Elder Brown 21 August 2017

Malo e lelei!

The elders in my old area were able to Baptize 'Ofa! We had worked with him for a while and didn't respond well to the baptismal invitation. But, Elder Le'ota and Elder 'Uvea didn't give up! I'm way happy because of those guys; they didn't give up! I saw 'Ofa at stake conference yesterday and he looked great; he shaved and showed up in a suit looking like a million bucks. He has a lot of close family in the Church, a couple of whom have recently returned from missions, and the young men in Tu'anekivale are great. He' got a lot of help behind him and I can see him going on a mission and going through the temple. That was definitely a highlight of this week; now I know that all that preaching in Tu'anekivale ended up was worth it!

We went door knocking in Vaipua after district meeting; I went with elder Tupou and we had a great time. We got a few names, got in a couple houses and passed out some pamphlets. We also took a half hour or so to climb mount Talau and took a couple of pictures. We had a lot of fun getting work done and smelling the roses along the way. The elders in Taua (elder Sulunga and elder Tafengatoto) have a massive area with heaps of hills so they were grateful for the help.

With all door knocking success we've had in the past couple weeks, we figured we'd give it a shot in Feletoa and we didn't really get anyone. We went around during the slow part of the day, so not many people were home and those who were home told us to come back later. I met a lady from Folaha (an old area of mine) which was fun, but she asked us not to come in because her husband doesn't like the Church. We'll try to get a hold of the man and see what's the deal.

We had stake conference yesterday and on Saturday. One of the area seventies came and conducted, and it was great. I don't remember the guy's name, but it was great. I have a lot of fun watching seventies and apostles speak; they show up with their scriptures and their life experience and they always end up telling us exactly what we need to hear. This church runs on revelation, and its always a thrill to feel that and to see that.

I'm a little excited to be done, but the Lord always manages to find some way to get me excited about the work again. The Seventy showed a couple of videos, one of which showed the growth of the church and missionaries all over the world; it got me really excited and I felt like I could move a mountain. That combined with 'Ofa's baptism has got me excited.

This is the Lord's Church and He never lets us down. I love you all!

'Ofa lahi atu!
Elder Brown

Elder Brown 14 August 2017

Malo e lelei!

I was sick for a few days this week. That's two weeks in a row, and it's definitely a lot less fun to be the sick one. On the bright side, I was feeling lazy the week before last from spending time indoors, and being sick (and getting better again) has put a little spark back in me.

My comp and started running a couple days before I got sick. We run to Ha'akio and back. The hill on the way back, right before we get home, is killer, so by the time I get back I'm going to have calves of steel like my brother in law. We've been eating very little and walking a lot as well. My comp is great and he keeps me going.

We've started a new program as a district where after district meeting all 10 of us knock doors in whichever town we met in. We did that in Leimatu'a for 2 or 3 hours last Tuesday and we got into every house we knocked. Leimatu'a is the best! I can't wait to give it a try in Mataika and Feletoa, because we've gotten in one house in Mataika. It seems like mataika's been knocked on 50 times over so people have the 'go away' speil memorized.

Once again, I've started sharing the story of Alma and Amulek with the members;I think it's perfect here. Alma got kicked out of Ammonihah until he started working with Amulek, the guy who already lived there, knew the people and had their respect. We go around and when we share messages we ask the members if they can be like Amulek and get us some Baptisms!!

I love my companion. He's been a great help and we get along great. He's very easy to get along with and he ants to work. He keeps me going and gets me out of the house. I'm having a lot of fun with him.

'Ofa lahi atu!

Elder Brown

Elder Brown 24 July 2017

Cool final transfer news! Elder Nau is related to our ward mission leader, and Kathryn's seminary teacher!

Malo e lelei!

Transfers was yesterday, and I'm goin to Mataika with Elder Nau from America! It looks like I'm finishing in Vava'u, which is gonna be very cool. Elder Nau's already been there a couple transfers so he knows the area well. I am very excited about Mataika; it's a bigger area and everyone who's worked there says it's very cool. President told me last week in our interview that I might be going there, so I had some warning.

