Monday, May 4, 2015

Week 43 "The Joy of Missionary Work"

 Beautiful Colza fields

Alrighty Folks, 
I bet you're all wondering what happened in France this week.  Week started with our p-day on Tuesday  because of the mission-wide conference.  Our week was full of efforts to find more people due to the lack of progressing investigators. Elder Bigelow and I put a lot of thought into ways to shake up the work...we both agreed that a day chock full of nine hours of contacting does not work.  In conclusion we drew up a plan to better work with the members at the request of the bishopric, and we have some ideas that will help us increase the work we do with members.  Here are in general our Ideas: show members the joy in missionary work, increase member participation in lessons, and help the members get to know us better. I have faith that our plan will work and help us strengthen our ward through baptisms.  Here is a quote from president Gordon B. Hinckley I love about missionary workmaybe it will help some of you back home or wherever you are trying to spread the gospel. He said   
So many of us look upon missionary work as simply tracting. Everyone who is familiar with this work knows there is a better way. That way is through the members of the Church. Whenever there is a member who introduces an investigator, there is an immediate support system. The member bears testimony of the truth of the work. He is anxious for the happiness of his investigator friend. He becomes excited as that friend makes progress in learning the gospel.
The fulltime missionaries may do the actual teaching, but the member, wherever possible, will back up that teaching with the offering of his home to carry on this missionary service. He will bear sincere testimony of the divinity of the work. He will be there to answer questions when the missionaries are not around. He will be a friend to the convert who is making a big and often difficult change.
I tell you all that that's true,  when we have a member to help us the work flows so much more naturally and successfully.

I tell you all that that's true,  when we have a member to help us the work flows so much more naturally and successfully.
Elder Bigelow and Elder Jones

So what even happened this week?  Well let's see...ooh! We went to Amiens for a District Leader training.  Elder Nord and I, the two who were not in the meeting, talked to people in the center of town, and after some pretty curt 
refusals we talked to a nice mother about the importance of the plan of salvation, and we were able to refer her over to the Amiens Elders!  Woohoo!  
I'm all out of time this week but my theme of the week is even if you feel like you've had it, stop, pray, take a breath and keep going forward, the Lord Has So Much In Store For You If You Keep Going Forward.  That's my testimony.  
I Love You all!
Elder Jamison Jones
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3 cousins going to missions in Europe

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