Tuesday, October 29, 2013

These crazy days in Show Low!......October 28, 2013

My dear lovely family and friends,

This week can been crazy as ever! Different things happen each day, and the whole week, the whole month- the whole mission!!- turns into quite the experience! Last Tuesday was P-day, and afterwards we went to a Relief Society Night for Show Low 1st ward. We got a ride to someone's house out in the middle of nowhere and learned about canning! Specifically about canning tamales. It was really fun, and we ate delicious food and I rolled some tamales! I took some handouts that I will send home- for you, Mom, and for me! Afterwards we met a potential investigator named Chastity, who just got pregnant... She is very Catholic but doesn't mind us coming over to visit, as long as she's not busy. We haven't been back yet but we're planning on bring a video we can watch together, like the testaments or something. She is really sick and all she does is watch movies, so we thought it would be great! Hope it works out!

That night I accidentally left my planner at the person's house we did the canning thing at, so we called her and she brought it to us in the morning- but I almost had a panic attack when I realized I didn't have it. So that was crazy! But Sister Owens brought it to us the next morning. She is also the one who brought us our phone when we lost it Thursday night- but that's another story!

Wednesday we wondered around meeting members who live in Country Lane Trailer Park, and we helped with mutual for 1st ward. It involved the women wearing white temple dresses and the men white temple clothes, and we read the part of someone waiting for someone to have their name- the youth in the chapel that names. Some were called and some weren't. It really helped illustrate how the people on the other side are waiting for us to do their work here on earth! It was really reverent, and we all left afterwards without treats to preserve the sacredness of the event. It was something alright!

Thursday we went out visit teaching with a member to get to the boondocks of our ward- someone who lives closer to Taylor than to Show Low! That was crazy! She fed us an impromptu dinner at her home, then dropped us off for another girl to pick us up to take us out to the scarier boondocks- Silver Lake Estates. I don't think I've seen a lake there though. It's all trailers and dirt roads and people trying to get off the grid. Apparently we have a lot of that around here. But we had an appointment so off we went! Otherwise we wouldn't be there after dark. I had been fighting a headache/migraine the whole afternoon and was a little off- which is where loosing the phone comes in to play. We went to teach a Less Active woman and her three granddaughters she is raising who are not members. Only Jasmine was there when we got there, and she came out to listen but didn't seem interested at all- she is only 14! Then Sam, 14, and Niki, 11 or 12, climbed in a window somewhere and went around being distracting. We had planned to the teach the Plan of Salvation, but when Sam came over and asked why we worshiped Joseph Smith, we talked about prophets and prayer, and eventually it all came down to a belief in God. These girls don't know if God is there, even though they have been asking for months, if not years! The elders say they all had a baptism date at one point. We are meeting with them Tuesday night, and we hope to continue meeting with them so we can gain their trust and help them to learn about God and His plan for us, a plan He made so that we could all be happy!! Hopefully we can get them to keep coming to mutual, and get their Grandmother to come to church- even though she's embarrassed about her hair, I guess. But God doesn't care what your hair looks like! Come to church and feel the Spirit!

After we left their home, I realized I didn't have the phone and almost died. But we were late to another appointment...

So we were referred to go see a sickly woman when we were in the trailer park on Wednesday, so we met her and set up an appointment for the next night so we could meet her husband. Then she said that her husband was excommunicated for apostasy. And we both started thinking... and realized this is the home the ward mission leader said not to go to without a member of the bishopric or himself. And the elders said there was a person "in this area over here" (with a wide gesture) who corrupted missionaries testimonies so we should avoid him. So we freaked out for a while and tried to call everyone, but what do you know, they all make their ward visits on Thursday nights. We were finally able to get the mission leader on the phone, and he was able to rearrange so he could come with us. It turned out to be okay! We taught the the Atonement and Faith in Jesus Christ and Repentance, and used a lot of scriptures, then he went off on how people need to study their scriptures, and how one time in high priests he quoted D&C 1:38, "whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants it is the same," then proceeded to make up the next verse, simply to see if any one knew their scriptures well enough to call him out on it, and no one did. And his wife is a little crazy, just hanging on his words, and talking about the history of New Zealand in her cool accent. Then we left. And called people on the sister's phone who we live with to try to find our phone, to no avail. But you know how this ends!

