Missionary Monday: Elder Jake Jackman, 6 months left!

Jake only has about 6 months left of his mission – but really only 5 months left that we can send snail mail letters. If you would like to write to Jake – I am sure he would really love it. He has very limited e-mail time now, but I know he loves to get mail. Please write to Jake if you have a moment.

Kolleen Jackman

Jake’s Letter:

“Wow these weeks just seem to be going by faster and faster no matter what i do….it is crazy but man this week was a great one for us. We have really been focusing on bro Bal and on the Albelda family also and they are just doing sooo great they all have IBDs (Invitation to Baptism Date) for February 10 and that is still going full steam ahead so we just hope and pray that that all goes well and according to the Lords plan!!

Tuesday: We had an incredible lesson to Bro. Bal and he told us that he feels that he finally has a testimony even if it is just small and growing!! He had an incredible experience this week. Another guy that lives in his same boarding house went to Bro Bal and borrowed a needle and they got to talking and it turns out that this brother is an inactive member for many years now. They got to talking and he told Bro. Bal what he doesn’t like about the church and his doubts and stuff and Bro. Bal totally stood up for the church and testified what he knew to brother Christopher (that is his name) and so in doing that bro bal realized that he knows that it is all true!!!!!!!!! Can you say MIRACLE!!  Man we are sooo happy for him and he is doing great at following the LOC and all that!! So hopefully he will be baptized this feb 10 he will be interviewed by Pres Argana this FEb 7 or 8 when he is here for our Zone interviews and such so we hope and pray that that all goes well!!!
Thursday: We had a great lesson to the Albelda family in which sister jovelyn told us that she really has a faith and testimony that the BOM (Book of Mormon) is true and that Jospech Smith is a prophet!!! Oh man that was sooo incredible to hear!!! They are doing great!  Just some backround info – she has 2 kids Joshua and Jelyn and they have been progressing too and they all read the BOM.  Sister is in Alma 18!!! so amazing!!! I really have a testimony that the Heavenly Father is preparing his children in the perfect time to come into the Fold of God! Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father truly do lead this work!!!
Unfortunately my shoes finally bit the dust this week. I sent a pic and I actually wore them like that for a good 3 days cuz I liked those shoes – they were with me for a long time. But i like a quote by one of the past prophets ‘My life is like my shoes to be worn out in the service of my God”!
Love you all soooooo much! Stay strong stay happy trust in the Lord!  Trust in the Grace of the Savior Jesus Christ!!!!! Love you all soo much”

Pictures – Elder Earl is a member of the ward – he will be leaving on his mission in a couple of weeks. Notice the bed he sleeps on. We are blessed to have mattresses here in the USA. And Jake’s beloved shoes.

Missionary Monday: Sister Dunnaway Serving In Chile

Editor’s Note: I apologize- something went wrong with the formatting and the post didn’t appear when we originally posted the article, so we are sending this out again so you can be up to date on the wonderful Sister Dunnaway!

 

Hello!! Wow this week was incredible I dont even know where to start!!

 

So on Saturday, we woke up and at 9 am got a call from a ward member that we were supposed to have lunch with but she said she was outside of our apartment with food because she isnt going to be able to be there for lunch. So we go down and she has a car full of food for us!! 2 lasagnas, pizza, 2 bags of candy, 6 drinks, a cheesecake, 2 tubs of ice cream, it was insane!! we didnt even know what to do with all of it!​ We are stocked for a long long time! Then after that, we went to our ward party, because 18 of september is like the 4th of july x1000! its SO fun!! so our ward had a party saturday to celebrate it! One of our investigators, Cristian, came to it and he even danced Quaka! Its like the cultural dance here so they were doing it near the end and I love it! The culture here is so cool and fun!! Also we ate So much at it! Like stuffed there was a point I thought I was going to throw up! They brought out empanadas and this like hotdog thing and steak and we thought that was all but no that was just the appetizer! so then they had salads and big meat and loads of desert! Oh my it was a struggle to eat it all they go hard for the 18th! So much fun though!

 

Our most incredible investigator right now is Pablo! Hes 22 and already SO dedicated to the church! This week we set his baptismal date for 14 of October!! He has been to church both the last two Sundays and even arrived 10 minutes early this week! And we had a fireside Sunday night in Puente Alto and he came to that too! Investigator of gold!!! Also the fireside was incredible! President Morgan spoke and some missionaries from the other zones sang! It was super fun to see some of the people I hadnt seen since leaving the MTC!! And on the drive back, Pablo was reading the testimony of Joseph Smith! The Lord has sure prepared him for the gospel!!

 

We also have been teaching a lady named Maria Jose and she is incredible! This week we set a baptismal date for her for 21 of October! Shes so ready too and such a great person! After teaching her a couple days ago, we met a family of 4, theyre Evangelic but have SO much potential in this gospel we are so excited to continue teaching them! One more incredible investigator we have is Luz, shes 10 and the cutest thing ever! She came to church this week!

