More Gaffney

So this week’s email is going to be short. I hardly have any time to type this out. We went down to Greenville today to go to a free trampoline park and we are just now getting back.

It’s been a hard couple of weeks. The work here is difficult but we are staying positive.

Anyway, here it is.

Monday

Today for P-Day we didn’t have much to do so we went around and hit all of the pawn shops in the area to see if we could find some weights for a bench press we have (which we never found). In the process we almost drove out of the mission on accident. Luckily we realized we were on the border right before hand so we stopped. We did, however, take this opportunity and get pictures in front of the North Carolina border line. And if you were wondering, no, I did not walk into North Carolina and leave the mission boundaries. That’s bad juju.

Tuesday

Today we had DDM and I trained on the subject of diligence and happiness. This is one of the hardest districts in the mission and it is really easy here to get unmotivated and lazy because the work is a little slow and literally nobody else is around to make sure we are behaving. The missionaries here lately have really been struggling and the overall morale is pretty low. Basically I am trying to get things moving forward here, so at DDM I tried to help the overall positivity of the district. I think it turned out ok.

Nothing else super noteworthy happened today. It was pretty slow in terms of proselyting.

Wednesday

Today we started the day by doing service for Habitat for Humanity. We helped mow some lawns and do some yard work. After that we went to ward coordination/lunch with Brother M., our ward mission leader. It was really good. He will be a great ward mission leader. We talked a lot about what had been happening in the ward lately and we found out a bit more about what went down before we left.

Afterward we did a little bit of proselyting and then went to Book of Mormon class. That was basically the entire day.

Thursday we did service for Meals on Wheels in the morning which was fun. We cut up like 30 different honey baked hams they had donated to them. It was good stuff. After that we went and did a ton of proselyting. We talked to a lot of people, which was good, but we really didn’t see a ton of success. Nothing too crazy happened besides us almost getting stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Friday we had weekly planning in the morning and took our car in to get it fixed. That took up a good chunk of the day and then we spent the rest of the day tracking. We talked to some cool people and made a little bit of progress.

Saturday we went to Spartanburg for a Zone DL meeting. It was pretty good and we learned some new things. The rest of the day we spent a lot of time in the country. Lots of crazy people and stuff. We set up some appointments which was good.

Sunday I gave a talk in church. I talked about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ can and should motivate us to do missionary work. I think it went pretty well and people seemed to like what I had to say.

After church we went and worked our rears off for the rest of the day. It paid off because we found some new people and got some great appointments set up for next week.

Anyway, sorry I was kinda vague and short with this email. I’ve had hardly any time to type this out.

Gotta go

Luvs

Elder Jeremiah Brown

From his personal email to us:

Honestly things are kinda rough right now. The last few weeks have been some of the hardest weeks of my mission. We are doing our best to stay positive though.

Don’t worry about me too much though! I will be ok. Just keep me in your prayers because I will need them.

Another week in the magical land of Gaffney

Well this week went by fast. It was kind of a boring week honestly. I look back and it is hard for me to pinpoint what happened. Time moves really weirdly out here.

On Monday we slept and I “skinnied” ties for P-Day. I have a whole bunch of fat ties I am trying to work through. It was a pretty low key day overall. In the evening we went to a family home evening with a less active family in the Ward. It was pretty cool and we got to know some more of the members here. Plus we got free food so that’s always good.

Tuesday was really fun. We had Zone conference in Greenville and got to meet President and Sister Innes for the first time. They are super awesome and I am excited to have them here for the next few months. They showed us a talk given at the mission presidents seminar by Elder Holland it was incredible! Easily one of the best talks I have heard him give and it really made an impression on me. You can’t get the full thing on LDS.org but you can read part of it there. It is awesome.

At Zone Conference I got to see a lot of old missionary friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time, which was really cool. After Zone Conference because it was Independence day we had to go home for the rest of the evening. Basically it was a day of no missionary work.

On Wednesday we spent a good chunk of the day doing service for the L. family in our ward. We helped them clean up a bunch of scrap metal on their property and it was HEAVY. We had to move two old Ford engines that were probably about 50 years old and put them on a trailer. I am still a little bit sore from picking those up. We found out later that one of the engines weighed about 700 pounds and the other about 500. Crazy stuff.

After we did service we had to take our car in to get fixed. It was really dumb because we had to drive all the way down to Spartanburg and then they told us that we were going to have to come back another day, so we wasted a whole bunch of time. That took up most of the day and then we did a little bit of proselyting in the evening, but nothing too awesome happened.

