Wednesday, December 28, 2011

And Now, a Word from the OTHER Elder Peacock…

Our nephew is serving in Puerto Rico.   He sent a picture of him wearing the HAIR tie in public (thus fulfilling his obligation to rule #3).


We also got a call out in his latest email and I think it’s fascinating to learn about Puerto Rican Christmases…

Dear Family,

Hope you had a fantastic Christmas! It was so nice to talk to the immediate family, to have a little bit of instantaneous communication. That and to hear all those familiar voices--except for Jason's. His voice has definitely gotten deeper...Thank you to all who sent letters, packages, and notes. As a missionary, it's awesome to get packages & even greater to get them Christmas. So thank you tons! Attached is a little picture of how Aunt Lisa's package helped me get into the Christmas Spirit! haha [what useful things, huh?]


Christmas here was a much more relaxed day, had church at 11 instead of the usual 9:30. Then went to a member's house for lunch, took turns chatting with our families, then went to a dinner appointment. The members here are really good at feeding us, especially this time of year. The food is usually pretty good, and almost always with rice and beans. Including on Christmas!

Puerto Ricans definitely have a different sense of Christmas cheer. Christmas is celebrated more like the 4th of July, with tons of cherry bombs! There's a tradition here of having what's called a parranda. This is basically a travelling party, house to house, all night long. Singing songs, drinking, eating, from about midnight to 5 in the morning. We had two nights where we fell asleep to a couple parrandas starting a little early. Here, they also have the Day of the Kings on the 6th of January, to celebrate the 3 wise men's arrival to pay their respects to Jesus. Among this, they include some other holidays throughout January. I've heard that they really have just like one giant party until the 3rd week in January!

This last week of the year we started off driving up to Bayamon for a devotional with President Glazier of the Dominican Republic MTC. We talked about how we can better teach our investigators. One thing that he encouraged us to try to do, is to try to create a conversational environment where the investigator can teach us through an examination of scripture. He commented that many times--especially when encouraging investigators to keep a commitment--missionaries don't use scriptures, but use opinions. He encouraged us to use the scriptures and ask good questions. By doing so, the Holy Spirit can teach our investigators directly and they can become familiar with the way the Holy Ghost works. So this has been a recent emphasis we have had in our teaching.

Last night, we had a dinner appointment with a lady married to a member, but he's a little bit less active.She asked us when we were setting up the appointment what we would like to eat. What puertorican foods we hadn't yet had. I suggested we have mofongo. Mofongo is a side dish made of sliced plantains. The plantain slices are fried until crispy, then crushed with a mortar and pestle with garlic, butter, and seasoning salt. It was really good--like a Puerto Rican version of mashed potatoes. Of course, it was served with some deep fried chicken. lol

But after dinner, we had a great lesson with her, really led by the Spirit. She has been investigating the Church for a long time now, and we invited her to set the goal of baptism on the 28th of January. She was a little anxious to commit to the date because she hasn't yet received an answer to her prayers--or at least recognized it. I promised her that the Lord would answer her prayer before that date, if she put in her part to find out. She didn't agree wholeheartedly, but said that she would do all she could to be ready by that date. Now, as a missionary, it would be reasonable to be a little upset, or maybe disappointed, at her response. But afterwards, I just felt the calmness of the Spirit assuring that all would be well, that she'll receive her answer. The amazing thing about missionary work, is that it's the Lord's work, and that He has the power to do what He needs done. I know that the Book of Mormon is a book of scripture to lead us, and that God is aware of our exact needs, and that if we turn to Him in prayer, He will enlarge our capabilities.

At the end of this year, as we reflect on the year, and plan for the next, I know that we have the hope that the Gospel brings. The Atonement of Christ can be applied in a very real, day to day manner. Through Christ's Atonement, we have the hope of becoming better, of improving ourselves. Through His grace, we can do all things.

Love you all!

Elder Jordan Peacock

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas

[email dated 12.26.11]

Hey Everyone,


It was great to talk to you guys yesterday...can you believe we`ll only talk [on the phone] one more time before I go home? I am going try to work on my accent though so I don`t sound like Pedro anymore [his speech patterns reminded us of Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite, and we told him so!] … don`t want that to happen. But yeah, it was really good to talk to you all. I included some pictures in an email that I just barely I hope you like those. Just know that I had a really fun Christmas and I was treated very well by the members of the ward here in Metepec. I am also really excited for this upcoming change with Elder Green. He is a great guy and I am gonna learn a lot from him as well. He is from Sacramento, CA area and has 18 months in the mission (the same as Elder Rowley) It will be his 4th change as a zone leader. It will be a fun one.


[Justin knows the date for his homecoming!!! JULY 25, 2012 WOOO HOO!]

