What a wonderful week it was here in Cecil County :) The mushroom farms are continuing to smell more and more, the rain continues to douse us, the Amish are parking their buggies in car parking spots and taking up everyone's parking spaces, and the flies are more annoying then ever!
We had a very successful week. We found a family of six who are just AWESOME and then we found a couple in their mid 40's and a Hispanic family and a young man, 20 years old named PJ (he is elect for sure, I could tell by his name).
We have a few more people who have accepted a baptismal date, very exciting! We are being very blessed.
Amy is preparing for her baptismal date in two weeks which we are all excited for. Watching her change, learn and gain a testimony has been super cool. It is just nice to teach someone the basics of the basics and then watch her learn for herself if all this is true. She loves it. Her boyfriend gave a talk in church yesterday about "How the Missionaries (us) Teaching his Girlfriend has Strengthened his Testimony." It was sweet. We got a few shout outs :) ha! I shall share a few neat experiences --------------------------------
Saturday we are coming back from the northern part of our area, had a few lessons up there, and it just started pouring, and we were both like......... We don't want to tract in the pouring rain. We prayed about what we should do then sat there and conversed and we decided we should text a member and ask if we can stop by and say hi. The member replied instantly and said he would be home in two minutes and how odd it was that we texted him because we was about to do the same. When we got to his home, he was with one of his non-member friends who I've taught before, but he lives out of town and only comes here on occasion. The member told us he had just come back in town today and that he was out of the house all day, but the second we texted him, they were pulling into the drive way. I'm pretty close with his non-member friend.
We joke around a lot and obviously I talk to him about the Church. It was just a neat experience. The Spirit definitely impressed both of us to text the member and get over there - obviously we were suppose to be there to see his non-member friend and fellowship with him, so that was really cool. He'll get baptized soon. Then shortly after, the member asked to take us out to dinner and we would never deny dinner, so we said, "Sure." The Sisters are teaching this 14 year old young boy, who is very sweet. Anywho, the member and I were in the car and we both just kind of started talking about him, and we were like... he needs to come to dinner with us. We drove to his house and he was like, "Elder Wilde, go get him..." (he had no idea we were coming), so I went inside this kid's house (the door was open) ... and his dad was just SCREAMING at him and he was like, "Oh hey, youre the guy from the church!" "Yes, that is I," and I told him come to dinner with us. "We want you to come with us!" He was like... "Man, thank you so much for coming. My dad is in one of his moods and I needed to get out of here..." We had an awesome night. He is super excited to get baptized in the church. Just another spiritual prompting we acted on and amazing things came from it!
Ministering means doing “the work of the Lord on the earth” and helping others to become true followers of Jesus Christ.
One of the families that we tracted into, the couple. We knocked on their door and I gave my little church missionary intro thing and they were like, "No, we are okay......." and I definitely felt prompted from the Spirit to ask again and be a little more bold, so i said, "Hey, please let us in. We have a message that you have been waiting to hear that can change your life, so please let us in".... They let us in... we had an amazing spiritual lesson... The Spirit confirmed to them the church was true and.......... yeah, they are amazing and will hopefully getting baptized in eight weeks. They have already read bits and pieces of the Book of Mormon and were so interested and enlightened. It was so cool to listen to them ask questions and talk about it.
I've had a few instances on my mission where I felt the Spirit tell me to not give up and that I needed to ask again and be more bold. Whenever I act on that prompting, we get in the home and have a wonderful time. This one was kind of funny - so back in my hey day, I use to love skateboarding. I was pretty good, too. Seems when I get good at something, I tend to give up because I get bored. Maybe that's not the reason, I don't know. Skateboarding, soccer, etc.
Anyways, we were trying to contact a part-member family and there was this group of teenage kids skateboarding. I went over to them and I was playing really dumb. I was like, "Hey, can you do a jump?" They started laughing, "This white boy" (they were Hispanics...), talking to us calling an ollie a jump" and anyways, I was like, "Hey, show me how to do it and if I can do an 'ollie,' I get to teach you a message about Jesus Christ! They all started laughing, and they were like, "You won't be able to do it, especailly not in those shoes!" So I said, "Ok, give me three tries. They all agreed to let me teach them if I could do it (first of all, I know I'm suppose to be Christlike, but they sucked at skateboarding. It was hilarious to watch them), so my first attempt I purposely failed and then same with my second and they were all laughing. Then I was like, "Hey hey, I have one more try!" So my last try, I did a really really good ollie, picked up the skateboard handed it to the kid and said, "Here, you can use this to sit down on," and then I taught all of them. It was funny. Sorry, Dad, my shoes were a little scuffed after that." - I polished them up though :)
Anyways, lots of other awesome stuff happened this week. Something I really learned this week which has been a continuous thing I have learned throughout my mission was to NEVER EVER delay a prompting that the Spirit has given you - always act on it right away and do as much as you can to be in tune to the Spirit. I definitely have seen MIRACLES orchestrated by God for sure on my mission, many undeniable experiences that has built my testimony. I'm grateful to be a set apart, ordained minister of the Lord. It's the best. I love helping people, the gospel blesses lives. Wouldn't want to be doing anything else!
God bless -
P.S . Go, Warriors :-)