Thursday we did service in the morning for Meals on Wheels, a non-for-profit organization here that delivers food to disabled people. We spent most of the time doing food prep and then they had us organize their walk in freezer, which was a lot of fun because we were freezing in the 105 degree heat. It’s pretty hot here, but luckily the upstate isn’t nearly as hot as Columbia so I am getting a break.

We did some proselyting for the rest of the afternoon and then we taught a mission prep class at the Bishop’s house for the rest of the evening. It was pretty good and I think we made a good impression on the Bishop and his family.

Friday we worked in a soup kitchen in the morning. We do a lot of service here in the mornings because there isn’t a whole lot to do in the early hours of the day. The soup kitchen was very interesting. Lots of interesting people and it definitely reminded me how poverty stricken some people are. It also reminded me that some people just choose to be that way for some reason.

The rest of the day was kinda slow. We have been going around trying to contact all of the formers and potential investigators in our areabook, which has proven to be either very eventful and crazy, or very, very slow.

Saturday morning Sister S. called and asked us to give one of her member friends a blessing, so we went over and did that. Afterward we worked the area around there, and I discovered new areas to never go to. There are some really really bad places in East Gaffney. We basically spent the entire day in East Gaffney visiting people and trying our best to get a feel of the area. The area is really odd geographically so I am still trying to figure out what this place is like. Lot’s of crazy mean people, lot’s of crazy nice people, but not a whole lot in between.

In the evening we got hit with a really bad thunderstorm and it made missionary work really hard. We ended up sitting in the car for over an hour waiting for it to be safe and smart to go outside to talk to people. We found a couple cool people and met some less active members which was good.

Sunday was alright. There were a lot of people at church, or at least it seemed like a lot because last week there was hardly anyone here. We spent a large chunk of the day inside because Elder N. was not feeling well, so I spent a lot of time putting together plans for the week.

 

Not the most interesting week for sure. On the bright side though, I saw fireflies for the first time and freaked out because I have always wanted to see them. I turned into a little kid for an evening.

Something really stood out to me this week in my studies. I was reading through Jacob chapter 5 and I had the thought that this chapter must have been a lot of work to write. Then I thought about how the chapter represented the labor the Lord has put into saving his children. The Lord really must love us if he is so willing to put so much work and love into “pruning his vineyard.” We are so blessed that the Lord is so long suffering and doesn’t just burn his vineyard to the ground, because honestly that is what I would be inclined to do. We should always strive to be the fruit that does not cause the Lord to mourn.

Anyways, that is all. Thanks for all the emails and I will talk more next week!

Bark bark,

Elder Jeremiah Brown

1. Me, Elder Volmar, Guzman, and Neff before we left Columbia. Guzman and Volmar were our Zone Leaders in Columbia.

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2. Greenville and Greenville East Zones with President and Sister Innes

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Into the wild

Well let me just say that it has been one heck of a week, and it’s probably going to be one heck of a next 5 months.

So Gaffney is wild. I understand now why they call it Gaffrica. It is easily the most backwoods area I have served in and quite possibly one of the most backwoods areas here period. I thought that I had fully adjusted to the southern accent and then I came out here and I am honestly having trouble understanding people. It’s like another language.

There are pretty much no neighborhoods here. Everyone lives in a trailer or a small home on a private plot of land or a trailer park. This place is wacky but I like it.

This week I drove all the way across the entire state of SC. Lots of driving and trees.

Anyway, Monday was when we found out about the Emergency Transfer. We found out right before we were about to check out our groceries from Walmart, which was good otherwise we would have wasted a lot of money.

Pretty much the rest of the day we played basketball, wrote emails and said goodbyes. In the evening we spent our time packing and cleaning up our apartment for the new sisters replacing us.

Tuesday was complete madness. We had to drive down to Charleston (which is a 2 hour drive) to get some prescriptions filled and then come back quickly so we could finish packing and prepping the area for the new missionaries. Charleston was fun though because I got to have lunch with Elder O. who is in Charleston now as a Zone Leader (da’s my boy).

After Charleston we finished up packing and then for dinner we went with the ZL’s to Pawley’s Front Porch, a really good burger place in downtown Columbia that they had been wanting to take us to for a while. The West Columbia ZL’s and the AP’s showed up as well which was fun, except that the AP’s had to leave early and we had to cram both sets of ZL’s in our car and drive them home, which was complete madness and we didn’t end up getting home until late.

Elder C. had to come down to get his car fixed so he stayed the night here and I got to see him, which was fun.

