Elder Jones – Week 97

Zone Conference, Scrabble and Testimony

I accidentally left my bag at a lesson with Meghan, Skyler and Nat. So the kept it hostage so they could use it to draw information out of me to find my worst fears.

Tuesday:  I practiced piano a lot because both the
songs that I’m playing at Zone Conference got changed. I am playing
the piano for the musical number for my Zone and another Zone. Lots of
good things happening.

Wednesday: We had a lesson with ****** scheduled. But her chair had collapsed and broke underneath her and she was hurt. So we walked in and she wasn’t in the mood because she was kinda in pain. We asked if we could do anything for her and she pondered and fussed for a minute and said “Could you play scrabble with me?” I think scrabble is very boring but I love her so I said yes right away. It really lifted her spirits and we had a great
time. Worth it. I won actually. I have no idea how.

Thursday: I am so exhausted right now. Just got back from a full day.
Zone Conference; sitting for 10 hours then dinner which we were late
to, then MCM, which we were also late to. I can hardly function right
now. Cool quote: I assume the best in everyone, until they show
otherwise-President Hinkley. I also heard this, but I workshopped it a
tiny bit… anyways: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,
but do it a different way this time…..” Love it. So true.
President Ward rolled out this new mission initiative that is
absolutely amazing. It’s about meeting with the Bishop and asking a
set of questions from how we can help him. Then meet with the
ward mission leader for some of the same stuff but some different. It
basically helps them know that at we are good missionaries and
motivate them.  It’s an awesome initiative that is going to be amazing and works with members.

Friday: Weekly planning as usual. We did that and made a lot of good
progress. Then we had a lesson with ******. We talked about tithing
and family history but mostly about the temple. She has a lot of good
good lessons. So we pulled up a lot of pictures and such. We explained
how everything happens and all that. She loved it and should be going
to the temple soon. The ward council is setting up a temple trip for
her. She will have the Medford temple 3 or so hours away from her in
college but will still tack on the extra 40 minutes to go to Portland.
She has always dreamed of going to that temple and loves it. So she
wants to go to that one. So we looked at pictures and talked about
making a trip. I’m excited.

Saturday: We did a lot of finding today and we worked on clearing out
a list. We did find one guy that is interested. He said he is agnostic
but gets the principle of faith and is waiting for his faith to kick
in. Basically he is waiting for his faith to come. Almost like he
wants it but hasn’t found it yet. Wow. That was cool. We will see
him next week. But yeah, a lot of finding today.

Sunday: ****** hates speaking in front of groups of people. In fast
and testimony meeting she kept bugging me to get up. The Spirit wasn’t
saying to, so I wasn’t going to. Eventually I told her that I would go
up if she did because I knew she wouldn’t. She looked at me for a
second and then got right up and walked all the way up there and bore
an amazing testimony. I guess the Spirit didn’t need to get me up
there because he knew that she would.

The World Wide Youth Devotional was really good. We watched if for comp studies. Wow!
President Nelson sees something that needs to be done and doesn’t mess
around. 🙂

Luva!

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Week 94 – Elder Jones

Jesus Marshmallow, Green and Baptism

Tuesday: Been a fun day. We started off the day with a bomb lesson with *******. We read from the Book of Mormon and she has some awesome insights. It’s been hard to get ahold of her but things have cleared up more. The spirit was just really there and she was very receptive. We are kinda focusing her in getting her back on track with the Book of Mormon. Next time we will try to get her to come to church. She likes the idea of baptism but with everything in life, she likes to find out as much as she can about something before she fully commits. Hence why we are focusing in church and the Book of Mormon. But anyways, it was just a great lesson. Spirit was there and she seems like she will start to progress a lot.

