Happy Hong Kong Day!

{sent on June 30, 2013}

Happy Hong Kong being given back to China day!!!

The first of July is always crazy here. Today we aren’t even aloud to go to most of our area because of protests and marches, but we will get an awesome firework show over the harbor! It’s kind of funny, the people don’t really like this day, but the government tries so hard to make it a positive thing. I don’t mind, as long as I get my awesome firework show (and the crowds of potential investigators waiting for the show to start).

We have had another awesome week here in West Point. K– GOT BAPTIZED!!! It was such an awesome meeting, and he was so happy. He even wrote a song that he sang for his testimony after he was baptized 🙂 I love K–, definitely met him in the pre-earth life. It helps so much when you have a good relationship with the investigators. Not an inappropriate one, but when where they can trust you, and talk openly with you, they are able to progress so much faster and better. The sister missionaries in our ward also had a baptism yesterday, my companion was able to baptize her. The ward is freaking out with excitement, they deserve these baptisms so much. They are always so willing to help us missionaries, and take such good care of us, i am glad I am able to help them.

We had Sister T– invite her parents to the baptism, since they probably don’t understand what baptism is, and that is why they won’t allow her to be baptized. Well, yesterday morning she called us and was pretty upset. She invited her dad to the baptism, and he got REALLY mad and started yelling at her. She said she isn’t allowed to meet with the missionaries any more, or come to church, or have any interaction with the church. She also said she probably wasn’t coming to church that day, and that we would talk about it later. We are seeing her tomorrow, so hopefully we can fix things. How can some families be such sources of support, but some families bring people down. It really is a sad thing.

Weird food of the week: This week we had peppers stuffed with octopus tentacle, rice, and oyster… Kind of weird, but good. I guess that is normal in lots of places, it is just weird for me, a boy from Utah.

I found a new place to go finding this week. The docks where they do all of the importing/exporting stuff here in Hong Kong is open to the public after hours. I love going there at night and finding along the water along the dock, with the glowing city as my background. And as a bonus, you can see the disneyland fireworks going off, it works great as you are teaching the first vision, then fireworks in the background. I love it!

We found a really awesome new investigator this week, his name is B–. He went to UCLA, but then his visa expired and the government wouldn’t let him extend, so he is back in Hong Kong. My companion loves him, because he speaks English, so my companion actually understands whats going on. haha It is perfect, because he is at that phase in his life, where he has no idea what is going on, and he is just really confused. Perfect situation for the gospel to help! We have him scheduled for this week, so I will let you know how he is doing.

Stay awesome family and friends. I love you all!

Love, Elder Brown

p.s. Next week we are going to the temple, so the email will come later next week.

Pass jo la!

sent June 23, 2013

This week has been an awesome week for us here in Hong Kong. Last Monday, we went to the Bishop’s house, ate pizza, and taught them the first lesson. It was fun as they pretended to be investigators. I think it really helped them to build even more trust in us teaching people. Hopefully some more referrals will come out of it. Their 3 year old son is so funny. They were pretending to be investigators for the whole night, but then when we started teaching about prophets he started singing the primary song (Adam was a prophet first on that we know…) and then he sang book of Mormon stories when we started teaching about the book of Mormon. Kind of ruined the act, but it made some good laughs.

K– is doing great, every time we see him, he tells me something else about my life (he has inspected my facebook, blog, and anything else that isn’t on private mode) haha. K– is one of my favorite people ever. We are always laughing when we are with him. This week, he also passed his baptismal interview! So he will be getting baptized on the 30th (this Sunday). He is very excited, he was telling EVERYONE at church yesterday about it.

J– is still doing good. He was sick yesterday, so he didn’t come to church, but he has the Priesthood, still reads his scriptures every day, and is getting a calling next week. Who would have thought you could get so much joy out of someone else?

Sister T– is still doing good. Her motivation is slowly dropping for baptism, so we need something to happen fast. We fasted for her yesterday along with some of the ward members, so now it really is in the Lord’s hands. Unintentionally, this week, all of my studies have drifted towards the power of God. Did you know he has SO much power? It’s amazing the things he can do. Most of the time I just want to do things by myself, but it is SO much better when you rely on God. Isn’t it funny how the Lord’s work moves better when you do it the Lord’s way? hmmmm…

This week we were able to visit a less active family! I love teaching families and helping them come back together. We were able to get the Sister L– (mom) to come yesterday to church, and she even brought her cousin from mainland. They are such a great family, and the mom is so nice to us. She is one of those people that you just look at and say, “she is a great mom”. One of those people that everyone considers their mom. She is awesome, now we just need to get the rest of the family!

This week, I tried century egg. It is an egg that supposedly has been buried in the ground for a hundred years. The native person said, “They say it’s a hundred years, but these people aren’t patient enough, it is probably only a few years!” Still, it was pretty weird. It tasted like a normal egg, but it had a rubbery texture.

Well, that is it for the week. Hope you all have had a great week, and this next one will be even better. Love you all!

Love, Elder Brown

Hello!

sent June 9, 2013

Hello my amazing friends and family,

How are you all of my amazing loved ones. I hope you have had a good week, and you are just enjoying life! This week has been pretty interesting. Elder Leung and I worked hard for our last couple of days, and saw some great progress with some of our investigators.

