Here is Jacobs letter this week. He was able to call from the airport. Dad and I had a great visit with him. He was on fire and so excited to be able to be in Oregon. He told us more details of the fireside with Elder Holland. He was so happy, so excited.
As we said goodbye he told us he had some thing he would like to share with us. He then went on to explain that he has a mission statement for himself. It is "fearless via faith"
We are so proud of him and we know he will be fearless because he has such great faith.
Last night at ten o'clock at night we got a phone call. It was Jacobs mission president (President Young)and his wife. They told us Jacob had arrived in Eugene and that they had enjoyed spending the day with him. Preident Young told me of the interview he had with Elder Covey. He said he asked his to bear his testimony on the Savior and that he bore a powerful testimony. He then asked him if he would be obedient. He said "Elder Covey looked me in the eyes and said "you will not have a problem with me. I will be obedient"
President Young then told me that right then and there the spirit told him that his companion should be Elder McKenzie. He went on to explain that Elder McKenzie is a very obedient missionary. He has only been out 12 weeks. He is from Austalia. He said "Elder McKenzie is a very handsome missionary like your son. I am a little worried about them because of the laurels in the wards "and then he laughed. I assured him he would not need to worry about Jacob. He told me Elder Covey won the lottery. He is serving in Bedford Oregon and arrived there last night. He will be living in a members walk out basement. It is one of the nicest apartments in the mission. He said it was like the Ritz Carlton. He will be riding a bike. Bedford is near the temple. They will be able to go to the temple quarterly. They have 4 people that they are teaching that are close to being committed for baptism. The mission had 21 baptisms last month (or he may have said last week). The mission is on fire!
It was such a tender mercy for us to receive that phone call. To think they would take the time and call us and give us such details of Jacobs area and companion. We feel so blessed and so grateful.
We love you all. Keep praying for him.