Date

March 20, 2017

Area

Port Huron, MI

Companion

I can't think of a subject for this week...

From: Brandon Jones <jones.brandon@myldsmail.net>

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Subject: I can't think of a subject for this week...

Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.
By this ye shall know if a man repenteth of his sins--behold, he will confess them and forsake them.
Doctrine and Covenants 58:42-43

Dear family,

This week was pretty good. We started out the week with interviews. I say it every time, but I'll say it again: President and Sister Cleveland are awesome, I love them. President Cleveland told me to make sure to tell you that I'm doing a good job. So
there you have it! It's always nice to hear you're doing a good job.

We didn't get to meet with Cindy this week, but that's alright. Hopefully we will get to see her sometime this next week. We did get to meet with a new person named Steven. Steven requested a free Bible, so we delivered it and talked for a few minutes.
He was just the nicest guy, I'm surprised at how nice he was. We didn't teach anything, but he seemed pretty open, so we will hopefully begin teaching him soon.

We finally got to meet with Akeiba this week! She has had a lot going on. Her three-year-old son has sleep apnea, so they went to Detroit to have surgery. His tonsils and adenoids were removed, as well as part of his throat was shaved down. Luckily, he
seems to be doing a lot better now. When we met, we taught her the Word of Wisdom. Akeiba really likes her tea--but she was completely willing to give it up! She gave us all of her tea bags and told us to throw them out for her! It was so awesome. She also
is through all of 1st and 2nd Nephi in the Book of Mormon. We will hopefully set a baptismal date with her soon.

This week we also met with a new family, the Kennys. they are super nice. We were only able to have a brief lesson with them, but it went fairly well. The Kennys are friends with some members in the ward, that's how we were introduced to them. The Blue
Water Ward desperately needs families, so we are very hopeful for the Kennys.

On Saturday and Sunday we had stake conference. Elder Milan F. Kunz, an area seventy, came and was the presiding authority. It was an excellent stake conference. Elder Kunz opened the conference by inviting us to write down a question that we had, and
near the end he gave us time to write down our impressions. It was super cool and I definitely received revelation.

I especially liked one of the talks about prayer and making good choices. When we pray, we are able to make better choices at that moment. The speaker mentioned how there will be times when we have to choose between what is easy, and what is right. I thought
of the scripture, "I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).

It made me wonder: Am I making choices that will let the Savior in? How is my daily scripture study going? Do I begin each day with prayer? Do I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? The conference was very thought-provoking and inspiring. I
really enjoyed it.

President Cleveland also gave a talk that I enjoyed. President Cleveland has met with all the stake presidents in the mission and is starting something where we go to each active member's home and teach a powerful, 20 minute lesson on the Restoration.
We then are to extend three invitations to the members:
1. Pray each day to bring someone closer to Christ
2. Pray for the missionaries serving in your ward by name
3. Prayerfully consider a time to have someone in your home

This way, the members don't feel pressured to give us referrals, but they will still be helping us in the work. The idea is to have them praying for missionary opportunities, and then acting on them when they are presented. After extending the invitations,
we share a promise with them from Elder Neil L. Andersen's most recent conference talk:
"I promise you that as you pray often and sincerely for opportunities to 'stand as a witness of God,' those opportunities will come and those who seek more light and knowledge will be put before you."

President Cleveland then shared some miracles that have already started to happen from members who have sincerely acted on these invitations. It's amazing to see the power that this message brings to the members. I know that Elder Neil L. Andersen's promise
is true. I am excited to begin sharing this message with the members! We are ready to see more and more miracles.

Also, while at stake conference I saw a lot of old friends from the Flint ward, including the Bachmeiers, the Footes, Brother Green, and many others. If you remember, when I was in Flint, I was teaching a man named Kevin. I saw him at stake conference!
He was baptized shortly after I left, and he was just recently ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood. It was super cool to see him, I'm proud of him. He looked like a completely different person, I could see how the gospel changed him.

I hope you all have a good week! I love you!

Photos:
1. This is hanging up at the Bishop's house, I thought it was hilarious.
2 and 3. This is the front and back of the cards that we will be handing out to the members. They are super cool, and the General Authority that President Cleveland talked to (to receive permission to print the cards) is pumped that we are doing this throughout
the mission.

--

Elder Jones
2149 Parkdale Dr
Port Huron MI 48060




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