Let me start with talking about the interesting and fun things we did this last week.
WE WENT TO THE TEMPLE ON WEDNESDAY! The San Diego Temple is the most beautiful building I have ever been in. WOW! It was an amazing experience.
We went to Clyde Miller's 100th birthday party on Saturday! He is this member in our ward and he is just amazing. He still, today, makes cutting boards and stools for his friends. He is cool.
Later Saturday night, we 'responded to a prompting'. In other words, we dodged a sketchy situation. We were walking down Knob Hill, a road right by our apartment. There is an elementary right there and we were getting a little bit closer to it when I noticed some cars and heard some shouting. I had a feeling and said, "Cross the road, now." We crossed so that we were on the other side of the road of the school. We walked a bit further and heard more yelling. I then said, "Elder Wilde, turn around! We need to get out of here." So we did and went down another road. Elder Wilde said he got a feeling right when I said that. Heavenly Father protects His missionaries. Moral of the story, ALWAYS obey promptings. If you are keeping the commandments and being good, you don't need to worry if it is your own thought of the spirit. It's the spirit and don't test it.
Most of my emails up to this point of my mission have been saying how, "We aren't finding things to do, but we are working hard." We have had no real investigators. We've had no progressing. No solid referrals.
Let me just say, fasting and praying works. This last week has been full of miracles.
We didn't get to teach Janita and Alex because Janita has been really sick, BUT Alex came to church on Sunday and we are teaching them Tuesday and maybe Thursday.
Ron is in his 70's. He's a former investigator, but we have taught him a few times by just showing up to his house. He came to church on Sunday! We are inviting him to FHE at the Lawson's tonight.
Benny, the less active we've been working with, got a job, is working a ton, and came to church on Sunday!
On Friday, we were being dropped off at the church after dinner with the Johnsons. As we pulled in, Brother McMaster came out and started talking to Brother Johnson. Then he looked at us and said, "Elders. I got a bone to pick with you guys." We were like, oh crap.... He says...
"Our daughter, Jaycee, has this friend named Frankie. He has come to church a few times. He wasn't raised in any church, but I've talked to him a bit. We have a lesson set up with him at 7:00 on Sunday. Will you be able to come?"
........... Just like that....... So, we taught Frankie last night. He is 18 and lives outside our ward, but we got our President's permission because he would best be taught here. The lesson went so great! He was involved, asked lots of questions, and understood everything and accepted commitments. After the lesson he asked, "When can we meet again? I can do Thursdays and Sundays, if that works for you..."
So, we now have 3 investigators. We are SOOO grateful. And I have been a lot happier. We are finally finding the success we have been waiting for!! This should be a great week.
One thing I was reminded of this last week is our Heavenly Father is always aware of us. He loves us. We are His sons and daughters. Sometimes we feel alone and discouraged. Sometimes it seems like that connection between us and our Father is broken. No matter what you are going through or what you do, He is there! He is never ashamed of us. He wants to help us and is waiting to bless us. When life gets too hard to stand, kneel. He will be there to lift you up.
I love you all so much! I am so grateful for this gospel. Be good. Talk to you next week!
Spring Break took these pictures and sent them to us.
Threw a pass along card in the ceiling... Whoops.