Sunday, August 13, 2017

Why I Am Here

Hello my wonderful family!!!

How are you all?? How was this week?! I hope it was amazing! I hope you all laughed and sang and smiled and maybe even cried a bit (but definitely not too much crying!). And most, I hope you made some else laugh and sing and smile (but not cry haha).
Wow I just love you all so much!

Okay so highlight of the week - Pak B was baptized this Sunday!! As in yesterday, that is! It was so great, all throughout Church the members were SO accepting and welcoming to him! Our Elder's Quorum President had him stand up and introduced him and he was mentioned and welcomed in the Sacrament talks and also it was a great Baptismal service after. He asked me to baptize him, which was a great honor! He's elderly, but he's still strong so there weren't any problems. Anyway he is so great and he is so funny. He made us all laugh during Gospel Principles. Anyways, it was just a really great experience!
But the rest of our week was just crazy - sadly we had a lot to do that took a lot of time from our actual missionarry work.
So this is kind of a short summary of our week:

Monday: P-day, didn't do that much just kind of relaxed and then had a good appointment that night.

Tuesday: We went to Bekasi to interview one of the Bekasi Elders' Investigators for Baptism. She was really prepared and had a strong testimony. Great experience!

Wednesday: We went to be interviewed by President in preparation for PLD (or Zone Conference with President). In West Java, we combine both the Jakarta Zone (Jakarta, Bekasi, Medan) and the Batagor(Bandung, Tangerang, Bogor) Zone. IT was way fun because I also had to get my Kitas ( a part of the visa) so my entire MTC group came in and we went together to get our Kitas renewed. It was SO fun to see all of them. Wow, they are all so amazing! Such incredible missionaries and people! It was just wonderful to see them all - it took us back to the great times together in the MTC. So after that we also had interviews and we had to order all the food for PLD, so that took a lot of time which was frustrating, but it was important as well!

Thursday: we went on splits with the District leader and his companion. I got to go with Elder Tracy ( who is an amazing person and great friend ). We went and interviewed Pak B, because we literally could not find a workable time with our District Leader Elder Gasio. So that was great and then we had to go back and pick up another missionary because they had come from Bandung for interviews and we didn't want them just wandering around Jakarta themselves. I was with Elder Sukarlis, which was WAY fun, since I haven't seen him much since Magelang days.
Friday: PLD. This was great - we learned a lot about how to teach like the Savior! It was great. Elder Johnson and I did a role play and it was great because President was able to give us specific council about how to improve our teaching. We learned a ton and it is always such a blessing to be with all the amazing missionaries in our mission.

Saturday: President asked us to speak at the Stake Ward Mission Leader and Bishopric meeting - a little nerve-wracking haha but great. And then we got roped into translating for the general priesthood session - which was great, but again a lot of time. We filled up the baptismal font while this was happening. Later that night, about 10:00, Elder Johnson turned to me and said "Elder, we forgot too turn off the water." My heart just dropped. SO we had to make the call of shame to the Assistants, jump in a taxi go turn it off and get home. Got to bed a bit late haha. But thankfully a wise man had designed the baptismal font to self drain and nothing was flooded!
Sunday: great day with Church and Brother B's baptism!

It was a sweet experience to see Pak B be baptized and to hear his testimony and see how he has changed. It just reminds me of why I am here doing this. I am here to bring others unto Christ the Savior of the world. I have been thinking about Mosia 2:41 and about the blessed and happy state of those who keep the commandments of God. I just know that God loves us. We ARE His work and His glory. Everything He does is truly for us. And He has given us the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all the commandments to bless US. not for himself, but for US! Isn't that amazing?
I know that as we follow His path, that is what will bring us the MOST happiness in life.

I love you all SO SO much!! Have a fantastic week!! and don't forget to share smiles with everyone you meet :)

Love Elder Brown

Monday, August 7, 2017

Splits with whip cream and syrup

We had a pretty crazy week.
Monday was biasa aja(just normal). Elder Johnson likes to just rest and take it easy on p-days, so we just emailed, cleaned and slept/wrote some letters. So hopefully you all will be getting some soon (sorry I'm pretty bad at that haha). 

Selasa(Tuesday) was pretty great. We spent the night at the Assistants house on Monday and went on splits with them on Tuesday. I got to go with my good friend Elder Grundvig, who is a STELLAR missinary. It was a ton of fun. At one point, we had an appointment at the church but we awkwardly realized that we didn't have keys to the church right before our appointment, so we had to find somewhere to sit down to teach. We saw this cafe and we went in but we thought we have to buy something. it was all SUPER expensive, so we got the cheapest thing, not really knowing what it was haha. never the best idea. Luckily it wasn't beer or Champagne like Steph experienced but it was this one tiny thing that cost twenty times what we usually paid for it uggh haha. But it was a good appointment. We also got to teach a referral that I had given to them, so that was cool. Anyways just an all around great day, awesome to work with Elder Grundvig. 

Then that night, we made... WAFFLES!! Because the assistants have a waffle iron, but they have never used it! We were all stoked, we bought syrup and REAL whipped cream. Sadly we are all terrible at making waffles, so it was kind of a disaster. But hey, you put whipped cream and syrup on anything, it's pretty delicious!

