Week 63 – Elder Jones

Fires, Friends and Facebook

Tuesday: Sorry, I forgot.
Wednesday:  So, we got Facebook today. Yay! We don’t start really actually using it until the 18th for proselytizing. But we are all going through and cleaning it up and adjusting as necessary. As I got on there, it felt like all my friends are getting married. I only knew of like one person that got married. And now I see how many people are actually married. That is weird. I also have seen several things that y’all have posted. I never realized how much everything back home has changed and how everyone has grown up. It cracked me up, Mom’s comments in my profile pictures. Yeah, you can still comment and do whatever you want. But if you want to contact me directly, email me please. Besides that, act normal. I’m still taking it all in.  I’m really confused right now with whether I’m still on a mission because it’s so different having access to Facebook. Give it a few days and I should be fine. I’ll get tired of getting distracted with what I have access to and ignore most of it. But now we can contact people a lot better.
We went to go get a broom for an investigator that needed one and we remembered that it was also her granddaughter s birthday. So we went and got her some gifts at the dollar tree.  I saw a cylindrical Rubix Cube. I bought it. Man it was hard. My mind couldn’t wrap around it at first. It was hard.  But after a half hour, I was able to solve it. It got easier after that and I could do it in about 5.  It is fun.
Thursday:
Cleaning out Facebook was horrible today. I had to go unfollow all the pages I’d liked so I don’t see notifications from them of see their stuff on my feed, but that means I had to go to my page, which means I had to see the last thing they posted. All the pages I liked were country music. And I saw a ton of the stuff that’s been going on, artists I’ve forgotten about. It was a little hard to unfollow them, but I did it. Wow, this is weird. Also going through all the pictures I have.  I miss a lot of people. People from EFYs, Alabama, Washington, Family, everyone else. Man it was a weird trip back in time. 
I am also very, very proud of all the people that are on missions right now. there are a lot. Way more than have gotten married. I’m so proud of them and it gives me a lot of motivation to know that I have so many friends that are preaching the Gospel alongside with me.
Besides all that, we had a good lesson with **** today. The only thing holding him back from baptism is that he has to work on Sunday. So we asked him to pray about whether or not he should fast about it to get Sunday’s off. So next week we should be setting up a day to fast with him. It went great!
Btw, I can see the Pursuing Happiness videos on your page now if you post them the way you have been.
Friday: It’s so weird to have our first names back. Oh Facebook. I also think it’s cool how missionaries are flooding the internet now.
Wow. It was such an amazing day. We did service in the morning for a member.   She also calls all the missionaries by their first names. Haha. Anyways,we had lunch there. Then we planned. Some of the sisters gave us pomegranates and so we ate those and planned. After that we went and contacted a little. Some weird stuff happened. Contacting is always interesting.  We are still listening to a lot of Christmas music. We had dinner out. Some guy was asking questions in the restaurant and we talked. He was a little intense but had some amazing questions and was really sincere. I gave him my Facebook name so he could contact me because he said he wanted to talk to me personally as a person, not just missionaries. 
Then we went to stop by *******.  She’s the one that had the insanely crazy lesson with. We went over and it was super awkward at first. We knocked and they looked through the blinds and the door never opened. Then her Daughter and her friend came up and let us in and said she wasn’t home. So we walked across the street to see some people and the daughter came and hunted us down and said she actually was home, she had just been in her room. So we went back over and as we were going back over, her son came home with two friends. So there were five kids there and they were going to have a sleep over and we made a little suggestion that they could listen to a little lesson. Surprisingly they ran and grabbed everyone and sat down.  We showed a video and they asked what the name of the video was so they could watch it again. Then we shared some scriptures and talked and answered questions. They wanted a test so we started quizzing them on the stuff they learned. They wanted another video to watch before we se them next.  We gave them one and will be back tomorrow with quiz. It was amazing. It went so well and they all listened and participated. We had been talking about being bolder earlier that day, so we applied it. Took a shot in the dark and with the help of the spirit, it worked.
Saturday:
The appointment wasn’t home tonight. But we will hopefully see them at church.
We had a ton of service today. We also biked to Biggs. The wind was insane. It was blowing us off of our bikes.  We had to go and it was only three miles away. But took us over a half hour to get there.  We visited someone, then started riding back.  My companion got flats in both tires, his handlebars got messed up as we pulled up, and his tire went uneven. We ended up biking back on semi-flat tires. About halfway back, the tire went completely flat and we were riding on the rims. We took turns. It was horrible, but a great adventure too.
Sunday: Don’t worry, the fires haven’t reached me yet. I can stay a little more in tune with the fires with Facebook. But I love that you are keeping me in the loop. Facebook of filled with so much clutter, it makes it hard to see the important stuff, so please let me know any updates. When you let me know about the Oroville fires I had just heard about them a few hours earlier. The next mission over, the Santa Rosa fire, is all burning. Like, the actual city is on fire. Also, Loma Rica, which is just below us is really, really on fire.  Oroville which is right above us is on fire. And when it starts raining, let’s hope the Oroville dam doesn’t break. It’s in our zone. It would reach here in just a few minutes.
I woke up with a ringing in my ear and it hasn’t gone away yet. It’s been horrible.
Monday: Ringing is still there. That’s not good.
Luva!
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Week 61 – Elder Jones

