able to take some fun 4th of July Pictures too! I'm sending some to ya'll!

I love you all! have a wonderful week!
Sister Brown

Me and My companion Sister Anderson