Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 27, 2015

Me and My Elvis lovin Investigator! Notice the giant Elvis in the background!

The District

The District

The District

The green trees of Tennessee

Home is the next road for me!

Best Hot Dog in the World

The River

Me and Elvis

Wow can you believe it's all done? I can't! It's gone by way to fast. I've loved every minute of it. This last week was great!! We had lots of members come out with us which was a amazing! We have built up a good sized teaching pool here now, and the member are really trusting us now, and it's truly been amazing to see how much this area has changed in these 12 weeks. We didn't have a single investigators the first day and now we have a big teaching pool! It's awesome! This week as well we had another good week of finding! We do one hour of finding a day, but each day it was very fruitful! One of our newest investigators Kay who we found just a few weeks ago is really progressing! She is reading like crazy, and just loving the gospel.She is huge Elvis fan! Haha She is super cool, and I really think she will be baptized soon enough. She is cooking me a southern meal tonight! So that will be fun! This week has been so great on Member Presents as well! We had all different members come out with us which is so awesome! Yesterday at church we also had Ginger and Jesse there again. They are such a miracle. Especially Ginger. She grew up in the church, but has never been active in the church really sense the age of 10. We met her while walking down a street when my bike lock broke, and I stopped and talked to her. They have been through a lot the last few months they were homeless, and been through it all, but now they are doing so well. They just both seem happy, and ready to take on life. I think a big purpose of me being here was to help them. We also had another less active at church on Sunday. Which was sweet as well. It's crazy to me that it's all basically over. After tonight's 3 hours of missionary work it will basically be done.. I can't believe it. I had my departing interview already which was unreal.. I think I was shell shocked, but it was awesome being to talk to President Andersen about the experience of my mission. It was a great interview. We set some goals together and bore testimony, and had just a really spirit drive interview which was awesome. He's such a great man, and I'm very grateful for all he's done for me over this these two years! I love him and his wife a lot there just great people. Well these two years have been amazing, and I've learned so much each transfers I learned something, and I thought I would share with ya'll:

1. Cookeville-Gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon!
2. Cookeville-How much Heavenly Father loves me!
3. Cookeville- Bring a diligent missionary
4. Lebanon- Learned how to rebuild an area
5. Lebanon- Importance of Goals!
6. Lebanon- Focusing on others not myself
7. Clarksville- How to be a leader!
8. Clarksville- The importance of the priesthood power!
9. Clarksville- Miracles come by Faith
10. Clarksville- The importance of my covenants
11.Franklin- Salvation doesn't come easy
12. Franklin- Learning the will of my Heavenly Father
13. Franklin- The importance of member presents at lessons
14. Franklin- Zone unity
15. Franklin- Focusing on baptism
16. Nashville- Miracles everyday!
17. Nashville- How the Atonement can changes us all!

Truly the mission has been the best! I've loved every minute of it. It has brought me so much eternal JOY! I have seen so many miracles, and just Heavenly Father hand all over the place showing me where to go or what to say! I've gained a testimony of the gospel, and how it can change us to become better. I've learned about how the atonement is such a gift that I should always use in my life, and I'm truly so grateful for my savior. I've met so many wonderful members, investigators, and recent converts that will always have a huge impact of my life. I've made friends with so many people, and I loved my mission so much. It's meant everything to me. I'm so grateful for all my Heavenly Father has done for me, and I'm just grateful for everything. I think Ammon said it best when he said this in Alma 26: "11 But Ammon said unto him: I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God.  12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." The mission has been amazing, and I'm so grateful for my call to serve. I'm grateful for such a loving family who supported me over these two years. Ya'll are truly amazing, and there is no way I could have done this with out ya'll. So thank you very much! And I guess I'll see ya'll later this week! Ha love ya 
Elder Jaros

Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015

Nashville at night!

This is my friend Shelly! She our investigators daughter!

East Nasty (Nashville)
Not even knowing what to think! Beside just being grateful. We had another amazing week, and I think it went by the fastest of them all. We had 8 amazing member presents which was awesome! It was sweet because with the branch at times it's so hard to get people to want to come out with you! Also we had had two less actives and Jesse at church. It was pretty awesome! The branch really trusts us as missionaries now! At first they didn't even really care much at all about what were doing, but it's truly come such a long ways in a short 11 weeks. We have this new investigator named Kay who is really progressing. She loves the Book of Mormon, and it's been awesome to be teaching her. She's having a hard time coming to church, but hopefully one of these days. She feeds me all the southern stuff like this week she gave me a fired green tomato, and lots of Georgia peaches! So that's pretty awesome! The work is been great. We see so many miracles, and I'm just so grateful to be serving here. It's unreal that it's the final week. It's been such an amazing mission! I'm just super grateful lately for everything. I read a quote from President Monson this week that I loved. I thought I would share he what he talked about a letter he got from a missionary which said: "The work is so hard, but I am so happy. I just want to help as many people as I can. I am giving all I have to the Lord and to the people. We come home at night completely exhausted, but we smile with joy. I know this is the work of the Lord. I love being an instrument in His hands." I love this because this is how I feel. The work is truly amazing . I'm so grateful for all the hard days and the great days and just everything. It's been amazing. I know this has been the best two years of my life, and I'm grateful for that. The church is true, and the atonement can truly change anyone! Thanks for everything! Love ya Ty 

