Thursday, February 23, 2017

Week Twenty-one

Dear People,

Hard stuff. The Atonement is awesome.

I was thinking about the phrase "Sharpen the Sickle" and I had a vision of two missionaries in a field beating it with baseball bats. Don't go into the mission field with a baseball bat. A couple of missionaries who came through this area were packing baseball bats.

We got transfer calls yesterday, I knew I would be staying in Gunsan, but the huge surprise was that Elder Benefiel is staying too, and we are both getting new companions! Gunsan leveled up to a two-team area! There haven't been two teams in Gunsan for like 20 years. So now we house is going to be a little less spacious but I am so so so happy for Gunsan, the members are going to flip. I love this area so much, I can't imagine liking another area better. It makes me want to work even harder and use the excitement that this will bring in the ward members to keep momentum rolling in Gunsan. I will meet my new companion, Elder Ulrich, tomorrow. He is about to go home; he just has two more transfers so hopefully he's a Korean master.

Awesome quote:
"There is absolutely no point in doing missionary work unless we hold onto the fruits of that effort." 
-President Hinckley

We can't forget about our converts our whole lives, they aren't statistics. He was mainly talking about investigators right there, but I think that sentence is applicable to every aspect of missionary work, especially the fruits that are the changes within the missionary. I cannot come back and revert back. He's invested a lot in me. It's also a good journal writing encouragement quote, Write your spiritual experiences or you will lose many of them and won't be able to learn near as much from them. Not just missionaries! I have a huge testimony of journal writing in strengthening testimony and growing. If every person in the world kept a journal, imagine how many of them would find the church. Imagine a less-active member writing in their journal about how they feel about life, how could they not see the difference the gospel makes? 

Gunsan built the longest sea-wall in the world that you can drive out on and visit the Islands off the coast. Last P-day we went to a cool Island call Shin Si Do. The sea walls also control the sea level so they can drop the shoreline and build factories where there used to be ocean. They are literally creating new land. It's awesome.

Favorite scripture this week: 
3 Nephi 19:24 "And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus prayed unto the Father, he came unto his disciples, and behold,they did still continue, without ceasing, to pray unto him; and they did not multiply many words, for it was given unto them what they should pray, and they were filled with desire."

When we follow the Spirit when we pray, prayer becomes an opportunity to learn His will and learn how He feels about us rather than expressing our will and our feelings to Him.

Do the little things, keep your guard up, I love you.

-Elder Brown

P.S. Watch the BYU made video about their IT called "Fix You" OIT

​Missed out bus out... We got an awesome lady to pull over, but there wasn't an adult male so we awkwardly had to refuse her... She probably thought we were the worst hitch-hikers ever.​

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