Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Week 100 - July 17, 2017

Friends & Family,

I simply want to express my thanks and gratitude for your support and love these past two years.  I truly could not have done this without you. 
This has been an experience, time, and journey that would be impossible to ever forget. 
I couldn't be more blessed to have been sent to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mission. 
I love South Philly, Rising Sun, Cherry Hill, YSA, and Wilkes Barre.  I love each companion, each member, each non-member that I was able to come in contact with -- I learned SO much and have become someone I never thought I ever would. 


The Gospel & Atonement of Jesus Christ are the most REAL, POWERFUL, and DIVINE gifts.  I would be completely lost without them both. 
The Book of Mormon has helped me repent and has changed and brought new perspectives, principles, and peace into my life that I have not found anywhere else. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one and only true and living Church of Christ here on the earth and has the power, the authority to seal families together for time and all eternity... is there anything greater than knowing that?

In John 16:33 it says:  "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation:  but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."  I am sure of MANY things, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that if you want peace in this world, it will only ONLY come through following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

To close, I share a small poem I read months back that explains where I was before and because of my mission -- It has put Christ at the center of my crossroad. 

"He stood at the crossroads all alone,
The sunlight in his face.
He had no thought for the world unknown--
He was set for a manly race.
But the roads stretched east, and the roads stretched west,
And the lad knew not which road was best;
So he chose the road that led him down,
And he lost the race and victor’s crown.
He was caught at last in an angry snare
Because no one stood at the crossroads there
To show him the better road.

Another day, at the self-same place,
A boy with high hopes stood.
He, too, was set for a manly race;
He, too, was seeking the things that were good;
But one was there who the roads did know,
And that one showed him which way to go.
So he turned from the road that would lead him down,
And he won the race and the victor’s crown.
He walks today the highway fair
Because one stood at the crossroads there
To show him the better way."

These were days never, ever, to be forgotten.

In faith, 

Elder Parker Wilde 

P.S. HOMECOMING INFORMATION

I will be speaking in Sandy, Utah on July 23rd at 9245 South Quail Run Drive, Sandy, Utah 84093.  Starts at 1 pm. 
I will be speaking in Danville, CA on July 30th 2949 Stone Valley Road, Danville, CA 94526.  It starts at 10 am. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 99 - July 10, 2017

Hello!

Wow, what an amazing last week it was here in the grand city of Wilkes-Barre, PA!  This week flew by in the blink of an eye, I swear!
 
Monday, I had my last ever District Meeting.  It was awesome.  I loved being a District Leader for such a great group of individuals. 
 
 (Elder Wilde and Tai.  He is so proud of how strong in the gospel Tai is!)
 (Elder Mitchel with Elder Sandberg and Elder Wilde)

Tuesday was obviously 4th of July.  We watched fireworks off of someone's deck and ate well that evening 🙏 
 
Wednesday, I had my departing interview with President Randall.  He is the most incredible man.  Honestly, I can't wait to see him up on the pulpit in Salt Lake in a few years. 
 
Friday, I had my departing temple trip with all the missionaries leaving this transfer.  That was amazing.  President Randall and the Temple President spoke to us before the session began and wow -- incredible experience. 

Saturday, I went back to the temple again with the stake and did baptisms and then another session -- that was once again wonderful. 
 
Sunday, I went down to Philly again and baptized Rachel, who was one of the investigators I taught in the YSA when I served there.  It was such a remarkable experience. 

 (Meredith and Rachel)

I honestly could not have asked for a better ending.  Brother Fletcher drove all the way from Maryland to Wilkes Barre -- 10 hours of driving total.  Couldn't be more thankful for him.  Love the Fletchers. 

 (Brother Fletcher)
 

I am so sad to leave Elder Sandberg.  We had such an incredible time together. 

 (Elder Wilde calls Elder Sandberg, "My little son."  He was Elder Sandberg's trainer.)
 (Elder Wilde entitled this:  "We out here Reapin' !")

