Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Woohoo New Car! June 24,2013

hello everyone!
we've been doing pretty good lately. yesterday we got to watch the missionary broadcast! and my mission was included during the part where Neil L Anderson spoke. It was super cool seeing missionaries that i knew in the video. When he was here, he told us this was his favorite mission because its where he met his wife or something, and where some of his family is. legit. But the broadcast was awesome and hope all of you get the chance to watch it! 
we also had a specialized training that was good. it is the last time we would see our mission president, because we're getting a new mission president this next transfer. and this next transfer will only be 4 weeks long.. its going to we interesting. during the training president S said a lot of stuff, but one thing really stuck out to me and w as a direct answer to my prayers. i wrote it down and everything, but someone threw my notes away during the lunch break :( i was kinda upset about it. 
Church was good too! we had PAC for the first time this transfer, and the transfer is almost over... it went pretty well. We told them that we are planning on having an activity every day of the week so we can have a little more unity in the branch and offer something for investigators. Monday basketball, Tuesday soccer/volley, Wednesday English class, Thursday bible study, Friday movie, and Saturday is empty... our ward mission leader basically said it was a dumb idea. He also left church on fathers day because he says its a pagan holiday. and he teaches false doctrine during class to investigators. about kolob and stuff... ughh. good thing he is getting released next week. but anyways, church was still good. 
We also finally got a CAR!!! wohoo. no more being on foot. I've been on foot for about 6 weeks now. and with the car, we drove to a bike shop and got it fixed. 2 weeks ago a bought a lovely red bike from Wal-Mart. ended up riding it once, because i decided i was going to take it back.
that's about it though. you guys are awesome, love you all!!

-Elder Jacob James

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And Yet I Love It.. December 4, 2012

I hope you received my brief letter that i wrote. i received your emails, thanks for the addresses.
So far the MTC is awesome. It was nothing like i expected. On day 1, all we heard in class was Spanish, no English at all. We have learned so much Spanish. It is difficult not to write in Spanish because a lot of thoughts are in Spanish now.  We have been teaching our investigator for a couple days now. Her name is K. Trying to communicate with her in a different language is very difficult but we know The Lord is helping us, we can feel it. It is wonderful to see her progress and see her faith in Christ increase; I love the feeling i get after I know i helped the Lord share his message.
My companion, district, and zone are great. My companion is Elder Y. We get along very well, despite our differences. I will send pictures when i can, but our schedule is very strict that we have very little time for ourselves (ie write letters, journals, talk with friends, etc...)
I am happy to hear everything is going well. Don't let me being gone bring you down. The Lord will comfort you, all you need to do is ask.
I know you miss me, and want to hear from me, so don't act like you don't :)
I have our picture up in my room, the one of our family when i opened my call. Things are great here, and I've never felt the spirit so frequently and strongly. This is truly a blessing in my life. Thanks you for all the support you have given me in my life, and for being an example. I am proud of you, you are an amazing father to me. Keep our family together, and don't forget your sacred responsibilities as a father and priesthood holder.
I miss you. I hope you are progressing with your papers and such. Do not miss me; I am not far away. If you need comfort, I suggest reading one of my favorite scriptures: D&C 50: 44-48. (I cant remember the exact verses but its like the last 6 verses in the chapter). I am proud of you. I want to see you come here because i know you will be happy if you do. Say hi to Daniel for me!
Thanks again for the stuff. I have found it to be very useful already. I hope school is coming along well, and that you and my dad are getting along!
If you get to read this (mom, forward this to her por favor), i want to say thanks for dropping me off at the MTC. I know it was hard.
Keep your head up. I will be writing you soon, I have a few things to say that i feel will help you.
I miss my best friend. Stay with Josh, help each other to be able to go on missions. This is so exciting and i love it, i know you will too. Say hi to your family for me.
Showers are terrible. Classes are freakishly long. Some missionaries are weird. Spanish is very hard. Days are long. Family and friends are missed. And yet, I Love it.
I miss you guys very much. I am happy to be where i am, i know the Lord is happy too.
Elder Jacob James