Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I'm Home

San Cristobal Zone
Well My mission was one of the best experiences in my life I am still having a hard time just trying to think in English its hard but I’m seeming to get the hang of it so it’s a pretty good thing. But one of my favorite things now is talking to these people I’ve taught, through Facebook or messaging and texting, I’ve been in their homes, I’ve been there with them and seen their change.  The Lord works in mysterious ways and well the way technology is these days makes it seem as it says in a Disney song a Small World. I might be thousands of miles away but it’s a lot easier to talk to those people and well it’s a privileged to see them grow even more. I love this church, its true! I know and I will proclaim it on top of the mountains. This is the best work in the world thanks for following the mission the truth is it’s been the best years and well it really has changed me forever! I love this work! just come unto Christ (Moroni 10:32) and he will do the rest!!! 

flying home!!

Im home
traveling companions E. Sayama and E. Roberts

Monday, September 15, 2014

Week 103! ya thats a wrap‏

Well ya!
That’s a wrap!

Hi how’s everyone doing? Hope well, this is my last week my last Monday in the mission and I have one day left in San Cristobal and Wednesday I’m going to the offices and then on a big jet airliner to the grand USA to touch down in the country I love. Wow the thing is it’s really been too fast but it’s been a dream come true. Ever since I was knee high to my fathers tie I have dreamed to be a missionary and here I am at the end of my mission and all I have to say is it’s a dream come true.

My two years are wrapping up too fast as I said and Thursday will be a very interesting day. Lots of emotions but really I only want to say: I know this church is true the only true church upon the face of the earth. That it is being lead by the prophet Thomas S Monson, I know he has been called of god and he leads and guides us today. I know more know than ever that Jesus is the Christ the holy Son of God our Savior and Redeemer and I know he loves us. In 2 Nephi 2:6,8 it says, "Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass Resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise."

I am so glad that God trusted me enough to bring this message to his sons and daughters to the knowledge of God so that "we must come forth and stand before him in his glory, and in his power, and in his might, majesty, and dominion, and acknowledge to our everlasting shame that all his judgments are just; that he is just in all his works, and that he is merciful unto the children of men, and that he has all power to save every man that believeth on his name and bringeth forth fruit meet for repentance." (alma 12:15) My work for the Lord is to bring souls to him souls worth of his glory as a missionary, I have done what Alma teaches in chapter 32 "And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life." (Alma 32:40) Seeing with the eye of faith and looking towards the people to bring them to the tree of life which is the most desirable fruit and well we only do that by  first eating it ourselves, then inviting. "And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.  And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit. I cast my eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family also, And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit. And it came to pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit also." (1 Nephi 8:11-12, 13,15-16)

Its like us, we need to partake of the fruit which is the love of God (1 Nephi 11:22), we parake and then we invite, we know how desirous the fruit is to our souls so we the look for our "family" our spiritual family and we invite them to partake of something we know is desirous and sweet to the soul. I have seen this happen many times in two years as people partake of this fruit they change and they become more and more followers of Christ. Its a wonderful thing!

I also Know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I finished it yesterday, my fifth time in my mission. I know a man can come closer to God just by reading it. It’s true I testify. In Doctrine and Covenants 3:19-120 it says "And for this very purpose are these plates preserved, which contain these records—that the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled, which he made to his people; And that the Lamanites might come to the knowledge of their fathers, and that they might know the promises of the Lord, and that they may believe the gospel and rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name, and that through their repentance they might be saved. Amen." That the Lamanites may come to a knowledge of their fathers- for two years I have been the hands of the Lord in seeing that the ancestors of the Lamanites receive these truths and well I have seen it as the people grasp this book and they start to read and they start to love it, because when the Lord enters in their hearts they change forever. They never deny it again. They put God on their side and then they say I know they start believing and start knowing. They know its true. "Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." (D&C 123:17) "For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—" (D&C 123:12) but when they follow god cheerfully and carefully they then know its true.

"Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. , Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solidrocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever!" (D&C 128: 22-23) let us all keep moving forward nobody will take the knowledge of the truth away.
“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney Company

I love this work I know its true I know that a man can come closer to God just jumping in and working for the Lord. The only man that can explain it better is Moroni "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.  And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot."

Just come unto Christ and be perfected in him and the windows of the heavens will be open unto you. A member told me once that at the end of your mission the best person you converted was yourself. A mission is a time of learning and well the best part is that you learn with the Lord. I have served the Lord and will keep serving him forever! It really has been the best two years!

Thanks to all that helped in any form I really am glad I could be here. May god bless each and every one of you. I know this work is true the work will go on to infinity and beyond!! thanks buzz for the help!! haha love ya!!!

Hope all is well and hope you all know I love you lots!! See ya soon!!

