Tuesday, October 3, 2017

In 1 Nephi 20:10 it says, "For Behold, I have refined thee. I have chosen the in the furnace of affliction."  When I read this verse it really spoke to me in the way that I have been chosen to be here at this time with these people and these hardships and to be refined by my Heavenly Father. He knows exactly what afflictions I need to have to learn and to grow and to become the person that I want to be and also the person that He needs me to be. I know that it is not just this way for me but for all of us. We are chosen for this time, these people we have in our lives, and the difficulties that we have in our paths to learn and to grow closer to our Savior. In the talk by Elder Stanely E. Ellis he spoke about the importance of trust, and the trust that we put in our Father in Heaven and the fact that He is with us every step of the way. He taught us how the difficult times in this life are good if we react to the them in a positive way and fall back on the trust we have in our Heavenly Father to help us push forward and learn all it is that we need to to reach his presence after this life here on the earth. It is the difficult times that change us because when we struggle we learn better, especially when we include Jesus Christ in our struggles and learn how to apply his atonement into our lives. I know all of this is true. I know that we grow from the afflictions that we are given and I know that in these afflictions and hardships Christ is refining us, making us perfect, teaching us things, changing us, so that we can become like Him and be able to reach his presence after we endure all that we need to in this life. I am so thankful for the conference weekend that we had and I am so thankful for the things that I learned and the spirit that I felt. It was something that I truly needed in my life at this moment. This is our time now! We were chosen for this time, to change us, to change others, and to all be able to grow together and closer to Christ. It is our time to be refined by our Savior. He chose us for now. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Hermana Brasher

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This week I was reading a talk by Elder C. Scott Grow titled, “And This is Life Eternal.”  This talk was something that opened my heart a little bit more to the question: How well do we really know our Heavenly Father? In the talk it goes over things that we need to be doing and can be doing to know our Heavenly Father a little bit more and more everyday. Because He knows us perfectly and we should also want to know Him perfectly and we can get there. I love our Heavenly Father and I have been given the opportunity to grow so close to Him in the past 10 months, but I know that there is so much more that I need to learn. I know that we can learn these things as we prayerfully do the simple things. One of the points in the talk was that we read the scriptures and learn more about Him and His blessings, promises and commandments.  As we do His will, we will be able to grow closer to Him through the little or big sacrifices that we make to fulfill the will of the Lord. One of my favorite points was to become more like our Savior by following his example. I know that if we want to grow closer to Christ we just need to try and that will be enough. Heavenly Father doesn't need us to be perfect, just to have a perfect desire to do what is right in our heart and to always press forward in becoming more like our Savior everyday. I know that this is true and I am so thankful for this… for the opportunity to try, and to just keep trying. 

I have a new companion, I am training Hermana Mamani and it has been harder. She gets emotional when she gets frustrated and doesn't want to do things anymore. Its hard for me to get her out of bed in the morning and I am needing to push and teach so she can know more, but in these times as well she gets frustrated because she then feels like she doesn't know anything and then I want to stop pushing and teaching but then she won’t learn so I am just trying to learn as well... it is making me a better missionary.

This Sunday was hard. We went early in the morning to pick up all of our investigators for church and not one of them was home like they said they would be.  After church we had a lot of awesome appointments to find these new families and not one of them was home and at 8:00 I just wanted to go visit this family that I know always has food for us and finish my night. But, we were walking by this door and I just felt like I should knock on it and this sweet oldish lady opened the door and said come in, come in... and we didn't even say anything. They invited us to sit down and answered all of our routine questions before we could even ask them and then we taught them and they accepted the Book of Mormon with open hearts and told us that we could come and visit them again. They laughed with us, answered our questions, and helped me to remember that Heavenly Father is watching and he knows that we are just trying.

We had a baptism this Saturday for Carmen Verano and it was awesome. Our ward really participated and it was one of the best baptisms I have had with our ward participating.

I love our Savior, our Father in Heaven and this gospel in Spanish and in English… with all my heart. I love all of you and am so thankful for you in my life! Have a wonderful week full of blessings and have a fun time being good people.

Hermana Brasher

Hermana Brasher & Hermana Mamani

Monday, September 4, 2017

One thing that I have learned is how to really change to become the person that I want to be and it really is through one thing and it is through my Savior and the testimony that I have of Him.  I know that it is through the experiences that I have through and with the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ in my life I will be able to learn, grow, and progress in the way that I want to but also in the way my Father in Heaven needs me to. President Monson teaches us that in these days the testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ will be the thing that saves us in these last days and I know that it is so true. If we really want to change our lives and BECOME better people, BECOME  more like Christ, and GROW closer to Him we need to learn how to use the power of His atonement in our lives and build our testimony of him through the Book of Mormon and through our confidence that we have in him. I am so thankful for the help and comfort we can receive through Him in these days. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon and the spirit that it brings into my day when I start my day out by studying and reading the words that contain so much love and power for us from our Heavenly Father. I love you all and hope you have an amazing week and grow closer to YOUR Savior all the day long.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This weekend I was able to learn something very special. In alma 31 (i think, its ether 30,31 or 32) Alma talks about the joy he feels for the people he is serving and the joy he feels in the success that Heavenly Father has blessed him with. This week I was able to experience something a little like this joy I  imagine Alma was talking about. Hermana Alcocer and I have been working with a family for the last five months, the dad got baptized but the mom didn't and she had been really hard to try to help. This Sunday we had a conference with some of the 70s in our area and Elder Cook and the spirit that was in this meeting was so strong. Afterwards, our zone was having a big group baptism and we invited them to come. Hermana Alcocer and I felt like we should once again invite this mom to get baptized. There was a pause and she just said okay Hermanas but I want to go first. I can not even tell you how happy my heart was to see her get baptized and to see her husband so so happy to be able to reach the goal of having their family together forever. I know the joy that I felt through the rest of my Sunday was from our Heavenly Father and that there is nothing of this world that can truly help us feel the happiness that we can feel from doing the things our Heavenly Father needs us to do. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been able to have to work with this family and watch them go from something that made life and marriage look absolutely no fun to something truly beautiful. I am so grateful for the spirit and the miracles that come and I am even more grateful to have this time to be a part of those miracles and the time that I have to feel this joy! I love you all and I hope you all get to experience a little bit of this joy of God  this week.

