Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hello everyone! This week has been great! We got some investigators out to church which was awesome. Overall things have been really great!
We taught a few lessons this week and also got to go on exchanges with our zone leaders. I went with Elder Bates. We went to go see a man named Brian who we have been teaching for sometime now and have been trying to get him out to church. The lesson was interesting. His gf was there and she talked our ears off and didn't let us do any teaching. But eventually we just kind of ignored her and focused on Brian. We asked a ton of questions and he truly trusts us, so it became a matter of does he trust us enough to come to church? Because he knows that our whole purpose is to get him as close to God as we possibly can. So he said he would come and there was no way he was missing. So that was great. We also taught an investigator named Comfort and her family and we invited them all out to church. Comfort did great there. She brought her daughter Dora who is preganant and her two other kids named Lisa (6) and Calvin(8). They seemed to love it. They had to leave out of the third hour though because Comfort had to work. but it was great for her to come. She got there and then all the Liberian women took her off and then we didn't see her again until she left and she said that she loved it! So we were very happy about that. Brian didn't make it though. he doesn't have a car and so his friend who was going to drive him to church bailed out on him at the last second. That was a bummer. He was really stoked to come too! We were also planning on having another investigator named Max there as well. He is great. Although we haven't seen hi since the first lesson we had with him. We really need to reach out to him again. Hopefully things are going well for him.
We had district meeting on Saturday. IT went really really well! We set some goals for baptisms in the district. We currently have 8 baptisms scheduled for
April and our goal is 5! I have some interviews to do this week which I am really excited about! I have never done one before. Hopefully those go well. At District meeting Elder Zabriskie gave us a training on revelation through the Book of Mormon. He said that likening the scriptures is the bridge we make between testimony and conversion. We can all have a testimony of the book of Mormon or of Joseph Smith but until we liken the words we read and do what the scriptures say, then we will never be converted to them. We want truly hunger after them! Anyways, I just thought that was great!
I love you all! Elder Standage and I are doing graet and we are looking forward to a lot of miracles this week. We want to work harder and
I think this week is the week to do it. I love you! And you are in my prayers!
Love always,
Elder Caleb James Wardle


Hello Hello Hello :)
This week was amazing. We saw many miracles. I can't believe that Elder Standage and I have all ready been together for more than a week. It's pretty crazy to think about. we have been doing some great work. We got 3 new investigators this week which was awesome. And two of them came from knocking doors. It's really kind of interesting to see how the Lord works sometimes. Elder Standage and I have only knocked on a few doors since we have been together, but the majority of the people we have talked with have been receptive. So it's been really cool.
Elder Standage is absolutely great. I think the thing I like about being a missionary is that I am still allowed to be myself. I don't have to be some robot that preaches the restored gospel. I was sent to the specific areas on my mission that I am in because my personality and Spirit are needed hear. And we are placed with certain companions because we are needed. And I feel that way with Elder Standage. We have been having a blast and we really push each other to work hard while it happens. It's awesome. We have developed a good sense of "whistling while you work" and it really pays off when things don't go well. But ultimately we are just extremely blessed for all that has been happening.
General Conference was absolutely amazing. I felt the spirit so strongly. I'm really grateful to have a living day prophet. Someone who can lead and guide us. It's an amazing thing.
The Des Moines District is doing great! When I first got hear we had o baptismal dates in the whole zone... and as of now we our zone has the most dates in the whole mission and our district has 12 dates. 10 of which are for April. So we are all working very hard and it's remarkable to see the progress of the missionaries that are here. I don't accredit the fact that we now have 12 dates in the District to the fact that I was called as District Leader (especially because I haven't don't much) but I am proud of all the missionaries and the work they are doing.
On there is a new video of Elaine Bradley who is the drummer for the Neon Trees which is my favorite band. So I was absolutely stoked about that! You should all check it out.
Well I love you all. Please stay safe and warm.
Love always,
Elder Wardle