Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sprinting has its benefits

It's been a good week, in case you were wondering :) Read on if you want more.

Well, we had another stake-conference-like sacrament meeting yesterday. Tons of people! I learned that two of the girls we're teaching (Hayden and Harli) are related to Bronco Mendenhall, so I got to meet his family. He has cool kids.

This week, we went over to help fix a tractor for Hayden (at least, Elder carter did. I learned how to replace sheared bolt). She is a little apprehensive about baptism at the moment, but I believe we can help her resolve that concern pretty soon.

We got to visit the other side of the lake for a beach BBQ on Friday. That down is on the lake side too. And guess what the town is called? Lakeside! Haha, there are some good people over there. After meeting with the awesome senior couple and the branch president over there, we found out that there are a lot of prepared people or there we need to teach! I'm excited for that.

We got to talk with a couple from Spain yesterday. They might be coming to church Sunday, and hopefully we can set them up with missionaries over there. 

We met the bishop's family and the elders quorum president's family. They both mentioned how much they appreciated the influence we have and the Spirit we bring into their homes.
We also met a 'hardcore atheist,' as she put it. She is in her sixties and still set on a world without a supreme being. It is kinda sad, it is also interesting. She wants us to teach her from the doctrine and covenants and the pearl of great price, since she apparently already read the Book of Mormon twice! We'll see if we can still keep to the basics as we pursue that.

Yesterday we rode our bikes to dinner.  We were basically mountain biking. It was fun.

I've really learned that being penitent (having a repentant attitude) is important in having the Spirit with me. Also, having an open mind and a willing heart is necessary so that I don't restrain the Holy Ghost working through me. We've been finding a lot more good people to talk to as we've had that attitude.

Well, I hope you can feel the goodness living the gospel brings, especially having the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wylie Coyote: in the thick of the woods

Hey everyone! So here's the run down...

I left Gillette and now I'm way up in Bigfork! Before I left, we did a habanero pepper challenge! It was flippin hot! But I survived :) Elder Carter is awesome. He's from Delta Utah. We get along well.

There are a lot of tourists here. There was probably 800 people at sacrament meeting! We had over 16 water trays, 13 deacons, and they broadcast the meeting throughout the building! Crazy!

Well, it's hard to catch people home up here, but we have met some great people. We helped a nice less-active lady with her house, met a part member couple that like to joke around, and we had a zone transfer dinner at the stake presidents house! A quote that he said that I loved was;

 "A revelatory experience will do a lot more for a person than an assignment."

That is very true! The motivation I've gained from having spiritual experiences has been very good.

Well, talk to y'all later!

May the Spirit be with you
Elder Alexander Wylie
Montana Billings Mission

Bigfork, MT

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wylie Coyote: telling the truth

From the experiences I've had this week, including going to Sheridan for an exchange, having interviews with President Wadsworth, events in our area and with people we know, and my personal perspective, comes an accumulation of my thoughts for your benefit and leisure:

For a long time, I have seen people act under the level of their knowledge. I realize I've fallen into this category as well. It seems that as members of the church of Jesus Christ, we tend to know a lot about Christ and his life, but don't have a desire to act on that knowledge. A desire to follow Jesus Christ and an understanding of His reality comes from the Holy Ghost, who confirms all truth. If we feel the need to become better or help others to become better, we need to study about Jesus Christ! We need to study about His life, His teachings, His purpose and power. As we do so prayerfully, the Holy Ghost will confirm the truth and reality of Jesus Christ in our hearts, which, if we choose to accept it, will fill our hearts with desire! This desire will lead us to act and follow Jesus Christ. If you don't feel that desire, consider your personal relationship with Him. Do you know who He is? Do you know what He did and what He taught? Do you love Him? If not, the solution is to "Learn of [Him], and listen to [His] words; walk in the meekness of [His] Spirit, and you shall have peace in me" (Doctrine and Covenants 19:23).

I know the Savior lives. He loves us. He performed an Atonement for all of us, to make it possible for us to find peace, joy, and love now and eventually return to live with our eternal family. I have felt His grace, His strength, His power, and His forgiveness in my life, and I know you can too!

Montana sunset...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wylie Coyote: what season is it? Winter, spring, or sprinter?

The war between spring and winter is raging. We had a couple of spring casualties this week. One was on Tuesday; luckily we were gone. Another on Friday morning. There was enough to build a snowman!

On Tuesday, we were in Helena Montana once again for another mission leader council. It is pretty cool to be able to see fellow missionaries from all over the mission. Apparently the church missionary council put an end to zone trainings, so we won't be  meeting as a zone each transfer as we have been. 

We finally got back in the home of a solid investigator named Mark. He is ready and motivated to change his life! He's dating a Mormon girl from Cedar City, and she is very excited for him to start coming to church. They made us lunch and we got to answer lots of his questions. He is pretty solid!

