Monday, July 29, 2013

Feeding the Homeless

How is it goin!?
This week was fantastic! I have said this before, but I have never been busier. Which is making time just fly by. I can't believe it is the end of July already. My comp Elder Silcock, I decided this week, that he reminds me a lot of Jarret. Which makes time fun, because I can say that I have had good relationships with my brothers, which I am happy about. I have run into missionaries that haven't and they have had a hard time. Just comes to show that its all about perspective. I love my family. The one thing I testify about the most is Families and how they can be sealed for time and all eternity. I love teaching people and making them feel like they are my family. It makes you feel accomplished and they can sense the love that you have for them.
One example, is that when we ride our bikes we don't just pass by people and keep going, we stop and pray with people! It is awesome the experiences you have. Some weirdoes but some good people come with it too. We were heading to splits one night after dinner where they fed us hamburgers. We saw this guy and we stopped and he asked if we can help him get a hamburger he didn't have any food, pretty sure he didn't have a solid home either. Low and behold I reached in my bag and pulled out the hamburger that was left over from moments before! It was a good feeling being able to serve when you can.
Sounds like you all have a good week. Got things done. I keep thinking I need to send more hand written letters to you guys. I will work on it. Keep on going on.
Love Elder Jacob Wade

Monday, July 22, 2013

Where's this transfer going

Dear Fam and Friends,
I hope your summer is going well because mine is. I haven't minded bike all that much, we are in lessons a lot. Right now we are teaching quite a bit. I am a whole lot busier here then my last area. We are teaching a lot of part member families. We don't have any baptisms for this month but have a few for next. It has been exciting right now. I think everyone that we are teaching has a major word of wisdom problem. But we have seen a lot people change too.
Last night we had a stake devotional with President and Sister Taylor come and they spoke to the stake about sharing the gospel simply. We were a part of it as missionaries. We sang a musical number and my district, we went up and shared ideas of what they can do on facebook. It was really good. Then one of the recent converts from our ward shared her testimony... Wow, I have never heard a stronger more sincere testimony. It was powerful. I love feeling the spirit while hearing new members speak you feel so accomplished. Oh this Sister's son asked me to ordain him a deacon. So I did my first ordination yesterday. It was really neat. They are a great family.
As you can tell we have a lot of members doing missionary work. They are catching the wave. It shows me of how importanat and how real this is. The spirit is touching everyone's life. It is great to see that.
I pray for you guys a lot. Dad travel safe. Oh by the way, the lady that cut my hair today was at the dance festival! So I asked her about the guy Mc-ing. I told her you were my dad, she thought that was pretty neat and said you did a great job.
SOunds like summer is going great for all of you. Keep cool... I know it is hard for you northern folk... Ha we have been cooler this week. We have been having lightning storms which have been the coolest ever!
Love you guys a bunch!
Elder Wade

Monday, July 15, 2013

Time ....

This week has been remarkable! I have never worked harder in my life! We teach and we teach and find and find, bike and bike some more. It is the best though. I don't miss car at all. I still sweat a ton but it is just hot as usual. Ha the work is still the same to answer your questions. We use The devices as our area books and planners. It is hard and since we are testing them out there is still a lot that they need to fix, but they do help. With them we seem to always be doing something. If we have spare time or waiting for an appointment we are on facebook asking members to post mormon messages or make profiles. Really it is eliminating all the wasted time that missionaries have during the day.
That is enough about these tools that we have... Ha but I now cover just one ward. It is the Manistee Ranch ward. They are so missionary minded it is way neat. People here are crazy, but maybe they say the same about me who knows. I have noticed something though. A lot of the people members or non members here are probably the most Christlike people I have ever met. They just love to serve. It is great for me to see that it doesn't matter where you are, who are, what you have, it just matters how you show love... You probably get tired of me talking about it but it is true. This world is run off of love. God loves us that is why we are here. He wants us to become better that is why we have trials. Love is the foundation of the atonement.
Mom I agree with you we have amazing youth in our ward. THere is great examples to look up to. The leaders have done a lot to help each of them. That is how they do missionary work. Dad it looks like you have had fun and been busy with sound stuff. It pretty fun to tell people you drive around in a hearse.
You know how much I love you guys. I just want you to know because your love you have shaped my life for the better. Something that I have known just has stood out these last months is love, listen, serve.
Love, Elder Wade
P.S. It is wierd to say I have been out a year. It really feels like I just left. It puts in perspective how short time really is. I have learned a lot in this short year, looking forward to the next one. The time is to make or break it!  

Monday, July 8, 2013

2 worlds to 1

Good Morning!
I have to tell you that leaving was hard but this is a great area! And Elder Silcock is amazing too. We have a lot of work going on. It will just continue too. Why? Because the work is hastening. Before I let you know what my new assignment is I want to tell you that Hastening doesn't mean doing the same thing just more of it, but it means do more things and more of that. I am in a District where we are a pilot group for iPads and iPhones! It is so unusual. Also... I am on facebook now. If anyone from home trys to add me I won't add you. It is so crazy! We taught our first lesson on facebook. We just opened up a chat with the investigator, a member and us. The best part was that we were able to communicate to each other before we said something. It is amazing that President trusts me enough. I was completely blown away.
One thing that we get to do which I feel that is neat is that on facebook there is no mission boundries. The mission is now the world! WE work even more through the members and have them share messages with their friends. Then we friend their friend and we can start teaching them and get them ready to meet with the missionaries in their own area. Right now I am working a lot through the youth in my last wards it is going to be way neat to see what comes of it! Isn't that mind blowing!
Like I said the work is hastening. No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. This Gospel is true! It has to be true! I know it is and this only preparing me on how I need to live my life after the mission. It is going to be great!
It seems to me that you have a lot going on and as busy as ever. But I want you to know that I love you guys so much! Thank you for being examples to me, continue to be an examples to others. Prepare your friends in every way you can.
Elder Wade  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Well It is a first. Never before I have I received the text that I am leaving. It was quite weird to see my name on there. So yes I am leaving, I don't know where or what position I will be in. Honestly, I am kind of nervous. I am freaking out on the inside but I am comforted that it is my time to go. You have no idea of how hard it is going to leave. I have grown so much.  The people here are amazing and they are the best examples to me. Last night we had a lesson with J and S. They are so awesome. We had such a powerful lesson. I don't know if you have heard but there is some pretty sevre fires down here. 19 fire fighters lost their lives sunday night. It struck Jeff hard. He is a fire fighter himself and also in the honor gaurd. We testified and prayed that is all we could do. It was ruff. But It is probably the most spiritual lesson I have had for awhile.
I actually just got off the phone with President Taylor, He told me that he has another assignment for me, it isn't zone leader, isn't district leader. He just told me that I will know more tomorrow. I am even more nervous now.
I don't know much more to write other than the Spirit of the Lord has called me another way. I have now put my trust in him and will forever. He has a plan and this is his work. I am only a tool. I am looking forward to who I can serve and who's life I will touch. I am called of God. He is my master.
I love you all and wish you all another good week. Don't fall into the road. Ha Dad missionaries are still human. Happy 4th of July!
Elder Wade