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Elder Casey Jefferies
What a Week!
What a Week!
March 14, 2016
Elder Cody Griffin
What a Week!
To start out this week, Tuesday we had a storm. Our apartment is right
under the flight path for DFW airport so we hear airplanes almost
constantly. Well, Tuesday morning, during studies, I heard what I
thought was a really weird sounding airplane. I didn't think very much
of it as that can happen a lot. After about 5 Minutes I realize that
it isn't an airplane so I look outside. The sky was green.
When the sky is green, that means tornado weather... Kinda freaky! The
wind and the rain were going so fast it was crazy! After about 25-30
minutes it was over, it was still raining, but just not as much. I
feel bad for my friends in Mississippi and Louisiana. They got pounded
hard! It turns out, two F1 tornado's touched down about 20-30 miles
away. That is my first experience with that. I can't even imagine an
F5! That would be rediculous!
We had a really spiritual zone council on wednesday. One of the zone
leaders gave a training on the Atonement. That was cool. That combined
with the other training that was given helped me realize that within
my area my companion and I are the only ones who can help people over
the age of access the Lord's Atonement through baptism.
There weren't any other huge experiences.
I have a peace that I haven't had in a long time. Not only have I
started to feel better physically, but my spirituality and mentality
has seemed to grown better. My prayers have gotten more meaningful, my
scripture study went back to when I loved the scriptures and has even
surpassed what it previously was; I have gotten a really big urge to
start reading the Old Testament and the New Testament. I have also
been able to grasp concepts better. Last night Elder Griffin, myself
and our Ward mission leader and his assistant got together and
counseled about how we can improve what we are currently doing. Now,
for the longest time I have known the importance of working with and
through the Ward mission leader and using the missionary coordination
meetings to engage the Ward council but until last night it never
truly clicked in my head. Once we all understood that, we were able to
relate action items to be done over the next few days and information
to be gathered. It was honestly one of the more effective meetings I
have ever had a with a ward mission leader. Great things are going it
happen in this ward over the next several months!
I'm not sure if I had any huge moments other than that one, but I have
felt closer to my Savior now than I have in a long time. Almost
overnight I have appreciated the Savior more. I have developed a love
for Him out of what He has enabled me to do. I seem to almost have
been through a mini Alma the younger experience. I want to spread this
joy with so many people that I want it just run to everyone and make
them understand because I know of how much joy and happiness it will
bring if they just listen. I get so fired up that it is overwhelming.
The task seems so monumental that the thought of it combined with the
motivation seems to have the opposite effect that it should. Does that
I also am starting to get kinda frustrated at people. Before we even
get a word out most people say that they aren't interested. I
sometimes wish I could ask them what they would think of a judge
passing a judgement before he even heard anything about the case
presented before him. What kind of a media backlash would he get Let
alone other repercussions? Just think if they realized what they were
turning away. That is the part that frustrates me. If they would just
listen, truly listen, for 5 minutes; it would change their eternity. I
need to develop a greater love for the people I guess. Couldn't hurt,
The church has another initiative this Easter called, Hallelujah! It
is three amazing videos that are shareable on Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram etc. Share the good news of Christ this Easter using the
For now, I think the spiritual moment this week would definitely be on
Jesus Christ's Atonement. Jesus Christ went to the mount of olives to
pay the price for us to be reconciled with God. But what was he
reconciling? We have all heard of the fall of Adam and Eve. When Adam
and Eve were in the garden, they lived in the presence of Heavenly
Father and Jesus Christ. They walked and talked with Them adn wee
taught by Them. They a were also immortal and lived in innocence. When
they partook of that fruit, they disobeyed God's commandments. They
were subject to some sort of transformation that I don't understand
but we call it the fall. Because of this, Adam and Eve were now mortal
and no longer in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
This made it impossible for them to return to live with them by
themselves; they needed a Savior. That is why Jesus Christ paid for
our sins, so we are no longer spiritually dead, and laid down His life
for us then took it back up. Because of what He did, we can all live
with them again as long as we come unto Christ and repent. That is the
meaning of Easter. I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves us. I get
the humbling experience to feel that everyday. Tears are coming to my
eyes when I the about Him and what I can do because of Him. I love you
guys so much!
Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!
Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies
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