September 16, 2019


Keyser, West Virginia


Elder Jackson

Lead, Kindly Light

Hello! Once again, you are reading words that I have written down. Neato!

This week was a pretty good week. We were able to find three different people to teach this week, which is awesome! Funnily enough, we found all three when we left the main little area of Keyser and went somewhere else. We found a woman named Jordan living in some apartments about 4 miles or so down the road. She has a belief but isn't sure which church is true (sound familiar?) We gave her a quick restoration lesson and likened Joseph Smith to her situation, so hopefully she connects better when we give her a full lesson. We found two different people recovering from surgery in the same apartments that told us we could come back, and the one guy seemed pretty excited to see us. He told us "please come back", so that's exciting stuff.

The other two for sures were in this little town of Piedmont, which is a little north of Keyser. Debbie is the daughter of a guy who was taught by missionaries a while back. I'm not sure if he's still interested, but Debbie seemed happy enough to get a Book of Mormon, so that's all good. Plus, she had something like 10 dogs and somewhere in the ballpark of 4 - 8 cats, so it's a hoot and a holler over at that house. The last guy is Chris, who has some medical problems. We gave him a Book of Mormon and testified that Christ would help ease the burdens as he read it, and he was smiling ear to ear. You could feel the happiness coming off of him. That was such a cool moment. He's super humble, and he's definitely the one who would probably be the last to drop us.

Well, nothing else really happened this week. The mission president called us and straight rebuked us for a good 40 minutes, but that's fine. Our area is real slow, so he more or less told us to pick up the pace by better working with members and planning and stuff. Other than that, it was a pretty typical week. We saw some frogs, it rained one of the days, and I had to give a quick testimony of Sunday. Besides the people, those were the only noteworthy things.

So, why'd I call this email "Lead, Kindly Light"? A few reasons. One, it's the name of a great hymn about praying in order to have Christ's Light lead us forward in this world of darkness, until we make it back home to Christ. BYU Vocal Point does a great rendition of it, so I suggest you give it a listen. Two, I felt like the Light of Christ definitely lead us this week. When we were at the apartments, we knocked at one door twice and started to leave. However, my companion started to go the wrong way and was confused for a second. While he oriented himself, the door we had knocked on opened up and one of the surgery people poked her head out. It may have been a small thing, but I feel it definitely was the Spirit. It's not like it was a confusing area; all we had to do was go right, which would've meant we missed her. Maybe we were supposed to talk to her, or maybe in the time it took to talk to her something else timed out perfectly for us. Who knows. As Lead, Kindly Light states, just seeing one step ahead is good enough for me.

I hope y'all have a fantastic week! Don't forget to read the Book of Mormon daily (or if you don't, it's never too late to get started). Until next time,
Elder Klepacz

1. The frogs. We named one Bruce R. McFroggy, because my companion loves Bruce R. McConkie. The other one didn't get a name, whoops.
2. A nice view of a rainy West Virginia day. Taken in Piedmont.
3. Burned down house in Piedmont.
4. Abandoned building in Piedmont.
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