Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week 58

This week was great!! We really saw the Lord guiding us. Allow me to illustrate:
  • Tuesday- after a district meeting, we left to find someone to give a Book of Mormon. We talked to a few people, but didn't present it and then we talked to a man named Joaquim who said that he was going to talk to us because his life has been difficult lately. In short, we gave him the Book of Mormon and marked a day to teach him. Then, as we were walking, a man named Diego stopped his car and offered us a ride. We accepted and started to talk. Lo and behold, he is a less-active member who has a wife that is not a member. So there is a great teaching opportunity there.
  • Wednesday- we went and talked with our barber and we were able to show him the Restoration movie. He said he loved it and that he was needing it. Then we went to confirm lunch with sister Carmin and as we walked on her street, we saw a family at home. So we went and talked to them. They received us and we were able to teach them. Their names are Latisia and Wellington and they were very receptive. We learned that if we had come 20 minutes later, they wouldn't have been home. So that was crazy!!! After lunch, we were walking and a couple came to talk with us and what do you know... another less active and a non-member who wanted to come back to church!!!!!!!
  • Thursday- we finally taught Joaquim who said that he already knew that the Book of Mormon was true πŸ˜±πŸ˜€πŸ˜±πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚.
  • Friday-we taught Joaquim again and he accepted a baptismal date and promised to stop drinking coffee!!!!!!
  • Saturday-was a normal day.
  • Sunday-we had ward conference and had 7 investigators at church. It was fantastic!!!! And we sang in the ward choir.
So that was my week and it was great. If you could please pray for these people, that would be awesome. Personally, I am fine; just working and starting to feel old. but I am happy.
It is great to see how your weeks are and hear all the exciting news. I can't wait to see what gender the baby is so I can tell people if I will have a sobrinho or sobrinha.
I love you and I pray that God may bless each and everyone of you. Have a great week. 

Elder Jardine

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week 57

Well, this week didn't go as we had hoped. Larissa denied her answer and doesn't want to be baptized and our other baptism that should have happened backed out because he didn't agree with no coffee. But we still hope to have at least 2 or 3 baptisms this month (Dara and Wendel for 23-9-17). I also had my first divisions with Elder Bello and Elder Chaves which was great another milestone in my new designation. I stayed with Elder Bello and my companion stayed with Elder Chaves. It was great.

Speaking of my companion... just a few notes: he is from Bahia up north. He is 20 years old and has five months in the mission and all around is a great guy.

It is good to hear how your weeks are progressing and hearing about all the change going on. Good luck with everything-school, dating, sports, work, the house, the move and the baby.

I love you all and pray that all goes well for you. Keep strong!!!!

Elder Jardine

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Week 56

This week was great. So, here is what happened:
  • Monday- p-day-as a zone it was great. We played soccer and Nerf wars. Then, that night I saw my first conversion. So we have been teaching a girl named Larissa for about three months, but hadn't ben able to get her to commit to baptism. So we taught that night about the plan God has for us and talked a lot about baptism. We cleared her doubts, but she still wasn't certain that she should be baptized. So at the end, I told her to pray about it and wait a bit afterwards to hear an answer. So she said a silent prayer as did all of us. At the end, when I looked up, she was crying. She has a baptismal date marked for this Sunday so if you could all pray that she will be able to receive a testimony about Joseph Smith, that would be great.
  • Tuesday-we had district meeting which was great. The doctrine for the meeting was the role of the Spirit in conversion (perfect topic, right?). So during the practices, we all felt the Spirit really strong.
  • Wednesday through Saturday-was all kind of a blur. We talked to everyone we saw and tried to teach some new people. We generally have some sort of activity at the church at night which is fun and this Saturday, we helped a member move which took me back to the 5 times we moved, so it was all great.
I am good. My companion ELDER CONCECÇÃO and I are getting along and learning from each other.

It is great to see how your weeks are going. Good luck with school, the baby, the house, and everything else you are doing. Mom, be careful! Brigham is shooting for your spot on the Tucker love chart.

Have a great week!!!!
I love you all soooooooooooo much and I pray that the Lord blesses you continually.

Elder Jardine

P.S-grandma and grandpa, good luck with the move.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Week 55

Well, this week was full of walking, rain, and more walking. We spent as much time on the streets trying to talk to people as mom did at PGHS (Last week, I was at work 65 hours... and school hadn't even started for the year yet). We weren't able to enter into any houses, but we have faith that this week will be better. 

As for my new designation, it is a bit different, but I am already used to it (4 of my 6 comps were district leaders). 

