Monday, May 22, 2017

I seriously just Love the Sabbath!

Ya' ta' hey!
This week was great!!! I seriously am growing to love Cortez soooooooo much! We had exchanges this week and I got to take over the area a couple times because of it!

Monday we had dinner with the Brown's and they let us feed their chickens after and it reminded me of old times :)

Tuesday we had exchanges and our Sister Trainer Leader (Sister Millard) came to Cortez for the day while my companion went to Kirtland (New Mexico). We had a good exchange with an appointment every single hour!!! We saw one of my favorite people...Doris! She prayed in front of us again!!! We also saw Rhonda (a less-active). We watched "The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness" with her! The lesson went really well and I truly felt Heavenly Father's love for her!

Wednesday we were back in our normal companionship and got to go to community connections as we always do on Wednesdays! We also saw Robert Venegas and he ended up coming to church on Sunday!!! We saw Jerry and Marty that night too and Marty (his non-member wife) participated a-lot in the lesson!!! Like more than usual!...and we were reading out of the Book of Mormon with them! 

Thursday we had a fabulous district meeting. The spirit was very strong! We also found a new investigator named Deva! She is about 13 or 14 and soooooo prepared! She wants to draw closer to Christ and loved the "Prince of Peace" video that we shared with her! We also saw the Bells (a Less Active family) later that evening.

Friday we had weekly planning and then exchanges after. We didn't end up seeing anyone that day for lessons but we still had some good work done. 

Saturday all of our lessons fell through as I took over the Area for the day, but we got to meet some pretty great people because of it! The weather was beautiful too so we did a lot of walking! We saw Ken that night for a brief lesson then met with the Elders at the Senior couple's house so that we could plan how we were going to teach mission prep the next day (because they have us tag team it). 

Sunday was a fabulous day!!! I seriously just LOVE the Sabbath! I felt so filled with the spirit after church! We have some pretty elect youth that gave talks yesterday! We saw Brother Venegas after church along with a recent convert (Catrina) who's been going through a little bit of a rough time. We then taught mission preparation that night.

I got a hair cut today, well more like a trim and my layers re-done, but I love it! It's been a wonderful day so far and I hope that y'all are having a wonderful time too!

I love you all have a wonderful week!

Sister Brown

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ya' ta' hey!

The best way to live life is living and sharing the gospel, while having fun and laughing lots! That's one thing I am incredibly grateful for with my mission, is that I've learned how to better just be myself with everyone and how to be serious at times but also how to and when to have fun! Heavenly Father knew that I needed my mission not just for others but also for me!

Tuesday we saw Rhonda (a Less Active) and she told us a lot more information about her past, and Wow...I never realized how much that poor woman had been through! I feel like we can really help her progress more now though, because we can really tailor the lessons to her specific needs! We also saw Shay and Sienna (some recent converts) that night and they are still doing fantastic!

Wednesday we started doing "My Plan" for Sister Garner (our mission is a pilot mission for it. Basically it is a program to help missionaries who are in their last transfer to set goals and make plans to help them continue growing when they get home.) We also went to Community Connections and sang, which is always a highlight of my week! We saw Robert Venagas (a less active) and talked about the Plan of Salvation with him. It went really well and the spirit was really strong! We invited him to come to church and he was hesitant at first but he finally decided that he would come! And he came!!! (only for sacrament meeting, but it's a step!!!) We also saw Jerry that night and read Pres. Monson's most recent talk about the Book of Mormon and talked about how important it is to read every single day!

Thursday we had district meeting and also did family history work! We got a new investigator named Kay and she seems to have  A-LOT of potential! She came to church yesterday too! (She got the times mixed up and went to the wrong ward, but she came regardless!). We also got to go to institute that night and it was really, really good!

Friday we helped clean a less-active members house that they just moved into and it was actually a lot of fun! 

Saturday we had a lot of fun heart-attacking people's doors who we feel have made a difference in our life and in a way are like a mother to us! We heart-attacked our new investigators door too and she said that she'd been throwing herself a pity-party and that it made her day when she saw it! I told you over skype what happened with Maty! haha....oh no!!! We got caught!!! After the adventures with trying to heart-attack the senior couple's door, we went to the Chavez's for dinner.

Sunday we had church of course and the talks that were given were wonderful and whether you're a mom or not they made you feel good about simply being a woman. We saw Robert Venegas again for a lesson yesterday and it went really well! 
After Skyping with you wonderful people, we had dinner with the Cooks and saw Doris after that! Doris is sooo cute! I love her!
I hope you all have a fabulous week! Remember you're purpose here, and who you truly are! We all often forget that! 
I love you!
Sister Brown

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I love seeing the Gospel touch peoples lives!

Ya' te' hey!
We got transfer news and Sister Garner and I are both staying! :) So it looks like I'll be sending her home at the end of the transfer!

This week was great! To be honest it's all a blur! 
On Monday, as a district we went to Hovenweep for a hike. It was lots of fun! I'll send physical pictures hopefully sometime soon, since these computers can't send them.

Tuesday, we saw Jerry and talked about family history with him and his wife Marty! They are seriously sooooo cute! We also saw Catrina (a recent convert) that night with the RS president. 

