Email #27-written Feb 1, 2016

*This may be slightly out of order. 🙂

Alright, so we are in a trio now (like I said last week) and wow, we are having just about TOO much fun! Life is really good.
Tuesday we got to give a training in front of the zone/our Mission President, and so elder Redhair and I were SUPER nervous! If anyone knows me when I get nervous… Well, I was not a huge ball of sunshine! ha, but after the training was finished (and it went REALLY, REALLY well, our Misssion President emailed us this week and said he really enjoyed it. We were just happy it didn’t flop) I think we were both feeling much lighter and we were all working together in unity again, ha.
We had an awesome lesson with some new investigators named J____ and B____ this week! They are a young couple who were raised Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist. They have been seeking the truth for years, and literally told us that they have just been waiting for God to manifest the truth to them through the Holy Ghost! Uh, what? We have another lesson with them tonight, so wish us luck!
We went on exchanges twice this week, and on Wednesday, I was able to go on exchanges with the missionary that is the assistant to President Hobbs, our mission president. One of the greatest days ever! Cool miracle: we were driving down the road, and there was this woman outside, walking from her car. We had the feeling we needed to go and talk to her, and so we turned around quickly, even though we were in a hurry to a different lesson. When we knocked on her door, she answered, and invited us in! After talking to her for a while, we found out she was a member of the church, in another ward! We shared a scripture with her, and she started crying just a little bit. It was a scripture from Isaiah about how God does not forget those that he loves. We had no idea why were sharing that scripture. I told the woman that I was so grateful for the scriptures and how they showed God’s love for us, and for the knowledge that he did know me and love me. She said, “HOW do you know?” and without answering, I told her that He loved her, too. “Well, how do you know THAT?!” There was a real concern in this life-long member’s voice. We told her again just how we had ended up at her home, and there was a blank stare that came over her, as she put some pieces together in her head: a random visit from missionaries, a scripture about God loving us. She (again through tears) says, “I have been praying for the last few nights about whether or not God knew me, and if he cared about me. I think he is answering my prayers!”
We were grateful that the Spirit was working with her, because we had no idea what we were doing there! But we were grateful for the opportunity to serve her, and to bring the Spirit into her home!
Well, that is about it for this week! Here is a picture of my companions! Elder Vasseur (right) goes home in 3 weeks!
Talk to yall soon!

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Email #26

Hello Everyone! Transfers have happened, and I am happy to say I am still here in Upland! My guess in 9 months here, I have been here 6! So crazy, it has been fun!

Not a lot to report on: Elder Vasseur is currently on his way home! Crazy! We dropped him off at the mission office last night, had to be so crazy for him.

Elder Redhair and I are still together! That is the best! We are pretty excited for another great transfer!

We picked up a new investigator named Alex, we had a really cool lesson with him. He said he knew that we were committed to what we were doing, and wanted us to teach him what we knew. So cool.

We are still working with the Hansons, we went and helped them paint for a bit, it was awesome!

Yeah, this is this short, but there will be plenty of great experiences and miracles next week! I hope you have a great week!

Email #25

Hello everyone! Another happy week! This is Elder Vasseur’s last week in the mission, and so we are sad and happy for him. Poor guy! He seems so lost: he is excited to go home, but has loved being a missionary. It is cool to serve around him during this time.

Well, it was busy, for sure this week!

First of all, I saw snow yesterday! here is a picture:<DSC_8646.JPG>

BUT, that doesn’t have much to do with missionary work! We had an amazing lesson with Janell and Brian last night, they are the ones I talked about a couple of weeks ago. The lesson was amazing, we just talked about the Book of Mormon and that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. Seriously, I feel like we blow people’s minds when they find out that we aren’t going around talking to people constantly about Joseph Smith, or giving them a book about Joseph Smith! If only they knew! I am glad I ahve the chance to tell them 🙂

We saw a less-active family, the Hanson’s. We go over each week, and we share lessons with them (They have two kids: 11 (Jake) and Lissette (9) ). As we were leaving, thinking that the lesson was a jumbled mess, and that the kids got nothing out of the lesson, and that Brother Hanson was just ready for us to leave, he calls out “Hey, it means a lot to us, that you keep coming. We know we aren’t perfect, but we are trying. And… we just really love that you still keep coming and you help us”. Such humble, sincere words, that had obviously been on his mind for a while. We thanked him, and left. That was just such a feeling of joy!

