Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hello everyone!
It's late I know. This week we're having our district P-day but the place we are going to is closed on Mondays so we're doing it tomorrow. Today we worked like normal but we are writing now so we have more time tomorrow. It's all approved so don't worry. 

This week has been a great week. I honestly don't remember most of it, and the days are flying by, but I know it was good. I can't believe that there's only two more weeks in this change! That's kind of depressing actually. My comp will probably be going, plus Hermana Cerrato is dying as well as Elder Ramos in our district. The district will change quite a bit. But I'm also excited.

This week my comp decided to change the way we contact a bit. We have started working on sharing only short lessons when we enter houses and prepare them for our next visit, then go on contacting. We have had a lot of success. I'm so lucky to have a comp like Elder Bankhead. He is willing to change when things aren't working, and willing to submit to new rules even when they seem too restrictive. I have been truly blessed since I got out here. 

I have learned so much here it's impossible to write a hundredth part. Now I know how the Book of Mormon prophets felt. I love studying the scriptures every morning and sharing what I learned with my comp. I recently finished The Doctrine & Covenants for the first time all the way through. I also started reading the New Testament from start to finish for the first time. Jesus really is The Great Teacher. I just wanna slap the Jews for not understanding what He was talking about. It all makes so much sense to me. But I also think in analogies and parables, so I have a specific connection with that. Jesus Christ has become a significantly larger role model for me. I always wanted to be like Him, but now I just feel so much closer to Him. Reading His words and the things He did makes Him so much more real to me. He is my example. He is my friend. He is my teacher. He is the Savior of the world. Of that I can testify with no doubt in my mind. His love is sufficient for all. Let Him in and He will lead you on the path to eternal life. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Church of Jesus Christ restored upon the earth today. I know Thomas S. Monson is a prophet called of God to lead us. This is my testimony and nothing change what I know to be true.

Have a wonderful week!

Elder Benjamin Jackson

Dear family,
Mom I'm so glad you had a great birthday. Dad you're a perfect husband and if I could treat my future wife half as good as you treat Mom I'd be golden. The days pass like a dream here. Only I gotta work on making it a dream worthwhile. You guys are all amazing and I still wonder what I did to deserve you all as a family. Jess, rip it up and don't ever get discouraged about the language. You'll learn it. Take each day at a time and make it the best one yet.

Love and a thousand hugs and thanks, 

Elder Benjamin Jackson

Monday, November 17, 2014

Semana Mixta [Mixed Week]

Monday, November 10, 2014

Patience - Perseverance - Perspective

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dead Cold

Hello everyone!
So now it gets cold. Also November 1 is El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) where everyone buys flowers and goes to the cemetery for a huge fiesta carnival thing to honor their deceased. We didn't know what it was going to be like, so we went to see if we could contact some sad families mourning for their dead and teach them about the Plan of Salvation... Yeah nobody was mourning. But we bought churros and this amazing coconut dulce. So, fittingly, after Saturday it has been super cold. 

This week has been a good week. Pretty slow, and rainy, but there have been some ups. On Friday we visited one of our recent converts who has been struggling with drinking. It had been a while since we had asked him about his progress, so I asked how he was doing. He told me that after he had met with President Flores like we suggested he basically made a covenant that he would not drink one more glass. He couldn't afford it, he said. He couldn't afford to hurt his family anymore, he couldn't afford to use that money that should go to his family for food, he couldn't afford to use the money that he would need to return to his family after working. He's a truck driver so he is often very far away. He is a really amazing man, and in just the short time I have been here I have seen his faith and strength grow tremendously. The Lord can work miracles in us if we let him.

So Hermana Cerrato is one of the sister missionaries that we work with in our area, and she goes home this change. She dies. So, my comp bought one of the many wreaths being sold on El Día de los Muertos, and we gave it to her in honor of her death. We took great pics and had a good time.

I know the Savior lives and loves each one of us. I feel His strength every day. He is my rock and my salvation, and Him will I praise for ever more. Thank you for your support and love.

Have a wonderful week,
Elder Jackson

Dear family, 
Ugh I'm really out of time. I got a lot of emails and I'm really slow at typing as you know. Most of the people here are Catholics only by name. They understand basically nothing of the doctrine or the practices. It's a challenge because we always have to teach very simply. They hoodwink themselves into thinking they can't understand the Word of God. I love you guys so much. 

Have a great week!