Elder Jake Milligan

Elder Jake Milligan

Monday, August 7, 2017

Iowa City; Where The Grass is Green and The Girls Are Pretty


I'm emailing from my new home and hopefully my last area, the BEAUTIFUL Iowa City!! Yes the dream came true and Elder Zinn and I got our shot at serving together in a college town, yes! I'm super pumped to be here in IC it feels like I'm back in civilization after spending 6 months out on the frontier in Nauvoo. One of the things President Badger said while telling me I was going there was "Elder Milligan, I believe they have a Huhott in IC, I knew you'd be excited for that." He knows me to well.

So Iowa City is lit. There's college kids everywhere and school is about to start up, so everyone is moving in. Sometimes when Elder Zinn and I are sick of knocking we will just walk by the dorms and offer to help move people in and invite them to institute and Church lol. 

My New comp is Elder Zinn, we came out together and he was in our district in Nauvoo so I know him well, he's one of my good friends in the mission so we were stoked when we found out. Our zone is a party and we've had a lot of fun so far. He is super creative and abstract so it's funny being his comp. 

So I just got here and our teaching pool is kind of trash right now lol. So I don't really have anyone to talk about but that will change by next week cause we are goona build this place up right quick. Sunday was cool though, we cover the 2nd ward here which is all the famalies that moved here for residency at the med, dental, and law schools. So a lot of young families and doctors so I love talking to them. Our ward is diverse to there's families from Africa, China, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Scotland and more, it's sick. 

That's all I really have for this week, I'll send a lot of pics I took saying goodbye to the families I loved in B-town and some final pics from Nauvoo. I love ya'll have a good week. 

Hol' Up Fill The Font'

What's up Everybody?

I hope you all had a great week! Not goona lie though, it probably wasn't as good as ours here in Nauvoo. ;)

This week was the GOAT cause we baptized Kraig and Kraig is the GOAT. Look at his stats. 

-Has Read BOM completely twice.
-Has read all of D&C
-Has read all of the Pearl of Great Price
-Studied for Over 4 months
-Been inside the Nauvoo Temple (lol, whoops)
-Confounded a Basher

Kraig is basically the Micheal Jordan of Investigators. He's as solid as a rock. He's a man of few words, but his testimony speaks for it's self. I love this guy. I was honored that he asked me to Baptize and Confirm him. Such a sweet moment to share with a guy as cool and humble as my man Kraig. 

So the Baptism was definitely a highlight of the week. We had a lot of other awesome things happen as well. 

Monday- We had P-day in Nauvoo and played ball. 

Tuesday- We had another good day, we taught our investigator Jazmine with a member and it was one of the best lessons I've ever had. The spirit was so strong.
We also had Stake Coordination with President Badger and President Church the Nauvoo Stake President. We discussed the Missionary work in our Zones and in the Stake. IT was a great meeting. Those two men are spiritual giants!

Wednesday- We had our last District Meetings of the Transfer. We had testimony meetings to end both meetings and there were some powerful experiences share and testimonies born. That night a member took us on exchanges to the Nauvoo hotel, probably the best buffet in the world. After that we interviewed Elder Esplin's investigator for baptism it was awesome! Then we went to pageant after with our investigator!

Thursday- We were on the grind all day finding new investigators and getting people ready to come to Church. We met with Kraig and got him ready for his baptism as well. 

Friday- We cleaned the font and worked hard throughout the day to get people at church and invited all of our investigators to the baptism. That night we went to the British pageant again with our Recent convert alex and his mom. It was awesome, the British pageant is so spiritual and teaches a ton of doctrine. It's awesome. 


Sunday- Our investigator Jazmine came to Church and brought her 3 kids as well. The ward did a great job of welcoming her and fellowshipping her. One family even invited her over for dinner, it was awesome. The Burlington ward is lit. 

Jazmine is now on date for Sept. 9th so I'm pumped. Pray for her she's the bomb! 

On a sad note this will be my last time emailing from the Nauvoo Zone. It's been a party here and I've loved every second of it. The last 6 months have been the best of my life, NOTHING beats serving here in Nauvoo. 

We find out where I'm transferring to tomorrow morning. But there's a rumor that a return to a certain city could be on the cards ;) we'll see next week.

Love you all!

Pageants and Protestors

Hey, what's up, hello?

How's it going fans? Hope you all had a great week, this week was pretty awesome. We got a lot of work done and had tons of fun along the way and that's always a bonus. We did a lot of cool things this week so I'm just going to make a list for you to peruse as you skip to the pictures and exit out of this email and move on to the next! 

-Monday we had another dope P-day down here in Nauvoo, kind of sick of all these tourists trying to use my gym. But that's a rant for another day. 

