Monday, September 28, 2015

Transfer Week Activities

Things are going well though. My shoes are fine although I'm almost out of polish. I'm pretty good at stealing other missionary's polish, being their zone leader. It's about as much unrighteous dominion as I can seem to muster. The week's been crazy though. Long, but good. 

Monday, did a lot of cleaning making room for the new trainee. Nothing's worse than coming to a dirty house on the first day. I would know all about that. Wasn't a fan. So we wanted to make sure he was coming into a nice clean house, where he wouldn't feel homesick or disgusted, like how my first house made me feel. So that was a success. Mopped a ton. Scrubbed some bathroom. Lots of fun! 

Then Tuesday, got up at 4:30 to drive to Sav and to Spanish Town to go to Trainers Meeting. I unfortunately was not invited to trainers meeting this time :( I did however get to stay in Sav and go out with Elders Spendlove and Bischoff. Two trainees. And that was great, I do love missionary work! Got to see how they're improving and they're both doing great. Also got to do a baptismal interview while I was there. Love those! 

Then Wednesday we got a normal proselyting day which was nice, or so we thought. Turns out some emergency mail for Elder Layton, who was going home that day, arrived. So we had to rush out to Sav again and drop off a bunch of stuff for him. Got back, had a few lessons, did some street contacting. The usual. Had a really spiritual lesson with a man about the Restoration. Honestly one of the best lessons I've ever taught. Companionship unity is so important. We nailed it! 

Thursday was transfers, so got up early again, drove probably 550 kilometers the whole day. Pretty crazy. But transfers was great. As a zone leader, people know your name, so I always make a ton of new friends at the transfer meetings because I already feel like I know everyone anyway. I really have learned to love being a zone leader. It's too bad that's probably over this transfer. Ah well. C'est la vie. But transfers was great. Saw a lot of people. Elder Bennett is coming back to MoBay with Elder Larson. He's a pretty prepared new missionary, I'm very impressed by him. He's already getting comfortable with the house and the work and it's been less than a week. Took me like... 10 weeks... Whoops.

Then the weekend as usual was pretty good, no complaints really. Just teaching and stuff. We're really trying hard to get 6 baptisms in November. I won't be here, not that it matters. But we're really shooting to baptize weekly through November and December in this area. It's a huge desire of mine to go a whole month baptizing weekly. I feel like I've finally hit a point in my mission where I kinda know what I'm doing. I'm not that good at it. But I know what I'm doing, and I can finally work with a goal in mind. I know where I lack and I know what I need to do to succeed. 

This Sunday we had like, 5 people at church, we've got 4 on date. One of our investigators came up and bore testimony, she's so excited for baptism! We've got a few other people who love the church and are excited to continue to come. It was just a very fulfilling Sunday. Lots to do, lots going on. We're just trying to do as much as we can. I wish I had all this knowledge 14 months ago. I would've been so much more effective. I spent a long time being kinda useless. I hope it's because I didn't know better.

I should have many more videos coming. I've slacked on the pictures and videos in MoBay. Just, it's hard for me to remember. Besides, I can't take these pictures into heaven anyway. I've no urgency behind it. But I'll do more or something.

That's awesome Jordan's planning on going on a mission right away. I think it's the best choice for him. I just hope he goes a little after I get home so I can see him, and I feel like I might have a tip or two for him. I can help him so he prepares better than I did, which was zero percent. 

Tell Jeff I say hi.

What's the trick for matching shoes to my outfit. I have these brown shoes and I don't know what the rule is for shoes. Do they just have to match the belt? So confusing. I've worn black shoes my whole life.

Also if you could send socks that match my pants, like some grey and brown ones, that'd be cool. I suppose it's a white handbook rule to have socks that match the pants. Nobody lives it, but I suppose it's in there for a reason. Just a thought. I don't really need anything else other than maybe money to buy presents for everyone. I'm going to actually try and send something home for Christmas. I've accumulated presents over the past while for everybody. I just haven't wanted to send them. I don't want to take them in my suitcase, but I also don't want to mail them in case stuff gets stolen. So we'll see.

Anyway, long email. Nothing too crazy this week. Just working with some incredible people. It's all about humility. 

Love,
Elder Zeck

Monday, September 21, 2015

Staying in MoBay

So the week's been good!

Negril on Monday, just played volleyball and hung out, it was a half zone preparation day. Our zone is so huge it's kind of impossible to do an actual zone prep day. But it was fun. Very time consuming. Very sun burning. But fun. Busy time. That night after we proselyted we drove a couple hours to Ochi to crash at the Elders house there, then in the morning we made the trek out to Port Antonio to go and do a trade off out there. I got to see Elder Kuehn again! Which is awesome, I've only seen him a small handful of times since the MTC, so that was cool. Pretty good too, got some good work done, did service, visited some members, taught some lessons, found a lot of potential priesthood. I even heard one of the people we found is on date for baptism! So that's exciting. It was like, almost time to go home, decided to contact one last person. I was tired but I knew we needed to, and turns out the last guy of the night read the pamphlet and knew it was true! It's cool things like that, that make 4 hours of fruitless street contacting completely worth it!

Then Wednesday went to Elder Ozment's district meeting in Ochi, super good. President so lovingly bought us Burger King after and then we made the trip back to MoBay. Lots of driving, good thing I like driving. I will never think a 4 hour drive is long again. It's transfer week this week so we're going to be doing well over 20 hours of driving this week, but it's nothing now. I love driving anyway. So yeah, that's cool.

