Elder Jake Milligan

Elder Jake Milligan

Saturday, July 15, 2017

4th of July


As you're all aware, it was the 4th of July. I'm sure every missionary email you'll read today will go into great detail about all the fabulous things they did to celebrate our country and all the fun they had. And it will have approximately 13 pictures of them being super patriotic and extra-American. 

So I'll save you the extra reading and just let you know that we had a great 4th and blew a lot of things up with some cool members. I also took a bottle rocket to the chest but it's okay cause I have like 30 white shirts. We ate at least 6 pounds of barbecued meat as well so that was definitely a highlight. 

This week was great though, our investigators are all progressing very well Kraig has not smoked since we started the workshop with him! So if he stays strong he will be all set to go for July 29th, please pray for this guy, he's the best. Our other investigator Calvin is doing great, we took him to sunset on the Mississippi and he liked it, it's a funny show so he was entertained. We are hoping to get him down to the pageant soon so he can get more of the spiritual stuff in this time. He has a ton of great questions. 

We have 3 new promising investigators as well; Jasmine, Jazmine (shoutout to black culture for giving us 50 different ways to spell names so we don't get people confused), and Lakendra. They are all interested and have a sincere desire. So we have high hopes for them as well. 

Nauvoo Pageant is starting up tomorrow so things finna get busy real quick down here. But I'm excited to watch the town population explode it should be fun. 

Other than that not too much to write about this week. Just grinding every day trying to help bring people closer to the Savior.

I love all of you! 

Hope you have  a great week! 

Grill Out

What's up worldddd

This week was stellar. That is; for being in the middle of nowhere on the border of Iowa and Illinois and Missouri and surrounded by people who hate you for believing in the restored gospel. But we never let that stop us! Our week was awesome! We found 11 new investigators and we have a few more that will for sure become investigators this week. We also had our investigators Kraig and Calvin at Church on Sunday. Kraig is still a stud, we moved his date a few weeks back so that he can be completely smoke-free as he prepares for his baptism. He has now offically read the Book of Mormon twice, and he's also read all of the Doctrine and Covenants and all of the Pearl of Great Price! Now he wants to read Jesus the Christ, this guy is straight fire. Please pray for him as he tries to officially quit smoking this week! 

Our other awesome investigator is Calvin! This guy is tight, he came to church with a wool blazer and turtle neck with some dope glasses. He straight up looked like Samuel L. Jackson. He's the man. I feel cool just talking to him, kind of like I've been accepted into the cool black people gang. He's the Father of a member in the Ward here in B-town, he's really interested and has some great deeper-level questions (like about Zion, and Baptisms for the Dead) it's great teaching people that think at a deeper level and have actual interest. This week we're taking him to one the the plays in Nauvoo about the Mormon Battalion, cause he is a veteran and likes Military stuff. It should bumpin. 

Me and my new Comp E. Butterfield are just havin a party out here in Burlington. It's pretty funny we are complete opposites (he's pretty quiet and just super calm/chill) but we get a long great. We have been making it a goal to find the joy and have a blast everyday, while still working hard and setting the example for our zone. We have had some pretty crazy experiences already, so we'll have some good stories for ya'll by the end of this transfer. Also I've already found out tons of ways to refer to him since his name has the word butter in it. ex: Butters, Butter,Buttfield, B-field, and my personal favorite. ButtHurtField. We also found out that we both love Barbeque sauce, and that we both had Cars named Claire back home. 

One funny thing that happened this week was Butter and I were out knocking and I heard someone yell "Elders!!" and I saw this big black lady sitting on her porch having a Grill Out and with her family down the road in this apartment complex. As soon as I saw they were grilling I was like "Their goona feed us Butter, lets go!"  So we went over to talk to her, and turns out she's a member that just moved from Arizona and has a huge family living with her. (we made one of her family members a new investigator!) But the most exciting part was they gave us a TON of food, like 3 brawts and some ribs and some pork steak and mac and cheese. It was amazing. (especially since it was fast sunday and our dinner wasn't unitl 7!) 

Well that's all I got for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July, we will spend our entire day eating, so please pray for us and our future wives so we don't get too fat our here.

Love you guys!

Here's a pic of me and Butter. People tell us we look like we belong in One Direction... Iowa doesn't know they broke up yet..

Greetings world.

