Monday, May 25, 2015

The Last e-mail

This will be my last email sent as a full time missionary in Korea.

It has been the craziest thing pondering all that has happened over
the last two years and bringing it all down to now just a week left
does not feel right-- but there has been so much of a Spirit and a
love that I have found in Korea. This last week I had the opportunity
to be interviewed by a man who is writing a book about foreigners
living over seas as we spoke I realized more than ever before how much
things have changed over the last two years.
What i realized most is that Christ lives and loves us. In His
perfection, He reaches down with a hand of mercy to lift the weak and
broken hearted and to give hope and peace to those who are searching
for Him. He invites all to come unto Him that He may give us rest.
(Matt. 11:28) The knowledge of Christ as my Redeemer also helped me
understand what He has asked us to do. Wen we are baptized we begin on
the path of discipleship and have promised Him that as his disciples
we will mourn with those who mourn and stand in comfort with those who
need comfort(Mosiah 18: ) He has called us to Love as HE Loved, to
Serve as HE Served and to Live as HE Lived. He is our perfect
example-the Light and Life of the World and all things can be done
through HIM!! HE Lives and because HE lives we can Always find PEACE
and COMFORT and JOY. HOPE LOVE DIRECTION and ultimately ETERNAL LIFE.

Thank you for your testimonies and you love that have helped me gain
the testimony that I now hold!! I love you all so much!! have a great
week!! and we will see you soon!!!

Love
Elder Jackson

May 20, 2015


Re: Soccer!

hey fam!!! 
So sorry about the wait that you had for this weeks email-- We have finally finished Zone Conferences and with those going every day for the last week and a half this is the only time we have had to hop on! We had 5 of the 6 zones make the trip down to the Mission Office for the conference and had great meetings!! In each of the conferences, one of the sessions was set for hiking the mountain just behind the Chapel here and so we got to spend a lot of time out in the beauty of the spring with great weather not too hot a nice breeze each day and signs and feelings that bore testimony of the Savior! As we hiked the mountain, we heard from the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders in each zone about their thoughts on the sacrament and President Barrow shared great words of wisdom at the top to conclude that session! It was such a great experience to learn of Christ in His creations and to really feel that peace and joy which are the fruits of the Spirit! 
The other session included talks and teaching practices again all focused and centered on the sacrament. I was pleased to speak in these sessions about the unity that is found as we partake of the sacrament! The sacrament is the way we become one with the team of the Godhead, a time in which we are cleansed spiritually in every way which allows us to see our true potential, that as children of God. It was amazing to study this topic in depth and receive guidance and revelation from President and from the Spirit!! 

That really was the bulk of the week- we found ourselves in our regular SPM meetings and in preparation for the next zone conference each night that kept us very busy throughout the week! Not too much time to do a lot else but just enough to do what was needed! 

That really was the week, going in more detail would take longer than I have so I will explain later!!
Love you all so much and thank you for all that you do for me and more importantly for the Lord! 
Love you all bunches!! 
KICC
Elder Jackson
PS
lots of Pics were taken and so I will send all of them to you next week!!
PPS Jeju is super beautiful, but we didnt have a lot of time out ill send those pics next week too

Love ya!!

May 3, 2015

Ok so to be completely honest .. this week was super similar to the
last 3 weeks

everything is going by so quickly and learning and applying and
teaching is a process that I did not think could go this fast- not
because I am good at it but just because it just happens!! This week
with our half training meeting and with our MLCM meeting we were
packed with things to plan and prepare and when it all came down to
it, everything was ok. I feel a lot less stressed about the meetings
and such now that I have been involved in almost every one that we
conduct and hold as assistants. The big thing now is zone
conference... We started working on the planning and preparing in the
middle of last transfer and are still working out a few of the
wrinkles in it-- planning on some great meetings with the focus on the
sacrament!!
such a blessing to have the time to really think and ponder what the
sacrament means and really why we partake of it. Last week on sunday
Elder Kim and I really took the time to ponder and think about what it
all means. It is the topic on which we will teach and so we felt even
more the need to apply and understand the things that we would talk
and testify of. Well it changed the meaning for both of us- a
different feeling and more of a desire to take it. Well this week
through all the meetings and work that we had, the sacrament continued
to be on my mind. I really wanted to prepare well to partake of the
sacrament and feel the full effect that it can have and as we welcomed
in the members yesterday from the rain, Elder Kim and I expressed
those feelings to each other.
We were so ready. And about 10 minutes before the meeting started,
Elder and Sister Bowcutt came in the church and informed us that there
were some people who looked like they were having some trouble with
their car. Elder Kim and I went out with Elder Bowcutt to see how we
could help and it turned out they had a flat with no phone or
knowledge of how to change the tire. The owners were older and the man
was shivering from the rain.
We went straight to work to change the tire and invited them to go
warm themselves in the church. They gladly accepted the invitation as
we continued to work on the car. After some technical difficulties
with a flat spare tire as well we entered sacrament meeting at 9:50,
both a little discouraged that we were not able to participate in the
sacrament. When the meeting ended we walked the couple back to the car
and they were both so full of light and gratitude. As the left Elder
Bowcutt turned to us and said, "They were not just warmed outside but
on the inside too. Their spirits needed some warmth and that is what
they received today." Thinking about all that had happened, I feel
like I learned even more about the sacrament. We really felt of the
need and the necessity of it but I also thought about the sacrifice
that our Savior made so that we could be spiritually warm and healed
each week!