We practiced our musical number with the other elders. We are doing “Be Thou My Vision” because I showed it to ******* and she loved it and it’s her favorite hymn too now. So we practiced. The we had to run around and do stuff. Has, help other elders out. We knocked some doors. Dinner. Then we went to help the priests with there mutual activity. Fixing bikes. My favorite. Maybe some day I’ll start up a mountain bike business. I would be happy doing that. Then we went to a funeral for a fish. Fun day! Lots of good stuff.
Wednesday: District meeting is always fun. We filled out ******’s baptismal form for a while. Got to meet with ***** and ***. Our gospel conversations went better than an normal. It was excellent. Also, ***** had her baptismal interview and all went well. She is set for Saturday. I would write more but we are teaching seminary in the morning.
Thursday: We have been busy again trying to set the baptism up and make it run smoothly. We went around and invited a ton of people to it. We also taught seminary this morning. It was a blast. I love teaching teenagers because of you make it fun, they love it and learn a lot. And they pay attention. I love working with teenagers. I could do that forever.
Friday: We had a lot of planning to do today, especially for the baptism. Made another Star Wars video. Hehe. We had a lesson with ******. I’m so excited for her! And I’m excited I get to see Green tomorrow!
We met with ***** and the whole gang. They had dinner and dessert, they even got me an ice cream cake for my birthday. They are amazing. They asked a million questions and I really learned a lot from them. They learned a lot from us. The spirit was so strong. They are very wise. We showed them a snippet from the talk: “Receiving answers to prayers” by Richard G. Scott. They loved it. ****** was saying how when she hugged me she felt Christ’s love so she called me a Jesus marshmallow. Like hugging a marshmallow full of Jesus. Haha. Love them. They are coming along quite well.
Saturday: Well, you saw the pictures. ****** got baptized. That was one of the most powerful experiences in my mission. Wow. Lots of people came and we were all talking. And around the time we were about to start, we were running into a problem. We had set up the room with all the chairs we could fit. And it was a big room. But there were not enough. There were not nearly enough. So we had everyone go to the chapel instead. After everyone was there, we realized how many people there were. It filled up the whole chapel except for half of one of the side rows. And this was a big chapel. We had around 200 people there. There was a butt load of people there. A lot of people from our ward and 5th ward, because that’s where all her friends were. And a ton of missionaries and investigators came and less actives. It was amazing. Also, Elder Green was there with his parents. When I saw him I ran through the parking lot and jumped on him. His parents are super cool btw. So we are in the chapel and we start and have the prayer and song and the talk.  Her parents came. Then we all went over to the font room. We helped her get there and sent her into the bathroom so she could go through. She had ***** and ****** and another one of her friends with her. We had to take out most of the chairs and have most everyone stand to watch and still, we couldn’t fit everyone into the room. Even Green and Elder Pugmire and the people that have helped teach her couldn’t get a good place to watch. I was one of the witnesses and I could see down the little hall way where she would come into the font.   At this point only me and a few people in the audience could see here. She looked at me with big, wide scared, open eyes and an open mouth with a smile. Just overwhelmed. So much. She looked at me and I nodded and smiled. She looked at her Dad and  suddenly got calm and looked back at me. Then she walked confidently into the water. The spirit his so strong at that moment. It was already insanely strong before that but when she suddenly got a ton of courage, and walked so confidently in, the Spirit confirmed to basically everyone that she was making the right choice, and she knew it. The guy baptizing her was in tears and said what he needed. Then he dunked her. The Spirit was just so filling. It was amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever felt the spirit So strongly. Oh my goodness. Then she walked out. The 20 or so people filed out and went back to the chapel.  Elder Pugmire, Brazier, Robinson and I did a musical number. It was great.  After we had taken a ton of  pictures and everyone left, we met up with Green and his parents,  at a Mexican place for lunch. It was a blast. It was just one of the most amazing days on the mission. Oh how I love the spirit. I hope I never forget that feeling of love for ***** and for Christ.
Sunday: Had to say goodbye to Green but ****** is now a member. So proud of her. I love that girl. I let her watch as I changed her to a member on area book. She was so happy.
Scripture of the week: This one is for *******:  Mark 16:16 ​”He that ​​​believeth​ and is ​​​baptized​ shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be ​​​damned​.”
The miracle of ******’s baptism wasn’t that she was baptized as much as her amount of faith. She listened to the spirit. She knows the spirit. That scripture talks about how we need to have faith and be baptized, but it talks more of faith, because if we don’t have faith, our spiritual progression is stopped or damned. She had the faith to be baptized, they aren’t complete without each other. A true belief leads to action. If you don’t have a true belief, you won’t act. ****** does have a true belief. She knows it more than so many people I know. And she shows it.
Luva!