This week we have our departing missionary experience at the mission home on Tuesday, and then I will spend the last week of my mission in Cherry Hill!  I am so excited to go back and see everyone!!!
 
All is well - I will send my very last full time missionary email next Monday!!
LOVE YOU ALL. See you soon!

Elder Wilde






Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Week 98 - July 4, 2017

Hello!

Happy fourth of July -- I hope you all have a wonderful day and
remember the men and women who have fought and are fighting to
preserve our freedom.

We had another great week here in Wilkes-Barre. We set a new individual named
Christine with a baptismal date and are continuing to see more and
more of the less active members come to church.

I had my last ever district meeting yesterday -- it was so
bittersweet.  I love being able to share my thoughts and experiences
with missionaries.



This is my last week in Wilkes-Barre.  I have been asked to speak in
church on Sunday, and one of my investigators from the YSA is getting
baptized on Sunday and she has asked that I be the one to baptize her,
so I am very excited for that!

This week is super busy for me -- departing interview, departing
temple trip, Stake temple trip, lots of things going on.  I can't
believe only two more weeks left.
"Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it
shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other
nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who
is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have
written."

I'm grateful for not only this land and the liberty that we have been
given and the knowledge that if we serve God, it will always be
preserved - but I am even more thankful for the life and freedom that I 
have been given especially now as I have been able to fully focus on
serving the Lord.  I thank God for letting me serve his fellow children
and don't know where I would be in life without this opportunity.

Love,
Elder Wilde

 (Elder Wilde said he enjoyed seeing someone's ingenuity with this work-out set-up!)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Week 97 - June 26, 2017

Hello!

Keeping it short and simple this week.

Teresa got baptized.  She is amazing.






I got my flight itinerary -- my heart dropped!
We have been working with less active and inactive members and we had
  ten of them came to church yesterday -- AMAZING!
The senior couple here in Wilkes-Barre is the best -- literally love them.
I had interviews with President this week - I love that man.  He is amazing.

ALL IS WELL.

Just live the gospel and you'll be happy -- til next week.

In faith,
Elder Wilde

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 96 - June 19, 2017

Hola,  #FinalFour

All is well.
Teresa is on fire again - she is hyped for her baptism on Sunday. 
We got a new senior couple in Wilkes Barre - where were you when you needed you two months ago...?!!  They in two days have already been so helpful.  Their son is actually the Director of Missionary Work at the MTC and I went out teaching with him when I was an Assistant.  It was cool, now his parents are my senior couple!  Small world!

Elder Sandberg is a stud.  We are having a great time. 

We had 11 people at our Book of Mormon class this week - it was awesome.  It was interesting.  I noticed something I hadn't noticed before as I read.  When Nephi and his brothers were commanded to go get the brass plates from King Laban in Jerusalem, they at first decided who would go up by casting lots -- leaving it up to chance.... that failed.  The second time they brought all of their wealth with them in hope to exchange the plates for their gold and silver -- that failed too.  The THIRD time Nephi followed the Spirit.... the task was accomplished.  It just goes to show that luck/chance/wealth cannot accomplish the purposes of God -- only the Spirit can. 


We have mostly been focusing on bringing back less actives/inactives.  We have seen some great progress! 

We had a mission conference this week with Elder Kipsochki (not sure how to spell it) of the Seventy.  He was great.  I had a neat experience - well kind of, but that's for another time! 
We are staying pretty darn busy.  I'm not sure how its mid-June already, but alright.

