Last Dinner Appointment with the Neilson Family- July 2, 2012


Where Did the Time Go?

Aug 22, 2012

Hey Family,
This letter will be short again! Basically, we've been busy! We've been able to build our teaching pool to a decent size to keep us busy and on our toes. I've really enjoyed working with Elder Horgmo, he's a little fire ball full of energy. He has one of the biggest testimonies though! He's been out for about 10 months, and i think our success has come from hard work and unity.
We've been struggling to get investigators to church. I'm not sure what we're doing wrong! We've involved more members that ever in all of our appointments, and so i'm not sure what the deal is. Right now we have two dates for baptism, Mike and Harvey. We had a super super spiritual lesson with Mike last Monday night. We brought our best joint teacher- Brother Dixen. It paid off! They were able to relate and open up with each other. Tanner are you reading this? Get ready to be a match maker! I'm serious, you're going to have to be able to put similar personalities together and introduce strangers. It's a lot of fun, and lately we've been praying on what joint teachers we should bring. The Lord always gives us an answer on who's the right fit. We committed Mike to be baptized on September 9th- it will be pushed back. He's been reading in the Book of Mormon and he's officially a book worm! We'll be teaching him again.
Harvey Is doing alright, but he didn't come to church which was a dagger to the heart (since he promised). However, last night we talked to him about commandments, mainly Church and baptism. He recognizes he's been blessed temporally from the Lord. Harvey made the comment that since he's been taking the missionary discussions the Lord has watched over him. We have one barrier with him though, his wife is a Jehovah Witness,yikes!
We had the opportunity to travel to Barron, Wisconsin last Thursday. Yep and it lived up to the name "barren". Dang i can't believe they have a ward up in the middle of no where! I thought St Anthony was a ghost town. The reason for the trip was Keyanne (Barron's elders investigator) had to have an interview by one of us. Baptismal interviews are always a spiritual experience. It's clearer than day- you can see the light of Christ that's in their eyes.The Barron Elders have been struggling as far as numbers. It was cool to help them and see a few miracles in the day. Exchanges always help missionaries refocus and boost their self confidence. Every area has potential. It just depends on the missionaries!
I hope Julia is doing ok! Also how was Carly's wedding? i bet it was marvelous.
As a Zone we're having a zone p-day next week, and so my email might be short again. We'll be housing 4 other missionaries next Monday night. The last couple of p-days we've just been playing the piano at the church and basketball. It's been really fun, and that's really all we can do as missionaries without breaking rules!
Stay safe and i love you all so much!
Elder Browning

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