Wednesday, November 22, 2017

it's Thanksgiving?

I literally wasn't sure if it already passed or if it was this week, but from what I understand, Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday. Anyway, I think I'm going to try and make a pecan pie so everyone wish me lots of luck. 

Today is the end of black Friday in Mexico (it started on Friday) so I bought myself a new jacket and a sweater to celebrate. (sorry parents I indulged). Also Carl's Jr exists in Mexico, in case you were wondering

Work was a little boring this week so I'm just going to answer the questions my mom put in her email for me:

I did not eat anything weird or new this week. We did eat some albondigas (meatballs?) which were delicious and ginormous. The hermana hard boiled eggs, and then covered them in meat and it was a chipotle sauce and it was DELICIOUS. Also we ate cream of squash flower (I think that's how it would be said in English) which is also delicious. **If you blend together a bunch of carrots with milk and some sweetened condensed milk and salt and pepper its delicious as a soup**

We are teaching the familia Chacon. The wife is less active and the husband and kids aren't members. They're super cool. Pray for them so that the hubs gets baptized. He deserves it because he's super cool.

My favorite part of the week was getting to talk yesterday in church. I talked about the great commandments in the law, marriage (how I'm going to find a pretty girl that smells good (inside joke if you wanna know you can ask), eternal families, and tied it all into missionary work. 

My worst part of the week was getting chased by dogs like every single day. There's something about dogs here: 1. There's a million all over the place and 2. they always chase bikes. So they always chase us when are on our bikes so we have to hit them with a rod or a rock or kick them. It's not too fun.

This week I studied in 1 Nephi. Every time I read the story in 1 Nephi again I just remember how great it is. In chapter 15 (I've probs shared this before sorry) there are these two verses:

26 And they said unto me: What meaneth the river of water which our father saw?
27 And said unto them that the water which my father saw was filthinessand so muchwas his mind swallowed up in other things that he beheld not thfilthiness of the water
These verses are just super interesting to me. It says that so much his mind was swallowed up in other things that he beheld not the filthiness of the water. This can mean a lot of things, so I'll leave it up to you guys to think about it. But it's an interesting thought, that if our minds are absorbed with other things, we wont see the filthiness of the water. 
Love you guys!!! Have a great week!
Elder Jones
My compa and I after black Friday shopping, and the the with the fam Perez and hermana Alma


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

i've run out of sauce quotes

Well not much this week: basically we contacted a million people this week, just walking around and talking, and talking, and more talking and no one wants to listen to us. Some christian people starting to tell us how wrong we were and that we needed to ask God what the truth was and then one guy prayed for us in the street. I was content. No one had ever prayed for me before. My compa was a little upset but hey at least they're good people, believe in God, and are trying to help others to believe in the truth (even if it's the wrong truth). 

One exciting thing was that I stood up in front of an entire bus and just started to contact them. I just shared a message with everyone and then went to pass out cards and EVERY single person rejected me. But that's okay. I was happy with my efforts.

Sometimes missionary work is kinda tough and no one wants their soul to be saved. But God still loves them. And I still try to love them. And some day they'll change.

Elder Moore shared some life changing scriptures with me this week. the scriptures are found in Moroni 10:20-23.

20 Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faitthere must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity.
21 And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither caye be saved in the kingdom oGod if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope.
22 And if ye have no hope ye must needs be in despairand despair cometh because of iniquity.
23 And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me.
This scripture is awesome bc for those of you who don't know there was period in my life when I didn't believe in God (someday I can tell you the story), but after my change I really saw a huge difference in the happiness in my life before and after that change. A few weeks ago I made the connection between faith and hope, and how hope is the opposite of despair. So when Elder Moore shared this scripture with us it just blew my mind that it says it right there in the scriptures. I know that this is true. I believe that a belief in God is directly related to our happiness in the earth. If we have faith in him, we hope that He is there. And if we have hope, we don't have despair, and we can be happy. I know that God lives and loves us and that He's literally our father in heaven. He's our best friend and is always listening. He answers in mysterious ways but always answers. I love him and am grateful for all that he's given me.
Love you guys!!! Have a great week. Study your scriptures and be obedient. Learn something new!!
Elder Jones

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

saucin, saucin, i'm saucin, on you

Sorry guys...with an area called Sauces I can't help but keep going with the clever subject lines. :)

Packed email this week bc new area, opening area, new companion, means lots of work. And it is dope. I'll start off with our investigator called Dipti (I think that's how it's spelled) but she's Indian and has a year here in Mexico and speaks no Spanish and has limited English. So basically we taught her yesterday in her limited English (and my limited English) and it was tough. But it went well and she's really nice.