I read a devotional by Elder Oaks from October 2003 about timing --


The issue for us is trusting God enough to trust also His timing.  If we can truly believe He has our welfare at heart, may we not let His plans unfold as He thinks best? 
Proclaiming the gospel is His work, not ours, and therefore it must be done on His timing, not ours.  There are nations in the world today that must hear the gospel before the Lord will come again.  We know this, but we cannot force it.  We must wait upon the Lord’s timing. He will tell us, and He will open the doors or bring down the walls when the time is right.  We should pray for the Lord’s help and directions so that we can be instruments in His hands to proclaim the gospel to nations and persons who are now ready—persons He would have us help today. The Lord loves all of His children, and He desires that all have the fullness of His truth and the abundance of His blessings.  He knows when groups or individuals are ready, and He wants us to hear and heed His timetable for sharing His gospel with them.
If we have faith in God and if we are committed to the fundamentals of keeping His commandments and putting Him first in our lives, we do not need to plan every single event—even every important event—and we should not feel rejected or depressed if some things—even some very important things—do not happen at the time we had planned or hoped or prayed.  Commit yourself to put the Lord first in your life, keep His commandments, and do what the Lord’s servants ask you to do.  Then your feet are on the pathway to eternal life. Then it does not matter whether you are called to be a bishop or a Relief Society president, whether you are married or single, or whether you die tomorrow.  You do not know what will happen.  Do your best on what is fundamental and personal and then trust in the Lord and His timing."
In faith, 

Elder Wilde 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 95 - June 12, 2017

Hello!

Well, I'll keep it short and simple these next few weeks!
Teresa didn't get baptized this week - but she will be baptized on the 24th.
Latoya, Sariah, and Alexis went to Philly for the summer which is SUpER
unfortunate.
Maurice is like the smartest kid I know - we had dinner with him at
the Bishop's house this week.  He's doing well!
 

We met a new lady, Belinda.  She's 25, has 5 kids, and will have another
one in three weeks.  She's super cool and excited to learn.
We have been working with a less active family named the Browns - they
all came to church this Sunday which was great.
I organized (I don't even know what the right verb/word is for it) a
garden this week.  It was pretty hot.  It was lots of fun though -
well... something like that.

I read a great talk this week --
"Attached to his memo was a “Peanuts” cartoon that pictured Linus
standing with a nice, firm snowball in his hand as Lucy enters the
picture.  She surveys the situation and makes this comment to Linus:
“Life is full of choices.  You may choose, if you wish, to throw that
snowball at me.  You also may choose, if you wish, not to throw that
snowball at me.  Now if you choose to throw that snowball at me, I will
pound you right into the ground!  If you choose not to throw that
snowball at me, your head will be spared.”
Then Linus, throwing the snowball away with a disgusted look on his
face, said, “Life is full of choices, but I never get any.”
 

Linus is right that life is full of choices.  But I have found him to
be wrong in the second part.  Decisions are before us every step of the
way.  Richard L. Evans said in the film, "Man’s Search For Happiness:
“Life offers you two precious gifts. One is time, the other, freedom
of choice--the freedom to buy with your time what you will. You are
free to exchange your allotment of time for thrills. You may trade it
for base desires.  You may invest it in greed.  You may purchase with it
vanity; you may spend your time in pursuit of material things. Yours
is the freedom to choose.  But these are not bargains, for in them you
find no lasting satisfaction."


 
Life is all just a choice.  We chose to come here, we choose what we do
while we are here, and we in large part - choose where we want to end
up.  Choose you this day whom ye will serve.

Love,
Elder Wilde

Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 94 - June 5, 2017

Hello!
 

Wow, cannot believe for a second that it is ALREADY June...... my last
full month of service as a full time missionary.  It is going to be a
very busy month as well!
 

Everything is going well here in North Eastern Pennsylvania.  We had a
pretty busy week.
 

Teresa is prepared to be baptized on Saturday!  She is SOO on top of it
- she's going to be so great.  She seriously is a hoot and a half,
reading the Book of Mormon with her is SO fun.  She has so much
energy.
 

Latoya is acting... different.... but her kids are still doing really well.
We had a really good lesson with them - it is so fascinating listening
to them pray from where they were to now where they are... it's always
my favorite part of the lessons, hearing them pray.
 