Sister T– had an amazing breakthrough. She called us on Monday and asked if we could meet, but we already had an appointment, so we scheduled her for Tuesday. On Tuesday, we met with her and she was VERY happy. She told us a story of how she had been praying extra hard to feel the spirit, and then she had received so many “Holy Ghost” experiences. It made her so happy. She then told us that she wanted to be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, so she could feel it more often. So we talked to her about baptism, and talked about setting a baptismal date. She said she would pray to be baptized in August. Unfortunately, the next day we met with her again. She said that she talked to her Dad about her baptism, and he freaked out. Her dad practically banned her from meeting with the missionaries, he also said she had to give back the Book of Mormon, and she can’t come to church anymore. She looked so confused and lost. She wanted baptism SO much. So we talked to her about it, and we had an awesome fellowshipper who went through this same problem when she was investigating the church. So we talked to her, and we communicated a lot about God, and relying on him. She is still really confused, but she still has her book and she still came to church. She needs some extra prayers these days.

K– is doing awesome. The other day, we met with him, and I was laughing the whole time. I walked in, and he pulled out his phone and says “look at this”. He had this app open, that had lots of information about my life. Like my facebook info, my email, our home address, the value of our home, and lots of other info. He said, “I was just messing around, and this app randomly popped up, i don’t know where it came from, but it makes me feel like i’m in the CIA”. It was kind of creepy, but we were laughing the whole time. Then we talked about baptism, and he expressed his desire to be baptized. So he is getting baptized in 3 weeks! (on June 30). The ward loves him, and is super excited for another baptism. I am so glad West Point is picking up, there are 3 baptisms scheduled for the rest of this month, and that is a lot considering before J– they hadn’t had a baptism in two years. God blesses us when we work hard.

Well, my new companion is named Elder Loderup (don’t ask me how to pronounce it, becasue I don’t even know myself). He is from Texas, but his dad is originally from Norway (or something like that). I think it might be intimidating for people to see two big blonde boys walking down the street, but we are still getting the job done.

Well, that is it for the week. Sorry it is very short (my email time was very rushed today) I love you all, and hope you all have an amazing week!

Love Elder Brown

The Week!

Sent June 16, 2013

Hello all my peeps in the hood!

How ya’ll doin’ over there across the big blue? Things are going great here in Hong Kong. We have had an awesome week, and have seen many miracles. On Tuesday, I gave a baptismal interview to this investigator for another area. I never realized how spiritual baptismal interviews are, but this one was so powerful. We were able to talk and I was able to find out so much about her life and her conversion in such a short amount of time, plus the spirit was so unbelievably strong. She told an amazing story of how she came to know God was there, and it has impacted me very strongly. I don’t want to give any confidential information out, but she had a hard time when she was younger, and she relied on God for strength because of her friend’s example in doing the same thing. It is amazing the example you have on other people, even when you don’t realize it. I know I was blessed with amazing friends and family that really have helped me to learn to rely on God. She passed and is getting baptized tomorrow, but I think I will always remember this interview.

K– is still doing awesome (which all of you know). We were finding on Saturday night, and I randomly get a text from K– that says, “I found your family, now we get to swap secrets about you.” That is all the text said. Elder Loderup and I were laughing so hard. We finally found out that he found you on Facebook and started messaging you. Then he said, “don’t worry, I was really nice and introduced myself first.”… Oh K–… He is doing good, and will have his baptismal interview at the end of this week, or the beginning of next week. He is awesome, and even came finding with us the one day. He is going to make a great member!

I had a really awesome experience this week, that made me really grateful for following spiritual promptings. When I was back in my last area, I had a strong impression to start reading the Bible. I thought the Bible was super boring, so I ignored it. Then the next day, the Elder’s quorum president challenged me to read the Bible all the way through while on my mission. There was a lot of other promptings too, so I started, and have read almost every day since. There are some parts that really kill me, but I have been diligently studying. Then this week while we were finding, I found a man named S–. We talked for a minute, then he turned to the Bible to start trying to prove our message is wrong. Hong Kong isn’t a very Christian filled society, so we don’t usually run into this kind of thing (and if it does happen, I usually just walk away from it), but on that day, I heard a little voice that told me a scripture that contradicted what he said, so I told him. He looked stumped, then came up with another argument. Again, the voice told me another scripture that I remember reading before. This happened for about 10 minutes, then finally the man went silent. Then those voice in my head said, “testify, then teach him how to ask God for truthfulness.” So I did it, and he remained silent for the rest of the time. We exchanged numbers and left him with a pamphlet of the Restoration, because we had to go to a meeting, but this experience mad me so grateful for many things. 1. promptings of the spirit. 2. spiritual preparation for times of need. 3. the gift of tongues which allowed me to fluently speak to this man in a foreign tongue. It was such a great learning experience for me. We can never deny a spiritual prompting when it comes, you will always regret it, always.

Sister T– is still doing awesome. Her Dad is still against the church, but she is getting stronger and stronger every day. The ward members are getting a lot more involved in her progress, and it is giving her even more strength. It is awesome! She still has a long ways to go, but she is on the right path, prayers are still strongly encouraged.

The ward here is doing awesome. It has been soo long since there was a baptism, that the fire slowly started to die, but the sister missionaries just had a baptism yesterday, there are two on the 30th, and then two more next month, and the ward is starting to go crazy! They are so happy, and the fire is starting to grow like crazy! Members started bringing friends to church, and it is all picking up. Hopefully we can keep it going, and we will do it with God’s help!

Hope you all have a great week. Love you all lots. Stay amazingly awesome! LOVES

Love, Elder Brown

Pictures

Sent June 23, 2013

The one of the city is my area.

The other one is my second trainee and I.