Week Three!

Heyo!

How yins doing? This week in Pittsburgh has been awesome. We have had tons of snow this week and it is suppose to get pretty cold tomorrow, like in the negatives… All the Pittsburgers ask me where I’m from and I tell them Southern California and they just laugh and say you are definitely out of your element haha. This is definitely the most snow I have seen in my life, but I think I’m handling it pretty well. The people here are called Pittsburgers and they speak Pittsburgese. It’s a real thing. The say yins (y’all), an’that (and that), car-nay-gie (carnegie), and some others that I can’t think of right now. But there are tons of different people here very diverse. Lots and lots and lots of churches. I mean I thought there were a lot in Utah, but no. Those were all the same kind of church. Here there is a different denomination on every corner. Some are even right across the street for one another! I meet interesting people on the bus everyday. It’s awesome!
We had some really good lessons this week. I love when you are in a lesson and you know that both you and the investigator are feeling the spirit. Something that I have really come to know is that the spirit really does tell you what the investigator needs. Before coming out here I was really worried about knowing what to say, how to say, when to say, etc. I was worried that I would blank and not know what to say when it came time, but silly me I’m not the one teaching, the spirit is. I have learned that if I prepare myself and go to a lesson and invite the spirit, as I listen to the spirit I will know exactly what to say. We should all strive to have the spirit with us. We need to make sure that we are living our lives righteously so that we can have him as a constant companion. We receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is a gift given from God that we may have the Holy Ghost with us at all times. It is something that I strive for everyday because I know that I cannot do the Lord’s work without the Holy Ghost.

The members in the ward here are great. They are all willing to come to lessons and fellowship our investigators. A lot of the couples here have both served missions which is pretty cool. The lady that sent you the picture is Sister Cook and she is seriously. Their family is great and takes really good care of us. Both her and her husband served so they know what we need as missionaries.
One lesson that we had this week was really awesome. It is someone that has been taking the discussions for a while. He asked us to bring converts to the lessons so we do. Well this week we brought a convert who has an amazing story and an amazing testimony. The spirit was so strong during the lesson and the convert was totally helping our investigator understand things. Giving him analogies that really applied to him. The whole lesson was directed by the spirit. We went in planning to teach him about the priesthood and baptism, but we ended up talking about faith in finding answers instead of looking for signs. We were able to help our investigator see the difference and understand how he can get an answer to his question about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and Joesph Smith. We are making tons of progress with him.

We have two other investigators, a mother and son. The mother had a really amazing experience with fasting a prayer this week. She had a member friend that said she would fast for her and her job interview. Our investigator C decided that if someone could fast for her then she should fast for herself too. So she did! She said that everything that day could have not gone better. Everything fell into place and during her interview she said words came out of her mouth that she knew was from the spirit. She said that she knew God was helping her and blessing her for fasting. I know this to be true when we fast with a purpose and turn to the Lord he will bless us. He loves us and he really wants to help each and everyone of us. We just have to turn to him.

My favorite thing to do in lessons is to tell the Joseph Smith story and to quote the first vision. The spirit is always so strong. We were in a lesson with another investigator named T. Last week I told you we tracted into her. We met with her again this week and taught her the first lesson. We got to the part about Joseph Smith. I quoted the first vision and the whole room was silent. You could feel the spirit testifying that it was true, that Joseph did see God and Jesus Christ. I seriously love being a missionary. These experiences have truly strengthened my testimony and I’ve only been out 2 weeks. But I love it. And knocking doors isn’t bad because I’ve already done that haha. Well I love you all and I hope that each of you have a fantastic week. Keep reading your scriptures! The Lord will bless you for it 🙂

Love,
Sister Jones

Week two!!

Sorry I didn’t get to email you yesterday! Since it was MLK day all the libraries were closed, but we got permission to email today! Yay! My first area is…. datadadaaa….. Swissvale, PA. It is about a 30-45 minute bus ride from Downtown Pittsburgh. It is a walking/bus area. There are so many hills in Pennsylvania it’s crazy! But I love it. Riding the bus is a fun adventure. I had never taken the bus to get around town before. Sometimes it is really squished and other times there is nobody on it. My companion/trainer is awesome! Her name is Sister Stokes. We get along really well which I am so thankful for. She is super sweet and has a strong testimony. She has been out for 3 months. As for Pennsylvania it is really pretty here even though it is winter and all the trees are dead. I have heard that it is super pretty when it is spring and summer. Right now the weather is cold. Really cold. As I am in the library typing it is snowing and the wind is really blowing. I am not sure what the actual degree is but take my word for it, it is cold haha. It is suppose to be pretty cold this whole week. Don’t worry mom, I am keeping warm 🙂 My mission has been a blast so far. Lots of hard work and walking. I have already seen blessings from being obedient and doing what the Lord asks. Sister Stokes and I went tracting the other day trying to find new investigators. We had been knocking for about a while when we only had one pass along card left. We decided that we would knock one more house and give it to them. We knocked on the door, the phone rang inside and then this lady just yelled who is it. Sister Stokes said the sister missionaries. You could hear her run up the stairs and then she yelled again. We answered again. Finally she came to the door and she let us in! We ended up teaching her part of the lesson and giving her a Book of Mormon. She explained to us that she is never home on Saturday nights and she never answers the door when people come over unannounced, but yet she was home on a Saturday night and she opened the door AND let us in her house. She knew that meant something and Sister Stokes and I knew it too. The Lord had prepared her to meet us and the spirit is what told her to answer the door. We were being obedient by going tracting and the Lord blessed us for it. I know that when we are exactly obedient miracles happen. Missionary work is seriously fantastic. We have had less actives calling us to meet with them and even dropped investigators calling us saying they want to start again. My favorite part of my days is my personal study time. I love reading the scriptures. I learn so much and it all makes so much since. The Lord has truly laid it out for us what we need to do in order to return to Him. I challenge all of you to read your scriptures daily. Start with a prayer and ask to receive revelation. I promise you that the Lord will bless you and that you will find answers to your questions and be able to overcome any concerns that you have. The Lord loves each and everyone one of us and he wants to help us. He has given us the scriptures to be our guides. So read them!
The ward that I am in is great. It is a bunch of young married couples with lots of young children all under the age of 8. They are all in college, but yet they all take care of us and make sure that we are fed. It’s great!
P-day was a lot of fun. I finally got to do some laundry. Luckily we have a washer a dryer in the basement of our apartment. A member took us grocery shopping. Then Sister Stokes and I went to the church building and played dodge-ball and kickball with other missionaries. That was a lot of fun. Probably the most exercise I have gotten in a while. It is way to cold in the morning to go running here.
Well I love you all. You are the best and thank you for your support! Have a great week and keep being obedient and read the BOM!

