Monday, December 30, 2013
Well ,long time no Chat! It was so good to see you all on Christmas and you all look so good, but also different! Tan you are the man and I loved your ring, your getting so grown up, not my little tan man anymore! Naes I loved the onesie and hope you liked it, your so grown up as well and are even more beutiful as ever, and im glad someone understands about the MRI uncomfortablness! Jordy, thank you for my gift and I knew you picked it out becuase it was so cute, not saying mum doesnt pick out cute stuff too haha but I love it and thank you for it! Dallin, I could not get over you! You are a miracle and Look Amazing! Im not going to lie I was a bit nervous to see you and hear you, but you look wonderful and it truely is a miracle! Keep up all your hard work! Im so proud of you, and told President and sis Rasmussen and they loved hearing all about you! Amy your belly is adorable and Happy Birthaday tomorrow! When are you do, I feel like one monday im just going to pop open the email and it will say hello you have another nephew! Im so excited! Tara when are you due and the boys are so cute and Ty is doing so well! Tj what would we do without you? We probably would have to just skype in silence! haha Mom is so was so good to see you and hear your voice and Dad even though you made me a bit jealous with that cinnamon roll, it was soo good to see you and loved you in your beanie! haha Can you send some pictures of Christmas next week! What did everyone get?? How did Ty and Lev opening their presents! Ty was so cute on his motorcylce rollercoaster and talks so well! I loved the Thomas S. Monson! He will make a great missionary some day! I would have just been happy to sit and watch you all, it was crazy to all at once see everyone, but I loved it and was sad it went by so fast! Thank you so SO SO much for the parcels and Gifts I got! I didnt even get to say thank you! But Tara thank you for the frame and pictures (i think you accidently sent Lindas paper to me as well haha) but that family picture is so cute and you look beautiful as usual! But thank you, I loved it and the frame is hanging next to our area map! Thank you mama for the gift as well, the blanket which is now sitting on my bed, and the scarfs as well! I love the thick one and sister peronnet did as well! Thank you for the shirt too, I love it! Everything was great and I was spoiled so much on that day! Derek Im sorry your case was a bit different, but I hope you get your packages soon- do you really have to put Jesus on the parcel to get it there safe, I sent you one for Christmas so look for it as well! But Skype was so goooood and I still just sit and smile when I think of it! I forgot half the questions I was going to ask but still good! How is Sally the Mustang doing? How is Grandpa doing- both Grandpas?
Christmas was good and we ate and ate and skyped and ate! But it was fun to be all around the families and join in on everything! We walked into one home and Home alone was playing and I almost screamed for joy, but of course we were obedient and they turned it off haha! But the 3 seconds I saw of the part where Marv was about to say Wow what a hole, brought back some good memories! I loved being a missinoary during Christmas and allowing my testimony to grow on the divinty of the saviour! I know he lives and loves us all and am so grateful I got to focus on Christ so much more than any other christmas I have in the past! Christmas on a mission is something I will never have again, which makes me sad, but I am so grateful for the oppurtunity to have it! The study I had that morning, and many other ones leading up to Christmas is something Ill never forget.
This week was probably one of our best weeks number wise and experience wise in my whole mission or about that! It was amazing and Sister Peronnet wasnt feeling well and we had 2 days not full pros either! It was so fun! We taught many lessons and also got 2 new investigators! We finally were able to teach Jonathen from Nigera and he is the man! I love him so much! He has this deep smoker type voice and loves the lord more than anyone i know. He says he wants to come out preaching with us! haha But we taught him the 1st lesson and began to read the Book of Mormon. He says it is a fantastic book and he knows it is true. He loves coming to Church and came to the carol service they did on Christmas day! He is on a baptismal date for the 18 of January and we still have lots of connections to help him make and teach! but He is the coolest guy and although it is hard to teach becuase he talks a lot! haha I have allready learnt so much from him. It was pretty neat the other day we were teaching him and in the middle of us testifying about how God is our loving Heavenly father his neighbor (he lives in a flat complex of a bunch of single bedrooms and one living room and kitchen) comes in and interupts by saying hey want some coffee? haha we said oh thats ok and turn back to Jonathan, but he comes over and introduces himself to us and his name is Artin. He continues to come and say are you sure you dont want coffee...tea? a couple other times, and finally I explained to him we dont drink Coffee haha, but I got the impression, and I was studying this in teaching skills in preach my gospel to invite him to listen to what we had to say, so i did and he said he would finish his coffee and come and sit down! he did and it turns out he comes from muslim descent but his mum is christian and he is in the middle to figure out what he wants. We taught him the Book of Mormon and how to pray and he said he would try to make it to chruch tomorrow! It was a neat expereince to actually do what preach my gospel tells us to do and it actually works and we get another new investigator! I figured out the key to missionary work is to do exactly what PMG says! haha that simple follow the spirit and do what PMG says and how! Took me long enough to figure that one out! haha Miracles again...there everyewhere!
