May 21, 2012
It's crazy that another transfer has already come and gone. I've been in Manchester for 5 months now and it really does feel like home I don't want to leave! The people here are awesome! The work has been kind of slow, we have still been doing a lot of service so we haven't had the chance to teach a lot of lessons which stinks cause that's what missionaries do is teach! But I definitely love doing service. We've been so busy going from place to place and doing service I always feel like we're forgetting people =S I hope not! Brian is still doing great he's scheduled to be baptized on the 9th of June. He's still coming to church every week and loves the lessons. He's worried about his wife not coming around but we talked to him about leading by example and that she will start to notice the good changes in his life. He has brought his girls to church twice and they love going. That will of coarse help with his wife as well. Well I guess he's our only really progressing investigator at the moment at least the only one I have anything to report on. But the work is still going great and the people are still awesome! Being a missionary is definitely a great experience!
Love Elder Jach
May 28, 2012
It's been a pretty crazy week. Transfers are this week and I'm leaving! =( Found out Saturday and EVERYONE wants to feed me one last time! haha We have 2 meals everyday and 2 dinners tonight! haha The members here are the best! They all made me promise to come back and visit. One member Brother Griffeth the 1st counselor asked me to come up and bare my testimony. He said in front of the whole congregation "you better come back here you might even come live here you know I still have a daughter who's not married and I would just love to have you as a son-in-law! you are a great missionary!" haha Best part about it is his daughter is cute! hahaha Then the branch president stood up and said not until after your mission! haha so funny! I'm excited to see the rest of the mission and excited to get a new companion ha! Things are still moving forward here in Manchester and President said an awesome missionary is coming in to replace me so hopefully he'll be able to keep Elder Wally in line and keep expanding this area!
Love Elder Jach
June 4, 2012
I am in Burlington Iowa. It's in the Nauvoo zone so that means I get to help with the pageant! Apparently for the whole month of July I will by driving to Nauvoo and back everyday to help set up for the pageant. We usually won't get back till 6 or 7 so that pretty much takes up our entire day. I'm really excited to help but kinda worried about not being able to do a whole lot of missionary work especially since we have some progressing people here. But I'm sure it will be a blast and time will fly because we will be so busy. My new area is right on the Mississippi so I got to see it for the first time. That was pretty cool it’s a lot bigger than I imagined and looks more like a lake than a river, haha. My new companion is Elder Kirton he just got done being trained so I'm the senior comp. He's a cool kid and we have been getting along great so far which is a huge relief, haha. I needed a good companion at least for a little while! One cool thing about living in Burlington is we live in an old school. Some members bought it and live on the 2nd floor and we live on the first. It's really cool! We have a lot of room to do stuff. We have a gym that we can play ball in and there's a small weight room so I get to start working out better =) Time to start droppin those pounds! This area is really promising and the members here already seem really nice. One funny thing is that Elder Wally just got done serving here so all the members know him. Sadly most the members don't like him! =P I'm really excited to be able to serve the Lord at this time and in this area. This work is so important and I'm so privileged to get the opportunity to participate in it. I love you all and miss you a ton!
Love Elder Jach