Elder Jake Milligan

Elder Jake Milligan

Friday, December 29, 2017

"Til the End"

Well Folks, here it is. In the words of my favorite poet Logic; "What's done is done." 

I seriously cannot believe my time in the Iowa Des Moines Mission is over, but I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had, the lessons I've learned, and the memories I'v made. The Lord has a plan for all of us, and I know for a fact that this Mission was part of that plan for me. I'm grateful for all of the amazing people I've met out here, and above all I'm grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that without him, these two years would never have been possible. 

So I talked to the Fam on Monday and I'll see a lot of you in the next few days so I'm goona keep this one short. 

Highlight of the week, Christmas? Wrong. We had a baptism and those are a lot cooler, at least for us as missionaries. Steven was baptized on Saturday and it was awesome, I some how got that big guy in dunked and the Spirit was so strong holy cow. He was confirmed the next day on Christmas Eve, what an awesome way to celebrate the Birth of our Savior. 

Christmas was great though. Great to see the fam and my bros, and great celebrating our Savior. Christmas has taken on such a different meaning to me over the last two years, and I'm so grateful for that. 

We had a lot of stuff happen since the last email. But I'm just goona send a million pictures instead, you're welcome Kerry ;)

I love you all. I can't wait to see you guys on Friday and in the upcoming weeks. 

Merry Christmas


pictures: Getting all the missionaries presents for zone conf, Zone conf, steve's baptism, State Capitol, tool pics in front of some art wall, and lots of goodbyes,

Faith and Weed

What's up everybody?

Crazy that this is my last full week as a Missionary. Time is flying by and it's starting to finally feel real. 

This week was pretty nuts, we had MLC and Interviews this past week which take up the whole day so we had two days taken out of our week already. We also had a ton of work to do in our area so it was pretty busy. 

We have had a ton of miracles happen this week happen too. We didn't have a ton of time to go finding this week because of all of our meetings and teaching appointments so we had to do it in pretty small amounts of time. But the time we did get to go out and pound the pavement we found a ton of new investigators and five of them are really solid! We found a new lady named Irene, she's straight outta Liberia, and she has five sons that are all super cool and hopefully will be investigators this coming week. 

Quick update on my guy Steve! Steve is a stud holy cow, this man has read the BOM, D&C, and the Pearl of Great Price! He's a stud and doing really well. He's getting interviewed tonight and his baptism will be on Saturday! I'm so excited to baptize him on my last weekend as a full-time Missionary. It's going to be a great day.

We had some other investigators come to church this week and they are all doing awesome as well!

Okay so time for the latest experience from the Des Moines Ward Elders Quorum 

So one of the African members was teaching, about faith. So he starts telling this story about how he used to live in Liberia, and his parents sold "Grass" (Weed)  to make a living. So he proceeds to tell this story about how he once had to put his faith in God so he could smuggle weed through an African Airport and not get caught by the cops. I was dying, it was the funniest thing ever. Our African investigators were laughing so hard, and all the american members where just shaking their heads trying not to laugh. Such a typical Des Moines Ward moment lol.

Well this is it folks, probably the last email I'll put effort into on my Mission! I just want to let you all know how grateful I am for the support and love you have all shown me over the past two years. My Mission has meant the world to me and has changed me in so many ways. I testify that this is Christ's Church and we are all his beloved Children. I'm so grateful for the State of Iowa, and Illinois (kind of, I'm not a huge fan of that area lol). I'll miss this place so much, especially all of my African families, and crazy ghetto investigators. 

I love all of you and cannot wait to see you all in person. 


I took a lot of photos last week but forgot my camera....so here's the only one I have with me. 

3 Chainz

What's up loved ones? 

We had some new changes this week. So I'll be heading home here in about 3 weeks so we got a third companion this week who will be replacing me when I head home. His name is Elder Hadfield, he's from Elmo, Utah lol. It's been a hectic couple of days trying to get everything organized and train him on what he's supposed to do but he'll be great! 

This week has been crazy to be honest. It's just a whirlwind all the time here in DSM and we are always rushing from one thing to the next. Right now we are in a trio and have an elder who has to head home early with us right now. Four elders on P-day is very frustrating lol. 

The work is going great right now, we are still working with Francis and Bajar our solid Africans. But our main man Steven is doing amazing! He already finished the Book of Mormon and is 90 sections deep in D&C! He's such a stud, love that guy! He's still set for his Baptism on the 23rd, can't wait to get in the water and dunk this 6'4 250 lb man. Goona be so great haha!! 

Other than that Life is good. Just out here grinding in downtown Diggity Moines (shout out to Bro. Chandler haha!) so lit. 

Also shoutout to the OG Homies of the Eagle 5th Ward for sending me the Christmas notes. I'll always be an Eagle kid at heart, even though my family abandoned the best city on Earth ;)

Sorry these letters have been kind of short and scattered lately. I'm always level 10 tired and by the end of the week I can't remember what has happened anyways.