England use to not be a baptising mission and not a very successful one at that, but the Lord is really hastening his work, even in Cold wet England, people are being prepared!
Karen and Jackie are also doing good and we are teaching much more than before and the success in our area is booming at the moment! Such a blessing to be able to witness it and to be apart of it! Jackie texted us the other day and said she made a goal to read one chapeter in the Book Of Mormon a day! and I also got to pass on a referral to the Tucson, Arizona mission, her daughter! Preatty cool! The more success we see as missionaries the more confidence in Heavely Father that the work we are doing is so inportant and is real and happeneing now!
I havent really been able to reade Dereks emails super well, becuase I get them all a week behind everyone else and just get enough time to skim through them so i took some time to read through them and Derek! You are the man! I didint realize how far in the middle of no where you are! You are a great example to me and am grateful to be serving at the same time as you! Keep up the good work and I hope your Christmas was good, it made my day to hear your voice and see your brown tan face haha! im so white now haha! But really keep up the good work!
What are the plans for New years? We have to be in by 6 oclock haha too much craziness outside, plus we live in student housing so way too much craziness going on!
Life is good. Thank you for you! Im glad you all had a good time and Im sure dev and ted are keeping you intertained, i was sad not to see them but tell everyone I love them all very much! Je Taime (my french is getting better) Avaju!
W9 Sister Wengert
Happy New Years!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Aloha family!!! (man Hawaii does sound nice and warm...)
Its allready Monday again, this is mental. Time goes by way to fast here! This week I have become quite popular in the mission becuase of the number of packages I have for Christmas! Thank you Grandma and Grandpa and mama and Tara for the Packages, they are sitting under our mini Christmas Tree waiting to be opened on Christmas, but dont worry the Zone leaders even took of the custom label with what is inside of it before they gave them to me! haha But thank you so much, I really dont need anything, but the thought and support from my family is the best and thank you! Did my secret sib get my present yet?? Keep your eyes peeled! UofA is number 1 in the nation...good thing I rep my UofA shirt (right next to my Aggies shirt) all the way over here! I also got the notes from the sisters and RS which was such a cool idea and I loved reading each one over and over while sitting next to the heater!
This week was full of miracles like each week normally is. I have decided Miracles are so real and Miracles happen, just like that shirt says! Everyday the Lords hand is all around us...we are so lukcy, it is just our job to distiguish and recognize that it is the Lords hand and not just conincidence!
