Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Whole New World

Hey everyone!

Its been such a great week and too much to tell in the time I have so let us begin and I will try to stay on task with the good stuff! Oh, last Monday, I now just think that it wont ever stop snowing and i should just be ready for it any day. I do enjoy the snow, i still run around and make snow balls so its just a big game. One must find joy in life after all.

We had a really great lesson with Gary Bailey, he is our mayor and not a member of the Church. He has a very strong testimony of it, but just does not want to act on it. We found a way to get him to act though, He wants his family to be baptized (but not him) so we are now teaching them and it will hopefully pan out well over these next few weeks. I have no doubt that as his family works towards it he too will have a greater desire to be baptized and we will be here for him when he wants us too.

We got to catch with a lot of people who we have never been able to catch and one of them was interesting. He invited us in and his house was covered in flies. ( i used a lot soap, do not worry) We chatted and it turned out that he left the Church years ago and began to start his own, taught us his doctrine and I learned a lot. Turns out the Atlantis is just North America and that Julius Cezer was Jesus father. I had never really taught about that but he was also really excited to chat because I take it he does not get a lot of visitors. He was kind and we might teach him again, but most likely not at his home.

Great news, one of our investigators who was in jail, is out! Woohoo! And he is out with a great desire to attend church. Things happen for a reason i guess, i do not know a lot but the things I do know tell me to have faith. So that's what I am doing. Life is simpler that way too! We are going back to teach him this coming week and look forward to seeing him at church. I know it will bless him so much so that is the game plan.

We had our big zone conference yesterday and that was so cool. It always is but its just so much fun to gather in a group of missionaries and with our mission leaders, the spirit in the room is unbeatable. Just like in school I am always the one who takes a shoot in the dark on a question that no one knows and it has been working out well for me. I am so lucky to have the Holy Ghost with me to teach and guide me. Lets me know i never have to have fear.

Overall it was a great week and I am so excited for another week in the vineyard. I am thankful for all that I have been taught and given in my life. We focused on short testimonies in our conference so to close, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ is true and I know that because I ask Heavenly Father and He answered my prayers. I know we can all come to that same conclusion so long as we ask Him in faith and with a sincere heart. I am so thankful for this knowledge and I learn everyday.

Helaman 3:27-28  = All of us

Elder Wyatt

Photos from Elder Wyatt!

1. I tried to grow out my mustache. Do I pull it off?
2. I got to be a cowboy for a zone teaching role play.
3. This is my new zone. I am the one in the suit. 

Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel!

Hey Everyone,

Another week has rushed by me and I am still trying to catch up to it all. I have officially started my new transfer with my new companion. His name is Elder Sagers, he is from burly Idaho and has been serving on his mission longer then I have been a member of this church. He is a good guy and I look forward to working with him whilst I can. Before I even met him I had my last few days with Elder Smith

We saw Art Lujuan, he is a non-member and we have been trying to get him to read to Book of Mormon. He doesn't because he believes you can not add or take away from the Bible, He wont even pray and ask God if the Book of Mormon is true. So after we learned these things we have decided to no longer focus our energy on him.

On Tuesday we packed up and headed up to Colorado Springs, the first time I have left the San Luis Valley in 3 months. It was so weird to be in a city where there are more then a hand full of stores. I was so gitty in the card as I pointed out buildings fallowed by an "ooohhhhh" There were so many people and so much to do and see. And boy I forgot how dirty city's are. I did not miss the smell of smoke coating the air but it was fun when we walked around and just went into random stores. We went into a few art gallerias and that was just weird to walk around with 3 other missionaries.

When we were in the city we went to a hair cutting school to get free hair cuts, the only catch is those who cut your hair are learning. i lucked out and the professor used my hair as a demo lesson so my hair turned out great, some of the others, well, they might be buzzing them off, free is free however and i did enjoy that experience. We got Panda Panda, and I forgot how yummy fast food is. It fill my tummy with warm goodness. It was our last hurrah as a group because half of us were leaving to different areas, we spent the night at a missionary apt.

