Monday, November 28, 2016

Tidings of a Sad Missionary

Things have been a bit off this week, and things will be changing today. My companion Elder Bingham will be heading home today. I've known all week but he actually told me Friday. There were lots of meetings with President and lots of phone calls (with president and Elder Bingham's Family). I won't go into too many details but anxiety, anxiety attacks and he says he has gotten multiple promptings that he is needed elsewhere. Now I won't be a judge of him. I would rather trust in him. I'm just being his friend. 

That aside this week was way better than last week as far as the work goes. Were able to meet with Sharon last Monday. We had a good lesson about the atonement and trials. She wouldn't agree to coming to sacrament meeting, but she did say that would come to Gospel Principles, but that didn't end up happening. Me and my new companion (I don't know who yet) will meet with her tonight and talk to her about her testimony. 
We also met with Tony this week (at Del Taco again). He is a truly outstanding and amazing person and he has so much potential, and I just need to figure out how to unlock it. We are meeting with him this week again as well.


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See y'all next week,
Elder Wheelwright


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Transfer 4 - November 21 2016

Hello Peeps,

So my new companion is Elder Bingham. He is from Plaincity, Utah. He likes hunting and fishing, and his family raised cattle. He is a complete departure from how elder Hills is. Two different people.

Training is a hard thing. I don't prefer it.  I have never had an equal companion. I want to have a companion that is better than me, because I suck. I want to be trained more. But what can you do. I guess I'll deal.

So it finally got cold here. We got caught in a blizzard on Thursday. We rode our bikes through it. Not the safest but it worked. Each of us had one of our brakes frozen.
I bought a winter jacket just in the nick of time. I bought it the last Monday, and it served me well. It's pretty warm.

We had an appointment with our investigator Sharon for Thursday night, but she canceled it because of the weather. Sad day. I was willing to bike there too.  But we will be meeting with her tonight.  We are just at the stage where she needs increase her testimony so that she has more desire to quit coffee and come to church. 

We have other meetings set to go see Tony and Michael later this week. Michael is crazy busy as always, working two jobs. And Tony on the other hand has nothing to do.    We are going to eat lunch with him at Del Taco again this week.   

Sadly last week we didn't get around to riding around on an electric tandem bike. We decided to instead go to the church building and spend one last pday with the elders that are getting transferred. Maybe someday.

Good Night,
Elder Wheelwright

Monday, November 14, 2016

Round Two

So next Wednesday is transfers again. Looks like it will be a repeat of this transfer. By that I mean that I will be training another fresh from the MTC Elder in this area. Looks like I won't be sweeping again, thankfully. Also the zone that I'm in has been shrunk from 2 districts to 1 district. Lots of missionaries serving in two wards. Elder Hills be leaving to be trained by someone else.

Other than that we were able to meet with one of our investigators on Saturday. He decided that he wanted to meet at 9:00am. We'll take what we can get. He is a busy man. We were able to teach him the Plan of Salvation. He received it well, and we gave him a French BoM so he can read it better.  But he has a crazy work schedule for the next couple weeks, so we are going to meet him after black friday.  

We've been trying to meet with this other investigator that we found a couple weeks ago, but he has no short memory basically, so he doesn't remember if he is busy or not. But we are going to meet him tomorrow.  Hope for the best.

There is an electric bike shop here in the southlands mall where Elder Hills has gotten a lot of his repairs at. And we have plans to rent an electric tandem bike to bike around a reservoir (8mi). It will be quite an experience. I will get pictures. Supposedly its a pretty beautiful ride. My goal of a tandem bike will be sort of completed.

By the way the weather has been amazingly warm here. Pretty hot during the day, and only recently has it been chilly at night. But I hear that that will change. It will be really warm until this Thursday, than it will snow. Its so unusual for Colorado to be this warm this time of year. 

Well that's about it for this week ladies and gents. Oh and Elder Hills almost took out (got taken out) by a deer. 6-7 point buck actually. He came around a corner of a trail really fast to get up a hill and the deer just looked into his bike light and walked off. It wasn't scared of people.

Elder Wheelwright.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Daylight Savings is of the Devil

Daylight savings is such a pain. It gets dark so early and that makes missionary work so much harder. And unsafe too. We are supposed to avoid riding bikes in the dark. Which is hard to do when it gets dark at 6:00 pm. Well, what can you do. 

On Halloween we had a pumpkin carving contest for zone p-day, but only three of us had stuff to carve. And one of them was spaghetti squash. It turns out that it's hard to find/buy pumpkins on Halloween. 

Nothing too much happened this week, but we did find a new investigator on Tuesday. We were tracting one of the last buildings in this townhouse complex, and a guy named Anthony (20's) let us in and we taught him the restoration. Throughout the whole thing he only said about ten words. He said he would read the book of Mormon. We are going to follow up with him sometime soon. I hope it works out. He might have some sort of mental illness, but he functions well. 

We had another meeting with our investigator Sharon. We followed up with her on her coffee challenge (50% less), and it turns out that she did it for a while, but it got too hard for her and she went back to normal. We recommitted her to it and told her to pray for help, just as she did when she quit alcohol. We also had dinner with her at another member's house yesterday, and that was cool to just sit down with her and have time to talk in a less formal setting. She just really needs to come to church. I think if she just came every week, things would fall into place.

We also got a referral from church HQ about a guy (Bill) who went to the fort collins temple open house and wanted to know more. We were pretty excited. We met him and set up an appointment for Friday. Friday came, but it turned out to be a pretty bad day. All of our appointment besides Bill's didn't happen. And our appointment with Bill was not what we expected. He turned out to be a college professor of world religion. And he majorly talked about how he doesn't believe Mormonism because of Joseph Smith and polygamy. He knows more about church history than 98% of the members do. It was a pretty bad appointment, but we are going to meet with him again and we are going to bring our bishop with us. That will be a fun time. Bishop Leavitt is a pretty awesome guy.

 Yesterday we started trying to work with the members more. We asked bishop and he marked up a ward list and gave us lots of people to go stop by and lots of work to do. I really like it, because we are here to help the Bishop and the ward in their missionary work, and so often it feels like we are so separate from the ward (especially this ward). Working together with the ward is a must.

I'm going to go play some more tennis today with a priest age youth before we have dinner at his house.   That will be pretty fun.

Have a wicked fantastic day
Elder Wheelwright

Friday, November 4, 2016

Another surprise text from Colorado!

These cute boys are at our house right now! So sweet...and really funny!

We have 2 missionaries out right now too! One in France, one in Chile, so our hearts go out to the missionaries!