Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

Church Ball


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Thanks Everyone

Hola family! Thank YOU all the Christmas presents and cards and love!

Ya'll are the best! Last week was great! We had some good lessons and lots of fun! Christmas Eve was fun we spend the day up doing baptismal interviews up in Dickson TN it was fun! We came home and did the normal for rest of the day and we had a great dinner with a part member family! It was way fun, and they had some super cute kids who were stoked for Christmas! That night we had a little Christmas devotional! We watched bible videos and ready some stories and had a good time! We woke up the next day opened presents and studied! It was fun! It was awesome! Then we had 3 meals with members! Plus I was blessed to talk to so many of ya'll it was great! I had a blast! This Christmas was so much better than last year! We were able to meet with Don twice last week! We set up baptism, and went through the questions! All we are wait for now with Don now is his Sister to fly out here from Utah! He came to church yesterday as well! Plus we have this awesome new investigator Rubin who's really solid! Last week was week 6 so transfer call came and I'm losing Elder Allen.. I'm getting a Spanish elder named Elder Whiteley who came out with me! Will be a zebra comp. Which will be interesting! We have lots of Spanish members, and Rubin speaks Spanish as well. I'm sad to leave Elder Allen! We had a lot of success this transfer, and we really grew our teaching pool! I'm grateful for my time to serve with him. 2014 is coming to and end.. Can you believe that? I can't. It was truly a great year. I learned a lot this year about my self and about missionary work. It was great. I met some people this year who changed ,y life for ever. I was able to serve in some areas that were truly amazing with amazing memories. I was able to grow my testimony again, and I truly had probably the best year of my life. Thank you all so much for all the love and support love ya. Elder Jaros

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014

The TREE

The TREE

Me and Elder Allen

The old Lebanon Homies!

I can't believe that my second Christmas away is here this week.. I remember thing last year looking at the next year saying to myself next Christmas is forever away and I pretty sure all I did was blink and it was here again. This past year of serving the lord has been amazing. I've learned a lot, and grown a lot in my testimony, but sadly not in height.. This Christmas season has been a lot easier on Elder Jaros compared to last years. I've been able to really focus on Christ. This month I reread the gospel of Luke which is my favorite gospel, and it was an amazing experience to really look at all the savior did then and look all the savior does now. This last week was great. When I came to Franklin we had no one, and was very slow going. Now we are still growing that teaching pool, but each week we find some one else who is such a miracle. We actually have progressing investigators now who are really solid, and that has all came this month. Don who we were really hoping would be baptized this week most likely won't he is working 19 hours a day. We stay in contact with him via the phone and texting which is good, but I just wish we could sit down with him. This week we went to Hohenwald for an district meeting. As a zone leader we have to go every districts district meeting a transfer. It's a lot of driving in the early mornings, but is usually a good time listening to talks and such on the road! Hohenwald has some church history. 138 years ago two elders were shot and killed there, and there hasn't been missionaries back sense, but a few months ago our mission president opened Hohenwald TN. It's doing great as an area, and this weekend for the first time in 138 years there will be 3 people baptized into the church! It's a way cool miracle. The sisters there are killing it, and it's been way cool to see them have success. They called us last night and told us about the special spirit of that town. Super cool. We also had a great ward party on friday night! It was a blast. This Franklin Ward really knows how to party! We had Eddie Benzen with us! He is the best. He is one of favorite investigators I've ever taught. He is the best! Not super interested, but he loves us to pieces, but at the ward party he came up to me at the end and said that was the most fun he's had sense his wife has passed. Love that guy. I'm excited to see some of you on Thursday! It will be awesome! Fastest 40 minutes of our lives, but the best. I wanted to share a line I read from the Christmas talks Grandma sent me last year. The quote was from today talk by President Monson which said "For us our Heavenly Father gave His Son. For us our Elder Brother gave HIS life." As I've turn my heart to his birth this year I just have noticed the love he has for us. He gave his only begotten for us, and I think of the love our elder brother has for us. Truly amazing, and I'm so grateful for this Christmas season it's been the best. I grateful for all the love that you send me. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE PACKAGES AND SUCH. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas. Love Ty! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Tim and Al!

