Monday, October 19, 2015

Do all that you can do

Updates from Jacob....

Dear Family,

Well it sounds like things are really starting to slow down back home.
It sounds like a good thing because I bet mom and dad are really
getting tired of these crazy schedules. Us on the other hand had the
most progressive week in my whole mission.

Monday I was able to organize a multi zone activity were three zones
came together to play sports in a big sports complex in the city. It
was super fun and we were also able to meet a bunch of missionary's
that we have not seen in a good long time. One of the fun things for
me is that the more weight that I lose the faster I get so everyone
still thinks since I'm big I cant run and then all of a sudden my speed
kicks in and I am gone. It was a good thing for all of us to play and
get together so we will be doing that again really soon.

Tuesday we were able to have Zone training and learn how we are going
to change this mission. The attitude in the mission is that we are all
sick and tired of not progressing and making our goals happen. It was
cool to get the whole zone on the same page and we were able to set
some big goals and plans of how we will make it happen.

Wednesday was the best day for us, we really took some time and
thought why we were not having all the success that we need. One thing
that has been holding us back is that we are not 100 percent obedient,
so we said that we would follow all the rules and make sure that we
talk to all the people that we see. We were able to find two new
families to teach and they both have the potential to make it to the
waters of baptism.

Thursday and Friday was just us doing the same things that we had been
doing and we were able to see more and more people come up to us and
want the gospel. One thing that really gets to me is when people want
nothing to do with us because all we have is the truth and nothing
more. We want to share the best message that the world has to offer.

Saturday we really had the lord on our side, we started our fast and
then right after we walked out of the door we saw a woman that was
struggling to drive a trike. When we walked up and got closer she
turned around and said are you Mormons. Yes we are and can we come
visit you. She said that her and her Swiss Husband had read the book
of Mormon and knew it was true and they would be coming to Church the
next day. The rest of the day was slow because it was so hot and we
had no food or water but we were still able to teach some good lessons
and find some more families.

Sunday we did not actually have church because of the Storm warning
but we were able to have a small sacrament meeting. To our surprise we
had 6 new Investigators come to church and they all seemed to have a
good time. The rest of the day was just the strongest rain I have ever
seen. We heard that in the city it was worse and a lot of houses got
destroyed because of the rain and wind.

This week for me was just what I needed to get back in the game. The
gospel is so simple and we need to make our lives just as simple. If
we all strive to put God first and them our families then we will all
reap the blessing that will come with it.

I love you all and pray that all is good back home.

Love Elder Swanton

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