Email #34–written April 25, 2016

Today is COLD! I am ready for the desert summer! I am glad this is in writing, so when it is 110 degrees, and I am complaining about that, you can call me out on it!

Folks, it was a great week. I am just so humbled by these people! They are incredibly kind. Fun fact, I ripped my pants getting into the car the other day, and we were with a member. He did not skip a beat, just said, “Don’t worry, my wife fix them”. It did not really help the rest of the day, but I really appreciated him and his kindness.

We have taught the same people this week as last week, and everything is going very well. Sia will most likely be baptized on May 7th! we are so excited!

Sorry this is a short letter! Hope you all have a great week!


Email #33–written April 18, 2016

Well hello everybody!

Alright, so this past week was probably one of the happiest weeks of my whole mission! I am so blessed to be serving in the Tongan ward, and have just been so amazed by the love these people have!

I guess I can just share some of the cool experiences we had this week:

1) well, we also cover the victorville parkview ward, which is just a normal ward. We have a super cool investigator named Britta: she is 76, and just the sweetest old lady. We taught her all about the structure of the church: A prophet, 12 apostles, and just how in general we don’t have a paid clergy. She cried! Sweetest woman ever, she introduced us to her garbage man, and said, “you know, you should talk to these young men. I know you are Catholic, but what they say… its good stuff. and its working!” Britta is super excited about being baptized, but she has a lot of trouble with sleeping, and says that she does not have the energy to come to church yet. She is a sharp lady! She knows the bible way better than I do!

2) SIA! Sia is the coolest! She just moved from Tonga like a month ago, and so she knows like ZERO english. We have “taught” her 3 lessons so far, which literally means we say an opening prayer, and the ward mission leader and a ward missionary teaches the lessons in Tongan. It is one of the coolest things! The spirit is just so strong in those lessons, even when I often have no idea what is being said. But Yesterday, she agreed to be Baptized, and without really even knowing what was being said, as soon as she said yes, Elder Shumway and I just looked at each other and smiled! We knew what she had just committed to, and it was awesome!

Beyond that, we have just seen so many miracles. We have taught plenty of lessons, and had a lot of opportunities to teach and testify here in Victorville. I love it!

It is so amazing to me everyday just how when we apply the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives, we are blessed and happy. Being with these humble people, many of who have little money and not the greatest living situations, but who just radiate so much light and happiness has taught me so much. I KNOW that the principles we teach people bring so much happiness! How easy it is to share that with those we meet.

I am grateful to be a missionary. I am happy, and I know that this church is true. I love my Savior Jesus Christ, I love talking about Him so much. Its so perfect.

I hope you all have a great week! Pictures next week, I promise!

Email #32–written April 11, 2016

Subject heading: Transferred, Tongan and….

I couldn’t think of anything else that begins with ‘T’… BUT I am back in the Desert, in a town called Victorville! I am so excited, and to top it all off, I am in a Tongan ward! Seriously, I could not be more excited!

Yesterday was my last Sunday in Upland, and it was pretty sad to leave. I have come to love the people of Upland!

I don’t have much again to report on this week, just that I am really really excited! I will have a much more exciting email next week!

Email #29–written March 7, 2016

I am going to really quickly go through all of the people that we are working with, so then when I talk about them later in the upcoming weeks, you will know exactly who I am talking about, and you can just reference this email. Sound good? K!

So, as far as investigators (people who are not members of the church, we are working with:

J__ and B___:
They are sweet, J was raised Catholic, B___ was Seventh day-adventist. He is a ______ LA county, so you can imagine, his biceps are huge, but he is a super cool guy. They have 3 kids of their own, and they are fostering to adopt a 9 month old little girl (Mom, you would freak if you saw this smiley little girl, she NEVER cries) who is the daughter of a family member in a bad situation. Literally GREAT people. They recognize that there is probably one true church on the earth, and we are helping them find out what God’s church would be like. We have had a few appointments with them, we found them tracting! crazy, huh?

Another tracting success story! A___ is an RN, his wife is a teacher. They have two little girls, one is 2, the other is 4 months. They are neighobors with a member of our church. So get this, we knock on their door, and they had already been to our church like 3 times. NEVER happens. We have taught the restoration to them, and then taught just about the Book of Mormon, and the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a lesson with him this Sunday.

B___ B___:
B____ is seriously the coolest kid. He is in high school, his mom is a member of the church. She does not come very often, but she has always wanted B___ to get into coming to church himself. He plays the trumpet, and drives a 64 mustang that his dad restored.

We also have a lot of work with Less-active families:

G____ is adopted into the M___ family… like the famous church ones. He is a great man, he has been living with his girlfriend for 14 years, and GUESS WHAT, they are getting married on April Fool’s day! We are so impressed by him, he has not been active in the church his whole life, and he is really trying hard to change what he has been doing in his life. We love watching his progress.

K___ J____:
K___ was a long-lost member who was found by tracting. He has had a really rough life: has been smoking and drinking since he was 11, and then he was a drug runner for 10 years. He turned his life around, but has been struggling ever since he got out of the drug scene. We are helping him quit smoking. He has come to church with us every Sunday for as long as I have been here, and we have just watched Ken become happier and happier! It is the greatest blessing.

Those are some of the major ones, I may add some more next week!

Other than that, lets talk about this past week. Saturday I had the chance to go on exchanges, and spend the day BACK in Upland 2nd ward: The ward I was in for 4.5 months before I came to Upland 3rd ward! Get this: I slept in my old bed, studied at my old desk, had the same companion. I mean, you NEVER get chances like this! It was totally surreal. I am not sure if you all remember, but before I was transferred, we were working a lot with the Less-Active family, the W___. They are the coolest, they were trying so hard to set things right. Well, I had the chance to go back and teach them one more time, and holy moses, what a joyful reunion! It was amazing to see them again, and we were just stoked. I was able to see that they were still working hard to go to church, to read and to make it back to the temple. I felt like like Alma when he was reunited with the Sons of Mosiah! There is NOTHING better than finding out that people you love so much are still happy and still “brethren in the Lord”. I mean, that is Joy people!

We are a happy bunch of missionaries in the Upland zone, it is a pleasure to serve here. I hope you all have a perfect week!

Elder Wilhelm

Email #22

December 28, 2015

I hope you all had a Super Merry Christmas, I know I did!

We met with the Spears again this week, and had Christmas dinner with them, it was SUPER fun! AND we met with Richard, and we are working hard to prepare him for baptism! He is such a good guy!

Christmas day was a blast! Skyping with my family was the happiest thing in the world, and I REALLY loved seeing my family. I miss them!

I am so grateful for the Christmas cards and gifts! You all are so awesome, and it really meant a lot! Be on the look out for some Thank you cards!

Sorry this is short, but I really love you all, I love being a missionary!
I am so grateful for the Savior this time of year. I know that Jesus Christ lives, that he loves us, and that He is waiting for us with arms wide open. I am so grateful to know I am a part of His ministry. I am a happy missionary!

Do something fun this week, set some good resolutions!