Maurice is doing well.  He is a handful for sure, but he is SO smart for
a 12 year old.... he read the children's Book of Mormon one night for
an hour.... he's solid.
 

Elder Sandberg is doing well - it's been really cool to see him develop
as a missionary - especially his teaching skills.  We spend a lot of
time role playing and practicing, and it is the most rewarding thing
being able to look back at the beginning and see where he is now.  We are
getting buckets together, too, 26-0 here in WB, lol good times.
 

This weekend we had Stake Conference and it was phenomenal.  Our Stake
Presidency and our Mission President spoke - they all did an
incredible job.  I feel like the theme was at least in my mind to quote
President Monson:  "Your future is as bright as your faith."  I
absolutely love that quote -- everything - our joy, our success, who
we are, what we do, etc., is all dependent on our faith.  It empowers us
to act and do things but even more importantly it changes us and
allows us to become the person God intends us to become.  In the words
of Dallin H. Oaks:  "The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the
gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly
account.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to
become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become."



I read something fascinating this week in my studies:  “People are not
better off when they are given maximum personal freedom to do what
they want.  They’re better off when they are enshrouded in commitments
that transcend personal choice--commitments to family, God, craft and
country.”

 

Life is all about making and keeping covenants that bind us to God.
God's commands will always be strict but will never be restrictive.
Commandments and covenants, if lived, will liberate us from the world.

In Faith & With Love,
Elder Wilde

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Week 93 - May 29, 2017

Hello!

On to the next, last, and final transfer!  Cannot believe it!


We had a great week here in Wilkes.  A few of my childhood dreams came true!
I was able to go on exchange with a Spanish Elder over in the one and
only SCRANTON, PA!  I got a picture in front of Dunder Mifflin and the
Electric City sign.






Our investigators are doing well!


Teresa is getting more and more excited for her baptism.  She is full
of energy and is certainly going to be one who brings the WB ward
alive -- EVEN.  MORE.


So, sadly Latoya can't be baptized with her children due to
unfortunate circumstances, but her two kids are SO solid.  Sariah and
Alexis will be baptized on the 24th.  They are on top of it.
Maurice is doing well, that kid is so smart.  It's tough though
because his dad has picked him up on the weekend for the 2nd time now,
so we haven't been able to get him to church... we will though!




(This is Maurice.)


Thennn we also have this new guy that we're teaching.  His name is
Dale.  He's about to graduate high school.  He's all over It, wants to
get baptized, and yeah hopefully him in July.


Elder Sandberg and I got a "few" more buckets this week with the
homeboys here - our bodies are paying the price, but it's always a good
time.  "We got Steph and Klay over here" seems to be the theme.  "Man
they probably recordin'' us and 'bout to put this on Youtube" haha.  Love
it..

I love this quote:  "If we are willing to believe, if we desire to
believe, if we choose to believe, then the Savior’s teachings and
example will show us the pathway forward."  The doctrine of Christ
illuminates the path before us and allows us to always press forward &
will allow us to access Christ's Atonement thereby allowing us to get
to and STAY by the Tree of Life.



This week, some of my greatest role models go home -- Elder Winstanley
and Elder Drake.  PPM LEGENDS!

LOVE,
Elder Wilde

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week 92 - May 22, 2017

Hello! 

On to the last week of the transfer now, can't believe it.
John was baptized this week.  We are so proud of him.  He's got such a great heart, that is for sure. 

Teresa is doing sooo well!  She is super excited to get baptized in just a few weeks.  She's going to be a great asset to the church, to say the least.  She has so much enthusiasm, it's contagious!

Latoya and her family are doing well, the kids are SUPER excited to be baptized.  Latoya won't be able to be baptized with him due to some unfortunate circumstances, but she is still going strong.  The kids... wow.  Amazing.

This week, I got to go on exchanges with Elder Selby.  He was in the MTC with me.  We had a great time together up in Montrose. 

