Monday, June 29, 2015

People asking to be baptized!

My week was pretty good.The zone is at 22 baptismal dates right now, we have 8 in our own area. We have seen a lot of success as we have increased our faith.

We had a few really cool miracles as well. One guy approached us on the street and said that he wanted to learn, because he had a friend that taught him a bit in the past. We didn't have time to meet with him then, but we set an appointment, and then we extended a baptismal date
a few days later, and he was all for it. 

We have seen similar miracles throughout the zone. Missionaries have received referrals of those who literally ask to be baptized. We met a lady outside the chapel who
after we said hello, immediately asked us what time the church starts. When we said 10 on Sundays, she said "I am thinking of joining this church." Needless to say, things are going great.

Faithful unto Life Eternal

Monday, June 22, 2015

5 Baptisms scheduled!

Everything is going great. Our new area isn't as African, but there is still a decent number of them.

We had a mission conference with elder Holland which was super good! And so was his visit to our ward on Sunday. Elder Holland and Elder cook were companions for a while as the assistants to the president. They served right here in central London. 

We Received some proper revelation on how to hasten the work in the zone.  Elder Holland just invited us to be more astonishing and bold with people, and the revelation for our zone goals is already bringing amazing fruit! Every single key indicator except other lessons went up this week! We are super excited for this transfer, needles to say. 

Our new flat is soooooooo nice! We have heated floors! And
our new area is going pretty well. The hardest thing is getting members to be present. We are working on it though. 

We have five baptismal dates already! We extended one last night to a Jehovah Witness and he accepted!

The new mission president takes over on June 30th.

I love you all, have a great week!
Elder Brown

Faithful unto Life Eternal

Monday, June 15, 2015

We are here to help others! 5/25/2015

The reason we are really here isn't just to learn and grown ourselves, but to help others to do so. Our efforts simply result in a side effect of our own growth. 

This week was really good. I don't know what did it, but I was just sooooooo happy after accounting on Sunday. Recently I have been relatively stressed, not too much, but I just wasn't as happy as I had been before, it was like I was just going on, not struggling, but not excited or really joyful. But I am, so happy to have that feeling back. 

This work really is the best thing anyone could ever do. We changed our way of accounting for other lessons back to the way it was when I first came out. We now count 2 principles, a commitment, and a prayer as a lesson again. We really felt as leaders that this needs to come back. We learned a lot as a mission from the changes we made 9 months ago, and we feel now that the missionaries are ready to go back to the old way which will become much more effective, because we all have learned not to worry about the numbers, but about the people, but many of us still need the push to get out more and be more diligent in speaking with everyone. 

We gave a really good presentation on sacred street lessons in our zone conference, and we have seen great miracles already from the change back. Missionaries in our zone are more excited for the work, I think all of this may have helped result in my happiness, because a lot of my joy is based upon the success I hear and see from those I have been able to help. 

We got a new baptismal date. He was referred online by his brother, and is agnostic, but he said that he feels like now is the time for him to find God, and when we spoke about baptism as a new start, he said that is exactly what I need, so he is preparing for baptism for the 21st of June! He is proper prepared!

Elder Holland came to our ward!

This week was hectic, but it went by fast, and was still enjoyable. We had a lot of planning and a small amount
of finding in an area we don't know anything about (I never even came on exchange here) but we had a lot of success, and we are building a decent teaching pool so far. 
Lots of miracles are happening.

Elder Holland is a beast, we had the mission conference on Friday which was epic, and then we saw him again on Sunday as he attended our new ward. I got to shake his hand for the second time on Friday which was cool. Very brief getting to speak to him though. 

He said over the pulpit that he shook our hands so that he could have a personal interview with us by looking into our eyes. I am sure he can discover a lot that way. He is
a spiritual guy. He is extremely humorous as well. He told loads of old stories. He served his mission here so of course he had the memories coming back.

 It has been pretty warm around here as well, but not near as hot as over there.  So the area that closed is Peckham Zone (my area), but obviously the zone leaders still exist, so we now just work the Wandsworth area. So now it is Wandsworth Zone area. We are in the Wandsworth ward, and Peckham no longer has 6 missionaries. They only have four. It's a bit hard to describe without making it confusing

I love you all, and hope you have a great week. 

Here is a picture of my new companion.  He is a machine, beast worker, and good teacher. We are hoping to baptize more than one person this transfer, but who knows.

Companion watches for £5 each, pretty cool.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Moving to Wandsworth Flat!

This week was crazy and went by soooooooooo fast. We had a really spiritual Family Home Evening with a less active member from South Africa. Her friend came in at the very end and was surprised to have a spiritual experience. She enjoyed it a lot and I hope that she will want to investigate the church because of it. 

The rest of the week was crazy, we had to pass on all of our investigators to the other Peckham elders because we are moving to the Wandsworth flat. They are closing an area, but not a flat, so we are moving to that area to fill the flat instead of being in the tiny four man flat that we are in now. Moveing is so crazy this time around. I don't even know where to

Me and my new companion, Elder Camadeco will be whitewashing into the Wandsworth area which means that both elders are new to the area.

Elder Ribeiro has only been in the mission for a month. He will become a trainer and a district leader at the same time, because of a couple of things going on. A Mexican elder is coming into the mission in need of a trainer and Kennington
needs Spanish speakers. Normally training takes twelve weeks, but Elder Ribeiro only got 4 weeks! 

Many of the district boundaries are changing in the zone, which makes things crazy right now. I don't even know, but this transfer is going to be a good one because I am going to make it a good one.

This Sunday we had a stake conference broadcast for all stakes in the UK, Ireland and Nordic areas. Elder Holland presided at the meeting, and gave the most epic talk and testimony of the Book of Mormon and the last days. It was
sooooooooo good!

Here are a few pictures 

 Second to last Dinner Appointment with Elder Harris, might be the last time I see elder Mannucci, and the last Dinner Apointment with sister Audio, aka mama fufu. 

Elder Brown, Sister Audio, Elder Harris

 Elder Harris, Andrea Manucci, Elder Brown

My own homemade fufu and chocolate soup.
 I Americanised the African food!

 Elder Harris and fufu

      Elder Brown Wearing his new beaded tie from Ghana,   
                     I got it from a member in Peckham.

 Birthday for elder Wessman

Monday, June 1, 2015

Lots of cool People!

The man we had set up for baptism this weekend isn't ready yet, we haven't seen him hardly at all this week. He is still interested, but he is just struggling with other things. We had a pretty good week though. We taught one lady who was an online referral. On the information it just said she wanted a Book of Mormon and was willing to be baptized! So we called her up, met her a few days later and extended a baptismal date for the June 27. She is soooooo cool.
Wonderful African lady. 

We met a lot of other cool people as well, and one guy who lost his partner (wife, but not married) the day before we
met him, and he was really thankful for our visit, and kept saying we are a light in this area. It was pretty sad, but cool to see that we were led to him when he needed us.

Faithful unto Life Eternal

Just a few swaggular photos for you.

  Elder Brown and Elder Harris