Monday, January 25, 2016

Good afternoon everyone

Well we had another amazing week. We taught a total of 29 lessons and 13 of our investigators went to church yesterday! It was an amazing week. We had some very cool experiences as week including one with our new investigators Vergie Kordero. Last week she attended church and she came with a member. The member introduced her to us and we asked if we could teach her. She lives in a place called panitian which is about 35 minutes away from the main town of Quezon. She is 33 years old and has 3 kids. While talking with her she told us that her husband had left her and she never finished school so she decided to go back to school. I believe she is in 10th grade right now. That was a very humbling experience for my companion and I then we talked to her about how the gospel can bless her live and her families life. Yesterday she attended church again and she brought her kids with her. The oldest is 14 years old and is a Girl the second is a boy who is 8 and the youngest is only 6 years old. We are going to panitian this Wednesday to teach them again. Im very excited to teach them and see their progression in the gospel they also have some great fellow shippers who help them get to church with their trike. 

Another experience that we had was with another one of our investigators named Cany. We teach Cany every Tuesday and she is very interested. She listens very well and also keeps all her commitments. We have tried to teach her husband but hes not very interested but maybe as time goes on he will also be prepared to receive the missionaries. Sister Cany told us that whenever she wants to pray or read the Book Of Mormon and especially when Sunday gets close she has a lot of trials and temptations in her life. We just shared with her how we can overcome those trials through faith and that there is always a way to be obedient to every commandment that we have. She then told us she is looking for a church where she can be for the rest of her life, somewhere where she can continue to grow and also bring her 3 young boys there. She then told us that she feels like this is the church that she has been looking for. It was a very cool discussion and great experience. 

As far as our other investigators are doing they are doing great. Yesterday JR and Nelson went to church and their friend Jimboy who we just started teaching last week came with them. Yana was also their and Jullisa. Those two have a for sure baptismal date of February 20th. Cany also went to church and Vergie and her family. It was great to see so many of our investigators go to church and to see so many of them progressing. 

Love you all I will talk to you next week! Have a great week everybody! 

Elder Jones

Monday, January 18, 2016

Kumusta ulit Jones family

Well we had another great week. We taught 29 lessons and had 100 OYMs. We have been working on getting 30 oyms a day and its very difficult we usually get about 20 sometimes more and sometimes less. The work is great though. The field truly is white and ready to harvest here. Two of our investigators who will for sure be baptized this February 20th are Yana and Jullisa. Seminary here is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night and after seminary we go and teach them. He teach them separately since Yana has read and studied all the doctrine so we basically just review and talk about it. We actually teach Jullisa because she hasn't read Preach My Gospel or the doctrine principles book. They both have a testimony and are progressing well for baptism. Jullisa use to drink Coffee and when we taught her the Word Of Wisdom she quit in one day and Yana taught us the Word Of Wisdom. Its amazing to see how prepared these two are for the gospel. 

Our other Investigator Zember who has been attending Church, reading and praying for many months now has a baptismal date and he told us that he feels that he is close to receiving an answer. It has taken him about 2 months now and he still isn't 100% sure if its true but he says he feels that he is close to knowing for himself. We invited him to be baptized on February 20th as well and accepted with out hesitating. Im really excited for Zember we have been teaching him for almost 4 months and I think he will now be ready this February 20th. 

We will also be having a branch activity this February 6 where we will be showing the Restoration movie and we are going to invite investigators, Less active members, Part member families and just anyone that we can. It will be really cool especially since I dont think a lot of members here have seen the Restoration movie so it will be a great experience and testimony strengthener. 

Love you all!

Elder Jones

Monday, January 11, 2016

Staying in Quezon

Hello Family

Well we just got a call from the Zone leaders about 30 minutes ago for transfers and Im NOT transferring I have at least one transfer here and Im super happy and excited about it!!! We have some amazing things happening in our area right now. We have several great amazing investigators and also many investigators with baptismal dates for February 20th. The first one is Yana. Yana is 16 years old and we met her because she was attending seminary at the church and her next door neighbor is Joy, the seminary teacher here. We started teaching her about 3 weeks ago but after the first lesson she went on vacation and just came back last week. Joy gave her a preach my gospel, the gospel principles book and some Liahona magazines for her to read while she was on vacation. Yana read them all and now she asks us more deep doctrinal questions. She has a testimony though and she has been praying about it and she really feels that it is true. She also attended our coordination meeting last night. The next investigator who we have is Jullisa. Jullisa was a referral from her friend Renya Medioro. Jullisa is also very active in seminary and church like Yana. They both have baptismal dates for February 20th. The next two are JR and Nelson who are cousins and they are also Jesabel's cousins. They noticed that Jesabel changed when we taught her so they wanted us to teach them. JR is 13 and Nelson is 14 and they are very receptive and they have a great support system from Jesabel, Camille, and Jesabel's mom Clara. The only problem JR and Nelsom have is they are very shy and they both have Word of Wisdom problems that we need to help them overcome. But they are willing and want to change and they accepted our baptismal invitation for February 20th. We have several other investigators that have baptismal dates for February 20th but these 4 are very potential. This week we also had several new investigators. We oymed a lady named Sister Rosemary last Monday and the told us to visit them on Saturday so we did. We didnt have another male working with us so we taught them outside sitting on a bridge over the ocean that goes to their house. They seem very interested and they know lots of members.

Yesterday in church the Branch presidency reorganized the youth leadership positions. Jesabel and Camille both got callings which was awesome. Jesabel is the new Laurel president and Camille is the new Beehive President. It was cool to see them get callings so fast! The work here has been amazing and Im really looking forward to another transfer here!! I will talk to you all next week! Love you all! BYE!!

Elder Jones

Monday, January 4, 2016

Hello everyone.

This week we had another wonderful  week and taught many lessons. Our teaching pool has been slowly increasing again as we have been receiving referrals form some members. Jesabel and Camille, our two recent converts, both gave us referrals at the end of last  week that we will be contacting within the next day. They have also been coming and working with us and with us and the members. Its so cool to see them become so involved in missionary work and so active in church so fast. Jesabels mother also shared her testimony yesterday and talked a little bit about how thank full she was that her daughter is now at church with her. They have also been asking us many questions about what she needs to do to serve a mission. Its really cool to see her desire so serve a mission and her mom is supporting her. I think with in the next several years she will be serving a mission.  We also received  and referral from one of the young woman here named Renya. We have been teaching her friend who has now come to church twice in a row. We also received another referral from Sister Joy,the seminary teacher here. The great thing about the referrals is they are people that are intersted in our message and most of them have already went to church at least once whether it was just weeks ago or long ago. We have many investigators who we are teaching right now. Many of those investigators just need a little more action to reach the requirements for baptism. The work has been great and it is amazing being a missionary. Transfers are also coming up and I think I might be getting transferred since Ive been here for 3 transfers and we finish with training in a week. Its been amazing to serve in this area! i love Quezon Branch so much. The people are amazing and the work is great. I have met and become friends with many amazing people here!

Love you all and I will talk to you next week!!  

Elder Jones