Week 93 – Elder Jones

Fardos, Birthday and BBQ

Monday: We got too go to the Fardos’ for pday!  It was great to see them again. We did another picture scavenger hunt. My team tied for 2nd and day 3rd. It was a blast.  Loved seeing them again and seeing two stakes worth of missionaries. Got to see nome old friends.

Tuesday: So I wake up and I have an email. It’s the email that says I
can start MyPlan. MyPlan is basically this online course for
missionaries about to go home. It’s about adjusting, work and
dating. It’s happening!!
We had district meeting.  Elder Kite got emergency transferred form
Citrus Heights up here because his companion, Elder Jones, went back
to Puerto Rico. So he is in my district again! Yay!
We did some service today. Then we caught up on phone calls and stuff
and then went around and invited a ton of people to the ward bbq.
That’ll be fun. ***** and ***** will come! They haven’t met the ward
yet.
Cool thing, I got a call from Vancouver today. It was some
missionaries up there that had a member moving into my ward. He is in
Fern Prairie ward right now. Her actually served in Washougal River
ward for a while. I think his name is Elder Finley? something like
that. But he asked if my Dad was Kevin Jones. Yup. So that was a cool
connection.

Thursday: We started Exchanges last night.  I went to the other wards with Elder Pugmire. We had a blast. We went and taught an investigator that I’ve been to before in their ward.

Friday: We did a lot of weekly planning today because we had to plan
for ******’s baptism. We planned a lot. But we had a ward bbq tonight and ***** and ***** came! They loved it. This is the first thing they’ve ever done with the ward and they loved it. Free food and the people loved them. We played corn hole with them. They had fun. Then we went over to their place afterwards for games and a lesson. Successful day. So glad they came. We had a lesson with ***** as well. We talked about the atonement and she is super excited to be baptized.

Saturday:
I had a great birthday! I listened to the Gentri album
so many times. They did such a good job with it. They sang one of my
favorite songs: “I’ll Fly Away”.  That was the best version of it I
ever heard. It was so different but so amazing! I couldn’t stop
listening to it. Fantastic. What a great album.
I got a million messages and emails from people saying happy birthday.
Thank y’all! Loved yours especially. I bought myself ice cream. Yum.
And I got to sit at a piano for a while. I’m making a new arrangement
for “Be Thou My Vision”. It’s been my favored hymn for about a year.
Probably longer. But either way, I have been making a new arrangement,
a little different than the last one. And the bridge for it is
amazing. So many different little things in it that make it amazing.
Wow. I love writing music. Arrangements or originals, I don’t care. I
love it.
We got to knock a lot of doors and we didn’t have a dinner and neither
did the other elders so we all ate together. I was happy with that. I
love Brazier and Pugmire. So yeah. Pretty good birthday. I’m not a
teenager anymore.

Scripture of the week D&C 8:2 ​”Yea, behold, I will ​​​tell​ you in your mind and in your ​​​heart​, by the ​​​Holy Ghost​, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.”
This week on exchanges with Elder Pugmire, he talked with me about a conference talk called: “The music of the gospel”. I’ve heard the talk and seen the video they made for it. But it never clicked. For some reason, on Thursday it clicked. It talks about how the gospel is like a dance. We learn the dance steps with our mind but we hear the music with our hearts. If we only learn the dance steps, but don’t feel the music, we are not able to fully dance. We are just moving. But if we feel the music, it all works. With the gospel, if we just do what we are supposed to, we aren’t really living it. But if we feel the spirit and have the correct desires, we are doing it right. I realized that growing up I just kinda went through the motions and did what I was supposed to. Yeah, I felt the spirit, but never really seeked it out. In the mission I finally did and now my testimony if the gospel is strong and I know the gospel is true. But that was only after I felt the music. So search it out. Really search to feel the spirit and you will be able to apply everything correctly.
Luva!

