Hi Family and Friends!
Monday, February 23, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
And She's off....
Jess leaveTexas at 8:45 pm today.
She's headed to Norway!
I am all ready to go! :)
I am so exctied, but sad to leave Texas.
I truly am blessed to have met the people I have met here in Texas. I will never forget it.
This our Finnish little boyfriend. The cutest kid!
Booney! Ah Booney.
He is so awesome and one of our recent converts!
We made me a wooden carved shape of Texas.
I had an amazing last week in T.H.E. Mission :) I got a blessing last week and in the blessing the Elder said that I would experience miracles my last week in Humble, Texas! Wow, that blessing sure came true!
We got a new investigator on Monday and he is really promising. He feels that the lesson on the Restoration is just what he needed in his life at this time. :)
As a zone we had a goal to flood Kingwood with Book of Mormons this week. Our companionship handed out 21 BOMS! Miracle! We accomplished our goal and so many miracles were involved in handed them out. I prayed at the beginning of the week for the confidence to contact and hand our BOMs. God truly answered my prayer because I am was able to do it with power and authority.
We had an amazing Hour of Power Thursday night. We prayed that we would be able to pass out 6 BOMS that night.. and we did! With doing that we taught 5 lessons and got 3 return appointments. We taught this teenage boy who is agnostic and had never really thought about religion or God much. He was truly touched by our message. I encouraged him to pray to his Heavenly Father and include God in his life. I told him that God loved him and that he is a child of God. I bore testimony of the BOM and told him that this book changes lives. He was so happy we came by to give him a BOM.
We taught another young women about the BOM and she was truly touched by our message as well. This scripture came to life for me while talking to her: 1 Nephi 4:6 "And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do." I was talking to her and started asking her a question. I didn't know the question I was going to ask her and I was totally led by the spirit. I asked, "Have you ever wondered what the purpose of life is?" She said, Yes I want to know! It was so amazing to experience that.
We had a wonderful Valentine's Day! We gave out Jesus cards and said Happy Valentines day to everyone. haha There was a lot of love in the air..
Yesterday was my last Sunday at the Humble Ward and it topped off the week with a cherry on top... our investigator that we have been working with all transfer came to church!! 3 of our less actives came as well! It was such a bitter sweet day. We said our goodbyes to everyone.
What I have learned in Texas about missionary work is if we truly put the Lord first and have charity for others we cannot fail. The Lord blesses us and love is reciprocated. I am so grateful to be able to be a representative of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know He lives and I see His hand in my life and in the life of others. This gospel is true! It has been restored in its fullness. We truly have to show our obedience and appreciation for our Master. He suffered for us because He loves us. We are here on earth to learn and grow, so we can be more prepared for the life to come. Love the Savior, Love the Gospel, Love Each Other!
I love you!
Monday, February 9, 2015
Me and Sister Casas went on exchanges this week and we were wearing the same thing!
haha it was the cutest and NOT planned!
This is me and Sister Thornton at zone training.
The zone leaders and the STL dressed up as book of mormon characters.
Monday, February 2, 2015
I just found out..
I will be leaving for Norway Februray 16th!!!
Wahoo! I am sooo thrilled!!! :):):):):)
Funny stories for the week:
We went to lunch with an investigator who is from Slovakia and afterwards he asked us if we could go to the movies sometime. haha I thought it was hilarious.
Hour of Power:
We have hour of power every Thursday, which means that the church presidency prays for the missionaries in the temple at 6:00pm and that means that missionaries pray for a miracle.
We saw this guy and girl sitting on blanket outside of their house and they called out to us and said:
"Hi!" (people are very friendly here in Texas).
We went over to them and told them that we were missionaries. They said, "you are mormons, right?" (it was so nice to hear that because everyone else thinks we are Jehovah witnesses).
So we taught them the Plan of Salvation.. by the way they are smoking during this lesson.. and all of sudden the girl says, "I haven't been baptized yet, but I would like to be." The best part was what the guy said afterwards (said like a black guy would say) he said, "Well, you have got to change your life and repent!" (while smoking) It was so funny. Anyway, it was a fun hour of power miracle.
The sad part about the week is that we had to drop an investigator. She wasn't progressing and wanting to make changes. It broke my heart, but we left on very good terms.
Things are going great! I love my companions and I love Texas, but I am ready to go to the mission I was called to. :)
Have a good week!