Nov 28 2016

Oh I got full!! That's for sure. We had four separate food appointments on thanksgiving. It was great! But starting all the way back on Monday, Mike and Deb were so cool!! Oh my goodness it was amazing to see them. I felt bad that they had to make quite the trek and track me down all the way in the north part of the city.

So ya the whole week was kind of like helping people prepare for thanksgiving. We went to a few houses earlier in the week to help cook and my favorite was definitely our Venezuelan family. I will send pictures but we helped them make these yaka they are their version of Mexican tamales but almost infinitely better. They wrap them in banana leaves instead of corn husks and the insides are a mixture of four different meats, a couple types of oil, onions, olives, egg, raisins, and straight goodness! They were amazing and we cooked and danced for what seemed like forever in their house:)

So actual thanksgiving day though, we started the day again at that Venezuelan house because we had to take them a pan so they could cook some pan de jamón, which is also stinking amazing. Then we went to one of our biggest interconnected families from the ward. There are like... four or five households that span a few wards in our stake and almost all of them got together and we were invited. That was way fun too! We could only stay for a little while though because our most promising investigator family had also invited us over. They did so about two months ago so we definitely couldn't miss this one! So after eating a plate at the Alvarez we hopped on the bikes and scurried over to the Ledezma house. This is the family I found in my first week here in Westchester and they have been slowly progressing ever since.  The holidays really are tough times for missionaries who miss home a lot. One could fall into despair pretty quickly around so much family warmth and all... but not me! I don't miss home at all (sniffle). Apparently in their house it isn't thanksgiving without a giant vat of lasagna. So that's what we ate, accompanied by a small slice of ham and turkey which was then followed by overly large portions of; pumpkin pie, apple pie, some other kind of pie, and flan! Yikes. Second meal and it wasn't looking good for me. I was on the verge of bursting and the night was still young! Our final house held the member who I had told earlier that I would eat everything on my plate and his as well! Well, coming out of the Ledezmas I was really regretting saying that. I could barely pedal! Oh, and as you know missionaries love the families they visit so much that it is sometimes hard to leave once you get in. That said, we arrived at our fourth and final appointment for the day, an hour and a half late. It's ok though! They weren't too bummed since it was mostly a family thing again and were content to watch us try and stuff down two tamales each. God bless them. 

I am so grateful for my family. I am so great for all of the wonderful people that have blessed my life before, and during my mission. I am grateful that I have things to be grateful for! There is always someone in less accommodating conditions than us and I encourage everyone in this month of December to check out the church's movement of  #light the world. Thank you all for everything! Love you guys!

Elder Jones
making the yaka

Nov 21 2016

I had a great Pday today went bowling to start the week off. Then I got a great surprise visit from Mike and Deb. Thanksgiving is coming up and we have 4 dinner appts.  I think we will be having Spanish food... I'm not sure! Lots of people tell us we are going to eat turkey but... we will see how it is;) they are better sticking to the food from their homelands. Mom go say hi to Trevor he just got home! I miss him so much.  Big thank you to Hermana Curiel for cutting my hair- mom I know I needed it bad and I didn't have to cut it myself!  Hope you all enjoy being with your family I know I am very thankful for mine.


Nov 14 2016

Hello everyone!
These last seven days were pretty exciting! We have elected a new president! I can honestly say that it has been hard to avoid political discussions with investigators and members alike. It seems like everyone wants to know what the missionaries think so they can decided if they want to keep inviting us over! Haha it's been a fun week. 

So here is the highlight for me of this last week, I baptized Carlos! The hermanas were actually the missionaries who taught him which is why I haven't said much about him in my weekly's home, but he asked me to be the one and I was honored. I feel so blessed to have been able to bring this man closer to Christ. That is the real reason I am here. To bring people to Christ. And just like I do everyday, I invite all of you to come a little closer to him in this next week.

So follow up coolest thing of the week, we had a surprise visit at church from Elder Anderson of the seventy! This was especially cool because it was the day we confirmed Carlos as well as the two children of the Barrios family, and so I was able to stand in on three confirmations, all with a seventy there. How cool is that?! This has been a special week for me and I'm so happy to be here serving the Lord!
Elder Jones

Nov 7 2016

Ok so this week was great! Why? Because a one hundred and eight year streak has been broken! Does anyone know what I'm talking about? If not you should probably look anywhere on social media and you will find out that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series! I didn't get to watch it but I heard it was a great game. The best part was when it was over and we got a text from a member that they won. It woke me up at like 12:30pm!
Other than that, this week we had two baptisms! I know I haven't kept you all super updated on these persons but they were siblings in a recently returning and reactivating family and they were baptized by their father. How cool! I loved being apart of their journey to the truth.
Well that is all from me this week! Once again, thank you for all your love and support!

Elder Jones


Happy Halloween!
I am feeling a lot better now! That lasted like almost two weeks of just sick crap. My nose is still stuffy always though.

Hey everyone! So I am literally experiencing my last Halloween on the mission. Can anyone else believe that? Me neither.

Well I have some great news for this week! We finished all of our teaching with the two Barrios kids this week and there baptism will be taking place on Saturday. I am so stoked! Baptisms really light the fire in missionaries and I am so glad to be apart of this special occasion for some children of God.

Just for a quick update, the war on our cockroaches is still waging but I feel that we won a great battle this last week. I came home to find one fleeing behind my fridge so we decided to pull it out and check behind. We found a couple of big ones and well... they are gone. Keep praying for us there.

The weather is cooling down here but our finding efforts are... well actually that is cooling us down as well. It is time for gloves and beanies here in Chicago and the smarter people just stay inside. It is great though because we can often find whole families at home!

If anybody likes to bake missionaries fresh treats in the fall hey, I'm still out here :)  Thank you all for your support! Love you guys so much!

Elder Jones

Oct 24 2016

So this week was great! I have literally been sick all week! But it's ok because for some reason my Spanish has really clicked and I don't know why. But it's been great. We got to go to the temple on Saturday and that was definitely the highlight! A family got sealed and it was such a special experience! Here is a pic

Elder Jones

Oct 17 2016

Hello everyone!

I don't have tons of time today but here are some experiences from the life of Elder Jones!

So this week was a definitely a victory in the apartment. I think I have done a poor job so far in describing the apartment we live in now and how we came to be there. I will now take this time to explain. So the companionship before me in this area were forced to move out of their apartment due to the inhuman amount of cockroaches. So, when they relocated to where we are now, they weren't able to bring much furniture due to its "contamination". Therefore! We have been sleeping without bed frames, studying with one desk, and eating on plastic plates for about 2 months. I don't want to sound needy, and maybe that's why we have gone so long with nothing, but we complained to our zone leaders and got hooked up with some furniture this week. We deep cleaned everything when we put it all in and kicked some roach butt and I am feeling much better about pretty much everything because of that.

Baptism! Got pushed back a week. So Carlos had his date set for this last Thursday, but unfortunately they had to push it back because of stake conference. He still wants me to baptize him though so I am not despairing. We also have the two Barrios kids who are on date for November fifth!

Those are the best things happening to us right now! I love you all and I know this church is true.
Drop me a line and say hi I need to hear from peeps.