Monday, January 13, 2014

1 Year on Mission!

Hey family & friends!

This week has been so exciting!  We've had some turnarounds with things going on, but it's all going for the best!
First off, we went on exchanges!  My first one as not a Sister Training Leader!  I was in my area, and Sister McKnight came!!  It was so much fun to work with her again!  Love her.

So the family that had us over for Christmas isn't going to be able to meet with us.  CJ and his wife aren't interested.  Other potentials we had dropped us.  BUT!  We have so much more potential now!

Such as Chandra and Ashley!  Chandra is a less active member and has some children that are not members.  We were visiting with her and setting up a time to come meet with her whole family when her next-door neighbor Ashley came in.  Chandra said that she wouldn't be interested at all when we invited her into the conversation, and Ashley targeted us with questions such as, "Shouldn't there be one Church that's right?" "If there's a God, why would He make us going through so many bad things?" and, "How do you even know the Bible and scriptures are true?"  We promptly answered all her questions with the Book of Mormon and doctrines of the Gospel (talking about the Great Apostasy, 2 Nephi 2:11, Moroni 10:3-5), and she stood dumbfounded by the door.  We're going to meet with her again on Tuesday with Chandra!

There's also Ana!  We talked briefly with her daughter one night and set up a return appointment.  When we came back, her daughter wasn't there, but Ana let us in.  Her husband passed away just a few months ago, and we testified of eternal families through this Gospel.  We committed her to reading the Book of Mormon and finding out for herself if what we told her is true.  We're hopefully seeing her soon, even though she's busy.

Or how about Becky?  We started talking to her outside, gave her a Book of Mormon, and she said we could come back some time this week. 

Or the Gummersalls, two boys living with their less-active grandpa who we're seeing today.  And there are so many more people that we hope to begin teaching soon!

I don't share these experiences to brag or display how hard we've been working.  I share 1. because I'm dang excited to talk to all these people! and 2. To demonstrate something that's been on my mind a lot, lately, which is put to words in 2 Nephi 10:20.  Sometimes, the Lord takes us out of good places to lead us to better places.  Sometimes on our way, He leads us to the edge of the sea.  The path ahead looks impossible.  The work might seem too slow in the area.  The way might seem too risky or tough.  But the Lord will make the sea our path.  He might part it (Exodus 14), He might guide us in constructing and sailing a ship (1 Nephi 18, Ether 6), or sometimes, He might even give us the faith to walk on top.  But He WILL provide a path.  As long as we fix our gazes on the "promised land" ahead and put our hand in His, He has promised that even as "mountain waves shall dash upon you," He will "bring you up again out of the depths of the sea," (Ether 2:24).  He will "prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save [He] prepare you against the waves of the sea," (Ether 2:25).  I know that's true.  There have been too many times in my life where I thought "that's impossible," and He's shown me the contrary.   He makes things possible, and all we have to do is "act and not be acted upon."  I love it!

Anyways, I love you all so much.  I can't help you much, but the Lord can.  Trust in Him.  He will guide you to where you need to be, even if it's just beyond your comfort zone.

Sister Jacobson

Pics: I realized we didn't take any this week, so this is me emailing you and loving the Book of Mormon.  Toodles!

This picture was posted today on the Idaho Pocatello Missionary Mom facebook page. It was taken at a Sister missionary luncheon at the mission home with her mission president and his wife. This is just a small portion of the sister missionaries serving in the Idaho Pocatello Mission! We were thrilled to see a picture of our beautiful daughter!

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