29 August 2008

Excerpt from Weekly Letter

I love being a missionary. It is hard work, but it pays off, when you give service to others. I love the gospel and I have seen how it can change lives. I love you all! And I enjoy hearing from you! Take care!

Love, Jeff

The Good Samaritan

This is a short video clip of Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this clip he talks about the good Samaritan and encourage us to do the same.

24 August 2008

Zone Conference - 22 August 2008

We had Zone conference this week. That was amazing! The mission president and his wife are so cool! They taught us so much about the gospel. The spirit was really strong and I learned so much. During Zone Conf. we always have interviews with the mission president. I had a great interview with him.

My companion Elder Moala and I have matching ties.

15 August 2008

Guyana - Baptism 26 July 2008

Guyana is great!

I really like it here. My first week has been a lot of fun. We had a baptism on Saturday. His name is Adrian. He's a great guy. I got to confirm him a member of the church and give him the holy ghost on my first sunday. That was an awsome experience. The branch is actually quite large. They have over 300 members, but they have a big problem with retention. Only 75 people came on sunday. we're doing a lot of less-active work here. We need to get more people to come to church, because they want to have the first stake here in guyana. Part of this involves me teaching people how to read and lead music and teaching one or two how to play the piano. I am also starting a choir in the Branch. The mission president told me to use my music in the branch, so that's what I'm doing. I played the piano on Sunday. They usually sing to the CDs, so they were happy to have someone there to play. The only thing is, that they do not listen to the music. They just sing as fast as they want. It's really funny to listen to.

From left to right: Elder White, Adrian, Elder Holmstead, Elder Moala (my trainer) and me.

14 August 2008

Mission Home in Trinidad

I am in Trinidad now!!! I do not know who my companion is going to be yet, but I will be told tonight. I leave for Guyana tomorrow and I am very excited. The mission president and his wife are really nice.

This is the group of new missionaries. We traveled together on 21 July 2008 from the MTC in Provo to the Mission Home in Trinidad & Tobago.
From Left to Right, Elders Chambers, Huntsman, Tupou, Vernes, Shroath, Scott, Mecham, Holtz

We received some great instructions from President Robison.

Sister & President Robison

13 August 2008

Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah

Salt Lake City - Temple Square

The Andrewsen's

Provo - This is a great place!!!

MTC - Provo

Here is my mission field

On 30 June 2008, I left Frankfurt Germany and arrived the same day after a long flight in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was picked up by Brother and Sister Andrewsen from my home ward Frankfurt. They were on homeleave and offered to pick me up and take me to the MTC the next day. I stayed in the MTC until 21 July 2008.

My Family

My first Baptism (Amy 8 years and Me 16 years)

Mom & Dad

Opa & Oma at the Temple in Zoetermeer

My Wela (Grandma)

At the Temple in Zoetermeer with Mom & Dad

Opa & Oma

Family Picture taken a few days before my Mission