Monday, August 11, 2014

Aug 11th

Family plus one, (in a few hours)

Thats pretty exciting! Im talking with Jordan right now(email). Thats way exciting! I am praying for the health of Brooklyn and that it will be a happy day for all!

This week was a quick one and super rushed and tired. Saturday we worked for nearly 12 hours. We left the house early in the morning to go to another area and do a BLITZ.We had the list of the members divided up and we went around and looked who had moved and who was still active. It was pretty fun. We left when it was cool out so I didn't think to put sunblock on. When I got to the end of the day we were all super sunburnt. But it was still a fun day. Saturday we had 3 baptisms. It was pretty neat baptism. The water from the church ran out about half way through in filling the font so it was harder to baptize, but that didn't stop things. That lady that was praying for angels and we showed up...  was baptized this weekend. A lot of people told her that the Church was bad this week, but she didn't let that ruin her faith.  

I am glad to hear that you are doing that missionary class! It is so awesome to work here because the members are so excited to work also. They are always inviting and bringing friends to church. Anytime we want to bring a member on a visit, we just call and they come right away to help. This is a good lesson. If you want the missionaries to love that area, you need to help! Dont forget that we have the greatest and most important message in all the world. 

This week we talked to a woman that has been in the church with her 2 daughters for about 8 years now. She said that when she was baptized they wanted to have the missionaries over to eat. But she didn't have money. She still put her name on the calendar and hoped that by then, the Lord would bless her with money to buy food to make for the missionaries. 30 days passed by and she still didn't have money or food to give to them. So she went to the cell phone store and sold her phone so that she could make a nice meal. The money from the cell phone was enough to buy a lot of really good food! It was a special meal for the missionaries. She put her name on the calendar again for that next month because it felt so good to help the missionaries out. The 30 days passed and she didn't have money so she sold the iron and ironing board to feed the missionaries. Another month came by and she didn't know what to sell next then she got a call from a man saying that he deposited $600 reais in her account and that she was called in to work for a job she had been waiting for for 6 months. It is neat how the Lord does bless us! At times it is right away, at times it will be a little longer. But she said that in that tough time she was able to grow closer to the gospel and build her faith in Jesus Christ. 

I got your card this week! Thank you very much! I am not worried about that package. It is a good thing that you didn't send it because if it is too heavy, they will hold it in the post office till I come get it. If that happens, they charge a lot for me to take it. And if no one picks it up, they send it back. So they said that if you do send stuff send it in more than one package. They also said that if you tape a picture of Christ on the box it is more likely to pass through customs without problems.... not sure why. 

I hope you are all doing great! I am way excited to hear about the baby! I will log off a bit early today so that I can log in later this afternoon and see the pictures of the baby. 

President passed the transfers to us in the zone meeting this week and said that we will stay here. Also our branch will divide and another branch will be created. (called monte siĆ£o) (mount zion) Perfect name for a branch! 

That will be exciting about the temple grounds. Take lots of pictures! How is the fort collins temple going?

Have a super awesome week at girls camp, with the baby, and all your other activities. 

Love you lots! 

Elder Wild

Monday, August 4, 2014

Aug 4, 2014

hey family!

This week was pretty cool! We have been working super hard and finding a lot of people. We challenged a family to get married so that they can be baptized this week. This week they will receive new birth certificates and they will go get married! they are a really neat family. Also that lady that we found the other week that was praying and we knocked on her door will get baptized this week! She excepted super fast! It is all because the members are so good and they are always so welcoming to the investigators. They get them excited and give them the desire to come back every week. 

That one class that you are taking is going to happen in our branch too! I am way excited for it! It will be super good for the members! 

Transfers are not for another 2 weeks. But these days will pass by super fast! I hope that I stay! My companion too. But at times the Lord has better things for us. But I really like it here! Definitely the best area that I have passed through. The people are good, the members are really good, and everyone is always willing to help. The branch President is also super awesome! He is super motivated and he is a great leader! 

This week I learned how important seminary is! The branch president showed us why it is so important to go to seminary every day. He said, sunday there is church, monday, family home evening (no seminary because it is at night), tuesday through friday is seminary, saturday is mutual, and sunday is church again. It is neat how the church gives the youth something to do every single day to keep the youth safe. 

Also this week I learned why a stake is called a stake. I dont know if it is just a theory or real but it is pretty cool. The Branch President asked us why does there need to be 5 wards to make a stake? He said it was because when they hung Christ on the cross there were two in each hand, and one in the feet to secure Christ to the cross. So there were 5 stakes to secure Christ so that he would not fall. There needs to be at least 5 wards so that the stake will be strong and not fall too! Pretty neat huh?

This week I read Genesis and learned about the 12 tribes and all that. It is super interesting to read the old testament. It helps me explain the doctrines better when I am teaching. A lot of people here will quote verses in the Bible that don't exist. They say they hear their pastor say them all the time. hahaha

Well I hope that all goes well! I am always praying for you all! Keep reading and studying a lot! That is the best thing that we can do! 

I love you all! I hope and pray that this week will be better! 

Even when times are tough, look at the eternal prospective. Elder Buche said: In your life there have to be challenges. They will either bring you closer to God and therefore make you stronger, or they can destroy you. But you make the decision of which road you take. 

This talk talks about how we can unleash our dormant Spirit. This should be our greatest desire. To have the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit. We we have this constant companionship we will be guided through our challenges and they will make us stronger. If we complain, we only make things worse. To have good times, there has to be bad times too. 2 nephi 2:13-15. 

Have a super week!

Elder Wild