I'm currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Salt Lake City (Central Mission), Utah! This blog will be a list of the weekly emails that I'll be sending home!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas!

There's snow on the ground! And I heard that we're supposed to get 10-20 inches today. So that should be exciting. haha ;)

This week went by really fast. This MONTH went by really fast! This YEAR went by really fast!hahaha. I can't believe the end of the world is almost here. Maybe we should have an early Christmas. 

Anyways, this week was pretty good. Thomas is still struggling, but he has so much faith and so much desire. He is still on track to get baptized and he is coming to church all by himself! He takes notes in church even. haha :) He says that he fits in really well with the people at church and that he doesn't feel excluded which is a really good thing. A lot of times when we bring people to church, nobody says hi to them and so as a result they just don't feel welcome or like they belong. But this ward is pretty good. When we brought him and the rest of the people we're meeting with, a lot of people came up and introduced themselves to them. Which is so exciting to see as a missionary!
Tommy Watson is really excited for his baptism coming up on the 29th. He is learning a lot, and wants to keep learning more. He has a real sincere desire to follow Christ. He's always asking us is this okay for me to do? He really wants to make sure he's following the commandments perfectly! We should all try and be as good as Tommy is. haha :) 
There's a lot of other people that we're working with, but no real interesting things worth mentioning in this letter. (I'm trying to get the good things that people will actually care about! ;) )

We're having a Christmas Conference (sorry if I've already told you this) this Friday which should be good. It's as a mission,and we're going from 1pm until 8:30! There's going to be a talent show, a more spiritual talent show, a dinner, a Preach My Gospel jeopardy game, and that's all that I know for right now. So that should be fun. 

Well, I'm sorry this is so short today but I left my journal at home so I just winged it today. I hope that everything is going good back at home. I love the members out here and the soon-to-be-members too! ;)
Elder Wilson

P.S. Sorry there's not any pictures this week. I'll try and send more next week! Well there was this one I guess:

This took us the longest time to figure out.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December is [almost] halfway over??

Man time seems to fly by on my mission. Or maybe it's just that I'm getting older and so time just goes by faster by itself. Or both.
But this week was awesome! We had a couple Christmas parties which were really good. Well, we really only went to one because we had too many appointments to be able to stay for the other ones. But the one in 2nd ward was totally successful. We had Danielle, her two daughters, the Aldamo family, Thomas (more on him later) and Joey! And a few other people we are working with. It was crazy trying to bounce back and forth talking to everyone! But that's how missionary work should be. By the time we got back to our food it was super cold haha. But hey it's worth it! We got appointments to meet with a lot of people from that party. And the ward saw how hard we were working which I hope in turn will make them get the missionary vibe going. :) 
Thomas! (Different than Tommy Watson) He's a guy we met while just going door to door, and he is a really humble guy. He's been through a tough life and wants something better. When we met with him he kept saying that he "needs something more". He said he's been to a bunch of churches but he feels like they're always missing something. That is EXACTLY what a missionary wants to hear!! haha. So we're going to stop by his place Thursday. 

Tommy Watson- He's someone that the missionaries had worked with in the past, but for work related problems didn't end up getting baptized. Since we've been meeting with him, he said a lot of his questions have been answered! That's always a nice thing to hear as a missionary too. He's really eager to learn about things and wants to get baptized really badly! :) He knows that what we're teaching him is true he said.

Thysen Watson (not related to Tommy) is a lady that the missionaries have been working with for YEARS and she finally agreed to a baptism date! So we'll be working with her closely to make sure she feels ready to be baptized. She has some obstacles that she feels she needs to get over, but we know she can. :) 

Heather Post- She's also on date to be baptized, and her two daughters can be too! Right now we're just focusing on her, but we're going to ask if they want to too. She is really excited to get baptized as well! When we asked her, she threw her hands in the air and was like "YES!!" hahahaha it was awesome. The Lord really does prepare people that are willing to hear the gospel! 

We got to go to the Salt Lake City Temple! And go through it! IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I've heard people say that it is, but I never knew it was until I actually went through it. We went through as a mission, but my mission president said that we couldn't bring our cameras. So sadly I don't have any pictures for you guys, I'm sorry! But know that it was awesome. ;)

Well as always I hope all is going well and know that I love you!!
-Elder Wilson

 David Carr's kids. He's a really cool guy in one of our wards, and his kids love us!

Uncle Randy from Kid History (on YouTube) lives in the ward that I cover!!!!! 
So awesome. :D If you haven't heard of Kid History, LOOK IT UP RIGHT NOW.

So, I walked into our room and saw this. hahahaha love ya Elder Judkins!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Hello everyone! This week wasn't as exciting, but hey it still was a good week. :) Elder Judkins and I are working hard and have found people that are interested in learning more about the Church and Gospel. :) We have some great people. Elder Judkins and I get along really well which is awesome. We have a Christmas tree! It's white and very pretty looking with the blue Christmas lights we put on it. This week went by SO fast!

Elder Quesne (pronounced "cain") is my zone leader and he and I went on exchanges this week. I went over to his area. In the morning we went and did service for a new move-in down the street, and that was a lot of fun. They were tearing down their garage and hauling the cinder blocks into a dumpster they rented. Those are heavy! But it was a lot of fun (plus I got to work out which is ALWAYS a plus) throwing them from the truck into the dumpster. Don't worry dad, I lifted with my legs not my back! ;)

I also had my first district meeting here in midvale with my new district. There's a ton of people!! 4 senior couples, and 10 younger missionaries. Elder Judkins and I, Elders Mo'unga, Dean, Haught, Wood, and Sisters Despain, Norman, Osborn, and Guerrero! Crazyy. But district meeting was a lot of fun. I did an interactive thing where we all went into the gym and I had set up a maze of metal chairs and there was one comfy one. I blindfolded one person and had them try and find it without anyone helping them. (Impossible). Then with everyone telling them where to go, but only one person was actually guiding them. (a lot harder-especially when they don't know who it is). Then the last one was with only one person guiding them through. (very easy!) I related this to teaching with the Spirit. When we teach with the Spirit, we aren't lost and we know where to go. The first one was as if we hadn't prepared the lesson or we didn't have the Spirit with us somehow. It would be impossible to teach the lesson. The next was if we were fighting the Spirit telling us the things we need to teach them and how we need to teach them with our own thoughts. It would be way too confusing both to us and the person with us. The last one was if we rely on the Spirit to teach, it would be much better and way more clear of a message. They seemed to like that a lot! (Especially the second one where everyone was yelling at them hahaha). So that was good. I think this is going to be a good transfer!

I've taught Elder Judkins how to do the rubik's cube and he picked it up pretty well! We even teach with them in a lesson to little kids. :) But I beat my time while riding today, I'm down to 1:24 now! I was riding and solving it at the same time haha it was pretty fun. (Don't worry, I was in a neighborhood and I was watching for cars!!)

It's beginning to feel like Christmas around here! Except we're still waiting on the snow. It was supposed to snow yesterday but it never did! I want it to snow soon. Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself. There's that spirit in the air when you know it's getting closer to Christmas. Everyone's happy, people don't turn away from you as much when you try and talk to them, it's just better!

Anyways, I love all of you! Hope it's going well.
Elder Wilson

Look at this tasty delight we found in our fridge.

My district! From left to right: Elder Judkins, me, E. Wood, E. Mo'unga, E. Dean, Sister Norman, E. Haught, Sister Despain, E. Moore, Sister Moore, Sister Guerrero, Sister Osborn, Sister Herald, E. Herald!