Serving the people of Fresno

Serving the people of Fresno February 2014 - February 2016

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Elder Jaron Hoani King:A week full of meetings!

Elder Jaron Hoani King:  These past ten days have been miraculous. Statistically Elder Bennett and I have 1 baptismal date, and only about 6 true investigators... But as Elder Holland quotes in this past general conference: in Christianity, where there is more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 and 9 just persons; God must not be overly concerned with percentages. Elder Bennett is a spectacular companion. Last week President Clark gave us an amazing training on Amulek, and how BECAUSE Alma "dined with less-actives" he was able to have an amazing team-up. (I apologize for all the missionary lingo, it is just the only way to express these things.) And then at church on Sunday we had three investigators attend! They weren't there because of anything we did, but President and Sister Kimball were leaving on their mission to Mozambique, and they have been such wonderful missionaries that everyone wanted to come out and here them speak. The Astle's (our ward mission leader) little girl Haley loves to say that "Elder King is harmless" (she is 8 and so cute! I am sure you have a picture of her because she was baptized at the same time as her brother Steven) ANYWAY I was reading in Alma 18:22 and it describes Ammon... yes, THAT Ammon as being "wise yet harmless." At first I thought it wasn't a good thing, but I realize we really do all have our own personalities. I can't believe I have gotten this far without telling you the biggest news:

JAMES BOUGHT A RING! James and Dustie will be married soon, and we are super excited. I know God answers prayers. I know that He sent His Only Begotten to Earth because He loves YOU. I love you, and I'm so proud to call you my friends.

Elder King

Monday, November 17, 2014

Elder Jaron Hoani King: Bamboo??

I'm serving in California. Right? Just checking. Last Tuesday Elder Dea and I went to help one of our members move "some bamboo." We both had no idea what that meant, but we changed in to service clothes and headed off to help. We ended up loading the biggest load of wood I have ever seen into the back of this truck, and it was bamboo! We had a bunch of fun and laughed the whole time just saying how crazy the whole experience was. It is super foggy in the mornings now and actually super cold. It feels way good, but Elder Dea hates the cold. Elder Dea knows how much I love talking to random people, so he told me about a referral we received on an exchange, so I called her up. Remember that all I knew was the woman's name okay? I called and all I here is "I'm not going to wait all day, do you want yo ten dolla or what?" No "hello," no "this is ____." She just kept going off about how I needed to go get my "ten dolla." Finally I told her "Ma'am, I would love ten dollars, but I am a missionary." There was silence for at least 10 solid seconds. She apologized a bunch, and said she needed a few days before we came over. I love this area so much. Our members are some of the best people in the entire world. We're working right now on finding new investigators, and one of the biggest themes we've been studying in the mission is that we all have a  unique background. At church we heard, "God didn't send us here to blend in" (I think it is a Lindsay Sterling quote). But it is so true! We are here to make a difference! Let's make it. I love ya. I got the call on Saturday to serve as a trainer here in Oakdale. Elder Dea is one of my absolute favorite missionaries. He makes this work so much fun. He loves his mission and as a result everyone loves him. He is going to be so so missed here in Oakdale, but the Lord knows what He is doing. This is His work, and it can only be done His way. We love our family out here. Oakdale is amazing!
Elder King

Monday, November 10, 2014

Elder Jaron Hoani King: Testify!!

Elder Jaron Hoani King: Elder Dea and I had a lot of fun Saturday night singing in our ward talent show. Elder Dea wanted to sing the song Testify ("Kiss the Girl" from the Little Mermaid, but missionary style) so we got up there and sang. Our ward is so wonderful. There were a bunch of non-members who came out, and the W. even got their friend to come sing! He is as cowboy as it gets so all I could think about was dad as he was singing about chaps, boots, and hats. Friday we went up to Sonora for an interview and we were again stunned by how beautiful it all is. Brett was interviewed, and baptized yesterday. 1st ward also had three baptisms Saturday night, and all three of them are doing so wonderful! A family we are working with super close is Jackie and Jared. They live out in the sticks, but want to move in to town soon. Their little girl M. is 1 so she is obviously super cute. Jared was raised in the church, and Jackie took some lessons before they moved off to Illinois. Luckily, they're back and we are going out to see them tonight. It gets dark now at about 5.30 so the night time can get really interesting out in the country. Elder Dea REALLY doesn't like dark, so we had some fun last night when we got out of the car in the middle of nowhere (Elder Dea kept saying "I swear this is in a scene from Texas Chainsaw Massacre). There was a locked gate so we didn't do much more than just yell a couple times and hope someone heard. There was a horse behind us, and it made us jump about 40 feet in the air. My companion and I will be playing some sports today with the youth, then the primary kids because they are all out school. Love ya! Have a great veteran's day!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Elder Jaron Hoani King: One Church.

