Here is a recent letter from Elder Jackman:
Hello to all of you again!!! I hope you all had a great week. This week was good and bad for us over here but we’ll try to focus mostly on the good haha. This week was really long, It felt like it lasted forever but we finally made it!!
Here is a recent letter from Elder Stones:
Good week overall here, even though I did not think I´d be here a week ago. 🙂 Been a bit hard to adjust, I always get a bit anxious when I get transfered, but luckily by new comp is cool and the area is awesome. We have a really big ward here, with an awesome ward mission leader. I think he´s got to be the best ML in the mission to be honest, I´ve never seen anybody so into it, it´s amazing. He´s been helping us out a lot.Been a stressful week for us Zone Leaders here though, my goodness. One thing I´ve learned out here is that things aren´t always going to go as planned. We´ve spent a ton of time away from proseliting either planning or fixing things in the zone that people didn´t do right. It´s been extremely frustrating to be honest, but it teaches you a lot. I´m slowly becoming a pro at Excel, we run this mission like a business out here. But through it all, still alive, hopefully this week will go a bit better.The area is really good as far as the work goes. There´s a lot of investigators actually, a few that are actually going to be baptized in the coming weeks. We have Karen (11 years old) and Arianeth (19) that are in a part member family that are going to be baptized in a couple weeks. We´re also finding a lot of other families as well through contacts, so that´s been good. Just wish we had a bit more time to proselite so we could give them more attention.We teach two very interesting lessons every week. The first one, every Monday we teach in an addiction recovery place called Annexo. We´re given 2 hours in the morning to show a couple vidoes, start a discussion, and divide into groups to teach a message to each one of them. We combine with the other Elders near our area and our mission leader, but we still have to only have one missionary each group. Today was my first day, and I actually liked it a lot. There´s some very interesting people there for sure, but most of them are very humble. They live in the center for months at a time, and aren´t allowed to leave so that they don´t have access to drugs or alcohol. But what we´re able to do is strenghten them in there, then receive the addresses for their families and teach them until they get out. We didn´t receive any references today, but I´ve heard in the past we´ve had a lot of success.The other lesson is actually a family who´s father was in that center. We teach them every Tuesday. He lived in the US for a while, and got married with an American woman, and had 2 kids. They ended up getting divorced and now live here. The two kids, Parker and Preston both are like full on American kids, they speak English and are learning Spanish. So what we do is we divide into groups, our mission leader and one missionary with the adults, and another missionary with the kids. Well, the luck fell upon me to teach the kids. It was fun, but they are insane, they were going crazy the whole time. Now I see why I had that primary calling before my mission. 🙂 But they´re a really good family, they all want to be baptized, but the only thing is that they didn´t come to church yesterday and we don´t know why. We´ll see tomorrow.Apart from that, Apizaco has some amazing bread. They have the most amazing bakeries here in Tlaxcala. There´s this one across from the church that is seriously from heaven. A very famous bread here is what´s called the Concha. They sell those there, but they´re filled with a type of frosting or jam. They´re dang expensive, but after a long day they hit the spot!The new house is awesome, it´s nice and big and doesn´t look anything like the first house I had in Maravillas, so I´m stoked. Those 4 months in that tiny little box are finally paying off. Elder Bowles and I get along well, I have about 2 changes more than him, but honestly that doesn´t even matter, we work together super well. We´ve been helping each other out a lot this week. So far I have been very blessed with companions!Overall doing pretty well out here, again it´s been interesting getting used to the area and everything, but I learned a ton in Manzanilla, and it´s been good being able to apply all that stuff here. I know I´m here for a reason, just need to keep moving forward and work hard.Love you guys!Elder StonesMisión México Puebla NorteColonia La PazPuebla, Puebla 72160MéxicoElder Stones is serving from the Daniels Park Ward.
Here is a recent letter from Elder Jackman:
A Week of, well….Problems
Well as you can see from the title this week was not really the best week but it wasn’t all bad, I mean I am a missionary for the Lord so that is pretty good diba!!! But yea this week was a long one and a lot of stuff happened and well not really a lot just one big thing happened that really effected the whole week.
