Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Come Unto Me'

February 20, 2017

  Beef brisket that I made

A local soccer match

  (Editor's Note:  I looked it is a form of driedcured meat that originated in South AfricaZimbabwe and Namibia. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef and game meats to fillets of ostrich from commercial farms.)

Dear Family, 
I had a great week.  I am learning a lot! The mission is pushing my boundaries but I love that it is. Sometimes, the hardest thing for me is accepting that sometimes other people aren't always as vigorous or excited about the work as you. That too is teaching me an invaluable lesson about future careers, etc.  To answer your question, there are 14 missionaries in Namibia right now.  Ten here in Windhoek and the other 4 are in Swakopmond.  Also, I haven't seen a single African animal but I will let you know as soon as I do. Dinner on Sunday was very nice.  They found out it was my birthday....they are a great family. They have a wonderful house and the food was delicious! I shared a spiritual thought with the family out of 3 Nephi 9:22 a scripture that I love. ( " Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God.  Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.")  These people are truly pioneers in the gospel. At one point the chapel here where I am emailing from right now was burned down by persecutors.  They had to meet in members homes for a while.  

Anyway, I hope you have a good week!


Your Son

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy 20th Birthday!

Editor's Note:  Jackson's 20th Birthday is February 19th.  If you would like to send him an email, it is  

Black lab puppy!

Two babies playing

My sturdy shoes that I bought.  When I left Mamelodi, my walking shoes were at the repair shop so I had to buy some new ones.  I got these on sale for 609 rand ($45).  

New haircut

I made fried chicken!

(Not sure what this is....Jackson did not say)

February 6, 2016

Dear Family,

This week was good. The new schedule is that we wake up at 6:00  a.m. and get back home by 8:30 p.m. I am happy with it. We get fed by members about three times a week. Truthfully we could have a meal every night if we wanted but we don't want to take advantage of their hospitality. We only go when we are invited. We have a new family that seems promising. We had a powerful lesson with them and they asked for a Book of Mormon and understood the whole concept of the restoration.  It is pretty quiet out here...the 10 missionaries here in Windhoek are like a separate mission. It is teaching me a lot though.  I have had some neat impressions of what type of member I want to be the rest of my life. It makes me so grateful to be serving a mission. The Lord is so merciful, he truly has our best interests in mind. He LOVES us.

Your Son

February 13, 2017

Dear Family,
Just yesterday we taught a lesson to some members and they had a crazy boy and I bet I was something like that to you guys, haha. As for me I am learning some good lessons while I am here. I know now what is is like to be left to your own devices and push hard. It will be something that will last me my whole life. I will have a great birthday, a member is having all 10 missionaries over in Windhoek Sunday night which is always fun. I love you a ton and hope you have a good week! 
Your Crazy Boy