I am writing a day early this week because for P-day tomorrow we're going to the big central market most of the day. I'm really excited! For some reason they like to build down more than up because they build a lot of things underground, like the central market.
|The day Ben was set apart as a missionary. Brian - Benjamin - Hyrum|
This week Elder Pilling and I had some really good lessons! We've really been getting into the groove of teaching together, and he's really starting to catch on to the language. Our best one was on the day that we did a 24 hour English Fast. We went and taught "Pedro" right at the end of the fast and we felt the spirit so strong. Elder Pilling was saying stuff out of nowhere and pulling out scriptures that I didn't even think about, and Pedro said he wanted to be baptized. I love the Holy Ghost so much.
This week is gonna be really sad. The next wave of six-weekers are all leaving tomorrow to go out into the field, which means everyone in our room except Elder Pilling and I are gone. That means we get to meet a bunch of new elders that are coming in, but I'm really gonna miss some of the guys in our room. On top of that our teacher Hermano Menendez's last day is today. He is leaving to meet up with his French fiance who is coming down here where they'll get married and then move back to France. He's so cool and we're all going to miss him a lot.
In sacrament meeting this Sunday my district sang Mas Cerca Dios de Ti (Nearer My God to Thee) and we did really well. On average I'd say we have the most musically inclined district, but it helps that we have 3 Hermanas (sisters), one of which played violin with us. My district is so awesome. During district meetings, after we finish our business, we always like to have testimony/story meetings where we all share meaningful experiences and testimonies. It's really helped us bond as a district and friends.
I ordered a leather scripture case a while ago and I got it this week. I love it so much! I got a picture of the San Antonio temple on the front of it, and Christ's second coming on the back. Every time I look at the front I think of all you guys in Texas and how much I love all of you. I think of everybody else too, don't worry.
The language is coming along pretty well, I'm not stressing about it because I know it will come when it does, as long as I keep doing my best to progress. At this point I just need to make sure I handle the change to the field where I won't understand any Spanish! I can't believe I only have 2 weeks left! I'm so ready to get out there and change lives!
I'm so thankful for perspective. That's something that my patriarchal blessing talks about and it has been my lifesaver. When trials come, or I make mistakes, I look for the lesson that God wants me to learn and then I thank Him for that trial, because they always prepare us for the next trial to come, and it always does. But through Christ we can do all things, and I know that is true with all my heart. I'm not worried about going out into the field, and I'm not worried about the trials that I'm going to face, because with perspective and faith they only make us stronger. And God is going to provide plenty of blessings out here as well to make it all worth it. I love Jesus Christ, and I love all of you. Thank you all for your amazing examples to me in all walks of my life.
I'm not sure really what to talk about since I have no email from you yet, but as always I love each of you so much [I got surprised last night when I saw his 'one day early' letter and I was headed to write him!]. I'm counting down the days til Jess comes out here with me! Jess my advice to you as you get ready to go into the MTC goes along with what I said in my general letter. No matter what challenges you face, whether it be a difficult companion, or anything else, thank God for those trials and look for the ways it makes you better. Don't worry, it's not going to be that tough, you're only going to Provo, but don't ever let yourself get discouraged. Discouragement is one of the the most common tools of the enemy, and in my opinion one of the most lethal. No matter what, shine with the Light of Christ and lift others up who are down, and you will find constant joy in the work.
|Jackson Five before Ben was set apart. We love our boys!|
By the way everyone, don't feel bad about letting me know things that are happening. Tell me what's up, tell me things you've learned, and tell me how you've been feeling. You are still my family, after all. Again, I really want to know how Brother Lawrence is doing, I've been thinking and praying about him a lot this week. Only 2 weeks and I get to be out there with Calvin! We've been keeping up every week and he's having a great time in Korea.
Stay amazing guys! I love you so much.
Elder Benjamin Jackson