August 20, 2013
So, today we got to go down town Kansas City to the Crown Center (headquarters of Hallmark). Our ward mission leader is an artist so we got an incredible tour! It was so much fun. How cool is this. He made it! Bro. Kesler's so talented and seriously the greatest ward mission leader ever!
Let's just start off by saying, I have the best family ever! I know I say this every week, but seriously. I feel so loved! Thanks for all the letters! They mean so much to me.
Well, my email this week probably isn't going to be as long because my time is short with going to Kansas City for most of the day, but I just wanted to tell you about a few great things that have happened in our area this week. Things are looking up! On Saturday, we had a great lesson with AJ about the plan of salvation and we invited him to be baptized and he said YES! :) HALLELUJAH! who knows if that's even how you spell it hahaha but you get the point, we are so very EXCITED! Bummer is, he didn't come to church on Sunday so it's a little rocky. We are seeing him tonight though. I talked to him on the phone yesterday for about 20 minutes trying to figure out what's really going on because he said he would come and we even had people go get him and then he didn't come. He said he's been feeling a lot of temptation in the past few days. Well, of course he is, whenever we begin to take giant steps toward Christ (like baptism), Satan steps right in to try and mess it all up. So, we talked about that and I invited him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. He said he knows that the plan of salvation that we taught is from God but still isn't completely sure about the Book of Mormon. Logically it all makes sense to him, but I told him he needs to really know and feel it and that that comes through study, pondering, and praying. Isn't it funny that those three simple things are what build our testimonies. So simple, yet easily forgotten. He reminds me a lot of Jimmy.
We are also now teaching an older lady (she's 78) named LaRetta. Her husband died a few years ago and he was a member but never active during their 50 plus years of being married. So, she knows a lot about the church and has met with a lot of missionaries before. We are hoping that this time it will just click with her because she's in a very different place now with her husband having died and she's very lonely. We had a powerful lesson with her about the restoration and pretty much just laid it all out there. We're meeting with her tomorrow to teach the plan of salvation and were really excited!
We also got to finally teach this lady named Gale and her two daughter Ashlyn (16) and Emma (10). They are good friends with a lot of people in our ward. They are so great! Gale's a lawyer and Ashyln's name is Ashlyn Danielle! Can you believe that?! FATE! We've done some service at their house in the past few weeks (like picking up the dead toad from her driveway ;) ) and the previous sisters got to teach them about the Book of Mormon before I got here, but we finally got to teach them about the restoration and it went really well. They are very receptive so were so excited!
So, long story short, this past week we have been very blessed with a lot of sit-down teaching appointments and it looks like that's the way this week is hopefully going to be too. It feels so fulfilling! It has taken us a while to get to this point, so we are really praying that this next transfer we will see a lot more of it!
So, for a quick Liberty Jail moment, I've been thinking a lot about the very first verse of section 121 and the very last one in section 123. 121:1 says, " O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?", and 123:17 says, " Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." There is truly a different feeling about these two verses. In describing his experience here in the Liberty Jail, the prophet Joseph Smith said that he came out of jail a different man, that his heart would forever be more tender than when he went in. I've thought a lot about our own "liberty jail moments" and how we get through them, we can either become bitter or better. That truly, all our experiences can be for our good, but it is our choice to make them that way. I believe that it was here in the Liberty Jail, that the prophet came to know his Redeemer in such a deeper way and that it is in our own "liberty jail moments", that we can do the same, by clinging to the rock. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that this is his restored church on the earth once again today. We are beyond BLESSED! Love you guys to the moon and back! XOXOXO MUAH!
Con Mucho Amor,
tu Hermanita Jorgensen
Finally got some pics of Sis. Rackham and I at the Jail :)