Monday, June 11, 2018

"are you apostate?" no, we're mormons. "so you're apostate?"

Buenas tardes del hermoso lugar de la Ciudad de México. This week was just another normal missionary week. I could talk about miracles if you wanted but I'll save those for after the mission. I'll share one experience though: we were contacting some lady we found in the street when this other guy walks up and just butts in and asks "what are your names?" tbh he kinda scared me and smelled bad (i may have judged him a little bit but after being robbed 3 times you don't trust anyone) and so i didn't understand him, and he decided to ask me in English, and proceeded to ask if i wished for him to speak to me in English. I told him no and we began to talk and he said a bunch of weird things and then told us we were apostate a few times, and i finally got a little tired of listening to him and asked "sorry, but why are you talking to us?" and he said something along the lines of "I don't like you. I don't want to see you here. i don't want you here. Go away. Don't knock doors. If you want to talk to someone, you make an appointment. So go away." So I extended my hand to say goodbye and he told me "no. it's okay. bye." and so I wished him a nice afternoon and left. If you've ever asked yourself, a mission is about 40% experiences like that, 50% getting ignored or rejected nicely, and 10% getting accepted. but you get used to it, and typically the 10% makes the other 90% worth it.

This week I have learned some cool things. I've been studying the Book of Mormon a lot and it really is just such a complex thing. to show you a little bit of its complexity:


​This is every name that shows up in the Book of Mormon, up to around Alma 40 something. I couldn't get it all done before they erased it, but maybe some of you guys could figure this out. or maybe not because its in Spanish. but either way, I've been thinking a lot about the Book of Mormon this week. I don't know how many of you remember the earthquake back in September, but there's a certain area here in the city called la Condesa. it's pretty fancy, lots of big buildings and stuff like that. but there was a brand new building that had been built when the earthquake hit. the building didn't fall, but was so severely damaged that it can't be used anymore. Someone sued, and an investigation was done, and it turns out that the foundation wasn't dug deep enough and that's why the building ended up that way. but many times it's like that with our testimonies. We don't have a good foundation, or maybe we think we do, or maybe we think that our foundation is deep enough when really it isn't. There's a story in the Book of Mormon in 3rd Nephi 14 that talks about this:
24 Therefore, whoso heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock—
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand—
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it.


And then if we go to Helaman 5:12 we can learn a little more about this rock:
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty stormshall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

Our testimonies will never fall if we can build them upon a firm foundation. and for me the Book of Mormon is one of the firmest foundations there is. When we read that book, and study it thoroughly, it really is impossible to disprove it. I know that it's true. it can help us in every moment, and answers many questions that we have in our lives. 

I'm out of time but my next thought will come next week! love you guys, have a good week!
Elder Jones

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

drunk people

drunk people just arent very fun to be around to be completely honest. here's a fun story for your day: today were transfers, and because im a zone leader now they put me in charge of the transfers in the bus terminal. so we got there and to be completely honest it was terrible just bc missionaries don't always do what theyre told (oh well) but then at one point this super drunk guy just starting screaming and crying and talking to all the missionaries and i just thought "well the elders can handle this its not too odd." but if he started to mess with the hermanas i knew i would have to do something. so (of course) he starting messing with the hermanas (and this guy was big, about as tall as i am and about 300lbs) and i just grabbed him by the arm and dragged this man outside. thankfully another elder came out behind just in case the guy started to beat my head in, but i dragged him out and sat him down on a bench and we starting teaching him (or at least trying, its hard to teach drunk, crying hysterical people). but that was an interesting experience for today.

have a great week everyone!! hopefully i have some better emails in the weeks that come

here are a few pics of life:

1 - my zone last change
2 - my son elder bowles
3 - elder bennion, one of my fav companions, goes home tomorrow




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

pics

2 of these pics are from grilling today, and the other is from a random part of our area that looked cool!! 




Tuesday, May 8, 2018

swimming in the baptismal font

The kid that I got to baptize yesterday is named Jose Felipe, it was his 10th birthday!! He was really excited to just get in the water hahaha. Both of his parents are members of the church. but they don't ever go anymore, so some neighbors take him. It's really interesting to see that even though the parents don't go, their children are really willing to make the sacrifice to go to church! Satan really did not want him to get baptized. The baptism was at 8, (in the morning) so we had to get up at 3:30am to go to the chapel and fill the font. We spent an HOUR AND A HALF trying to turn on the boiler!!!! It was tough because the automatic turn on thing wasn't working, so we had to take apart the boiler so I could stick my hand in the boiler and turn it on. The water was warm (enough) haha. Whenever it was time for him to get out, he did not want to at all. He started swimming in there, and so I just grabbed him and picked him up and started to take him out by force, and he grabbed onto the handrail and just about pulled me in with him! I finally got him out and all was good. It was a great experience.


We played soccer this morning! Enjoy this picture:

Here's our house!
It's that small silver door by the two guys over there. It's pretty tiny, but it's cool.

 I'm excited to live in my house in Texas again though. I miss carpet and a bed that's long enough for my body.

Have a great week everyone!! Happy mothers day! Moms are the best, especially my mom. They're cool. Here's some scriptures about them so you all can see how awesome they are: Alma 56:43-48. Love you guys! Have a great week!

Elder Jones

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

another 20

but this 20 isnt in years, its in months in the mission. im getting old guys. this week was just another week in the life of a missionary, nothing really new just hanging around, trying to save more souls. few things that i acn say about the area:

this past week we saw another fight in the streets. its common for road rage to overcome people here and then they just stop all traffic, get out of their cars and go at it. its interesting. but everyone just stops life and watches haha, i mean people come out of their houses, out of restaurants and local business, and the other people in traffic get out of their cars to also watch. fun stuff

another common thing here is that people will get onto the buses and start to sell whatever they have, normally candy or chocolates, sometimes jewelry or cds, but its interesting and they sell it really cheap. many times the stuff is expired and tahts why its so cheap but oh well. but a few weeks ago someone got on a bus and started selling chocolates and they always present their product and stuff and one guy said "sera robado, pero nunca caducado" or in other words "it could be stolen, but never expired" pretty funny stuff

the other thing is that here in my area the buses are ALWAYS SUPER FULL. i mean almost every single bus has people hanging out the sides, and so if you want to get on, youve just gotta hang more out the sides. if youve ever seen the stereotype about how a million people fit into a small green bus, its not a stereotype, its real. so ive learned how to hang on to the side of a bus pretty well here. thats also fun stuff


This is a ginormous concha. its delicious sweet bread. also i had just barely woken up when i took this picture thats why i look like that haha

love you guys lots!! have a great week

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