I hope you all have had a great week and great experiences.
We have had a hectic week of exchanges and teaching appointments and meetings and missionary stuff. I could go on and on with this list for days... :) But we have been working hard and it feels pretty awesome.
As far as exchanges went, Elder Crabb had to get his exchanges done last week (kind of like when people rush to get home teaching done at the end of the month...I'm looking at you Dad ;) ). We pretty much didn't work together for three days. In that time, I had to fulfill the role as the senior companion because Elder Crabb had to go into the other areas to work with the other Elders. It was hard; we constantly ran out of things to do, and I constantly had to fill the time because we were just not very lucky those days. Overall, it was lots of fun!
This week is shaping up to be good. Our mission has asked us to visit and teach lessons to members more. So as of right now our nights are pretty much booked. Since we started following that inspired council from Elder Lawrence of the Seventy, our success has increased too. It's really fun and sweet to know that the Lord is blessing us for our obedience.
Make sure to keep in touch, and look for missionary experiences when you can!
I have had some cool experiences in the past week. One of those was a lesson which we had with our investigators Dan and Pat. Do you remember the major flood that wiped out part of I-15 here in Nevada back in September? The missionaries met Dan and Pat after the flood was over, and they needed help to fix their yard pretty bad. We finally started teaching them the missionary lessons this past week, and we set them with a baptismal date. Pat said yes, but Dan didn't come right out and tell us that he would; however, he asked the member that we brought with us to baptize him! We took that as a commitment and are helping them work towards that date.
The other neat experience was we were able to bring our investigator Rick with us to church yesterday. He's a 19 year-old kid, a bit of a trouble-maker, and still in high school. We were worried that he wouldn't get along with the ward, but he knew several of the young men and young women from school. It turned out perfect! He went to priests' quorum with us and participated quite a bit more than the other priests. It was nice, especially since the invitation to church is usually the hardest to help people follow through on.
Other than that, we are still working with that young couple to help them want to get married and quit smoking. We have dinner with them tonight, and a lesson with them on Wednesday. We will start the church-sponsored Stop Smoking program with them then. Hopefully they feel enough of the Spirit so that they can want to change.
I'm so grateful to my Heavenly Father and to Jesus Christ who have allowed me to serve in such a great part of the world. The more and more that I'm here, the more I feel like I'm supposed to be here. I love my mission, and I wouldn't trade this time for anything. I just want to let you all know that I have seen my testimony grow and change. Although I'm not perfect, I am really beginning to know Christ. He is the Savior of the world, and I've only noticed some of the changes in myself that have come from using the Atonement. There are probably lots more changes that I haven't noticed.
Because Mom and Dad asked, I also have some cool pictures to send. I'll tell you about the freezer one. Some Elders in our district received a large food donation of ice cream sandwiches and milk. We were stocked up on that stuff for days! It was hilarious.
Anyway I hope you all have a great week. And if you have time, send me a letter and let me know how you are doing.
Zach's Pocket Planner cover
Dad & Mom - November 1986
Elder Zach Jones 1/12/15
January 12, 2015
Family and friends,
I hope you all had a great week! Ours was pretty awesome, in that we were able to find 4 new investigators, as well as set another investigator with a baptismal date. It's really exciting to see especially since Logandale is pretty much the Utah of Nevada. There are so many Mormons here! But we're working hard and having fun!
The investigator that we set with a date is a 19 year-old high school student who I would say hangs out with the wrong crowd at school. He smokes and drinks, but really doesn't seem too content with his life. He really wants to find the truth, but isn't so sure where to look.
That's exactly the point we came in to the picture. His step-dad is a less-active, and we went to their house to visit him, but ended up talking with the kid instead. Turns out, he really wants to know what's true and what he should do. When we taught the first lesson and extended the baptismal invitation, he seemed really happy and excited! We have him set for some time next month, so we have a ways to go but he seems committed enough to try to be ready. That's all the Lord asks!
With that it really is nice to be teaching again during the week. It was a little slow here for a while, but it really has picked up the more that we've relied on Heavenly Father. One of my favorite scriptures in the New Testament is Luke 9:62.
It says, "And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." As long as we're working, we're doing the Lord's work!
Have a great week! And let me know about any missionary experiences you've had!
I hope you all had a great New Year. We sure did! It was pretty fun because our mission president again allowed us to watch some movies like the Best Two Years and 17 Miracles. My companion hadn't seen 17 Miracles before and was pretty much in awe the entire time. Those people definitely went through more than I could physically handle. I love that movie!
This has been one heck of a week! We've done a lot in terms of setting up appointments. We have up to 14 set up for this week, and I am hoping and praying that none of them fall through. We have 4 or 5 new potential investigators who actually seem interested in learning more about the church due to family and friends who are members. We're also doing a lot more now in terms of working with members. We have pinpointed several active-member families who we're going to teach the missionary lessons to in hopes that this gets people more motivated to invite their friends to learn more!
Teaching people about the Gospel is so fun. I have never enjoyed anything so much as when we actually teach a good lesson in which people feel the Spirit. I was reading in 2 Nephi 2 this morning in my personal study and I came across an awesome scripture:
8 Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.
9 Wherefore, he is the first fruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.
That's exactly why the Lord commands us to do missionary work. It's because of how important and vital it is that people know that they need to rely on Christ. I'm grateful for the Christmas season, for church and for everything and everyone that helps me to remember that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
I hope you all have a wonderful week! Make sure to pray and search for missionary experiences, and then to be ready to act on the promptings when they come! Keep in touch!