Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 19, 2015

Happy 19th ... oh man this week again has flown by like none other- there is a lot we are trying to change and do and working to be the most effective in this area-- making sure that all 4 of us serving here are on the same page and working pushing forward in the same goals! Super fun week!!!! 

Tuesday we had our great service project at the senior center folding there clothes and such and most of the time we fold for about an hour and then help clean the bathrooms or something and then get to go talk to the Seniors. Really a great fun activity! however this week we folded laundry for 2 straight hours!! so walking into the room there was a pile that was almost up to my waist and big enough that I could have done a full body slam without even pushing it down all the way- and when it came to the ending time there was still a large pile- shout out to mom and dad for teaching us how to fold laundry right?! ^^ hah but we came back to have a great lesson. because of the opposition we had to change the date of the investigator's baptism ... however he is basically living like a member attending almost all activities and all sunday meetings- reading the Book of Mormon daily praying asking questions and seeking to find the truth! really a great kid and has a lot of help from his older brother and his friend! 

On wednesday we headed out to the furthest district in our zone for district meeting and to start exchanges!! The meetings and chances we have had to do exchanges are such a blessing!! its really so interesting how much you learn from different district with the different styles of teaching and the testimonies of each missionary! This week I again had the opportunity to go on an exchange with a new missionary in now his 6 week- His name is Elder Itri- These new missionaries are extremely amazing and progressing so fast! super sweet to see!! Well that exchange went to thursday and after we ended came back to our area for interviews with President Barrow! Love that time to talk and feel the Spirit have questions answered and better understand what I need to do to fulfill my purpose as a servant of the Lord! 

The rest of thursday and friday we headed out to visit some less active members and also on the goal of visiting as many members as we can to help the ward start on some of the new goals set for this year! Friday we had 3 appointments set within 4 hours and including travel time it was a full night -- not just for time. Each home that we visited had a full dinner prepared to eat with us. Having to keep our schedule we were at each house for 40-45 minutes and after sharing the message and on our way out the door we were also given more food that they had prepared for us to take home... that night we had quite the time trying to settle our stomachs before bed but it was all really delicious!!! The worst part is at one house they had me eat more because they said it looked like I had lost weight-- if I did it is all back now! haha

Saturday again a great day at our soccer activity which is becoming more and more effective as members are bringing their friends! a fun english class our numbers are rising and we have had 3 or 4 people call us from the advertisements we have placed around the area! Everything is going really really well!! of course on the week of transfers things are all going just about right-- thursday we have our call night and so we will see how that turns out!

Recently we have been studying a lot about how to receive answers to our hard questions- that has been a concern for some investigators and also for less actives -- as we studied the Spirit and the ways that He communicates with us we came across a few talks from decembers Liahona- one called helping others find faith in Christ and the other - finding answers to Hard questions. After reading these talks there are some great points that we can apply to not only help us help others but also help us understand our Heavenly Father and the plan that He has created for us! I am so thankful for the time I have to serve Him and His children and not only help answer their questions and concerns but also receive a stronger witness of the Nature of our Heavenly Father!!!
Love you all so much!!
thanks for your prayers and love and support and everything!!!
Clothes are all holding up ^^ haha LOVE YOU!!
Elder Jackson

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