Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 15th Email

Hello!!! Things are crazy once again haha but this last week was pretty amazing. By like friday we were kind of down because we had no investigators but by yesterday we had 4 Investigators:) One thing I am learning a lot from Elder Thorup is just Managing things well. We are setting up an English class, so i am really excited about it. I don't know too much about the name dad or the fishing. But i would love to come here one day and fish. The Mountains are Awesome!!! today We might go to Cwmbran's area and go to a forest so i am super Excited about it. I was on an exchange in newport and we cycled up this massive mountain it was way cool but destroyed my body haha. The view was so good though. The Landscape kind of reminds me of like wyoming but SUPER green:) Although this last week was outrageously hot.... (Gimme Rain) Sounds like things are good for you guys though? I got an Email from Elder Brown and Elder Neumann! I would have asked you guys for thiers ages ago but I just thought they couldn't email!! But oh well:) It has been pretty cool at church because like half the ward for the last two weeks has been BYU students studying abroad for the English/Welsh Language. It is pretty crazy because the professor even got a calling. This ward needs a lot of Priesthood help. But I like Serving in wards like this. Ummmm my theory test is actually tomowrrow yay. I am super excited about everything in the work though, some great things will be happening i can feel it coming soon. There is going to be a big to do in Cardiff:) I am not sure what else to say? haha. Life is good, and we are just working a lot with the chinese people again so we are excited about that. I am serving in all of the cities of the Mission it's crazy:) Coventry is the only big city i haven't served in. well, there is Nottingham but I have been there plenty of times:) I bette get going but I know that God Loves us no matter what. Living an obedient Life is the only way to lasting happiness. I am so grateful to be able to be The Lord's Missionary, one of this Royal Army. it is an honour. I Love you guys, thank you for everything. God Bless. Elder Wilson

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8th Email

Hello, It has been a pretty great week! Sounds like it was pretty good for you guys too:) We were able to watch the Missionary Broadcast last night and that was definitely a Revelatory experience. I was boosted up a lot and I am excited we are going to try and get members watching that. I think it will build family unity, and move the work forward, I guess in essence Family Unity is The work so yeah:) Super good! Oh haha dad the area we live in is called splott! We also have a fish and tackle shop right by us and I dig that. We might actually go down to the bay today which would be nice. So we have had to do a lot of flat finding all over The place in Wales. When you get your call to serve a Mission you don't think about those kinds of things:) But it was good, and It is all The Lord's work. We weren't able to be in our area much which was kind of sad because we had flats to look at, Baptism Interviews, and we did do some good work with some Missionaries. and got some good things going. Angie in Birmingham is scheduled to be Baptised on the 4 of AugusT!!!!! Woot!!! We put in loads of work there opening it up and some really good things are going to start coming from it with all the people we started teaching there. That is super sweet about Garret Anderson!! Tell him congrats, he will be a super good Missionary. So I am Loving Wales more and more! It has been insanely warm here the last few days! It has been almost ninety degrees! It is crazy, haha I don't even know what's going on. I can not believe mom and dad are on facebook.............. I literally never thought I would hear of the day. But that is awesome? Haha I don't know. You guys like it? Oh and happy anniversary!!! I was going to put that in last week but there was too much on my mind. sorry about that. I hope it was Amazing:) I am taking my theory test in Merthyr on the 16th So Hopefully that goes well. I feel super bad that elder Thorup is driving loads, since I have been here we have drove so much. I think around a thousand miles, comin' up on it at least. Oh and I didn't serve with Elder Thorup in the trio that was Elder Taylor. Elder Thorup was the companion before Elder Taylor:) He is a funny guy. But things are good, I am happy. I am Loving ALL of the people i am called to serve. We have some really good Missionaries around here, i have already grown really close with a lot of them. I better get going though, I Love you guys a lot. thank you for everything. I know that God is in this work, now more than ever The work of God is going forth. And I am so grateful that I have been able to be a part of this. i Love The Lord, I am learning to Know The Lord too. I am working on my everyday interactions to be as Jesus Christ would do. I Love you! thank you for everything. Alma 5:12:) With Love, Elder Wilson

