Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Little Detour to Texas

It's high time we reported in on our favorite missionary, Jonathan. He's been serving in Eastland, Texas for three transfers now, and is working hard and experiencing success. Our Mother's Day chat with him was all about our missionary work--sharing our experiences, similarities and differences. We clicked off Skype after more than an hour feeling grateful and satisfied.

Jonathan can make friends with anyone! It appears that his Wilberfriend is a little shy...

This is Josh & Amber Hassell on the day Josh was baptized. Jonathan and Elder Droge have taught this dear family the gospel and they have courageously made the necessary changes in their lives to become members of the church.

This very cute little girl was baptized shortly after Josh's baptism. What a happy time!

A little bit about Eastland--Jonathan is definitely on the other end of the noise and crowd spectrum from his parents in their mission! A Google Earth search of his addressed right after he was transferred to Eastland revealed a lot of open space, and we wondered if there was anyone who might want the gospel in their lives except a few lizards! Well, not quite, but you get the picture. His sleep is never interrupted by "racetrack sounds"....ahhh. Their area takes in several other rural communities as well.

And now some mission philosophy from Elder Reed, himself:
"Missions are unique experiences, as I have determined. I have classified it like a coma. You leave all those you know and go to some far away land for two years to a new people, and try to convince them of something that you know to be true. In the end you just leave as if it never happened and go back to normal life. Thankfully much can be learned in these two years that will shape anyone to be more spiritually tuned to the Lord and the Holy Ghost.

I am grateful that I'm able to take part in the qualification of souls to enter into the Celestial Kingdom some day. What a marvelous work and a wonder, especially to help bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

I hope that anyone--everyone would want to take part in such a rare opportunity, while being an official missionary and as a member missionary. One of the prophets said we cannot attain the Celestial Kingdom if we do not participate in sharing the gospel with others. I back that up 100%."

Seeing how hungry the missionaries in Cebu are for mail, and knowing that you're interested in relieving world hunger, here's Jonathan's address:

Elder Jonathan Reed
Texas Lubbock Mission
Senetry III Plaza
5214 68th St. Suite 202
Lubbock, TX 79424

And as he says, "The amount of my love for you is more than all the oil under Texas."