It is hot now

This week was good. I can’t respond to many emails today because we
are driving to Charleston for a doctors appointment and it is like a
2.5 hour drive. I am actually finishing this email in the car on the
road there.

This week was a lot better than last week. We had a lot more success
with our investigators and we finally got our investigator S. to
church! It took a ton of work to get him a ride because our church
building is 30 minutes away, but we did it. This is the first time in
many months that we have been able to get an investigator to church so
we finally broke the streak yesterday.

We also were able to get back in contact with our investigator C.!
The situation with the police wasn’t as bad as we thought it was and
he is doing fine. We have been able to teach him a bit, but we haven’t
been able to get him to come to church which really has been a
struggle for him specifically.

We were able to teach S. the Plan of Salvation this week and we
think it went really well. He liked what we talked about and it was
one of the better lessons we have had in the last few weeks.

On Tuesday we were driving down the road and then randomly there were
dead fish all over the road. At first I was confused but then I
remembered that this is South Carolina so I shouldn’t be.

We spent a lot of time this week dropping in on members we had never
seen before, and let me just say that members who are angry at the
church are way meaner than non-members who don’t like it. I had to get
more bold than I have ever been in my life with some of the people we
talked to. It’s hard to tell people who are yelling at you that you
just want to help them.

On Friday it dumped rain. I haven’t seen rain this heavy in probably
my entire life. There was so much rain that you couldn’t see 15 feet
in front of you at some points. The entire road was basically a river.
It isn’t too uncommon to see that here though. One moment it looks
sunny and nice and then suddenly you are swimming.

We saw two toilets on the side of the road the other day. And that’s
not the first time I’ve seen that. If you drive through southern roads
you can expect to see old tires, dead animals, and toilets. But that’s
ok because everything else is beautiful here.

That was my week basically. It was pretty good. I have been having a
ton of fun out here and I am looking forward to what I have in the
future.

Later,

Elder Jeremiah Brown

Merry Tax Day

Well I don’t have much to talk about this week. Nor do I have much time. But when do I?

We had a lot of meetings and went on exchanges so it wasn’t the most productive week I have ever had. We spent a solid 4 hours cleaning out our car because for some reason the mission is going Nazi on our car inspections and literally fails everyone, however we passed this time.

This week was rough for missionary work. Our most solid investigator, C., has disappeared. We went by one evening and there were police swarming the house and people screaming at each other, and now we haven’t seen him since. Hopefully we will get back in contact with him soon, but who knows.

We did, however, get to randomly run into an old investigator that we had never met or heard of because they moved away unexpectedly. She was super interested so we are hopeful that this may go somewhere.

This week Elder H. and I kept waking up to a beeping noise we couldn’t find at around 4-5 in the morning. Well, Saturday we decided we had had enough of that, so we found it. The Sandhills Elders stuck an alarm clock in our air vent and set it for early in the morning. We rightfully are retaliating by signing them up on the Jehovah’s Witness mail list.

Transfers are coming soon here. I am pretty sure that me and Elder H. will be staying here but who knows. Time has been flying by here at a ridiculous pace and pretty soon I will have been out for 6 months which is crazy.

That’s all I got this week. Sorry it’s not much. Hopefully I’ll have a cooler week next week.

Later,

Elder Jeremiah Brown

Answers to some questions we asked him:

Hey Mom! Let me start by answering some of your questions.

I do get to play the piano for meetings every now and then but nothing too big. I don’t have much time to practice or even a means.

Yea it definitely is getting hotter here. It gets pretty bad, especially after it rains because it is really humid.

Elder K. is on the farthest end of the mission so I have not been able to see him since we parted. I am hoping to see him sometime though. He was a great trainer and honestly I have realized that he was even more so since I have had different companions.

 

Swivel chairs and other such madness

So this week was a good improvement from last week. We got a lot more
work done and had a lot more success. This week I am typing this from
a member’s bridal shop in Lugoff, South Carolina. I would say it is a
step up from the gym last week because I have a keyboard and typing is
much easier.

We had a prank war go too far with the Sandhills elders this week.
More on that later.

Monday

We spent the day typing emails and playing sports with most of the
Columbia zone. That was most of our day.

Tuesday

Today we had DDM in the morning and then we were able to contact some
bible referrals. Bible referrals are usually obnoxious because
normally it’s just cheap people who ordered a free bible online and
they don’t want anything to do with the church. Today however, we
contacted a bible referral that was actually solid. His name was
B. and he told us he wanted to bring himself and his son to
church sometime.

Wednesday

I don’t even remember what happened today so nothing special happened probably.

Thursday

Today we spent a lot of time trying to get me a gps. Interestingly
enough we spent a lot of time looking for the place we were going to
buy the gps. In the end we decided to take the gps back because I
found one for cheaper somewhere else. And we got lost in the process.
We also had to pick up Elder H.’s bike which took way too much time.
Basically today became a mini lame p day.

Friday

Today we had a good weekly planning session and then we had an awesome
lesson with S. our investigator on the Word of Wisdom. We also got
him to come to commit to come to church and he was actually really
excited to come. That was most of our day.

Saturday

Today we had a Stake-wide day of service and I got to use a weed
whacker so I am really happy right now. We cleaned up a graveyard
next to this old baptist church out in the sticks. It was pretty fun I
guess. We then spent the rest of the day visiting investigators and
less actives.

Sunday

Today was fast Sunday, which is one of the hardest days for
missionaries because now we have no member meals and we were on bikes
so we starved. I had a nice rice a roni dinner instead however, so life
was alright.