Wednesday we spent the morning finishing the cleaning process and then we said goodbyes to the ZL’s (Elder V. and G.) and started our journey to Gaffney. It was sad saying goodbye to those guys. They were really good friends and I will miss having them around. Elder V. is one of 2 other Elders in this mission going to BYU so I will get to see him there.

We arrived in Gaffney after dark and started unpacking for the rest of the evening. The apartment was pretty nice minus the giant holes in the ground. There was hardly any food in the place but I found some weird frozen Chicken Cordon Bleu that didn’t look too bad so I ate that.

Thursday we shopped and finished unpacking. A. H., a member of Greenville ward who still keeps in contact with me, found out that I got to Gaffney and came to visit. He was almost 600 pounds when I was in Greenville with him but then he got a gastric bypass and has been losing a ton of weight. It was great to see him and I almost didn’t recognize him because in less than a year he has gone from 580 lbs to 185 pounds. He has lost so much size and weight that he is having to remove 35 pounds of extra skin. It is really cool to see what people can do when they put their mind to something. He told me all about how Greenville ward was doing and stuff. Greenville has honestly become probably one of my favorite places in the world. I just love it there.

Anyway, that was fun. The rest of the day was unpacking and then we got to visit a couple new people and explore the area.

Friday we spent a lot of time cleaning up the areabook and figuring out the area. It is very rural.

Saturday we started getting the missionary work ball rolling. We visited a few less actives and every single one I have met is a character. We met one guy who lives in this trailer in the middle of nowhere and has like 15 guns just sitting around the place. He moved a couple off the couch so we could sit down and just handed them to his 6 year old son like it was nothing, and told him to put them away. I love the south.

Basically the day consisted of lots of guns, confederate flags, crazy people, cool people, etc.. There was a nasty thunderstorm that hit and our apartment got struck by lightning and set the fire alarms off. It was probably the loudest sound I have heard in my life.

Sunday was pretty good. Literally everyone in the ward is related. EVERYONE. It is just a big religious family reunion. It kinda worries me actually.

After church we went out with Brother M., a retired member of the ward, and he took us to visit a whole bunch of members and showed us around the area. He is a really awesome guy and does a lot with the missionaries. We spent most of the day with him. He took us to visit his home teaching families, who are literally his family in one way or another.

Anyway, that was the week. Honestly this has been one of the weirdest weeks of my mission. I guess it’s just a lot to take in but I am going to have to do some adjusting for sure.

It is truly Gaffrica. Today for P-Day we are probably just going to take naps and sew ties. That may sound lame but there isn’t much to do around here besides going to see the giant peach water tower that is the image of Gaffney. If you don’t know what I mean look it up or wait for me to get a picture with it.

Well, wish me luck.

Lurvs

Elder Jeremiah Brown

Here is a picture of the state of South Carolina so you can see how far Elder Brown had to travel to go to Charleston and then up to Gaffney:  

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Here are some images I found online of the peach water tower he referred to in his email:

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Banished to Gaffrica

So the craziest thing happened this morning. We got a call from the AP’s and Elder N. and I are getting emergency transferred to Gaffney. Apparently there are some problems so we are replacing the missionaries there. I am kinda excited but also pretty disappointed because we finally have a ton of good stuff happening here and now we have to leave it all behind. Gaffney is basically banishment cause it is out in the middle of nowhere. They call it Gaffrica for a reason. It should be fun though, it should make for some stories. We leave on Wednesday so the next couple days will be pretty crazy.                                   (From a separate email to mom): Luckily the upstate (Gaffney is just out of Greenville) is a lot cooler than down here so we will get a bit of a break.

Anyway, I finished writing this email before we found this out, so the rest of this email won’t really match up with what is going to happen.

Monday was a normal P Day. Basketball, shopping, etc. Nothing too crazy happened in terms of missionary work. We mostly just prepped for the area change.

Tuesday was mother nature’s way of reminding us that we didn’t have a car yet, because it poured rain and was super muggy all day. It was a pretty rough day in terms of missionary work. I guess we had to have one more hard day of biking before we could get a car.

Wednesday was glorious. We went to transfers in the morning and got the car and everything figured out. After that we drove back and started exploring our new area. It is pretty weird having Sandhills as a part of our area. We lived in Sandhills when I was in Blythewood and I guess I have just spent a ton of time in this area. I have served in every single area now in Northeast Columbia. Basically I am the master of Columbia. Anyway, that was most of the day. I forgot how nice having a car is. It is pure bliss, especially in nasty hot weather.

