Friday, December 31, 2010

From Jordan

Another great letter from our very own Elder Brown:

ola,

Preparation day is such a bitter, sweet time for me now! Because before I write my letter to you all I pray to know what to say and I feel closer to you all when I do. Also I re-read all your letters again and think about all of you a little more today than the other days of the week. I think the Lord knows that it would be definitely hard if I could write you everyday. It would be really hard to focus on what the Lord needs me to do that day. The Big Guy's got it all figured out! (ha ha). So Christmas in the MTC! Wow, it was awesome. We had 3 devotionals and the students who prepare our food really cooked with heavenly pots and pans that day because the food was exceptionally good on Christmas, or maybe the Lord blessed my taste buds, I hear that he does that sometimes ha. The devotionals were fantastic. I really messed up though, the first meeting of the day was the MTC Talent Show and we are never allowed to bring our cameras to devotionals but I guess I didn't get the memo because it seemed like everyone knew for this event they could bring them. So I missed such a great chance to record some of the great talent there is here at the MTC. So many great singers, so many great pianists, and people who play other instruments. They were blessed with these talents and they worked hard to develop them. They were all incredible. You know how sometimes like in middle school talent shows they put in someone who can't do whatever they are doing really well, but just need a friend so they put them in the talent show so hopefully people like them after ha. This was not like that at all, they all were really, really good. One of the missionaries I met here, Elder Bush, played the piano in the talent show and he blew us away. He and his companion could both play and they did some funny and exciting things while playing. Then after that devotional we had another after lunch. It was more serious and the Spirit was there for sure. When there was about 5 minutes before it was to start everyone stood up and I didn't understand what was happening but I did soon after. Elder Russell M. Nelson came to speak to me, I say me because I felt like throughout his talk, me and him were having a one on one conversation. I have been so lucky to have had 2 apostles come and speak at the MTC. He spoke about the Savior and his birth. He knows so much about the gospel! Something interesting I learned was the meaning of Bethlehem is, "City of Bread," then Elder Nelson said, " .. the bread of life was born in the city of bread.." It amazes me how powerful and vast the Apostles testimonies and knowledge of the gospel is and also how close they are to the Savior. Sometime I feel like I'm getting closer and doing better at coming closer to Jesus and then an Apostle comes and I realize how far I need to go. "He didn't say it would be easy, he just says it will be worth it." We can all get as close to our Savior as an Apostle if we really focus on what we want, and if what we want is to follow Jesus Christ and build a better relationship with him. We can't help but be obedient if we want that and through obedience, patience, and diligence we can come closer to our Elder Brother. Later Christmas evening we watched two actors act out the Christmas Carol. I really enjoyed that. Christmas in the MTC was great, I was lucky to be here when I was!

The rest of the week was fun as well, lots of learning and speaking the language and it is coming along. I can say almost everything I want to, but I really need to work on knowing more verbs and speaking fluently, now that's the tricky part! But it will come! Other then that he is doing great!
Before I end and you think I'm an ungrateful missionary I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of the presents and cards! They mean so much to me and I love them all, especially the gift from josh and ash, the tie with the little girls on it. I wore it and everyone was saying things about it and I would just smile. Thank-you again and I love you all. I am grateful to have an amazing family and friends behind me supporting me on my mission. There is an Elder in my district who doesn't get much mail or packages from anyone and I really could not imagine what that is like because you all give so much to me! I am definitely spoiled out here, thank you all again and I hope you had a great Christmas! I will see you in one more!

Elder Brown

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Paisley Sayings

Paisley just told Josh:

"don't touch my stuff Daddy."

"Whatever Daddy!" (with a hand up)


Heaven help us when she becomes a teenager! Yikes!

Monday, December 27, 2010

More Christmas Pics...





Paisley with her very first nylon stocking. (Josh's family's tradition:)







We really did have such a fun Christmas. Paisley is soooo spoiled, she got tired of opening presents after a while. Plus she wanted to open and play with everything after she opened it. It took a while, but we eventually got through all of them and her room in now packed full of fun toys/games!
We also had fun baking cookies for Santa and we even left a nice little carrot for Rudolph!
Christmas night, we were wiped out from all the festivities, Paisley fell asleep on the way home before 6 and I was in bed by 7:30....we didn't get up till 9 am the next morning! Best night sleep in a long time!
Hope you all had a fun, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

This pretty much sums up how fun our Christmas was!

