About elderbubbabrown

Elder Christopher "Bubba" Brown is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hong Kong, China. Elder Bubba is speaking Cantonese and is expected to serve through April 2014. Find out more about the LDS church at www.mormon.org

The time of our lives

Well… here it is.

This week has been great. We traveled all over Hong Kong moving apartments. It sounds really rough, but it was great to go all over Hong Kong. Being an assistant has given me a great opportunity to see all the parts of Hong Kong. We were able to visit lots of our investigators and have great spiritual opportunities with all of them. My favorite was visiting Brother C– in the hospital. He is almost done with his Chemo treatments, and then he gets to go home! He is still reading the Book of Mormon whenever he has the energy. I really love that man.

On Wednesday we went on exchanges to a place called Yuen Long. It was a day of great finding and great success. The funiest/creepiest thing happened to be while I was there though. I had a random old man walk up to me, stroke my chin, and say, "hey handsome boy". I pulled back really fast and was in complete shock. Then he went in for another stroke, but I covered my face with my Book of Mormon. My companion couldn’t stop laughing. People like the blonde hair…

This weekend we had general conference. It was amazing. I loved every single minute of it. It was interesting that it was my last Sunday in Hong Kong, but it was a very spiritually uplifting last sunday. After the Sunday afternoon session, the ward had a big farewell party for me at the church. They cooked lots of food and there were LOTS of pictures taken. I am really going to miss these people.

Last night we had the My conversion testimony meeting. K–n came to speak for me. It was really good. He did half his talk in Chinese, then the other half in English. I love K-n a lot.

Now we are just wrapping things up, and I am training the new assistant. Things are going great. It really has been a great 2 years. Love you all lots!

Elder Brown

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Beautiful Springtime

Well, things are just going mighty great over here in Hong Kong. The weather is a nice temperature. The mission is seeing many miracles and progressing so much. Everyone just seems happy. Things are going great.

I would say it was one of those weeks where so much happened, but I can’t tell you what I did. We had some mini transfers, apartment closings/openings, my last mission leadership council, zone training meeting, and lots of other fun stuff that doesn’t really make for a good email.

But, I will tell you about an awesome experience I had this week. We had a mainland investigator from Cheng Du come down to hear all the lessons and be baptised. We had some of the mandarin sisters teach her. The only problem is that the rest of the mandarin missionaries had their zone meeting, so we didn’t have anyone to be witnesses, do confirmation, or baptise her. So we scooped together everyone we could find and I got to baptise her using mandarin! It was great, and I didn’t make any mistakes! The gift of tongues is real!

On Saturday we went to visit Brother C– (he is the one that has cancer). He is in the hospital doing treatments, so we went to visit him there. He was so excited to have interactions with people other than nurses. He just talked and talked and talked with us. I just wanted to spend all afternoon in the hospital with him. He is so sincere about the gospel, and he loves his family. He is a great man.

The other picture is after we moved all the furniture from an apartment. There was a big pile of blankets and pillows, and I couldn’t resist. The missionaries I live with call me a child, I just say I am having fun!

I love you all. I will talk to you next week (literally…talk) LOVE YOU

March 30

Hello All!

It has been such a great week, lots of craziness, lots of laughter, and once again lots of miracles. Here it goes:

Monday night we are able to see an investigator (I wont say his name because of the craziness of the story). So we start to teach Bob, and he is acting very weird. He is a little different anyways, but on that night he was acting extra weird. In the lesson he talked about cutting his hand and now he made an atonement like Jesus to overcome sin. He was dead serious. Then he grabbed our pamphlet and ripped it up. We were both pretty uncomfortable, so we ended the lesson. The next problem is that he wouldn’t leave. He stuck his foot in the door and wouldn’t let me close it. He just kept saying, "I want to stay with you." "let me be with you". It was really weird. Finally after talking, some slight nudges, and some silent prayers. He agreed to leave. He said, "wait, aren’t you supposed to shake my hand?" I really didn’t want to, but if it would get him to leave, I would do it. So I stuck my hand out, He said, "I want a hug" and jumped at me. There he was just holding onto me, and I wanted to be anywhere else in the world. It was pretty bad. Finally I pushed him off and locked the door. He sat there knocking on the door trying to get in but we just ran away. It was very awkward.

We went to visit a potential investigator at his house, his name is Brother C–. I have never met him before, but the last time I tried to visit, we buzzed at the intercom and he quickly hung up. This time we went to the intercom and buzzed up, but nobody answered. We tried a couple more times, but didn’t have any success. We finally decided to go finding in the area until our next appointment. We felt a really strong impression to start walking down this little sidewalk. The very first man we started talking to was very nice. This was our conversation:
Me: What is your name?
Him: Brother C–.
Me: (getting kind of excited) Wait, where do you live?
Him: Right here (pointing to the building we were just trying to get into)
Me: Do you live in 6A?
Him: How do you know that?
Me: We are here to find you!
It was the man we were originally planning on visiting! It was such a great lesson. He let us up immediately and was so receptive to our message. He has cancer, so things in his life are very precious. He also is feeling the stress of having an illness, and the gospel gets to be the soothing peace he needs in his life. It was so good.