This week we worked 3 AUF's (address unknown files from church headquarters- the lost sheep program) (Derek are you working those as well??- i think its a world wide mission thing going on now-pretty exciting) and AUF's is basically guarnateed miracles! This week we went up to Chaddedson...our area is huge and is full of about 11 small villages spread out throughout Derbyshire and it talks a while to get to them, but anyway we headed up the Chaddedson for the day to finish an AUF we started and teach a lesson from a lady we had found early when we started working it. She ended up canceling but we worked the area and began to knock 20 doors around the home. We knocked and slam, knocked, and slam. This area is a bit dodge and very low income and full of interesting people, but we continued knocking and ended up 1 hour later with 3 return appoitments including a LA we knocked into a coulple weeks past who no records here in Derby! Miracles!! We also stopped Richard the 80 year old man we met at the poppy apelle and invitied him to church and he excepted!! haha Low and Behold Sunday morning we see Richard wobbling with his walker into church and he sees us and shouts with his old man voice...well hello my sisters! he loved church despite the fact he could barely see who was speaking and not hear much , but we cam prepared and brought the massive BOM and bible and ended up setting a time for us to come round this week! haha He was loving the attention at church and told all of his gold war stories of serving 15 years in the british Legion. Richard is the Man! haha
This saturday we also had the Sister training leaders (girl ZL kind of) come down with there car to help us work some far out AUF's that are in our area but an hour bus ride away! But they came and we found so many great people but the most exciting is this philipiano family that was found that has 6 kids. They are excited for us to come around, but dang satan has allready stepped in and the kids have chicken pox so we have to wait a bit! haha But were excited, good things are coming up in our area!
There has been one tough thing, we can not fine Chris anywhere! We have stopped by, called, he doesnt answer and his phone is off and buzzer to his flat. We are getting nervous, so maybe just keep him in your prayers! We also got another new investigator this week named Karen, a referral from a member! She is in a wheelchair and has some severe health problems due to alcohol, but so sweet. We simply taught that she was a child of God and the member bore a powerful testimony about how she was inportant and a daughter of God, she ended up in tears and has began to read the Book of Mormon. Members are so inportant in the work, it cant be done without them!
Speaking of members, our ward mission leader is a legend! He has been working so hard and has come up with incredible ideas to implement in the Derby ward....hopefully (us missionaries want this) a 2nd ward soon! But we have all been working hard and creating ideas for this next year to be a powerhouse year. We have so many activities and plans including a ward MTC (workshops on missionary work), culture nights, a competition between the missionaries and members to see who can give out the most BOM, a day of the ward working with us on the streets, missionary firesides ran by us, sports night each week, chapel tours done by members and missionaries, an Open your mouth month, so many exciting things. The mission is all talking about Derby ward, and not because of the missionaries but the ward members and what is boiling! It is so humbling and exciting to be a part of! The members and the missionaries must work together to be successful, its the only way to really hasten this work! I hope I stay here, we actually find out tonight where everyone is going? I could go, or stay, but who knows! Ill let you know next week!
Zone pday was fun! Sports and pizza...good day! This friday we also have our mission christmas conference with everyone so Im really excited to see everyone I have not seen in a while, including sister andersen my girl and sister obies sanchez! It should be a really good day! Christmas time as a missionary is amazing, so different than the normal christmas season and I love it!! We are able to do our best to focus on the spirit of Christ this christmas! The offereings we give up is for example: there is a list of them given from president to us and I chose to focus on offering baptism and the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone and focusing on becoming a true preach my gospel missionary, and a few other things. Just things we are devoting ourselves to become more like the saviour this Christmas! It is powerful!
We officially got up our Christmas tree and no results yet! Grandpa Allen is my prayers today, i know he will be fine and another miracle his cancer did no spread. Our family is so blessed, and I know the Lord knows our situation and knows what we can all handle! He has many prayers coming his way! How is Teddi's eye? Amy is due next month?? So crazy and i can wait to see this sweet boy! Could I maybe get some more address for family; I need Dev and Teds address and some other family members! Please and thank you! Are we doing christmas cards this year? What is everyones plans for Christmas, What is your skype name? Ya 3 way may work, that would be incredible, figure it out becuase I will probably skype evening here which is morning in the states and afternnon in Argentina?? Not sure but fingers crossed, leave it to TJ! Hope everything is well! How is the Dally man doing? Love you all! This little boy in church said something that struck me and made me smile. They were talking about santa, him and some more of his 6 year old friends... someone said man..santa is the best, and this little boy Jacob, stops them all and says no....Jesus is the best!
Hope we can all Focus on Christ and remeber that the christmas spirit is the spirit of Christ. We are so blessed to be in this gospel and to have the knowledge of our saviour. He truely is the best! Share that spirit with others...
W9 Sister Wengert