Monday, April 10, 2017

 Brother rose and I

 Elder Call soaking his toes
 Hilarious sticker
 Me and grandson
 Me and Abbi
 Plus brother Kessoon
 Mikaila's Baptism
A very very special Missionary
Hello family and friends! This week has been a pretty interesting one lol. Last Monday we all actually spent the day in mandeville at their zone pday. I got permission from president to go and pick up some things there. It was so fun seeing elder hatch and elder porter again. I have missed seeing them around Spanishtown lol. This week we were able to pick up a few new investigators. One named romain and the other named kimmey. That last one is actually a guy but sometimes people have weird names lol. I have actually known romain for the entire time I have been in this area. I have asked him numerous times when he would let us teach him. Last week he actually gave us a day and a time and the lessons we had with him were incredible. He is really interested and has committed to be baptized on the 22nd. It kinda sucks putting people on date and knowing that I won't be here haha. I know that if he continues to read the Book of Mormon like he has been, the spirit will testify to him that it is true. While we were having our first lesson with kimmey, I felt strongly prompted to teach him the plan of salvation instead of the restoration. I followed it and it was exactly what he needed. He asked tons of good questions and was really thinking deeply. I know that he felt the spirit of the lord. We also had a funny moment in that lesson lol. We were teach him at his cousins house, who's a recently returned missionary, and during the lesson I was eaten by the couch. Now I have been over to their house before and had a similar thing happen. First off that couch isn't very good cause most of the support for where you sit is missing. Before I sat down I made sure that I was in a stable location lol. So as we are teaching all of a sudden the board slides out from under me and we both just fall into the couch. Some of the little girls there were dying with laughter, but we all continued to focus on the lesson. This week elder call got three ingrown toenails, so he has been walking around in slides and soaking his feet in salt water the past few days lol.  Also I have pondered on my mission a lot this week. All the things that I have learned, seen and experienced. Giving this time in my life to God has been well worth it. I just would like to beat you my testimony as elder Lewis one last time. I want you all to know that I know that God lives. I know that his son, Jesus Christ, lives and is our savior. I have felt their divine help in my life numerous times. If you have problems, issues , or you're just plain not happy with your life. The gospel of Jesus Christ will change it. If you want to see a change follow the principles. I did and look at what he's done for me. I know that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the lords church. And that the Book of Mormon is also holy writings. You all can find out for yourselves as well, but only if you truly want to know and you ask God. I'm thankful for my experience and all that Heavenly Father has taught me. I still have a lot to learn, but I know he will guide me. I love you all and I'll see you in a few days! Take care and be safe!

Elder Jon Lewis 
Jamaica Kingston Mission

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hello my family and friends. This week has been pretty good for the most part. Being in a trio is pretty weird lol, but I'm thankful that its with my grandson. This week I would just like to tell you guys about an experience I had on Friday. As you all know I had my bike that I really loved stolen a few months ago. About 20 days ago I found it and was asking the people around who was riding that bike. A lot of people pretended not to know, but there was one particular guy who kept trying to talk to me and give me the run around. He told me that he swore it wasn't him. In my heart I felt like he was the culprit, but I could not accuse him because I had no proof. Last week my feeling was confirmed as I saw him riding it through the town. I had told countless people that I was gonna become a problem for this guy and get my bike back. After weekly planning on Friday we went on splits. I was with a potential missionary named D'Jon. We stopped and had a lesson with an investigator named Sasha. Afterwards I turned to him and asked him what the magic number was. He laughed and eventually said 20. As we were headed out I felt impressed to head towards brother Henry's house. We walked out of the shop and about 20 yards down the road I spot my bicycle. As we continued walking up I saw the guy I had seen riding it the last time. I walked up beside him, took off my sunglasses, and asked him why he lied to me. He tried to come up with words to say but I just told him to be quiet and listen. I told him that he needed to get his life together. I told him that he has to be a better example for his son. I told him that I forgave him. I wasn't mad anymore but that I wanted him to change. What he said to me really spoke to me. He told me that I was a true follower of Christ. He said most people would have done horrible things to him for what he did. But I came, talked to him, and forgave him. After that he told me that he wanted to listen to our message. Over the last year of my mission it has been really tough at times. I have felt that I haven't made the progress that I should have at times. This experience helped me to see that I have truly become a more Christlike person. A few years ago I would have beat this guy up, but I didn't. After we walked away I felt the spirit testify to me strongly that I did what God wanted me too. General conference was awesome as well. I'd like to include one of my favorite quotes from conference to go along with this experience. I can't remember who said it but it goes like this. "Come as you are but don't plan to stay as you are." This work has changed me. I pray and thank Heavenly Father everyday for who he has helped me to become. I know that Jesus and God can do the same thing for everyone else as well! I love you all and talk to you next week!

