Email #17

Happy Monday! Good news! I am staying in Upland for at least 6 more weeks! Seriously, that is so cool.

This week was a lot of fun. The last week of a transfer always seems to be a little slow… but we had a lot of success! We set a goal to have 7 less-active and recent convert lessons this week, and we were so set on getting it. I love how we do goal setting: it isn’t like lifting weights, where maybe you benched 210 one week, so you are going to go for 215… but we sit down and we plan out who we can help, and then we make the number based on the people we feel like we were inspired to go and see. So that number has been 7 for the past few weeks, because we knew those 7 families were the ones that we really needed to go and see. Last night, at about 8:30, we had 6 of them done. We had not been able to see the K—, and so we biked down as fast as we could last night.

Seriously, every single time it is almost too late to go and see someone, and so the internal debate between going home a little early and trying to hustle a little to see some people starts happening, there is a miracle waiting for us. We got to the K___ and they had already set two chairs out for us, because we had told them we might be able to stop by. They talked about how they were struggling with quitting smoking, and how they had some serious desires and goals in order to go back to the temple by January, and they wanted a blessing to help them. I have said it before, but inspired goal setting is SO crucial! I love seeing the hand of the Lord in those moments! PRICELESS!

We were able to participate in the Primary Program (where all the little kids sing songs, seriously adorable). Elder L_____ and I were mock teaching a lesson to the 5-year-olds, and we asked them about obeying the commandments. When we were practicing, one of the kids went right up to the microphone, grabbed it, put it almost in his mouth, and with all the eloquence of a 5 year old, shouted, “I am grateful for the savior because I… LIKE….TURTLES”! He hopped off the step in front of the pulpit and went right on back to his seat. Unfortunately, he decided he ‘liked’ his family a little more than turtles in the actual program, and so the rest of the ward was not able to laugh at his response.

We had lessons with a few of our investigators this week. Wendy, the lady I talked about who we helped move a table upstairs, we had dinner with her. It was a lot of fun, and we invited her to read the Book of Mormon, and we are meeting with her again this week. She and her family are just so cool!

We had a lesson with D W. He is the father of the Seventh Day Adventist family we are teaching. He had A LOT of questions again, and so we answered them and invited him to read 2 Nephi 9 in preparation for our next lesson on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has a lot of really good questions… and so we are excited to teach this family. We have dinner with them on Saturday, and a lesson afterwards. Pray for us!

We also had a lesson with J___. He is another investigator that has not been progressing much, but he has been doing much better! We teach a class at the church and he came and really enjoyed it.

Alright, just one more funny story: We were biking home last night, and we went to go across a cross-walk, and this little car went to go and turn, so we stopped early. She rolled down her window, and said, “Oh, boys, don’t worry, I would never hit you, You are too adorable to hit!” and she sped off. Pretty awesome.

Well, I hope you are all doing well! Have a great week!

-Elder Wilhelm


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