Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tarzan the Jungle Missionary

Elder Willden showing us the jungles of Nicaragua -
 just a shortcut between appointments!

22 October 2012

Letter to all:

Well this week was a little tough but we had a great experience that I want to share.  As we have planned every night the past few weeks I have kept feeling that we needed to visit a certain family, even though they hardly were ever present.  One day we were about to leave their house and a lady from across the street called us over.  We went and she was wondering who we were and if we could help her.  We began to teach her, (Maura).  In our third visit with her, her brother was present.

We started teaching and he was being obnoxious, asking odd questions and interrupting us asking if I had 10 córdabas to give him.  A few minutes later after we prayed and began teaching he said that he would like us to come over to his house and teach his family.

We went to his house right after the appointment with Maura and began to teach him.

He started talking and said that when he heard us speaking with Maura it was a sign for him, a sign that told him he needed to change his life.  He said that we were 2 angels sent by Jesus Christ to support him.

He began to tell me that when he asked me for 10 córdobas that is was for beer, but as we taught he lost the desire completely to drink and said he never wants to drink again.  

He began to tell us of his past and how is father was a drunk and hit them and the mother, the father and mother then later abandoned him for the United States,and his sister, and brother.  They were given an abusive nanny who hit them and he would jump in front of his sister to take the blows.  He told me he was a very unhappy child and one time jumped in front of a motor, and hurt his leg very bad.

He said he didn´t want this life for his children, and that he wants to be a great father, and that the lord sent us here to help him do that.

He opened his heart out to us before we even said a word.  The message of the restoration is perfect for him.  He is one of the people here god has prepared to partake of this wonderful gospel.  But if we never would have planned to visit that one family that´s never there we never would have found him, if we would have rejected the spirit we would have never found him.  The lord truly does have his hand in this work and has people ready to listen.  It is key to listen to the spirit and go and do as it directs.  I hope as a missionary I can better my relationship with the holy ghost and always listen to his counsel.

I pray the lord will bless my friend Franklin to feel the truth of our message and help him and his family come into the waters of baptism.

Regarding the pictures we went to a place in our area called Guajachillo to contact, there are a lot of trees over there. We decided to take a short-cut back to our next appointment and it was a pretty neat place.  This is what I thought Nicaragua would look like!  The one with me with my arms up some of the members said it looks like the first vision haha!

Have a great week everyone!

Elder Willden

Elder Willden Works, Lifts and Eats More!

15 October 2012

Letter to all:

Elder Wheeler is starting to already understand the people when they ask him questions, I remember when I came here my companion had to translate Nica to Guatamalteco haha!  But I´m surprised in how he already understands them.  The problem is that he has a hard time speaking and always speaks in the infinitive form, so I´m going to start teaching him all of the tenses.  I try to only speak Spanish with him but it is very difficult because in 2 seconds I could tell him in English and he´d understand.  I just need to be patient and help him understand the language.

This week was a little tough because I have to do all the talking and teaching.  My Spanish is good enough that I can teach whatever I want but the problem is I’m not the perfect teacher.  I feel sometimes people find me boring but other times they are very interested.

We have a baptism planned for this Saturday with a kid named Leo he´s 9 years old, he doesn´t feel ready to be baptized so we spoke with him and helped him to realize that he doesn´t have to be perfect to be baptized and that the Lord wants him to take this step in his life.

The week has been super hot but one day out of nowhere it rained a ton and the whole street was just a miny river!

That´s all for now!


Elder Willden

A great meal for hungry Elders!

Jonathan's New Weight Set!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Two Gringos Together!

Hello to Elder Willden's new companion and goodbye to his first.

8 October 2012
Letter to All:

So I got my new companion my ''son'' as they say.  His name is Elder Wheeler, from Idaho.  He used to play football and is 19 years old.  He doesn´t know much about Spanish...  So I´ll be doing all the talking for a while until he starts getting the hang of the language.  Luckily I feel fairly comfortable with the language and feel that I’m fairly fluent in Spanish.  But I was surprised when I found out he was a gringo.  It'll be tough I’m not going to lie; I have to take the lead in everything now.  The lord wants this for me, it will stretch me to be a better missionary, to work harder, talk more, contact more, baptize more.  I feel I will learn a lot with this teaching opportunity.

This Priesthood Session during conference was amazing, Elder Ucthdorf's talk was great, he talked about what a  great blessing it is to have the priesthood to bless the lives of others.  And the day after I heard his talk I was blessed to give or participate in 5 blessings on Sunday.  The first 2 were sick children of one the sisters in the ward.  Then later I felt that we should go to a certain less actives house.

We showed up and they are watching TV and not listening to us, only the mom listened.  It was a little awkward at first but then she asked us if we could bless her sick child.  We blessed him in the other room, and gave a blessing of comfort to the mother after, and blessed another sick person in the house.  The house was calm after that and the spirit was present.  The power of God changed the environment of the house into one of peace and love.  I felt the Spirit very strong there.  Then I began to teach the family about the sacrament and how important it should be in their lives. Then I felt prompted to share the story of the wise man and foolish man and to tell them that if their family strives to build upon Christ, our rock and redeemer that they will never fall no matter what trials they face.  It was a great experience to feel the power of God flowing through me to help and bless the members of this household.  The priesthood power is real and all worthy men should bear it and constantly look for ways to bless others because there are many who need help in these days.

I am so grateful and blessed to be a missionary of god and hold the priesthood.

