feelin so grateful

 

 

one of my favorite families in the branch- familia flores

one of my favorite families in the branch- familia flores

 

well im typing this last email with lots of tears- thanks to the email from you, Papi, that i just read.

This mission experience has been the most enriching experience of my life. I will not say that it was the easiest..because that would be far from the truth..but the most enriching, fulfilling, edifying experience of my life. Im so grateful for Hermanas Challman, Jones, Tapia, Disner, Vargas, Fermoso, Cole, and Lopez. I feel unworthy of the amazing companions ive had and all that they’ve taught me. Im grateful for the people i met in Grace, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and American Falls/Aberdeen…both investigators and members. Every single one of the people i’ve met have a special place in my heart.
Yesterday was a day of pure joy. I got to say “see ya later” to some of the people that i have grown to love so much. I thought it was going to be a day of pure sadness and tears ( and of course there were tears) but it was mostly a day of gratitude. just the feeling of “im so grateful that this happened. im so grateful that i came out here.”
one of my favorite hermanas- hermana carrillo

one of my favorite hermanas- hermana carrillo

 

The Millets, the family we live with

The Millets, the family we live with

 

I wanna keep this short cause i dont have too much time and i don’t want to be too dramatic and theres like a bazillion missionaries in this family history center watching me cry…haha but i just want to bear my testimony of the truthfulness of this church. Never have i ever seen so many witnesses of the truth of it. I saw with my own 2 eyes the physical light that comes into the lives of those who embrace and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Its so dang true. And ive had too many personal experiences to deny that. I know that after the death of Christ, the fulness of the gospel and the priesthood authority were taken from the earth..leaving so many people in confusion- resulting in the making of so many different religions. But i know that thanks to a young Joseph Smith and his sincere prayer, the Church of Jesus Christ was brought back to the earth in its pure fullness. And with that gospel comes eternal happiness. its the only thing on this earth that can offer us that. Im grateful to have witnessed the reality of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that Christ truly took a moment to feel the pain and sufferings of each of us individually. and because of that sacrifice we can come to him and he can heal us and strengthen us.
Thank you thank you for all the love and support and prayers. It carried me through the hard days. Im excited to see everyone and love you all so much.
con amor,
Hermana Brown
Karin

Karin

the farewell feast they made for me :')

the farewell feast they made for me :’)

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temple blessings

4th of july sunset hike

4th of july sunset hike

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Another roller coaster ride of a week. im grateful for the tender mercies the Lord has extended to sister lopez and i during our time here in Aberdeen and american falls.

So first blessing of the week- I’ve talked about Sue a couple times before. The tiny little ex-military sergeant. So this week bishop called her in for an interview to talk about her goal to go to the temple. she was so cute she was like “yeah i dont even know who told him that i was thinking about preparing to go to the temple! so weird!”….it was totally us that told him…..duh.
So she had this amazing interview with bishop. And then this week she was at church for all the 3 hours. Apparently she hasnt done that in years. She started up with the temple prep class and so she’s now on her merry little way. She looks different every time we see her now. So happy and lit up. Im grateful for the experience that i’ve had to meet her and help her get on the road to entering the temple. I hope and pray that everything works out that i can come back and go through with her whenever that time comes.

yesterday hermana lopez and i taught relief society in the branch, the theme was on temples and how we can embrace the “supreme” blessings they bring. We shared this quote from pres monson-

“Until you have entered the house of the Lord and have received all the blessings which await you there, you have not obtained everything the Church has to offer. The all-important and crowning blessings of membership in the Church are those blessings which we receive in the temples of God.”

thats so dang true… Baptism is just the first step..it doesnt do anyone much good to just be baptized and then never enter the temple. That’s where all the eternal blessings are at. Im grateful for the opportunity that the Lord has given me to help people on their path to both.


my life ( in a nut shell says- this is the home of a catholic. we dont need the propaganda of other religions. long live the virgin.) hahaha love it.

my life ( in a nut shell says- this is the home of a catholic. we dont need the propaganda of other religions. long live the virgin.) hahaha love it.

 

I cant remember if i’ve ever mentioned Kylee. She’s 22 and one of our investigators. she is so dang cute. She’s been investigating the church for years,ever since she started dating this RM dude. but she never wanted to commit to baptism because she was so scared and worried that she was maybe just doing it for him. Well- the Lord works in mysterious ways, and after 2 years of dating, they broke up this week. So she calls us this week and is like “hey sisters! do you want to come over tomorrow? now that me and so & so have broken up i feel like i can finally focus back on preparing to be baptized and now i can know for sure that im not just doing it for him.” It was SUCH a tender mercy of the Lord.

 

this week we had exchanges and i got to go serve on the ISU campus with one of the sisters for the day. it was soooo legit. so many different ethnicities and cultures. It made me see that this message truly is for everyone. Doesnt matter where you’re from- the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can bring every human being on this earth eternal happiness. How blessed we are to get to share that.

 

love you all.

 

Hermana brown

 american falls wants everyone to know what its residents struggle with

american falls wants everyone to know what its residents struggle with

menudo

got all my snacks for weekly planning...new favorites- agua de coco and chicharrones

got all my snacks for weekly planning…new favorites- agua de coco
and chicharrones

 

The weeks are racing by i feel like i can hardly wrap my head around
everything thats going on. I’m so grateful for another week of
blessings and tender mercies. And i’m especially grateful for Hermana
Lopez and her “greenie fire.” She’s teaching me soooo much and is
helping me stay pumped up til the end.

Karin is doing awesome. She was at church with us this week and just
looked so happy and comfortable with all the members there. they’re
taking her in like family. Please continue to keep her in your
prayers.

little chicky friends

little chicky friends

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This week we met a lot of awesome less-actives. We’ve been working
with this 65 year old lady, Sue. She is the tiniest little lady ever,
you would never guess that she was a sergeant in the Army for 31
years. haha she is seriously one of my favorite people here. Since she
was in the army for so long, she never got married and she kinda got
out of the habit of going to church. A few weeks back she told us that
her lifelong dream is to serve a mission..so we’ve started helping her
prepare for the temple. Her one hold up is her old self-doubt. she
always says “i feel like im not qualified for the temple!”  This week
we had a lesson with her and we read D&C 4 with her..

Doctrine & Covenants 4-
5 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory
of God, qualify him for the work.

I think Sue was amazed that thats truly all God asks of us. In order
to take part in the blessings of his work and his gospel..we just have
to have to be worthy and have those qualities. Sue thanked us for
sharing that with her…and thanked us for being there to help her.
She talked about how she knows the Lord put us in her path for a
reason. It was so cool. I think we all feel unqualified and unworthy
of the Lord’s love and blessings sometimes. but He’s truly so merciful
and is just waiting to give us those blessings.

This sunday was hard. I bore my testimony in all the wards we went to,
but nothin got me like the spanish branch did. I looked out at that
congregation and just cried like a baby. I feel so grateful for the
privilege that God has given me to serve the hispanic people here.
Their testimonies have strengthened mine. I wish i could put it all
into words, but its too dang hard.

I love this gospel and i love you all. Have a great week!

con amor,
hermana brown

Got to check it off my list- tried menudo ( cow stomach) - hispanic delicacy. kinda gross but not too shabby

Got to check it off my list- tried menudo ( cow stomach) – hispanic
delicacy. kinda gross but not too shabby