HELLLOOOOOOOO!! Happy Chinese New Year!! We are excited to be celebrating this week with our members and our investigators!! Always fun when holiday season comes in!!!! Well- this last week was full of just activity- we were honestly running from place to place in order to get everything that we needed done. We have continued to visit less actives and had two large activities last week that kept us on our toes! We continued to have success in our less active efforts- not necessarily finding and teaching them but getting information about where they are and what they are doing. The result is still with a high percentage of them having moved.... but its the greatest feeling when someone answers the door and says that their son or husband lives there and is at work or school and so to come and visit again later! It has been quite the experience again being able to feel the direction that the Lord gives through our Priesthood leaders and we know that they are inspired to do these things to help Him fulfill HIs purpose- To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man! Our activities included our weekly family home evening that had record attendance this week and a road show!! The road show was basically a talent show held at stake level! It was fun as we were able to participate in many of the performances-- the main performance of our ward was a shadow puppet show- super hilarious but also a great message about the Saviors birth! The missionaries and the Bishop were the "skills" team so we got to act the puppets to the voices of our members! Really a fun great time!!! This week we also had a great time being able to serve our zone- We had a Zone Conference this last week on Friday. As Zone Leaders we had the opportunity to give a teaching practice that was based off of the topic of Planning and Communicating with the Lord. It was such a sweet experience to learn more about how we need to change and need to be in order to feel the Spirit, recognize what we need to do and then act on those feelings and impressions. Our whole meeting was based off of scriptures from Helaman chapter 5 Ether chapters 1-3 and Preach My Gospel chapter 4. As Elder Lee and I were studying for our practice we were able to learn a lot about ways that we can better prepare ourselves to recognize and accomplish the things which the Lord has prepared. Through our studies my favorite piece of new knowledge was found in Ether chapter 3 verse 1- And it came to pass that the brother of Jared, (now the number of the vessels which had been prepared was eight) went forth unto the mount, which they called the mount Shelem, because of its exceeding height, and did molten out of a rock sixteen small stones; and they were white and clear, even as transparent glass;and he did carry them in his hands upon the top of the mount,and cried again unto the Lord- as Elder Lee and I studied this verse we thought about the effort that the brother of Jared put into receiving and answer from the Lord. Not only hiking up to a high mountain but then cleansing and purifying the rock which he would later take to the Lord to have Him fill it with light. We compared the rock to our hearts, What do we need to do in order to receive Gods Light and continue in righteousness until we to will come to know more perfectly of Him? We must purify our hearts make them clean and pure and only then will the Lord stretch out His finger and touch us with His light. That light being a better understanding of who HE is. Between all of this we were able to find a new investigator and have a great lesson with Him about our relationship with God and also as we continue to meet, we were able to see and feel his desire to get baptized. We are working on a plan and praying for his date but just trying to help him as he desires which is coming to live a life of faith! So thankful for those that the Lord allows us to teach and the things that he prepares us for and lifts us so that we can do! Love you!! KICC!! Elder Jackson PS thanks for the Valentines package!! I was able to feel s'more of your LOVE ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Have a great day!!! Love ya!
Monday, February 16, 2015
Hows it goin?!?! The fact that each week progressively gets faster is really nuts. I never thought that I would wake up each morning and go to bed each night not even feeling the days as they went... but as they go by the Lord is constantly guiding and helping us accomplish the things which we need to do. This week has been full of so many small miracles that we really cannot count them all.
Last week after our p-day we made and organized the less active members that we were going to visit for the upcoming week- 35 houses. And so we started and as we walked through the concrete jungle of Korea we were able to find more information and meet more people than I ever have before when searching for less active members- we have confirmed every home that we visited as either living there or as moved - most of the time it is a huge question mark because no one is ever home or they dont answer or they tell us to go away before we can ask haha but it was a great faith builder as we were striving to accomplish the things which our Priesthood leaders had asked us to do! This was a continually finding throughout the week and as we did that we also prepared and had our meeting with the stake leaders, had MLCM and were able to go out to the furthest are in our zone for a baptismal interview and make it back (round trip of 4hrs and 30mins). It was quite the week. There is a promise that is given to all those who work with the Spirit in helping others come unto Christ, that we will not be weary that we will have His strength and His direction in all things! I know that to be true as we have been able to feel it this week!