I love you guys! Thanks to everyone that has sent me christmas stuff. You are all Loyal. 

Love ya!

Temple Trippy

What's up family and friends?

This past week was pretty awesome. We had a lot of good things happen this week and had a lot of fun along the way. So this week started off pretty crazy we had p-day, and played some ball. Then on Tuesday I went on the Departing Temple Trip to Nauvoo with all the guys I came out with and the Badgers. It was way trippy going on the Departing temple trip, I can't believe that my mission is closing up here soon. I was doing pretty good the whole day but when President and Sis Badger hugged me in the temple I about lost it. I'm going to miss the Badgers so much, they are so sick holy cow. But yeah that was sick, we left Des Moines around 7:00 and didn't get back till like 10:00

The rest of the week we just worked really hard to get people to Church and find some more people to teach. We found a lot of cool people that I'm excited about. My guy Steven called us this week and asked me to Baptize him on the 23rd so it'll be awesome to baptize Steve on my last Saturday on the Mission. So that will be awesome, it'll be so cool to end my Mission on that note. 

My guy Bajar is doing good, found out that he was actually in a gang back in Ethiopia so that's pretty sick. 

Funny Story: So I've mentioned kicking possums in my emails a few times. It's kind of a mission fad that Elder Obray and I started. But Elder Obray had yet to join the elite group. So Elder Obray and I were doing miles the other night and I look out the window and see the same possum I kicked the other day. So Obray gets out and chases this thing and he gets out to kick this thing and he's chasing it and he literally close-lines himself on this metal rail. It was so funny, the best thing was that some Drake girl was watching us from across the street and it was so funny. We were both laughing so hard.  But he eventually got it, kicked it with his bare feet, what a stud.

Alright that's all I got this week. I love you all. Time is going by so quick I can't believe it. I love this work, it's been the best decision I've ever made.

I love you guys.


pics: Super bad quality, but it's the pics of all of us dying missionaries at temple trip with Prez and Sis. Badger

Toil in the Soil of Gratitude

This week was sweet. Thanksgiving was a good time and we had a lot of awesome things happen in our area this week. We really worked our butts off this week and the blessings started coming in phat on Sunday which is the best. 

The start of this week was pretty tough tbh Elder Obray and I got pretty sick. I got the flu at the start of the week and threw up some B-dubs so that was tight. Then Elder Obray got a sinus infection so we were walking zombies for a few days, but we still got out and worked really hard. We found some pretty sick people this week as well so that's a huge bonus. 

I'm super tired this week so I'm just going make a list of what happened this week. 

Monday- We had P-day and it was the usual routine.

Tuesday-  We worked hard, and did a lot of knocking. We went to Bdubs and I threw up in the middle of the night after after that so that was pretty cool. 

Wednesday- We had a good District Meeting and found a bunch of new investigators after that. 

Thursday- Thanksgiving was pretty sweet, we went on a run as a zone through downtown Des Moines and we finished running up the steps of the Capitol Building which is huge. It was pretty fun. Then we went and saw a member named Curtis, he's in one of the wards and he is a little disabled to we go and see him sometimes. He's a funny guy. For Thanksgiving we ate with the Senior Office Missionaries for lunch and they made us a bomb thanksgiving dinner. Then we had another dinner with the Meteer Family in the ward, I knew them back when I was in Ankeny so they are pretty sweet. Then we went to the mall and checked out the deals. 

Friday- Had another District Meeting, which was good. Then we found some more investigators.

Saturday- We found a ton of new Investigators. Had some funny experiences.

Sunday- We had 3 awesome investigators come to Church and Elder Obray and I spoke. I spoke on Humility and threw in a funny story about how I dropped my date rock climbing one time. President and Sister Badger were there to watch us speak so I think they enjoyed that one.

Investigator update:

Steven is doing great, for sure getting baptized on Dec. 23rd. My last Saturday as a missionary, super stoked for it. Bajar, is a cool guy from Ethiopia. We found him saturday night, got him to church on sunday morning. He's so solid. We also had an African member bring her non-member sister to church. During Gospel principles she raised her hand and said "Excuse me, I would like to be baptized into the Church, where can I put in an application". Me and Elder obray just smiled and raised our hands. ;) God is good.

Okay so the title of my Email is from Prez. Badger's most recent training. He gave a fire training on a lot of different subjects, but one was being humble and thankful. He told us that pride and sin can never grow in the soil of gratitude. I thought that went nicely with the holiday week. I love you guys! See you soon! :)

Des Moines Crazies

This week was pretty busy and hectic, we had a ton of meetings and did a ton of finding so we can start rebuilding the teaching pool after our recent baptisms. With a lot of finding of course comes a ton of stories of the interesting people we come into contact with here in Des Moines. I don't know what it is but there are so many just straight up crazy people here, it's really entertaining. We knocked this one apartment complex where every single person was literally just off the rocker. It's funny the first few times but after a while it gets kind of worrisome lol. 