We got to see another baptism in the 4th Ward for a kid named Kyler. It was a little emotional for him to see all his friends there supporting him. Hopefully the Spirit touched his non-member mom who attended.

We had a productive meeting with the stake president and high councilor over missionary work. They have a bright vision for the Gillette stake to become a Zion people. 

We had a sweet experience on Friday when it dumped snow on us. We decided to visit an older less-active couple north of town. We showed up and noticed their walkway had been untouched. On our way to the door we shoveled all the snow off. She was so glad we did that! Her husband was needing to run an errand and we showed up just in time. We got to read a couple scriptures with them, and she cried. Their kids are going through some wild challenges. What a blessing it is to see answers to prayers!

One more unique miracle: a few days ago, after Kylers baptism, Elder McMiller wanted to go get ice cream. I thought we might be able to do something more effective, but I wanted ice cream too, so we went. Afterwards, we went to the church and ate it. Nothing special. Then, a couple days later, we were visiting a couple of referrals from a member, one of which wasn't home. As we drove away from his house, Elder McMiller noticed a guy getting out of his car and walking to his house. "That's the kid from the ice cream place! Let's tract that house. Let's tract that house right now!" In my head I was a little hesitant, but soon decided to join him. We knocked on the door and found that he was a really chill guy and was open minded to our message. We made a good impression on him. And he basically said, "You guys are really cool. Most of the time I hear about how weird it is to have Mormons come to the door."

When we are sensitive and open to the Spirit, He will just guide you to where you need to be to find people. It is awesome to be led by God! Oh heck yeah!

Well, hope you have a good Monday. Keep smiling!

May the Spirit be with you
Elder Wylie

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wyliecoyote: Picture time

Just pictures this week!
 Anyone recognize Elder Campbell??
 P-Day fun.
He got to play the drums for a ward talent show. Happy boy!
Zone leaders meeting with mission pres and wife.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wylie Coyote: saints in the west

After some pink cake and ice cream, my birthday was complete, haha. I feel pretty old!

This week was some awesome good stuff. I got to go on an exchange with one of my MTC friends elder Smith. He's a really cool guy from Las Vegas. We had a cool experience where one of their investigators brought us over to one of her friends homes and we gave her and her son a blessing. What a powerful spiritual experience that was for them! They had a good talk with each other after we left.

I love Wyoming people! They are so open to the gospel!
I also believe that if we just stayed at the hospital all day, we would be busy! We went there to give a blessing to an older lady who slammed her head into her night stand. As we were walking out, another lady called us over to talk. She wanted a blessing too, so we found the small chapel room and did it there. Giving blessings has been one of the main testimony-builders for me of the reality of the priesthood. There is no way that it's not real or that I don't hold it due to that miracles I've seen!

Wasn't general conference just amazing!? I felt so empowered after each session.

I especially loved the focus they put on the Holy Ghost. Learning to listen to the promptings and warnings of the Holy Ghost is one of the most important tasks we have in this life. Without inspiration and revelation, how will we ever be able to return to our father in heaven? I know without a doubt that the Holy Ghost has had a big influence in my life and has guided me in many situations.

Thanks for the support and the birthday wishes :) Next week you will hear about our zone conference, and my experience playing the drums ;)

Apparently this is the "trinity knot," a fancy way to do your tie. Look, he does have a serious face!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wyoming Wylie Coyote: establish Zion where you stand

Gillette Wyoming. There's not much to do and it's pretty flat. The only reason people live here is because of the mining and oil. But there are still a lot of good awesome people here. 

From Monday night to Wednesday morning, we were not in Gillette however. We got to travel all the way to Helena! From here it's about 8 hours! We stopped in Billings to stay the night then went up with some other elders in the morning, including my man Elder Schneider! It was awesome to be with the mission leadership council. There is definitely a lot of effort put into running a mission, probably more than I know.

Friday we got to run zone training! We have a pretty sweet 'bro-zone'. We made a solid zone plan to help us exercise faith and achieve goals! It has sure helped me look a little higher in terms of expectations for myself.

We got to meet with the stake president and talk about missionary work in the stake! The stake leadership has a bright vision of what the Gillette stake can become, which is good.
We had a super nice senior couple from the mission go home today. They worked hard here, and gave us some of the people they were working with. 

A cool thing they do here because of shift schedules at the mines is what they call night sacrament. They provide a mini sacrament meeting for those who can't make it to normal church. It's super cool. I was reminded again how important the sacrament is! You can't live without it really! At least spiritually.

Something in our zone plan (and mission plan) that has really began to help me a lot is what we call 'ITL's'. An ITL is an invitation to learn. It's more than just opening your mouth, so you have to be more engaged in conversation to make an invitation. It's really fun trying to invite everyone to learn. You meet a lot of great and interesting people that way. It makes the time worthwhile.

Thanks for everything y'all! I'm hungry. Bye!!

Elder Wyoming Wylie