Saturday, March 25, 2017

Until We Meet Again

know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and glory in it. do not glory of myself, but glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

And behold, when see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me.

Alma 29:9-10

I LOVE MY MISSION!!!  It's as simple as that.  I am living the dream.  I have lived it and loved it right up until the end.  My mission has been the most incredible experience of my entire life.  Working here in the service of the Lord has been a dream come true. I share in the words of Alma as if they were my own words, "my soul has been filled with joy".  Of course it hasn't always been fun or easy every minute of every day.  There have been days of frustration, days of disappointment, days of tiredness, and days of sadness.  But here in Mexico City, I have had Some of the Happiest Days of my Life as I have stood as a witness of the greatness of God - feeling of the power of the Atonement in my own life and seeing its effect in the lives of others.  I have seen the Miracles that come to the lives of those who change and come unto God. The Lord has done so much for me.  I know that even though I am infinitely small in His Great Plan, To Him, I am of infinite worth. Just as with Alma, I testify that he has heard my prayers.  I have been strengthened by his all-powerful hand and raised up by his merciful arm.  

I truly love the people here in Mexico City. I have laughed with them, I have cried with them, I have loved them, and with them, I have been changed.  All of my life I have awaited the day when I could serve as a missionary and I never could have imagined loving it so much!  I have lost myself in this work.  I do not feel that I have sacrificed anything - sure I left things at home and put things on hold and gave of my time, energy, and dedication - but this has been the most rewarding experience of my life, and I wouldn't change it for anything.

I love my Savior.  He has rescued me from the gall of bitterness and I have come to feel and know of my Savior's infinite love, power, and mercy for each one of us. As I have fallen, He has helped me up.  As I have pressed through hard times, continuing towards the light at the end of the tunnel, I have always found my Savior there to give me the strength to go on.  I have come to know even more of the truthfulness of the gospel and its power.  I glory in my God!!!  I shout Hosanna to His name!!!  I Love This Gospel, I Love This Great Work, I Love My New Family of Brothers and Sisters here in Mexico, and I Love My Incredible Family and Friends that I will be seeing soon.  I Love Our Savior and His Goodness and I will Praise Him Forever.  

I Love You All!!!

Elder Jarrett

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fwd: Another incredible week gone by in the work!

Sorry, this was last week's email, but it didn't get sent out to everyone.

Fri, Mar 10, 2017

¡Hola amigos! ¿Como estan?

Another incredible week gone by in the work!  The time is passing incredibly fast!!

This week I have felt much better.  After feeling a little discouraged last week, this week I realized that I need to let go of my pride.  You see, I had arrived to this new area, with a new assignment, and a new companion, and I thought that despite all of this, that we would baptize tons of people here in my last transfer.  But I had to remember that this isn't my work, and I'm not capable of doing any miracles on my own.  The Lord is in charge.  And thank goodness, because he knows how to do things much better than I do.  :)   I love my companion and I'm grateful to be here learning from him and with him.  I love the people here, and I'm grateful to be here working with them and serving them the best I can.

This week, we were blessed to see so many miracles.  The Ward is working together much better.  In the Ward Council on Sunday, we found a way to involve the leaders of each organization to help us with missionary work and we found how we can help each of them and together we work to accomplish the same goals.   I feel like we've now gained the trust of the members (who had some problems with the sister missionaries in the past.)  And we have several investigators that we feel they'll come to church this Sunday - one of which has been listening to the missionaries for years and has never come to church, but she asked us to pass by for her this Sunday at 8:30 because she feels like the time has arrived that she feels she needs to go.  Also, this Monday, I got permission to go to the baptism of Celso, Pamela, and Dalila in Iztacalco!!  They asked the Elders there if I could come and I received permission to go.  I'm very excited to see them again and support them during their baptism that we've worked towards together.

Last weekend, we gave a blessing to a brother from our ward who was very sick, Brother Malpica.  My companion and I, along with our ward mission leader went to visit him.  We all felt the same, that his time was near.  He received a blessing of peaceful passing Saturday night and Sunday night he passed away.

Monday we had our monthly Leadership Council with all of the Zone Leaders, Sister Training Leaders, and President and Sister Mecham.  This time we had a special guest visitor, Elder Gaona, who was just released from being an Area 70.  He talked about how we can work together with the institute program.  Then we got to listen to the words and counsel of President Mecham.  President also gave us time to have a testimony meeting.  I shared my testimony about love.  About how infinitely much Christ loves us and how much we can love our companions and our investigators and those in our areas as we are here serving as his representatives.

Yesterday, we went to the airport to take a missionary that was going home.  We were asked to go accompany Sister Mecham.  I got feeling really sad because I've gone to the airport so many times to drop off the missionaries that are going home and yesterday it hit me as I thought that the next time I come to the airport might be when I am the one going home.  I'm going to miss the mission Sooooooooo Much!!!!  But I know that I am just finishing another phase of my life.  I still have so much waiting for me at home left to do and learn.  And I'm excited to see you guys!!!   I Love You So Much!!!!

Elder Jarrett

P.S.  This next week we have Zone Conferences throughout the entire mission!  Yay!