May 8, 2017

Hello!

Such a fun week! Last monday after emailing Elder Yarber and I, along with 16 other missionaries, all crammed into a bus and we went to the City of Rocks to go hike around and have some fun. It was such a blast! It reminded me a lot of “Rock City” on Mt Diablo back home. Got me missing rock climbing, etc… quiet a bit and i was thinking about it and realized that as much as i might miss doing all that stuff right now, i dont miss it nearly as much as i know i am going to miss being a full time missionary for God.
I read a scripture this week. One that i had read before, but had long forgotten. The original text is found in the words of Isaiah of the Old Testament which the prophet Nephi quotes in the Book of Mormon. He asks the sobering question, “Shall the ax boast itself against him that heweth therewith? Shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it?” We are all merely instruments in Gods hands. Though it is easy to see that it is foolishness to say that an ax or saw could boast of or magnify itself, but for some reason we as human beings have the tendency to honor ourselves and to take credit for the work of God merely because we are the tool that he decides to use. Truly it is a great miracle that God is even able to find a way to use the dull, rusty, broken tools that we all our and then we have the audacity to claim, after the miracle is performed, that it was us who deserves the credit! I am so grateful for a God that has been so merciful and patient towards me, the undeserving child i am. For taking the time to humble me when he finds me forgetting that i am nothing more than an ax (and not a very good one at that).
This week we were able to witness and be apart of the baptism of Carson Mai. What an incredible young boy and amazing parents that raised him!
Love you all and have a great week!
Elder Wade
p.s. Happy Mothers day to all you moms. I recently had a birthday and i have always thought it was weird that the child was celebrated and given gifts on that day when we all know that it was the mother that did all the work. Maybe it should be us giving the gifts on our birthdays instead of receiving…
p.s.s. Sorry to all you out there who did not get to have my mom as theirs because there is none greater than her.

 

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May 1, 2017

Hey Fam!

Amazing week! After emailing last monday Elder Yarber, I, and a handful of other missionaries went to go find some “secret, hidden, caves” in the countryside north of Paul, ID. We got totally lost and essentially ended up going mudding all day(because it rained hardcore the day before and north of Paul is all dirt roads (more like trails) that are driven on about 3x a year. And 2x of the 3x is from missionaries getting lost trying to find the “secret, hidden, caves”…. The sister missionaries that were driving a little Chevy Cruze got stuck in the mud so we spend a lot of time pushing them around until we decided to give them our 4 wheeler jeep and we just hopped in with the other Elders. I think that the “secret” about the caves is that they dont exist…. but if they do we will find them!
Elder Yarber and i had the incredible opportunity of going to the temple on Wednesday, April 26th. The Temple is literally the House of God and it is where we go to seek refuge from the storms of life and cleansing from a world of sin. It is where we go to learn more about our relationship to God and what he wants for us, all of his children.
Saturday we were honored to be a part of and witness the baptism of Raquel. She is the sweetest 11 year old girl in the world! she has such a pure heart and loving spirit. She radiates with the light of Christ! She was so excited to be able to take Christ’s name upon her. To be chosen to represent him and stand in his place. For when one is baptized they are saying that they will do their very best to stand where Christ stands, to say what he would say and do what he would do.
Sunday (yesterday) Elder Yarber and i knocked on the door of George Kawamoto. George is 92 years old and he is going strong! When we first knocked on the door i could tell he wasn’t going to let us in so i asked if i could use his bathroom. While i was in the restroom (taking my time), Elder Yarber was warming George’s heart and by the time i came back out they were sitting on the couch talking away. I sat down and we started asking questions and talking about his family. I asked if he had any pictures of his family and he pointed to a book shelf where i went over and found 5 large Photo albums full of pictures! We spend about an hour just sitting there going through his legacy and talking about life. He lived in a small town in Oregon until WWII broke out where he was placed in a concentration camp in Hunt, Idaho (a SUPER small town that is apart of our area we work in). He loved it so much in Idaho that after they were released he stayed and settled here with his family! We learned, as we ask questions about the different photographs, that his wife had died over 30 years ago and we started talking about our life after this earth. We promised his that he can be with his wife again and that she is, right now, waiting for him. He said he had never looked at it that way and he didnt believe in Heaven. By the time we left thought he said, “you know i am getting pretty old… maybe it is time for me to start thinking a little more about what happens when we die.”
I love you all and i know that through Jesus Christ we will all live again and through the merits and mercy of our saviors atonement we can all be with our families for eternity and not only live with, but be like God Forever!
Elder Wade