Now that I have a keyboard I will start actually doing nightly logs of
what happened during the day so there will be more detail. Anyhow,
that was my week mostly.

Oh, and about the prank thing. Sandhills thought it would be funny to
take our swivel chairs out of our apartment and then put them on the
front porch area of their apartment. Well, apparently some scumbag
thought it would be a good idea to steal them off their porch, so now
we have no swivel chairs in our apartment. I don’t even know why
someone would want to steal those because they were already broken and
looked like they came out of a dump. The only thing that will make it
worth it is if I see some hoodlum rolling down the street on a piece
of garbage swivel chair with a stereo system duct taped to it, along
with a look of accomplishment on his face. That will make my life.

 

That’s my week though. It was good I guess. Kinda one of those filler
weeks when you look back at your mission.

Until next week,

Cheers,

Elder Jeremiah Brown

Pizza is tasty

So you can can thank our apartment complex’s new management for this
week’s email because they decided to remove the wireless internet from
the apartment clubhouse.

What does that mean you ask? It means that the computers are down,
which in turn means I that I am typing this email from a workout room
sitting on a bench press, with my iPad.

If anyone has tried typing with an iPad they will know that to do so
is like trying to play pin the tail on the donkey with a touchscreen
in a high speed car chase while having a seizure. It doesn’t work.

The only reason why I am even able to connect to the Internet right
now is because I happen to have magically obtained the password to the
management’s office Internet. They can’t win heehee. (It was totally
legal mom don’t worry)

You could say that if I had written in my electronic journal this week
this email wouldn’t be so hard but why blame myself when I can blame
someone else.

Ok, sorry about that rant.

In terms of numbers, this was quite possibly one of the worst weeks of
my mission. It was however not one of the worst weeks of my mission. I
think that almost everything that could have gone wrong went wrong
this week but honestly I’m not even mad.

We met some awesome people this week, had an awesome time at General
Conference and I learned a ton.

Part of the reason this week was hard though was because no joke I
spent probably 14 hours trying to fix Elder H.’s bike and man that
thing just likes being broken. I ended up stubbornly taking it to a
bike shop and I feel a lot better now because the bike shop called us
and they are struggling to get the piece of junk to work.

While I was trying to fix this bike, a guy named P. offered to help
us with it. He didn’t know too much about bikes but he had a ton of
tools and he wanted to help. The bike wasn’t fixed but we ended up
talking to him for a while about our church and he knew a lot of
Mormons. In fact, he had talked to the Sandhills elders before about
our church and he was interested in learning more about what we
believe in, although he flat out said that we couldn’t convert him. He
asked if he could hire us to move him out because he was about to move
to New York. We of course told him that we do that sort of thing for
free but he refused to accept what he called “slave labor” so we
agreed that he would take us out to dinner in turn. We had no idea
what would follow.

Moving P. out was really easy. Him and his girlfriend didn’t have
too much stuff and honestly it wasn’t hard at all. We started to
realize that P. wanted us around not just because we were a help
but because he felt good around us and liked to talk to us. He
admitted that later and we was like “yo P. that’s the Spirit.” That
night we taught him, his girlfriend, and one of his friends the
Restoration at Sonic and you could tell that it touched them. Though
they never admitted it, I think they would be open to listening to
missionaries up in New York someday.

Here’s the other part to the story, P. knew how much money we live
off of and he wanted to help us in some way. He ended up buying us
Costco boxes of hot pockets, granola bars, and each of us 17 razors.
Yes, 17. We didn’t ask for anything and in fact we felt bad, but him
and his girlfriend said that they were doing it because they felt good
and happy inside for helping us out. Little did they know that was the
spirit of charity.

We spent a lot of time with P., and all for one lesson. That shows,
however, that numbers mean nothing, because that lesson meant a lot
for them, for us, and I’m sure for God. The people that you get to
meet on your mission are amazing, and it truly shows you the worth of
souls. If here in South Carolina, in a random apartment complex in
Blythewood, there are cool people like P., then how many amazing
people are there everywhere else in the world? The world still has
good people.

I have no idea if P. will ever be baptized, but I can tell you for
certain that we changed each other’s lives.

Work with our investigators this week was not the greatest. We ended
up clearing out our area book and we struggled getting ahold of our
solid investigators this week, probably because it’s spring break.

General conference was AWESOME. Honestly I appreciate it so much more
out here than I did back home. I really enjoyed all of the talks and
it seemed like the general authorities were being much more bold with
the world, and I like that. I also really liked President Uchdorf’s
comment about Chewbacca in the priesthood session. Honestly it seems
like there was a lot more informality in this conference than any
other. I really liked Elder Holland’s talk during the last session, and
I really enjoyed Elder Nelson’s talk during the priesthood session. I
seriously learned a ton from this conference. It was amazing.

I don’t remember which talk it was, but one of the apostles mentioned
the scripture 1 Nephi 2:12, which made me really happy because I love
using that scripture. What I love about it is particularly when it
says that Laman and Lemuel murmured because they “knew not the
dealings of that God who had created them.” We can know of the
dealings of God through the Book of Mormon. In fact, the introduction
to the Book of Mormon states that it is a “record of God’s dealings
with ancient inhabitants of the Americas,” so the Book of Mormon is
literally the dealings of God. We can literally know more of what God
has in store for us or his “dealings” with us by listening to and
following His prophets and apostles, as well as learning from God’s
past dealings with the ancient Americans.

Anyway, that’s my week. My fingers are sore from typing this and I am
hungry, in case you were wondering. Until next week,

H.A.G.S.

Elder Jeremiah Brown