Monday, October 26, 2015

Hello Everyone
So this week I was informed of some great news. Do you remember Sister Exyl? Some one that I frequently talked about while I was in y first area. Well I just found out that she was baptized! I knew she would eventually be baptized it was just a matter of her wedding happening. Her and Brother Jared are now married she was baptized and they are very very active in the church.Sister Exyl has been attending church for over a year now as an "Investigator" she has also been taught all the lessons over 5 times and has very strong faith and a very strong testimony. I may not have been there for her baptism but I was so happy to hear that she was finally baptized. My trainer, Elder VIllan, and I we so lucky to be the first missionaries to teach her!!
Everything in our area is going great right now. We had 11 investigators at church yesterday which was amazing! The Alingasa family was there and they are progressing so well. They just have some trails in their life and some oppositions but its so amazing to see them continuing with so much strength. Another one of our new investigators is a 17 year old boy who was referred to us from our Zone Leaders. His name is Zember and he is very interested. His mother and sister were just baptized a couple weeks ago. The Zone leaders here taught them and they told us to contact Zember which we did! Last week we taught him the Restoration and when we taught him that through Joseph Smith Jesus Christ called 12 apostles and how the Priesthood authority was restored to the earth. When we told him this he looked very curious and asked me "There are 12 apostles on the earth right now who are living" I told him yes and he seemed as if a question of his had been answered. It was a super cool experience and yesterday he came to church for the 3rd time in a row. Its so amazing to be able to teach all these amazing people about the gospel and see their lives change for the better.
Love Elder Jones

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello all

This week we were able to accomplish a lot of work. In our area we have many who need to be retaught the lessons since they have just recently been baptized and we have many progressing investigators who we need to teach all the lessons before they can be baptized. We have a group of investigators right now, the Alingasa family and the Almugera kids who are progressing very well and they want to be baptized. The only problem is we still have a lot to teach them. My companion and I have been talking a lot lately about how we are going to balance the work so we can finish reteaching and completely prepare our investigators for baptism. Our investigtors that were going to be baptized in October which is the Alingasa and Almugera will now be baptized next month so we can finish the lessons with them. But they are all doing so amazing. They retain everything we teach them and really want to be baptized. We have build amazing relationships with these people and I'm so excited for them. This week I also went on exchanges with an Elder In our district, Elder Vega. We had a great experience as we were walking down the street suddenly a girl walked out of her house and we started to talk to her. She immediately told us to sit down and we taught her right there and then. By the way the discussion went we could tell she is super prepared for the gospel. It was an amazing experience. It helped me to better know that there are many people prepared for the gospel we just have to find them. 

This week we have transfers again! Super crazy how fast time is going by. This is the week were my trainer or tatay as we call it meaning father goes home. This Wednesday he will return to his home. I also received a text from president ostler that I will be training. This will be me 2nd time to train. I'm really excited but I also was hoping that me and my companion now would be together for a little longer. 

Elder Jones

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello Family

This week was so crazy and we had so much stuff going on. First on Monday we had interviews with President Ostler then Tuesday we had our P-day Wednesday was district meeting and we did exchanges. There are 4 Elders in our apartment and 2 more who work in an area called Rizal which is about 2 hours away from here and they are in our district too. So last Wednesday we traveled to Rizal and did exchanges and on Thursday we came back to our area. Friday we had daily planning and then of course Saturday and Sunday was General Conference. We were still able to get some great work in and meet with many people. 

Here in our area we have so much work to do. We have many Recent Converts who need to be retaught so we are also reteaching lessons we also have many investigators and we are finding new investigators who are also very interested. The work is great and there is so much to do. The only problem is there is way to much to do which is actually a very good thing! We are always super busy. There is a family here who almost everyone is members of the church except the parents and the two youngest were just recently baptized. We are always at their home reteaching Alcris and his little sister Nevia. Their three older siblings are all members and strong in the church and according to everyone their parents are now getting close to receiving the gospel. Their parents have been super friendly with us lately and they are very welcoming to us always. I feel that very soon we will most likely be teaching the parents. Alcris and Nevia are two amazing people here. Alcris is 12 years old and is a really strong kid. He spends a lot of time working on their farm he is also super kind and friendly him and I have become good friends over the past month. Sometimes he comes and works with us which is cool! Nevia also reminds me of Rylee and Taylor. She is a young girl who is super friendly and we have a handshake that we also do when we go visit them. Its so amazing being a missionary and being able to meet all these amazing people! 

Elder Jones

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kumusta Jones Family

Yesterday we didn't have our P day we actually had interviews with President Ostler so we are Emailing today. We had a great week again last week we had about 20 lessons and we also had 9 investigators at church which was awesome! The entire Alingasa family came except for the dad and most of the Almugera family came! It was so cool to see them all there at church. They are so awesome! I'm really looking forward to their baptism which should be at the end of October but we still have a lot to teach so we are rushed for time. We set a goal to meet wit\h them every other day so as long as that happens they will meet their goal! Here in Quezon there at 4 missionaries Elder Bondad, Elder Vega, Elder Bernard and me. Elder Bondad and Elder Bernard are new in the mission and Elder Vega and I are batch. Its super cool to have all them in the apartment. Yesterday was Elder Vegas apartment so Elder Bernard and I woke up at 1 AM and surprised Elder Vega then dog piled on him. It lasted like 2 minutes then we went back to sleep! It was fun though Yesterday in my interview with President Ostler he told me that we might send another missionary here and there would be a three some. He also told me there is another big batch of missionaries coming in so he said he might need me to train again. Its not sure but I kinda feel like I might be training again. Quezon is kinda like Coron but it also has many differences. I love serving on Palawan though. The work here is so amazing and I love the people here. I've only been here for a short period of time but I already have many good friends here members and non-members. The work is great Im loving it so much and I'm very excited for the Alingasa and Almugera families to be baptized. We unfortunately are not teaching the Father of the Alingasa family cause he isn't interested but the mother and the kids have a desire to be baptized. The only problem is Sister and Brother are not married. She wants to be married so she can be baptized and all the kids Joana, Erika, Janet, Jenny, and Jonathan are amazing kids. The Almugera parents are very interested but aren't ready to be baptized. When we invited them to be baptized their kids accepted the invitation very quickly but the parents said their kids would be first. Because the Alingasa Kids and Almugera family are all cousins we invited them all to be baptized on the same day. I'm really looking forward to that day! 

Love Elder Jones