Week 51 – Elder Jones

Auburn, Statues and A New Comp………Again

Yeah, so sorry I wasn’t able to email it off this morning. It’ll be this way while I’m in Auburn. We only have wifi if we go to Starbucks or somewhere like that or the church.

First things first, we are stuck at the Toyota dealership right now because the car needs to be fixed. It’s not even our car, we are on bikes but we are using other Elder’s car right now because they are being punished and got it taken away. But they didn’t tell the mission office it needed to be fixed so we are cleaning up their mess. There is wifi here so I can email for a little bit.

So, it’s been a very, very crazy, busy week. I got Hilcrest ready for the Sisters to take over and got them all the info they needed. We got to Auburn at 6:45 pm and had dinner, while we left our stuff in Auburn 3rd’s truck. Then they dropped us off at dinner. Not even a half hour into dinner we get a call from the APs. An Emergency Transfer was happening. Earlier that day Elder Nettleton had gotten in an accident and they took his driving privileges away. His new comp, Elder Kerby, is from Panama and doesn’t have an American license. So Elder Nettleton needed a comp that could drive. So they should have sent me over there to be his comp but they have been wanting to shotgun (put two brand new Elders in) this area for a while so they sent my companion over there and gave me Elder Kerby. So we don’t know anyone here and our info on our iPads didn’t update until last night. We don’t have connection up here except for at the church and at Starbucks. So we went in blind for an entire day. It was so hard. It’s almost exactly like being up in the hills of Washougal except replace some of the pine trees with redwoods and the hills are steeper and closer together. Actually, Auburn feels more like the Oregon coast except there is no Ocean and it’s hot.

The view from Corbin’s apartment. 🙂

So we couldn’t see where anything is in civilization or anything because of trees and hills.  We had to drive to the only member we could find and ask how to get to the store to get food. That was hard. Then we had to figure out where home was. It was an adventurous day. But I’m so glad that it happened because I’ve heard about Elder Kerby. He has a reputation for being the most obedient and hard working missionary in the mission. And I am so thankful!!!! We can work our butts off now. And wake up on time and be obedient. It’s been amazing. I can finally do all the work I want without someone holding me back. In fact, he pushes me up and if I were to shotgun an area, which I am, he’s the guy to do it with. He’s been our for three more months than me and is from Panama 🇵🇦 so he’s awesome.

It is really cold here in the mornings but by the time we leave the apartment it’s hot like everywhere else. We have a beautiful view of our part of the valley from our back porch. I do studies out there every morning. It’s so cool.

Elder Kirby is a lot like my trainer. His mannerisms the way he talks, the things he likes, it’s so weird. Its like being with my trainer again except without the stress of being green.

Right outside of our apartment complex is this dentist place. And for some reason this dentist had someone carve these 50 foot stone statues of female Amazon Warriors. And they are totally naked and not shy about it. It’s super weird.

I learned how to solve a Rubix cube this week.

We have a Chick-fil-A here! And even better, a member is giving us coupons today! I was so mad when they finished the one in Vancouver right after I left. But I get it now.

I only got to be with my original companion for 30 minutes, but I love Elder Kerby so much. We get along so great and have so much fun. It’s been a blast. We laugh and work so hard together.  It’s super crazy right now and it’s been even more so trying to meet the people we need to.

Well, I’ll send a few pictures if I have any.

Luva!

Week 48 – Elder Jones

Heat, Goals and Luaus

Hey y’all!

I love y’alls emails, they make me happy.  It was hot this week.  110 degrees most of the day all week. Hard to tract in that and it kills your motivation. But I’m glad I like the heat.

It was a slowerish week I guess. We had Zone conference this week in

Gridley. It was President’s “funeral” or his last zone conference. He and the rest of the mission presidency bore their testimonies and it was really cool to see the powerful truths they shared. They had their families make a cool video in which they shared how having the Marston’s service on a mission blessed their lives. The Marston’s also made another video that was just a ton of pictures to music. It was pictures of missionaries throughout their three years of service. The video was almost a half hour but it covered every single missionary in the mission at least once. Usually more. So that was super cool. After that we sang the mission song and we all got to hug him and say goodbye because we won’t see him again. It was really sad. I’m going to miss him so much. I’m so grateful for the service he has done. He has taken this mission and turned it into a mission that is way better than it used to be. He really has changed it. He loves every single missionary and he is the best.

