Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I can't believe this day is already come.

What's up family!!!!!!!!!!!!
Man. Time just flies by!!!!! I can't believe this day is already come. It was a pretty good last week though. I really enjoyed it. I was able to do one last baptism interview on Saturday, and we did a bunch of service in Milton-Freewater. I got a shirt for doing it too! I was pretty happy about that, since I hadn't yet bought a shirt from this area for my mission collection. The service was really fun. I got to dig in the dirt and that was therapeutic. I just love to dig in the dirt haha.
 
Today and tomorrow are going to be fun days. Today, in a little bit, I leave to travel to the mission home and have dinner with President Ware, and then a devotional. It's basically a party with President Ware haha. Then tomorrow you know what happens haha. I am super excited to see you guys! You all better not be emotional wrecks haha.
 
That will be fun Dad {to report to the high council}. Jared's already reported? That's insane. Time is getting close for him now. Camping with the family will be fun. I just hope I can sleep alright, because I am soo tired. It will be nice to relax, but it may drive me bonkers.
 
It's nice to finally have my speaking topic for my talk.  Thank you for getting that for me!

Dinner on Tuesday? I have nooooooooo clue. I don't remember what's even there any more. I trust ya to pick something good.
 
Wow. Blessings about serving a mission. That's awesome that I already got a job offer. What a blessing!
 
Sarah 16 now?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! uh-oh. Better stay off the roads.
 
Dad, your kids are getting old!! You know what that means! You're old! haha
I have to go! I love you guys! See you tomorrow!!
~Elder Jake Sedlacek

Monday, July 20, 2015

This was probably one of the most fulfilling weeks of my mission!

 
 
Hey Mama,
Sounds like you had a great week! That's awesome!
It is good you got my package. I was kinda expecting you guys to look through it, even though I really didn't want you to haha. It was my fault though, because I forgot to tell you that last week. I am glad you liked all the stuff though. 
 
Coming home is kinda surreal for me too haha. I got my travel itinerary this week, which was interesting, and with this P-day being my last legit one, it is going to go by so fast. Next Monday I will be in the mission home, but I should be able to email for at least a little bit, but you will see me the next day so hahaha.

You will never guess what I got to go to this week!!!!!!!!! On Tuesday I got a call from the mission that D***** {one of the converts Elder Sed taught back in Sunnyside} was going through the temple and had asked me to attend that Saturday!!!! IT WAS SO AWESOME!!!!! It was fun to be able to see all the members from Sunnyside who I came to love, for one last time on my mission. D***** was so happy that I was able to make it. I was happy too! It was my last time as a missionary going through the temple, so it was pretty great if you ask me!

I bet Chaz's talk was great haha. He's a great guy. I'm sure an awesome missionary as well. It's good you'll have people to help you out with food and what not when Jared and I speak!

Mama: Hey!
I didn’t look through your stuff in detail....just glanced at it really. I hope that is okay. And I didn’t read your planners at all. It would take a long time to really look at all of it!
 
I’ll bet this is all really surreal for you. I just saw Jordan’s mom at Smith’s. 
 
That is SO awesome that you got to go to the temple and support D*****! It is even more awesome that she made it to this point!! She must have been so happy. I’m really glad you got to see some of the people from Sunnyside who you love. That is cool.
 
Yeah, Chaz gave an awesome talk and it’s obvious that he was an awesome missionary and worked hard. 
 
 
Elder Sed: Oh, you're all good Mama. I don't care if you looked at my stuff. It would take a long time to look through it all! You saw Jordan's mom at Smith's? How is she doing?
Yeah, it was amazing to go to the temple!!

Well Mama, I got to get going. I will email next week for a bit. Probably not very long though. I don't know how much time I will have.Thanks for all that you do Mama!
What is my homecoming talk topic? If you know it you should send it to me somehow haha.
Talk to you next week Mama!
Love you!

Hey Dadio!!!!!
This past week was amazing! Probably one of the most fulfilling weeks of my mission. Even though we didn't have a baptism or anything like that, I did get to feel a little bit of what missionary work is all about when I got to go to the temple with D***** when she was getting her endowment. Talk about an awesome experience! It was so fun being able to get to see all the amazing members from Sunnyside. D***** was super happy to see me there. It was kind of a surprise for her since she didn't know if I had got the message about when it was happening or if I was even able to go, but I did get permission so that was awesome!