I woke to chocolate waffles. Such a great way to wake up :) We headed over to the meeting and had some time to just chat with other missionaries. It was the first time that I got to see those who I was in the MTC with since the MTC. It was neat seeing them and how they have grown over the past three months. I wonder if I have too. What ever the case we got to watch the new in-coming missionaries meet there trains, I remember how nervous I was that day but they all look so excited to begin teaching! After some goodbyes, we headed back down south the Sanford, its about a 4 hour drive and we stopped for food in Pueblo. It was a nice drive back and very different with the new missionaries.

We had zone meetings and lots of service this past end of week so not a lot of opportunities to teach. I got to tear down some more walls and I am still very good with a hammer. My district is just about the same except for two so that's not to big of a change. We had a short meeting to get  to know one an other and as we were chatting it started to snow on us. Just another great thing that comes from being in the mountains.

We did have some great lessons even though not much time. My companion met Mayor Bailey and that was an experience. He has really warmed up to the idea of having his family taught because he knows church is true and wants them to be baptized but he wont do it. Still working on jumping that hurdle. But if he continues down the path he has began, i have no doubt things will work out.

We taught sister Hamilton again and it went really well. Her Home Teacher came with us and he has been a great help. He is a good friend of hers so she will really listen to him when he explains things and bears his testimony. I am just nervous because he and his wife are leaving on a mission in the coming weeks and hope that she is still open to us when he leaves. No matter what we will still try and her husband has been coming to church more and more so its nice to see him there.

We met with with Guy Sanchez again, he was in jail for a little but but he is out now, and he is more open to coming to church since his time in the jail. It was a nice surprise to hear that and he was even open to being baptized because he has never been so. I am looking forward to meeting with him again in the future and hope that our lessons continue to have the spirit they have had.

Over all i am really happy and I have felt like everything is going well for me. I hope things continue to go well for everyone and know that I am only ever an email or a letter away!

Alma 5:14

Love Always,
Elder Wyatt

The following pictures (and their great captions!) included with this email:

1. Saw a good friend from the MTC. (I am hidden in his arms)
2.  Goodbye to Elder Smith
3. This is my "Family Tree"
4. Snow in May, we have fun with it (This is Elder Greer)
5. This is my new companion and a suit I got for $5 at a thrift store. It fits well and I love it. 


Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Things

Another amazing week in Colorado and as always the best work in the world to do. I have learned and grown a lot of the past week as I always seem to do. To start we had a nice relaxing P-day. WE got lunch at a great place and I had a delicious guac burger. I have not had a good one in a while so it was nice to pig out. We played Ninja and a game called swords. It was a ton of fun to just be silly. I usually am but it was nice to see others be silly with me :)

We had some great lessons this past week and those whom we teach are finally progressing some. That is really nice to see. With Sis Hamilton, we went back and answered some of her questions/concerns. She is finally opening up to us about what is keeping her from coming to church. for the longest time she would not let missionaries into her house so that is huge progress for her! Her husband also started to come back to church and that is great to see. We are going back again next week to continue to help her get past her concerns.

He taught Gary Gardner again, he is a retired Reverend from another church and we have been teaching him lessons of the past two weeks. He had never hear of the aposticy and was very intrigued by it. He is very open to reading the Book of Mormon and Praying about it. It has been good to teach him but this man can talk. He will just go off on a story for a while and my companion or I have to cut him off and bring it back to focused on the Gospel. He said he would come to church next weekend so I really hope to see him there.

We saw the crazy mayor Gary Bailey again. He is such a character. Always so silly and will never take a breath to let someone else speak. Good thing i am nice and rude and will just start speaking at the same time as him. He loves me and we have had some fun teaching him. He knows the church is true but wont do anything about it... yet. I just need a few more times to teach him. He wants his family to be baptized however, we are going to work on that angle next week.

One of the persons we have been teaching is moving up to Denver tomorrow and that's too bad. He is a great guy and I know that he will do well up there. It causes some what of an issue because he has taken another family into his trailer but when he leaves they do too, and they have no where else to live. This tells me i get to help them move again, but that's ok, always happy to help.