Paisley when she first saw all the presents...she was excited to say the least!

We had a great time with family, visiting, eating way too much food and opening presents!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Letter from Jordan

We got a great letter from Jordan this Christmas Eve.
Check it out by clicking on his name to the right!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Love to See the Temple...

We were here last night to walk Temple Square and check out all the pretty lights and life size nativity. I was so excited since this was my first time, in person.
It was beautiful! In the front of the temple they had sheep and shepherds on both sides and then in the front in the reflection pond they had Mary, Joseph and Jesus with floating lights! I loved it!


When I got Paisley out of bed from her nap this afternoon. She looked at me and told me "I want to get married in the temple." I was in shock. She is so sweet and innocent and I hope she stays that way even if its just a bit and will some day be married to her sweetheart for time and all eternity! Love that girl!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Santa, Take 2

We had our ward party last night and it was really nice, with great food and a fun singing program. After all the entertainment, they had Santa of course.
I was following Paisley and she walked on the stage at the exact moment they opened the curtain for the Special Visitor.
I didn't know what she would do, I thought she would be scared and not want to see him. She turned around and realized why everyone was clapping and cheering, not for her obviously. :)
She walked straight over to him and put her arms up. He picked her up and she sat on his lap, no problem!


She wanted to share her candy with him...

And then he gave her the treat bag.

I was kind of glad she happened to walk on stage when she did because then we didn't have to wait forever in the long line.

When we headed to the car I asked her what she wanted from Santa this year and all she said was candy! Guess we can return all the things we've gotten her so far for bags and bags of goodies!? :)

Week 5 Update from Jordan

(Weekly updates on His Mission blog as well, if you click on his name under his pic.)

Ola Family,


Family, it's been 5 weeks now! The sisters in our district wanted to have a 5 week anniversary party this week. It surprises me to think I have been out on my mission for 5 weeks already. Every P-day I start looking forward to what I need to do on the upcoming Sunday and on that Sunday I start to think about the devotional on Tuesday night and after that I begin to think about the Training Resource Center where we practice with investigators. Then P-day comes around again! The Portuguese is coming along, they say a lot of missionaries once they have hit a certain point plateau and don't progress very much for the rest of their stay in the MTC. I need to work harder because they say the ones that don't fade off sky rocket and learn so much more and can speak a lot better. It's time to really put in extra effort! One of our teachers yesterday asked us , "Why are you on a mission?" The point he was making was we need to work hard everyday at everything we do. He read to us in Abraham 3:22-23. He told us we are the "Noble and Great Ones." We have a great responsibility because we have the gospel. Heavenly Father sent us to our families with the gospel because we were valiant in defending and supporting the plan He presented in Heaven. When our older brother stood up and said, "Send me," we fought for him and defended him and knew he would accomplish the Atonement for each one of us! I have been richly blessed to live in the family I do and be able to have had all the experiences that I have had. With this great blessing there comes an even greater responsibility. I have to come through, the way I see it I don't have any other choice.

Elder Jones, my companion, this week has had some health problems and the doctor at the MTC has referred him to a doctor outside of the MTC. So I guess it is pretty serious. I hope he gets better or they can make him better. So as you know an Elder can't go alone so I get to go with him to the doctors office and my goal may be a little big but I think I can do it, it is to place a copy of the Book of Mormon! I'm already nervous which is pretty sad because it's in English, try it in Portuguese! But I won't let fear stop me. I really want to do this and I will do my best to accomplish my goal. Besides Elder Jones having some health problems I found out he has let some of the other elders shave him ha-ha. It was pretty funny but also really really nojento (gross)! I'll make sure to send some pictures of the craziness to you all, I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on this one.

