Monday, December 28, 2015

Hey Team!

So how is everybody doing? This week has been super awesome. ya ya. it was good to talk to the family this week. Christmas was really good. I really enjoyed the letters and gifts from everybody. Thank you so much. Whoever addressed it to Shaun Jackson Marstian is the bane of my existance. 

We got one new investigator this week. He is a super cool guy named Chris who is the husband of our other investigator Christina. So now we just call them the Chris's. 

For Christmas we spent most of it in Roseburg. We slept at the Newtoncreek apartment for Christmas Eve. I throughouly enjoy being with Elder Eckman and Elder Holman even though they made me sleep on the floor. Keep getting Star Wars spoilers, getting me mad (Hans Solo dies). We watched Big Hero 6, it was just as good as the first time I watched it. and the 5th. Then after we skyped our families and went back to S. Umpqua and two dinners with BIll and Marylyn and the Reveras. So that was fun. After that, we retired to bed. Bascially ever since then, i've been feeling a little bit trunky. 

Warren came to church yesterday!! But unfortunaltey Jay did not. :(
It's crazy the excuses people have to not come to church. We were really hoping he would come because we went on a church tour with him Saturday night to get him and wife used to the building but he flaked. So that stunk. 

Thanks for all the support yo! I love you all! Keep the letters comin'. I'll respond one day... 

Later Gators!

Typed By: Sister Hokanson because I'm lazy

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hey team. How's it all going? Christmas is getting really close! Holy
cow! We didn't have P day yesterday. Instead we had interviews with
President so our P day got switched to today.

We've sure had a great week! We found 4 new investigators this week!
We have found six new investigators in the last two weeks! That's what
faith can do for you! We have been praying to find some people and we
got a referral from the Roseburg Ward bishop. He told us about a guy
he works with who really wanted a blessing because he was having a
tough time. We went over and were able to teach him and his wife and
son! Holy cow it was amazing. And then we gave him and his wife a
blessing. Talk about a spiritual experience. We will be seeing them
again tomorrow so we can't wait. We also got a new investigator from
our potentials list. She is super prepared and wants to get baptized.
So awesome!  We are just so happy to watch them progress!

Besides that we've been mostly showing #asaviorisborn in our finding
efforts. It's been way awesome. A lot of people are a lot more willing
to watch a 2 minute video than listen to us. We've been having fun
because the zone leaders made a finding point system so we have
finding challenges. We just beat the ZL's in a tracting competition so
that was fun.

Live is way good and there's been lots of rain. I love the members. I
want to stay here another transfer after this so fingers crossed! The
transfer is January 11 so that's coming up. I sure miss you all! I'm
behind again on responding to letters so I'll get those soon! Sorry
I'm so slow though. Have a merry Christmas!!!

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission
South Umpqua Ward

Giant Spider and Kimber's usual expression.
Our Apartment

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Well things are going well in the land of no sales tax! I've been
having a good time and working hard. I'm still kind of struggling with
Kimber but he's not terrible.

 I went on exchanges with Elder Holman. I think he's one of my
favorites out here. We saw a lot of people and did a lot of service.
We found two new investigators!!! Boooom! Unfortunately they live out
in azalea and it's way hard on our miles to drive way out there so we
always need rides. But things are great. We had an awesome truck light
parade!!! It was so cool. Elder Kimber and I were invited by a member
to watch from his insurance office and he set up a pavilion outside
and had some fires going to keep us warm. It was such a cool tradition
been going on for 22 years. It was raining for most of it but that was
aok! Those were really the highlights of the week.

But then we got to Sunday and I woke up at 6:06 in the morning to
Elder Kimber wigging out because we didn't have power. So we sat in
the dark and did our studies with the sweet study lights Grammy gave
me. After that we went out and found that all of Myrtle Creek and most
places clear to Canyonville had lost power and there was snow on the
ground! Apparently since people can't function in 5 inches of snow
around here church was cancelled so I didn't get to take the sacrament
which was so dumb. Then we went to Roseburg because Elder Kimber had a
meeting so I hung out with some Elders up there for an hour then we
came back to Myrtle Creek to find out that dinner had been cancelled
because the people we were eatIng with had no power. Thank goodness
our homie Warren was in the one part of the community that had power
and he made us pizza. He's a 19 year old recent convert and he's super
cool even though all he does is work a little and play video games.
After all that we went to the church and found that all the power was
back in Myrtle Creek so we used the wifi and stuff then visited some
investigators and recent converts that are lonely to make sure they
were all okay. We finally got in the apartment super tired but very
happy that we at least had power.