Elder Jaron Hoani King:It has been so weird because it is actually getting super cold! Okay, it's not that cold because it's only in the 50s, but it is cold when you get so used to biking around in triple digits. Oakdale got a bunch of rain this last weekend and it was so much fun! We spent Halloween with the Black family and we played Would You Rather? Everyone in Oakdale has been going crazy with the Giants winning the series, but I hear it really was a fun series and especially a great game 7. Elder Dea and I got used to running when it was dark outside, so now it is weird because we run and we can actually see people. Church was amazing, as always, and it was all about covenants. Sister Baxter made a really cool comment in gospel principles about how this is a church of doing. Our Church isn't one you just sit down and listen to someone, but it is active. That is (I'm sure) a huge reason we always invite people to do things. They need us to invite them to be active in their faith. We didn't have anyone at church, so we will make the rounds today inviting them back. Our new investigating family is amazing! The Salario's were a new move in who Elder Moss and I contacted on our last exchange. We went straight back to Preach My Gospel and asked a former investigator who they knew who was recently moved in. Come to find out, the Salario family knows a bunch of members, and we started teaching yesterday with our Bishop's son. We love it here, and the font room is all dried up! Our recent convert, who lives in the Sacramento mission, needs the new member lessons, so we called the elders up there, and they are going to go visit her. It means a lot to see that we really do belong to One Church. His Church. Jesus Christ established His Kingdom in 1830 with 6 official members. Joseph Smith is a prophet. Thomas S. Monson leads and guides this Church just as Moses and Abraham led and guided Christ's saints in times before. This work can't do anything but make you smile. We're going to go play jenga with a member before we're back to the proselyting schedule, but please let me know how I can help you. I love ya!

Elder King 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Elder Jaron Hoani King: Flooding the Earth...or just Oakdale

Elder Dea and I joke every single day about all the crazy things that happen in Oakdale. We always say, "now just imagine if we didn't have the best ward in the world." Our ward is chalked full of the best people I know. This last week I went on an exchange with Elder Moss, and I brought him to our area. We had so much fun teaching together again! Then we went on an exchange where I was with Elder Padilla in our area again. Elder Padilla is so great and always looking to improve. If you meet him you would wonder what in the world he could even improve! I love that missionary. To even explain a portion of what happened yesterday I have to mention that Brother Johnson called us during the week and asked if we could teach the fourteen and fifteen year-old class for him because he was going to have to finish some things up at a property he owns. Elder Dea's favorite thing is working with the youth, so we gladly accepted. We had ward conference yesterday, which meant all the stake leaders came. Our ward council was incredible and President Seibert (a member of the stake presidency) taught us that approximately 80-90% of all lightning strikes that occur annually happen to men. One contributing factor is that men tend to be out more, but they also don't come in as quickly. He taught about how it really is a wonderful thing that within the auxiliaries of the Lord's Church we have both men and women counseling together. I was reminded of all the wonderful sisters that have shaped my life. Sister Wagner from the stake also taught about how we need to be counseling together in order to use the council most effectively. Why am I telling you all this? It was super good, but you probably just had to be there. Bishop Olsen (seriously the best person in the world) also gave the most touching talk during sacrament. So... Elder Dea and I were at the church and our meeting doesn't end until 4:00 right? Well the 1st ward had a baptism at 4:30, so we decided to go and fill the font half-way while we taught, and then go fill it with hot water later just so 3rd hour can use the font room for the young men and young women... well we turn it on because we were told it took an hour to fill it. You see where this is going don't you? Someone (years ago) covered the overflow because it was too low for baptism, but Brother Astle calls us during our lesson and I answered it for once, long story short, we flooded the font room, into the hallways. While we are cleaning up all the water, we get a call from 1st that their baptism canceled. I know there is opposition in all things. Elder Dea and I are so grateful for all the people around us! We couldn't do any of this without them. This Church is true! Especially when these 18 year-olds are trusted to do things as simple as fill the font. Nicolette was baptized yesterday. I love ya. Thanks so much for all your prayers! Love, Elder King

