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.

The Lord Will Provide A Way!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Family and Friends,
   Well, this week was amazing!  We were not able to teach as much as we would have liked but the Lord has blessed us tremedously.  We were able to teach an investigator I found when I was being trained here.  Her name is Christine.  She is awesome.  She has been on and off with the missionaries through out her whole life.  She is looking for the truth but she just doesn't know where to find it.  We had our first real traditional lesson this week and we were able to explain our purpose as missionaries.  She understood what we expect from her that she is working towards baptism by reading the scriptures and praying to know if this is true.  She said that she has a desire to know.  She knows that she will have to put some effort in on her part and she said she is willing to do that.  So we are really excited for her.  She has a baptismal date and we are going to see a very cool transformation process with her. 
   The second indivual I want to talk about is Ali Reza.  I love Ali as I was able to work with him when I got here almost two years ago.  The only difference is now I see him as an investigator instead of a less active.  He was baptized in Iran in the early 70's when he was in his teens.  He went through a lot trials because of his faith in the Book of Mormon with the revolution and everything there.  He is a great man with a great heart.  The problem is that we cannot find his records.  So he needs to be baptized again.  Well, he doesn't want to get baptized again because he already made a covenant with God.  Well,  we had a lesson with him this past week and it was amazing.  As I was pondering about what we could share with him to help him get rebaptized I found a scripture in the Doctorine & Covenants Section 22 which talks about baptism.  People were baptized before the church was organized in 1830.  The Lord commanded that they should be baptized again into the Church of Jesus Christ.  That it is a new and everlasting covenant.  We showed him that scripture and right away his heart softened.  He said "Elder Brown, that is truth!  I will get baptized next Sunday."  He had a big smile on his face.  I was surprised how easy it was.  All that had to happen was the spirit  had to touch his heart.  We decided to push his baptismal date a little bit farther back so he can make it.  His date is for August 19th.  I love Ali!
   So this transfer our mission is focusing on goals.  The importance of goals and how through goals we can fulfill our purpose.  Elder Johnson and I are trying really hard to reach our goals but they are sure making us stretch.  Goals make us realize that some things are out of your control but that the Lord can help you reach them (all you need to do is ask).  On Sunday we were no where close to reaching any of our goals.  I went through them that morning asking Heavenly Father to guide us and help us reach this goal that we have set by the spirit.  We went out knocking and following up with potential investigators.  Well, we were able to schedule two appointments with some potentials that are very solid.  Each time I would pray to Heavenly father in my heart thanking him for blessing us so much.  The night was coming to an end and we go contact this potential in the area book that we had no clue about.  We meet this guy named Jeff.  We tell Jeff our purpose as missionaries.  How our message is centered in Jesus Christ.  He lets us right into his home and we shared the Restoration to him and his wife Jacky.  They were on the edge of their seats and accepted to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.  This spirit was so strong.  We reached our goal of finding 3 new investigators this week and it is because the Lord knew how bad we wanted to reach our goal, he granted it and provided a way. 
Elder Brown


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