Monday, February 16, 2015

Chinese New Year! 2.15.15.

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!!
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!

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