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1st Email

I can't write too long this week but I am in Cardiff!!!! I am serving with Elder Thorup again haha it is pretty crazy. Wales Is like the coolest place ever! It is so pretty, and we have to do a lot of driving around. So I have seen quite a bit of southern Wales, it is Amazing. In pontypridd there are mountains and pine tree's, I was flippin out. People are crazy nice as well. I am just absolutely in Love with wales... Cardiff is a really pretty city too, Get to see the ocean. Doctor who sariah muahahahaha. Oh we are whitewashing here as a new area too so it has been an absolutely jam packed week. We are busy out of our minds from 6:30 to 10:25:) But it is good, I like having to stay on my toes. Wit the little time we had to work in our area, The Lord blessed us loads. We met a really Amazing Welsh lady :) So we met her on thursday, taught her on friday, she has some big concerns with death's of her Loved one's but feels like we met her for a reason. We set up a lift for her on saturday and she was at church on snday! I hope she Loved it. Elder Matheus will do some good stuff in Birmingham, he has a sweet Companion. Things are super good, I am hoping to serve here for a while I feel really good about things here. The ward is behind us in the work and that is good to have. And The Bishop is solid, we like to ask his wife what we can do to serve him when we first get into the area and they want some help in the garden so on thursday we are going over there to work in the yard. I am excited!!!!! Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm Yeah there was loads of stuff that happened this week but I don't even know how to explain. I feel very overwhelmed, and Humbled, But I am Happy and in such a Beautiful Part of The world. We are going to work loads with The University here and get things going. That is way sweet that you all went up to bear lake for scout camp! Hahaha you guys are awesome. It is good to hear about things at home I better get headin' soon. But I Love you guys. I will keep up the journal although it has struggled a bit the last few weeks. I am so grateful to be a Missionary, oh by the way The Picture on the front page of preach My Gospel isn't too far from here:) President Rasmussen calls Dan Jones the forrest gump of Missionary work haha. Cause he was everywhere. Well, This work is True I am excited to watch that Missionary Broadcast this week. i Love you!!!!!!!!! Elder Wilson

June 24th Email

Sounds like some pretty crazy stuff happening. We didn't get to watch the fireside but we will soon and President Rasmussen sent us an email. That sounds insane, hopefully I will be here when they make those changes. It is so exciting to be a Missionary right now:) Oh so transfers are this week, and I will definitely be leaving in a car area, I have to take the test again and get my license really soon. I will figure out where I will be tonight so I am a bit Nervous about that:) It is crazy because President Rasmussen called me last monday after we went to bed to tell me I'm leaving and some other stuff haha. This week was super Awesome! We got quite a few new Investigators. the world war 2 guy is super sweet. You guys would Love him cause his profession was that he was an antique specialist. He knows loads about antiques. And he is like the biggest Gentleman, he came to a sisters home to dinner with us. It was pretty sweet. The Chinese people we are teaching are Amazing people. Unfortunately, they all were on vacation so they couldn't come to church!!! But it's all good:) We also ran into some other former Investigators! They are Jamaican, and the dad worked at the mission home for a while, so he knows quite a lot. Him, and his wife came to church I hope they enjoyed it and felt The Spirit. And there is this kid from Pakistan we started teaching but he lived in New York for five years. And He is really searching, he gives the best answers and has some really Amazing intentions. Also... He Loves Switchfoot. I was pretty much flippin' out. He is learning guitar and couldn't get it tuned so I tuned it and was asking what kind of music he liked. And boom. Switchfoot. Yes indeed. but he leaves this week. That is the bad thing about Teaching students.... But they are so receptive. He will be back though and then he can be taught around september. Hmmmmmmm So leaks and stuff? Pretty crazy. Poor dad. Hopefully this week goes better! This week was actually pretty warm too, but a few nights ago it was pretty warm but we got super drenched at night. It was like 8:20 so we still had a bit of finding and it had been clear and warm all day so I didn't have a jacket or anything. But then the clouds built up and we had a good 5 minutes of some Insane rain coming down and got completely soaked:) I heard from Elder Brown that his Mission might get split up? It is crazy with all of the Missions. Probably most of the sisters who came in last transfer will be training here! I feel Blessed to have been able to see what it was like before all the craziness then to just see how The Work is Truely Hastening. These new Missionaries have Great Attitudes about the work. And I have been really Impressed with This District. Lots of Hard work. So I am a bit sad leaving Elder Matheus. He is going to do some great things. But I guess you move on, and up. We have had a really good few Transfers. And I have learned so much the last few Months. I am excited for what is coming too, where will be emailing you guys next week??!!?!? Well I better get ready to get going. I am so so happy here in this wonderful Country. We had a wonderful oppurtunity to go with a Member of The High Council to help him Home teach a single German lady. She had had a very tough week. And We were able to go and share a brief Message, watch a Mormon Message on Brother Barran's Ipad, give her a Blessing. It was simple but The Spirit was so overwhelming. I thought that this is simply what The Lord's work is about. To Minister to someone's needs you don't necessarily need to just be a problem fixer. You can help bear them up, and give them that little courage to move on. It was a powerful Experience for me. Probably one of those moments that I will always look back on when thinking about The Lord's work. One of the many experiences, and way more to come too. I know that God Lives. He is in the biggest details of our lives, but somehow He is involved with all of the little things too. We were able to find that Jamaican couple who weren't even in our area book. But The Lord wanted us there because His Love is for Everyone. Every Soul is Precious in His sight. I Love you guys. Thanks for Bouying me up on this Mission; a Family Affair. I am Strengthened everyday, and am given the Energy and Courage to move forward because of you guys. I am very grateful for it. THANK YOU. I Love you. goots. Elder Wilson