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Elder Jaron Hoani King: Elder Brent h Nielsen

Elder Jaron Hoani King: MondayOnMondaywe had truly the world's greatest meeting! Elder Brent H. Nielsen and his wife visited our mission, and he and his wife are so incredible! They talked with us about how for the first time missionaries are being sent all over the world to seek out the less active members of their wards. D&C 88:72-3 is where Sister Nielsen saw the original vision where the Lord is hastening his work, and she taught us about how we are being raised up to help our wards reach out to the sheep inside the fold. Anyway, I really hope that all made sense. Elder Dea and I were teaching yesterday when a phrase jumped out for the first time: 1 Nephi 17:2 "journeyings without murmurings." My prayer is that this motto is the motto behind our lives. The Church is true! Elder Dea is on cloud nine because yesterday we got to play dodge-ball at mutual with one of our investigators, then we got to drive Sonora's truck! Our investigators Dustie and James are doing so great. Dustie's sister Nikki came to visit and she became a new investigator. Funny how people become new investigators just by visiting family huh? Our apartment is the best! The A/C is broken so it gets super super cold every night! Love ya!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Elder Jaron Hoani King-General Conference

 This last week came and went way too fast. We felt prompted to go see James and Dustie for the Saturday morning session, so we watched the first session with them. James said he has been praying for the last six weeks about the call we got late Sunday night concerning transfers. Both Elder Dea and I are staying, and James said he is taking that as his sign that God does care about him. As I have pondered that way of thinking I am reminded that God is in the details. The more we give our lives to Him, the more we can see Him in our lives. On Friday we got to go see Meet the Mormons via President Clark streaming it to the Turlock stake center. Please go see it. If it is even a possibility, make the sacrifice and see it opening weekend. It is such a cool movie about six very different members of the Church. Elder Dea was "feeling Applebee's" so we got the zone together and went to the Applebee's in Turlock... being out here, no one realized that it was Game 1 of the NLDS, so the Giants and Nats were playing and it was packed. We had to be at the stake center at 1:30and we ended up leaving the restaurant at the time! But everything worked out and we got to watch the awesome documentary. Elder Dea and I have a car which is super nice since we live just a little outside our area. We visit the trailer park on Orangeblossom about every other day, and that is where James and Dustie live. Saturday night, after Priesthood we got to go help a family move, and the Lee family was at it again. They are so amazing, and their daughter is going to the Baltic States mission (President Harding's mission)! Sister Lee was the sister I had mentioned was instrumental in Steven's baptism, and over conference weekend she and her kids went to help this family who needed to move. Monday we are receiving a training from Brent Nielsen of the Seventy! I don't think I'll be writing then, but we should write Tuesday. Conference was super awesome! Love ya!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christlike Wanderers

Yesterday Elder Lindner (one of the North Elders) and I read through the last few verses of Jacob. He is such an incredible missionary. Every person you see has already chosen not to rebel against God's plan once. That makes it easier right! Don't be afraid to invite. That is all people need sometimes. This last week we had so many investigators at church. They are all going through some extremely tough and individually difficult circumstances, but they "know in whom [they] have trusted" (2 Ne 4:19) TJ (one of our investigators) is so amazing because he always opens up his home to his friends who need some help. We haven't been able to see he and his family at church, but I know they can make it with your prayers. He has this saying: "It's better to eat hot dogs with friends than steak alone." I love TJ. He really gets it. We keep running in to these people who are begging us to read The Book of Mormon. It is amazing how prepared these people are, and I know they are just as prepared where you are. We got to play some "wiffle" ball while we taught our twin 9 year old investigators Kylan and Keith. They love baseball and remind me so much of Connor. Please keep them in your prayers. Love y'all!
Elder King

Monday, July 14, 2014

Elder Jaron Hoani King: "Shutting the door on angels"