On Friday I was slightly frustrated with Elder Gardner on the inside, which is almost the norm but I’m working on that, for being lazy. He woke up at about 11:00 am that day and I wanted to work and it was weekly planning day.  So I tried to incorporate him in weekly planning and he would just say “whatever you think”. I had been trying to ask him what we can do to find people to teach and he would help so we skipped weekly planning and went tracting.  We found three new investigators. It was awesome.

On Saturday we ended up in Robbins and one of our new investigators that has been really hard to get ahold of had just ended up with the custody of his nephews and was looking for more of a support system and we told them about primary and stuff and they were all going to come to church but they didn’t end up showing up it was sad. But hopefully we can get ahold of them again his week and get them started again.

I got bit by Fancy again. She has been really weird around me lately. She latched into my arm this time. I’m going to have to stop holding her for a few visits.

We had a luau on Saturday too. It was the family reunion of a member of our ward for her birthday and they invited some members and the

Elder Goodman is a crossfire freak and tries to make us all eat healthy. He has been on this rant lately about how bread is poison for your body, or at least it’s just horrible. So I showed up to the church with a straight loaf of bread for lunch. This was his face when I opened the container.
We went and ate dinner at lumberjacks an they had a one pound pattie burger that elder Gardner got. The waitress got a box for him because she didnt think he would eat much of it. That hurt elder Gardners pride. He finished it all ad the fries.

missionaries to it. We helped set up and take down and took food home.

There are a lot of non members in the family and so we were talking all day with people about the church and what we do and it was really cool. Not necessarily work for our area but work for the whole country. But it was awesome. We had a thing of cookies and a small baggie of pork we were taking home, and we said goodbye to her and turned around and it had multiplied into a giant bag full of all kinds of food and at least a gallon of pulled pork and two trays of cake and more stuff like that. Wow.

This one is shorter because I didn’t start writing until yesterday. So I can’t remember much if the little things.  Oh, we got to do archery tag again. That was a blast. I’ll send the video. We won’t do it again because a lot of the zone doesn’t play and they want the gym. Even though they don’t even use the gym for anything. 

Our zone goals went well. Our goal for new investigators was 80 which think is he highest in the mission. In Citrus Heights our goal was 34 which we were proud if we could make that. So 80 is crazy. We busted that goal five days ago and made 90 instead.  We all just worked super hard. I’m so proud. So our zone leader is buying us all ice cream. He told us if we could make that goal he would buy it.

My MTC companion is coming down to Yuba because his comp needs to renew his military ID at the air force base here. So I will be able to see him while his comp is doing that.

Always it was an awesome week and I’m excited for another.

Luva!

Week 46 and 47- Elder Jones

Week 46

Archery Tag, Members and The Ox in the Mire

Hey y’all.

Yeah, its super weird now that Washougal is graduating and this was when things started to wrap up. I had a blast in those last few months before I left to come here.  I wanted it to last longer but now I think it was about the right time. I needed to just move on. But I miss y’all like crazy and I miss my Washougal. I can’t wait to get back to it but I still have over half of my time left and that’s fine by me.  I have so much more that I haven’t done here that I still have to do.

So archery tag was a blast. We are doing it again today in fact. It doesn’t hurt at all when you get hit. Yeah, you notice it does hurt at all. He brought those big pain all floats and we played outside in he grass on the side of the church. We actually helped him a lot. We were his guinea pigs and he found out what he needs to do to make he business work. For example he had two different kinds of bows, they we’re supposed to have the same draw weight but half of the didn’t.  

I got you package by the way. Thank you! I liked the talk in it. Even though it’s been hard, there is still a way to see Gods hand in it all.

I love this ward. The members here are the best. I can joke with them and have really built such an awesome relationship already. I just want to take them and move them all to my home ward. We asked someone if they could feed us dinner one night we didn’t have dinner, and they made us ten sandwiches and two bags if chips. We fed half of the district that night. That’s just one awesome example.

