Monday, August 31, 2015

August 31st, 2015

Hello everyone! 

Its so good to be able to talk (type) with you again lol. This week has been a very good week for my son and I. This week I finally was able to get my bike fixed. I had to send it all the way to maypen in order for that to happen lol. So since the wheel is now fixed it gave us a really great opportunity to go to further places in our are. As I have said in earlier emails that Junction is a very hilly place lol. It is much worse than port antonio! So elder boyer has really had the chance to see how we literally ride up mountains here in our area lol. This week has been good for us from a statistical standpoint as well. We were able to teach 16 lessons total this week which is a big improvement from last transfer. I had the opportunity to have something happen to me for the first time on my mission this past week. We had an investigator drop us! I know its crazy that it has taken so long for that to happen but this was very unusual. Some of the things that he told us were kinda outrageous. As we left from his house my heart was so sadden for him. I know that he is one of gods children. i know that god desires for him to come home. I felt like the sons of mosiah for the very first time in my mission in that aspect. I prayed so fervently that his heart may be softened, so he can accept the gospel one day. This week we had our first district meeting with the new district. We talked about the importance of finding and how we need to look in all places and at all times for people who are prepared to accept the gospel. or also known as the elect. To go along with this meeting we used oreos in the demonstration. It was so funny to see everyone searching like mad men for oreos lol. Things are just going great here for us in junction. We had interviews wit pres this week and we got some exciting news. We will be getting two more people in our house next transfer and maybe a truck as well since we are in the branch presidency! I will continure to keep you all updated on the different crazy and fun things going on here in jamaica. I want all of you to know that I love and miss each and every one of you! Take care until we meet again!

With Love,
Elder Jon Lewis
Jamaica Kingston Mission

Monday, August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015

Hello everyone! 

How are yall doing on this wonderful day? Very well I hope! This week was a really good one for elder Boyer and I here in junction! This week has been the busiest we have been in junction in the past 5 weeks or so. Elder Boyer and I have been spending a great deal of our time finding or contacting or just quite simply looking for people to teach. One of the biggest things that we really tried to do was literally talk to everybody. With doing that you will face a lot of rejection lol, but at the same time you will also still find a lot of people who are interested in hearing more about the gospel. We were able to sit down and meet with a great deal of the people that we had found in past weeks. A lot of them are really interested which is exciting for us considering that we have been struggling to find people to teach in our area. This past Tuesday we had our zone conference! it was such a wonderful and great meeting. We also had Elder and sister Martinez from the second quarm of the seventy come and visit the mission. Its always nice when they come and we were able to learn about a lot of different things that will be able to help us to become full purpose missionaries as well as helping the members. This week has also been a little frustrating as well. In this area that I am in there isn't really anything here lol. And recently my bike has been giving me a lot of trouble but the best part is that I cant actually fix it because there are no bike shops here lol. So we spent a lot of time on foot this week lol. Elder Boyer and I just get along great and work really well together. We have a lot of big plans for this area and I know that we will be successful. Training has been really fun so I have to take advantage of the time I have left with my son! I was also able to email elder Rammell this week. He is doing very well adjusting to being back home lol. He says its really weird but he was so happy to see his family. Thats pretty much all I have for this week lol. Until next week yall take care!

Love,
Elder Jon Lewis 

Monday, August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015

Hello and Good day everyone!

I hope that all of you are doing great! First of all I would like to send my condolences to the family of Jordan Aubrey. He was a really great kid and I enjoyed all of the fun times that we had together playing football and just hanging out on the weekends sometimes. He will truly be missed. It really does bring me comfort to know that heavenly father has a plan for Jordan and not just for him but for all of us. So Someone please tell his family that I send my condolences to them. This week has been a really busy and interesting week for me! So as you guys know last Monday I informed yall that I would be training a brand new missionary! On Tuesday I had to go to Spanish town for trainers meeting, where president brown taught and went over some key things when it comes to being a trainer. He talked about how big of an impact his trainer had on him when he was serving as a missionary, and it just really made me want to be the best trainer possible for this young missionary. So on Wednesday afternoon we went to transfer meeting and my heart was just beating so fast lol! I think I was more excited than the trainees. Oh so one thing I want to let yall know is that we get to see the names of the new missionary's that come in for the next three months. Elder Maxwell who lived with me in maypen knew one of the kids coming out, and his name is elder Boyer. As we were looking at the paper I kept saying that I would be the one to train him. So we bring it back to transfer meeting 3 months later and they announce who will train who and where. Take a good guess as to who I got!? Elder Boyer haha. He is from Cedar City, Utah! And he is a huge baseball fan. Unfortunately he like the Yankees lol. But he is such a stud missionary already. I really feel like I don't have to do much with him haha. The first few days he was really homesick and I can totally relate to him. I had the same exact feelings when I came out 9 months ago, but the best thing to do to get your mind off of that is to go to work. He is doing great though and I am really excited to be training him. This week in junction has been a good one as well. We have been finding a lot of hew people to teach and things have been going well. I got to conduct sacrament meeting yesterday and that was an interesting experience lol. Things are really starting to go good in this area and I am so thankful that the lord trusts me with this new missionary as well. Thats pretty much all i got for this week lol. Yall take care and talk to you soon!

