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

Monday, March 5, 2018

lovity, love, love, and amor

I've been thinking a lot about love lately. Not necessarily in the sense of getting married haha. A few weeks ago president sent a talk called "agency and love in marriage" and it talks about how we don't just "fall in love". Even though we use that phrase a lot, it's become something that seems just like an accident, like "oops I tripped and fell in love with a person". What this talk talks about is how love and agency are intertwined. Everytime we love someone, it's not just a coincidence, but we choose to love that person. Also the phrase "fall out of love" has become very common, and it implies the same thing, that two people just accidentally fell out of love, but it's not true! I would say that God has many reasons not to love us because of the mistakes we make, and when we're not obedient and all that fun stuff, but he continues choosing to love us. It's the same in marriage, in the family, with friends, and members in the church. Our circumstances can not prevent us from loving someone, we have to choose to keep loving that person. 

The other thought about love that I've had is a scripture in 1 John 3:18  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tonguebut in deed and in truth.
This scripture is really interesting, because saying "I love you" and showing it are two very different things. Yesterday at church someone said "I can't hear you speaking because your actions are too loud." and that is really true, because love is an action. I can say "I love you" to my mom, but if i don't ever wash the dishes or sweep the kitchen or make my bed, do I really love her? I'd like to invite all of us to be able to not love in word neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth. let us all show the love we have for others not just saying it, but proving it to them. I know that if we do so, if we strive to love others more, we'll feel more loved in our own lives. I know that Christ and God live and they love us! I know that repentance is real, we can always change, no matter how far we've gone away from God. I love you guys! Have a great week!

Elder Jones

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

the example

It's been another normal week in Sauces, working and working. Just a short email this week. In the ward here we've been doing something with all the organizations, speaking individually to each group of people in the ward. A few weeks ago we went and spoke for about 5 minutes to the Relief Society about how we were so thankful that they feed us every day. We went in and shared the story that's found in 2 kings 17 I think, about when Elijah goes to some town and asks the lady to make him some bread and stuff, but she says that she doesn't have enough, she was about to make bread for her and her son and then they would eat and die. But Elijah makes a promise that if she makes bread for him first that the flour would never run out or something like that. So we shared that with the sisters and made the same promise. Some times it's a sacrifice to give us food every day, but the sisters will always be blessed for that. Yesterday we visited the young women, and shared Proverbs 31:10, and D&C 25:2-3, which talk about how a virtuous woman has a worth far above rubies, and about how they are elect ladies, and shared how in school and life sometimes we may not think that, but like the scriptures say, we always have to remember the divine worth that we have as children of God. We plan on talking with the priesthood about the roles they have, and then to the primary and young men about how they can be missionaries now as they prepare to serve missions when they're older. I feel like each person needs a special message in this life, and when we receive it things start to change. I feel like for me it was my EFY counselor that shared his mission story with me, and that's when my life started to change. I know that God puts people in our lives  that are special, and we need to come into contact with those people so that our lives can change.  God always answers prayers, in weird ways, but he always answers because he loves us. Hopefully you guys all have a great week!! God loves us, miracles are real, and tacos are delicious. The church is true homies, read the Book of Mormon and your lives will change. Pinky promise.
BTW we climbed a volcano.

​Missionary work is awesome people, don't doubt it.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

progreso es exito

This week was pretty decent. I basically almost died from a sickness that may or not have been pneumonia. But I'm basically not dead anymore so were ready to start working again. 

Not too much to say today and besides the fact it's a little late, but I was thinking about success yesterday in church, because recently we haven't had very many investigators or baptisms, but yesterday in church this happened: I was waiting for everyone to come in and I was shaking there hands and stuff, and we saw the familia Felix come in, who we had visited a few times and they finally came back. and then we saw the familia Gonzalez come in, another family that we had been visiting for a while. and then we saw the husband of Hermana Solis come in, another investigator we have, and then we saw Romi and his family come in, and he's not a member and his family we helped to reactivate. It was so cool! and then to put the icing on the cake, the familia Esquivel, who we helped to reactivate, gave the prayers in sacrament meeting, and then Hermana Marissa, who we helped to reactivate gave a talk! So I was thinking about what success means because we haven't had many baptisms, and I realized that we are having success, just not in the way that I was necessarily searching it. I  think that's a lesson that I need to learn for all of life, that we can find happiness and success in the ways that are least expected. God always puts small miracles in our lives, we just need to look for them. 

Sorry for the not pictures but next week I'm going to send a few. Love you guys!! Have a great week!

Elder Jones

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


****From Braeden's mom...I asked Braeden what blessings he has received since serving a mission. This was his response:

I would say that it's really just been that I've changed. I feel like I'm more like the Savior and that's something that I know will help me later in life when I get married and become a father. It's helped me to become a better son, a better brother, better grandson, companion, leader, and everything. And it's odd, because I'm really still the same person I was. I still tell dumb jokes, and I like rap music, and I'm really looking forward to Taco Bell when I get home. But my heart has changed, and my character has developed a lot. And I would say that's the biggest blessing in my mission.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2 nephi 4

Hello everyone, just a short email this week.

