|This is Elder Wahlen with his new companion Elder Webster|
Monday, March 3, 2014
How's everyone doing today? Don't have much time today... about 5 minutes left so I'll keep it short and simple!
We've been so blessed to be working with an incredible family... it's the same one that I wrote about previously that have been living in a not so perfect living situation...
anyways.... just wanted to give everyone an update on what has happened! After that lesson, we commited them to live the Word of Wisdom... to drop it right then a there and go cold-turkey. Now, I'm sure many of you can imagine (or perhaps even know from expereince) just how hard that must be for someone to do... especially so unexpected. Nearly impossible... right? Right.... but luckily we know that all things are possible with the Lord.
Fast forward one week and we recieve a voicemail from the member friend that had been working closely with us with this incredible family... we boot up the voice-mail... and well, long story short, my companion and I jumped up and down, gave a few high-fives and then dropped to our knees and prayed and thanked the Lord... the father had given EVERYTHING up and had made it for the entire week.
The power of the Atonement is REAL. There is much more to the story... but I can testify to each of you that all things are possible with the Lord. He and you together as a team have power to overcome all sin... all obstacles... all pains and sufferings... the power of the Atonement... the power to change and become our true selves is real. Follow Him. Rely on Him. He is there for you. He WILL help you. More on this story next week!
Love y'all tons!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
How y'all doing? Just fine I hope. How's your week been? Will you do something for me? Will you just take a moment to look back through your week... and see if you can identify all the blessings that our Heavenly Father blessed you with.... Now, write those down and read them each morning for the next 3 days. We are SO blessed... and often times we overlook those blessings. I know I'm guilty of that. What a wonderful time to be alive....
Alrighty... there have been so many experiences this week... I honestly don't know which one to share... both experiences of great joy and happiness and ones not so much so :) I've learned much from all of them though... and I'm grateful that I was able to experience each of them.
So.... we're teaching an amazing family. They have been through so much in life... and still are... but they've made so many great changes. It's been amazing to see how much the Gospel and the Atonement has blessed their lives. Elder Webster and I went to teach them the other night with one of their good friends in the ward... and just to give you a back drop for this scene... the first time I went over there with my previous companion, he said to me before exiting the car "take off your suit jacket..." I asked why, to which he responded "so you don't take any critters home with you tonight. Last time I came here I took a few back with me"... now, the place has really been improved since that first time... however, this night when Elder Webster and I went in to teach, only a few minutes into the lesson and I was swatting a cockroach off of Elder Websters back and we could feel some unseen friends crawling through our hair.... but that's really not what I want to talk about, what I want to talk about is this....
During the lesson, we discussed some challenges that this family was facing in regards to the commandments... but as we went along discussing these things and how we could overcome them.... the member that came with us decided to simply bear testimony of eternal families and the power of the Atonement. Despite the not so ideal living situation they are living in and we were sitting and teaching in... the power of the spirit that came into the room was so strong. It was amazing. This brother shared his testimony with every bit of love and energy that he had in him... and I promise you, despite the surrondings, you could feel the cleansing power of the spirit in the room. It became so clear to me that the power of God, the power of the Atonement and the power of the Spirit in our lives transcends ANY mortal obsctacle we face. Whether that be a poor living situation, a struggle with keeping the commandments, struggles with our family, struggles with our own thoughts... no matter what it is, the Gospel can and will help ANYONE to rise above the world and become who they truly are... a child of God.
The next day, the man we taught came to church dressed up and cleaned up... he looked so good and was so happy. I know that it was the power that he felt in that testimony that was shared... he felt within himself for a moment, despite his surrondings who he truly was and who God knew he could and will become... and it changed him.
I invite each of you to continue to pray for and look for opportunites to share your testimony with someone... I know that as you pray for those opportunities that they will come... and as you act in faith, God will give you power from on high to change someones life for forever. I love you. I testify that Christ lives and that God loves each and every one of us. I love you, they love you... and we always will. Have a blessed week!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
How are you? What an amazing day... the sun arose again today... what a great miracle this world and our lives are. What a blessing.
So.... what to write about??? Transfers happened... I have a new and amazing companion named Elder Webster. One of the greatest missionaries in the world. Seriously. So blessed to be serving with him. Crazy ice storm... trees and bicylces literally froze... it was crazy!
It's been a week full of miracles....
I'll share one briefly:
Elder Webster and I went out tracting (knocking doors) near the churh on one of the snow and icy days since we weren't allowed to drive our car... we had knocked a good few doors without any success... so we decided to stop and pray for guidance. We said a small and simple prayer, fervently asking the Lord to lead us to where we needed to go. We closed the prayer and opened out eyes to find that a young man was walking towards us. Determined not to pass up any opportunity to talk with anyone, we quickly walked to him and attempted to talk with him. Shot down. He didn't want to have any of what we were offering... and he quickly departed. Determined not to be swayed in our pursuit of finding who those who the Lord needed us to find in the area, we turned and walked to the door nearby. We knocked and the door was answered by a young single mother and her children. We began to ask her a few questions and started to share our message when a "are you serious right now?" type of expresson afixed upon her face... we stopped and asked what the matter was... to which she responded "I'm already a member". Shocked, my companion and I asked a few more questions... turns out this Sister had been baptized a couple of years ago but had moved into the area and lost contact with the church. She had never been since she had moved in 2 years prior and turns out that she has a daughter that has yet to be baptized as well.
So what is to be learned? Well, just as always, there are many things to be learned... but I can testify of the power of prayer. As we pray in faith and as we act in faith... the power of prayer and the Heavens will follow and those prayers will be answered. Especially as we pray to help and serve others. Will each of you pray and ask God to help someone in need today? (If you haven't already, also check out the rendition of "Have I Done Any Good Today" by Alex Buya (spell check?) and Carmen Rassmussen (also, spell check...sorry!). I know that God will answer your prayers... and as you are the answer to prayers for others, you find no greater joy or happiness.
I love you! Have a great day!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
|All of these pictures are donated by his companion Elder Sandoval who is going home on Wednesday.|
If you are wondering about the hospital pictures. Elder Wahlen spent a night in the E. R. - he is fine, but they had a good laugh.
|Can you spot elder Wahlen?|