Tuesday, August 26, 2014

progress in the field and the kitchen

Alright so the week in review
Set a baptism date last monday night for our two senior students -- if all goes well that should be a result coming on saturday--- we are pushing forward with them hoping that they will continue to prepare personally as they have now started school again and have not been able to meet as often as before- they are ready to be baptized but the school issue is having a large effect on if we will meet with them this week-so we will see.
This week we met with our 7 year english sister - and her husband. this week as they were talking they realized that the only conclusion to getting an answer was being baptized. now as great as that is they also said that now and in the future it is not something they will be prepared for or what they want to do and so unfortunately the conclusion came to stopping our meeting on friday nights- but they will continue to attend english class.- kind of a rough meeting but then miracle-- Saturday and Sunday we had District Conference and as we attended all three meetings there was a great spirit and learned a ton!!! So sunday we had one of our potential investigators came to church to come with us to the meeting. we sang in the choir together and he loved the meeting and read the book of mormon over the last week!!! so just another blessing of the Lord!!
With Elder Jang!! i love him so much!!! we have been making way good korean food the last week and with the lack of korean companions over the last few months it is so nice to eat it so often!!! and learning the recipes so that i can make you some good stuff when i am home!!!!^^
This week 5 out of 7 days it has been pouring rain!!! this morning when we left the house there was a mini river rolling down the stairs of the house across the street!! way crazy!! thanks for all the news and updates!! ill send some pics and hopefully the video a little later!
Elder Jackson

New companions

안녕하세요!!! so this week-- holy smokes it was a busy one -- we spent monday and tuesday in elder richardsons area and it was a blast!!! doing all we could to clean up and get things ready for the new missionary that would serve there as well as continuing to meet with their amazing investigators as well!!!  i got a solid taste of riding bikes as a missionary once again which was way fun! and learned a lot from elder richardson-- he is such a good missionary and an even better person!!! so fun to see his style of doing the work and see alot of sincere service and love!!
Well on tuesday we found out that one of the flights was delayed and so that our meetings would all be pushed back one day-- due to that we got a day in bangeojin also to clean up the bit that we had left and teach our high school students as well as get a new investigator who we found just a few weeks ago!! -- huge miracle with both of them! but the new investigator actually goes to college in elder richardsons area and so when he goes back the transition between us and them should be really smooth!!- It was perfect situation that the lord placed before us!!!
Thursday, our training meetings started and that night we went out for a real nice 4 hour street proselyting activity with the new missionaries in the rain!!!! soooooo much fun!!!! we actually only spent about 30 minutes outside the rest was done in the underground shopping complex just close to the mission home!!!! holy smokes such a party!!!! and he new missionaries were outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldnt believe it all 13 foreign missionaries were so good at korean it was almost a shock!!! so sweeet!!!
So then friday morning came and companionships were announced...and I was paired with-- the only korean in the group!!!! hah Elder Jang ilwon!!!! 
he is hilarious and already an awesome missionary- almost came pre trained- the only thing is getting him filled on all the rules- after only 2 weeks in the MTC(where everyone speaks english) there were a few things that may have been mixed in conversation haha but we are doing well!!! He hardl speaks any english and since he hasnt been with a bunch of missionaries yet he still uses harder words that I have been learning more or less over the last few days!!! but It has been such a blessing to have him here!!! since then we have been so busy we have hardly had time to rest at night haha and that is more of a blessing than anything else!!!
Well for the week, that will be all!!!
Thanks for everything!! loved hearing about Cali even down to the seats on splash!!! youre the best!!!
Love you!!
Elder Jackson


School is about to start at home-- but mission school is starting even faster here... This week got a transfer call with Elder Tira leaving and I will stay in bangeojin as district leader and also... be training!!!!! Today had our meetings and learned a lot about what we need to do as trainers and how we can become what the Lord needs us to be!!
With this news also comes the part where I will be in Bangeojin probably for another 2 transfers for the twelve weeks of training!!! I am so excited to be able to continue to serve with the members there! They have taught me so much and have really helped me understand what missionary work is all about! 
Because of transfers this week, it was a good bye week for my companion and so we spent a lot of time with the members and ate delicious food!! 
We also have had a breakthrough with our two senior age investigators- have now taught them everything except the commandments-- A baptism date will come soon with them as the work continues!!! 
Our 7yr english class students went to Seoul this week to send a relative off to canada but will be back this week and we will hopefully be able to help them progress to a baptismal date as well!!!
and that is about it- not much time today but thanks for the Love and also for sending moms talk!! cant wait to read it!!!
Elder Jackson