So things have been great. Haha Oregon is still Oregon. Still no sales
tax, people still pumping my gas, and people are super crazy. For p
day today we played a game that was super fun and I got drilled in the
face with a volleyball that made my nose bleed pretty good. I have so
much on P day even if I'm a little sore afterward. Well love you all!!

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission
South Umpqua Ward

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hello everyone! Since Cassie got baptized our teaching pool is really
small now so we are back to trying to find more people to teach! We
have been hitting up our potentials list again trying to see who we
can find. We've also been trying to get in contact with former
investigators but they are proving hard to find. This week was the
ward Christmas party and that was way fun. We were able to get a bunch
of less active members there and they all had a good time. I love
getting together with the ward because they're always so warm and
welcoming. We tried to get Bill and Marilynn to come but USC was
playing Stanford so Bill had to stay home and cheer for USC. I thought
coming to Oregon would make me a Ducks fan but I think Bill is trying
to convert me to become a Trojan instead.

I spoke in church last week with Elder Sutton which was fun and I
spoke on member missionary work. This week a lady told me that I'm
kind of like a J Golden Kimball of the missionaries she's met. I'm not
sure if that was a compliment or not because he was that apostle who
cussed a lot. I just don't know what she meant by that.

We had a real blessing this week because the sisters in Newton Creek
ran into a lady at Rite Aid and she said she was a member and wanted
her fiancé to be introduced into the church. The sisters were way
excited and it turns out that the lady lives in our area! Her name is
Ivy and we've been texting her and she says that her fiancé isn't
ready yet but she hopes that one day he'll be open. I just think that
if the sisters weren't there at Rite Aid when they were they would not
have met her. I guess God has a plan!

Besides all that mostly I've been getting Elder Kimber used to the
area. I miss Elder Sutton already. Elder Kimber is a nice guy but he
kind of drives me crazy. This morning I about lost my temper because
last night he buzzed his hair which was fine but then he didn't clean
it up or anything so I stepped on a big pile of hair in the bathroom
this morning. I was not happy. I suppose I must learn some patience.
Well we are looking forward to an awesome week this week. Next week
I'm confident we will have a new investigator so I wonder who it's
going to be. Miss you all!!!

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission
South Umpqua Ward

Monday, November 30, 2015

Well Elder Sutton has left me and I'm now with Elder Kimber. He's been
out for 14 months and he's a nice Elder. This week was crazy!! Elder
Sutton went on his temple trip to Portland so I spent a day in
Melrose. Elder Kroll and I did a ton of service. When Elder Sutton got
back we had an awesome time going out and trying to find people. We
had so many good conversations! Some people almost let us in but then
got cold feet so that was a bummer. I went on exchanges with Elder
Provstgaard (from Salem Utah) from a different zone on a special
assignment to help me find since he was going to Winston to baptize a
lady. He gave me some good tips because he used to serve in Winston
and went on exchanges a lot in South Umpqua so he referred me to some
awesome people to go see so I need to get on that this week and find
them!!!!! Saturday was Cassie's baptism. I sent some pictures of it.
We love Cassie so much!!! Today was way emotional… it was so hectic
and then Elder Sutton left me for home. Man I'm going to miss him he
was awesome!!!

Well sorry this is so short. Transfer days are too busy. I'm way
behind on replying to letters so I will get those done soon! Love you

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission
South Umpqua Ward

Monday, November 23, 2015

Got the cops called on us this week and that was the highlight so I
figured I should lead with it. Besides that we found two potentials
but they keep flaking on us. This week I went on exchanges with Newton
creek elders and then the Zone Leaders the next day so I feel weird
about not seeing my companion much. During the exchanges we mostly
tracted and did things like that. I had some good conversations with
Elder Eckman from Newton Creek and some fun times with Elder Wells the
ZL but nothing too exciting. Though a cute girl answered a door and
Wells panicked hard and repeated himself a ton. Luckily she thought it
was cute and said we could come back but she's not very interested but
we shall see. Strangely Elder Sutton and I started drinking Pero which
is basically a coffee replacement and doesn't taste bad if you load it
with creamers. This email is all over the place and crazy because I'm
kind of tired.

So about the police being called on us we were tracting a neighborhood
and so I parked out by the road by someone's house. When we got all
done with the street some lady was by the car looking mad. We walked
over and she was like "this is private property!" I almost wanted to
argue because there was no way it was but I held my peace and we
apologized. So let me back up real quick, I have the car key with me
and the house key and church key in the car with all my cute key
chains and when we were walking back to the car I hit the unlock
button before we got close and saw the lady. Anyway but she yelled at
us and said some unkind words and then next thing I know she throws my
keys (which tells me she got them out of the car) at me and hits me
square in the soft spot and then she walked away and said "I called
the cops you're lucky you didn't towed. I was super mad but I just had
to think kind thoughts anyway.