June 17th Email

Hello Family:) It has been a pretty Great week. The Lord has blessed us a lot with The Work. One of our investigators is going back to temor and that is by nepal. Indonesia. But It's all good because he will be back in July. Chinese Investigators have been really great. I Love teaching them:) So I didn't pass the theory test and that was a big bummer, I am not really sure what to do because transfers are coming up so we will see what happens. I don't really no what else to say... haha. The Scriptures have been so Inspiring as I have been reading them. And We found this former Investigator without even meaning to, and he is 88! He served in world war two... It is so hard not to ask him loads of question's... But We have kept our Purpose:) he is so nice. I Love him! And the Chinese Investigator's that we found! one is way into working out haha it is way crazy. But things are good. Sounds like you guys had an awesome week! Getting the house back in order:) Sorry this is super short, But i Love you guys have an Amazing week. Thanks for Everything. I Know God Lives. Love, Elder Wilson

June 10th Email

SO a few things before I forget. Football (Soccer) is pretty huge here. When I was in Leicester on saturdays everyone would either be wearing blue for the Leicester foxes (Football) Or Green and red for the Leicester tigers (Rugby) It was super hard tracting because everyone was going to the games. Aston Vila is in our area now. But we don't go to the games. That is crazy that Jordan is in the young men's!! He will do way good. It's funny this morning I was thinking about the backpacking trip with Jord and Chad:) That is so crazy that you guys are all changing stuff around there. The Chiken coop?!!? Remember when we she had us laughing super hard about that swimming pool place? This week was Amazing. We got some awesome new Investigator's. There is guy from timor. The Lord has prepared him to revieve The Gospel. He wants to be Baptised but isn't sure he can because it could put his family in trouble. He has a heart of Gold. It is hard to find that today, but he is just an Amazing person. He Loves farming, and is going to go to North Carolina after finishing schooling to go learn how to farm there! I was super excited and was hoping Elder Brown could see him (I had High Hopes...) But it will be in Charlotte. But it is still really cool that he will be in North Carolina. The Lord is Blessing us a lot. We were at a families house this week for dinner and they listen to awesome music by the way. But we were Sharing our Spiritual thought about Hope, then their daughter told us she neeeded to hear it because she was trying to find a job and couldn't. So she asked for us to give her a blessing; we did. So that was on thursday then on friday night we got a call from her and she told us that she had a job. I have more and more Experiences and Tender Mercies of The Lord that Reassure me that this is in no way my work. We are able to be Instruments in an Eternal Orchestration. The Priesthood is so Powerful. We have so much Amazing experiences. So I have been reading The old Testament, and also about The Stripling Warriors. In the Old Testament I am in Samuel with David. It has been so Inspiring to me to see these examples. The Stripling Warriors were Just in Everything they did, and David when he was doing what The Lord wanted was protected. It has made me think how consequential our intentions, and thoughts are. When we desire only to do good things will NEVER go permanently wrong, but when you slip in maybe just one bad thought, habit, etc. Things can go wrong very fast. Just like with David. It is like that C.S. Lewis quote Sariah:) So Dad, and Jordan are right. Reading The Scriptures is so Important. So I have to take a driving theory test on wednsday morning, and I am going to need a lot of help for that. The Driving theory test is quite a lot harder here than it is in America and it is so hard to study when you are Preaching The Gospel too! I am actually studying for it while I am emailing. I will ask Elder Matheus to give me a Blessing I think:) We have had such a good few Transfers together, he is so funny. Oh so Tony is doing some Awesome Missionary work. There was this guy who was drunk who lives by him and he decided he needed help so when we went to go teach tony he had this drunk guy with him so we went and taught him with tony. It was super awesome. So I learned yesterday that the bishop of this ward who is french:) He is super into Mountaineering! That was pretty Exciting, he gave a really good talk yesterday. But things are good, I am Loving life in Beautiful England:) I better get gong. I know that Jesus Christ Lives, We can feel God's Love more and more through Obedience, and more Importantly we are Obedient because of Our Conviction, and Love to Heavenly Father. He does Live. These things are all true. Thank you for your prayers, I Love you guys so much. Happy Father's day dad. You are The Best. Seriously. Elder wilson

