Thursday, September 20, 2012

Brothers in the Philippines!

I leave the MTC in four hours!
Well, to describe exactly what I'm feeling right now is impossible.  Let me put it this way, it has been Christmas Eve Night since Friday basically.  I cannot withhold my joy!  It's hard to fight a quite constant smile! 
Basically since Friday, we've broken out every night as we pack, just so ready and happy as we prepare to leave.  We had a departure devotional on Sunday and the closing hymn was Till We Meet Again.  People were super sad to be leaving. 
Yes, I'll miss my companion and district.  And I'll DEFINITELY be pretty shocked when I actually get to the Philippines.  But the song I'M sing right now is We Are All Enlisted, "We are all enlisted 'till the conflict is over.  Happy are we, happy are we!"  I am happy (:
Thanks for all your support!  I know that as I go forth, I am led by angels and the power of God.  I LOVE THIS WORK!
Starting Wednesday, I get to open my Christmas presents for the next two years (:
Elder Shane Scully Brown

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Memories of the Valdeez in Tagalog PS Christ Lives!


It's Spetember!  I didn't realize that was possible.  I can't believe how fast time is going. 

We had one of our best weeks since I last wrote!  So much fun, so much learning, so much love.  The biggest developement of the week (not really) was me buying a $13 pen - definitely worth it.  My Parker Jotter is lightweight, smooth, sharp, stainless steel, super classy, and French.  I mean, how could I not?

After devotional on Sunday they gave us ten minutes to stretch before they started the movie.  I looked at my companion and in the most stressed voice said "I need some cookies."  Well we just about sprinted (in our suits) to get back to the room for these cookies.  That was maybe not so worth it when we came back sweating in our nice clothes...

After the older kids left last Tuesday, things were finally quiet until we doubled in size with 36 new kids on Wednesday.  We were super motivated to be good examples for the, so we made a goal to speak first in Tagalog to them, then follow-up in English.  It was so cute seeing how flustered they were.  It's amazing how far we've come in our 7 weeks here.  We leave in two weeks though!  We get to be host missionaries tomorrow and flight plans come on Thursday, we're all unbelievably excited.  As our confidence with the language goes up though, our departure date gets closer so it's going to be hard to continue to build our confidence.  We've gotten to this point by working as hard as we can, always trusting in the promises of the Gift of Tongues.  The most difficult thing we have left at the MTC is going to be keeping our study habits as we get closer to leaving.

My companion and I have been doing something different during our hour of gym time each day:  first of all, volleyball isn't really fun any more without the older kids so I started to play a little bit of 4-square.  It started off as a joke but I'm actually pretty good (in comparison with the kids in the MTC that actually play) and it's decently fun.  Anyways, E. Finley and I have been spending 20 minutes or so each day running and telling each other stories in Tagalog as we do.  Saturday I told him about driving the Valdeez (1980 Mercedes) up Saddleback Mountain.  Super fun.  When we have afternoon gym, we play really fun 2 on 2 volleyball outside in the sand.  Also something of note with our story telling:  I've found that when I tell a funny story, it's never funny because it's in slow-ish Tagalog, but when I tell a boring story (like this one) it's quite humorous because of my broken speech.  Di ba?

Well it's still weird to me that if I wasn't here I'd be at BYU right now.  We had our first real storm last week and it totally reminded me of going to school here.  The rain smells so good, I'm excited to get to the Philippines and get that everyday.  Though it'll probably be slightly different.  I'm not exactly sure how ready I'll feel when I leave, but I've done me best, there's nothing more that I can do, so I'll leave confident - steady and sure.

Thanks for all your support.  Christ lives!  Out loving Father in Heaven blesses us more that we can imagine, and like the recently acquired stain on my tie (sorry mom), I didn't notice until I started looking, searching for it.  The Church is true, I love you all!

Elder Shane Scully Brown

Also I heard that there have been some earthquakes in the Philippines?