Another day this week we spent going and seeing a lot of families that we did not know on our ward list. We spent quite a few hours on this, and the last name on our list was a Sister Hall. We knocked on her door, and almost jumped through the roof SO excited that elders were visiting her for the first time in years, and she had just been diagnosed with Breast cancer and needed a blessing. She asked me to give the blessing, and we both were crying by the end. Such a happy happy moment. I am confident all will be well with Sister Hall!

Well, I hope you have another good week! transfers are this week, so who knows what will be happening! I hope I get to stay here in Upland FOREVER!

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Email #24

Hello! How are you all? This has been another great week!
We had a Missionary Leadership Conference this week, it was really a lot of fun, and an amazing spiritual experience. We were able to learn a lot. I am SO Grateful for the things that I am able to learn as a missionary. I mean, this month’s topic is studying! If there is one thing I want to take home with me, its the love I have found of studying the scriptures… and of STUDYING in general! I needed that! ha.

We are still trying to work with Brian and Janell, they were not home for our appointment, but we caught them later in the week! So we will keep working with them! Other than that, we have a few Less-active members that we are working with. One is a man named Gary McKcay. If that name seems familiar, its because he was actually adopted by David O. McKay’s son (or maybe grandson, I can’t remember) so that is pretty cool. He is a super cool guy, and he and I talk about hunting alot, which is really cool! And we had stake conference this week, we invited him, and he cried through most of it… He tries to act all tough, but he is no match for the Spirit! We have dinner with him again on Thursday.

Well, not too much else to report on! I hope you have a great week!

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Email #23

Alright, you are getting email this email today from a very tired, nervous, but excited and a little confused missionary! Let me start by saying, this past week was the most amazing week of my entire mission.

This past transfer was really cool, working with missionaries as a District Leader. It has been a lot of fun to share in their excitement. In the district, we started this tradition of texting in miracles as they occur throughout the week, and then sharing those with the rest of the district. This week started off with so many miracles throughout the district! By Tuesday, it seemed that the whole district had been seeing a miracle a minute: A relief society president would text with a request to see someone in need while a set of missionaries were already in their home. A set of Sisters picked up 2 investigators in a day. It was literally just non-stop, and we could just feel the excitement as those miracles were shared!

Elder Harris and I had our own miracles this week: We were able to pick up 2 new investigators! And get this, they were totally through tracting and contacting! One of them is an older lady named Lena, who’s whole family are members of the Church living in Missouri. We met her, and told her about the strength that the scriptures give us, and we were able to talk specifically about the Book of Mormon. After we talked, her face lit up, “well, I guess I better read that book”!

The other new investigator is a really cool Vietnamese guy named Kevin, he is studying to be an X-ray technician. There is a slight language barrier, but he has a very strong desire, it is fun to see. Funny story, we used to scripture in Amos 8:11 to describe the great apostasy, and likened the need for food like the need for the Word of God during that time. We then asked him to pay attention to the way that he felt as we recited the First Vision. After it was said, we asked Kevin, “Well, how do you feel?” and he said, “Sad!”
We asked him why it was that he said he was said, and he said, “because he didn’t have any food!”
We learned a valuable lesson about teaching more simply, and the power of asking questions during lessons. SO funny. (sorry if that story makes no sense, if it doesnt, maybe check this out… https://www.lds.org/manual/the-restoration?lang=eng&#8221;

The absolute biggest miracle we saw this week was on Thursday. We were walking to go and see some former investigators, went to there place, they weren’t there, so we were walking somewhere else (I am pretty sure back to our apartment for dinner, before our lesson with Ronnekka, she is doing well by the way, has a baptismal date for January 30th!) and we were walking past this GIGANTIC hospital in our area. We were talking to a bunch of people as we walked by, and I met this gaze of this one woman who stopped in her tracks when she saw us. She stopped and stared, and we walked towards her.
“You’re Mormons?”
We answered yes, and she said, “You are the ones who give blessings too then?”
again, the answer was yes, and she started rummaging through her purse rather indifferently. During this she says,
“My step-daughter has been trying to get one of you guys to give my husband a blessing. will you just go up to room 359 and see if he wants one?”