Week 92 – Elder Jones

The Lost Keys, Almost Dying and Mother’s Day

Monday: We went fishing today! Borrowed some poles from a member and went! We also almost got hit by a car, we were going through a parking lot and a car came through several parking spots and didn’t stop. I swerved to get out of the way and he didn’t stop. He slowed down a little at the end but I got away. Almost died….. 😉

Tuesday: We had interviews with Pres. Ward today.  He complimented me on being “mellow”. He said I could take a lot of stress and craziness without freaking out, handling it calmly. He also complimented me on being a good teacher, he said he had heard I was anyways. Not sure how that came about but I am always willing to take a compliment. We talked about making prayers better because mine have been slacking. We talked about how I can be a good example to Elder Robinson and how I can help him. It was a pretty good experience overall. I liked it a lot. Great interview.
Wednesday: So we have been searching for some keys for the last 5 days. The church and mail keys. It was a learning experience. Sometimes God answers prayers in the way he wants, not how we do. We had been prayying forever to find the keys. We never ended up finding them. After 5 days, we decided to get a new mail key and see if we could get a new church key. We ended up having both of these in a matter of hours. It should have taken a lot longer than that. But God provided. Definitely a miracle.
Tonight we went to the park because they were having mutual there (and we were picking up the keys.) but they were playing Dragon ball. Basically kickball. so we hopped right in. I went and got to know all the youth better. We are never in the second or third hour of 3rd Ward church so I don’t know the youth hardly at all.  This was very good. We killed in in the kickball game.
Thursday: A member did a magic trick on us. After 5ish so minutes I figured it out and started playing along with it. Elder Robinson couldn’t figure it out. It was so funny. Then when we got home he was so disturbed by it that he couldn’t think about anything and he was almost acting schizophrenic in a way. It scared me. So I told him after he stressed out and almost had an anxiety attack. He felt dumb afterwards.
Friday:  We planned today. It took us an hour to figure out when and how to make our calls home.
We had a lesson with ******. It was mostly organizing her baptism. It was fun and I’m excited for her. Elder Green will be there and will even confirm her. Tonight we went to **** and ****’s and had a little lesson about repentance. Then we had our usual hours game. We played Clue. Fun fact: the way we played Clue growing up is very wrong. The way you actually play is much more organized and complicated. If you use yourly brain power, you can figure it out quick. It has a lot of adding and subtracting and manipulating. It’s fun.
Saturday: We went a planted some hedges this morning. Then we went and helped with a service project, demolishing some old Wells Fargo building so it could be turned into a community center or something.  Then we knocked random doors and ran into ***** and found a thing or two to help them with. For dinner, we had **** come to the ********’s.  He now has a family in the ward he likes! Yay! For studies at night, we watched this broadcast about using members for missionary work. It was so good. Some cool stuff it talked about it really getting to know the member so they trust you.  Also about involving them in the work. If you involve the members in the work, not only will they trust you, but they will be more missionary minded themselves because they will have the drive and hype for it. It was a great broadcast.
I loved talking to y’all yesterday. It got me more scared to leave and also more excited. Weird mix. It also showed me how much I’ve grown. It was cool because I still fit in the family. 🙂
Scripture of the week: Mosiah 5:2 ​”And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty ​​​change​ in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do ​​​evil​, but to do good continually.”
The Holy Ghost can guide us. If we turn to God, we can change ourselves to become who we want to be and be the best us we can be. We can be a help to others that we never could be.
Luva!

Hadley, Bryson and Tess birthdays! Addisen’s Graduation, DC, Cookie Therapy, Hadley-a!!!

THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK:

Dixon thinking he was helping everyone by “cleaning up” their rooms.  On random days he would go to each of our rooms and rearranged it to “look good”.  It was hilarious as he explained why it looked so much better.  He was super proud of himself and we just went with it, then put it back together later.  🙂

“Cookie Therapy.” Tess explaining to me that I eat too many cookies at once (only like a dozen in a day) and that I need to go in to a doctor and get therapy for my cookie issues.  She says she will bring cookies to my grave instead of flowers.