Taught some good lessons this week. A lady we're working with is on track for baptism on the 11th of October I think. Whatever the second Sunday is. We're super stoked for her! We're having a hard time getting her sons to take the lessons but her and her 6 year old daughter are there every week. She loves the church, knows it's true. She called out to us 3 months ago looking for a change, and she felt the Spirit tell her to talk to us, and here we are! Missionary work in Jamaica is tough. Everybody's religious, but there's a lot of traditions that are pretty deep rooted. A lot of false beliefs on religion and the nature of God. At first it was pretty humorous, now it's just kinda sad and not very fun because we have to deal with it, and incredibly faithful people are just wasting away. Even in the church though, people settle for what they got. I think that's how people go less active. The settle in what they find as "truth" and then God reveals more truth and either they become stagnant or they get uncomfortable. Even with anti mormon stuff. I can disprove and explain pretty much every anti-mormon doctrine I've ever heard, and I've heard a ton. But I think the only reason that is is because I don't want to be comfortable in my progression. The cool thing is though, is that out of every single church on the planet, this is the only one that can satisfy the quest for "more truth" for a life time. Every other church has a ceiling. This church doesn't. There's no end to the knowledge we have. I wish other people could see that. But, c'est la vie.

So yeah, good week. Super tired as usual, I haven't felt well rested in... ever... But some how I always have the energy to get through the day. and by some how I mean the atonement, but it's great. Still happy. Not struggling. Enjoying every moment I can. Making great friends, having tons of fun and lots of joy at the same time, like the Gospel should be.

No really weird stories. Had another investigator express her infatuation for me, and even went to the extent of walking out of her house in just shorts and a bra. That was pretty dumb.. But we dealt with it. My favorite thing to tell women is "put on a blouse so we can talk about Jesus" because of how often I get the chance to do it. It's pretty terrible. I've already decided I'm done teaching women anyway, the island needs priesthood and women have an affinity to truth they'll all make it eventually.

Anyway, Transfers this week. I'm staying thank goodness. The zone isn't changing much. We'll have like, 7 or 8 trainees in our zone. Lots of newbies. Mission is short on sisters so I wonder if many areas are shutting down. I hope not. Zone meeting is coming up soon too.

Cool.

Love,
Elder Zeck









Elder Lafayette - James' companion




Part of the North Coast Zone in Negril for P-Day



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Busy and Good

I don't have very long this morning because we're going to Negril again, thanks for all the pictures! Looks like a lot of fun without me... I'm really just jealous that you got to see a Wombat... (Mamadeb is in Australia for a couple of weeks)

Was it Sister Garrett's blog? (I found pictures of him on another mission blog)

But trade off was good, I love Sav. Great members, great people, and great Elders. Always lots of joy. It's about an hour drive, so not too bad. Elder Lafayette is getting pretty good with driving. He drives like a Jamaican, so we don't die, but I can't text while he drives. I have to know what's going on... Last Preparation Day we just couldn't find a place to email so we had to go to the church, and by then it was pretty late and we hadn't shopped or cleaned or nothing. Yup transfer calls are this week, I'm pretty sure I'm staying. President pretty much said I'm staying. But I don't know, things change up a lot. I'd love to go and resplit Negril, but I don't think that's what God wants me to do. Whatever. I really don't care where I go. I'll work just as hard anyway.

But yeah, it's been a good week, nothing crazy. Forgot my camera cord, but I didn't take any pictures anyway. I always forget. Too busy teaching or whatever. but yeah, it'll be a good week. We're going to Port Antonio for a trade off, that's a 4 hour drive. We have a huge zone.

Met a lady who told me she was the servant of the archangel Michael, that was hilarious.

Hope the week's good! Have fun and stuff

Love,
Elder Zeck

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Must Be a Busy P-Day......

I don't have much time today so it's gonna be pretty lame, sorry.
but sounds like things are going good! I think it's kinda funny that I leave, and suddenly there's a lot more stories about travelling. Did I cost that much money?
Any way, sounds good.

Nothing cool to report, but I'll try to have pics or something for next week. Things are good though, super hot, a little more rainy but not really.

Time just keeps going faster, can't believe the transfer is already almost over. Working with a guy, trying to help him quit drinking.

Cool, have a good week!


Love,
Elder Zeck


Later in the day we got this.......


Hey I got a few extra minutes!

I won't add much. But yeah, week's been good. We had MLC this week, which is the big mission leadership meeting with all the zone leaders and stuff, and we discuss the mission and what's going good and bad and how to fix stuff. Super cool! I really enjoyed it, there was a lot discussed. I guess there's a deficiency in the teaching skills department in our mission. By the end of December our mission will be 70% green, whatever that means. So we're really pushing to have the mission up to par on our doctrines and stuff.

We had a super cool experience in a first lesson with a guy the other night. We hadn't talked to him in weeks and we finally got a hold of him, and we sat down for 20 minutes, but within those 20 minutes we were able to get him to understand our purpose, and he just opened up. Super prepared for the message, I just hope we can help act on all that. But we were able to commit him to quit drinking on that first lesson, and he was just super into it, and it all made sense, and the spirit was super strong, and it was obvious that he wanted it. I guess it's just a cool reminder that if people aren't feeling the spirit in their life, then they won't do anything, but once we feel it, God quickens our minds and our hearts and we are able to more fully grasp onto things that are good for us!

But yeah, it's gonna be a busy week this week. We're going to Sav on a trade off, so that'll be fun. Elder Lafayette is a learners so I'm kinda teaching him to drive.. I now understand why dad and you were so jumpy in the car. Sorry about that! haha

But yeah,

Love,
Elder Zeck