Sunday, June 25, 2017

SUVA - Week 8

More Sheep in the Fold!
Bula Vinaka Everyone!
Well, it's been yet another week! Unfortunately it's ANOTHER super busy day today, so I only have a few minutes! I'll update what I can!

We had another baptism this past weekend!! It was 2 woman, Finau and Siteri. They are amazing converts!! They have some of the strongest testimonies I've ever heard from a convert. They both know without a doubt that this is true. It makes me so happy to see people doing exactly what our Father in Heaven wants for them! It warms the soul. This is such an amazing work we're engaged in. I love being a missionary!

About some other people we're teaching: We're also teaching a part-member family where all of the children are baptized, active members, but the parents haven't joined the church yet. One day as we were visiting with them, they turned to each other, looked back at us, and said: "We've decided that it's time for us both to be baptized." We were so stoked!! I LOVE teaching families. Especially when we know that after their baptisms, the entire family can be sealed together in the Temple! The light and purity of this message is so real. How could it not be true??

Anyways, that's about it for the week! Not much exciting has happened lately. Just finishing as hard as I can all the way to the end! I love you all! Keep on keepin' on!
Au lomani kemuni!

-Elder Jaxson Jeremy Miller

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.)