Wednesday and Thursday were just normal.
On Friday, we brought our Bekasi District Leader Elder Forston (who is my beloved friend from the MTC) and his new companion, fresh from the states Elder Earl up to split with them. It was awesome!! I got to go with Elder Earl - he is a way cool kid from Utah. Super positive and just a great missionary. We had an awesome and quite unique day haha We had four different appointments at the church and also taught English Class. So we were just at the church pretty much the entire, which is a good thing because we were teaching the entire day, but it was definitely weird to be at the church that long. it was great though - we found a new investigator and taught some other investigators that are progressing. We also saw some miracles as we tried to use our 10 and 30 minute breaks to go outside and contact people! 

Then after that day, we went back to Bekasi and do splits on Saturday with another companionship in Bekasi! That was way fun - I got to go with Elder Gomez, an Elder from the Philippines. That was way fun. He's still pretty new, but a great missionary. He was trained by my boy Elder Hansen, so of course he is way fantastic. So anyways a lot of fun! We had a good time and we felt the Spirit leading us.
But the thing is on Sunday- I was WAY tired. I was just dead. Elder Johnson and I were walking around contacting that evening and I felt like I almost fainted (then again it was also Fast Sunday haha)! But we had a great Sunday! four simpatisan came! Brother B should be getting baptized next week, so that is pretty exciting! 

We had a pretty crazy experience and we kind of have a feeling that we've been getting phone calls from an Angel haha. we don't know if anything will come from it, but there was just too many coincidences, so we will follow up on that for sure haha. just kind of a cool experience.

Whether or not that was from the Spirit guiding us or not, I do know that the work we are doing is truly the work of God. I know that He leads this work. I know that Jesus Christ is truly our Savior and He loves each and every one of us. And because He loves us, He called Joseph Smith to be a prophet so that the true and living Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in its fullness. I know that Christ leads this Church and I know He leads this work. I'm so grateful for the chance I have to be part of it! It is incredible.
I love you all and I hope you all have an amazing week.

Elder Brown

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I love my Savior Jesus Christ

Hey Mommy!
It's been a bit rough this week with finding those other three, we have one who made a baptismal commitment but didn't make it to church so we were kind of bummed about that. But hopefully there is sincere desire and commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

Elder Boenari lives in Bekasi which is really just a section of Jakarta. His English is good, but my Indonesian has also become much better since those days haha!

A lot of really good things happened this week. MLC was this week - that was a great meeting that I hope will inspire us all to work harder, have greater faith and rely more on the Lord! We also went on a split with the Jakarta District Leader this last week. I went with ELDER Daniel Gasio. He is AWESOME! I loved the time we spent together! It was a great day!! We also had some good lessons! We got to teach a pastor which was pretty fun - we'll see him again next week!
PB came to church again, so we were glad about that! We think he will be ready to be baptized in a couple of weeks.

So everything is going great, sorry I can't really think of anything else.

I am really working on my ability to follow the Spirit and rely on the Lord. It's hard!! I think a large part of it is just why am I here and really what is motivating me to be here. Also the love I have for the Lord and for the people here!

Anyway, I love you all so much!! I miss you!
I know that we are truly God's children - each of us and that He loves us and I want to share that with everyone. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I know that He also loves all you as well!!
Have an amazing week!!

Elder Brown

Ate some awesome food!

Got a package from Stephanie!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Call up the Mormon Missionaries!

We had kind of a rough week with a lot of things that fell through - but also a lot of success when we look back at the week!  a lot of great experiences, which I'm having a hard time thinking of right now haha... We had one miracle on monday night, where we had no idea what to do and we prayed that someone would pick up their phone... and then... they did not pick up their phones haha! So we decided to go look for an old investigator with a non clear address and when we stopped at the wrong house to ask if that was the right address, they ended up letting us in and letting us share about the Book of Mormon and the Restoration. One Doddie Latuharhary, turns out is a semi famous singer from Ambon which is East Indonesia! Look him up on youtube haha! So that's kind of awesome!! 

Life is just really great!  This week our investigator came to church and he was telling everyone that he is getting baptized on the 30th of July so that was cool!! We'll be helping him get ready for it! We have a goal in our Zone to baptize 6 people in July, which is much more then ever before since I've been here. We are on track for 5 and Elder Johnson and I feel that we as the zone Leaders just need to make it happen, so we are working really hard!

But it is greeat!!! We met some great people and I certainly strengthened my own testimony of this restored gospel and the reality of God the Father and Jesus Christ.. I know they are truly real and they live and what's more they love and care about us. If you have doubts about that - call up the Mormon missionaries and we'll help you know how you can know that too and find the peace and joy and happiness that comes in consequence of that knowledge! I love you all so much!!

Elder Brown

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Path to Eternal Happiness

Man those Nephites - what are they thinking??

Sounds like a great week! I'm so proud of you for doing all ... Elder Gasio says hi... the things you do to help and bless others' lives, even if it is just visiting someone's yard sale where no one else went. i love you! You are incredible!!

Go DADDY - of course he did a great job! I'm so proud of your work at the prison!

Actually I didn't know Drew asked President haha - President was very specific during Zone Conference that family visits were not allowed!
Biggest news is - we have someone getting baptized! This Saturday We are very excited!!

We had a great PLD last week and we will have MLC - Mission Leadership Council - this week! that will be great!

