Diligent With Exactness

Alright well what's up everybody??

This week we had a really good week here in Alamedas. My companion got really sick so that has been kind of hard. One thing I know for sure is that the Lord definitely wants me to learn patience in this change. We have a tradition in the mission of being diligent with exactness. So we still have to work really hard even when he is so sick.

Anyways things are going well here for the moment. We don't have a lot of investigators but we are working towards destroying the area here in March. The leaders of the church here have really, really huge goals. They want to divide the stake and see a temple here.

Being a trainer here is fun and hard at the same time. When we were practicing teaching the Law of Chasity the other day my companion said-"La verdad es que relaciones sexuals son una gran bendicion." I was seriously just rolling on the ground laughing because it was so funny. Sometimes he will just say the funniest things in the lessons and I just die. But he is a great kid and progressing nicely.

Quick shout out to Baker for winning the championship game for his team. And Micah and Elise for having a great family activity. I cant watch videos so I don't know what your baby is, but I am sure that it is a good one.

Sometimes it is weird to think about how different all mission are. Micah told me Chloe hasn't taught a lesson yet. I feel here that we didn't do enough if we don't have 10 lessons everyday. Missions are different with different challenges and rewards but the important thing is that we all walk the road to Damascus and become more converted to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Well love you guys hope you all have a great week.

Elder Wilkes 


Learning to Be Tough

Dear Family,

What's up everybody? We are just killing it here just outside of Guatemala City. My area looks over the capital so that is always cool to see at night. Anyways we had a great week last week. We are just doing a lot of learning here. It was really hard when I first got here, but we are learning and my companion and I are getting better together. One funny story is that a huge rat got into our house and I seriously did not like it at all. We have been going to war with it here and I am seriously praying that it doesn't get into my food. Another funny story is that on Saturday night I tried to make a small chocolate cake in the microwave and let me say that it did not work out at all. We kind of put it in the microwave for too long and the whole house started smoking up we could hardly sleep that night because the smoke would not leave our house.

Anyways things are progressing here. My comp and I have been focusing a lot on the difference between being on a mission and just being here. Really in life we can do our best in every single thing that we do or we can just kind of go through the motions. The best advice I think that I received before my mission was from our cousins Cade and Ryan that a mission will really change your life if you let it. I have seen that a lot here. I want to use every second here to prepare me for the rest of my life.

Elder Castro and I have been talking a lot about learning to be tough. I'm sure the whole family will laugh about that because I was never a good example of that at all. But sometimes things are really hard here and things can get really hard for my companion. But we talk about being tough and remembering that with faith all things are possible, I love 2 Nephi 27:23 when God says that He is a God of miracles. He doesn't need us to do his work, he has just given us the opportunity to play small roles in it for our benefit. How thankful I am for that. I love you all and am thankful for your examples.

Elder Wilkes


The Working of Miracles

Alright everybody well it's that time of the week today where we are obligated to communicate. I am now serving in Alamedas which is the same zone where I was before. My new companions name is Elder Castro and he is from Costa Rica. This has really been a new experience to move areas and become a trainer. Basically what happened is I had to open the area. When I got there Elder Castro could not really remember where anything was, or who they were teaching, or where the converts live, so we have had a great new learning experience together. My comp is a really good and humble guy. On Sunday something happened to us that I will tell you about when I get home, honestly I was really frustrated and stressed and the Elder Castro said wow we should say a prayer for all this trials we are having. We need to thank Heavenly Father for this. Wow I will be honest that really humbled me.

Really the times in life when we can grow and progress is when we have trials and problems. The mission is really an emotional roller coaster and a trick is learning to manage that and always stay happy and positive with a big smile. I am so thankful for the trials that we have each day that help us become more converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Anyways the area is good here. It is really big. There are a few gated communities where a lot of the members live. And then there is the regular area where people will actually listen to us. Its kind of like in Alma 32 when he talks about how they started to have success among the poor class of the people. So pretty much we have started over from nothing. But we did have some miracles of some random investigators just showed up to church.

With faith God can work miracles in our lives every single day. We just have to be ready and willing to work for them. Doctrine and Covenants 41:26 and again to some is given the WORKING of miracles. Love you all.

Elder Wilkes


Baaaa Pues

Dear Family,

Alright well I do have changes. And wow i am going to be a trainer....so i am a little nervous for that. I just have about 6 months in the mission so it is not very normal for someone to be a trainer a that young age. But I am thankful for the opportunity that the Lord has given me.

Anyway well we had a good last week here in Asiole. I am sad to leave because man we were really starting to make progress in the ward here. Also excited because I have knocked every single door in my area. So that will be a blessing to have some fresh doors to knock. We didn't have any baptisms in this week but we had really made progress with our retention and with less actives.

Well my mind is really going blank today on what to say. But yesterday we played basketball here and wow it was the dream. My companion didn't want to play but he was a good sport about it. But us gringos sure did love it. It felt so good to play again, but wow I am not as good as I was before the mission. One of the pictures here is of a guy who sits on his doorstep all day everyday. He cant really here but we just always yell HI to him and the he says Baaaa Pues. Which means Alright. So that was always such a good way to start the day.

Yesterday we helped a member build their house of metal and today we are going back to do some more. So that will be exciting. Well love you all. I will think of more stuff next week to write.

Elder Wilkes