Other than the usual walk and talk, we said "see you later" (I hate good-byes) to Barbara this Wednesday which was kind of sad. She left for New York this Saturday. 

We also had zone conference this Thursday which was great. I always enjoy talking with president and other missionaries. As for me, I am good and healthy. My new companion is awesome and we are getting along great!

So ya, that about sums up my week. It is sweet to see how your weeks are going. Good luck at school this week, and with the house and work and the baby (Jessica) and everything else.

Love you all sooooooo much!!!!

Elder Jardine
Week 54

This week was good. We had transfers and now my new companion is Elder Conceção of Senhor do Bomfim in the northern part of Brazil. He is a great guy and we are getting along great. He has 4 months on the mission, so he's my first companion that is younger than me (in the mission; he is actually 20). 
Also, I am now the new district leader so I am learning the ropes of that. So my week goes as follows:
  • Tuesday-transfers
  • Wednesday-district meting in the morning and hot chocolate night at the church.
  • Thursday-Saturday-contacts in the morning and visits/appointments in the afternoon and at night.
  • Sunday-Barbara's last Sunday in Brazil😭(she will leave for New York City on Saturday and then after a few days there she will be off to Maryland to be an au pair) and choir practice at night (I miss South Eugene choir).
So that was my week. I am growing physically and spiritually every day. The mission is not easy, but I am living through it and I don't regret it at all.

It is good to see how things are progressing there and I hope that everything continues to go well for you guys. Send me pictures and tell me how things are.

I love you all soooooooooooo much and I pray for you continually.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week 53

My week was good. We had a great P-day with President and were able to eat some American BBQ, watch Moana in Portuguese and then play some board games. It was great!

Then, on Tuesday we went to the temple with Barbara and Alesandro and Daneusa, our recent converts. We all enjoyed it and it was nice to be able to sit in the garden and just feel the spirit of the temple. I also got to see a few members from Jardin de Lago-Vicot and Pamela. It was nice to see them and see how things were there. After that, my week was pretty normal. 

I burned an old whiteish T-shirt that I had for my one year on the mission (videos attached). We also had a service project on Saturday where we helped reform a daycare/ school. I got paint all over me, but I loved every minute of it. But that was pretty much my week.

Tomorrow are transfers and I will stay and elder Dalson will be leaving. I will tell you about my new companion next week.

Have a great week and keep telling me all of the exciting news.

Elder Jardine​

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Week 52
So we baptized Barbara who, thanks to our zone leader, knew that this was what she wanted. We had the interview on Friday and we had the baptism Saturday night with the confirmation on Sunday and we will be visiting the temple tomorrow. So things are progressing with her really quickly. 

Other than that, we had interviews with president which was great and we just worked the rest of the week. I am good, happy and healthy. Due to the fact that our zone baptized 6 people in 4 different areas, we now will go to President Hill's house to enjoy a p-day there, so that is why I am so early today.

It is so great to see that you are all doing well and I how you have a great week. I love you all so much and look forward to your emails next week!      
Sincerely and with much love,                                                                                                                                       Elder Jardine

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Week 51

This week was good. We were kind of everywhere, so here's a recap:
  • Tuesday- woke up at 4am to get to Campinas by 9 for zone conference (our president broke his foot playing badminton so he couldn't really travel much).
  • Wednesday- was a pretty normal day. My companion had to take care of some things at the bank so that took most of our morning.
  • Thursday- we had divisions with the district leaders, Elder Batista and Elder Bello, which was cool because I stayed with Batista who, believe it or not, is more of a Dragon Ball Z fan than I am😨😱😡😲
  • Friday- was a normal day; same old work.
  • Saturday- we went and painted a member's daycare, which was fun and then we had a festival at the church called Esta Julina, which was great because members brought a ton of friends for us to meet.
  • Sunday- church was great and after lunch we went and talked to Barbara (I will explain more after this).
So, all in all, this week was good for us.

Now, to talk about our most promising investigator, Barbara. As you know, we have been teaching her for three weeks now and she is loving it but has  not been sure if she should be baptized. So we told her this week at church she would receive an answer and she did! One after another for almost all the questions and thoughts in her head. When we went and visited her after, she explained that everything she was thinking about was addressed and that she was still trying to sort it all out. But we talked, gave her a mock interview and explained everything. 

She wants to be baptized. She has a testimony. She knows it's true, and she wants to follow it, but she still isn't sure. If you could please keep her in your prayers, that would be great. We will be going back there on Wednesday and we hope we can mark a date for this Saturday, so PLEASE keep her in your prayers.

Personally,  I am fine; gaining weight and muscle, so no real problems.

