missionary plaque picture

missionary plaque picture

Monday, December 29, 2014

Recovering from Post-Christmas Chocolate-Shock

Hey Family!!
Well we have had a crazy Pday-- the family history center was down so we spent the whole morning running around trying to find somewhere to email. We have finally found a place, but that means we're pretty pressed for time today. Rather than sending a big long email, I will send a big huge ton of pictures! :)
Well it was so wonderful being able to Skype with you on Christmas! Even if the screen was a little postage stamp. It was nice to see your faces and hear your voices. :) It doesn't even feel like it's been 6 months since we talked last! After we got off Skype we made a bunch of gingerbread cookies to take to investigators and less actives and spent the day delivering them and teaching where we could. :) We had an awesome impromptu lesson with a couple named Cathi and Mike-- Mike was having a hard day because his mom passed away two months ago. Christmas is always the hardest when you're missing someone. So we taught them about the plan of salvation and baptisms for the dead and they both cried. Pretty cool! They really want to come to church but each week they commit and say "this is the week" and then something gets in the way. Darn Satan.

Mom, thank you so much for taking the time to put together such nice packages and send them. I got all of the gifts you sent. You'll notice Carlos sporting his new CTR ring in one of his baptism picture :) Those were seriously the most useful gifts you could have sent. It was like you were really listening to the Spirit!! Those sweater tights are saving my life!
Sister Hame and I are really torn between eating all the chocolate we see and giving it all away. We hope you don't mind if we gave a lot of it to our investigators and others who need it more than we do... a LOT more than we do. :P People have sure been spoiling us out here!
In other news, part of my camera just broke off. Don't drop your camera, folks!  
Dad, great job on the earrings!! Those are beautiful! And I'm excited about those Italy pictures! I'm glad you got to do something fun for your anniversary. I wondered with all the craziness if you would be able to do something nice but it sounds like it was a great anniversary.
Carlos's baptism was absolutely wonderful. Lots of support from the ward, all the missionaries that taught him, and his family. It was perfectly timed, because his two older sons who live in New York were visiting for the holidays. He basically only sees them once a year. His mom, a niece, and a nephew, and his two little kids Emma and Santi also came. They all clapped after he was baptized... which was kind of adorable. They were just so excited for him. I won't lie, I was tempted to join in ;) Brother Walker, our spider-killing, toilet-paper-lending, awesome-advice-giving, fantastic-fellowshipping neighbor baptized him. He and Carlos both cried. :) We're all just really excited to see Carlos's future. He's not married right now but we don't think it'll take him long to find a wonderful wife, get sealed to his kids in the temple, and become the next bishop. He's just taken the first step of many on a path full of blessings and discipleship. He is awesome!! I can't believe he's a member now!

Have a wonderful week! Sorry this was so rushed. I love you all!
Ever onward--
Love, Sister Browning

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