Well throughout the week we have also been working on trying to use the Book of Mormon more in our tracting and all phases of the work, this allowed us to find some amazing people this week! so my favorite story of the week- as wee were riding the bus down to the mission home for MLCM we were studying as we were riding the bus and all of the sudden the person sitting behind me leans forward and says in perfect english, "hey you can put you seat back if you would like." I was really shocked hah but as we continued to talk it turns out that he studied in Malaysia for 2 years and learned english there and is looking for more opportunities to speak. not only that but his parents also want him to choose his own religion and set his own beliefs and he said "I dont want to go to hell" haha well that lead into a discussion of the plan of salvation and his contact number- although he doesnt live in our area I was so thankful that the Lord literally gave me the opportunity to open my mouth and share His gospel!!
In response to Dads insight on prayer, I think that there is a lot that can be prayed for. As missionaries we work hard but sometimes as we are working we forget to stop and look to see who the Lord has prepared for us to touch and be in contact with. There also are a lot of people who needs those prayers that they may be able to recognize the Lord hand in there life. I also know that this isnt something that each member of the church can feel as they pray for the ability to share the gospel and help the missionaries in their efforts! I am so thankful for you prayers and for your example as you work with the missionaries to bring others back into the boat!!! Dad you are a great example to me and I love to hear that you are helping the missionaries create miracles!^^
Love you all!!
Thank you for everything!!!! Good luck with the tournaments and things coming up soon! stay safe and have fun!!!
Love you all!!!
Ps... brad dope magic??? what in the world haha
So yeah not sure what or how i will fill in the two weeks that have passed- all I have to say is that miracles of all shapes and sizes have been being given to Elder Lee and I. We are staying together for his last transfer!! and our area had some change ups-- instead of a four man we turned back into a two man and are bringing in a team of sisters that will be training- so in other words in for a great time!
The last week of last transfer was a bit of a stressful one with waiting for transfer calls and trying to do all that we could for a possible transfer ... thankfully we passed though thursday working at a higher level and just continued to keep going! We got a new assignment from our bishop that week to visit every member in the area- active less active- ALL! and so we have been working a lot on organizing the lists that we have received so that we can do it all in the next month- about 300 people and so our schedule filled really fast!
So this week with bringing in the sisters team we got to prep their house a bit and we have had a few meetings together with them that have allowed us to continue doing the normal activities and help them start more smoothly in the new area. And off of the planning and preparing from last week we were able to visit about 20 houses and as most less active visits go- lots of "they moved like 3 years ago..." answers at the door. But yesterday as we went out to visit we were able to meet an awesome man whose son is less active. The father not a member but let us in gave us some water and we were able to have a great talk and mini lesson with him! His daughter is actually now living in Bountiful and although he calls himself as atheist he was thankful for the impact that it has had on his families lives.
So it has not been an extremely exciting 2 weeks but we have been working hard and trying our best to open our eyes to the miracles that the Lord is working so that we may be able to see and feel them and help those around us recognize the same miracles in their life! A huge part of our studies recently have been based off of the lessons we have had. They have a lot of questions that they don't feel like they are getting answers to and so we have changed our focus more and more on the influence and power of the Spirit and what His role is in our conversion. It has been a great week to learn more about the Godhead and the blessings that we receive as we strive daily to keep the commandments and weekly as we partake of the Sacrament. I really felt the importance of recognizing that although the Holy Ghost does not have a body He is a God and having that influence in our lives is necessary in order to progress and repent. As we do these things that same God - The Holy Ghost- is able to give us the remission of our sins so that we can be clean again. He has a unique and very important role in helping Heavenly Father accomplish His goal of all of His children receiving Eternal Life. And it is all made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. They Live Love us and are working together with all they can to help guide us through the trials of life. The milestones that we need to face in order to gain the experience and knowledge that our Heavenly Father has prepared. I know that they are right next to us standing near and waiting for us to call upon Them trust Them and walk with Them. To end this week I was able to teach gospel principles class about exaltation where in I found now one of my favorite quotes-Joseph Smith taught: “It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God. … He was once a man like us; … God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did." I know that as we strive to live in a way to understand who our Father is, He will bless us with every necessity that will lead us to life with Him, His Son, and with our families!!!!
I love you all so much and always can feel your support love a prayers- they are being heard and answered as we are about doing the Fathers work!
Love you tons,