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

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