Current Address

Sister Jorden Elizabeth Jackson
Philippines Baguio Mission
PO Box 115
National Highway
Brgy. Lingsat
San Fernando, La Union

Monday, December 29, 2014


December 22, 2014

The story of Martha and Mary has always sort of troubled me. Martha is busy trying to get everything ready in the house because they were hosting Jesus. She was probably cooking and cleaning and a frazzled mess. As you would say it mom, she needed “all hands on deck” to get everything ready on time. She just needed a little help!

But here is what happened:

Luke 10: 38-42

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

I thought of this story again this week as we were teaching. I came across a lot of “Marthas” and quite a few “Marys” as well. E, a less active we have been visiting for quite some time now promised us earlier this week that she will come to church after Christmas…she said business is just too good. She won’t close either of her two stores to come to church. 

But then there is D, who told us this week that she can’t fall asleep without reading the Book of Mormon. She told us that before she had a Book of Mormon she would just watch TV in the evenings and she would have bad dreams every night. But, ever since we gave her the Book of Mormon she said she doesn’t really watch TV because she just wants to read.

We met Elma’s husband this week. He was a little bit drunk. But he was honest. :) And he is a nice drunk, so that’s good. He told us how much he loves his family, how he works for them all day so that he can put food on the table and provide for their needs. He also said that he moved to their current house because that’s where Elma’s parents live and she is the only one “in his heart” *tender*

He went back to drinking with his buddies and Elma fed us dinner. She cooked sopas, pancit and even had peanut butter and bread because it was CJs birthday – he turned 2! They made us the guests of honor at his party. So nice! After the meal we taught Elma about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. From her comments it was easy to tell that she is willing to give up her sins in order to enter God’s kingdom.

I am so grateful to be a missionary and to teach wonderful people that help me understand the teachings of Christ. I hope that whatever the season, Christmas or 4th of July, that we can choose the good part, like Mary did, which is Christ. It’s as simple as that – am I filling my time with things that will draw me closer to Christ, or are the things I’m doing moving me away from Him?

Talk to you soon family! I can’t wait! 

The Ordinario family - the ones who "adopted" us as their 14th and 15th children. picture!

We helped Nanay Antonia Ordinario harvest rice for a bit. :)

We decorated Bro. Domingo's house for Christmas!! He loved it! So did Luz, his wife (she just wouldn't admit it) :) There were more streamers all over the house - thanks for sending them, mom!


At the branch Christmas party

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