Monday, October 16, 2017

Hey guys



Some highlights from the past week.​

- We had Zone Conference and it was really great. (We got lost on the way there and ended up 2 hours late....)

- "Why I believe" RC fireside was last night and that was really great. We got to perform some great musical numbers and hear from some great recent converts. We are having another fireside this Sunday for the north half of the mission, so that will be awesome as well.

- We went bowling and that was pretty fun. We played two games and my highest was 116.

- We contacted a referral this week named Douglas, and he loves scriptures and he loves the Book of Mormon but he has a few concerns we're trying to work out with him. He is really awesome, but he has a strange way of thinking and of how he views the world.

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Have a great week,
Elder Wheelwright




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hey!

Tuesday, October 10,2017

The libraries were indeed closed yesterday and we are emailing today. 

This past week was ok. We were able to ​teach Curtis and get to talk to Tom. Curtis enjoyed the message of the restoration, but it has not touched his heart yet. We just got to know Tom and set expectations. 
A really cool thing that happened is George Durrant and Susan Easton Black came to visit our mission while they were doing some other devotionals here, so we got to hear them. They are both incredible. Susan Easton Black is probably the most knowledgeable person about Joseph Smith on the planet (I'm not kidding). She's written/co-authored over 160 books, and I plan on reading a couple when I get home. 

One of my new favorite quotes:

"Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it eludes you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." - Henry David Thoreau

Have a blessed week,
Elder Wheelwright




Sunday, October 8, 2017

Truly connected

Found this buried in my email:

October 2, 2017

"Your sons say hello!  There is a true connection between them.

Ask them about the invite to ignite program!   We just love them!"

The Sargent family


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Shopping at Walmart

Got this text/picture from someone shopping at Walmart today.


a pretty good week

This week was a pretty good week.

Some highlights:
-We were finally able to make contact with our 80 yr old investigator, and we are going to see him tomorrow. 
-We spent nearly all of Saturday with our investigator Curtis. We went to his apartment (literally next door) and watched the first session with him. Then he took us out to lunch. Then we went back and watched the second session. He had things to do so he couldn't watch the priesthood session, but after that session he met us at cold stone with the elder's quorum. He liked general conference. 
-I got to watch general conference. Awesome awesome.


*** For those that haven't watched general conference, watch it. 
*** For those that watched General Conference, continue to study it over the next month. 


Have a Wonderful week!
Elder Wheelwright

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fever with fervor

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hey peeps, this week was pretty abnormal. Elder Turner was sick with food poisoning or something for most of the week. So we only had about 1.5 days to do anything, and even that we had to take slow. But he's feeling better now, so we can get back up to speed. 

We did however get to meet Curtis, one of our investigators, and talk to him extensively over dinner at Red Robin. He is at a point where he knows he needs to get baptized but he doesn't know if he should do it in the JW or LDS church. Curtis is a pretty cool guy. He'll figure it out. 

We also met with an 80 yr old woman named Khamphong who only speaks Laos. We had her son translate the lesson to her. It was a pretty weird teaching experience. 

That was pretty much our week. I was able to do a lot of studies (and sudoku) this past week. 

Peace, 
Elder Wheelwright

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Life.

Monday September 18, 2017

The past week has been pretty crazy. On Tuesday we went and said goodbye to so many people in Bible Park. That was pretty sad, but that's life. We ended having to stay up super late to prepare the area to get 4 missionaries in Bible Park, so that really sucked. 



On Wednesday I got moved in after the long haul across the mission. And this past couple of days we've just been trying to get to know the area and the investigators. Sunday is a crazy day of church for us. Broadlands ward starts and 9am and the McKay Lake ward starts at 11am. So lots of things overlap and so many things are going on at the same time. Both of these wards though are really amazing. They have the most amazing people in it, I'm glad to be able to get to know them. 

That's about how the week has gone.

Peace,
Elder Wheelwright

Monday, September 11, 2017

Leaving the Park

Bible Park (my area) is being swept. I am going to Mckay Lake/Broadlands wards. I'll be with an Elder Turner who has been out for 9 months. Bible Park is getting 4 missionaries sweeping in. Elder Melchin has become a Zone Leader. 