I was able to do three baptismal interviews this week.  I absolutely love interviewing people for baptism and listening to their stories and how they came to have a testimony.


 (Janice, who Elder Wilde did a baptismal interview with.)

I am just beyond amazed that people listen to us missionaries - especially myself, it is astounding to me, but of course I know that once they feel the Spirit, it is hard to turn back and quite frankly why would you want to turn back? 

I love in Joseph Smith History where it says:  "So it was with me.  I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart:  Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen?  For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation." 

This week, we had a pretty cool experience.  We received a Bible referral a few weeks ago for a man named Daniel.  We scheduled three appointments with him, all which he canceled or wasn't there for -- go figure.  We finally got a hold of him after our last attempt and he said to come over but to a different address.  So we came over to the different address and it was his sister's place.  His sister has a son named Maurice who is 12 years old.  As we started teaching Daniel the Restoration, his nephew, Maurice, came and sat in on the lesson.  I could feel and was certainly told, "You are not here for Daniel, you are here to teach the boy," and so we shifted the lesson to teach Maurice, and this kid is so solid -- he understands the Restoration better than most adults!!!   He has been reading from the children's Book of Mormon and praying, we are so excited for him.  He will be baptized in June! 

 

Saturday afternoon, we were asked to give a talk in Sacrament the next day and Elder Sandburg spoke on faith and I spoke on Repentance.  Elder Sandburg killed it - he is such a stud.  I told the story about when I drove a little too fast on the freeway one summer as a young 16 year old boy - I'm sure my family remembers that one; anywho I tried to relate it back to the Atonement of Jesus Christ at the end because President Packer said:  “The Atonement leaves no tracks, no traces.  What it fixes is fixed. … It just heals, and what it heals stays healed.”  I think the only traces I have are a few scars from rolling down the hill, but I should be alright. 

It was cool.  I got to see some of my people from the YSA, Meredith, Vanita, and Eric went up to the PRS, came and listened to me speak in church.  It was awesome to see them, to say the least! 

Not too much else to add - I thank God for the opportunity to serve and am thankful for y'all!!! 

This describes Wilkes Barre fairly well.  LOL, love this place.
 

God bless,
Elder Wilde

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 91 - May 15, 2017

Greetings!

What a great week here in Phil----- not there anymore, Wilkes-Barre!!!
Tensions have been high here in our quarters over in the one and only
Beaver Ct. after the Jazz were swept by the good guys (#godubs), but
other than that we are doing very well.


("At least we play well together on the Lord's team!  (How cliche' was that?")


Teresa is doing so well!  We taught her back-to-back days Friday and
Saturday -- it's been amazing to watch how the Book of Mormon is
helping her truly repent.
 

Latoya and her family are on fire!  It has been also AMAZING watching
the Book of Mormon and prayer bring that family together in a spirit
of unity.  I would have never have guessed this family making it this
far (I know, where is my faith?), but it's truly been inspiring and it
was quite the spectacular moment helping this mother get to church
with her family - I am so proud of them!
 

We have a baptism this Saturday for a kind man named John!  What a
great name, right dad?!  Elder Sandberg will be baptizing him, I'm so
excited!!!
 

We had Zone Conference this week, interviews with President, and I went
on an exchange with one of my Zone Leaders.  It was a packed week for
sure!


(Elder Lake and Elder Wilde)

At Zone Conference, I volunteered Elder Sandberg to do a role play in
front of everyone LOL it was so great - I don't think he was very fond
of that idea, but he did a great job.  I think everyday he probably asks
the question, "What ridiculous thing is my trainer going to have me do
today?"  Good times, good times.
We also met someone who told us he spent 13,000 years in hell, and so
that was also a pretty interesting story behind all that as well.
This week we are super busy too!  HOW ARE WE ON WEEK 5 OF THE TRANSFER?!






(Elder Wilde said:  "I forgot to mention that we started teaching a French family and they came to church.  The daughter is sooo cute.")

