Monday, January 15, 2018

Luar biasa!!

Hello my wonderful family and friends!!!

Apa kabar??

I hope you all has a good of week as Elder Johnson and I did!! It was luar biasa!!

First of all - it was so crazy busy, I get tired just thinking about it. Haha but being busy is awesome because no time to be tired and just time to be happy (that was partially facetious, because I definitely am tired, but s'all goods, s'all goods).

We are changing the way we do some things in the immigration process for our missionaries which creates a lot of work and confusion for Elder Johnson and I but I am happy to say I think we came out on top!

We were also busy with Zone Conference and preparation for it. It was fantastic as always to get to meet together and learn from President Rowley and all the other wonderful missionaries. Lots of great things to learn and realizing I still have so far to go and not enough time to do it all! Just will have to work harder :)

Our week ended just GREAT! We ended up having 9 simpatisans come to church, which is more than I've ever had come in a week before. It was so great to be able to share in the Spirit with so man wonderful people that I love! I think they all really enjoyed it! Elder Jensen (our office mission couple Elder whom I dearly love) gave a great talk which one of the brothers translated for him. The Spirit was so strong. He spoke of God and Christ and Propehts, especially about Thomas S Monson. We also got to watch President Monson's funeral, so that was special.
 
Just having a great time and loving life! Just trying to become better and more like Jesus Christ.

One cool experience we had. We had some things fall through on Saturday so we started going somewhere with a kind of shaky idea of what we were doing. As we were headed there we realized that we were close to an inactive member's house and we felt we should go there instead, so we did. and the next day he and his non-member wife came to church. Definitely the Spirit guiding us to what we needed to do! Just cool for me :) 

I love this work! I feel so great as I can sincerely say to people "I'm not here to add numbers to my church or get money or for my glory, but I am here because I know God loves you and I want to help you return to Him." This is not my work - this is His work. He loves His children. I love that knowledge. I love how it changes the way I live and look at others around me.

I love you all. I hope you have an amazing week. Maju terus!

Dengan kasih,

Elder Brown

Monday, January 1, 2018

SELAMAT TAHUN BARU!!!

Hello my wonderful Family and Friends!!

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!
SELAMAT TAHUN BARU!!!
 
I hope you all had a great time bringing in the new year at midnight last night. Elder Johnson threatened me that if i woke him up at midnight, unpleasant things would occur. But in the end, we were just too tired haha. Long week! But great week! Totally worth every second!

Highlight of the week: seeing all my family's beautiful faces (especially my wonderful niece and nephew who were much bigger than last time I laid mine eyes upon them through skype). Sorry I didn't really tell you about my life, I was just loving seeing you all and hearing you talk! And man, Oli can throw a football! Good work teaching him former East Valley Quarterback Jackson Romney. And Emma has the most beautiful I-dont-know-who-this-weird-guy-on-the-tv-is look. So thank you family for being amazing and making my Christmas so happy! I love you!!

Besides that Elder Johnson and I have had a crazy (and awesome) week. Due to various situations, we had to bring random groups into the mission home at Senopati at various times. Then do all of other assignments, then all of our missionary work. Makes for a busy week, but with the help of the Lord, we managed and loved it all the while!
 
anyway sorry out of time, I love you all so much!! Have a great week!!! Start off the new year right!!!


Love Elder Brown

Friday, December 29, 2017

Selamat Natal

Hello everyone! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
Selamat Natal :)

Wow it is Christmas today! Yay!!!!! Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you all have banyak salju (much snow) and banyak semangat natal (much Christmas spirit)! WOW I love Christmas! I love the story of Christ's birth. It is so wonderful that God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son. and He didn't send Him to a life of ease and comfort but to be born in a stable, and to be rejected of men. Because He loves us :) and that is incredible! I know He truly was born over 2000 years ago. I know He is God's son and He is the Savior of the World. And He loves us :) If you haven't, go watch "He is the Gift" video, one of my favorite Christmas videos. Makes me so grateful for my life and my Savior.

I hope everyone is feeling the wonderful joy that I always feel at Christmas time!!

We had a great week!! I love being back with Elder Johnson! He is such a stud! Such a great missionary! We have been SO blessed with miracles this week. Seriously, I've had more people call us and ask to meet than I have had my whole mission haha. WOW! it has been so great! And it has also been great to joke and laugh with Elder Johnson and learn so much from him. One cool miracle to share - we were going somewhere on the bus, and i was distracted, so we went one stop too far. So we jumped out and hopped on the one going the opposite way, which is only like three minutes away and i talked to the boy next to me and hanhded him a card (in the process missing our stop again going the other way) so we jumped out again and rode one more time to the right stop. The next day, that boy called us and we met and he totally wants to learn and he came to Church on Sunday. Totally strengthened my testimony of how the Lord will lead us to those whom he has prepared and how important it is to talk to everyone!

