Monday, November 16, 2015

Abilene Letter #6

It has been a high and low week. I had two major crazy things to tell you guys, but not too too crazy. Haha! The work has been normal. We had about the same success as last week. It's kind of been "same old, same old" missionary work in Abilene. Now the first crazy thing is -  I got a flat tire!! On bike day! We had to walk 45 minutes back to our apartment. Luckily it was heading back, so we could head to a dinner appointment. We were only 10 minutes late. Guess what! It was my usual luck. I found the one big stud screw in the whole road and it just happened to have been hit by me.  My front tire flipped it up, so it was straight up and down and then it popped right through my back tire.  It was bad. No patch or anything would have helped, but it was fun. Here is the cool part - while walking back a guy stopped while driving and gave us his address and said he really wants to talk about the church! It was really cool. So I guess I was supposed to get a flat tire. Haha! The guy was English speaking so we gave him to the 1st Ward sisters.  I bought a tire at Target and it was an inch too small, so we might try it as a back up, but I thought it would be safer to get the right tube, so we went to a bike shop and I got a good one. That is so crazy about Grandpa!!! I am so thankful that it wasn't worse! Tell Grandpa I love him and I'm praying for him!!!!!!! That's crazy, but I'm glad the family is doing well! I'm praying for everyone! Missionary work here has been the usual.
Now for the second part. . .. . transfers. . . . . I am staying in Abilene! Haha! You were right mom. And, I'm staying with Elder Felts! Haha! It was exciting!  Elder Simou, he is in Third East. He lives in the apartment across from us and is getting transfered to Seminal, Texas. It's really sad, because they live close and we car pooled a lot with them. He is an amazing missionary and has a huge powerful spirit. He is from Tonga. I love him so much and he sets such a great example of serving the Lord. He will be missed.  The Ward is awesome here and doing well! Guess what! Here is some other amazing news! We have a family in our Branch, the Marquez family, who are going to get their investiduras (endownments) and are getting sealed!!!!!!  We as missionaries get to go!!! We will go to the Dallas Temple!!! I'll take lots of pictures, but that's supposed to happen next week. Exciting right?!  I love the temple!
So, I didn't really have a ponderize scripture this week, but I have like six Spanish scriptures I'm trying to memorize. Haha! One is in Hebrews. I thought it was cool. I'll try to translate it and maybe you guys can find it! There you go Tanner and Hunter, scripture hunt time! It says something like, "who ever the Lord loves he disciplines (or something like that maybe chastizes) and who does that he receives like a son". It's awesome to share with people facing hardships.
Hunter go kick butt at the tournament!!!!!!! Just remember to be humble and teachable! But, you are the best! I know you will rock it out there! Keep your knees bent in your warrior stances!  ;-) Haha, love ya buddy!
Tanner how was the temple? How was it taking Hunter with you? I know I loved it when you and I went to the temple. I will never forget how excited I was to have you feel the same joy I felt there and you got to have a special experience there as well. I loved thinking that someday we as a family and brothers will be in heaven together forever, a wonderful sacred place of peace and love just like the temple! How's swim? Is it over yet? Hopefully not. How's our favorite resident fire breathers? (Haha, the bearded dragons)
Hi Kailee!! How's dance? Sounds like you have tons of cousins to have fun with! keep being an awesome helper to mommy!!!!!!!!!!! Love ya k-bug!
Well, our investigators are doing good and so is everyone we are interacting with.  Our branch is really coming together. It's great. My Spanish is doing better, I bore my testimony and talked a lot in church yesterday.  All the members say I have really good grammar.  I just sound really funny with my accent.  I thought that was really funny, but I more of just speak it now and I'm becoming really comfortable with it. I'm not perfect and by no way did I get here on my own. The Lord really helped me. Everything is exciting here in Abilene, Oh yeah, I went on exchanges with the ZL's.  It was fun and not too eventful.  Wednesday we all headed out to Eastland as a zone and did a big blitz.  We each took a little area and visited LA's and former investigators. It was good. Hopefully we helped the Eastland sisters out. But, we used a lot of miles with that, so we have to be careful now. :-)  I miss you guys and I love you!!!!!!!!!!! I'm praying for you!!!! Stay smiling!!! Even when its tough!!!!! I have had the best Mexican food ever, but what I would kill for a plate of mom's pasta!!!!! Haha! That's me being funny! Haha!  I love you guys! Talk to you later!

Con amor,
Nos vemos,
Elder Wilson

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