Dixon wearing my summer hat so that when he fishes the hook won’t stick to his head.  He forgot that it can swing into his face still…. So cute!

Dixon calling out for anyone in the family:  “Hadley-a, Royce-a, Mom-a.”  It’s so funny.  It’s like he’s adding a question to the end of the name.

Our friend Leslie Waters passing.  We went to her funeral and it was so heartbreaking, but also such a blessing to get to hear such intimate details about her life.  She is such an example of how to intertwine the Plan of Salvation into all parts of our lives.  My heart hurts for the family left behind and all of us that will miss her.  Misty Myers talk was so fantastic. I had her send it to me and we read it to the kids for FHE.  It was extremely inspiring.

Merritt finishing a huge puzzle that Royce had been working on.  She put in the last five pieces!  Needless to say, Royce was not happy!

Starting a no sweets/treats challenge with some friends (obviously I need it, considering my cookies issues).  It’s been over five weeks and I feel great.  So balanced, which is really boring and sad.  The goal is to make it three months.  I plan on continuing it and just having a dessert each weekend. 😉

Royce:  “Although I’d be a perfect person to be a Hallmark movie actor, I don’t want to kiss all those different people!”  Ha!  I think he’s been watching too many movies with us…. 😉

Hadley and Merritt getting braces!  We have four people in our house with braces!  It’s crazy. That’s seven mouths down and only two more to go….. 🙂

Turning over our Huntsville, Alabama house.  It was a bit of a nightmare but things seem to be going well now. It’ll be interesting to see if we end up keeping it as an investment or selling eventually.

 

THINGS THAT WORKED:

Ordering caterpillars again.  It was such a cool metamorphic process.  Letting them go was awesome.  Minus the one that didn’t form it’s wing correctly but we still had to let it go…. 😦

Getting to have our wonderful McReynolds over for dinner.  They are our forever Home Teachers.  🙂

Fun Family Home Evening dinner with friends and then family volleyball at the church.  It was a blast!

Royce talking to me about how sound vibrations work in our ears, then communicating it to our brains.  He declared “Heavenly Father must have more than a Master’s Degree in college.”  🙂

Erin Johansen and I running our homeschool group with a lot of laughter.  We have so much fun that we have to try to discipline ourselves and remember to actually teach.  I’m truly thankful for this fun year of learning with our kids.

Royce getting to race his car at the Pinewood Derby.  It was so well run and super fun!

Ordering a fun new math supplement.  Math Beast is amazing.  We’re all learning new ways of looking at math and it’s through cartoons.  We still do our regular math books, but add a couple pages of this too.

Hadley getting to go to a Girl’s in STEM day.  She loved it!  I was so proud of her going in by herself to a school she didn’t know.  She found some great girls to hang with and even knew some people from sports, etc.

Getting to go to the temple with the girls and for Jacob Hill’s sealing.  We love getting to see our YSA get married.

I made them smell the hyacinth after our YSA baptisms.

Fun night watching Star Wars on the projector.  When the lady took her ship and flew through the bad guys Royce said:  “Now that was satisfying!”

Watching the epic General Conference .  It was amazing how many changes happened and the strong Spirit of unity that was felt.  We love President Nelson so much and Tess said:  “Pres. Nelson and I could be friends.” When we were half way through Dixon announced “Half-Time!”

Kevin fixing our dryer after it broke two times.  I’m so thankful for all that he does, even when he travels so much.

Awesome Easter Egg Hunt at the church in the dark.  They had multiple tunnels with neon glowing sticks in the eggs.  So fun!

General Conference fell on Easter Sunday.  It was so special.  After it was over we got to go to my parents house for dinner.  It was just a perfect day!  🙂

Getting to talk with our Kaitlin as she watched General Conference at Addisen and David’s apartment.  She just returned from her mission and is absolutley glowing.  We love you Kaitlin, Addy and David!