June 3rd Email

It sounds like a super crazy week!! Hopefully it goes better this week. That is crazy that the carpet is gone though. That would be pretty Adventerous with the tent. Hahaha dad, you should have been reading from first Nephi:) "And My Father Dwelt in a tent" ;) So the work was super super good this week. We got some new Investigators who are Catholic. They are an Awesome family. And we set up an Amazing week this week with loads of Potential Investigators. We are pretty much geeking out about it. So crazy stuff. I saw Sister Merrill on friday. We were both in the "Come unto Christ" Choir tour. It was in Gloucester, and Cheltenham and we have some family from Cheltenham so that felt really cool being there. It was actually a really cool feeling. Like I knew the place:) Well, at least felt that HOME-ness. So yeah seeing sister Merrill was possibly one of the weirdest things ever. I got out of the car pulling into Gloucester's Chapel then in the next car over she got out too. And my mind was super confused hahaha. But she is doing really good:) We had a really good time in The Choir, and the mayor of Cheltenham was there! She had this crazy medallion thing and it was pretty sweet stuff. It was like this massive golden chain thing. I am a bit Jealous of you guys in the tent... haha. That sounds sweet. So me, and Elder Matheus send random little emails to eachother whilst were emailing it is actually pretty hilarious:) A lady that we talked to on the street one day is in the library with us haha. Except we saw her twice. The first time we talked to her she just ignored us, but the second we had a good chat. So maybe we should be talking to her:) Did you guys know his family moved to ogden? It is pretty exciting. Oh dad. A few things on food. We cooked up some sweet Peruvian stuff the other day. It is like an omlet with noodles in it, it's actually really good:) And have you guys ever heard of a chinese hot pot? Yesterday after church all the chinese members fed us and had this hot pot. It is like a slow cooker/dutch oven. thing. I dunno it was so good though. You put like water and sauce in the hot pot then put meat in but you eat it as you go. So you don't eat it all at once. And they had these fishballs it is like a battered meatball but fish haha. It was awesome. The Chinese Members here are so hilarious! Elder Matheus said that he couldn't use chop sticks very well. And a recent convert told him that he should "Follow The Holy Ghost" I couldn't help but laugh... haha. So awesome. We are actually starting to have some good sucess finding chinese people too so things are really good. Well I know that this work I am about is True. Jesus Christ leads this cause. I am grateful to you guys. I Love you loads. Enjoy the tent:) The Gospel is True!!! Love Elder wilson

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For those of you who don't know, one of Ty's really good friends (who sang with him in Tapestry) got called to his mission!!!