General Conference, Transfers and Stolen Bikes

Monday: So……..my bike got stolen. Story time!
We were going over to a members house to watch the Facebook training
videos and we were just going to sit outside of their house to use
their wifi. Then we remembered that they have security cameras that
set alarms off inside the house to let them know that people are in
their driveway or yard. We were going to go to the side of the house
behind their gate like we usually do but since it was super dark out
we didn’t want to scare them. So we were going to leave our bikes in
front of the gate and knock on their door and tell them they were
there and then grab our bikes and go to the side of the house behind
the gate. They said they we could just watch the videos inside but
first wanted to talk to us about some members. So we completely forgot
about our bikes. We went in and within 30 seconds we heard the
security alarm go off. We all froze and Sister Godfrey looked out the
door and saw someone. We went out and my bike was gone. It was really
dark but I saw his silhouette as he rode off. I almost started running
but then realized elder Kerby probably wouldn’t want to. Brother
Godfrey called the cops and then had me talk to the cops and he went
to chase the guy down. When I was done talking to the cops, I couldn’t
go anywhere because they said to stay there. For some reason I felt
super calm and not worried at all. So, we watched the videos on
Facebook and talked about how we can be better as a companionship. It
was a really good conversation and we resolved some things to make our
companionship better. Eventually brother Godfrey got back and he
couldn’t find the guy but said the cops were still looking. Elder
Kerby and i kept talking as brother Godfrey went though the security
cameras and found where it caught the guy in camera. He had a hat and
a backpack on but we couldn’t tell much else. It caught him taking the
bike though. Probably a homeless guy. There’s a lot here. So we ate
some ice cream and eventually a cop finally showed up and asked what
had happened. Then he told me he had my bike and looked at the camera
recordings and gave me my bike and asked for ID and got some info.
Nothing was stolen from my bike thankfully. It was a little dirty
because when the cop found him he ditched my bike and ran. They
haven’t found him as far as I know right now. Bunk got it back. So I’m
happy. Prayers work. The cop found the guys hat and backpack so they
are looking into it. I don’t care really, I got my bike back. No harm
done. So that was fun. Afterwards elder Kerby and I were saying we
should have yelled “Swiper no swiping!” That would have fixed
everything.

Tuesday: Not much happened today. We had a ton of lessons set up and
most cancelled. We did some service. We watched more training videos
and had great conversations. The coolest thing was after dinner we
went to a ward missionary’s house and just talked with him about how
we can affect people better. How we can improve our dealings with
investigators and members and show them that we care. He wasn’t
flowery about it. He was to the point and I loved it. He told us what
we do wrong and how to fix it a very smart man. I soaked it all in.
Coolest conversation in a long long time. There’s so much I need to
change.

