Our Fourth of July was a little sad. It was pouring rain so we weren't able to see fireworks, but we went to a member's home and had a great dinner and played games with them and an inactive family, so it was a good time!
We had a superb week, definitely blessed with miracles! Last week we paid our fast offerings and my companion had one $20 bill.
I told him he should just pay that (which is a ton for a fast offering), so he did. The next day in the mail he received $20 from someone! Just very interesting. We were both laughing about it.
Amy is doing great. She is still on to get baptized on the 23rd, confirmed on the 24th, and we will take her to the Philadelphia temple on the 24th as well. Super excited ! The Hispanic family , Martinez came to church again (3rd week In a row - unheard of!) and their three children will be baptized on the 31st! Super excited for that. Patty is having a really hard time quitting coffee and cigarettes. Her body has had some withdrawals but she is definitely working hard and hope she can be prepared for August 7th!
Last night was awesome. We had dinner with an investigator, Nick, at a member's home. We played this one game called "Chronology." It was intense. I'm thankful we had to go before the game ended because I wasn't winning, but I guess it was suppose to be an "Educational way to learn." I don't know about that!
After dinner we went on splits, and we told the Lord this week we wanted two new investigators who were prepared to be taught. Elder Makuakane and another member went off and saw some folks who just moved back into the area and they were able to teach them and we scheduled another time to come back. They are super solid and very excited to learn more about the church. It was a miracle! We had an awesome week! Something that really stuck out in my studies this week was Matthew 25 where Jesus gives the Parable of the 10 Virgins and the Bridegroom. We all need to be continuing to strengthen our testimony each and everyday. We cannot simply depend and rely on the good works of others all the time and their knowledge and their testimonies. We need to always be prepared and have that firm foundation!
I was reading a little about the great apostasy of the early Christian churches and lightness vs. darkness in my free time at nights. Isaiah prophesies that when Christ dies, the world will be filled with darkness (spiritual darkness) and that there will be false churches that rise up and people will be lost. He says "For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people." Darkness is the iniquity, and the apostate churches and the false doctrines, etc. where Christ is no longer leading and guiding these people -- in John it says: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." Because of the wickedness after Christ died, people lived in darkness and got involved in false traditions but there was a promised restoration in the latter days where Christ would spring up and restore his church and Isaiah says: But the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising."
I know that that light is back and the church of Jesus Christ has been restored. I'm so grateful to share the gospel of Jesus Christ who is the light with all of these people! How great, how glorious, how complete Redemption’s grand design, Where justice, love, and mercy meet In harmony divine! Please continue to pray for us. We need all the help we can get! The sister missionaries are moving out and going to work in the Philadelphia temple so we are taking over their area as well! Who knows? Maybe I'll stay another transfer!
Just want to congratulate Michael Anderson on his mission call to Peru and my friend, Ben Hayden, on his call to Hong Kong! Those missions are lucky! Pray for my older brother this week, too. He will have surgery on his leg! Love, Elder Wilde