This last week was fairly normal until the weekend. Holy cow this weekend was emotional. On Friday we were out street contacting (which is just the best, we get to talk with people everyday who have no idea what they are missing) and there was no one outside but little kids. It was too hot for any sane adult to be outside, but the kids were out, so we talked with them. There was this little girl who said her mom really needs a prayer. She was about 5 and we followed her to her house. Her mother was less than pleased to see us, but as we were walking away we heard the little girl say, "You just shut the door on angels." It is incredible that little children can recognize us as official representatives of our Savior. They understand so much about life. This life really isn't intended to be complicated. The devil convinces us to make it too hard. If you have 30 seconds, give God 30 seconds. Read one verse. Even if it is just reciting 1 Nephi 2:15 or Jacob 6:12 in your head, I know that our Father in Heaven will be so proud of you and your decision to walk by faith and follow His Son's example. On Saturday we were biking around and literally NO ONE was able to meet with us. We were seriously wondering what we were going to do because we hadn't had any water in a few hours, and we still had a few hours before dinner. We felt impressed to visit a former investigator who lived pretty far away, but on our way we saw a Rams decal on a truck... We took a chance. We biked up and asked for water. Fred and his wife offered us water and pineapple, and as far as I am concerned, saved my life. It was incredible because they said they aren't interested in our message, but they were more than happy to help. Please keep an eye out for people who need your help. They are everywhere. They probably won't be as easy to recognize as missionaries drenched in sweat, but God will lead you to them as you keep a prayer in your heart. Tangie was baptized and wow what a beautiful service. President and Sister Clark were able to attend, and the Spirit was incredible. Their family is so close to their Savior. If I can be half the man that Tangie's husband Maurice is, then I know I will be doing fine. I know this church is true. I know God loves you. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement.

Elder Jaron Hoani King:New Mission President and the 4th

Fresno isn't quite the most "comfortable" place I've ever lived, but there sure are some amazing people who live here. This week was filled with so many wonderful, lasting experiences. On Thursday we got to have a meet and greet meeting with President and Sister Clark. They are such amazing people. We got to spend a couple minutes with each of them just talking. Elder Bryner and I got to spend the fourth with the Recias family. They are so amazing, and sister Recias' sister (say that ten times fast) is one of our investigators! We played monopoly with them and I couldn't help but flash back to those fun times in Midway with Gretchen and Sean. Yesterday we ran in to a man who once took discussions from the missionaries before, but he wasn't able to be baptized at the time because of his circumstances. It was interesting to see that his only problem with the church was one bad experience. He talked about how he knows the church is true, but he just won't be baptized. "Wow," was the only thought that could run through my mind. We ask people everyday to take a step of faith and just talk with us, but this man knew what he needed to and chose not to act. We cleaned the temple this morning with our ward, and that was such a glorious experience. The Spirit taught me a lot, and I know He will teach you as well. Just ask. I love you so much and pray for you everyday.
Elder King

Monday, June 2, 2014

Elder Jaron Hoani King: Transfer

It is super funny to get a transfer call. Late Saturday night, Elder Moss and I
had finished planning, I was ironing and we were just talking. We were 90% 
sure we were staying together. The branch is doing amazing! We have 50 to 
60 each week, and at least 5 nonmembers each week. The Lord is doing such 
great work here. Anyway, we got the transfer call, and the Lord has other plans
for me. I will be headed down to Fresno to serve in the Riverside Ward. From 
everything I have heard, it is one of the hottest areas in the mission, as well as 
one of the largest biking areas! So... all those years of hating biking may finally 
be paying off! I am so grateful for the Lord's trust. As I am contemplating the big 
change I keep thinking back to Nephi's example in 1 Nephi 3:15. We always talk 
about 3:7 where Nephi talks about how he will "go and do," but often we lose 
sight of what happens 8 verses later. They were rejected. The Lord commanded 
them to do something; and they weren't able to do it. But that isn't the end of the 
story. Nephi doesn't let it end like that. I know that the Lord needs to teach me 
something in this new area with my new companion. I did have one super quick 
story to tell though: I was on an exchange in the Spanish area again, and strug-
gling through a lesson. It was with a less active member of the group who is the 
only member of her family. She lives with her husband, daughter, and grand-
daughter (all nonmembers). It was crazy because we felt prompted to have her
write her testimony down and put it on the fridge. The Spanish Elders said they 
saw her at church on Sunday! Too often we lose hope in people. During testimony
meeting yesterday one of our members said "you can live weeks without food, 
days without water, but only hours without hope." 
I promise that is true. The Church is true! He lives! He loves you!
Elder King

Monday, May 12, 2014

Miraculous and Momentous Change!

