January 2, 2017


Burleson Ward


Elder Matthew Newey

Go Ye Therefore and Teach All Nations

Well, with the weeks flying by so quickly I am never sure what to

write about because they all just blend together! This transfer is

already halfway gone! We are just starting to get settled in! But,

that is what happens when you whitewash. It takes a little while to

get used to everything.

I love this... Missionary work is so much fun! Elder Newey and I

shared the vision of members and missionaries working arm in arm to

move the work froward with our ward mission leader. He loved it and he

caught hold. He is going to take to the ward council members and the

bishop here in the next couple of weeks so we can get to work on our

first ward council meeting on the 4th Sunday of this month. This is

going to be great!

Exchange with the Elder Broberg was awesome. I learned a lot from him.

He is such a sincere guy I love it! It makes me want to be more

sincere in my conversations and getting to know people. From that

exchange I am going to work on giving inspired answers to questions. I

have been working on asking inspired questions a lot, now I think I

need to work on the answering part. I was in his area, Colleyville,

and we had a blast. We were able to teach a couple people and we

learned a lot from their bishop over dinner.

We are also starting to work on the mission culture in our zone. We

are going to start from consecration and move block to block until we

have built up the whole thing. We have also started a Preach My Gospel

read. We are all going to study a chapter of Preach My Gospel every

week and one training in District Meeting will be on the chapter that

we are studying that week. We are super excited for it! We will need

to adjust every transfer to make sure that we are where every

missionary needs it but it is alright! We are stoked!

We had two appointments on Wednesday but they both fell through and we

had two recently returned missionaries with us as our exchanges. We

decided that we were going to try to stop by an investigator that we

hadn't met yet. We did and instead of her being there, we met her

tenant, Mel. Mel is a nice woman who was moving. By herself. Without a

truck, just a car. Before we could really say anything, she said

"sorry, I can't listen. I am moving this stuff into a storage unit and

I need to get done today." We told her that we had a truck and would

be more than willing to help her. She said that if we did help her she

would listen. So, we started to help. We called our Elders Quorum

President and he came over and helped us cause he had a bigger truck

than us. It took us about 3 hours because we had to wait for her

brother to get there from Azle (about 45 min away) before we could

leave to the storage unit. After it was all said and done, she said

that she would come to church on Sunday. Miracles have not ceased!

This last Saturday we baptized Victor Mendias! It was super exciting.

It kinda bums me that the other elders didn't get to see him be

baptized. But that is alright, it is all part of the same work! As

long as we are working, we are all winning. He is so solid. I am

excited for him. We also have a couple other people that we are

working with to get them ready for baptism.

Violet is one, she has been meeting with missionaries for over a year.

She loves the gospel and feels at home. She has a concern that will be

a little difficult to overcome, but it will be overcome eventually.

She will be baptized probably before March. We are super excited for

that! She is the only one that we are truly working with on a

consistent basis.

As I was studying Preach My Gospel this morning, a line stuck out to

me that I have read before, but it practically leaped from the page to

my face this time. It is a quote by Ezra Taft Benson. It says,

"We are commanded by God to take this gospel to all the world. That is

the cause that must unite us today. Only the gospel will save the

world from the calamity of its own self-destruction. Only the gospel

will unite men of all races and nationalities in peace. Only the

gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family”

Preach My Gospel pg. 2 ."

The thing that stuck out to me was that the thing that was going to

unite us wasn't a war. It was not a political party, it was not some

cool movie franchise, it was not even churchball or enrichment

activities. It was sharing the gospel. Sharing the gospel will unite

us more than anything. I love that singular statement by President


Now, we are all typically aware of that commandment that we have, to

go and share the gospel with everyone. And most of us normally have

the desire to share, but how do we? That is often the question that

either stumps us or makes us a little shy.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks gave a fantastic talk this past General

Conference about it, I will post the link at the bottom of this email.

One of his suggestions is, I think, the easiest way that we can share

the gospel.

It is simply living the commandments. Be an example to all those

around you. at baptism, we covenanted to "stand as a witness of God in

all things, times, and places. Well, when we are living the gospel we

will be doing that. Most of us will be in a store or on social media

today. When we are, say hi to people and strike up conversations. On

social media, share a video or post a cool spiritual insight that you

have had recently.

Christ shared the gospel all the time. you're probably thinking, "yes,

Elder Jefferies, of course he did." But he shared it in simple ways

and he always simply invited other people to come and see what it is

all about. "come unto me all ye that are heavy laden, and will give ye

rest." (Matt. 11:28-30) "sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto

the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow

me." (Luke 18:22) "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men."

(Matthew 4:19).

