Monday, July 14, 2014
Family and Friends,
This week has been a really good one. We spent a whole lot of time over at our church building because I was asked to arrange a song that Sister Whipple could play and I could sing at zone conference. So that was a ton of fun. Unfortunately I didn't finish it because I ran out of time to write it all out. Which is a bummer. But we printed off a version of the song that I think will be good. We are doing Be Still My Soul. I will continue to work on my arrangement for a future zone conference. Hopefully that works out.
As far as missionary work goes, things have been going great. We were able to set a date with Kelvins mother Dora for August 16th. So we hope that she can enter the waters of baptism on that day. She came to church and felt the spirit there. And she just had a baby less than a week ago! So that was impressive. She was answering all of the questions in our gospel principles class which was amazing. And I really think she would make a great asset to the ward. Another Liberian lady in our ward named Dorothy says that David Wardle was a member of her tribe in Liberia and he was super wealthy. I didn't know our last name would ever be famous out in Liberia. apparently he traded minerals or something.
This week we also found a new investigator named Rondall. He is super solid. He read the entire Restoration pamphlet and wrote down some questions. He is super smart too. Some of the questions he asked were, where did the members of Christs church go to church? What was the preaching like? When Joseph Smith reestablished the Church of Christ did everyone go to the church? Were there still other churches... Anyways he is great. And we set a date with him for August 16th as well!
Well, I love the opportunity that I have to be a member of this church. What a blessing it is. I'm grateful for all of you!
Elder Caleb James Wardle
How is everyone doing? This week has been great. We were able to attend the baptism of James who is an investigator that we were teaching. We pretty much had him ready to go for baptism and then we realized that he didn't live in our ward so we had to pass him off. That was a bummer but the baptism was great. There were tons of members and missionaries there and Elder Standage performed the baptism. It was great. James had the opportunity to give his testimony at the baptism as well. He is super solid. He is super grateful for all the missionaries that taught him and he is a wonderful man. The missionaries who were teaching him said that he also bore his testimony in church on Sunday. He mentioned that the night we invited him to be baptized he had a dream about a white light that descended on him so he knew that he needed to be baptized. What a blessing. That's a pretty amazing experience for anyone to have! James also told us of some experiences that he had while in the refugee camps in Liberia. He told us that one night the rebels came in to the camp and starting shooting. He said that in order to survive he had to swim across the 2nd largest river in the world. And he knew that Gods hand was in it. He has had some amazing experiences. What a blessing it was to be a part of his conversion. And it all came from a member inviting him to church!
Well, besides that I don't have much too report. We tried to get one a part member family out to church that we have been working with. we knocked on their door at 10 to see if they were ready because there ride was on the way to pick them up, ad it turns out that between the time that we taught them Saturday night and Sunday morning nawbaw (the mother) somehow made it to Minnesota... Anyways, it was crazy. Sometimes investigators can be so flakey!
Well I do have a testimony of the Restored Gospel. I am thankful for the opportunity that I have to share this wonderful news with others. Please continue to think about people that you can share your testimony with. What an amazing experience it is to have a wonderful church to be a part. Especially the only true and living church. What a blessing. I'm grateful for the gospel and for the opportunity that I have to help others come unto Christ. Continue to be obedient to the promptings of the Spirit.
Elder Caleb James Wardle