Anyways,
I had my last Skype call home today before I see my lovely fam in two
months.  



I just want to conclude by thanking my angelic mother.

 


I add my conviction to Elder Holland's when he said: "No love in
mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ
than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child.  Maternal
love has to be divine.  I can pay no higher tribute to anyone."
Through the thick and the thin, the ups and the downs, the one thing
that was and is always constant is her pure Christlike love for her
children and for all of God's children.

Love,
Elder Wilde

Monday, May 8, 2017

Week 90 - May 8, 2017

Hello!
 
Well, another week come and gone here in good ole' WILKES!
There certainly has been some tension between Elder Sandberg and I due
to the Jazz & Warriors series... jk but we have had some good talks
about it.  No smack talk though--that would be SO unChristlike.
 

I really don't have too much to report on this week.
Teresa is doing really well.  She is excited for her baptism in a few weeks.
Latoya is doing really well.  We took her on a tour of the chapel a few
days ago and then she came to church on Sunday!  She is so great...
God's hand was truly evident in the way we found and began teaching
her.  She has made incredible changes in just a few weeks.



This is Latoya.
She said, "Can I get a picture inside of the font so I can show my kids
when I get home?"

We had some really unique experiences this week. Its amazing how the
Holy Ghost will lead and guide you if you just take the time to
listen.


If you cannot learn how to seek, receive and act on spiritual
promptings, how can you expect to walk the path of discipleship and not
waver?


We had a Northeastern District/Stake broadcast, whatever it is--I really
have no idea.... but anyways, Elder Oaks discussed four simple things
members can do to help others return/come into the fold.  It was
interesting what he said because the theme/principle behind each point
was to simply love them.  Love really is everything.  Just love one
another and everything will work out.  Every time.  The pure love of
Christ has, is, and will change the world.  The gospel is a gospel of
love - its as simple as that!  Just be a friend.  I've learned so much
about love in these past three weeks.  Love the Lord and everything
will work out.



Pres. Thomas S. Monson, this past conference said:  “Kindness is the essence of
a celestial life.  Kindness is how a Christlike person treats others.
Kindness should permeate all of our words and actions at work, at
school, at church, and especially in our homes.  Brethren, let us
examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior’s example by
being kind, loving, and charitable.  And as we do so, we will be in a
better position to call down the powers of heaven for ourselves, for
our families, and for our fellow travelers in this sometimes difficult
journey back to our heavenly home."


Pure Christlike love flowing from true righteousness
can change the world! 
 
"Life has peaks and shadows and times when it seems that the birds
don’t sing and bells don’t ring.  Yet in spite of discouragement and
adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from
difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result.
come what may, and love it.”


In faith & with love,
Elder Wilde


 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 89 - May 1, 2017

Hello!

Well, all is well here in Wilkes Barre.  Have I mentioned how interesting of a place this is... because it sure is!  It's been quite the experience already.  Elder Sandberg keeps me on my toes, he's so good!  Seriously 100x better of a golden than I was - I am so blessed to have him. 

This week we had a baptism for a man named Mike Hrinko.  Great guy.  Super proud of him. The service was great. 

We have a solid investigator named Teresa.  We started a Book of Mormon class on Wednesday night and she came.  She then came with us to the Priesthood Restoration site and then she came to the baptism on Saturday and then to church yesterday!  We are taking her to all these places and doing all these activities--I think we forgot to actually teach her!  She loved the Restoration site.  She went and prayed in the woods while we were there and she came out and said:  "I would like to be baptized in the Susquehanna River." She is super excited for her baptism on May 27th.



We are teaching this family of four.  The Bizzell family.  The kids are amazing - just eat everything up.  The mom actually is in the hospital and called us up on a private phone and said:  "Elders, you are the only ones I want coming here.  I want to continue to learn from you.  Will you come to the hospital and continue to teach me?" lol - of course.

