January 30, 2017


Burleson Ward


Elder Matthew Newey

"Build Up My Church"

Why does time just keep going? I am getting sad at how fast it this is

going. This week we had a lot of fun. We taught quite a few people and

we found out a lot about members who have moved in or out. A lot of

people have moved out. It is crazy.

On Saturday we had the wonderful opportunity to help out at a Bishops

storehouse distribution at our stake center. It was a wonderful

experience. Yet another chance to get outside myself and help others.

It is so awesome when you see the humility and the thankfulness of the

people that come to help and to receive assistance. There was a lot of

food there.

As a lot of you might know, there was a worldwide missionary broadcast

last Wednesday. We didn't watch it on Wednesday as it was our transfer

day and the brethren weren't going to change the broadcast to

accommodate our transfers haha. Actually, we didn't even ask. Anywho,

the broadcast was basically a recap of the broadcast last year

entitled "teach repentance and baptize converts." In fact, if you

teach a class at church, seminary, or really if you are or are going

to be teaching anyone anything about the gospel, i suggest you watch

that broadcast. It is a awesome! It was a lot of reminding us to be

sure that we are teaching clearly and correctly and inviting people to

make and keep commitments. It was a really great learning opportunity

and helped me realign my vision and my commitment to helping others

repent and make the changes necessary in theirs lives to receive the

Atonement. And I have already seen it in action!

However, y'all probably didn't hear about that. Y'all probably heard

about the schedule change. Really, the schedule change isn't as huge

as the headlines are making it sound. They just cut our lunch in half

giving us a half hour instead of an hour, which is fine, put that half

hour in the morning to give us an hour and a half to get ready and

they took our nightly planning and moved it to the morning. They also

took comp study out of the morning and let us do it when we need to as

needed throughout the day. I'll send a pic of the new schedule.

Another change is that we now have a simplified version of the Key

Indicators that we would report each week. Now we only report

investigators baptized and confirmed, those with a date for baptism,

investigators at church and new investigators. That is it. It will

take some getting used to but it will be a nice readjustment and it

should help us be less stressed out. Already Elder Newey has beaten 3

times at chess.. All 3 times we have played it!

We taught victor this week and got him started on his family history.

He has already found quite a few family members mostly due to his

cousin who did a ton of work using family search! All he had to do was

connect to his maternal grandmother and he got a gold mine. He is

progressing so well. I don't know if I told y'all but he got the

Aaronic priesthood a couple weeks ago! He is doing awesome!

It has realigned my vision and my desire to teach repentance. We had a

wonderful experience yesterday where we are able to do that. There is

a couple in our ward who joined the church years ago (actually dad,

the husband is from southern Italy! He is so awesome! I love

Italians... ). They have since been less-active due to offense and

bullying. As we were seeking greater understanding we discovered that

they still have testimonies, they just don't feel comfortable going to

church. We asked them if they knew the importance of keeping the

Sabbath Day holy. We started to testify about how the Savior loves

them and wants them to renew their covenants. They had a question

about that. They did not understand that you renew your covenants when

you partake of the sacrament. When they understood that not doing that

was preventing them from keeping the spirit with them even more then

you cold see in their eyes a look of regret and an awakening to the

realization that they are missing out on the blessings that the Lord

has for them. It was a reminder to me that I do have authority as a

representative of Jesus Christ and how important it is to hold on to

the gospel. To stay faithful even when it is hard.

Elder Newey and I have found that this ward needs strengthening. We

are striving to connect the hands of the less-active members and their

home and visiting teachers all the while teaching the doctrine of

reactivation in members homes when we visit them. We have already seen

a difference! We have been able to get the priests on board with going

on rescue visits, we're teaching some of the priests and their family,

we have connected members with their home and visiting teachers and we

are starting to get the youth pumped up to do missionary work! The

work is slow right now, but there will be big things happening in the

near future, we can feel it!

I'd like to share something that has been on my mind this week. I've

shared it in the past but I love this. It starts out with Helaman 5:12

which says:

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our

Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your

foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds,

yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his

mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to

drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the

rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation

whereon if men build they cannot fall."

If we look at how that verse shows us that we need to build our

foundation on Christ then think about how we do that. How do we build

upon our foundation, Jesus Christ?

 Yesterday during the sacrament meeting, I had a thought to read in 3

Nephi where the resurrected Christ, who is visiting the the people on

the American continent, institutes the sacrament. This is one of my

favorite scriptures. 3 Nephi 18:11-12 says:

"And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in

my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have

shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always

remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit

to be with you.

And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And

if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built

upon my rock."

He continues to say in verse 18:

"Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always

lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he

may sift you as wheat. Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father

in my name; And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which

is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given

unto you. Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name,

that your wives and your children may be blessed."

By these words from the lips of Jesus Christ we come to understand

that it is by prayer, renewing our covenants through the sacrament and

also feasting on the words of Christ that we build our foundation on

His rock and we will not fail if we continue to deepen and keep our

relationship alive with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through

prayer and the sacrament. We avoid the entrapment of Satan when we do

these things. This is what we call, spiritual CPR. We go to church, we

pray everyday and we read our scriptures. Those three things combined

with daily service and regular temple attendance will help us to

remain true and steadfast. I know that this is true! I have felt the

power of it in my life! I know that these things will bless your life!

I love being a missionary. It is by far the best thing I have done up

to this point in my life. I love the Savior and I know that I can feel

his love when I study his word and strive to apply it to my own life.

Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!

Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies

The new schedule:


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