Getting texts from Corbin’s mission.  It just fills this Momma’s heart right up.  If you ever see missionaries, take a picture and send it to their Mom, you’ll make her day.

Merritt getting into National Honors Society at Washougal High School. This is a big deal for us considering she is home schooled.  We were laughing when she was nominated and decided she should try (she takes one math class at the HS).  It seems that the application was as detailed as doing the Eagle Scout Project paperwork.  Crazy!  But alas, it was worth it.

Going to Addisen’s college graduation!  It was such a great trip.  Kevin flew into Salt Lake City and stayed with Addy and David, then drove up to Rexburg.  I drove the four youngest kids and met up with them.  My parents flew in and Kevin’s parents, Bryson and Dihana came on graduation day.  We were sad Tess couldn’t join us because of school tests and work.  We are so proud of Addy for finishing her degree, despite hard circumstances this past year. Kevin and Royce made an hope chest for Addy’s graduation.  I gathered as many memories as I could and we went through them in the hotel room.  It was actually hard to part with it all, but wonderful at the same time.

Hadley and Bryson’s birthdays while we were in Rexburg.  They are ten years and a day apart.  Hadley wanted to go do baptisms at the Idaho Falls Temple and loved it!  It’s such an amazing feeling to be around these two fabulous children of ours!

Getting a box of books that my Great Grandma handed down through the family. My Aunt Ann sent them to us as they close an era and sell their home that they raised their kids in.  The kids and I are so excited to get to read and smell them.  We love the smell of old books!  🙂

Kevin and I getting to go to Washington DC!  We haven’t been able to take a trip together for three years.  Kevin works in DC each month, so I jumped on a trip with him.  I LOVED getting to meet some of the people he works with and watch him deliver a workshop.  He is truly talented.  The entire room laughed and oooohhhh and awwwed through the workshop.  The highlight of the trip for me was riding bikes through the monuments/memorials at night.  We had so much fun! There was such a sacred feeling at the Lincoln Memorial.  I LOVED the Congressional Library and American History Museum. We also got to spend some time with some of our dear friends Lynne and Sterling Nielsen!  Oh how we laughed and laughed, then they ended up at the same ward as us on Sunday.  The meetings there were amazing!  I went to DC expecting it to feel like New York City, but I was so impressed with how kind everyone was.  It was so clean and spread out.  It truly is an beautiful city.  I was very ready to get home and not be on my feet anymore, but still wanted to be alone with Kevin.  He took such good care of me and it was amazing to see how easy it is to just get up and out the door in 15 minutes when there aren’t kids around.  A huge thanks to my parents who helped for a few days and the girls who did the rest.

Kevin getting called to Elder’s Quorum President.  There were a lot of changes during General Conference.  One of them is that all the Priesthood is together now.  So they called new EQP’s.  I was also called/assigned to be the Stake YW Camp Director.  We’re both super excited for these changes.  It’ll really help when we get released from our Stake YSA callings.  At the same time, we will miss working with them.  Since we moved here, we have had all our callings together, so this feels more normal to get back to separate callings.

Spring arriving!  I can’t get enough of all the Daphne, Camelias and Lilacs. The smells everywhere and sunshine makes me just want to celebrate.  🙂

Prom for Tess!  She went to Mormon Prom with Carter Rodgers and loved it. Then the next night she went with Braeden Harness to Washougal High Prom.  She loved her weekend and felt like she had waited all her life for it.  So cute!  We were so thankful for these two gentlemen that took such good care of her and provided a great experiences.

Spontaneous days/dinners with family and friends for the last two months.  We love getting time with people that fill us right up and make us laugh. 🙂 

Tess starting her CNA job!  One night one of the patron’s daughters pulled her out into the hallway and asked her what her last name was.  She said Jones and the person said, like Kelly Miller Jones?  She was the sister of my high school best friend.  She could tell Tess was my daughter just by her mannerisms and personality.  Amazing!  My kids may not look like me, but it comes through in some of their personalities. 🙂

Tess turns 17!  I just can’t believe it.  She ended up having a really full day, so we had to squeeze in time to celebrate.  Love my Tess!

