Monday, September 26, 2016

Mountain Life :: September 26, 2016


It is getting colder here in the mountains. Sometime it gets down to 30 degrees, which is super weird because I came from a really warm part of the mission. They feed us a lot of food here, so we are thickening up for the cold, but it is worth the health sacrifice for serving the Lord! Oh, and you could say there is no more mouse in our house... Also, my camera has not been working, so I won't be sending as many photos!

Time is going so quickly. I have no idea where August or September have gone. The last year has gone by super quickly. I have learned so much and am so grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission!

This week, Camila was baptized. She has been coming to church for about 3 months. She has wanted to get baptized but was not 18 and did not have permission from her dad, so she could not. We have been praying for an opportunity to talk to her dad, but it had not come. This last week, we went and her dad was home! I had only met him one other time in 3 months. Camila went in and talked to her dad and it was like he had a change of heart and was so willing to let her get baptized. It was incredible. So, she was baptized this Saturday!

Ami is still progressing. We were so happy when she came to the women's conference on Saturday. Her kids are now going to church too. Before, they were pretty shy and did not talk to us, but now, we are all like a big, happy family. I love that family!!!

All is well here. I know the church is true and I can't describe the joy I feel from being able to serve the Lord and open my mouth to share His gospel. I love my Savior!!!

Hermana Jessop

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Happy Happy :: September 19, 2016


What a week! I am happier than ever. Even though some days are really hard, the good days make up for everything. I love being a missionary. Can't say it enough. We have fleas and a mouse living in our house, but that doesn't even matter, because I love being a missionary.

This week, my companion had transfers and Hna George came to be my companion. She is from Layton, Utah. She is absolutely incredible and I am so happy to be her companion!!!! She is an excellent missionary. We get to work together with the other sisters between our zone and the other and I am super excited for the opportunity. Happppy!!

We have seen a lot of miracles this week. One of our investigators, Ami, loves the gospel and really has a testimony of it. She really wants to get baptized with her two sons, so we are working with them, too. Before, they wouldnt even talk to us, but now, her sons come and listen to her too. They are 12 and 17 years old. I love their family. We are convinced that they will be strong converts of the church.

I will write more later. Love you alll!!!

Hna Jessop

Monday, September 12, 2016

Missionary Miracles :: September 12, 2016

Another amazing week. All the ups and downs of missionary life are endlessly worth it for the experiences we get to live. I am constantly grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary. I love it!

I have learned a lot about the idea of sacrifice this week. I have been thinking of ways I can more fully dedicate myself to the Lord in the time I have left and as I have sought answers, I have come to the answer of sacrifice. I think of the Book of Mormon when they buried their weapons because they had made a covenant with God and did not want to fight. How can we all bury our weapons in the Earth to fully serve the Lord and give up things we do not really need? 

This week, Jacki got baptized. It was a huge miracle because she has been going to church for about a year and could not get baptized because her dad would not give her permission. But, she came up to us on Sunday and told us she wanted to get baptized. It was amazing. The day of the baptism, we had about every possible thing go wrong. We went to fill the baptismal font in the morning becuase it usually needs to fill all day and we came back in the afternoon and there was not electricity or water in the entire church building. It was crazy. BUT, after everything, we bought 30 jugs of water and filled the baptismal font. It was super funny and fun! I learned that the adversary is real. After all the many kinks, she got baptized and it was the best baptism I have ever been to, so full of the spirit!!

There are so many stories to tell every week, but there is not a lot of time, so this is all I can write for now. This week, my companion has transfers, so I will be getting a new companion tomorrow. I am going to miss my companion but the work must move forward!

I know my savior lives and I love Him so so much. I know that as we consecrate our lives to the Lord, He blesses us immensely and most importantly, He allows us to be instruments in His hands and help others. This is where true happiness and joy comes from. 

Love you!!!! XXOXO
Hermana Jessop

Making our 11 month fort

Jacki's Baptism

Buying water jugs to fill the baptismal font

Typical clothing

Hermana Gunderson, Elder Kahl and I.. My first zone leader and assistant to the president, a great example and missionary. We are going to miss him!

Some of our investigators! Love them!

I finally got my birthday packages! They were stuck in the capitol and we had to send lawyers to get them. This is me and my bishop. He got them for me!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Mountain Life & Hania's Baptism :: September 5, 2016

Hi! Happy Labor Day!

The mission seems to get busier and busier, but it is amazing how much we learn in such a short time! We really have been seeing miracles and I am so grateful for that! God is good!

This month of September, we are doing the September Surge, which means that we are all giving out a box of copies of the Book of Mormon within the month of September. I love the challenge. We are also committing to reading the whole BOM within the month. As I have been focusing more on the BOM, I have really had it come alive in my life and felt the power. I know it is true because I have read it and I have felt its power in my life. The Book of Mormon is true! I love that every page testifies of our Savior Jesus Christ and brings us closer to Him.

Hania was baptized this weekend. It was a gigantic miracle because she has been going to church for about 4 months. She is the coolest 9 year old because she has the articles of faith memorized and reads the BOM by herself and is doing her Faith in God booklet. She comes to church by herself every week! It is so fun to watch. She loves the primary. Baptism has been her greatest wish but she has not been able to be baptized because we havent had permission and then when we did have permission to baptize her, her grandma got sick and her family was going through some hard times. But, last week, we went to her house and it was a miracle because her mom said that she was going to let her get baptized because she saw the changes in Hania. 

The baptism was amazing. The primary kids all sang to Hania and we made cookies and it was so beautiful. AND, the coolest part was that President and Sister Goodman came to our baptism!!! It was so much fun to have them there.

It was a miracle. I love being part of God's work.

Some of our investigators are Luis, Ami, Camila, Max, and Jacqueline. All are so amazing and have questions and are really thinking about the doctrine and reading the BOM with real intent.

Marisol, our convert from August is so cool!!! She goes to auto sufficiency classes every week and is now the second counselor in the primary presidency. She reads the BOM everyday and sincerely wants to constantly improve. She is a great example to me.

Our ward is also very supportive. I have never been in such a supportive ward on my mission. I am seeing how missionary work really works as its best with member support.

That is all for now. The church is true! I love my Savior and I love being a missionary!!!

love you all
hermana jessop