Wednesday, October 28, 2015

One more week in the CCM.

Heyyyyy. I can’t believe the time is already here! We leave the CCM sometime Tuesday morning I think. So you probably won’t hear from me
for a little while, until the next Monday. Which is fine cause then maybe
my letters will actually have some cool stuff to read about by then
because the CCM life is the same everyday (;  

This week I had a cool experience! We did this activity where instead of teaching investigators lessons we just taught the people in the other class,
The point was to ask them inspired questions and then help teach
whatever the missionary needed to hear. I asked one of the elders we
were teaching if all of his family were members and he said that he was a
convert and so was his mom, but his Dad wasn’t, and I felt the biggest
urge to tell him that the decision he made to come on a mission was
the right one. So I stopped and told him that I knew his family would
be blessed and he has no idea what the lord has in store for him and
what this would do for himself as well as his Dad. And I felt the
spirit so strongly as I was talking, it was like my whole heart was on
fire.  And after the lesson he said that’s something he really needed
to hear because it’s been really hard especially without the total
support from his Dad. So that was just awesome to see how the lord
works through missionaries to help others.

This weeks days have blended together like the others! Today was the last day at the temple for 17 more months!!! There’s this picture there that’s so
awesome, its of two little Peruvian children standing next to Christ
so Mom if you find it you should send it to me cause, its sooo beautiful.
The Latinas here are so hilarious, this new group of Latinas say I
look like Brittany Spears hahahaha, yikes,  but they think every gringo looks
like a celebrity, they say 4 Elders here look like Zac Efron hahaha.
I don’t have much to tell you!!! Love you guys!!! Miss you lots!!!
Next time you hear from me I’ll be in the jungle(;

Love, Hermana Jackson

This is where they practice knocking doors and teaching investigators.
It's staged for the missionary's on the CCM campus.

These cute sisters were all heading for the mission field last week.
She said that they each thought they had old fashioned middle names
so they are all being old grandma's :)   It's good to see them having fun right?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Week #4 in the CCM

Oh my goodness I’m so excited to write you this week!!  The proselyting activity was the most amazing experience ever. I was soooo nervous for it but it was definitely the best day in Peru so far. We left the CCM at 12:15 p.m.and rode a bus to our area. The area is called Chosica.   Look it up its sooo amazing. It’s this city in between mountains and there’s a big river that runs right through the middle of it, it’s so beautiful. It’s considered part of the Lima East mission!!
Its about an hour and a half away from the CCM. We all met in a church just inside the city and there we met our companions! Hna Haynie and I were able to stay together so we were super happy about that. Our
companions were Hna Cox from Logan Utah who’s been out in the field 9 months and Hmn Chaves from Ecuador who’s been out 4 months!! It was such a blessing to have a comp that spoke English (; and then we also had another girl with us and she lives in Lima and leaves for her mission to Uruguay in January, so we had five girls all together.  The first thing we did was take a bus out of the main part of the city, the buses here are nuts haha. Our area was incredible. The houses are built all the way up the mountains, so we were walking the streets and climbing huge stair cases. We talked to a lot of ladies who were just standing outside on the street, they were older ladies and they were the cutest things ever!
All the older women really mumble when they talk, but I could understand parts of what they were saying and it was the coolest thing ever. All of them called me a Bonita, little doll in Spanish, it was super funny(: all the ladies here kiss your cheek when you greet them it’s my favorite thing. One lady who lived at the very top of the mountain was standing outside mopping her porch and we started talking to her about the gospel. She said she had heard about it before but she didn’t know much. The small conversation turned into giving her the whole plan of salvation lesson right there on her porch. Her son came out half way through and we asked him who Jesus Christ was to him and he said that Jesus Christ was his Salvador.(Savior) And then the Hermanas turned to me and asked me who Jesus was to me and I bore my Testimony of Jesus Christ and it was the most amazing experience. The next house we went to, we knocked on the huge metal door and it had big plastic bags over it and this lady pulled back one of the plastic bags and we just talked to her through the door, she said her daughter was sick so as we were leaving we asked if we could have a prayer and pray for her daughter, so we prayed right there with the lady barely peaking her head out. And then the last house we went to was a lady named Luz, she had recently been baptized and became a member and we just shared with her some of our favorite scriptures and explained why. This was the most amazing experience, the whole time I was so incredibly happy and it reminded me of why I’m here. I love the people here so much you have no idea, the whole time I could not stop thinking that this is exactly where I am supposed to be, and my Spanish isn’t perfect but I know I can love these people with my wholeeee heart, like seriously I was made for this (; . I’m so grateful I made the decision to be on a mission!

Love you guys,

Love Hermana Jackson

                                                                   P-day at the Temple
                                                           New leather scripture covers

                                             District on the proselyting activity in Chosica
*Entire district will be serving in Iquitos.