Monday, August 4, 2014

August 3rd

안냥하세요!! hay!! haha hows it going at home??! sounds way way crazy and looks like youre having a pretty solid time --- I cannot believe how almost everyone is the same height~~ what in the world happened??!?!?! haha 
well-- this week was a very fast week once again and turned out really really well- unfortunately our "golden investigator" is still off the charts but this week we were able to meet with our senior high school aged friends and teach 2 lessons with members there at both which was a huge help in making them feel welcomed when they came to church again on sunday!! now their 3rd time attending church and one of them said he wants to be baptized and like Dad said we are praying that they will continue to keep commitments and act on what we teach so that they will be able to feel Gods love and influence in their lives! 
Our 7yr couple are doing well-- its amazing how they study the book of mormon-- so thoroughly marking and thinking about what it says- for the first time the polygamy question came up- they were a bit concerned about it but had the answer before we even explained it-- We talked about baptism with them and they said right now they are not ready to change but how the spirit has been working with them really gives us hope for meeting with them more!!! 
this week to celebrate hitting a year mark in korea went to this way good burger shop again- haha and also ate some really good korean food!! karbi- some of the best i have had since I have been here!! and again got a nice soccer saturday going with our branch against another branch-0- and while we were there got to see my MTC teacher- he just married a girl whose family lives in the other branch! so that was all really fun!!!
This week is transfer week and so if we get a call it will be on thursday--- crazy that i have already been here for 4 and a half months and we will see what happens--- with that I will let you know next week
KICC love yas tons!!!
Elder jackson

exchanges and rats

HeY!!! Hows its going????
So this week was way crazy probably the fastest week of the mission yet... surprise surprise--they just go faster hahahah but yeah the exchange we went on was really fun!! got to experience a threesome companionship with two other really awesome elders!! we had a blast and learned  a lot!! 
So after the unexchange the week went as follows- district meeting and playing soccer on wednesday, preparing for our activities of this weekend and having a sweet english class on thursday and then going to help another area prepare for a hawaiian party that they had planned for saturday and again another lesson- saturday our two english classes and family home evening and then yesterday after church had a proselyting activity with our branch and then went out to a festival to promote our family english program!!!!

so the most amazing and almost most heart wrenching story is the woman who has attended our english class for 7 years- they are progressing and you can see it in their eyes! they said that they cannot deny that the book of mormon is the word of God but just havent hit the point of knowing that joseph smith is a prophet- We have had really spiritual mettings with them and have really been ableto feel Gods love!! It is such a blessing to see the lord working with them and feeling Him also work with me in preparing to learn with them! 

Well other things- buried another rat this week -- found him on the stairs on the way up to the chapel one day hahah the sister missionaries freaked out!!! it was way funny!!!! Ill send my selfie pic!!! haha but the count is at about 13 dead rats found and buried between us our branch clerk and the branch president!! so fun!! hahah
well our other computer caught a virus so cannot use not much time left today but love you all so much and thank you for everything1!!!!!

Elder Jackson

investigators and turkish ice cream

HERRO~!! haha hows it going?? Today I am on a compter in a LG service center to have to make things kinda quick so
This week -- the investigator who came to the baptism a few weeks ago lost his phone this last week-- we were so confused at why he wasnt picking up for about 6 days and finally the sisters in our area ran into him and made the connection- because of that we have only met him once this week. but he brought a friend with him to introduce him not only to our english  class but also to the church!!!!!! it was a way sweet lesson and reaally fun to see him again-m we are still working on a way to contact him because he hasnt bought a new phone yet but he is continuing to progress!!
Our two senior aged investigators came back to church on sunday- this week was awesome with them and as the topic of sacrament meeting was love, they really liked the talks given and told us that they think church is a good thing for them!
Our last big meeting of this week was with the woman who has been attending our english class for the last 7 years-- on tuesday at our english bible study class- we taught the story of the prodigal son and tied it into alma 36 when alma the younger relates his conversion process. after that class we invited her to meet with us and study the book of mormon and take the lessons and set a date for last friday - so together her and her husband came and it was one of the most spiritually uplifting lessons of my mission- not just the fact that we were able to teach and testify and help them increase their knowledge but to also gain an increase in knowledge of the book of mormon and the bible from which we taught!!! so cool!!!!!
funny stuff of the week-- on saturday we were street contacting and found a turkish ice cream man who wants to learn english-- two funny things about this- we communicated through his iphone and he played his tricks on us ( think back to amazing race) that show really gives a cultural insight hahahhaa
that is really it for this week- we are on exchanges today and starting the 5 of the 7 weeks of this transfer-- it has flown by!~~
well love you so ,much!!! having a great week!!!
Elder Jackson


