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
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

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