Elder Jaymes Monson

sorry no pictures because the computer doesn’t want to read it but hey love ya lots ill put some up friday!!

A mothers thoughts:
I've sure been full of a lot of emotions, maybe because I can sense what Jaymes is going through, but to think that the end is near is really hard to understand.  Jaymes talks about a "dream come true" and I feel the same way.  This has been a dream come true for me as the Mom.  What better experience of growth and learning can happen for a young man than to serve a mission where the Lord is guiding and directing, teaching, listening, strengthening and preparing?  I know I could not have taught him this much or helped him more than by letting him fly.  Time stood still for months when he left and yet it has zoomed by at lighting speed.  I can hardly wait till Thursday evening when I get to wrap my mother arms around my son and welcome him home, I can't wait to hear his voice, listen to his stories, feel his presence in our home (even if its a short time) and hug him often.  I ask myself, what have I learned?  I have learned that God is in control and has things under control.  He is all knowing and wise.  He is a God of miracles because he has performed miracles through Jaymes and trusted in his abilities and known just what they were.  "Can ye tell?" (Alma 26:2)  My answer is YES!  I can, I sent out a young man being obedient to the call of the Lord with desire and ambition and faith but Thursday I receive a wondrous gift... My son, now a man who took his faith and turned in to Belief.  My mother heart is full of gratitude and love for both a Father in Heaven who is patient and at the same time requires our whole self to follow him and for a son who turned his life over to that God and allowed him to help him change and become a mighty man!  Now a new phase is about to happen, I'm apprehensive and anxious and yet I have learned that God is in the details if we allow him to guide us as we move forward in life always remember who we are, whose we are and where we can return. 

Thank you to the people of the Tuxtla Gutierrez mission area.  To those who took care of him, who fed him, did his laundry, drove him, moved him, prayed with him and for him, allowed him in their homes, who were kind and Christlike and even to those who didn't understand what he was there for or why, thank you!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  I feel so blessed.  My the Lord bless each of you!

Thank you also to family and friends who have been so supportive and loving.  For letters, and help and packages.  For those who pray for him and the work he does.  Thank you!

And so... now I'll continue to pray for Tyler who is doing so very well in Guatemala. 

Love you Jaymes!  The Lord is proud of you and so am I!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 102: "Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question—unto what were ye ordained? To preach my gospel by the Spirit"

birthday gift-cake it reads Helaman 10:5
This week was a bit of a lot, not a lot of things happened but a lot of people saying things to us. now let me explain, there was a lot of rejections from people, a lot of, “I really don't want to hear you crazy people”, but even better a lot of “HAPPY BIRTHDAYS” on Wednesday and well a lot of “WOW you’re leaving soon” holy cow how do so many people know that? well the truth is yes I am going home soon but the thing is I don't want to go!  yes I should be counting but 10 days left- sorry its how many pages I have left in my journal, “a page a day” my stake president said and well I am trying to do it so yes I have 10 pages left. but the thing is I feel like I will be a missionary forever! All good things have to come to an end and well there are more missions to complete, and where ever the lord sends me ill be there responding the call because I am forever in his debt.

cakes and candle

Yay! Real pizza for my birthday

 I read some really interesting things this week that really peaked my attention. This is what I learned… 
Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question—unto what were ye ordained?
To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth.
And then received ye spirits which ye could not understand, and received them to be of God; and in this are ye justified?
Behold ye shall answer this question yourselves; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto you; he that is weak among you hereafter shall be made strong.
Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
And if it be by some other way it is not of God.
And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
If it be some other way it is not of God.
Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth?
Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together." (D&C 50 13-22)

So I was reading this and I learned that the reason I was set apart to do this was to preach the gospel and to learn by the spirit. Its interesting how the preaching of the gospel brings the people to a better state of mind like in this story,

And it came to pass that after Aaron had expounded these things unto him, the king said: What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken? Yea, what shall I do that I May be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may be filled with joy, that I may not be cast off at the last day? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.
But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing, if thou wilt bow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest.
And it came to pass that when Aaron had said these words, the king did bow down before the Lord, upon his knees; yea, even he did prostrate himself upon the earth, and cried mightily, saying: O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me,and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. And now when the king had said these words, he was struck as if he were dead. (alma 22:15-18)

When the spirit is your number one companion and the number one teacher the people change their ways and they come unto Christ. The reality of the things the lord teaches us is that if we just pay attention the promptings of the spirit it really turns the hearts of the people to the maker and we are blessed together. It’s the circle of conversion. We ask someone by the power of the Holy Ghost to do something and well if they do it they are coming closer to God. Like I was reading yesterday in Ether 3 that the brother of Jared tested the lord and then he saw his finger and well his faith turned into belief and then it  turned into knowing. Its just like us asking a person to do something they do it from faith then they believe and then they know for themselves that it is true.

