February 29, 2016


Flower Mound 3rd Ward


Elder Cody Griffin

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

Man o man it has already been another week! But hey, we are getting

into March! It is really crazy! I really like the month of March...

... For, reasons haha... Man I have no idea why I was writing like

that. I must be in like a good mood or something!

This week has been one of the best weeks I have had in a while! I have

been able to teach more this week than I have in past weeks and I have

been able to see the missionary work in this are improve just in the

short time I have been here. I don't think that it was a result of me

or my efforts solely but of the relationship that Elder Griffin and I

have with each other and the Lord.

FIrst off in this week, we biked. A lot. Not just because we're in a

bike area but because we just went all over the place haha. We also

had zone conference this last week and there will be a little bit more

on that later. Honestly I don't have very many stories like last weeks

so I will just let you in on a couple cool things that happened this

week I guess... 😆

So we have been working with this young man named Chris A. I say his

initinal because there are multiple people we're teaching named

"Chris." So he is 14 and searching for the truth (sounds a little

familiar right?). He has really liked meeting with us and enjoys the

Book of Mormon. We met with him this last Friday wiht a member family

named the Eastham's. Chris clicked with the Easthams right off the

bat, it was great! We taught him the first part of the Plan of

Salvation and he understood most of it. When we taught him about the

godhead though, that is when we could see some confusion start. He has

grown up with the Holy Trinity being God. He said that. he would need

to spend a lot of time over the weekend trying to seek God's will. We

have had some really beast lessons with him where the spirit has been

there. He will take some time but I think he will find the right


We also met with a guy named Braden. Braden is pretty cool. He has his

little odditities but he is great. He is going to culinary school in

Dallas and because they do a lot of cooking there he brings stuff

home. Well when we stopped by he invited us in, talked Old Testament

us for a few minutes then offerf us food. There is an unspoken rule on

the mission andit is a pretty inmportant one: DO NOT turn down free

food. It was so ridiculously good food! We asked him wha tit was and

he said it was rabbit with rice and other assorted veggies. Basically

it was a stirfry but with rabbit. It was good. I am sorry Hailey and


That was really it for those stories...

I have had some inspirations come to me lately that I have had

repeatedly I the past  but they were kinda re-realized or

re-recognized. I have been thinking a lot about repentance lately and

how I feel spiritually. I have often wondered about if I am truly

getting a fresh start and renewing my covenants when I partake of the

sacrament. I decided I would pay close attention to my desires,

attitudes and feelings during the sacrament yesterday. I did that and

I felt a desire to overcome sin. I felt a desire to become a better

missionary and become more consecrated and learn more about the Savior

and His gospel. I realized at that moment that the confirmation that I

had renewed my covenants was the heightened desire, it was the deeper

longing for conversion and understanding. My thoughts also went back

to Sister Christofferson when she shared the story about the woman in

debt and the oil. The woman received as much as she was prepared for,

a concept that President Ames has taught us very well and a practice I

will keep for the rest of my life. In the same light, when am prepared

to have my desires increased, I will receive as much as I am ready

for. Same thing with strength. If my intent is true, then I will

receive a enough strength to overcome.

I also loved zone conference, as always. Since last Tuesday we have

had much better planning sessions and lessons. We have been focusing a

lot more on connecting the dots and showing how all of the lessons

interconnect to the people were teaching. It has honestly been really

fun trying to figure it out!

I am loving Flower Mound and I am starting to truly find joy in my

missionary service again by striving to lose myself everyday. I am

finding that being tired at the end of the day is awesome, until the

next morning when you are still tired haha. But "we should waste and

wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of

darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from

heaven" right?

Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!

Love your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies


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