A lot of our investigators didn't make it to church which we were bummed about, but it was probably good, becuase Jakarta 3 (the english ward) was mixed with Jakarta 2 this week,so I had to translate for the Bules - that was hard haha! But fun!
We played Futsol with one of our investigators- it was fun and I was way not good and he was WAY good haha! So fun!

So we just had a great week! And really enjoyed teaching and meeting with other missionaries. We need to work harder next week but it's so great to see miracles happening!  I am excited because I know that baptism will begin a path of life, that while not easy will be FULL of happiness and joy! It is amazing to see someone changing and coming close to God and Jesus Christ and see the change and happiness in them! I know that God our Father truly cares about us, each and every one, and He desires to help us and to lead us on the path to eternal happiness, as we return to him. I love Jesus Christ and I know that through him we are truly able to change!!
I love you all so much!! While I miss you , I know the work I am doing is the work of God!

Love Elder Brown

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beyond Blessed

This week was great!1 The birthday was great! Here in Indonesia, you buy other people stuff so I got all of us Martabak which is a incredibly delicious and fattening pancake/ cake thing!! It was great! Then the next say I had an awesome split with my good friend Elder Forston! He is awesome!!! We had some really cool experiences re-challenging our investigators to baptism!
Elder Subagio and I worked hard and met some cool people!!!
I just have such a testimony that the Gospel was created by a loving heavenly father to bless US. It blesses families. It strengthens families!!! 

There is nothing else in the world that will bless your lives greater than the teachings of Jesus Christ that have been restored to the Earth by His living prophets!
My family  has been beyond blessed by the gospel! I love Jesus Christ! I am serious I testify and teach so often about how the Gospel blesses families because I have seen it in ours!! I have such a testimony of how what our parents do and teach us can bless our lives for eternity.
I have challenged so many families to read the Book of Mormon and pray together as a family like the two of you taught me my whole life. Dad, you are just such an incredible example to me and you looked way good in that suit!! Happy Fathers Day!!!
And I love all of you!!

Elder Trevor Brown

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Atonement is All about Change

So this week was great!

Thank you EVERYONE for the birthday wishes - I will try to respond to them all - I love you all!!!!!!!!!!!
We started off well by destroying the other Elders and Sisters in Bowling! That was great!!! Got some free Es Buah (which is this delicious fruit soup stuff) for it!
We also got to take two new missionaries Elder Park and Elder Hart on splits for a couple days! I was with Elder Hart from the great state of California - it was super great! We had  a good time! He is awesome and was really brave even though his language is still new - I learned a ton from him. Haha i just about left him at the train station. I started running and he maybe didn't and I jumped on, then held the door, but got kinda shoved away from the door, so he jumped on and the door tried to close on him and I had to grab him and yank him in haha. It was pretty awesome!
We taught a lot of people this week! We had 6 people come to church which is miraculous in itself and it was relly cool - the members were great!! One member said "Elder, golden investigators." We had a really good lesson with one friend and he said "Is it really okay for me to baptized again??" so we taught him about the Restoration of the  Priesthood and authority of God and then said "So what do you think?"  I really hope the spirit testified to him in the moment. A lot of good progress with our simpatisans. I'm trying to see them and love them as God does.

This week we have an activity with the YSA in Jakarta to learn Sign language together to help support our investigator who is way cool!

I thought a lot about change this week! It's so sad that some people think they are the way they are or they are in the situation they are in and it can't be changed. But the whole reason for the Atonement is change! I just have this testimony that the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes it possible to change and become better. I love something Steph taught me "It is never the worng time to be who you want to be" I know that we can change and that is an incredible gift in and of itself! I love you all - you are incredible!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Plowing Through It!

Life is so good Mom! Sorry I don't tell you a ton because I just have so many things to write!!  It's good to here that they still remember me in Liberty Lake!

Last Pday we rode tandem bikes to Taman Mini which is this huge park with a ton of cultural stuff there. But also because of Ramadan, a lot of it was closed!

So my investigators- a lot of them don't want to make commitments, but they're all such amazing children of God, It's a privilege to work with them! I love them!
One investigator is making really great progress. We were teaching and then he just went and explained everything a bout Joseph Smith and the Restoration and we were just like "WOW. I guess he has been understanding everything." That was way cool and we gave him a baptismal date for the 9th of July! That's cool! The hardest thing is getting people to come to church because that actually takes some work and commitment! But its really good too! The ward here is awesome! We'll just move forward with greater faith!

We need to put forth more effort and rely on the Spirit more! We have such great potential in Jakarta - it's incredible!!

I was sick all week but not too bad, just "plowed through it" like President Rowley says!
We rode a lot of trains and busses and walked a lot! 

I got my birthday package!! Thank you SO much! That is all incredible - especially the Summer Sausage! Incredible!

I love you so much!! 