The next morning Jean Owens shows up with our phone. Emilie Tuetken, the less active we taught the night before, heard it ringing outside, and called sister owens, who called Sister Sweeney, and brought it back to us. A lot of prayers were answered that morning!! Crazy!

Met more people on Friday... But on Saturday we set up a booth for the city Halloween festival! We had a game and candy, and copies of the book of mormon and pass along cards and movies and everything to give away! I think it was quite a success! We were there the set up at 10, then started it and were then until 3, when the elders took over. It was really fun though!

Those are the hightlights of the week... or the entire week more like! Guess I'm feeling chatty today :) I love you all so much, and although this is super hard and demanding and exhausting, I am happy I am doing this. I'm here to help make other people happy, and when I can do that, I'm happy too. Look for opportunities to share the joy of the gospel in your lives too! Be a member missionary!!

Love you all to the moon and back!

Love, Sister Hailey Brown

ps-  I forgot to say what the pictures are! the first one is me in a brand new outfit you sent me- so cute! then Sister Knight and I at the Halloween Carnival in front of our booth. then last night Sister Knight got a package from her mom, and she sent both of us homemade little halloween bags with candy inside! so cute! So this is us this morning with the bags :)


Thursday, October 24, 2013

'Tis a bit chilly hereabouts​....October 22, 2013

Familia!! como estas??

Just kidding, don't answer that in Spanish! :)
So, my first week in Show Low! At about 8:00 tonight I will have been here for exactly a week. Crazy. Most of our first week was calling ward members and leaders to meet with them and find out about the wards. There is a lot of work going on here! The bishoprics are nice and the stake just finished a 40-day fast for missionary work, and they seem very missionary oriented! They have systems set up to work out splits and dinners.. of course we need to rearrange it some, with the two wards, and with the fact that we're sisters :) But I'm excited! 

What is crazy is that our wards are a bit far apart. They did it so the wards we and the other sisters cover wouldn't meet at the same time and we could go to the meetings. go to lds.org and look up the boundaries- Rainbow Lake Ward in Lakeside AZ, and Show Low 1st Ward in Show Low, AZ. In Rainbow Lake we are right next to the reservation! Technically it takes in a chunk of it, but it all belongs to the Fort Apache Branch, so I don't know why it's in our boundaries. A lot of the people in the Lakeside area live in houses that look like cabins to me! Super nice cabins, but in the middle of the woods with a wood stove and everything. And apparently in Show Low 1st, out in the boonies some people literally live in tents. I thought the trailers were bad enough!

The elders who used to cover 1st ward now just cover 2nd, so they are introducing us to a lot of people and helping us out a ton. They left us really good records and lists of people to see. The other elders.... they did okay. Some of the teaching records are completely blank on the back side! We have no personal information about the person or how they received what they were taught. But we'll get through, and make sure to leave awesome records for the next people!

On Sunday, we talked in the Rainbow Lake ward, and it was awesome! I prepared a talk, but was stressed about it and what I would say. But I know that the Holy Ghost would lead me in what to say when I got up- and it did! I just went up there and talked like an awesome person. I referred to my notes a few times, and stuck to my general outline, but I think I spoke powerfully because I followed the prompting of the Holy Ghost. It is a great feeling! That evening we spoke at a youth fireside for the Show Low 1st ward, in the first counselor's home. There were 15 to 20 youth there I'm guessing, and that went great too. We were driving there and I said to Sister Knight, "Now what are we supposed to do here again?" We talked about why we came on missions and how we prepared for them, and how they can be missionaries now by being friends with everyone. I tried to involve the youth and keep them interested- and awake! You know, drama in high school was a blessing, because now I know how to fake it til you make it. Which is all a mission is: doing things you don't know how to do, but relying on the Lord to get you through. And He does!!