It is good to hear how your weeks are going hope you continue to have a great time and have fun at the great DL (Disneyland) for me.

Love you all!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Jardine

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Week 50

This week was good. We did our best to teach our investigators and find new people and talk to 300 people, but it was all good. 

Barbara is progressing and she is loving church. She has a lot of questions now so we will go and teach her again tomorrow and see if we can mark a date for baptism. As for our other investigators, we unfortunately cut 4 due to the fact they didn't come to church and really only enjoy our company, so that is not what we are looking for. We will still visit them as like a plan D, but not as someone who we will focus on. 

As for church attendance, we only had Barbara come to church, so it was kind of a "what the freak!!!" moment but we moved on the same. We had an interesting gospel principles lesson about word and self-sufficiency and I was able to talk a lot about mom and how you taught us to work from an early age and the classic "if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right" statement and a lot of the people agreed with it. So, a massive "thanks, mom" for teaching me how to work hard and be self-sufficient!!!!!!!!!!!!!πŸ’ž. Other than that, it was a pretty average week.

A note about my companion. His name is Hiram Dalsin and he is from Rio Grande de Sul (which is in Audrey Heiner's mission). He and his mother are converts and he is the first missionary in his family. He is a really great guy.

I officialy have one year left on my mission (if I don't extend), but will only celebrate on August 2nd by the burning of my old dirty white normal T-shirt with a nice fire that night. I will make a video and send you a bunch of pics (don't worry; it will be in English so you can understand). I am already getting some stuff ready; it is going to be great!! (Elder Jardine really likes campfires...)

Love you all and just remember that contention is of the devil; even if you are stressed, if you keep calm and breathe and talk like normal people, God will help and you will feel much better. That is something I have learned my entire life, but particularly on my mission. 

Love you all and have a fantastic week!!!!!

Elder Jardine​

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week 49

This week was fantastic. We had many miracles happen. For example, we were able to teach 10 new people this week and mark 5 dates for baptism. If all goes well, we will have a lot of baptisms on the 23rd. We also had two people come to church. I know you want to learn about them so here we go:

  • Barbara- 19- went to church; will be moving to Washington this August to live with another family and study law (I think); loves our church due to its tranquility (you will not believe the things I have seen and heard happening in churches here).
  • Kelen and Wendel- 10 and 13- kids of two less actives who went less active due to the fact that they didn't know that there was a church just down the read from them. Wendel just had a foot surgery so he will be in a cast for two more months, but looks very promising. Kelen would have attended church yesterday but didn't due to a family emergency. Baptism date: 23-July-17.
  • Maria, Paulo, JoΓ£o- 50+,50+, 19- Maria is very opinionated and they promised to come to church next week. Baptism date: 23-July-17.
  • Brito- 50+ - father of a member; very welcoming and nice; will come to church next week.
  • Rosangola and Fernado- 30, 8- very receptive; just that the boyfriend is barely ever home and apparently not too receptive about religion. Baptism date: 23-July-17.
  • AnaMaria-50+- very welcoming and will come to church next week.
So, ya. A lot of success. We are also having a soon leaving missionary (Elder Jardine has been switching his phrases around more lately...) with us to kind of get him ready for when he leaves in August.

Happy late birthday, mom!!!!!! It was good to see the pictures and hear how you guys are doing. Keep having a great week and tell me how everything is going.

Love you all and hope you have a great week.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week 48

This week was good. Let me start with what happened:
  • MONDAY-the usual. We also had a sweet family night at the house of one of the best youth I have seen in my mission (her name is Stephany).

  • TUESDAY-I got transferred. I am now in JundiaÍ Campo Limpo Paulista. It took two buses and one train to get here. And just to give you an idea as to where I am, if I go two more train stops, I am in the SΓ£o Paulo South Mission, right on the edge. My new companion is Elder Dalsin (who was with me if you remember in Jardin de Lago when I first got there). So far, so good.

  • REST OF THE WEEK-same old work.
I am loving my new area. There is a lot of nature and today we hope to do a hike to a mini Cristo Redentor that we have in our area. But other than that, not much is happening.

It is good to see how all of you are doing. Have a great birthday, Hayden πŸ˜€πŸ˜‹. Everyone, have a great week and keep me informed as to how things are going.

Love you all.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Elder Jardine and his companion (the other white guy) looking serious with the YSA and other companionship.
Week 47

This week was better. We decided to focus on talking with everyone, which is something I kind of struggle with, but I had a goal to close my contacts (150) and I was able to surpass that. This week, I was able to give 200 people the opportunity to receive the gospel message. Other than that, not much happened.