Wednesday: We had to go to Rocklin this morning for something for
Elder Kerby. We crashed a district meeting. I got to see elder Goodman
from Yuba City and that was nice. And I got to see a Sister Andersen
as I passed her in the hallway. I haven’t seen her since my first
area. It was cool to see those two. It was a fun adventure altogether.
This afternoon we had a lesson with ****. *****’s friend. I’ve
mentioned him before in past emails. We sat outside Starbucks and we
focused on getting to know him and what he believes. We didn’t have
much time but we answered some questions he had. He had some hard
questions that were very direct. The way he asked them was very cool,
focusing on what we personally believe on touchy subjects like
evolution and homosexuality. He’s very smart. We will see him again in
next week.

Thursday: Great day, we had service, meetings and cancelled lessons. We had members come to those lessons and neither happened. But
one of the members was super awesome and took everything the extra
mile and did things we can’t do because we are missionaries and he is
a member and he fulfilled his part. I’m super tired and need sleep so
I’m going to bed.

Friday: Mostly daily planning today. But we had another great lesson
with the *****s. We had the Bishop and his son come, who is their
age. They should be coming to mutual. And maybe church, next week. I’m
writing this in Saturday because I totally forgot.

Saturday: General Conference was amazing. It’s the conference that I’ve gotten the most out of. We watched it at the Baldridge’s. So awesome and I learned so much from all the amazing talks. I will probably send my
notes in it just for fun. Right now I feel horrible because we just
got a call from President Ward saying Elder Kerby will train. Which
means I’m leaving. And I don’t want to leave. So I’m not happy right
now.

Sunday: Ok. Wow. I have quite a bit to catch up on. So, first, General
Conference. Now that I am done mourning, I can talk more about it. I
have never been much of a note taker but I made myself do it this
time. I’ll send the notes to you. Remember, I haven’t gone through the notes yet but I’ll do it anyways. But it was amazing. As
Sister Wall put it “All the talks were written just for me so they
couldn’t have been written for you”. So true. That’s how I feel. But
somehow they were that way for everyone that listened intently. I have
so much I want to say about it. This talks were amazing! I can’t
stress that enough. I have never gotten so much out of Conference and
that’s because I was listening intently and prepared. To sum up, the
themes of Conference were: Support your leaders, trust God, joy is a
choice and read the talk about the Book of Mormon from last conference
by President Monson’s. That talk was quoted by over 5 people. It’s
important. And even cooler, I have watched that talk and been showing
it to people lately. That was so cool to see how I was prepared. We
watched it all at the Baldridge’s and they are amazing. I love them so
much and will miss them a lot. But I could go on and on and on about
how amazing this conference was but I have to do some things. Next
subject.
Transfers.

I’m going to be going to Gridley. It’s just north of Yuba
City. There will be another Elder Jones in the district. We got a ton
of missionaries from different countries that have been demolished by
the hurricanes and he is one of them. So that’s cool. I’m going to be
with Elder Niederhouser (I think I butchered the spelling). I replaced
him here in Auburn.  I feel very good about it. There is supposed to be a lot of work in Gridley. It’s the first stake organized in California. Lost and lots
of members. A super small town. It’s going to be great. We have a
house, but I heard it’s been trashed by missionaries. I’ll get a car.
That’s fun. I think it’ll be like Yuba City but in a smaller town. It
pretty much is.  So I’m excited. I’m super sad that I am leaving though.
I said goodbye to the Walls and the Baldridges. We watched Conference
at the Baldridge’s and it took me over two hours to make myself tell
them that I was leaving. I love them so much. I was dreading telling
them. And dreading leaving them. Sister Baldridge and Abby are coming
to say goodbye to me tonight. That’s going to be really hard. Abby
reminds me of a quiet Hadley. I’m so sad. But I trust God that he
knows what he is doing.
Luva!

Week 60 – Elder Jones

Regina, Sweater and Brother Jolley

Monday: We went on a hike during pday after all our frisbee golf and
stuff. It was cool. We went down to a waterfall and everything. It was
nice. Took some cool pictures.
Reading the amazing blog. I realize now that because I read the blog I
type by emails the way the blogs are. Haha. Also, I think it’s weird
that I’m further behind in the world than you Mom. You’re talking
about some Ed Sheeran song that I’m sure is probably the most common
and popular song in the world right now and you’re talking about it in
the blog like it’s common knowledge and I didn’t even know it existed.
That’s weird to me. But good. I don’t really care right now. I’ve
found that anything I have always been really involved in back home
will be there just the same when I get back. The only thing that
changes are people. They grow up, things change in their life and they
are different when I get home, but that’s the only thing that changes.

