Elder Jordan Royal

Elder Jordan Royal
Jordan hugs big sister Kelli

Monday, June 3, 2013


            Happy Summer Vacation (unless you're in the Philippines, in which case it would be Happy First Day of School)!  I just can't believe that I'm turning 21 on Sunday.  That's pretty crazy.  So, to answer your questions: yes, I received my birthday packages and yes, of course, I already opened them.  I mean, come on, you didn’t really expect me to wait until my birthday to open all of those packages!  (haha)  Thank you, Mom, Dad, and everyone else who helped with the packages!  I love you guys so much :D!  Thank you for everything you sent!  I'm sure we'll go through all of the food in the next few weeks.  (Yum, yum!)  (I love the In-N-Out shirt.  I always wanted one of those!)

Jordan basks in the joy of receiving his 21st birthday care packages that he was not supposed to open until June 9th.  (Yeah, right - like that was gonna happen.)
           Well, this week was just alright.  We had Mission Leadership/District Leader Council on Tuesday which was awesome.  It was probably the most spiritual one I've attended.  We talked, and will be focusing on conversion this month.  I learned so much about true conversion and learned that "we can't live on testimony alone" (Elder David A. Bednar).  True conversion is an endless process and it doesn't stop.  A lot of less actives tell us all the time that they "lost their testimony,” which isn't accurate.  They just need to bring the light back into their lives little by little until they are full of light once more.  The Spirit was just really strong during our meeting.  After that, the APs (Elders Revillo and Biggs) worked with us.  Elder Revillo and Elder Leduna worked together while I worked with Elder Biggs.  It was fun working with Elder Biggs (from my batch) as we reflected on the progress we have made during our missions.  It has been an amazing journey. 

            We had an intense Zone CSP (service project) on Thursday at a high school and did the same thing that we did last week, only a lot more painful (as in sore).  We approached a giant dirt mount in the middle of the school and we had to carry the dirt about 40 yards by rice sacks and (my personal favorite, but the most tiring) a box with two long handles that could only be carried by two people.  We must've made about 30 trips each back and forth.  We made it, though, so that was good.  I was only sore for three days, so not a big deal (ha).

Jordan's zone after a hard day's work moving piles of dirt at a local school as a service project
            Elder Leduna and I spent a couple of hours one day just finding people to teach (which we've been doing since the beginning of the transfer, because some people just are not progressing, which is frustrating and sad).  We met the Tanghal Family, who are sealed, but have been less active for a couple of years.  We went because they wanted us to teach their son's girlfriend, Josephine.  She went to church with them last week, so we taught her this week.  Josephine's nice and receptive.  Nanay Tanghal told her that she should not join the Church simply because of their son or their family, but only if she is fully converted to the Gospel.  She has potential, but she and the Tanghal didn't come to church on Sunday.  (Ugh.)  We had three new investigators come to church this week: Ria and Ricka Macapagal and Lexter Maniego.  Lexter's brother is our Branch Missionary Leader and he'll be baptized in July.  I most likely won't be here for that, though, which is too bad.  Our other investigator, Maritoni Santos, is supposed to get baptized on June 15, but he didn't come to church, so now we have to start the countdown again, which means now if I get transferred from Cabanatuan in a couple of weeks, I'll leave with no more baptisms in this area.  Pretty rough.  I'm just planting the seeds for someone else to harvest.  It’s all very good.  I am just happy working in the Lord’s field, doing whatever job He wants me to do.  We've found some great new investigators this week, so hopefully we can go back to them this week with some progress.

Jordan paid a visit to Kalikid, his first area, here (from Jordan's left) with Nanay Rosa, Sister Rabe (who he taught & baptized) and Sister Adonis (who updates us with great pictures like this)
            Well, thanks again for all of your love and support for me.  I hope that you all have a great week and that we have some awesome blessings for all our work.  That would be the best birthday present ever!  Anyway.  Take care everyone.

            Elder Jordan "Legal to Drink and Gamble Next Sunday . . . But Never Will” Royal

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