May 27th Email

Hey Family!!!! So it was a bit of a rough week. We had a really rough lesson with The investigator couple and they aren't too sure about the plan of Salvation. And turns out one of our investigators doesn't live in our boundaries. So we are pretty much starting over with teaching people. But we are still working hard, and are excited to get out there this week and work really hard. We had a really powerful zone conference!! President Rasmussen is super Amazing. So I have heard that Sister Merrill is in Nottingham:-) A Great place to be! I really don't know what to say though.... We had a pretty hardworking week. Oh! I didn't feel like we were being led By The Spirit one dat, and so I was praying for help. And I heard a song saying "Love The Higher Law" And Johnny cash was singing it:-) So we knocked on the door and the guy is Interested!!! It was pretty exciting. I really enjoyed your emails. I have been so Converted to Exact Obedience. When we are not a haze comes into our lives. So there is no way I can be happy while being disobedient. Me, and elder Matheus read a talk from the young Woman's conference from President Uchtdorf And He talked about Journey's, we were totally Loving it!!! Bilbo was spoke of in it!:-) I am sorry that this is so short!!!!! But I do know that Jesus Christ is The Son of God. My Testimony of The Plan Of Salvation has been Strenghtened so much. I know that losing myself is so Important. And I am Loving it. Well I Love you guys. Have an Amazing week. Love, elder wilson

May 20th Email

It has been a pretty crazy week for us too. It sounds way crazy for you guys. When it rains it pours eh? I am still in Harborne with Elder Matheus:) The work is good. A investigator couple came to church!!! We made a deal with them, we go to church with them and they come with us. So sure enough on saturday we went to church with them. Which was interesting. They really aprreciated us going i think. But they came to Stake Conference yesterday which was Broadcast to The UK from Salt Lake, and it was so Perfect for them. Me, and Elder Matheus have been pleading in Prayer that they felt The Spirit. It was so Bold about Standing up, and not conforming to The World. Elder Baxter from Scotland had such a powerful talk about fighting the evil in this world. Then Elder Richard G. Scott had a talk about Priesthood Bearers Protecting The Sanctity of Womanhood. It was all things they are already Buzzin' loads about:) So crazy stuff. We were trying to get Missionaries to our recent convert's Family in Guinea Bisau but it turs out there is no Missionaries there and only like ten Members from there. So he is going to be A Pioneer over there. He is such a solid guy, He can do Great things. So I got hit by a car a few days ago haha. This guy wasn't looking when he turned a corner and I was cycling where he was turning so he hit me and my bike is done for, and I did a pretty big number on his car. As for me, I'm perfectly fine. I didn't even fall of my bike haha. It was a Massive Miracle. The Lord Blessed us loads. I gave the guy a Mormon.org card, but I feel super bad about his car. But nothing much I could have done haha. The only thing that happened to me is my finger felt slightly sore:) It was a crazy experience, and when we took my bike to the shop to get it looked at. Seeing how hard of an impact it had on the bike the shopkeeper was really surprised I was fine. But right after I got hit a part member family drove up by us and said they wanted to feed us sometime! And I had met the wife who is a member like our first sunday at church but haven't seen her since and have been trying to figure out who they are to see if we can teach her husband:) So The Lord really does work in Mysterious ways. So I am not really sure what to do with the bike situation because I am getting my license but I think one of our Zone leaders, Elder Macarthur is going to let me borrow his bike so that is way nice of him. So yeah. We are teaching this awesome guy And he does tai boxing which is pretty crazy. He is super solid though. We taught him at the church and he is the reason why I was asking why Jesus had to suffer. He is a big thinker, which I like. I just saw that Frances Monson passed away. That is tough. What a Blessing it is to know of The Plan of Salvation. It is pretty crazy now that I think of it because this morning we prayed Specifically for President Monson and I haven't said a Prayer Specifically for The Prophet in a while. Just another Gentle Assurance that God is ever with us,and knows all of our needs. I think that is about it for the week. Life is great. I am really excited to be with Elder Matheus for one more. Oh, and I got a letter from all the boys. We are sending our letters all together. They are all doing Great. It gave me a big pump. I am so happy that all of us are getting Converted and not taking for granted The Wonderful oppurtunity to Serve The Lord full time. I Love The Lord, and I know God has His plan for us. I Love youguys thanks for everyrtthing. Elder Wilson

