Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Conference is around the CORNER

Hey Fambam,

So we didn't get to write yesterday because we had a lot of things to get together for specialized training that is going on today for the Muncie and Fort Wayne stakes. Ours will be on Thursday. But yesterday for Pday we also had a zone fun day and went to the park and played Ultimate Frisbee and Sand Volleyball. It was super fun! And I also got a little tan so that was fun.

We also went to Jungle Jim's with Sister Porter to buy some ingredients because Sister Low cooked a Scottish feast last night for the missionaries in the ward at the Porter's house. Jungle Jim's is pretty much an international food store. You can literally buy anything there. It is HUGE! It was really fun to spend some time with Sister Porter. She is the best. And Sister Low made this delicious soup that I could probably eat for the rest of my life. And President Porter was super happy because he went on his mission to Scotland and so he kept making comments about how he felt at "home" eating the Scottish food (:

This week has been fun. The women's session of conference was AMAZING and I learned tons from it! I hope that everyone is pumped for General Conference this week because it is going to be amazing! Email me with your favorite part!

The work is going well here and missionary life is awesome!

Love you all!

Sister Brown

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Adventures

Last Monday it was GORGEOUS weather. The warmest it has been in a while. And so we got permission to go downtown and go to the top of Carew tower which is the tallest tower in Cincinnati (: And it was so amazing! Seeing everything and it had just been raining buckets and so the river is overflowing. Like there were streets that we could see across the river in Newport Kentucky that were just going off into the river!

We also had an emergency call this week that a missionary was having to go home for a little bit while our companion Sister Low was on exchanges and so Sister Porter and I ran down to the Kentucky Airport. We had to deliver her renewed license to her that had been sent to me at the office and we were just going to do it at interviews, but then she needed it that day and so we took a road trip. Traffic was AWFUL and I got bored and so I started putting skittles in my mouth and seeing how many I could hold in there and still be able to whistle (: It was super weird being in an airport but I complimented a girl who was on a layover and we talked to her for a time. Airports are the best place to catch people because they literally have nothing else to do but sit there. Abby was super nice!

I also got this really awesome package from my daddio that had only TONS of Oreos in it. Let's just say that my tummy has been really happy and that we had to buy another gallon of milk (: AND a package from my mamma with a super cute Ohio shirt and a hula girl key chain! AND a package from the Boyle family!! AND a letter from Hillary with emoji songs to figure out! I have the best family ever!!!! (:

OH! And we went and helped a less active member clean out her old house because they have moved and are selling it and so we helped her scrub down the floors and walls and kitchen. But in her son's room there were glow in the dark stars on the ceiling. But all the furniture was gone... So we put our heads and bodies together and I climbed upon Sister Porter's shoulders (imagine at this moment Matt Meese being the shoulder devil) it was awesome. And OF COURSE we captured it in selfie mode.

This morning I lived through an audit! That was exciting....

It's been a great week! Lots of awesome lessons and people we have met! 

Sure love ya!

Sister Brown II

Monday, March 16, 2015

Week of Memories

Hey fambam! So the theme of the week has been "Do it for the Journal Entry" which is half a joke because none of us write in our journals... I should do better at that... #repentance

Journal Entry #1

So Monday we go over to President's house for the conference call (perks of serving in Western Hills) and before it starts I was telling Sister Porter about this rash that I have had (long story short I'm fine) so then Elder Seegmiller tells me that he knows the home remedy for rashes as he walks to the spice rack. At this point all I can think of is Googles putting cayenne pepper into your eyes to help with your sinus infections...

So he pulls out the cinnamon and tells me that a spoonful of cinnamon will cure any rash. And I know that he is just kidding and trying to do the cinnamon challenge... so he talks me into it a little bit and I agree so we load up our spoons and Sister Porter grabs her camera to record it and we do the cinnamon challenge! Dang. It BURNS! I couldn't taste anything for a solid 12 hours. It all tasted like cinnamon and BURNED! My ears killed and I was involuntarily crying. It was awesome. 

