November 21, 2016


Arlington 6th Ward


Elder Brandon Harris

"He Who Receiveth All Things with Thankfulness"

We spent a lot of time this past week doing service at local food

related charities prepping for Thanksgiving. I mean a lot of time. It

was really fun to kinda change things up a bit and serve for long

periods of time everyday. We moved a lot of food and sorted a lot of

green beans. BTW has anyone ever heard of canned boiled peanuts? That

was probably my strangest discovery while doing that. Also, did you

know that the can opener was not invented until 60+- years after the

can?? Weird right? Also, another random fact. Charcoal briquettes were

invented by Henry Ford, the Ford motor company guy, and his brother in

law. His brother in laws name was Kingsford. Does that sound familiar?

Yesterday after sacrament meeting a familiar face was there. It was

Jason Bass. He was just in Ft. Worth for a job and he needed to go to

a sacrament meeting. It just so happened that he went to Arlington 6th

wards... Crazy right?!

We had lunch with our ward mission leader this week and he took us to

Jin's Korean BBQ. It was interesting! I had squid for the first time.

It tasted very fishy and was chewy which is unlike fish. I had some

really good chicken there though.

In other news, we had a very edifying zone council this past Tuesday.

I really hope that the missionaries caught onto what we were trying to

teach them. I had the blessing of deepening my understanding about

what it means to have the faith to act. God is a God of miracles. We

are servants of him. When we are doing what he has asked us to do, we

may, through our faith in Jesus Christ, expect miracles. It is really

simple I think. I honestly could have just said that and that could

have been my training. I should've done that. Oh well! Haha. I will

send the updated version on my training with scriptures, so you can

look at it if you want haha.

We had a referral for someone who wanted a bible. We called and set up

an appointment. When we met the woman, her name is Latoya. She has had

some rough times as of recently and she is turning to God. She just

relocated here from somewhere else in the south and she knew only one

person in Texas. Faith right? Well, she needed a bible because hers

got lost during the move, which happens a lot, so she ordered one. We

gave her one, and a copy of the Book of Mormon.

Cinthia is doing ok. We have hit a wall mostly because she doesn't

understand why a relationship with God is important. However, we are

going to hopefully teach a lesson this Wednesday that will help with


Sam, the convert that was baptized about a month ago, blessed the

sacrament for the first time yesterday. During the sacrament I found

myself pondering on the significance of that. I have spent the past 4

months or so ministering to him spiritually and helping him gain a

testimony as well as coming unto Christ. For those minutes that the

sacrament was passed, he had ministered unto me. He helped me come

unto Christ and renew my covenant. I think that it is so beautiful

that someone who is new in this gospel can turn around and bless the

lives of everyone. It was really cool to think that. My convert

ministered unto me.

Here in TX we have a saying. It is said when someone asks you, "How

are you doing?" A lot of the time, the response is short and simple.

"Blessed." And my how we are. I am in a McDonalds in a super Walmart,

in TX, on my ipad with a keyboard typing out an email to my loved ones

who are 1,160+- miles away. I have heating in my apartment, I have

more ties than I could think of, multiple pairs of shoes, I drive a

2014 Fusion, I have no health issues and I think my biggest worry is

if the wifi will go out. Now if you don't call that blessed i don't

know what is. There is a scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants that

is perfect for this week.

D&C 78:17-19

"17 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye

have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his

own hands and prepared for you;

18 And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer,

for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings

thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours.

19 And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made

glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even

an hundred fold, yea, more."

We have something that does not cost money and can therefore be given

freely to all men regardless of where they live or the what the

conditions are where we live. WE have the restored gospel of Jesus

Christ. The one thing on this earth that will give us true happiness.

So today, and always, i am thankful for a young man who had a

question. I am thankful for men who sacrificed their lives in bringing

about the holy scriptures. I am grateful for a Savior who sweat "as it

were great drops of blood" and experienced the pain and the anguish of

all of our souls. The Atonement is individual because we experience

temptations and afflictions and pain individually. For that i am

eternally grateful.

Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!

Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies


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