Friday, November 29, 2013

Nov 25

 Here we are after the game. I get a little sweaty running in Barranquilla. Actually I get sweaty sleeping here. By chance the young man in front on the right in black is Emanuel, the guy I did divisions with.

Daniel is a kid 10 years old that we are teaching to baptize. Hes great and has always come to church. Hes the kid right behind my companion

Well this week was very difficult because of various things that happened each day that robbed us of proselyting time. Sorry I don't know how to spell that. But the good thing that happened was the fireside with president. Not a single investigator came, but I was able to feel and see your prayers when around 15 nonmembers came with their member friends. I have never seen that level of effort from the members to invite and bring friends, so it was great and inspiring to see it this time. The bad thing that happened was that my companion has had a lot of back pain, and the doctor gave him 3 days of staying in the house. And that same day I got another fever. Thats 2 fevers in about 1 month. But Im better now.

A great experience I had this week was being able to do divisions with a ward missionary for a day. He is 18 years old and is waiting for his mission call. He's only been in the church for about a year. So it was cool to watch him teach and testify about the plan of salvation and the atonement. It was also really cool to see how God helped me to make up for not working with a really experienced missionary and working with a basically recent convert. I felt a difference in my ability to teach and contact, because I really wanted to make him contact, that came from the Lord.

Sorry but I really don't have a lot of time today. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Nov 18

This week was really great. We didn´t teach as much as we´d have liked to but it was because of some solid activities we did. First off, everything is all set up for the fireside with Pte. Searle this Wednesday. Please pray that lots of people come and bring investigators. It´s a big sacrifice for him. We had a movie night this week We watched 17 miracles. The idea was for members to bring friends, but not one nonmormon came. So that made me sad because we spent a lot of time setting it up.

In good news, the ward is finally starting to put together a ward mission plan. I anticipate a lot of success and miracle as a result of their efforts to synchronize the missionary labor. How many people assist thge ward there? also, are you aware of the ward mission plan, if there is one?

That was cool to hear that the whole ward is doing a house-swap type of thing. I´m sure we can use this opportunity to do a lot of service. But also I´m really proud of all that you are doing to help the victims of the typhoon. I brag to all the missionaries from this ward.

We played soccer again today, I made 2 goals. Golazos actually, if you understand what that means (Covey). Basically an awesome goal. McKay great job on your talk, I read it. My ward here is working on reverence. Emma I´m super jealous of space camp. I went twice when I was a kid and one time is was super scary and I had nightmares. But it´s awesome.

Sorry I don´t have pics this week either. But I´ve been inspired to start trying to take more. I just don´t have a lot of opportunity since we can only use the camera on Mondays.Krysti I hope your lesson goes well. I recommend Doctrine and Covenants 100:5-8. I love that scripture as a missionary.

I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting yesterday. Im not sure how it´s worked out this way but it´s the first of my mission. But when you´re a missionary, you don´t feel as nervous about public speaking. I talked about how to present the Book of Mormon to friends. It was more of a training than a talk. But I really wanted them to hear it so it was good.

My testimony of the Gospel has really increased this week as I applied the principles of repentance and faith to our biggest companionship weakness of talking to everyone. There is a rule as a mission which requires us to talk to 10 people in the street every day. I really want to do it, but when I get out there and it´s burning hot (there weren´t clouds in the sky all week, it´s been horribly hot) I lose the motivation. Plus a muscle in my leg has really been bothering me lately when I walk. So I don't talk to as many people as I should. But I´ve been focusing on the Gospel to improve, and I have seen that God helps us. And forgives us when we aren´t strong enough. So I´ve had a great week with that. Even though I still need to improve more.

Things are great with my companion. He´s a great missionary. He was a zone leader. And yesterday we had the chat about how I don´t want him to end his mission bad (he goes home in January) so we´re going to finish it off super strong. Though in all likelihood I get a new companion in transfers the 4th of December. Elder Franco has been in this area 6 months. But the prophet made a rule of a missionary in the same area 6-8 months. So we´ll see.

Well I love you guys and hope that you have a great week!
√Člder Wilson

Monday, November 11, 2013

still sick but doing great

Hola Familia! 

This week was great. First off though, Im still a little sick with a cough and a runny nose. But nothing too bad. Its really funny here when it rains, everyone stays inside their house. For example, ward council was canceled because it was sprinkling even just a tiny little bit. But anyways they do this because they think theyll get sick if they get slightly damp. so when it was raining and I was sick and visited people, they all started to tell me I needed to stay inside or whatever. But I didnt, and now Im still sick after over a week.

I played soccer again this morning with some of the youth from the ward. Im still really bad, but it was fun. Also this week a met this awesome lady thats Taoist. I studied Taoism before the mission in college so it was cool to meet one. Especially since it was a Christian shake-up. They encourage readinbg the Book of Mormon becuase its all about being calm or whatever, and they believe in doing the things of least resistance. So it was really cool to meet her.

We´re still struggling to find new people in this area, so we dont really have anyone thats progressing. We need some big miracles, but Ive got a feeling theyre on their way. Sorry the typing is bad again, im on the same computer that doesnt work well. My companion and I are getting along really well, even though hes from Uruguay. No just kidding hes awesome because hes from Uruguay. Hes about to go back home after his 2 years, but he stays working hard. 

Well sorry I dont have much to share this week but Im glad to hear youre all doing well.

Elder Wilson