Me and my Christmas tree.


Family and friends it's Christmas time! What a wonderful time of the year! It's been a great few weeks of learning and growing spiritual in the mission field. There was 4 wonderful events that happened last week.
 
The first one was the fact that we found two solid new investigators it was great! The one is pumped to meet with us, and we set some what of day for baptism with him. He is a great guy. His name is Rubin. We have only met him twice, but I have high hopes for him!

Then we had Christmas zone conference which was a great meeting! We had Elder Runland here with us. He is one of the 70, and was a great event! I learned so much about how to help people keep there commitments. He was a great speaker, and his wife was really good as well. They spoke for 4 hours, it was fun meeting. I also was able to hang out with all the Lebanon homies! They are all so great missionaries!
 
The 3rd great experience was the fact that Don received his answer!!! He is the best! He prayed and prayed all month, and it came! We are so stoked!!! This week he is going to be finishing up the Book of Mormon and he might get baptized this Friday, but if not Friday he as said by the end of the year!! He is so great. I'm soooo excited for him!
 
The last and coolest experience this week was the lesson we were able to re learn about the season of Christmas. As we know the season can be all about get me this and I want this etc, which I'm way guilty of, but last week we were able to give back to one of our missionaries in the zone. It was so cool to see his face light up. It taught me the biggest lesson about how our savior is the gift, and how our Heavenly Father gave him for us, and just like the missionary who's eyes led up when he saw he had a package that's how we should be when we realize that our savior has come for us and saved us from our sins. That was the biggest and greatest lesson I learned this week, and helped me a lot. Thanks again for the letters and everything.
 
Love Ty

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014


The classic house in Franklin

Me and the lamp

Temple Life


What my p day consists of... Yay...


What my p day consists of... Yay...

Last week was so much better! We had an good exchange! I was with a really green missionary and it was great. He is having a hard time so we talked a lot! He is a shy kid, but hopefully he will break out of his shell. We also were finally able to meet with Don again! He is the man. We had two really amazing lessons with him, and we set a baptismal date for December 19th! Please pray for him.. He is still waiting for his answer, but yesterday we had an amazing fast and testimony meeting it was truly great. Lots of convert went up and talked which was great as well. I think Don is ready, and we gave him a blessing and hopefully that will help. He is really elect, and that's what we are looking for in Franklin the elect. This area is still rough.. Hardest place of my mission thus far. We knock a lot doors, and all of the people are nice just not interested. I guess the key is to find through the members here, which we are trying to do, but it's just the fact that members are scared to open there mouths about the church a lot. We did find one super cool lady knocking doors yesterday. She had just been out to Utah for a skiing trip with her family, and she knows like half the ward!! We set a return appoint as well. This week also had lots of success with the Franklin Parade. Our stake did float, and we gave out pass along cards to our stake nativity open house this weekend. We gave out 2000 cards in the parade and lots of candy. Lots of the people wouldn't take stuff from us because of our white shirts, but it was fun. We were out side of float giving out candy. It was way cool. Life is good. I've enjoy reading the letters they have been awesome! Hope all is well! Love yall!

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014

Just a random river

The Duke!

Kelso's Van (That 70's Show) at Church

Me and Joe Callister! He's the best

Me and my Christmas tree!!

Thank you for the cards and letters!!

