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)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SUVA - Week 1

Baptism & Transfers!

Bula vinaka everyone!
Holy cow, it's been a hectic, busy week! One that I have a feeling I'll never forget.

First things first, MARECA GOT BAPTIZED!! It went perfectly. Her baptismal interview was on Tuesday. We got transfer calls from President Layton that day, telling me that I'd be transferred that same Thursday. So after she passed her interview, I had to tell her that that I would unfortunately not be able to attend her baptism, which was planned for Saturday. She was surprised, but said ok. Later that day she came running to our house and said "Elders, can we please do the baptism tomorrow?? I want you both to be there!" So we called our Bishop, and he gave it the go ahead! I was so so so stoked! I had the privilege of baptizing her! Everything was amazing. The talks were awesome, the spirit was there, and you could just tell that she was so ready to be baptized. It was definitely one of my favorite baptisms on my mission. I won't forget it!
So yeah, I got transferred! I got sent to Suva 2nd ward. Right in the city! Quite the contrast from my past 3 areas! Haha. But I love it so far! We just cruise around in our amazing white van named Kimmy. We live in the "suburbs" of the city, about a 5 minute drive from downtown Suva, in an area called Raiwaqa. Our flat is great! One of the best I've seen in the mission! On Thursday and Friday we did a TON of driving around for transfers. As far as the work is concerned, there is so much potential! I love the ward already. We get dinner appointments every single night again! I'm excited to finish my mission here!

Ok well that's about all the time I have! Thanks for tuning in again! I love you all! Until next week, keep on keepin' on!
Au lomani kemuni kece!

-Elder Jaxson Jeremy Miller

New flat!