 

So much more happened this week but those are some of the best highlights and miracles! Im so grateful to be serving here I love this work so much! thank you for all the love and support! Hope everyone has a great week!!!

 

Love,

Hermana Dunnaway

Pictures:

  1. food from Hna Ann saturday morning
  2. ward party for 18 de Septiembre
  3. smily alfajore from a ward member!​

Missionary Monday: Sister Dunnaway Serving In Chile

Editor’s Note: I apologize- something went wrong with the formatting and the post didn’t appear when we originally posted the article, so we are sending this out again so you can be up to date on the wonderful Sister Dunnaway!

 

Hello!! Wow this week was incredible I dont even know where to start!!

 

So on Saturday, we woke up and at 9 am got a call from a ward member that we were supposed to have lunch with but she said she was outside of our apartment with food because she isnt going to be able to be there for lunch. So we go down and she has a car full of food for us!! 2 lasagnas, pizza, 2 bags of candy, 6 drinks, a cheesecake, 2 tubs of ice cream, it was insane!! we didnt even know what to do with all of it!​ We are stocked for a long long time! Then after that, we went to our ward party, because 18 of september is like the 4th of july x1000! its SO fun!! so our ward had a party saturday to celebrate it! One of our investigators, Cristian, came to it and he even danced Quaka! Its like the cultural dance here so they were doing it near the end and I love it! The culture here is so cool and fun!! Also we ate So much at it! Like stuffed there was a point I thought I was going to throw up! They brought out empanadas and this like hotdog thing and steak and we thought that was all but no that was just the appetizer! so then they had salads and big meat and loads of desert! Oh my it was a struggle to eat it all they go hard for the 18th! So much fun though!

 

Our most incredible investigator right now is Pablo! Hes 22 and already SO dedicated to the church! This week we set his baptismal date for 14 of October!! He has been to church both the last two Sundays and even arrived 10 minutes early this week! And we had a fireside Sunday night in Puente Alto and he came to that too! Investigator of gold!!! Also the fireside was incredible! President Morgan spoke and some missionaries from the other zones sang! It was super fun to see some of the people I hadnt seen since leaving the MTC!! And on the drive back, Pablo was reading the testimony of Joseph Smith! The Lord has sure prepared him for the gospel!!

 

We also have been teaching a lady named Maria Jose and she is incredible! This week we set a baptismal date for her for 21 of October! Shes so ready too and such a great person! After teaching her a couple days ago, we met a family of 4, theyre Evangelic but have SO much potential in this gospel we are so excited to continue teaching them! One more incredible investigator we have is Luz, shes 10 and the cutest thing ever! She came to church this week!

 

So much more happened this week but those are some of the best highlights and miracles! Im so grateful to be serving here I love this work so much! thank you for all the love and support! Hope everyone has a great week!!!

 

Love,

Hermana Dunnaway

Pictures:

  1. food from Hna Ann saturday morning
  2. ward party for 18 de Septiembre
  3. smily alfajore from a ward member!​

Missionary Monday: Elder Driggs Serving In Spain

Here is a recent letter from Elder Driggs:

Hey hey hey!
What’s going on!!  I’ve gotta say, I’ve been pretty excited to write you about this week.  It’s been a good one 🙂
I guess first things first, J and Y went through with their baptisms!  It was quite the eventful week with them.  We kinda ended up dedicating the whole week to them to make sure they were ready and everything was prepared for the baptism and that they were gonna have the strength to go through with it.  I don’t feel too bad about that, people who are going to get baptized are supposed to be your priority that week per Preach my Gospel, but this week we get to pick back up where we left off in the rest of the city.
We had a bunch of citas with them this week.  We talked about their goals for after the baptism (they were so incredible!!  These guys, especially J, are awesome!), about baptismal clothes and how we do the baptism, about the doctrine of baptism, and about how to become active members in the church after baptism.  Dad wrote me last week and said that he used to tell all of his investigators that were on track to get baptized that a “haymaker” or something really tough was going to come their way.  So Elder W and I planned our “haymaker prep” lesson for them haha and they took that really well.  We taught them about how there is opposition in all things and that we have to be prepared to make it through the hard times, because usually we run into opposition to our good choices.  I shared with them how the week before I put in my papers and also the week before I got my call were really hard, and we just promised them they could have strength to overcome those things if they were dedicated to God and following through.
The next day (Friday night) we had another lesson with them.  I don’t really remember what we taught them because literally no more than a minute after we left their house, Y’s dad called us (His name is S and he’s a MAQUINA!  He’s a recent convert of six months, the ward mission leader and is also the only active member in our rama that lives here) and said my daughter just told me she’s not getting baptized.  Hahaha like WHAT we were just there thirty seconds ago?  You woulda thought she woulda told us or something.  So we called J and he told us ya, idk what’s up with her but don’t worry guys you can count on me.
So later that night we went back and talked to the two of them.  Basically she was mad at her dad and she knew he wanted her to get baptized, and her mom who lives in Madrid told her to make her own decisions, and so to spite everyone she basically told him that.  But in reality she still wanted to get baptized and ended up getting baptized happily and willingly (and by her father).  Let’s just say after everything this weekend, I am very glad I am a dude and don’t have weird mood swings like that :’D
We basically spent the whole day setting up the capilla for the baptism and filling up the pila.  Turns out the branch has one of the little portable ones that was being stored in some random closet, and those things are pretty ghetto!  We could only fill it up with like two feet of water or else the beams would break, so baptizing J was an adventure.
We had like 20 people show up!  Considering we now (after the baptisms) have a whopping five active members, thats not bad ha.  A showed up and he loved it.  He ended up spending the whole evening talking with yanikely about it and what she had to do to get baptized and enjoying the whole social atmosphere with food afterwords and he now wants to get baptized.  Unfortunately the word of wisdom is a huge problem in Spain so we have to work on that.  But he has started introducing us to his friends, and so now his friend M is investigating too.  They both love to read the Book of Mormon and learn English and play soccer.  A was trying to explain the baptism to him and it was super cool seeing how he’s growing and trying to share that.  In the big group picture, A is the man on the far right in the white shirt.  He’s such an awesome dude, and his friend is almost as golden as he is.  Prayers for them would be very much appreciated!  There are Spaniards out there who God is preparing for His church.  He knows my goal of baptizing one Spaniard per transfer and He is helping me with that goal a lot.
One of the coolest parts for sure of the whole weekend was getting to baptize J.  It was more the fact that Elder W white clothes fit him better than mine that I got to baptize him, but it was amazing.  I had to dip him sooooo far cuz the water was so low, and his feet slipped so he went completely horizontal under the water and had to curl his toes to keep everything under the water but together we made it happen in only one try 🙂
Later that night I asked him how he was feeling, and he told me, “At first, cold, but now, I feel so good and light!”  Mom, it was a lot like the story you reminded me about this week about my own baptism and confirmation
(baptism by water and baptism by fire).  J really is one of my favorite people ever, he’s so awesome and animated about the gospel.  He reads the Book of Mormon for fun, LOVES learning about the gospel and playing sports with us, and has some awesome expectations for himself.
He bore his testimony to everyone afterwards, and told us about three weeks ago, he read 2 Nephi 31 (Mom, the very same the chapter you sent me this week!) and just felt the desire to pray with his whole heart.  So he prayed to God with his whole heart to know if this was the correct path for him and that night he said he had a dream where God told him that this church is His church and that Jonathan needed to get baptized..  Pretty awesome!.  (Admittedly, I would avoid taking all dreams as revelation, as you might know mom haha 😉  Example: our branch president told us about a dream he thought was revelation but it was so random, it was about this black car that was in the way of his car and wasn’t letting him past, but then we came and talked to the car and then it let him past, and “together, we pulled a lot of weight” hahahahahahaha I was like president, stop eating ice cream before you go to bed lol.  That’s okay though cuz he fed us paella this week and oh man it was so amazing.
Then, to finish off the night, J played a slideshow of pictures that he had of himself with different missionaries that had taught him, with amazing grace playing in the background and it just showed his growth in the gospel and how much joy he felt and it was amazing 🙂  Honestly, seeing the growth in the people you teach is the best part of being a missionary and it is so worth it.  I know this is the gospel of Jesus Christ Himself and that He can change us through it.  That’s why I’m here, to be a tool in His hand and to teach people about that.
Other than the baptism, not much happened this week.  We walked one morning for like an hour and a half out to this tiny pueblo that’s in our area to check on a referral, and when we got there he wasn’t there, so then we had to walk an hour and a half back.  I was pretty frustrated afterwards.  haha that’s where the burgers came in.  I had my first burger in like seven weeks and it was amazing.  Afterwards my companion looked at me and said, dude you ate that in like three bites but completely clean, I can tell you’ve had practice lol.  I think fondly of the burgers mom used to take  me to get like every day back home 🙂
Elder Holland is coming to our mission this week!  We get to travel to Malaga on Friday, he talks with us on Saturday.  Also my companion got made district leader so I will probably be going on more exchanges.
I think that’s about it for this week.  I love you mom!
Elder Driggs

Elder Driggs is serving from the Highlands Ranch Ward

Missionary Monday: Elder Stones Serving In Mexico

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 Stones
Misión México Puebla Norte
Colonia La Paz
Puebla, Puebla 72160
México
Elder Stones is serving from the Daniels Park Ward.