Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sept 21- One Way Streets


Sept 7th- Staying in GP


Mom - I am not going to send out my email to everyone anymore, so if there is anyone else who wants it you can forward it to them!

Transfer calls, I am going to be staying in Grants Pass with Sister Doxey. I am excited to stay here in Grants Pass - it is an amazing area with an amazing ward. I know that I always say that, but it is true! Sister Doxey and I are ready to work hard, I am probably going to get six week shafted, so we want to baptize everyone this next transfer. (six week shafted is when they put you in a different area for six weeks before you go home.)

On Tuesday I got to go to the coast, and I drove through Coquille! It was really nostalgic - I wanted to stop and say hi to everyone SO BAD. The transfer van didn't have time to stop though! *Sigh* I love that little place. Tears thought about coming to my eyes!

It was a crazy week because then I taught at ZTM on Friday on "inspired questions." I have realized a lot about asking a question and then listening. If you want to teach someone, it is WAY more effective to ask an inspired question than it is to talk to them. Someone said, "The confident ask questions to help others make a connection. The insecure talk and hope something sticks." I liked that. Listening benefits someone a lot more than talking does. 

MIRACLE: Last transfer Sister Petersen and I made a goal to find four new investigators in a day. We worked hard all day and... nothing. At the very end of the night we saw a family playing games in a house window, so we knocked on the door. They were super nice and let us in, but told us they were not interested at all. We appreciated their kindness and left. Last week, a girl named Sarah called, told us she had been reading the book of mormon, and she wants to get together with us. SHE WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT HOUSE. I guess we never know what kind of impact we can make. God is really good to us. 

We also dropped momma Gandy. She isn't willing to live the commandments which are required of us. So sad. WE KNOW THE GOSPEL IS WORTH IT CHRISTINE. 

Here is my spiritual thought of the week... We have an investigator who is going through a lot, and I have been thinking a lot about the purpose of life. Right now we are preparing our souls to see God again. God, in his loving mercy, molds is into who we need to be. "[I] will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as God is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, it is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God." (Zech 13:9) That refining is sometimes a painful and uncomfortable process. Life seems hard, overwhelming, and overbearing at times. We are promised that, "our.. Affliction, WHICH IS BUT FOR A MOMENT, worketh for is a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." (2 Cor 4:17) Our affliction is a small moment? AND because of our afflictions we can receive an abundance of glory? I realized that if the test was easy, there would be no accomplishment. There would be no tears of joy when we finished all we were sent here to accomplish. A mission brings so much satisfaction because it is so dang hard, and life is no different. We have the Saviors promise in Isaiah 41:12, "Fear not; I will help thee." (look up that scripture..he even promises he will be holding our hand as we go through trials.)

I testify God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, will always be there to help us. 

Praying for you all!


Sister Jones

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Aug 31st- Hello :)

Aug 24th- Random Tidbits of the Week

Aug. 17th- Deep thoughts from Sister Jones

Hello from Grants Pass!

I don't cry, but throughout the week I felt like randomly bursting into tears.THE HOLY GHOST IS REAL.

One instance was when Bobby gave us his last four cigarettes. Four. How easy would it have been to just smoke the last four cigarettes? WHO DOES THAT? I felt the spirit so strong has he demonstrated his sincere desire to follow the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Another instance was when Monika came to church. My favorite smell in the chapel is the smell of smoke. Someone is trying their best to come closer to the Savior. I know that God notices the little things and the efforts which we make. "A saint is a sinner which keeps on trying." Just because you can't smell my sins doesn't mean they aren't there, but the smell of smoke is the definition of a SAINT. 

One day we finished daily planning and I reflected on our day. I thought about how at the beginning of my mission I might have described the day as, "long, hot, and unproductive." That really wasn't what I thought. I felt so humbled to know that I represented the Savior that day in talking to everyone about the gospel. I wouldn't want to be doing anything else than walking around and sharing our unique message to the world. 