We also got buckets against some homeboys here on the local courts here in WB.  Elder Sandberg and I taught them a few things -- not about the gospel, but still some important things.  Good times, good times.  As we were leaving, the guys were like, "Man, these white boys balled us up in church shoes!" 

President Randall came and had a lesson with us in Wilkes-Barre this week - it was so fun. 
This week I actually began President Nelson's Six-Week Challenge to study about the Savior from the Topical Guide.  I have learned so much.  SO much.  It's amazing. 

Neal A. Maxwell knows it all: 

One’s individual will thus remains uniquely his.  God will not override it nor overwhelm it. Hence we’d better want the consequences of what we want!

Another cosmic fact:  Only by aligning our wills with God’s is full happiness to be found.
So many of us are kept from eventual consecration because we mistakenly think that, somehow, by letting our will be swallowed up in the will of God, we lose our individuality. What we are really worried about, of course, is not giving up self, but selfish things--like our roles, our time, our preeminence, and our possessions.  No wonder we are instructed by the Savior to lose ourselves.  He is only asking us to lose the old self in order to find the new self. It is not a question of one’s losing identity but of finding his true identity!
As one’s will is increasingly submissive to the will of God, he can receive inspiration and revelation so much needed to help meet the trials of life.
If our hearts are set too much upon the things of this world, they may need to be wrenched, or broken, or undergo a mighty change.
The submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar.  The many other things we “give,” brothers and sisters, are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us.


“If you want to enjoy exquisitely, become a Latter-day Saint, and then live the doctrine of Jesus Christ”

^^ and that's it. 

Love, 
Elder Wilde

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Week 88 - April 24, 2017

Hello from the City on a Hill -- good ole' Wilkes-Barre. 

WAYYY up north.  What an........... interesting place to say the least.  Pretty run down, economically depressed, odd city -- I LOVE IT!  The scenery up here is to die for and I'm actually online 45 mins to an hour from the Priesthood Restoration site! 

It was so sad to say goodbye to Elder Andrus, I miss him so much already!  


 
After I dropped him off at the airport, we went back to the airport a few hours later to pick up the new Goldens! 

The new missionary I am training is named Elder Sandberg.  He is from Grantsville, UT.  He is 20 years old, a solid tennis and basketball player, which means the basketball lineage continues on.  He's a great guy.  I was blessed.


It has been quite the experience already just watching a brand new missionary grow and learn - its pretty remarkable.  Makes me think a lot about my early days as a young buck in South Phila.  Wow I was prideful.  Sorry, Elder Andrus. 

We have been blessed by miracle after miracle in only three days here in Wilkes Barre.  We have found a few families with so much potential.  We invited three other individuals to be baptized and they all said yes.  We have a firm baptism this upcoming Saturday as well! Elder Sandberg is definitely on cloud 9 - as am I.  It is quite a powerful feeling watching your brand new companion invite someone to baptism for the first time.  He about tackled me after the lesson he was so hyped. 

We are taking one of our new investigators to the Priesthood Restoration site on Tuesday which we are super excited for. 

Meredith spoke at the recent convert fireside on Sunday and absolutely killed it -- once again.  I was able to Facetime into it and watch it.  Amazing experience. 

James E Faust once said:  "I wish to speak about the greatest event in all history. That singular event was the incomparable Atonement of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. This was the most transcendent act that has ever taken place, yet it is the most difficult to understand.  My reason for wanting to learn all I can about the Atonement is partly selfish: Our salvation depends on believing in and accepting the Atonement.  Such acceptance requires a continual effort to understand it more fully.  The Atonement advances our mortal course of learning by making it possible for our natures to become perfect.  All of us have sinned and need to repent to fully pay our part of the debt.  When we sincerely repent, the Savior’s magnificent Atonement pays the rest of that debt."

Sincerely,

Elder Wilde

 Elder Wilde wrote:  "Elder Andrus got home last week and gave his homecoming talk on
Sunday. Pretty cool that Bracken was able to see him"