Elder Zachary Jones serving his two-year mission in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission July 2014 to June 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Week 87: Sacrifice Saturday part 3
I heart y'all to know that I love and miss each of you, and hope that you're doing well!
We have had a lot of things going on! We had a temple trip this past week, which was a nice break from the average day. I was able to receive a confirmation about going home June 17th! On Saturday we had another mission wide Sacrifice Saturday (like the ones Elder Palmer and I started :) ), except this time it was more focused on meeting the members of the Church in our mission to encourage them to do missionary work. We fasted all the day long. Elder Anderson and I had a bunch of appointments in the morning cancel, which was unfortunate, but we kept ourselves busy through street contacting!
It was a lot of fun, and I learned a huge lesson about enduring to the end! Every time I wanted to drink water or eat something, I told myself that I could wait another hour. Each hour I waited got me closer and closer to ending our fast at 8pm. Heavenly Father knows we have the capability to finish anything as strong as when we started. If someone asked me to serve a mission, and all they told me was that it lasted for two years, that would be hard. But if they told me that 2 years could be broken down into transfers (6 weeks), my first goal would be to make it to the end of the first transfer. Once you finish that first six weeks, you realize that it is not as hard to finish the next one either. The Lord asks us to take steps, not leaps. I love my mission and I love learning!
Here's another shoutout to those going on missions in the future: be prepared to be obedient and to work hard, but also be prepared to have the time of your life! I can't think of a happier time in my life than the time I have had to serve God and his children. But make sure you're ready to work. That is what a mission is about.