Well besides all that we went on another cool hike today. We hope to
find an investigator this last week but we shall see. Elder Sutton has
his temple trip tomorrow so he's heading to Eugene tonight and I'll be
staying in Roseburg with Elder Kroll. Anyway things are awesome and
life is good. I'll sure miss Elder Sutton but I'm excited to see who
my next companion is. Love you all

Monday, November 16, 2015

So this week has been kind of fast so I'm having a hard time remembering everything so this may be short. Tuesday we went out home teaching with Brother Sherwood as part of our new strategy to get more referrals. It went really well and then the next day we followed up on the referrals we got and we went to one house and some members lived there turns out. The person we were looking for lived with them but they said he wouldn't be interested. We shared a message and they had a self playing grand piano so they showed us how it worked. It was pretty cool I will say. That same day we had a lesson with Maxine and we went over the baptismal interview questions and she had some problems with one of them. I won't say what it was but it took us by surprise but she seemed like it was in the past and so she felt that she had changed and things seemed okay. It's crazy how much Satan can work on people because on Saturday we met with her and she was super mad about us asking such a personal question. We were already going to have her talk to President about it so we gave him a call and he explained things to her while we left the room. After it was over she said it made more sense to her but she didn't want to continue lessons because she would be busy for the next couple months so she would not be baptized. This just broke our hearts and we felt really crushed the rest of the day so we just tried to work hard on tracting.

On a happier note Cassie had her Baptismal interview and is all ready to be baptized this Saturday! We really love teaching her! It's so great when people accept the Gospel and take these commitments to better their lives. We are really looking forward to that baptism. We were tracting and we tracted into a lady we work with at the food bank. It's always a good time when you tract into people you know. We had a long talk about religion which was really nice but she wasn't that interested. This was disappointing since we have been having like 0 success tracting. But I have faith that this week that's going to change so stay tuned ;)

Well besides all that Elder Sutton is getting pretty trunky so I have to keep him on the ball. We have a temple trip this week so WHOOP!! This only makes things worse for Elder Sutton because the next week he is going to the Portland Temple with President and Sister Russell so it's really counting down for him. We've worked so hard and I Would hate for us to let off the throttle now so we will keep at it. 

Well I Love you all! Stay tuned for next week.

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission

Monday, November 9, 2015

This week has definitely been the least successful week since Elder Sutton got here. We had been doing so good but this week almost every appointment we set up fell through and we had so many set backs that just wasted time. So last Monday we dropped off our beloved car to get a new battery and the guy at the dealership said that it should have been done by noon the next day because they had to get a battery from Eugene. So we bummed a ride back to Myrtle Creek after P day had ended and made arrangements to get a ride back to Roseburg to be back in time to pick up the car. We got done with all our studying the following morning and then set off for Roseburg. Our ride dropped us off at the dealer and we went in and to our surprise they said something dumb like "Uh oh yeah that wont't be here until 2:00 and we won't be able to get it in until about 4:00." Now Elder Sutton and I are stranded in Thugburg until 4:00 with no available rides. So we went and ate some Subway after moving all of our appointments to later. After we got done there we decided that since we had nothing better to do we would get some haircuts because we were both looking shaggy. After our haircuts it was about 1:00 so we decided to walk toward the Zone Leader's apartment to see if they were around and find out if they had something for us to do. The timing was perfect because the Roseburg Elders (who live right next to the ZLs) were just about to leave. So they gave us some Books of Mormon and Pamphlets and told us where we could tract. Elder Carter, an Elder who came out the same time I did, told us that if we needed the bathroom that the Zone Leaders side door was broken and wouldn't lock. We thanked them and went our separate ways. We knocked some doors and actually got a potential! If only it was in our area. After a while i felt like i needed to go to the bathroom so we started to the Zone Leaders' apartment. By the time we got there I had to go REALLY BAD. So we got in and I used the toilet and felt relieved. (Jackson goes into detail here about plugging up the toilet and the furious effort to fix it before the ZLs get home- edited by Dad)  About that time the Zone leaders walked in. HAHAHA you should have seen the looks on their faces! So they were pretty confused for a good long while and we told them the whole story. Luckily they're really cool guys so they were mostly chill about it but they were mad that Elder Carter had reveled the secret of the broken door. So that was kind of just a hilarious story. RIght after we left we got a call that the car was almost done so we hurried over and finally got home.

