Monday, April 20, 2015

Going to the temple....


 Cool YoYo that Jimmy gave me...

 Me practicing...not very good....

Missionaries love "Rollback" at Walmart...everything is cheaper....

Weeeeeell here's the scoop.
 So this last week was pretty awesome! There's this waaaaay less active brother in our ward that we have been working with, and we have been teaching his girlfriend, and we met with them  a bunch this last week, and we were able to help them a lot more. One theing that we talked about was light. So in Ether 6:3 it says,

And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness. 

What we talked about wtih them, was about how our life, is alot like trying to cross the ocean without any light, but the lord, has given us so many scources of light, to guide us. The scriptures, the prophets, prayer, the commandments. It's alot like the lights along the shore, (From the hymn, "Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy" ) 
It's so true. why fumble around in the dark, when we can walk around in light, and see where everything is, and where we want to go? haha. There's a reason why Jesus Christ is called the light of the world. Through him, every thing in life will be illuminated, and we will be able to see what we need to do, and where we need to go. 
So with Jimmy and Maria, (the less active and his GF) we are actually going to be doing a Temple tour tomorrow! sadly we won't get to go inside, but we will get to be on the temple grounds, and walk around, as we talk a little bit about the temple. I'm happy because we get to go to the temple haha. there is literally no other place on earth that feels quite as peaceful as the temple. I remember the first time i went to the temple when i was twelve, and i still remember, when we came into the parking lot and looked up at the peak, (The Las Vegas temple that is,) and the instant, and absolute feeling of peace. It's a memory that has always stuck with me, and is a constant reminder of a very simple truth: If you want to find peace, follow Jesus Christ. the road might be bumpy, but the destination is peace.
well sadly time has run short once again, but i love you guys!
Elder Wardell

The Lord will qualify you....


this is me, inspecting the engine of a lamborghini haha you know me.
(I asked why this car was parked on the grass....Elder Wardell responded...
"Mom, who knows , it was also covered with a bunch of junk from the tree...."
ha ha, made his day to see the car, made mine to see it on the grass...funny....

The Ultimate voice stealer 9000, complete with speaker accesory.
haha it's nice i have a bit of MoTab to listen to now!

 One of the worlds greatest inventions: my good friend Kari Bea Ner. I call it Aunt Bea. haha

Yes the force is still strong with me. haha Greatest gift from a missionary ever!

Well here's the scoop, 
So, last week, we went right after email, to another area, with the whole zone and played a gnarly game of ultimate frisbee. we wanted to play ultimate boomerang, ( we found a boomerang and have gotten pretty good with it) but no one else could figure out how to use it. so :( haha but we played a gnarly game of ultimate frisbee so that was really fun! and then after volleyball. 
We also had a rather interestingly not-fun experience this week, so we go over to this one family's house, and they make arepas (they are venezuelan) and they were really good, and then we go home. Well Elder Cobabe, was on exchange with us, and so we were up really late talking, so i was really tired, but then, in the wee hours of way before the morning time, i suddenly wake up, and feel a rather weird stomach feeling. needless to say, frequent trips were made to the bathroom all wednesday morning. haha, and then finally when the bathroom trips ceased, my stomach just resorted to feeling like it was trying to digest a brick, so needless to say, much of wednesday was spent in bed sipping gatorade. (Tried Peptobismol for the first time, YUCK!!!!!!!!!) Lesson learned: Arepas, might not agree with Elder Wardell's tummy.
So, you might be asking, why am i telling this? because the rest of this story, really highlights the grace of God. 
So we have been working with our investigator thomas, and we had an appointment with him for wednesday evening, but the problem, was that elder hansen and i were both lying in bed sick. However when it was about a half hour away from where we were going to visit thomas, we really felt that we couldnt miss that appointment, and we each of us felt a little better. and so, we get up, get dressed, and pray that we will be well enough to be able to finish out the night, and then we go. we bike all the way down to thomas, (lemme tell ya, worst time biking of my LIFE) and we get there, and fortunately he was there. So, we felt like we needed to re teach him the restoration, and we taught it to him, using this teaching method that our mission is adopting, and what was marvelous, was when we were on the first vision, after elder hansen and i both testified about how we know that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God, Thomas looked up at us and said,  I believe it. and then after when we invited him to be baptised he said yes! and we set him a date!! 
Elder Hansen and I still felt crappy and exhausted, during the time we taught thomas, and finished the night and then biked back home, and for me, like there was a smaller brick in the stomach, but none the less though through a blessing from God, we were able to finish the night without problem. 
Moral of the story: 1 Nephi 3:7. when the Lord wants something done, he will qualify you to do it. you might not get the best qualifications, but youll be qualified none the less. Don't ever be scared with what challenges lie in front of a task, those are just attempts from a very clever adversary to stop you from achieving full potential and greatness.
Well that's all for this week!
Love yall talk to you next week.
Elder Wardell

Conference and a is good!!

April 6, 2015

Well here's the scoop,
      So, this last week was amazing because we had conference of course! We also saw a lamborghini! haha it was awesome.
Well sadly this week i don't have a ton of time again, but i just wanted to talk about a neat conference experience we had. So, we have this investigator named thomas. Thomas is cool he's awesome, but with him, on sunday night we shared the talk with him from conference by Elder W Anderson (the talk about the indian man, and the music of the gospel.) he absolutely loved it, but what was even cooler was when we shared part of President Monson's talk from that very morning (it's amazing what technology can do now isn't it?!) and elder hansen and I both testified to thomas about how Thomas S Monson, is a prophet in our day, just as moses and Noah were. it was miraculous how strong the spirit was, and how much thomas felt it! well i love you guys, and will talk to you next week.

Elder Wardell