Yesterday we met at the Rainbow Lake Building- I think it's the stake center for the stake I'm in, Pinetop-Lakeside stake- for the mission tour! Elder Teh of the Seventy was there, along with President and Sister Sweeney and the Stake President, President Shumway, although he could only stay for a little bit. Show Low Zone, Snowflake Zone, and Payson Zone all met for it. They are doing it again today and tomorrow for the other zones. We all got to shake Elder Teh's hand, and he and the others spoke to us. It ended at about three, after starting a bit before 10 with a lunch in the middle. After, President Sweeney came up to me and said Elder Teh wanted to meet with me! There were six of us he wanted to meet with after, including Sister Hubmann and Sister Sanchez over in Snowflake. He asked about my family and life, and asked if I had any questions for him. I told him there are always questions I could ask! but I didn't ask any. He then spoke to me for a minute or two, and gave me some advice. It was pretty cool! He took my picture, and said he would send it to your email, Mom, so you would know I'm still alive :) So you'll have to let me know if you get it!

I got to see a bunch of people I know at the tour yesterday, since I've been in both of the other zones :) Sister Hubmann, Sister Crowther, and Sister Rasmussen all come up to me and soon as we walked in the chapel and gave me big hugs, and totally made me cry. I miss them all, and they miss me too! But Maybe I'll see them at Walmart today :)

Being on a mission is the hardest thing I have ever done. But it is rewarding. I know it may not seem the best right now, but I know I have things to look forward to in the future. Sean in Taylor is due to get baptized on the 9th of November and President said I could go! That will be amazing! I'm so excited. And I'm excited to get the work moving around here too!!!

Thanks for all your support and love- I couldn't do it without you!!!

Love, Sister Brown
or, as you guys know me, Hailey :)


picture-- me and my companion, Sister knight


Mom’s questions:
is your area much different than it was in taylor? how many wards do you cover? are there any elders there? what is your apartment like?

the area feels a lot different and a lot the same at the same time- there are sure a lot more trees, especially pine trees! I'm definitely in a forest up here, not a ton of farmland to be seen, but there's still some! We cover two wards- and there are a lot of elders around here! I'm not sure how many, but I heard there are 7 companionships in our district- 14 missionaries! and only six of us are sisters. there are a lot of missionaries in the area! Our apartment is pretty nice, now that they fridge and washing machine are working :) We live on the second floor, and each companionship has it's own bathroom. I'll try to send some pictures when I get a chance!! 

Love you!!!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Guess where I am now?.....October 16, 3013


So, Family! Transfers came and went, and I didn't get through unscathed.

I am now in Show Low, with Sister Knight. I packed up all of my things and took them to Sister Willis's home- the same person who texted you Momma. Text her and she'll send you a picture of me and my new companion when we picked up my things last night! So I didn't have to take everything to the valley, which was nice. Sister Hubmann is staying in Taylor! This is the first time she is staying in an area for more than a transfer! She's actually not that excited, because it is getting cold! I miss her more than anything right now. I didn't know she sent a postcard home! You'll have to save it so I can see it when I'm back! She is the best person ever, and the best trainer ever. A newbie from the MTC is taking my place in Taylor, and of course as soon as I'm told I'm leaving the work picks up and we get two new investigators! But I am happy that I am so close to them still, and I've even been to Show Low before to go to Walmart! Too bad it's a little colder up here, and we'll get more snow than Taylor. I am also white-washing, or both of us are going into a brand new area! There were four elders in the apartment, and now four sisters are going in to white wash! The other sisters are Sister McCashland and Hermana Aguado, a zebra companionship. Sister Aquado is straight from the MTC, white washing with Sister McCashland. I'm a little worried about us all living together, but so far it has been fine. We live in a complex called The Pines, on the second floor. It's a pretty nice apartment I guess, except that a bunch of things are broken or missing. Elders. And the area books are so empty. But we are meeting with a bishop and ward mission leader tonight, so that sounds promising! 