*I keep reminding her to change the date on her camera. :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Week #3 CCM

Hey guys!!! I’m 1.5 way through my CCM experience! Kinda crazy. This
week has gone by pretty fast but the days here are so incredibly long,
Sometimes one day feels like 2 weeks. My Spanish is getting better (: still
terrible but esta bien! (It’s ok) This Saturday we are going out and proselyting
by ourselves with a missionary who is already out in the field and I
am sooooo nervous!!!!! Ahhh you’ll hear about it next week I guess!
So after p day ends at 6, we have cena (dinner) and then go back to class and
later that night we have a TRC where we go and teach another
missionary companionship who’s acting as the investigator and I didn’t
use any notes AT ALL. That’s huge for me cause the first two weeks,
for all of our lessons I would have to write down all the stuff I wanted to say before hand in my notebook so that I could actually talk
during our lessons. lol but yeah this time I just strung together
sentences without any notes at all and you have no idea how happy that
made me, even though it was nowhere near being grammatically correct (;
and ever since,I haven’t used any notes with any of our progressing
Talking about investigators, Hermana Haynie and I had a humbling experience
with “Fernando”. So Fernando the week before told us he had problems
with drinking and smoking and so I prepared this super good lesson on
the atonement and the word of wisdom and was super pumped to teach him
cause I felt so prepared and then we get in there and he COMPLETELY
throws us under the bus and said that his wife had just left him this
morning and is now living with another guy and he’s super sad and his
wife is the one with problems…… LIKE WHAT? Soooo yeah that was terrible
cause first off I had no idea what he was saying because he told the
whole story super fast so I literally said four words that whole
lesson and Hna Haynie spent 5 minutes looking up a scripture, haha
ahhhh, it was so bad, but that just taught us that we just have to
totally rely on the spirit and know the material better so we could have
helped him, because we were not prepared for that.
Tell Grandma N that I got her letter today and it made me so so
so happy!!! It takes a week or two to get here so if anyone wants
to send me letters I wouldn’t be upset . (;

The traffic here is super crazy I can’t even tell you. No one ever uses
their blinker and they honk at anything and seriously stop for
nothing. There’s a bunch of round abouts all over the city and a
million cars are in there at once and everyone just cuts everyone off.
Some funny things that happened this week… Hna Allred plugged in Hna Firths
blow dryer in the 220 slot and I bet you can’t guess what happened when
she turned it on high!!! Haha, it blew up and it was super funny.
They have this thing here called the jello challenge and I did it last
night. Basically you eat a whole bowl of jello in one mouth full. I
feel really accomplished about it. Haha.

Hmmm what else can I tell you..Some days are really hard here. I don’t like them but they happen. But when those days come around I just have to say not my will but thy will be done 908790872908 X's in my head. That should get me through this next 3 weeks . (;

A spiritual experience we had the other day with our whole district
was we all went outside and stood in a circle and told what our reason
was for coming out on our missions. That was one of my favorite days here!
I love my district !! They’re all really sweet guys. Elder Balone is
Native American and he is from the reservation in Arizona and he sang a native
song for us the other night!! It was the coolest thing!

That’s really all I’ve got for this week!!! Love you guys!!! Thanks for everything!!
Love Hermana Jackson

               Not sure the two on the left, Hna Allred, Hna Kunz, Hna Jackson, Hna Haynie

                                              Hna Jackson & Hna Allred at a Store

Hna Kunz & Hna Jackson during lunch

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Week #2 In The CCM

Heyyyy!!! I’m so happy its pday again so I can share my week. The days here are super long, but the week goes by pretty fast. We get to go to the temple every

Wednesday and it’s the best thing ever!  Mom you should see the sealingroom!! It’s by far my favorite, it’s so beautiful! After the temple we get to go to the store. There’s one that’s called Tottus and another called Metro. Metro has a bunch of cool little stores all along the street. I bought some swag pants, they’re soooo comfy. Also I bought a scripture case like Jayden’s so that’s what the purchase is on my card.

Me and one of the other sisters in our room, Hermana Kunz, rap all the time here, it’s so funny. It’s all about the restoration and gospel lessons and stuff, but it’s hilarious. I
love her! I’ll try to attach a picture. (Picture did not work) One night we had
a group of girls listening to us outside our door. Lol, so we have fans.
I don’t remember if I told you about my teachers or not.  They’re
awesome, I love them. They’re both from Peru and they’re super nice.
Hermana Gavancho and Hermano Martin. We teach investigators here
every week, but so far they’ve just been our teachers. Teaching is
so stressful though. Ah. Spanish is hard!!!! Everyone in my
class have at least three years of experience and I came to Peru knowing
Hola,  That’s probably the hardest part about being here is getting
frustrated with the language.

There’s this worker here who is so nice. I can’t remember his name but we
see him everywhere. We were talking to him at physical activity and he
told me that I look like that girl from spider man and then 10
other people were like omg, you totally do!!! So apparently they think I look like
Emma Stone here in Peru ?? I don’t’ see it.  All the girls here call me
Rapunzel because my eyes are huge. HA, I just think of Uncle Paul teasing me
all the time that I’m the “princess” (; since I was the first girl after all the boys in our families.
missionaries just arrived this morning!! They probably speak better
Spanish than me (; other Hermana’s counted how many pieces of bread they ate total last week and
between the two of them it was 112 slices !! Nuts. We literally have rice and
Pollo and Papas every day. The Latinos call it pop. I LOVE the Latinos
they’re so nice!! I cannot wait to be out in the field.
One night in class our teacher showed us a video and it was super cooollll.
So if you want to check it out it’s called “Missionary work and the

Conference was so great!!! It was cool to really pay attention to all the
sessions for once in my life (; Elder Holland’s talk on moms made me
miss mine so much!!! Too soon (; but that was such an amazing talk.
Patti’s love seriously is comparable to Christ’s, love you mommy(:
Anyways I’m hoping the last four weeks here go by fast so I can finally
be out in the jungle!!! The days here are all the same, we just study
all day every day.  Thanks for everything!!
Love,  Hermana Jackson

So we are officially intermediates!!! Which is crazy. The new group of
So about the food. They feed us so much bread here. These

(Here is a link to the video she was referring to)

                                                         Hna Jackson and her District