January 9, 2017


Burleson Ward


Elder Matthew Newey

To Know Our Father

We had a wonderful week this week! We worked hard and we saw quite a

bit of success. We also made some great progress in revamping the ward

mission plan to get it more in compliance with both the stake

presidents example and the handbooks recommendations. Here in the next

couple weeks we will start to see a lot more progress. The ward is

really responsive and the members are wonderful!

On Monday, we had a little bit of extra time so we decided to go try

to find a white board/make a white board with things that we could

find at Home Depot. We looked around and finally, we actually found a

legitimate whiteboard. It was 4' by 8' so it wasn't going to fit in

the back of our little pickup without the tailgate down. So now, we

had another problem. The whiteboard could slide out while we were

driving back to our apartment. Well, we figured if we had something

that we could put on it, it wouldn't slide out. We decided to go buy a

bag of cement mix and use that to weigh the board down. Man, we must

have been a sight. Two younger guys, dressed in white shirts and ties

getting a singular bag of cement and a big whiteboard... Well, it was

all fine and dandy until about 50 feet past the Home Depot entrance

when the bag of cement slid off the back end of the truck. So we got

into the turn lane to turn around and get it but as we did, we saw a

big cloud of powder rise into the air. Someone had already hit the bag

of cement and it went everywhere... as a result, Elder Newey sat in

the back seat and held on to the white board through the back window

the entire way home haha. Missions give you really funny stories!

Victor was sick so he wasn't able to make it to church yesterday and

he almost made it to the mission president fireside but he was still

feeling sick. He is still reading the Book of Mormon, the Gospel

Principles manual and the Gordon B. Hinckley book. He loves the Gordon

B. Hinckley book. He is also reading True to the Faith occasionally so

that he can further understand the vocabulary of the church. He is

just eating it all up!

We had an amazing day on Saturday. We were invited into literally

every door that we knocked and we taught them. It was funny, as we

were talking with one family, a thought came to me to share the

#LIGHTtheWORLD video with them even though it is no longer Christmas.

We did, and that among other things, led to a wonderful conversation

about temples and eternal families. It was a great experience. We were

not able to get any return appointments, they all had really weird

work schedules and it was a miracle that we caught them at home.

However, because it was a miracle that we caught them at home, we will

continue to try to set appointments with them.

We also saw a man named Lynn. We went to his house under the

impression that his name was Bryan and he was an investigator. We

found out that Lynn had been less-active for about 15 years and his

name was not Bryan. As we were talking to him, he kept on mentioning

going to church. After a few times of him staying this I just asked

him, "What is preventing you form coming to church?" And he said,

"Nothing, just out of the habit." I asked him if he would come this

Sunday and if we could teach him a refresher and he said yes. That was

probably the easiest commitment I have ever helped someone make.

Unfortunately some work issues came up so he couldn't make it to

church. But, we have and appointment with him this upcoming Saturday!

Every Thursday we go on an exchange with Brother Andrews. Brother

Andrews is the most lovable, kind, loving, faithful, joyful,

optimistic and genuine person I have ever met in my entire life. Every

time I see him my heart just swells. He is completely faithful up and

active in the church despite his wife being 100% against the church.

He still maintains a hope that she will go to church with him one day.

He is so converted it is amazing.

On Wednesday night we met with the stake president to make sure that

we know where the missionaries fit in his vision of the Work of

Salvation in the Burleson stake. He looks exactly like Agent Burke off

of White Collar. It is freaky. He also acts like him. That was pretty

cool. There is also a sister in the ward that looks exactly Erin

Lindsey off of Chicago PD. That was a really weird dinner haha. I

thought it was her half the time haha. It wasn't though.

There has been a subject that has been on my mind lately so I will try

to get it out in words. It all kinda is based off of one scripture.

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true

God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3

Life eternal is knowing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. How does

that work? Well, Elder Neil L. Andersen said that "to truly know God,

we must put Him first, trust in Him and keep his commandments." The

commandments of God help us to become a refined version of ourselves.

"[W]e are the children of God: and if children, then heirs, heirs of

God and joint heirs with Christ; if it so be that we suffer with Him."

We suffer with Christ by living the doctrine of Christ (faith,

repentance, baptism/renewing covenants, receiving the gift of the Holy

Ghost and endure to the end) and thereby yoking ourselves with Him.

The doctrine of Christ is what helps us tap into the changing power of

the Atonement to help us become a person who would enjoy the presence

of God (See D&C 88:22-37ish). It all starts with Faith. There is a

direct correlation between faith and knowledge. The JST to Hebrews

11:1 teaches us that "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the

evidence of things not seen." Faith is an assurance. Therefore, when

we act on that assurance from God, our knowledge in that thing grows

and the more it grows, the more assurance or faith we have. That

process helps us in everything we do in the gospel. Repentance,

keeping the commandments, etc. That helps us become closer to God and

knowing who He is. Not sure if this is confusing anyone. I hope it

isn't. If you are, Elder David A. Bednar taught this in his talk this

last October General Conference. Read it. It's good.

But it is my testimony that when we draw closer to God, He will draw

closer to us and we will come to know who He is by being close to Him.

I promise that when we do the simple things and serve others, we will

grow strong in our spiritual knowledge and our faith. We will be

prepared to receive our King.

I love y'all so much!

Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!

Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies

Sorry, no pics this week! :(


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