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April 24, 2017

Hello!

Elder Yarber and i have been seeing miracles left and right this last week!
Ed, who i introduced last week, came to church yesterday. He was worried about feeling judged, but he said he felt so open and there were even a few converts to the gospel that started talking to him and had some very personal and powerful conversations with him. When we stared sharing the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (which is a message of how Christ’s church was on the earth, was lost after Christ and his apostles were rejected, and brought back to the earth through a man named Joseph Smith) before we even started talking about Joseph Smith and his calling to be a prophet Ed stopped us in the middle of the discussion and ask, “are you telling me that my baptism was not valid because it was not done with with power and authority of God and that i need to get baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because that is the only church that holds that power and authority?” We said yes… and then invited him to be baptized. He said yes.
Earlier this week we got a call from a man who told us about a girl that has been wanting to get baptized for years, but (because of a sticky family situation) her dad would not allow her to get baptized. anyway just this last week she asked her dad again if she could get baptized and by some miracle (the power of the spirit softening his heart) he said yes and so now we are preparing for her to enter into the waters of baptism and take the name of Christ upon herself. To promise to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort. And to stand as a witness of Christ at all times, in all things, and in all places. And as she does so she will be given the gift of the spirit which will allow her to have God with her at all times.
So many more miracles to share, but no time! I love the people here so much! You could not find a better people that love God and love their neighbors. Truly we are all brothers and sisters and just as we love a parent, sibling, or significant other, we should love all. May we always forget ourselves and turn outward when our natural selves would turn inward. I love you and hope you have an amazing week!
Elder Wade

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April 17, 2017

Hello Family! I am officially in Paul, ID! kinda…. i actually live in the town of Heyburn, but the area i do my missionary things in is a part of Paul, ID and also Hazelton. It is ALLL country. The biggest town i cover is Hazelton which has 300 people and over half of them are Mormon. I get the feeling that i will be ‘chuckin’ a lot of hey out here. It actually reminds me a lot of my first area, Arco, ID. The first atomic powered city in the USofA! My new companion, Elder Yarber, just got out on his mission! He was born in Japan and is a ‘Military Brat” so he has lived all over the place. He has such a pure heart and loving spirit! Elder Yarber and I showed up on Thursday and we found out that the missionaries were giving talks (speaking in front of everyone) at church on Sunday, Easter Sunday! So Elder Yarber’s very first Sunday as a missionary got to speak in church and we just found out we are speaking again in Hazelton this next Sunday! It is actually a huge blessing because it has/will be a great way for us to get to know everyone here!

On Saturday we were in Hazelton knocking on some doors (all 50 of em) and it was getting late and time for us to go home, but we decided to knock on one more door. That one more door was Ed’s. Ed is in the process of his wife divorcing him, last year he was working on a machine and someone turned it on and 4 of his 5 fingers were chopped off. His kids never visit him, and he has next to no relationship with his parents or siblings. He is alone, hurt, and in pain. That night we introduced the restored gospel to him and brought the spirit into his home. We helped him feel the love that God, his heavenly father has for him. anyway gtg out of time! lOVE YOU!
Elder Wade
Hi Mom! Man i did not realize how much i had grown to love the people i spent so much time studying for, praying with, and teaching. I was not expecting it to effect me so much, but it literally felt like my heart broke when i left. My new companion is awesome! He is VERY quiet and reminds me a lot of Elder Sparks who i trained back in Kimberly. He has such a pure heart and powerful spirit! This new area is great! It might take some time to get things going, and as much as i miss BSU right now i am so excited to be here! Elder Yarber and i actually got to speak yesterday, Easter Sunday! Elder Yarber spoke on the Prince of Peace easter video and talked about how had it has been for him to leave, but that just as nephi states in 1 Nephi 3:7 he knows that through Christ’s atonement there is no commandment that he can not do! I, of course, spoke on the atonement as well.  I read “The Parable of The Push Ups” and i was unusually emotional while reading it and just cried my eyes out. I remember shortly before chelsea leaving for her mission i gave an FHE lesson and for my lesson we read that story…