Brother Y– had a great breakthrough this week. He walked into the lesson and said, "I’ve made up my mind, I want to be baptised. No more excuses. I have decided to be baptised on either April 12 or 20" So we knelt down and prayed and he felt he should be baptised on April 20! I am so unbelievably excited for him! His only problem is that he wants to wait until April 10 before starting to keep the word of wisdom, because he thinks that is enough time. We still have a ways to go, but his desire is there now!

Ok, now I get to tell you about our little rainstorm we had yesterday. We were eating dinner, and the light drizzle outside started to pour harder and harder. Then we went across the hall to talk with President. As we were talking, it started to pour really hard and there was lightning and thunder. Then we had to go across the street to the church/mission office. As soon as we stepped outside, our umbrellas broke under the strong wind. We ran over to the church and got sopping wet in the process. As soon as we got to the church, we realized that water was shooting under the doors and starting to build up on the church floor. We ran all over trying to find the sand bags to stop the water from coming into the chapel. We finally got the sand bags placed in front of the doors and the drains uncovered so the water could be let out. I tried to take some pictures, but the wind and rain were going to fast for my camera to get a good picture. Just as soon as we got back into the office, we got a call from President Hawks telling us to get all the missionaries back to their apartments because it had just turned to black rain. So we got that called out and grabbed the other 4 missionaries in the office to run across the street to the temple. By that time, the streets were already filling with water. The temple is kind of built on a hill, so the water was just pouring down the street. The street drains couldn’t drain the water fast enough. So we finally got back to the temple, and changed into dry clothes. We then ran down into the temple parking garage. There was water pouring through one of the emergency exit doors and down the stairs and started to flood the elevator lobby. There was also lots of water pouring down from the ceiling. So we spent a good deal of time getting that cleaned up and pushing water to different drains. It was pretty exciting. It never felt dangerous, just lots of excitement.
This morning we woke up to some interesting sights. because of water/wind, there was quite a bit of damage. The mall by the church (called Festival Walk) got flooded pretty badly. Lots of subway stations also had some flooding. And the chapel had some damage, especially in the bishops’ offices (water came down through the roof). It was an exciting weekend. All the missionaries are safe though!

So that was my interesting week. I took a video of the rain, but it is too big of a file. You will all just have to see it when I get home. Love you all. Have a great week!

Love, Elder Bubba

My mission’s “dog” experience

Hello Everyone, I hope ya’all have had a great weekend.

Ok, everyone has a "dog" experience on their mission, and I got one! We went on exchanges last Thursday. I went to an area called Tuen Mun, in the new territories. We had a really good day of finding and teaching, and then we decided to go visit a potential investigator. That included hiking up a mountain to their house. The whole path up to their house is using stairs. The whole way up, we are walking up these stairs and weaving through the trees and forest. We can hear dogs barking in the distance, but the only dogs we have seen have been behind fences. Finally we turned a corner and stopped. Up a couple of stairs were five dogs just staring at us. I have heard so many stories of missionaries getting chased by dogs in the new territories. The first thought that came to my head was, "oh man, now I have to outrun these dogs down a bunch of stairs. I am going to trip and die and ruin this great exchange." The dogs started growling at us and barking, but they didn’t chase after us. I was pretty scared. We stepped towards them and the backed up a little but barked even more. We continued to walk up the hill with them barking and growling the whole time. We finally got up to the house and the owner came out and calmed the dogs down. Then he let us into his little metal and cement shack and we taught him. He is a very nice man from mainland and was very open to our message. We were also able to meet his son, and his little neighbor even decided to come join us. It was a great ending to a pretty scary experience.

Yesterday we had an awesome stake meeting. It was all the missionaries, ward/branch mission leaders, and all the ward/branch missionaries. The stake presidency did a big training on how we can better work together. There were also trainings about the role of a mission leader and other awesome things. I really hope it helps the wards and missionaries work even closer together! The Sham Shui Po ward really represented, and had so many people show up. They even gave us our own little corner. I love how the work is moving forward. Members are starting to realize their role in missionary work, and the everything is doing great. I look forward to continuing to build up Hong Kong.

Well, the rest of the weekend was full of some little experiences, but nothing too stand out. This will be a short one. Love you all lots! Have a great week.

Elder Brown

Party in the Hong Kong!

Hello all my faithful friends and family!

