Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Interviews and Snow

Dear family and less-close family,

Je suis agreable, frere.

There were interviews on Tuesday with President and Sister Jeppson.  I love those, especially answering yes to "Elder deJesus, are you worthy?"

Repentance is the focus of our month in New Jersey Morristown Mission, and it feels so good!  It really is a positive experience.

It snowed 18 inches last week and the wind tore off our faces as we walked.

Yesterday, we participated in a French baptism.  Elder Wettstein from Switzerland translated.  Two new members of the Church of Jesus Christ have now entered into a covenant, or promise to live like Jesus Christ as a family!  What a beautiful baptism!  The Spirit of the Lord was obvious as the ordinance was performed.

This week went by fast, but I learned to count my blessings even in hard times.  In other words, there's not much going on.

Love,
Elder deJesus

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sick.

Hello, blood/nonblood relatives,

Well, I am sick.  My head is full of snot.  I will lick this keyboard.dgyfhsjfjk
Last week kinda went downhill, but a window of hope has opened after yesterday's miracle snowstorm.  We actually taught 4 lessons, contacted 2 people by shoveling their driveways, received 1 referral from headquarters, and got fed dinner yesterday on my exchange with my zone leader, Elder "Harry" Porter.  He is cool because he has CF.  Today, we had district meeting and interviews with President and Sister Jeppson, and I was excited about that.
Also, more things happened.
Love,
Elder deJesus

Monday, January 13, 2014

5th Transfer

Dear La Familia y Amiguitos,

Work is good.  Elder Walker ended up not going home, metaphorically.  My new companion is Elder Graham Thompson Walker!  Haha.  President Jeppson has a sense of humor.

Well, I forgot to mention that two Tuesdays ago, my companion was Elder Rodriguez from Pacquiao's home town, some city with a white name, like Jeff City or something.  Anyway, he had gotten transferred to Bayonne, which is Filipino central in this mission, with Elder Rosario, a Filipino elder who was previously with Elder Estipona, a Filipino elder who was trioed up with Elder Garcia, another Filipino who went home 3 months ago.  And I still can't believe that I am serving the Peruvians and Ecuadorians here in Kearny, New Jersey, for at least one and a half more months.  I am loving it!!!  Ya tu sabe, big, pimpin papichulo.

So really fast, Tuesday, I got my new companion, Elder Graham Thompson Walker.  He is really funny and a great missionary.  I will learn so much from him.  Also, that day, while waiting for them to go to and come from transfer conference, I stayed in Harrison.  We ended up only going outside for 5 minutes since the temperature was 16 degrees Fahrenheit.  It was insane!!!

Thursday, we met with John, who, sadly, isn't showing signs of progression.  He is having a hard time not allowing his doubts to overcome the things he knows.

All weekend long, we found potential investigators, received referrals, and gave priesthood blessings.  The lessons we taught were top notch, top hat, top hole, dope, swag, and the biz.

Anyway, I love you all.

Love,
Elder deJesus

Monday, January 6, 2014

Five Transfers

Salud, dinero, y amor,

Muerte.  Mi companero va morir manana.  Translation: Death.  My compadre goes to die banana.  Better translation: Elder Walker goes hometomorrow.  I will miss him.  I will be staying in Kearny for one more transfer, making me really old in Kearny English Walking!  I am both sad and happy, and I'm a Mormon.

Seriously, though, staying in Kearny is bittersweet.  Bitter because I don't get to see a new area, or even train a new missionary, but sweet since an investigator has been praying me here.  And it worked!

The first day we talked to him, we were at home, sick.  He called us and said, "Hello.  My name is John.  I'm an excommunicated member and want to change my life.  Here is my address and information.  Come over at 3."  It was a miracle.  Now, he is determined to be baptized and become clean from his past sins after years of selling and taking drugs.  Now, he has cut off all connections from his previous vendors and customers, comes to church, wants to bear his testimony in front of the congregation, and will be baptized hopefully on January 26.  He met with the missionaries before and doesn't like transfers and now I won't get transferred!

Before that, when we were sick, I was praying my guts out that we could do some type of work.  I just wanted to get out of the apartment.  I know now that God answers prayers.