Also, next P-Day will be TUESDAY of next week, because of Mission Tours. Elder Taye of the 70 is coming to tour the mission, and on Monday he will be up in the mountains. I'll be able to see my Taylor sisters there! So I will email you then! Don't forget! And I don't know my mailing address right now, so we best stick with the mission home.

The move here has been very hard for me emotionally. I cried so many tears yesterday and even this morning, just homesick for Taylor and Sister Hubmann. Taylor is all I've known on my mission, and although I was only there three months it stuck to me, and the people too! I told everyone they could run into me at walmart on p-days though :) So I will have a rough transition moving here, and I need to send a box of things home because I have too many things! 

Here in Show Low we will cover the Show Low 1st ward and Rainbow Lake Ward. I guess I'll have to let  you know how those are when I know! Apparently there is a lot of investigator work up here- the Assistants to the President said this area has the most potential out of the whole mission. Or something like that. The wards are confusing because we are switching around, because the other sisters will cover all the Spanish people in the area. So a lot of confusion and stress, and I pulled the coat out you sent me! I am so happy for the sweatshirts you sent as well- I love them :)

So yes, I am trying hard to be happy here in Show Low, even though this is one of - or maybe the biggest- trial I've faced so far on my mission. I can do this, but only when I trust and rely on the Lord. He knows why I am here, and that is good enough for me. I love the people in Taylor, but now I'm in Show Low, and it's time to love these people. Wish me luck!!!

Love, Sister Brown
aka, Hailey


Monday, October 7, 2013

Who enjoyed General Conference​?!......October 7, 2013

Hello again! hello hello.

I am doing great down here in Arizona, and I'm not too cold yet! It's the time of year where the heat is on in the morning and the windows are down during the day. It gets hot then cold and reminds me a lot of Utah! Thanks for sending me some long sleeves Mom!

Has anyone else looked at the ensign this month? It is full of missionary work! My companion and I especially liked the article "Our Responsibility to Rescue" by President Thomas S. Monson.
We're hoping to share it with people up here and try to get more member support!

So this week had its ups and downs. Tuesday we had six appointments set up, but five of them canceled or were no shows. It was actually a really bad day. But our friends Felicia and Chanda in the YSA branch, who help drive us around, made us cookies on Wednesday, and on Thursday night Chanda came over with microwave rice bags she had made, a pillow one and two little hand warmers for each of us. They are both so sweet! They help us out so much.

Wednesday we spent the afternoon in Heber at Zone Conference with the Mission President and crew. We learned that, out of 50 missions in our area, 10 were chosen to pilot the new technology programs and we are one of them! We will be getting mini ipads sometime between October and February, and then Facebook somewhere in that time too. It is super overwhelming! I feel like I already don't know how to do so much, and I'll have to learn how to do this too! But I guess we will all be learning together! I'll try to get you more information on the technology aspect when we learn more.

Wednesday night we also went to the YSA institute to meet some more people, and it was awesome! The teacher is a local artist and author, David Bowman, and he is hilarious! He used to teach seminary and has taught at EFY as well. I wish we could go every week! Make sure you look up some of his work! He talked about the Book of Mormon and used pages from his book, "Dude, Don't Be a Lemuel." It is great! I wish I had all his books and could read them! After the mission I'll get on that :) Everyone around here has his artwork in their homes and offices as well!

Thursday we had a few appointments that went pretty well. On Friday we met with Eli, and with Sean and Tatiana. Sean is still on track to get baptized! and we had a really good lesson with Eli, and we have another baptism date for him, November 2. The man he wants to baptize him is out of state until November. He better be back by then!! I think we can actually make this date work!!