Love Trevor

Monday, May 22, 2017

it's really impossible not to be happy and excited

I was actually just going to ask you about Brendan!! Great you got to see him and Conner - every time you see anyone, tell them I love them! I was also wondering if you could tell me how Zoe and Kylee and Bethany and those guys are doing! Also who are the people graduating in our ward this year?
If you don’t mind, I'm just going to jump into highlights from my week! It was a good week!
It was SO great to talk to you all last week - like Heaven on Earth :)

It was super fun to be a threesome with Elders Subagio and Grundvig last week and now it's nice to be just the two of us again. We totally thought Elder Subagio was moving - but turns out not - yay!
We met a lot of realy cool people this week! Many of whom were actually referrals from Elders Bell and McKeon who are some pretty fantastic missionaries!  We now have 5 people committed to be baptized and more on the way! They are not quite ready yet, but as we work together, I am so excited to see these amazing people come closer to our Saviour Jesus Christ through faith and repentance and when they are ready baptism! Wahoo!
We met a really cool guy from Africa! He randomly showed up to Stake Conference - pretty miraculour, because he showed up to the normal building and coincidentally another brother visiting from America showed up too but no one was there! So together they figured out it was stake conference and showed up together! Then, that night, we taught the man from Africa and at the end of the lesson he said "I would like to baptized... next week". So that was really cool! His faith in Jesus Christ is INCREDIBLY strong! It was a privilege to get to teach and learn with him and I'm excited to see his progression!
Life is just so good! I love seeing the truth change people's lives! So many people are just searching and they just want to come closer to God and find truth and every day I get to share my personal testimony that Jesus Christ lives and has restored His truth to the earth. It's pretty awesome!
Some other good things:
I bought a backpack a couple weeks ago- it's super awesome!
I made biscuits MoM!! i had no shortening a, so I used oil and it actually turned out a lot like yours - they were way good!
We have a big, mission wide meeting with Elder Soares this week - that will be so fun!!! I'm stoked about that!
I've been working really hard to be kinder and happier and love more! Elder Bell taught me that faith really affects our attitude - and if we are focusing on our faith, it's really impossible not to be happy and excited to share this wonderful restored gospel with those around us!!
I just love ALL of you so much and as much as I miss you - I know I am supposed to be here serving my brothers and sisters in Indonesia!
Hurrah for Israel!
Elder Brown

LOVE hearing about it all from Regionals! Big bummer for Bryce!

Monday, May 8, 2017

ALL these people are Children of God!

YES!!! GO BRYCE!! Tell him I 'm stoked for Districts!


I love the flags - they are great!! I need to buy myself an Indonesian flag too!
SO yeah, both wards, we only really go to the sacrament meeting for English ward and then we've been teaching our investigator between English and Indonesian Sacrament meetings! Then usually the members will give us food to eat afterwards! In this country they kind of just hang out after church haha!
SO IT'S PRETTY POLLUTED- in Jakarta, you don’t get tan, you kind of just stay white even though it's real hot. Because of the pollution that is. But it's not too bad!
I'm way excited for Sam and Alice! YOU GO!!!

This was a great week! We had a lot of things go well! We found lots of investigators and challenged many to be baptized! A lot accepted, though the majority of them we haven't set a date yet, but that's coming! I love it! I feel a greater love here than I did in my other cities and I think that's just in part me growing up. Also it comes from just the knowledge that ALL these people are the children of God! IT's so true and an amazing thing when you think about it!
We did Splits with the District Leader in Bekasi (which is like a suburb of Jakarta) and that was way good!! We've been working hard and doing new things which is fun! We're trying to work hard to work together with the ward better and help them become stronger!

I love you guys! I think about you every day. I was sitting on a bus and thinking about you Mom and then I was like "there is this man next to me and as much as I would love to think about my Mother, I have left my Mother to bless these people. So if I'm going to be here, I better be doing all I can to make it worth missing my Mom" So I talked to him! And that's just the principle of sacrifice- you sacrifice your all to the Lord and do what HE wants you do to! and as I see it more with a consecrated mindset., it has helped me so much to work harder and give it my all!!

I just love you all so much! I love it here! I'm happy healthy and excited to share the things that I love here!

Love Elder Brown 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

We love the first Prompting!

Mother, Elder Subagio and I - we LOVE the first prompting - we talk about that part of the talk all the time AND in MLC(the leadership meeting) AND in PLD(the Zone meeting with PResident)! So it sound like you and President and the Spirit are well in tune!! 

I got sick right before I came but I realized today that I feel just great! I grabbed one clean shirt - it was SO white!! Wow!! No need to send more yet ... maybe later but I'll probably just buy them here if I need to! Sorry I used personal money recently - I was tempted (and taken in) by Jamba Juice and Quiznos - I mean who knew those existed in this country haha!

As for the birthday - I can't think of anything - I don't really need anything - but what would be really delicious is if you could send delicious cheese (cheese here is just sad- but then again there is really good cheese here and although it is expensive - probably still cheaper than you buying and sending it) and summer sausage! I'm not positive but I think both of those things could potentially make it still good through the postage. But then again maybe not through customs. If you do send candy or stuff, put it in Ziplocs because ants here and vicious and very very industrious haha! But really I will love ANYTHING you send - most important is pictures of my neice and all of you (just a couple new ones). If I don't get a package no biggie mom! Love you!
Great work on the family history!!

So sad about Rusty - hope we find him!

Just some highlights of my week!

PLD or Zone Conference - Elder Subagio and I were in charge of setting everything up and the food - so we ate... DOMINOS PIZZA!! ya!! It was way good (though not as good or as big as American!) I ate 12 slices - which was two medium pizzas (Yes Drew, be proud!) though I think  a medium here is more like a small there! Sister Rowley was very impressed and she asked - are you full ? and my answer was "Ya, not really" haha! On that note- I got to see 6 of my MTC group - two of whom for the first time since the MTC and they ALL said that I am fat! So we're working on that :)

It was really great- we learned a lot!! Elder Meredith of the 70 randomly showed up - he was really cool and he taught us a lot from the scriptures from MArk 2 and other places!! It was cool! I was a little nervous because I was the one conducting. It was cool though - he told me good job :) Then the next day, Elder Bell woke up pretty sick and he said "Elder Brown - I have to speak today - will you speak for me?" But it was in the English ward so that was a little weird. So I really didn’t have time to prepare before we had to leave. But man it was a cool experience - I learned SO much about my Savior as I thought about it and prepared a bit on the way!

