Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014 ~ Week 66

Hey everyone,

So this week here in the Scranton Pennsylvania Stake, we had Stake Conference. Elder Andersen of the Seventy was there. He is the same one that toured our mission last month. It was cool to see him again. One thing that I've been learning a lot about is how love changes people. Elder Andersen spoke about this in his talk in the general session of Stake Conference. He spoke about how to have power, respect, and trust flow TO you, rather than FROM you. It was amazing! 

As far as missionary work goes, it's going great! We are teaching a part member
family that's less active. The only unbaptized one, Quideerah is 10 and we set a baptismal date this week for January. She is such a smart kid, and knows mostly all of the things we teach her already. The only thing that will stop her from progressing is the progress of her family. But they are doing well. 

In this ward we have been working with the young men a lot. There aren't a whole ton of young men, but these kids are awesome. I've caught the vision of their leaders as far as the kids getting their Eagle goes. They are focusing on the Duty to God program in relation to Scouts, and it is working wonders. Two things I never did were get my Eagle award or my Duty to God. If I had done these two things, I would be so much more prepared for life, and my mission, and be a much better person. So you youth out there, do it. It's so important. God has a plan for each of us, and as we use the structure He has given us, we will be much happier, and much more productive in our efforts! 

Have a great week! 

~Elder Jorgensen

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October 20, 2014 ~ Week 65

Hey everyone,
First off, last week I typed and sent my email on Monday, but it didn't send until I got into wi-fi range on Tuesday. The same will be happening this week, as I'm at my apartment, wherein there is no wi-fi.

So this week was good but also pretty weird at the same time. Monday we had some awesome stuff happen. So we went to dinner and FHE at the Alder's. They are a great family. There's 8 kids and 2 are on missions. So we went over there and also had Crystal and her kids come as well. It was super cool and there was lots of fellowship. So what was interesting is that the Alder's daughter hit a deer that day. We saw the car and the grill is all smashed in and stuff. Twas weird
because she was super nonchalant about it. I thought that was funny.

Tuesday was interesting because nothing we planned for worked out but volleyball did and lots of people showed up. It was super fun. I enjoyed it a whole bunch.   
So on Wednesday it was pouring really bad. Like it was a lot. So we stopped by some people and tried to stay dry. Then we had a handoff lesson with Trish and the other elders because she moved to the area. It made me sad but such is missionary life. It was good. Then we went to Young Men's because we help out there every week. But they decided to watch the Home Teachers movie so we had to leave. But we got to talk to people that we needed to because all the moms kinda hang out in he foyer because the church is too far for them to go back home, so that was good. 

Thursday we had district meeting and planning and a lesson with a 10 year old, who isn't baptized and the rest of their family, who are less active. It was great.  Then we had coordination meeting. 

Friday we had like three lessons right in a row, which was refreshing, seeing how things have slowed down a little bit recently.  We went to a guys house at a trailer park that we set up a lesson with but it was really creepy. Like every cat in that complex was there. We were being surrounded by cats. There was even a baby kitty there. Also a cat came out of the recycling bin. It was like a twilight zone moment hahaha. Then we had a lesson with a less active, ️Austin, that got interrupted by a guy from Aaron's Rent that was going to repo their fridge if they didn't pay. It was just really weird and random.  After that we had to drop a couple of our investigators, Anthony and Roseanne, because it would be best for their progression. I've been working with them since I got here, so it made me a little sad. Then we had a lesson with Crystal, and she un expectedly made us dinner even though we had a dinner scheduled right after that. We had the Bishop with us for that lesson and it was super good but bishop only had a half an hour and we had to eat and teach a lesson. It was super good though and Bishop was able to help address her concerns. Then we has a second dinner with a member family that is moving today and we are going to help them later. 

Saturday was just interesting. All of our plans fell though. So we went an did Facebook and taught a couple lessons on there. Then we had dinner and a lesson with a recent convert. She made a really good lasagna. Our lesson was really good and spiritual. 

Sunday was good. Church was really good. The lessons were on point. The talks in sacrament were too. We also had another dinner lesson but with an investigator again. This time it was the member's daughter's boyfriend, William. There were also random people that the family invited. It was the owner of a car lot and his wife that the family made friends with while buying their daughter a new car. The
members here are legit because they always invite us with their friends there and we teach a lesson. So that was our crazy week!

Something I learned from my studies: secret combinations are bad.

