Monday, April 27, 2015
Hi Family and friends,
This week sped by. This will be a really short email this week because a plethora happened and Im not even sure where to start.
We went on exchanges. I love seeing how other sisters carry their work and seeing how we can change our area for the better. I love these Sisters.
We have many new investigators. One of our sweet families, the Barrios family dropped us. That was a heart wrenching night. We were so sad that we didnt even plan that night because our minds were not there. But we met a lady named Kathy who cant have kids. I told her about my family and how the gospel blessed their lives with a child. She started crying and she wants to meet with us. That was a tender mercy.
Now this week is getting started and Im just ready for work.
My invitation to you all this week is to go to this video: http://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/bearing-our-burdens-with-hope
and watch it. Its the best.
God Be With You Until We Meet Again. I love you.
Pray always,Sister Jordan
Monday, April 20, 2015
Familia y Amigos!
Hi! So a plethora of things have happened since last email. On Monday night after I emailed everyone that I was going to be a trainer, President Turner called and informed me I would be doing a different training. SO. My new companion is Hermana Pinargote. She served 4 months in Peru and then had to leave for medical reasons and then got reassigned to this beautiful mission. President told me he wanted me to be her companion because 1) my area has a ton of Spanish speaking people and 2) because he trusts me. I can barely tie my shoelaces in the morning and he trusts me? Haha just kidding but I have been blessed to be able to train a spanish sister in Goose Creek. She didnt need new training because she already knew what a mission was like, she just needed training on the South. And I have been blessed to be the sister who gets to do that.
HOWEVER. With that comes with a new language. My assigned mission language is english but we can now teach in spanish. SO IM LEARNING SPANISH! Again, Heavenly Father has a ton of trust in me to learn a language because Im lucky if I can speak English half the time.
This new companionship has brought miracles. We have had so many new investigators this week because we have been able to meet Spanish families. They are super humble already so its really easy to teach them.
Though I dont understand most of what is said, I feel the Spirit. Thats how you know the gospel is true.
I love South Carolina so much. I wouldnt want to serve my mission any where else. I love the people and have been so blessed.
I know this is a short email but I just wanted to highlight the fact that I love my new companion and its going to be great to come home and speak Spanish. (HA) Im trying :)
My invitation to you all this week is to focus on the tender mercies. Look for one tender mercy each day. Something that makes you happy. Like this puppy for example :)
I love you all and God Be With You Until We Meet Again.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Dear Family and Friends,
Dont fear because of the title. My real mom is safe in Reno, and Im not having a child. It is mission slang! So my trainer (mom) Sister Regen goes home on Wednesday and because I am her last companion, it means Im the one that "kills my mom." Also I am becoming a mom because I got a phone call from my mission President Friday night asking me to be a trainer! I get to train a fresh missionary right out of the MTC! Im so excited! :)
SO. That means that this week is transfers! I get to stay here in Goose Creek for at least 2 more transfers! Which is great because I love it here and dont want to leave the people. I have to say goodbye to my dear, sweet companion Sister Regen. She is the greatest trainer anyone could have asked for. I cant wait to see what she will do in Utah.
So last week, we went to the Ocean! It was beautiful! The sand is so pretty but I think I like the Pacific ocean better...
This week we were able to do service! Heavenly Father is a God who answers prayers. I live on the second floor and the family above us is very noisy. If you knew me in college, you'll know that noise above me is one of the most annoying things ever so living here has been super humbling! Well I prayed to Heavenly Father to please present me with an opportunity to serve them so I can love them. Literally the next day, we go to grab something from the car and they ask for help moving in. We spent about an hour helping them and it helped me to see that they are children of God as well. I dont get annoyed with the noise anymore. God answers prayers!
We had our investigator Randall come to the Book of Mormon class. He liked it a lot which makes me so happy!
Yesterday was the most spiritual church meeting Ive ever been to in my life. The Spirit was so strong. We had 3 less actives come and one of them cried! It was so good and Heavenly Father again taught me how the Atonement of Jesus Christ is in every aspect of our lives. I love my Savior so much!
Also Southerns do have a hospitality with food. Like every single day this week we had two dinners. GAH!