Merritt and Tess playing tennis and Hadley running track.  It was so fun to watch them all season, but boy am I glad that it’s over.  I think I lived in the car and was spread pretty thin.  Despite Kevin’s traveling, he still got to see them play.  I love the lessons that sports teach kids.

Getting my bike  (a Christmas present from Kevin).  Kevin bought it off of Bryson because I love it so much.   We had such a fun ride last weekend around Round Lake in Camas.  I love flying down the trails and going off small jumps. I seriously scream like a little girl and people stare at me.  It’s truly elating.  So if you happen to see an older lady on a bike screaming, just know she’s super happy.  🙂

 

Week 92 – Elder Jones

Elder Robinson, BBQ and Star Wars Day

Today we got up and cleaned and shopped and did
everything and went fishing for a few hours. So relaxing. We didn’t
catch anything had a couple fish on the hook but they got away.

Transfer Tuesday. I got to see several missionaries I haven’t
seen in a while. I slept in Rocklin at a 6 Elder apartment.
Comfy floor. I was with Elder Pugmire and Brazier. We cleaned the
apartment.  Then Elder Robinson got here. I like
him a lot. He reminds me of Elder Haddock. He’s great. We went and
introduced him to people.
Wednesday: Had a blast today. Still in the trio. We had district
meeting. I had way too many 7 layer cookies. We made some with a less
active and I had 8 of them today. So bad for me. Then we went to a
lesson with ***** and that went well as usual. Then comp studies and
another lesson in Elder Coman’s ward. Then dinner with the Baumgatners.
Always a blast. Another lesson after dinner and now I’m here! At the
apartment.
Thursday:  I had Texas bbq for dinner. Biggest burger I’ve ever had
and very delicious!
Friday: Happy Star Wars day! We went a little crazy. We planned for most
of the day. We made a few Star Wars videos with Elder Pugmire and
Brazier and even got ***** in on one of them. They are amazing. We
were recording one and Elder Pugmire slipped super hard. We got it on
camera. So funny. But yeah, we had a lesson with *****. She bought
Star Wars popsicles and a puzzle and some other stuff and we
celebrated. We had a lesson about baptism and she is still super
excited.  Then we went around and visited people. We helped ****** move some brick. She tripped over it and hurt herself. But she is doing better now.

Saturday: We went to give a blessing to someone this morning.  We ran around and met some people for Elder Robinson and we went to
the Higginson’s. We helped them set up for a prom date they were
hosting or something and ended up running home to let one of their
kids borrow a tie from me to wear to prom. It’s a snazzy tie. We went
to dinner and there was a surprise there. It wasn’t planned but I
walked in and there were two people from my Citrus Heights there!
Apparently the family we were eating with is the wife’s parents. So it
was awesome to catch up with them. Like seeing old friends after a
long time.
Then we went to an game night with Dusty and Jay. Lots of fun.

Sunday: So I’ll probably report on Elder Robinson for today.  I
really like him a lot. Remember Elder Haddock? One of my best friends
on the mission? The one I’ve always tried to be companions with? Elder
Robinson is basically like him. If I am not looking at him and he is
speaking, he sounds just like him. He has some cool board games and he is really fun. We clicked right off the bat. He is a blast. We really like each other and he is really comfortable here. He warms up to people really fast and is really comfortable with people he just met. He is From San Tan Valley, Arizona, he has been out six months, came
out with Elder Farley. He just came from Redding. He likes anime,
played baseball in high school and is an artist.

Weekly scripture: Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,
saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white
as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

This is Elder Robinson’s favorite scripture. It talks of healing and
forgiveness. I love how we can be forgiven and forgive other as well.
I have been able to forgive so many people because I have been
forgiven.

