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 


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


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


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

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.

Elder Wilde

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