So this week was pretty nuts, I finally killed off my marshalese brother Elder Anitok. It was super sad to see him go, but he was a stud and he did his job. Hopefully I'll make it out to Hawaii soon so he can set me up with one of his Island Lady friends lol. 

So we had transfers and my wish came true. I'll get to stay another 6 weeks here and Nauvoo will be my first and last 6 month area lol. I'll get to be here for Pageant though and I'm PUMPED. We already have 4 investigators lined up to come watch pageant on different days. We also are going to be assigned to work down at the Pageant doing various jobs several nights a week this summer. It's going to be LIT. Everyone in our mission is always trying to get here during Paegent season so I feel pretty lucky to get one more transfer here!

My new Companion is the one and only Elder Butterfield! He's a cool kid, he was a DL in our zone and just got called to be ZL up here in Nauvoo with me. I'm excited he's a really cool kid and super hard worker. He's been out a year this Thursday! It's pretty weird, I feel like just yesterday I was getting trained, now I'm the oldest Person in the zone. Missions fly by! 

The work is going pretty well right now. We have a lot of solid people in the beginning stages. Kraig is doing good as well! He is almost done with the Book of Mormon for the second time! His only hold back right now is he is struggling with smoking still. We are working with him on that right now. He's goona overcome it though, he's got too much faith not to. I love that guy!

Not a whole lot to report on this week. Said a lot of Goodbyes to the studs that died this week. The mission and our MLC is going through some fat changes right now so it'll be interesting to see how it goes. 

Cool news though with transfers, my boy Elder Esplin is in our Zone now as one of our DL's so I'll get to exchange with him. I'm pumped! He hit's his year mark this week, I can't believe it's been a year since I got him. He's a stud!

One of the Highlights of the week, my favorite family the Thompsons. Took us out to dinner on Anitok's last night. They took us to the nicest restaurant in Burlington, they are so cash. They do a ton for us I love this family! 

That's it for this week. Hope you all have a killer week. I love you guys. The gospel is true, go share it's blessings with someone!



Pics From our Photo Shoot in Nauvoo, Lot's of goodbyes, and The thompson family dinner



Well today marks a sad moment. Elder Anitok is writing his final emails as he prepares to die this coming Thursday. It's officially the end of our 9 month Party. Crazy that we've been serving around each other/as companions for a complete gestation period. He will be missed. 

Lol on a happy note though. We had a really fun week here in the Nauvoo Zone. We were busy all day every day it was awesome. We also got to spend 3 days in a row in Nauvoo which is always cause for celebration. I flippin love Nauvoo man. 

We had a lot of cool things goin on so I'm just going to make a list and ya'll can just skip to the pictures like I know you do you ;)

-Elder Anitok had his departing temple trip on Tuesday. So I got to trio with Elder Zinn and Elder Perez. Elder Zinn and I came out together and we are pretty tight. We had a photoshoot in the woods during our exchange. The bridge we are on is actually the Bridge Emma and Joseph kiss under during the restoration movie for all you Church media fans. 

-We took my man Kraig on a church history tour through Carthage and Nauvoo. It was sick!! Having the sites down there is such a useful resource to teach people it's awesome. He loved it all too, he said his favorite part of the whole tour was the love that people show to each other in the church. Even if they are random strangers he felt like he was a part of the family and loved. It was so cool to hear. 

-On Thrusday we had a member of the 70 come to our zone conference and we had 11 hours of meetings. I couldn't even feel my face by the end I was so done. It was all great stuff though. The MLC portion was really cool. Elder Keech is a cool guy. 

-Saturday we did a triple blitz in the Mt.Pleasent area and tried to get some stuff goin up there. Interesting folks up there. 

-Sunday, Kraig came to Church and asked if he could move his baptism up to next weeked! I wish we could lol, he's so ready. He read the whole BOM in like 2 weeks. But he has to come to church again before his baptism. He's ready though, I'm stoked out of my mind for Kraig. 

That's all i got for this week. Last thing! Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad's and Future Dads out there! I love my Dad so much! He's the hardest working guy and best example out there, I'm so grateful for him! Love you Dad!!

Love you guys!

Hide your kids, hide your wife, we baptizing everyone out here

This week was littttttttttttttttttttt!