Week 91 – Elder Jones

Transfers, Getting Fat and Goodbye Elder Green

Wednesday: Yesterday I was on Exchanges with Elder Brazier! It was a blast. We got so much done and we really learned a lot from each other. Both talking to each other a lot and taking what we can from each other. We visited some people that I already knew even! Kinda cool. Had a few great lessons. Oh yeah, on Monday we rode an 8 person bike for pday! It was cool.

Today we great. Kinda. Ok maybe it was a really off day. Elder Green woke up with a migraine and so he slept until we had to go help these non members move. We moves some of the heaviest furnitures in my life and then they got us In-N-Out. We met them up for other missionaries.
We had another lesson with ******. It was a spiritual one, she had a lot of questions about different things. We taught her about justice and mercy and how all that works. How Christ was able to pay for our sins. The she got us Baskin Robbins. 🍦 We went and saw people and went to dinner then we found out that like three of our investigators or less actives or members were sick or injured. So we went and bought a ton of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and some other stuff and spent the evening running it around to them. Those are the best nights.
Thursday: It’ll be a short one tonight. I’m so tired. Elder Green is on day 3 of his migraine. Horrible for him. We went and saw ***** again this morning and said goodbye for Elder Green. Then lunch and then we went to 7th ward. We stopped by *****, the lady that we met at the ward bbq. She invited us in and we ended up having s 2 hour discussion on a million things. Everything from temples to trials to Joseph smith, to polygamy to the Book of Mormon and everything in between. It was one of the best discussions I’ve ever been in just because she was so sincere and wanted to understand and had such good questions. She also was saying things that I learned a lot from. She made a super cool analogy that I’ll use for my scripture of the week. She just soaked everything in like nobody else has. It’s not like she is looking to change religions, but she wanted to know more about what we believe because she didn’t know before, except all the false rumors and such. Now she understands more. But we shared several scriptures from the Book of Mormon and she loved them. We gave her a copy and she is going to re-read the scriptures we used, read the introduction and start reading. She is amazing. She invited us to her bible study class and that’s great!
Friday: We taught seminary this morning. It was a blast. We taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and used the tea bag lesson as well. We taught it super Mario style, it’s a way of comparing it to Mario. It was great.
Friday:  We started out the morning running some errands and checking up on people. Then we went and gave ***** a blessing. That was a cool experience. The Lord really directed me to say things I wouldn’t have on my own.
Then we went and did a little weekly planning before having a lesson with the amazing *****.
Saturday: Awesome day! I had 5 meals before dinner.  We met up with the Baldridge’s for lunch, but we didn’t eat really eat, but I loved getting to see them. They made Elder green and I matching T-shirt’s from the picture they sent you last time. Then we went to *****’s place and she had a few other couples there, including the one that we helped move. They all just asked us about the gospel and about the church. Amazing questions again. And they had lunch as well. We ate more. That lesson lasted over two hours and and we see stayed longer because we were still talking and answering questions and arranging stuff. Then they prayed over Elder green. Then we went back home and Elder green packed. Until now. It’s been a long day. But great.
Sunday: Said goodbye to a few people and had church. I’m going to miss Elder Green so much. What an amazing friend. He really is one of my best friends.
Transfers; I’m keeping both of my wards thank goodness. Been praying for that. The mission is smaller now. I’m getting Elder Robinson. He is from San Tan City, Arizona. He has been out for 6 months now or so. Don’t know much about him but I’ve heard he is cool and that I’ll like him. I’m excited.
LUVA!
Scripture of the week: Alma 36:6 For I went about with the sons of Mosiah, seeking to destroy the church of God; but behold, God sent his holy angel to stop us by the way.
Elder Green was telling his story of how he went from being a bad person and doing bad things to coming back to the church to someone. After he told his story she came up with an analogy. It’s kinda like(and it’s the same with Alma) when someone is really a bad person they are manure. Literally poop and anything bad. But, when they finally turn their life over to God, god uses those things to help people. They know where the vilest of sinners have been and can help them out of the holes they are in. It’s like fertilizer. They take the manure and mix it in with the dirt and use it to grow beautiful plants. So the bad is used for good. That’s how it went for both Elder Green and Alma. So I thought that was cool.