Hope you all had an amazing week. I know I did. Hong Kong is still doing really good. Once again, we were able to see many miracles and the Lord stretched forth his hand to bless the work. ITS SO GREAT!

We were able to meet so many new people this week. As we were finding we met this awesome man named L–! He is from Mainland China, but is living in Hong Kong for school and work. He is one of the most humble/naive people I have ever met. He goes to another church, but was very interested in the Book of Mormon. We were able to share a little about it, say a prayer right there on the busy street, and then schedule him for last Saturday. Saturday we were able to meet with him, give a tour of the chapel, and answer all his questions about the Book of Mormon. He was just amazing at the message. It was almost like a movie where the person has their mouth open in complete awe!

I went on exchanges with Elder Groesbeck. Lets just say we had a good time.

We also met with K–. He is doing good, and it is good to have him back in Hong Kong. He is so prepared to accept this message. The only problem with the lesson is that he couldn’t stay awake. He was up late partying the night before, and was having a rough time keeping his eyes open. It sounds pretty annoying, but we made the lesson fun. We got up and walked around and used the chapel as a giant object lesson for teaching the Restoration. It made the lesson a lot more interesting, and it kept K– awake.

On Saturday I got one of the best surprises of my entire mission. A couple months ago Elder Jackson and I taught a lady from Mainland named Sister H–. Well, on Saturday she came down as a mainland visitor, was taught all the lessons and then was baptised that night. She was so grateful to us and wouldn’t stop thanking us. We took a picture with her in her baptismal clothes.

We also had a pretty good surprise on Saturday when my good friend Mike Macfarlane came back to visit. I was companions with him for a week as I was being trained to be an assistant. It was so good to see him. He was even nice enough to let me stand next to his wife for the picture. He is so thoughtful…

Well, I don’t have much more time to write about the other great things that are happening. We went to the temple today and it was absolutely amazing. I love the Hong Kong temple so much. It feels like the other temples in Utah, but with a chinese twist. So good. I love you all so much. Hope you have a great week and we will talk in a couple of days! Bye!

Oh if I could count the blessings…

Wow…

That is about all I can say to describe this week. It was filled with so many amazing miracles.

We went on Zone Leader/Assistant exchanges this past week, and I got to go back to my first area, Chai Wan. It was so amazing to go back. Back then I was so young, inexperienced, and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I could actually talk to people now! It was fun to be back on the island/city. I miss walking along the ocean and trying to stop all the runners.

This week we also had mission leadership council. We have been working with President and Sister Hawks to set a goal. This year is the 65 anniversary of Hong Kong being open for missionary work, so all the wards and stakes are celebrating really big, and we were trying to decide what the mission is going to do. We finally came up with a goal. 65 baptisms in the month of July (the month Hong Kong was dedicated). This many baptisms hasn’t happened in years. In fact, that is almost 3 times the monthly average of baptisms we are currently getting. It is going to take a lot of work, and I am sad that I wont be here to see it, but I am glad that I get to give it a big shoving start! We announced it at mission leadership council, and everyone is on board. It is going to be really hard, and I think everyone knows that, but I have found that the hardest things in life are the things that make you a better person. Trials and challenges are so hard, but if you let it, your testimony grows, you grow as a person, and you are better suited to help those around you. I am not one to ask God to give me more trials, but I have learned that when they come, you just have to make the best of them and try to learn and grow as much as you can. I am so excited to do this!

Brother Y–g is making amazing progress still. He has the information and he has the answers, now he just needs to make a decision (which is the hardest part). He has grown so much since we first started meeting with him. His life is completely different from what it used to be. The bishop also met with him, and was able to get a good idea for his level of progress and also what other needs he has. Our bishop is awesome!

Friday we were coming home from a zone meeting, and as soon as we stepped on the train, we ran into a former investigator. We were able to talk to him and invite him to church. He stopped investigating because he went to study in Australia, but now he is back for a couple of months, so we will be able to meet with him and help him learn more about the gospel while here in Hong Kong.

Saturday was just an amazing day. We were able to have prepared people just placed in our path and we were able to teach so many people. We were also able to teach Q–e and we committed him to coming to more than just 1 hour of church! He is also making such great progress.

Then yesterday. I almost want to cry when I think about it. God just prepared so many of our investigators a way to come to church. They just kept coming and coming. That was amazing, and then after church a member came up and introduced us to her little brother and his friends. The ward is really trusting us, and they are loving the miracles God is providing. I can’t even count or express the number of miracles that were provided yesterday (and this whole week). God really wants the work to move forward, and we have to be ready to be instruments in his hands.

This week was amazing. I pray that God keeps helping us, and even if we don’t see as many miracles, I will count my blessings for the ones I do get.

Love you all, Elder Brown

ps: Next week I am going to the temple, so I wont have P-Day until Wednesday (your Tuesday).