Monday, September 7, 2015

Elder Wadley and his first Baptism!

Elder Wadley and his companion Elder Anderson had their first baptisms this past Saturday! Jayden assisted a couple of months ago with a baptism when he was a companion to Elder Bigelow. This past Saturday was his real first. Beatriz, and her sister Gissell. Elder Wadley and Elder Anderson found them, taught them, and baptized them. Jayden baptized Gissell.

Every week I ask Elder Wadley if he has witnessed any miracles.
Little does he know-
HE is the miracle.
This is Jayden one year ago. He has always been a good kid- but to witness the changes in him since he has been called as a missionary has been a miracle. To see him become fluent in a foreign language in six short months has been a miracle. To know that he is washing his own clothes-IN A BUCKET- is a miracle. He is eating rice and hamburgers- MIRACLE.
It is strange to think that the Lord chooses these very young and inexperienced kids to go out into the world to preach and introduce His gospel to His children.
But, I am figuring out that these kids are perfect. They are teachable. They are humble. They have to rely on the Lord for everything- for language barriers, for cultural differences, and because they are out on their own often for the first time, ever.
“When we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. Remember that whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies.” -President Thomas S. Monson
Doctrine and Covenants 84:88  "And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."
Six months into his two year mission, I am seeing the changes the Lord is making in him. He is truly putting the people of Colombia before himself. He loves them, because the Lord has allowed him to see them through His eyes. He is confident because he is doing the Lord's work- and we are never alone when we are on the Lord's errand.

Elder Wadley's email this week:
Well it is nice to see i am not the only one who has really normal, nothing really interesting weeks. But cool though i am glad you guys are all chillaxin and enjoying your time as a family:) Here has been about the same we had a couple really cool experiences this week but the rest of it was pretty normal:) This is how my week went.
Monday- We had a really fun Pday this last week. One of the asistentes of the president came down and gave a small little meeting, but since he did it in the morning it gave us permission to have the rest of the day to ourselves! Anderson and I managed to get all our laundry washed in the morning and so we had all day to do whatever we wanted basically. So we wrote home, went somewhere and ate, went to the mall, and at the end of the night we played soccer as a multizone activity. Guess who i saw?! Elder Welling! He got transferred out to the other zone and i got to talk to him this last week! He has lost a bunch of weight and is doing good! It was really good to see him!
Tuesday was normal it was teaching walking and sweating:)
Wednesday- Elder Rojas (Asistente) came down and we did intercambios with him and the zone leaders. They went with my comp in my area, it was kinda a lot of pressure on my comp but i think he did alright. I went with Gabbitas all day and it was fun we had a good time. Oh! We got our house fumigated so we don't have a ton of mosquito's in our house anymore which is super nice!! 
Thursday and Friday we did a poop ton of walking and were trying to find clothes and a bunch of crap like that it was honestly really boring and we were really tired by the end of it. We were still teaching and running to appointments also so overall it was tiring.

Saturday- We had baptisms! We baptized Gissell and Beatriz! My comp baptized Beatriz and i baptized Gissell! It was really cool it was both our first baptism that we got to do by ourselves. My tie and pants were a lot whiter than my shirt haha it looked kinda funny! Everything went good though! We had a lot of members show up and it was an amazing experience!! 
Sunday was normal we taught and walked. We went to go see how Gissell and Beatriz felt and all that good stuff! They are doing good and they are all happy and good!:)
I am sorry that my e mails every week progressively get shorter and shorter and that there is a HUGE lack of dead things lately. If you want to know anything about here just tell me and i will tell you whatever you want to know:)

(1- Have you tried any new food/fruit in Colombia? Elder Anderson's mom sent me a picture of you guys eating what looked like pinchos! Also another missionary mom said you guys have booger fruit there?) 1-New foods? I had carrot and lentil ( beans?) juice and surprisingly they tasted really good! I also ate cow stomach soup:) Booger fruit¡ All that i can thing of is mamones. I don't know if thats how you spell it but they are kinda boogery.
(2- Have you seen any miracles this week?) 2-Miracles, The baptism was probably the highlight of the week.
(3- Do you guys read newspapers or keep up on local news? What is the most dangerous thing there?)3-The local newspaper here isn't really the best to keep up on news sooo no..
(4- How is your health?) 4-Health is good!
(5- is there anything you miss from home or wish you had that I could maybe mail out for Christmas?)5-I miss you guys and American food. A Little Caesars pizza sounds awesome right now! Other than that though i am totally fine! No worries!:)
That is it for this week, sorry i am super boring!!
Love you! This email is really short.....
Elder Wadley

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