Tu'anekivale taught me how to be a different kind of patient; it's one thing to be patient when things aren't going your way. It's another to be patient when it seems like nothing's ever happening. I followed my father's advice, trying to make something noteworthy happen every day. That helps me go to bed feeling accomplished. I hope Mataika will be busier and that Elder Nau will help me sprint to the finish!

The group of Elders who I've grown closest to over the past year and a half or so finished last friday; it's really weird to see them gone and I'll miss them. I'll see many of them at BYU but it's weird for them to be gone. It seems like yesterday they all hit their year marks. This is going very fast.

I will write more later if I can; there is a mother here that has asked me to do a transcription of a letter (a few pages long) for her son, who is on a mission in New Zealand. On top of that, there's only one computer here. I'll do my best.

'Ofa lahi atu!
Elder Brown



Jennifer Brown

To learn more about me, click here!





Elder Brown 17 July 2017

> Malo e lelei!

We went to town with the zone leaders last week and got a few blocks of cheese and tortilla ingredients, so we make quesadillas from time to time. At first they weren't very good (we were using some pretty sharp cheddar which kind of threw things off) but now that we've gotten the tortilla making technique down and the cheese balance right they're a thing of beauty. Cheese is by no means a part of the Tongan diet, so our members and investigators haven't had anything like it before and they love it. The members will remember me as the guy who introduced Mexican food to Tonga!

We spent a lot of this week doing zone conference related stuff, and (unfortunately) spent a lot of time waiting around at the house.

We were told at P day on monday last week that President Tui'one would be interviewing us the following day. Our phone had been broken so we were told to stay in the house and wait for him to show up. We normally leave at 10, so we waited and waited till 2 and got sick of it so we went out and got something to eat and waited at a member's house by the road. We ended up peeking out the window every five seconds to see if President and the crew would come through, and by about 6 o clock we ran out of steam and called president on a member's phone, only to find out that he wasn't coming.

The next day was Zone conference, which was a very good and rousin' meeting. Once again, president told us to go home and wait at our house for the interview. The meeting ran a little long so we got home at 4 and waited for president, but no one showed up. Eventually it got dark and we're out of money so we had to go steal (borrow) a box of crackers from our neighbors so we wouldn't die.

Then we went out and did our thing on Thursday and got interviewed! I had an awesome conversation with president and although he was short on time I felt like I got across exactly how I was doing/feeling in less than 5 minutes. He gave me some promising transfer news (secret!) and told me he'd put me in a situation where I could go out with a bang! Tu'anekivale has been great.

This week Friday my last 12 weeks start, which is surreal. The last couple of months have flew by so I know this will be done before I know it.

We've been teaching and visiting a less-active man named Sione. He and his wife have already been sealed in the Temple but a couple weeks afterward he started smoking and drinking kava again. We've shared a lot with him and last week his wife shared with him the parable of the prodigal son, and for the first time since we've started teaching him regularly he's opened up to us and told us he needs help. He shared that he feels like he's eating with the pigs and he's too embarrassed to try coming back to church. It was a really emotional lesson and we got to sit there while him and his wife had a good talk and sione promised he'd quit smoking. He wasn't here for church yesterday but hopefully he'll start showing up. He's a good guy and we love him.

Good week this week! I'll be on a little later to email family!

'Ofa lahi atu!

Elder Brown

Elder Brown 10 July 2017

Elder Brown 10 July 2017


Elder Brown 10 July 2017

What a treat for Elder Brown to meet Elder John Groberg and his wife Jean. Elder Groberg's experiences serving as a missionary in Tonga inspired the film "The Other Side of Heaven". 
He returned a few year later and served as Mission President, organizing the first stake in Tonga! 
The population of the Kingdom of Tonga is now 107,000, with 65,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 


Jennifer Brown

To learn more about me, click here!