Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My MTC experience comes to a close

Family and Friends,
Thanks for all your love and support. Its been great to hear from you.
Its been a really busy week. The days are long but the spirit strong. I leave in the morning for Des Moines. I have to be at the travel office at 3:30 am which means waking up at 2:30 am. SO that wont be fun. My flight leaves Salt Lake around seven and then we have a layover in Colorado and then off to Des Moines. Im stoked. Im so ready to serve the Lord. I thought was ready before I came but apparently I have a bunch to learn. Ive really been able to feel the love my Heavenly Father has for me. He truly does answer prayers. I got to go to the temple today. We did Endowments as a District and Elder Dumais and I did some Initatories as well. It was good to be reminded of the blessings. I love the temple. It truly is the house of the Lord.
We as a companionship had a fantastic teaching here. I learned how to ask inspired questions, follow the spirit, and ultimatley learn what my purpose is as a missionary. Im so greatful for the experiences we have had here. Its been a great learning experience. I wish every member, missionary or not, could spend a couple days here. The growth is immense and the blessings uncountable. Being District Leader here was challenging but rewarding. I loved being able to ask the Lord about the individuals in the District and how I could help them. Last night three of the sisters in our district left for Washington Everette where they are serving. It was hard to see them go. The Elders in the District with my Direction were able to give blessings of comfort to each of the sisters before they left. I was glad that we could do that for them. We had our last prayer as we knelt together which was tender but exciting since we would be leaving so soon. I love them all.
We sang hymns as well and I have plenty of pictures but dont have the capability of uploading them here at the MTC so you can expect those next week.
Im excited to meet President Jensen. He sent us an email which said that most of our trainers will have only been there for a transfer. So we aren't supposed to expect them to be perfect. Im just excited to serve. Its something Ive always wanted to and I know I will be blessed.
My laundry is just about done so I better go. I love you all. I pray for you and wish the best for you
Elder Wardle