Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Heheheyyyy mi amada familia.
first off. mom i hope you could sleep well last night. no im not dead. yesterday we had mission council. ill explain that later.
sooo yup. we went to the stake center last monday so they could tell the zone about the changes. i went to the bathroom. as i was washing my hands i hear elder welburn screaming WHAT??? NOO!! NO NO NO AHHHHH! he came running intot he bathroom. what??? you´re gone dude! huh?? you are getting changed! oh. haha ill send some pics of his face. it was funny. but yeah i got moved over a whole distance of crossing the street. im now one a zone leader in the Las Palmeras stake where the offices are. my buddy elder larsen, who was my zone leader back in barranca, is here as the assistant, so we are back in action! my comp is elder Ortiz from guatemala. he too was up in barranca with me a while back. he finishes up this change so looks like whoever i get on december 30 will be my last comp. this ward touches Libertadores on one side and 200 Millas on the other side. so looks like a year of my mission will have been spent within a verrryyy short distance
its ok. corbin spent 15 months in the same zone. coolest part of the area is that one of the urbanizations is called "Arizona". we actually found a huge family there. they were baptized and sealed along time ago but have been inaactive for a long time. they just moved here. the youngest is now in his twenties and there are six kids, now adults. had a lesson with them last night. "im from arizona." "so am i"..ahh never gets old.
so. as i said. yesterday we had mission council. its where the zone leaders from all the mission comes here to lima where we have a fatty long meeting with president. started at 9 finished at almost 5. learned a tooooooooooonnnnnnnnn. my buddy elder hackleman is a zl too in ventanilla so we got to see each other yesterday. elder arnett is the zl in los olivos so i gtt o hang out with him too. mesa crew. and elder norton, who went to desert ridge (pr desert vista..?) he hung out with michelle larsen from the ward before his mish. we got a 480 pic ill send. 
speaking of which, something cool hit me yesterday. i was thinking about all the kids from my high school in this mission (elders mcallister, cody, arnett, beckstead. and sister brown.) and remembered how president taugth us that each mission is a group of missionaries that actually worked together in the premortal life. when president archibald was called, it wasnt to a mission, but toa  group of missionaries. which makes me think about the missionaries i knew beforehand. met sister mrown in music theater when i was nine. i did karate with elder cody when i was 6. good friends with mcallister since he moved to arizona. sat next to elder arnett in a class in high school and im pretty sure we did some sport together when we were younger. beckstead, from my seminary class. if only we knew then, in high school, or even whe we were younger, what we´d all be doing together in a couple years, and what that would mean. i can only imagine how stoked theose on the other side of the veil were when we all met for the first time, them knowing who we were and are and going to be. 
so another kid thats in my zone is elder huish. he hung out with matt brinson. went to westwood.we know a ton of the same people. we had a mesa reminiscing sesh at out district meeting the other day. ill sendd a pic of him wearing my back brace like a heavy weight title belt.
so in other news, hermana fuentes, one of the sisters from my branch in barranca, showed me yesterday that i am famous in the South america north west are in the church. nah, not really. theres a picture and a little article of us up in barranca when we baptized the Tenorio Family. dont know how you can look that one up but eh. 
this morning we had an awesome meeting. Elder Bruce C Hafen came here to pick up his granddaughter from the mission so he came and spoke to us this morning. guys a stud! he spoke about why we got ot he temple before the mission and how the promised blessings f covenants come as we obey our part. he also spoke aboutt he atonement and the redeeming, strengthening, and perfecting blessings of the atonement. he taught us about the true nature of man and how the atonement really works. ill share a cool story his wife shared when talking about the strengthing blessins. so theres the story of the little girl who jumped over the rattlesnakes on the path while trekking to utah. the one thats on 17 miracles. so a few weeks later, that same girl, now freezing and starving was still on going across the plains. one of the resucue wagons had got there. the next day as they set out, the kids were set on walking and sticking with the carts. llittle by little other kids slowly fell behind. this little girl was walking until she could barely take another step. then a man in a cart with horses asked her if she would like a ride. she said yes. so he took her hand. instead of pulling her up intot he wagon, he looked to his horses and made a clicking noise. in horse language, that means speed up. the little girl, who was already almost too exhausted to walk, was now forced to run, her hand grasping to the man in the wagon. then, once she was running, she thought she couldnt take another step, he pulled her up, wrapped her in a blanket, then set her in the wagon. this served a great purpose. it got her circulation running and heated up her body. even though she was exhausted. looking back, she sad how that man, by making her run, saved her life. the atonement works like that. we are saved by grace AFTER EVERYTHING WE CAN DO. god expects us to give it everything. then even thhen he wont come in and sweep us off our feet and carry us through. he´ll provide the strength we need to keep going. working with us. holding on to our hand as we run. 
welp. i believe thats it for this week.
hope everythings fun up there with thanksgiving! ill be knocknin down pavo next year.
paz y bendiciones,
elder brown
oh, and last week, my last night in libertadores, we are pancakes with bishop and his family. his wife was our pension there

1 change down.