We had a sweet activity on Thursday with magic and popcorn, so that was fun. Transfers are tomorrow and I think I will be leaving so we will have to see where I go next. I am kind of sad to leave. This area and my companion are the best I have had in my mission, but where the Lord wants me, that's where I'll go.

Keep having awesome weeks and enjoy the pictures.

With much love,
Elder Jardine​

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Elder Jardine's district
Elder Jardine's zone (his companion is to his left)

Week 46

This week was something. Okay... I have to be kind of honest here; it kind of sucked. We had already cut Emerson due to the fact that we could never meet with him. We were able to talk to Robson and he said that he didn't what anymore involvement with the church due to the fact that he needs to find work. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ We didn't destroy him like we could have so we could at least leave  one door open for him. 

So, as of now, we have no one in our teaching pool. After that, we kind of got depressed and it was difficult to find a reason to work. Then on Friday, we finally decided it was enough. We went and sat down at a table in the park in our complex and analyzed our problems-what we were doing wrong, what we were going to do better, and how we could solve our problems. Now, we are all good and hoping that this week will be better. 

Good news of this week was that we had a bunch on less active members come to church, so that was good to see. So now, just pray that we will find some new people this week to teach.

It is good to hear how your weeks are going. Keep me informed on the house and things like that.

Have a good week!

Love you all soooooo much.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week 45
This week was good; just a few things have been happening:
  • I had interviews with President Hill which was fun.
  • We marked a date for Robson (that is actually how you spell his name) for the 17th, but after that day, we haven't been able to get in contact with him. So that is weird; just remember him in your prayers.
Other than that, my week was pretty normal. Just the usual things-work, teaching, and stuff. It has been getting cold down here so I am starting to use my sweater more.

It is always great to hear how things are going at home. Keep me informed and send me pictures of Tucker and stuff.

Love you all soooooo much!!!!!

Elder Jardine

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week 44

This week was great. We did pretty much the same old thing-going around, trying to get people to let us in to say a prayer. We had divisions with the zone leaders in their area. I was great, especially since we had a stroganoff pizza at night πŸ˜‹

We are also working on having a house and district shirt made, both of which I did the drawings for (the pictures are down below). Robson is doing great. He doesn't have any problems with the commandments. He gives us a ride even though he is unemployed and his gas is about empty. And he was at church before we were this Sunday. We got there at 8:35 πŸ˜Ά. He just needs to associate the feelings he feels with the Spirit and an answer. Unfortunately, we weren't able to teach Emerson this week and he wasn't at church, but we will pass by there on Tuesday. We also had another surprise. This Sunday, one of our other investigators, Mateus, came to church so we will also be teaching him this week.

As for the daily life of a missionary, we wake up at 6:30 am, eat, exercise, and get ready for the day. We do personal gospel study from 8:30 to 9:30 am.  Then, we leave the house to go talk to everyone and clap on doors to see if people are interested in a prayer or a message. We usually eat lunch with a member and if we have appointments to teach other people, we go. During the day, we choose a time to do companionship study and language study. We generally have a 30 minute break at 5:30 to eat and rest and we work until we have to be home, which is 9:30 pm. So that is pretty much my average day.

It is good to hear how you guys are doing. As for Audrey's call, I am stoked!!!! Brazil is awesome!!!!!! (A friend Nathan went to school with in Eugene, Oregon whose family also moved to Utah was called to the Brazil Porto Alegre mission.)

Well, you guys have a great week and I will write you next week.
I love you all soooooo much.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dominoes Two-fer Tuesday!
Happy 19th birthday, Elder Jardine!
(Does anyone else think he looks like a giant compared to these people?!?)

Week 43

This week was great. Last p-day, I was surprised to receive a gigantic birthday cake from an investigator of the other companionship. We still have it in our fridge even after letting 8 to 10 missionaries at it. We also had a great Nerf fight and as usual we ate pizza the next night (Dominoes has a two for one deal on Tuesday; we loooove it!!!) 

We were able to teach some new people this week. Their names are Emerson and Hobson. Emerson, after 28 years of smoking, quit on a dime (especially since he gave us his cigarettes, lighter, and the freaking ash tray too) and seems pretty good. Hobson is amazing. He is about 30 years old and is loving what we are teaching him. He is unemployed so has nothing but time. He is reading everything we are giving him and even has the Gordon B Hinckley manual. Hobson was also at church and went to every activity that he knew about at the church. This week, we have a goal to mark his date, so fingers crossed. 

I renewed my visa this week which was kind of a shocker seeing as how I almost have only 1 year and 2 months left😨😨😱😱😡😡 It is scary!!! 