Wow I just know with all of my heart that Jesus Christ really did live and He really did suffer for ALL of our sins and our sicknesses and our pains- everything! and it was only possible because of His incredible love for us! I love Doctrine and Covenants 18: 10-14 or so. "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God!" WOW! IT's incredible! I shared my favorite poem about "THe Touch of the Masters Hand" - THank you mom! And that line from the hymn "A Green Hill Far Away" "we cannot know, we cannot tell what pains he had to bear, but we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there." I believe that!! It's incredible!

After my talk (with Elder Meredith attending and President Rowley showing up halfway through), Elder Meredith told me that I did a great job and I had a good command of the scriptures - that actually made me feel so good! So never lose a chance to give a compliment and make someone else's day!

We also found some awesome people this week - or more exactly some other awesome missionaries found really cool people that live in our area haah! I want to learn sign language  - there is a fantastic sister in the English ward that is fluent and helps us!!

Hey I love you all! Life is great!! I hope you have an amazing week!1


Elder Brown

WOW all of them are awesome! Way proud of Sam and Ryan Rehkow! That's fantastic ! And Austin too!
GO Alice!!

If you have time please find out what happened to Bryce! And if he is vaulting tellking him I'm sheering him on and if not - I just love him!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Elder Trevor Brown in Jakarta

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Elder Trevor Brown: I'm still learning a lot about how to work in a public transport area -We contact a lot on busses, I try really hard and the Spirit helps! Yesterday, twice in a row, I was sitting next to someone and I was way tired and I knew I should contact them. Both times, I held back but then listened to promptings of the spirit and turns out both times they were Christian and they wanted to listen and were both interested!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hardwork = 5 Hours on the Bus in Hot, Humid Jakarta

So I am here! The holy land (not).
But it is the center of the mission - we're close to the mission home and to President and the Assistants - it's a lot of fun!
This place is SO different than any other place I've been - Malang and Magelang are two of the smallest cities in the mission and relatively cool - Jakarta is GINORMOUS and not relatively cool haha!
And the work is WAY different here! Because we don't have bikes it takes a LONG time to get anywhere - so macet (traffic)! Wow! And that's also how we contact in general we just ride busses around - you pay 3.5 thousand to get on(about 25 cents) and then you can ride for as long as you want to wherever you want without paying as long as you stay in the system - it's really  cool! But it can also get really tiring and hard! A lot of the time you have to stand and sometimes its so crowded you can barely move! My first day here all of our appointments fell through and we rode on buses contacting for about 5 hours straight! Wooh!! So it can be hard but it is also way fun!!
My companion Elder Subagio is awesome - he is so cool and funny!!! Man he's a great guy - he's from Bogor hes my age and he goes home in September! It was also super fun because we got new missionaries and so we're in a threesome with Elder Nordwald fro Missouri until he gets his papers and stuff- he visa waited in my cousin Alex's mission in Logan Utah and now he's going to be trained by Elder Ostermiller!! He's way cool!!
Tomorrow we have MLC (Mission Leadership Council) with all the Zone Leaders and President and the Assistants! I'm way excited to see all the things that I will learn and I also get to see my Surabaya Zone Leaders and some other friends! Sweet!!
Life he is good! We cover the English ward and it was way weird to have church in English and then with Indonesian makes for a lot of church! Also it means that we take all English investigators (well us and the other missionaries that live with us) so yesterday we went to Bogor to teach someone who is a refugee from Afghanistan! It was WAY hard to teach in English but way fun!!
Life is good! I'm happy and I'm pumped to share the gospel!!! I just know that it is the truth and I know the truth truly does set us free... and make us happy and bring us peace and bring us closer to the source of ALL truth - our Father in Heaven!!! ANd I know that this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is lead in truth by Jesus Christ through a living prophet!!
I love you all and hope you have an AWESOME WEEK!!!!

Elder Brown

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Jakarta Bound Elder Brown

Ya we're changing a lot - Sister Xiao and I are going to Jakarta and Elder Hansen to Manado!
Elder OStermiller will become district leader and train!! Wahoooo!!
I'm going to Jakarta to be a Zone Leader there which is really scary because I still don't know how to be a good missionary and definitely not a good district leader and now I'm called to be a Zone leader - I'll just have to rely on the Lord more than ever!!
Jakarta is definitely a LOT bigger city than Malang and Magelang! And a lot hotter!! But I'm way excited!!! The only things I'm not stoked about are in Jakarta 
1. You don;t ride bikes and 
2. the food is expensive :( But at least that will help me not get fat!!!
But really - I''m way stoked!! My new companion will be Elder Subagio from the city of Bogor - I've only met him once, but everyone in the Bogor squad is awesome!! I leave tomorrow morning but not too early - that's nice!
And yes for the record - we got your message through President Rowley - he thought it was hilarious and we did not eat any snails - but now they all live outside our front wall haha!
Bummer for the Zags but 2nd is great!
General Conference was awesome - I did love Elder Palmer's talk! We had a mission goal for every companionship to bring at least one investigator to conference and my District reached that goal!! Our investigator came, she's awesome!!!
We rode our bikes SO far this week - twice!! One wasa media referral from Salt lake! We show up to the university which was like 8 kilos farther away then we thought haha and it was a muslim university which was stranger becasue we were two missionaries invited to go there! Way fun though and the gate just opened directly for us - we didn't even have to slow down haha!
I'll tell you all about the exciting Jakarta adventures! I'm stoked for the new opportunities to become better and to leave behind my old weaknessses!!
I love you all!!! I hope everyone has an awesome week!! I loved conference this week and I know that those men were truly called and inspired of God! I know that Thomas S.Monson is a prophet!!! I know that Jesus Christ leads this church through him!!!
Everyone have an awesome joyfilled week!!!!!

