Tuesday, April 17, 2018

elder jones 2.0

Get it??? Because it was my bday and I'm 20 now.
Hey everyone! Short email because I'm running out of time, but this week has been great! My new area is called Puerta Grande, and it's PURE UPHILL AND DOWNHILL,  I mean straight up or straight down, there's no in between haha. The work has been really good, and I'll just share one quick experience from yesterday! We were going to go visit this one Hermana but got dragged along to go visit someone so we went ahead and went to go see how this Hermana was. She had been operated on a few weeks ago on her back, and so we went to see how she was. We talked a bit, and then she asked us to sing her a hymn and give her the sacrament. So we started to sing How Great Thou Art, and I can not say that I have felt the spirit so strongly in such a long time. As we were singing, I looked over at the Hermana. She was laying in bed and couldn’t move at all, but I saw her singing as loud as she could. And as we were singing the third verse I could see tears rolling down her cheeks. It took everything I had to not just start bawling like a baby haha. I could see the faith this Hermana had that everything would be okay because it was in the hands of God. And it is. I know that when we can trust in God, that everything will be okay. He has the master plan, the full panorama, and we shouldn’t worry too much about what happens in life. I know that when we trust in God, we can learn and progress more in this life. I love you guys! Enjoy this pictures from this past week.

Birthday pizza



​The guys in our house


 A member from Sauces came all the way to my area to give me this for my birthday!!!


 A shirt a member in Sauces gave me for my bday before I left there

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mision Ciudad de Mexico Oeste

      April 15, 2018


Dear Jones Family,


It is a pleasure to write and inform you that your son, Elder Jones, recently has been assigned to be a
Zone Leader. After much prayer and inspiration, God has indicated that your son should take this role in
the work of the Lord.


Our mission is divided into seven zones, and every zone is divided into various districts. In total, every
zone contains from fifteen to twenty five missionaries. As a Zone Leader, he will be responsible for the
physical and spiritual well-being of these missionaries under his direction. Through his example, he will
instruct and guide them to achieve their full potential. He will also have the opportunity to serve
alongside other district and zone leaders in collaboration meetings with local stake presidencies
concerning missionary work.


I love your son and trust in his ability to carry out this important responsibility, and I know that the Lord
does as well. I love seeing the progress your son has made, and I feel very honored to work alongside
him in this great missionary work.


Sincerely,



President Carl D. Grossen
Mexico Mexico City West Mission




Monday, April 9, 2018

short email, many pictures

Hey everyone!! I'm in a new area this week, it's called Puerta Grande. I'm back in the city and I have a feeling I may finish my mission in this area, which is really weird to think. Just a few more months of hard work left. I don't have much to say, but enjoy all these pictures!

1 - my compa left the keys in the house so we went out to the high way to search for things to get back in. I found a piece of metal, a stick, and some rope. And opened the door. I'm a legend


2 - Seminario is seminary. It's also a place that buses go to, and I found this bus sign and kept it. Just imagine a caption on it saying "kids, go to --"


3 - I made pizza. it was delicious



4 -  We baptized! I also baptized, but it's an interesting story what happened hahaha. One day I'll tell you guys


5 - my new tiny house shared by 4 elders. Enjoy!


Elder Jones

Birthday

One of the way Elder Jones celebrated his 20th birthday was by taking this family out to dinner.

Monday, March 26, 2018

lessons on lessons on lesson

I've learned so many things these past few weeks that I could probably give a 6 hour sermon on all of them, but here's just a short email on a few of them:

WELCOME TO HOLLAND
by
Emily Perl Kingsley.
c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.

A lot of times we can get to Holland when we want to be in Italy. The things the Lord gives us aren't the things we want! But he always knows best. I remember at the beginning of my mission when I was always sick or getting robbed or not having any success whatsoever that I was REALLY upset. I mean I was just sick and tired of being a missionary and could only think "why would the Lord let all this happen to one of his servants?" I was obedient and working hard, but all that happened to me. So one day I told my dad "Dad, the Lord isn't giving me what I need" and my dad definitely jumped right on that and corrected me, telling me that the Lord was giving me exactly what I needed, but it definitely wasn't what I wanted. I'm grateful now that I've passed through those trials and I've learned from them. So instead of just complaining and having the mentality of "woe is me" we should try to learn from all the difficulties we have in life. The Lord wants us to learn and progress, and that's why we're here.

Thanks for reading everyone! Next week or the week after I'll share some more profound thoughts. Writing these letters is just getting more and more difficult haha. But only 19 more! So make sure to read them all haha. Love you guys, have a great week.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This week was actually also great for us!!  I feel like most missionaries have felt discouraged at some point in their mission, I mean that it just sucks and it's not fun, but I feel like more than anything I've learned that Jesus is my best friend, and when no one else is there he always is. I feel like more than anything that's what I want people to understand from me, is that through Christ we can feel better. We can have a friend in Him. I played the piano for the young women's choir this week in our ward conference and they sang the mutual theme "Peace in Christ". I don't know the lyrics in English but there's one part of the song that says "there will be no more tears". I really liked that part. I've been doing really good recently, just really tired! Trying to get over the exhaustness that I'm feeling. President was like "just sleep when you get home" hahaha so I'm trying to do that lol. Have a great week!

Elder Jones

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

life be good

This week was the best week we've had (in the sense of numbers) in a loooongg time. It felt good to see all our work in the numbers we had. We were able to find a lot of new investigators and had a lot of people go to church. Pray for us out here! Pray for the family Chavez Pacheco, and Fernando, and Estela. Other than that, not much has happened. It's been a normal week of solid work. 

A thought that I had this past week was something I read in Alma 37:
And now, my son, remember the words which have spoken unto you; trust not those secret plans unto this people, but 
teach them an everlasting hatred against sin and iniquity. 
I read this and thought it was really interesting that Alma says that Helaman should teach an "everlasting hatred" against sin and iniquity. I think some times we tolerate sin a little too much, or we have "favorite sins" in our lives. Even as missionaries we have them, things that we do that we probably shouldn't but we don't want to get rid of them. I believe that as Alma taught, we should all have an "everlasting hatred" against sin and iniquity. If we can develop that then we'll be able to avoid many problems that we could have in life. I know that small things we develop in our lives like this intolerance for sin, pure love for others, patience, and other attributes of Christ, we'll have more fun in life. We'll enjoy it more and see more of the good in everything! I'm sorry I don't have anymore pictures I really, really need to take some. Have a great week everyone!! Love you guys!

Elder Jones