I am so thankful for the blessings of the gospel. for the truth that
is found in the scriptures and from living prophets today. I am so
grateful for the sacrament, for the cleansing power and the enabling
power that guides us in all that we do because we will have His Spirit
with us.

Love you all so much! Thanks for your examples and your love and your
prayers-- itll be fun to skype next week-- ^^
Love you!!!
KICC
Elder Jackson

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Happy 21st Birthday Elder Jackson!

Hey!!! Hows it going!!! 

I am not sure how to start my e-mails anymore because my feelings at the start are always about the same. Another quick week, faster than any other before with so much learned and so much accomplished but with so much ahead and the excitement to continue on in the process of serving the Lord!!
Last week was the last week of the transfer and so our schedule was filled in fulfilling the plans and the schedules that we had made as well as making new plans and preparing for meetings. To start the week President continued on with interviews for this transfer and so with that we had a lot to do for him in the office in finalizing some other appointments working on housing for some teams that will move in the next few weeks and in working on bringing in the returning missionaries for their exit interviews and making sure they were prepared and getting ready for their last testimony at our transfer meeting as well as for the meetings and activities that they have before they left(which was this morning). With all the interviews and scheduling going, we also were able to be a part in the transfer meetings. It was very interesting to see the other side of the transfer- of course not strange in any way but very spiritual and inspirational. As I called the missionaries who were transferring I felt more than at any time in my mission how inspired the calls we receive are. Their was a strong confirmation that they would do great in their new area and with their new companion and that they had a reason why the Lord wanted them to serve there. A great experience and very different than when you are on the receiving side waiting and eating something delicious while you reminisce on the past transfer and what had happened hah

In between these meetings and activities, we continued to look at our mission guidelines and as we talked with President, were able to simplify them in a way that brought out the main principle of the rules that we have. It was very interesting putting these together, I felt like we were editing a novel as we found the basic principles typed them out and then brought them to President for his thoughts and approval- another great experience in which I was able to continue to feel the importance of strict obedience but also learn methods of breaking things down into the simplest form- teaching so that a child could understand and live accordingly. And of course a great time to think about the most important things, many of which came down to preparing ourselves so that we can be on the line of revelation. So that we can follow and accomplish the things which the Lord has commanded. 

Last week was also filled with many miracles. We had a member present lesson last monday with the referral that we received when I first came. We are able to meet with him about 2 a week and he is doing great and continues to be really open to the message that we share. Also, as we went out to exercise last week we were able to share a message with an older lady who we see quite often when we go up the mountain! and lastly, as we went out to a random printing store to print a few things for transfer meeting, we found that the owner had met the missionaries many years ago in Jinhae(my old area) and attended church there 2-3 times. He said that he is not a fan of missionaries but as we started talking and being able to bear testimony he invited us to sit down and we stayed and talked and taught him for about an hour past his closing time. He had a light to him that was different from a lot of the people that I have met with through out my mission. He thought deeply and was very sincere in the conversation which we had! The Spirit was strong and we hope to meet with him again if we can this week.

Well to end, after a long day of meetings yesterday we took the returning missionaries to the train station today to send them off to Seoul! Sad to send off close friends including Elder Mangakahia- all of them were very strong in their testimony of Christ and left a great Spirit of love and hope for the mission! Tonight we will be off to pick up the 6 new missionaries that will be joining our mission! We are excited to have them arrive and continue, now in the field, to do the Lords work- We have more meetings and some great proselyting activities planned that will be great!!!

