Monday, February 27, 2017

Week 80 - February 27, 2017

Goodbye, Feb!  Hello, Transfers
Man, this week went by in the blink of an eye...

Monday we had dinner with our Mission President and his family, that was tons of fun.  They have such a great family.  This week is transfer week so we have been crammed getting ready for transfers, as well.  It's been great!

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we had trainings with the new missionaries that came out five weeks ago and we also had trainings with all of the mission leadership.  It was a lot for sure, but I definitely enjoyed it.  President Randall is seriously the most incredible person, I have no idea how he does what he does.  Baffles me.

We got to see Tom this week.  Tom is doing well.  He is getting baptized on Sunday.  He is super excited, great, great guy - pray for him.

The highlight of the week was teaching Meredith.   Meredith is a graduate student at Temple University.  She is studying Counseling.  She had a boyfriend on a mission and he introduced her to the Book of Mormon.  She read pretty deep into it until he wrote her off basically.  They then reconciled just before his mission was over and she went out to his homecoming in Provo the other week.  She went to church and toured Temple Square but didn't make anything out of it.  On her flight back to Phila, she had a layover in AZ.  During her layover, she said that she had the most overwhelming spiritual impression that she was in the wrong and that she should have never have put the Book of Mormon down and that she needed to get back and begin reading again and meet with the missionaries.  So, yes this is where we came into play :)  We taught her twice this week, both lessons were phenomenal.  She wants to get baptized on April 9th.  We taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ and Plan of Salvation - she wanted to learn more about repentance and so we gave her a talk to read about repentance, "The Divine Gift of Repentance," by Elder Christofferson:
(Click on the link above to read, listen to, or watch the talk that Elder Wilde is referencing.)

After reading the talk, I asked her this question:  "We would love to hear your thoughts on this question:  With this new view of repentance, what change or what action are you going to make/take in your life?  It could be forgiving someone , it could be sacrificing something, it could be obedience to some principle, what is it that you need to do to repent and access the atonement?"

She responded:  "It's interesting you ask that because I have been trying to not drink which normally isn't that difficult, but since this weekend, I am around my family and drinking is such a huge part of Greek culture.  Just being in a party setting, I figured it would be really difficult and I probably wouldn't be able to abstain, but last night, I didn't drink anything and it wasn't hard at all not to.. and it was almost easy not to  (which has never been true before) so it really stuck out to me when I read 'one's very heart and desires change, and the once-appealing sin becomes increasingly abhorrent'."

SHE IS INCREDIBLE!!  I'll attach a pic of us at the temple.
 (Elder Wilde and Elder Andrus with Meredith)
 (They, also, had a Skype call lesson with Meredith while she was in Florida during the weekend.)

Kelly is doing well.  She has been super-swamped with her double major, school work, and AA program she is involved in - we are meeting with her this upcoming week.  We are excited to see her again, it's been too long :/

Tai, our Vietnamese buddy, has committed to be being baptized on March 19th.  He has been to church eight weeks in a row now... are you kidding me?!  This guy is amazing.

I got to Skype call my older brother in to a baptismal interview this week - that was pretty cool.  His Mandarin is incredible.  We interviewed a 16-year-old girl together.

I love the quote from Jeffrey R. Holland:  "If we give our heart to God, if we love the Lord Jesus Christ, if we do the best we can to live the gospel, then tomorrow--and every other day--is ultimately going to be magnificent, even if we don’t always recognize it as such. Why?  Because our Heavenly Father wants it to be!  He wants to bless us.  A rewarding, abundant, and eternal life is the very object of His merciful plan for His children!  It is a plan predicated on the truth “that all things work together for good to them that love God.”  So keep loving.  Keep trying.  Keep trusting.  Keep believing.  Keep growing.   Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever."

Love you all, thank you for your support - Work Hard & LOVE!

Elder Wilde

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