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.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Week 37: There is Sunshine in my Soul today!!
love Washington so much!!! I love the sun, the people are so funny, and well I
get to do the Lords work-so what could make me happier?
This week was a lot of
fun, all the hard work is starting to pay off! This is the last week of the
Seven week Transfer. It has been so crazy! Back to hard work. I think this is
one thing that is important to remember, is that you will go through trials and
tribulations. Now whether they are trials of doubting who you are, or if you
Father is Heaven is really there, or just nothing can seem to go right with
whatever you try we will all go through something. But the real test isn't if
you are able to make it through these situations. We are all going to make it
out of something but do we keep Christ the center of our lives and continue to
pray to our Heavenly Father. I have been reading this month’s Ensign and fist
off it is AMAZING!!! The talk that has stuck with me the most is called
"The Redeeming and the Strengthening Power of the Atonement"(Click here to read this talk) By Elder
Kim B. Clark. In the talk he not only talks about the importance of the
Atonement and that if we allow it to change us and a situation it can. In it he
talks about Obedience. Obedience has become one of my all-time favorite things
to learn, study, and apply! One of my all-time favorite quotes is from
President Ezra Taft Benson he says, "When obedience ceases to be an
irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with
power." there is so much truth and power to that quote. Elder Kim B. Clark
says, "The great key to developing heart-and-soul obedience is to be
obedient in small and simple things, like keeping the Sabbath day holy, saying
our prayers, telling the truth, paying our tithing, following the Word of
Wisdom, being kind to others, avoiding profanity, and honoring our promises.
Remember, obedience in small things creates a spirit of obedience in all
things. Moreover, obedience in small things brings the Spirit into our lives
and strengthens our faith in Christ and our resolve to do His will. It opens
our hearts to Him and blesses us with the strength and discipline to withstand
temptations to violate the law of chastity, succumb to greed and materialism,
or fall into apostasy. Obedience in small things prepares us to give our hearts
to the Lord so that we will accept and fulfill the increasingly demanding
personal assignments and commandments that come to us from the Lord throughout
When we are obedient the
Holy Ghost is able to be with us and that is when we are able to become a
blessing in others’ lives and doing the things that our Father needs us to do.
Most importantly we KNOW that he is there! It is such a beautiful concept.
Elle, Jager, and Sister Barletta
Miracles really do
happen when you are obedient and you wait it out. The Lord has so many prepared
people in Washington and we have had a successful week or sharing and being
able to find three people who have accepted a date for baptism! It has been
crazy to see how much the Gospel of Jesus Christ really does strengthen your
family. I don't think I saw it as home because that is all I have ever had and
most everyone around me had it also. But coming to where it is very uncommon I
have really learned to appreciate having eternal Families and knowing about the
Plan of Salvation and that Repentance is real. That is the cool thing, we have
the solution for all problems and so we have to shout it to the world.
Two side notes to end
this letter. First I guess I have a really strong accent and I am told this by
quite a few people. Second Dads beard is quite the hit in the mission....I love
it to! I love you all so much
and hope that you have an amazing week!