so today i finish up my first change here in trebol. i literally feel like i havent started my time here yet. time doesnt exist anymore. kinda like when we would play on the swings in the back yard when we were kids. spin it up verryyy slowly. then once its wound up you take your feet off hte ground and spin so fast that you can barely keep your head and feet with you. kinda feels like that haha. (shout out to nance circle!).
so we had a rather interesting experience on saturday. we went to a market in our area with the bishop and we set up a table with pamphlets to talk to people and get known. so as soon as we set up the table. we hear "evangelicos!" we look acrossed the street to see a very drunk cross dressing she-man coming towards us. it ended with him trying to kiss my comp and the bishop. saying alot of verrry bad words at us, then grabbing our book of mormons from the table and throwing them on the ground as he walked away to go harrass the little ladies at a ceviche stand. we felt gross alll day. it was literally spiritually damaging. but its something to laugh about now haha. 
on a good note i tried out a new plate this week. look it up. its called escaveche. dangggg good. its some yellow pepper exclusive to peru (the same stuff they use to make my beloved Tarì sauce) with onions, sweet potato, chicken, and rice. ask sister baldwin about it. it makers life good.
yesterday in church we finally got the peña family there. well hte mom had to work. but the rest came. the daughter sang in hte primary program. her first day in church. so did molly, trhe other little girl who`s getting baptized soon so she can be with the rest of her family. last night we ran into the peña family on the streets. we were leaving and we hear "HERMANO BROWN!" we turned back and saw his two little kids runing towards us with a bag. they handed it to us. we opened it to find three mini papa johns boxed. we got a few slices of pizza, some cheesy bread,and a cinammon roll pizza. i love my job. pays good. 
we had a solid lesson with them the oher day. the dad asked about "the two churches" in first nephi. well, i tod him what it meant. then, to avoid any defensiveness, we got straight to explaining prayer and the holy ghost. we had him pray right there. he got an answer. we right the checks, the spirit signs them. every time.  the same worked with some crazy old couple we are working with. they couldnt get to chruch though because he can only get around driving because of some dizziness disorder he has while hes standing. well the missionnaries showed up so the car broke. go figure. so that`ll get fixed this week.
yesterday we had a lesson in gospel principles about the law of chastity. theres a quote in there from "for the strength of youth". it got me thinking about my understanding of that booklet and what i wished the youth could understand (because its something i didnt. not necessarily about that specific commandment, but about commandments in general.) kids so often say "the church is true". alright well then lets make that connection. the church is true. the church of JESUS CHRIST. who is in perfect unity with the father. in all things. so this is HIS church. so it means he directs it. so god directs it. so that little church logo on the back of things like the "for the strength of youth" pamphlet means that the things written in there are verry important. so you believe the articles of faith. well the fifth article of faith says that men must be called of god by prophecy and revelation. and doctrine and covenants 1:38 says that wheat god has spoken, he has spoken, and he excusesd not himself. and by his own voice or the voice of his servants it is the SAME. so when the prophets tell su to do things. gods telling us to do things. when they say things like "you should" "we suggest" or "it would be best", they are not just suggestions. god didnt give the ten suggestions to moses. directions from god are called commandments. so when got, through his prophets, tells the youth of the church to not date til you´re 16, date in groups, dont do or say ANYTHING that arouses intimate feelings, to dress modestly, be honest in your schoolwork, dont dance like an animal, etc. they are commandments. too many people get comfortable in an "all mormon" seting and think that lowering your standards is ok because we`re all lowering them together. not a good idea. i sound like president ostler on a standards night haha but i am understanding now what i wish i would have ten years ago. momma. teach those young women to be strong. respect themselves and to not tolerate it if the young men dont want to respenct them. they are children of god. in other words, they are going to be like him someday. start now. 
hey, glad to hear jess and drew are in their new place. keep on keepin on. snowing in provo, slightly cold in mesa, and hot in san martin de porres. 
oh yeah, and i literally have fifty pounds of stuff i leave in my suit cases "just in case". so ill be emptying it all out when i finish up. and on one of the farewell days president takes the group going home to the inca market to buy a bunch of cool stufff. ill let ya know when the time comes to have you fill my account a little more. but it should be fine. 100 bucks is almot 300 soles. but we`ll worry aboutt that in 2015 haha its already hard enough with how fast times goin.
over and out. love you all,
elder brown

Monday, November 10, 2014

19 meses. bah.

