Monday, October 31, 2016

Wylie coyote: where the gospel meets the yellow brick road

When preparation day meets Halloween, it's all day! It's going to be a good day.

Transfers this week! And guess what? Well, you can read at the end :)

We got to see some good people last week. And we got to do some different service. Elder Vincent never thought he would help build a wooden playset in church clothes. Nor did I think we would paint our porch on a rainy day! It's all good and fun though. The paint didn't wash away!

We got to serve with our zone leader elder Tenney for a day! The best part was when we went to teach our recent convert Micah, she invited a bunch of the neighborhood kids to join in, so we had a fun time with them all and showed a good video. Now the neighborhood kids like us and we played some basketball with them.

Alex and Donnie came to church. Alex seems to be pretty solid! He definitely wants to change and become a good person. He can definitely do that as he invites the Spirit of the Lord into his life and strives to keep the commandments.

Elder Vincent went with one of the assistants, elder Syrett, during district meeting to go give a blessing. The man had just been in a motorcycle accident. It was a good experience for elder Vincent and for the people who witnessed the blessing. The family wasn't very active as I heard. I'm sure the Spirit was there to touch their hearts.

The Carters are changing, and it's good change. Angie has been investigating the church for over 8 years and still hasn't been able to successfully live the word of wisdom. But now, as she and James have been working together, praying and reading scriptures together, spending quality time together as a family, and developing Christlike attributes, they have been so much more happy! I'm so happy for them. She is definitely getting baptized in the near future!

Well, elder Vincent and I are staying here. But here's the catch. We're getting a third companion for a few weeks! His name is elder Parish. I'm excited to see how this trio goes. Trios are usually pretty fun, but it takes some extra effort to stay focused :)

Well, don't get sick today. Watch out for clowns. And don't worry about how old you are, just go get some candy :)

Elder Wylie
Driving out of the church parking lot can be scary.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wylie coyote: on, on to the victory

What's a 'linger longer'? I went to my first one yesterday! It was pretty fun to have a Ward dinner after church. It works out well because we have church from 2:30 to 5:30! It's pretty late, but it's starting to grow on me :)

Well, I think we passed our observation. Just kidding, it wasn't a test. There was no cameras or anything. Just a nice lady from the MTC that came up for a couple three days to observe how we use technology in missionary work, as well as how we use and apply the 12 weeks program. She was pretty fun to have around. She gave us some good advice, and bought us and the other elders lunch! Fun times.

We got to do some service at the temple! However there was some miscommunication. We heard we were 'changing bulbs', but instead we came and found out we were 'planting bulbs', haha. It was still fun. I got to see a recent convert from Stevensville, Rachel brown! She is doing well, and so is her family, who are not members. But she said her sister finally is starting to have a belief in God, which is great.

The Dolans are still around. It's pretty rough because their baptism date keeps getting pushed back. Not because they aren't ready, but because we have a bunch of conferences coming up and they aren't here every weekend. We are trying for the end of the month, but if not, it'll have to be half way through November! It'll happen someday. The Dolans bus wasn't starting up for a while so they couldn't move it. But just the other day, he called and told us it finally started! It was a miracle! But then it died again. At least he knows the problem now :)

The Carters are an interesting case. We have hope for them, but the Ward has lost theirs. They seemingly haven't progressed in the past few years they have been working with them, even though they show desire. We are working closely with them right now, and we are really trying to help them get out of the rut they've been in for a while. They have hope!

We had a cool meeting with Donnie the other day. He's a solid investigator. Anyways, long story short, we found him working on a members truck one night. The member, brother deters, let us in for a minute to talk. We ended up sharing a couple of scriptures from the Book of Mormon and talked about the Holy Ghost. When we described what it was and what it felt like, he said "I've been feeling that for the past 15 minutes" (how long we had been there). That was cool to hear from him. He's definitely getting baptized soon.

Last cool story. For the last night we were with sister Carlson (lady from the MTC) we set up a lesson with a sister Beck and her non member roommate. When we got there, her roommate bailed on us, so it was just sister Beck. We soon realized we were actually there for her. She was in a really rough spot and felt a little lost. I had the thought come to mind to share a quote from a talk called "How to obtain revelation and inspiration for your personal life" and share my experience with personal revelation. She was crying while I shared that and afterwards she told us that's what she had been told earlier that day from some members of the Ward that came to visit her, and that was just what she needed. 

It was really cool to witness that touching miracle of revelation. I do have a strong testimony of receiving personal revelation though. I have literally prayed and studied and have received divine inspiration. It works. 

Well, that's all for this week! Thanks for reading! Until next time,

May the Spirit be with you,
Elder Wylie

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wylie coyote: roller coaster of a mission

What a crazy week! Let me tell you a little bit about it.

First of all, Micah's baptism was sweet. She was happy and said she feels different. It was cool to have her mom come. She was definitely touched by the experience, shown by her tears. 

At church on Sunday, we were so blessed to have so many investigators show up!  We had Micah of course for her confirmation. Then there was the two Rinnert boys, James and Jason. They are in the process of being adopted into a member family, so we have began to teach them. They can hardly focus when we do, but we get through by presenting visuals and such. 

We also had Donnie show up and sit with us. He was invited to church by a member one day and now he is coming almost every week! We are teaching him while he has some unresolved legal issues, so when those are cleared up, he can be baptized!

We also had The two Dolan kids, Bo and Sady, who live in the school bus with their dad and two older siblings. That bus would be pretty fun to live in. You could go park at Walmart for a while and be right by the store! Anyways, the Dolans are set to be baptized on the 22nd, so hopefully it will work out!

