September 11, 2017

HEYLLOO!!

Monday Elder Bastian and I played tennis all day on grass courts at “Kasota Park” its this sweet park thats not finished yet, but its in our area and we know the guy that owns it so he hooked us up. yeah so those pictures attached are totally posed. My comp did his best to position me so i had the right form and then took the pictures… We also played some croquet. I learned that it is not my sport.
On thursday we met with a family and we taught them about prayer. We watched a “mormon message” called “our true identity” and then talked about who God is to us, and who we are to him. I then shared how the main reason anyone will struggle with praying is because they dont understand that God is literally their father, they are his children, and he loves them. As soon as we learn that then prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part. We then all made “prayer rocks” a prayer rock is when you make a rock and paint it and leave it on your bed so when you go to sleep at night you see it and remember to pray. I wrote “140” on my rock because 1. i cant draw for the life of me and 2. because of the hymn #140 in the church hymn book, “did you think to pray”.
Oh i wish i could tell you about all that we did this week, but i dont have much time. Saturday Mitch got baptized which was amazing. After his baptism he got up in front of everyone and shared his feelings of how He knows that the Book of Mormon is true and we have prophets on the earth today just as we did in the Bible. Oh and Larry, the guy I sent you a picture of last week (the picture where he kind of looks like he is ready to kill someone), I dont really have the time and its not my place to share it, but last night we had an experience with him where he discovered very quickly for himself that the book of mormon is true and said he wanted to be baptized. God truly does answer prayers when we are sincere and have faith.
Love you and have a great week!
Elder Wade

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one of our sisters going home (its supposed to be a joke)

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Mitch at his baptism

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August 28, 2017

Hey Fam

What a fun week! Elder Bastian and I had the opportunity to speak yesterday in our church services. Elder Bastian spoke on obedience to the small and simple things and I shared some thoughts on the miracle of giving forgiveness to others (and ourselves). I discussed how we are often really good at forgiving with our lips, but we fail to forgive with our hearts. We will say and do the right thing, but privately we are filled with bitterness, hate, and bad feelings. I also shared how some wrongs that are done against us are so deep and personal that is only in and through Christ that we can be healed and have the strength to forgive.
We had four individuals all wanting to get baptized at church with us yesterday which was awesome! Mitch (in the attached picture) is getting baptized Sep 9th and has been doing missionary work with his family and friends. He brought his daughter who lives in a “neighboring”city (Kimberly) to church this last Sunday as well and has been working on helping his neighbor, Andi, (someone else we have been working with) quit smoking and has been trying to get him to church. The other day we were teaching Mitch how he can gain complete access to the gift of Christ’s sacrifice by using the manual God has given us to access that gift (which manual we call “The Gospel of Jesus Christ”) and while we were teaching he stopped us and asked when we would teach him what all the commandments were so he could start keeping them.
Then there is Ed who always walks to church with us every morning (we are his best friends & next door neighbor). He really wants to get baptized and he knows it is true, but has been having trouble quitting smoking because his wife is a heavy smoker and well they kinda live together (because they are married) so its hard for him to stay away from it long enough to get off. We have been reading the Book of Mormon with him and answer his questions to what he reads each day on his own. Last week he finished reading one of my favorite sermons from the book where a king gathers his people together to give his final words before handing the kingdom over to his son (because he is ancient and about to die). He testifies of Christ’s sacrifice and how it is only in and through him we may be saved. He teaches most beautifully about not judging others and giving to those who are in need.
Anyway, we also have Monica and her family. Her and Junior have the most adorable kids. They have twins that are 4 yrs old and they are just the best. Junior had work sunday, but monica came with one of the twins. Oh and let me tell you real quick about Ken. Ken is like 70 yrs old and likes watering his grass with one hand while shooting voles (field mice) with this mini 6-shooter in his other hand. He came to hear us speak at church. haha He looked like a new man in his purple button up. He had surgery on his knee the other week so he hobbles around everywhere and you cant help but smile when you look at him.
While I got to run, but love you and hope you choose to make it a great week!
Elder Wade

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August 14, 2017

Hey Fam!

What an amazing week! Last monday Elder Bastian and I went hiking and took some pictures by the snake river. While we were adventuring I found this sweet rock that someone left to be found. I was rather excited and surprisingly satisfying.
Oh man I am all out of time, but highlight from yesterday (i wish i had a picture with him), but we have someone we are teaching that is getting baptized in september who came to the church for the first time ever! He was nervous about not fitting in so Elder Bastian gave him some pants, I a tie, and a friend that is helping us teach him a white button up shirt. He was looking good. After years of being addicted he quit smoking, cold turkey, after we gave him a blessing of healing to overcome his addiction. He said ever since the blessing he has had no desire to smoke and that the smell disgusts him now. The power of God is real. Love you all and hope you decide to make it a great week!
Elder Wade

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August 7, 2017

This week I had the incredible opportunity of going back to one of the first areas I was in, Kimberly, to go to the baptism of Sobe (the son of Mariecella who I baptized almost a year and a half ago). It was so amazing being able to return and see some of the individuals and families that I love so much and call family. I could hardly believe that it had been 16 months since I was last there. Haha there are a couple of people that are going to be really mad when they find out I was over there and wasn’t able to see them. I was actually pretty nervous to go back to Kimberly. Man it is going to be absolutely terrible having to go home. Anyway love you and hope you make it a great week!
Elder Wade

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July 31, 2017

Elder Bastian and I officially do not have bed bugs! I wasn’t going to say anything till after the fact so my mom wouldn’t be my mom, but there were some other missionaries in the area that had bed bugs and I got this rash that I was told looked just like the bites that the missionaries with bed bugs had and they were itching really bad in the mornings so the nurse thought that might be what it was. I prayed and asked God to get rid of them for us if we did have any and when the pest control dude came the next day and threw our bed he couldn’t find anything except for 1 dead bed bug. Blessings.

During my recent studies I have been thinking a lot about heart and will. I was pondering Paul’s words in his letter to the people of Corinth, “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though i have all faith, so that i could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though i give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”
As i reflected again and again I was reminded of the words of Moroni where he expounds on Paul’s teaching. He tells us, “a man being evil cannot do that which is good; for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God, except he shall do it with real intent it profiteth him nothing… if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudgingly; wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift… also it is counted evil unto a man, if he shall pray and not with real intent of heart…”
Paul again says it well when he states, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
I have been learning more and more that what we say and what we do MEANS NOTHING, if it is not who we become. All we are is not ours. We are all beggars. We all depend on God for all that we have. Everything we say and everything we do we can not accredit to ourselves because our bodies are not our own, our very breath is His. The only thing that we can give God that is not already his is our will. That is why it does not matter what we say or do if our hearts and minds are not right. As Paul puts it, it does not matter if you give your very life for another if you do not do it happily.
Once we have learned to go where God wants us to go, and say what God wants us to say, may we then, though the Atonement of Jesus Christ, be who he wants us to be.
Man…. I just realized I have been going off on a scriptural rant! Well for all you readers out there (mom) love ya and have a great week!
Elder Wade
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Fresquez fam

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district pic

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tripod (three legged dog)