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.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Week 52: Chew Gum and Go Swimming...Bucket List for when I get Home
last week has been a really good one. We have had a lot of challenges and there
are so many things that are out of our control until people will listen with an
open heart. Others wise we are a broken record and that is only helpful for a
second then we are just annoying.
This last week at the
Food Bank we had to say goodbye to one of the Russian Sisters! She goes home
today and I am super sad! She is such an amazing person and Sister and she has helped
so many people. She has even been teaching me a little bit of Russian which has
been very helpful.
Elle and Sister Leininger with a snake by their car
Earlier this week we
were walking to Brother Hatchells house to go meet his family that have been in
town for the last week. As we got to the door we arrived at the same time as
this man who was selling pest control. He laughed and he said, "Okay, If
you want to knock this side of the street today I will knock it tomorrow. That
way we don't double knock the same doors." We both looked at him and then
looked at each other and laughed. That threw him off, we started to talk to him
and come to find out his boss is a member of the church and he talks to his
employees about the church quite often. So when we would start to talk about
things he would think for a second and say, "Oh ya, I have heard about
that." It was a lot of cool and we walked and talked to him for a second.
We tried to exchange numbers but it wasn't happening. He told us his boss has
been trying to get him to be a Mormon for a couple of years now and that he
hasn't succeeded. Implying that we weren't going to have any
The next couple of
days were pretty normal. Well rewind the last couple of weeks we have been
getting a lot of questions about the Family the Proclamation and where the
church stands on Gay rights. Why Blacks haven't always been able to have the
Priesthood, Polygamy and that there can't be any book added to the Bible. I
mean there is a lot more, but it has been so crazy to get so many of these
bashing questions all around the same time. None of it is a problem because
there are answers we can give them to all of these questions. Thank goodness
for modern day Prophets!
We got a call from our
Zone Leaders. They told us they had been street contacting and that they ran
into this really nice mom. They talked to her for a bit and were able to set up
a return appointment for the next day at 6 pm. Score! We went over and we
took the amazing Sister Cash with us. It was her first time ever going out with
the missionaries and so she was a little nervous, but she did amazing! We
knocked on Diana's (Yes another Diana!) door and she answered and looked a
little surprised. We talked for a second and she told us that she didn't want
to be rude and so she told the "boys" that it was okay. After talking
for a second she invited us in and we were able to teach her the Restoration.
She has been trying to find a church and so it was cool that we kind of were
able to show up! She said the closing prayer and her husband joined us for the
end! It was really cool. Also Sister Cash bore her testimony and it was
PERFECT! Let the Holy Spirit guide!
As we were driving home
from that appointment we ran into the Pest Control guy! We pulled over and
started to talk to him and we were talking more about the church. I didn't want
to her about bugs, and so we were able to give him a Restoration Pamphlet and
he said that he would read and pray. As we were leaving he told us that we have
gotten further than anyone else. I knew we would, for goodness sake we have been
called by a Prophet of God and also we have the gift of the Spirit, if you are
going to listen the Spirit is going to win.
Looks like the Sister Missionaries found Elle
We then had a MIRACLE on
Sunday. We were in Gospel Principles and were talking about fasting and fast Sunday.
In the middle of the Lesson Bishop came and pulled us out of class. I was kind
of excited because we never ever get pulled out of class. He told us that there
was an Indian Family that just walked in and was looking for us. Okay, rewind
three weeks ago. We had been knocking doors and not having a lot of success.
The last door we knocked opened and it was this man from India, we talked to
him for a second and he told us that he was Christian. We gave him the
Restoration Pamphlet and invited him to church. We told him to call or text us
if he would be coming so that we could save him a seat. This man came to
church!!!Three weeks later and he brought his family, his wife and three
boys. Our Sacrament meeting is at 9 am and they came about 11 am so we went to
the Mays Pond Sacrament meeting with them. It was funny to see the Assistants
faces. The parents want their boys to learn more about Jesus Christ. We got to
sit with them and tell them about things and it was the coolest thing. Near the
end one of the boys kept saying that he wanted to go. The parents were
embarrassed and so they left. We are going to be able to stop by and talk to
them later today!! We are really excited!
It has been an amazing
week here in Lynnwood, Washington! I love you all and hope that you have an