The week of never ending miracles

To be completely honest with you all, this week has been great! We have seen so many miracles, and have had great experiences.

The meeting with Elder Holland was just amazing. Everyone is always scared that he is going to go pound on their obedience or pound on the microphone, but the very first thing he said when he stood up was, “I feel that this mission is very obedient. Because of that, I don’t need to spend the next hour lecturing on obedience, instead, I get to teach you.” He then went on to teach about the book of mormon. He also taught about less actives. He talked about the sorrow God feels when he looses one of his sheep. You could just feel the sorrow in his voice as he was talking about it. He then repeated the promise he has made before. He said, there isn’t a single person is this world right now who has strayed too far to be unqualified for Christ’s Atonement. You all can repent. You all can be forgiven. You all can lose the burden of sin and feel the joyous feeling of the gospel that you once enjoyed. It was such a powerful meeting. I add my testimony to Elder Holland’s, that the Atonement is real and anyone can change. Anyone can come back. People in the church aren’t perfect, I am the first to admit that. But the gospel itself is perfect. Christ loves us and wants us to be happy. If we trust him, no matter how “unsure” you may be, it will lead you to happiness.

Tuesday night we had our “sports night” We had a member bring 4 friends! This member is just on fire. She helped us teach them all after, and she boldly bore her testimony in front of them. I love when members aren’t ashamed of their testimony.

Brother Y–g had a big breakthrough this week. Before we got him to agree to keep the word of wisdom for 1 week. This week when we met with him he said, “I kept it for a week, then I really wanted to drink tea so I did it. It was the nastiest tea I have ever drank, and no matter how much I drank, it didn’t help my craving. I now know I need to keep this commandment.” I almost jumped out of my chair and gave the man a hug right there! We were both so excited. He still has a ways to go, but he had such great progress this week.

On Saturday we met with Q–e and gave him a baptismal date. That lesson was really powerful, and the spirit led us so well and resolving his concerns. He agreed to be baptised on March 30. He says he is still unsure of his testimony, but will keep praying and working towards that goal. At the end of the lesson we asked if he was coming to church and he said, “no, I have work. I am just way to busy. Next week for sure.” We couldn’t get him to budge. Finally we just said, “ok, we will pray for you to have a way to come to church tomorrow.” Then we prayed so hard. Yesterday, right before church started, he walked into the chapel. Maybe my faith isn’t great enough, but I was in a bit of shock. After sacrament meeting ended, we ran over to ask him what happened. He said last night right before he went to bed, he opened his computer, and saw that there was an email from the church. As we watched to video that was in the email, he had a feeling that he needed to go to church, so there he was! It was such a great testimony builder to God answering prayers.

This week we were also able to have lots of miracles with mainlanders coming down as visitors (hearing the lessons in one day, then getting baptised and confirmed that night before making the trek back to mainland). At the start of the week, we only had 2 scheduled. Last night, we had the 6th one baptised. It was such a miracle. We have been able to work closely with the one that happened yesterday, so it was a really good feeling to see her get baptised. She is such a nice lady. She will make such an awesome ward member. (I am guessing future young women’s president).

Such a great week.

Love, Elder Brown

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Zone conferences (#3) and… Elder Holland?

Well, this week I had my last zone conferences. Zone conferences are so great. I love being able to travel all over Hong Kong, interact with all the missionaries, and be uplifted and learn from President and Sister Hawks. The main focus for this zone conference was Joseph Smith’s first vision. It’s an amazing experience, and for every conference, I was reminded of the time when I found out it was true. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ.

I attached a picture of me in Macau. I took a picture in front of one of the street signs. All the signs there are in Portuguese and Chinese. I don’t have Chase’s email, but I wanted him to see it. The other picture is of a Portuguese style house that is on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Macau is such an amazing place, I am glad that I have been able to go there a few times.

Yesterday at church, we had so many miracles happen. In the ward we had over 6 less actives come back, and about 10 investigators there. The ward did awesome and made it all happen. Even though we were incredibly busy this week, God still provided us with miracles.

Last night we had an amazing fireside from Elder Holland to celebrate the church’s 65 anniversary in Hong Kong. It was the most powerful talk I have heard given. He talked about in past dispensations, the saints had to flee from Babylon. Only is this dispensation are we told we need to turn and fight (not with guns and weapons, but with the Priesthood and service). It was just amazing.