Saturday we had breakfast with the Willis's and some of their family, and it was awesome! They made waffles we had a good time. We watched the afternoon session at the stake center, with one couple and one family with us. It was really good! Saturday night we had our first lesson with a Less Active young woman, a 15yrold named Courtney. Her family grew up in the church, but she never really went to church since the time she was three. There is a lot she knows, but a lot she doesn't. I felt so awkward asking her what she knew and what she didn't. I taught her the Restoration, because she recognized the name Joseph Smith but didn't know what he did. I hope we can keep meeting with her! I don't know about the rest of her family, her mother left the room when we came by. I think they were offended back when Courtney was 3 and just stopped coming to church. They still believe it and try to live it, but there is only so much you can do without coming to church. It is amazing to see how important church really is in an individual's life, or the life of a family.

Sunday we ate biscuits and gravy with the Ballard's, a less active family with young children. It was quite the experience! I hope they got something out of it. We had a good time, but it was stressful trying to keep the kids calm. For the afternoon we went to Sean and Tatiana's. We playing conference bingo and had a good time! It was weird because it didn't really feel like Sunday, because we are usually in meetings for 6-7 hours on Sunday!! It was a good change though.

We're doing pretty good here! We find out transfer news on Saturday, so be sure to send the mail through the mission office until we know where I am!

I love you all soooooo much! Keep being awesome and remember to be a missionary!

Love, Sister (Hailey) Brown

ps- I uploaded pictures from this week and last, so we have quite a few to go through! We have fun :)



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Time is still flying by! ....... September 30, 2013

Hello again! Is it already Monday?

The days seem to last forever but the weeks go by so fast! Sister Hubmann and I have been companions for a month, and we are already thinking about transfers. I'm wondering if I'm going to stay another transfer- I hope I do! I really want to go to Sean and Tatiana's wedding! PLUS, he finally set his baptism date for November 9th, a week after the wedding! Yay! A goal in sight! But if I do stay here, I'll need you to send my dress coats and some sweats! (But not yet!! I'll let you know.) It has been below freezing at nighttime, and I'm really lucky there was zip hoodie that fit me in the grab bag- clothes past missionaries have left. So I'm doing okay in the morning cold! I got your letter Momma, but no package yet... maybe today! Mail comes in at 11, so we'll know after emailing! I do love the long letter you sent, so I think that might be the best way to do it. PS- I haven't had a chance to read any of Becca's emails you have forwarded me.... so I'll just have to read them in 16 months.

Speaking of the cold.... The rain stopped a few weeks ago, but the wind has begun! I think I actually told you about that. We bought spandex to wear for biking, but I'm wearing it most days to keep me warmer on cool days, and to be safe in the wind. Skirts do not go well with wind!

So I thought you should know: I have the best companion in the world! I love Sister Hubmann. She and I get along so well, which is really helping the work around here! While the work with investigators is really slow, we are focusing a lot on less active work. Which is finally starting to show! We had several less actives we are working with show at church yesterday- although we still had a lot we were watching for who never came. It is a huge problem up here, getting people back to church. Trying to get them to let go of a bad habit and establish a new good habit of coming to church! It's amazing the reasons people can come up with to tell us why they weren't at church. Most are pretty good reasons, although if they had really wanted to they could have made it. Continual frustration! But seeing the people who do come to church and are working towards the temple is so rewarding!

We have an investigator that wants to be baptized in Chino- I think I'll told you a little about Eli. He has been investigating the church for about two years now, and we have had several baptism dates we have had to reschedule because things come up in his busy life. After meeting with him this week, I was really discouraged. I don't think he wants this as much as he should- I guess he isn't ready. We'll keep meeting with him and trying to help him prepare, but he loves to ask us questions just to annoy us and loves to get distracted during our lessons. He is quite the piece of work! I am building my patience with this one.

