Email #66

“Dear President,

We had some success this past week in the area as well as the zone.

Area __________: we recently put a baptismal date with the Hermana Hernandez. She is the cook for Bishop G_____, and she is an excellent investigator. She has had exposure to the church for the past 20 years or so, and has been the house-maid for the Bishop during this time. She told us she wasn`t ready to listen, but now is here time. It made me reflect on the spiritual timing of a person. There are seasons of spiritual sensitivity, and we must let the holy ghost guide us, so that we can find the people when they are prepared. The entire ward was very surprised that she came to church, but we are very excited and grateful that the Lord has put us in the right place at the right time. It was simple finding here. We simply “opened our mouth” during dinner and asked her what she thought about the church. She began talking about how much she loved the words of the prophet and how his talk on obedience last conference comforted her soul. We began teaching immediately. I am grateful to teach a person that is genuinely active in her conversion process.
We have been seeking for more references lately. Yet, we`ve been targeting families and men more lately. It seems like when we ask references, the members only refer us to single women. That is great, but we`re trying to turn their aim and focus to the family so that we can help the ward grow.
As far as our goals and commitments that we made with you, we did complete teaching 7 in the house of member; however, we did not find 15 news, only 12. This week, as we focus on finding families with the members, I know that this number will rise. The lessons in the house of member will keep coming, so long as we keep teaching the friends of the members.

Zone ________: we are laying a good foundation. The zone seems to have a new energy and focus to work with the members. We have continued raising the number of lesson taught in member`s house, as well as references contacted with member. We keep a close, daily watch on this, and try to ensure that it doesn`t go down. There were less-lessons taught last week, so we will put increased emphasis on the perfect-week plan made by President Duncan.
The biggest problem of the zone is the lack of focus with families. The zone seems to have a bad habit of teaching children and women. We have been trying to change this target, and back sure that we do baptize every type of person, but do so as family units. I know that as we change this focus, the numbers will double. Perhaps, us as missionaries, have little faith to teach the best, but I know we can boost the faith of the zone to seek out those honorable families waiting to hear this message.
The level of work in the zone will keep increasing. I will do my best to make sure we do not “ride the wave,” but that we stay constant in finding, teaching, bringing to church, and baptizing. There are 4 dates for November, and we hope to raise 8 this week.

In my studies, I have been reading Jesus the Christ and studying the Plan of Redemption. Missionary work focuses and is centralized on the purpose of God, found in Moses 1:39. Like it says in PMG, our message is that God has a plan for us, and knowledge about this plan has been restored by a prophet of God. The whole puzzle pieces together as we study, and as week seek this knowledge.

Thank you for the work that you are doing. I will try my best to improve this week.

Elder Jacobsen”

I`m so excited that Taylor got baptized. Does he have a baptismal date, or did he get baptized already?

We have a baptismal date. Good news, in my last area, two of the families I taught are getting baptized! They are 8 people. I know that we plant seeds every day. Sometimes we might not ever see the results, but there are always consequences for our actions. I didn`t feel like I did much in my last area, but hearing that made me very happy and satisfied.

I attached a photo of me and some of the boys in the zone. We went to play some soccer this morning.

Things are going well. Much has come to my mind lately about discipleship. Just when we think that we`re good and begin to look to ourselves instead of the Lord, we fail. We get humbled. “Thou shalt not have any other Gods before me.” Sometimes, that God can be ourselves. There is a scripture in Alma that says, “look to God and live.” Sometimes we don`t look to Him. Only by looking to Him, can we live.

Love you all,
Elder Jacobsen


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