Have a great week!

Elder Willden

Don't you just love Jonathan's Smiles?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

24 September and 1 October 2012

24 September 2012

Letter to All:

This week we had a great Sunday. Firstly we had ward conference with 171 people present (normally we have about 90) and 7 investigators present as well.  The stake presidency gave great talks and their testimonies were very tender and pure and they testified with the spirit.

Secondly we had the baptismal interview with Eliezer and he´ll be ready for his baptism the 29th!  He is really excited to be baptized.  He also has great desires to serve a mission and the bishop is already making plans for when he´ll be ordained as an elder.  My companion´s last baptism he´ll send out another missionary!

Thirdly the ward council was very helpful this week, we identified 15 investigators that have recently assisted the church and they are going to help us toward baptizing them.  We have a new ward mission leader that´s a return missionary and will help a lot!

After Ward Council we went with the bishop to teach a family in which there are only 2 members.  It went very well and the bishop got to know them all and befriend them and they all seem very positive.

I believe there will be many baptisms here in the next 2 months, hopefully I will stay here.  Changes are October 3rd.

That´s all for now.

Elder Willden

1 October 2012

Letter To All:

This week went well.  We have been teaching a lot of new investigators and many should be ready for baptism in late October.  We had a baptism this Saturday for Eliezer.  It went very well, the Bishop baptized him.  It was a special experience.  The next step for him is his mission.  He has great desires to serve a mission and already is beginning to prepare himself for the next year.  I am very grateful to help share the gospel with one who will one day soon serve a mission!  It´s a great feeling.

This week they announced the trainers on Tuesday and many in the Zone were called to be trainers.  They all went to the training meeting the next day, Wednesday.  I got a call Wednesday night from the zone leader telling me that I will be training a new  I thought I was in the clear but nope I´ll begin training this Wednesday, without the training everyone else received.  I´m a little overwhelmed to be frank, but I know that it is the will of the lord.  This isn´t something rare in our mission to be called as a trainer with 12 weeks in the field; I know of 2 others that came with me to Nicaragua will be training.  But still it´s overwhelming.  

My Spanish is good enough, I understand almost everything, if they speak well and clear Ii understand everything.  Speaking isn´t too bad either, only in the night when I’m tired I can´t speak too well.  They tell me I have a good accent.  I know the area well.  So it shouldn´t be too bad.  I just hope the Lord can help me be a great trainer for this new missionary, and that we can learn and grow together to become better missionaries.

I hope you are all of good health and always take time to thank God for the many, many blessings we have been given.

Elder Willden

Baptism of  Eliezer

Zone Meetings?

10 September and 17 September 2012

17 September 2012

Letter to all:

This week was good.  We had two really good lessons one day.  First we taught Eliezer a 19 year old Evangelical.  We taught the restoration and we told us he already saw a video of Joseph smith and felt something good when he saw it.  He's been attending seminary for a month or so.  He just has a lot of negative pressure from family and friends and it's a problem for him to be baptized but I believe he already knows the gospel is true.  The spirit was present when we testified about this and he testified to all of us of the truth of this gospel.

We met with another Investigator 20 years old named Alex.  We spoke about faith for a little then about repentance. He didn't know what repentance was so we taught him.  I felt a genuine love for him when I testified that for Christ stripes he can be healed.  That the savior lives and suffered everything for us.  That he can repent and come unto him and have eternal life.  The spirit was really strong and as we told him that he is important to us and we are here to help him return to Christ.  He has much to overcome but for God nothing is impossible.  Not only did Alex get to feel the truth of this message but I did too.  As I teach others and when I teach with a pure love for them my testimony of the Savior grows even more.  Jesus is indeed the Christ, I know without a doubt that he suffered for all of our pains, sins, sicknesses, and more so he can know how to succor us.

Also we had a Multizone Conference we learned a lot about teaching with the spirit and really teaching to people.  We taught actual investigators during the practice.   It was a good experience to learn about the role the spirit has in teaching.  Because he's the one who teaches. 

One of the investigators we had to teach we practiced inviting him to church, he said I have to go, I will go, so then we said okay let’s do a practice in which you can't go to church but he was confused.  So we taught to a different Elder and practiced inviting him to church.  After we finished the investigator also did his own invitation to the elder.  It was funny but also good to see the faith this man already had in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

That’s all for now, let me know if you have any questions.

Elder Willden

I asked Elder Willden why he sent this picture:  Yup that was burning trash, they throw all of their trash behind the houses and burn it or sometimes they just burn their trash in front of their house, not very sanitary..

One boy is part of the family we eat dinner with and the other lives next door who´s parents are investigators.

10 September 2012

Hello everyone!

This week we´ve been visiting less actives a lot, and inviting them to come to church.  We need an average of 120 in order to build a new church, right now we have about 100.  A member gave a lesson in priesthood meeting about this.  He read from 1 Nephi 3 and 17- how we can do whichever commandment that´s necessary.  Also if we have an attitude like Nephi we will have success .Attitude is very important, if we don´t believe anything good will come forth then nothing will.  We should always be animated and have a desire to go do what we can and then ask the lord what more can we do.  The lord knows the way but he wants us to do our part.

Met with a less active member and shared Alma 34:38-41 it´s a great scripture.

We have some new positive investigators that I have great hopes for.  Our old one´s no longer are progressing, but I must move forward with faith.

Love Elder Willden