Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"No Hablo Español..." 5th P Day in Peoria- 28th P Day in Phoenix

Hello, friends and family! This week has been a great week. Elder
Flynn and I are teaching more and finding more people to teach! It's
been great. I had a few interesting things happen this week which I
will include in this email. Well........let's get started! Here was my
week:

Monday: The normal P-day stuff...email....shopping....boring stuff.
After P-day, we had a lesson with a new investigator named Alberto.
He's 17 (go figure) and he's awesome. His cousin, Moses, just moved up
from the Mormon Colonies in Mexico. He has been coming to church with
Moses, but he just got permission from his parents to let us start
teaching him. He is already solid. We taught him the Restoration and
he accepted it. The people ask him at church, "Are you a member of the
Church?" He always replies, "No, but I want to be." He's a really tall
kid but he is a gentle giant. Haha. We set a baptismal date with him
for March 28th. We know he will be ready by then. He is so solid. He
lives RIGHT on the ward boundary so we were praying he'd still be in
our ward. He is!! Oh yeah! :D
Temp: 63°F (rainy)

Tuesday: We had a mission-wide conference about technology! Elder Malm
of the Seventy was there. So was another guy from the missionary
department; I can remember his name. Anyway, they talked to us about
the technology reset and how we can better use technology in our
proselyting. The Arizona Phoenix Mission was one of the test missions
for the iPads, so now that the testing period is over, more missions
are getting technology. That being said, we are doing a reset. We
turned in our old iPads and got new devices (hallelujah). Elder Malm
is from Sweden so he spoke with a pretty cool accent haha. I got to
see all of my missionary buddies at the conference which was cool.
After the conference, we taught Leah the third lesson, the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, and the word of wisdom. It went really well. She has a
ton of questions and she said her testimony is growing tremendously.
She loves coming to church and she committed to live the word of
wisdom!  Tuesday was a great day overall.
Temp: 68°F

Wednesday: We had the actual iPad exchange at 11:30. We switched out
our old devices for new devices and set them up right there as a zone.
The zone leaders were there to help answer any questions about the
re-setup. These iPads are much faster and smoother. We got a pretty
nice case for them, but the cases don't have a flap to cover the
screen. Much more sturdy, though. We didn't have a dinner appointment
so we went to Culver's. Man, it hit the spot. The restaurant in Peoria
looks almost identical to the Webb City location on the inside. I had
some good memories. Haha! We did a little finding after dinner because
the elders quorum didn't show up for splits...haha. Oh well! Good day.
Temp: 70°F

Thursday: Weeeeeekly Plannnnnning. Yep, that took up most of our
morning/afternoon. After dinner we went on splits with the Oakwood
high priests. We took one with us and we went to visit one of our
other investigators, Sandra. She was home and we got in and taught a
small lesson reviewing the Restoration. Her daughter, Gabby, was there
too and said she'd be interested in learning more! We set a return
appointment to teach both of them next week. Pretty cool, inspired
visit! Another new investigator. I tell you what, this area is
exploding. We got back to the church and Elder Flynn realized he left
his iPad at Sandra's. So we biked all the way back and got it. Hahaha.
It was good exercise!!
Temp: 75°F

Friday: We had zone meeting all afternoon which was fun. We basically
went over what we learned in the mission conference regarding our new
iPads. It was a good meeting, but it was loooooong. We then had dinner
with Chris, a recent convert. Her mom is 100% Mexican, so she fed us
authentic Mexican enchiladas. They were delicious. I went over to the
Spanish elders' house for exchanges. I was with Elder Canny.
Apparently I talk in my sleep. Haha
Temp: 78°F

Saturday: No hablo Español.... I spent the day with Elder Canny in the
Spanish area. He's from Norway! He has a pretty cool accent. It was
super fun, though. They live with the other elders in our district,
Elders Ingham and Weston. The Spanish elders get to drive a brand new
Ford Fusion. It's niiiiiice! We had two lessons, both of which I have
no idea what was being taught. They just kept looking at me, speaking
in Spanish, watching my blank look, and laughing to Elder Canny. It
was kinda awkward, but fun. At the end of one of the lessons, one of
them wanted me to pray in English. It was pretty odd to have someone
want to hear me pray in English....but I guess it's similar to
Americans wanting someone to pray in another language. Anyway, it was
s great day.
Temp: 84°F

Sunday: We had a great Sunday. Pedro, Megan, and Leah all made it to
church. They're all super solid. After church, we had a great lesson
with Britney. We reset her baptismal date to April 11th because she has
been sick and in and out of the hospital recently. She is feeling a
lot better, though. We taught the Plan of Salvation and she loved it!
She said that she knows that the Book of Mormon is true and she reads
it every day! Oh, something funny happened at church. So we're just
waiting and greeting people in the chapel before it started and this
girl comes up to us. She looks at Elder Flynn and said, "Are you
Austin? Didn't you go to Syracuse high school?" Hahaha, turns out she
was in Elder Flynn's graduating class and they had classes together.
Small world!
Temp: 82°F

I added a lot more people to this email! If you want to write me a
letter, here's my address:

Elder Kevin Jones
7535 W. Banff Ln.
Peoria, AZ 85381

Love you all and hope you have a blessed week. :)

Much love,

Elder Jones
Oakwood / Centennial Wards



Elder Jones and Elder Flynn

He is in HEAVEN!  Gotta' get that Culvers fix!

Just because!  LOVE the shirt!

Waiting!!!!

The BIG and the Small in the mission

Who would want to arm wrestle this guy?
Mission picture
Elder Jones is on the stage sitting in a chair near the middle (second row of Elders)

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