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Élder Casey Jefferies
January 23, 2017
Elder Matthew Newey
Well, there went another one. These things are going too fast. I am
not sure what I am gonna do haha. Well, for now, I guess I will just
keep going haha. I will be staying here in Burleson with Elder Newey!
I hope we stay together for my last one as well. He is a really good
missionary, a great friend and an awesome teacher who not only teaches
investigators and members well, but is also a fantastic teacher and
example to me as well. I am so excited to see what the next transfer
Bible study this week was on faith. It went really well and it is so
much fun to see how much of a difference it makes when two 20 year
olds that come in and preach on a random gospel subject. It really
brightens up their day! It is really nice to get to see that every
week. I get a sense for what the scripture says when it says that
Christ "had compassion on them." My heart swells with compassion for
those people when I go over there. Please, go spend some time visiting
with some people in nursing homes. They need it.
We are excited to see the JustServe program get established in our
stake and we are sure that the stake is as well. I really like how it
was coming from the Area Authority and not the mission it feels like
when things come from the mission, the members don't really have a ton
of interest. It will be a wonderful resource for the members and will
benefit the communities greatly as we can already tell.
We have changed our focus from investigators to less-active members
and have gone to work trying to find "Amuleks" (The next paragraph
explains what I am talking about.) and we have had wonderful success!
We were able to find out who is less-active even though they were
marked as active on our area book. Now that we have that narrowed
down, we can start visiting those that we have not visited before.
When we were searching for those "Amuleks" before, we found that about
half of them have moved away. We have been collecting information so
that the ward council can use it. It should be fairly helpful for
them. There have been several times where we were able to teach the
person that answered the door and we have set up return appointments
with them so it is working both ways.
The Burleson stake scripture for the year is Alma 10:5-11. It is the
story of Amulek, the powerful missionary companion of Alma the
Younger. A little background on this is that Amulek who, if it were in
our day, was a less-active member of the church. An angel appeared to
him and told him that Alma will come along and that he should feed
him. Amulek did as the angel commanded and Alma blessed his home and
everyone in it. He taught them the gospel and rekindled that fire that
they once had for the gospel of Christ. The stake presidency has
encouraged every member of the stake to find an "Amulek" who is
someone that is less-active, but can be nurtured to be brought back.
From my experience, there are many people out there who have just
fallen out of the habit, lost contact or simply slipped through the
cracks. I invite you to go and find someone who could be considered
and "Amulek" and nurture them back to their faith and covenants. You
will see success! I promise!
Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!
Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies
A cool storm front that came in. It literally took only five minutes
to get from the horizon to us. That one brought hail and sideways rain
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