Monday: We had pday as usual so me and elder arienda went to tocloban for pday and we meet up with elder Lopez and his comp and hung out with them. Pday was going really great until we got to the mission office and the San Roque elders called me on the phone……it was Elder Lacsao and he told me that there was a problem and that we needed to go to his apartment…..well I told him that we were still in Tacloban but that we would go to their apartment and he said to hurry…..so we dropped what we were doing in the office and traveled to their apartment. We told the ZLs (Zone Leaders) too so they started to go to the San Roque apartment too. Once we got there we talked to them and heard what happened. Basically when they were in Tacloban for pday Elder Canas freaked out at Lacsao and was yelling at him in front of a ton of people and pushing him and stuff……yea not good. So we decided to go into threesomes. Me and Arienda took Lacsao and the ZLs took Canas.
I am good! Tuesday, we went to a less active family’s house, went to a meeting with our Ward Mission leader, and then went to another less active’s house. Not crazy, but busy.
Wednesday, we were eating after district meeting at a panini crepe restaurant in Paris and a guy came over and said, “Elders, get anything you want I’m paying for it.” Miracles. He turned out to be a member from Michigan on a business trip who had a son in Hong Kong serving a mission. The church is true brothers and sisters. Haha. We then went to a less active’s house. He said he wanted to go back to church and feel the spirit more in his life, and he meant it. He has been going to church for the last 2 weeks, despite the hour long drive to get to the chapel from his house. It’s awesome to see dedication like that.
Thursday, we did some service for a part member family. We were just moving and tossing a bunch of stuff. That night we went to KFC with our Ward Mission Leader and they ran out of chicken legs and breasts. Are you kidding me! All they had left were wings and chicken patties. I don’t know why that bothered me so much. I opted for wings.
Friday we went to Beauvais. We were there to buy bus passes, when we got the prompting to stop by one of our amis’ house. We got there, and they said they had just come home and if we had arrived 10 minutes earlier, they wouldn’t have been there. They only had about 30 minutes to talk before they had to leave again, but they were hospitable. They are Catholics from Sri Lanka. We decided to give them the Book of Mormon and to explain it a little. We gave it to them in Sinhala, their language. They seemed very interested and grateful for our visit. We had just enough time with them before they had to leave. The spirit prompted us to talk to them at that specific time for a reason. That was pretty cool. We then had a mangez-vous (dinner appointment) and we shared a lesson. Elder Edwards changed the topic of the lesson on me, and not knowing French that great, that was kind of a curve ball. However, I was able to teach the lesson nonetheless and express my thoughts, despite my lack of preparation for that moment. The spirit was present. I don’t need to be fluent in French when the spirit is there. That was a stellar day.
The next day, we tried contacting a less active named Aurelie, but I’m pretty sure she moved. When we got to her apartment, there was someone with the same first name as her there, but it was a 5 year old girl who wasn’t a member. Haha. Funny coincidences. But we did end up scheduling a rendez vous with her mom anyways, even if it wasn’t the “Aurelie” we were looking for. The Lord truly works in mysterious ways. We then met with another less active who committed to come to churchnext Sunday.
Sunday, we went to church and had a mangez-vous. We then dropped, unplanned, by an ami that we had had a tough time contacting. We were able to meet with him and share a lesson. That was another little miracle of the week.
Today was the coolest p-day we have had yet! We went to Noyon, where John Calvin was born, and we went to a cathedral where Charlemagne was confirmed into the Catholic Church. We then ate at a Chinese restaurant with some members who paid for us. Afterwards, we saw another cathedral that had been destroyed from WW2, which was kind of cool.
It’s Elder Edwards’s last week, so we got to end good. He leaves next Wednesday. We will be eating at member’s houses a lot this week. Haha.
Have a good week!
Elder Burgoyne is serving from the Daniels Park Ward.