There were lots of changes everywhere, so it'll be an adventure. 

This past week was pretty good. Some highlights are that we were able to teach Richard and Princess the Plan of Salvation, and they both really loved it. They are both going to get baptized in the future. Hopefully this next transfer. 


Gotta go! Peace,
Elder Wheelwright





Saturday, September 9, 2017

HI

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

It has been an interesting week. Highlights: Got food poisoning. Saw a firework show. Taught some people. Ate the hottest hotsauce in the world (again). Did my normal missionary thing. Next week is transfers and I hope we both stay, but its been a while since Elder Melchin has moved (6 months). Also Elder Melchin bought a real master sword (pictures next week).


Have a glorious week,
Elder Wheelwright

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Live it up

Monday, August 28, 2017

This last week was pretty crazy. There was a lot of stuff going on. Monday was that Mission P-day which turned out to be pretty fun.  Check out "Henry Scott" on facebook. That's President Savage's facebook where he uploads a bunch of photos of us. 

And on Wednesday we had a pretty good Zone Conference. Got to here lots of inspiring words from President Savage. 

One of the Bishop's sons gave his homecoming talk yesterday from serving mandarin speaking montreal canada. He is pretty awesome. We are going to take him to some lessons this week before he goes to byui next week.

We were able to make contact with a couple of investigators that have fallen off the world, so that is good news. 

We have a busy week ahead of us. Especially because we don't have a car anymore... it kind of sucks. A set of sisters in the other district hit a pole with there car, so while their's is in the shop, they took ours. Life goes on.


Elder Wheelwright

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Monday - August 21, 2017

Today we got together as the whole mission and played a bunch of games earlier. It was pretty awesome and fun. We all watched the solar eclipse together, and that was pretty crazy. 

Something really awesome happened on Sunday. Chris Grahl got ordained to the office of a priest, and he recieved the Aaronic priesthood. We are so excited for him. It's awesome. He and Ashly have been going through so much in the past month, but they are still going strong despite what he-who-must-not-be-named throws at them.

If you have not read "The power of everyday missionaries" read it. It is straight gold.
If you have not read the Book of Mormon recently, do that as well. FIRE

Bless,
Elder Wheelwright.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Heyo

We went to the temple today. And it was awesome! But we got up at 4am. Nuff said.
This week has been going really well so far. Trying not to get sick from my companion, but he's on the upandup.

😪

Laters,
Elder Wheelwright

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hello there!

Things have been going pretty well here. Not much has happened this past week, but it was good.

Sadly we did find out that Jackie S. is moving this week. It's a bummer and he's sad about it too, but whatever. He'll probably still get baptized in a couple weeks. I'll miss that guy.

Richard came to church again! And Rita the RC (and Richard's roommate) got up and bore her testimony even though her sister passed away last week and her dad is in a coma. She is so amazing.

The past couple days we have had some wondrous weather. Very cool considering the norm of summer here. And today is fantastic; it's a really comfortable cool and its misting. It's such nice Seattle weather.

Anyways that's about it this week! See Ya!

Have a Splendid week,
Elder Wheelwright

Monday, July 31, 2017

New transfer!

Hello World.

We have a new transfer coming up, and we are so excited. We and our good friends in U-Hills (the next ward over) are all staying put here in Denver.We are so happy about that. Pretty much everything else in the mission changed except us. President Savage has changed so much stuff. So many areas got combined. And what used to be 11 zones is now 7 zones. 
This next transfer for us is going to be so good. We've got  a couple people lined up to be baptized in the next 6 weeks. Jackie didn't get baptized, but will be baptized hopefully on the 12th.

This week we had a crazy gospel miracle. There is this guy that would always be super rude to us (slam the door, throw the Book of Mormon out the 2-story window, lie to us, spout anti, etc.) but he came to church (with the persistence of a recent convert) and he loved it and is now meeting with us, and we can easily see him getting baptized now. This is the biggest change I've ever seen the gospel make in someones life. It's really crazy awesome.

Chris and Ashly Grahl are so amazing. I can't even describe how amazing they are. They just KNOW that God is going to take care of them. And Chris already signed up to come with us to our lessons. Really awesome.

