Monday, May 19, 2014

Best week of my life!!

Alright so before I answer any questions I just want to say that this past week has probably been the best week of my life. No word of a lie, I cannot begin to explain or even comprehend the things that I have learned in this past week. Elder Mafuli is the man and has taught me so very much. He taught me how to love, to truly love and how to be the best missionary and person that I can possible be. I don't know how to explain and I wish I had more time to write and just explain the things that I feel right now, it is truly amazing. Do you remember the movie limitless? That's kind of how I feel right now, like I honestly feel like I can change the world and that one person can make a difference, One thing that I really tried to focus on this week is being obedient and something that came to mind is Obedience is contagious, one person can make a difference and change not only the attitude of missionaries but the attitude of the other people and all those around him. I really love being a missionary right now and Jenrok is the best area that I have ever been in, in my life. The people are so welcoming and I feel like I already have a family there and I have literally been there for a week, so it's kind of cool and I'm grateful for everyone who has been helping me out. Remember that kind of shy kid that was afraid to be himself and didn't exactly know where he fit in? Well that kid is gone, I talk to literally everyone now, it doesn't matter big, small, tall, short, brown, white, whatever, everyone is now my new best friend and it's amazing the way that I see life right now. I know God has put me here right now for a reason, I know he has made me a leader for a reason and I know that I can do things I can't even begin to understand. I feel like that one small thing could change the attitude of the mission because frankly there has been a war between the islanders and the white people and I want to stop it. We're all on the same team and if we get united we will be able to do so much, because there is so much work to do here. I want to be the change and make the change, anyways so that's that. Sorry if that's kind of a lot to take in, but that's what I want to do. I think that's about it, so okay now to answer some questions, I have been cooking everything, I made taquitos, bbq chick pizza and breadsticks, pasta, meatball subs, chicken tortilla breakfast wraps and some breaded fish with fresh lime. Slightly different than the outer island food and I have so many stories and things to share with you I don't think I can share them all, but I have never had so much fun being a missionary. Plus since I've been here my district has had 4 baptisms and are just getting so much stuff done, it's incredible, I honestly don't think it's impossible to get like 20 baptisms in a month like it's awesome. 
Lots of lovin'
Elder Jordan Michelson

Sunday, May 11, 2014

It's been a long 3 months

So I haven't been posting any emails because we haven't received any. I just got my first one late Friday night saying that he gets to call!! YA HOO best Mother's Day Gift ever. I didn't think it was going to happen but was very surprised! Of course I cried. He said he will start emailing regularly now, so hopefully this blog will get regular posts again.

Here are the 2 I got that I didn't post

Feb. 17, 2014

I'm gonna kill someone, the message didn't send uhhhh.... Well I'm
good life is good, and I don't even know what to say now. Okay
well let's see I guess we'll go to the condensed version, I was a
judge for a speech contest for educational week here in Wotje, that
was cool. They also want us to teach English at the high school so
we'll see about that. We have a phone out here, which is nice, but 

the service is kind of shotty. My companions name is Francis Va'aulu 
and he's the man, just a way humble nice guy. There's no priesthood 
out here, no branchnno branch president, no church building, no sacrament 
trays, like literally nothing. So it's kind of cool, we take the sacrament from
the same cup and just pass it around. People feed us all the time, and
that's nice, sometimes we'll get fish or traditional marshallese
cooking, which is cool. They love talking about food here, if
we cook it's like ramen and some sort of canned meat, so yeah that's
always fun...  at least there is food! Haven't exactly
picked up Kiribati yet because I don't have a book to learn it, but
the kids know Marshallese, so that helps. They are our most
progressing investigators, their names are Toantau and Uonite and they
should be baptized soon if we can get baptismal clothes. Sorry this email 

sucks and is short, but the computer deleted the
other longer one that I sent, which sucks... But yeah I'll tell you
all about Wotje either when I get back to Majuro or when I'm home.

I'm keeping a good journal :p but I love you all tons and thanks
for everything! Elder Tentau got his package and was apparently pretty
stoked! Thanks for your kindness and all that you do!
Lots of lovin'
From Elder Jordan Michelson

So this was the most painful process ever, I waited like an hour
and a half yesterday only for this not to work, and then waited an
hour today and finally got on, so this is a blessing that I finally
was able to sign into this ridiculous thing, oh my goodness I think
that was the most frustrated I've been on my mission.

Lots of lovin'
From your Son Elder Jordan Michelson