During PEC yesterday we were told about a family, the only member family in Robbins, that had started tearing his roof off to get a new one and had some members helping him but it’s isn’t go fast enough.  They are going to pick up the dumpster tonight. The dumpster cited to be $500. So in Priesthood they called for an ox in the mire. They told everyone that after church, all the people in that room needed to be at their house after church and tear his roof off. Well, it was Fast Sunday. So the Bishop added on that if you ate and went to the service, that God would see their fast as valid. So that was awesome.  On the way to Robbins we could see a big rain cloud coming from the other side of the town. Impending doom.  We showed up to Robbins and I think every single priesthood holder was there and then some. At least 40 people. So we had like 15 people on the roof tearing it off and the rest hauling it to the dumpster. Then it started to rain. I got up in the roof at that point and we all started covering it with plastic. There was thunder and lightning and it was raining really hard for California. Big raindrops. We were all soaked. Then the house started leaking we were trying to cover it all up still and it was raining inside he house. So we kept working and got it all covered. Then the rain pretty much stopped and we uncovered the parts that we hadn’t finished and tore all that off. We had to tear a little bit if the roof apart to replace some of it and we did that and right as we finished, it started raining again. So we covered it all back up and we were done. Just in time. But we were all soaked. It was so much fun. Best fast Sunday ever.

Well, last week I was really really discouraged. It was really hard while I was in training, but this was different. It had been 7 weeks and I as doing all I could. Thinking of any possible idea I could to find people to teach, going finding as much as I could, contacting, every possible thing. And absolutely noting was happening. I was so discouraged. I was thinking about giving up. I was close. No support from my comp, nobody being there when they said they would, nobody to teach, just rejection after rejection. My whole mission I’ve always been able to find somebody to teach, but I couldn’t. It was taking a toll. I was coming close. Just giving up at the beginning of the week, because the day before my last email we had dinner with two four ward missionaries. They were being buttheads. For our spiritual thought I shared quotes and scriptures and at the end of it asked them to give a Book of Mormon away. Their response: “It’s impossible in this area.”  So, our ward missionaries just think that our are is a dead that we might as well not and my comp thinks the same, I’m trying to have an optimistic outlook and people are just tearing me down. I was trying to have hope and trust in God, but it was only me and I couldn’t do it anymore, the entire week had been horrible and then this happened.  I was already ready to give up and they tear me down. I was seriously considering giving up before this and it just about finished me off.  I was just so done, nothing was happening and it looked like it was going to stay that way. Then Tuesday morning came and as it is every morning, at 9:30 and my comp is still asleep, so I went to wake him up as usual and he doesn’t get up so I gave up and wasn’t going to baby him any more. I let him sleep. He woke up at 11:30 and I just studied and got just enough motivation to make myself go out and work.  After I ate some lunch I pushed myself out the door. I only had a sliver of faith left and had almost no motivation or will power left.  But I knew I was supposed to do it. It’s why I came out.  So I walked out the door. And we went tracting. We usually show the Prince of Peace video….or at least offer. We tracted along street when we had just four houses left, some teenager answers the door and when we asked if he would watch the video he said yes, it caught me off guard.  So we showed it to him and explained a little and asked if we could teach him more. He said yes. That really caught me off guard. We taught him the whole restoration. We got his number and all. It was an absolute miracle. Sp we were super pumped and so we tracted the last few houses.  Then we tracted the very last house.  The one we parked in front of. And he wanted to see the video too! We showed it to him and he wanted to learn more as well!  We started to teach the Plan of Salvation and we set a return appointment. It was just what I needed to get back on my feet. It was one of those miracles that came in at the very last moment. I was so close to giving up right then an I was rescued. It it didn’t stop there. The next day we went out to the guy that lives in the middle of nowhere and we made a really good connection with him.  It was amazing and it’ll make it possible to teach the rest of his non-member family. Right after that we drove to Robbins, population 100 (or so the sign says. It’s probably accurate) to meet with a potential investigator and he was there! He was busy and on a time crunch but that was just because he thought we would come earlier so it wasn’t anyone’s fault. We were able to teach him a little about the Restoration and he was stoked! We picked him up as a new investigator too!  Then yesterday we had someone come to Sacrament Meeting. Two people in the ward have been working on her forever and she came to Stake Conference last week, then she came yesterday and she really felt the spirit. She is pretty golden. We don’t know where it will go but it looks very promising and I’m excited. So there’s a lot to go off of in the ward as of right now. Then a lot of little miracles kept following through the rest of the week. The work is finally getting going and its amazing.