People are out there that are waiting/looking for the gospel. Go find them!

Peace,
Elder Wheelwright




Monday, July 24, 2017

Awesome Week

This week was really awesome because Chris and Ashly were baptized! And confirmed! I baptized Ashly and confirmed Chris, and Elder Melchin baptized Chris and confirmed Ashly.
It was really awesome and they are so happy and awesome. (They are also really short ;) )

Jackie is still planning on getting baptized, but we pushed it back a week, and we might push it back more to make sure he really gets it for the right reasons.

We had interviews with President and Sister Savage a couple days ago. President Savage is really awesome.  

We are pretty excited looking at all the potential for next transfer. There are so many things that we can make happen next transfer, and we are begging President Savage to keep us both here. We're hoping!

Have a wonderful week!
Elder Wheelwright





Monday, July 17, 2017

Miracles everywhere!

This last week was another amazing week. We taught Chris and Ashly a couple more times and they passed their baptismal interview. One of our zone leaders interviewed Chris in the elevator of their complex (they just kept going up and down the 4 floors and we were cracking up watching them). They are good to go for this Saturday. I'll be baptizing Ashly and Elder Melchin will baptize Chris, and we'll switch for the confirmation.

Another miracle that happened this week was that we met this guy Jackie who investigated the church a year ago, but we started teaching him and he is going to get baptized on the 29th!! He said he already knows that the Book of Mormon is true. He has been prepared for us by the Lord through an awesome member in the next stake over. Blessed day.

This week has been crazy packed with appointments like last week

We went and saw the biggest graveyard ever in our area today and this massive mausoleum with over 16k dead people inside. Crazy Huge.

President and Sister Savage are savage. We are super intense and awesome as we saw in Zone Conference this past week. I like them and I look forward to getting to know them real well.


Have a Blessed Week, and see Miracles,
Elder Wheelwright



 






Monday, July 10, 2017

Crazy crazy crazy

This place is cray. We are teaching so much we barely have time to go finding. It's pretty awesome. 

Connor is an cool guy who is so deep in alcohol, but he is trying to get out. Today, I think he is 35 days sober. His record is 42 days, and he is super scared right now that he'll relapse, but we are trying to help him. If he can make it to 50 days we will baptize him. 

Dale is a crazy guy who believes in energy. He can channel his energy and "spirit punch" people. Yeah. He's weird, but he'll get there eventually.

John is an awesome guy that has been taught for a while. He is a hardcore catholic that is super interested in the apostasy. He is just having a hard time getting an answer to the Book of Mormon. We think he might be afraid to.  We are taking our new Mission President Savage to our lesson with him on Wednesday. 
 
Chris and Ashley are still super amazing.  They are set on getting baptized on July 22nd.  They just absorb everything we teach them. They are awesome. We actually met with them three times this past week.

By the way we met our mission president and his wife last week. They are pretty awesome. I'm excited to see whats happens with them. We are having a Zone Conference this week, and they are probably going to change up some things.

Have a Wonderful Week!
Elder Wheelwright

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Hola

Monday, July 3rd 2017 

This week has been a pretty awesome week. It was the first full week here in this area so I was able to get a better feel of how this area is. And it's pretty awesome. There is way more teaching to be done here than any of my past areas, so it's a lot of fun. We got that awesome golden family on baptismal date for 19th, but now we have to push it back because they didn't come to church. They just felt prompted to go into the church building and they loved the feeling there and all the friendship. They are so awesome. We also taught a guy named Sherman and he has an awesome relationship to God and he realized when we taught the restoration that he has never asked God which church is correct. He downloaded gospel library and now he will listen to the book of Mormon because it has really caught his attention. We are pretty excited to meet with him again on Friday. Sadly, we have to put our car into the shop on Wednesday. And we have a busy week ahead of us. 

Since Elder Melchin is the district leader I have to go on a bunch of exchanges with the people in the district. So last Thursday I went to the City Park ward and was with two other elders (because they are a trio). City park is crazy. That is just straight up downtown Denver. They don't have a car, so we used the buses, trams, and light-rails all day to get around. It was a crazy day.