Love you!
~Elder Jorgensen


Elder Jorgensen and Elder Soon

Breathtaking- Wilkes-Barre, PA

Isn't he the most adorable??

He sure LOVES the animals!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 13, 2014 ~ Week 64

Hey everyone,
"All bout that monopoly craze!"
Just so you know, the subject is true...Elder Soon and myself are all about that Monopoly craze. In every single set, we have all the pieces but one... But we've won a lot of free fries, and free smoothies. So that's nice...But anyways, that's not really important at all. Just a random joke we have... But it's all bout that monopoly craze...

Anyways... This week has been pretty busy. It seems like every day was packed full... Except for Tuesday. Nothing happened on Tuesday. We should just get rid of every single Tuesday ever. Not that Tuesday's are bad or anything... Just... We should get rid of them. We should vote on it. We can make our own political party too... It can be the anti Tuesday party... Our mascot can be a tuecant. It will be great! But I have 6 minutes to finish this email before P-day ends so we will cut the silly things I am saying. 

It's been a great week. So for our accountability that we set for the last two weeks we have been working on member present lessons, and we set a goal for 9 of them. In the past two weeks we've had 10 lessons cancel on us and we still managed to reach our goal, which was amazing. Goes to show you how when you prayerfully set a goal there is always a way to reach it. We've been working with Crystal and Trish a lot. They've been progressing so well. Crystal is still afraid of going to church, but we've been working with her, and she's coming around. We're having a lesson with her later tonight. Trish is doing amazing. We are handing her off this week, which makes me sad, but I'll still be able to go to her baptism.

I saw "Meet the Mormons" at zone conference. It was so amazing. Cried for the first time in a long time during it. You need to make sure you all go and see it. Share it on Facebook. Get the word out because it's amazing!!! I love you! This gospel is true!

~ Elder Jorgensen

P.S. Elder Soon is pretty awesome. He'll definitely go down as one of
my favorite comps.

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014 ~ Week 63

Hey everyone, 

So, do you know what is the greatest thing in the whole wide world? It's getting cold! I'm so happy because summer is just hot, and muggy, and miserable, and stuff. But it's so beautiful up here too! All the leaves have changed and it's gorgeous. Honestly, I am in one of the most beautiful places in the mission at this time. We are up in the mountains, and there is thick foliage everywhere, and every color a tree can be, a tree is, here in Wilkes-Barre. 

Another of the greatest things in the world, is I have a new companion! Elder Soon! He's from Temecula, California, and he came out two transfers after me. He hits his year mark this week... But I knew him from my first zone. He was in the next ward over when I was in Upper Darby, my first area. He's pretty much just a big panda bear, and I love him so stinking much. Elder Kitsell is back home in England, but I got to see him one last time before he left, and I was able to meet his parents too, because they picked him up. That was a weird experience, I'm telling you. 

This week was a great one. Heavenly Father has blessed us exceedingly. We've had the opportunity to teach Trish a few times. Trish is an old investigator, who I never taught, but had talked to once. Due to circumstances in her life, she chose not to progress in the Gospel before. Now she has chosen to be baptized, and decided she was going to make the changes in her life necessary to come to God. She's doing really, really well. I'm so excited for her! She'll get baptized later this month. She recently moved to the other Elder's area though, so we will be handing her off to them. I'm excited for that because Elder Dopp is training a golden.  Elder Foster and he will have the opportunity to have a good investigator to learn from and he'll have the experience of helping someone be baptized at the beginning of his mission.  That will help carry him through. We were also able to meet with Crystal again which hasn't happened in a while! I'm super glad she didn't just disappear. She's still doing really well. 

So I've talked about the greatest things in the world, but now I need to discuss the greatest thing out of this world. Now, every single missionary in the world is writing home about general conference right now, so I will make my comments as personal, and brief as I can.  You can go read all the generic stuff from everyone
else. The main three points I learned from conference are: 
1. what it means to support and sustain your leaders, 
2. the necessity to turn to your own weaknesses, before trying to help people with theirs, even when your intentions are good and pure. 
3. The final thing that struck home to me during conference was from President Eyring's priesthood session talk.  He spoke about the Aaronic Priesthood, but what I got out of it, is how important it is to trust those around you...seeing how huge of
an impact a little bit of trust can have. It's amazing! I know these men are called of God, and I know the church is true... Follow the prophet! He knows the way!

Love you all.
~Elder Jorgensen