We had a pretty good regular week this past week. We did a bunch of service at this place in Athena Oregon. It was pretty fun, but man, I met one of the craziest men I have ever met up there hahahahahahaha.
We got J***** back on date!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is on date for the 15th of August. He didn't come to church though. We didn't have anyone at church even though we have two people scheduled for baptism. The other person we found this week out of the area book. Her name is M. She's on date for Aug 8th. I have a feeling that getting our investigators to church is going to be a struggle. Just keep praying that they come to church!

Other than that, I am just trying to keep building up the teaching pool before I leave. I can still make a difference every day of my mission.
This week, I've been thinking a lot about goals and what-not for the post-mission stuff. I even fasted about it, so hopefully I gain some thoughts on all that. I've got some ideas tossing around up in my head, so we will see what happens haha.
Service at the cannery from 8pm to 12:30 am? That's a crazy shift hahah. Yeah, I wouldn't mind doing that though. Sign me up.
Sounds like there were some good RM talks and outgoing missionary talks yesterday. It will be interesting to see how mine goes. I would hope it's a good one obviously haha. Did you guys get my topic yet?
Jared tried to go cow tipping! Like actual cow tipping? Wow hahahahahaha. That does not surprise me one bit.
I bet you and mom had fun on trek, even helping with food. It's fun you guys got to go. I wonder if next time you're going to be a Ma and a Pa? By then you probably won't have too many kids at home.
The haven't been mentioning anything about iPads here. There is no chance that I will get one before I leave haha. That would be cool if Jared gets to use them. They seem like they would be an awesome help. I would have liked to have one, but oh well. Now I can just be one of those "old" just  PMG missionarys.
Well Dad, you're awesome! Thanks for all the support you've been to me. I know this gospel is true. I know that with all my mind and heart. I have felt the true meaning of joy on my mission. I love the gospel! I love my mission!
Love you all!
-Elder Sedlacek

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I may be leaving the mission field soon, but the principles that I have learned on my mission will never leave me.

Elders Sedlacek & Bowen having fun on the 4th of July

The Walla Walla Zone leadership
What's up Mama,
This week went pretty dang fast, but it also felt pretty slow, which was kinda hard. It's all good though. J***** fell off date for baptism yesterday because he didn't come to church. That was a bummer, but oh well. It will be alright. It will happen the exact time it's supposed to happen.
Wow! That's an exciting week you guys had. I bet you're going to have fun on the trek. Are Jared, Sarah and Mia going?
So it sounds like they are going to move Fast Sunday then. That will be interesting haha. I get to speak with two out-going missionaries??? The church bldg is going to be PACKED! How much time does that leave me to speak? About 20 mins?
Mama: Hi!  That's too bad about J*****. :(
Sarah and Jared are going on trek. Mia can't because she isn't 14 yet. Oh well!

Yep, you're speaking with two out-going missionaries! They announced yesterday about moving Fast Sunday to the the 9th, so it is set. You should have 20 minutes, yes. Maybe 25, because Jared doesn't want to speak for too long. haha! I will let you know your topic when I find out.
Elder Sed: Thanks for all you do for me, Mama! Hey, I have to go unfortunately. We have a short emailing time this week! Love ya! Talk to you next week!


Hey Dad!
Sounds like you had a super fast busy week! 
Our week here was pretty good. It was kinda slow for some reason, but super fast at the same time. I just can't believe it is Monday again already. Time just flies!
As far as our teaching pool goes, it's been kinda dismal this past week. J fell off date, sadly. He has been going thru some struggles, and wasn't able to come to church. It was kind of a bummer to not have him there. He will be baptized when he is ready for it though. It's just a matter of commitment really.
We have been really working hard to find new investigators this past week. It's been a struggle for some reason. Just pray for us that we will be able to have success this week. Sadly, our car had to be taken to Tri-cities to be fixed so we are without a car this week and our area is huge. Lots of walking! I'm okay with that though. I like walking, it's just you can't get as much done in a day with walking.
This week we had interviews with President Ware. It's my last legit one. The next time I see President will be in the mission home. That's kinda sad :(  He's so awesome! I already asked him for some advice about how  can prepare to go home, and he just said to write down the impressions that I get about home. I'm not really sure what that means exactly, but I have been doing it. He wouldn't give me any other advice because he doesn't want to ruin my departure interview hahaha. He's funny. I have learned so much from him. He mentioned how much I have grown on my mission. It has been cool to see the changes in me for myself. I love President Ware!
I also had my last Zone meeting ever. That was kinda sad too, but it's alright. Time is just flying by. I can't believe how fast it's going. It's soooooo crazy haha.
The teaching method you talked about is ironically the same way we already teach our investigators, and we are supposed to teach the less-actives the same way. So I've been using it for a while haha. It works wonders! There's a reason that the apostles instruct us to teach that way. It enables them to teach to each individuals concerns and by the spirit as well. The spirit is always the best teacher!

