Elder Jacob Lee serving in the Idaho Boise Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
March 15, 2011
Ashley is doing great! I didn't have my companion last Tuesday so it was just my ward mission leader and I. I was freaking out because I wasn't prepared and the next lesson was on the 3rd lesson and we only practiced it like once in the MTC. So I was pretty scared. But I knew the Spirit was with me, and Ashley would feel the spirit and understand what I was trying to tell her. The Spirit was so strong. I deffinatly felt it. I somewhat knew what I was doing. But the Spirit was guiding me right along. We talked about her baptism date and she wants to be baptized around the end of April. But we are really trying to talk to her about making it earlier because you know how Satan trys to tempt us and gives us obsticals that might make her struggle along the way. Hopefully we can talk to her about that.
I will be in Meridian another 6 weeks until transfers. And then IDK. Who knows where I might go. I might just stay in meridian.
Yup, transfers were yesterday and I am still in Meridian. I'm so happy. I don't have a companion yet. I'm with my Zone Leader right now. But I should get to meet him this afternoon. Elder Threet (my zone leader) is awesome. We have been talking about all the people he had contact with in this area. This area was where he was trained. Telling me things I should remember and who I should take care of and who I should work on that was dropped from when he was here last. We went to a couple of places and he has a relationship with them that is amazing. He said. "The people I teach, I grow to love them and I come to talk to them like brothers and sisters." That's what I want to do. I want to love everyone I teach and have them come closer to their Heavenly Father. That would be Amazing! =) I would be so happy when I come to that point in my mission that I care about investigations and less actives and members so much that they are like family. =)
Tell Vera Happy Birthday for me.
I have been to the temple a couple of times. It's really pretty. I go to the Boise Temple.
Ashley is doing great. She wants to pick her own date to be baptized. This is going to be so cool for her. =) I'm so excited. We have another investigator. Her name is Janeen. We just met her and she wants to be baptized too!! She knows the church is true she knows the Book of Mormon is true from what we know by meeting with her and talking with her that one time. She was going to church when she was 14 and she took all the discussions and had a baptism date but she moved. And never got baptized. Now she is 40. Her friend is taking the discussions and she told Janeen that she should meet with the missionaries. We asked her to be baptized on the 26th of March and she said she would. We might have to push it back. But I'm Super Excited for her too!! After so many years! She told us out of all the churches she has been to, this is the church that makes the most sense. So cool.
Well, its still snowing. Not enough to stick at the moment but enough to see it fall. You would love it here. My area isn't a car area anymore so I think I'm going to be on bike the whole time. So crazy. Time to get in shape!!
Everything is going great. Hopefully we are going to have another lesson with Ashley tonight and give her that baptismal commitment. We picked up 3 new investigators tracting. They seem promising. We went tracting with a new elder and we knocked on this house and his friend answered the door and we taught a rough 1st discussion. We are going to try to go for another appointment soon... So about the house. Awesome! Did Dad and Uncle Stan do it all themselves?
Ok, so cool spiritual lesson here.
I was reading in Revelations. I actually did this for one of my dinner scriptures. In chapter 12 it talks about the war in heaven and how we are fighting a mighty dragon (Satan) and his army. And in Verses 7-11 it talks about what we use to defeat the army's. They specifically say they use their words and their Testimony's. So they didn't use swords or their fists to fight..... Being in Idaho doesn't mean I don't get yelled at or cursed at. I still have to stand for what I believe and have a smile on my face and wave at them if they are in a car yelling at us. We have to be Christ like. We are His people. We fight not with fists but with our words and our actions. If someone starts pounding on what we believe we have to stand up for what we believe. Our Testimony is our greatest weapon to soften the hearts of those who harden their hearts against us.