I am so xcited to see you, you have no idea. I have been thinking what its going to be like but I'm not sure. It feels like this has been my whole life, my whole world and the thought of something different doesn't seem possible. That doesn't mean that I'm not happy but it is weird. The true impact of whats happening hasn't hit me yet and I doubt that it will till I get home and see all of you. It feels like I will just wake up and be in Brigham City or Soda Springs. I love you so much and cant wait to see you. My last scripture for you is from 3 John 1:13-14 13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and penwriteunto thee:
14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.
So this last weekend was stake conference. The theme for all stake conferences around the world is "Hastening the Work of Salvation" so that meant the sister missionaries that cover part of the stake, and my companion and myself had the opportunity to speak in stake conference. This meant speaking to over 2000 people. Talk about freaky. But it actually turned out really well. When I got up to speak peace came to me and my fears were gone. This was cool because I was speaking on overcoming our fears of sharing the gospel and how we can keep from having our tongues bound. It was amazing to be able to uplift every member of the stake and encourage them to be a part of missionary work.
Other than that we are working with 2 people for baptism. One already has a date for the 8th but the other does not have a date yet. He wants to be baptized. Its just his mom that has been the biggest setback. She will not even give him the time of day to talk about it. He is a good kid and knows the gospel is true. He wants to do Baptisms for the dead and he wants to serve a mission. He is 12 years old. I am sure that he is at least one that I was meant to meet on my mission. He has strengthened me and has given me a new found sense of hope. I am positive that he will be baptized we just don't know when. I am going to make sure that I can keep in touch with him.
I cant wait to be able to spend time with the kids. They sound like a blast and I got a few things that I want to show them. I don't blame Layla, I love Ponyo and I wouldn't want to have to miss it. Tell her I said a sleep over sounds fun.
Sooooo 9 days left! I am super excited to see you but I am not letting it distract me from the work. Well maybe a little but not much lol.
I'm not sure what else to write so I will give you another challenge. In 1Nephi 2:16, Nephi describes him self as: And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature. Then in 1Nephi 4:31 he then later describes him self as: And now I, Nephi, being a man large in stature.
So here is the challenge what happened between those two events that caused him to change his opinion of himself? Why did he switch from thinking of him self as YOUNG and then to being a MAN?
Ok there you go I have given you my challenge. I love you so much. See you soon.
I don't have too much stuff. I don't have enough stuff lol! Yes, I am very aware that when I get home I will have to go through all my old junk. I'm glad I still have my old soccer shoes so that I can play in the alumni game when I get there. I cant believe that it will be 4 years total till I see Ben. Everyone is going to be so different. Well that's good I guess. Change may be hard but it is always good. Now I'm not saying I'm a different person. I am still me, just with a deeper love of God and people. I think that's been the biggest blessing to me on my mission is that I have grown a desire to help people instead of hoping someone helps them, if that makes sense. How are the kids doing? I am super excited to get to see them and do things with them. It will be fun when they visit, to take them to do whatever and you would be able to relax more when we do. I am also down to go to FREE concerts. The only thing that would turn me away is if I HAD to pay. This last week a few missionaries from the Ogden mission who are going to school now in Rexburg, came down and took me out to lunch. It was so weird seeing them after not having seen them for so long and seeing them in regular clothes on a non p-day day. It was a blast. So I understand what you mean when its hard for missionaries to go away. Its also great if you do get to see them again in like I don't know maybe... 15 DAYS!! But seriously, I'm not sure if anything really exciting will happen in 15 days, it will probably be just another day... just kidding. I love you so much. I also cant wait to see you again. Time is just slipping away and I'm afraid that this last little bit will be gone in a blink of an eye. I know that the people I have met have been forever engraved upon my heart. It will be so hard to leave them knowing that it will be a long time before I will see many of them again. I wish Shaun and Ryan had told me how hard this part was. It seems convenient that they just "happened" to forget that detail as they worked on convincing me to go on a mission. I am grateful for them though. I give them, especially the Findlay family, much credit getting me here. Granna and Grandpa too! Of coarse the main person I give credit to is you. Your love and support through hard times really pushed and motivated me to be a better person than I was and to do something with my life instead of kinda just fartin around life. Here is you scripture challenge. (I know I haven't done this much but oh well) What is the first question asked in the Book of Mormon? Here is your hint. It will be between 1 Nephi chapter 1 and 1 Nephi Chapter 7.I love you so much. Love, Jonathon Felton
Things this week have been going well. We have been working with our investigators that have a baptism date and been helping to set up everything for that day. It has been great seeing them accept the gospel more and more. I have a feeling that this transfer just might be my best yet. In our zone we have over 40 people who have accepted to be baptized. I have never been in such a great area in all my mission. It is great seeing how everyone is working so hard. Yesterday, on Sunday I ate with a family that has a missionary in our ward back home. The Chambers family. They told me that he has been in Evansville For a while now. It was so cool to find out that he will still be there or should still be there when I get home. I will look into finding out what I need to do in order to send stuff home. I am fairly sure that I wont have to send to much home, but I will probably still need to send something home. I love you so much Love,Jonathon Felton
Wow you have had a crazy week. I wish my week was that exciting. Well not really lol. This last week we set a baptism. He is super excited to be baptized. His baptism date is set for the 8th of February. He will be my last baptism so we are going to work with him to make sure he is ready. We have been having a great time. Things can be slow at times but we are working on finding more people to teach. I feel bad because I'm not all that sure what to write. I will be sending a card to Emma and a letter to you today. Remind Emma to keep her eyes open there will be a surprise in the card for her.
I love you so much And pray for you always. Love Jonathon Felton
Holy poop! I cant believe that its actually colder there than here. That stinks big time. Things have been going well. We have a person that has a baptism date right now for February the 1st. We are hoping that we might be able to move her baptism up if she stops smoking. She is making great steps too and we believe she will be able to do it. We are also planning on setting up 2 baptism dates this week as well. Work is a little slow in this area but it is starting to pick up. Being in Idaho Falls is awesome. I am happy I get to serve here and with a great companion. His name is Elder Kaye. He has been out for 6 month and is a great missionary. He has been great to help me getting to know the area. Even though he know I'm leaving soon he isn't getting down on that and neither am I. We are super excited to blow this area up! We are working hard and not letting the cold get us down. Oh YEAH! I have a car in this area. NO MORE WALKING lol. We still walk some but our area is very spread out.
I loved the Christmas letter so much. It was awesome to read Emma's point of view. I hadn't realized how much she really has grown up. It made me also almost tear up when I read what she had said about me. Things are going well for me. I found out that on Wednesday I will be getting transferred to my last area. I will be serving in Idaho Falls in the east stake. I am excited to get to serve there. When I came to the Idaho Pocatello Mission, the two areas that I wanted to serve was Pocatello and Idaho Falls. I will also have a car in this area from what I have been told. No more walking in the cold. I have a feeling that this transfer is going to be one of my most busy and best transfers I have had. We will have to see. So I'm not really sure what to talk about. The only bad part about calling home is the next email I send I have nothing to talk about. I'm glad your talk went well. If there is one thing I am still freaked out about its talking in sacrament meeting. It is weird to think of how little time I have left. I felt when I first came on my mission that this would never come and that was ok. Now that its almost here I would almost love to switch places with the missionaries coming out now, but I am supper excited to come home and be with you and Emma and the kids to. Even though it freaks me out how much time is left I am using this as a motivation tool to work even harder then I have before. Thank you for all your love and support. I cant wait to see you again. Love, Jonathon Felton