Thank you so much for everything including the birthday wishes!!! As always we feel your love everyday and I know that the Heavenly Father is watching over us all!! Love you!! Hope you have a great week!!! 
KICC ' in it
Elder Jackson

April 12, 2015

Good Morning from rainy busan!!!!
You know that it is rolling up on some nice spring time and probably
into some of the summer heat and humidity when it rains like it has
been raining in the last week or so here. It is exciting and was
perfect timing for Easter and for Conference!!! It was a really great
experience to hear the testimonies of Christ and His Atonement and
resurrection on the day that we celebrate those things!!(even though
we did watch it the 11/and 12) but the spirit of things was so strong
as the whole conference truly centered around Christ and His Love and
sacrifice for each of us!!!!

So we will start from the end of the week and go through til last
p-day..... Again Conference was SUPER great!!! Each time I am always
so surprised at the connection and relation that is gives to me
personally and to everyone who watches to hear the words of God from
His servants!! This conference I loved the talks given by Elder
Bednar, Elder L Whitney Clayton, and Elder Wilford W. Anderson. Great
insights on serving the Lord with hope faith and love always looking
toward His light so that we can receive and share His light!!! I am
thankful for the living prophets and for Thomas S. Monson who serves
us, leads us and guides us in keeping the commandments of the Lord!! I
am so thankful for the safety and protection that we can find as we
heed to the words of the prophets!!!!

Outside of conference this week was super busy, We had meetings going
on around the mission each day and knowing and feeling and hoping that
each is going well is a really different feeling- last week we did not
go to each one but there were interview meetings and zone meetings
that we spent a week scheduling that all happened- and now things are
just picking up. We have started planning and preparing our meetings
for transfer meeting and for the new missionary training meetings that
we will be holding now in two weeks. This is the last week of this
transfer and so I am sure we will be busy with preparing and planning
the rest of the meetings and in making some of the transfer calls this
week.

We had some great appointments this week with members and with
investigators that were a great time and full of the spirit!! We
visited a member who just made us laugh for about an hour as he took
pictures of everything that we showed him and threw in these random
english catchphrases!! super funny guy!! (Ill send a pic) We also met
with our progressing investigator! super awesome guy and
as we talked we were able to find out a lot about what he has been
feeling and his thoughts about the church- as we taught the
restoration there was a strong spirit and great acceptance of the
principles that were taught! We are hoping to help him understand why
we do the things we do - the things that he has seen his aunts uncles
and cousins so from when he grew up as a kid until now!! He is
great!!! Last night we also had the chance to go back to Jinhae for
SPM meeting- had a great time seeing some familiar faces as we had the
meeting and then after as we ate dinner at the stake presidents home!!
Always so great to go back and see the people who you have served
with!!!

Crazy things this week-- on friday night 90% of the cell phones in the
mission lost the ability to place calls-- only receiving... It was a
super stressful 45 minutes as we called the mission figuring out not
only the problem but also which teams were home and if there phones
worked or not-- super nuts!!!!!! hah and still not fixed but that
should be cleared up today!!!

Anyway a great week and more than ever so thankful for the great
elders that I am able to serve with!! Today we will go to visit a few
of Elder Mangakahias old areas as he is now on his last week of
missionary work! great example and friend!!!

Love you all and hope you had a great sunday!!!!
Thank you for your prayers and LOVE!!!
KICC
Elder Jackson
P.s I still havent found my licence--of course my identity is the only
thing I would lose over 2 years
#losingyourselfinthework? hahah
Love you!



Thursday, April 9, 2015

#BecauseHElives!!!

Hellooo!!! 차 이번주 진짜 빨리지나갔네요.....!!!!!
Holy smokes!! this week went by way too fast!! talk about 100 miles per hour and that is what we have haha It has been a week full of miracles and a ton of fun!!! Lots that we were planning for and doing and planning as we were doing (i hope that makes sense hah) but it was all really great!!! As dad said there are a lot of things that have happened and more than just not enough to type them, explaining the feelings and experiences would just sound really cliche. A lot of vague words that do not give the real feeling thoughts or explanation of what happened- I hope that the things I share today will be able to bring the Spirit that I have felt over this last week to you! 