Elder BRown

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Escape of the Snails

Hello Everyone
Just want to tell you a bit about the week! It wasn't a ton that happened!
Two funny stories - we planned our food very well this week for fast sunday! (In our church, every first Sunday of the month we fast for 24 hours to bring ourselves closer to God and we also don't buy food on the Sabbath day) - so we have to plan well on Saturday. We love eating ice cream cones from macdonalds here beacuse they dip it in flavorings that harden on the top and there is this REALLY delicious new flavor - sea salt caramel. So Elder O says - hey let's go to the mall, buy cones, and try to ride back as fast as we can and put them in the freezer before they melt so we can eat them on Sunday when we break our fast - to which I said "sounds like the best idea ever" so thus we did. But there were two problems 
1. My bike was in the shop so I'm riding a way not-nice bike to ride. 
2. the road from the mall to our house is sketchy. 
Long story short - we cross this kind of sketchy bridge and my ice cream is melting all over my hand - but I need to switch the gear - with my ice cream hand. oh no. So I try, lose my balance and fall toward the side of the bridge (which has a small wall to stop people from falling to their death - so in an effort to not die - I put my arm out and stopped myself - so my arm stopped and my body stopped but that delicious ice cream did not. It just popped right off the cone and sailed away into oblivion. Hopefully landed in some kids mouth. Elder O thought it was SOO funny. I thought it was sad haha as I had another ice creamless sunday.
Another - we found some snails. Elder O was like "Wow - we could eat these" (he's a bit crazy!) and so he contracted a bunch of little kids and they gather like 40 huge snails. We stopped by the house to leave them there but left to go to another appointment and we come back and boom they had all climbed (or slimed) ut of the bag and onto the bike - it was so funny! ANd Elder Wijaya and Elder Hansen were SO confused why the bike was covered with snails. I'll update later if we actually do cook them.
We also did a lot of missionary work - good week! Nothing really big happened!! But I do know and testify that this is the Work of God! It just amazes me that he actually trusts us to to help him in it!!!
I love you all so much!!!

Elder Brown

MOTHERS NOTE:  Two heart attacks this week.  1.  Elder Brown almost falling to his death, due to salted caramel covered ice cream.  2. The thought of Elder Brown putting one of those snails in his mouth.  I contacted the mission president to ask him to please tell Elder Brown NOT to EAT the snails.  Thankfully, Pres. Rowley called him right away, and emailed back to say they would NOT eat the snails.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Men are that they might have JOY!!

Oh I'm so glad you all made it down for Grandpa’s funeral! I wish I could have been there. I'm so glad that Grandma and dad are both doing well. That's so cool that they sent an honor guard and stuff!
How are Dal and Kayla doing?? They look good! When is Arianne's due date oficially????
Go Zags!!
I am really good Mom - I know why I'm here and President taught me that "the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing" and I really need to work on that. If i remember the true reasons for me being here, I will be so much more patient, loving and understanding. But I'm good - always missing you!
YOu know what's crazy - my boy Elder Cravens goes home in two weeks - can't believe that! It seems not to long ago at all that he still had months to go! He's the man!
I got your letter Mom and thank you so much! Elder O is really awesome and we've been having a good time together.
PLD was really great this week - I learned a lot - I actually really like Surabaya and I really enjoy being with the Zone Leader and learning from their examples.
This week we challenged 6 or so of our investigators to be baptized - only one accepted - he(along with a good portion of our investigators) is from an Island which is part of a group of Islands called NTT which is to the East of Java. Our plan is to baptize all of our Sumban investigators and start the church is Sumba! Wahooo!! We're stoked for April - we've got big goals!
We also made delicious breakfast burritos - with our homemade shells - I'll send a picture if it works!
Speaking of good food (or not so good) this last Sunday and Saturday - the three bules (white people) in our house got sick throwing up and diarrhea - that was fun! We think it was some food we ate in Surabaya - but we're not sure! That was rough - but we'll be better and working hard again tonight!!
Man I really love you all! and this week I am loving the scripture 2 Nefi 2:25 "Adam fell that men might be and men that they might have joy"! I love the great Plan of Salvation from our Father in Heaven! Sister Rowley taught us because of this Plan - we always have a reason to be happy and joyous! Go study that plan a little more and make a commitment to be happier. If you don't know about that plan - ask one of your Mormon friends to explain - it is quite amazing!
I love you all!!!!

