Elder Jake Milligan

Elder Jake Milligan

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!

May 22, 2017

Hey Fam;

It was a really good week, we had some pretty cool things happen this week and got some awesome people at Church! I'm just going to make a list of things that happened this week cause we are short on time this week.

-Kraig, so Kraig is a pretty cool cat. He's way smart too, he has so many awesome questions. He's an engineer for the railroad and he's super intellectual and logical. The way he found out about the church is pretty funny too. He heard about the Church because he heard a line about Mormons in one of his favorite rapper's songs. So that peaked his interest and he called SLC and referred himself pretty cool haha. He's really cool though, we set a date with him for July 8th and he wrote it down in his calendar and everything. So it's pretty much set in stone now ;)

-We were also able to get Our investigator Alex and his LA mom to Church yesterday. IT was perfect for them too, everything was about baptism so that was dope. He is solid to get baptized on June 10th, so we are pumped for him. He's a cool kid. 

-Another cool thing that happened this week was we had MLC. I love MLC because it's always super lit the whole time. It's basically a big party with all the ZL's. President Badger always has super sick training's and I learn a ton. They are changing the emphasis a little bit, it's more focused on Leadership now than just relaying the training's to our zones so that's cool. I also got to say goodbye to a lot of my friends that go home in June that was crazy, the mission is goona change big time after this group leaves. 

Well those are the main highlights of this week. We should be getting some more awesome people on date this week so stay tuned...


1.) Me and Hansen at our Monthly Dinner <3
2.) Last time seeing ma breaker J. Madsen <3

Final pics of the H-Squad; Realest district in the IDMM.

Final pics of the H-Squad; Realest district in the IDMM. Also a few pics from Carthage jail and Nauvoo! 

More Baptisms, More Car Crashes

What's up world?

This week was really dope. We saw a ton of awesome things happened and we survived yet another vehicular mishap. So to start of this week we had a pretty good P-day, we did the normal drive up to Mt. Pleasent to give the Hermana's their car to drive to P-Day. So we have a nice chill day, have dinner with a member and all that good stuff. So while this is all going on, we had 2 other Elders with us so Elder Zinn could interview our Investigators for their Baptism this weekend. So we are driving to this interview in the Elders truck, and Elder Zinn mistook a 2-way stop for a 4-way stop. So we got T-Boned by a guy going like 45ish haha. It was pretty scary. Their Truck is pretty messed up but luckily we are all fine. The bad news is that now our car is in the shop, and now so is their truck. So we have one fully operational car in the District, which is like a 1.5 hour drive from one end to the other haha. So trying to coordinate everybody and make sure they get to where they need to be has been super stressful and annoying but it's chill. 

On the Bright side we had some awesome things happen. 

-First and foremost Zak, Evan, and Donovan were all baptized on Saturday! It was probably one of the funniest baptisms I've ever been to. The boys were pretty crazy and funny. After I baptized Evan and Donovan, all the boys tried to jump back in the font and take a celebratory swim. It was hilarious.  Their Mom our Recent convert Kara was there as well and she loved it. I'm so happy we were able to help complete the King family! I love this family! 

- We had the chance to meet up with President Badger and President Church (The Nauvoo Stake President) two spiritual giants in my book. We got to discuss the missionary work in the Nauvoo Zone and how we can be the most effective leaders as possible. If you've ever seen the movie "Money Ball" that's what it felt like in there. Expect we weren't talking baseball we were talking baptisms. 

-Here's a funny story. So we tried to go get an estimate on the Elders Truck. So it got towed to some lot cause it's not drive-able so we follow the address and it takes us to the middle of no where. We got there and it's this super sketchy scrap yard place and the owners literllay looked like they were straight outta Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was a fun experience. 

Well transfer calls are tomorrow so I'll hopefully be able to get the word out where I'm going or if I'm staying before next monday. I'm hoping I stay. B-town has been by far my favorite area everything about here is dope. But since I love it so much it'll probably be my only two transfer area cause ya know, missions. 

Here's a plethora of pictures because I actually took some this week. 

Love you guys


Good Week

This week was dope. Don't have a ton of time to write this week so it's goona be a short one. We had a really good week. We had 6 investigators at Church this week it was awesome. Got 3 baptisims this weekend as well so we are pumped for that. Our recent convert Kara's kids are being baptized this weekend and we have two more solid people on date for may as well. Also got another for sure baptism for June 10. B-Town is pretty stacked right now. Transfers are coming up so hopefully  I'll be here to witness all these people get baptized! 


About to get my $735 ticket cleared. Never drive without insurance guys.

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Hey Friends and family. This week was pretty crazy so I'm just goona write a list of things and expound on a few of them. 

- So the craziest thing that happened this week was actually right after p-day. So to get from Iowa to Nauvoo you have to cross this big toll bridge. So we were crossing back to Iowa after P-day and the lady working the booth let us across the bridge. So we're driving along minding our own business and all that. Then all of a sudden there this giant crash and our car stops in place. So we look back and this giant metal gate that blocks cars from crossing the bridge comes down ON TOP OF OUR CAR. It scared the heck out of us not goona lie. But yeah so this 2 ton gate came down on top of our back windshield and smashed our trunk as well. Pretty much wrecked our Malibu we were pretty salty. But good news. The bridge is paying for it all, and I didn't end up having to pay a $735 dollar ticket for not having our insurance with us.. 

-So funny story now that our Malibu is in the shop (10,000 dollars of damage, thanks bridge!) we had to take the Hermana's car from them so we could get around the Zone to do exchanges and get to the different D-Meetings.  So the Hermanas have walk around there area lol. Sorry not sorry sisters. Granted the average weight gain for a sister in this mission is 40 lbs so we are actually doing them a favor if you think about it.

- So this week we were able to do exchanges in our area for a few hours. I was with Elder Perez for the day he's a cool homie from Nevada. He's pretty young in the mission, but he's an awesome teacher and hard worker. So we worked hard and found 8 new investigators together it was a great day. One of the cooler experiences I've had in a while happened during this exchange as well. So we were trying to contact this referral and I typed her address into the the GPS. It was 2305, so we are driving and I go up to the house to knock it and it's a super wrecked and run down duplex. Then I looked at the door number and it was actually 2205. So I was like oh it's the wrong door I'll just walk down and find the right address. But before I left I had a pretty strong impression to knock this nasty door. I ended up being like naw I've knocked it before and no one answered, pretty sure it's abandoned yada yada yada excuses and crap. So we leave and try the right address and no one was there. Later this same day we just got out of a lesson and we got a phone call from a lady named Jennifer. She told us she was baptized in 1993 and fell away from the church after awhile. Long story short she moved to Burlington to get a fresh start and brought her young son with her. She told us she wants to come back to Church and get to the temple, she also wants her son to be baptized! Here's the kicker, her address is that 2205 house I should of knocked on. She told us that day she had been praying for the missionaries to find her. #HUMBLED. Always follow your promptings from the spirit boys and girls. I'm glad Heavenly Father gave us a second chance on this one! 

-Fun story for the Day, on Saturday morning me, Elder Anitok, and Elder Zinn played three black guys from Chicago in Church ball. And we totally wrecked their day. #WHITEKIDPOWER.

-Also we had to give the Hermanas their car so they could drive to pday so we made them makes us breakfast since we had to sacrifice and get up at 5:30 for them.

That's been our week though. Pics to come. 

1. Post crash pic

2. When the sisters have to give you a ride home. Embarrassing. 

3. Breakfast feast courtesy of our needy sisters.