Oct 31, 2011
I can't believe Tanner is going to Russia, I'm so excited and thrilled to here this news. He'll be a great missionary. My heart raced has i read Tanner’s well put together letter of his experience opening his mission call. What a great time for the Browning family! Russia is a little more extreme i think than Minnesota! But none the less to my defense anything is foreign when you're raised in Idaho. We're all called to different assignments for the Lord. I know Tanner’s call to Russia is from God. It really brought memories of that day when i opened up my mission call. I was so excited i couldn't even pronounce Minneapolis! Great memories, and that's a great tradition. I realize that i'll be second string when Feb 1st comes when it comes to letters. Haha Jk.
Rochester, Minnesota is doing well! We've been able to teach and pick up 6 new investigators. It's been a great blessing and of course the Lord has a hand in it. I'm grateful we've seen such great progress. The biggest update for Rochester is that Amanda's husband and entire family came to church. It was one of the most amazing sights to see a family of 6 come into the church building. We're super close to set a date with Amanda's husband. He's super cool, he's one of our buddies, and wants to be baptized while both Elder Potter and I are still in Rochester. This will be my first full family coming into the gospel. Another great update, Nathan received the priesthood at church. It will be amazing to see him pass the sacrament at church next week. There has been so much peace and joy in my heart.
We've seen a lot of success this last transfer. We're working with 20+ people and had two baptisms, We've had some pretty powerful first lessons with our new investigators and we had a church tour with one of our investigators. Church tours are great, especially when the investigator is shy or slow to come to church. It's a great way to slowly warm up to the church attendance habit. Rochester 4th ward had a Halloween party where they invited the missionaries to have a marshmallow contest. The goal of the contest was to stuff as many marshmellows in your mouth as possible. It was a lot of fun, and i was able to get 15 marshmallows in my mouth before i started gagging uncontrollably. Elder Potter was able to have 20! He doesn't gag easy though.
Well I gotta go carve pumpkins. Love ya’ll. Happy Halloween!