After Tuesday we had a lesson scheduled for maxine that fell through so we spent most of the day tracting and things. Most the rest of the week we tried contacting potentials and part member families but all of them were turning us away. After having all of these let downs we were really discouraged and really did not want to go out tracting. We went to a dinner appointment on Thursday and showed up early so we could tract around the neighborhood. As we got out of the car we both felt like we weren't in the right place so we went down the road and found a street that we felt good about. We started out on the street without much success but we felt prompted to start pushing the plan of salvation. The next house a lady answered the door and we saw a bunch of cute kids running around behind her. We introduced the message and could feel something different about that house than all the others. We were able to set up a return appointment for the following day and it seemed really golden so that was pretty awesome. Unfortunately the appointment fell through the next day but we haven't lost hope yet and feel that if we try again this week that something will happen. 

Saturday Elder Marcus B. Nash of the Seventy came to town and we had a big eight hour conference with all of the South OEM missionaries. I really enjoyed all of the things that were said by President Russell, Sister Russell, and sister Nash. After all of those great comments we got to hear from Elder Nash. The number one take away I got was that we need to teach more like the savior. He asked us the question "If Christ was doing the work in your area what would he do?" this statement helped me realize that I need to have more courage when going out and finding because the Lord is on my side. The next day Elder Nash spoke in Stake Conference and seemed to really push for strengthening families. I thought a lot about the Family Proclamation to the World and I had a feeling that something was going to happen where I would have to defend the principles of the family. We had dinner with the Wolfe's who are a way nice older couple. Elder Sutton and I were sitting and talking with Brother Wolfe when Sister Wolfe came in and started going on and on about how the church had a new and outrageous policy. We were unaware of the new policy at the time and questioned her about it. She was very heated about that the church needed to get with the times and that she felt that many people probably hated how oppressive the church was but were too afraid to speak out against them. I referred her to the proclamation and stressed that Marriage between a man and a women is essential for Gods plan and if she had any further concerns to contact the bishop or a Stake leader. I feel bad because we were so unprepared yesterday. Afterward we both thought of more we could have said, including a story of an Elder that just recently went home after an honorable 2 year mission who came from a polygamist background. He was unable to be baptized until he was 18 very similar to the current case. We decided to go to the church and do some research to be better prepared. We wrote down many quotes from D. Todd Christopherson (can't spell)  on the matter and were able to find some more details about it. This morning my mom shared an email with the conversion story of my Aunt Kimberly that gave me even more insights to the situation and helped me understand more of where the policy comes from. I plan next time this is brought up to have a lot more things to say and better ways to help people understand. I think it was a good week to memorize the Standard of truth which goes like this, "The standard of truth has been erected, no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done." So that is that.

Today has been an incredible P day. Elder Sutton and I found an awesome hike to go on called Wolf Creek Falls which is a 3 mile easy hike with a gorgeous view. Oh boy I loved it. RIght after the Wests arranged for us to tour a lumber mill and it was awesome! Hopefully Marylyn will send pictures to the family. I'll attach some pictures of our hike later. Anyway it was way sad to hear about the struggles of the mill because of all of the restrictions put on it. They can no longer harvest locally so they have to reach out and burn far more full to get lumber rather than get it locally. But it was really cool to see how it was all done and how they try to survive and keep the economy going even though everyone in Eugene and Portland hate them for it.

We are going to work hard this week and try hard to resolve people's concerns. I love you all and thank you for your prayers and support!

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello again!! Another great week in the OEM! Elder Sutton and I have
been going really good lately! Last week we went and saw a lot of
referrals. Unfortunately none of them were very solid but now we are
getting a lot more referrals from members. Oh boy we've been having
great spiritual lessons with Maxine and Cassie. It's been great! Also
though when we were teaching Maxine last Wednesday she was asking some
way deep and hard questions that I really struggled to answer and
Elder Sutton wasn't helping me out much because he wanted me to get
the experience of handling people's concerns. At first I just confused
her but then I bore my testimony about the Book of Mormon and tied it
all back to that. The Book of Mormon is a way powerful tool in
conversion. Now Elder Sutton is having me teach a lesson every day and
he's going to help me out until I'm a quote "Master teacher" which
will be sweet. Our goal is to have me completely ready to take over as
District Leader in case President Russell asks me to for next

Oh boy we had quite the experience this week… we went and saw Fred and
Shelly at their house. They're the ones who need to get married so
Fred can get baptized, but oh boy I learned why we always taught them
at the church... the first thing I noticed was that it was a tiny
shack which I was expecting but when we went in the smell was like
terrible sweaty body mixed with cat pee and throw up… oh boy I almost
gagged several times but thank goodness the lord blessed me to keep
composed so I didn't hurt their feelings. I just tried not to look
around because it was gross anywhere you looked. So we kept it brief
and set up a return appointment but at the church this time.