Well I love you all and I hope that you have a good week....I would love to talk more, but I don`t really have anything to talk about anymore considering that we talked about it all yesterday, I love you all and I am so grateful for this opportunity to work in the Lord`s work. I know the Gospel is true and is the only way that we can return to live in God`s presence.


And this is my joy (Alma 29:9)

Elder Peacock

Short and Sweet

[Email dated 12.19.11]

Hey everyone,

It´s almost Christmas, can´t wait to talk to you all. I don´t have a whole lot of time today and I want to leave stuff to talk about so this will be the shortest email of my whole mission. I am thinking that I will call home between 3 and 5 on Sunday which will be between 1 and 3 there. So have your Skype (NOT My account!!) ready and waiting. I found out how to use the secret Santa money....there are 3 elders in the zone that are not going to get Christmas my comp and I went and bought them stuff at WalMart today to put a Secret Santa package together for the 3 of them. 

The work is going great and I Love you and miss you all. We will talk on Sunday !!!!! Can´t Wait. Hope you all have a good week.

And this is my joy.

Love Elder Peacock

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Hey family and friends,

It was a good week. Thanks for all of the emails. Not too happy with the whole trade being outlawed by David Stern...if you don´t want powerhouse teams why don´t you worry about the Heat first? Unbelievable. Hopefully the Lakers will be able to get it together. You asked about the the zone leaders--13 out of the 18 are Americans, and the other 5 are Latino. 1 Peruvian assistant and 1 American assistant. As for Christmas I am not sure when I will call, I will prolly let you know next week. I will be using Skype however, for only an hour.

The week went well. We had a successful week in the zone. Baptized 11. We didn´t do a whole lot of missionary interchanges this week, so Elder Rowley and I pretty much stayed in our area for the week. We contacted a lot and looked for new people most of the week. We found a family of 4 that went to church with us and is progressing nicely. They are reading the Book of Mormon and even went to the baptismal service that we had on Sunday. We baptized Filiberto...who is the man. He is a big strong police officer, and we love him a lot. He´s a great guy and he was super excited about his baptism. He expressed to us afterwards that it was the best thing that he could have done in his, the gospel really is amazing.


The news of the week would probably be the EARTHQUAKE. It was huge. It happened in Guerrero, but we felt a huge aftershock. A couple of buildings fell down here in Metepec and we couldn´t even get into our house for a couple of days, so we just kind of camped out. A bunch of people were hurt but I don´t think anyone died here in Metepec. Elder Rowley and I dove under a couple of tables during the quake so nothing happened to us...but it was a close one.....

Na, just kidding haha. There really was an earthquake but we just got a little tiny shake. We were in a lesson and we were teaching and then the person we were teaching just starts looking all worried and tells us its an earthquake, and then we started to feel it. The lights started to shake and the bookcases wobbled but that was about it. It lasted 10 seconds at the most. We´re good, don´t worry Mom . Sorry if you didn´t think that was funny.

Well I love all of you and miss you a ton. I know the Gospel is true and that I am participating in the work of our Heavenly Father himself. I can´t wait to talk to you on Christmas!

And this is my joy.

Elder Peacock

Monday, December 5, 2011

Elder Johnson

Hey Everyone,

Tell Zorrita to stop growing up haha. I want to see her somewhat as a puppy when I get back. But it´s good to hear that everything is going good. Love getting emails from you guys.


So, I wrote on Wednesday, so not a whole lot has happened since then, but at the same time a lot really has happened.

We had the great opportunity to listen to Elder Johnson this week as a mission. He had zone conferences with our mission starting on Wednesday, with about 2 zones each day. He is from the 1st Quorum of the Seventy and is the President of the Area Mexico. He is so powerful. We had our conference with 2 other zones on Saturday and it was about 3 hours long. He taught so much amazing, powerful stuff. Words really won´t do it justice to be honest with you...but I can tell you that the room was FILLED with the Spirit. He taught us a lot about the importance of the Spirit in missionary work. And on Sunday, he did a special conference with just the zone leaders. It was so amazing, really one of the most powerful moments on my mission. Just about 18 of us missionaries with an Elder from the Seventy teaching us about missionary work and the Gospel. After Elder Johnson left, all the zone leaders stayed and we had a testimony meeting. Truly an unforgettable experience.


Right now, we have another little conference with President for all the zone leaders, I really don´t know what for, but we will see. I hope that you enjoy the pictures of downtown Mexico City. Really is a cool place...we´ll have to go together someday.


Just from this experience with Elder Johnson, I just want to express my testimony of the Restoration. I know without doubt that God calls men today to lead us and guide us and that these men are led by the Spirit and teach us the things that Heavenly Father wants us to hear. If we prepare ourselves spiritually and desire direction from our Heavenly Father, we will receive answers through these leaders. They are inspired. Listen to them. Follow them. God has called them.

I love being a missionary.

And this is my joy,

Elder Peacock.