Journal Entry #2

So on Tuesday the Elders come into the office with a bottle of doterra peppermint essential oils and Elder Beckman says that we should all put it under our eyes on our cheek bones to see what it feels like. So we all put it on there and it BURNS! I literally could not open up my eyes from how much it hurt and my eyes were watering like crazy! We tried having a staring contest and it was the most painful thing I have done! haha (: It made for another great video though! And while we were doing Elder Beckman throws out there that the bottle specifically says NOT to put it near your eyes...

Journal Entry #3

So on Wednesday we had ZONE MEETING and my zone is so much fun right now! So we played this super fun game during zone meeting as part of our training on finding and talking to everyone. 

So one person in the companionship is an investigator and one is the missionary. And the missionaries go and walk the halls while the gators decide which missionary is  going to be "theirs". And the point of the game is for the missionary to find and get a return appointment with "their" gator. And the gators are supposed to reject everyone who is not their missionary.

So we start playing and all the gators are running around in costumes and playing really funny parts. One elder grabbed the cub scout flag and book from a classroom and is pretending to be a boy scout. Two Elders got the wheel chair and some funny hats and were being old war veterans. The sisters were more tame and just texting or reading books. 

So I start talking to everyone and Elder Gibb is one of the old war veterans and he was pretty grouchy. So I try talking to the sisters and they "reject" me and so after I have talked to everyone I feel like everyone rejected me! So then I just decide to try everyone again. But by this time a lot of people already have found "their" person. And the only people that are left are the war veteran grandpas. And they were kind of intimidating! Even as missionaries. And so I go to talk to the grouchy men and one of them ends up being "my" gator but I am such an awkward human being that I am so glad it was a missionary and not a real old man. 

Journal Entry #4

So on Friday we had the opportunity to go to the TEMPLE! But this is the journal entry for Thursday. And our ride fell through. No ride for us. We call and text EVERYONE in the ward and NOTHING. Nada. Zilch.  We had no idea how we were going to get to the temple. So then our awesome STL's call and say that they are catching a ride with the Fairfield sisters and that they have two extra seats. And the assistants were going with our Bishop's wife since there are three of them and so then I called President and we got it approved that I could go with Bishop's wife and Sister Porter and Sister Low would go with the other sisters. It was a crazy night of arranging rides at 10pm at night and then getting up early the next morning so that we could make it to the Louisville temple for the 10am session!

Journal Entry #5

So on Friday we got to go to the LOUISVILLE TEMPLE!!! It was so amazing and it was dumping buckets that day and so I was so grateful that nobody got in an accident and that everyone was safe while driving. And it was such a great experience! The feeling in the temple is like none other. I was just so happy! And excited to be a part of this and to have the restored gospel in my life! It feels so good! I have a testimony of modern and personal revelation too because of the things that I have been learning lately in my scripture study and from the Temple today!

Journal Entry #6

Saturday we had exchanges with our STL's Sister Anderson and Christensen. Sister Porter and I were with Sister Anderson and it was a lot of fun (: We went out and tried to contact a less active family that the YW president has been wanting us to see but they didn't live there and so there was this guy raking his leaves and we went and talked to him and his name is Jimmy and he was really excited to talk to us and to get his family involved too! Plus we went over to a member's hosue to teach them this member lesson that our stake president and President Porter have put together and they gave us a sack lunch at the end (: They are so cute.

Journal Entry #7

Sunday was just a great day! Church was awesome and we went to a nursing home where the Dixon's live and Brother and Sister Dixon are both recent converts and so we have sacrament meeting at their nursing home (long story short). But this time all the missionaries in the ward (all 8 of us) went and there were like 5 other people from the nursing home there and it was really awesome! Plus I got to go out on splits with my good friend Lauren to teach some lessons and it was awesome to get to talk to her. haha plus she told me that all the girls in the stake have a crush on one of the elders... haha that made me laugh so hard.

It's been a great week! Hope you had a great one! 

Sure love ya!

Sister Brown II