Elder Brown

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lizard on my head

Hello Everyone
Family - I am sorry I didn't really have time to read and respond to all your emails!

Mom I got your package - thank you SO much!! It is exactly what I wanted!!!
Kyle, Kendra I hope you had an amazing birthday because you both are amazing!
Just a few highlights from my week!
We went on Splits to Surabaya! It was way awesome!! Elder Harrison and Elder Day are incredible! We'll go there again this week for PLD or Zone Conferene with President! Exciting! In Surabaya had some adventures - invited some people to be baptized it was great!
We had a Movie night and watched Ephraims Rescue! It was way good and between us we had 13 investigators/nonmembers there! It was way good and two of them made it to church! That was great!!
This coming week, Elder Ostermiller and I are going to invite all of them and many more to be baptized! Wahoo!!!
I don't know if you got the picture of the lizard on my head - but that was when I was asleep _ I had no idea ahah! But don;t worry my comp came to the rescue - he took a cool picture and then... left it on my head haha! Great companion!

I just heard that Grandpa Brown died this week and that was really hard but I do know with all my heart that there is more to this world than just this life only. I know there is a God in heaven and He loves us and He has a beautiful plan of Salvation for us! 

The plan of Salvation is real! What am I  doing everyday but telling people that there is more to life than just being born and dying? I know that it is true and that we all can return to live with God again!  I know that it is true and that we will all gather together again after this life! I know that! I love you all! I pray for you each and everyday!

Monday, March 13, 2017

I know there is a God in Heaven

Hello Everyone - 
Not too much time - highlights:
hopefully the pictures I send will go through! It was so beautiful and I way loved it! It''s called "tiga warna" or "three colors" and also I can still do my backflip (proof in the pictures). i am way sunburnt!
2.Elder Ostermiller and I got drunk this week - (Mom you can choose to include this or not)
yes, that was a serious title. They gave us this drink that looked a bit like beer (but what do I know? I've never really been around beer or drunk it before).  As we were teaching, things were a bit fuzzy... haha. Elder Ostermiller poured us some water and said "drink this!" so I asked " am I drunk?" and he said I" I think so". After the lesson - we checked again and sure enough in the corner in tiny lettering that blended in, "alcohol +-2%" _ first time ever haha. Oh the experiences!!
Now for the real highlights!
We had three invesitigators at church - it was so great! And they are WAY cool!! this week and last we have met so many people from the eastern Islands of indonesia! and they are all way cool and some really potential investigators! This Saturday we're having a movie night and one is inviting TONS of her friends - it's awesome!!!

Also Thursday and Friday will be splits in Surabaya!
My friends and family!! Why am I here in Indonesia? Why am I not telling you all this in person! I know that there is a God in Heaven! We are his literal children and oh my goodness, how he loves us! Jesus Christ is our savior and his gospel has been restored - Now it is taught and found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I know this to be true and because I love the people here, I want them to know it and be blessed by it too!! I love you all!

Elder Brown

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I love this message and I love you!!!

Hello to Everyone
I loved all of your emails! Unfortunately - barely any time to write!!! 
Sorry to my siblings that I didn't respond to!!
The week was hard but I saw some miracles (of course!! There are always miracles if you look for them!!!!)!

Life is SO good (as always)!!!!
I just wanna say that I am so proud of all of you that are trying to follow Jesus Christ!! Shout out to my boy Chase Galmeister going to the Ukraine to serve the Lord!!

I love you all - I testify that Jesus Christ and God the Father live!! I testify that they showed themselves to Joseph Smith and called him as a Prophet. I testify that through him they restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!! I love this message and I love you!!! Gotta go!!!

Elder Brown

To know more about it, Ask of God or find some missionaries!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Life is Really Good - Kasih Amal

HEy hey hey everybody (shout out to Mr. Mack and his usual class greeting :)
How are you doing?? Life is really good here in Malang! We saw a part member couple get married in our church on Saturday and then they came to church on Sunday! IT was so cool!! I'm just kind of hyped about life and the gospel! Wahoo!! haha

GOOO ALICE!!! (to his cousin who ran the 5000 meters for BYU in the Conference Championships)
So this week we did splits with the other Elders in our house - it was SO good! I learned so much!! Especially a lot about kasih amal or in other words charity!! IT was awesome! Had a great split with Elder Wijaya! And then my split with Elder Hansen involved some service and then becoming a threesome with Elder Wijaya! 
Elder Ostermiller went to Jakarta so he could go to the Hospital with Sister Rowley! HE just got back Sunday and he's okay - they found the problem, which involves some sinus stuff and etc... So it's good!
We had a great time as a threesome! I've been stressed recently and I feeel like I was a lot more back to my usual self or at least the self I like to be :)
We had great experiences teaching and meeting new people and I'm exctied for theis week!!!
Elder Ostermiller and I are going to go and testify to EVERYONE that God loves them and he gaves His Son Jesus Christ so that we can all go back to HIM!!!

I've been thinking a lot about this and I just want to Testify to you all that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world in a very very literal sense. I believe that there is a God and He IS our Father! He loves us, and wants us to come back! The Way to do that is through Jesus Christ and His Atonement! Sometimes it is hard to explain or even understand, but I know it is true! I know that Christ makes it possible for life to be joyful - through the eternities!!!
I love you so much!!!!
So no really crazy stories - excpet for our house partially flooded and we found a mouse in our washing machine haha!! But life is just so good!!!
Love you!

