The weeks seem to be flying by. It hasn’t helped much trying to get Christmas ready and sent so early! I hadn’t realized how time consuming it would be to order everything, get it here, wrap it and send it back out. Besides the fact that we decided to do the 12 days of Christmas for chance. That meant we had to get everything here early and send it out by the first week of December to make sure he had everything. It had been a busy couple of weeks, but everything has been shipped and he will start unwrapping presents day by day today!  I can’t wait to hear how he felt about each present. I hope he enjoys our fun little gift as much as we did!

On the first day of Christmas….

Purchased on Etsy from McQueen Woodcrafts. I would definitely recommend!  It was so tiny and such great quality!  It fit in my hand and the case has a lid so it can be stored easily.

On the second day of Christmas…

Each candy had a religious Christmas story to go with it!  I have them all saved if anyone is interested for next year.

I also ordered these ties off of Etsy through a couple different shops. 

Thanks to some wonderful ladies who made a couple missionaries happy with all their homemade candies!

So you have no regrets!  Oops!  I cute it off :). Maybe he will figure out what it was suppose to say!

We thought it would be nice for chance to work on his talent of drawing when he had some time so we sent him some supplies. I also found this cute stationary on Etsy. The shop is called PartiesR4Fun.  

I think every missionary should have some BOM socks!  Check them out!  They have their own site but I actually found them first through the lds bookstore. 

This is a little fun hands on kit to teach kids the plan of salvation. I also found this at ldsbookstore.com

The shirts were designed by Danny and Jamie beard!  They also made the towels for me. They do amazing work!!all of these last few items are for him to open Christmas Day!

Here is what he opened to begin with. Here are just a few of the presents after they were all wrapped. I’m so excited to get this thing going!  It took a bit of time putting everything together but it was oh so worth it!  Merry Christmas elder Brown!

Her is his letter for the week:

Hey yall! This was such a good week!  Tuesday was a rough day. We only had one lesson follow through and it was to a lady and her husband who had left the church.

Wednesday we were knocking and we knocked into this lady named “A”. She has had a really tough life. We went back that night to have a lesson with her husband and we taught him the restoration. They invited us back to have a lesson with their whole family this Thursday so hopefully that goes well! Then we had a lesson with our investigator “M”.  She has had zero religion in her life but the lesson went really well and and she was really receptive. she was really interested and is excited to read the Book of Mormon.

Saturday was so cool! we went to Lubbock and met as a whole mission. The spirit in a room is so strong with 200 missionaries. Elder Rasband from the quorum of the 12 came to talk! Before he did he had us come shake his hand. The spirit you feel when you shake an apostle of the lords hand is so crazy. Also Elder Pearson of the 70 came and gave a really good talk. It was such a good day. Elder Rasband pretty much just took a whole hour to tell us how much he loved us and how much he appreciated us.

Sunday was a crazy day! We knocked into this one lady who only spoke Spanish. I came out speaking 0 Spanish but somehow I was able to follow right along and bear my testimony of the Book of Mormon, set up a return appointment, and accept a dinner invitation. The gift of tongues is real when God wants somebody to have the Gospel!  It was a super cool experience.

I want to leave you with a little spiritual message. In Luke 19:1-10 there is a cool story. Jesus is riding into Jerusalem. A very rich man wants to see him but is to small so he climbs a tree. Jesus sees him and tells him to come down and take him to his house for dinner. Everybody was talking about how the man was a sinner but the man converted and became a follower of Jesus Christ. All because he looked for him. I want tobear my testimony that the Lord is always there. Sometimes we cant find him because we refuse to look or we aren’t looking hard enough. I promise that if you will take time out of your day to look for Christ not only will you find him, but he will find you. Do it in the simple things. Spiritual CPR..Church..Prayer..Read. I love you all! have a great week!

Here are a few pictures he sent us!!  Yay for a cord that finally showed up!!Don’t ask!!  Haha!!Meeting up with his Tulia gang!These two go way back ;). Elder Irwin was his first companion in the MTCthe last four pictures were from their mission conference in Lubbock. 

I received this little gem from Sally!  I was so happy to get a picture after 3 weeks of absolutely nothing!  I sure do miss those ladies and their texts and pictures!huge cat!!!  He thought Ainsley would enjoy this picture!

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