God has answered my prayers and it has strengthened my testimony that God will come to the rescue, whether late or early, he will come, but only if you trust him even when all he light disappears. He will come. Something that helped me make it through that last hard week is a quote from Elder Holland from the Mormon Message: “Good things to come.  Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon. Some come late. And some don’t come until heaven. But for those who embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. Trust in God and believe in good things to come.” It is true. I needed to know that God wanted to see how far I was willing to go to help others. Another quote that goes with that is from the Mormon message Courage:  “You don’t ever realize how strong you are until strong is all you have left.” I did all I could.  Was able to make it as far as God wanted me to go. I passed the test. I am so much stronger. Now my question for you: “How far will you go for Him?”

Luva

Week 47

Goals, Fathers Day and Animal Attacks

Hey y’all!  Was a good week this week. And an ok amount of success but not outstanding.

So we were at the Chilson’s and Fancy, their bird,  jumped from something behind me and landed on my shoulder but fell off balance and grabbed onto my face with her beak to steady herself. More like he latched on. It hurt. A lot.  Pictures will come.  

I had dinner with the Riersen’s and they had Harry Jones, your uncle Dad, over and his wife. It was really cool to have dinner with them and I could see a lot of Steve in him. Or more like the fact that they are brothers. But it was cool to get to know them and I learned a lot about how they grew up so I got some info about how my own grandpa grew up. It was an awesome dinner and it’s still so weird that I have relatives out here.

Exchanges were awesome this week. I was able to have Elder Haddock come to my area and we did so much. We worked all day long and it was nice to get a break from my regular situation. Some of the other missionaries wanted us to have lunch with them and I told them no because this was the one day I would be able to work all day. We tracted and found a few potential investigators. We went to some appointments and taught people and it was awesome. We took it a little far because we were on such a roll we had to keep going. We went out into the middle of nowhere and to see the Gambles. It was amazing. It usually takes about 25 minutes, but his wife was there and his son was there with his girlfriend. We talked with everyone as they came in and out for a few minutes. I launched into the lesson, which was reading scriptures. And of course I invited them to join and everyone did. Including Wyatt’s girlfriend! It was awesome. All of them participated, his girlfriend probably hadn’t ever met anyone LDS besides Brother Gamble who is less active. She kept the Book of Mormon and said she would read it. We were there for over an hour. It was awesome how they all were willing to just join in. I’m so glad.

So at this point we should have headed home because Elder Haddock was going on exchanges the next day and it was 8:45 and we were a half hour away from town. But we had to talk to somebody in Robbin’s. So, we just went for it. We were able to get ahold of him and schedule an appointment that worked for both of us. By then it was 9. We made it to the Yuba Mansion at 9:30. Then we still had to make it back home. So that was fun and we did a lot of good. Awesome day.

On Tuesday we had district meeting and our zone leaders always tell us how far away the zone is from our monthly goals. And we weren’t close.  So one of them said he would buy everyone ice cream if we could make the goal. He is really trying hard to keep our zone at the top of the mission so he wanted this bad. We calculated how much we needed. It is almost impossible. We would need 23 new investigators for this past week and this week. Our monthly goal in Citrus Heights was 35 and we barley made that. So this is almost impossible. And for two weeks straight. Come Saturday we had 25 new investigators. That’s not even counting yesterday. But I don’t know the numbers from yesterday. Elder Robbins didn’t think we could do it which is why he said he would buy ice cream. Now he is in trouble. I have no idea how we have done this much yet.  Gardner and I got two new investigators this week which as I’ve said in the past is a lot for this ward compared to the past.

On Saturday we didn’t have anything scheduled.  So we contacted for an hour. And we tracted for 6 hours. It was crazy. And it was hot. We only got one potential out of it though. But we have been trying as hard as we can.

Happy Father’s Day Dad! A day late but I couldn’t send it yesterday. I am so grateful for all the things you’ve taught me. I still remember making my first pinewood derby car and how you knew so much about it and you helped me and we did pretty well. There are so many stupid things that I’ve done and you were always dragging me around as a teenager trying to get me to take responsibility. I remember that one time you took me out to the driveway to teach me how to walk correctly because I would slouch and drag my feet. I was super grumpy and hated that. But that just shows how much you actually care.  With all the things you’ve taught me from how to use tools and how to act for myself, I have really been able to be an influence on other people. I love you!

It got a little hotter this week. About a hundred and ten yesterday.  It should be like that all week. Yeah, it’s actually really hot. The thermostat can’t keep up with it. Its bad.  Anyways, it was a good week and we are going to do archery tag again today so I’m excited. 

