Monday, April 11, 2016

Week 34 - April 11, 2016

Hello there!  Howsssss it going, everyone?!
Well, this week I said bye to Elder Tryon.  He's back in Arizona now.
 Elder Tyron packing up to go home.  Elder Wilde is sad to see him go!
 Elder Tyron and Elder Wilde
 Eating their last supper-dinner!!!  Wow!

I got my new companion.  His name is Elder Foster.  He is from
Washington State and will be going to Washington State University when
he gets home.  He's been out for about 20 months.
Elder Foster, the new companion, and Elder Wilde
Elder Foster is from Washington State
A member who helps the missionaries out by getting them places they need to go.
Elder Wilde:  "I got to see my trainer :)  I was so happy to see him.  (Elder Andrus)  He's a goon." 
Elder Andrus, his trainer, and Elder Wilde

This week was busy.  We called and took members out or they took us out
to visit all the inactive and less actives.  Our home teaching
percentage is now at 70%, pretty high.  I'm sure some of the members
despise me for calling them and making them go do their home teaching
and find these other people.  Hah! They will work, too :)
On Saturday, we did service for like six hours at a member's home.  I
should call it an estate.  He has an insane amount of property and is
always building something.  He has basically built everything from the
ground up, pretty impressive.  We helped put up his ceiling, we put
together a massive couch, helped cut wood, lots of different stuff.  He
does a lot for us.  He knows everyone, I feel like.  We were able to meet
a less active and a non-member who we taught at the end of the service
which was great.  We are going to go do service for his neighbor today,
I'll try and take a picture on top of his army truck lol.

One of their service projects for a member was to clean up cow "muck" for about an hour.  Then, as Elder Wilde stated, "We chased cows for another thirty minutes . . . Good times!"

Rosa is the best member in the world, I swear... We asked her if
she could get some of her genealogy done so we can take her to the
temple in May so she could do baptisms for those who have passed away.
The next time we came back she had filled out sheets of paper...
Incredible.  She's going to have so many names!  She baked cookies and
brownies for all of Primary and Relief Society... she brings all her
standard works (Bible, Book of Mormon, etc.) to church and a big
notebook to take notes... She's in paradise whenever we come over or
whenever she can go to church.  It was so funny.  We were reading the
Restoration pamphlet with her (she loves to read English so she can
learn) and at the end there is a line that says, "How you can know this
is true?"  She stopped and was just like, "Of course true! What people
not understand!"  We all started laughing.

We had a very neat experience this week.  We were driving to a member's
home who was taking us out and as we were driving on the side of this
somewhat steep road, we saw this older lady pushing her disabled son in
a wheelchair up the hill.  I saw it and immediately felt the Spirit
tell me to turn around and help, but I somewhat ignored it and then we
got to the person's house (mile down the road) and I felt the Spirit
super strong GO BACK AND HELP HER, so I told Elder Foster, we need to
turn around and go help that lady.  So we drove back, parked the car on
the side of the road, and I persistently asked to push the chair for
her, finally she let me... We walked and talked for about a mile - she
was going to push him a mile, a grown disabled man a mile with some
horrible wheel chair!  We both felt great after.  They actually knew
some members of the church and we are actually going back over to
their house later this week.  Neat experience.

I want to share part of a conference talk

If I were to ask you, “Who is the greatest leader who ever
lived?”--what would you say?  The answer, of course, is Jesus Christ.
He sets the perfect example of every imaginable leadership quality.
But what if I were to ask you, “Who is the greatest follower who ever
lived?”--wouldn’t the answer again be Jesus Christ?  He is the greatest
leader because He is the greatest follower--He follows His Father
perfectly, in all things.  The world teaches that leaders must be
mighty; the Lord teaches that they must be meek.  Worldly leaders gain
power and influence through their talent, skill, and wealth.
Christlike leaders gain power and influence “by persuasion, by
long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned.” In
God’s eyes, the greatest leaders have always been the greatest

As I was reading this, there are a stories in both the Bible & Book of Mormon.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when Jesus Christ
washed his apostles' feet.  I love what he said in John 13:  "If I then,
your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one
another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as
I have done to you.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that
sent him."

King Benjamin addresses his people.

It's beautiful how he serves others out of love and leads by example.
Another example I like is when King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon is
talking to the Nephites and he is telling them how to serve he says in
Mosiah 2:  "I say unto you that as I have been suffered to spend my
days in your service... And even I, myself, have labored with mine own
hands that I might serve you... Behold, I say unto you that because I
said unto you that I had spent my days in your service, I do not
desire to boast, for I have only been in the service of God.  And
behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may
learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are
only in the service of your God."

Anyways, I've definitely have been trying to apply this with my new
companion.  Instead of getting frustrated I've tried to serve him and
be a better example.  I feel like it's gone well so far!  Of course,
always more that can be done.

Remember who you are!  Love you all

Elder Wilde

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