Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Trip to San Francisco

Bonjour ma famille!

Sorry I haven't sent you a letter or an email yet... I wrote you a letter the first night, but every time I got a chance to get letters to mail it, the store was closed.  Yesterday, Monday, was my p-day.  I didn't email you, though, because I was with the first group that went to San Francisco to apply for our visas.  We had to get up at 1:30 and didn't get back until super late, so I didn't have the chance to email or do laundry and stuff ha.  San Francisco was a way good experience though!  We placed six pass-along cards and found someone who wants to learn more and meet with the missionaries in San Francisco.  Also, I had the best breakfast sandwich EVER in a little shop down the street from the consolate.  But, I'm sorry, and I will be better!   

Anyways, my companion's name is Elder Gilson.  He's from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.  He's dapper as all heck (direct quote from Elder Gilson).  There are four other elders in our district and six sisters, too.  I love my district so much!  We all get along so good!  We are a family at the MTC.  I love it here!  The Spirit is so strong and the people are amazing!  It probably won't make sense, but within the first half hour here, we felt like we were all best friends and had been here forever (but not forever in a bad way)!  We have so much fun and help each other be better! 

For the first six weeks, we are learning French.  Then, for the next six weeks, we will be learning Tahitian in French.  So, I only know a few things in Tahitian that we randomly looked up.  But, we're learning French a lot faster than I thought.  The second day here, during our first French lesson, we learned to pray.  Then, the next day we learned to bare our testimonies and had our first lesson with our investigator Vetea Teihoarii (pronounced Vay-tay-a Tay-show-are-ee).  My comp and I were super scared, actually.  But, as soon as we started teaching, the Spirit rushed in and we were super calm!  For how little we know French, I think our lessons are going really well!  We've now had three lesssons with him, and we've been happy with how they all turned out!

Sunday, Elder Gilson and I found out that we are going to be the new zone leaders, starting next Sunday.  I felt super overwhelmed and inadequate, but the Spirit confirmed that it's what God wants to happen.  That night we watched Elder Bednar's talk called, "The Character of Christ."  It's a talk that he gave at the MTC a few years ago...and it was AMAZING!!! I've never heard him speak like that before!  I realized a lot of things that I need to improve on!  Also, I knew that, honestly, I can't be a good zone leader.  I'm not adequate.  But, as I do my best and rely on God, He will bless me with the capacity to be the zone leader that He wants me to be.  That same advice helped me with French, as well.  I've been wanting to learn French faster than I feel like I am.  That same advice helped me know that as I do my best and rely on God, I will know all the French I need to know at that time.  Well, I have to go, but I will make sure to email and/or write you regularly.  I love you guys!

Je vous aime,

Elder Jessop

P.S. One of the Tahitian things I learned was Hakuna Matata (don't know if I spelled that right).  In Tahitian, it's Aita Pea Pea (pronounced Eye-ee-te Pay-a Pay-a). 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Good Luck Elder Jessop!

Elder Jessop has officially entered the MTC!  We woke up this morning, got ready, and headed out for Provo.  Of coarse, we had a couple stops, not to mention a Throw-Back-"Wednesday" visit to Orange Julius!  Since the MTC is just a drop off, we went to the Provo Temple before the MTC for some final pictures.  It was fun to be there and see all the other missionaries.  There is for sure a special feeling around the MTC area!  It was super fun to be able to spend a little more time together before Tyson left.  We are truly blessed with a wonderful family!  

After the temple, we headed over to the MTC to drop Tyson off.  We were originally debating taking our swimsuits and going to Seven Peaks after, but decided we better not because it could make Tyson feel bad.  The cars were split into two lines to help the traffic flow going into the MTC.  As we were waiting, a truck in the line next to us pulls by pulliing a big boat to drop off their missionary!  Intertubes inflated and everything!  WHAT?!  We couldn't believe it! Plus, it had Utah plates, so I don't think they were traveling through Utah...  I think swimsuits might of been a little bit easier than a boat to hide!

As Tyson got out, another new missionary must of heard us and walked over to Tyson.  He was going to Tahiti, too!  We were so excited!  The man helpding traffic flow said that about 10 other missionaries already came that day heading to Tahiti!  We can't wait to hear about the other missionaries headed there!  We will miss Tyson so much!  But we know that he wouldn't want to be anywhere else and we couldn't be happier for him!!!  I will put his mailing address and e-mail at the end of this entry.  If you would like, please write him!  He would love to hear from you!  We can't wait to hear all about his mission experiences!


E-mail:    tyson.jessop@myldsmail.net

MTC Mailing Address:

Elder Tyson Keith Jessop
MTC Mailbox #138
2005 North 900 East
Provo, UT 84604

Mission Address:
Elder Tyson Keith Jessop
Tahiti Papeete Mission
L'Eglise de Jesus-Christ des Saints des
Derniers Jours
B.P. 93, Mission Mormone
Papeete Tahiti 98714
French Polynesia

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Tonight, Tyson officially became Elder Jessop!  We are so proud of him and excited for what this new journey brings!  The spirit was so strong tonight!  It was a blessing to hear Tyson's testimony and feel the special spirit he brings with him!  You can tell that he is beyond excited to go and serve.  We know that Tyson will be a great missionary!  He was, without a doubt, called to Tahiti for a reason.  The Lord needs him there to find those people prepared and waiting for him!  The people of Tahiti are blessed to have him there!  We will miss him, but there is no place better he can be right now!  
Here are a few pictures from tonight!

Matt, Joann, Jake, Sami, Tyson, Nick, Carson
Randy, Sandy, Tyson, Carson