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Transfers (9-21-15)

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Transfers came and it looks like I’m finishing the mission here in Levittown! I’m really exited to tell you the truth, I’ve really come to love the people here. Finishing up in November it will be 9 months here in this area, it’s starting to feel a little bit like home.

Also, Elder Brinkerhoff will now be in the zone so I’m going to be able to see him again!

We found a really great couple this week. I had felt like we should contact an area for awhile and we decided to go one night that we didn’t have anything planned. We ended up talking to a young guy who works as a policeman outside his house. We started talking and he began asking us a lot of questions as to what we believe, the organization of the church, us as missionaries, ect. We passed by again last night and taught him and his wife in their house. His wife commented that she had come to realize the lack of truth in a lot of the churches and the differences of opinion between them. We have an appointment with them again on Wednesday!

I got a cool Puerto Rican t shirt from the grandson of Rosita. I kept telling him that I liked it and he decided to give it to him. Yesterday I gave him my Batman shirt as a trade.

It has rained more, but we’re still in drought. One day with water, 2 days without. With the rain come the cockroaches.. good thing we’ve got a rubber band gun!

-Elder Jacob

Zone Conference (9-14-15)

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 The Martinez family invited us out to tacos. They're great!
The Martinez family invited us out to tacos. They’re great!

We had our zone conference this week and it went well. We and the sister trainers taught about daily and weekly planning. We had the missionaries bring their area books and we went over them with the missionaries while President was doing interviews. It was some good one on one time to talk with them and see what they can do to use their area books more effectively.

President talked a lot about obedience which I really liked, which was preceded by Sister Boucher’s part on obtaining Christlike attributes. They really do go hand in hand, as we obey, be become more like Him. They extended a mission goal to memorize “The Living Christ” before Christmas. They’re going to be visiting all of the districts and make a video of each district saying a part of the publication to send home to our families on Christmas! I think it’s a great idea. I’m looking forward to see what video the church is going to produce this year for Christmas.

Other than that it was a pretty normal week. Our Cafe Rio pork lasted us until yesterday and now we’re back to the regular chicken beans and rice. The week has been either scorching hot, or off and on rainy. Friday I swear was the hottest day in my mission.

Elder Jacob

This is where we live.
This is where we live.

9-14-15 This is where we live.

They need to feel needed (9-7-15)

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I learned something this week. A long time less active lady we’ve taught twice now came to church yesterday. As she was leaving the parking lot we asked her why she decided to come. She told us that the first thing that she thought about when she woke up that morning was the wife of the member who we had visited with that has cancer. She felt like she needed to come to church in order to help that sister know how to take care of her body in order for the cancer to go away. Sometime coming just for their own benefit isn’t enough, they need to feel like they’re needed.

 Some youth from the ward that we went out and worked with.
Some youth from the ward that we went out and worked with.
 One of the most beautiful scenes I've seen here, the camera doesn't do it credit.
One of the most beautiful scenes I’ve seen here, the camera doesn’t do it credit.
 Cafe Rio pork!! I've been eating rice and beans too much, we needed a change of pace.
Cafe Rio pork!! I’ve been eating rice and beans too much, we needed a change of pace.

Storm (8-31-15)

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This is Levittown.
This is Levittown.
Dinosaur?
Dinosaur?

We came in Thursday night because of the storm, and called off an exchange that we were going to do, but nothing really happened. Sunday morning we had a lot of thunder and a bit of rain. I don’t think is was enough to fill the reservoirs though, so I think we’re still on rationing. We heard they’re going to start making it 3 days off, one day on.

 We went to Walgreens this morning to buy water. It ended up being a longer walk than we thought!
We went to Walgreens this morning to buy water. It ended up being a longer walk than we thought!

8-31-15 We went to walgreens thismorning2 8-31-15 We went to walgreens thismorning3We had stake conference this weekend with Elder Cornish and Elder Dominguez visiting. They reorganized the stake. We had a lot of great help from the members and were able to have 3 investigators and 4 less actives present, it all worked out perfectly actually.

My shoes are holding up well, the only problem is that I keep forgetting my umbrella in peoples houses of in peoples cars, we’re down to two little cheap ones in the house.

The bishop's family invited us over for a campfire dinner! hot dogs and rootbeer and s'mores!
The bishop’s family invited us over for a campfire dinner! hot dogs and rootbeer and s’mores!

The dinner at the bishops house was great, we invited two less active brothers as well and they had a great time. At the stake conference, the younger brother, 12 asked us when is the next time we’re going to a member’s house to eat because he really liked it.

-Elder Jacob

A good normal week (8-24-15)

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Another picture of the family!
Another picture of the family!
Some food we made
Some food we made

It was a good normal week.

We talked with President about the storm and he said it’s really not going to hit us that hard, just some rain. And it’s really just going to hit the south part of the island. I’ve never experienced  a hurricane here. The closest was when I was in Ponce with Elder Colson and we went out and got drenched and then bought pizza to recover.

I’m starting to feel like Levittown is my ward I’ve been here so long. I’ve really come to know and love the members here and I’ve seen some great changes. We were able to present a ward mission plan in the ward council yesterday and we’re going to publish it as a ward in the following weeks.

We’re starting to teach the sister in law of the member who’s mom got baptized! We met with her on Friday and she said that she read and prayed and felt like the BOM was true. She has a baptismal date for the 19th of September!

I’m really enjoying working with these new, young, humble district leaders. I feel like we can do a lot now.

We’re still on water rationing, it’s now two days off one day on. Hopefully this storm will bring some rain with it to fill up the reservoirs!

Elder Jacob

Just lots of pictures (8-17-15)

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 Adios a Elder Diaz.
Adios a Elder Diaz.
10 hot tomales a la vez
10 hot tomales a la vez
Hola a Elder Chavez
Hola a Elder Chavez
 There's a lizard that drinks from the precipitation on my glass every morning. Looks like he got a little thirsty and went for the jump.
There’s a lizard that drinks from the precipitation on my glass every morning. Looks like he got a little thirsty and went for the jump.
 Rosita and the family.
Rosita and the family.
The weekly Levittown family night group.
The weekly Levittown family night group.

Transfers (8-10-15)

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Transfers! It looks like I’m going to die here in Levittown, and I’m really happy. I have two more transfers, and things are really looking great here. Elder Diaz is headed out to another zone after being two transfers here with me. He was definitely one of my favorite companions here in the mission. I really admire his patience with me and his humility, it’s something I haven’t seen in any other missionary.

My new companion is Elder Chaves, de Mexico. He’s from my group, but he goes home a transfer after me because of my time in the MTC. I’m really hoping that elder Chaves and I can do great things here in Toa Baja. Almost every companionship in our zone experienced a change, and we have a lot of really good, young, humble missionaries. I’m really looking forward to working with our three new district leaders, it’s an excellent opportunity to really get things organized and moving. I’m also looking forward to learning from the experience that Elder Chaves has, and seeing how we can apply it to benefit the area and the zone.

On top that, a lot of good things are happening in our area. We have a great family that we’ve been working with these past two transfers that could be baptized this next one, as well as a some other very potentials. Our bishop returned from his July vacation trip and we’re looking to establish a ward mission plan soon. We have investigators coming to church and the members are excited.

I’m going to give my whole heart to these next two transfers.

Elder Jacob