Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Atonement is Real

Hey Everyone,

This past week has been a lot of learning and personal growth for me. To cap it off It was Easter weekend and a great chance to remember Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for each of us. I know that there are times in life when things don't seem to be going to way we wished them to go but it is key to remember that we are never alone and no matter what events occur in our life, that things will always work out in the end. I hope that everyone had a great weekend and that things continue to go up. Keep enjoying life and never forget that there is always something to be thankful for.

It was a great start to the week because I got three new t-shirts. And I really like them. Fun to change things up a bit when I can. I also got some ingredients to make myself treats this week and it was great to be baking again. Nothing super fancy but a nice little treat I was able to make. I did it from memory too so I was very impressed i didn't burn anything down. It all worked out and they are so yummy.

This week was a great week and we had lots of great lessons. We started off on a positive note on Tuesday when one of the investigators we have been teaching finally changed her outlook on baptism on being something unnecessary to something that she might do in the future. This is a huge step because a few months ago she would not let missionaries in her home but now she has progressed a long way. I do not know if I will be here to se

e her move towards anything major but I am happy I have been able to help in the ways i did.

We also go into a lot of homes who had previously not let us in, the people were not very receptive to our message but it was good to be inside and really meet them. We got a few return appointments for this week and that was great. Always good to keep helping those around us.

I was on exchanges with another Elder on Thursday and together we taught a pastor of another faith about the restoration. He was very open to the message and to the spirit he felt. We are teaching him again in the next week and he has mentioned that he will be baptized if he feels the spirit telling him too.

When out tracing I invited someone to be baptized and they said YES. I did not know what to do because I have never had that happen to me so we set a time to go back this week. A lot of planning for this week but that just means this week will be just as great. I am glad i finally had someone say yes to me at the door. It was really something.

Over all a great week and we had stake conference this weekend. Hear some amazing talks and felt a great spirit, such a wonderful time of year to remember Jesus and the sacrifice he made for us. Learning and growing each day, staying strong and trying me best to be a little better each day. Keep smiling!

Elder Wyatt

1. Daniel and his companion made a fort out of bedsheets! Good to see he's still having fun :)

2. He looks quite embarrassed that he broke this box at home...

3. Here are the treats he made! What a great chef!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Snow In April


From Wednesday to Saturday we had clear blue skies and warm sunshine, but I woke to a very bright and snow covered town this morning. I have been told that the weather changes very often and if I do not like it to just wait 5 minutes and it will be different. It has been a very long five minutes this morning. The snow looks like it stop coming down so that is something. With the sun out I am sure I will be back to my mud puddles and wind soon. I do enjoy the weather, it keeps things interesting. Always a surprise when one wakes up!

This was a good week. I went on exchanges twice so I worked with two different missionaries then I normally do. But that was not until Wednesday. For the start of the week Elder Smith and I embarked on our journey, in our usual fashion, and heading out to conquer the world! Or at least knock on a few doors and teach a few lessons. Both good plans in my minds but we settle on the second. We had some success but nothing to exciting. We did set up some lessons for later in the week which is always a good thing. I was gone for them but they were still great from what I hear.

Come Wednesday we had a district service project. We went to a members house they were building and helped them clean out a lot of the dust and things that were left over so they could start to move items into the house. Its was a lot of fun. There were two Amish there and they were both very kind and helpful in working on the house. We spent a good amount of time throwing dry wall out of the second floor window. That was exciting until we went outside and had to move the pieces we threw to the trash. Still fun. We got a lot of cookies from the family too so it was great!

After we were finished there I left with Elder Miymoto (Can not spell it, sorry) to work in La Jara second ward. I have been there before and it was neat to be there again. We went straight to work and had some great luck. We tracking into a waiter we know from one of the restaurants and he was very open to reading the Bool of Mormon and praying about it. He invited us to come back later in the week because he was about to go into work. (I am sure the La Jara Elders had a great lesson with him on Sunday.) After we chatted with him for a little bit we went out again to try and catch some people. Meet a lot of non-members which was great because it is always exciting to chat with them. We passed out a few more Books of Mormon before we had dinner. After dinner we headed home and prepared for next day.

On Thursday we spent some time on computers and I got a talk called "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox. I highly recommend everyone to read it. It is a really good talk. After that we had some more service to help the Sisters clean out there house. They had a big mice infestation so we got to craw into dark places and get them out. That was very exciting and also dirty. It was good to help them out because they could not deal with the mice. I was just glad they were mice and not rats. After we did that we heading to a town call "Capuline" (I think that is how is is spelled) It is just put side of La Jara and there were a lot of great people out there we got to meet with. Most of the town is Catholic and that makes it a great place to work and meet non-members. We had one lesson with a woman name Kelly and she was very excited to hear about the restoration. He husband was not as thrilled about it and that made it awkward at times. But it was still a good lesson and I hope she can make it to church one day.

The evening came and I was taking back to Sanford. It did not last long because come Friday afternoon, I went on exchanges again with the Sanford 2 Elders. Friday morning we had zone training. I really enjoyed that because I love to learn. The topic of the day was "The power of the Book of Mormon." It was great to learn more about how we can answer questions and help with concerns as we teach just by using the Book of Mormon. Because I was a convert to the Church, I was asked to bear my testimony about how it helped me in my conversion. I was excited to share my small amount of knowledge. I continue to learn more everyday.