So! for the Relief Society Broadcast we went to St. Johns! Us and the sisters in Snowflake got rides to the temple, where we met our rides to drive us the hour to St. John's to meet with Sister Platt, the wife of the counselor to the mission president, and the other sisters in the mountains. We came from Taylor, Snowflake, Round Valley, Eager, and Show Low, and there were about 12 or 14 of us. We had a sister's training meeting, took a billion pictures, then headed to the stake center for the meeting. It was awesome! There was a dinner afterwards that was really good- a "french toast toss up"- it had raspberries on top and I knew mom would love it! The sisters there loved to see us, but kept asking when St. John's was getting sisters.... We don't know! I think only 4 or 6 sisters are coming in the next transfer- hopefully that means I won't be training yet! Anyway, we spent the whole day there, and got back a little before 9. It was a good day though! It was fun to see some of the sisters I was in the MTC with!

We have plans to watch a session of general conference with three families so far! Saturday morning we'll watch in the Willis's, an older less active couple, then Sunday morning we'll watch with the Ballard's (she is a recent convert and they are all less active) and Sunday afternoon with Sean and Tatiana and their family (active, but Sean is still an investigator!) I'm super excited, and I really hope everything goes well. I'm planning on bringing coloring pages, and maybe making our own "conference bingo"! The oldest kid at the Ballard's in six, so that should be crazy... but I hope they like it! They've only been to church once in the last two month's I've been here (I've been in AZ two months? when did that happen? I totally missed my two month mark!) They are the ones who have a different reason/excuse for not coming to church each week. You would think they would run out! I think it's just hard to get all the kid's ready, and they are in the habit of not coming. But we're really working with them! I let their six year old draw all over my planner (only the pages I won't use! don't worry Shae!) so the kids love us :)

I forgot to bring my camera with me... so I'll have to give you all the photos next week! You can always go look at the pictures that I have up again!

There is so much I could write about.... but I'll save it for later! We're working long and hard out here! and the members love us! Sister Dewitt (we milked her cow last week) said to us, she knows someone is loving and talking care of her son on his mission, so how can she not love and take care of us? So many people are willing to help us- and they love to feed us! So don't worry Mom- I got my brownie fix in just last night :)

I love you all! Stay safe and happy and close to the Lord! Because all three of those things go hand in hand.

Love, Hailey/ Sister Brown

and I loved hearing about FHE!!! you guys are awesome!!!!!!

From an email to Shaelyn:
So...Sister Hubmann called me Brownie the other day! I love it :) Each person she is with gets a nickname- hers is Hubcap. She changed our signature in a text to the zone leaders to Hupcap&Brownie but they didn't say anything! We have a lot of fun together. I don't want her to leave me at transfers! I told her and the other sisters we are living with when we were talking about it, "Hubmann is my Hub-life." Yeah, I was a little exhausted at that point in time.... but it was funny!
When we were teaching Sean and Tatiana earlier this week, they had Tatiana's daughter Bree with them. She is four and splits her time between mom and dad. We were trying to teach, so I gave her my picture book to distract her but she would point to every picture and say, "What is that?" "Is this Jesus Christ?" She knows exactly who Jesus is in all the pictures and I love it! But she would keep asking continously throughout the lesson. So Sister Hubmann did a lot of it and I did a lot of "yeah, yep, shhh." Afterwards she started playing with my hair, standing on the couch behind me and trying to put it in a ponytail. She went and got a brush and everything! I was trying to talk about enduring to the end and the cycle the gospel principles make, and she's throwing my hair this way and that. It was so funny, and I didn't mind- it was just like with Liddia doing my hair. Good memories!
Also, it has smelled just like home this week. Even walking outside this morning, it reminded me of getting up early to go to high school. Sister Crowther who lives with us is from Clearfield UT, and she thought the exact same thing! It was very unifying :)
These are the kind of things I should write in the big email, but forget! So forward it to Mom and family if you can! I love you! When you get a chance tell me more about the first few months of your mission. when were you transferred, your experiences- I can't remember!
 Love, Hailey

Finally got pictures from Mission Office with President and Sister Sweeney
All of the Missionaries just arriving from the MTC!
Sisters Hubmann, Brown, Crowther, & Rasmussen
Sisters "Hubcap" & "Brownie"