Monday, April 28, 2014

...we saw the wolves....

Hey family,
sorry that this email is a bit latter than normal. I don't have as much time today, we have had a pretty busy day since Elder Teixeira (one of the missionaries in troy went home today, he has finished his mission) so we spent the day with him and had to drive him to St.Peters so he could go with some other missionaries who are going home as well. And we just got back, so its been kinda busy.
Oh, we also saw the wolves I was talking about :) It was allot of fun, they where really friendly, but some where a little stand offish, but no problems.
Oh ya we got transfer calls on Saturday! Elder Hendrickson is going to Champion Illinois in a city called Urbana. which is about 2 hours away from his home.
And I'm going to be spending the rest of my mission here in Warrenton! I'm really excited that they did transfer me to a new area for my last 6 weeks.
My new companion is going to be Elder England, I used to be his district leader when I was in Sullivan, and I'm glad that they put me with him. It should be allot of fun
So this week went pretty well having a hard time remembering what happened.
We taught Randall, it went ok, we watched Finding Faith in Christ and read 3 Nephi 18:1-25 and talked about the sacrament and the Sabbath day and got him to commit to coming to church and he came yesterday, we weren't able to talk to him since he came in later and left before it ended due to him having to go to work. So we are hoping that he enjoyed it.
We taught Nicka and Katie again that was good, just told him again that everything comes down to the Book of Mormon and knowing it s true.
Also taught Julie that went really good we talked to her about whats happening in her life and she is thinking about moving back to California or Colorado, but she is praying on her own, she would be reading but her Book of Mormon "went missing" and she can't find it so you can probably guess what happened to it. And tomorrow we will be meeting with her and be talking about a baptismal date, even if she moves again she can still work towards it.
But yeah that was our week in nut shell, I forgot my planner back at the apartment so I can look through it like I normally do.
Glad that you got the Camry to start working again, seems like something is always wrong with it.

Well I love you all and pray that everyone well have a good week.
-Elder Jacob Dixon
The wolves that Jacob got to go see

 Me and the Alpha male, he is one of the friendliest.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone, may we all remember why it is important to remember the true meaning behind all the candy and eggs.
 remember the things that were done on our behalf that we may not have remained fallen, but that we may be lifted.
-Elder Jacob Dixon
ps post this on your facebook to share it with everyone you know :D

My Birthday

Hey family,
So we have tried doing the step thing with Randall, but he isn't to configurable with talking about spiritual things, he isn't used to it since when he grew up, that was something you left at church and didn't talk about it until the next Sunday, that is what his fiance was telling us at church when we talked to her to see what we could do better, the main thing is going to be time.
So thanks for the presents they where great, I really enjoyed my birthday this year. I really loved all the things in the package, tell all the grandparents thanks
We didn't do a whole lot for my birthday, we did the regular missionary thing and we went to our ward missionary leader and they make a cake and the district got me some things, two shirts and some hot wheels. it was allot of fun, I'll be sending a picture of all the stuff I got.
This week was slow. We had most of our appointments fall through so we weren't able to teach anyone besides Randall, we taught him about keeping the Sabbath day holy and tried to commit him to coming to church, but he said that he works on Sunday and he didn't seem like he really wants to come to church, but said that when he gets a Sunday off he will be coming. so we are taking things slow with him to try to figure out his concerns.
We went to nicks bible study last night at his church, it went well they where talking about the end of Luke, they believe some of the basic things that we do, but they use the new King James bible, so it has different translations and I was reading along in our bible and I can see how things get lost in translation, they left out some small things, like when Jesus is with his disciples and he eats fish and honey, they left out the honey part, and there was a couple of other things as well.
but other than those things our week kind of went down hill.
Wasn't able to meet with Abdur, things are still crazy over there and his wife should be having the baby today, so some time this week we are going to go over and help him clean up his house.
Julie is still having trouble with her sister, but we are staying in contact with her pretty often and we are meeting with her on Tuesday. she is thinking about moving back to California, so pray that what ever happens will be.
I'm glad that everyone enjoyed the cruise it looks like you all had fun.
Thanks for the pics.
Love ya all
-Elder Jacob Dixon

Everything on the left- shirts cars and knife is from everyone in the district and everything on the right is from you guys (Mom, Dad, Megan, Roscoe, and Adam and Crystal)

Birthday Wishes

April 7, 2014
Thanks for the birthday wishes family! it sounds like you will be having a lot of fun when you get to the cruise, remember to take lots of pictures!