Luva!

Week 44 and 45, Elder Jones

Week 44

Hey y’all!

The temp here was awesome this week. A little hot to be tracting in but we did it anyways. It was in the hundreds all week. At night it would be pitch black out and 85 degrees. It felt so good to be out there during that. Man am I glad I like the heat. It’s going to be tough to come back home to the cold.

Is Haley Dewey serving a mission? I was looking up names for Camas and Washougal on Mormon.org and she popped up and her bio said she is going to Bismark North Dakota. I had no idea. Good for her.

So we were having lunch after district meeting like we do every week and two missionaries had gone out to the parking lot to get something and they came back in saying there was a guy in the parking lot that was asking for me. It was really weird of them because they were saying something about Steve Jones and Kevin Jones and so I didn’t believe that there was anyone out there and though it was a joke. Finally they got me to go out there and I saw a Silverado and there was a lot of glare from the sun on the windshield but it looked like Steve Jones but I knew it couldn’t have been. Turns out it’s Dad’s Uncle Harry Jones. So my great uncle. Or uncle once removed. Whoever you want to call it. Apparently he caught wind that I was coming to the mission and heard that I ended up in Chico and has been kinda trying to track me down for a while. He knew I was in Citrus Heights last but he finally actually found me in Yuba City because he lives up in Loma Rica, which is not far from here. It’s in our zone or stake. So it was really cool to see him and I couldn’t believe it.  Especially since he took the time to find me. So he knows people in our ward and stuff. I gave him my number and hopefully we will do something soon. Then I found out yesterday that his son is Dad’s cousin and is married the daughter of the high priest group leader in my ward. On the 16th I am going over to their house and Harry will be there. After sacrament, I met your cousin, Ryan. I’m sure you saw the pictures in Facebook. They aren’t in my ward but were visiting.  But still, I’m related to some people in my ward.  

I loved the video y’all sent me for my birthday that I got this week of the girls and boys singing happy birthday. Thank you!

Cherries are blooming and we have raided so many cherry trees we have red fingers. I’ve had so many cherries I’m going to bulge.

So we had a ton of stuff scheduled for this week. Our week was pretty much full with things to do, a lot of them teaching appointments. We had a ton of lessons planned but, only two of them didn’t cancel. They are recent converts. Dang it. Yea, lots of potential investigators that we had planned to meet with.  Well, they aren’t going to get rid of me that easily.

Yesterday was cool. Last Sunday I told all the Priesthood that I would bring pass along cards the next day so they needed to start praying who to give it to. I brought them yesterday and half of the people asked for two cards. Yes! Then I gave a spontaneous lesson in Priest’s Quorum in missionary work and how the boys can be missionaries. I loved it. I’m glad teaching has become really easy for me now that I will randomly volunteer without people asking.

At someone else’s baptism this week, Elder Dean, my last zone leader, was there for his comp. I talked with him and he told me who to visit and gave me enough info in them that we might be able to get somewhere. So that’s good.

Transfers are tomorrow. Elder Gardner is staying as expected. We are able to get along pretty well.

I wish I could have been there for Hadley’s first temple trip. But, I give up some things like that to be out here. Congrats Hadley. Sounds like y’all had a good time and that it was very spiritual.

Anyways, that’s my week. We will keep working hard whether or not people listen.

Luva!

Week 45 -Stake Conference, Transfers and That’s About It

Hey y’all!

An friend of Kevin’s saw Corbin singing in the choir at Stake Conference. So cool!

Dad, I loved that little email about Royce and fasting. Thanks Royce!

I need it!

Wow, so I really don’t have much to talk about this week. Transfers were good. It’s awesome to have Elder Haddock in my district again.  Now p-days might not be so boring for me. But the zone is a whole lot different because half the people in the zone left. We have a new zone leader. The one that left was so awesome. But the knew that came in………not so much.  But I’ll support them because I should. 

We had a lot of appointments set up again this week.  Same thing happened, the people wouldn’t answer or said to come back another time etc. So lots and lots of that.  We did have a little success. I guess. The little success we had is short term. We knocked on a less actives door and got in and at first he was very hostile towards us but when Gardner and him started talking about video games he became very comfortable and opened up and it went great from then on out. Everything before that was not going very well because if a lot of reasons but that changed things and his son is not a member and so we picked up a new investigator from it. But, they are moving soon. Of course. The other thing that happened is that this guy that we have been knocking on his door for he entire time I’ve been here, finally opened his door last week and said that his Spanish was better than English. He had been avoiding us for a while but we got that info and sent his investigator records over to the Spanish sisters. They stopped by a few nights ago and of course (because why would anything good happen to us) they had a great lesson with him and it went really well and they are teaching him. I’m glad that he is investigating but man, can’t we get a little bit of success?

