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...