And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants. And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. (Mosiah 4:26-27)

If we follow the lord we do it with the wisdom and the love god would have done if he where IN the room.

And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God. (Moroni 9:6)

It doesn't matter how many people tell me I'm wasting my time or how many horrible words are spoken out against us we know that if we labor with all our might and with all our strength the lord will bless us without question. As long as we work in this Tabernacle of clay or the Gospel we will be blessed the lord will bring down the blessings of heaven and we will know that he is. 

And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the veil shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual. (D&C 67:10)

As long as we all humble ourselves before the maker and we really pray to him with all energy of heart we will be made know the wonders of the lord and we will know him as he is and we will be converted forever. We aren't just here for a short time conversion we are here for the long run to keep moving foreword and to keep doing the things the lord wants us to do.   Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard. (2 Nephi 4:16)

I, like Nephi, delight in the things of the lord and well its a wonderful thing to delight in isn’t it? The lord has a wonderful work in store for us its now up to us to do it. we first have the faith then we believe that its possible and then we know for certain the lord will bless us all!!! i love this work and we will keep working, one week left then off to the offices and well then to the USA and how weird to think that its so close, a day that I would never have thought would come so fast really came and well wow! One more!  I hope we can make it the best!
Good game of soccer

Pizza with Elders

Elder Leon
Out to eat

Love you all hope all is well and let us have Faith and Believe then we´ll see and know. love ya!!

I love this work!!!!

Elder Jaymes Monson



Monday, September 1, 2014

Week 101: Happy Birthday Elder Monson!

Well this week has been a really pretty good week.

We just had a lot of special things happen and we are so glad that our Father in Heaven has been blessing us with such great gifts.  It surely is a great opportunity to be a missionary!  It is just a wonderful thing to be a representative of Jesus Christ its an amazing blessing and everyday someone has to tell me that its about to come to an end and well that makes me sad!  At the same time happy because I know that I have done what I can do and I'm not  quitting yet I still have two weeks left  Lets make it the best two weeks of the mission! Now we just need to keep  swimming.  Just like Dory says, Just keep swimming, just keep  swimming, swimming what will we do we swim swim. So with all the rain that has fallen I’ll be swimming in that streets soon enough. haha but it keeps everything really green and I am just so happy to be here and glad that I was sent here.

The truth is I have been really pondering and reading on a really interesting subject. I read in 3 Nephi 11 and we know that this chapter is all about the coming of the Savior Jesus Christ.  What a great part of the Book of Mormon. It really teaches us by the example of Christ, he says, "Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning. And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven. And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying: Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world." (3 Nephi 11:10-14)

He presents himself  and then says, “come unto  me”.  Its kind of like  us as missionaries we come to a place and say, “Hi,  I'm  Elder  Monson and well I am here  to  bring you to Christ." Well its been that way for a long time and I really can’t remember not being a missionary, its been fast, but all good things come to an end.  I was pondering about this as I was saying before and I said to myself, "I know I have brought people to  Christ but have I came unto Christ more than I was before?” It’s an interesting thing really, have I boasted about my God and will I do it forever? My mom wrote me last week about what she has been reading in Alma and am I like Ammon? Can I  say, "I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God. Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." (Alma 26:11-12)

Can I say that? I know I  have 2 weeks left but when I take off the Name badge can  I say that for two years I have dedicated my life my heart my mind my strength in the work of the all mighty?  Or will  I regret parts?  I  know I’m  not perfect but did my imperfection take over what could I have done more?  Did I do it all?
I can say in this day that I was not perfect but I will forever praise my God forever and ever!!! and I will not let him down even if I am tired and can barley stay awake I will  work  with all my might and let the Lord do the rest.

Its funny my birthday is this week if you didn't know haha!  Its Wednesday, it will  be a great day not lots of cake and  candles, no,  it will be a great day to serve the lord. Hey its not every birthday you can say you were in the service of your God.  Just two  years for me and that’s it! Its  an  amazing thing to be doing this and well God loves me I know it! I will  always  praise my God for  it. I love this work I  love my family!!!  Every week I am surprised on how much my  family  grows and well what a blessing it  is to  be part of this work God made and the love he has for us. I  know its true!  God  really is asking us to come unto him and  even when its not "Hi  I’m Elder  Monson” anymore its  “Hi  I’m  ‘Johnny’ and I  am your  friend I  want to  show  you how I am  blessed by god".  Share the gospel it’s all the prophet has asked just share it! and God  will do the rest!!! I will  boast to my God forever!!! I love him I will serve him forever!

I love you all!! Happy Labor day! Its interesting as my mom tells  me of a lot of  things I'm missing its crazy!! but that's ok  Becauce well  God loves  us!!! and knows us!! Pray to him and he will respond.

Love Ya!!
Elder  Jaymes  Monson