Well, today isn’t actually P-Day. President
moved it to Thursday so we can chat with you on Thanksgiving. I thought I would just send this to let you
know I’m alive and well and might not get back to you today; I will on Thursday.
I felt pretty sick early this week so we took it pretty easy on Tuesday
and Wednesday. I had a sore throat and
Manning was coughing pretty rough as well. We met with Augustin on Wednesday and Friday. The Friday lesson went real well; Wednesday we
taught the Plan of Salvation. Augustin
got really off-track, talking about aliens and all kinds of stuff, but it was
alright. He thought we were nuts for not
watching TV and phoning our families as missionaries. He was so concerned about it that he offered
me money, thinking I didn’t have enough to call you guys – Haha! He is a funny dude. The end of the week went a little better...
Here is my birthday breakdown ‘cause mom wants to know!
We were on exchanges with some Elders in our zone, so I woke up and make
a huge ol' stack of pancakes for us. Our
hot water went out so I didn’t get to shower . . . We went to lunch at the
Lactobar.It’s a retro-burger place that’s
pretty bomb. I had bruschetta and a fat
cheeseburger - Thanks Grandma Flo!We
later taught Augustin which went real well. He called and said "before we
talk about the church, I need to speak to you alone."I didn’t know what to expect, but he just
hooked me up for my birthday! He got me
a men’s smell good kit.Some cologne,
shampoo and deodorant.He is dope.The lesson went real well and he made it to
church on Sunday as well. We then worked
on zone finances and had choir practice. It was a good day!
I hope you all had a good week and celebrated Moms Birthday! I wish I could've been there but I won’t miss
it next year!
I’m going to start with the conference we had this week. Our entire zone went to Bucuresti this week
for a combined three zone conference. We
had a guest speaker, Elder Patrick Kearon of the Seventy. He is a cool guy from England. A convert to the church, he had some good
input on missionary work from an investigator point of view. It took him two years of receiving lessons
before accepting baptism. Pretty cool
guy!His quotes: "you utterly bursted my
bubble,” "I love the joy of your ringtone," "that was cracking" and
"rubbish" multiple times. We
met with him first as zones, then the next day as mission leaders where he wasn’t
as much fun, but said some good stuff. We
flew back Friday night to Oradea.
As for our boy Augustin? He is
good!We had a two hour (way too long)
lesson with him on Saturday and talked about authority and the importance of
baptism. He had all kinds of questions
and was super stoked when he found out that we have a living Prophet and Apostles.
With all his questions it took us
forever to get through the lesson. By
the end he said "I wanna be Mormon" and accepted baptism. We haven’t set a date for him yet, but I’m
sure that will follow soon. He just
wants to be more prepared before picking a day. We meet with him again on Wednesday.
Not much else is going on right now. We don’t have plans for my birthday yet, but will
probably go out to dinner and stuff. There
is a place here that serves really good red velvet cake, so that is pretty much
what I’m stoked for most.
Glad to say we’re actually teaching someone right now. The guy just turned-up out of nowhere and he
is pretty sweet!The Sisters met him and
gave me his number. I called him that
day and we talked and he said that after the call he prayed for a sign to know
if we were legit or not. Well not even
an hour later, we were walking and I said to Manning "hey lets go this way
and see if anyone wants some English cards."The first guy I talked to looked at me weird
and says "are you Mr. Brown from the phone?" I said, uh, maybe? Haha – Turns-out it was the same guy and he
accepted that as his sign from God.We
had a pretty cool first lesson and he seems to be perfect as of now.I’ll keep y'alls updated. Augustin is his name so please send prayers
We are doing a weekly game night and this week we had the treats. I decided to pull the old Craig Morrison trick
and mix some dog treats into the situation. I got a bowl of regular mixed snacks and
trail mix and tossed in a few dog treats. Before you know it, I have two Romanian gals
eating them and they didn't even notice!I
lost it laughing! Haha - Then a Sister
missionary ate one and realized.Luckily
nobody got mad and I had a pretty good laugh. But, I’m waiting for it to come back and ‘bite’
Dad asked me to let you know about the ZL administrative side of things. Other than doing zone finances, refunding
everyone on planet earth and working out missionary's accounting errors, it’s
not that bad. We collect numbers from
the four District Leaders in the zone (easier said than done) and then report
them to Presidents Assistants. We also
have a Sunday night conference call with President Ivory where we report all
the people that are being worked with in the zone and go over numbers and
stuff.This week we had to do everyone’s
travel plans to get down to Bucuresti for a mission conference. Getting everyone trains to-and-fro, it’s been
a little hectic lately.I’m ready to be
a District Leader again, or better yet just a normal missionary - Haha! Love and miss you ‘ya!
I’ll be staying here in Oradea for another transfer which sounds pretty
good to me! We went to Bucuresti to drop
off the Italian and pick up my new companion. Baielli will be finishing his mission in
Ploiesti of all places. My new guy is Elder Manning, from Fruit Heights. He is my age and went to Davis. We don’t know each other or any of the same
people. He’s a pretty chill kid and I
think it will go well.
We are still working on finding peeps . . . I feel like that’s been my
standard email for a while.We did visit another
less active member this week. He’s a 22
year old kid and his 14 year old sister. Apparently the oldest brother was the first to
be baptized and then left for Hungary.Since
then, the other two have struggled to make it to church. It was really awkward at first and probably
the weirdest start to a lesson I have ever had, but we basically got the point
across and I changed the subject to school and things to do here in Oradea. We talked about soccer and stuff and that
opened them up a little bit. It’s been a
while since I've been the Senior Comp, so I kind of forgot how it feels to carry
We tried to carve pumpkins for Halloween but it turns-out that you can’t
find pumpkins in Romania, so we just hung out with some English students, played
games and ate crap food! It was alright;
the 31st didn’t feel like Halloween at all.On the first of November we went to the cemetery in Oradea for their
"day of the dead" which was pretty cool. The place is freaking giant
and almost every grave was lit up with candles and stuff! It was incredible how many people showed up.
Anyway, I love and miss you guys! Talk to you soon!