Hello hello! What's it? (My comp says that all day to me.)
Elder Wilde and his companion.
I found a turtle on the side of the road, we took it home and built ahome for it. Saving lives and animals. : - )
This week was quick, very hectic. Tuesday was interesting. We had a lesson with Rosa, then a few hours later she texts me and basically says to call 911 because she and her husband got in a fight. Anywho, three hours later, a member was taking us to an appointment and we felt like we should go over there so we did, and we were there for like two hours talking to the police, and if we didn't show up, then she would have been put in jail because the cops didn't believe her. If we wouldn't have come, Italo, her son would have been taken from Social Services, so definitely a prompting from the Lord that we acted on that really blessed Rosa because her son was able to stay with a member of the church, and she had many people to vouch for her. She is staying in some sort of women shelter. I'm not really sure what it is, but pray for her. She is going through a lot.
On Thursday, we went out to have lunch with a less-active member and another member to fellowship and get to know him. At the end of i, I tried giving back the 5 left over dollars from the meal to the member, but he was like, "Just keep it, you'll need it more then I do," so I did and the next day coming home (I was with a different missionary in his area) we accidentally got on the highway and we we came up to a toll booth, and neither of us had any money in our wallets, so we were both like...." Well, this sucks. We have to pay a $25 fine now..." But instead, we prayed and right after the prayer I remembered that in my suit pocket I had 5 dollars, the exact amount to get through the toll. That was just a small blessing--we were very appreciative though!
Amy is doing really well, her baptism is on the 12th. She is very excited. We watched the hour-long Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration video with her, and she was like "IT ALL MAKES SENSE, WHY DONT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THIS?" and she told us she had been receiving answers to her prayers. She's awesome, she has an open mind, a sincere heart and faith which is they key to receiving answers. She loves reading the Book of Mormon and is even trying to get her parents to take the discussions now too. But apparently the Jehovah Witnesses ticked them off too much they are a little turned off meeting with missionaries of any sect.
We have been teaching this 20 year old named PJ. He has a baptismal date for early July, he's solid. But we went to his house for a lesson and his mom kicked us out and told us not to come back... She is "Baptist" and "already saved," whatever the heck that means. Anywho, we were a little frustrated and then we were talking about him in one of our meetings and our Bishop was like... "Wait a minute, Our family knows him!" Super small world, so we are going to start meeting at his house. Super cool. The Lord prepares people and situations in different ways.
We started teaching this lady named Crystal, she is in her mid 30's. We knocked on her door and she was blasting Eminem, that was a tender mercy. Anywho, she invited us in, but we couldn't because we didn't have a male so we came back the next day and she was like, "Tell me about the Book of Mormon, tell me all about!" She has had really good Mormon friends and thinks very highly of us but never really knew much. She went to so many different churches and they all turned her off so she was done from going to different churches. She was telling us how the Baptist Church just goes off on the Mormons during their sermons and spends most of their time preaching about how other churches are all wrong and not really teaching doctrine or anything. She said that most churches are in it for the money, (which is true... Grateful nobody gets paid in ours) and so anyways we taught her the Restoration; she loved it. She had so many questions which we answered all of them. At the end she was like, "You're the only church that could answer all my questions and more with simplicity." I turned to her and I said, "Mam, the gospel is simple. Your Father in Heaven loves you. He has a plan for you and your family. He has sent us here to invite you to follow it," and she told us she would do whatever it takes, so that was cool.
Anyways, those were just a few neat experiences from the week. I read a super old conference talk that was interesting. Talks about the Catholics and Mormons. I'll copy and paste.
"I think if people were just open-minded, it wouldn’t be so hard for them to know where to find the truth. Of course, we take the Bible as our guide to help us in our search for the truth. I have always been greatly impressed by the experience that Elder Orson F. Whitney had. He was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, and he related this in one of our conferences. would like to read it to you. He said: “Many years ago a learned man, a member of the Roman Catholic Church, came to Utah and spoke from the stand of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. I became well-acquainted with him, and we conversed freely and frankly. A great scholar, with perhaps a dozen languages at his tongue’s end, he seemed to know all about theology, law, literature, science and philosophy. One day he said to me: ‘You Mormons are all ignoramuses. You don’t even know the strength of your own position . It is so strong that there is only one other tenable in the whole Christian world, and that is the position of the Catholic Church. The issue is between Catholicism and Mormonism. If we are right, you are wrong; if you are right, we are wrong; and that’s all there is to it. The Protestants haven’t a leg to stand on. For, if we are wrong, they are wrong with us, since they were a part of us and went out from us; while if we are right, they are apostates whom we cut off long ago. If we have the apostolic succession from St. Peter, as we claim, there is no need of Joseph Smith and Mormonism; but if we have not that succession, then such a man as Joseph Smith was necessary, and Mormonism’s attitude is the only consistent one. It is either the perpetuation of the gospel from ancient times, or the restoration of the gospel in latter days.’”
Love you all, have a wonderful week.
God bless you, Elder Wilde