Oct 22, 2016 – End of our Mission
This will be our last mission email and blog entry. We have finished our mission. It started in the Philippines and ended in Salt Lake City. Like our mission service in Guam and missionary employment service in WA, each was a unique experience with different responsibilities and opportunities. They all had several things in common: The strong spirit that accompanied testifying of the Savior, his plan, and his love for us. The strong love for the people we worked with and watched grow. The growth that we had through serving others. And the memories that we will cherish.
We were released from our mission and left Salt Lake City, Utah for Fort Worth, Texas to attend the baby blessing of Daniel Hyrum Jex, our 4th grandchild. What a special occasion to end with — seeing the restored priesthood used to bless an infant. We are grateful that all of us, including the infant, have the opportunity to come to earth to learn, grow, make mistakes, and overcome obstacles. And that through the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance, we can return to our Heavenly Father.
Oct 15, 2016 – Got Waitress’s Phone Number
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life. – 3 Ne 5:13
Our Salt Lake City mission will come to an end next week. We have enjoyed serving in the Avenues and being touched by so many incredible people here. This week we said goodbye to all the friends we have made. Hopefully we’ll see several later when they invite us back from Washington when they go through the temple.
Elder Jex asked for a waitress’s phone number this week. Janice, our waitress, had just moved to the Avenues and was in desperate need of help. She needed to know the chapel’s address, meeting times, and the Bishop’s phone number. Elder Jex gave the phone number to the young elders in her neighborhood.
Originally we were going to eat at our place but wanted to go to the Old Spaghetti Factory at Trolley Square since it’s a place we’d both been to while students at BYU in Provo. It was the SLC place to go back then before the Gateway mall took precedence and later the City Creek mall. The Old Spaghetti Factory seemed to be the only place still there from 30 years before.
Janice was very thankful. Now we know why we picked this night to eat there. It made a different in her life and was an answer to her prayers.
Oct 6, 2016 – Marvelous things shortly to come
Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come…– Mor 8:34
As we get close to the end of our mission, we feel strongly that there is more we need to do in the next few weeks, somebody out there waiting for us. Maybe it is Sharena.
This week we met with the young missionaries and their investigator, Sharena, at the Ronald McDonald house. She is a young Navajo mother from the 4-corners area. Her 8 month old daughter just had a liver transplant that wasn’t doing well and she wanted to know why God would do such a thing to an innocent child. After a lot of tears, we talked about the Plan of Salvation or the Plan of Happiness.
A lot of questions were answered and she felt the spirit very strongly. She knew she had a loving Heavenly Father and that she and her innocent daughter had done nothing wrong. They were growing stronger through the earth-life experiences. During the visit she transitioned from a nervous wreck to feeling peace and comfort. We gave her a comforting priesthood blessing and then went to the Primary Children’s hospital to give her daughter a blessing — just before surgery. The doctors said she needed a miracle for the donor liver to start working completely and not to require another transplant. They said not to count on it and hadn’t closed up the after the transplant – just sealed with adhesive plastic. After the blessing the surgery went better than anticipated, no additional tubes were needed. A day later the surgeons closed up the abdominal cavity because the new liver was doing so well.
Sharena has had many promptings and experiences in her life recently that put her where she is. Previously she felt prompted that then was not the time to pursue her search for God. She is prompted that now is the time for everything to fall into place, during this crisis. She is a totally different person now with strong faith and a close connection with God. She is doing everything she can to get past obstacles so she can be baptized and have the constant companion of the Holy Ghost. She has every reason to be angry at God but instead is joyful for the growth and experiences that brought her closer to him.
October 2, 2016 – And Your Old Men Shall Dream Dreams
And it shall come to pass in the last days, … your old men shall dream dreams. – Acts 2:17
Revelation can also be given in a dream … The Lord uses individuals for whom we have great respect to teach us truths in a dream because we trust them and will listen to their counsel. – Richard G. Scott
As mentioned before, we feel strongly that our son Jay’s passing was part of the bigger Plan of Happiness and meant to be. Wanted to share three dreams that are a few of the many experiences we’ve had that confirm this.
I, Elder Jex, have lots of dreams but few about Jay, and fewer that I understand. The first dream’s message tells me that Jay has important work to do on the other side of the veil and that guiding him as a parent was my part. In August I had a dream in which I felt that it was important that Jay come with me because we had something important to do or would be needed. Sure enough, we drove along and saw a person in an old car trying to park but ended up backing off a bridge with only one wheel touching the ground. I told Jay to come with me, saying, “Lets help the person so his car doesn’t fall off the edge.” We both grabbed hold of the car but Jay was able to maneuver the car without much help from me. I felt that it was more important that I got Jay to that point and not so important that I was there myself.
A second dream last week had similar symbolism. I was helping Jay get computer forms/paperwork finished for some important purpose. On one form, he needed to pick a more permanent address than the school address entered. Jay is very good with computers and doesn’t need help but I showed him where the list was because I knew how to get to it. I said he should use the second address in the list because it was the main location and the others were branches or secondary. He cut-and-pasted all the addresses to another area where he could select the one he needed.
To me the second dream’s symbolism is that since we are schooled while on earth, Jay changed from a school address to heaven, our permanent or main address. And we as parents helped him pick the right address.
Wanted to share one more dream that doesn’t involve an old man but it is about Jay. A month after the accident, a co-worker of Jay’s wife, Natalie, had the same dream about Jay three nights in a row, even though she didn’t really know Jay. The co-worker said the basic message from Jay was, “This is part of a bigger plan.”
The bigger plan – that’s what we have been learning more about at this weekend’s LDS General Conference.