My invitation to you all this week, is to specifically look at someone you go to school with, work with or usually associate with and serve them. Pray for opportunities from your Father in Heaven and He will give them to you. When the opportunity presents itself, DO IT! I promise you will have a founder love for them than before.
I love you all and God Be With You Until We Meet Again! :)
Monday, April 6, 2015
Dear loved ones,
This has been such an incredible week. First off, Happy Easter! I cant even describe anymore what a mission is like. It is the most fulfilling thing Ive ever done in my life. This week was 100% spiritual so that's what I hope this email will be.
Im going to tell you a small story of when I was young and relate is to how I feel now. When I was little I remember parking across from Rancho San Rafael Park and watching fireworks with my family on 4th of July. I remember the colors and the loud sounds. When it was over, I cried. I missed the beauty and I wanted more. Silly right? Well I experienced the firework effect yesterday and Im still experiencing it today. Hang on til the end of the email and I will tell you why.
So the first spiritual experience of the week was exchanges. I had the privilege of being in charge of our area and showing Sister Hendrix around and teaching with her. She taught me a valuable lesson of faith. The faith to find those who are in need of the gospel. We were able to teach a woman named Betty who never really gave Sister Regen and I the chance to share our testimonies. We also were able to teach Rose, a woman that Sister Regen and I have been trying to get in contact with since Ive been here. Exchange miracles are real. This next one was the biggest of all. Our appointments for Wednesday afternoon had fallen through. I looked at our backups and said we felt inspired to go see this particular LDS family. We went, and to our surprise she opened the door, invited us in and started crying. She shared with us she had just discovered she had a miscarriage. I know Heavenly Father wanted us to be in that home that day and to deliver insurance to her that God is aware of her sufferings and that families are forever.
We had our Zone Meeting which was a very inspiring meeting. All the questions I had for my part in the mission field were answered. I am grateful for my Zone and the missionaries in it. We have also been informed we will have a special training meeting in May related to the use of iPads in my mission. Yes, in June we will have ipads and we will be able to further hasten His glorious work.
General Conference was this last Easter weekend. I have never had a more fulfilling, spiritual, humbling meeting in my life. I dont think Ive ever been chastised by the Lord as much either. I want to make clear to anyone who read this, I know my Redeemer lives. He rose on the Third day and it is ONLY through Him that we are able to live again. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in Christ. They testify that he IS a resurrected being. We celebrate Him and His life. He Lives. Jeffery R. Holland stated, "It is the most Sacred day of the year." This General Conference has stirred feelings in my heart, I never knew existed. President Kim B. Clark was called as a member of the Seventy. He was my president at BYU-Idaho. Quite honestly, there are many things that stuck out to me during General Conference. I will only highlight a few because there are many others that are too close to my heart to share. I invite all to go to lds.org and listen to this past General Conference.
The testimonies shared by these brethren and sisters are so bold and strong. I admire them for their continuous steadfastness in Christ. I cannot say that I had a favorite talk because the Holy Ghost touched my heart and soul with every single one. Elder Runland shared this: "Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do for today." If you want to do something, change something, or be something: do it today. Do not wait. This is where my firework effect comes into play. I realized after General Conference all I wanted to do was cry. Why? Its the most joyous thing ever; to listen to our living prophet and be guided by revelation from on High. General Conference was so spiritual, so filling, giving me the most gratitude Ive ever felt which made it so I never wanted it to be over. Its probably just a Sister Jordan thing but the firework effect is real and Im so grateful.
This week i wish to express to you my sincere love for President Thomas S Monson, his beloved counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve apostles. These men are called of God. They have been chosen by our Supreme Creator to guide this church. The knowledge I have received this past conference regarding living prophets and apostles is of such that if I ever deny the impressions I have felt concerning the validity of their calling, it will stand against me when I face the Lord God Almighty in that final day of judgement. I testify and sustain that Thomas S Monson is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And I sustain his counselors and the Quorum of the twelve as prophets, seers and revelators.
My invitation to you this week is in two parts. First go and read/listen/watch this General Conference talk by Dieter F Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. Then when you are done, go to youtube and look up "I believe in Christ" performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Make note of how you feel. When they beautifully exclaim "While I strive through grief and pain, His voice is heard Ye Shall Obtain" I can never not feel the Holy Ghost.
I love you all and pray for your well being and health. God be With You Until We Meet Again