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13, 2015

My shoes have seen a better day..
Trunky papers
Another week in paradise! It's been hot but heavenly! We had our up and downs for the week, but it was another good week! We taught lots of lessons again, and just talked to people about our savior! I truly have the best job in the WORLD!! We had two investigators at church which was sweet! We had Terry and Jesse there. We had awesome lesson with both of them this week as well! Terry has been church three times now which is awesome. He is a father of twins, and he's been through a lot, but Monday we taught the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ again to him, it went so well. As we were teaching we really focused on the spirit and we took a second, and stop in the lesson and asked if he felt it and he did and it was just a super spiritual moment! Which was rad. Than with Jesse we brought Sister Somerholters who is awesome! She one of my favorite members, and it went so well. He's been praying to know if the Book of Mormon is true which is sweet. This week will be solid as well! We have exchanges, some service, and a ward party! So that's going to be awesome! This week as I was studying my general conference talks as I do every morning I got to Elder Hollands talk from the last general conference, and I came across this gem of a quote "That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world. Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life." He is there to hold us and bring us back for sure. This week as I realized I was coming home soon he was there to comfort me and help me to see all the blessings from my mission. I'm so grateful for my mission. For my testimony. For the the prophet Joseph Smith and the questions he had, for the priesthood and the Book of Mormon and so much more, but I'm most grateful for my Savior who was always there when things got rough. I love him, and I'm grateful to be serving him. Love ya Elder Jaros!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

July 6, 2015

My boots!

When you lock your self out, but you live in a super guetto house
where the windows don't lock!

4th of July

July is here.. Don't know if I'm excited or sad! Just lots of emotions. We had a great week in the rain forest of Tennessee! It rain a lot last week! It was unreal. We taught 42 lessons! It was probably one of the best weeks as a missionary I've ever had! Which is awesome! We set a soft baptismal day with Jesse! He wasn't so eager for an
exact date yet, but he came to church and read from the Book of Mormon this week! He's making friends at church as well which is a huge blessing! We also had a great lesson with Christian! We taught about the priesthood, and talked about him being a priesthood holder. It was a great time. He said something that stuck out to me a lot. He said if I had the Priesthood it would be something I would thank God daily for each morning and night. That hit me hard, at times I've I'm more grateful for it, but as he said that it was a time for me to recommit to do that daily. We also had a cool experience with knocking we knocked into a new less active to teach. I love went that happens! He just moved down from New York, and he's just a great guy. We also had two less actives at church! That was awesome. The work I this area is great! We have been busy. It's a great place to serve! Our 4th July was sort of lame! Not much going on, and all the members were out of town, but we had a good time teaching and testifying! A lot of Gratitude has filled my heart. I keep having these moments of where I think about all the amazing people I've met in the past 23 months. From Cookeville to Nashville. I've also thought about all that I've learned about the gospel, and how that's influence me to want to be the best person I can be! Every transfer had a new life lesson learned if it was from the priesthood to covenants to the Book of Mormon to being Christ like. I'm just so grateful. There was a great quote from True to the Faith I wanted to share with ya'll: "The Lord has promised, “He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious” (D&C 78:19). Gratitude is an uplifting, exalting attitude. You can probably say from experience that you are happier when you have gratitude in your heart. You cannot be bitter, resentful, or mean-spirited when you are grateful." I'm so grateful for Tennessee and my call to serve, and I'm grateful to be able to keep serving for rest of my life. I love my mission, and all of ya'll.
Elder Jaros