A few weeks ago we went to go eat with the familia Esquivel, who got baptized in March, my old companion and I had recently reactivated them. However, that time that we had gone to visit them I noted that something was wrong with the Hermano. I wasn't sure what but he didn't sit down to eat with us or anything like that.  When we went to share a message with them he sat down with us and I realized that there was something wrong because he wouldn't even look me in the eyes whenever I spoke. Afterwards, he just opened up with us, and talked about how he was never good enough for his wife or his parents or brothers or friends or anyone and was just really down. I started trying to help him, and my companion talked about the sacrament and how we can become new people, and I mentioned how one hermano a few weeks ago at church said that what he learned in his mission is that ANYONE can change, and I mentioned that and he said "but not me...everyone can except me...just ask anyone that lives close to me". He was really, really down and said he wasn't even going go to church anymore. I told him that I couldn't help him then. That if his attitude was that way that it was true, he would never change. But I asked him to read this and I wrote 2 Nephi 4 on a napkin and passed it to him. That was a Tuesday. That Sunday we got to church and I saw him there and was a little confused but super excited so I went and said hi and then sat down. He then got up to share his testimony, which surprised me even more. And then he started to talk, and I was even more surprised. He shared a little of what he had shared with us and then shared what we had told him, and proceeded to say "I want to personally and publicly thank Elder Jones for what he shared with me." He said a few more things and shared his testimony. 

A lot of times as a missionary I kinda just feel like I'm wasting my time. IDK why I'm supposed to be here or why I do what I do...that I'm not really helping. But every once in a while, things like that happen, and it's a big testimony to me that maybe I am supposed to be here, and the spirit is working through me. I love seeing those miracles and being able to be part of them. 

I know this church is true and that miracles do exist, depending on the faith that we have. 

enjoy this barbecue that we made

the best district in the entire mission
back row: hna Martinez, hna Yanza, hna Oropeza, hna Burgos
front row: e Bowles, me, elder Pearson (one of our zone leaders)

love you guys, have a great week!!

Elder Jones

Monday, January 8, 2018

missionary ethos

I'll get to the subject hear in a minute.

Muy buenas tardes de Sauces Toluca. Today we had a dope Elders conference. It was the first time that all the Elders in the mission were together at the same time. 

I haven't been this tired in MONTHS. But I'm still decent at soccer so that's good. 

​These are my homies I'm gonna room with at BYU (except the kid in the middle. He's cool though.)

These past two weeks have been kinda lazy because in our area. No one who lives here is from here so during the holidays they all leave. This week we're excited to get back into the grind. 

Two weeks ago on the 24th we combined wards and the Primary president from another ward spoke. Here in Mexico there's a tradition that sometimes is more popular than Christmas, It's el dia de los reyes magos ( or day of the wise men) and it's January 6th. That day the wise men bring the gifts to the kids. however, in Guadalajara she said that normally the niño dios brings the gifts. The niño dios is Jesus. That was really interesting because it really is Jesus who brings the best gift, which is eternal life. Because of his sacrifice, we will someday be able to overcome death the same way he did and be able to live with our families forever. 

Also with the dia de los reyes magos, there's a special cake thing called a rosca, and it has a lot of plastic niños dioses inside the cake. So basically everyone cuts the cake, and if you get a niño dios, then on February 2nd you have to bring everyone tamales. It's a pretty fun tradition. 

Finally, one of the best young men's leaders ever (well all of mine were actually the best ever....I got lucky) but anyway Brother Fisher sent me the Seal Ethos  (the Navy Seal Creed) in a letter a little while ago, and it seemed really interesting to me. I decided to make a missionary version. (if anyone who was a Seal gets offended by this sorry, not my intentions.) Here it is:

Missionary Ethos
(modeled after the SEAL Ethos)
In times of war uncertainty, there is a special breed of man ready to answer the Lord's call. A common young, but with an uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside the greatest missionaries that have ever existed to serve God, the people, and bring them eternal life. I am that man.

My plaque is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by God himself, it embodies the trust of those I have promised to serve. By wearing the plaque I accept the responsibility of my calling and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn everyday. My loyalty to God and the people is beyond reproach. I humbly serve God's children wherever I'm assigned to serve, and whatever the language may be. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent trials of my calling, placing first the happiness and eternal life of others. I serve with honor in public and in private. The ability to control my thoughts, words, and actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncomprising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.

We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of leadership I will take charge, lead my companions, and accomplish our purpose. I lead by example in all situations.  I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. The Lord expects me to be more obedient and more dedicated than others. If knocked down or rejected, I will get back up and try again, every time. I will draw on every ounce of remaining strength to bring salvation to the souls of men. I am never out of the fight.

We demand discipline. We expect dedication. The salvation and happiness of my fellow brothers and sisters depend on me--my obedience, my dedication, and the spirit I carry with me. My training is never complete. We're constantly training and have an eye single to the glory of God. I stand ready to share the gospel anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. The execution of my duties will always be done with the utmost love. Braver and greater men than I am have gone before me, and have built a grand reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the love I have for God and those that I serve steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.

To finish, I just want to share one more saying that I learned which is "no hay viento que favorezca un barco sin rumbo" or in other words, there's no wind behind a boat without direction. I hope that makes sense. But this new year as we're making new resolutions and trying to change, we need to remember that if we have no direction, there's no wind that is really useful for our boats in life. One time another super good leader named Brother Rawlins said "a goal not written down in just a wish" (I'm sure other more famous people have said that, but one time Brother Rawlins said it too). Lets all put goals this year, so that there will be wind behind our boats all year long. 

I love you guys and hope you all have a great week! 

Elder Jones