Tuesday: We had one appointment scheduled and they had to reschedule
before we went out. So we had nothing planned. We did some service in
the morning and then we went and tried to some people. We are realizing
that we are really bad at finding people and so we are trying to see
how we can get referrals from members. But all missionaries ask for
referrals and we know at it only will work if it’s at the right time.
So we are trying to do it in a way that they keep it in their mind but
we don’t try to force them to give us people. So we just want to have
them know us better. So we are stopping by members and just getting it
know them. It’s working. We found out about a family that is moving in
and so we rode to their house and they had just gotten there a few
minutes ago. From Texas. So we offered help and they said they would
call later and they did and we went and moved a ton of their stuff in.
It was great to help them right away.
Also, I found out that *****, an investigator that we had in Yuba
City got baptized on Saturday. I’m so proud of her. That’s awesome.
It’s fall officially. I have started wearing a sweater outside at night.

Wednesday: I’m super tired tonight. I’ll keep it short. But we
contacted most of the day. We were able to drop **** finally. It took
three hours though. He talked a lot today and wouldn’t let us talk. We
ended up just having to talk over him and let him know that we didn’t
believe as he does. He couldn’t believe that we were going to
disregard all his “evidence”(he makes some really good points and I
can see why he wouldn’t be able to believe it) and still believe as we
do. He is not willing to change and at this point just wants to convince
us so he can be satisfied with believing how he does. But we were able
to drop him. We gave him the phone number if a member who volunteered
himself. I’m sure we will hear about it soon.

Thursday: We did some service contacting and lessons today. But the
big thing is Facebook. The Zone leaders and STLs already have it. But
we are all learning about how it will be. And I am not liking it.
Mostly it’s the way that’s it’s all going to happen. First of all, I
hardly used Facebook back home, and I don’t really know how to use it
that well. I can learn and I’m fine with that. But I don’t want to use
Facebook. I don’t want to be on it every day. I got on it maybe once a
week back home and only for like 5 minutes or ten minutes. But now I
am, going to get into this it of using it a lot. I don’t want that. I
wanted to go back home and not use social media much. But now I’m
going to get into bad habits.
But the part I don’t like the most is the way we use it. We have
wayyyyyy too much access to stuff back home, we use our home profiles,
and we have to use it all a lot. I was thinking I would be able to get
on Facebook for a couple of minutes to find a person, send a message
or maybe post a video or contact my ward. But it’s not like that at
all. It’s our home profiles and it’s going to be chaos, we are almost
being forced to use it a lot, they are making us pretty much wipe our
home profiles and use those for some reason, and it’ll be that way
when we get home. There’s always been a separation between missionary
me and back home me. That separation has been one of the major keys to
being happy out here, not living how I was before and not being
involved with stuff back home. But now I have to be? I know it’s what
the Lord wants and all, but I’m not happy with where it’s going. I’m
not mad because of what we can’t do, I’m mad about what we have to do.

Anyways, I also got Royces letter. I loved it! Thank you Royce! I
can’t even come close to drawing a picture like that. Thanks for
taking the time to write me!

Friday: Good day today we had a lesson with ***** again. He is
getting some questions answered. He is still hung up on the Sabbath
being on Sunday instead of Saturday. We will keep working with him.
Weekly planning. The Zone leaders were in the same building as us
today and they have Facebook already. I’m more okay with it now. I
think I can handle it. Of course, I’m not looking forward to having to
use it because I don’t want to use it because I don’t want to get
reliant on it. But I’ll be fine, I think. But it’ll be good. We
learned more about it and it’s going to be very useful and very
interesting. We have no restrictions. It’s all open. But we have to
unfollow some pages and stuff, but we keep our friends and stuff.
We had s great lesson with the *****. We taught them about where
we came from before we came to earth. They soaked it all in and had
great questions. I think they will make it all the way. Maybe not yet,
but soon. They seem like they will progress very well. I’m so excited
for them. I love them so much.

