Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015

Here is a photo of us and H's with some of the Marshall YSA's M. and PJ (front) you know P. (investigator) Hh. (New found YSA member) at a Baptism in Gallipolis OH (about an hour north of Huntington)

​Let me first write about the Marshall Miracles, I was happy to learn that many of you watched "We are Marshall" and got a sneak peak into where I am that I am loving so much.
J.M. for a little while disappeared off the face of the earth...for over a week we couldn't get in contact with her. S.G. was super busy and we only had short interactions with him and The N's family was hit and miss...this went on for a week and this is probably the toughest thing being a missionary is "not knowing" and being worried for people, when we just loose contact...but I never stopped praying that we would be able to get in contact & teach with each of these amazing people who were found a few weeks ago under miraculous circumstances.
9:05 PM waiting outside the Marshall Library waiting for S.G. who wanted to talk with us after he got off work for a little while...I looked at Elder Davis and said 5 more minutes, and up walks J.,...out of the Dark she comes up to us and explains why she had been "missing in action" and said she really missed us and we were able to teach her two days later. S.G. came out just as J. left and we briefly went over the Plan of Salvation, and left him the pamphlet, the next day same situation he came out and said "I didn't feel like it was preaching to me, but reminding me of something I already knew"...yes the next day we taught him again with PJ amazing! 
 
Update on the Newfound YSA's I mentioned last week...oh and Huntington West found another new YSA member who just arrived for Pharmacy school which is off the main campus.
Hh, came to Institute, came with us and the rest of the YSA's to a baptism in Gallipolis OH (Elder Blank and Elder Maloy's area) that is an hour away and came to  Church and Sunday Dinner and to a lesson with us...she is a gem...you would never know that she hadn't been to church since she was 14!
C. is a little busier but hopefully is going to come to FHE tonight...
Speaking of which shout out to our amazing YSA's PJ, M. and HH! They have just been troupers and Incredible assets to the Lord's work here! 

P. and E. N's I am happy to report that their Preemie baby is doing splendid and C.J. this is their 4th child and 1st son, weighing just over 3 lbs under very cautious precautions (I don't think I have ever had cleaner hands before in my life) we were able to visit with them at Cabel Huntington Hospital. 
P. came to church again this week which just happened to be the primary program...it was sweet, after sacrament P. said "it is amazing how much those kids know, that is really awesome"...I told him "that is what your girls will learn too" he smiled and we sat down in Gospel principles...the lesson was on Eternal marriage & Families...half way through the lesson P. leaned over and asked me..."but I wasn't married in the temple...how do I get married in the temple" soon the entire class was focused answering his questions...he was just beaming with hope. After church he came up to us and asked "will you come over tonight and teach E. and I about the temple" "yes of course" was our reply....later that night we are over back in their home we first were only talking with P., but then he said wait and arranged their children so he and his wife could both listen...we brought a photograph of the Bountiful temple (which Elder Davis conveniently carries with him)...after teaching about eternal marriage...and answering a few of their questions, P. said "we want to be there and we want to be baptized, we want to be closer with Jesus Christ" "I know we need to work on some things to get there because if we did them now it wouldn't have the effect it needs to" 
We invited them to be baptized the day after Christmas...he looked at E. and said "Honey will you come to church with me" she said yes and then the spirit just flooded their little home and P. just cried, joyfully...and hugged and kissed his wife...it was perhaps the sweetest moment I have ever had in my mission...He then said one of the greatest prayers to God I have ever heard...He expressed his gratitude to us for stopping and talking to us mentioning how God has been prompting him get back to church for a while now and how they were talking even before we met them that "they didn't want their marriage to be till death do you part " and how just after that we came and told him that families can be together forever...P. is just the nicest man, with pure love for his family. They have the temple in their sights together and are on their way there!

​This is S. G. on my left, is the man who was Baptized in Gallipolis OH his wife is a member, I had the privilege of interviewing this fine brother for Baptism.
​The YSA's and us at Sunday Dinner at the K's home
(left to right) Sister K., Hh, L. (Marshall friend), M., PJ, Me and Elder Davis
We love the K's!
​We all love the H's our CES missionaries (they teach and oversee the seminaries and institutes in the Stake and Host FHE) we all came to the agreement that Elder H. looks a good deal like the Terminator...Elder H.nator

​Because my mom says I never send enough photos of Elder Davis...Catching a quick nap right before a lesson at Marshall...this is how you know he is a dedicated missionary...he is a great hard working companion.
that is all for this week 
Love ya
ART 
Elder Wheeler

Monday, September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015

Today marks 7 months left on my mission, each day passing brings that feeling of urgency more forward. 

Marshall YSA, working closely with the H's our efforts at Marshall University continue to blow me away at how Heavenly Father really is putting people right in our path. 

In the past couple of weeks the FHE attendance has doubled, and we have contacted 4 YSA aged member students (two of which were less-active) and 2 non-members we are teaching have come to FHE and even institute. 