In this area the Elders used to have bikes, but about 3 weeks ago they got robbed. So a member that we met on Tuesday loves us so much that he went and bought us bikes with his own personal money. This man is a legend. He's also going to take us to Costco in about 30 minutes. Talk about a life saver. 

A few days ago we ate pozole with a member which is one of my favorite foods, but it was so spicy that I thought my throat was going to close in on me and I was going to die in that moment. Never ever have I eaten something so spicy. And I eat pretty spicy now

There's this sister in our ward that studied criminology, which she said was trying to find out why people commit crimes. She knows how to do this thing to determine the character of a person just by reading their handwriting. So I wrote Elder Jones, and then I signed my name in cursive, and she told me exactly who I was. It was freaky.

This week we've taught a lot of the lesson 1 to people, which is the Restoration. Every time I teach it I just feel the spirit and my testimony of what happened grows. It's so simple and makes so much sense! Everyone should invite the missionaries over just for 15 minutes to hear this message. Members of the church and people who aren't members. It serves us to learn a little more or to just be reminded. I know that it's true. If we read the Book of Mormon we can know that it's true. Like the prophet made the inviatino in April in General Conference, we should all read the Book of Mormon every day. If we do that, we'll be blessed with knowledge and protection every day.

Thanks for reading guys! No pictures this week but hopefully next week! Love you guys, Happy Halloween and Feliz dia de Los Muertos. Stay safe!

Elder Jones

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

saucin' it up

Elder Sweat and I came up with that subject line together this morning. I'll explain:
today were changes and so that means new companion, but I also got a new area, and it's called Sauces. So I'm about to sauce it up in Sauces.

"a man without sauce is lost, but the same man can get lost in the sauce"

This week was good, really the email will be pictures for you all to enjoy because this keyboard is making me angry bc it doesn't type very well. Lots of sticky keys. Anyway, yesterday we had the baptism of Carlos! He was in my same situation, questioning a lot of his beliefs about God, searching everywhere for answers, and then finally decided to do it God's way and is a lot happier now! I think it's interesting, as mentioned in a Mormon message called Lift, the dichotomy between healing the body, and healing the soul. If we want to heal the body, we focus on ourselves, taking medicine, going to the doctor, taking care of our bodies. But the soul is different. To heal it, we must turn outward, focusing on others and not ourselves. I feel like that's what turning to God does for us. Heals our souls and makes us happier. 

Heres Carlos:
That was  a joke bc turns out I didn't take a pic with him...sad day.



​my homie Dulce and E. Hernandez


​we made crepes with the familia Uribe


​pretty sunset outside the church beofre our baptism


typical​

I hope everyone has a great week!!! Say your prayers in the morning and never forget to bless your food. Love you guys!! 
-Elder Jones


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"i'm with the devil"

Hey guys! Hope everyone is having a nice October week, hopefully its not 90 degrees outside too many days this month.

I heard a lot about the devil this week. We had interchanges this week. As we were walking down the street some guy just says "hey we've gotta give thanks to the devil too right? Without him we wouldn't have bad, and without the bad we wouldn't know the good." The guy makes some sense but there's no way I'm giving the devil thanks for anything. My compa asked if he would like to come closer to Jesus and he said that he'd rather keep smoking weed. That's a normal thing in the life of a missionary btw. 
Hermano Gino shared a pretty funny story with me.. He said he was in a taxi coming to church but he was gonna get down a lot before the church because he only had 24 pesos and 24 pesos wasn't enough to get all the way to church. So he tells the chauffeur to let him down when it got to 24 pesos. The taxi driver said, "no worries man you just tell me where you're going and I'll take you there, I like you guys". So he keeps going and they get to the church and Hermano Gino decides to share something with him about the church, and invites him to church and the taxi driver says "nah man Im with the devil but you guys are bien chidos" I think with Hermano Gino's story is funny, but I learned something from it. Through our example people recognize members of the church, and if some day they meet some missionaries the first thing that will come to their mind will be "hey I have a Mormon friend" and they'll think of that example. Just some food for thought.

I'm not sure if salsa valentina exists in the United States but it's eaten with many, many things here. so anyway sangria (if you don't know what that is its a soda and you can buy it in Kroger) can be prepared a certain way so that it becomes a "sangria preparada" and it's got like the salt and all that kinda like a margarita. A sangria preparada is: valentina negra (valentina but the really spicy version), salt, and tajin. Tajin is like spicy powder stuff that you put on fruit so that its kinda spicy. But anyway you mix all that up with the soda and then you drink it. Basically it's gross and just tastes like you're drinking valentina. I tried that this week.