Saturday: We contacted all day again. We need more people to teach. Oh
well. But today we did start watching the training videos for the new
technology stuff like Facebook. It’s cool for several reasons: we will
be able to find so many more people to teach, we can affect people
back home more, we can help members and investigators get to know us
better and, in the training videos (mostly the district 3) Brother
Jolley is in it. He was one of my MTC teachers. It’s so weird to have
him be Elder Jolley instead if Brother Jolley. But it’s so cool to see
him on his mission. But yeah, Facebook is going to be such a great
tool.

Sunday: It’s cold out. I’m wearing my sweater most of the day now. It’s cold.
We got ahold of ***** and we’re able to get Brother Godfrey there. He
is also a police investigator. He came in and man was he able to help.
He just asked what his concerns were and and just explained in a way
that he needed it. And I found the power of member presents. Some of
the questions we had already answered the same way that Brother
Godfrey had, but coming from him, he understood it, because it came
from a normal person. It was amazing. It was such a huge step in the
right direction.
After that, we had a lesson but nobody answered the door.

I had to buy shoes today btw. I have two pairs of shoes and one of
them are the ones Bryson used in his mission. They are a mess. They
have the stuffing coming out of them, they are held together by duct
tape and the bottoms are coming sprat and the bottoms are cracking. I
went to Ross and used the money you gave me in the letter and it went
like 5 bucks over. I got something else there too that was a few
bucks.
Luva!

Week 59 – Elder Jones

Pday, Tracting and Zome conference

Monday:

P-day was amazing today. The whole Zone went to the Auburn 3rd
Ward mission leaders house. He has a massive house that’s really nice
with a lot of property. They had a ton of games set up. They had a
minute to win it thing and the Zone battled against each other with a
ton of things. Then we had a selfie scavenger hunt. That was a ton of
fun. There are some awesome pictures we got. Then we played games and
had brunch there. It was amazing. We played pirate dice and that got
intense. The ward mission leaders wife took pictures through the whole
thing, 500 pictures. I’ll send a couple.

Tuesday:

We went out with a different priest. He
graduated last year.  So with him it’s been hard
to get him to come out with us and been kinda touchy, but it seemed
like he had a good time. He was smiling more than I’ve ever have seen him smile. He seemed pretty comfortable and it was great. Then later at
night we had another little experienced.

Wednesday:

Really all we were able to do today was Zone Conference.
But it was the best Zone Conference we’ve every had. The Spirit was so
strong and I learned so much. President Ward is really funny. He
knows how to teach us so that we can understand, are really involved
and learn the best way. He’s amazing. I learned so much from the whole
meeting. I can’t even explain it. It was the best. It was also sad
because some of my friends are starting to go home. This was the last time I will see Elder Sarki and Elder Rawson. Elder Sarki was my companion for two transfers and Elder Rawson was for about a week. So it was really sad to see them go. I love them.
Also, I was companions with a sister for 45 minutes. Elder Kerby was
talking with President Ward and Sister Ward needed help. So we went on
exchanges and my companion was Sister Ward. We were out in the parking lot and in the halls and out doing stuff and Elder Kerby was in the
chapel the whole time. She was literally my companion for that time.
So I called myself Sister Jones for the time being. I had a female
companion. Haha. That was fun.

Thursday:

Exchanges today were great! We were very busy. Elder Woodcox
came here and we biked. It was my first day back on the bikes and it
felt amazing to be able to go out and be working. It was a little
rough after not biking for over a week. But it went well. We tracted a
lot because most of our lessons fell through. We need new
investigators and Elder Woodcox isn’t used to biking in Auburn so we
decided not to bike, but tract instead. It was good. Had a few
potentials. We had Pho for dinner at a restaurant. I haven’t had that
since Chico with the Hmong people. So it was so good to have some pho
again. It was a great day and I learned a lot. That’s the good thing
about exchanges. You learn a lot from being with someone new for a day
because they work differently. So it helped a lot.

Friday:

Daily planning today. Had a lesson with *****. It went
well. We helped explain how he can get answers and found out some
good information as to what might be holding him back. Then we weekly
planned. Then we went to the ********.  That went great. We only had
a little time but we explained about church and invited them. We
hunted their mom down and talked to her about it. They should be
getting more involved with actual church now and going to mutual. If a
Sunday opens up, they should be coming. Their mom was really
supportive because the kids are interested. So it went great.