The gospel is true! I love a scripture in Alma 15:16 which says, "And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek, Amulek having forsaken all his gold, and silver, and his precious things, which were in the land of Ammonihah, for the word of God, he being rejected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred;" Amulek gave up EVERYTHING for the gospel. His worldly wealth, the people who he associated with.. WHY?? BECAUSE IT IS TRUE. None of those things come close to comparing with the joy which comes from understanding the atonement!

I love you all!

Sister Jones


Aug 3rd- Sister Doxey


My new companion: Sister Doxey, from Roy Utah. Just finished her first year at BYU Provo. 

Beacon Hill Weather: SUPER  HOT. Also, there is a forest fire somewhere close by, so there is smoke EVERYWHERE and it is difficult to breath. It makes everything that much more of an adventure.

Companion Status: She has so much faith. I made a conscious effort to not cap her faith when she came into the field. I was excited to get a new companion because new missionaries are always expecting miracles, so then they happen. The number of miracles seen since she came into the field: infinity. She came into the field ready to WORK. She knows her scriptures, is bold and fearless, and isn't going through any of the normal "adjusting to missionary life" negatives. IT IS AMAZING.

My Week: The first couple of the days this week I was with Sister Holliday before Sister Doxey flew in. She came in on Wednesday, but we didn't meet each other until ThursdayWednesday night I got to stay with SISTER VANCE, my other baby! She has changed SO MUCH, and it was good to talk with her. Someone we gave a Book of Mormon to is now going on a mission from Coquille. Also, Mary-Ann is going through the temple this month. I love hearing these things, it is good to know that your efforts aren't wasted. Mission blessings, God watches out for us. 

So, Thursday Sister Doxey and I came back to our area. She is very intelligent (she studied Hebrew in college to better understand the old testament.) She also doesn't care what people think. At all. So this week we have done some pretty crazy things to find people to teach - we crashed a wedding reception and a large birthday party at a park. HAHA. IT HAS BEEN A BLAST! We met a man we shared a Book of Mormon with who said he has always believed that Jesus came to the Americas. He said, "I guess I have been Mormon my whole life and didn't even know it." YES, actually you have believed all this stuff since the pre-earth life, but we didn't point that out. 

Investigators on Date to be Baptized: The Gandy's are struggling with keeping commitments. Keep praying for them. 

Wrap up/spiritual thought: It has been the best four days of my life. (Everyone is used to me exaggerating by now, right?) Sister Doxey and I are VERY different, but it works well together. I really don't have any complaints. I think time should STOP right now, that would be amazing. 

I love you all! I have thought a lot about what it would be like to see the face of the Savior this week-and I realized that I do see his face, everyday. When I read the scriptures. When I bare testimony. When people see the atonement work in their life. When my companion serves me. When members give of their time and energy to help us out. EVERYDAY IS FULL OF MIRACLES. 

The church is true, I love you all!

Sister Jones

July 27th- Transfer Monday!

July 20th- After much tribulation


This week EVERY lesson we had planned fell through. Every single one! It happens :) Haha! After much tribulation comes the blessings, and we had a huge blessing.

The first day of the transfer Sister Petersen and I had found a new investigator named Monika. Earlier this week we stopped by and Monika wasn't home, but her husband was. We invited him to talk with us when we talked to Monika, and he said, "Maybe." On Friday we finally sat down with Monika and Rob. They are both really "tough" looking people. I have never heard more colorful words in my life than what comes out of Monika's mouth, and Rob is equally as intimidating. We got talking, and Monika has investigated almost every religion.. except for mormonism. She doesn't believe in God, but she knows that somehow, somewhere, she will be able to receive the answers which she needs. We had a really powerful lesson on the atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that he can heal us-physically, emotionally, spiritually. He can heal a life which has been torn apart through disobedience to the commandments. THAT is pretty remarkable. Monika and Rob both cried, and I am so grateful that the spirit of the Lord was able to touch their hearts. 

I love each and every one of you! I am almost out of time today, but this next week is Sister Petersen's last week in the mission field, and we are planning on working the hardest we ever have. She has a heart of gold.

Love you all!

Sister Jones

Facials with the sisters.