Monday, June 23, 2014
Friends and Family :)
This week was absolutely great. A lot of things happened in our zone for transfers. The Assistants to the President told Elder Standage and I on Monday that we would be staying together and that they would be leaving our ward :( that was for sure interesting! I guess I knew that they could change wards but never realized that it would happen how it happened. They just basically told us they would be serving somewhere else and they handed us the teaching records for all of their investigators and Recent converts. We are going to be busy busy busy! But in better news, Sister Whipple from the Saratoga stake back home is now serving in the same ward I am and I am her District Leader! How fun! It's crazy that we are in the same mission but even crazier that we are serving in the same ward together. It should be lots of fun! She is a great missionary and they have all ready found two new investigators to be teaching. That's super awesome!
This week we spent most of our time just teaching Kalvin and getting him ready for his baptism this weekend! it will be my first one so hopefully everything pans out and it can happen! kalvin is pretty excited.
We found two new investigators this week. Chad and then a few days later we found Elsie! Chad is a great guy. He has a pretty heavy addiction to alcohol though. We found him just at the right time because he is now 30 days sober. He is a great guy and we helped him pray for the first time on Monday. We are giving him a church tour tonight that should go smoothly. We called him the other day and he has read the restoration pamphlet and prayed every day. he is really prepared. Chad mentioned in the middle of the lesson that he wanted to be baptized and so we invited him right then and there! He is awesome!
Elsie is from a part member family. She is super cool and we talked about the restoration with her and showed her the restoration video. She really felt the spirit and asked great questions. She also said that she would be baptized again if it was something God told her to do. She is great and we will hopefully set a date for her this week.Well I love you all! thanks for all that you do and for your wonderful influences! I know that the Savior atoned for his sins. And we can each become clean through prayer and repentance. I love the fact that we have the opportunity here on Earth to make mistakes so that when we are with our Father in Heaven again we don't have too! I love you all! Thanks for all that you do!
Elder Caleb James Wardle
Family and Friends :)
This week has been great. Things have really been picking up I our area and we got a new investigator as well/ but first and foremost I should talk about transfers. I haven't gotten a call yet... but one might come tonight. So I might be somewhere new next week. We will see. Hopefully I don't leave. I really do love it here. But I never want to bother President Jensen with where I would like to be. Some missionaries ask to stay and what not but I prefer to just let the Spirit work through President Jensen and see what happens. It's really awesome.
Like I have said all ready, we had a great week! We taught a good amount of lessons and we found a new investigator named Emmanuel Zeoh. Emmanuel is a sweet kid. He is 19 and just graduated this year. He went to state for track so he is really fast. And he is just excited to learn about our church. his mother has been a member of our church for about 8 years now and Emmanuel was never baptized. So we want to work with him to get him ready to go and make that covenant with our father in heaven. The only thing is that He is super busy with track practices and work. We will see what happens. Hopefully he pulls through as someone we can work with.
James Cleon came to church for the fifth time. He is great and has real desires to come closer to God. His mother lives in Australia and is currently in the hospital... she was diagnosed with cancer. :( We continue to pray for her though. he wants to head out there sometime in July so we set a baptism date with him for June 28th. He will be ready by then and he is super prepared. He is always the best dressed man at church. He owns a tailoring shop where he makes Liberian suits and dresses. I am probably going to ask him for a suit that I can look absolutely fresh in. He is a great guy.
Calvin Barley came to church as well. I t was another hassle to get him there. We had to go wake him up, but he came which is great! He will be baptized on the 28th as well. WE decided to move his date back just to make sure he was super ready :) Anyways, things are going great!
We had stake conference this weekend as well. And I think what I gained most was just that I am sop grateful to be a missionary during this great work of Salvation! It s such a privilege. I love you all so much. thanks for all your time and efforts and support :) Continue to love other unconditionally as the Savior would. Thanks for all that you do!
Elder Caleb James Wardle
Hello all you beautiful people :)
this week was probably the best I have had on my mission as far as numbers go. We had some prompting to go contact people that turned into some investigators and it was really amazing. We also have a good friend in the ward who is 21 named Aung. He is from Thailand/Burma and he speaks Karen and Burmese. He is so involved in missionary work and he came to all of our lessons and translated for us in the lessons where they couldn't speak English. This week we taught 5 lessons with Aung, 2 other lessons by ourselves and then some other lessons to members and recent converts and less actives. We found 7 new investigators this week! Which is more than I have found in a week on my mission which is awesome. and we set two baptismal dates this week as well making our total 5! So that was awesome.
On Friday I took Elder Powell (He is a member of the District and we were on exchanges.) to go see a lady names NawBaw who speaks Karen. We took Aung with us so that he could translate. Her boys are Than zao oo (14) DayDay Poe (11) and HayNaySay (8) and they are all unbaptized. So we taught them the restoration and invited them to be baptized. And they accepted and in the same lesson we extended a date to be baptized and we set it for July 19th. So hopefully they can pull through. They had baptism dates in the past and were ready to be baptized but they didn't pass the interview for some reason. So hopefully we can get them going again. And they can make that covenant with our Heavenly Father. HayNaySay doesn't technically count as a new investigator because he is only 8 but we want to help him get baptized as well.
We met a Burmese speaking family Friday and went back on Saturday to teach them. I can't pronounce there names and especially don't know how to write them. But they are great as well and accepted the invitation to be baptized. We also met an African man who grew up in France named Felix who we saw Sunday morning and invited him to be baptized as well. Felix is really cool. He said he has been baptized before but would do it again if God told him to do so. he prayed in French at the end of the lesson because his English isn't too great.
James Cleon came to church for the 3rd time, but he didn't show up at our lesson last night, he works a ton and was probably sleeping. It was such a hassle getting Calvin Barley, another investigator of ours to church! He has a baptismal date for June 21st but has only been to church once. He We told him during our lesson on Saturday that he couldn't be baptized on the 21st if he didn't make it to church. So we told him to tell his mother Dora to call Brother Turner who is the ride coordinator in the ward and get a ride to pick them up. So we left and then went over at 8 oclock and talked to Comfort his grandmother, and told her to call the ride coordinator as soon as we left and told her that Calvin can't be baptized unless he gets to church. So she said she would call. Sunday morning we called at 9 and woke Comfort up and said that none of them would be coming to church because they weren't feeling good. So we reminded her that Calvin who is 10 couldn't be baptized unless he made it to church. We told her to wake him up and get him reaedy and a ride would be there to pick him at 10:30. So we frantically tried calling people to see who could give him a ride. We finally got a hold of Brother marsden who is awesome. And he said he could pick them up! what a miracle! We then went back over to calvin's at 10 and made sure that he was ok and ready to go and he and Lisa who is 6 were ready to go. so they made it! It was crazy though! Hopefully we can see him a lot this week and get him prepared for baptism. He's awesome.
I had the opportunity of singing in church with Brother Henry who is my favorite guy in the whole world. He does so much for us and he is incredible. But we sang Jesus, Savior Pilot Me. And I really felt the spirit and I think every one else did as well. It was great! Well, that was our week! So many miracles and so many blessings!
I know that we have a Savior Jesus Christ who loves us! And I know that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet and restore the Church of Christ on to the Earth today. I love this gospel so much and especially the opportunity that I have to serve my Father in Heaven for two years! Thanks for all that you do for me :)
|At the zoo...I'm a sea turtle!|
|this is a dummy that Elder Standage and I made for when we role play... Hisname is dave the dummy...|
|Present opening. I love cheezits!|
|Crazy bird...not me the thing on the rock.|
Elder Caleb James Wardle