Mom made it sound like the car hunt is going pretty well. I know you guys will make a good decision. The Brave Mobile hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! I had totally forgot about that! That would bring back some great memories! Sadly, I don't think I can afford the gas for it haha. I may have to live without the brave mobile. {The Brave Mobile is an ancient motor home that Jake's little league football coach used to drive his team to their away games in. It just happens to be for sale now!} It's really a huge blessing just to be able to drive any car. Thanks for all that you guys do for me! I love you guys!

Libby is going to be 11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????????? I still thought she was 9 and turning 10. Man, she is getting big. Your kids are all growing up before your eyes haha. 

That's awesome that you guys were able to see Jordan's homecoming talk. It's going to be sweet to see him at the airport, and all you guys as well! That's going to be a fun time! He told me he thought he did pretty great so I'm sure he did great! I just hope my talk will be good too haha. There is going to be so many people there with three missionaries speaking. Hopefully everyone will be able to fit haha.

Tell Jared I would love to go to the temple with him. That would be fun. The temple is amazing!

I didn't get to watch the funeral for Elder Packer, but I bet it was good. It is going to be interesting to see who will be called to fill in the spots of those great apostles! It's so greats to have a living church, that no matter what happens, there will always be men called of God to be leaders of Christ's church under His direction!

Thanks Dad, for all things that I can ponder about. Oh, I know you and Mom are always there for advice and help when I need it. You guys are great parents! I love you both! I will for sure be thinking about goals that I want to accomplish. The last thing I want is to go home and lose the daily progression, and it takes plans and goals to keep that going.
Thanks Dad, for the great example of missionary service and service in the church as well! I look up to you a lot! I always knew when times got hard on my mission, that I could do it, because Dad did it. I love ya, Dad!! I know the gospel is true! I know it without a doubt! I love to serve the Lord and for the rest of my life that is what I want to do. It doesn't have to be full-time missionary service for the rest of my life, because I can serve the Lord on a daily basis. I may be leaving the mission field soon, but the principles that I have learned on my mission will never leave me. I love the gospel! I love Jesus Christ. I know He lives!
-Elder Sedlacek

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

You always tell me that I have been a good example, but you all have been the same for me.

What's up Mama!
The week was great here in Washington/Oregon! F's baptism was amazing! I would send some pics but today I left my camera in Milton-Freewater, and we are in Walla Walla emailing, so you're going to have to wait to see them. Elder Bowen and I had lots of fun taking epic pictures on July 4th since we had to be inside at 6:00 pm. We had a good time though. I spent pretty much the whole day doing baptism interviews in Pendleton, so I took some pics there since it could be my last time being there while on my mission.
 
That's crazy that Jordan is already home!!!! That boy needs to email me right this second!!!!!! haha
You're going to have to go see him speak, and Chaz too. Let them know I say hi!
 
It's only been like barely 100 degrees there in Utah? I bet that's nice haha. Yeah, it has been way hot here, but I kinda like it. It's not too bad at all. I acclimated to it last year, walking in it every single second of the day while it was SUPER hot in Pasco. It's even been a bit humid here for the past couple weeks. I don't  mind the humidity either.
 
I bet the 4th of July was fun with all of the family. That's a way cool story about grandpa Sed. Thanks for sharing it.

Inside Out? I haven't heard much about it. I did see it advertised on the sign by the drive-in theater in Milton, so I knew of the name. It's good huh? I will be excited to see it. You know what else I just saw today at Walmart that comes out soon? The Minions movie. That is going to have to be one of the first I see when I get back. 
 
So the stake is going to change the order of our meetings huh? It's been sacrament meeting first in all of the areas on my mission, so it will be weird to go back to something different. I like it first a lot more.
 