May 13th Email

It was so Amazing talking to you guys!!! I Loved seeing my shirts hahaha. That was good stuff. I did think it was funny that Jord thought I seemed Happier. Looking in hindsight, the most problems I have faced on my Mission came after that and I just had to deal with them. And I guess Satisfaction, and fulfillment comes with that. I don't know:) And your right Dad. Your words about just doing the work rather than thinking about what you can do wrong is what I need to hear! I can not believe how big Kit is!!! That was a real treat to see:) Ummm after we called you guys we went and gave some cookies (That we baked!) to an Investigator. Pretty good. She was really happy, and that made me happy. It looked so warm there! It is slighly less rainy today, but I'm not too bothered. I actually still Love the rain. But it is crazy when you are cycling in it then have to go to an Appointment. Oh by the way, I absoulutely adore Cycling now. And I will figure what I can about the Birmingham Pidgeon's. You Should ask President Monson!:) This last week was good though. Finding, and Teaching. With some people we are teaching my Studies have been directed to why did Jesus have to do what He did. Could I maybe hear your guys thoughts on it? I also had another idea that I am going to ask Converts how they came to a Knowledge of The Divinity of The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and record it in a little journal that I am entitling "The Music of Faith" and that will be really Powerful. I believe it will help me see how The Spirit works in our Lives. My thoughts have also been directed to how grateful I am to Jesus Christ. I don't think we see what we have. We are guided by a Prophet who is led By The Hand of God. We have The Holy Scriptures that have The Power to Ignite us to Conversion. And to me, The most wonderful thing. A Loving Father in Heaven, and Him Loving us enough to send His Son. We can see these things clearly because of what The Prohets have taught, teach, and will Always teach. Because this has been True, still is True, and will always be. I never realised how much I needed that one stable force in my life. No matter what goes wrong, I can hold onto that. "Be Still, and know that I am God" Thank you for everything. God will bless you for your goodness. I Love you so much. I hope you have a great week. God Lives! Love, Elder Wilson

May 6th Email

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Twas a good week. Started teaching some cool people. One who is Muslim, and reads a lot. We just Hope that he will Diligently and Prayerfully read The Book of Mormon. Then a lady who has been searching for Truth in church so we are excited about that. She is Loving the Book of Mormon. I got to see Elder Watt this week, and that was really really exciting. I Loved all The Scottish stuff he would talk about. Things in Harborne are good. We went to a museum today, and there was world war two stuff and I was buzzin for it. Your guys Emails were really good. Cody, and Charlyse moving?? That sounds Awesome!!! Oh before I forget. Yes, we can skype:) I will be calling at like 5-ish here. So I think that is like 10 in the morning there? Yep Something like that. Way Excited to talk to you guys!!!!:) So The Weather has been wonderful. For the last three days or so just sun, and it is crazy. Probs the best weather I have had on my Mission haha. Pretty crazy. It feels good to feel the sun every once in a while:) So we had a follow up training thing for Elder Matheus and President Rasmussen talked loads about having good studies, and it was pretty Amazing Actually. Pretty much how well it goes is in the details of what you do. Like how you need to be in a clean area, a quiet, and you need to have a good attitude. And then talked about setting Visions. I was Pretty excited about it. I dig Studying. This coming week is going to be more finding too. Oh, and last week we found a less active member on our way to the District Meeting!! That was pretty exciting. So Life is Great. Still learning loads, and I am happy that The Lord has me here. My Heart feels very full. It is wonderful seeing our recent convert. He calls me either his "Bro" or "Elder" Elder Matheus will be talking to him on the phone in spanish then he'll say "Elder! Elder!" And that is Elder Matheus's hint to give me the phone. Then when I get The Phone he will just keep saying "Thank you My Bro" It makes me super happy. Sorry this is a bit short. But I will talk to you very soon!!! I Love you guys so much. Thanks for The Support. President Rasmussen says that you guys are the fuel that keeps us going. Thank you. I Love you. Elder Wilson