Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wonderful Experiences, Blessings, Not Going to Think About Home Yet


1. You never answered my question about ingrown toe nails. Have you had issues?
No I have never had an ingrown toe nail on my mission. I've been lucky I suppose. My companion has a pretty nasty one right now.

2. Elder Jernigan's mom sent me a picture of K and L's wedding. You were in the picture.
Yeah the wedding was great!

3. You saw the "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" music in the box? Susan might be coming in July. I might get her to play it. I know you are busy, but even if you can learn a bit of it????????? Music IS spiritually rejuvenating.
Yeah I saw it and I skimmed through it. Looks easy enough, right? I actually don't know exactly where it is but I think it's in my crate or binder or something. Haven't had much time to look through it.

I'm not thinking about home or schooling at all until I am asked to prepare my five year plan, which won't happen until May probably. So... I don't really want to make any decisions with school. May as well just defer it then! I think I'll be able to make best use of my time.

5. Do you wear your retainer?
I look at my retainer most nights.

6. Diane is asking about your summer/fall plans. I know you have 24 months left, but can you give me some hints? Please? I know she has plans to take you somewhere. I think she wants to get her ducks in a row.
I don't plan on thinking about home plans for a couple months still. But the temple trip is a couple weeks after I think I get home, so it'd be cool to go wherever that temple trip is. Panama I think. I'll probably be working and figuring some things out.

But yeah, so this week was good. Taught some lessons. Did some street contacting. Made lots of phone calls. Ate some good food. Had some awesome experiences in lessons and watching investigators change their lives and keep commitments and things. Teaching families is the best. My razor's getting dull, so that's a struggle. I'm more exhausted than I've ever been. Had 3 baptisms this week! WHOOH! Pretty hectic. Had Sister M's on Wednesday and L and T on Friday. Both were wonderful. Great experiences for sure. The Lord is blessing us and our area quite a bit, it's a little ridiculous some days, but I mean that in the most humbling way possible. So I'm still going. I don't plan on being a dead missionary any time soon. Kinda weird that my last area will be made known to me in about 3 weeks. Time has been quite the phenomenon on the mission. I can honestly say that my mission has become the sacred experience that I've been praying for.

I suppose a quick thought.
At the beginning of my mission I would pray for crazy experiences. I wanted cool stories to tell. About 6 months ago, I decided that was the wrong view. I began praying for sacred experiences. Still cool stories, but some stories that I would hold very dear to my heart. Stories of changed lives, and experiences that leave powerful marks on my personal life. I can honestly say Kingston has been that sacred experience I've been wanting for. And it's been wonderful. With it came, trial and stress, and it still is trial and stress. But I know my purpose in life. I am coming to understand the true nature of our Heavenly Father. and I know that he's real. so there ya go.

Elder Zeck

I can't find the energy to pick up my bag from the floor, so no pictures. So sorry, haha... I'll send some.. I'll try to get more sleep next week and maybe I'll have the energy.

I hope you all know I love you. My emails are lame because my brain is fried on P-Days. You'll see my journal and stuff I guess. It's funny. I finally feel like I'm doing missionary work the right way, and it's the hardest way. but it's the most rewarding way. And I want to die sometimes, but that's only because I understand how nice that might be haha. Anyway, yeah. I'm tired. So don't be too mad that I don't write much of stories and things.

I've thought long and hard about putting in that retainer. sometimes I do actually. My teeth haven't moved much honestly.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Relentless Blessings

So yeah... I just decided I'll make an edited version of my missionary journal to appeal to the average reader, and I'll just tell you everything then. Week was good though. Probably the most tired I've ever been on my mission. Just a lot of praying and working. Sometimes I dream about doing missionary work, and I wake up exhausted and I just don't even know how I survive some days.
But with that said, Kingston has been more rewarding than any other area, and it's definitely the area that I've suffered the most in. Funny how the greater we learn to suffer, the greater joy we're able to feel, because that's how I feel every night. I'm praying for an extra 2 hours in the day so we can do all the things we need.
Everyone's doing great, lots of good stuff going on.

Should have 4 more baptisms this week. The Lord is blessing us relentlessly. It's very joyous and stressful.

Yeah I got the box, thanks so much!

Anyway, yeah, not much to report. Lots of good stuff. Just trying to survive, in the best way possible of course!

Can't think of much else to say.

Elder Zeck

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Greatest Challenges Often Reap the Greatest Blessings


Thanks for the email. Keep me posted on the papers. Glad to hear Jordan's still singing. Does he still play piano?

Yup Sister D and D got baptized!!! Super awesome, such a cool experience. Stood in the confirmation circle for both, what a blessing.

The Lord is blessing us both relentlessly right now. I've had so many awesome experiences the past 18 weeks, it's hard to contain. I'm glad I keep a journal. Lots and lots of opportunities to grow and progress and help the people here. remember how I used to talk about how this is the hardest area of my mission? Funny that it's also the most rewarding!

Temple sounds fun. When there's no temple near by, God usually uses mountains and stuff. So this morning we got up way early and hiked blue mountain with the APs to study by this waterfall. Pretty great. Had a pretty powerful experience while studying. Then we met some guy and the assistants are gonna teach him. So good morning!

But yeah. Good week! Should have another baptism this Saturday, but we'll find out like on Friday. Things are great though! Just working through it!

The Zone is doing great. We're doing better, and we're continually getting better. We're at this point where when we aren't feeling the Holy Ghost in our work, we realize it very quickly, and we do everything we can to get it back. It's just very stressful, very taxing.

Anyway, I'll see about pictures maybe. I may have forgot the camera...

Elder Zeck

Monday, March 7, 2016

One More Transfer in Kingston


So it's been a good week! It's awesome to get to be a missionary. I've learned a lot of really big lessons this week. Most of which you might see in my journals later because I don't really have time to expose all of my fun.

But G's baptism was great, and this coming Friday should be Sister D and D! They're all so excited, we're so excited for them too! It's been a privilege to work with them all.

So I get one more transfer in Kingston, it'll probably be my last. Time really has flown by. But I"ll be here. Lots of miracles are starting so we gotta make sure we're on top of those. Lots of good work to be done!

That's way exciting for Jordan! I'm anxious to hear where he ends up! Anywhere is cool. I think when we truly come to understand that God is incapable of giving a bad gift, we become much more grateful for the things He does give. Because it's always the best possible thing for us.

But yeah, good week. Got fed lunch by a lady who said she saw God. Had a good laugh. But she wasn't laughing.
Car battery died one morning so we had to fix it, thankfully it wasn't an issue.

Taking G out teaching is way fun!

MLC was this week. A bunch of us Zone Leaders got Burger King before, so that was fun. One of the other Elders told me to contact this one worker, so I did. That's pretty much the end of that story.

Church was wonderful, tons of people we're working with came, it was awesome!

Went to Port Antonio and got jerk from this place called Boston which I guess it supposed to be the best on the island. I believe it!

But yeah things are great!

Elder Zeck