June 12, 2017-EVERYONE and ALL

Hey Fam!

So I got a new companion (long story), Elder Rust, we actually came out together. He is a spanish missionary so its been super nice because there are so many Hispanics. I have been doing language study with him so we will see how much I can learn while we are temporarily together.
Miracles from the week:
A couple of days ago we were driving down the road and saw someone outside so we went and talked to her and long story short she is a member of the church with a child that wants to get baptized and she wasnt sure what she had to do for him to get baptized. We told her that we were out of our area and were not the missionaries that worked in that city, but we talked to the missionaries and sent them over to teach them.
The next day we were driving down the road and saw a guy in his driveway cleaning out his car so we stopped to talk. He is an active member of the church and he told us we should go inside to say Hello to his parents. We walked in and started talking the them and the dad started tearing up and said that there was a family that he had been praying for and yesterday, for the first time, he prayed that the missionaries would come so he could talk to them about the family and then we showed up the next day. We were also outside of our area when we stopped to talk to them so we told them that we would send the missionaries over that covered that area so they could talk to them about the family.
The day after that we were driving along and saw two women sitting outside on the lawn and we pulled over to talk to them. As we walked up I said we saw them and felt like we should come over and talk to them and she just started crying saying that just the week before her husband, out of nowhere, up and left her and her daughter, and she had been praying for help and she just went on saying that we were the answer to her prayers and that God sent us to help her.
Anyway just about out of time. I know that the the good news of Jesus Christ is real and that complete access to His gift can only be found in the restored church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that I am nothing and that I am one of the small and simple things. I am the rustiest tool in the shed, but somehow he is able to use me to do his work as I act in faith and talk to EVERYONE I see. I love you and pray that you will reach out of your comfort zone and find someone this week to talk to and uplift.
Elder Wade

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my new comp

May 30, 2017-CHOOSE to LOOK UP

What an amazing week! We were graced with the presence of Elder Bennett, a leader in the church who was sent by our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to come train us as to how we can better represent Jesus Christ as his missionaries. At one point Elder Bennett had another missionary go up to the front of the room with him and Elder Bennett wanted to practice “street contacting”. The missionary who was to pretend to be a random person on the street while Elder Bennett acted as the missionary started by just acting as himself not catching on that he was suppose to pretend to be someone else, but Elder Bennett stopped him and said,”No dont be yourself, i want you to pretend you are the scariest person you have met on your mission.” As he said those words they resonated in my mind and I pondered the statement over and over again thinking about who the scariest person was that i actually had ever met. As I sat there in deep thought I pictured myself in that other missionaries place and imagine responding,”Elder Bennett you dont understand, I (as in me, myself) am the scariest person I have ever met.” That event caused me to be rather emotional for some reason… It is true though, there is no one in all of the universe that I am more scared of than myself, because I am the only one that can destroy me. 

 
We are all agents for ourselves and NO ONE can “make us” do anything. Your attitude is yours and you will feel however you choose to feel. If someone was to walk up to you and cut off your very hand, if you got mad at them it would be your fault. Often times I find myself trying to shift blame to anything but myself, but in Gods church the words, ” so and so made me do it” or “that makes me so mad” does not exist. It is all a decision.

 
As humans we tend to deflect blame and responsibility to everyone but ourselves. When things go right we turn inward and look at our self and how successful we are, but when things go wrong we turn outward and blame everyone else. In reality we need to be doing the opposite. When we find success and everything seems to be going right we must look outward and we need to (more specifically) look up. And when things go wrong we need to turn inward, we need to evaluate our own person and see what we need to change in ourselves. 
Love you all and hope you choose to have a great week!
Elder Wade

 

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May 22, 2017-Catchin Sun and Losing Keys

Hey Fam!

What a great week! Monday I went fishing for the first time ever in my entire life. I didn’t catch any fish, but i caught plenty of sun! Im pretty sure that my upper arms saw the sun for the first time in like 20 months… Is it weird for a sunburn to remind you of home?
Sense Elder Yarber and I have been here in Paul, we have been cleansing the apartment from the last year of girls living there. We threw away two couches, two recliners, an elliptical machine, 5 chairs, and a church pew strait from the 70’s. We threw all that stuff in our garage and on Wednesday a guy came by with a trailer and we loaded everything up and took it to a landfill to dump it. We left for the dump around 1:30 and we got home around 5 (and the dump is only 15 minutes away….). While we were in the process of tossing everything, the guy that took us also threw out his keys. At first he thought he might have locked them in the trailer after we emptied it so we went and got some bolt cutters to break the lock, but the guy snapped the bolt cutters instead of the bolt…. (this “guy” that took us is  an ex cop that served on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s security detail for 8 yrs… so he is jacked. After he snapped the cutters in half some workers came up with a grinder to grind off the lock. After doing so we got in the trailer to find nothing… we then spent another 2 hours digging through the trash looking for this key. Lets just say we ended up needing to get a ride home from someone else.
Oh man i am out of time…. well i got to go right now, but i will talk to you next week. Love you!
Oh and i also got to meet my 2nd and 3rd cousins this last week who live in the Paul area!
Elder Wade

 

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Me trying to take a video journal but it was on picture mode…

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Elder Yarber