Wednesday we had a wonderful Zone Conference all focusing on how we can become more like the savior! It was soooooo good and I ended up being called on to give a short 5 minute talk on humility. After Zone Conference we did some walking since the weather was beautiful! We met some good potentials! We also had dinner with the Bells (a returning less-active family) that night and Payton Bell (the cutest 14 year old you will ever meet!) said that he loves passing the sacrament!!! :)

We went to mutual with the youth that night as well and talked with Payton while the others played kick-ball. (Payton can't do a lot of physical activity because of some medical he sat on the side). Parker unofficial girlfriend who is a non-member also joined us and we got talking to her for a while. She's not interested in taking the lessons right now but it seems like she has a lot of potential and one day will end up taking the lessons. She said she would like to come to church with them when Payton invited her!

Thursday we had interviews with President Adams. We also did some family history with Jerry! He was so excited about it all! We also saw Doris that night. She's still doing well, but it's definitely a challenge with her Alzheimer's!

Friday we had so many appointments that we had to do our weekly planning on Saturday instead! We saw Nichelle and talked about the law of chastity with her and her boyfriend. They said they'd have to talk about what they are going to do to live it.

We also saw Tanner (a recent convert) and he is doing soooo well! He and his wife Andi plan on going to the temple together for baptisms by the end of the month! (It will be his first time!)

Saturday we also got permission to go to a little bit (like 30-45 mins.) of the McCoy's baseball game to show our support for them (they are an investigator family)! It was fun and apparently Austin won both of his games!
We had dinner with the Chavez family that night as well and I seriously just love them! They make THE BEST enchiladas too!

Sunday we had a wonderful fast and testimony meeting! The spirit was very strong, and the Bishop gave a blessing on the ward! Jerry came to church too and he felt the spirit so much that he couldn't hold back his tears! We also had a lesson with him after church and talked about temples and read the talk "See yourself in the Temple" with him.
I love seeing how the gospel touches other's lives! I know that Jerry will make it to the temple again very soon! :)

I love you all have a great week!
Sister Brown

Durango/Cortez Zone Conference 5/3/2017

Sisters at May 5 2017 Zone Conference Durango_Utah

Monday, May 1, 2017

"The Two best Missionaries!"

Ya' ta' hey!
This week has been pretty exciting for me! 
Monday night we met the sweetest less-active man named Robert. He opened up to us A-LOT as we were talking to him. 

Tuesday we helped a less-active family pack up their kitchen since they will be moving soon. We also saw the Bells  (another less-active family) and introduced the senior couple here to them. We saw Doris and showed her the Easter video again since she didn't remember it and we didn't have a ton of time, but we had a great lesson from it! We saw Jerry (a less active) and his wife Marty (who isn't a member). The first time we met her she seemed a little closed-minded and seemed to just listen in to be polite, but this time she participated in the lesson and later on in the week we found out from Jerry that she was at least looking at the Book of Mormon and possibly read a little! They are seriously THE CUTEST couple ever! I love them sooooo much! We also saw Tanner (a recent convert) that night and he taught us the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it went really well! Tuesday we also had Sister Hillam with us for the day. It was fun to get to work with her again for the day.

Wednesday we saw Nichelle and Brandyn and talked about the word of wisdom very briefly, because they were just sitting down to dinner, but they set up an appointment for the next day where we went into greater depth on the word of wisdom. We also saw Joel and Austin Wednesday night and Joel is not interested in applying anything right now, but Austin still seems to have a-lot of potential! We are trying to figure out how we can teach them separately. (We feel that Austin might not want to without Joel, but Joel is really just holding him back as we meet with them both) :/

Thursday we had a MIRACLE day!!! We put sticky-notes with scriptures and quotes on them on Jerry and Marty's door, but their dogs kept barking at us and Jerry ended up opening the door! WE GOT CAUGHT! haha...We had a good laugh and that's when we found out that Marty was at least looking at the Book of Mormon! We also saw Katy and Mark that day and Mark asked a TON of good questions...a lot of which really made me think. We invited them to church and they said they would come (they didn't end up coming though 🙁). We also saw Doris again and we talked about the word of wisdom with her. The lesson went really well and at the end of the lesson SHE SAID THE PRAYER! She has never said the prayer in our lessons, no matter how hard we push her too! 

Friday we saw Randan and realized that we will need to really, really be extremely simple with him. Even more than we originally thought! We had dinner with a couple with the last name of Ertel and they took us to this delicious Thai restaurant! It was soooooo yummy!

Saturday we got to participate in the Cortez-Clean up (which is like "Clean the Fish", but for Cortez). It was pretty fun and we got free t-shirts too! 

Sunday we got to teach the combined Young Men and Young Women the importance of the first vision and it was a lot of fun! We went to the Cooks for dinner that night and they had just had some of the youth over for seminary-make up work, and one of the youth was like: "those are the best two missionaries right there!" It made me so happy! I seriously love the youth and Young Single Adult people! I just love everyone, but especially the youth! 
Also the Bells came to church for the 2nd time in a row!!! We are so excited that they are coming back!!!

I love you all so very much! have a great week!

Sister Brown