Saturday was crazy. We went to an appointment that cancelled on us then went to a baptism. The sisters and another set of elders were hungry and wanted to eat some food somewhere so we drove them to Costa Vida because they are on bikes and elders and sisters can’t eat together just them(double dates). So we were their chaperones. We weren’t going to get anything encaustic we spent too much money on food last month. So they get their food. Then a worker came up and said that we needed to get in line because someone was going to pay for our lunch. That was an awesome blessing. So we got a nice big Costa Vida lunch. Then our dinner appointment changed our dinner to a lunch so about a half hour later we went to In-N-Out, and I stuffed myself even more. I was about to pop. Then we went to the Chilson’s and he wanted to get us drinks and my body wouldn’t handle that, but I had to, so I did. I skipped three meals straight because I didn’t want dinner and fast Sunday was the next day. I was going to just start my fast before dinner but the elders at the Yuba mansion had ice cream. Great. I felt so fat that day.

So a member that we love is starting up a business for archery tag. I remember seeing a cool Devin Supertramp video or something similar on it. It’s basso ally mixing paintball and dodgeball together but using bows and arrows.  He is bringing it to the stake center for us to play today. I’m so excited. It’ll be great.

Stake conference was this week. Sister Marston gave the most amazing talk in the adult session. My favorite quote: “If 18-21 year old boys and girls can talk to complete strangers about the gospel, how much easier should it be for members with much more experience to talk to their friends about the gospel.” That was awesome and I have used it since then. I got to sing in the stake choir so that was cool as well.

Well, thats about it for my week. Luva!

Week 40 – Elder Jones

Fat, Ping Pong and Work

Hey y’all.

I loved the winning catch from Hadley. I love ultimate. When Elder Clarke and I would play in the same team we are unstoppable. This zone is going to be hard to get to play it.

Does Tessa not have access to photoshare? No wifi I’m guessing? I’m glad she almost only crashed once. Haha. And who was her first date with?

I think one of the coolest things from this week is something I heard. You know that Elder that I really liked in the MTC and he was supposed to come out a few months ago? He didn’t make it out because to his papers were not making it through very well.  He emailed us last pday and told us he is coming out tomorrow! I’m so happy for him! I hope he comes up here and is in my zone. Pres. Marston actually called me about him and asked about how he got along with people from out MTC district. I talked to him about him and stuff. He was trying to find out where to put him. So I’m excited for that. Funny thing, kinda unrelated, but the first thing he asked was how the work in my area is going and I told him good. Then he asked if I was cleaning up the area book.  I told him that I had pretty much already gone through and cleaned up most of it. He knows that I do well with that. I’ll send you a picture of what the area book was like before and and after I got here. The spots where it says “doing nothing” are where he drives us home and goes and does nothing. But it’s a major change.

So our ward feeds us way too well. We get the best of the best here when it comes to food. I think everyone try’s to outdo each other. Sometimes they even ask what someone else has made for us. On Sunday and Monday last week we had Tri Tip and mashed potatoes from different members. Then on Thursday we had Tri Tip and mashed potatoes again, but with chicken and Tilapia and bacon wrapped asparagus. Then we had BBQ ribs on Saturday, every night is just so good. Those are just some of the best ones. And there is always an amazing dessert. I’m so fat now. And no biking to work it off. Luckily we play soccer twice a week with members in the morning for work out. I’m getting pretty good at soccer.

So we set up everything the we did with my last ward mission leader, but in this ward.  We have some new things now so we are doing those as well. We are doing a ton of things that all pull together so perfectly and the work is going to take off. One of the key things is that we are putting our faith to the test and getting the whole ward to pray to have a baptism by May 27. We are going to work super hard and do all we can and lead the rest to the Lord. So could y’all please join in and pray for our ward to have a convert baptism by that date please? And anyone and everyone that is reading this, please, pray for that? I know that if we have enough faith and enough hard work and prayers that we can have that goal by that date, even though it’s super soon. 