Hey, when I get home will you guys plan my first two days home to keep me busy?? That would be a huge help for me. Whatever happens those first two days, just plan it out for me. I don't care what we do, just keep me busy haha. That will be the biggest help ever.
 
Well, I have to go now Mama. Email was fun today. Make sure to let Jordan know I said to send me an email or I'm gonna come hunt him down. 
Thanks for emailing me. You guys are seriously THE best family ever! I love you guys!
Let me know when you figure stuff out about my homecoming talk topic.

What's up Dad!
This week was pretty great. F's baptism went great! He had a great time and a super spiritual experience too. It was awesome when he got confirmed. He said how he felt an energy come from our hands and onto his head and down his whole body. It's the power and gift of the Holy Ghost. It's awesome because I get to feel that feeling every single time someone is confirmed. It's unlike anything else. I love the gospel and I know the priesthood is on the earth. It has seriously been one of the greatest joys of my mission. Seeing people make covenants and seeing and feeling the power that is manifest when those ordinances are performed.
 
As far as the rest of our investigators go, they are doing pretty well. J***** is still on date for the 25th of July. That will be going out with a bang haha. Just what I would have wanted. We are working on finding all those who are prepared in the coming weeks. It's been a struggle in the ward. We have pretty much nothing going on there, it's all been in the YSA branch, which is amazing. It's been a long time since it's been as good as it's been in just the time I have been here. I know it's because we are working hard and being blessed by Heavenly Father.
 
We had a great week here, and it went by soooo fast. That is not good at all haha. I just can't believe how fast this last transfer has gone and keeps going by. I was expecting it to be super slow, but I guess not haha. The 4th was fun. We were in Pendleton almost all day, and then we had to go in at 6pm. We had a fun time inside though. I got some super awesome pics. You guys are going to love them hahahaha.

The heat hasn't been too bad actually. I seem to be used to it. It really doesn't bother me much at all, even when it was 111. Thankfully we have an a/c unit that works pretty dang good once we got it cleaned out. Sounds like it's been warm in Utah too, but that doesn't surprise me. I'm just surprised it's been cooler in Utah than here.
 
When are you going to seal the chimney? I bet it looks fine!

That is an awesome story about helping 'the one' at work. That's way cool. I bet it's awesome being able to have experiences like that in the work place.
 
I did hear about Elder Packer's passing. It seemed like almost instantly too. Word got out really fast. It is too bad that he's gone, but boy was he a trooper. He's lasted along time with health problems.

Well thanks for all that you do for me family and Dad! You're all amazing examples to me. You always tell me that I have been a good example but you all have been the same for me. I love you guys!
I know this church is true! I love to serve the Lord Jesus Christ!
-Elder Jake Sedlacek
 
 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sounds like you guys had a great week! And a fast one, too! That's good. It will keep you from getting trunky haha ;)

Hey Mama,
First off thanks for putting more money on my home card! You're the best!

We had a really good week. It went by super fast! F******* is doing amazing! He's going to be baptized on Friday this week and he's super pumped. He even shared with us that a year after he's baptized, which is when he can, he wants to serve a mission!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We actually did find a less-active lady who wants to come back to church. She just really needed to be invited. We are going to be teaching her the missionary lessons, so I hope it goes pretty well. I actually haven't even met her yet. Elder Bowen and another missionary met her while I was up in Tri-Cities at a leadership meeting all day last Friday. She sounded really solid though.

Hey, last week it was totally fine that you couldn't really email back-and-forth. This week it will be fun though.

That's awesome that the insurance stuff worked out in our favor. 

That's crazy that Jared has been to the temple now. Time is just flying. 

Jared should get a blue suit with a brown belt and brown shoes. That would look really good. That's just my suggestion. Mission brand belts are amazing. They have worked great for me. Elder B was blown away when I showed it to him. He liked them.

A new bishopric huh? Is dad in the bishopric??????????????? I guess I will find out in a minute.

HOLY COW I bet Justin and Josh are super tall hahahahaha. That's crazy!

I haven't seen the new Zion bags. Are they from Mr. Mac?