Saturday:

Wow, what a long day. We tracted……all day. We got up,
and tracted an apartment complex and part of another one. We had lunch
then finished the second complex. Then we went to another complex and
tracted the entire thing. Then we had dinner and companionship study.
That’s all we did all day. And we didn’t even get any potential
investigators out of it. I guess today was about showing God that we
will work no matter what.

Sunday:

Today was great. Church was good and we finally had an
investigator come! They don’t live in our ward but it was good to have
them there. After church and studies, we went and did some contacting.
Then dinner. Then, we finally got ahold of *****. It was good. We made
some progress. He wasn’t as bashy and was even more understanding. We
helped him with some concerns and there’s a lot of complicated stuff
going on with him and it’s crazy. But the important thing is that
after this lesson, it looks like it’s headed in a good direction.
The temp has dropped a lot this week. It’s been pretty cold lately.
It’s in the 80s. I don’t like it. Too cold.
But yeah, this week was a ton of tracting and less teaching.
Also, I got your card. Thank you so much! I really, really appreciate it.
Luva!

 

Week 55 – Elder Corbin Jones

Exchanges, Priests and Eclipse Golf

This is all I have this week. Yesterday, we taught a six year old class for a few minutes. And they made this for us to say thank you. I have no idea what it is but it made my day and I couldn’t stop smiling.

 

 

 

I found this on lds.org. I looks just like the docks at washougal
where everyone is always fishing. What do y’all think? The description
says it’s the Columbia river.

Tuesday: We had a priest from the ward come out with us today. It was
awesome. He went to EFY a few weeks ago and got back and bore his
testimony that Sunday and his words were “I NEED to go on a mission.”
He came out with us and we were only out for an hour and a half. But
he hadn’t touched a bike in 8 years. So he had to relearn. In Auburn
he did great.  He was really wobbly but he made it halfway up each of
the hills we had to go up. He drank a lot of water. He pushed through
so well. I’m so proud of him. But he loved it. It was so cool.

Wednesday: We biked way out into the middle of nowhere to contact
someone that wasn’t home. Then we went to a service at an elderly
people’s home. That’s pretty much all that happened today. I’m
leaving on exchanges in a few minutes. I’ll tell you about those
tomorrow after they happen.

Thursday: Exchanges went well. It was nice to be in a car for the day.
I went north to Alta Sierra. We spent the first half of the day moving
a family. We went to a lesson after that and they had questions that I
thought I had answers to. They wanted a few more specifics and I dug
deeper and realized my original answer was wrong. It was a good
learning experience.  I learned more about the subject. The
exchanges were good overall. I missed out on seeing E**** today though.
I won’t see him until Sunday. But oh well. My companion did and that’s
what’s important. One cool and not so cool thing that happened was
that we became chew toys. This dog at a members house liked fetch. And
we found some horse shoes and started throwing them. And the dog would grab them and bring them back. Metal horse shoes. It was amazing. But when you didn’t throw them, it would attack your shoes and try to play with your feet. I didn’t mind much because both of my pairs of shoes
are falling apart. But it did hurt a good amount. It wasn’t
comfortable.  I’m exhausted right now so I’ll wrap it up here.

Saturday: Sorry I didn’t do yesterday. I completely spaced it. We
mostly just planned and contacted yesterday. We did have a lesson with
a less active member that hasn’t been progressing and said he wants to
make a better connection it’s God and is thinking about coming back to
church. That was good. Hopefully he does.
Today was rough. We had a lesson with J**** over the phone and it’s
getting harder and harder. He knows the scriptures so well, better
than I thought anyone ever could. It’s really hard. Elder Duseigneur
called tonight because he is having a really hard time.  But we asked
him for help and he gave us some stuff to use. The scriptures you sent
last week helped a lot but he’s taking a different route this time. We
had two lessons with him.
Besides that, we contacted all day. And not a single person was home.
We ended stopping by some active members homes to see if we cold
have water and eventually we found one that was home. That was the only
person all day that was home. So it was not a productive day.

