Monday, November 25, 2013

An Answer to Every Prayer

Ia Ora Na!

Sorry about last week.  My companion got transferred last minute and things were a mess so I never got the chance to e-mail.  So sorry!  But, yeah, my new companion is Elder Lee.  He's from Provo and has been on his mission for 9 months-ish.  He's an amazing companion!  His parents are professors at BYU, his dad teaches French, and he's traveled like all around the world.  But, yeah, the food here is really good!  I like it!  My favorite food right now is called poisson cru.  It's thin slices of raw fish with carrots and cucumbers in a citrus lime juice.  And the worst was fafaru, that's rotten, raw fish ha!

The craziest thing here is just how happy they are with such a simple life!  And, they give thanks to God for EVERYTHING they have!  It's amazing!  So, we're teaching a family of newly baptized pentacontists and I love this family so much ha!  It's a small family, just a dad named Teroo, a mom named Tetua, and an 8 year old named Temeehu.  I met them the day after the dad was baptized pentacontist and started teaching them the next week haha.  Anyways, this family just has so much faith! They already loved the Book of Mormon and this week they prayed about Thomas S. Monson being a prophet.  And, they all got undeniable answers ha!  I didn't even ask them if they had prayed, they immediately told me they knew he is a prophet and told me their experiences.  They're so excited about the gospel and so willing to do whatever God asks them!  They truly love our Savior and want to follow him always!  Prayer is such a simple thing that I don't stop and think about how amazing it is.  But, we can talk with our Father in Heaven whenever we want, and He loves us and will answer EVERY prayer!  Sorry, I have to go, but I love you so much!  Thanks!  You are all so amazing!

Ua here au ia otou!

Elder Jessop

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Landed in Tahiti

Here are a couple pictures we received of Elder Jessop and his group after they landed in Tahiti.  
They all look ready and excited to share the gospel!  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Inspiration From the Beginning

Ia ora na! 
So, we are teaching a family right now that is in a weird situation.  The mom has heard all the lessons once before, but isn't a member; her name is Ella. The dad is an excommunicated member named Metua Foster.  They are waiting for his divorce papers to go through so he can marry Ella and they can be baptized.   When we went to their house this week, there was a really bad mood there.  It was really depressing and weird.  And, we were going to talk about the Plan of Salvation, but ended up talking about other stuff.  After the last scripture I shared, she said that it really touched her heart and she broke down in tears.   After, they said how they know it is true, and that they feel something different with us.  We found this family in our area book and we really felt like it was by inspiration from the beginning.  God places us in different circumstances so that we can receive help and help others to come unto Him.  I know God loves us all and blesses us all so much!  I am so grateful for this gospel and the joy it brings me and others!  And,  I am so thankful for our Savior, Jesus Christ!  I love you!
Elder Jessop

Monday, November 4, 2013

Member Missionary Work

Ia Ora Na!

There was a fireside here last night centered on missionary work!  It was powerful!  The members here are really involved in missionary work!  One way that helps a lot of people to accept the gospel here is Family Home Evening with nonmember families.  There is always food and fun times before, so the families are comfortable.  Then, there is just a small, powerful lesson.  It helps others feel the Spirit in a comfortable environment and I've seen people's lives change because of it.

This week, we went to the temple with our ward council and then came back to eat, fast, and do missionary work together.  We split up into different neighborhoods and did a questionnaire with everyone we saw.  There were questions about genealogy, the Book of Mormon, English, and life in general.  It was way good!  We found 39 new references thanks to this activity!  I prayed beforehand to talk to people who were ready to receive the gospel and those who He would want me to talk to.  And, as I talked with each person, I felt the Spirit confirm to me that I was supposed to talk to this person!  It was an amazing experience!

I don't have the time to say all, but we've been trying to help a sister because she wanted her husband to receive the gospel, but he would tell her he didn't want to right now.  We had tried different things, but nothing worked.  I talked with him and he now wants to work to be sealed to his wife and be baptized. I know that there are people out there ready to receive the gospel and, if we ask and work, God will lead us to them!

I know that this church is true!  And I'm so thankful for the happiness it brings to my life!  I'm so blessed!  I love you so much!  Thanks for all you do!  

Ua here au ia outou!

Elder Jessop