Our cars battery is starting to die on us constantly. We keep having
to call our beloved Ward mission leader brother Sherwood to give us a
jumpstart. We just dropped it off in Roseburg and the ZLs dumped us
off at the church. I went on splits with Holman this week. He is so
fun and we always do some good work when he's around.

Saturday was Halloween so we had to be in by 5:00. Elder Sutton and I
played Magic and studied the scriptures while eating pizza which was
fun. Elder Sutton makes sure I work out and write in my journal
whenever I can so that's been fun as well. I hope I'm as fit as him
when the mission is over because this hot employee at Ross gave Elder
Sutton a 20% discount because she thought he was hot. I paid full

So down here we are working on the teaching pool. I see more and more
everyday how the Book of Mormon changes lives and brings people to
Christ. We've been having fun and have been working hard. We bore out
testimonies yesterday and Maxine actually came to church!! So she got
to hear it. I described how my feelings about my mission have changed
toward my mission and now everyone keeps saying "I'm glad you like us
Oregonians now." Elder Sutton was excited to give his last testimony
on Sunday in the mission. Sorry if I don't get back to some of you the
same day with the emailing but I will respond eventually! Love you

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission
South Umpqua Ward

Monday, October 26, 2015

Holy cow what a week! Sorry I would have got this off earlier but I
figured I had more time which turns out today was way crazier than it
was supposed to be. Anyway I have a new companion; Elder Sutton, he's
got six weeks left and even though he can't wait to get home he is
such a hard worker!! We have two people on date! One is Cassie, she's
a foster child fro, the ward and we invited her to be baptized on the
21 of November so that's exciting!!! Also Maxine Is one that has been
out of town for a while so I never had a lesson with her until this
week and we were able to get her on date for the 28th of November and
I got to extend both of those invitations to be baptized! I'm so
excited because now things are picking up. We just picked up a new
investigator from Bandon named Duane so hopefully we can have a lesson
with him this week. Besides all that we have been really pushing to
get referrals so we have a new thing we have the members do which is
when they go home teaching and things to see if they can get referrals
from families. It was been working so good. We've been going out with
members now in order to get more referrals from people so now we have
a bunch of referrals to look into. Anyway so things are going well.
Man I'm so excited to get to serve with Elder Sutton for his last
little while and get the work out here going better. Love you all!!!

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission
South Umpqua Ward

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Shaun Jackson Martin

Oct 19 (6 days ago)

Transfers!! If I've learned anything it's to expect anything. Elder
Zilles will be opening a new area over in reedsport and I will get a
follow up trainer- elder sutton. It's his last six weeks and he'll be
a district leader. So this is crazy. We got a new investigator she's a
girl named Cassie whose like 9 but she's a foster kid. The bike is
great I love it. Anyway I don't know what else to say rn. I'll email
everyone after I get my new companion.

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission
South Umpqua Ward

Shaun Jackson Martin
To Dad

Oct 19 (6 days ago)

Hope all is well back home. I'm short on time with transfers and all
so I won't be able to get an email out with a big summary of the week.
I have my new companion he's pretty cool. His name is elder Sutton
from Gransville Utah. We had an open house at the ward this past week
and one person showed up so that was a bummer. But she seems like a
really nice lady and we have arranged to hopefully teach her, her name
is Donna. Last Friday is when we got transfer calls so elder Zilles
and I weren't expecting anything so when we saw that an AP was calling
us we knew we were in for it. So I'm hoping that since Elder Sutton is
experienced he'll work hard and we'll get a lot done, he just got
released as a zone leader some place. If he starts getting trunks I'll
have to step up I suppose.

Glad you guys had fun in st. George!! I'll talk to you next week!
Happy hunting. Love you

Elder S. Jackson Martin
Oregon Eugene Mission
South Umpqua Ward

**This is a letter from a great coupe who even though are not members of our church, take care of our missionaries. They feed them regularly and Marilyn keeps us posted on any news. They are great.

Good morning,
    Bill and I had the young Elders here for breakfast.  I caught them deep in thought on the first picture.
It's really nice to have them back so early in the morning.
I took several pictures so you could meet the other Elder:
Elder Jackson and Eldon Sutton.
    They will return tomorrow... ONLY if they don't have to head for Eugene.
    By the way, Elder Sutton's birthday...will will have them for breakfast and also dinner that night for hid 22nd birthday.  WOW!!!    Elder Sutton (Drew), will only be here for 6 weeks, then he'll be returning home.
Sent with Love