Yesterday I got to talk to my sweet mom and family. They are a huge reason I am here. 
God could have accomplished His purpose by sending us down two by two, but instead 
He organized us into families. Each family is vastly different: with their differing challenges, 
members, strengths, etc.But one thing is the same: each family is ordained of God. 
     One of our investigators, Sarah, could really use your prayers. She is the most amazing sister. 
Two weeks ago she came to family home evening with a member. Elder Moss asked her 
when a time we could come get to know her better was. She said she was fine because 
she had her bible. Then the next week, after she went to the Oakland Temple Visitor's Center 
with her fellowship (Courtney), she allowed the Spirit to teach her with us. Since then she has 
been praying; She has come to a knowledge that the Book of Mormon is true; And she is
 excited for her baptism. We love her so much, and she is so valiant. Her dad is a Lutheran 
minister, and when Sarah told he and her mom that she had been meeting with us, I guess 
they had a big fight. When they found her Book of Mormon they told her that it was not allowed
 in their home. As we have been praying over and over again about her situation we are led time 
and time again to experiences in the scriptures where people are in challenging circumstances 
when it comes to their families. Cain killed Able. Animosity arose in the family of the prodigal son
 when the father shows mercy and forgiveness. Nephi's brothers tried time and time again to take 
away his life. Joseph Smith's best friends turned against him. And why do these afflicted Saints 
continue? Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. The end Romans chapter 8 has been one 
of my favorite passages ever since Caleb sent it to me while he was on his mission: "Who shall 
separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation,or distress, or persecution, or famine, or 
nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we 
are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors 
through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,nor principalities, 
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall 
be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." I know that is pretty 
long, but Sarah knows in whom she has put her trust. 
Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your example to everyone who sees you. You are a missionary!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Simple Miracles

This week just rocked! I am trying to be dignified in my explanation, but I feel like 
this is just the only way to describe this week. On Tuesday we had district meeting
and our senior couple in our zone went home. They said, "Humility isn't thinking 
less of yourself. It is thinking less about yourself." I don't know about you, but that is 
something I always worry about. I try my best to find that balance between confidence 
and humility. I realized that the blessing that we have as God's children is that we 
know who to put our trust in. To be frank, if you put your trust in yourself, you will fail. 
But if you put your trust in God, and believe in yourself enough to follow His commands, 
you WILL succeed. It is so prevalent here in the field. We have the opportunity every 
single day to see people who are going through a hard time. I know that sounds weird, 
but you know what can help anyone. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we have 
faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repent, are baptized, receive the gift of the Holy 
Ghost, and endure to the end, we truly are happy. That doesn't mean hard times don't 
come, because they most definitely do. But when we take His yoke upon us, our trials
 transform us into the person that God intends us to be. And I promise you that that 
person is happy. We set dates with two investigators this week. Thomas is being 
baptized on the 18th, and Courtney is being baptized on the 25th. The Lord is so invested
 in his work, and He truly is hastening His work in its time. On Saturday a member asked 
us if we could come help her put on a car mirror. We had no idea, but, as missionaries, 
we accepted the challenge. It was amazing to see the Lord help us with the super simple 
act of helping this sister out. At branch council this last week we had an amazing training
 on why we have the ward/branch council. Someone said some profound things about 
how in this world there are "givers" and there are "takers." It just kept hitting me that the 
Lord wants us all to be givers, and Satan tries to persuade us to be takers. The funny thing 
is that by being givers we receive so much more than when we are takers. I know this letter 
was all over the place... but welcome to my mind. Next week I promise to be more organized! 
I love you so much! I am so grateful for you and all you do to strengthen your brothers and sisters.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

YSA everyday!

Working with the YSA is SO different than working in any other area. In order to teach someone we have to ensure that they are: 1) between 18 and 31 2) not married 3) have no kids... This can be odd to establish... Shocking, right? Well regardless of if they are YSAs or not, we teach EVERYONE and we invite EVERYONE to come unto Christ. He is THE only way we can find true happiness. One thing about missions is that we base our success on the number of invitations we extend, not on the number of invitations that are accepted. Our branch is so amazing. We have about 30 active members, and I learn about our Redeemer every time I interact with any of them. We had the opportunity to do two things I had been missing this week: mow a lawn and garden. Service as a missionary is somehow twenty times better than service before you are set apart. While Elder Moss was in the garden, Andrew (one of our members' 7 year old cousins) and I went and mowed the lawn. After I had been mowing for no longer than twenty seconds, Andrew insisted on mowing. The lawn was too big for him. The lawn mower was too heavy. But he did it. I was sitting there watching and I got to feel, for a brief moment, a portion of how our Father in Heaven feels. At first he just mowed random patches with no real pattern. I had to point out the spots he missed. He was so eager to mow them again. I hope this has all made since. Eventually I began to realize that the Lord is so much more concerned with how often we go to Him then He is with how often we make mistakes. Dillon is being baptized on Wednesday and we are about to go bowling for his birthday today! Please pray for him. I know you will. Thank you for all you do.
Elder King