They got rid of zone meetings completely. I think they’ll pretty much just do it at Zone Conference.

I loved that quote that Dad posted last week in his weekly email about how if we something isn’t working, ask God if we should do it differently. I have been trying to come up with different ways to do things. I liked that so much that I posted it on my quote wall.

There are a million super nice cars here. So many of these nice cars with a ton of work done on them all over the place.

Back in C-Hieghts I was able to get one of those ping pong sets that turn any table into a ping pong table. The net is retractable and hooks onto any table in a few seconds and it works so good. So I pushed our table up against the wall and put a mirror on the wall so it made it look like the table is twice as long. And I play ping pong……against myself. It actually works because I know where I need to hit the ball cause I can see where the table would extend. The only problem is that I also have to return it to myself. So I’m learning how to play at double speed. I’ve learned how to go so fast. So by the time I get back, I should be able to still be pretty good still.

So Saturday night was prom. We were driving and we saw someone in a truck next to us and I looked and realized they were going to prom. So I pointed it out to Elder Gardner. Then it hit me. We are in California. I realized they probably though Elder Gardner and I were going to prom with each other. So I stuck my name tag against the window. Not even kidding. Then we walked into a gas station and there were more people going to prom. So I made my tag as prominent as possible. 

Elder Gardner and I have worked harder this week than even we did last week. He’s coming along a lot easier and allowing us to work for longer now. It’s been two weeks and I still haven’t taught a lesson yet. All we do all day is contact. Pretty soon we will have contacted all the names in the areabook. The only thing is is that we have gotten nothing from it. So this sucks. I’m working harder than I have in my entire mission and nothing is happening at all. I’ve had dry seasons but nothing like this. Especially when I’m pushing through so much and working harder. I still haven’t taught a lesson the entire time I’ve been here. Could y’all please pray for us to start seeing just a few results please? We have found a few people that we may see some stuff happen with. But it’s hard getting things set up.

Besides that, I have been loving it here. A lot. So glad I came here. I love this place. Small city. Maybe the size of Camas. Just a lot flatter. And there’s a city across the river. Even smaller than this. You can look it up on google. But you probably already have.

It reached the 90’s this week. But I didn’t notice because I was in a car. So it was a hard week but I’m loving it here. The missionaries and members are all great.

Luva!

Week #39 – Elder Corbin Jones

Yuba, Buttes and Gardner

This is from last week, because I (Kelly) never received pictures. 😦

Hey y’all! Good week. Transfers have been good.  So I’m writing this paragraph on Thursday night. I got here yesterday afternoon. Been here in Yuba City for a day and a half and it is amazing. I love it here. I feel free. Two reasons. One, I don’t have to worry about so many things because I haven’t been here for four and a half months. Two: it is a small city, really not big at all, hardly big enough to be a city. There is country all over the place and it is so much less crowded. The members I have met so far are amazing. I am so much less exhausted than on a bike. Elder Gardner seems like he will work with me. If I push him. We will have to see about it. Our apartment is massive. In fact, it has two levels. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, huge living room. It’s really great. My bed is even comfy. Because the box spring is broken, so I had to resort to sleeping on the box spring which is in he floor, and two mattresses on top of it. That makes it so comfy. So squishy. I just slid the bed frame around it all. So it looks normal. I have a dresser now. That’s nice. We can see the Sitter Bites from here. It’s the smallest mountain range in the world. Today we got real close to them.

The district is amazing.  Awesome guys. One of my Zone Leaders is Elder Nielsen’s trainer, so we laugh about him a lot. It’s just been so awesome since I’ve been here.

They called a new ward mission leader two days before I got there so I’m starting that over again. But that’s ok. In fact I’m glad because then we can crack down hard.

So you know how in C-Heights how there were turkeys and peacocks everywhere? Well, it’s chickens now. Chickens everywhere. In the parking lots, on the side of the road, yea, it’s weird.

Thursday we had absolutely nothing planned, just like most days here, so we went through the area book and cleaned it out, figured out the visiting pool, marked down investigators and dropping people that needed it.  We dropped at least 20 people that day. Were were hauling. Then after dinner I crashed into sickness. I had been feeling bad that day but when we got home to do come study, it hit like a brick wall and it was bad.  The next day I was super sick. I couldn’t get out of bed till 10:00. It was car fast day so we couldn’t go work because I couldn’t walk like that when I was that sick. It got a little better throughout the day, but not enough to go out and do stuff. So that was bad.

