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!
Hello everyone! Another week has passed! Time doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. This week was pretty normal for the most part lol. We had another powerful district meeting. I talked about last week how we set some baptismal goals as a district. We had two more as a district this past week and within this week we are hoping to have another two ourselves. On Thursday we had a training on family history from sister medley. I'll admit I have never really been too interested in family history, but I had the chance to look for some of my ancestors and it was pretty fun. I think its something that I want to get more involved with when I get back. Friday was a pretty wild day though lol. We woke up at 5:30 because I thought registration was at 6am our time but it was actually (MDT). So yeah we just kinda chilled at the church for a couple of hours until it opened up. When the time came it's was crazy lol. Some of the classes I wanted I couldn't get into because the filled up so fast. I had been researching different professors that I wanted to take and had to change the whole game plan lol. I ended up finishing with 15 credits but I feel really good about the schedule I got. I'll be done with school everyday by 11:15 am so that's nice. Afterwards we went and did service for the stake presidents mom. I call her mama lue! She's hilarious lol. She had us do a little painting, but boy it was hot as heck lol. After that we planned, went teaching and then had Friday night activity. It was really fun too. We played a pretty heated volleyball game. I just really love activities that bring people together. Togetherness is one of the things the savior spoke of often. So I don't know if you guys remember, but I got my bike stolen like a month ago. I told people that because it was so unique if I ever saw it I could never mistake it. Well I actually found it this week! I walked up to a group of people and asked whose bike is this. Immediately a few people were suspicious and acting all nervous. One guy was trying to give me the run around but I just tuned him out. I had said that if I found it that I was gonna get it back. I was about to take it and walk off with it but then I really felt that I should leave it. After we left I thought about it and honestly that was probably the smartest thing that I could have done. If I had tried to take it and someone would have tried to come and take it from me it probably would have resulted in a fight. As many of you know I am not one to back down from a challenge lol. And also people like that are really cowardly and like to stab people, which happens a lot here. So yeah I don't need to cause any issues or get stabbed before i go home lol. I'm thankful that I have had the opportunity to grow so much out here. I've learned a lot of things. The biggest thing I have probably learned is that it doesn't matter what your circumstances are or where you came from. Just take it and make the best of it. I've learned that if you really want to be something or successful in your life you'll do whatever it takes to make it happen. Feeling sorry for yourself and complaining gets you no where. I know first hand that all things are possible if we involve God. I love our father in heaven and I also love the savior. Because of them i am much more that I could have ever anticipated, and I'm not done yet. I love you all and I'll see you in about a month! Take care everyone!

Monday, March 6, 2017

 Getting rid of a wasps nest

 New sunglasses
 Crazy brother nembhart and I
 Chopping yard
 Georgianna striking a pose
 Kimone waving
 Taking a selfie with Makayla
 Our pet goat kevin who lives at the church
The card responsible for ruining countless friendships

Hello family and friends! I hope your week has been good everyone. Just the same old same old here in Spanish town lol. We had another really fun pday playing uno lol. We had the whole district playing last week and it was awesome. This week we had a really powerful district meeting. We talked about how it is gods will for us to baptized as many people we can. We set a goal for a minimum of 6 baptisms for the rest of the transfer but our goal is 14. I know we can do it. We already have the most baptisms as a district this transfer and we have a lot of people who are really close! This week we met with an investigator named shaquana. She is the sister of a member. She comes to church regularly and loves the teachings. We talked to her about baptism and asked what her concerns were. She told us about some of her fears and we were able to ease them through using the scriptures. I felt prompted to extend her a date and she accepted without hesitation.
On Thursday we had interviews with president. Mine was good lol. He just asked how I was doing and a little bit about my plans for home. I told him I was a little stressed cause I have a ton to do before and after I get back. On Friday we had our weekly activity for both wards. As you could imagine we played a ton of fun games including uno lol. This past Sunday was pretty awesome! Bishop taught an awesome lesson and there were about 25 people in there! We had 6 investigators come to church which was awesome as well. Other than that not too much went on this week. I hope that things are well for you all back home! Love you guys and talk to you next week!

Monday, February 27, 2017

 Elder harrah and I
 We made pancakes for dinner
A really cool donky cart! 