We as members of this church have the responsibility to share the

gospel and "warn our neighbor." We all know that, and we all want

that. We all want to share the gospel at least in some way, big or

small. But what is the best way to actually share it? How do we

actually follow the example fo Christ and invite all to come and see?

The pattern that I am about to share is just one of many possible

applications that we can try. See if this helps you at all.

First, pray for and seek inspiration. The Savior has said "ask and ye

shall receive, knock and it shall be open unto you" (3 Nephi 27:29).

That is a simple and amazing promise from our Savior that when we ask

in his name, the things that are righteous and in accordance with his

will, shall be granted. But because Heavenly Father respects agency,

we need to invite those blessings and promptings into our minds and

hearts by asking for them.

Then set goals and make plans. In Preach My Gospel it says "goals

reflect the desires of our hearts." Setting a goal does not need to be

all official and aggrandized. Just ponder on what you think you could

do and what you can do. Take those thoughts to the Lord. Christ said

to Oliver Cowdry, "study it out in your mind, then ask me if it be

right." You can receive inspiration while pondering what you might say

or do in a particular situation or with someone in specific. Either

way, the words of the Lord will be with you.

Finally, act in faith and follow through on your plan. This is often

the hardest thing for us to do, even for missionaries! You are not

alone when you struggle to muster up the courage to talk to someone

about the gospel. It takes time and practice to get comfortable doing

that. Maybe you might not think you know enough to share our beliefs.

Maybe you just don't know how to start off the conversation or steer

it into a gospel conversation. Someone told my companion and I

recently that he wished that there were a list of ways that could lead

to start off these kinds of conversations. As I thought about this, I

think the best ways to start conversations that lead to gospel

principles is starting one! Because of the way we live our religion,

it will come up in conversation. Our religion is an everyday endeavor

to become better adn not just believe good and moral principles. It is

normal to have those feelings of nervousness, uneasiness or even after

what we might think of as a failed attempt we may feel like we failed.

You succeed when you invite. Everytime someone has a positive

experience with a member of this church, it brings them closer to

making a covenant with our Heavenly Father. A way that I overcome

those feelings of nervousness, at least in part, is by role playing or

practicing what I am going to teach or share. There are situations

that you can't exactly prepare for, but "when we are prepared, we

shall not fear." We have the promise, again from Christ himself, that

if we treasure up in our minds and in our hearts the words of life, we

shall be given that portion of the gospel that shall be meted to every

man in the hour, yea the very moment. Pratice.

Now, this does not need to be a long, drawn out process that takes up

a lot of time. With the exception of "treasuring up continually the

words of life," this can all be done in a moment. We can pray for the

courage to share our beliefs, think about what we might share then act

in faith and actually share it! Just like that. Like I said earlier,

living the gospel everyday is crucial in preparing to share the

gospel. We need to have the spirit with us. We need to build our lives

upon Jesus Christ. We need to have daily, meaningful prayer that is a

spiritual experience for us. We need to have quality, not neseccarily

quantity, scripture study. We need to have a meaningful Sabbath day.

We need to attend the temple regularly, and we need to serve those

around us. All of these things will prepare us to share the gospel at

a moments notice. We all fall short of doing those things, don't feel

like a failure, after all "a saint is someone who keeps on trying." Do

not get discouraged if someone does not accept the gospel even if you

are feeling great about it. Remember that Heavenly Father respects

everyone's choices and their right to choose for themselves. You are

simply providing that person another chance to change and repent. This

is why you "succeed when you invite."

I have faith that you and I can share the gospel with those around us.

We need to pray daily for missionary opportunities then seek

throughout the day to find someone that the Lord has placed in our

path to share the gospel with – and he will! There will be someone in

your path that God will help through you. "I will go before your face.

I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my spirit shall be

in your hearts and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." I

close with the words of one of my favorite scriptures in the Doctrine

and Convenants. "There are many yet on the earth among all sects,

parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness

of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and are kept from the

truth because they know not where to find it – Therefore, that we

should waste and wear out our lives In bringing to light all the

hidden things of darkness, wherein we may know them; and they are

truly manifest from heaven – these things should then be attended to

with great ernestness. ... Dearly beloved brethren [and sisters], let

us cheerfully do all things in our power; and then may we stand still,

with the utmost assuarnce, to see the salvation of god, and for his

arm to be revealed." (D&C 123:12-14;17)

This work is sacred and it is marvelous. I know that Jesus Christ is

the son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. Joseph Smith is his revelator

in these last days, the Book of Mormon is true – the word of God – and

I know that God loves and knows each and every one of his children

here on the earth including you and me.

Keep the Faith and Hurrah for Israel!

Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">

Victor at his baptism.


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