Monday, September 28, 2015

I know that my Redeemer lives

This week has been a magical one.

So Sister's Conference was this week. And that is a magical meeting. President Porter and Sister Porter taught us about the doctrine of being a woman and being a daughter of God. We also had a lot of fun and feel so blessed that that was able to happen this transfer.

Plus I got to see Sister Kenison and Sister Peatross and Sister Jones and all of my friends there and that just made it all the better. Plus Sister Keim plays the violin too and so we played "Redeemer" by Paul Cardall. Sister Huber played the cello and Sister Tucker played the piano. It brought the spirit in SO strong and God definitely helped out with pulling that one together since we had the night before to make it happen.

The Spauldings are a family from Muncie that I love (: and Sister Spaulding's brother lives in Kettering and so they came down for Sunday dinner yesterday and that was really fun. It was also really special since I spent so much time with the Spauldings and they were actually my first meal in Muncie. And so my first and my last on my mission! (Heavenly Father worked that one out since he knows how cliche I am!)

I know that my Redeemer lives. I know now more than ever before that He is my Best Friend. That He comes and comforts me. That the Atonement is personal and that it applies to me, Sister Brown, individually. And because of that He will always help me to take another step closer to my Heavenly Father and becoming like Him. I know that because of the trials that I have faced here and been able to overcome. They have been unique to me and the way He has helped me through them has been unique to me. I am stronger because of my faith in Jesus Christ. But I know that the process that I went through is not unique to me. That He will carry each one of us. That there is hope for tomorrow because we can all fall on our knees and ask for His help. He is always there.

Thanks for all the support that all of you have given to me on my mission! I love you all!

Sister Brown II

Monday, September 21, 2015

Satan thou son of the morning

I received revelation this week on why it can be so hard to get out of be in the morning.  2 Nephi 24:12. There you have it folks. That is why!
So this week has been crazy!  We had exchanges with both the areas of sisters are are over BACK TO BACK.  It was nuts.  Just putting all of your thoughts into how you can help the sisters in a 24 hour period is kind of nuts! But it was really great.  The sisters that we are over are the best and I learned a lot about myself and also the skills I have gained on my mission. 
Siste Keim has this thing.  It's called "I love to put fabric over my head". I literally had to ask her how much of her life has been spent with her head under a blanket or scarf or hoodie.... Haha but  now we have "Thinking Turbans". When you really need to connect with God, just slip your scarf onto your head.  #problemsolved
This week we have lots of exciting things.  We will have another exchange and then the SISTERS CONFERENCE will be on Thursday.  I am SO excited about that! Last year was SO much fun. So I am excited that we  get to do it again!
Well I'm gonna go party with my zone at the park this week.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Happy Wednesday

Holy cow! There is so much to say and not enough time! This week FLEW by! So we had leadership council on Tuesday of last week and that was really fun to be there and it was also a really spiritual experience! I learned a LOT about the Sabbath day and why I personally go to church. And then we had zone meetings this past week also! Dayton and Middletown and they were also super spiritual experiences! 

So we have conference calls at night sometimes to say "family prayer" before bed and to have a role call and make sure everyone is on the call we ask a question. And the question the other night was "What is your love language?" And that was super funny because Elders can't take anything seriously after 9pm and so their answers were a bit ridiculous.

We also are having a 40 day fast as a zone to help us give up something so that we can see miracles in our work more. And so I realized that my addiction to Mountain Dew Baja blast was probably not the greatest thing in my life. So that is what I chose to give up! (:

Then Labor Day was probably the funnest day of my whole mission! We had a finding challenge and we did a zone activity. And since we are over both zones we were able to be with lots of missionaries and find a lot of new friends to teach! Plus there were members out with us taking pictures to post onto Social Media and they also helped us to teach and were powerful influences on the people that we were meeting!

Then yesterday we had interviews with President and Sister Porter but also every missionary had to roleplay the church lesson and as STLs we were helping with that and that was really fun! The assistants in the mission are the best and they just made the day so much fun! Plus it was Elder Seegmiller's birthday so we filled their truck with balloons!

One thing that I have really learned and been able to think about this week in my work is the importance of people. That when I get really stressed as a missionary it is when I am focused on the numbers and not the people. And then I need to take a step back and see that I am changing lives and that I am making a difference. So that was a good self-evaluation this week.

Also I have been thinking a lot about "DOING right, rather than BEING right." And how important that is. You are only 50% of any relationship. But you can give 100% of your 50% to make things work. And that being humble is listening to God's voice and acting on what he tells you to do. It isn't always easy and a lot of the time we will  be doing things that we don't want to do. But that HE helps us. HE provides. HE carries us through it and before we know it we are making it through another day.

I know that we can change. That the person we were yesterday does not have to be the person that we are today. And that as we continually change we will become the person that God sent us to become and we will be like Him.

I love you all and thanks for the support that you give to me!