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June 29, 2015

My Favorite Lady

New Boots
What a great week!! Every week is great while serving the lord! We had lots of meetings, interviews and such, but also some great lessons! This week we had zone meeting my final one.. Strange.. The topic was Gods Love and the authority of our calling! It was great. I learn a lot. Especially with the authority part. Our mission is struggling with setting baptismal dates so we talked about at zone meeting how we are the only ones in the world that can invite people to baptized by the priesthood which had been restored! It was something I've never thought about! We took those two thoughts of Gods Love and inviting others to be baptized into our work this week. It went great. We've been also having a cool miracle be happening right before our faces. We have an part member family that we have been working with Ginger and Jesse. They are young family with a two year old daughter. Ginger is a member, and we found her walking about and about what night. Yesterday he came to church, and he really just opened up! It was sweet! Hopefully this week we can set a good date with him to be baptized! It well be great. We also had President Dennis come out with us. He is a counselor to President Andersen. It was a good exchange. We were able to stop in with a lady name Vera, and had a good lesson! We also made contact with John and Peaches again. I'm super excited for them! The teaching pool has really grown a lot here. Which is a huge blessing. The white wash wasn't at hard as I thought I would have been! Which was a huge blessing. Love is great! I'm so grateful for my mission. It's been such an amazing experience so many wonderful blessings I've seen. Every day I've seen the lord hand in one way or another, and it really help me to understand the person I need to be. In interviews president challenge me to hard work and diligently to the end. That's the goal. Always leave on the track. I'm so grateful for this calling and this name tag and my mission. Thanks for everything! Love Ya'll Ty

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

The River

The River

This town loves Johnny

#bike life

Should I bye them?? Nah

My favorite store downtown
Hot, Hot, Hot, and HOT!! It's been hot and muggy in Tennessee, but it also has had tons of miracles last week! We had another RAD week here in East Nashville! It was a start of a transfer so we set some goals! We want to see a baptism this transfer, and also lots of miracles so that's what we are praying for. We had a big one with 3 investigators at CHURCH! Which was great! I was sooo happy for them! We had Christian (17 year old, great kid), Deetree (the guy who quoted James 1:5 back to me) also Jesse (Part Member Family)!!!!!! It was awesome. Christian and Deetree were the big miracles! Christian for sure. We had a lesson with him that night and it went well. We read and talked about the sacrament about of 3rd Nephi 18, and he asked us that night for a list of favorite chapters from the Book of Mormon! So I gave him a list of my favorite, and he is already reading up on those. He's a great kid! Now we just got to get him, coming along with the commandments! Deetree was also a great miracle! He has read a little from the Book of Mormon, but he is having a hard time with it. He did love church though! This area is full of miracles! It's unreal. Rachel didn't make it to church, but she did call and asked what she missed. So that's was good! A scripture has came to my mind a lot lately. It's a classic it comes from Philippians, which says; "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." I love that scripture because it's so true. If we trust in our savior who has done everything we will ever have to do we can do anything. It's pretty amazing to think about his arms reached down to strengthen us. He's there for me I know that for sure, but I love when my investigators start to trust him and realize he is there to strengthen us. Missionary work is the best. I'm so grateful for my call to serve.
Thanks for all that you do. Love Elder Jaros

Monday, June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015

The crazy hotel

Crazy bike ride to get to the hotel! It was rad though!

Crazy bike ride to get to the hotel! It was rad though!

Jungle boat ride

Boat rides in the gaylord!
Today marks the start of my final transfer as a full time missionary. Really unreal. I can't believe how amazing these 22 months have been! Truly the best thus far of my life. We had a good week. We had a solid Monday night with an good lesson with Rachel first. She had a seizure and feel off her front steps and cut open her head... It was a rough day for her, but that night she wanted us to come by and talk so we did. She is progressing some she has been coming to church which is good! She came yesterday! So that's good. That's the second time we've had her at church. We set a goal list for her on Saturday! Just trying to help her progress in life some as well! Tuesday was filled with a all day trainer trainee meeting! It was a great meeting. I realized that I'm still having to adjust to missionary work! Ha always ways and something we can do to improve! I went on exchanges for the next few days. I was with Elder Thorup in the other half of our branch. It was a good time. He's a funny elder. He's going home tomorrow, and they are closing there area so we now we'll have lots more to do! Rest of the week went well. Biked a lot, and had a rad Saturday with 8 lessons or so! That was great! We also both had to speak in church. That's my 3rd time as a missionary speaking in church. It was an easy topic studying the scriptures! I only had to speak for 5 minutes! I quoted this from GC from Bishop Caussé talk: "

Sometimes we might be tempted to think, “I don’t need to study the scriptures today; I’ve read them all before” or “I don’t need to go to church today; there’s nothing new there.”

But the gospel is a fountain of knowledge that never runs dry. There is always something new to learn and feel each Sunday, in every meeting, and in every verse of scripture. In faith we hold to the promise that if we “seek, … [we] shall find.”"

I know that toooo be soo true. I've come to love the scriptures soooo much on my mission. They are my favorite thing. I love studying them and learning each day. It's such a blessing to have a time daily to study, and I'm excited to keep this habit for rest of my life. I hope all is well with ya'll!  Life is sooo blessed here in Tennessee! Love ya Ty