Mama: Hey!
You are welcome for the money. I put $50 on it.
That’s really cool that F******* wants to serve a mission. It’s really cool too that he is your 2nd baptism with that name. Good work on the LA sister you guys will teach.
Time is flying so fast! Can’t believe that June is pretty much over.
Jared says he will see which looks better, a gray suit or a blue suit. He was planning on brown shoes and a brown belt.
The Zion Bags are made specifically for missionaries. They are messenger style and have tons of pockets and even a cushioned area for a laptop or ipad. They have a light on them too for if you’re on a bike. Jared really loves his.

Elder Sed: Hey, thanks a bunch. That will help alot. I was completely broke haha.
Yea F******* is solid. He's a way good kid. I'm super happy for him.
Time is flying by. It's sooooooooo crazy. Guess what the members of the YSA branch are calling me? Short time Sedlacek. Tell Jared both of those would look good. Keep in mind, Jared, that you're going to be out in whatever you choose when it's 100+ degrees outside so choose light. Gray may be better. Whatever you do though always make sure your belt matches your shoes. That's the number #1 rule haha.
That sounds like a pretty nifty bag he's got. Hopefully it will hold together. 
What brand of shoes does he have?

Mama: Short time Sedlacek eh? That’s pretty funny.
Jared says “Yep” on the belt-shoes rule. Winking smile
So far this bag has great reviews. Grandpa doesn't buy unless he thinks it's quality stuff. 
Jared has Johnston & Murphy shoes. He wanted to get some nicer shoes that will last.

Elder Sed: Yea all the members think it's pretty funny too. We had the classic YSA lesson on marriage this Sunday, too hahaha. They were all having a good time cracking jokes about that haha.
Oh ok good. I'm glad Jared knows about belts and shoes. I just wouldn't have known that before my mission. I didn't care the least bit about fashion rule crap before my mission haha. You already know that though.
Ok. Those are good shoes. They should last a long time if he takes care of them.

Well Mama I gotta go. Thanks for emailing today. You guys are awesome! I love you guys! Thanks for all that you do for me.
I love you guys!
Have a great week!
-Elder Jake Sedlacek
 

Hey DAD,
This week was great!!! We had a bunch of good stuff happen. F******* is still doing amazing! He's going to be baptized on Friday. I'm so pumped. He is too. He even wants to serve a mission as soon as he can! How awesome is that! 

We had some good success this week, which was awesome! Last night we had a lesson with a YSA former investigator named J*****, and the lesson was bomb! We had a super good restoration lesson, and man! this guy was changed. He was an investigator when I first got to this area, but he told us then that he wasn't willing to study or go to church, so we hadn't stopped by since. But earlier this week, we felt like we should go by with a member of the branch. We set up an appointment for last night and the appointment happened. Well, long story short, he's had some life-changing events happen in these past couple months, and he felt one day that he should pick up the Book of Mormon and read it. He is now in ALMA!!!!! I couldn't believe it! He recently got a mentor too, who ironically enough is a member of the church. He really felt like God is leading him. He's working on getting an answer from God, but he did commit to be baptized on the 25th of July!  It was an amazing miracle. God prepares people all the time, and at different times too. 

We also had some success finding new investigators this week in the Milton ward, which was amazing. The ward needs it so bad. We really had no one in the ward we were teaching until we found T**** and A*** this week. T**** is a single mother and is pretty interested in the gospel. We are hoping that she has read some in the Book of Mormon, so that when we go back she will have received an answer. A*** is a teen who already knows the church is true! The whole lesson he was sharing his testimony of the church and how he already knows it's true. The only hold back is that when he wanted to be baptized before, his parents wouldn't let him until he's 18. I really hope that their hearts have softened to the idea of him being baptized,  because he really, really wants to be.
 
Miracles are happening all over our areas! It's crazy. I know God is at the head of His work, and I'm just blessed to be along for the ride.

Sounds like you guys had a great week!! And a fast one too. That's good. It will keep you from getting trunky haha. ;)

It is crazy that Jared has gone through the temple now. He's a good kid. He will do awesome out in the field. I'm excited to see how he does and hear the experiences that he will have in Ohio. 

Wow, a new bishopric. That's exciting. I loved Bishop Beynon. He was awesome. It's only been five years though? It seemed like way longer than that, but I guess not. Bishop Butterfield will do a good job, along with the new councilors. 

Jared hauled 450 lbs of concrete up a ladder???????????????? Talk about a mini rhino hahahaha. He's a truck. He seemed pretty happy that he's passed you up pound for pound in lifting from when you were in high school. Too bad you can still crush him huh? haha. I guess you can let him feel good about himself though hahaha. When do you get to take off the forms that you built for the chimney cap? You will have to take some pics of it. I bet you did a great job. Yet another thing you can do--Cement work. You should just make a huge list of things you have done in your life.

