Monday, January 26, 2015
I Love You! (12-29-2014)
Hello family :)
This week was absolutely wonderful... Plenty of miracles to go around. We had such wonderful Christmas. The members here took very good care of us. We didn't get many pictures though. I don;t know why I didn't think of that. But everything was really great. We spent Christmas eve at the Bishops house. He has such an excellent family. And we really enjoyed being a part of their Christmas. We ate dinner and then read the Christmas story out of Luke. And then we were able to go deliver some presents to some kids who were less fortunate this year. Then we went and visited one of my favorite members of the ward. Brother Rogers! He has Parkinson's and struggles to walk and talk. But he has such a powerful testimony of the restored gospel. Visiting him and his wife was the best way to celebrate the life of the Savior because he has lived a like the Savior. What a great man. On Christmas day we ate breakfast with our ward mission leader and his family. It was amazing! and then I had the opportunity to skype my beautiful family! What a blessing. Everyone seems to be doing really well. And then we opened some presents that we got from the Cornicks. All of us missionaries got ties and a shirt. And we got Brother Cornick a tie. We made Rena (Brother Cornick's wife) a super sweet pop up card and then we tied a blanket for Pato. It turned out really nice! Man! I love that family!
Our Christmas was super great. By far the best Christmas I have had. We just got to serve the Lord! It couldn't be any better.
Elder Belliston and I found 3 new investigator's this week. That was a big blessing. We have just been putting in the time looking for those who will allow us to teach them. Everyone needs the message. But some won't accept it. We are on the search! And we will soon find some wonderful people who are ready to make a covenant with Father in Heaven.
As far as miracles go, yesterday was probably one of the best days on my mission due to the fact that I know for sure the Hand of the Lord was guiding me. I had the opportunity to interview to interview Pato (the ward mission leaders daughter) for baptism. Pato is 19 and has had a wonderful life. She has been taught by the North Elders but Elder Belliston and I feel very invested in her conversion due to the fact that we eat dinner with her family every Thursday. Elder Belliston has been on a few exchanges and taught her a couple times as well. She is so great. In the interview we just talked about life and her concerns and struggles toward becoming a disciple of Christ. She came into the interview not knowing whether or not she would commit to being baptized on Saturday. And the spirit led the entire discussion. After some tears were shed and the spirit felt, she has made the decision to be baptized this Saturday. What a miracle. It was amazing. Somehow, the questions that I was prompted to ask through the spirit led her to be taught in such a way that she made a positive decision and step towards following the Savior. I have never felt like such an instrument in my life. The Spirit was so strong. I am grateful for my testimony and the impact that it has on others to choose for good. God is real. he guides his children. Everything about my life and things that I have been through, matched up exactly with a concern that she had and she was then able to see the similarities and what that meant. God has orchestrated my entire life for so many reason. But up to this point I feel that this is the biggest. It was amazing. 19 years of Father in Heaven putting things into my life so that he could use me to help another one of his children to enter into a covenant with him. I will keep you updated on Pato. But she will be a life long friend. The Spirit of the Lord is real. I know that. Because of my experiences. I testify that the Savior lives and loves us.
Thanks for all that you do!
Elder Caleb James Wardle