Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This week for me was good! Monday was what I thought was a pretty awesome Pday! We wrote and then when we were done we went to a member's house and ate a big meal! One of the converts here that helps us a lot cooked rice, mashed potatoes (or rather runny mashed potatoes), and chicken. Haha, typical. It was good though and we had desert! While we were waiting for him to feed us, we watched 17 Miracles! That was awesome! The best part is that they don't yet have it translated into Spanish, just subtitles! So we got to watch it in English!! Elder Netzly and I enjoyed that! After the movie we got our hair cut and we cleaned our apartment. Tuesday was pretty sweet as well! We got to go to La Molina for the Muliti Zone Conference to say goodbye to President Ardila. It was good. I got to see Elder Lascano, haha, and Elder De Paz. Elder Lascano was hapy to see me but Elder De Paz is never happy so he wasn't happy to see me, haha. It was fun though. Also all the elders got to give Hermana Ardila a hug! That was sweet! Wednesday was good. We didn't have a ton of lessons but we did set a baptismal date with one of our new investigators! Thursday we had like 6 lessons. I'm not sure how but we did. The Lord blessed us with the people being in their homes and accepting us on Thursday for sure! Friday was good. Our zone leaders came with some guys and they installed our hot water heater for our shower! Now we have hot water to shower in! That's awesome! My companion is weird and doesn't want to shower in hot water though... he says that he will get sick because of the change of temperature...I believe that it's the other way around because I had a cold for my first week in this area...haha. Saturday was good, we had a district meeting and Elder Netzly did a good job! He is super cool to have here! Sunday was frustrating but okay. We had a cool training that we did for the visiting and home teachers. That was cool!
This morning was pretty cool! I studied a little bit about patience and the other attributes of Christ in Doctrine and Covenants and in the Book of Mormon! I was strengthened lots by that! Also I thought a lot about my testimony of tithing and wrote my experience with tithing and my testimony of tithing! As I thought about it I realized that our family has been so blessed by paying tithing. The spiritual and temporal blessings never end! I thought about how because of the tithing of mom and dad and everyone else who payed in our family, the shop was able to be built and it became a place for me to focus my energy so that I was not taken down by the temptations of the world. I was able to develop my talents so that one day I can support a family!!! Man the blessings just keep going but there are a couple that I recognized! Tithing is pretty awesome!!!
I hope that things go good this week! Love You All!!
Love Elder Jones

Monday, July 14, 2014

This week was really good for me! On Monday, we had Pday as a zone and we played soccer and watched a movie! I was super sore all week from playing soccer on Monday... haha, that goes to show how out of shape I am...  On Tuesday we had a pretty regular day. It was easier to get along with my companion this week, I was less frustrated with him anyways. On Wednesday we did some service for a less active who has a broken foot. We, along with another member, took her to a store that is surprisingly very very similar to Lowes or Home Depot to buy some things for her apartment. Then we just had some lessons and what not. Nothing super exciting.
On Thursday we had an AWESOME Zone Meeting!! It was about the Atonement of Jesus Christ! The zone leaders did a demonstration that would take me a long time to explain. It was super spiritual and helped each one of us understand the Atonement better and helped us understand how to apply the Atonement more in our lives! In this activity I represented Jesus Christ and I had to do lots of push ups for the sins of the zone! That was cool! Seriously it was a really good activity and I learned a lot through the Spirit. After the meeting I started feeling sick. Anyways, we went out and worked like normal until about 5:30 when I couldn't any longer and we rested the rest of the day. It was a little weird to rest since it was the first time I had to come in early on the mission. I feel better now though! Friday was a fun day! We stayed really busy in the evening because we had the young men's president to work with us. We visited various families and found like 3 new investigators in a less active family who wants to come back to church and her kids to come to church too!! The thing is is that they did come to church yesterday!!! and they Loved it! On Saturday we painted the old room of the missionaries here before us. That took a lot of time. Then we had a baptism for an 8 year old girl, the daughter of one of our investigators and a Part Family...her dad is a member. Then we had 0 lessons after the baptism... Sunday was fast Sunday and it was good! We ate at about 3:00 and we almost died. Then we had a lesson with a reference! We found 3 new investigators there too! This week was good! Better than most. Goes to show that for us to know the good we need to experience the bad. Just like to know the sweet we need to experience the bitter and trust me, I have experienced plenty bitter here on the mission but the sweet always out weighs the bitter!

I'm a little short on time so I love you all!! Keep working hard!
Love you!!! Keep up the good work!!! This week we have a lunch with President Boswell, our new President. Rumor...or what the zone leader secretly told me sis that we get PIZZA!! A HALF PIZZA EACH!! We will see what happens!! I never get to high of hopes her in Peru... Love you! Read, Pray, have FHE, go to Church and go to the Temple!!!
Elder Jones