Monday, March 13, 2017

This week was super packed!! Monday we spent all day having interviews for our baptisms! On Wednesday we had interviews with Presidente as companions. We were super pumped about our work that we had done in our area and he told us to now focus more on family history!! He said it’s so important for the members to be doing their history and helping the missionary work on both sides of the veil!

Thursday I had my last Zone conference! It was super good and I learned a lot. All of the zone leaders talked and the assistants and Pres gave a capacitation. One of my favorite capacitacions was given by Elder Adams and his comp and they talked about the doctrine of Christ! How to truly have converts, we need to KNOW by heart and mind and understand the SIMPLE doctrine. They taught about Christ and how he organized his church. It was super good!

That same night we had an interview for our investigator Mercedes with Pres Li. She ended up NOT passing quite yet and we were heartbroken. She has changed her life and continues to make changes. Pres just wants her to continue on this path to help her be completely prepared to take Christ’s name upon her and be baptized. I thought that Mercedes would be devastated but she just turned to me and smiled and said that God still had to prepare her! She has a good attitude about everything!!! And she is doing everything to change, she even dumped her looser boyfriend because he didn’t help her progress. She loves the church!!! And I just love her. Its gonna be hard leaving this area just for her I think haha. But yesterday she came to church walking in the pouring rain and she just laughed when she got there! she’s the best(:

Friday we taught a Pf couple who are really progressing!!! We are going to help them get married and baptized!!! They should be good to go by April because we still gotta teach them and help them learn(:

Saturday was our baptism(: it was soooooo stressful because we organized everything and the bishop basically just  brought soda pop hahaha but in the end,  it was so pretty and we had a great turn out(: and Miluzka and Janire were super happy!!

Love you guys!
Hermana Jackson

Mom, please add my homecoming date and info to the blog.  Thank you!!
And just one more email and I will be on the plane that night for home(:

* Sister Jackson's homecoming will be in the Manila 1st Ward Chapel, 
April 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  The church address is 3396 North 900 West, 
Pleasant Grove, Utah.

                                            With Hna Robinson at our last Zone Conference

                                        With all of our roomies at our last Zone Conference

                                                   Me, Hna Ruiz and Janire's Mom

                          With Miluzka and her family.  Elder Cooper from my group baptized her.

                                                Me and Hna Ruiz with Janire and her Mom

                                                   Janire and her brother who baptized her

                                               Going to teach Mercedes, our investigator.

And looking back in the other direction.  Ahhhhh, it was so crazy stepping over all the dogs.  I thought I was going to fall in and the dogs literally do not move.

                          And in the background of this picture, you can see a jehovah's witness
                               knocking on the door and shes wearing the same exact skirt that 
                                        my comp had on hahaha, we thought it was pretty funny.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The weeks are just flowing together!! So crazy to think that in a short two weeks I’ll have finished the greatest adventure in my life so far(:

This week we have been pretty focused on getting our baptisms all prepared!! We are gonna have 3 baptisms this Saturday and I’m SO DANG EXCITED FOR THEM!! They are all so ready to make this promise with the Lord. We are gonna have a baptism with our whole zone, so in total there will be 7 people who will be there getting baptized! Its gonna be pretty cool, cause we are doing a special musical number as well. 

The coolest thing that happened this week was that we spent Wednesday morning with Pres  and Hna Li. There was a lady who finished her mission in Columbia and she stopped in Iquitos on her way to Tarapoto because that’s where she is from. So we stayed with her all morning, and then after dropping her off at the airport, the Li´s invited us to dinner with them. It was me and Hna Robinson because our companions had to go and get money from the bank. The Li’s are so dang cute though, they are just like our little cute Peruvian grandparent’s haha

When we were visiting Mercedes this week,  she said she didn’t know if Joseph Smith was a prophet and that she was thinking about not continuing with listening to us because she had been praying all this time and had not received an answer. Well then she said that the other night she had prayed really hard, and that night she received an answer through a dream where a voice told her that she needed to continue on this path and be strong! Then she said she sat up and in her dream she saw ME with my proselyting bag hahahaha so then she said that she knew the church was true and that this is what God wanted for her. She’s way pumped for her baptism and we took her to another baptism that the elders had this week and she loved it. 

Also we had 6 investigators in church this week!!! Everything is progressing so much!! We just feel super blessed(:

Love you guys!!
Hermana Jackson

* I got the camera last Wednesday, THANK YOU!

So here are some pics(: I'm trying to catch up and take alot.

                   These first two by the river and me on the bridge are from the                                                              central area of Iquitos which is my area.

                 These next three are some of the typical meals we eat here in Iquitos.   
                                             Our pensionista Lucy, is really great.

                                          The little girl is Janire and her brother! 
                                     Janire will be getting baptized this saturday!!

             With the family that I love from Pucallpa who gave me the alligator head 
                             for my birthday(: This was from the last day I was there.

          And this last one with me and the parrot, we were walking down the 
                              street and he was just chillin on the sidewalk haha