-Tuesday, okay so this was a sick day. So we worked really hard on Tuesday and had a lot of miracles happen, we taught a lot of our investigators that we found last week and tried to get people to church. It was a good day full of hard work. Then that night we were able to finally see the Nauvoo Pageant! We took our recent convert Alex, and his mom. Man that Pageant folks, it's something else. I'd encourage everyone to see it at least once. It's amazing, at the end of the show the whole cast sings "The Spirit of God" and they turn off all the lights and in the Background the only light shining  is The temple up on the hill. I think that might have been one of the most spiritual things I've been apart of on my mission. 

-Wednesday was a total grind day, we found 4 new Investigators and just tried to tear things up while we were in our area. It was a good time.

-Thursday was a lot of fun, I got to go on exchanges with my son, Elder Esplin. It was great being back with him, it felt just like Old times. We found a lot of new investigators together and argued with a few people as well, just like the good ole days ;) Then that night we went up to Iowa City again to stay the night before Zone Conference with my homies Elder Zinn and Elder Cook. We ate at T_road that night so that was probably the highlight haha. 

-Friday we had Zone Conference in Iowa City! It was really good, we talked a lot about getting people to Church. It was awesome. I got to see my homie/ former comp, Elder Gundersen before he goes home in a week. I'll miss that gentle giant.

- Saturday. Saturday was the bomb. (Even though we were outside all day and it was 101 degrees and 109 with the humidity and heat index)  It was Elder Butterfield's birthday and we spent the whole day in Nauvoo! We went down at 8:00 to go through the temple with some recent converts! Then after we had lunch and went and saw some of the sights. Then that night we got to see the Nauvoo Pageant again! It was funny, So there was a ton of us missionaries going to watch the pageant and we were walking across the streets to the Pageant grounds and all the protesters just went crazy. All just yelling and swearing and telling us we were going to hell and jesus hates us. It was pretty humorous. As I was walking by I saw one of them holding a "quote" from Jesus. It was funny cause later on in that quote the Savior says, "Blessed are those they which are persecuted righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." I just thought that was some good food for thought.

-Sunday we had a good day at Church. We planned for Kriag's Baptism next Saturday, and he asked me to preform his Baptism. I'm so excited for this guy! I love him!

I love you guys have a great week here's some pics:

1: I'm a pretty big deal here in Nauvoo, as you can tell by the sticky note, reserving my seat. 

2.  About to March through them Bashers.

3. Exchanges with the hamilton Elders.

4. Saying goodbye to grandma and grandpa Beyer

5.Nauvoo Pageant

6. Temple after the Pageant.

7. Eagle Homies reppin in Nauvoo

8. Goodbye Gundy :/

Ain't No Rest For The Righteous

This week was hot and sweaty. But it was awesome. We had some real cool things happen this week and got a ton of good work done. Elder Butterfield and I were driving all over the place this week. We were down in Nauvoo for P-Day, it was pretty good we got to play some Marshallese kids in Basketball that were visiting with their Ward from North Carolina. Then Tuesday we had a whole day to work in our area, so we went out and pounded the pavement and found 5 new investigators and tried to get people ready for Church on Sunday. We found some people with a lot of potential so hopefully we'll be able to help them. 

Tuesday night we drove up to Iowa City with the Quincy ZL's and stayed the night with the Iowa City ZL's before MLC. The YSA Elders were there as well so we had 8 Elders in the Apartment with no air conditioning and 100% Humidity. But it was still a party. MLC the next day was amazing, we had two guy from the Mission Department in Salt Lake come and give some training. They had a lot of awesome feedback and suggestions for us. Their main focus was teaching us how to help our Missionaries, find people to teach, and get investigators to Church. We had a really good practice of teaching a lesson solely on Church attendance and helping investigators feel more comfortable so they can focus on the spirit at Church. MLC was good overall, after we got to eat dinner at the Iowa City mall, it was nice being back in civilization for a little bit lol.

Thursday, we had two District Meetings to attend and gave a small training on what we learned on MLC. It was good, both meetings were solid. After the second meeting we had a short exchange with the Hamilton Elders, I went with Elder Perez, he's a stud. Pretty quite guy but he's a great teacher and missionary. 

Friday we had exchanges with the Macomb Elders, we got a lot of work done and found 8 more investigators. We spent the whole day knocking, which was great. I've grown to love knocking doors, especially in Burlington, you're guaranteed and least one crazy story every street haha. 

Saturday, we went back up to Iowa City for an investigator that Elder Butterfield got to Baptize. It was way cool, tons of people came for it so it was great. I love Iowa City, I'm pushing pretty hard to go there next transfer for my last area haha.

Also, here's some news. So since my departing transfer falls on the week of winter semester. President Badger is actually sending my group home 2 weeks before the transfer day. So I'll be arriving home Dec. 29th. Crazy Stuff.

Alright that's all I got. I love you guys, have a great week!



More Goodbyes at MLC, all the Mission Legends are dying off.

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