This week in church, I realized something that I thought was awesome. For some reason I am really interested in any scripture or anything that talks about light and God. It's just been interesting to me my whole mission. Well this week I realized something cool to that point. It was a guy talking in sacrament meeting and he was talking about how the atonement brings light to our life. He then talked about the fruit that comes from that light. He related it to in the earth in an analogy I thought was really cool. In the summer, the earth rotates around and is at its closet point to the sun--meaning more light and more heat. In the summer, think of all the fruit that comes from that excess of light. We get peaches, watermelon, cherries, etc. You name it, it's because of more light. Our life works the same way. As we have more of the light of God in our lives, we see the fruit of God come to us. We are forgiven, our lives change, etc. Lots of good stuff can happen to us when we truly apply the atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives. I am always going to be a person who seeks for that light of God, and so is my future spouse. I know that the light of God is the only truly happy way to live our life. Satan thrives in spiritual and physical darkness. As we work daily towards the light of God, we will have the spirit of God to be with us and protect us.

Well, I'm so happy to be serving a mission right now. I learn cool stuff like that every day if I really try to notice it and remember it as well. I can't believe I'm on the last month of my mission, but I'm going to make it great! I'm going out with a bang for sure! I love the gospel. I love my savior Jesus Christ. I know He lives. This is His church. I know it! I want to share that with everyone. 

Thanks for all the support you guys have been . You have been constantly behind me the whole way. I really appreciate it! I love you guys!
-Elder Jake Sedlacek


Monday, June 22, 2015

I really have been the happiest I have ever been.

Elder Sedlacek captioned this "Gotta love Oregon!" 

What's up Mama,
Wow! That's some big news haha. {we had a nasty car wreck in the family} Luckily no one was hurt! I'm happy Jeff is okay. Sounds like that guy who pulled in front of him made a dummy move. Hopefully, that guy's insurance gets us a new car haha. 

I did have a good week. You will never believe what happened this week! Monday evening, we found the most "golden" guy ever. We met with him every night this past week, and he is so ready to be baptized! He is on date for the 3rd of July. It is going to be awesome!

Gavin is home now??? Wow haha. DButters is still at home too? Where is he going to school, do you know? What about Gavin? That's crazy that he's home now. I didn't remember that he had left just before me. Jordan gets home in a couple more weeks. You're going to have to keep an ear up so you can see his home coming talk, if you're interested in that.

Sounds like an awesome week ahead! I will give a more detailed update of my week in my email to Dad, that way I don't have to type it out twice.

Mom: That's awesome about the new guy! I am in Logan with Nicole. She says hi. :)

Elder Sed: Hey, tell her hi for me too. I want to see a pic of the Toyota. Oh, and before I forget. I got the suit and it fits great! I really like it. Thanks for sending it!
{a little later}
Well hey Mama,
I have to go now. I bet you're having fun in Logan with Nicole. I hope you have a great week!
Love ya!

MomHey son, sorry I missed you today. We ran into the insurance guy at the car lot, so then I couldn't answer you again, but it was good to talk to that guy. They valued the Toyota more than expected, so that is a blessing! Love you, Mama
{later}
Elder Sed: Hey Mama, that's great about the car. I figured since I'm out of money on my personal card I should send you another email. If you could put some more on that would be awesome! You're the best! Love ya!


What's up Dad!

This week was really good! We had an awesome miracle find this week. The guy's name is F*******. He is YSA and we met him on Wednesday officially. (Monday we were given a referral for him). The referral came from the Sisters in Walla Walla. They met with him on Monday and had the first lesson, and he was just soaking it up like a sponge. In between that time and Wednesday, he studied literally everything he could about the Mormon church, then told us on Wednesday when we met with him for the first time, that he knew it was right for him! Ever since Wednesday, we have been teaching him the lessons every night. He is just so elect!!!!!!!! He reads, he came to church, he gets answers to his prayers, he is just all around solid!!! It was really crazy. We gave him one of all the pamphlets that we have, thinking that he could study them here and there, but he read every single one that night hahahaha. He's just awesome! He even prayed to know that he was forgiven of his sins, and he had a super spiritual experience. Afterward, he told us that he knew that this is the path God wants him to take, even more than he did before.  He's going to be baptized on the 3rd of July, which is a little over two weeks since we first met him. That is also just about the soonest he could be baptized! I know the Lord prepares people every day for us to find and teach and baptize! Without the Lord's help, this work would be impossible!