Thursday our electronic area book got screwed up and we somehow got all of the Spanish Elder’s 600+ former investigators. We spent 90% of the day trying to figure out who was who and sorting everything out. It was kinda frustrating and exhausting and I ended up with a headache in the process. That was most of the day.

Friday we had a sweet lesson with S. and J. J., who were investigators we referred over to the Sandhills elders and now we are getting back with the area change. S. is really interested in the church and he has a crazy back story as to how he got to where he is. His friend in Alabama had been sharing the gospel with him for a long time now, and I guess now it is just the right time. Elder N. and I testified to S. about the truthfulness of the gospel and he readily agreed with what we had to say. He definitely felt the spirit and he knows that the church is right for him! He agreed to be baptized on July 8th, which is awesome! I actually had to convince him to push the baptism out until then because he wanted to be baptized this Saturday, which wasn’t very realistic. Good things are to come there.

After the lesson we got some dinner and then stopped by C. and D., some other investigators we inherited from Sandhills as well. They are really cool people and were on date for baptism previously but had to push it out because they work a lot on Sunday. They are really sincere about investigating the church though so we hopefully will find a way to get them to church. They have a ton of potential! That was most of the day.

Saturday we did a lot of planning and busy work. It was SUPER hot and humid, and man I was way glad we had a car because otherwise it would have been brutal. We knocked a bunch of doors, got bit by a bunch of mosquitos, and literally soaked ourselves just standing outside, but didn’t get to talk to very many people. You gotta love the summer in the south.

Sunday was pretty ok. S. J. had something come up and wasn’t able to make it to church, which was a disappointment. I wasn’t feeling very well all day so we had to take it slow. We visited the W.’s, which we hadn’t done in a while. They are doing ok. N. (W.’s wife) is in the last months of a difficult pregnancy and has been off and on with church. W. isn’t doing very well spiritually and was offended by a member of our ward so he hasn’t been coming lately. It is a little bit of a bummer but hopefully he will be able to work it out with himself.

Anyway, that was the week. We made some really good progress and it was super nice having a car of course.

Well I will talk more next week! I will definitely have a lot to talk about. It should be a crazy next couple of days.

Later,

Elder Jeremiah Brown

Lauren (Elder Brown’s sister) wondered about the significance of this picture.  We’re pretty sure the tie he is wearing is one that both his dad and grandpa wore on their missions.

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In response to a question he was asked about how they bought groceries before having a car he responded:

To answer your question, we would just walk to the store. It was a pretty big pain but it was the only way we could do it. Biking with groceries was too unrealistic so we just walked.

 

Yay for car accidents

This week was crazy! It was awesome too. The big news is that I will be getting my 5th area in this zone. I’m not getting transferred technically, but Elder N. and I will be staying together and opening up the entire Summit ward as a new area. The other Elder’s area will be closing down, but it is probably for the better.

I have been here forever. The end of this transfer will mark a year and 2 months of time in northeast Columbia. I should buy some property.

WE ARE ALSO GETTING A CAR!!!! *tears of joy*

Monday was a normal Pday. We played basketball with all of the missionaries in Columbia. It gets kinda old but that is literally the only thing to do around here. After that we did missionary work and didn’t have any success.

Tuesday we did a ton of biking. We went up to the top of our area and worked down from there and we biked on a lot of dirt roads, since the top of our area is pretty country. The map told me that there was a road that cut around the highway so I decided we would take it, but it ended up being an abandoned road that looked like it hadn’t been used since people used wagons for travel.

Not too far off from normal roads here I guess.

Anyway, the road ended up being so overgrown we couldn’t get through on bikes, so we turned around and toughed it out on the highway. We went to a few housing developments and a trailer park but not much happened in the way of missionary success. We did hunt down a less active guy out in the middle of nowhere who’s place we couldn’t find. We thought we went to the right street but it ended up not even being close. We were in luck though because this little old southern lady stopped us and started asking us if we were missionaries for the same church as a few of our members she knew. She knew all about the church and wasn’t very interested but loved our members and was able to tell us exactly where the guy we were looking for lived. Pretty sweet.

We did a lot more biking around but nothing else too crazy happened. Not too many people seemed to be home for some reason.

Wednesday was crazy. So many things happened I don’t know where to start. To start the morning off I found out that the Summit Car/Sandhill Elders area would be getting shut down this transfer and we would be taking over both areas and getting a car. Pretty crazy! Not to my surprise, I found out that I will not be a District Leader anymore and will be joining Blythewood District. It was pretty relieving because being a DL over one set of missionaries was a joke. It’s crazy how many areas have been shut down in this district since I have been here. It started out with 8 missionaries and little by little we stopped existing. There just aren’t a lot of missionaries in the mission right now.

