Date

April 25, 2016

Area

Rockford, MI (Grand Rapids 3)

Companion

Elder Burton

End of historic week 7!

Hello friends and family! Been another good week here in Rockford Michigan. We topped off Transfer 6 with a 7th week. We got our transfer calls last week and Elder Burton and I are staying in Rockford for another Transfer. We were actually surprised because 3 transfer companions are pretty rare. But we are super excited to stay! We are actually getting an investigator to church this Sunday, which is the first in over year here in Rockford. We are super excited! This is what happened this last week

Monday after all our usuals, we went to Bryon Center (right below Grand Rapids) to Brewer Park to play some football, frisbee, and kickball. Got roasted because it was hot and sunny, and I'm pretty sure I pulled something in my leg. Just shows how out of shape I am. But it was a good day.

Tuesday we went and gave service at that Christian service place. They really like us there and we've had a lot of cool opportunities to talk to people. We were able to go do some door knocking and then had meetings that evening. We went to Ward coordination and Book of Mormon class. We still only have one or two people show up, but hopefully it will grow. We are planning on inviting our investigators too, so hopefully they can start coming.

Wednesday was my birthday and that was awesome! Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes! We had our last district meeting as a district, Elder Adams our district leader is leaving to the Kalamazoo zone. We had a great district, but change is good. We then went home and did some door knocking and then had a less active lesson with a older couple. They even gave me a little cake for my birthday, so that was nice! We then went to Arnies, this awesome Swedish sandwich place, that the Darlings and Briedens took me to for my birthday. they were great for doing that! Everyone in the restaurant sang to me and couldn't say my name, so that was funny.

Thursday was a normal day. We went door knocking and then went to a Members house for dinner. The Magistris are awesome! They fed me a sugar cream pie, the best pie ever created, for my birthday. It is Indiana's state pie, and it is glorious!

Friday was transfer calls, as well as weekly planning and walk day. We went out for a little while door knocking, and then to the Hatch's for dinner. They fed us Raclette, which is a super cool meal that I don't remember where it comes from, but it was awesome! The Hatch's are so cool!

Saturday we went and did some service at the Magistris, cleaning up tree branches, burning wood and clearing out their garage. Brother Magistri took us to a hibachi grill and buffet and I got to try kimchi! It was pretty gross but hey I tried it. I did pass on the fried frog legs though. Then we had a mini MTC experience for all the youth in the Grand Rapids stake. That was cool, they got to do some cool activities and hear from different people that have served around the world. We sat in a class where a lady went to New Zealand on her mission. That was a cool presentation. We then stood in front of all the youth and were able to answer some pre-written questions. That was a cool experience to be able to inspire younger people. I was in their shoes a year ago and I look up to all the missionaries that ever served in my home ward.

Sunday we had ward council, and were able to talk about our new investigators. Then we had church, which was really good. Brother Vasquez gave an awesome talk about setting goals that I really liked. We then went to a lesson right after church and took two priests with us. It was an ok lesson, shes a serious ranter, but we got her concerns out and the young men, Isy Chino and Connor Johnson, bore their testimonies of the Book of Mormon. We then went and did a little door knocking with them and got to show them the ropes a little. That was cool, I love that I can help out priest age young men prepare for their missions, because that was how I was back home. So grateful for awesome missionaries back home that taught me well!

Thank you all again for the birthday wishes and gifts! I love you all and I appreciate all that you do. I love and pray for you all!

Elder Brown




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