Tuesday, December 29, 2015

It's Almost 2016...WHAT.

Feliz Navidad to my beloved family and friends! 

I hope your holidays were filled with lots of love, laughter, and sunshine...because it was cold up here!!!! On Christmas it was 22 degrees outside and it hasn't been nearly that warm since. Sunday it was -1 in the morning and warmed up to a whopping 9 degrees by 2pm. Suffice it to say that all the socks and hand warmers that I received for Christmas are being put to good use! 

So, on Christmas Day we opened presents and then went to Skype our families. It was really great getting to see them and talk to them for my first Christmas away from home! Then we went out to look for people. Hermana Lucas said it best, "Logan was a zombie town. Literally, if a zombie apocalypse happened I know exactly what I would look like. Not only because there were no people on the streets but also because the only ones looking for survivors would be missionaries. ". She is so hilarious and so right! Like it was the Walking Dead up in Logan (without the actual zombies of course unless you count the tired parents and children on sugar highs from the days festivities). Of course the only other people we found were the Assistants to our mission president, Elder Pregnolato (he's from Italy) and Elder Lawrence (he's from New Zealand)! Here's a picture of them:

We hadn't eaten yet and there was nothing else to do, so we decided to go eat with them at IHOP. Then we visited a family that Elder Pregnolato used to live with. They were super sweet and talked to us for a long time. For dinner we went to President's house and had a pizza making competition! That was really fun because all of the companionships who are assigned to USU, the Chinese Branch Elders, and us were there. We all were homeless for Christmas dinner so President and Sister Allred decided to adopt us. We ate, played games (Four to a Couch and Beanboozled, the one with the gross jelly beans), sang Christmas carols and then went home. It was an amazing day! Here are some of the pictures we took! 
A bunch of us during Beanboozled!
Elder Maneekam and Hermana Bettey getting all excited for the game.
Hermana Hernandez was tired!

Then, Sunday we had church and Hermana Lucas and I spoke in Sacrament! My talk wasn't very long (I felt really bad because I talked fast because I was nervous and so Hermana Lucas had to take up more time, but it ended up working out because the Bishopric got to bear their testimonies on our topic of setting goals for the new year!) 
So I will post it here in Spanish and English (for those of you who can't read Spanish haha). 

So I've made it the end of my first transfer!! Crazy how time flies. We found out today if we are going to be moved tomorrow and.....I'm staying! I'm super excited that Hermana Lucas and I will be staying together!!! So happy!

So here's my talk!

Fijando Metas Celestiales 

Cada año, después de Navidad, las persona empiezan a pensar sobre las cosas quieran cambiar en el próximo año. Cosas como ir a el gimnasio, dejar de comer dulces, perder peso, ahorrar dinero, cosas así. Conocemos el resultado usual! 

¿Pero qué frecuencia hacemos resoluciones que nos traerá más cerca de nuestro Salvador, cerca del Evangelio, cerca de nuestro Padre Celestial? Y no me refiero solamente ir a la iglesia por una hora, pagar el diezmo pero no de corazón, o simplemente pasar por los mociones, del estudios de las escrituras. Me refiero realmente fijar metas para ayudarnos a alcanzar nuestra salvación. Y no solamente fijando la meta pero también trabajando para lograrlo cada día, no solos en enero y febrero. Élder M. Russell Ballard dijo, "Estoy plenamente convencido de que si no nos fijamos metas en nuestra vida ni aprendemos a dominar las técnicas del vivir para lograr nuestras metas, llegaremos a la vejez y miraremos hacia atrás en la vida y nos daremos cuenta de que habremos logrado tan sólo una pequeña porción de nuestro pleno potencial. Si llegamos a dominar los principios que tienen que ver con el establecimiento de metas, entonces podremos surtir una gran diferencia en los resultados que logremos en esta vida."

Yo sé que soy culpable de no cumplir mis metas de nuevo año y también cosas que quiero lograr en mi vida. Pero algo que e aprendido aquí en mi misión es que la manera que trabajamos reflejan nuestro amor y respeto para nuestro Padre Celestial y Su Plan para nosotros. Debemos fijar metas por medio de oración que son razonable, pero por también sean un desafío para ayudarnos a alcanzar nuestro máximo potencial. Les invito a escribir sus metas y pongan lasa donde las puedan ver cada día. Repasar las a menudo. 

