Monday, July 27, 2015

In the Service of our Fellow Beings

Hello friends and Family!

I dunno about you guys, but I love giving service! Sadly many people here don't let us help them, but almost every time I knock a door I offer my service to them. And it eventually has its fruits. My comp knocked a door and the man was shoveling dirt out to continue building his house. We offered to help, and he accepted. It turns out that missionaries almost 10 years ago helped him fix his car, so he knew we really could help. It also turns out he was a pastor, but that didn't matter at all, because we were simply helping a fellow man without interest of any kind other than the satisfaction of knowing we made his day a lot easier.

We also had the opportunity to give spiritual service yesterday. We were prompted to pass by an active family in the ward that hasn't gone to church for a few weeks as they deal with the terminal health problems of their mom. We stopped by, and we found out that the young men hadn't given them the special sacrament to them this week, so we called the bishop and got permission to do it for them. After that we shared a little thought and sang "Para Siempre Dios Esté con Vos" (God be With You til we Meet Again). The spirit was so strong that almost all of them were crying. I almost did.

I testify of the words of King Benjamin. As we serve our fellow men, we are serving God also. Every time I get the chance to help someone, I feel His presence with me. If you want to feel closer to the Savior, serve your fellow men.

I love you guys!

-Elder Jackson

Here Comes the Rain Again

Making Paches?? not sure....
Hello Everybody!

The rain is back with a vengeance now with hail and everything. Luckily we've escaped the hail, but we've gotten well drenched a few times this week. Once again I can't remember very well what happened this week, but it was a good one. 

We gave the best service ever this week. Peeling a huge bag of potatoes and mashing them up to make paches! Paches are like tamales but made with potato instead of corn meal. Personally paches are way better.

That's All Folks!

Two volcanoes visible!
I love you guys, have a wonderful week :)
 -Elder Jackson

ps I promise next week I'll write more

Here is Ben "letting his stupid out!"

Not sure Captain America would shave HIS legs.... just sayin'

Monday, July 13, 2015

No More Opening Happiness :(

Hello everyone!

Great view from apartment!
I hope you got what I meant by the title before reading the following, because if you did you're a real Coca-Cola fan ;). But yep, we have a new rule that we can't drink Coca-Cola or any other caffeinated drink in the mission. It's probably for the best because I was falling in love with Coke here. It's way better in Latin America because they use real sugar instead of corn syrup. But either way, no more shall I be drinking Coke on the mission... I can't promise what'll happen afterwards though.

This week was a week of miracles. We saw miracles every day this week! We found a new family, the family Castellano. They are a golden family, and we put a baptismal date with them for August 24, but we'll probably baptize them before that date. They love having us over, and they are extremely interested in the message. We also are teaching Carla, a single mom with a huge desire to raise her son correctly. She also takes high interest in our lessons, and wants to know the truth. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated to help them receive the answer they are waiting for. That would be for Carla, and the Castellanos Family. Thank you!

I love you all so much, and hope you have a wonderful week!

Elder Jackson

Ps we have a great view from our apartment!

Dear Family,
Also so you know more about my comp, Elder Alvarado is from Honduras, he has 7 months in the mission, He's really good at futbol, and he's a great comp. We get along really well, and we have some fun moments together. Also some dumb moments, like when we shaved our legs this morning... yes we did that, you can get mad at me if you want, but as elders we just have to let our stupid out sometimes. I'm sure Brian understands ;) [I think I will ask for pictures....:)]

Old Dog of Nimajuyu

Dear friends and family,

Well, I'm now the old dog of the zone. I don't have changes, so I'll be staying in Guajitos with Elder Alvarado, but Elder Bentley goes. That means I'll have almost 8 months in this zone, though I'll have been in 2 areas. 

This week we saw miracles. Mostly yesterday though. At the beginning of the week we made a covenant as a zone that in each area we would find 20 new people to teach. On Sunday we had 14 and so we needed 6 more to complete the covenant. We worked hard all afternoon, and I did divisions with a member, but we didn't find anyone new. We met up with our comps again at the end of the day a little disheartened, but it turned out that they by a miracle had found exactly 6 people! So we had completed with the covenant we made. That's the power of covenant-making. If we have the faith and we work to complete, God will always fulfill His part so that we can fulfill ours. God is with us in this work. It's His work, so it only makes sense that we should always invoke His help. And if we invoke His name in humility and faith, He will give us the victory (D&C 104:82).

Have a wonderful week, I know I will!

Elder Jackson

Dear Family,
Yeah I've been pretty baggy for Whitey's for like a week. And now that news about Blue Bell just broke my heart. [full recall of all Blue Bell ice cream products and plants all shut down because of bacteria problems. Blue Bell is the Texas ice cream addiction] 

I'm doing really well though, everything is great, and I have felt a lot of strength and growth in these last couple of weeks. I love you guys so much :) 

- Elder Ben