Know that I am working hard in here and will work harder. I have talked to Elders from Brazil and they tell me some great things about the people, the food, the gospel, and missionary work there. They tell me Salvador is really hot but the people are just laid-back kind-hearted people. Who speak slow, yay! ha. One of the Elders I talked to his last name is Salvador so it a good sign. From what I've seen from the people I have met and what I have learned about Brazil, Brazilians are amazing people!

p.s. I had my haircut and the girl who cut my hair has relatives who live in Oak Harbor and have the last name Barney. That is funny huh?! And to make it better her old college roommate married Nate Lemme! Small world!

I got the memory cards mom. Thank you for them I will make sure to take more pictures. I got your package today also thank you for the Christmas presents and all the candy. I really love you and appreciate you for all you do for me out here! Tell Tammy and Gary thank you for sending me a package too, that was really, really kind of them! And the last day to send packages before Christmas is the 22nd.

Remember who this holiday is named after. I love my Savior (Salvador) Jesus Cristo muito. I know that (eu sei que) ele vive ( he lives). I love this gospel with all my heart and if I was anywhere but here I would be missing out on an amazing experience. em nome de Jesus Cristo, meu Salvador e Redentor amem.

Elder Brown

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Pillow

I have never given Paisley a pillow in her crib for fear of her suffocating. I didn't know if she needed one or when toddlers should usually start using one?
But since we will transfer her to a "big girl" bed sometime this week, I thought she could use a pillow.
I bought one and gave it to her to sleep with 2 days ago I think, and her naps ever since have been well over 2 1/2 hours!
Had I known that, she would have had a pillow months ago!:)
She would usually sleep for about 2 hours or so, but they have been even better with that little $2.50 cloud of sweet quiet time!
Love it! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Little...

Lunch Lady!!!




My Grandma sent Paisley this wig for dress up! I think its hilarious and she totally looks like a lunch lady!
(Reminds me of Adam Sandler's lunch lady song! )

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Lights

I took Paisley downtown last night(not Salt Lake, but hopefully we'll do that this week!) to check out the Christmas lights and decorated booths.
It was pretty cold, but we had fun. Paisley Loved running around!

I Love Nutcrackers, so this was my fav! (sorry for the glare, I'm no pro.)



I tried to get her to stand in line for Santa, but couldn't manage it....maybe next time!

p.s. Notice the "blankie" in some of the pics! That thing goes everywhere with us. And despite me trying to talk her into leaving it in the car, that she could have it when we were done, she wanted to bring it. I'd say about 5 minutes into walking around...she looks at me and says "Mommy hold it" Man she is bossy! So I walked around looking like I was the one who needed a "blankie". :) Luckily it did help keep my hands warm since I didn't wear gloves.
She is something else! And I guess we love her for that. :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Santa...

Paisley wasn't too sure about Santa again this year. But like last year there was no crying, she just didn't want to sit for long

Maybe she was embarassed that her skirt came up?...who knows.

She did love the candy though.

I think we'll try another Santa or two. She loves fake Santa's (pictures, figurines, etc.) and Santa's on TV....one day she'll like him, maybe when she understands more of what he does!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Reading...again

I found Paisley on our bed the other day with a stack of books "reading".



And then she pretended to sleep...I love that she loves to read, I hope she is super smart!

Christmas Tree

Paisley has been asking for a tree for a while now, so yesterday we finally got one. I wanted to go to a tree farm and cut one, since that's what I did growing up. But I wasn't a fan of the prices (maybe next year). So we decided to go and pick one out from Wal Mart!(it was either there or a parking lot, we needed some other Christmas things so Wal Mart won) :) They were all wrapped up so Josh just grabbed one. They were all the same size, I wasn't wanting a super big tree since we're only in an apartment but it fits and Paisley is happy to see it every time she wakes up or whenever we come home.

I should probably put more ribbon on it, but don't feel like going to the store right now.



Paisley putting her ornaments on!

Don't hate on my car...she's been with us since we've been married and has gone through a lot with us. Here is our first time strapping a tree to her. Don't mind the dirt, the snow can really get things dirty, she can clean up nice! ;)


Paisley had fun playing in the mini trees...

And here she is telling me her favorite thing...No! Isn't she sweet!?

(Amanda isn't a fan of pics of B. online, but she was too cute with this wig on not too share! She is a such a happy, easy baby and is fun to play with.)