Nuestras metas no deben solamente ayudarnos a regresar a. U estro Oadre en el cielo, pero también para ayudar a otras personas. Predicad Mi Evangelio dice, "La medida fundamental del éxito no reside solamente en lograr metas, sino en el servicio que presta y en El Progreso de los demás." Esto no sólo aplica a los misioneros. Tenemos la responsabilidad a combatir el gozo que tenemos en esto Evangelio con todos de los hijos de Dios. Les invito hoy a orar y escudriñar sobre estas metas que ayudarán acercarse a nuestro Padre Celestial y ayudar otras personas hacen esto también. Se nos an dado las herramientas; La Santa Biblia, El Libro de Mornmon, el sacrificio y Expiación de nuestro Salvador Jesucristo, y esto comunidad de las personas que nos puedan ayudar en el camino; ahora necesitamos usarlas.

Yo sé que por medio de fijando metas celestiales podemos aprender las cosas necesitamos para regresar a nuestro Padre Celestial. Yo sé que Su Plan es perfecto y esta Evangelio puede ayudarnos venir a cerca de nuestro ejemplo perfecto, Jesucristo. Amo esta Evangelio con todo de mí corazón. Y comparto esto en el nombre de nuestro Salvador, Jesucristo. Amen.

Setting Celestial Goals

Every year, after Christmas, people start to think about the things they want to change in the coming year. Things like to the gym, to stop eating sweets, to lose weight, to save more money, and thugs like that. We all know how those really turn out! 

But how often do we make resolutions that will bring us closer to our Savior, closer to the Gospel, closer to our Heavenly Father? And I don't mean just going to church, paying tithing (begrudgingly), or going through the motions of studying the scriptures. I mean truly setting goals to help bring us our salvation. And not only just setting the goal, but working on it everyday, not just in January and February. Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.”

I know that I am a culprit of not following through on my New Year's resolutions and even just the things I want to achieve in my life. But something I've learned here on my mission is that the way in which we work reflects our love and respect for our Heavenly Father and His plan for us. We should pear fully set goals that are achievable, but also challenging to help us reach our full potential. I invite you all to write down your goals a post them where you will see them everyday. Review them often. 

Our goals should not only help us return to our Father in Heaven, but also to help others as well. In Preach My Gospel it says, "The ultimate measure of success is not in achieving goals alone but in the service you render and the progress of others." This not only applies to missionaries, but to every one of us. We have the responsibility to share the joy that we have in this gospel with every one of God's children. I invite you all today to pray and ponder on those goals or New Year's resolutions that will help you come closer to our Father in Heaven and that will help others do so as well. We have been given the tools; the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the sacrifice and Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ, and this community of people who can help us along the way; now we just have to use them. 

I know that through setting celestial goals we can learn the things that we need to return to our Heavenly Father. I know that His plan is perfect and this gospel can help us come closer to our perfect example, Jesus Christ. I love this gospel with all of my heart and I share these things with you in the name of of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 
I invite you to set Celestial or Heaven-focused goals this year as well as the temporal ones (because we know we all still need those too!). I know that if we have Christ at the center of our lives that we can do all things through Him. I have seen miracles that Heavenly Father has blessed my life with in just this short amount of time being on a mission. I know that He loves each and every one of us so incredibly dearly and is waiting for us to turn to Him and ask, "How can I be better? How can I return home?" If we just humble ourselves enough to listen for the answers and them act upon them I know that He will bless us with more than we can ever possibly imagine. 

I am so grateful for this mission, the opportunity to meet so many amazing people, to grow as a beloved daughter of God, and to share it all with you! Thank for your continued love and support for me and this important work that I am doing. It truly is God's work!


Happy New Year and Much Love!

Hermana Brown
Utah Logan Mission
179 E 800 N
Logan, UT 84321

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Blizzard!

Hello family and friends!

Well, first of all, Merry Christmas! I won't be able to write again until after Christmas so I just thought I'd get it out of the way! We have been getting TONS of snow up here and it's absolutely CRAZY. Here is a picture I took this morning of snow just from last night!
It's so pretty, but really obnoxious when you have to shovel it all!