On Monday, I was with Elder Barrio, mi paisano de la gran ciudad de Chihuahua, o estado.  Yo no sabo nada.  But I was with Elder Barrio since Elder Walker and all the other "dying" missionaries were visiting the Statue of Liberty.  We went to family home evening with Gramma Jackie and we played headbands, charades style.

Anyway, on Tuesday, we had a zone meeting.

Wednesday was crazy.  Elder Hendrickson from Eagle Mountain, Utah told us last-minute that he was going to inspect our gross apartment!  As we hurried to clean it/stuff everything in the closet, Carmine from Gramma Jackie's house called us and said that they needed blessings ASAP.  After the inspection, Elder Hendrickson went with us to give Gramma Jackie and her family priesthood blessings for comfort.

Here's what happened.  Early on New Years morning, a riffraff from Newark busted into their house with a gun and threatened to kill their baby if they don't pay up.  God protected them and the hoodrat left and was caught by the cops.  Everything went well, but old Gramma Jackie was traumatized.  As we gave them priesthood blessings, I remembered what God said, that He will spare the righteous.  An overwhelming feeling came over me and I knew that it was true, that things will work out, and that things do work out because things have worked out.

Thursday, Elder Walker and I were separated again as they went to the Manhattan Temple.  It snowed that night so they weren't able to make it back alive.  So they stayed at our apartment while I stayed at Elder Barrio's apartment.  There was a Nerf war before bed.

On Friday, we exchanged back and Saturday was fine.  We had said goodbye to everyone by Sunday and ate good chili at the Roas'.

On Monday, the 6th, we went to the North Arlington Library to email our families home.  I wrote:

Salud, dinero, y amor,

Muerte.  Mi companero va morir manana.  Translation: Death.  My compadre goes to die banana.  Better translation: Elder Walker goes hometomorrow.  I will miss him.  I will be staying in Kearny for one more transfer, making me really old in Kearny English Walking!  I am both sad and happy, and I'm a Mormon.

Seriously, though, staying in Kearny is bittersweet.  Bitter because I don't get to see a new area, or even train a new missionary, but sweet since an investigator has been praying me here.  And it worked!

The first day we talked to him, we were at home, sick.  He called us and said, "Hello.  My name is John.  I'm an excommunicated member and want to change my life.  Here is my address and information.  Come over at 3."  It was a miracle.  Now, he is determined to be baptized and become clean from his past sins after years of selling and taking drugs.  Now, he has cut off all connections from his previous vendors and customers, comes to church, wants to bear his testimony in front of the congregation, and will be baptized hopefully on January 26.  He met with the missionaries before and doesn't like transfers and now I won't get transferred!

Before that, when we were sick, I was praying my guts out that we could do some type of work.  I just wanted to get out of the apartment.  I know now that God answers prayers.

On Monday, I was with Elder Barrio, mi paisano de la gran ciudad de Chihuahua, o estado.  Yo no sabo nada.  But I was with Elder Barrio since Elder Walker and all the other "dying" missionaries were visiting the Statue of Liberty.  We went to family home evening with Gramma Jackie and we played headbands, charades style.

Anyway, on Tuesday, we had a zone meeting.

Wednesday was crazy.  Elder Hendrickson from Eagle Mountain, Utah told us last-minute that he was going to inspect our gross apartment!  As we hurried to clean it/stuff everything in the closet, Carmine from Gramma Jackie's house called us and said that they needed blessings ASAP.  After the inspection, Elder Hendrickson went with us to give Gramma Jackie and her family priesthood blessings for comfort.

Here's what happened.  Early on New Years morning, a riffraff from Newark busted into their house with a gun and threatened to kill their baby if they don't pay up.  God protected them and the hoodrat left and was caught by the cops.  Everything went well, but old Gramma Jackie was traumatized.  As we gave them priesthood blessings, I remembered what God said, that He will spare the righteous.  An overwhelming feeling came over me and I knew that it was true, that things will work out, and that things do work out because things have worked out.

Thursday, Elder Walker and I were separated again as they went to the Manhattan Temple.  It snowed that night so they weren't able to make it back alive.  So they stayed at our apartment while I stayed at Elder Barrio's apartment.  There was a Nerf war before bed.

On Friday, we exchanged back and Saturday was fine.  We had said goodbye to everyone by Sunday and ate good chili at the Roas'.

On Monday, the 6th, we went to the North Arlington Library to email our families home.  I hope everything is well at home!

Love,
Elder deJesus