This last week was kind of long!! No one was home... All our investigators were out of town! It was kind of rough, but me and elder Allen had fun with it all. We knocked a lot of doors, and did a lot of member visits last week. Don was out of town, but he is the best. We stay in contact most of the week, and we are really still praying for a white Christmas!! We had a really good Thanksgiving! We were with an awesome family. They really welcomed me and Elder Allen into there family! It was a great! We played games and had a great time! Lots better than last year! We also had some awesome lessons one with this singer Gaylon Crew. He's kind of famous and it was a good first lesson until the end where he hit us with a ton of anti, but hey I was able to teach some one kind of famous! We also had a great lesson with member present lesson Brother Benzen! I love that guy. We talked a lot with him about the spirit world. He is being really prepared, and he is just a way funny guy. He knew Johnny Cash and John Wayne! His wife was a singer, and he wrote the songs! We are still looking for new investigators and it's been rough so far, but the church is doing this new video called he is the gift. The video is amazing, and we e been showing it like crazy. Hopefully this week we can set a date with Don this week. Life is good, and I'm very grateful for you all. Love ya elder Jaros

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014


Temple selfie


Tennesseee last summer!


Elder Rumsey and I with one of our favorite members from Lebanon!


Franklin Zone powerhour leadership!

This past week has been crazy!! I'm going to start off and talk about the miracle of Don! We been teaching him a lot this month so far, and has been going great. We used soo many members in our ward, and he hits it off with all of them. The ward loves him. This past week we taught him the plan of salvation with a member at his house, and it was great. He's progressing so well! He asked some great questions that we were able to address. We also met with him at the church on Saturday with another member and taught all about the power of prayer, and that went great! He came to all three hours of church, and the members sit with him, and take him to the classes!! It's truly amazing. He wants to read the Book of Mormon all the way through before baptism, but he's already up to Jacob!! We are hoping for the first or second weekend of December for baptism! He's like the highlight of our weeks usually. We have been doing lots of finding over the past week, and it's been okay.. Franklin is still hard to find in, but we found some people. I also received a new comp this week. His name is Elder Allen. He's from somewhere in the Salt Lake valley. Very smart elder! It should be a good transfer!! He's been out for a year, so we are about the same time frame. Last week we had to go on exchanges as well because of the crazy Christmas transfer we are having! I can't believe another Thanksgiving is coming up, but it should be a great one! We are eating with a cool family which will be nice. Thanksgiving is great, because we get to look and see all things we are grateful in our lives. It's truly amazing to see all the blessing we have because of the gospel. I'm so grateful for my family this week, and the way the raised me. It's hard to be out in here during holiday, but it makes you grateful for your family. I'm also so very grateful for our savior and his love, and the peace he brings me as I'm out here on this mission. He truly amazing. Thanks so much for everything, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!



Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

Baptism

All the missionaries and Amanda and her family

On the way to Linden, TN.

MLC


The Linden, TN elders apartment in the middle of no where..

Linden, TN Country

Blake's Baptism
Last week was great! Honestly was of the best weeks of my life. Too start off we had an amazing week in our own area. We hit 6 member presents which was our goals, and we really saw the Ward come and help teach with us to our investigators. The zones member presents increased as well which was need. That alone is a huge be miracle! We had some great lessons. The one that sticks out the most is the one with Don. He's the man. He was able to spend a long time talking to his sisters who is a member back in the mother land of Utah! She told him lots, and helped him lots. He is pumped to keep learning and coming to church. He was sick, and didn't make it yesterday, but I think he's going to be our WHITE CHRISTMAS!!! We also had the opportunity to go out to Linden which is as west as our mission goes. It was a beautiful trip. I loved it! We went through a state park, and checked out some view points on our way. It was a fun trip. We then went out with the Elders over there, and we went and visited one on the coolest investigators families I've ever met. They were so country it was unreal. I haven't been around real southern folk for almost 8 months.. So it was fun to hear the word possum in our small talk!! They had beautiful farm house in the middle of these huge streets which was awesome! Then this weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to go back to Lebanon for a baptism. It was great. It was for Blake one of Amanda's step kids. That family is amazing! It was sooooo great to see them. It was like coming home. I was asked to speak on the Holy Ghost at the baptism which was great. It was unbelievable how much they have grown in the gospel sense I left. Jesslyn spoke at the baptism and she did so well. The experience brought me so much joy. I feel like it was slight little look at what heaven will be like. It was truly one of the best experience to see them. It remind me of a quote I read this week which said: "You can count the number of seeds in a single apple, but you can’t count the number of apples in a single seed." Which is so cool with there family we shared a little seed, and they grew it so much. They do so much member missionaries work it's unreal. I left that night so grateful and still am for my mission. I've been thinking about where would they be with out the gospel. I have no clue. Missions are wonderful, and I'm so grateful for mine. This work is the most important, and I'm very grateful I'm out here serving the lord. There is no place I'd rather be. I also received exciting news that I will be staying the area, but I'm loosing Elder Smith. I now will be training a new zone leader which will be fun, but I do have to say I'm very nervous. I don't know very Franklin very well, but like one of my favorite quotes says 'there is no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the growing zone." Thanks so much for the everything! Love Elder Jaros

