Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Week 8

Dear Family and Friends,
-- My very first day in the field, on my very first street I walked. We had two teenage boys drive up to us and pull over in a Ford Bronco, They had just returned from a fishing trip and asked us if we "wanted to talk about the Bible" , Now being the fresh off the boat missionary I was then I was excited to talk to them, you can imagine my surprise when my companion (elder McFarland) quickly talked to them about fishing then ended the conversation and kept on walking..."oh those guys just wanted to bash with us" he said...I remember offering a prayer in my heart to see those boys again and be able to talk to them more.
-Six Weeks Later-
Elder Williams and I were walking down the street with a member heading to a school function for his son...when two boys came riding down the street on their bikes and one of them crashed right as he was about to pass us...you can imagine what happened next, we make sure he is okay and ask him to show us the trick he was attempting, then we began to talk with him about what we do...he is about ready to head off, but then asks us if we have multiple wives and after getting the misconception out of the way. He and his friend took a genuine interest and there on the quite neighborhood corner taught the restoration with the member and they accepted the Book of Mormon and invited us to come over the next day!
We met with them in their home with the young men's president and discuss what they read and answered their questions in which they bore testimony about an experience they had about their friend who passed away. Then BOOM! We ran out of time and I quote their words "Well will you come over again and tell us more!"

The YM Leader invited them to come boating later in the week (which they accepted) and as we began to talk about transportation to this event. They mentioned they drove a Bronco and the thought occurred to me back to day one of my mission...I looked up and saw parked on the street the same bronco which had stopped and asked to talk with us on day one.
I asked them if they remembered about stopping and they then recalled the same event, I told them about my prayer and the spirit surely witnessed the lords plan and timing.
Love Elder Wheeler

Arthur was able to get on line today.  We spoke briefly through emails.  He is doing well, his companion was transferred a little early because I think he was tired of Parkersburg, and is now somewhere in Virginia.  He has had very little time to respond to emails and letters but has loved receiving letters and pictures that he can browse through when time permits.  He says they are so busy that they barely have time to eat but the lord always provides something.  Usually with an investigator or at the park.
Below is a summary of his post card that he sent this week.
In his post card, he apologized for the shortness and prayed that we could feel his love. He is falling in love with the people of WV, and has found a beautiful light among the families and individuals. Miraculous miracles, no amount of ink could carry his gratitude and love for Heavenly father. And for Heavenly fathers plan which offers infinite joy to the families there with whom he is entrusted with. To sacrifice is to make sacred....he wants us to know that he loves us and that the lord is with him.

He also finally sent his favorite scripture Mosiah 24:15
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.


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