Yesterday we talked to some crazy people who believed in the "Mandela effect" where history is changing because of crazy science experiments dealing with time travel.... yeah. But crazy people are a part of Denver.


Love,
Elder Wheelwright




Monday, June 26, 2017

Blessed Land

I'll start off by saying that I'm super excited about this transfer. It's going to be amazing if we do it right. God has dumped so many blessings here in this transfer it's crazy. We are going to be working with a lot of awesome people. There are two couples that are probably going to get baptized. It's super exciting. 

Elder Melchin is my companion and he is super awesome. It's going to be an awesome transfer. He is from Calgary Canada. He came out two or three transfers before me. This companion knows how to work. He knows how to be effective. We get along really well together and it's going to be an awesome transfer. We are living in an apartment, we have a car (for now, before it has to go into the shop). This area (Bible Park) is not in downtown Denver. The City Park ward covers all of downtown Denver, and that's a crazy place. But Bible Park is covered mostly with apartment complexes. 

We've gotten to see a lot of President and Sister Mendenhall this past week. They leave in four days. We got to go to a farewell reception that was held at our church building down the street (no other missionaries got to go ;) and we had them participate in a youth fireside last night where the youth from the whole stake could ask the panel (the Mendenhalls, us, and a sister RM) questions. It was a really awesome time. But it's super sad to see them go. We will get to see them for the last time tomorrow.


Have a Wonderful Week.
Love,
Elder Wheelwright

Monday, June 19, 2017

Transfers and half a pie

Well it's transfer time again, and many things are changing. Both me and my companion are leaving the area. 
I'll be in the Bible Park ward in the Denver Stake. My new companion will be Elder Melchin.

I'm a little sad to be leaving this area, because we finally got in contact with a media referral from a while ago, and they are so golden is crazy. The Hendricks are a married couple in their 50s. They are dying to meet with the missionaries. They want to feed us dinner, and they already each had a quad set. That's a missionaries dream. I wish them well. There are people out there everywhere like that. We just don't know them. And they don't either. But God knows.

The future holds many unknown things. Let's go out and find the good stuff.


Love,
Elder Wheelwright



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mormons

This week was pretty was a bit of a slow week. My companion has been under the weather this week, and still kind of is. But we still get out there and work. 

Something really awesome happened on Friday. We had a mission-wide recent-convert fireside. All the recent converts from the past three years in the mission were invited. And all the missionaries in the mission were there. Many wonderful musical numbers were given by missionaries, and many wonderful talks and testimonies given by the recent converts. Missionary work from members and full-time missionaries really do bring miracles and blessings into people's lives. This gospel brings joy and happiness into the lives of all those that accept it. So the people I don't share the gospel with, don't have that opportunity for greater joy. So I share and talk with everyone I can. If you're not a member go to mormon.org and learn how to find more happiness.


Peace and Love from,
Elder Wheelwright



We got our car - and some pretty wet weather!!  Just look at these stained feet from my shoes.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Supper time

Monday, June 5 2017

Jello everybody!


It's been a pretty good week. It's been the same old same old. Good things happening. We're doing our best to find teach people about Jesus Christ. That's what we're all about. We always run into a bunch of nice people every week, which is pretty great. We got our car back this week!! Woot Woot.

Some things I've learned this week:
  • Jacob is one of my favorite Prophets in the Book of Mormon because he is so empathetic
  • King Benjamin is a boss. Give to the poor.
  • Biking is slower than cars

Have a wonderful week,
Elder Wheelwright
















Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Happy Memorial Day! ...Yesterday!

Hello Everyone!

We did nothing special yesterday for the holiday, except go to the ward memorial breakfast.

This past week was pretty good. We were able to meet some more new people that we hopefully will get to teach some more. On a sadder note, some of the people that we've found in previous weeks don't want to be taught anymore. That's how this area goes. It's fairly easy to find people to teach, but it's equally as easy for them to drop us a week later. So what we do, is we just go out and find more new people and pray that they stick. That is life. And I'm loving it. This is probably the most fruitful area I've been in, and I like that. I'll keep working and you keep working. Deal? Deal.

Have a most splendid week!

Love ya!
Elder Wheelwright