This week went ok, the weather was ok, we got a lot a rain during the week and it is raining lightly this morning.
We taught nick on Wednesday, it didn't really go any where, he was asking some questions about similar passages in the book of Mormon and Bible, so we did that for the whole time we where there and told him the #1 answer to his questions is reading and praying about the Book of Mormon.
We taught Randall about praying often and the importance of it, and we are trying to get him to pray vocally, but we know that he is still uncomfortable about praying aloud.
General conference went really well, i really enjoyed elder Hollands talk about discipleship. and standing up for what is right. i wrote more details in my hand written letter that you should be getting in the mail.
Nick came to the Saturday morning session and the priesthood session, but he said that there was some things that he disagrees with and what not :/
I don't know how he can say that after the all of the testimonies that were shared and the powerful spirit that was there, i really felt the spirit when president Monson related the story of Joseph Smith and him rebuking the guards.
I really hope he recognizes the spirit soon, and that he will be committed to follow its promptings.
But on a positive note, Abdur came to the priesthood session and he loved it and said that he felt like all the speakers were speaking to him, he really liked president Eyrings talk about heros in our lives. so that was really neat to hear him say that.
When I hear things like that from investigators it makes me very joyful and happy to know that they are taking root in the gospel.
Well I have to get going, we have zone p-day today and we are going to play ultimate Frisbee.
love you all. 

Love ya-Elder Jacob Dixon
These are some pictures of the sunset after a thunder/ tornado warning storm.


Monday, April 7, 2014

03/31/14: "week went okay...but I wasn't in Warrenton for most of it"

03/ 31/2014

 Hey Family!!
Sounds like Megan had a good birthday.
So this week went okay, it was pretty busy, but I wasn't in Warrrenton for most of it. We went on exchanges with the Troy Elders and I was in Troy for both exchanges, we did that Thursday-Sunday morning.
But while I was in Troy Elder Hendrickson did get to teach Randall, and it went okay from what I got out of it, they taught him the plan of salvation, and he seemed to accept it pretty well.
We did teach Nick and Katie on Wednesday, they are a couple that Elder Johnson and Coka (Chōkă) tracted into while they where blitzing our area.
Nick is a minister at the Warrenton Church of Christ, and is probably one of the nicest ministers that ive met on my mission. and he has a real desire to know what we believe this is the second time that we have met with him, and we have taught him the 1st lesson. But he does have some concerns that we have answered as best as we could and told him that he cant take our word or anyone else's words about the book of Mormon and how it's important to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, so it's been really good teaching him.
And after we met with Nick we went over to a potentials house that we tracted into a couple of weeks back, her name is Maryann and she used to meet with missionaries way way back and in a different state, so we went over there to see if she might me interested in learning again, and her daughter was there, her name is Teressa, she is about 40 and Maryann is about 60 or 70. and while we where talking to Maryann we learned that she was close to being baptized but stopped because she felt rushed by the missionaries to quit smoking. and while we are talking about that Theresa is asking us allot of questions,and they were really good questions, and they are related to the restoration of the Gospel, so we pretty much taught her the first lesson,so that went really good and she was really interested in coming to church on Sunday, but she wasn't able to change her work schedule in time. I think that they both have good potential, and Maryann has a really good out look on the church.
that's all that I can really think of right now, its hard to remember things when you are super busy all the time.
It's hard to believe that you guys got snow and hail this week. our weather is improving much better now, it was a bit chilly last week, but yesterday and today are in the 70s, so its a really nice change.

love ya all-Elder Jacob Dixon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This week 3/24/14

So this week went alright.
We taught Randall the Gospel of Jesus Christ so lesson 3. It went pretty well he seemed to grasp every thing ok, didn't ask a whole lot of questions this time, we talked a little bit more about baptism and re invited him to be baptized when he knows this is true, we tried setting up a date but he wasn't to sure about setting one yet. we are trying to get him to come to church, but he works most of the time on Sundays, so we are going to get him to try and commit to asking for Sundays off. and we left him with 3 nephi 11 to read in between our visits.
And we have some sad news, Abdur pretty much dropped us yesterday. he talked about how he doesn't feel ready for this big step and we tried to tell him that he doesn't have to be perfect to be baptized, and he knows that. but he also told us about how busy he is with every thing going on in his life and how he wants to focus on taking care of his family. so we where disappointed to hear that, we worked so hard up to this point with him and he was happy when he was doing the things we asked him to do, and he didn't seem happy with telling us that he doesn't want to be baptized yet. but the good news is that he is still ok with us stopping by once and awhile and he still is willing to come to church, and still sees baptism as a possible thing in the future, but i don't think it will be while i am here.
The weather is still bi polar! Thursday and Friday was really nice, we got up into the 70s but Saturday and Sunday it was in the lower 40s and 30s and it is supposed to be like that for the rest of the week and we might get snow tonight.
So I've been thinking lately about what I'm going to do when I get home and I want to go to school, but don't know when the dead line is to apply is. I was thinking UVU, so if you could get back to me about that it would be great.
Thanks for keeping me updated about whats going on, hope every one has a good week.
Happy Birthday Megan!!!
Love you all
-Elder Jacob Dixon