I was on an exchange with Elder Stalworth (Logan) and we had a little time so again we prayed and walked up and down the campus, and a girl named Cheyenne came speed-walking up behind us and said "Hey are you the missionaries" "yes we are" "Great I am a Mormon too" Elder Stalworth quite blown away as we continued talking with her as we walked, she explained that she hadn't been to church in a little while herself and that her roommate was a less-active recent convert (about 2 years ago, taught by Elder Jeffery Klineman, who was also my first Zone Leader back in Parkersburg) she is planning on coming a group lesson we are teaching tonight and has been in contact with the H's as well...Then just after we finished talking with C., our cell phone battery died and I needed to know what time it was, so I asked the first person we saw who told us what time it was then said "how is your day Elders"...elated to discover that this was another YSA aged member from California by the name of Hh, she explained to us that she hadn't been to church since she was 14...she came to institute the next day and is also coming to our group lesson tonight. Both of them expressed to us how happy they were that they talked with us and were looking forward to getting to know and be a part of the YSA group, 

We collected the necessary information to move their records to the Huntington 1st Ward 

I am just so happy, to continue to see these miracles. I was tired and anxious a little upon my return from our trip around the mission this past week...ready to teach so many amazing people and at the same time my concern for each of them and hope for them to succeed left me with a heavy heart on Saturday night, I asked Elder H. for a blessing to which was a very unifying moment between us, the H's and the Lord...as we each expressed our concern and hope for each of these YSA students. 

Keeping in good balance The N's family, had their baby last night 3 months pre-mature...They called us late last night to inform us of what was happening and asked us to pray for them, and thankfully this morning we received word that mother and baby are doing well, we will be visiting them later today. Very grateful that all went beyond well for the circumstances. Hopefully their baby boy will be able to come home in about a month.





I wish I could share with you in full the things I learned on my trip around the mission with the assistants and how grateful I am for that experience. But so much of that could not fit into a letter and will have to wait till I get home.

On our way home from Roanoke Elder Williams, Elder Rueda and I had a great discussion about pride...each of us fear pride as our downfall, I think it is all to easy us as leaders to become prideful if we are not careful, yet we are asked to be our best and are obligated to be examples. Elder Williams said one thing that was very impact..."I don't want to be prideful but I do want to be confident in-front of the Lord and those who have asked me to represent them...in short we learned that there is a difference between confidence and pride...confidence is Christlike, humble, grateful, diligent...pride is exactly the opposite.

It is my goal and I hope and pray that I will be able to take these principles home.

Thank You
Elder Wheeler

Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015

What as week! I am excited to say that each of the three miracle finds that I mentioned last week have continued to progress and teaching them has been just as wonderful as meeting them.

The man in the Blue is S., I am elated to report that we were able to teach him twice last week, he is super smart! and super sincere, The spirit was felt in every interaction we have had with him so far. He actually stumbled across the "Encyclopedia on Mormonism" (which is what is pictured above) at the Marshall Library...which was a trust worthy source from what we could tell, but at the heart of it all he is feeling the spirit which has kept him interested. Can't wait to teach him more. It is also bliss-full to teach on campus especially in the library, because it is an environment that is reverent, clean and the Holy Ghost is easily present, felt and heard. I really love the Holy Ghost.
​We are Marshall...Love it here
​So fun thing for you all to do, this is a memorial fountain for a plan Crash in 1970 which took the lives of nearly the entire Marshall Football team and some staff...they later made a movie about the story called "We Are Marshall" this fountain and various spots around Huntington and campus are shown in the movie...I imagine it is on Netflix or somewhere that you can get it for cheap and watch it as a family and think "that is where Arthur is" Also the Sheriff in the movie is the actual sheriff of Huntington who is our currently Ward Mission Leader.

Marshall Score board


​So I worked up my nerve and arranged to sing a solo of "The Spirit of God" accompanied by P. (music graduate student) on the violin at the baptism...I am very glad I did this it was far outside my comfort zone and felt great to do it! this was our practice session at Marshall before the baptism 
Also C.L. was Baptized this week! Part Member family now full member family
So This is Elder Williams (different elder Williams) and Elder Davis who were companions before I came here, and like Elder Myers and I have matching suits so I felt a little left out hahaha...Elder Willams and Elder Rueda (the Assistants to the President) came to the Baptism, they also came with an assignment from President Salisbury. President asked me to go with them and the Assistants for 4 days to teach a portion of specialized training to the entire mission, over the course of three different meetings, so this coming week I will be leaving with the assistants tonight and on the road with them till Thursday night. I am excited for the opportunity to see the entire mission and I hope and pray the spirit will help me fulfill president's request
This was our lunch after the Baptism at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington, we have also been enjoying working with and getting to know the YSA's here at Marshall the H.'s are the CES missionaries here...YSA's are the Best. 
A couple of the married Students, The H.'s invited us and the the YSA students for dinner yesterday...grand time M. and P. are the YSA's and have accompanied us to various teaching appointments on campus.
This was a photo of the YSA's last night at Elder Clayton's Worldwide Devotional.

