Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January 11, 2015

This week sounds like it was as always full of lots of great activities and the thing that I have found is the busier you sound at home the busier we seem to be here too-- in other words a great week lots of fun and lots to do!! We had a great time planning not only for a zone meeting this week but also for our SPM meeting collecting the information of all progressing investigators in the Zone and also reporting on recent converts and their status! When we first had to prepare for that meeting it was pretty stressful and I didnt like it too much, but it is such a blessing to be able to hear the reports and hear first hands from the other missionaries how things are going! in doing so we also learn and get ideas that we can apply to our investigators- although they are all different hearing how others have taught really brings a new perspective!

Our zone meeting was also a great learning and growing experience for us this week- we received our topic a couple weeks ago and through our planning with lots of prayer were able to set up a meeting centered around the Gospel of Jesus Christ(Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the End) and able to learn a lot more about what is possible Because of Him!!! Really a fun and spiritual meeting where each missionary came prepared to receive revelation of how we can reach a new step in our missionary work and in our lives!! I am extremely thankful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the part it plays not only in the role of "missionary work" but in the Work of Salvation!

This week our progressing investigator came to our appointment and to church with his Book of Mormon studied and marked and ready with questions for us! Really prepared and as we have been meeting with his older brother and friend who are the recent converts we have been able to have some great discussions about the church and help them all take a step closer to Christ which in turn helps us take a step closer to Christ! His date for baptism is set for the 24th of this month and he is well on the road of preparation! 

Anyways just a way super sweet week- to add to it exchanges with Elder Wilsons companion who is a trainee and way hilarious! Elder Newell from Washington and just a super nice guy! and of course the blessing of a zone meeting also comes with the chance to see 3 of my old companions plus other missionaries that have been hopping from zone to zone with me! really awesome to be able to see so many missionaries that have helped me a lot and to just have a great time with them! Also ate some really delicious food this week!! yeah a lunch appointment and the member made so much food it didnt fit on the table all at once!!-- super delicious!!!! 

The work keeps going and I am so glad to be a part of it!!! I love this work and am so glad that I can be a part of it in a time that the Lord is hastening!! Because of His Son, all things are made possible and we are able to create ties that last not just in this lifetime but in the life to come!! I am so thankful for you- my family!! who have taught me so much about serving the Lord and putting Him first! who have taught me right from wrong and raised me in a place where the Spirit of the Lord can be felt!!

Love you all!!
Elder Jackson

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