Also our investigator, J was baptized and that was wonderful.

We also had a Christmas party put o, by the missionaries and it was almost a disaster but turned out really well. We almost had more investigators there than active members! Crazy!

anyway great week! love you all!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Go give someone else the best gift of a wonderful Christmas!

So excited to Skype my fam later tonight! :)
 
Love


Elder Brown

Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Christmas

How are you?? How is everything? I LOVE hearing the news from home.

I feel bad - the weeks seem to be flying by and I never know what to tell you about anymore. Transfers are this coming Tuesday and last week was intense trying to figure everything out. As a result, we spent more time in the office than we would have liked... but that's okay - we are still helping the Lord's work even if just in a different way. So for transfers, I am staying here in Jakarta, but my companion Elder Sutadi is not, which is a bummer because I really love working with him. He's a stud! But my new companion will be ... ELDER JOHNSON. I'm stoked - I love that guy. So that's exciting :)

We had a pretty great week though! We met this one really cool family -The dad is a media referral which means that he contacted the church through the website and asked us to come visit him. We were looking for his house and walked a pretty long way along this road and we finally got to the end. We started at number 1 and went to 200 or so without seeing his house and so we called him and we were like "Yeah we're at the end of this road in front of this warnet (internet cafe)" and he responded "Oh I own that warnet; I'm there now." It was a little miracle for us becasue we were pretty tired and our other appointments had fallen through. Just little things like that help me know that the Lord truly is leading us. They have adorable kids. They didn't make it to church, but we are hoping next week.

We had a great lesson with Brother J and he's totally ready to be baptised next week, so that's exciting. We invited him to eat with us, intending to buy him dinner and then he paid for us, which was so nice of him. He's a great guy!

Our new members are still doing good. Brother H walked into church today with a fresh haircut in a suit and tie and he looked so good! He looked so clean and awesome. It has been amazing to see the changes in him as he has learned and been baptized. He is an stud.

We got to watch the Christmas Devotional in church which was great. I love Christmas SO much. It makes me so happy and filled with Christ's love for those around me. We sang Christmas songs and half caroled on Sunday when we visited a part-member family. That was great. Christmas is still awesome even without snow! Though I do miss snow. Mom, I put up the nativity you sent me last year and it makes me so happy - thank you! :)

I hope everyone is remembering Christmas and the reason for the season. I hope everyone is loving the snow and making snowmen and snowballs. I hope everyone is taking time to make that extra effort to bless someone else's day and to bring the Christmas Spirit to those around you! The  Christmas season really is an incredible time. I hope you all know that I love you so much and miss you a lot, especially at this wonderful Christmas time!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Love


Elder Brown

Sunday, December 10, 2017

He was born in Bethlehem

Hello just an update on my week!!!!

This week was pretty crazy! We had MLC and Zone Conference and it could be pretty stressful because we had to make sure all the zone conferences went smoothly, but for the Jawa Tengah and Jawa Timor ones, we had to do so from afar in Jakarta> But everything went great and it was really a great experience to be with Elder Funk and learn from him. Drew, He said he remembered you and how kind it was for you to go and help the Cambodian Saints last summer.

One highlight of the week was - Brother K was baptized! Sorry there's only one picture... but Elder Sutadi baptized him. He is so great! So this is the one where his son was baptized two weeks ago. Sadly the wife is not ready yet. She could use all your prayers. It was such a great day though. Prana gave a great testimony and we had quite a few investigators there. What's really cool is that we have an investigator and his girlfriend(a member) came up and whispered, "hey J wants to be baptized." and I was like "Whaaa...?" When P and H were baptized, he felt the Spirit and decided that he wanted to make that commitment as well. So that's pretty cool! Hopefully he can prepare to be baptized in a coulpe weeks or so. He's a stud. We also have another young man - from the island of Nias. He is great and is just really prepared to receive the restored gospel! We're excited for him. Just recently, the Lord has been really blessing us to see the fruits of our labors, but there are also just so many other people out there that need this gospel!

We also went to the ward activity on Friday - so fun!! We had a lot of members and investigators there. We went down to a garden thingy place and just had a great time. It was very enjoyable to rest a little and just enjoy time with the members and investigators there!

Can I just say, I love Christmas so much!! The #LighttheWorld campaign is so awesome!! I got to teach yesterday at church about Service and man it just made me all the more love the Savior Jesus Christ and follow His example of lighting the world through service!!! I wish everyone would discover the joy in serving others - the world would truly become a place full of light and happiness!! The Christmas Spirit is so amazing - even in Indonesia where Christmas is barely celebrated at all (and with no snow- I miss snow so much haha). But you can really just feel the love of Christ in this wonderful season. I hope that everyone can feel that great love and Spirit of Christ this season. I hope that you all find a way everyday to serve someone else. Go check the "Light the World" movement - I know it is inspired of God through His living Prophet and Apostles.

