Adrielle (Elle) Jackson received her mission call on May 4, 2015. She was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Washington Everett Mission. Elle entered the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah on July 29, 2015. This blog will follow Elle throughout her mission and share the experiences she has over her 18 months in Everett Washington.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Week 18: I Guess I Can Get Into Places!
Elle and Sister Foster Making Christmas Wreaths.
So, on Wednesday this last week we were asked by
the YM and the YW to come and be judges at their activity, we were going to
judge their food. So I guess you could say that we couldn't pass up such an
opportunity! They also asked us to talk about finances after the judging of the
food, and how it applies to a mission. They wanted it taken from Preach
My Gospel. Well....there is not a section in PMG that talks about finances; we
told him we would do our best and figure something out. So when we got there I
was super blessed because in one of the meals they used Teriyaki sauce and the
other one they used flour as a thickener! So Sister Jackson didn't have to try
the food, which made me so happy since we had just eaten dinner. But then came
the hard part! I have no idea how to talk about anything other than the Gospel.
It is a blessing and also a curse...more of a blessing though. So we were
talking after and I am not sure what happened, but after the presentation they
asked why we didn't use PMG and we had to explain it to them. But I don't know
if they got it. So we left the house and we were just laughing walking to the
car, only because we don't know how to talk about normal things.
The next day we were talking to this 18 year
old boy and I don't know how it came up but we told him that we were 19 and he
was shocked and said that we looked like we were 21. Well I took that as a
compliment and I started to nod my head, squint my eyes and said, "That
means we can get into places!" He laughed we talked and went on our ways.
Sister Foster after told me that it was maybe not the most appropriate thing to
say....but some times things come out of your mouth and you don't know why.
Maybe he just needed to know that Mormons or Missionaries were normal people
to...I am not sure.
Elle and Sister Foster
This whole week was crazy and it ended with a bang! We had FIVE
investigators at church!! I can honestly say that it was all Heavenly Father.
We had only a little to do with it. We are just two individuals who are asking
these people to change their entire life style and to make some major changes
in their lives. The only logical reason that they do it is because they feel
the spirit and the spirit feels so good, awesome, even amazing. And through the
spirit we are able to feel your Heavenly Fathers love and know that we are
But Nicole and her son are one of the investigators that we have
been trying to get to church for over a month now. We were finally able to get
her there and even though we were 30 minutes late, she stayed for the whole
time and was able to make some new friends, but best of all she LOVED IT! Said
that it was everything she could have hoped for!
Then Laurie and Michael we able to make it! Only for the first
hour...but our members are so amazing at fellow shipping and radiating Heavenly
Fathers love for each of us and helping you feel as though you have been a part
of the ward family forever. They had a wonderful time and look forward to see
us and coming back to church.
On Saturday we had a church tour with them. Laurie came in
and said that she didn't want to be baptized and that it just wasn't for her.
This made me sick to my stomach and I asked her if we could do the Church tour
and I would address all of her questions and concerns at the very end. So we
went through the church tour and you could tell that she didn't really want to
be there or want to be baptized. When we finished I asked them if they had time
and we could have a spiritual thought. They said yes, and so we talked about
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we started to talk about baptism and the
importance of it Laurie went quiet. Michael is all on board but Laurie has been
a little difficult. I was running out of things to say so I went quiet for a
second and look at them both and said, "You know Laurie that if Michael
gets baptized before you, he can receive the priesthood and baptize you right
after." That was it! That is what she needed to hear! They looked at
each other held hands and you knew that the spirit touched their hearts! The
spirit works wonders and I am so thankful to have it as a constant companion!
Heather Hernandez is a blessing sent from Heaven above, she said
that she knows this is what she is supposed to be doing because everything in
her life has always brought her back to the LDS Church. We talked a little
about the Word of Wisdom with her on Saturday and gave her a
pamphlet. Then church on Sunday, she said she read the pamphlet and that
she dumped out all of her wine and that she is going to be fully committed!
What!! Heavenly Father THANK YOU so much! She is super excited to be baptized
and do something "right" for once! Those were her exact words!
All of our investigators have had a problem with the W.O.W. and when we
teach the lesson they are all willing to commit to changing their life style.
But honestly I am so thankful for Perot, that it is a substitute for coffee.
Well that's about the only substitute but I’ll take it! Honestly little
blessings are amazing!