November 4, 2013
Hey, Everyone! Elder Brown here for the Monday Report.
Been a pretty great week. After a great consejo on Monday, we were able to go give a nice little zone class on Tuesday, and it was very spiritual; I think everyone got pumped. We talked about Elder Holland’s “why missions aren’t easy”-- he gives a pretty powerful quote. He says, "I am convinced missions aren’t easy because salvation was never a cheap experience." We can’t expect to help in Christ’s mission without feeling some very small part of what He felt there in Gethsemane, and, if we can live up to it, we can be real disciples of Christ. It was pretty powerful, and we saw the results in everyone’s efforts this week.
Halloween was also fun; we couldn’t find any pumpkins, though. We asked all around and, for whatever reason, Chileans aren’t about them jack-o-lanterns. Bummer. I guess there is always next year.
Then today, we got the cambios; Elder R and I are staying here together which is great but six more missionaries are coming to the zone. It is going to be HUGE. There are two new sisters coming to Tome as well. Gonna be six of us. That is a lot in one ward. But it is going to help a lot, and we are going to see some great progress!
Elder Rhodes and I have been trying to put a lot more stress on asking good questions and being more direct. I think I have come a long way in my mission, I kind of just say it like it is now. No beating around the bush. But we have been trying to always put a focus on keeping everything spiritual and not getting stuck in our routines. We have noticed big changes, more than anything just in our attitudes, but it changes the work. The Spirit and always doing everything possible to create the situations where it can be felt, deserving it and honoring it, is what makes what we do powerful and changes the people.
That’s about all for now. That’s what’s going on down here in the down under (the Chilean down under--how come only Australia gets to use that phrase when it sounds so cool?) Say hi to everyone!
Welp, ‘til next week.