Monday, February 3, 2014

Family and Friends 1/27/14

Well, this week there isn't too much to report. We didn't teach any investigators this week due to the weather and I wasn't feeling too well. But Jose did come out to Julio Weber's baptism which was great. The weather has been absolutely crazy here. Yesterday we had Blizzard warnings and we couldn't go out. The wind chill today is about -55. So it's been rough. The work hasn't progressed like we would like it to have. But we are making things work. On Sunday we only had Sacrament meeting due to the weather. It's just been crazy. Iv'e really been reflecting on how much I have been blessed lately. It seems like the blessings just continue to come. It's interesting how the Lord works. And it's been amazing to see how happy we can truly become when we are doing the Lord's work. My heart really goes out to those we are working with. I love them all so much. And I have tried to lead with that love in all of the appointments and lessons we have. When people see how much we care about them and when we make them feel important, it's then that they feel important to Heavenly Father. I'm so grateful to be a missionary and to just truly feel the love the Lord has for me. 
By way of good news, we have figured out a way to get Jose and Jessica married! In our county Jose needs some form of government issued identification in order to get a marriage license. But he doesn't have any. But over in Coe county in Chicago all he needs is his birth certificate translated into English and notorized, and then a copy of his baptismal form from when he was baptized in Mexico. And he has both of those things! Now it's just a matter of getting him to Chicago to get the license and then getting him back there once they have received the license to get them married! So we are so excited for them! It's going to be great to see them start living the way the Lord wants them to live and then Jose will qualify for baptism and everything will be great! President Jensen told us that everyone has a hurdle to jump over to enter into the waters of baptism, but He has never seen one as complicated as Jose's situation is. So we are pretty dang relieved that we now have the ability to help him come closer to Jesus Christ. I love being a missionary and I love this gospel. Always remember to pray. And remember that trials and tasks are simply just opportunities to excel!
Elder Caleb James Wardle

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