Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wylie coyote update: adventure is out there!

These nine lines describe my recent experiences:

- I've learned what 'man sewing' is. Elder Rowley refers to using wire
to fix things like chain link fences as 'man sewing'.

- Thermopolis Wyoming was fun to visit for a few hours. There are some
hidden treasures there, like a giant warehouse thrift shop, bison that
walk around your car, and large hot springs (don't taste the water,
it's super gross!).

- We met a couple investigators from Louisiana! They are interesting.
The lady we were talking to was really cool, but it feels like she's
staring into your soul when you're talking to her! The pre-mortal life
idea was pretty foreign to her, but she is a spiritual person.

- We met a lady named Tina, who has lived all over the world, speaks
about 7 different languages, is going for a Ph.D. in cinematography,
and has a sweet accent. She has truly mastered the principle behind
this quote: “I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals
in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach
our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only
to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When
one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be
able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this
life.” (Elder M. Russell Ballard)

- We said goodbye to Larry and Georgie, who are going to be moving.
They were some of our favorite less-actives to visit. Georgie is the
one with cancer. They expressed great appreciation to us for being
their missionaries for a good while. I'll miss them.

- We found Richard Espinoza and Stephanie again! We lost track of them
for a while, and they were going through a rough time, but now they
want to get back on track! Hopefully Richard can eventually get
baptized and Stephanie can become more active!

- Elder Rowley and I spake and sang in church yesterday! I talked
about how families can do missionary work. Elder Rowley talked about
conversion. Then we sang, "Savior, redeemer of my soul" (the good
version), and it was really fun, and it invited a strong Spirit.

- Branson Townsend was baptized! It was an awesome baptism for many
reasons. His family, who aren't so active, were very touched by the
words and feelings at the baptism. All of his family were touched, and
I'm sure there will be more good things happening in that family. The
stake president confirmed him, and that was really cool to stand in
on! I love those spiritual experiences and seeing them make a great
impact on others lives.

- Last but not least, I'm going to Stevensville Montana! President
called us yesterday and told elder Rowley he's going to train a new
missionary in Buffalo, Wyoming. I'm going to be in a trio again for a
couple weeks and then I'm going to replace a 'visa-waiting'
missionary. So no, I'm not training elder Campbell :) But elder Rowley
might ;) we don't know yet. We are getting replaced by two sister
missionaries. It will be a fun change. I'm glad I get to go to a
pretty part of Montana again.

More lines and experiences from me in Stevensville will come next week!
May the spirit be with y'all
Elder Wylie

Buffalo country


Thrift shop find

Monday, June 13, 2016

Wylie Coyote update: rain can't beat the sunshine in you

To the reader: an abbreviated version of the recently past week of
June, told by one who is called 'elder Wylie' who is located in
Worland, Wyoming.

Disclaimer: as you read about the events in the following paragraphs,
please note that  there were no animals harmed as the events played
out.

There are a few events that are witnessed by a missionary that make
him very pleased. One is when he teaches a solid investigator who will
be baptized soon. Another is when investigators attend church. Another
is when he gets the unexpected opportunity to teach a whole family the
entire restoration and has them commit to find out the truth for
themselves. There are surely other events that make missionaries
happy, but the few I formerly mentioned I was privileged to experience
this past week.

We had a good 'final' lesson with Branson, which means we've taught
him all the points he needs to know. He has a great, increasing
testimony of the Book of Mormon and the church. He is still on track
to get baptized on the 23rd! I'm super excited! Hopefully he will get
back from Disneyland in time to have his interview :)

We had two investigators come to church yesterday: Bianca and
Bernadette. It was awesome to have them there. They both love the
feeling they get at church and the spiritual strength they receive for
the week. Even though Bianca is moving soon, I believe she will
eventually get baptized. But she definitely needs time. Bernadette,
since she was already baptized once, is already set on doing so when
she feels settled down and ready here. She has seriously been through
some rough experiences, but even she recognizes the maturity and
growth she has gained from them. No matter the trials we are dealt,
they are always opportunities we must take as learning, growing, and
maturing experiences.

We finally got into the home of a potential investigator the sisters
found a while ago. When we stepped inside after knocking three times,
they let us sit down and then the mom went and gathered the rest of
the family to come listen. That was unexpected! So we sat there with
the mom, Lupé, and her kids, Noami, Nicole, and Emily, along with a
friend, josh. We went through the whole restoration, and they
understood it well. Lupé said she wouldn't change, but she will always
let followers of Christ into her home, and she will let her kids choose
how they follow him. Noami and josh seemed to be touched by the
message especially, but they all committed to read and pray.

