This is Jace’s mum: Any little extra pictures of your missionary found on social media is always fun, am I right? A friend sent me a link to this cute sister missionaries blog who is currently serving in Jace’s district. She writes long, detailed wonderful letters with great pictures chronicling her week. This week she talked about “Elder Packer” in part of her letter. It was a kick in the pants for Flint and I to see that Jace’s zany personality hasn’t changed. Jace writes great letters, but this was something special. A really fun look into the day in the life of Jace, the missionary, Packer. Thank you Sister Ranck!
An excerpt from Sister Sara Ranck’s weekly blog: “…So the week was pretty long, but Friday was probably the most exciting day of the week! Okay so we usually weekly plan every Friday morning, and this is for 3 hours. We always start this planning session with like a 30 minute prayer and pray for every one that we are working with…(Yes, I have definitely fallen asleep while my companion has been praying before… hahaha) well during the prayer we got two calls, so after when we went to check, it was the Gillingham Elders, Elder Packer and Nakomaha… So we call back and it was actually Elder Packer and Elder Ramsay ad they were like…”Sister’s, we are coming to Rainham to do a blitz (a blitz is when lots of missionaries do finding in one area to find more people) with you guys and we will be there soon!!!”…. Umm excuse me??? Flipping heck Elder’s. Ha, yeah so we ended up having to postpone weekly planning and go to Rainham. So we get to Rainham and they tell us that we are going to split up. So for the first 30 minutes I was with Elder Packer finding in town center. But no worries because we were always in sight and sound of the other two! Actually I really liked doing this because it’s a chance to learn from new people!
Oh my days, Elder Packer asks the funniest questions I was dying. Here are just a few classic examples…
“Would you like to have free lessons on Mormons?”
“What do you usually do on Sunday?”………*as she is walking away*, “I just like to relax.” *He yells back,* “Would you like to relax at church?!” Haha I was dying.
Well, we ended up stopping this guy who was carrying a bike helmet and just talked to him briefly about biking, then he left. Well like 15 minutes later he comes back and shows us his bike and for the next 20 minutes we have such an amazing conversation with him about Jesus Christ! He is a born again Christian but we showed him the scripture in Alma 7:12, and the Spirit was so strong it was amazing! We told him about what makes our church different from all of the other Christian churches and Elder Packer then testified of the atonement and asked when we could see him again. He looked down and thought about it…..and thought about it…….and thought about it………for 5 minutes. We just sat there in silence while the Spirit touched our heart and I know it touched his too. Then finally he said that he doesn’t think he wants to change churches……. Oh it broke my heart! I KNOW that he felt the Spirit testify to him that what we said was true. But we all have our agency to choose whether or not we want to act on those promptings.
Yes, so after that hour of finding we went to Tesco to get lunch and oh my days. I just can’t help but laugh when I think about it. We were meandering through Tesco not finding anything that sounded good when Elder Packer makes the decision to get Apple Pie and vanilla ice cream. So yes we had apple pie and ice cream for lunch. Oh my I love those two elders. After we left Sister Mathews and I just looked at each other and wondered what the heck happened the last 3 hours of our lives. Haha good times!