We answered with an even more emphatic yes than the previous two, and ran up to room 359. We walked in to Harry Williams room, and he laughed as we walked around the curtain:
“My daughter sent you?”
“Nope, your wife!”
You could imagine the confusion, but we told him the story. At this point, beyond the quick dialogue with his wife, we did not know much of the situation, besides that the priesthood was needed! We offered a blessing, and he accepted.
Afterwards, he told us about his daughter being the only member of our church in the family, and how his grandson had just returned from a mission like we were on. He got emotional as he thought of his grandson, and then grabbed his phone.
“Will you talk to my daughter? She lives in North Carolina.”
At this point, call us the Yes Men. She was on the phone in seconds, and we relayed the story to her. Through tears, she excitedly told us HER side of the story:
“Elders, my father has been in the hospital for 30 days now. We have prayed every night for him, and even fasted that he would get well, but more specifically for him to get a blessing! Do you know that you just answered that prayer?!”

We were speechless. Even stubborn Harry Williams cried as he heard the emotion in his daughter’s voice. We thanked them both, wished Harry to get well soon, and left.

The following evening, his daughter called our phone. Harry was about to be discharged from the hospital, and the doctor ran in to do one final test. The test came back positive for (I am guessing how to spell this, I have no idea) C-DIf, and they were finally able to treat him for the sickness that had left him in the hospital for 30 days. We were all blown away.

Each and every day, I am more convinced that what I am doing is the Lord’s work! And that I only have such a small, small part of it. Prayer is SO real! I love it.

Well, after that amazing week in Upland 2nd ward, this Elder is now in Upland THIRD ward. Yep, I was transferred to the ward just north of us. I have the opportunity to serve now as a Zone Leader over the same district that I was just District Leader over. Scary, and confusing, but I am grateful that the Lord has so much trust. I have NO idea what I am doing! But I have felt so much strength and excitement about the work today.

Alright, one more funny story:
This week we had TORRENTIAL downpours (for California at least, I wasn’t phased too much) But us and these other Elders got caught in it. Literally SOAKED to the core, we decided to do the only productive thing we could think to do: Hold Mormon.Org signs, on the side of the road, and encourage people to splash us. I mean, we had traffic jams of people laughing and taking pictures of the Mormon Missionaries outside holding signs, and it seriously made people’s days. I will send pictures next week. I think at least one person visited the website because of it. Maybe…

Hey, I love you all! Keep it One Hunnid, Stay Classy San Francisco, and remember Jesus TOTALLY loves you.

HAVE A GOOD 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!

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Email #21

December 21, 2015

Hello Friends!

Alright, so this was another great week! How great is it that Christmas is so close? Weird!

so we have been giving out a lot of ‘A Savior is Born’ cards, SO FUN! We try and get people to watch it right away, no one ever does, but its still been good!

Ronnekka is doing well! We love her! She was at church with her son, Kenyon, and it was really awesome. She is going to be a pioneer for her family: she is the only non-member, and the only one coming to church. BUT! her younger Brother, Aaron, has been working with the Young Men’s President, and he will be working toward becoming a Priest, so that he can Baptize his sister! Honestly, the best news!

We continue to meet with Richard, he is doing well! His date will probably not be for a little bit, but he is progressing nicely. We love him as well!

Believe it or not, we have spent a lot of time CAROLING this week (Mom, I know, mostly I just sing really quietly: you know from all of those years of me shower-singin that I should NOT be caroling!) BUT it has been a lot of fun! AND we have given out SO many cards. BUT last night, we were walking, and I just hear this woman SCREAMING out of excitement, I turn around and it was some members from the last ward I served in in Apple Valley! We all took a picture together, and it was just SUCH a happy reunion. It feels awesome to know that the service that I am doing effects people.

Well, have a great week!

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