So this week after P-day we did a ton of knocking, we found 2 really cool investigators and they are looking pretty solid. We've gone back the same complex throughout the week and have found 9 new investigators over there so it's a pretty fruitful place. Anyways, after P-day we also had to set up for Zone Conference the next day. So Elder Obray and I set up all the chairs and the tables and everything which took a while. So the next day during Zone Conference we break after 3 hours for lunch and we go to the gym and turns out, all the ladies in the DM stake that were supposed to prepare the lunch for 70 missionaries didn't show up. So Sister Badger was kind of freaking out and we had a quick talk with her and she told us to order like 25 pizzas and to go get them. So we have one of the STL's call Dominos to get the pizzas ordered. So we drive like 10 minutes to the pick up the pizzas and figure out that the Sister Ordered from the wrong pizza place...women. So we had to drive some more to find the right place and pick up the pizza to feed a bunch of hungry missionaries. 

A highlight of this week has been teaching our investigator Steve. He's the wife of a Less Active lady that me and Elder Glenn knocked into on exchanges, he has already read to Mosiah 13 in the Book of Mormon and it's only been a few weeks since we met him. He's on fire, he came to Stake Conference this week and is on Date for December 23rd. Pretty awesome guy, it's goona be awesome to see him get baptized my last weekend in the mission! It's pretty we're starting to find new people and set dates with them after I get home, which is weird to think about. 

Other than that we've just been knocking a ton of doors and trying to help our zone find people to teach as well, we have 6 missionaries that have been out less than 4 months so we have been doing a ton of exchanges and stuff trying to help them out.

It's kind of becoming real that my mission is coming to the end, on Saturday we dropped an Elder off at the airport with President and Sister Badger, in the Airport Sister Badger looked at me and made a comment about how I'm almost done with my mission. It's a crazy thought, a mission goes by so fast and I've always had the mindset that I'll be on one forever. Now I'm going on the departing temple trip next week and all of that stuff. This week has definitely made me want to make the most out of these last 6 weeks of my mission. 

Love ya'll I hope you guys had a good thanksgiving! 


Photos: Pretty much all from zone conference 

Mary Magdalene

This week was really good, we worked hard and found a ton of new investigators. We spent a lot of time finding and teaching our investigator Cynthia as well. We also met a lot of crazy people haha. It was pretty entertaining, we had some interesting encounters with Des Moines finest. 

I'm struggling super hard to remember all the things we did this week so I'm just going to make a list of all the stuff that happened. 

-We have had a ton of meetings this week we had 2 district meetings and we had Stake Coordination meeting with President Badger and President Call the DM Stake President. So we spent a lot of time preparing for meetings and putting stats together. 

-We went on exchanges this week with the some of the Spanish Elders in our zone. I went with Elder McConnell one of our DL's and he is really funny. It was interesting cause about a year ago I went on exchanges with him when he was fresh out of the MTC and I was his DL. We were basically working in the same area and even knocked some of the same apartments that we knocked a year ago. 

-On exchanges we taught Cynthia the Stop Smoking Workshop. She is really excited to stop smoking which is awesome and we should be able to help her quit. Smoking is her only hold back now she  bore her testimony in Church last Sunday about how she knew the Church was true and how she loved all the members. It was awesome. 

-Something awesome that happened this week was that I got a call from Kraig, one of my recent converts from Burlington. He said he was in DM for the night and wanted to take us out to dinner. So we got to go to Joe's Crab Shack with him. It was awesome to hangout with him and his daughter Maya who has started going to Church with him as well. Kraig is one of the most awesome and solid people ever. I love that guy!

-So one funny story about a crazy person we met this week. (I usually have like 5 of these encounters a week, people here are crazy) but it happened on exchanges with McConnell.
We were knocking some apartments and this lady opens the door and she is acting super strange. She like hugged us right as she opened the door so we had like zero time to react. Then she ran her hand through my hair and like squeezed my cheek. So this lady is just acting super crazy the whole time and she tells us that her name is "Mary Magdalene" and that she is married to Jesus Christ and all this stuff. Then she tried to read our auras and told us we both had an Orange Aura. Then to top things off she noticed that Elder McConnell was wearing a scarf and I wasn't so she grabs one of her scarfs and starts wrapping it around my neck and tells me I need to take it. Then she gave us a program from her dads funeral. This was like a pretty tame version of the story to be honest but yeah. We've met like 30 people like this sense I've been here. 

Well that's all I got this week. I forgot to take pics this week, so I'll try to send some next week.

Love you guys!