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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Another day in paradise (week, actually)

And I'm not lying or being sarcastic about that statement either! This was a really good week. First off, Callie and Jesus Gonzalez got baptized!!! They really loved the service too. They had people they knew from the ward do the talks and they had us do the actual baptizing. That is always really cool to be able to physically do that. Afterwards we had some refreshments which was cool. Jesus wanted to have some brownies but the ward didn't end up getting any. They got chocolate cake though! ;) They said that they felt really good afterwards as well. AS usual. When it was time for Callie to change, though, apparently the towels that we gave her beforehand to dry off with, we left outside of the changing room so she didn't have anything to dry off with until a lady from the ward walked in there to help her out. hahaha. Jesus kind of made fun of her for that. She must have been too busy thinking about other things at the time.

Tyler's was also really good. It was a lot more rushed though. His sister, Ashley (who was baptized November 23rd) had her baby! That was on thursday. We got a call from him saying that he wanted to move his baptism date back because she was in the hospital and John his brother in law and her husband was supposed to baptize him. That was really stressful. But we called him back, explained the importance of baptism and why we need to continue to work towards it no matter what the adversary tries to throw at us. (Some of you might think that's a little overdramatic thinking that was the adversary throwing that in the way, but BELIEVE ME. The last week before the baptism, crazy stuff happens. Every time. It's so annoying. He will do anything he can to try and stop the baptism from happening, because he knows how much it will help them. In this life and in the life to come.)

We had zone training this week on thursday. Even though I have given a lot of trainings in the past, I was a little nervous at first, so I said I quick prayer and then I felt a really calm feeling come over me. Man I love the Spirit. The meeting went really really well. When it was over, President Moffat analyzed it with us and had only good things to say. He said that he wanted us to teach the whole mission the same training in zone conference (which is tomorrow). He said he really liked what we wrote on the board. I'll try and type it up and send it to you guys. But to be completely honest, none of the meeting was my own doing. I was really really trying hard to think of things we could train on and what the zone really needed, but nothing was coming. So I went to the Lord in prayer. And I pleaded that He'd let me know what I needed to start preparing. Nothing. So, a little disappointed, I went to bed asking Him to let me know in my dreams and to help me remember them in the morning. I don't remember much about the dream itself, but I do remember that it had President Moffat in it, other missionaries, me teaching them something, and it having to do with ties. (Guess what happened btw?? ALL of those came true. Pretty awesome. We used ties as blindfolds in the activity part of it. I didn't even realize it until afterwards when Elder Smith and I were talking about it!!) And for some reason the tie in the dream represented using members more in missionary work. So when I woke up, I realized that Elder Smith and I had to train on members+ missionary work. Man. Talk about receiving revelation. It's hard to describe in words. The best way I think I can describe it would be just.. receiving pure knowledge. It just clicks in my mind and I just.. KNOW. Man, it's the coolest feeling ever. I love receiving revelation from God. And when I was saying my morning prayer, I thanked Him for the revelation I had just received, but after that I got more.. pure knowledge. The words were super clear in my mind and I could visualize it. They are what I wrote on the board, that picture I'll include. Sure it seems probably really basic to whoever is reading this, but to me it was HUGE. Ah I love the Lord. He is ALWAYS there for me whenever I'm there for Him. If I include Him in my life, in my everyday choices, then He helps me. But something I learned a while ago is that He sometimes waits on an giving us an answer until after we use our agency to make a decision. Sometimes that's even better. Otherwise He would just be enabling us.

After zone training, we went to the hospital. Tyler's sister, Ashley, wanted us to give her a blessing. I gave it to her. The words just came to me. Revelation! I remember saying that the baby will come shortly, and that there will be no complications. And minimal pain for her. We left, and an hour later we got a call saying that she had had the baby and that he was fine and she didn't have any pain. (She wasn't on a ton of pain meds either). The priesthood is real. I love it. So many miracles have happened from it on my mission AND before it! (At college especially!)

So yeah. This week was awesome. I hope everyone's week was good too. I love ya!

Elder Wilson

ps I forgot my camera this week, so I'll send the pictures of the baptisms next week! sorry!

 Callie and Jesus's baptism

Tyler Modin's baptism!

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