This has been a marvelous week. We had this marvelous training in which we had the church historian, his wife, and Elder Bowen from the 70. The church historian and his wife talked about how important it is to keep a daily journal, including one for things that we learn (like during personal study and such). Normally I do not keep one for personal study. Since we talk about it in companion study and such, I generally do not keep one. But I have noticed that it is so helpful in just noticing those cool little things you learn. I have been able to learn more, and keep a record of it due to the training that we received. Now Elder Bowen talked about something a little different. He talked about the need for Perspective Elders to come back. He gave a scenario which I will give to you. You have 1000 Less Active Perspective Elders in a District/Stake. Each of those probably have a wife, 2000 (total numbers here). 1 Child, 3000. 2 Children, 4000. Philippines, normally have 4 kids (so 6000 total). That is 6000 people, either less active, active, or not associated with the church. Although this is something that makes sense, I had never thought of it that way. See, once my companion got into the area the first thing we did was get the perspective elder sheet. so yes, we got the first part down. But we had not really focused on it in the past few weeks. this week, we both worked on finding out who these people were. We had a list of maybe 75, but after some finding and such, we found out that a bunch of these people are not contactable for one reason or another. Either way, I found that interesting. How one person could make that much of a impact. If that less active came back to church, then how much of a impact could he have. Or as a missionary, If I decide not to talk to one more person, or decide to try a little less, how much of a impact would I have? As we were told in the MTC, you can count the seeds from a apple, but you can not count the apples from the seeds. You can count how many people you contact, baptize, work with, but you will never know the true effect that it had on people (atleast not in this life). How true is this?! We must continue to do our part, both with seeking the spirit and working hard.  (at the bottom is a quote, given by F.David Stanley (and Ezra Taft Benson) that I thought I would share).

So, cool thing happened this week that I thought I would share.
See, Elder Schulkins and I have been trying to find for a few hours each day. We had decided to take this journey to one of our evening appointments through this long path. Unknown to us how long, or how far this was (even with a map, it did not have exact roads that we would be traveling or the sort), we decided to take the trek. Upon beginning, Elder Schulkins decided to talk to this house. They were sort of meh about us being there, but still allowed us to share a brief message. After that encounter, we continued walking. Upon walking for about a 1/4 km, I saw this kid who, to me, seemed to invite me to her (signaling me to come), so we went to OYM them. Elder Schulkins went to talk with one of the Tatay’s, I went to talk with the Kids and a mom. After a few minutes, I went to Elder Schulkins who said to me, “this family is a less active member”. Pretty cool, but After a few more minutes (talking with the kids, and elder Schulkins talking with the Tatay), we got invited to teach them. Upon this instance, we found out that a member who lives in Ormoc visits these people like all the time. So, upon further discussion, we found out that their are really only 2 classes of “missionaries” who go to visit this specific area, Jehovah Witness’s, and Mormons. They said how they “tago tago” whenever they see them, but with us they want us to teach them. These people are ready to hear the gospel and want us to keep coming back! So exciting.
Well, I hope everyone has a marvelous week. The mission is a great opportunity to focus on others and to serve. D&C 4 teaches, “Oh ye that embark in the service of god, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength” (D&C 4:2). I believe that serving with your might and strength is relatively easy. Whereas serving with All your heart and mind is a bit tougher. So many things keep us distracted, or make us think of home. But we can not, we must not do these things. I know that by focusing with all of our mind and heart, and working with all of our might and strength, we may accomplish miracles in this mission.
Lastly, Thank you to everyone in Plano 4th who made this package. Thanks!
I hope everyone has a marvelous week!
Elder Wilson
Among the saddest events for all mission presidents to observe elders and sisters coming into the mission field not having learned how to work. President Ezra Taft Benson gave us a powerful key in one of his addresses on missionary work: “One of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work! If a missionary works, he will get the Spirit; if he gets the Spirit, he will teach by the Spirit; and if he teaches by the Spirit, he will touch the hearts of the people and he will be happy. There will be no homesickness, no worrying about families, for [he will have] all [his] time and talents and interest … centered on the work of the ministry. Work, work, work—there is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work.

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