Thursday, August 6, 2015

Welcome to Buena Vista!‏

Hello my cute family! Are yall getting ready to go on your fun trip out to the west coast? i am jealous! I hope yall have fun in Cali! it sounds like you had a busy fun week! i am glad everything is going well back at home. Hopefully the bathrooms can get finished soon too. they sound like they will turn out awesome :)

well as for me, things are going GREAT! seriously. So i am in my new area, its called Hermitage, and its a little bit on the outskirts of Nashville. its so awesome and guess what? i am in a spanish branch! The Buena Vista spanish branch. its awesome. i love this area so much and all the people and i have only been here for 6 days. its awesome. my new companion, her name is Hermana Dansie. She is so cute and we have so much fun together! she is from herriman Utah and has been out only a transfer longer than me. 

This place is seriously so golden! there are so many Hispanics. its like my dream i think! haha its awesome. and we have so many investigators. yesterday we had 9 investigators at church! i haven't had that many since Columbia!  wahhh its so much fun! we also set 2 baptismal dates the first night i was here. literally what a miracle! Thats for Mari and Enrique. They are a cute couple that just moved here from San Antonio, and they went to church a couple of times there and moved here and called the missionary to know where the church is at! how crazy is that?? well now they both have baptismal dates for August 15! keep them in your prayers! 

Next i want to tell yall about our investigator of TEN YEARS! hermano Mario cardinal. he is like the nicest guy ever. all of his family is baptized except for him. His daughter also just left on her mission about 2 months ago. he comes to church every week and everything and he participates all the time and reads the book of Mormon too! well, i have to tell you, he reminds me SO much of my own father. But like a Hispanic version. Well, after meeting him, and realizing how much he reminded me of my own dad, it made me think of how important it is for me to help him and teach him with all my heart to help him understand the gospel so that he can be baptized, go to the temple and sealed with his family for all time and eternity. please also pray for him! he has been "investigating" the church for 10 years, i think its about time for him to join his family and be baptized! 

seriously i could go on and on about all the amazing people here. I am so happy and i feel so blessed to be here and serving here, especially in this rama! we are going to see some big things here, i just know it :) i just love being a missionary. seriously. i think i say that about every week, and everyday, but its so true. I am so happy to be here and sharing this wonderful message, that the gospel has been restored and that families can be together forever! 

There was a really cool talk I read today, by Elder Neal A. Maxwell called "Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father" i love this talk. its all about why we need to give our will to Heavenly Father, how we do it, and the results of doing so. There is a really awesome part that i want to share with yall. it says:

 "So many of us are kept from eventual consecration because we mistakenly think that, somehow, by letting our will be swallowed up in the will of God. we lose our individuality. What we are really worried about, of course, is no giving up self, but selfish things - like our roles, our time, our preeminence, and our possessions. No wonder we are instructed by the Savior to lose ourselves. He is only asking us to lose the old self in order to fin the new self. It isn't a question of one losing identity but of finding his true identity!"

 I just love that so much because its sooooo true! like seriously. When we give our will to Heavenly Father, we are allowing him to help us become who we really are, and by doing that we are able to over come the natural man and truly be a good and faithful servant to the Lord.

I hope you all have a great week! and have so much fun in Cali! Please be safe safe safe! thanks for all your prayers and support and everything yall do for me! i love you all so much!!

Hermana Lizzy Brown

ps get a nice Epic Burrito and a good glass of SWAG juice for me :)

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