Monday, May 25, 2015

The Last e-mail

This will be my last email sent as a full time missionary in Korea.

It has been the craziest thing pondering all that has happened over
the last two years and bringing it all down to now just a week left
does not feel right-- but there has been so much of a Spirit and a
love that I have found in Korea. This last week I had the opportunity
to be interviewed by a man who is writing a book about foreigners
living over seas as we spoke I realized more than ever before how much
things have changed over the last two years.
What i realized most is that Christ lives and loves us. In His
perfection, He reaches down with a hand of mercy to lift the weak and
broken hearted and to give hope and peace to those who are searching
for Him. He invites all to come unto Him that He may give us rest.
(Matt. 11:28) The knowledge of Christ as my Redeemer also helped me
understand what He has asked us to do. Wen we are baptized we begin on
the path of discipleship and have promised Him that as his disciples
we will mourn with those who mourn and stand in comfort with those who
need comfort(Mosiah 18: ) He has called us to Love as HE Loved, to
Serve as HE Served and to Live as HE Lived. He is our perfect
example-the Light and Life of the World and all things can be done
through HIM!! HE Lives and because HE lives we can Always find PEACE

Thank you for your testimonies and you love that have helped me gain
the testimony that I now hold!! I love you all so much!! have a great
week!! and we will see you soon!!!

Elder Jackson

May 20, 2015

Re: Soccer!

hey fam!!! 
So sorry about the wait that you had for this weeks email-- We have finally finished Zone Conferences and with those going every day for the last week and a half this is the only time we have had to hop on! We had 5 of the 6 zones make the trip down to the Mission Office for the conference and had great meetings!! In each of the conferences, one of the sessions was set for hiking the mountain just behind the Chapel here and so we got to spend a lot of time out in the beauty of the spring with great weather not too hot a nice breeze each day and signs and feelings that bore testimony of the Savior! As we hiked the mountain, we heard from the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders in each zone about their thoughts on the sacrament and President Barrow shared great words of wisdom at the top to conclude that session! It was such a great experience to learn of Christ in His creations and to really feel that peace and joy which are the fruits of the Spirit! 
The other session included talks and teaching practices again all focused and centered on the sacrament. I was pleased to speak in these sessions about the unity that is found as we partake of the sacrament! The sacrament is the way we become one with the team of the Godhead, a time in which we are cleansed spiritually in every way which allows us to see our true potential, that as children of God. It was amazing to study this topic in depth and receive guidance and revelation from President and from the Spirit!! 

That really was the bulk of the week- we found ourselves in our regular SPM meetings and in preparation for the next zone conference each night that kept us very busy throughout the week! Not too much time to do a lot else but just enough to do what was needed! 

That really was the week, going in more detail would take longer than I have so I will explain later!!
Love you all so much and thank you for all that you do for me and more importantly for the Lord! 
Love you all bunches!! 
Elder Jackson
lots of Pics were taken and so I will send all of them to you next week!!
PPS Jeju is super beautiful, but we didnt have a lot of time out ill send those pics next week too

Love ya!!

May 3, 2015

Ok so to be completely honest .. this week was super similar to the
last 3 weeks

everything is going by so quickly and learning and applying and
teaching is a process that I did not think could go this fast- not
because I am good at it but just because it just happens!! This week
with our half training meeting and with our MLCM meeting we were
packed with things to plan and prepare and when it all came down to
it, everything was ok. I feel a lot less stressed about the meetings
and such now that I have been involved in almost every one that we
conduct and hold as assistants. The big thing now is zone
conference... We started working on the planning and preparing in the
middle of last transfer and are still working out a few of the
wrinkles in it-- planning on some great meetings with the focus on the
such a blessing to have the time to really think and ponder what the
sacrament means and really why we partake of it. Last week on sunday
Elder Kim and I really took the time to ponder and think about what it
all means. It is the topic on which we will teach and so we felt even
more the need to apply and understand the things that we would talk
and testify of. Well it changed the meaning for both of us- a
different feeling and more of a desire to take it. Well this week
through all the meetings and work that we had, the sacrament continued
to be on my mind. I really wanted to prepare well to partake of the
sacrament and feel the full effect that it can have and as we welcomed
in the members yesterday from the rain, Elder Kim and I expressed
those feelings to each other.
We were so ready. And about 10 minutes before the meeting started,
Elder and Sister Bowcutt came in the church and informed us that there
were some people who looked like they were having some trouble with
their car. Elder Kim and I went out with Elder Bowcutt to see how we
could help and it turned out they had a flat with no phone or
knowledge of how to change the tire. The owners were older and the man
was shivering from the rain.
We went straight to work to change the tire and invited them to go
warm themselves in the church. They gladly accepted the invitation as
we continued to work on the car. After some technical difficulties
with a flat spare tire as well we entered sacrament meeting at 9:50,
both a little discouraged that we were not able to participate in the
sacrament. When the meeting ended we walked the couple back to the car
and they were both so full of light and gratitude. As the left Elder
Bowcutt turned to us and said, "They were not just warmed outside but
on the inside too. Their spirits needed some warmth and that is what
they received today." Thinking about all that had happened, I feel
like I learned even more about the sacrament. We really felt of the
need and the necessity of it but I also thought about the sacrifice
that our Savior made so that we could be spiritually warm and healed
each week!

I am so thankful for the blessings of the gospel. for the truth that
is found in the scriptures and from living prophets today. I am so
grateful for the sacrament, for the cleansing power and the enabling
power that guides us in all that we do because we will have His Spirit
with us.

Love you all so much! Thanks for your examples and your love and your
prayers-- itll be fun to skype next week-- ^^
Love you!!!
Elder Jackson