So we are pretty pumped about the new area and having a car. Honestly it’s about time this area gets a car.

Anyway, we had our final zone conference with President and Sister Turner, which was awesome but also very sad. I will miss having them here, considering how long they have been over me. They gave us some parting words of advice and then asked to all shake our hands one last time. It was sad but it was probably my favorite Zone Conference of all time.

After Zone Conference we went to this Mexican place. It was pretty good but the aftermath made me want to cry so I’m probably never going there again.

On the way home from there we had the craziest experience. We were in the ZL’s car driving home from the Mexican place and as we were turning left to get on the street our apartment was on, the car in front of us randomly stopped as it was turning left. None of us noticed until it was too late and we slammed into the back end of the car in front, which somehow launched us into the air. Luckily, we landed on all four wheels but we were just a few degrees away from flipping over.

We thought our car was going to be totaled because it wouldn’t go into drive and was making super weird noises, but luckily we found out later that the damages weren’t as bad as they seemed.

It ended up being our fault just out of virtue of the law, but it was one of those situations where it really wasn’t our stupidity that caused it. Unfortunately, we have to suffer from someone else’s terrible driving choices.

And don’t worry mom. All is well. Nobody got hurt and plus I wasn’t driving.

It took almost 3 hours for the police to actually show up and then longer to sort out the problem and get he car towed. We got home super late and just went to bed.

Thursday was crazy hot. We had PAALS and then we went out and visited some people. Not much happened and it was actually pretty boring compared to yesterday.

Friday I don’t remember too much from. We had weekly planning.  It was a pretty slow day overall.

Saturday was fun. We did a ton of biking and visited a lot of investigators and less actives that were in the nicer part of our area. It was quite refreshing not being in the ghetto for once. I sometimes forget what normal middle class looks like. We got to talk to a couple former investigators who show some potential. That was about it though.

Sunday was awesome! We finally got a ward mission leader and he is sick! He is really zealous to get missionary work going in the ward and things are really starting to pick up here.

On the way home from proselyting on Sunday I randomly felt like we needed to stop by this less active who was never home. I was tired and hot but we went anyway and I am really glad we did. The member was moving away and we caught them 2 days before they were leaving. We had no contact information for them besides an address so we totally would have lost complete contact with them. We got contact info from them and then went on our way. I am really glad I followed that prompting because if I hadn’t she would have been lost on the church records for a long time.

It was a great week! I literally have sweat more in the last couple weeks than I have in my entire life. It’s ridiculous. This transfer is going to be crazy awesome and I am super excited to take over this new area! Getting a car in the heat of the summer is pretty great too!

Anyway, that is all. Until next week,

Bark bark for pigs,

Elder Jeremiah Brown

Pictures

1. Me being sweaty and grumpy

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2. The wilderness we travelled through on Tuesday

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Death to all mosquitos

I HATE MOSQUITOES. Just saying.

Anyway, this week was good. It was a little slow but not a bad week.

Monday was pretty fun. We played basketball as usual and I actually enjoyed myself for once. I have been practicing a lot lately and I’m not nearly as bad as I used to be.

Tuesday we had DDM with just the Summit east Elders, which is pretty much a joke. Our District is probably going to be reorganized soon because of how small and inconvenient we are. After that I went on exchanges with Elder B. and had a good time. Nothing too cool or interesting happened, but we got a cool referral.

Wednesday we exchanged back and then helped Brother W., a member of our ward, move out. He’s a super cool guy who I actually met when I was in Blythewood ward so it was too bad to see him leave. That took up a good chunk of our day, and then we went out and proselyted. We knocked into some nice people, including one less active member who was really nice and invited us in. He told us that he basically wasn’t interested in coming back to church because he disagreed with the church’s standards. It was too bad because he was a really good guy and had a very nice young family who weren’t members. He told his kids that when they were older they could look into our church and see if it was something they believed in, so at least he was open and not against the church. He fed us shrimp too, so I automatically liked him.

We knocked around the really rich part of our area and surprisingly didn’t get screamed or cursed at. Most of the people were really nice, but none of them were interested.

Thursday we did service at PAALS as usual. I wonder how many times I’ve said that. Man I’ve been here too long.

