Sept. 26, 2016 :)

Hi Mom and Family,

First I just have to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!  ;) This week has been a crazy week and yes I did get a haircut....yes I look like a missionary again.


Our apartment is really nice and I am glad that you all were able to see he area and where we live...I have already started to work out at the nice gym!



Our apartment though gets really bad reception with AT&T and most of our area in the Hidden Valley Ward boundaries...we have to go to President for us to get a Verizon phone and trust me we need one! Everyone in Hidden Valley was very nice to us and came up to introduce themselves to us...the sisters covering it said they didn't think the ward would react good to Elders but they were wrong! Which we were happy about.

The teaching is going good, although now that we have dropped Pantano we don't have a lot...Hidden Valley has no work right now basically...but hopefully we can change that. We had a lesson this last Tuesday with Ron and we talked about the Godhead...talk about inspired questions, I was inspired to ask Ron if he believed in the trinity and he said that he did. Then we got into the scriptures and I asked how the Savior could ask himself for strength in the Garden in Gethsemane, or how he could descend like a dove on himself and call himself his beloved son in whom he is well pleased when he was baptized. He started to think and he told us that we had a good point and that it did make a lot more sense that they were three separate being. Ah, I am so happy he is moving forward :)

I really hope you do have a great birthday and anniversary!

I love you guys and I pray for you always, thank you for the prayers in my behalf  :). Thanks for the pics, I love seeing them an I can't wait to hear back from you!

Love,

Elder Jordie
Sept 19, 2016 ;)

Hello Mom and Family,

This week has been a good week with all that has been going on here...first I have to tell you about the lesson with Ron. It was awesome, we had a senior couple join us and they were so awesome with connecting with Ron...right now Ron is Catholic and the senior missionaries both used to be Catholic, so they were able to connect with him right away and share their conversion stories. I think that we are getting him to feel the spirit more often, last time you could tell that he was really thinking about what we were saying. The senior couple is going to go back with us, and they gave us some good advice on what to teach Ron since he is Catholic and they were as well. This past time we taught him about the temple even more, and then it went somewhere totally different which is awesome because that means you are teaching to his needs by the spirit! We also had Elder Price with us that day because we were on a 3 day exchange with him.

 The pictures that I sent this past week were of me, Elder Leslie, and Elder Price in the back seat of the minivan on the way to the Gila Valley Temple. We had a blast and I loved being with Elder Price again.


We had a lesson this past Thursday with a family...the Cummins Family and they wanted us to come teach them because they are trying to become active again. I guess Sister Cummins husband got baptized five years or so ago and right after they became inactive because of her health. I am kind of sad though because they are in the Pantano Ward and that is the Ward we won't be serving in any longer as soon as Tuesday comes.

So as you know we got a call Thursday night that Elder Leslie and I would be taking over the Hidden Valley Ward and keep the Camino Principal Ward...and that we would be moving into our ward boundaries by the weekend which we already have. We are in the nice part of Tucson, by the apartments we have a developing shopping center and a Kneaders! LOL It is so awesome, I love these apartments...I don't have to get cash for the laundry room, all I have to do is scan my debit card and away you go! They even have a machine where you can get purified water for 25 cents and that's for a gallon of water! The apartment is a lot smaller that the one that we had but we are ok with that. Elder Kump was going to take over Pantano Ward but some missionaries had to go home for medical purposes so they had to reassign him and had the bordering Elders take it over for a transfer.




I had a wonderful time at the temple and I was able to feel of the peace and comfort that I needed to know that my mission here is not done and the Lord needs me for more that he has planned for me. I have seen too much to ever deny the power of God, and the power of the miracles he has brought in my life. Sometimes I find myself thinking and saying things in scriptural terms! LOL

I am glad that you were able to take Arlene to meet Richard Paul Evans, I bet she was all kinds of excited for that! I miss El, that is one of the places that we have to go when I get back!


You do have a very busy week planned and I know that you are going to have a wonderful birthday. Just think about all these wonderful people taking you out and doing things for you...see how amazing of a mom you are! I am so happy to hear that you are doing a lot better and that the muscle in your leg is starting to heal the way that it is supposed to. That's right, I have a lot planned for when you guys get here and it would be awesome to go on a hike ;). But even if it's not all the way better we can always come back :).

I love you guys and I love the scriptures because they have taught me so much and I really do hope that you have seen a good change in me that has come from me being out here. I pray for you and thank you for the prayers in my behalf!

Love,

Elder Jordie
Sept. 11, 2016 :)
 
Hello Mom and Family,
This week has been a super good week for missionary work. In the meeting with President Passey a week ago we talked about how the areas were doing, especially one of the wards that is not doing so great. President gave us some great suggestions on how to help the area. So this week we have been calling all of the auxiliaries of the Ward Council and asking them who they need help working with and they gave us a bunch of names of people who had been baptized and then became inactive. We have been able to contact a lot of the people and some we haven't been able to yet, and the same thing is happening in our other Ward...now people are just calling us with others to go and see.

I loved the packages that you guys sent to me full of food and the wonderful letters that were inside, thank you for that because I really needed them ;) ... Anyway the packages were wonderful and it makes it so that I don't have to eat out! 
 
 
I can't believe that your birthday month is already here and I can about imagine all the lunches you are going to and all the presents that you are getting! Elaine is getting her knee replaced huh? I think she knows not to go the the VA Hospital with all that happened with Delton's knee... Please let them know that I am thinking about them and I really miss them! I am glad that things with your knee are progressing and getting better, sounds like you are starting to walk a lot more than you were at first, it's good that your leg is getting its strength back :)
Oh my goodness I cannot believe that you and dad have been married for that long, I still remember when we were celebrating 15 years, and then 20...man where has the time gone! I don't want you guys to get old! 
Thank you for the continued prayers in my behalf and for the work in our wards, thank you for the email and letting me know what all is going on there at home... ;). I love you guys and I hope that you have a great week...sorry for the shorter email but you know why it's a little short. 
 
Thank you Sister Bilbo for this picture at your cafe ;)
 
Love,
Elder Jordie