July 17, 2017-Forgive

Where to begin! I hesitate to even mention some of the experiences from this week because I know I will not be able to adequately describe the spirit and power that was there.

We taught a family where the dad is a baptized member of the church, but no one else in the family is and mom has been SO close to baptism for months now. We went over and were meeting with them and I got the impression that the thing that was stopping her from moving forward in her spiritual journey was that she had unresolved feelings of anger and contention. I was impressed that she struggles with forgiving other for their wrongs against her. I opened my mouth and told her what I was feeling.

As I began speaking she broke into tears and said she knew that it is something she struggles with. We shared with her the parable of the unmerciful servant found in the book of the New Testament (if you unfamiliar with the parable I would implore you to read it… found in Matthew 18: 23-35). We told her that until she can learn to forgive others that she will never be ready for baptism and won’t be able to feel the joy and peace the good news of Jesus Christ brings. We told her it was mockery before God and a desecration of Christ’s sacrifice to dwell on and dig up the past sins of others that Christ himself died for. She asked us how she could learn to forgive others and let things go. We opened up to the Book of Mormon and told her to “pray unto the father with all the energy of heart…” We also shared that it is only those who receive forgiven that will want to give forgiveness.

Well I am out of time so I guess it will just be that first story. Love you all and hope you choose to make it a good week!

Elder Wade

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Pics from hiking last Monday

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July 11, 2017-Mitch and Melons

Hey everyone!

What an incredible week! Oh first off I got a new companion, Elder Bastian, from Sierra Vista, Arizona. Its practically mexico, but he doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish. Elder Bastian is pretty much the best. He plays tennis and we run at about the same pace so we’ve been kicking each others butts every morning on our runs.

 

We are going to try to go play tennis one of these preparation days. I told him I wasn’t any good, but i let slip that my dad and brother are both really good and ive played a bit with them so he got super excited. I hope he is ready to be disappointed.

 

They day after Elder Bastian got to the area we found out we were moving (finally!) from Heyburn to Hazelton so we spent most of our weekend moving and cleaning. We still taught all of our appointments and found a new guy named Mitch that wants us to teach him.

 

Mitch grew up devout Baptist, but he hasn’t been to church in a while. He was asking what was different from us and other Christians and what it was we did at our church every Sunday. I was about to tell him, but the spirit told me not to and the next thing I knew I asked him if he wanted to go tour the church instead. the last place we went was the chapel and we started talking to him about the sacrament and what it means. The spirit was so strong and he asked if we would come back. We gave him a little book and video explaining what makes us different and set up an appointment to go back and talk about what he read/watched.

 

Oh i almost forgot! I had yellow watermelon last week! it looked like, felt like, and tasted like watermelon, but it was yellow. super cool! anyway love you all and hope you make it a great week! Remember, it is impossible to know of spiritual truths without prayer.

Elder Wade

p.s. the random pic of the peacock last week was because i saw them and thought of my grandma and papa’s house back home and the pic of the parked cars was me practicing my parking for when I get back home to California.

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July 3, 2017-bobcats and fouls of the air

Hola mi familia!!

I still dont know any spanish at all… like i needed my companion to tell my how to spell the foregoing statement. I should probably try to finish learning english before I start on another language… its kind of like those people (mom) who start a project and 20% of the way through it they start another one and the next thing they know they have 7 projects going on and none of them are done. I digress.
This week was awesome! I always seem to forget what I did the week before whenever I go to email, but I do remember a couple three things.
Sidenote: so i guess ive been learning another language, idahoan: an american dialect deriving from the English Language. “couple three” is one of the many idahoan terms I have learned in my time here. I guess all you really have to do to speak Idahoan is throw grammar and pronunciation out the window and then your good, but it can be surprisingly hard to master… I digress again.
This week I got me meet Baby Girl. Baby Girl is a bobcat. Bobcats are really just giant cats. Kind of how possums are just giant rats. She jumps 10 feet high at a stand still and is rather feisty. Reminds me a little bit of my sister (ill let them figure out which one).
As missionaries the people in the community like inviting us over for dinner and we usually get invited over to be fed almost every night. When we do not receive an invitation to eat with anyone we feed ourselves. The other month my companion and I decided that whenever we didn’t get invited over for dinner we would just skip dinner and use the extra time to go talk to more people, but for some reason whenever we dont have a dinner set up and we go to talk to someone. Either they ask us if we are hungry (and i cant lie) or someone calls us and asks if we need to be fed. So anyway this last week we had 3 nights where we didnt have any meal invitations and of course we ended up getting fed all 3 of those nights. God truly provides for his missionaries…
anyway love you all and hope your week was almost as great as mine (because lets be honest unless your another full time missionary out there your week was not as good as ours)!
Elder Wade
p.s. if you dont understand the last half of this emails subjects then you need to read your Bible & Book of Mormon more.

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June 23, 2017-What reward have ye?

Good morning!

In my recent studies I have been reflecting on and pondering the teachings of Christ in the book of the New Testament. Of one account Jesus said,
“When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee; for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”
In effect Christ is saying, “There is no joy or honor in serving those who serve you. There is nothing good about being kind to those that are kind to you. What makes you think you will be rewarded for helping those that help you?”
Just as clear as in the previous account, Jesus teaches the same principle in his sermon on the mount when he says,
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you;” ¬†Which is then followed by the sobering question,
“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?”
It is my determination that there is nothing good and there is no reward in doing which you are due. That is one of the many reasons Christ is the only one that could atone for our sins. Everyone else would have deserved it so it would not have worked. Even if another was physically capable of suffering in such a way and able to survive it would have done nothing for the salvation of man because any other man would have deserved that punishment given. It is my hope that we can all look for ways to turn out from ourselves and find ways to help those do not want helped. Forgive those who feel they do not deserve forgiving. Love those who do not want to be loved. And keep giving to those who keep taking.
I Love you all and am so grateful for your support.
Elder Wade

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