Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas


Hello!

Just before I forget, if there's any plans that you all have to do with me for when I get home, I'd like to know those ASAP! Like if Diane actually wants to take me to walk on the Camino de Santiago, or whatever... That would be much appreciated!

But yeah, Skype was weird as usual, but in a good way! It just feels like an email but in person. It's cool though to see everyone, I miss you all, I really do! I don't get distracted though. Don't worry. I've always been pretty good at being focused if I really want to be. Yeah, Jackson looks like a man now. Jordan's matured a lot too. Jared's voice is deeper. Is dad gaining weight? Am I going to have to take him to the gym when I get home? You can tell him I asked that ;) maybe he should do the '6 months to sexy' with me when January hits.

So yeah Christmas was good. Just busy. Christmas on the mission is cool and all, but it was soooo busy. We got up, studied, I Skyped, we went to lunch at the Patriarch's house with some other missionaries and some senior couples, that was super good! Then Elder Johnson Skyped at another member's house, and then we taught a few lessons, went out with a member. The whole week was tough on proselyting so this week might be a slight readjustment. But it was good over all. Christmas eve we Christmas carolled in town. We got a lot of puzzled and weird looks, but there were a few people who really loved it. We also visited some struggling families with Bishop and some of the youth. Delivered some presents and carolled and stuff. It's funny singing Christmas carols in the ghetto, because people don't really do that here.

Things are good. I'm way tired and there are a lot of days where I kinda shut down and I really have to push myself to keep going. The conditions of the work are one thing, the sun is another. Combined with just the attitude of Kingston towards our church, it gets pretty rough some days. But with that said, it's not that bad. I haven't had any bad days, just hard days, but that's what I signed up for I suppose. It's hard to get out the door when you have no investigators. We had quite a few but they've all fallen off the map so we're starting over again. Which is fine. I'm looking forward to this week, with the holiday season being over.

What advice could I have possibly given him? (Jordan gave a talk in Sacrament Meeting and quoted some advice that James gave him) That's cool. I gave a talk too. I was asked right before sacrament meeting because the speaker didn't show up so I spoke for 12 minutes on Personal Worthiness. It was pretty okay I suppose. I love speaking.

That's exciting with the job! That'll be different.

But cool. Week's been good. Tried to bake cookies. Failed terribly.

Teaching families is great.

Teaching a guy on a road called "Chevy Chase" Thought that was funny.

Started proselyting in a ghetto area. It's pretty funny. People are way more humble there, so we actually get to talk to people.

Otherwise just Christmas stuff. The devotional was way good. I performed a lot, which is something I always miss. Spent a lot of time at the post office trying to reclaim packages and stuff. visited a lot of members too. Otherwise things are still good!

Love,
Elder Zeck

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Transfer Week

Thanks for the pictures!

Yeah I saw Mikey. He stayed at our house the night before he left, so I said bye to him and stuff. 


Transfers was cool, we were running errands the whole day so we didn't go to transfers. We lost almost 4 days of proselyting this week which was a bummer, not good numbers this week. So we're really hoping that doesn't destroy our area for this week. It's Christmas week so things are going to be tough. Some people really like Christmas on the mission. I don't haha, I think it's weird, and people are really busy with their families, which is good, so I don't like bugging people. Maybe I'm too apologetic.

Zone Christmas is this Wednesday

I think I have the old skype still. We'll find out on Friday.

But yeah, hectic crazy week. Tuesday was Trainers Meeting and Transfers was Wednesday. We got Port Antonio grafted into our zone which is great! But it meant we drove about 1000 kilometers in 3 days. So it's kinda like I never left the North Coast! But it was cool. Got to drive bike with Elder Dawson (My grandson) and Elder Eulette, who was in MoBay when I was there. But it's Christmas, classic time of the year. People are busy, they're travelling, they don't pick up their phones, and everyone we contact tells us to come back next year haha. so, we're just going to keep going along. It's still a great time, we've prepared a Christmas message for the people who do happen to let us in. Mostly members I think. But it's been good.

I realized I only have like, 28 weeks left, which is upsetting.

But things are good, we're still working, there's some parts of our area we've never been too yet so we're going to give those parts a shot. Some of them are a little more ghetto, but I'm kinda sick of rich people so it'll be a nice change.

Otherwise just Christmas! I got to do a baptismal interview for a young woman a few days ago. It's a neat experience to be a part of some one's path to baptism like that. I could tell she was pretty nervous, but it went well. There were a couple baptisms this past weekend. None for us unfortunately, but still exciting! We had 6 or 7 people on date a while back but as of right now we're not really sure where they are. So we're back to the drawing board. Pray for us.

