Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baptism Friday !!! and I am still in Surprise!

What an exciting past couple days and it will continue. M.... was baptized on Friday! so that was so awesome she was the happiest I have ever seen her. Elder K..... did the baptism so that means that she asked me to do the confirmation. I was super nervous, I didn't know what to say, I knew I needed to make it special for her. I prayed and prayed, asking for the help that I needed. And I don't remember anything that I said... I knew right then that the spirit was directing my words. It was such a special feeling. We have been waiting for this and we are so happy she is finally a member. She has been so strong. She found out that Braudyn has another tumor growing, she is such a good example to me and that she is loved by her Father in Heaven. That leads to my next exciting news, transfers... I am staying here, but Elder K..... is being transfered.
I am going to miss him. He is my brother and I look up to him so much. I knew he would be leaving, he has been here for 9 months now. It is going to be hard for him to leave, but it is time. And I am ready to do work. I find out who my new comp is tomorrow. The anticipation is a killer but I know it is going to come out ok.
Halloween is here! It feels like I was just home celebrating the 4th of July! We can work tomorrow but we have to be in by 6pm. So with transfers and halloween tomorrow is going to be a short day. Trunk or treats are huge down here, along with chili cook offs. I don't see how those two go together but they do. I am happy that I have normal people in my wards. It is a lot easier to invite investigators to the events. I have an investigator right now that dad can relate to. He has been battling kidney stones for the past two months. Ha he has been in a lot of pain. He needs to quit smoking and all that junk so maybe he can live healthier. But that is some bridge we are crossing right now. I have been helping a lot of people quit smoking, I don't want that to be my future proffession.
Now to answer questions... Favorite primary song.. Book of Mormon Stories.
Experience... hmm... We were on our way home for dinner, we were on our bikes, I have lights on my bike, and I was just riding and the batteries out of my backlight fell out! Right in the middle of the street right in front of this house. We decided to go knock on the door and we prayed with two guys. The one was about to be a father and really pondered about coming closer to Christ. It was a really neat experence that shows we were at the right place at the right time. Doing the right thing.
Primary kids, can learn their Book of Mormon stories. They are simple enough to understand and the can help you as a missionary. So study your scriptures!
Sorry Cleve and Vikki, can't come see me. The white handbook says vists from home distract the missionary from the work and it is hard for them to refocus. Sorry but that is what is..
Being finally done with training reminds me of a scripture in 1 Corinthians 13:11. Mr Snell should really use this one on the man cards. I have been focused on the work and am doing better. I am working in the vineyard. I love the work. It is great to hear from all of you. Good luck with all of what you do. Jayson Kick butt in wrestling!
I love you all so much!
Elder Jake Wade

Monday, October 22, 2012

I have shaken hands with an Apostle!!

Dear Family and Friends,
What an amazing week. I am still star struck from being around general authorities this weekend. Bishop Casse, Elder Maynes, Elder Pickard, And Elder Anderson were all great. Something that I got out of their visit is that we are doing well but we need to do better and that is through faith that we accomplish miracles as such. Elder Anderson talked a lot of faith. That it is the power to make things happen that need to happen. And that is a power beyond our comprehension. Miracles are still possible, we have an unchanging God, he is adaptable though. Being out for only 12 weeks in the field I have seen miracles. Mighty miracles that I will never forget. It was an amazing week because of them. He also mentioned that we really need to stress the doctrine of Christ in all what we do, say and think. We should always be thinking of him.
Work this week has been really good, M.... is still on track for being baptized this friday. We are way excited, because we wanted to see her baptized before the end of the transfer. Because next week is the first time that anything could happen for me and Elder Knabe. We have been asked not to speculate though. Ha it is probably one the hardest thing we have been asked to do. Oh by the way, I have now finished the Book of Mormon for the second time on my mission. I trully know that we can come closer to God and Christ through this week. I can't believe I didn't read that much the years before this. We need to be focusing on the words of Christ. They are in this book and are in its fullest!
I can't believe I have been out for three months now! It has been so fast! I don't have too much more to say other than thank you mom for sending the application for the absentee ballot and emailing USSYP for me. Love you all so much keep up the good work, and stay warm, because I know I am. Ha
Love Elder Jake Wade

Monday, October 15, 2012

Baptism ..26th

What an exciting week! this week has been picking up and I have seen many miracles, yet a lot of challenges. Lets just say fasting works. And that M.. she is on her way. Her date is on the 26th . I don't have a way to send pictures yet but I will find a way. We picked up a few members from part member families which is exciting. We I really fasted for more teaching experiences. I just wish we could teach and teach. While the new investigators just came out of no where like they did yesterday and saturday. I guess I am like Alma saying " I wish I were an angel..." Ha but I am really loving it here. Elder Knabe have been holding strong and he is my favorite companion so far. Ha He is awesome and has taught me so much.
We don't have our zone interviews until the 23rd so I guess next Tuesday. I ma excited for this weekend though. Elder Anderson is coming and is such a big deal. That we can't have members even take us to the conference, because it is just for missionaries. That will be so awesome. We have been working hard and I have been focusing on what missionary the Lord wants me to be and I guess my question was answered with 3 Nephi 27:27 When Jesus said " Even as I am." THat hit me hard and it is hard with you think about how amazing of a teacher he was and striving for that excellence is going to be tough. I am striving to be the best teacher I can be. I know the Lord gives us talents and spiritual gifts I need to learn how to use mine to effectively teach.
I love you all I am really missing that cool Idaho breeze, but I can see how so many people can love fall and winter here it at the perfect temperature this last week. Speaking of could you send me a few sweaters because we have to wear our suit coats or a dress sweater once it gets 65 degrees. Thanks. I am sure you are all enjoying your fall and all of the pumpkins and Cross country. Hey I ran two miles this morning it we have been running so much it has been awesome.
I love this work and I love you all back home. I couldn't ask for better parents and family.
Love Elder Jake Wade

Monday, October 8, 2012

Conference Weekend!

