Monday, July 11, 2016

Week 47 - July 11, 2016

Hello, everyone! 

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! 
 Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
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
Pray for my older brother this week, too.  He will have surgery on his leg!
Elder Wilde

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