so first off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MACI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hope you had a solid day. next year im takin you on your first date. if anyone gets to ya first, its not gonna be good. congrats on bein birthed mace.
so this week was fun. highlight of the week. I GOT TO PLAY A UKULELE FOR A FEW DAYS. some lady has one in our ward because some american left it with their family as a souvinere and so i got to use it for a ward talent show this week. it was dang fun. it has beenn foreeeeeeeverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. i gotta get practicing. grandma is going to show me up when we jam together in a few months. i kept trying to pull out songs i used to play and i have forgotten the grand majority. my fingers remember the cords but i cant remember cord progresssions and how to put it to diffferent songs. so for the show i played one of the only ones i could remember, "im yours" from jason mraz. it helps that no one knows english. i tried sending a video but it was too big to send in an email. whoops. 
we are busy doing some searching for new people. i feel like this entire past months was a never ending chain of meetings and going around town. so our studies have suffered, which means organized time in the area has been sketchy. but this week we are getting things on track. 
yesterday we got a few new people to teach. some wayyyyyy old people (the owners of our old house). fernando and amelia. he cant walk anymore so he either uses a walker or drives around in his volkswagen bug. and another guy who´sa widower with his two kids. 
we got janet and axel,, the peña family, and molly still, but we´re trying to work scheduling conflicts out with them. rough stuff. but it will be good. they´ll all be in the water soon!
right now im reading Doctrine and Covenants. iv never read through it all the way before and so i set it so i can read one section a day for the reast of my mission. no, its not a countdown. just kinda haha-
right now its startin to get hotttttttttt. but the real heat comes here in like february. i am praying that i can go to huaraz to finish up. pray for me to go there !!!
so last week president sent out an email witha talk from elder bednar. he spoke on the spiritual gift of being quick to observe. he gave an interesting exmple of how a kid was dating some girl after his mission. president hinckley came out with the one earring thing. she wasnt "quick to observe" to kkeep that commandment. he was quick to observe that she wasnt quick to observe and decided to move on. now, dont worry im not think about marriage so easy there. just some times haha. no but it was a cool example of how many times the brethren tell us things we should be doing. when they say it. we do it. even the little things. many people think they can pick and choose which commandments to follow and that they can be rated on a scale of zero to important. it wasnt a problem of wearing earrings. it was the fact that she wasnt willing to follow the prophet even in the little things. mormon was entrusted from a verryyy young age with the plateds because ammoron could see that he was of a serious nature and quick to observe. (not just to notice things, but to do them). then it gives the example of 1 nephi, chapters 11-14. when nephi is being taught by the spirit. the spirit, many times, says "look!" then nephi looks and beholds the things the spirit was trying to teach.  so thats my invitation to you. be quick to observe. follow the brethren. ALWAYS. we cant afford to decide when or when not they are speaking out of inspiration or assume for even a second that they arent being constantly quided by god.  
so my back is good. i am alive. haha you gotta be a real bro to ice massage your comps back for him. elder welburn is a good guy. really helpin me out with that one. it reminds me of when i had tendonitis on my acheles in football in seventh grade and i had to get those fun ice massages. now i get it on my back. yessss. 
haha keep on keepin on. send me some pics of jess and drews new place and of the new mr. and mrs. herron.!
paz y bendiciones.
elder brown.

novemburrrr. sike. its HOT.

so this week was an interesting one.
last monday we got together with the zone. Soccer. my back doesnt really let me play sports anymore so i played a game of Clue on the side with some other missionaries. i havent played it since we lived over by hermosa vista. probably never play it again. i dont think ive ever wanted a game to end sooner. i can take monopoly all day long. Clue is useless. dont buy it for your children. they´ll be happier haha
tuesday we had a district meeting. elder caal, my district leader, had me teach about the importance of getting investigators to church. i started with moroni 8:25. related it to our purpose as missionaries, the gospel of jesus christ, and where we all fit in with the people and how going to church and obeying the sabbath day helps them in their process to cumplir( .... fulfill?) the gospel. so yeah that was fun stuff. 
then on thursday we had a multi zone meeting with president. he trained us on how to teach lesson 6. we have a new lesson focused entirely on fasting, tithing, and offerings. we went through isaiah 58. cooll stuff. PAY YOUR OFFERINGS. 
later that day we went out with sister archibald. we hopped in her car and she drove us over to the new room we were going to move into. she mobs hard on the peruvian streets haha i was very surprised. so yeah this morning we moved into a new place. we can actually walk in it without waiting for the other one to stand on the other side of the room. its a beautiful thing. 
we had an interesting halloween. we did nothing. and there were like all of five kids trick or treating. and zero pumpkins. when kids go trick or tresting they just walk up and say "halloween!". when we got home at night we were planning for the next day and we heard outside "elderes! halloween! elderes! halloween!" we looked out and saw the bishop with his kids. so we went down and gave them a couple candies. hahaha the wave is starting to catch. i hope to see ful nlock parties here real soon. 
earlier that day we went to a members house to get to know them, he talked to us about area 51 and about how the scriptures support the fact that there are aliens. he asked, why do you think that there have been so many advancements in technology in the last century?? i told him that the restoration might have something to do with it. he didnt catch it haha. dude was kinda a nut. we are goin back today fro FHE. pray for me.
saturday morning we had interviews with president. we sat doown. "what can i do for you elder brown?" and then we talked for about an hour. dude´s a bosssss. he helped me alot. then at the end he was like anything else? oh, yeah i need a new reccomend (yeah. two years have gone by since yesterday since i got my call and almost two yearssince i went to the temple for the first time) and he just asked are you worth to have one? i said yep. he said alright cool i got a list of people ill get you yours soon too. that was easy. 
alright welp, my district is finishing up so i gotta roll. thanks for everythinggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg keep the missionaries in your prayers. this stuff gets rough. 
hasta luegoooooo
elder brown