Monday, January 25, 2016

Nephi - Son of Helaman


This week Nephi taught me some good lessons. I've been pretty afflicted by the lack of success that we've been having, but then I read about how Nephi spent years in the north country, returning to his own house having had basically no success. When he got back things were just worse; the Gadianton robbers had taken over the government, and nobody cared about justice or mercy and their hearts had waxed cold. In his agony he cried out to God for his people, and began to preach again, again having little success. For his unwearying patience and diligence, the Lord blessed him with one of the greatest gifts a man can ever possess; the sealing keys. 

So basically I just have to suffer with patience my afflictions, and love the people, even though I already know which people who are just gonna slam their door in my face. I've felt a lot more spirit as I work with love, and I have felt the power and authority that comes from the spirit and fulfilling my calling.

Today we're going to have a zone activity and we're gonna make pancakes and smoothies. I'm in charge of the smoothies, so I'm gonna take myself back to the times when I made smoothies back home... the only bummer is that blueberries basically don't exist here, and the ones that do exist are ridiculously expensive. So it'll just be banana strawberry and ice cream. And eggs for those who dare to try it ;)

I love you and pray for you often!

-Elder Jackson

Monday, January 11, 2016

Out of the Tunnel and into the Light!

Hello everybody!

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Well, we were stuck in the seemingly un-ending Holiday Fever Tunnel, but now we're into the new light of 2016! This week we were blessed to find 4 new families to teach, and they are all very positive! One of them is a partial family, where the wife is a member but the husband isn't. Then we were walking out of a colony where we were working and we didn't know what to do, but then I remembered that in this one house someone had told me that there lived a member but that they had been on vacation in the US for like 6 months. We walked by and saw a car parked in front of the house so we went to see if they were there. They let us in, and we taught a little bit of the restoration, and he said that he would be baptized if he gets an answer. I was definitely led by the spirit to look back at that house while we were about to leave the neighborhood. We've been seeing great little miracles and we'll be seeing many more!

Then off to go bowing! (p-day fun)
Thank you for your prayers and support! I love you all :)

-Elder Jackson

Monday, January 4, 2016

Gonna Get Busy!

Hello everyone!

Well seeing as I now only have 6 1/2 months left, I'm gonna be getting’ real busy! It's so strange how quickly the time goes by, I feel like yesterday I was at the year mark!

We passed some sore trials these last few weeks due to the season and the huge drop in the level of interest of basically everyone in our area as a result of the holiday rush, but now we're pulling out of it with high hopes for the new year. Elder Mercado and I are doing well, and we get along well also. We have different tastes of interests, but that just makes it all the more dynamic!

We visited Sindy yesterday and she is really interested in the doctrine of the vicarious work and the temple. We explained a little bit more about the doctrine and left her with the little book My Family for her to fill out.

Happy 2016 everyone! Remember who we celebrated just 2 weeks ago :D

-Elder Jackson