Monday, January 25, 2016

Another Week Gone.......

Hello everyone!
I cant believe how fast time goes. I got to play soccer last week and that was just so much fun. We also had a worldwide missionary broadcast. It was so cool to know that all missionaries everywhere were hearing the same thing and that we were gathered together over all parts of the world. We had another exchange with Ridgeway. That was an interesting exchange. The area is very barren and humbling. I can never complain about my area. Ever. Something I have learned from the past few exchanges is that companionship inventory is a real thing and it needs to be done effectively. Im so grateful for a companion that I can work effectively with. Its a blessing when you can do the work together and in unity. All of our appointments cancelled this week and I think it was such a successful week. We do all we can and it will be okay.
My biggest spiritual experience this week came from one of the most basics principles: prayer. I have felt that the last week that my prayers were just hitting the ceiling and bouncing back. I prayed harder and let my Father in Heaven know how I felt. We had a good conversation. Needless to say, I received different tender mercies the next day that gave me comfort knowing that my Father in Heaven is listening. Prayer is a necessary step in growing closer to our Father. Not only that but it is a commandment of God. We will be held accountable for the discharge of the commandments He has given us. I have a testimony of prayer. He is always listening even if we feel He is far. He is there. 
In other news of this week, 60% of our mission is getting transferred this next week. That's intense. We feel confident that we are staying in Hopkins. We also have Zone Conference this week and Elder Nielson of the Seventy will be here and my apartment is singing the musical number... in front of him and half the mission. No pressure. We are excited though. 
This gospel is true and everyone needs to come unto Christ. It simple.
And how could I almost forget! It snowed! And by snow I mean little baby flurries from the sky but we loved it. 
God Be With You Until We Meet Again

Pray always,
Sister Jordan

Monday, January 18, 2016

This Week...................

Hi everyone,
Oh my goodness this week was crazy full. So let's start off that I
love being a missionary. Sharing the gospel is the greatest thing
So this week's biggest highlight was Jeremiahs baptism. It was so
great but the day of was so crazy. So first we had our Fort Jackson
role plays and we had to teach a lesson backwards. Then we were in the
car ready to leave and Sister Simpson put a bag of sunflowers seeds on
the dashboard and I didn't know it. So I accelerated and it was a
waterfall of seeds all over our car. (Good indication of how the rest
of our day went) #facepalmsfordays Then we went to lunch. Before we
went to the church to fill the font, we were going to find but then
learned Jeremiah has no white underwear. So we called the Elders and
asked them to buy him underwear. I never thought I'd stand in a store
waiting for underwear bought by Elders. So then we start filling the
font and practicing our song. Well it had been about and hour so we
decided to check on the font. The water was freezing and stopped
filling up at a foot and a half. Panic mode! So we called the Elders
and they told us to start filling up buckets. Well we did and a whole
other story, there ended up being an overflowing bucket and water all
over the kitchen. So we went outside and called the Elders again. And
little to say, the door closed and we locked ourselves out of the
church. The Elders came to the rescue, the font was filled. Jeremiah
was baptized and confirmed. It was spiritual and great. A day I will
never forget.
On a more spiritual note, we had a regional conference that we missed
because we were at Fort Jackson. But I was so grateful because I
really needed the Sacrament. I have a testimony so strongly of how we
need the Sacrament weekly. It's a renewal and a refresher. I'm so
grateful for the Sacrament. It's amazing.
My quote of the week is by Elder Holland. He gave a talk on the
importance of the Sacrament and he said this "However dim our days may
seem they have been darker for the Savior of the world." I really
liked this because some days are just rough. But if they were rough
for the most perfect man in the world.. Why would it not be rough for
us? I know my Savior lives. I know that baptism is essential to our
salvation. I'm grateful for the gospel.
I love you all and God Be With You Until We Meet Again
Sister Jordan

Monday, January 11, 2016


Dear everyone,
This week was a lesson of faith, patience, and stretching. I just cant express how much I love being a missionary. There will never be words for how grateful I am to be one of His servants. 18 months is not long enough. 
This week was busy. We went to MLC, had meetings and had a Zone Meeting. I love our Zone so much. Elder Cuff is in my zone now. He is one of the Elders I came out with so it was cool to see him. We had so many spiritual lessons with Jeremiah this week. He is a good guy that grew up in a rough home. Seeing people some from broken homes just pinches a nerve in me that creates every type of emotion. I cant describe it. Even more reason of why I want to be a counselor of some type. It was good though and it was good to see him in positions of his soon to be new ward family. 
Fort Jackson was probably the highlight of my week. While driving there, I felt so sick to my stomach because its so new and intimidating. Well we walked in and we are supposed to teach the soldiers right away. I was shaking real bad. Being in front of army men and women is intimidating. It was super humbling because I thought my teaching was terrible so it makes me want to be a better teacher. And it definitely stretched me. 
This week I am so grateful for the Atonement. Repenting is the greatest gift we have because we can start fresh. Ive never been more thankful for the Sacrament than I was yesterday. I know this is Christs true church upon the earth.  I love becoming like Christ.
Go watch this bible video
God Be With You Until We Meet Again
I love you

Pray always,
Sister Jordan

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year...One year out.......................

Dear family and friends!
Happy New Year! I cant believe another year is gone. 2016 will be a great year and Im excited to see whats in store. It crazy to believe that Ive been a full time missionary for a year. It seems like I just got out. I can remember my first day in the field so vividly that there is no way I have been out that long. 
This week was a patient filled one. We faced many challenges and I testify Faith is a Power. We had a rough week last week with actually getting lessons and this week we had more but it was like pulling teeth to get them. Then Saturday night comes around and we are introduced to Jeremiah who we have actually seen at the library plenty of times. We invited him to come to church yesterday and he came! We then had a lesson with him afterwards and he accepted the invitation to be baptized on January 16. We are so excited. The joy felt when you see someone enter the waters of baptism and performed by the authority of God is a very special feeling. We have a lesson with him tonight and he is just one of the greatest guys. So kind and he thinks and talks a lot. I love seeing that God created us all uniquely and He loves each one of us.
We also got to go to Fort Jackson and we got our passes so we are official! No soldiers showed up to church this week and that is just cause its the new year. But next week is supposed to be full. We are so excited to have this privilege. Never before in my life did I think I would work with so much military. In Goose Creek I spent a plethora of time with the Navy. Now I get to learn of a whole other branch of the Army. Its great! I love being able to serve the men and women who serve this country.
Something I payed particular attention to in my studies this week is in Mosiah 29. We are living in a very wicked world and this part of the Book of Mormon prophesies what will happen if the world continues to reject the prophet and engages in sin. I am so grateful for the Atonement. His suffering began in the Garden of Gethsemane. To be saved by His Atonement is more than mere belief in Him. We must act and follow Him in all we do! 
I love the gospel. It has been restored to pure truth! I know we have a prophet today.
Think of this New Year and what you can change! We can all change for the better.
God Be WIth You Until We Meet Again!
I love you!
The picture for this week is my favorite place on earth. The temple of our Lord. No where Id rather be on the last day of the year!
Also I love when we take pictures with random kids playing Basketball in the street! :)

Pray always,
Sister Jordan