Elder Trevor Brown

Monday, February 20, 2017

Swimming - But not with the Spider

Hello Everyone

How many monkeys?
WOW - that is awesome (response to news of Brielle Crump’s mission call)! Tell her hi and congrats for me!

I love Madeleine! I didn't even know she was in Sweden - so cool!! (response to news that a friend is serving in Sweden – and her brother is headed to Indonesia)

Thaank you for everything Mommy!! No rush on the package - I am doing fine with the poncho I have now! Life is good! But no rush!!!

It's good that you got to talk to Steph’s companion's Mom - I hope they just click!! When I saw the picture - I almost said "Oh good - she's not a solo" but I guess she is! Make sure to send all her emails to me every time - promise??
I don’t know who assigns companions - but it probably is the Branch President!! Wow that means Drew can communicate through his teacher (Drew’s Arabic professor at BYU is Stephanie’s MTC Branch President)- that's so cool! I can't believe it Mommy!
Oh yes that awful Spider - that was so funny! so we find and we're all freaking out a little cause this thing looks Nasty! but we know that if we take our Mosquito Spray and  lighter we can make a legit flame thrower (sorry Mommy) so we're all standing there watching it - I've got the flame thrower, Hansen has a book, Ostermiller has something - I think the broom and Elder Wijaya has a bucket. So the Spider literally jumps from the door and runs toward the three Americans and Elder Wijaya is opposite us in the door way, so he chucks his bucket at the Spider in an attempt to trap but which only serves the purpose of hiding the spider from our vision for a second so we're all freaking out and jumping and screaming like little girls until we see it again go under Hansen's closet. Then we ROASTED that thing! Woo! That was intense haha - mission adventures!!!

Mommy  it's been a week of ups and downs - but the highlight was - I got to baptize the Sister's investigator - Brother Jacky!! That was fun!!! And Sister Nina - the other Elders' investigator was baptized too!!! Large turnout - it was awesome! AND when I unplugged the font, it was so deep, I literally had to go completely under to unplug it - so I got to go swimming haha!! SO fun :)
That was great! The waterfall last week was great! Elder Ostermiller has been sick this week so we've been inside a lot! We're going to the doctor today to see if we can figure out what it actually is!
Being a district leader has been very hard and stressful but I am learning! I am learning that I have to love those I lead no matter what and I can't just expect and demand from them, but I have to give, support and inspire!!!! I am really working on that... it can be way frustrating, but I need to be more humble and rely more on the lord to help me! Still working hard!
I know that Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth and I know that God has called Prophets again to lead us in our lives. I share this every day, because I believe it is true and I believe it WILL bless every single person's life who comes to know this truth for themselves., God loves us. He is our literal Heavenly Father!!

Elder Brown

Pistachios are not really here - that sounds great Mommy!

No one made it to church :( It's hard but we keep trying!!

GOOD to hear Mommy - I've been so worried about her and praying hard!

Crazy  Zumba party in the mall with a famous Zumbaist from Sweden.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Elder Brown is the Lion's Den

Sorry I email so early now .... I LOVE you all!!!! Someone give me Steph's address and can someone find Jacob Dunn's email for me? and Spencer's address?

Elder Ostermiller, Elder Elephant, and Elder Brown
That all sounds so awesome!!!! I know Stephy Did an incredible job!!!! Of course!!! Thank you for telling me about that with Sister Terry - sometimes I need to hear that! Sometimes I need to be reminded of who I am haha :) I can't believe Steph is going!!
I need her MTC address!!!
SO good that most of the family got to come though!! I wish I could have been there!
Praying for Uncle Kirt and Aunt Sabrina!! How is Tyler??
LIfe here was so good this week!!!! I love life - it's just so amazing! I mean  - it's just amazing that we even live on this beautiful earth!! So a blessing for me to know about the wonderful plan of salvation from our Heavenly Father! To know that we are his children and He loves us and has purposes for us in this life!! It's wonderful!!!
Elder Brown in the Lion's Den
This week was awesome! We went to Taman Safari!!! Which was so great! YOu can see the pictures! (Did you get those Mom?) and toady we're going to a waterfall!!!
We also had PLD this week ( big meeting with President and the Assistants!) So no district meeting Mom!! That was in Surabaya on Thursday and Friday -  I loved it!! We learned a lot about the Spirit and how important the Spirit is on our mission( and in our lives!!) and we also finally watched the Worldwide Missionary Broadcast, which the rest of the world watched weeks ago haha! SO we have a new schedule which is that different - but every morning we leave at ten o'clock!!! which is just so great because we have so much time to help and bless other people! Wahoooo!!! Life rocks!
The best district in Malang
We also this week found an awesome new family! Or they found us! We were taking a break at Indomaret which is like a little grocery store! ANd this very hyper woman comes up speaking a mix of English and Indonesian. Her name is F and she lived in Philadelphia for 9 years! Her family is great - husband and three sons and we've taught them, but the mother in law is super strong in the Catholic faith and she doesn't like us haha! But they rock and we have faith that the lord will lead us to know what to do!!
ALso I got to interview two baptismal candidates from the Sisters and the other Elders in my district! That was so cool!!! Beautiful Spiritual experiences!!! Love it!!!
LIfe is great love you alll!!!!!!!!
Elder Trevor