We also had zone conference the same day so my companion and I got to catch a ride with the president to our stake center, which was cool. I also played trash basketball with my two English classes this week, which was really fun. Other than that, it was just normal work this week.

It is great to hear about your weeks. As for the house concrete thing, I know a guy in Georgia who does that sort of thing, especially pools, so I could totally hook you up (since he is my companion's dad πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰.) [We mentioned to Elder Jardine some difficulties in getting some projects in the backyard done along with the driveway in the new house.] 

Enjoy your busy summer and be sure to send me some photos.

Well, keep being awesome and having all kinds of adventures.

Love you!!!!!!

Elder Jardine

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Silly missionaries!
Birthday celebratory Nerf war
Waiting for the burger challenge...

Choking down the burger challenge...
Feeling sick after the burger challenge...

Week 42

This week was kind of an UGH week. I had the cold/flu (I don't know which; it felt like both) Tuesday and Wednesday, which was then accompanied by pouring rain for the next three days. We tried to work, but with little success.

We had someone come to church... a little puppy that decided to see what's up, but at night, we went and visited a contact that we had made on the street a few days earlier. He and his family (two of the oldest kids are already baptized btw) were really receptive, and, at the end, Emerson, the dad, basically repeated the whole lesson to his son and said that he knew it was true. He said that because Joseph saw God and Jesus, he was a true prophet. When his son started to say the things we don't do, like drink coffee, Emerson said, "so looks like I have to stop with the coffee." It was awesome.

But, that basically sums up my week. Earlier this morning, we had a Nerf fight in celebration of my birthday, so that was fun too.

It is always good to hear about your awesome weeks. Keep telling me how things are going. 

Well, have a great week and enjoy the pictures. (The burger is a challenge that we tried to do; you have to eat the whole thing in 25 minutes. It was fun, but it sucked at the same time πŸ˜²πŸ˜΅.)

Love you all.

Elder Jardine​

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week 41
We got to talk with Elder Jardine for almost an hour on Mother's Day last weekend. It was SO great to see his smiling face!

I am so happy; this week was great. Here are some things that we did/had:
  • We finally moved into our new apartment which is right in front of the church. So, that is exciting especially since we have been waiting for a whole freaking transfer to get there πŸ˜‘. But it is all good now. Some pictures are below.
  • We had interviews with the president which is always fun (I say that non-sarcastically. I love the president; he is a truly inspired and uplifting man). I learned some things I need to work on so I will be improving.
  • The Mother's Day Skype was great after which we had a very American meal of steak with mashed potatoes and gravy with some homemade apple pie. It was amazing!
  • We learn about transfers today, so we will just have to wait and see about that.
So, that was my week. Keep telling me how things are going and keep being awesome.

I love you all so much and pray for you continually.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Week 40

This week was pretty normal. We went and taught a few people and were able to finally have someone come to church. His name it Mattius and he is the son of a lady we have been trying to teach. He really liked church and said that he wanted to come again; the only thing is that he seems to struggle with belief in god. Other than that, we just went and tried to teach some people, but we don't know how things will fair-when or if  we will teach them again. 

As for my companion, he is from Georgia. He's served 1 year and nine months on his mission. He loves hunting, and all in all, he is just a great guy.

It is always good to hear about your weeks and keep telling me stuff. Can't wait to see you guys on Mother's Day.

Love you all and have a great week.

Elder Jardine

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Elder Jardine (far left), branch president, another companionship,  and his companion (far right)
Elder Jardine after the painting service project.
Elder Jardine with his district.

Week 39

This week was great. We worked a lot and were able to get two new people to teach!!!! Hallelujah!!! Especially since one of them was a reference of 15 people who had already been taught everything; just have a few problems to solve, but that won't be too hard. 

We haven't moved houses yet so that is taking its toll on my money and my patience. We have to take a bus everywhere because our house is so freaking far from the church and where we are working. But I have received word that we WILL be moving this week, so I will send you pictures and it will be awesome.

The only things that were really out of the ordinary is that we had dinner at an investigator's house last night and I got to meet their dog, Lucky, who is a lot like Tucker, just not as cute or loving (that is impossible); and we did a massive service project this morning and I got interviewed. We painted a bunch of houses so I was covered in white paint.That about sums up my week.

It was great to see how all of your weeks went and that AWESOME video that Brigham made (nice work; looked like a lot of fun). Just keep being awesome and give the rest of the family my love.

I love you guys and just know that I am fine here. I am loving the work and learning a lot.

With love and prayers,

Elder Jardine​

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Elder Jardine with his old companion
Elder Jardine with his new companion
Laundry day (that's a TALL boy at a short sink...)