Monday, January 25, 2016

Week 82: Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts


Hey everyone!

Hope everything is going well for y'all! I'm glad to hear so many great things are happening.

My week was really good. I get along great with Elder Anderson! We definitely have different personalities and different ways of doing things, but we're making it work. We are teaching a handful of people who are all progressing toward baptism. I mentioned Janeen last week, but also the children of that recent convert who I mentioned last week. We also had another cool experience. A member of one of our wards just adopted 4 kids. They texted us that, and said 2 of the 4 will need the missionary lessons. They are 9 and 10, and they are crazy! They are being adopted from another LDS family, so they already have a good understanding of the Gospel. Heavenly Father definitely blessed us with that opportunity.

We had a worldwide missionary broadcast on Wednesday that was given by members of the Missionary Executive Committee. My favorite part was in the talk by Elder Neil L. Anderson who talked about how we always need to have the name of Christ in our hearts and on our lips. He said, "Because of the Restoration, you and I know more about the Savior than anyone else." I was amazed by his comments and I really felt a desire to fulfill my purpose as a missionary by inviting others to come unto Christ. It's really not about us, or about anything we do, so long as Jesus Christ is at the forefront of our thoughts, words, and deeds. I really hope that those of us who are on missions never really go home from our missions. We will always need to keep that missionary
mentality in order to do the Lord's work.

Hope y'all have a great week! I always love to hear how each of you are doing!

Elder Jones

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 81: A New (yet Old) Ara


Elder Jones and Elder Anderson

Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 80: Sorry this is going to be a little short!


Andy and Elder Jones

Hey Mom!

Elder Carreno, Andy, and Elder Jones
Sorry this is going to be a little short! I ended up being transferred. You know what the funny thing is? I'm going back to Tule Springs! This time will be as a zone leader, but, hey, it's still pretty cool! Elder Carreño and I had a really awesome last week together. We were able to get a lot done, we saw a ton of miracles, and just enjoyed the mission life!

We taught a family of 4 named the Bernals! We met with them several times and were even able to tour our church building with them! When hey came to church on Sunday, they had a really amazing experience. For it being my last Sunday in the Lakes stake, I had a pretty amazing day as well! We had tons of people who just walked into church, or who were brought by their friends! It was so fun being able to go back and forth across the congregation after sacrament meeting talking to the many potential investigators who had come!

Again, sorry this letter is so short, today has been crazy! You and the rest of the family are in my thoughts and prayers continually!

Love you lots!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 79: Out with the Old, In with the New!


Hey everyone!

My week was pretty eventful! Remember that head cold I talked about last week? It turned bad on Tuesday and I ended up going to get a check up. I had everything, sinus pressure included. I even had a toothache! That cold pretty much floored me on Tuesday, and I had to stay in bed. After Tuesday, I couldn't bring myself to sleep any more, so Elder Carreño and I got back to work.

Once my cold went away, we immediately went to start visiting investigators, and catch up with everyone. We only have 2 solid investigators currently - Andy and William. They are both doing alright, but we have really struggled in helping William come to church. We will keep working on him though! Our efforts the past couple weeks have been to visit the members and seek referrals. We have been doing a good job because most of the members we have met with have at least given us one name to work with! We are excited about being able to teach some of these people!

New Years' was fun! We were able to watch movies like Tarzan, Ephraim's Rescue, Prince of Egypt, and a couple others. It was also Elder Carreño's birthday! We celebrated by going to Red Robin (since he had never been there before).

All in all, we had a good week! We're trying hard and having fun working as the Lord's servants.

My mom emailed me this poem, and I really like it:

As you venture forth in the mission field,
Where the harvest is truly great,
Thrust in your sickle with all your might,
For there is no time to wait!
We know you will need as you go your way—
Just a few real necessities,
Dark suits, white shirts, and shoes with tough soles,
And socks with long guarantees.
The things that you cannot pack in your bag,
Are the most important for you.
So, we’ll ask the Lord to supply your needs,
And prompt what you say and do.
To give you courage, when things go wrong
Or someone can’t make up his mind;
The virtue of patience and fortitude,
When people are rude and unkind.
The healing touch, when the thoughts of home
Bring moments to stop and sigh.
These two short years will be over soon,
Like your school years in times gone by.
The treasures you’ll reap in eternity
Will be a reward that day,
When the grateful souls will rejoice
Because a missionary passed their way!

Have a great week!

Elder Jones