Love,
Elder Zeck





Monday, December 14, 2015

Two years (Not my son's....well sort of.....)




December 2013 - This was the last Sunday before Michael went into the MTC then off to the Jamaica Kingston mission.
Little did these boys know that in 4 months, James would be opening his mission call.......



To the same mission, but yes, they called it. Look at the board of guesses.



December 2014 - They never got to be companions, but they did get to live in the same apartment and have Christmas together in Jamaica.


December 2015 - This is the last Sunday before Michael goes home. 7 more months for James.

It's bitter sweet to see these pictures. They've known each other since we moved here eight years ago. When our ward split they became the only Teachers and then the only Priests. To have them called to the same mission was so unexpected and so amazing. I'm grateful they had this experience. It's been fun to watch. See you in a few days Michael!!




Staying in Kingston. He Sent Pictures.

I'm trying to take pictures, it's just weird, because we really don't have time. I don't know when people take pictures! When we aren't teaching we're tracting, and when we're not proselyting I'm usually reading or sleeping. I can't take pictures to the Celestial kingdom anyway! Haha.. Anyway...

You should start lining up girls for me to date after my mission, I'll send home pictures for that purpose for sure! Just set me up a calender or something. I'm gonna go on 30 dates with 30 different girls in my first month. That's the goal anyway! I've been surrounded by dudes for like, 17 months... But it's cool, dudes are cool. What disqualifies a girl from being allowed in my atmosphere?

You sent me that tie I think. It's nice! Everybody complimented me on it. I'm going to give it to Kevon though I think for a Christmas present.  Nasty tie in photos below.

This week was better. Work is definitely slowing down but there's still baptisms! It's not as bad as last year because I've made a point of warning all the companionships that Christmas time is the worst time to teach about Jesus, and that they should plan accordingly. And so far it's kinda working. I'm way excited, I really hope I'm here for 5 transfers, which is rare. But I feel like I finally have a faint idea of what success feels like, and I think I know how to get it. I feel like I've had to learn a lot for myself. I've been in leadership most of my mission, which means I haven't really had a chance to be shown how to be a good missionary because I'm always the one expected to teach, if that makes sense. And people are different around their leaders. But I feel like I've finally connected a few dots. Feels good.

Otherwise, good week. Just working along. Kingston's tough because people are super busy. So in bush towns when they say to come at a time, even if they don't want you to come, they might be there. Here, they tell us to come and don't give a care, because they aren't there, and then they block our number. It's frustrating, but I've learned a lot about just working through it. Trying to tract every square inch we see when we get to an area, calling at every gate. We get rejected a lot. A LOT. It's awful. But it's alright. We probably, over the past 6 weeks, have gotten over 100 potential investigators, but we've only taught maybe 20 of them haha... Ah well, it's okay. We're still looking for our first baptism!

Stake conference was on the weekend so I've got a couple pictures. Week's been good. Just working.


Love,
Elder Zeck



The former Sister Dill




The district - I assume




Blurry Elder Graham, Elder Zeck, Elder Koegler




Elder Zeck and Elder Brown with Kevon - James said this about Kevon.... he makes the whole two years worth it. If I don't accomplish anything else. He's great.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Rough Weeks Happen

Hello!

Some weeks are rough. This week was rough. Went from 7 on date for baptism to 0. Had 5 commit to church, none came. However, we're going to work through it. We're going to find more people that are prepared and ready for this gospel. A guy I taught in MoBay was just baptized! That's WAY exciting! It's about time. So great! But it's just tough right now. I still love it! I really do. Maybe there's more we can do, I'm not sure.

Went on a trade off to Portmore this week, that was AWESOME! I love Portmore. Being back was so cool, and we had a really good day too. Brought back lots of great memories of ridiculous sun shine and mosquitoes. That was great.

Short report, I'm trying to catch up on old emails to family and stuff, this whole 1 hour email thing is really destroying my communication with everybody. But it's not a bad thing, I find I'm more focused. I waste less time on Monday. I do like it. I'm going to try to write some letters or something.

Christmas devotional was great. We missed parts because of bad Internet reception, but what I saw was good.

But cool, hope things are still going well! Sounds like lots is going on. We'll probably be Skyping from a members house Christmas morning. What time would work best?

Love
Elder Zeck