Hermana Brasher

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 7, 2017

Hola familia y amigos! como esta? porque yo estoy bien en Peru viviendo la vida de una peruana!!!! I hope that you have all had a good summer and have been living the good life! This week was good, all I can really remember is the walking but I know that things happened and blessings were recognized and that the love of our Savior has been felt. I just want to let you all know how important it is that we truly build a relationship with our Savior in our lives. Because in Helaman 5:12 it tells us how important really this relationship is for our well being in this life and for us to have the strength to endure to the end. I know that our Savior will be that person that helps us push through. I know He is the person that helps us push through and that no one else can help us like He helps us! I love Him and I am so thankful for Him in our lives. I know that the relationship that we have with him is vital and so important. In the last talk of President Monson he said that this testimony that we have of Christ and his power in our lives is that thing that is going to get us the the glory we all want after this life with our families. I know that this is true and I know that the better we come to know our Savior the better we will be in this life. I love you all and I hope that you are doing well and enjoying life and enjoying doing the right things in this life as well! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hello everyone! Buenos tardes de Peru. Today I want to share my thoughts with you on the power of prayer and that it is really something we can do to help us change our lives. The power of prayer all works depending on our heart and our faith. If we are just praying real fast in our blankets because you forgot... you are just gong to be completing the commandment of prayer, but we should be really taking advantage of this blessing that we have to talk to our Father in Heaven and use our heart. At first it might seem silly but He really wants to hear about your day and if you don't really know what to to say just start walking in through your day, but talk from you heart and you will really have the spirit with you in your prayers. If you are speaking from your heart with your faith you will really start to change the relationship that you have with your Father in Heaven and you will be able to start growing stronger and stronger with him every night and morning. Tell him in the mornings of your plans for your day and in these moments you will find things that you are grateful for and  questions and directions that you need. the more specific we are with our prayer the more specific our answers and direction will be. I know I need to keep working on it and that really it is something we all need to master. I invite all of you this week to really pay attention to your prayers and to really work on putting a little bit more heart and faith into the words you are saying and GET ON YOUR KNEES!!!  The love you are going to start feeling is going to change your days little by little . I love you all so so much and I hope you all have a great week.

Hermana Brasher

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hello world and good afternoon or night. I am so happy to be here in Peru sharing this gospel and really learning a lot more everyday...more than I think my investigators are learning, but that is okay. Today I want to talk to all of you about the impotancia de the doctrina de cristo. This is the fe, arrepentimiento, bautismo, el done del esiritu santo,y endure to the end. with these three things we really have the guidance that we need to keep us on the path but why does it all start with faith? For me I think it starts with faith because it is our own sort of power. As we exercise our faith in prayer, studying the scriptures, and repenting we receive blessings and strength to accomplish the work. Faith and trust in our Heavenly Father will really make all of these things happen. Faith will help us grow to really know our Savior beyond the things that everyone knows about Him.  It will help us grow close to Him personalmente. I know that this is true, and once we have this love we will be able to really have that contrite spirit and broken heart, the two things we need for repentance. Repenting is really feeling sorrowful and having a plan for how we are going to change our hearts and grow closer to Him. Repentance is also the journey of becoming more like our Savior and really making a permanent change in our hearts. This change is something that we need to have daily. Baptism from someone who holds the priesthood of God and the gift of the Holy Ghost will help us endure to the end. I think the reason why we talk about enduring to the end last is because we truly need the first four things to endure in the way our Heavenly Father needs us to endure this life with Him by our side. I know that the doctrina de cristo will help us stay on the path that we need to stay on but we also need to know for ourselves and have our own experiences. I know that as we start to gain more knowledge of the importancia of these things in our lives we will recognize the strength and guidance these things can be for us. 

I love you all and I just want you to know that this church is true and that these are the days that we need to be he├▒lping in every way, finding ways to invite others to come unto Christ because the success is in the invitation and so that is what we need to do, that is why we have the blessings of this gospel in our lives. 

This week was crazy and lots of things keep happening in my life that help me know without a doubt that this work is of our Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for all your support and prayers and I hope that all of you guys have a fantastivce week and learn something new that will help us all grow closer to our Savior! Love you all!!!

Hermana Brasher