We had a really cool program in one of our stakes called Celebration of Christ. People in the stake and other churches from the area donated their nativity sets and there were thousands! It was so cool to see all the different types of Nativities from around the world. They also had a live nativity with cries from the stake outside (yes in the snow) and they had and camel and a donkey! It was so cool! Obviously I had to get pictures with them. 
Too precious!

Crazy, right!?

Anyway, I pray that you all have a wonderful Christmas and that we all remember the true reason that we celebrate, Jesus Christ!

Thank you to all those who sent me Christmas cards, presents, and packages! I am so grateful and will try to get personal notes out to all of you! 
I love you all and pray for you everyday!

Have a wonderful Christmas with warm hot chocolate and lots of laughs with family!

Love always,

Hermana Brown
Utah Logan Mission
179 E 800 N
Logan, UT 84321

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

More and More Snow!

Hola mi familia!

So last Tuesday our investigator Edwin and his wife Esteffany had their baby girl! Her name is Sophie and she is adorable. Unfortunately, due to some complications, we won't be able to meet with them for about a month! Hopefully, Edwin will still have a desire to get baptized then and hopefully we will still be here!

Christmas is coming up so soon and I'm so excited! We had our Ward Christmas Party on Saturday and it was really fun! We took pictures of the members and made fun props for a photo booth that we set up!  Here is a picture of our Ward Mission Leader, Alex, and his wife, Rakelle! 


They're adorable!

I hope you all have visited Christmas.mormon.orgI really encourage you to look at the website, watch the videos, share them and all of the pictures on social media! That sign that Alex and Rakelle are holding is from the website. You can share pictures of yourselves with "he was born so that I..." And I would LOVE to see them! Let us all remember the reason why we celebrate this season!  

Here is a picture of the snow from last night! 

And last, but not least I have to do a shameless plug for my aunt's new business! If you are gluten free or on a paleo diet or you just like granola then you need to visit drmaryskitchen.com! It's DELICIOUS.

I love you all and I'm so blessed to have you all in my life! Have a wonderful week!!!

Love always,
Hermana Brown

Sent from my iPad

Monday, December 14, 2015


Howdy all!

It's P-day again and I'm so excited to share some exciting things with you! 

Wednesday, we had our Christmas Program where all of the missionaries in the entire Utah Logan Mission got together and listened to musical numbers and heard from our Mission President and his wife. It was so fun and really got me excited for Christmas! We also got our car!!! It has been such a blessing to have the car now because since we are covering a Spanish ward we cover 7 different stakes which makes the area that we cover humongous! Now that we have a car we can reach people it would've taken much longer to find. That night we had dinner at the Zamora's home, a family from our ward and guess what! I ate cow head and cow tongue!  Yes, you read that correctly. I am officially out of my comfort zone people. Hermana Lucas laughed at me when I told her that I was going to write it in my journal and my weekly email, "I feel like all American missionaries write that in their journals," yep she's got that right!  Here is a picture of my "family" that we took at the Christmas Program. 

Top: Hermana Lucas (our mom & my current companion)
Middle: Sister Gaastra, Hermana Bettey, Sister Petersen, and Me (Hna. Lucas's daughters aka people she's trained)
Botton: Sister Burt & Sister Martin (both are Sister Gaastra's daughters/trainees)

Aren't we adorable?!​

Thursday was a day of learning to be patient and trust in Heavenly Father completely. Especially when it comes to following the Spirit and being comfortable with the language! The scripture of the day for me was Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthenth me" I've always loved that scripture, but I never really realized that when it says "through Christ" it literally means you cannot do anything without the help of our Savior. I am learning to ask my Father in heaven for help and He always sends me to the scriptures, to church, and most often to our Savior. Christ knows everything we have ever gone through and ever will go through. I am so grateful for someone I can go to who understands me perfectly. 

The rest of the week was full of lessons and tracting! One of our investigators and his wife had their baby today!!! We got them a little gift a dropped it off the other day in anticipation of this day! I'm so excited for them and I hope that he can now see how this gospel can bless his new little family!