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Easter Sunday. I am so tempted to just stop writing right now. Easter is the best, and every good thought you have about it is just multiplied when you get to wear His name next to your heart the whole day. Yesterday during personal study Elder Moss looked up and asked "So people (do what they do on 4/20) even on Easter Sunday?" We really do live in perilous times. On Sunday every Christian had a choice even more so than on any other day. A lot of people chose to follow Satan: that master of all lies. This world is a rough one, but think of the wonderful Sabbath on the other side of the veil! I know without a doubt that "numberless concourses of angels" sang "He Is Risen" yesterday. This week was very interesting. One of our investigators, A, is living in very difficult circumstances. She lives with her very abusive and constantly drunk father, so she tries to have us come when he is gone. Well the other day we came by while he was there. I was able to witness some of the promises made to the Lord's servants: we were able to speak truths and this man literally had nothing left to say to us. It is difficult seeing people in such darkness that even the smallest glimmer of light blinds them. I would be lying if I tried to say it wasn't. But that is not what our days are filled with. We get to see people come unto Christ each and every day. 

We are really struggling to find. It is hard in a YSA just because they are so [flaky] by nature. I love them! But much more importantly, the Lord loves them! If you could include Dillon in your prayers I would really appreciate it. He is supposed to be baptized this week, and Satan always works the hardest right before we make covenants with our Father in Heaven. In our mission we do something called BDAW: before, during, after, warning. It is such a powerful tool! We recognize the feeling in the room when it changes. When we can literally feel a member of the Godhead with us. The Holy Ghost is real. He ALWAYS does his part. Our privilege as missionaries is to invite him into every home we enter. I love you. Thank you for your prayers. It is a different feeling being a missionary and knowing that literally millions of people are praying for you and for your purpose. The church is true!

Love, Elder King

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Funny how we learn

So we toss around a quote a lot here: "Obedience brings blessings, but exact obedience brings miracles." It is a cool quote, but think about that? It is an amazing quote. Because Elder Moss is our District Leader he goes down to meetings quite a bit, so I get the opportunity to go on exchanges and lead our area quite a bit. On one of these exchanges we had two right in a row, so I had to plan on my own. When we get in every night we plan. We don't change out of our proselyting clothes until planning is finished. On this particular occasion (the first of my two exchanges) I was with two other Elders who were also training. Right when we got in they changed, and without even thinking I changed into my pajamas and then planned. The next day went horrendously. Everyone canceled on us. We got chased by some crazy guy. I lost my scriptures. What else could go wrong? I am so grateful for this experience. Oh and to top it all off, I was with Elder Leavitt (our zone leader who has been serving for over 20 months). So I know my thoughts are random, but essential what I am saying is that God knows what we need to be happy. The Creator of the Universe and His Father are so invested in us that they gave us a plan of happiness. They tell us everything we need by sending us the Comforter. They literally send a member of the Godhead to be with us always. Life is rough sometimes. Sometimes we fall in to ruts. I promise you that if you look to the Lord you will find happiness, regardless of your circumstances. Our baptism for yesterday fell through because our investigator had some things he is still struggling with. I love him. He is such a good example of courage in the face of opposition. Weeks go by so fast out here. 
Real quick I want to type out this awesome poem that an Elder in my zone let me see:

In His Steps

"The road is rough," I said, "dear Lord;
these stones, they hurt me so."
He said, "Dear child, I understand;
I walked it long ago."

"But there's a cool green path," I said.
"I'll walk there for a time."
"No child," He gently answered me,
"The green road does not climb."

"My burden, Lord, is far too great,
how can I bear it so?"
"My child," said He, "I know its weight;
I bore my cross, you know."

"I wish there were some friends with me,
who'd make my way their own."
"Ah, yes," He said, "Gethsemane
was hard to face alone."

And so I climbed the stony path,
content at last to know,
that where my Master had not gone,
I would not need to go. 

And strangely then I found new friends,
the burden grew less sore,
as I remembered - long ago,
He went this way before.