What a busy fast week once again!-- I almost want it to slow down at
times and whenever I wish for it- things just speed up- its like an
ever accelerating motorcycle!! haha
well this week we met with a lot of people I probably taught the most
lessons I have ever just in the last week- We hit lots of new levels
with our older investigators and some of our newer investigators
almost hit a bump with them- but all is going well- as we have been
teaching it has been alot to help them understand the importance of
the action and also the blessings that they can receive- all are at
about the same level right now of really trying to read the Book of
Mormon to come to the knowledge that it is Gods word and that it was
given to us because He loves us and wants us to know what to do so
that we can live with Him agan!
This week in studies I focused alot on the Characteristics of Christ
for the talk that I gave in our Zone meeting- - It was really fun to
look back at all that I have studied throughout the last year about
these charateristics and how we can obtain them-- not an easy thing to
do but what I came down to becoming as an innocent child ready to grow
and learn through the atonement- pg 115 of preach my gospel sets up a
method of how we receive these gifts from God!~
and DOG~~~~~
hahah so yeah went out for dog on saturday night way delicious ate it
right off the bone- they are the only ones who like it like that! and
Ill send my pics in just a bit! It was just a really fun time with the
members and with our recent convert- continuing to see the
relationships grow between them all is so cool!! I love it here!!!!!
Continuing also to find dead rats around the church and in the last
week maybe 3 more were found and taken care of haha
there was also supposed to be a typhoon this week but it headed down
to japan instead!! hah so lucky for us but still cooler here than in
other areas - its been really humid and really fun!!!
Thank you for your prayers and love!!!
Elder Jackson<3

Monsoon season and investigators

wow --- just another busy week in the Jackson home this week!! haha
one of my favorite parts of the email was how the fire was recognized-
nice work brad hhaha a smoke bomb?? hahah

Well this week was really a blast!! and looking back it was a little
longer than others-but interviews were great!! President Barrow as we
all know was called by God to be here and to lead and guide us in this
mission and he is already doing an awesome job! Interviews were fun
and then meet the President Meeting was a blast and lastly they came
back to our area for the baptism service we had yesterday for our
sisters investigator!!! Really a great week and so nice to already be
quite acquainted with the Barrows!
This week we found 3 new investigators all interested first in english
but as we spoke about the Book of Mormon and prophets as well as our
purpose as missionaries they really opened up to the message and want
us to share more! we will meet with them later today! Huge miracle
happened yesterday- we invited one of our potential investigators to
church and to the baptism service and by the time it was over he was
wanting to be baptized- he did however think that yesterday was just a
huge general baptize anyone who isnt a member day but after talking to
him and explainin it a little more there was definitely more of a
peace with him! ha after explaining what we have to do in order to be
baptized it was cool to see his desire increase! besides that other
investigators are about the same.
Over this last weekend there was a huge whale festival in an area in
our district- funny thing is you dont watch for whales- but lots of
cultural performances and such!We went as a district and proselyted
there over this weekend which was really fun!! We handed out and
advertised the blog that we made for our english class and numbers
jumped on those who have been to it! also using Im a Mormon cards we
were able to find many people interested about religion and met a few
who had met with missionaries before- really fun and successful
This last week monsoon season started up in korea!- thankfully we are
in an area where not much comes but it really is alot more humid and
the skies have been a bit dark and gloomy- but its still pretty cool
here so Im not complaining!!
others this next saturday our branch is going to eat dog!! hahaha Im
so stoked!- its crazy how many koreans actually havent had it haha but
Im really excited to try!
alright not much more time but Ill send pics soon gotta switch to the
good computer!
Have a great week!!! Love you so much and thanks for everything!!!
Elder Jackson

June 30th

HAHAH love the email this week thanks so much!!!!
this week has again just gone by way quick!!~! its just flying by and
everyday there is so much to do and so glad that we are learning day
by day how to be more effective and keep the work pushing on and on
and on!! and thats whats going on!! this week we ended with 3
progressing investigators and although one of them moved and didnt
tell us until the end of our last meeting on friday.
the other two are both seniors in high school and are awesome!!!!!
they both have such a desire and really think about what we teach! one
of them this week said that he wanted to do be a missionary and so we
will now be working on the steps for that which includes baptism! ill
keep you updated on that one!!
but yeah everything is going way sweet!!!
This week I gave my first baptismal interview- some stress of course
but everything is working out great and she will be baptized this
sunday! Although she is old she is really ready and it was really cool
to hear about how the Lord has prepared her to be baptized at this
Also had a way fun week with our activities again for family home
evening and we played soccer and had a fun time with our english
classes as well!!
yeah really everything is just great!!! I love being here at this time!!!
We meet President Barrows tonight for a bit and then have a meeting on
thursday with our zone!!! really excited to serve with him!
When you see the Gilberts and also elder wilsons parents tell them
both thank you for me!! they have done so much for me and I owe a lot
to them,!!!
Thanks and love you!!!
ELder Jackson