… love you mom!
Elder Wade
p.s. the people in these pictures are from Bosie. they are very special to me and i will have to tell you about them when i get home!

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April 10, 2017

Hey Fam!

I am leaving BSU… I almost cried the other night thinking about leaving the people here that i have come to love and know so well, but i know it is time for me to go. I apologize for all the pictures i will be sending. I am being moved to basically the furthest point from where i am now (Paul, ID). I am going to be getting a brand new missionary and we will be replacing some sisters (because Elders are way better)…. anyway i leave thursday morning, but my companion and i have a ton of stuff to do in preparation for helping all the other missionaries get ready to transfer and i have to do all my packing today! So many incredible experiences i wish to share, but there is no time!
I love you all and hope that you will remember that God loves you, He is your father, and is always watching. His love is made manifest in Jesus Christ, our savior and redeemer. This Easter Season let us always remember that the only reason He is the Prince of Peace is because he was a man of sorrows acquainted with grief. He lived, died, and lived again, so that we may all live again. We are infinite and eternal and our potential is that of Gods.
Elder Wade

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March 27, 2017

Hey Dad! …In all reality i am not that good, but for your birthday i played the piano for an actual audience for the first time ever in my life. I did a special musical number in sacrament meeting on the piano. I played a personal rendition of Praise to The Man/We Thank Thee Oh God For a Prophet. It was amazing because all the talks were focused on Prophets and General Conference so if fit right in. I messed up pretty bad a couple times because i was so nervous, but the cool thing was (for some reason) that in the very act of hitting the wrong notes i wasnt even upset with myself! Obviously i had failed, but for some reason i was really content with myself just for trying in the first place.
I should probably work on doing that more in life too… Sometimes i will make a mistake or do something wrong and i will just beat myself into the ground. That is probably one of my greatest weaknesses, not being patient with myself. I guess that stems from my lack of faith in the atonement. Good thing it is an easy thing to increase faith!
Anyway Happy belated birthday! love you words cant express my gratitude for all you have and continue to do for me!
Elder Wade

 

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March 20, 2017

Hey Fam!

This week we spent most of our days in meetings. We got there early to set up around 8:30 and then we are there till about 4 or 5. and we had that same meeting (for different parts of the mission) 4 different times so there went most of our week. It was awesome though!
The video hasn’t been posted yet, but our Mission President has access to it so we got to watch the new Easter Video for 2017! It is incredible! There are going to be activities starting in the beginning of April leading up to Easter that is all focused and centered around PEACE, the PRINCEofPEACE. As you consider this Easter season and what we celebrate, commemorate, what comes to mind as you look at this picture of Jesus Christ? What does Easter mean to you, to your family? Do you know anyone who has recently lost a loved one who might be comforted by this message? Do you know anyone who is suffering with some sort of critical illness that might enjoy a measure of peace by hearing this message? If we told you that your Easter season would be made brighter, your love for Jesus Christ would increase, your appreciation for Him will be enhanced, would you take a few moments to watch this video? 
I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ. That he lived, died, and lived again. And because of Him we will ALL live again. Death will have no sting, the grave no victory. Hearts will be mended and peace will abound. I love you all and pray that we may all live in such a way that we may become free thought Him. 
Elder Wade