Last week we started planning our MLCM meeting for the Zone Leaders and Sister Training leaders. This week as we presented the agenda based around the new Because HE lives to President, he shared with us an idea which lead us to having to plan a lot more in detail- the idea was to go on a hike for the meeting. Of course we loved the idea and quickly took Presidents idea and set it to our agenda and then checked the weather- It was supposed to be raining.. Well we continued to plan and prepare despite the forecast and waking up friday morning the clouds were out and black not a sign that the sun would shine that day-but as we prayed studied and prepared for our meeting the clouds left with paths drying up and the sun beaming bright! and through the hike it continued to be that great weather actually up until we came back in from the hike and then the clouds covered back over and although there still was no rain it was not hiking weather- That Miracle lead to so many more as we hiked taught and learned from the testimonies of the leaders in our mission!! We had 5 stops which allowed most of the missionaries to share testimony and had a teaching practice as we hiked- teaching and testifying of Christ at all times in all things and in all places! at the top of the mountain one of the sister companion ships bore there testimony as one played the violin and we all sang together I know that my redeemer lives-- It was such a great meeting and one that I will always remember as we felt of His Presence through the testimonies and hope of each of the missionaries that attended! 

Well along with this great miracle we also had our investigator come to another activity on Saturday night and to church again on sunday!! we are really excited for him and his family who referred him to us! As we attended our normal church meetings yesterday there was a really strong spirit in fast and testimony meeting and in our gospel principles class!! He committed to coming to watch general conference with us next week!! it will be great to have him there!!! -- I am super excited for conference and can not wait to hear what revelation the prophets have received! 

 With all that we continued to have a blast- serving in two threesomes has really been a blessing and I am so thankful for the time that I have had to learn from 4 great missionaries in the last month!! super awesome and just having a great time as we are serving the Lord!!! and we had Easter dinner with the Barrows last night-- super delicious!!!!!!^^ ㅋㅋㅋ

LOVE you all so much as I say each week, thank you for your prayers and your love!!!
I know that we can be together forever!!
#BecauseHElives!!!
#supercheesyandsupertrue!!!
KICC
Elder Jackson

March 30, 2015

Hello Hello!!! Hows it been???

This week has been super busy trying to get used to the things in the office and keep everything in order. At the beginning of this transfer they started re-modeling the mission office and we are still working on the last touches trying to get everything back into place so that we can get back to being the most effective we can be! Outside of the craziness that the remodeling brings, we have been having a great time planning and teaching and going on exchanges and having meetings and the works!

After a nice p-day at the beach on monday we came back and spent just about the rest of the night cleaning up all the garbage that was still left on the floors in the office. Tuesday we had a zone meeting to attend and then went to take new mattresses up to shinjeong area which is right outside of bangeojin- it was fun going up to a familiar place but it was quite the travel. Wednesday we went back out to Jinhae for the Zone meeting there- again super great being able to see the missionaries I worked so closely with over the last 3 transfers especially Elder Wilson and Elder Heo- came to find out that they now have set a baptismal date with one of the investigators we were met before I left!!! If everything continues to go well he will be baptized this coming sunday!!! Super excited for both of them!!! 
After the meeting we came back to busan and we went on exchanges- I went to an area in busan called gupo- right now there are two great young missionaries there who are a great example of what it means to be diligent and open to the Spirit! it was a lot of fun going with them and talking to them about the experiences that they are having now that i similarly experienced about a year and a half ago- it was a time of much reflection and a great time of learning for sure!!!
After our exchange ended a lot of the planning began- we have a few large meetings that will be coming within the next month and so setting dates and making agendas deciding on topics etc. was a lot of the rest of our week! Until saturday when we were able to go to a young single adult activity with a member and their cousin who is now a progressing investigator!! So amazing how the Lord has prepared the member to invite her cousin and how the Lord has prepared him to learn about the gospel!! We have met with him the last two days and we are planning to meet twice this week!! Really excited for him and the family and the ward! 

This week I have been studying a lot in the Old Testament just at the beginning starting with Genesis and going through Abrahams life-- To be honest the Old Testament is super hard to understand, but the thing that I love is the focus and emphasis on the obedience of Abraham and the blessings that he will receive because of that obedience- in Genesis 22:18 it says 
  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
It is a blessing to know that when we simply are obedient that the Lord will pour out blessings to us that even at times we may not be able to comprehend. This has been a huge realization for me this week again as I studied the scriptures- obedience is key and without it we can go too far! Thank you for your love and examples of obedience! It is the greatest blessing to live in a family where obedience has been taught and continues to be taught at all times and in all things! Although we are not always perfect as we act in faith we will be blessed!~

Thanks for everything!! Love you all so much!!
Have a great week and a fun time watching conference!!
KICC
love,
Elder Jackson
#BecauseHeLives