Me wearing brother millers helmet lol
abby playing Violin & Emmas Baptism!
Hello everyone! I hope that the week has been good to you all. We had some interesting experiences here this week haha. This week we were able to do another trade off. This time I left my area and went into another area with a young missionary named elder harrah. Elder harrah is a really cool guy. He's just full of energy and is always smiling. He just makes me happy being around him. He is a huge football fan an he actually signed to play quarterback for SUU when he gets back. He has a cannon lol. We played catch in the morning for exercise and he was throwing so hard that I didn't like catching his passes haha. We had some really powerful lessons. There was one in particular where we were teaching a young man named Delano. We talked about the scripture Helaman 5:12 and how we need to build our foundation on Christ. He had some things going on in his life that I could really relate to and it was cool to see how feeling the spirit made him happy. We invited him to pray about a baptismal date at the end of the lesson. As he prayed I felt the spirit and he did too. He got an answer right there in front of us! It was awesome! Later in the week we also had zone conference. It was really great to see some missionaries that I haven't seen in a long while! We talked about a number of topics but the one that stood out to me was that our teaching should be so natural that it feels like a conversation. I totally agree with it. It just really needs to be since and according to their needs. At the end of zone meeting elder senior, who I served with in Nassau, stood up and invited the people who were going home soon to bear their testimony. I totally forgot that we did that and when they called my name I was caught off guard. I had a few minutes to kinda put my thoughts together before I went up. I shared how much I had learned and grown since I made the decision to serve. I've gained a stronger testimony and found precious truths. I've seen gods hands work many miracles for those who obey him. I've witnessed people literally change who they are through the gospel. I'm very thankful for these experiences and I'll never for get them. Luckily I still have another 6 weeks to do some more damage lol. To end on a crazy note I want to tell you all about a potentially hazardous experience we almost had on Saturday. We went to go see an investigator names Ricky who is doing really well. He owns a Fruit stand on the main road in Spanish town. He also sells fried fish, breadfruit, akee and things like that. We were in the middle of a discussion while he was frying and all of a sudden we hear this woosh noise and feel a heat wave. There were flames all over the burner stove. I looked and saw that the tube from the cylinder slipped off and I was like I gotta get outta here haha. My companion was just oblivious to the situation and I'm like elder Elliott move! I ran out so fast lol. If Rick hadn't of shut it off in time there would have been a really big explosion. We all made it out safe and sound so that's good lol. Well I hope that you all have a great week! Remember, "when Jesus say yes, nobody can say no!"

If you are wondering what I mean by that go to YouTube and look it up haha it's awesome!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Well, well, well.... Another week has passed everyone, and it's been bonkers lol. This week was full of stress, surprises and small victories. Last week Monday was good as usual. We just all hung out together as a district again. Tuesday we had district meeting and it was our new district leaders first time teaching. His name is elder hatch and he is one of the most awesome people I have ever met. He's from Orange County California, but I just call him the OG from the OC. I brought to his attention on Monday that we needed a baptismal interview for one of our investigators. He then asked me to find out what time and call him back. I called our investigator, Gordon, who is a really busy person and he told us for that week it would have to be done early in the morning. When he initially said it I was maybe thinking like 8 o'clock or something. You guys have no idea what my face looked like when he told us the time we needed to come. He told us to come at 5am... I don't know if you guys know but that's wicked early! Nevertheless we set it up and at 4:15 in the morning elder hatch and I woke up to go do the interview lol. After the interview was over we began to ride home. Now if you remember Tuesday was Valentine's Day and this is early Wednesday morning. We got to one road that we needed to go down and as we turn we see like 80 people just in the streets with their cameras out! Apparently there was some huge party going on and to add to it one of the buildings was on fire! Me and elder hatch were like what the heck is going on?! At this point it's like 5:10 and we then heard someone call out to us. It was one of the members of the ward and she asked us why we were out so early lol. I said to her I could ask you the same thing haha. We then proceeded to bike off and all of a sudden I look down at my leg and see that somebody had thrown cake on me lol. So yeah this week was pretty exciting  haha. I was really excited to finally be having a baptism in this area. Not just one but two! On Saturday we had one for Kayla, but the person who was supposed to baptize her wasn't able to make it so I ended up doing it at the last minute lol. As we were entering the font I somehow got distracted and almost slipped! Lucky nobody was paying attention so only the two witnesses saw lol. on Sunday we had Gordon's baptism and it was lit! We had about 40 people come to it and as it went on the spirit was so strong! I was so happy for him! He will receive the priesthood next week and will be able to baptize his girlfriend in the coming weeks! If I am completely honest with you all I'll tell you that missionary work is super challenging. I've had some really difficult times and lots of disappointments. I've learned not to let those things effect me. I know that as we keep on keeping on the lord will bless us. It's weeks like this that makes it all worth it. I bare witness that Jesus Christ is truly the son of God. I know that through him we can be victorious over all things! I love you all dearly and I can't wait to talk to you all next week! Take care!

