Elder Zachary Brandon Brown
England Leeds Mission
Lister House, Lister Hill
England LS18 5AZ

Monday, January 13, 2014

Email Time!

Haha thanks for the email po Slovensky!  Some parts made me laugh, like in the beginning where everything refers to me in feminine form.  That's Google translator for you though.  Still, it works pretty well.  Thanks for the pictures, it looks like a beautiful place.  I'm glad you could go and do that :) .  I sent your package home this last week, so you'll get that eventually.  I haven't finished the letter yet though.  I like the quote as well, it works really well with the miracles I see every week.

This week has been very busy and full of a lot of great things.  One thing that's required a lot of our time has been the arrangement of F and A's marriage!  After a great deal of translating legal arrangements (rather stressful, as legal terms aren't exactly an ordinary thing and have to be translated very specifically) at appointments that we barely got everyone to on time, we finally arranged things for them to be married on the 25th of this month.  By the time we finished everything, they needed to wait for some documents to come through in the mail to finalize the process.  The estimated time before it would arrive was two weeks, but as we were walking out, F told us that he knew they'd be here before Monday (this was on Wednesday or Thursday).  The papers arrived Saturday.  I have no doubt that it was thanks to his immense faith that his prayers were answered and that they arrived so quickly.  A miracle?  For sure.  This wasn't even the only miracle he told us about from this week alone!  His daughter was pretty sick one night, and so he prayed for her to get better before he went to bed.  You guessed it: she was 100% healthy by morning!

     Another wonderful thing that's been going on this week has been with A.  After the Allens brought her some Ovaltine to try in replacement of coffee, she completely gave coffee up!  She passed her baptismal interview on Saturday, and will be baptized this coming Saturday.  It's really exciting because she's been progressing so well over the last couple months.  She's been steadily decreasing how much coffee she's been drinking all the way up until she found something to completely replace it.  She's also been very diligently reading from the Book of Mormon every day, to the point where her 5 year old girl brings the book to her, wanting to read it together.  The little girl doesn't really even understand Slovak that well (let alone gospel terms), her first language being gypsy, but she still recognizes the value of it thanks to her mother's strong example.  Parents have a powerful effect on the lives of their children, every single family here confirms that to me.

That's all I have time for this week, but I can't wait to report on the baptism next week!

Love you very much,
Elder Brown

Quote Zach was referring to:
"When we begin to catch glimpses of who we really are, we can then begin to see the miracles that God can perform through us.  There are people who need to be loved, to be served, to be taught, to be mended, to be healed.  We are His hands here on earth, and our greatest joy is to be found when we are actively engaged in a good cause and furthering His work and purposes."

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