January 7, 2015
What a wonderful week we had. The snow is falling, with no sign of it letting up, but that has not dampened our determination! We were able to have a wonderful miracle this last week, it was one of those times that makes your mission worth all of the bad days, discouragement, and disappointments.
This all happened on fast Sunday. We have been praying for a miracle to happen, but not just praying for one, we have been putting our whole might, mind, and strength into receiving a blessing from above. Funny how Heavenly Father works... During fast and testimony meeting, a member got up, that neither of us recognized, but she was telling a story how she met an exchange student from Brazil and that she was at church. Of course us being missionaries, this perked up our attention, as we tried to scan the whole chapel to find this Brazilian. During Sunday school we were able to talk to her, set up an appointment with her that night, and teach her a little bit about the Book of Mormon. She seemed very excited, which made me want to run to the lesson that we had scheduled with her that night.
We showed up at her house, which is family that are members who she is living with, and the lesson went just as planned. She had a list, literally a whole list, of questions that she wanted answered. All of the questions were naturally answered through what we taught that night, the Restoration. The spirit was in that room. As Elder Kelly described to her what Joseph Smith saw, she began to become very happy, and even had tears come to her eyes. She said about the first vision: "I can't describe to you what I felt when you said those words... It was just... Beautiful!" Right there we invited her to be baptized, she accepted with vigor, as she wants to follow her Saviour the best she can. She said the closing prayer, you know how in 3rd Nephi 17:15 it talks about how they couldn't right down what Christ said in his prayer? Well, this is what happened. It was the most sincere, prepared, honest prayer that I have heard in a long time. Tears even came to my eyes as we knelt in that small room, knowing that God does not, and never will, cease being a God of miracles.
After that lesson, we were buzzing. I was on cloud nine. We will be having the baptism on the 31st of January. This has been an answer to our prayers as a companionship, to see a miracle. I am so grateful that I was able to be apart of this experience.
I am sorry for the late email, but this is the only time I got to shoot a quick one off. It was a great week. I love you all and thank you for the support you give me.
Hurrah For Israel,Elder Browning III
Look who I got to see!
(Carly & Ryan Cook. Carly is Elder Browning's cousin!)