Monday, March 27, 2017

 Brandys Baptism!
 The View from the AP's House in Kingston
Brother Nembhard with my glasses
Hello everyone! Another week is in the books and I'm ready for this upcoming one as well. We finally had another baptism which was awesome! On Monday I didn't really get to have a pday lol. I spent practically all day in the going home meeting. It was really good but was really weird at the same time. After the meeting was over we went to Burger King and go some shakes and went to yallahs to drop off elder Galbraith. I was able to see elder Boyer, who I trained, as well as his trainee elder call. As you guys know from this past week elder call is my new companion, so it was really great to see him. On Tuesday I had to take care of a few pday things since I was gone all day on Monday. This past week we have been able to go out and do a bunch of teaching with a young member named D'jon. He is way cool and I'm really excited for him as he prepares to go and serve a mission. He practically came out with us for five straight days from about midday till 6. It's been a great blessing in helping us cover all of our appointments. On Thursday we went into town to help the brand new missionary in our district. his name is elder Peterson and he's from Provo. He's a pretty big kid too. I think he said he was 6"5. We helped him find a nice bicycle and then we all ate Sakura together. On Friday we had our combined ward activity as usual and it was lit lol. We have been having a ton of non members show up which has created opportunities for us to share the gospel. We spent a good bit of Saturday getting things ready for the baptism. From tracking down baptismal suits to making programs. You name it we practically did it. We had brandys baptism on Sunday morning and the spirit was so strong in the service. I always just feel a rush when I see baptisms happen. The spirit always confirms to me that this is a choice that God is always well pleased with. The rest of Sunday was pretty much a blur lol. I was in pain for most of the day. I woke up that morning and was having stomach issues. Needless to say I spent a lot of time running to and from the restroom. Overall this week has been really good. I can't complain about anything at all. Just really enjoy these last few I have left as a full time missionary. I do know that Christ lives, and that he is our savior. I only know this because I have received this witness from the Holy Ghost. Because of that witness I have progressed to where I am today. I know I have a lot more to get better at as this journey continues. I pray that Heavenly Father will guide and protect you all. Love you guys and see you really soon!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hello my family and friends! This week was really great here in Spanishtown! This week we got transfer calls and guess what?! I'm staying another transfer here lol. So yeah this will be my 6th and by the time I go home I will have been here for about 9 months lol. I'm perfectly fine with it though. We have some good people we are working with. Since I won't be here for all of next transfer we are getting another companion. We are getting a missionary named elder call! He is from rigby Idaho! I actually trained his trainer, elder Boyer, and so technically that makes me his grandpa lol. I'm really excited to have him here with us. This past week we had another powerful district meeting. At the conclusion we started a fast together as a district. If you have been keeping up with my letters you will remember that we set a baptismal goal as a district. One of our investigators, Brandi, has been wanting to be baptized the last transfer but couldn't because her mom wouldn't give her permission. We talked to her mom about it one time and she seemed like her mind was pretty made up about the situation. We have been asking the other family members  who are members of the church to put in a good word about her baptism. During Wednesday night we decided to go over to talk to her mom again. When we got there we learned that her mom wasn't there. The last two weeks we had been encouraging brandi to speak to her mother herself. We asked if she had talked to her and she said no. We stood there for a second and asked if she really wanted to be baptized. She said yes of course and then I told her that the only way it was going to happen was that she asked her mom herself. I then had the idea to do a role play. So I pretend to be her mom lol. We gave her some tips and helped build her confidence. We came back the next night and we saw that her mom was home. We stopped and talked for a second about what we would say. I was really nervous lol but I was gonna show my faith that it would work out. I then knocked on the door and Brandi came out. I asked if she had talked to her mom and she said yes! I then asked what was her answer and she just nodded her head yes! I then asked her are you sure and she was like yeah! We the. Went in and talked to her mom and it was great. Her mom was actually really excited about the baptism and asked if we could have it next Sunday so she could come. On Saturday we played basketball with the other elders in our ward. It's been like 8 months since I last shot a basketball and boy was I rusty. We had a lot of fun though. We played with some youth from the ward and we demolished them lol. What made it so funny was that they had been talking trash for weeks lol. I'm thankful that so many things have been going our way these last few months. I know that all of this is because of Heavenly Father. Without home things like this would never be possible. To conclude my letter I want to leave you all with a quote from a scripture.
It comes from Romans 8:31.

If God be for us, who can be against us?

Like I said earlier all things are possible through our father in heaven and our savior Jesus Christ. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Monday, March 13, 2017

 A dog feeding 5 puppies
 My school schedule
 I found my stolen Bike!
An effective way to use a Ludi board!