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014

Nashville Temple


Tim's baptism!!!!!!!!!

Me and the Temple at Night


Me and My MTC Companion

Rainy Days!

Me and my favorite investigator Mr. Benson


Einstein Bagels!

This week flew right on by! The weeks keep getting shorter. We started out week of with MLC!! Such a great meeting. We learned a lot about how we can improve our teaching skills. It was great. That meeting is always the best, and we always learn so much. We then had our zone meeting on Thursday which was a quick turn around. Not a lot of time to prepare. Next time we are to put a few more days in between MLC and zone meeting. I trained on FaceBook. I hope it went well! I think I at least helped one sister! We had some really good lessons this week which was a blessing. We first met with Don on Tuesday night. We had a member there, and we had a really good lesson the lesson rolled right up to us setting a date with him for baptism!! We set the date for November 22nd, but most likely it will be December 6th or so. He want to invite his family who are members out in Utah on out to the baptism! He came to church as well. We are scheduled to teach him a lot of topics over the next few weeks, but we are stoked for him. The biggest miracle, and the best for last was that TIM WAS BAPTIZED OVER THE WEEKEND!! It was rad! It took a lot of work this past week. Lots of phone calls, and check ins with him, but he quit smoking, and he was dunked! It was great. He had a member baptized him, and Elder Smith helped him into the font sense he is missing a leg. Over all it was a great experience and a wonderful way to finish of the week! I also learned this week that the church Miley Cyrus was baptized into is right down the straight from my house ha! Hope all is good! Love Elder Jaros

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014

Fall in Tennessee

Fall in Tennessee

Me and Elder Smith

Banjo Life


Fall in Tennessee

Haunted House

Not a bad week of Halloween! We had some killer lessons last week, and really good numbers! Now we just need a baptism date! Last week started off great with interviews with President Andersen, and a great ward party! Interviews are always a blessing because of the time you get to spend with President! He's such a wise man. The big thing for this interview cycle was setting goals, and figuring out what your next step is at a missionary.. Very good topic. We had a good chat, and I think I'm going to work on being more diligent and teaching skills. President Andersen is the man though. I have no clue how he does it all! Our Ward party was fun! They went all out. The building was decorated from ceiling down. They even did a haunted house! Never been to such a fun ward party! We met some way cool new people this week Sarah and DD! Sarah is dating a less active member, and she went to "Meet the Mormons" with him and loved it. We knocked at her house, and she let us come in and teach her a lot. Her less active boy friend is golden as well. Then DD is new to me. She has been taught for a little while, but we were able to bring over two awesome sisters from our Ward, and have an awesome lesson with her. She is very into her church, but she is very interested in ours. Her granddaughter calls the temple her castle! Too cute. This week should be better we have lots of set appointments that we can get members too hopefully, and work on getting a baptism. Plus we have MLC tomorrow high is always a treat, and it's just up the road in Nashville only like a 10 minute drive compared to the over and hour drive from Clarksville! Life is good!

Hope all is good back in Utah! Love Elder Jaros