We also had Tracy come to church. She has been before, but this time was really good. She is the roommate of a recent convert in our Ward, sister Beck. Sister Beck is so awesome! She takes care of our dinner calendar and feeds us a lot. Tracy hasn't seemed too interested until last week. We were over for dinner and we gave her a large print copy of the Book of Mormon, since she can't read the small print. She appreciated it and we openly invited her to read it and pray about it. As time goes on, she is slowly becoming more open to it. Exciting!

One more person that came this week was brother Jackson. Basically, he has been less-active for about a year and a half, and has been in hiding. Miraculously, we moved in next door to him and started visiting with him!  Now he is coming to church and is going to keep coming. That was some inspiration to our housing missionaries :)

We had a zone conference last week as well. There was good discussions, testimonies, and food. Two ideas that stuck out to me:
  1. If we are going to 'teach repentance and baptize converts', we must have a repentant attitude ourselves. It's pretty hard to help someone else repent if we aren't willing to ourselves. The spirit will not be there and there will be no power behind your words. So have a repentant attitude so you can feel the joy of Christ and share that joy with others.
  2. President shared the analogy of the two wolves inside each of us. There is a bad wolf who is prideful, angry, selfish, etc. and there is the good wolf who is very Christlike. The wolves are comparable to the natural man and the spiritual man. Which one wins? Well, which one do we feed? Are we feeding the natural man or the spiritual one? That is the question.
 The last people I will mention are the Carters. She is the one that we found while looking at our lists and was amazed that we came the day she was praying for help. Basically, Angie is not baptized, but has a testimony of the church and the Book of Mormon. Her husband is less-active, but is now showing some signs of wanting to come back. Missionaries along with the Ward have been trying to work with them for a couple years, but are still stuck. Last night we talked about the atonement with them and set some goals with them to help them progress. They are going to start by reading the Book of Mormon everyday! Then, they are going to get their car drivable so they can make it to church on their own as a family! Then they are going to start trying to live the word of wisdom. Then, Angie has made a tentative goal of getting baptized in December. That is a lot of stuff to accomplish! But elder Vincent and I still feel like there is hope and as we work with them closely, and as they start inviting divine help, they can accomplish it. I know it.

In my experience, missionary work is more spiritual and mental work than physical. I don't mind riding my bike 15-20 miles to get around or walking across town. What's hard is the intense spiritual focus and the mental challenges that come when we find and teach and work with people. That's what the actual work is in my experience. Either way, it is a great and marvelous work that brings joy into individual and family lives.

Thanks for lending your eyes to my words for a few minutes. Tune in next time to hear about us getting observed by a church employee!

Elder Wylie

Who says missionaries are always serious?
(Alex in middle w/coat in air)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Wylie Coyote: our keystone, our cornerstone

Greetings, my fellow brothers and sisters. How awesome it is to be a
servant of Christ! In the midst of some stress and pressure, I've been
able to find joy and satisfaction in my increase of abilities and my
relationship with God and Christ. I am doing well! Elder Vincent is
still adjusting and discovering the nature of the mission, but he is
getting a hang of things pretty good. I'm getting along with him and
we are learning from each other.

We are working with some good people up here in pioneer park. Micah is
getting baptized this weekend! It's pretty exciting. It was a miracle
from the beginning of how she was found. The missionaries helped her
grandma in a Walmart parking lot and ended up teaching her grandkid.
Be like Christ wherever you go and great things may come of it. Also
the Dolan kids who live in the sweet school bus are still progressing.
They didn't make it to conference so their baptism probably won't
happen until next weekend. But that's probably better than rushing
them too quick!

We got to meet a sweet guy named Donnie too. Brother Wilson, a local
Ward member, went on Craig's list one day to seek help to build a
computer. He found a guy and invited him over to come help. They
became friends, he invited him to church, and he came! Now he is
slowly working towards baptism! You never know who's ready to accept
the gospel!

We were looking at people to visit from our area book one day, and
decided to visit a part member family that hasn't been seen in a
while. When we knocked on the door, she was quite surprised to see us.
She basically told us she was praying and crying earlier that day to
Heavenly Father about her difficulties. Without meaning to, we showed
up at the right time. Her husband is pretty less-active, but she also
told us she 'isn't a member yet'. There is some hope in that home!

I've never been so excited to watch General conference! It was
awesome. We watched the first two sessions with our sweet neighbor
brother Jackson. He is a pretty cool guy. He has a copy of the Book of
Mormon in every single language they've printed! Including braille,
ASL, and trukese! He also keeps track of all the new wards, branches
and stakes created all around the world! Did you know there is a whole
bunch of branches in mainland China!? Anyways, we sadly didn't have
any investigators watch conference with us. We should have had about
4, but instead, 0. However, we are having a baptism this weekend and
next weekend for the kids we're teaching so that's good.

I want you to consider the power of the Book of Mormon. It was
definitely brought up in conference, about the power of the Book of
Mormon in conversion. Here is Nephi testifying about the Book of
Mormon: 2 Nephi 33:10-11; "And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew,
and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in
Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if
ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they
are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they
teach all men that they should do good.
And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye--for Christ will
show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at
the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar;
and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these
things, notwithstanding my weakness."

The Book of Mormon is true. Following the doctrine taught in it brings
us closer to God than any other book! Make it a part of your life a
little more than it is right now, and you won't regret it.

Have a great life this week!
Elder Wylie

 Almost a normal face!