For service this week, we got to tear down someone house, or part of it. We ripped out dry wall and the insulation. Do not worry, i wore gloves and a mask the whole time. But it was really fun to just run around a room with a hammer and slam it into the wall. I am really good at that, fun fact. We spent a lot of time ripping it out and then the real fun part came when we had to clean it all up.

Over all a really nice week and things continue to go well. This Wednesday day marks transfers and I will no longer be with Elder Smith. He is going to a different zone up in Parker South and I will be remaining in Sanford with Elder Sagers. He was a Zone Leader before hand but is dropping down to District leader in Sanford. I look forward to being with a new companion and continuing to work hard.

Jacob 4:7

Love Always,
Elder Wyatt

Here are some photos that Daniel included with his own captions:
1. Last meeting with this district. We had fun.
2. We had some fun hats to wear. They were so soft!
3. A man we have been teaching, Steven. He likes to brand animals and I would never do that so we often talk about why
4. I saw this Sunday morning and it brought tears to my eyes
5. This is Garry Gardner on my right and President Reynolds on my left.
6. This is one of my zone leaders, Elder Wilson, we know how to pose.
7. This is Crazy Cat Lady. I enjoy her, but her house is sooooo gross. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Live, Learn, Grow

Hi ya'll

Another week has flown by. Time keeps moving faster and I am amazing at the weeks when they are over. I had a great week working with elder smith, i always do with him. He has been a great companion and I will miss him come transfers. Transfers are next week and I have no idea where or who I will be with, there is always the chance that i will stay with Elder Smith in Sanford but it is not as likely. Where I go I know it will be the best place for me, the Lord is good like that :) No matter what I look towards the future with a smile and with faith.

We started of the week helping a member with his garden. THERE WERE SO MANY WEEDS. We spent a long time and it looked like we did not get very far but I know we did. It was very windy and as did this work, as always, and a lot of dust blew into my mouth and eyes. I was sure i could make a sand-castle from the of the dirt that was on me. I wore my super-man shirt as we worked and I did try a few times to jump and fly away. Its a secrete if I can, and I am not allowed to shared it if i could.

We had amazing luck with some of the members of Sanford who previously did not let us into there holms. We had the opportunity to meet with a man named Don Kreps who has been less active for years and never been excited to meet with missionaries. We chatted with him some last week but this week he was a lot warmer towards us. He jested with us some and tried to test me on doctrinal questions but I held my own and he smiled a few times. His daughter was in there two, she is a non member, about 47 years old. She was more focused on the TV then what we were sharing with her. Lucky, her father turned of the TV and made her listen. It was great. She has a 12 year old son who wanted to join the church years ago but she prevented him. Hopefully as we continue to meet with them they will all come join with us.

We bike out to the "feed Lot" this past week and that is a long bike ride away. We also bike into the wind and that made it hard to go out but it wasn't to bad when we came home. We did not have a lot of luck out there but we did find a home of a Spanish speaking family only. Chatted for a little until they asked us to go. Elder smith said he was lost the whole time because he didn't speak any Spanish but that's OK. Elder smith has taught me lots of Signs and I am slowly picking it up. it would be fun to be able to master it, its good to use when we are teaching and we need to let the other person know something.

We has a softball activity on Thursday. It was the first time i have used a bat or a glove in a long time. I was surprised at my time up at bat, I didn't get to many strikes. I did learn, or remember that I can not pitch for the life of me. It was a very awkward moment when  I throw them in the ground and to far above the batter. It was a learning experience right? I like to think of it like that.

We had a normal Sunday this past weekend. It has been a while since we just had our normal meetings. I always enjoy Sundays. I have learned so much over the past few weeks. I have now restarted the BOM and I am got a study guide for the Old Testament so I can understand it better. I am learning more and more every day. Eager to learn ever more this week and for every week fallowing that.

D & C 5:34

Love Always,
Elder Wyatt