J. who was one of the other new friends we met last week is just awesome, M. and her have taken to be good friends...hopefully she will be able to come to FHE tonight at the H.'s.
Love you all
ART
Elder Wheeler

Monday, September 7, 2015

September 7, 2015

I just want to share 3 experiences and 3 miracles in following the spirit.

Obedience entitles us to the spirit and then be obedient to the direction from the spirit.

We were driving in-route to our apartment for an overdue lunch, when I saw, a mother and her 3 children on her porch and just as fast as I saw them we zipped right on past, but the spirit so immediately said...stop and go talk to them...Not wasting a moment I explained the prompting to Elder Davis who was driving and he parked the car and we walked back...to find the father outside working on his weed-wacker...we simply and honestly explained who we were and that we felt prompted to come back, His simile was so large and he immediately asked..."would you like to meet my family" to which we replied "of course!" and out came three of most adorable little girls and his expectant wife. Charming family, married for 5 years, has a car and a job and recently moved into the neighborhood as  of that week! He invited us in and we taught a spirit attended restoration centered lesson..."you know I really think you were all supposed to come back to us" Bro. N. said upon the end of our first visit...we later at the next lesson we brought our soon to be member investigator Sis. L...Then guess what?  He came to church with one of his daughters and stayed the entire time! Another member invited his family over for dinner next Sunday...all in less than a week, all stemming from a prompting to stop and talk to a family on their porch.

Following this, I made a promise with Heavenly Father that if he would send me more of those promptings I would act on them in faith and follow them

Two days later, I am on an exchange with Elder Blank (new missionary in Gallipolis OH) here in Huntington, we just had two great lessons and full of faith took a walk up and down the Marshall Campus.  We prayed before to either have someone talk to us  or know who we need to talk to...so we walked and passed the campus library and decided to talk a walk inside and up to the 4th floor...where we passed a gentleman who was just sitting on a bench...as we left the room the spirit seemed to tap on my shoulder to talk to him, so I tried to start a conversion asking what he was doing...but the conversation lasted but a few seconds and we walked on. We went down the stairs and the spirit prompted me again to go and talk to him so I paused, and thought about it then kept walking...we got outside and not 20 yards from the library, the spirit just yanked and tugged on me to go back...so I turned to Elder Blank "I don't care how awkward it is but the spirit it prompting me to go back" I was happy to discover that Elder Blank had the same feeling and we marched right back up stairs (where Elder Blank said "I am excited to see how you contact", which I was grateful for the opportunity the spirit blessed this new missionary with) and then the same thing, simply  and honestly explained who we were and that we felt prompted to come back...one hour later we made a great new friend, by the name of S.G., who recently moved back home because of his father and brother who were ill and have since passed. he was a Private Investigator and decided also to make a career change and took a Job at Marshall. We are teaching him again today.

Last one was yesterday, Last hour of the day, most of the plans had fallen through, but is was a relatively good day...8:00 Elder Davis says lets knock on one more door before we leave...they answered but our conversation was cut short and we left, but when we did and started to drive away from campus, the spirit again said go back, so after a little persuasion we went back and the man we talked to before wasn't home anymore...so with 25 min left in our day... we both looked over at the campus and decided to walk up and down before heading in again with the prayer to meet someone. We didn't make it halfway up the campus, when a freshman said "you are dressed nice"  40 min later we are leaving with a new friend and for us a  new YSA member, who we will be meeting together with in two days.
MARSHALL MIRACLES

I am very excited to continue to act on these promptings because I believe it was because of our faith to keep acting on them that we will keep receiving them both in finding and teaching.
More photos next week
​So guess what we did last P-day...I hunted down the one and only Roller Coaster in the Mission!  (there is also a kiddie coaster but that hardly counts.) The Big Dipper at Camden Park right here in Huntington WV.  Yesterday Elder Davis and I both were treated to one of our favorite Hobbies...Elder Davis got to go Golfing and I got to ride a Roller Coaster.
It was by far the most "original" roller coaster I have ever ridden 
Original = Sketchy but so much fun!

A member took us to a course called Sugarwood. Elder Davis was in his own little haven. I did enjoy the ride and we had a grand time with the M's.
​The Huntington Zone. This Photograph was taken after our Zone Meeting, where we taught nearly 40 missionaries, from the instruction given to us at MLC by president Salisbury.
​by the way...in case anyone didn't know my mom is coolest mom in the world...I had no clue I have been out on my mission this long but well here it is 500 down 212 or so to go.
The package included 500 Marshmallows of various flavors and 500 pennies..."If I had  a penny for everyday you were gone...I would have $5.00, haha"
I love my mission and love you all, have a great week.
ART
Elder Wheeler