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

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Super Amazing Week!

Hello mom and dad :) 

This week was super amazing!  A got baptized, but we also had a surprise baptism in the form of Pres. D's son, J.  He turned 8 on Friday, and E. Stulen and I had happened to stop by on that day in time to answer his question whether he could be baptized this Saturday as well.  I answered that he could if he passed his interview, which he did, and it turned out to be a big miracle for Pres. D, who then bore his testimony on Sunday that he had needed something to boost him up this week because it had been especially trying with many people talking bad about the church.  He said that being able to baptize his son was an answer to his prayers and gave him the spiritual upliftment that he needed.  

On Sunday we had a couple miracles, one of which that L came with us to church.  We've been working with him for a long time, and he's just never made it to church, but on Saturday we had a great lesson and rescheduled him for baptism, and then he took us to church with him in his car.  Ace!  Also, T and H came again, and they're looking to be married as soon as they can.  They said they don't really want to bother with a big celebration, but just want to have their wedding so they can quit living together out of wedlock.  Not only did they come, though, but they came by car with another one of our investigators, Ir, who is related to them.  It was his first time, and he said after that he'll come every week he has the opportunity.

Yesterday had perhaps the biggest miracle yet, which was in a lesson at M and M's house.  D, M and M's 16-year-old daughter, made her way to church without the rest of her family, who were sick, coming by bus where she usually is able to go by car with her dad.  That showed a ton of commitment, and we felt that she was ready in every possible way to accept a baptismal date to be baptized before her mother, even though she's been waiting on her the whole time we've been teaching the family.  When we went by on Monday to see them, her father wasn't home, so we couldn't go in the house.  I asked if her uncle, F, was home next door, and she said he wasn't, but we tried by because I felt like we should, and found him there with M with a group of other guys in the backyard.  All of the men were drinking, but M and F were not (Milan was even sat like 10 feet away from the table).  We went back to the house and had a fun Family Home Evening with a scripture chase activity, and in the end I felt impressed to invite D to be baptized on the 16th of this month.  She shocked both E. Stulen and I by saying yes without hesitation, and we were honestly stunned.  She's always told us in the past that she'll wait for her mother, but something has changed and we're ecstatic.  That was definitely the happiest moment of the week.

I tried a new Slovak dish yesterday called zemiakove pirohy, which is a bit like ravioli, but filled with potatoes and topped with bacon and sauce.  It's probably my new favorite Slovak food.

Love you lots!
Elder Brown

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