Monday, April 4, 2016

What a Great Week!

Hello everybody!

Well, this week was great! It also went by ridiculously fast... On Tuesday we taught Abel again, and he came literally running all the way from the other side of Jutiapa just to get to the chapel on time! He's great! Also there's a member family who just recently got super active again and we're going to help them baptize their 9-year-old daughter who missed it last year because they were inactive! Baptisms are wonderful!

Also on Friday we had mission council which is always great, though President was a bit frustrated with himself because we aren't completing our goals. He talked about the purpose of goals and how putting high numbers don't mean anything if you can't complete them. They just make you look bad in the end. You could say you have faith, but faith is based on works, and if you haven't shown the necessary works in the past, unless you make significant changes in your work habits, that faith is in vain. One can instead choose to put realistic, even low goals and have just as much faith to complete them, but the difference is that you'll likely complete them, because you have in the past, or at least gotten close. And as you go on completing your realistic goals, your vision of what you can do will increase, and you will achieve more than you could before. Sobering thoughts for missionaries.

And of course general conference was amazing! In October I'll be there! I really want to hear the MoTab in person, you know how much I love music, maybe someday I'll be in the choir :) A lot of focus on families and providing protection from the storms of our day. We are being prepared to withstand the signs of the last days. Whether it comes in our day or after it doesn't matter because we need to be ready! I took a lot of notes that will come in handy in the future when I've got a family. After all, they say that the mission is the MTC for life ;)

Love you all so much!

-Elder Jackson


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