Sunday: We taught the lesson for a family home evening tonight. A day
early yes. But it was fun. I love that family.
Transfer boards came in and both Elder Kerby and I are staying here.
So that’s amazing. There are a lot of changes that happened but our
zone finally got sisters again. They are in our complex. There goes
our rides. Oh well. Maybe we can use that to get a car? Not sure yet.

Today: I finished my Bible reading today. I wanted to read all the
gospels of the New Testament and the acts of the apostles. I started
in my last area and just finished acts today. It was really good. The
Bible is so cool. I think one of the greatest lessons I can learn from
it as a missionary is about being bold. All the apostles and Jesus
were all very, very bold in teaching and in action. Reading all that
helps me to see that I can do the same and fear no man.
We got the transfer email last night and it said not to participate in
the eclipse. We were going to watch it through a telescope at a
members but now we couldn’t. All of us went disc golfing under the eclipse. It was cool. A few of them had glasses. We had 80% coverage here. It got a littler darker and we were throwing frisbees. What a better way to spend it.
That’s about it y’all.
Luva!

Week 55 – Elder Jones

Over Golden Investigator, Zone Conference and Mongolian BBQ

 

 

Tuesday: Today was just long. We biked. A lot. Contacted and tracted.
We had 5 lessons set up and only 2 happened. They were both basically
just check up lessons. Our bodies did not want to bike and move but
that’s what we did.

Wednesday: Ok. I don’t even know where to begin. Wow. Ok. So, we got a
text for a referral while we were grabbing our bikes. We read it, then
we got a call from the people who sent it. It was the SLC sisters.
Apparently they call for, a man named E****, who called the member on
Mormon.org. He said to them that he had studied the gospel for here
months and wanted to be baptized. They put him on date and called us.
We were able to meet with him an hour later. He said that he was at a
used book store or a place hat sells used books and saw a bible that
was unusually large. It was a quad. He saw all the other books in it
and bought it. And he read he book of Mormon maybe a few times, the
pearl of great price, the doctrine and covenants. And he read the
Bible a ton growing up. And he became intrigued. So he studied the
church on his own. Very in depthly. He read Jesus  the Christ and
Mormon doctrine and a ton of other things. He studied the gospel for
three months very in depth. He has read church literature than I have.
And he believes it all and the spirit has prepared him so well. He
said that it’s just pulling at him and he can’t escape. All his live
he has made choices that are in line with the church because of logic
basically. And now it’s starting to click. Since he started studying
the church, he has been having dreams about him being at a party and
him not drinking and smoking and people ask him why and he doesn’t
know besides that he can’t. He also is having dreams about him seeing
the temple and him needing to go there and going towards it and the
dream ending right before he goes there. He really wants the temple so
bad. He found out about baptism for the dead and can’t get it out of
his mind. He asked if there is a limit to how many can be done at
once. He wants to go do it for 8 hours straight he said. He said he
wants to save as many deceased people as fast as he can. So he will
get baptized probably at the beginning if the month.

Thursday: We dropped B**** today.  It just
felt so right, we went in and he had a question about the Book of
Mormon which we answered and then showed us some false doctrine he
found online and we helped resolve that. I’m the end, he just wanted
to stick to the Bible because he felt comfortable with that and didn’t
want to change. And the Spirit was there and it felt right.  He is still
friendly with us and gave us cookies and if we have questions with the
Bible we need help with, we can go to him. And same for him about he
Book of Mormon. The spirit was there and it’s all ok.
E***** called today and he was super excited because he found out his
deceased grandma was Mormon. He was so pumped and called just to tell
us that. We also set up a chapel tour with him for tomorrow.

Friday: Zone Conference today. It was awesome to see some of the
people from my first area. Elder Rawson, Elder Duseigneur and Elder
Robinette were all there and we had a blast. But Elder Rawson and
Robinette go home really soon. And my trainer in less than six months.
All my friends are going home. Hat made me realize that time is
starting to pass and I actually have been out a year.
President Ward, our mission president, is so funny. He’s awesome. A cool quote: “Tithing is paid by faith and not by money.”  Wow.
We had a referral from the Zone Leaders of an entire family. We met
them but they had to leave. They seem pretty open to us.
We also had another crazy call. Some guy called us and said he has
been studying the church on his own for the last 18 weeks. He finally
decided to get ahold of missionaries. But his wife is very anti and so
he is doing his behind her back kinda. We have to meet with him over
the phone. He talked with us for an hour and he knows a lot. He read 3
Nephi and loved it so much he finished he rest if the Book of Mormon.
Then he started at the beginning and is in the end of alma. We have a
phone appointment tomorrow at noon. But he knows a lot and loves it.
It’s a lot like E****. It’s weird that they both called in two days of
each other.