Tomorrow we also have a special opportunity to have a missionary meeting with Elder Holland and the other general authorities. I am so excited to meet him tomorrow! It is going to be a very interesting meeting.

Love, Elder Brown

Short one (with pictures)

FROM SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2014

Ok, I don’t have a lot of time, so I will let the pictures do most of the talking. We went for an awesome hike last week, you can see all over Hong Kong from up there. It was pretty amazing(even though it was straight stairs).

We also had a pretty good week of finding and other joys. We saw lots of miracles and we were really led by the spirit this week.

So many things have happened, but it also seems like nothing has happened. We have a transfer coming in this week, my last one. I don’t have anyone being trained for my position, so it looks like I will be here for another 2 months. 8 Months is quite a long time to be an assistant, but I am happy to be serving where the Lord needs me.

The hike is called Lion’s rock.

It’s been a crazy one!

Well, this week hasn’t been the best one on my mission. But I guess everyone has those "bummer" weeks. Rough weeks usually don’t last too long. We were able to see some good miracles though. Last P-day we went with some missionaries to a place called Jojo’s. It is an Indian buffet. The food there is so good. It was also fun to spend some time with some of the missionaries. We are pretty lucky here to have such a small area and be close to all the missionaries.

We had new missionaries come in this week. It is always fun to see them, and to see the excitement they have to be here in the city. Their eyes light up, both with fear and excitement. These missionaries are really good. They will do amazing work here in Hong Kong.

Thursday was transfer day. We spend most of the day trying to drive people around and helping people get where they need to be. The bad part is that it was raining. Every missionary that came into the mission office was completely wet because they couldn’t hold an umbrella because they were carrying their luggage. With the wet and the cold, it made transfer day a bit of a difficulty, but everyone survived, and I didn’t hear of any missionaries getting sick.

Friday morning we woke up very early (4:45) to take the missionaries who were going home to the airport. It was pretty hard to say goodbye to them. These were some of the same missionaries that were in the MTC with me, so it was weird to have them leave.

Because of all the missionaries who left, we had to do a lot of new zone leader training. We got 6 new zone leaders this week, so there was a lot of training that had to happen. (our mission only has 7 zones, so it was a big turn-over). We have some really good leadership here in the mission, and I am excited to see what they will do.

Today I had a very awesome wake-up letter. I got ticketed. I was driving the car the other day and a light switched. It was one of those "slam on the brake or try to get through" situations. I decided it was safer to go through. There was a bright flash and they got our picture. So today I got a ticket… It just made my week a bit better…

It’s funny. I prayed before and told God, "I am going to continue to work hard these last two months. I will take whatever you think is best for me. Trials, miracles, tests, blessings, anything that you think is best for me." Well, he gave me some trials and I am grateful for it. I think tests are a good thing. It is God saying that he thinks we are ready to grow a little more and become a little better. So here is to waiting on the Lord and pushing through! Love you all

Elder Brown

short week

Well, it has only been a few days since I sent my last email, but so many amazing things have happened. So many miracles!

Wednesday after we emailed, we were able to go to the temple. I don’t think I have a more favorite place on earth than in that amazing place. I received some very strong revelation, that has helped me so much. I love the feelings, promises, and strength that come from the temple.

Thursday we were able to teach a member referral named Brother L–. He is the husband of the less active that passed away a few weeks ago. He was extremely nice to us and is very interested in learning more about what his wife believed in. We were able to share a very good message. The Relief Society President came with us and was such a great support to him. He is very busy trying to get everything worked out with the government in terms of paperwork and legal stuff for his wife’s death, but we should be able to meet with him soon. Pray hard!

We had an amazing experience happen on Saturday. We had about 45 minutes before we had to go back home, so we decided to go outside and try finding. As we were walking to one of our favorite finding spots, a thought popped into our heads, "Go to Kowloon Tsai Park". Just for your information, I have only been to that park a few times because it is very ineffective. There are just lots of people jogging, and so they don’t want to stop and talk to the two white boys in suits. Well, we decided to follow the spirit and we walked over to the park. We said hi to a few people that were jogging by, but nobody would stop for us, then all of a sudden one of them stopped. He talked to us for like 30 minutes. He is very interested in the church, and the contact went practically perfect! As soon as he walked away, we went over to a corner and said a prayer of thanksgiving to God for leading us to him. It’s all true. The gospel is true.