Elder Jon Lewis
Jamaica Kingston Mission


Monday, August 10, 2015

August 10th 2015 My workload just got a bit more heavy lol

Hello everyone!

How are all of y'all doing this week? I hope that everyone was able to have a great week. This past week for me was so crazy and at the same time filled with so much emotion and excitement!!! So first things first transfer calls came in this week and I found out that I will be staying in junction for a little while longer. In addition to that elder Lafayette is going back to Mobay but to be the new zone leader this time! So with his departure that will make me the new district leader over three areas! And to add to that I am now the clerk officially in the junction branch. Sounds like I have a lot to do right!? But that's not all I also found out that I will be training a brand new missionary this transfer as well! Haha yeah I'm super excited for the next few months with my first born son lol. But other than that exciting news this week was really good for us here. We have been in a rebuilding stage in our area regarding to teaching. We found 11 new potential investigators, so hopefully we can turn them into new investigators. This week in the mandeville district we had district conference! And the best part about this was that it was held in MayPen! So yesterday I was able to go back and see all of the members that I was not able to say goodbye to. I really did enjoy the time that I was able to spend in Maypen. It will always be one of my favorite areas! So back to this whole training thing lol. I am actually pretty nervous about it as well. President brown, when he called me, told me that he had great faith in me and that I need to be a really good example to him especially because we live in a two man house. He said that he knows I am a hard worker and he is excited to see me train. I cant wait to send y'all pictures of me and my son next week. oh and to make up for the past few weeks I took a ton of pictures so I hope y'all enjoy! Until next week take care!!!

Elder Jon Lewis
Jamaica Kingston Mission



Monday, August 3, 2015

August 3rd, 2015

Hello to all of you wonderful people out there!

How are you guys doing? Really great I hope. This week was pretty much the same as last week. Filled with the same challenges and everything, However there were a few bright spots from this past week! So this week one of the senior couples picked us up and we basically went on an adventure lol. They were looking for one of their ancestors who was buried close by and asked us if we wanted to tag along so we said yes. The adventure was good even though we didn't actually end up finding the grave, but lets just say that I wish that I would have worn some pants lol. There were thorns everywhere and my legs got pretty scratched up lol. On Wednesday we had zone meeting down in mandeville and guess who I got to see!? Elder martin lol! it was so great to see him again! He has by far been my favorite companion that I have had on my mission. Zone meeting was really great and the food there was as well haha. After zone meeting we got a ride back with the senior couple named the Ridlers. They are from wales and have cool accents lol. We then picked up president collins and went to go and visit some less active members. Oh and I dont know if you guys remember but president collins is blind, so we are basically his eyes at the church, so we do tithes and everything! We went down to a place called treasure beach and oh my goodness it was so beautiful! It was way more pretty than any part in port antonio. While we were down there we were able to have a lesson with one of our investigators named james. He seems really promising and he now has a baptismal date!!! I dont know if you guys will remembers this either but I talked about how the work here in junction is way slow. like it is a complete 180 degree change of pace. Pretty much we spend most of our days just straight finding, which gets really tiring after a while haha. Not a lot of people really want to listen to us but we found this guy on saturday who just shocked us. It was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life! it really helped me to see that the lord is preparing his children out here in junction. I am just really thankful for this chance and the opportunity I have to be here. I hope that things are going very well for everyone back home and to all you punks who haven't written me yet, dont be a stranger! anyways take care and love yall!

With love,
Elder Jon Lewis