We are unfortunately, having some trouble finding people to teach in the family ward though. The YSA has been awesome. It's been no problem there, but the other ward has been difficult. We are thinking about putting more of a focus on the less-actives of the ward and getting them to come back to church. That is kinda sketchy ground for a missionary. LA work is the hardest work ever. Often times, they have a hard time keeping lessons in focus, and disobedient missionaries tend to go to them and just hang out instead of working. It's pretty unfortunate that it ends up that way, but Elder Bowen and I are determined to teach the elect ones and get them to come back to church! Our ward is about 50% less active, so that needs to change. Pray that we can find those who want to come back to church, but just need the invite.

This past week, I restarted my in-depth study of Preach My Gospel. I had been doing it pretty much every day at the beginning of my mission, but as time went on I got distracted from it. PMG is such an inspired book. You can learn so much from the spirit in that book. In doing it, I found probably one of my most favorite scriptures now in the D&C. It's D&C 68:5-6. It says:  
5Behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants. 
6Wherefore, be of good cheer , and do not fear , for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was , that I am, and that I am to come. 

I really liked it, because as a missionary all I have to worry about is to testify of Jesus Christ. I don't have to worry, and I can be happy all the time. I have really felt this promise from the Lord on my mission. I really have been the happiest I have ever been. My mission has been amazing! I love being able to serve the Lord with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. It's truly a blessing.

Sounds like you guys had an awesome week!  Except for the car wreck, but at least Jeff wasn't hurt, so it's still a good thing.

I bet Nicole and Jeff did great in the Ragnar. Did you go up all night and watch them or something? that would have been cool. That race is pretty awesome it sounds like. I always remember seeing the really cool stickers about it everywhere. Not here, but in Utah.

You wrote me a letter? Cool. I will look forward to getting it. I'm glad you liked the Father's Day card too. I saw it and had to get it. I thought it was hilarious. Sounds like you had a good Father's Day load of gifts. I bet you will enjoy all of that. You probably had some good food at grandpa's too,  I would bet. Well I'm happy you enjoyed the day. 

That is crazy that Gavin is already home. I have a bunch of friends who are home now. It's insane. Life just goes way too fast. You guys will have to watch for Jordan's homecoming talk. He gets home about the first week of July, so it's coming up pretty quick.

Sarah is already going to be driving now? Wow that's crazy. You better call the news and get a notice put out that everyone needs to stay off the roads. We don't want anyone to get hurt. 

The weather here has been amazing. It's supposed to get up to 110 or 115 this week though, so I'm not looking forward to that. It has been in the 80s this week. Really, really nice. We haven't got much rain but it's pretty typical for here. It really doesn't rain that much on this side of the state, but it rains more by Walla Walla because of the mountains, so since serving here I have had more rain than I have had during the rest of my mission combined. It has been nice though. Sounds like everywhere is in a bit of a drought. Hopefully that ends soon.

Well,  I really do hope you guys have an awesome week! I love serving a mission and being able to hear of you guys being blessed back at home. I love the gospel! I know it's true! 
Love ya Dad! You're amazingly awesome! Have a great week!


-Elder Jake Sedlacek

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I am going to make these next few weeks the best yet!

 
Hey Mama,
It sounds like everyone had a good week! That's awesome.

I bet Jared was hilarious hahah [After getting his wisdom teeth out last week]. Videos will not even send to my mission email as far as I know, so it probably wouldn't have worked to send to me, even if it wasn't too big. I will be pumped to see them haha. Good thing I didn't get very loopy after my knee surgery. Did Jared take after Nicole and get super barfy when he woke up? How is he doing now? I would assume pretty good if he went to church and got the Melchizedek priesthood on Sunday. That's way exciting! 
 
Time just flies. We had my last transfer call, and I am staying in Milton-Freewater with Elder Bowen for my last. It's so crazy that I am already on my last transfer. Exactly six weeks from today, I will be in the mission home preparing to fly home on Tuesday. That's just insane to me! Totally insane.