Here is a picture of the view from our mission President's house; the mountains are gorgeous with the snow on them!

Just Kidding!!

Hello from the cold Cache Valley!

So, last time I emailed I said that my P-day would be on Mondays. Well...I lied! I didn't know that my P-day would actually be on Tuesdays, so sorry if you all were anxiously awaiting my email yesterday! I am finally in Utah! It is pretty cold up here, but the mountains are BEAUTIFUL. The first day we got here we went to meet the mission president and his wife, who are so incredibly sweet and funny! We met them at the temple and we took some pictures. The Logan temple looks like a castle, doesn't it?! 
 It's absolutely gorgeous. Then we went a did some other things, I was running on about 2 hours of sleep from dropping off my companions that morning and having to be up super early for my train ride. So when we went to bed I crashed! We got to stay at President and Sister Allred's house which was also beautiful! 

The next day I got my iPad and my companion! Hermana Lucas is AMAZING. And she's from Texas!!! She was born in Mexico, but raised in McAllen, TX! She and I are so alike and we get along so well! She has been out on her mission for 15 months. She is super funny and really hard working. 

We went to a baptism on Saturday and afterward we went to Chick-fil-a for dinner. We realized we would have to walk back 2.6 miles to our apartment in the dark and the cold. As we were walking out of the restaurant to leave, this couple with three boys offered to give us a ride! Turned out that both of them had served missions and our house was on their way home. Heavenly Father really knows us and takes care of us! Our dinner appointments on Sunday fell through and we didn't have much to eat at the apartment. We went out tracting later and were looking for a previous investigator. We went to his address and there was a family there who were members of the church! The sister asked if we had eaten and we sheepishly said kind of. She made us soup, and toast, and gave us cookies when we left! They also invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner. They were so kind to us and we had just barely met! It is absolutely incredible to me that Heavenly Father really does take care of His missionary soldiers. 

In case you didn't get it last time here is my new address:
Hermana Katelyn Hamill Brown
179 East 800 North
Logan UT 84321

I miss you all dearly, but I am so blessed to be here in this wonderful mission. I am out here helping other people learn about Christ. That there is hope in the world despite all of the horrible things that go on. That there is someone who loves and cares about us regardless of anything that has happened, is happening, and will ever happen. That Heavenly Father wants us to all to return to live with Him in heaven and He has prepared a way for us to do just that. 

I would love to hear from you all whether it be letters or emails! Thank you for all of your support. I pray for all of you every day that you may know my love for you and Heavenly Father's love for you.

Love always,
Hermana Brown

The Beginning is Near

So this is it! 

My last email from the MTC! Weird right?! The next time I will be emailing from somewhere within my mission boundaries! Also, just as a note my P-days will from now on be on Mondays, NOT Saturdays. I am so incredibly excited to get out there and preach the word of God!

This MTC experience has been so great!  Some of my favorite memories include bearing my testimony on being a convert during our first devotional, the mysterious sock troll who put my roommate's socks in the trash, Pizza fridays, playing "if, then" with our elders, getting packages and letters from you wonderful people, going to choir every Tuesday and Sunday night, hilarious fake proposal stories with my roommates, getting a priesthood blessing of comfort, seeing it snow FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER (yes I meant for you to make that Frozen reference), receiving mind-blowing revelation from Heavenly Father, playing four square during gym, getting Chick-fil-a for dinner last Monday night, getting to hear an apostle of the Lord speak to us, and, for an added bonus, having all 4 of our "investigators" accept the invitation to be baptized!!! This has been a crazy, emotional journey, but I am so grateful for the time I got to spend and the things I was able to learn here in the MTC. 

Hermana Pierce got a letter from her best friend this past week and it had some advice in it that I loved. It said: "My new favorite word is "blesson." It means to look for the blessing in the lesson you had to receive and in the challenges you must face." It is definitely become a goal of mine to see the blessings in my life. I encourage you to look for them too!

Here is my New Address!!!!
Hermana Katelyn Hamill Brown
179 East 800 North
Logan UT 84321

You can send letters and packages here!
Praying for you always!

Love Always,
Hermana Brown

picture #1-the gorgeous mountains
picture #2-my district and one of our teachers Hermana Zakimi