To end I wanted to share something from general conference. There was this one talk where the brother said "mirar mas alla de lo que vemos" which basically means that we have to look a little farther than what we see. I'm not sure how to translate it very well. Anyway, something came to mind that my dad always, always talks to me about which is perspective. and more so eternal perspective. In life lots of stuff happens, trials come and sometimes like stinks. We have to have an eternal perspective. We have to be able to realize that this life is just a short part of our existence and some day we're going to be back with our Heavenly Father with all the experience we've gained. Sometimes life is hard and not very fun, but if we can have that eternal perspective, we'll be able to understand a little better why those things happen.

I hope everyone has a great week! Stay safe, love you guys!

Elder Jones

This is Cristian, he's a convert of Elder Hernandez that we talked to today, he was super cool. He used to be a Freemason. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

my back hurts

I'm pretty sure that everyone knows by now about the earthquakes here in Mexico City. The earthquakes have provided a lot of opportunities to serve. In our area there's not anything to do really but we had two days organized by the mission to go to a place called Chimalpa to go and serve. About 40% of the houses there had fallen so we went to go help out. Huge trucks of cement bricks and rebar were brought in to build new houses. Our job was to unload them and carry the bricks to the houses. It was pretty hard work. OTuesday I got the job of getting on top of the truck and pulling rebar up on top, then I got to ride on top of the truck to the destination. Then I touched every single brick that went off the truck bc I passed them off. That's why my back hurts. haha. On Friday we had an even harder job. About 20 of us went with a truck to go unload it, but the house was at the bottom of a really steep and muddy hill so we couldn't take the truck down. We had to carry three to four blocks at a time and walk them down until we got to the house. It was brutal. Like really brutal. But then we finished and the lady that lived there gave us coke. We asked if we could sing a hymn for her. So we all sang I'm a child of God. I haven't felt the spirit so strongly in a long time. We all sang from memory bc we didn't have hymn books, so some of the guys didn't know the words, and we didn't sound the greatest, but I looked over at the sister and she just started crying. She then thanked us so much for our work and we left. My body hurt but it felt so good to be able to do that for her. I mentioned to a friend "sometimes the mission is just really hard, but the moments like these are the ones that make everything worth it, and I remember why I came."

The other thing I want to share is about something that a friend shared in a training we had on Monday. He talked about how there are 2 types of animals in the jungle.  I think we all know that you either eat or you get eaten. He mentioned that both animals run all the time, but for different reasons. One runs so that he doesn't get eaten. The other runs so that he can eat. So the question is, why do we run? To eat or to not get eaten? Do we run as a result of our own initiative, or because someone is telling us to? Do we obey the commandments and go to church bc we have to and people will see we're not there, or because we want to? That's something that really impacted me this week, and it's the thought I leave with ya'll today. Why do I run? And then try to run for the right reasons.

Love you guys! Have a great week. Stay safe.

- ElderJones

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Questions

1. What is the question you are asked the most on your mission?
2. What is the scripture that you quote the most?
3. What is the food that members feed you the most?
4. What is the best part about being in the MTC?
5. What is the first thing that you ask your family to send you on your mission?
6. What is something that you do on your Preparation day?
7. What is a reason to call the Mission Nurse?

Answers:
1 - Are you guys Jehovah's Witnesses? Are you hear to charge the bills? Why is there so much bad stuff in the world if God exists? Why did (x thing) happen to me? Why me?

2 - Alma 7:11-12, 3 Nephi 18:20 (all of them that talk about praying and stuff)

3 - Chicken in whatever form, sopa de fideo. I've never eaten so much chicken in my life. TORTILLAS, TORTILLAS AND, MORE TORTILLAS

4 - it's like being able to hangout with your best friends all the time (if you have an awesome district like I did) and learning about the gospel at the same time. It's a lot of work, but it's a lot of fun if you make it fun. I learned more in those six weeks than in most of my life before.

5 - Swedish fish, pictures from home, things I wish I would have brought

6 - Write home. haha. There are areas where you can do a lot but at this point in my mission I really just look forward to writing my family. 

7 - You basically need to be dying to go to the nurse. If you wake up with diarrhea and throwing up...just diahrrea and throw up all day to get it out of your system. If you're still throwing up at 8pm, you can call...basically he always says "take pepto bismol and tylenol".