31 May 2011

$5 Flounder Special

I sang a solo, a capella, at zone conference, and I just about passed out. I'm pretty sure if it hadn't been a hymn I wouldn't have been able to do it. I pitched it about three notes too high and made the mistake of eating first. but I did indeed sing. Nobody threw anything at me, either, so it must've been alright. :)

We haven't been able to go fishing yet. I'm hoping we can go this next Monday but we'll see.

My foot's fine. Well, actually it's not. But it's not the Sheriff's fault, I just sprained my ankle. It's actually not hurting anymore; I think the Lord's had a hand in that.

I don't have any fun stories this week, we've mostly just been knocking doors. Although we did have fun knocking doors in a nasty rainstorm this week. Friday was a beautiful day, sunny and gorgeous at first. Then the clouds started piling up, and it got dark (which was nice, seeing as we got to be in the shade a lot). It threatened to rain on us but didn't, until about 5 ish, when of course we were far from any shelter. But we had fun. A nice lady let us stand on her porch and talk to her a bit while we waited for a break in the storm. We tried to teach her a lesson (in fact, we counted it, just for all the trial and nastiness of the day). Then after we went and ate flounder at a local restaurant (the Derby; they had a $5 flounder special, all you can eat. And it's goooood flounder, too). And of course, we walked home. (Usually we plan straight after we get in, but not that night. That night we changed into dry clothing first. :)

Brandon's with us this week, and we're mighty grateful to have him today. Things would just have not worked out as good if we hadn't. More on that next week.

So, I had a stroke of genius in the shower the other day. Ready for this?
what did the laywer do when he found out his counter-top wasn't really granite?
ready? ready?
He had a counter-fit!
Well, I did warn you it was a shower joke... what did you expect?

Love y'all!  Elder Brown

24 May 2011

Sheriff Mathis ran over my foot with our car

This week was busy and really fast. We worked hard. We're going to baptize people, but not this week. I am so tired it's not even funny. Sheriff Mathis ran over my foot with our car (it's a car-share area like all my others).  I love North Carolina, even though it's 85 with equal percent humidity.

Not too many fun stories this week, but here's some good things happening in the near future:
   *We're going to have Brandon M. working with us for three days each week for
    the foreseeable future (this is amazing, it means that for those three days we
    don't have to bike anywhere. also, it allows us to have a member present in a lot
    more lessons).
   *I'm singing at Zone Conference on Thursday (pray for me; I'm really nervous)
   *We might be going fishing next Monday.

So, good things happening here.

I love you guys! Don't forget!
Elder Joshua Brown.

16 May 2011

Transferred to Mt Airy, NC

My new companion is Elder Mathis. I call him Sherriff Mathis because of a funny incident while we were out contacting. A mentally handicapped man came up and just started blabbering at him, then told him that Elder Mathis was his favorite sherriff and he wanted him to stay in office forever. :) So now he's Sherriff Mathis. :)
It's been humid and rainy since I got here and we've only seen the sun a handful of times. I actually saw the full moon last night and was astonished how bright it was. It's also super hilly here. There are no flat parts of Mount Airy. Everything is a slope, gentle or steep, and nothing is ever just up or down hill. 
We have no investigators who are progressing, but I still love it here. The ward is super-friendly and happy to help us. We also cover a branch in Stuart, VA, where the same is true as well. In both wards we have members who are preparing to go on a mission. Mike Warner, who I mentioned a lot when I was serving in Carmel, is living with his Grandparents in Mount Airy until he leaves on his mission to Pocatello, Idaho. :) Small world. So if'n you ever see a large elder by the name of Warner, who looks kinda like me, only bigger, take good care of him and tell him I said hi.
I got the best news last night. John and Melinda Bennett, also in Carmel, got baptized!!! I could have died and gone to heaven.

Also, I love you.

Elder Brown

02 May 2011

Good things are happening

This week, we got rejected by everybody [whose doors] we knocked on. We were tired, hungry, hot, and sweaty. We lost two amazing investigators. But none of that even matters, because TONY CAME TO CHURCH!!!
Thursday afternoon we call Tony after not hearing from him for almost a week. He says he's got something he wants to talk to us about. "Oh, great," we say, 'he got anti-ed'. Turns out he'd been doing some research and came across blacks and the priesthood. (He's a big black guy, likes his flowers. Tulips are his favorite, fyi.) So we sit down and pull out Official Declaration II, talk about it, and have an incredible spiritual experience. We were all crying by the end of it. 
Then we find out it was his wife's concern, not his so much. We didn't get to speak with her that time, she had a migraine or something. Later that week we find out that our ward mission leader and his wife went over and talked to them and Bobby's concern got resolved. The ward mission leader arranged to get his son to pick up the whole family. Tony was the only one who made it, but at least he did make it.  The ward embraced him and in priesthood opening exercises he bore his testimony about us. The short of it is, He's getting baptized.  :D We're super excited.
Go Naomi! Piano scholarship, playing an 'organ' (liver, lungs? lower intestine?), making dad cry, and playing dead. All in a day's (week's) work for my sister. Go get 'em.
Thanks for your love and support. I can't tell you how much that means to me. Thanks for your continued prayers.

Love you guys! Thanks for all you do!
Love from your favorite
Elder Brown