Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Defying Mission Boundaries!--Week 84-- 82 weeks in Phoenix mission-- 34 weeks in Glendale

Multi zone conference w/ General Authority
Defying Mission Boundaries!--
Week 84-- 82 weeks in Phoenix mission-- 34 weeks in Glendale

Dear friends and family,

Greetings from Glendale! We had a really great week. Lots of meetings
and other fun stuff, plus 5 new investigators! Here was my week!

No Boundaries
Here in the Arizona Phoenix Mission, we know NO BOUNDARIES! This week
I went out of the mission...twice! Elder Young was with our roommates
at a Spanish specialized meeting so I was with the zone leaders for
the day. President Griffin asked the zone leaders to go to Central
Phoenix to give someone a blessing in the hospital. Sooo.....I went to
central Phoenix! It was a fun day with the zone leaders! I rode a
hover board at their house and I owned it!  Later in the week we had a
service project just south of our mission boundaries. We helped the
City of Phoenix clean out an alley in another rough neighborhood. We
painted over graffiti and cleaned up a lot of trash. It was fun!

We had interviews with President Griffin this week. I asked him what
his plans are for me for my last 3 transfers and he said, "I'm not
sure yet, but you've been in your area for a coon's age!" Hahah! I
love President Griffin. He is the man.

New Investigators
On Tuesday we went out with Brother Acedo, a member in the ward. Our
appointments fell through so we visited Amanda, who was a referral. We
knocked on her door and she answered and said, "Wow, crazy timing—my
dad just died today and I've been really sad..." We told her about the
Book of Mormon and gave her a copy. We invited her to read it and we
would be back next Wednesday. So that was a miracle!
The elders who cover the Rose Lane ward met a family who is interested
and is in our ward. We taught them the first lesson on Wednesday.
Their names are Lichelle and Devon and they are very interested in
learning more. Heck yeah!
Our roommates were walking through a complex in our area looking for a
Spanish guy, and they were searching for a dumpster to throw a bottle
away. They found the dumpster, threw it away, and heard someone yell,
"Hey Elders!" They went over to the guy, and it turns out Tony and
Cindra had just prayed asking to know what church they should attend.
Talk about a miracle!! So they had a great lesson and they came to
church on Sunday! They're looking to get back on the right path and
they are excited they found the Church. Such nice people. Oh—Tony grew
up in Joplin, MO. #Connections

Bon Voyage, Soeur Casagrande!
Unfortunately, Sister Casagrande, one of the French sisters in our
ward, got transferred to open a new French area in the Phoenix North
Stake—just over the I-17. It was sad to see her go! We have become
pretty good friends in the 4 months she was here. I know she'll do
great opening the new area.

Cool contacting
We did a lot of street contacting this week, and a couple really stuck
out. At the beginning of the week we were visiting a returning member
named Jesse. His downstairs neighbor was sitting outside with his wife
and jokingly offered us a beer. I said no thanks, and struck up a
conversation somehow. We just talked for a good 15 minutes about what
missionaries do and he invited us to come back to talk to him more. It
was a really good meeting with him. Turns out he's looking for another
church to go to.
Another contact was on our way out of Jesse's apartment complex. We
talked with her and she said she's from Virginia. I told her my family
originates from Virginia and she told us she's from ROANOKE! Her
accent reminded me exactly of my mom's and grandma's. She was ecstatic
when I said my family is from there. She invited us back right there.
Making connections is one of the most effective ways to get invited
back! Crazy how many connections happened this week.

Lots of biking, and temps all the way up into the mid 90's. CRAZYYYY.
And it's only March............. #PrayForFlagstaff

Well, that's all that happened for the most part! It was a great week.
I hope all is well with everyone. Sorry for the late email. We've been
bowling! I'll attach pictures in a separate email. Love you all! :)

Much love,

Elder Jones
Black Canyon Ward
Arizona Phoenix Mission

Zone Conference w/ Pres Griffin



silly zone

French sisters- Bon voyage, Seour Casagrande! Left to right: Sisters Paul,
Casagrande, me, Elder Young

Zone Bowling activity

weekly selfie w/ a little photo bombing going on

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