Hey, that's awesome that my new suit is almost done. Thanks for doing all that for me. You're the best Mama.

THAT IS SO GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT NICOLE IS ALL GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't doubt one bit that you filled up the truck bed with all your old clothes hahahahaha. Your closet was PACKED!!! You probably will clothe a whole country hahahahaha.
You're awesome Mom. Keep up the good work!!!!!

I'm leaving now. Thanks, Mom, for emailing with me. I hope you all have a great week! Love ya all!
Talk to you next week!


Hey Dadio,
My week was pretty good! We have been focusing hard on finding some new investigators. This week was pretty interesting. We really didn't have much luck finding, but we have been talking to so many people! I know the Lord will bless us with people to teach when they are ready. 
 
In the meantime, we are just going to keep going out, hitting the streets and finding those who are prepared. I told you guys last week about a ton of referrals we got. We were going to contact them all this past week, but unfortunately we weren't able to contact any of them. Everyone was gone every time we went by to see them. 
 
We did have a pretty good lesson with a new investigator this past weekend. Her name is A*****.  I mentioned finding her last week. She's 16 and really searching for the truth. Her family goes to an anti-Mormon church here in town, so it could be interesting, but she is willing to learn things for herself. She wants to know the truth for herself.

R**** dropped us this week. That was kind of a bummer. He said he is done with learning more. I really think it was because he is scared of change. He will come around though.

The rest of our week, we had lessons with lots of people who are just potentials at the moment. I really hope some of them will have genuine interest in learning more about the gospel.

The biggest news of the week was that the ward leadership changed! We have a new bishopric and are going to be getting a new ward Mission Leader. I'm so pumped for the change. One of the new bishopric is a member missionary fire-ball. It reminds me of how the leadership was back in Sunnyside. This change will help the ward get fired up on missionary work! It's only going to be a matter of time!
This week we had transfer calls, but just like I thought, I am staying here with Elder Bowen. He is a stud!  We are both older than 18 months in the mission, so that is kinda weird. It makes it hard sometimes to stay focused all the time, but we are working hard every day. I know the Lord is going to be blessing this area a lot over the next six weeks! I'm super pumped to see what comes!
Jared on pain drugs! Oh, that is soooooo funny. I'm excited to see that wisdom teeth video. I just can't imagine him saying any of that stuff, so that makes it really, really funny. I was seriously laughing out loud as I was reading about it. I bet it was super funny to mess with him. I would have had way too much fun with that.
I bet stake conference was amazing with the visiting Seventy. Those guys are just such powerhouses. It's crazy. So Jared would have got his name read and then ordained after it was over...that's crazy. It will be cool for him to be able to use the priesthood now. I remember when I was just starting out, I was so nervous giving blessings, but now it's not bad at all. It's just awesome to be able to feel complete guidance from the Holy Ghost. I almost never know what I'm going to say when I start a blessing, but it just flows. You know how it feels. It's just awesome. The priesthood is such a blessing.
The chimney cap is broken? That's no good. Man, you're a man of all trades. I don't think there is something you're not willing to fix haha. Nice job on the sunburn, though. I guess sometimes we have to learn the hard way huh? Sunburns are no fun. You should just get some aloe vera. They even have aloe vera drinks. They are really good. You'll only find them in Mexican stores though. There is a really good mango one that I like. I wonder if that would help with sunburn??? The Mexicans here probably have some home remedy for sunburn. They have solutions to everything. They all have something to do with lime, too. Kinda interesting.
Man, I got some good family. I have awesome siblings who are all doing the right things, and awesome parents. You guys are awesome. I hope you have an wonderfully awesome Father's Day this Sunday Dadio. I bought you a card you're going to get a kick out of...........hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Well, I'm so happy to be serving a mission. I am going to make these next few weeks the best yet! I know the Lord is with me and all the other missionaries throughout the world. This is His work. I know that He lives! I love my savior Jesus Christ. I know this is the true church on the earth. The world needs the truth we have. All children of our HF have a natural desire to seek for truth, and it's our responsibility to share it with them. As they hear truth, the spirit will testify to their hearts that it is true. Keep up the great work sharing the gospel! I know you all have awesome experience every day where you share the gospel, whether with words or not (hopefully with words though ;) ). I love you guys tons! You're all the bomb.com. Love ya dad! Have a beast of a week!
-Elder Sedlacek