For real though it was pretty great. We had another awesome baptism, our boy Alex entered into the waters of Baptism on Saturday and it was awesome to witness! The service was awesome as well, Alex is such a smart kid it's awesome. He has the plan of salvation down just from memory and he can teach you the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson better than I can haha. I love this guy he's a little stud. I'm so grateful that we were able to be led to him. His mom gave the closing prayer at the Baptism and it was one of the most spiritual and sincere prayers I've ever heard. I can't wait to see this family continue to progress as they come back to Church. 

Another fun thing that happened this week was that we went to Des Moines for exchanges with the AP's! I got to go with my homie Elder Higley, it was just like ole times it was dope. Elder Higley is a stud! We taught a lot of Africans so that was awesome I miss africans! We also got to eat at my favorite place in the world HuHott! 

Speaking of Africans, we were a little early for exchanges so we stopped in Des Moines and got to see some of my african family! I got to see the Zoeduah/Sando family it was amazing! I felt like I was seeing family again. I love those people!! 

Another cool thing that just happened was I got to see the MOSS family!! It was awesome seeing my old Trek Parents haha! They are the best! Shout out to them for coming to visit me out here in Illinois! 

I don't have a ton of time to write today. But here's some good pics we took this week! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dr. Deep Doctrine

This week was awesome!

I feel like I say that every week, but honestly it's true! Being a missionary is such a cool experience. There's nothing like talking to people about Jesus Christ 24/7 and getting to know people on a much deeper level than you normally would. 

Our week went by really fast, we had some pretty cool moments though. We have been working with our main guy Kraig. He's a stud, keeps all his commitments, is 200 plus pages into the Book of Mormon now. He also has started reading the Pearl of Great Price as well. So he's had some pretty deep questions about that, so Anitok and I have been putting on our thinking caps quite a bit to answer some of his questions. I like it though, you can tell how interested someone is by the questions they ask and the effort they put into it. Kraig is a solid guy, I'm excited to see him continue to progress. 

Everyone we are working with consistently is doing great right now. Alex is getting baptized next week so hey, that's pretty dope. Alex is such a funny kid, we have been drawing him pictures to help him remember every lesson and making up hand signs to help him memorize stuff it's a lot of fun. I love that kid. I'm grateful we found him! 

This week is going to be pretty stacked I'm excited. We have District Meeting, exchanges in DES MOINES with the the AP's, and a baptsim this Saturday! So it's going to fly by. Then Elder Anitok is going to officially be trunked out and it's going to be great :)...?

That's all I got this week, but I love all ya'll!

We have a pretty cool P-day planned today, we are breaking from the norm a bit and sacrificing Basketball to appease the sisters. But Elder Anitok and I planned a P-day thing at the park and we are going to barbeque and play disc golf and volleyball. So it should be pretty fun. I feel like I've become a much better event planner because of my mission. So hopefully that'll help me get girls when I get home ;)

Love you guys!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

May 29, 2017

This week was awesome. Lots of great things happened this week and we have a few investigators that are progressing real well. We spent a lot of time on exchanges with different members of our zone trying to build up their areas. We saw a lot of success which was awesome to see, everyone in the zone has people that are looking good to get baptized this transfer which was our goal we set at MLC so we are happy. 

The week in our area was great as well. We had our 3 most solid people at church. Our referral from SLC Kraig came to Church which was big, we're pumped about this guy. He came in a white shirt and tie and totally looked like a member I barely recognized him haha. It was good, I had to give a talk in Sacrament so hopefully I didn't scare anybody off lol. 

So this week kind of just went by without anything crazy happening so I don't have a lot to write about. We had a few funny things happen so I'll just list those. 

- While on exchanges in Macomb we were knocking some doors. So this lady answers the door and she basically tells us she is pregnant and she doesn't feel good. Mid-sentence she stops and puts her hand up and runs away saying she's going to vomit. So she just left us awkwardly on the doorstep, so I just left a note that said something like" Sorry you're sick! Congrats on the baby though! Love the LDS Missionaries" then we left the elders number on there. So hopefully something comes out of that ;)

-I got called to give a talk on Saturday night, and they told me to speak on whatever I wanted. So I just pulled a president Badger and got up there and just decided what to speak on once I got to the pulpit. I ended up speaking on PMG chapter 4 I thought it went pretty well lol. 

- I got to interview one of the Macomb Elder's investigators for Baptism. She was this funny asian lady and she talked my ear off! We were in there for like an hour, it was pretty funny. She's super nice though, she asked me to talk at her baptism so hopefully we'll get to go to it. 

Well that's all I got this week. I love you guys! Hope you're all enjoying summer!