Nuff respect,
Elder Jon Lewis

Monday, February 13, 2017

Only one picture this week guys! Sorry!
Hello everybody! This week was really hot lol. We sweated to death everyday this week with the exception of Sunday, and that was just because it rained lol. There were a lot of great things that took place this week. We spent most of Monday and Tuesday proselytizing with elder porter and elder eulette. We were with them because we took over their area. As you guys know our area was already huge and now it's double the size lol. What really made things difficult this week was that I didn't have a bicycle for most of it cause mine got stolen last week. So basically we did a whole lot of walking lol. It gave us a wonderful opportunity to talk to a lot of people though. This coming week we have 3 baptisms scheduled. Two on Saturday and one on Sunday. I'm really excited for these people. I have seen them change as we have been working with them. On a funny note I had an interesting experience lol. Wednesday night I was taking a shower and as I was drying off something like falls from the ceiling and hits me. It then dell into the tub. I looked down and saw the biggest cockroach I've ever seen in my life! I then just blurted out, "are you kidding me!?" My companion was like what's going on? I come out in a towel and he looks in and just starts dying lol. I'm not scared of bugs at all but it was just that I was naked and wet lol. Idk how to explain it but I just felt vulnerable haha. Another funny thing that happened this week actually took place yesterday at church. I was talking to another missionary when this little girl comes up to me and asks if i am the missionary who is afraid of tickles. I then replied, "who told you that?!" For those of you who don't know I'm am insanely ticklish. My body just shuts down when somebody tickles me. A couple of elders found that out a few weeks ago and have been trying to tickle me randomly haha. After the little girl asked the question I then walked down to the very end of the hall to talk to someone. Next thing I know there are four kids that roll up on me saying "let's tickle him!" They then proceeded to lay hands upon me and I could do nothing about it cause I was stuck In a corner. Luckily soon after another missionary came to my rescue and allowed me to escape with minor injuries haha. I love kids, they're just so crazy and funny haha. I hope that all is well for everyone back home and abroad. I pray for you all continually that you will be safe and protected from the dangers of the world. Always remember the savior, he will be with you through ANYTHING. I love you all and have a great week!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hello my family and friends! I hope this week has been a good one for you all. This week has certainly been a trying one for us, but nevertheless we are still trucking along. This past week I had the opportunity to go on a trade off with the zone leaders. I went with a missionary named elder gibbons. He is such a great young missionary. We just went out taught a lot of people and had a lot of fun. I have really enjoyed getting to know and being around him these past 6 months. I also went on a trade off with another missionary in the district named elder porter. He is way cool too. We had a really good day together even though it was really rainy lol. Things were perry great until the end of the night lol. As many of you know I have loved my bicycle dearly since I have been on my mission. We have seen a lot of adventures together lol. Well we went and taught our last lesson for the night. We parked our bikes in the back of this yard and locked the gate. When we came back out 20 minutes later my baby was gone. So yeah I'm without a bike now and I'm not gonna buy another one cause I'm coming home in two months haha. I was really angry and upset at first, but hey I'd rather have them take my bike than my life. It just goes to show as well that earthly possessions mean nothing. You cannot take them with you when you die, so even though I miss it badly I'm still alright. We got transfer calls this week and I found out that i will be staying in Spanish town for a 5th transfer. This upcoming transfer is my last full one so I will probably finish my mission here lol. As many of you know my companion has really been struggling with a lot of things and has been thinking of going home. This week he met with president and decided that he wanted to stay. You guys have no clue how happy I was! After the meeting we had the opportunity to go out teaching with president and it went really well even though I was mad nervous lol. This week was challenging for me in a lot of ways, so I asked elder Elliott for a blessing. It was one of the most powerful blessings I have ever received. I know that the words which were spoken came from our Heavenly Father and I am so thankful for his advice. Other than that not too much is going on. We just got our are doubled in size so it will be fun to walk that lol. I'll probably look like a tooth pick by the time I go home. We have a few baptisms scheduled in the coming weeks so we are excited about that too! I hope that things are going well for you all back home. I love and miss you all dearly. Before I conclude I would like to share a scripture that I came across this week. It's in St. John 15: 13-15. It states.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

I love these verses here. I think it just plainly and simply describes how our relationship with the savior should be. I love him and I know he lives. I know he loves me and I have felt it many times. He is my friend and I will always strive to be a friend to him as well, and I invite you all to do the same. I hope you all have a wonderful week! Take care!

Nuff respect,

Elder Jon Lewis