Favorite Scripture: 3 Nephi 5:13

Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.

We are being so blessed!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Family and Friends,

Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!! How is it going back in Utah? Well, I am going to tell you a little bit about my experiences in the Hills of Anaheim California this past week! First of all transfers calls came in and I am staying wih Elder Anderson for another transfer! Oh YA!!!!!!! We were thinking what was going to happen and what we wanted to happen and it happened! We have so much potential in this ward and we are excited that we are going to baptize like crazy this next transfer! Well, we have taught the most lessons this last week then all the rest! Our teaching pool is getting huge and we are going to need to start doing splits with the ward members so we are pumped about that. Our only problem is nobody is excepting baptismal dates. They have heard all the discussions and are keeping their commitments but they are just not able to make that next step! So we are working really hard to figure out our investigators concerns and how the Lord can help! We found a new investigator that the Gospel is really blessing his life. We found this kid named Austin just out of high school that has a lot of problems. We met him at a park and he was asking us a lot of questions. He said that he wants to find God and quit doing a lot of drugs. He is battleing Heroin addiction and trying to get his life back together. We were able to meet his family at his house. He lives in a mansion, his dad owns a car dealership and he has everything he could ever ask for. Drugs have really messed him up. We have been meeting with him this past week and he has been off heroine for a week and we have helped him reduce his weed and tobacco intake. Right now his dad kicked him out of his house because he has been lying to his dad and it is just a mess. So we are just trying to help him battle some stuff right now and the Gospel is going to do that. I am seeing first hand how bad drugs not just effect the person taking them but everyone around them. Austin is an awesome kid and he has a true desire to change and find God. We are going to invite him to be baptized for a date in January sometime. I am really enjoying my mission right now. We are being so blessed right now in our area. We went and saw some former investigators of about two years ago. They have had the lessons multiple times and they were all ready for Baptism two years ago. We talked to them about it and their concern is that they are scared that they might break their covenant with God after they get baptized. They want to make sure they are perfect and know everything before they are baptized. It is really admirable that they are taking the Baptismal Covenant serious but they are underminding the grace of Jesus Christ. We explained that out knowledge and our journey to be christ like will be a life time pursuit. How the Holy Ghost after baptism and confirmation will help us make the right choices. So we are going to invite them to be baptized as I know now is the time that they can be blessed being within the fold. Elder Anderson and I went to the best Halloween Party in the World! Anaheim 10th Ward knows whats up. We were able to get a lot of our investigators to the party and we had a blast. We had some good Chili! We had a sweet Spook alley that would give the the Haunted Forest a run for its money! Elder Anderson got Tazed! Yep that happened. Then we had Trunk or Treat. These Trunk or Treats are massive! So many people come to these parties its crazy! We had a blast in our costumes! Yep I said costumes. So It was great week. I hope that you all have an amazing week!

Elder Brown


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