Yesterday was a good day at church. There was another baptism in our ward. After the baptism, the ward members were giving me a hard time about marrying a chinese person. They even gave me a "Chinese wife cake" to try and seal the deal. I love these members so much. It just feels like a giant family here in Sham Shui Po ward!

LOVE, Elder Brown

More and more miracles!

Hello all,

It was such a great surprise to get online today and see so many letters of support (and exciting news:) It has been a really good week with lots of miracles

We taught an awesome person named D–. He is from mainland and walked into the church on his own. His mom is a christian, so when he saw our church, he decided that he also want to be so he walked in. We were able to teach him about baptism and gave him a book of mormon. He is in Mainland now for Chinese new year, but when he gets back, he is going to make a great investigator.

We had a member bring her friend from school to our ward family home evening. I love when members work with us and help introduce their friends with us. Those investigators have such a stronger support system, and progress so much faster and much stronger. It is amazing. This boy’s name is A-F–. He is the nicest boy, he will be such a great addition to the church in Hong Kong. The only problem is that his mom has a serious illness, so they have a helper. The helper takes Sundays off, so that is the day he stays home to take care of her. I guess we will just have to find a way for him to bring his mom to the church.

M–‘s older sister is back in Hong Kong for chinese new years because she studies at University in Beijing. Her name is L–. She is probably one of my favorite people in this entire world. We had a big dinner with the Y– family, L–, M–, and L–‘s friend. It was so good to see her and see that she is still really strong in the church. The whole family is just so amazing.

We also got another new investigator named Q–. He was an investigator years ago, but he said his life just got too busy so he stopped meeting. Then he saw us the other day, and he just got a very "happy" feeling, and knew he needed to start coming back to church. You know, it amazes me how God prepares people’s minds and hearts to either receive or re-receive the gospel. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

This week there was a big meeting with all the branch presidents and district presidents from mainland, they even came to our sacrament meeting. It was so amazing to see so many leaders, the future of the church in mainland, all in one room.

On Friday, we had some baptisms from mainland. 6 of them to be exact. It was so intense to have that many people baptised at the same time. Right after the ceremony, one of the people that was just baptised proposed to his girlfriend. It was the most adorable thing I have ever seen. I love this work!

Love, Elder Brown

We found him… again!

Oh the joys of trying to find an 86 year old man in the middle of a giant city. So a ward member went to Uncle F–‘s house to check on him last week, and there was a note on his door saying he was rushed to the hospital. He called and told us, so we went to the hospital that was stated on the note. After travelling for forever, we finally made it to the hospital, just to find out that they have no record of him there. AHHHH So we went back and reported to the ward, and soon we had the whole ward council calling every hospital in Hong Kong. This seems like an easy task, but for a city of 7 million people, there are LOTS of hospitals. Finally I felt an impression to call the first hospital that he went to 6 months ago (yes, the same one that I passed out in). They said there was a name that matched his, but because I didn’t have more information about him, they couldn’t confirm anything over the phone. So we rushed over to that hospital, and there he was! His memory is almost completely shot, and he keeps trying to leave the hospital, so they have him strapped into his bed. He didn’t remember why he was in the hospital, and they wouldn’t tell us the reason, but I feel much better about him being in the hospital than alone in his house.

Yesterday we had a very scary experience. My companion was driving in Hong Kong for the first time. We had just gotten off the free way and were driving toward one of the chapel, when everyone started hitting the brakes. The big double decker bus in front of us slid to the left, but was still partly in our lane. I knew we weren’t going to stop in time, so I just threw my hands up to cover my face, and waited to wreck. Luckily my companion was quick and jerked the wheel to the right. Between my fingers, I saw the rearview mirror on my side explode, and there was a loud sound. Shattered glass sprayed my window, and I thought I was dead. Luckily, the mirror was the only thing that got hit on our car. My heart was pounding for the longest time. Everyone is fine, nobody was injured. I don’t even think the bus knew that we hit it.

I love the ward I am serving right now. We just have such a great connection. They trust my companionship so much, and it makes us feel so good. They treat us so unbelievably well, and love us like family. I think that is one of the things I am most grateful for. Other than helping people come unto Christ, I have also been able to forge amazing relationships that will influence the rest of my life. I am so grateful I am here on this mission. It is unbelievably hard, but more worth it than anything I can describe. I have grown so much, learned so much, and have strengthened my testimony. It is all true, there is no doubt in my mind. God loves us.

Elder Brown