-Leona B. Gates

If you wonder why life is hard, just remember. He is teaching you to grow. I am so grateful for your example to me, and I pray for you always.
Elder King

Monday, April 7, 2014


I was thinking this week about what else I would be spending 20 hours a year doing, and I can tell you that nothing comes close to hearing from prophets of God. I love this church! If there is one thing you can do to draw nearer to church, do it. I'm sure you were thinking I was going to expound on some great secret I have learned huh? Well nope. I can't do that. Our Father in Heaven WILL allow each of us to face challenges for specific reasons. I don't know all those reasons, but I know He loves His children.. So this week kind of went by without anything super amazing to tell you about... until Saturday. Saturday April 5th was one of THE most spiritually enriching days of my life. Of course I loved conference. I especially loved Elder Rasband's talk on Saturday morning, but that isn't even what was so great. If you could pray for both Aimie and Nate that would be awesome. They are both some former investigators that we ran in to. They are such stellar people, we just need to meet with them again! We had two different investigators attend conference! Dillon (who is being baptized on the 13th) came to Saturday morning with us, and then Christina came on Sunday morning with us. I want you to know that the Lord is preparing people everyday to hear the message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I loved how Elder Uchtdorf talked about how we are living the Restoration. Don't let this time pass you up! Of course you are busy. Of course you have a calling.. Of course you have other things that NEED to be done. But what better joy do we have than to invite people to come unto Christ. That mutual theme for this year is so inspired. Sometimes it may be hard to see how someone has been prepared to receive the Gospel. But I promise you that they have been.. I love you so much. I am so grateful for you: my brothers and sisters who chose to follow the Savior once already. The only real test of this life is whether or not we will choose it again. Keep up the good work. Keep the faith. Never forget the feelings you feel when you have The Spirit. He is a member of the Godhead. He testifies of truth. He is the comforter. He is everything to us, and we know him better than we know ourselves.

Elder King

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Splits with President Gelwix

 On Wednesday it will have been exactly one month since I said goodbye to home, goodbye to friends and family, goodbye to sports, goodbye to the world.... But I said hello to the next two years. Two years of growth, knowledge, hardships, and rewards. I am so grateful to be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Yesterday I mentioned to Elder Moss that it seemed like we were at church yesterday, and he said something very telling: "On your mission days go by slow, weeks go by fast, and months are gone before you know it." < So true! On Wednesday I will have served just around 5% of my mission. WHAT?! Time flies when you are having fun I guess... This last week was amazing. We had zone conference and I feel like President Gelwix literally enlarged my understanding. We had thirty minutes of FIO (figure it out) time for our patriarchal blessings. He challenged us to read it like we have never read it before. The Lord taught me so much in that time, but most of all, he taught me about you. Yes, you. The Lord loves you ABSOLUTELY unconditionally. He has a plan for YOU. That plan is called the plan of happiness. You have a plan already prepared for your happiness. So why is it that we so often find those times of despondency, depression, and despair? Well we are human, and the devil is real. Remember me talking about the baptismal date we set for N? Ya well the next day when we stopped by to see her something had changed. It was very apparent that she was not the same happy nineteen year old we had taught before. She talked about the "research" she had been doing on the church, and how she doesn't ever want to see us again. For the first time on my mission I cried. Why? Why would a loving Father in Heaven allow us to feel pain and hurt? Why would He, in His infinite goodness and mercy, allow us to have false precepts surround us? Because He loves us enough to let us learn for ourselves. I am so grateful for the trials that I have been through because as my man Kanye puts it, "that that don't kill us, only makes us stronger." (Yes, a missionary just quoted Kanye West, but don't worry, I can already feel the Spirit chastising me!) So yesterday Elder Moss and I got to speak in church and teach gospel principles. It was awesome. We had forty minutes for the two of us, so right before we spoke I leaned over and asked Elder Moss how much time he wanted. He said "five minutes." Well, I gave it to him; I ended up speaking for thirty minutes. Ya, not surprising is it? Anyway, we are teaching a brother from Iraq named A... No joke he literally asked me what part of Syria I was from! Well to keep teaching him we need approval from President, so on Wednesday I get to go on a team up with President Gelwix. No pressure. I love you all so much and I am so grateful for you. I pray for you everyday.

Elder Jaron Hoani King 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Jaron's farewell will be February 23rd at 1:00. Our building address is 250 West 600 South, Lindon (it's just East of Maeser). We hope you can all make it!