Sunday, June 18, 2017

SUVA - Week 7

Last Transfer!
Bula Vinaka Everyone!
First of all, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! Shout out to all you father's out there! Hope you have a good day!

Well, it's been a pretty hectic week! But all went well. It was transfer week last week, and it was one of the biggest transfers I've ever seen! It involved so many areas in the mission. A lot of logistics to figure out! Haha. And on top of it all, my companion finished his mission, so I was kind of left to figure it all out! It was a little stressful, but we made it just fine. Now I begin the last transfer period of my mission! Just about 6 weeks left here in Fiji! Time has gone by WAY too fast. Missions are the best thing ever. 

So yeah, now I have a new companion! His name is Elder Roberts. He is originally from New Zealand, but has grown up in Sydney, Australia. He's the same age as me. He LOVES basketball. We're way excited to ball it up during P-Day today. Haha. We haven't really served around each other too much during our missions so I'm stoked to get to know him more here in Suva. He's going to be my last companion! We are gonna have a blast. 

The work is still poppin' here in Suva! We're working as hard as we can to find EVERYONE that is ready to receive us. I'm way motivated to just smash it all the way to the end! We're supposed to have 2 more baptisms this weekend! 2 AMAZING ladies that have the strongest testimony. They have such a strong desire to join this church. They both come from broken families, so this message is giving them hope and peace to their lives. They're both in their 30's. We're seeing them pretty much every day to get them ready for their baptism. I'm excited for their baptism! And for the rest of my time here on the mission, I hope to go as hard as I can. 

The past few days we have taught about temples a lot! It's a such a blessing to have the holy houses all around us. I've been thinking a lot about family history work. It's an important work for us to do! With our busy lives, if we dedicate but a small amount of time to family history work, we will be blessed immensely. Sundays are a good day to dedicate 30 minutes to an hour to finding family names and indexing. Do all you can, and you will feel the spirit of Elijah grow in your hearts! The Lord will also bless with the Holy Ghost as you focus more on the temple and doing this marvelous work. 

Thanks again for reading my update everyone! Shout out to Elder Andrew Lewis, who just recently got his mission call! Good luck bro!! Love you all! Until next week, keep on keepin' on!
Au lomani kemuni kece!

-Elder Jaxson JEREMY Miller 

P.S. Love you Dad!

Monday, June 12, 2017

SUVA - Week 6

Bula Vinaka Everyone!
It's been a great week here in Fiji! I don't have much time again so this is gonna be quick!

This week we had another baptism!! It was a family of 5! Family baptisms are so amazing. It was a mother and her 3 kids, and then the mother's father. So a 3 generation baptism!! We did it on Thursday because of their schedule. Busy family. It went so well!! So many people from the ward showed up. It was full. It was so nice to see the ward support a new baptism so well. They all came up individually and welcomed each member of the family to the ward with a hug. The spirit was strong and the everyone was happy. I won't ever forget this family!

The grandpa of the family has one of the strongest testimonies of the Book of Mormon I've ever seen on my mission. We gave him a copy only 1 month ago, and he's finished 4th Nephi! That's SO fast! He LOVES it. He tells us that it's so much clearer than even the Bible, and he learns more when he reads it. He told me "I wish with all my heart to have found this earlier in life." He's 77 years old. I love the man. He spent his life sailing around the world on cargo ships. The impact of this gospel is just immeasurable. 

I'm sorry, unfortunately I'm having some technical difficulties with my SD card. I can't upload pictures. I'll try again next week! 

Well that's all for now!! I'll update you guys again next week! Until then, keep on keepin' on!!

Au lomani kemuni kece!

-Elder Jaxson Jeremy Miller

Sunday, June 11, 2017

SUVA - Week 5

The Work is Poppin'
Bula Vinaka Everyone!
It's been yet another week! I swear time is different in the mission. Somehow time just increases by tenfold. It flies by SO fast. I love the mission!

It was another great week! We had another baptism! His name is Waisale. He was the only one left in his family that wasn't baptized. Now after 1 year they can go in and be sealed as a family! It's so great to work with families. It's such a nice feeling when an entire family comes into the fold. You just know that they have the happiest times ahead! It was a great baptism. We did it on Saturday morning. He is a pretty shy man, so he asked that not very many members come. So it was just us, him and his family, and Bishop. It was great! He was so ready to be baptized. He's a hilarious person. He just cracks jokes all the time. For example, when he came up out of the water, he gave a hug to my companion (who baptized him) and then said "Alright, now let's switch and I'll baptize you." Haha. I love him. 

So I had a quick run to the ER this last week. What happened was my companion was getting mugged on the street and I jumped in to defend him..... Just kidding. I wish I had a cool story to tell. But no. What actually happened was I fell down some stairs. Haha. A little embarrassing. It was dark out, and they were pretty steep cement stairs outside someone's house. Apparently my pinky finger took the blunt of my fall because it definitely looked like it snapped in half. So... Yeah. That was an interesting experience. Luckily it was just right at one of the joints so it was just a dislocation. A very intense dislocation if I say so myself. Haha. But it's doing fine now!

This week, I've been thinking a lot about Patriarchal Blessings, odd enough. They're so amazing! I read a cool article about studying them. If you haven't done this yet, try it! You go through your blessing, highlighting different colors according to these categories: Your lineage, personal counsel, admonitions, gifts and talents, and promised blessings. It's really cool to study it that way! Oh, and if you haven't gotten one yet... Pray about it! They're a blessing to have. A road map to our life. How blessed we are today to have the priesthood!

Well, that's about it for today! Thanks for following my emails! I love you all! Until next week, keep on keepin' on!
Au lomani kemuni!