The work in this are is super slow. I don’t know if it has a lot of potential or not, but right now, there is nothing to do but start from scratch. There are only two people that are even considerable for trying to teach. One of them just likes us for service so we are probably going to drop him next time we see him. I’m not sure about the other one yet. But there is nothing to work off of at all. Elder Gardner is a cool guy. Pretty laid back but he’s cool. He’s from Virginia, right next to D.C. He will follow me in the work, so its not like I’m dragging him very much. So we should be able to get along pretty decently. But I’m feeling the more I want to push him to be a missionary the more he will not want to.

I got Nana and Boppa’s package for my birthday!!! But I won’t open it because it’s wrapped. Thank you!

Did Tessa get an iPhone? Can I add her to the family photoshare? I would love to see all the pictures she will post.

That’s most if my week. I’ll send the pictures later, because my connection here at the apartment is absolutely horrible.

Luva!

Week 38 – Elder Corbin Jones

Sunsplash, Transfers and Nerf Wars

Hey y’all!

It doesn’t surprise that the Volvo is being stupid again. It’s scary that Tessa can drive.

P-day last week was awesome! Sunsplash was great. There were a ton of people there because of Spring Break, but it was still fun. We got to do the go carts this time. I’ve only ever been on a go cart once and I was like 8 and didn’t actually drive it. So, this was a blast. I ended up with the smoothest fastest one of all that drove the best so I passed Nielsen twice. It was so great. Laser tag was a blast. We actually watched the instruction video this time to it made sense. It was a great day.  Of course, we ended the day with zombies. So fun.  

Loved the Easter package. Thank you! Love the apron especially. Thanks for the pictures!  

We have been busy. We started doing the Book of Mormon game that your missionaries did.   We are blowing through Book of Mormons. We gave it to some non-member’s girlfriend who isn’t interested in the church and she gave hers away in 3 minutes. That was an adventure. We also had Sam and each of his boys give one away each, so that’s four. Just in one run. So we are doing this with everyone.

We were waiting for a ride this week and because we don’t have enough cars in the zone, we have to split one companionship up. So there were six of us in our apartment. Then someone picked up one of the nerf guns and started shooting. Then three other people picked up guns. Then someone picked up the blow gun. We went a little crazy. I’ll send you the videos. We came out with welts because everyone ended up aiming for the face because some people had sweaters on and you can’t feel it through that. It was brutal. That was Thursday morning. I’m still finding darts in the most random places.

I’m fat. I’ve never had to watch my weight or what I eat but I am getting a lot of stomach fat. That’s not good. I had to start eating less junk food for once in my life. Working out wasn’t doing enough so looks like I need to eat less dessert at members homes and less at home.  

Yeah, so I am leaving Citrus Heights tomorrow. Getting transferred. I do but at the same time don’t want to go.  I love being with Nielsen and we are doing to much in the ward and it’s awesome. But it’s time to go. I’m kinda burnt out from this place. But even though I have worked my butt off in this area and nothing has happened, in the transfer devotional I just got a good feeling of the Spirit saying to me: you did exactly what I wanted you to do and you will be and have been rewarded for it, you’ve accomplished what you were supposed to, good job. But I’m going up to Yuba City. I’ll have a car which is going to be so great. I haven’t heard much about my companion bedsides that he is very, very laid back. So it looks like another adventure for me. Oh well. It might now be that bad. He’s supposed to be really funny too. I have no idea how this is going to go. Funny thing though, Elder Nielsen is getting a new comp whose name is Elder Kirby. His last companion before me was Elder Kerby. So this is his second come whose name is Kerby. One letter difference but it’s still funny. Oh, my trainer is going to be in my zone. So that’s going to be awesome. Very, very weird but awesome.  

So we handed out ten book of Mormons this week. Through the thing you showed me and other means.

Easter was great. We went to the Rivera’s house for Easter dinner and an Easter egg hunt and an awesome Easter lesson. I love them. Amazing ward mission leader. It was hard to say goodbye. But when **** gets baptized I’ll be able to come back for it. But it was cool. Then I packed. Fun.  

There’s a lot to do today and all my stuff is all over the place in boxes and it’s a mess because I’m packing. This’ll be fun. I’m excited!

Luva!