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.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Week 68: He Lives!
Elle and Sister Perry
needs to serve a mission!! There are things in life you are going to have a
hard time learning. Why not learn them while you are in the service of your God
and fellow man. This last week I was thinking a lot about how we can't do more
than we can handle. We can't expect our self's to do more than the Lord expects
us to do. This has been one of the hardest things for me. I find I want to just
do everything and anything but that the Lord has different plans. The more I
pray and ask Heavenly Father to align my will with his will it always works out
and we are able to do more than we had planned for!
Elle and Sister Plank
This last week Sister
Perry and I were blessed! We first had exchanges on Tuesday and I was
able to go to Stanwood with Sister Plank. I don't know if you all remember my
companion Sister Pickup but Sister Plank reminds me of Sister Pickup. They
could be twins and everything. It’s funny because Sister Pickup goes home in a
week and Sister Plank just got here in time to replace her.I had a really good day with Sister Plank. We
were really lucky that the weather decided to be sooo nice and that the sun
came out. We talked to a lot of different people and we were able to have
really good lessons with a couple of their investigators. When we were going to
teach one of the first lessons we had planned to teach the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. We go in there and he had a couple of questions. We had to change our
entire lesson plan but that is okay! I know that as we teach to people’s needs
and what they need to hear instead of what we want them to hear things always
go so much better! Also it is a lot easier for the Spirit to testify to them of
the truthfulness of this message. We didn't time things very well and so we got
back to the apartment a little after nine. We were going to exchange back and
Sister Leininger and I were going to head back to Mount Vernon but it was too
late and we were going to be going to their Zone meeting first in the morning so
we ended up staying the night and sleeping on the floor. I am not old and I
don't ever feel old but when I woke up......I felt old. I don't think I am
going to volunteer to sleep on the floor very often if at all.
The night Elle had to sleep on the floor.
Wednesday we went
to Arlington’s zone meeting and it was awesome! What a great zone full of hard
working missionaries! Sister Leininger and I instructed first because we had to
drive back to Mount Vernon so we could also make it back in time for our zone
meeting. We instructed about the importance of loving and knowing your
companion and also with staying together. It was a lot of fun and it was cool
to hear the companions answer questions about their companion, their likes and
dislikes, their companion’s family, and those kinds of things. After we
finished we drove to our zone meeting and instructed with the zone leaders on
kind of the same thing that we all instructed on in MLC. I am so grateful for
the spirit because if we didn't teach with the spirit it would all be a
After Zone Conference
Leininger and I went on a blitz with Sisters Thompson and Skousen. We split up
so we could get more work done. It is so fun being able to work with different
Sisters and find ways and things that I can implement into my missionary work
so I can be a more effective teacher.
Then after the blitz I
was finally able to come back to Oak Harbor and be with my companion and we were
able to work in my own area. It is so nice to be back home and not have to
sleep in someone elses apartment or bed. I get to be in my own
place...blessings!! Sister Perry and I have been able to work so hard and get
things done! We were able to find some new investigators and put people on
date! Also this Saturday we are going to be having a baptism for our
investigator MacKenzie!!! We are so excited!!! Heavenly Father has defiantly
blessed us with so many things. There is no greater feeling then being able to
watch one of your brothers or sisters enter the waters of baptism and are able
to make covenants with our Heavenly Father! So many good things to look forward
to this next week!
Saturday one of
our investigators Amber texted us and said she hadn't smoked in two days!
We were so happy and we went to respond and tell her good job, but she asked us
when she was going to be able to be baptized. That was completely unexpected!!!
We told her that she had to be smoke free for a month before she could get
baptized. She is very much so excited and it was a lot of fun to see her make
the decision on her on to quit smoking and that she has been able to stick with
Sunday was Stake
Conference and it was very good. Amber came and she LOVED it and was talking to
her daughter Savannah and asking her questions and telling her the things that
they are going to start doing to get ready for their baptism. I am grateful for
the opportunity we have to be able to hear from our Stake Leaders and to be
able to heed the counsel that they give us.
I am grateful for this
Gospel and I appreciate it a lot more than ever before. There is no other way
to have eternal joy then through Christ and following the commandments and
doing the little things! I love you all so much and hope that you have an