Lupé did bring up an important point. All of us Christians, all who
believe in Christ MUST be on the same side. Mormons are not the only
ones that will be around during the millennium. However, all of us
will one day have to make a choice whether we are going to completely
accept the true gospel of Jesus Christ, or completely not accept it.
By completely accepting he gospel of Jesus Christ is how we will be
able to live with him in the highest degree of glory. Let that be your
goal!

These have been the highlights of my week. I don't have the time nor the
patience to place everything I'm experiencing in words, nor would I
expect you to be interested in all those details. Just know that my
mission experience thus far is all sorts of awesome, crazy, hard, and
challenging. It's a great calling to have to be a missionary.

Have a good one, y'all, and may the Spirit always be with you!
Elder Wylie
Worland WY

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wylie coyote update: God's hand over all

Want to know some things I learned this week?

1. Don't assume that the gas station bathroom is sound proof. Elder
Rowley said he heard my humming from across the store!

2. When swinging a pick axe, stay away from the water line! Don't
worry, it wasn't me :)

3. God's hand is working wonders in people's lives! We had some
miracles this week.

This week was above average it felt like. It felt really good after a
week of sickness and boredom. Here are some of the highlights.

There was a culture fest in town the other day. We decided to go talk
to people there since it seemed more effective than anything else. We
found a lot of people we knew, including investigators, less-actives,
actives, and a random member from Highland Utah (his last name was
Lyman, and he was a representative for Guardian flight air ambulance).
There was some uplifting Christian music and interpretive dance, which
was interesting. One of our investigators was the announcer, and he
sure has a good voice for it. He pretty much knows almost everything,
especially about history. We hope we can help him exercise his faith
this week!

Going to church while covering three wards is pretty crazy! We started
doing splits so we could cover all the meetings. It went something
like this: we started out in third Ward council, then went to the
beginning of third Ward sacrament meeting. Part way through, we ran
over to first Ward council. After that, we dropped in on third Ward
gospel principles. Then elder Rowley let me off with our first Ward
mission leader, brother trombley, and elder Rowley went back into
third Ward gospel principles. While I went to first Ward sacrament
meeting, elder Rowley went to third Ward elders quorum. Then after
that he went to second Ward council, and shortly after I went to help
ordain a new priest before first Ward elders quorum (that was a pretty
sweet opportunity!). Then I went to first Ward elders quorum, and it
was me and two other guys talking about their kids 😑. After that I
waited for elder Rowley to get out of second Ward sacrament meeting to
go to the rest of the second Ward meetings. Phew, I hope you got all
that, hahaha!

We had a sweet district meeting last week as well. There was
definitely powerful testimony and truth shared. It made me think about
the broad view of what we are doing and what we can do! We are
preparing the world for the second coming! We are literally servants
of Jesus Christ exercising His power though our faith to help others
along in their conversion. Doctrine and covenants section 31 is like
the Lord's letter to missionaries! I recommend you go read it. When we
are in the service of God, we don't need to worry; we will be taken
care of!

One sweet miracle we had this week involved Branson, who we have been
teaching for almost four months now. His dad wanted him to have a
perfect testimony and knowledge of the gospel. We haven't been able to
meet with his dad to talk about it. Then, in our lesson last week with
him at a member's house, he asked us at the end, "So my dad wanted me
to ask you guys when we could do my baptism?" In my head I was like,
'wait...what?' It was a miracle! So we now have a date for him, which
is June 23rd! I am super excited and glad that finally, after a little
convincing from the Ward, his dad decided he was ready. We don't need
a perfect knowledge of the church or anything before or even after we
are baptized. That comes from experience and life long learning.

Our other miracle was how we found a new, prepared investigator. We
were going to have a lesson with a sweet guy named Juan, but he wasn't
home. So instead, we went over to try a less-active lady we haven't
met yet in the apartments. Just ahead of us we saw a little girl with
her mom and she said, 'it's the elders!'. As we went up and talked to
her, we found out she recently came up here from Denver, and she was
baptized but never confirmed! I've never heard of that! The next day
we were able to hear the rest of her story. Basically, she lived in
Denver and was homeless for a while, and those around her were abusive
and dangerous. She had strong promptings that she needed to come up
here, even though she didn't have any idea why. She got all the way up
to Casper, and a truck-driving couple took her the rest of the way.
She now has her own place to provide a roof over the heads of her two
sweet little girls. It was a miracle that she even made it up here,
let alone get her own place! She was definitely carried by God's hand.
I'm so glad He led us to her as well. Her name is Bernadette, and her
little girls like to call us 'the amens' :)

So, that was my good week. I hope to have more like that, and I'm
excited for Branson and Bernadette! Thanks y'all for the support and
taking time to read about my life. Until next time, may the Spirit be
with you!

Elder amen