Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jersey City - Week 14, 15

Sorry I didn't post these - I was out of town.

11/10/14  True Missionary Work

Wow what a week. We have done so much. Its crazy I feel like there isn't enough time in the day. Elder Bellavance and I are doing work and finding new people to teach. It is so much fun being a missionary. Some days feel slow and nobody listens but other days its just pure smiling and laughing. Crazy different every day. Maybe that's why I like it so much. Everyday we plan for the next day but then its super rare that a day goes exactly according to plans. You never know what you are going to get but one thing is for sure that we go out everyday and try to make peoples' lives a little bit better. We get to help somebody everyday, whether its missionaries or members or investigators. I have found that the real best way to improve anything truly is through Christ and the Atonement. So that's what we teach and preach.  Its cool to wake up everyday and have such a great cause. 

We contacted a lot this week. Just trying to find new people to add to our investigator pool. It is not the most efficient way to find people in general, but its what we have right now. The assistants and president push contacting a lot and just talking to everybody everyday about the Gospel. I have learned a lot about success this past week too. You know, true success is not in the outcome of what we do. We cant really base success as missionaries on baptisms or if people let us teach them, but really base success on what we can do. Its really important as a missionary to l focus on things we can control. Did I contact that person? Did I testify? Did I call people to teach this week? Am I living worthy of the Spirit? etc... Those are things that people we all as missionaries can do. There is a quote by Elder Holland that says:

 “Seek to be personally converted, obey the rules of the mission, strive to have the Spirit of the Lord in your life, and work hard. These are things every missionary can do.

“If you do those things, I promise you in the name of the Lord and with the authority of my office, you are a success in His eyes regardless of how many other convert baptisms you are able to have in your particular corner of the vineyard.”

I have really found that to be true. As a missionary I have found that focusing on what we can control brings us a lot more peace into our lives. We can't control other peoples' agency. We can only invite. Unless you are a parent, then I think you can make your kids to do things until they realize its good for them. Ha nah im messing. but seriously. Thank you parents.

We found this one family of a mother and three kids named the Her---. They are so cool. The old missionaries taught them for a while but we just picked them back up. We taught them the Restoration and they said they already know the Book of Mormon to be true and Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. Ha I haven't heard those words from an investigator for a while. We are pumped to be working with them.

Tons of work this week to prepare for our zone training meetings. Our zone is awesome. We never have to worry about them.

I love you all,

Elder Sumsion

11/17/14 - The cold has finally come

Que paso familia?

Wow what a week we have had. Such a good time here in Jersey City. Things are getting cold though. Lots of talk about snow but nothing has come down yet. Lots of rain though. We have been staying warm. But seriously it was an awesome week. The zone is doing work as well. We gave our 2 1/2 hour zone training meeting this past Tuesday to the Zone and this month training focus is on finding and the spiritual focus is consecration. So we taught a lot about consecration and how it doesn't mean that we need to be perfect missionaries but it means that we need to be progressing missionaries.  We asked one of our members of the zone to give a training on finding and contacting people. We then split into groups and did a bunch of contacting scenarios. Street, Door knocking, less active finding, and phone call contacts. It was super fun. This month's zone goals are about consecration through prayer and we made this contacting calendar that everyday has something different to do. Like one is contact someone with a yankees hat, another is start every contact with a compliment, one was go into a store but something nice and then contact the cashier. Ha so we made a bunch of fun ones for the zone to do. They loved it and it was cool to see the zone's contacting numbers improve.

So we got some crazy new rules changes in the mission last week. One of them is an added extra 1 1/2 to P-days. The extra time isn't on Monday but on Friday. P day is still Monday but we have a little time on Friday as well to shop for food, write letters, do laundry, and clean. They added it because p-day was super stressful before for a lot of areas. It sounds dumb but it really has helped out everyone's' stress. P-day before was a lot of driving and picking up other companionships then rushing to emails then rushing to shop then getting home at 3 and some had to do laundry. But they gave us a little more time to prepare for the week ahead. P-day became a relaxing day instead of one of the most stressful days of the week. So we had a big zone activity last week with the Union City Zone. So there were like 35 missionaries there and the assistants came down. We got to play soccer and basketball and socialize. Super fun. The zone loved it. And then we had time to do everything else. It has been a big bonus with relieving everyone's stress.

We taught the Her--- family last week. We focused the lesson all on the sacrament and the important of coming to church. They committed to come and we spent awhile finding a ride for them and Saturday night we had it all set up for them to come, but Sunday morning they called and said they couldn't come to church. Awe come on! Ha No its all good. This week we are seeing them again. Awesome family.

We taught one of our less active members named Os--- about the temple this past week. He has a big testimony but just not enough faith right now to change his work schedule so that he can come to church on Sundays and take the sacrament.  So we focused the lesson on temples and really showed him how people need his help when doing ordinances for the dead. Trying to give him some responsibility and commit himself a little more.

So this new family moved into the ward a few weeks ago. They straight up live in such a nice apartment down in downtown Jersey City. Its a super rich and nice area. We have like 0 members or investigators down there. Well they are on fire with missionary work and we had a short lesson with them about how to help one of his friends who was going through a rough time. Such a fun family. He is from Bolivia and she is from Ecuador.

Things are going great hear. My companion is a boss. Hard worker and always laughing. We get along good. No worries there. The cold is definitely here though. Thank you again for the weekly letters and emails. Helps out more than you think.

Love you,
Elder Sumsion

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