Saturday, August 31, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
So I wrote a letter to Alex this morning because I had a rough night and I wanted to see how she was doing. Last night I got pretty irritable with my district and wasn’t in a good mood at all. During my nightly prayer last night I pleaded with the Lord to have him show me of his love. I didn’t really receive an answer right then but I went to bed anyway. After I had woken up this morning and had written Alex the letter (best friend). Brother Ward a member of the branch presidency pulled me out of the class we were studying in and called me as a district leader! I accepted the call and immediately felt Heavenly Father’s love and the spirit confirmed this to me. So I’m District Leader of District 71-A now here at the MTC. Crazy right? The Lord answers prayers and I know I’m serving as District Leader because he loves and knows this is what I’m supposed to do right now. It’s crazy how the uneasiness I felt last night was the way the Lord was preparing me for this new call. Satan was doing everything he could to tear me down but he has no power over me! This church is true Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us! I can’t wait to hear from all of you.
MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTER
2005 North 900 East Provo, Utah 84604-1793 Phone: 1-801-422-2603
August 2, 2013
Elder Jeffrey Maxwell Giles
Dear Elder Giles,
Congratulations on your call to serve as a District Leader. We appreciate your willingness to help and bless the other missionaries in your district. Through your example of Christ-like living and appropriate missionary behavior you will become an inspiration and role model for those you lead.
Your support and encouragement of the other missionaries will be a blessing to them. We encourage you to seek the Lord’s spirit in your stewardship. It will guide you to those who may need your assistance and love, and will inspire you in how to lift and strengthen them.
You have been called through inspiration. You will be blessed as you follow the counsel and direction of your Branch Presidency. You should share your concerns with them, and seek their counsel in providing assistance to those you serve. Please refer to your missionary leader guide book for specific responsibilities.
May the Lord bless you in this assignment and throughout your mission.
Lon B. Nally President
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
Dear Family & Friends,
I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, I testify that the Book of Mormon is true, I believe that God forgives our sins, I know that a prophet guides this church, I know that God is our Heavenly Father In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
This is my simple testimony I can almost bare in Japanese! I'm having such an awesome time and I love being a missionary. Every time someone in my room says the prayer in Japanese I can feel the spirit so strong. It has strengthened my testimony that God hears and answers our prayers. Even in Japanese! My companion Elder Donaldson and I think its funny that our moms have already found each other! I love it, I love being a missionary. Tonight were teaching a man completely in Japanese! We are relying on the spirit to take our knowledge of the gospel to his heart. My P-Day is Saturday and I will email home! I've seen Elder Tyler Cowley, Elder Riley Johnson, Elder Brady Cowley, Elder Kyle Peay and Elder Spencer Tribe! Elder Tribe gave me a huge hug and it was so good to see him. Tell everyone I'm doing fine!
All my best,
Family & Friends,
I just want to start off by saying how much I love the MTC and love being a missionary! I'm writing this at the end of the first day at the MTC next to my companion Elder Donaldson or (Donaldson churro). The MTC is so great and there is a powerful spirit here with us. I feel the Lord's guiding hand and love so much and I feel like I've already learned a ton! I miss you guys but know that I'm doing well. I can do this! I love you guys and I'm praying for you all the time!
All The Love In the World,
Elder Jeffrey Maxwell Giles
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Hi Mom and rest of the family!
So I sent a letter a day or so ago and you might not have received it yet but know that I sent one! I wrote a letter that I will send today with my testimony written in Japanese! I'm seriously loving the MTC and my classes. Japanese is hard but after a few hundred times repeating a phrase or word it starts to stick. Praying in Japanese is probably the coolest thing ever. My companion and I, Elder Donaldson, have prayed a lot in Japanese together and its really a powerful experience. So today is my P-Day so my companion and I got up around 5:45 AM to go to laundry early, you'd be surprised how easy I can get up here. We started our laundry and went and got sack breakfasts so we could eat in the laundry room. Laundry took about an hour and a half and after we went back to our room and napped for a little bit to make up for the lost sleep. It felt so good even though the Elders down the hall thought it would be a good idea to have races right in front of our door. Donaldson Churro and I taught a lesson last night and it was realllllllllyyyy bad. We pretty much just bore testimony and prayed to him. He likes to play ping pong, baseball, and fishing! I told him I like baseball too so I think he liked me. I know the lord will bless us as we get a more full vocabulary and are able to communicate better. Everyone here says they felt the same way we do when they first got here, the language will come. I can't wait to be able to speak Japanese fluently! Its such a beautiful language! The other Elders in our room are Elder Moos from Spanish Fork and Elder Barney from Layton. They're pretty cool guys. My teacher is Fowers Sensai, he just got back from his mission in Tokyo and absolutely loved it! He speaks so fluently and fast its difficult to understand him. Words in Japanese are sometimes similar to words in English so we can kind of understand what he's saying. The other Elders in my district are Elder Novak from Sacramento, Elder Fukiu from Tremonton, Elder Carlisle from Boston, and Elder Karchner from Boise. I think the only one that has any Japanese background is Elder Novak who took two or three years in high school. When it comes to gospel things though no one hardly knows anything! Sorry I didn't have time to write more and upload pictures yet but I've seen all my friends except Elder Muir! Alex, ask Bam if he knows if Elder Muir is on the other campus. I talked to Elder Tribe for a while last night and he's doing so well! I love his companion Elder Navas, he's hilarious. Well I've got to go but I will try to get on a computer where I can actually upload some of my pictures. I love you guys and I'm praying for everyone back home! I'm doing great and I love being a missionary! I am so happy!All the best,Giles Churro
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
One day until we drop off Elder Giles at the MTC. He is so excited and feels well prepared to get out there and start his 2 years! Today, he chose to do a temple session with his Mom and Dad for one last run. After which, Elder Giles came home and took Ryan and I back to the temple to do baptisms. It was a very busy morning but a very cool one at that! Tonight, around 7:30 we will be setting Elder Giles apart as a missionary for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. We are super excited for him and are beyond proud! We know that he will do amazing things and have an incredible experience in the MTC for the 9 weeks that he is there!
If any of you would like to write Elder Giles while he is in the MTC you can reach him at
Elder Jeffrey Maxwell Giles
2007 N 900 E Unit 29
Provo UT 84602
Sunday, August 4, 2013
March 19, 2013