Saturday: Well, we had another lesson with J******. He said he believes
all the words of the Book of Mormon. He does have a question that is
very difficult to answer without getting  into very deep doctrine. So
that will be a tough one.
Besides that, we contacted. All day. From noon till dinner. About 6
hours. That was an adventure. We had dinner with the Baldridges. It
was awesome. They took us to Mongolian BBQ. I love them so much.
Riding back home with them in their mini van was like being with my
family and having one if my friends there. They are my favorite family
in the mission. And I’ve only been here a transfer.

Sunday: E**** loved church! He said it was a lot to take in and he was
still processing but in a good way. It all made sense to him and
connected a ton of dots! It was amazing and one of my favorite
Sunday’s out here. This afternoon we found a new investigator. He was
hang’in out with his friend, another investigator we have, and he was
there for the spiritual thought and said he liked reading and seemed
kinda interested. So we will see where that goes. His name is N*****.

Today: We went frisbee golfing. That’s what we already did. But, we
are getting lunch now. We got a good video while playing.
Luva!

Week 53 – Elder Jones

Mud, Teslas and Biking

Wow, so I’m sorry but there probably won’t be much on this email. I
am probably the most exhausted this week than any other in my
mission. I didn’t start writing this till last night. It’s because we
are officially back on bikes.
So it’s pretty horrible. Imagine the hills in Nana and Papa’s
neighborhood. They are that close together. Except just make them as
steep as the hills in Washougal, and even longer than that. They are
so close together too. It took us about ten minutes to get up this one
road because it was so steep and long. It took us less than a minute to
go back down. It’s kinda like the hills over by the Rose Gardens.
That’s the best comparison I can get to it. In other words, THIS AREA
WAS NOT MEANT FOR MISSIONARIES TO BIKE! It’s a lot of fun going down the hills though. That’s a blast. But our apartment is on the top of a huge hill. I am pretty out of shape, not too bad, but still, it’s quite an
adjustment. My bike is doing ok.  We can’t do nearly as much work as before wish sucks. So I’m exhausted and my body is aching nonstop. But it started to get better yesterday. My endurance is building up again. There is a reason Auburn is the endurance capital of the world. As in they have races like every month that people come from around the world to do these races. And I’m biking in that town.

I saw Hannah and Andy Hoggard and I think Allie and Madi Cowan and
Gavin Ricks in the New Era Magazine. There was an article called “A Flood of Mud and Hope” and it interviewed a ton of youth and all their names were in it.

We had dinner with our Bishop this week. He came to pick us up……in
his Tesla. That was a lot of fun. On the way back he showed us the
autopilot and the acceleration. It was so nice.

I got covered in mud yesterday. We were going down this huge hill and
it had a little hiking trail on he side of the road. It looked like it
would be fun to take my bike on (it ended up putting about 5 punctures
in my tires, but all I had to do was pull the thorns out and spin my
wheels and the green slime on the inside sealed the tube right up with
no problem. I love that stuff). But I took that trail.  So
I wanted to get back on the road. There was this little ditch that I
could tell had a little water in it between the road and the trail.
But it was easy to clear the water. What I couldn’t see is that it was
mud all he way up to the road. So I jumped with my bike in my hands and landed in mud.  Needless to say I had to get changed. I got pics.

We have this investigator that I think I talked about last week. He loves the Priesthood Authority and how that works. Totally believes in Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He’s hard to meet with since he never remembers when the appointments are. We are going to try putting him on date this week. His name is A****.
We also have an investigator named Thomas. He is 14 but looks 25. He really is trying to find what is right when it comes to the Gospel. We had an amazing lesson this past week and the spirit was really there and he is progressing. For some reason he always says he will come to church and always is in track for it the night before. But he hasn’t come yet. So that’s hard. But we will keep trying.