Monday, July 11, 2016

A Mother's Farewell

[So, it is totally bittersweet to write this post and close another missionary chapter that I have loved three times over. His last letter had me in tears this morning. Gratefully, these experiences don't end, they just shift to every day life and the process of enduring well on a foundation well built. I love my sweet boy who has grown into a man these past two years.

A mother's farewell to written letters from the heart.]

The Cherry on Top!


Elisa's Baptism
Well, what a wonderful ending to 2 wonderful years! Elisa was baptized, and we have left a great legacy here with miracle investigators, and great relationships with the members. 

On Thursday we saw a great miracle when I knocked a door and found a man named Jose whose wife Narcissa is gravely sick with tuberculosis. When we entered she was having a panic attack, but we offered to give her a blessing, and she suddenly calmed down and began to say that I was the angel she had seen in a dream not long ago that would come back to bless her family. We gave her a blessing and she was very calm afterwards. We came back again Saturday morning and she was looking even better. We taught The Restoration and they accepted a baptismal date for August 20th. For her sickness they weren't able to go to church, but they want to go and I know they'll be going soon.

Elisa and her husband who baptized her
Honestly I couldn't have had a better finish than the one I had. Elder Williams and I decided since the beginning of this change that we would give our all, and we were confident that the Lord would do miracles. He kept His end of the deal because we kept ours. I think this change was more filled with miracles than any other change in my whole mission. Heavenly Father is real. He lives and loves us. To deny that would be to ignore everything I have seen and done for 23 months. I can't deny it and I never will. 23 months has caused in me the change of a lifetime.

I can say, as President Uchtdorf, that the gospel works wonderfully, and I couldn't ask for more!


-Elder Jackson


Monday, July 4, 2016

The Final Baptism!

Hello everyone!

[this is Ben's letter in the way of pictures!]

Elder Williams and Elder Jackson
Well, this week we're gettin ready for our last baptism on the mission! Elisa is super ready and she passed her interview last week, but because of a ton of events happening on Saturday we weren't able to do it on the 2nd. But this week is for sure, so Elder Williams and I are stoked!

We went to the temple for the last time on Saturday too, and got to be witnesses for the youth and convert baptisms. One recent convert Emelin went for the first time and loved it so much that's almost all she talks about. She's not always a very spiritual person just because she likes to joke around and stuff, but it was cool to see her feel the spirit and look so content. I love the temple and I'm so glad Heavenly Father let me go to one more time before the end of my mission.

Emelin, us, Erick getting ready for his mission
This is the plan of happiness and the good tidings of great joy. I can see it in the faces of all the members of this Church. We are Mormons and we are very happy. At least I am :D

Happy Fourth of July! Viva America y viva Guatemala!

-Elder Jackson

Happy July 4th from Guatemala with  French Toast!

US missionaries on 4th of July!

That is the way food is eaten..... postit note too??
Erick who is getting ready for his mission

Guatemala Temple

Temple doors

Guatemala Temple

Temple and downtown

The Temple Group! youth and new members

One Week Left....