Shout out to Carie and Chris who had their birthdays! I love ya! I hope you both had wonderful days of birth haha!

Love,

Sister Jones

Sister Jones' first companion Sister Stokes

Sister Jones’ first companion Sister Stokes

Streets of Pennsylvania!

Streets of Pennsylvania!

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Stacie: "Me being cold while waiting"

Stacie: “Me being cold while waiting”

"Me in PA"

“Me in PA”

"The Bus stop by our house"

“The Bus stop by our house”

Week One!!

Hey everybody,
One week down! Crazy how time flies. I feel like I have been in the MTC forever and it has only been a week. I have loved every minute of it. Mom I did get your package! It was great. Thank you 🙂 I definitely need some sugar to keep me going through these long days. But I did forget my camera some how. So if you could send that to me that would be great!
      The first day was pretty crazy. As soon as they took me away they led me to a building where I got my name badge, I was led to my room and then taken straight away to class where I met my district. Who are all really awesome. I have gotten to know my district really well and we all get along so great. My companion is Sister Moss and she is seriously fantastic. She is super funny, quirky, and really easy to get along with. I am so glad the Lord blessed me with a great first companion. We have fun but we also focus and study when we have to. Speaking of studying. I have never studied so hard or for so long in my life. Not even at college did I ever study this much. I guess the big difference is that I truly care about what I am studying and I want to prepare myself the best I can. My brain and neck literally hurts by the end of the day because I have been focusing so hard and having my neck bent over as I read the scriptures of Preach My Gospel. The MTC is just like what everyone says it is. It is like being hit with by a fire hose of the spirit… and I love it. I have never felt the spirit as much as I have felt it here. I have learned so much in my week here at the MTC, but there is still so much to be learned! I have come to know how truly important the Book of Mormon is and that as we read it our faith will continue to grow in the Savior and we will be able to receive revelation that will help us in our lives and guide us back to one day live with our Heavenly Father again. My challenge to you all is to set aside time everyday to read it. And by read it I mean read with real intent, with the desire to gain something from it. I promise you as you do you will grow in the gospel and you will come closer to God as you implement the things you learn in your life.

Sister Moss and I have investigators that we have been teaching while we are here. It was definitely scary going into my first lesson and not really knowing what I was suppose to be doing. That is usually how it goes here. You go and teach a lesson and then when you go to class they teach you what you could have use to help that lesson go more smoothly. But it is all a learning process. Overall the lessons have gone really well and I have felt the spirit in all of them. Oh and I think you would all be impressed. I have made it through lessons without crying!! I have definitely cried while here though… tears of joy of course and feeling so blessed and feeling the spirit so strongly. Back to my investigators. I have three. Kristi, Kenzi, and George. They are all amazing people. Kristi is actually our teacher pretending to be an investigator, but we can still feel the spirit as we teach her which is truly amazing. I have come to realize that even though we are members of the church we can still come closer to Christ everyday and we should always be continuously reconverted. George is my favorite investigator. He is truly an amazing man and he has such an amazing story. He had his leg amputated a while ago, like twenty years or so and through losing his leg he came to know God. I don’t have time to tell it right now but I’ll write it in a letter and send it to you guys, but I think it is one everyone needs to here. He truly strengthened my testimony of God answering prayers. And I do know that God does answer prayers. He is always there for us and waiting for us to communicate with him.

I got called to be a Sister Training Leader for my zone and district! So I get to meet the new district of missionaries that will be a part of our zone today. I get to help them through their experience at the MTC. I only have four more days left. I leave early monday more to the airport. My flight leaves monday at 8:40, so mom be ready with your phone when I call. I will be in Pennsylvania by 4:30 that night. Crazy! I am so excited to get out there!

I love this gospel. I love being a missionary and wearing the Lord’s name on my badge. I have already had so many amazing experiences here at the MTC. I wish I could share them all, but I don’t have enough time!

I love you all! I hope you have a fantastic week. Next time I email it will be from Pennsylvania!

Love,

Sister Jones

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