What a spectacular weekend! If they would have made that revelation last year I would have dropped everything and would have left as soon as possible. We have been disscussing that it will get rid of that awkward phase between High School and the Mission. The one thought that we all had when it was made was "its crunch time." We need more missionaries to do this great work. All the Talks were so good I loved all of them. One that blew me away was Elder Oaks and his stand on children. He completely threw down and I am sure the whole world is shocked but I think it is awesome! Unfortuatly we only had one investigator watch conference and it wasn't M..... I would be listening to a talk and say to my self that that this talk would be great for so and so. Oh other great news is that we have a mission conference coming up and Elder Neil L. Anderson is coming! We are all so excited it is going to amazing.
This conference was good and really focused on being a true follower of Christ! Elder Bednar told us that... "We need to know the Gospel is True and be true to the gospel." We need to see how much Christ did for us and not go half way or part way, but we are all in fully immersed in the truth and need to be living with exactness. But we all make mistakes, that is why we have the atonement. What a special gift we have. This gift leads to so many others that our Heavenly Father has for us. We need to jump back on track and follow him. Most heared qoute this weekend was come unto him. We need to find him in our lives and follow him with all that we have. And this all starts in the home. That why I had such great examples and family members that taught me these truths to keep me on the straight and narrow. I am so grateful for this gospel and it truely does bless all of us, and that is why need to share it that is why we need more missionaries. I am happy to be part of ranks of the Lord's army. I am happy I accepted the call. I have been reading a lot about Captain Moroni, he is such a great inspiration to all of us and set foundations of we need to be fighting for. I know what I am fighting for and am proud serve.
It sounds like you all enjoyed this past week as well. Cierra heal well, Jarret have fun at your reunion that is awesome, and Jayson Have fun in school. Give your all. I look forward to each day trying to do the Lord's will seeking for his inspiration. I know greatness will come. I am looking forward to this week, it will be amazing yet again. Stay true.
Love, Elder Jake Wade

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1st

What a crazy week things are really starting to pick up. Knock on wood. This week we had more lessons which was awesome. We are really helping M.... progress. Seeing her and her family come to church is the coolest feeling and the bishop says she looks like she belongs which is awesome. She is making so much progress though. She will be baptized this month. Her mom finally came from the hospital, which is such a blessing. It would be really cool to teach her mom and her niece that is ten too. We have also started again working with a lady named C..... . So theme for this week was Faith and Promised blessings.
We have to faith. Faith is the opposite of fear. When we have faith we hope or trust for things that are true but cannot be seen. The great thing about faith is that it is an action. We exercise our faith into many things. Also When help our faith grow we have spiritual experiences. The thing is just being patient. Yes that p word we all love. Being patient for those things that will come. So have trust in the Lord great things will come. Next, Everything we are commanded to do or to stay away from has a promised blessing(s) that come along with it. Even missionary work. I found a qoute by Gordon B. Hinckley That showed that missionary work is not a sacrifce because we will get back more then we give. I know that is true without a doubt in my mind.
I am so excited for conference it is like waiting for the super bowl for missionaries. We are looking to have ten of our investigators attend. Should be good. Yes this week has been a lot of finding and yes we do cold contacts, but working with members is the prime way doing things, thats when you know you have a solid investigator. It is hard but we will harvest soon. The field is white.
Sounds like things are going well for all of you. Madison is undefeated? Wow... I love hearing from all of you. Remember "Keep the commandments and ye shall prosper in the land."
I love you all,
Elder Jake Wade


So this week has bee nok but was made to awesome when S..... was baptized on Saturday. She was so nervous but after she seemed so relaxed it was awesome. Then being part of her confirmation was quit amazing. It was a crazy week because people have lives and don't want us to be part of and are not making the timeto meet with us. We are manging and when we do get to teach Elder Knabe and i teach so powerfully, because all that desire to teach is being held up nad wants to get out. So we are able to feel the spirit more when we teach. It is Awesome. We were able to teach M.... this week but it was right before she had to take her ten month old back to the hospital for some testing. He has such a sweet spirit and you couldn't tell he was sick if you didn't know. They think that have found a couple more tumors which is sad and hard for her. .....................
We have got a new missionary at the Surprise house he is cool. But he is starting to get the feel of it and is starting to calm down a little.  Also have a new zone leader Elder Campbell he is awesome and He is way funny. I love bonds we make here on the Mission.
I read a qoute the other day that I found in my scriptures. It is from the Teachings of President Hinckley. It is about how that anyone that goes on a mission should not see that they are sacrificing anything because the will get back more then what they put in. It changed my outlook. I am starting to see that this is a blessing and how much I love being here. Dad I like that story in 3 Nephi another one like it that I actually just read this morning is in Alma 25. When the Anti-Nephi-Lehies would have given up their lives then to sin again. They ended up getting killed but more were converted then were killed. Which both are great examples of true reprentance.
It sounds like you have all had a pretty good week and have had a lot fun. Oh mom one of our wards had their primary program and the president said that there about 120 primary kids and I thought of you haha. Good luck in your callings.
Love you all- Elder Jake Wade