I know that Jesus Christ truly lives. He was born in Bethlehem all those years ago and he still lives today. This is a time of year to always remember Him. Please help bring His light to others today, this week, this month!!

I love you all so much!

Elder Brown


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#LighttheWorld

Hello Everyone!!

Selamat malam! That means "good night"! Haha I say that because it is nighttime here. We had meetings all of P-day, so President gave us permission to email tonight instead! So that was very nice of him!

But yeah we had MLC today which is Missionary Leadership Council where all the leaders from different parts of the mission come together and council about how we can help all the missionaries become better. It's always so fun because we get to see a bunch of our wonderful friends from all of the mission. It's so great. We learned so much about how we can become better servants of our Heavenly Father. What was really cool about today is that Elder Randy Funk came and he is the President of the Asia Area of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That means he is in charge of the whole church in the Asia Area. It was really an amazing chance to learn from him - such a kind man. He has such a great Spirit about him. He also remembered Drew from the time they met in Hong Kong so that was cool.

It was really amazing because he asked Elder Sutadi and I to counsel with him on how he could help the mission. So we met with him on Friday and then met with him again today. It was just a really cool experience. It helped me gain such an appreciation of how God calls servants and inspires them in their callings. Especially with President Rowley - recently I've gained such an appreciation of his keys as a mission president. He is truly inspired. I know that God truly lives and he calls ordinary men and women to do His work on the earth, That's a pretty amazing thing. He loves His children so much that he allows us to help in the wondrous work of bring His truth to the world.

This week was pretty great! We had Stake conference with all of West Java nad I saw many many good friends which always makes me so happy! And we learned so much from Elder Funk over the last couple of days!

We also had the opportunity to find some awesome people to teach! We have a new investigator in... Bali! He is the boyfriend of a member there and he is awesome. He is from India, so we taught him over Skype in English (because there are no missionaries in Bali.) SO that is a cool new experience. We also invited an awesome friend from the island of Nias (close to Sumatera) to be baptized and he accepted. it's just so exciting because I know that he is going to have an amazing opportunity to change his life and learn more about the Savior Jesus Christ and start a new life following Him. Being a missionary is awesome because you get to help others come to know truths that will truly bless their lives. Such a great opportunity to stop thinking about myself and to start focusing on others which is something I still need to work on. Also Brother K's Dad, should be getting baptized this Sunday, so pray for him! :)

I love you all!!

Have an amazing week and I hope you all can see the joy of the Christmas season as we go into December. Wahoooo!!! I love Christmas!! Check out the #LighttheWorld campaign. It's awesome!! :)

Love,


Elder Brown

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SO MANY Don't Know

Hello Everyone

Sooo in this mission, the assistants pretty much stay in Jakarta. We had a couple pretty crazy days where we didn't really go out and work, but for the most part, we finish what President needs and we go out to save souls :) Thank goodness because sitting in the office all day is not the most enjoyable thing haha. But life here is super great. My new companion Elder Sutadi is a stud. He is a ton of fun and it was also great to see Elder Grundvig for a couple days as he helped train me.

So we have a lot of awesome investigators - 4 that very well may be baptized next week - 1 man who has given up pretty much everthying to follow the Lord and do what God wants him to do. Then one family - so awesome. And ALL of them came to church and other investigators too. So that was really great and exciting. They need to be interviewed but we feel they are ready which is really exciting.

It's very strange to be back in jakarta and it was really hard to change my style of work back to Jakarta-style and not Manado-style, but it has been really good. I really do love Jakarta!  It;s great. We have already seen many miracles and we will see many more :) 

I just want everyone to know that I know what I am doing here is the work of the Lord. I don't mean to be prideful but i know that the Lord loves His children so much and he has created a plan for all of us to come back home to Him. 

But SO MANY people don't know about this plan. It centers around Jesus Christ as our Savior, that through Him we can return. But we also need to understand, to learn and to grow and to become more like Him. But to do so we have to understand truth and the truth that has been revealed to us from Jesus Christ. Now, what I tell people everyday is that this truth in its entirety has been restored through a man named Joseph Smith. It is on the earth today in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Because I know this, I have also come to know that I truly am a Son of God and that He loves me and has a plan for me and it has brought such happiness and peace. I know God loves each and every one of us - including the wonderful people of Jakarta. 

I would hope that everyone will put some serious pondering into their divine nature as a child of God. I love you all so much and I hope everyone is SO happy and I just know that the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ can make us even more happy than ever before.

I hope everyone has an amazing week! I hope you are all SO happy and laughing and smiling!! Semangat terus!

Elder Brown


HURRAH FOR ISRAEL