“An unseen power will aid me and you”… Electricity or WiFi anyone?!

Dear family and friends,

Things got pretty exciting this last week when I was able to receive
my iPad mini. These things are awesome! It is definitely a huge bonus
to serving here in Jacksonville, Florida. To answer any questions,
these are not full functioning iPad. The church has modified them a
bit to upgrade security and so that there are no any games or anything
on them. We have access to all the churches apps and Google translate,
Skype, and Facebook, but that is about as much as we get. It is also
all we really need. There’s so much information in gospel Library
alone, has everything you could possibly imagine as far as missionary
work is concerned. I’m excited to see how I can use this to grow the
work in this area.

A cool miracle from this last week shows how we used the iPad in a
creative way that opened doors we wouldn’t have had otherwise. Last
Sunday when contacting in an apartment complex we met a man from
Albania. He couldn’t speak any English, so we gave him a pass along
card and wished him a good day. As I was walking away I just found
myself wishing that I could just speak to him because he seemed like
such a wonderful man. The next day we went to pick up some French
copies of the book of Mormon from outside of the mission office that
sister roads left for us when in the stack we found an Albanian copy
of the book of Mormon. We asked her why it was there and she said it
was an accident. I immediately thought of the man that we the day
before and I felt that this was no coincidence. We didn’t exactly know
where he lived, but we went to the same complex and said a mighty
prayer and began wondering hoping to find him. We knocked on a few
doors and did a regular approach and then asked if they knew any
Albanian people in the area. We were continually sent down several
dead end leads. However, we felt the spirit was with us,guiding us. As
we walked we felt that we should talk to some young man we saw sitting
at a picnic table. After having a short conversation with him and
giving him a Book of Mormon, we started to make our way back to the
car. Right then we saw the same Albanian man that before walking into
his apartment. We ran after him and knocked on the door just after it
shut. He opened it and as he saw us a big smile came across his face
and he invited us in. We held out the book of Mormon like we are
giving him a gift. He took it and you could tell from his facial
expressions and body language that he was very grateful that we had
given it to him. After using the translation book of Albanian to
English on his table to communicate we set up a return appointment for
Sunday at 5 o’clock. We did this keeping in mind we would have our
iPads by then and that they had a translation app. After receiving the
iPads be translated a listen into Albanian. Yesterday we went to his
house and we held out the lesson we had translated and pictures that
went along with it. While we could not communicate to know how he felt
we could see he understood very well. We agreed to teaching English on
Saturday if he came to the church so we can use the Wi-Fi. One amazing
gift is iPad!

Check out my new iPad mini

Check out my new iPad mini

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I hope you liked the story. I’m very happy here and I love my mission.
I know this gospel is true, I know God is part of this work, and I
know that if we do what he asks we can have the spirit as a guide. I
love this gospel so much! Have a wonderful week!

Love ya’ll!

Elder Joshua Cordon

Ushering in the Technology Age of MISSIONARY WORK- Joshua

Dear Family and Friends,

BIG CHANGES ARE COMING TO JACKSONVILLE. This is an exciting time to be a missionary. Last week we were visited by Michael Hemingway who is charge of online proselyting in the missionary department (He also used to be the mission president in Rochester, NY). He came to usher in the new age of new tools. In an increasing effort to improve productivity and the ability of the missionaries to find and maintain contact with all of our investigators we will be issued I-pad minis. If all goes well I will be getting mine during leadership meeting this week. I am so pumped. I find myself thinking all the time if I only had an I-pad right now I could show them… you get the picture. So that is something to definitely be excited about.

So, remember that lady that I told you about last week who used some colorful language, well her neighbor is a member in our ward, and he heard about what happened. He went and talked to her for us. Well apparently the conversation went really well because when we were there yesterday she came up to us to apologize and asked for our forgiveness. Despite all that happened I couldn’t help but eagerly accept her apology and forgive her. She began to cry as she walked away. Reflecting on the experience, I realized how much wisdom God us given to us in the word of wisdom. Too often people do things they regret when they are under the influence of any number of drugs and chemicals. Regret is a painful thing, even when you have received forgiveness. I feel bad that she doesn’t have the light of the gospel in her life, and that she has yet to experience the joy that can be found in it.

Sorry for the short letter this week, but I hope ya’ll have a wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Love,
Elder Cordon