-Elder Jaxson Jeremy Miller
(Elder Miller's SD card has a virus. Clearing that up before he downloads pictures of his week and baptism.)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SUVA - Week 4

Bula Vinaka Everyone!
It's been a great week! Life is super super super busy. But it's great! Shout out to my little brother Cam, Happy Birthday bro!! Hope you had a great B-day.

It's gonna be a pretty short email today, we've always got stuff to do. It'll probably be like that for the rest of my mission.... But that's ok cuz I'll see all of you in just a couple months! Haha. Just know that things are going fantastic! 

Yesterday we had 2 baptisms!! Volo who is 23, and Raijeli who is 9. They went amazing! It was a very spiritual meeting. Volo was so ready and excited to be baptized. It's a wonderful experience to see the light in people's eyes when they are baptized. When you fully commit yourself to follow the Lord, He delights to bless you with true peace and happiness. And who doesn't want that? Man, it was awesome. 

A cool story of the week was a blessing that we gave to a Fiji-Indian. We were walking down a street when a member called out to us. He told us that one of his non-member friends needed a blessing. So we went in and sat down with the man. He had been feeling under the weather and tired for the past few months. He told us of some hard trials he had been going through and how his body just didn't have energy to do anything. So we gave him a blessing! After the blessing, he asked us what time church starts! So we got his contact info and moved on to our scheduled appointment. The next day we saw him again on the street. He was WAY excited to see us. He happily and excitedly told us that the blessing worked! He was feeling great and was working hard! He told us that he'd like to take the lessons and learn more about the Church! The power of the Priesthood is so very real. 

Alright well, I gotta go! Thanks for tuning in again! I love you all! Keep on keepin' on!
Au lomani kemuni kece sara!

-Elder Jaxson Jeremy Miller

{Zone Conference it appears. Menu: McDonalds}

President Layton jumps in the pic! 

{Car broken into, from last weeks blog}

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SUVA - Week 3

Zoomin' Around

Bula Vinaka Everyone!
It's been yet another week! It was a great one. Especially getting to talk to the family!! Again, Happy Mother's Day Mom! And Grandma! And all you other moms out there! Mom's are the bomb. 

This week was another super busy one! It seems like we're always zoomin' around in our good ol' van Kimmy, either teaching lessons or doing random stuff for the Zone. Non-stop! But it feels good to be so busy. There is really no more satisfying work than the work of the Lord. Right now our teaching pool is doing pretty good! We have some really good investigators with great potential! We should hopefully be able to have some baptisms the next few weeks! One of the BEST investigators is named Volo. She's related to a member, and wants to be baptized because of the happiness she sees. She's learning so well and coming to church every week! She even goes to pick up other investigators so that they can go to church together!! I've never ever had an investigator like that in my entire mission. She's AWESOME. So ready to enter the waters of baptism. It's such a happy feeling seeing someone make the right choices in life! You just know how happy they'll be! Man, I love being a missionary.

An unfortunate story for the week was that our car got broken into! After church we walked out to our car parked just around the block to see the passenger seat window completely shattered. I hope they feel bad because we literally have nothing of worth to steal in our car! The ONLY thing was my small little .mp3 player that's got my MoTab music on it... I'm sure they were disappointed. I really wasn't mad that my music player was stolen, I was more upset that someone would do such a thing! That's $500 worth of damage to a church-owned car for a $20 music player. Sad. Later that day I heard a talk by a member about being more Christ-like. She talked about being loving of everyone around us, no matter what happens. I thought about the person that broke into our car and felt a Christ-like love for them. I prayed that hopefully it would help a struggling family pay for food or something. I immediately felt peace and it no longer troubled me. Just shows the power of the teachings of the Savior! He truly is the perfect example. Be forgiving!

I would like to explain a bit about my companion! His name is Elder Whitworth. He's from Draper, Utah. He finishes his mission next month, so I'll be his last companion! He is HILARIOUS. Puts a smile on everyone's face! He's a way hard worker, and is a very effective missionary. He does not like to waste a second of the Lord's time. He's an inspiring leader! An example of his charisma is a visit we had to McDonald's. He has the ability to make you feel like his best friend within 30 seconds of meeting him. Well, he did that to the lady at the drive-through window. Laughing and smiling. As we pulled up to the next window to grab our McFlurry's, we heard her yell out to the worker doing our order "Vakalevutaka! Erau tamata vinaka!" Which means to give us extra because we're awesome. Haha. Perks of being a great person! 

This Sunday we had a special Stake Conference where the Stake Presidency spoke to us, but then we had the treat of hearing from Elder Dale G. Renlund and a few other General Authorities. It was a broadcast to the Pacific Area. Amazing talks! In Elder Renlund's talk, he mentioned a man named Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown had a bad heart. After receiving a heart transplant, his body rejected the heart. One by one, all of his organs stopped functioning. It was only a matter of days before he passed away. In a last desperation attempt, doctors kept him on life support until another heart donor could be found. Miraculously, one was found! So they went and did ONE more heart surgery. It worked!! His organs started functioning correctly, and all was well! Only 10 days later he was cleared to leave the hospital. As Elder Renlund came in to see Mr. Brown one last time, he looked very angry. Elder Renlund was surprised, and asked him what was wrong. "The breakfast isn't hot, and the milk isn't cold." Here was a man that was just miraculously saved from death through a lot a prayers and effort on the part of the doctors, and he became very upset with the hospital food! We seem to do that so much as people. We fail to fully recognize blessing from the Lord and complain about things. This was a good reminder to stay grateful and humble. Try to count the blessings you received today! It'll brighten your day.

Alright, that's about it for today! Thanks so much for reading my blog! You guys are the best! I hope all is well! Until next week, keep on keepin' on!
Au lomani kemuni kece!

-Elder Jaxson Jeremy Miller

Skyping home! (Mothers Day)