After that we went and did missionary work. Nothing crazy happened. Just a lot of people that moved or didn’t want to talk to us. There was lot’s of crazy traffic because South Carolina decided to actually do something about having the 3rd deadliest roads in the US, and started redoing the main road for probably the first time since the creation of the automobile.

Friday was fun. We visited a referral we got named H. He had met with missionaries before and already had a Book of Mormon. His father in law was with him and started asking a lot of questions. He started disagreeing with some of our beliefs, and I was worried it was going to turn into a bash, but then H. stepped in and basically started defending us and our beliefs. He basically bore his testimony to his father in law of the truthfulness of what we were teaching. It was really cool and kinda funny to have an investigator do that. He could be a really solid investigator but I am worried he will have trouble committing to things. Cool experience overall.

After that appointment we were going to head home for the night but we were right next to my old area and apartment so we stopped by there and I got to see my old area for a little bit. It was kinda weird but I realize now that I enjoyed Blythewood a lot more than I thought I did in the moment. It just goes to show that you can be happy wherever you are in life, even if things are hard.

On our way back home there was this crazy drunk guy on a moped and while he rode past us he was just screaming and giggling. He was all over the place but it was hilarious.

Saturday was very hot and tiring, and we had an appointment with a Book of Mormon referral fall through which was kind of a bummer. It was a pretty hard day overall and there were a lot of mean people out for some reason. It drives me crazy when people actually take the time to come out of their house and cross the street to tell you not to knock or even walk through the neighborhood. If I wasn’t wearing a name badge or white shirt and tie nobody would care.

Sunday was good. We didn’t have any investigators come to church but the other Elders did which was cool. Someone who we referred to them is really progressing and is a super solid investigator. I am really excited to see where they go.

 

Over all it was a pretty average week. This week is the end of the transfer so I should know whether or not I am leaving by Monday. I have been here for 6 months now so I wouldn’t be surprised if I left. If I do leave I hope I leave Columbia because I have spent a year now living in basically the same place and I need some change. But I am fine with whatever. The Lord knows best.

Yesterday I was reading out of “Our Heritage” (which is a great book by the way) and I was really touched by how visible the hand of God was in the foundation of the church. The history of this church is truly amazing, and learning about it really helps strengthen my testimony of the Restored Gospel. No ordinary group of people could have done the things they did unless they were aided divinely.
I have been pondering a lot on real intent and would like to share some of my thoughts. The Book of Mormon is such a true book! Nobody who honestly reads it and sincerely prays about it with intent to change themselves can denounce it. I challenge all those who have not read and prayed about the Book of Mormon with real intent to do so now, but especially with real intent. Before my mission I did not understand what real intent was. I would pray about the Book of Mormon but didn’t feel like I was getting an answer. I realized out here that unless you resolve in your heart to change yourself based on the answers you receive from reading, you will not get an answer. For those of you who feel like you haven’t been getting answers to your questions, consider studying on what real intent is.

Anyway, that is all I have to say. Thank you for all your emails and support!

Until next week,

luvs

Elder Jeremiah Brown

1. Me and Elder N. in front of the pond behind my old apartmentIMG_0402
2. Me on a broken bridge. Yay for the south.

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3. Diddo

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And another email

Well, it’s been a week. I am writing this email on my iPad so it is
going to be a little shorter than normal.

It wasn’t a very exciting week, so for those of you who don’t usually
read my emails but decided to read this one, don’t bother.

Basically I can sum this week up by saying that it was hot, sweaty and
filled with lots of biking, but I guess I will go into a little more
detail than that.

Monday was probably the worst P Day I have had. We sat in the doctors
office for hours because of a mess up in Elder N’s prescription. It
ended up ok but it wasted the entire day.

Tuesday we had exchanges with the Summit East elders which was good.
Elder B. and I found a lot of new people in his area.

Wednesday we exchanged back and then visited a bunch of people. We
ended up finding a couple new people to teach. Hopefully they will
keep their return appointments.

Thursday we did service for PAALS as usual. Nothing too crazy happened.

Friday we had service for SBP. We installed insulation in the crawl
space of a flooded house. It was pretty crazy but fun. We had to get
in full body protective suits and respirators and then crawl
underneath the house through the pipes and electronics. It was sick.

Saturday we did a lot of biking and finding. We found some new people
which was good.

Sunday was pretty good. We had a couple appointments cancel which was
annoying but the day was still really good.

Honestly it wasn’t a very exciting week. It wasn’t bad but nothing too
crazy happened. Hopefully next week will be better.

Anyway, I gotta go.

Yarg,

Elder Jeremiah Brown