After the meeting I left with Elder Clark to Sanford 2. It was really neat to work in the other half of town. Sanford is not the worlds biggest town but there are still parts i have not seen because it is not in my area. I enjoyed working with Elder Clark, he is the senior Zone leader for my Zone. That means he is a great missionary and there was a lot I could learn from him. We went to a few of his investigators and shared some thoughts with those around us. Someone dropped us off pizza so we just relaxed in out Apt for dinner. After words we jumped back into his truck. Side note, being in an area with a car is great. I normally walk or bike everywhere so just relaxing in a nice warm car is wonderful. We had some great evening lesson and then call it a night.

Saturday morning was fun. We had some good lessons but one of them was with an investigator named German. He made us lunch and we taught him the Law of Chasity. That was the first time I have ever taught that lesson to a real person and it was interesting. Of all the lessons we teach, that just might be the most awkward one. It went really well and the only confusing was over what a "Ward" was. That was surprising hard to teach to someone who has never heard it before. It all worked out and the tacos he made us were very yummy. Quite greasy though.

At lunch I got to come back to Elder Smith. It was good to be back in my apt and sleep in my own bed. I have only been here for 8 weeks but it feels like home. I also like having all my pillows. One is just not enough for me. Elder Smith and I had some great luck. On Sunday afternoon we finally got into a less-active families home we have been trying to get in for, well, 8 weeks. I was a great lesson but I was told that is because the wife was not home. The husband was eager to come to church but he can not because of some family circumstances. I hope that things work out for him. We are planning on going back to try and talk with his wife but who knows how that will work out.

Overall it was a really nice week. I really enjoyed the opportunities I had to work in other areas and with other missionaries. I know the lessons I learned from them will help me throughout my entire mission. It has been really nice to learn and grow some each day, and I do not plan on stopping. Life is too short not to have a smile on my face. I finished the Book of Mormon this morning. So now I have read it through twice. This last one has been great because i read it over two months as apposed to the 11 months it took me last time. I learned so many things from it and am eager to start it again to learn some more. Keep up the faith and never doubt, only believe.

1 Corinthians 13:7

 Elder Wyatt

PS. Sorry there were no pictures this week. But I promise I will send some more soon!

What Is Right.


Its been a good week here in Sanford CO. We have had every sort of weather you could imagine but its always been fun to head out and do what we can. To start of the week was P-Day and that is always nice. First time with the new zone and i can't tell if i like them more or less. they are all nice but they don't like to play games, they all just wanted to sleep. IT WAS DRIVING ME CRAZY. Don't get me wrong, i would love to take a nap but i have plenty of time to do that when i'm 136 years, as of now i want to be silly. Their laziness didn't keep me from being silly, don't worry. I still have fun with my district!

We had a really good lesson with a man named Toby H. Both Elder Smith and I were very loving and bold when we taught him. He still says he believes everything to be true but doesn't want to let anyone down if he does get baptized and them falls away. We did our best to try and help with his concerns but it is up to him to choose if he will act upon or accept our message. We will keep working with him as best we can. Our Stake President really wants to meet with him so that would be great if we can set it up.

So I had to go to the doctor this week. I woke and my ear was swollen. Never a good sign, I know. So after a few phone calls I met with a Cowboy who told me he was a doctor. I didn't believe him at first but the fact that he was 3 times taller then I and had hands bigger then my head, i dint question him. Well, I wish i had keep that drive to not question him, because at one point he said " This is frustrating me" and walked out of the room, he came back in with a small scalpel and begin to work on my head again. I felt brave so I asked him what he thought it was. He responded "Oh, I have no idea" I will filled with all the confidence in the world after that. When he was done he explained it was a small infection and nothing to worry about. I am on meds now and the issue is gone. I don't think i will ever forget that however.

One of the Less Active members we have been working with had a huge heart attack last week and had to be flown to Denver, he is back and since then he has become a lot more interested in becoming more active. he says that his experience really "woke" him up to what he needs to be doing with his life. We were happy to hear this, its funny how things work out. He is also now a lot more helpful when we work with his no-member wife. Hopefully this new situation will push them both.

I gave the lesson for my district meeting this week. I was nervous because it was the first one I ever gave. I think it went well and I didn't get boo-ed off of stand so that is a good thing. I have learned so much in these past 2 months and I am so excited to continue to learn more each and everyday! The Highlight of the week had to have been General Conference! It was amazing. As always but this time it really meant something more to me. Lots of great talks but my favorite was by President Thomas S. Monson. He gave a talk about the "confidence to do what is right" I don't know what the official name is but that's what i have named it! It was the last talk of the priesthood session and was very powerful. I also enjoyed Elder Bednar talk about our burdens and how they give us leverage. Its nice to hear from such wise men and women who only care about our happiness. I look forward to reading them again when they come out in Ensign.

 I am very grateful for this past week and lessons I learned. I am so blessed to be able to be in Colorado and do my best to teach those around me. I am very thankful that I have been giving this opportunity to devote my time to the Lord. I know that this Church is true and I can not say that a lot. I know that the Lord never gives us any trails we can not overcome. As it was said at conference and quoted from two Prophets, "Things will work out" I promise that as we continue to put our faith and trust in the Lord, He will never let us down.

Love Always,
Elder Wyatt