Monday, January 26, 2015

Family and friends (10-27-2014)

This week was stellar! There is so much work to do and not enough time to do it! It's been pretty amazing to be a part of the Fairfield ward and to see the progress that the ward has made over time. I really feel like a member of the ward more so than just a missionary serving in it. It's pretty interesting to be part of. Elder Belliston has been teaching me so much about being unified with the members here. We have had meetings with the Bishop to see what he would like us to do, we have been trying to set up lessons with the ward council members to get names from them of who they are focusing on and asking them if there is anything we can do to help. And I really feel like we have seen a lot of success in so doing. And we have gained a lot of trust from the members of the ward. It's been pretty remarkable to see the change. This week was really busy. We had a few meetings to attend and several reports that we needed to write up for those meetings. So we spent a lot of time in and out of the library. And although we have spent a lot of time just doing things that don;t necessarily involve teaching and helping others, we know that it is the work that the Lord would have us be doing. And as we use our time wisely He will bless us for our efforts in working diligently. It's been really hard to balance everything. But as we prayerfully figure out what the Lord would have us do and as we strive to be the Leaders that He would have us be, the area has kind of taken care of it's self. And what a blessing that is. This week is going to be another crazy one. We had a meeting after church in Iowa City that took up our whole Sabbath. Tomorrow we have MLC (Mission Leadership Council) which lasts from 9 to 4 and we usually don't get home until 8. Thursday we have Zone training meeting which will take up more than half of the day and then Saturday and Sunday we have Stake Conference. Which will take up more time than usual as well. So it's going to be a crazy week!
Daniel is doing well. He is still on track to be baptized on November 15th which is exciting! He has just had a super hard time getting to church. He has had doctors appointments and ten this past week he went to his grandmothers house because she isn't doing so well. So it has been hard to help him there. But he is doing great and he loves Jesus more than anyone else in this world. We are just really excited to help him make his first covenant with the Lord. Pray for him :)
Jessica is doing well. She did scare us a little bit though... We had to reschedule an appointment which she was o.k. with. But she called the other day and told us not to come. So we told her we wold reschedule for another time. Well, we knew that something was going on so we had member set up a lesson with her! And it worked! So we got in one more time. And we just tried to help her understand why we were there. And she is less scared now. So hopefully things go well with her. We have a return appointment so pray that things go well with her! 
I had the wonderful opportunity of going to the Nauvoo temple this week. I love it there. It is so beautiful. We were able to do an endowment session and we basically had the whole temple to ourselves. Which is sad because you would hope more people would be there! But it was more peaceful for some reason. Just us missionaries and a couple of other people. It was great to just sit and ponder the creation and receive revelation for what I can do better. I love the temple. It's an excellent place to receive revelation. And I know that the covenants that we make there are real. 
I love you all! Thanks for all that you do!
Elder Caleb James Wardle 

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