Wet Side Story

It’s been an amazing week, got a baptism planned for this Saturday. Her name is Kaileigh, an 8-year-old girl who has been trying to get dunked for a while. She has been kind of flaky, but we will make her solid convert. Her grandma, who is at the edge of her mortal life, dearly wants her to be baptized. So we are going to do it, and make it happen.

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The weeks keep going faster… I remember Monday the 11th, and suddenly, it’s Monday again… I don’t understand what is happening. I remember just starting off my mission in the middle of nowhere and now I’m in Wichita.

Been trying to get in shape, since we got a membership to a real nice gym. Also have free shampoo, conditioner and body wash, with shaving cream, so I want to go because I save money on everything else.

I absolutely love Wichita, though I get frustrated because some of the people we teach aren’t always keeping commitments, and PMG (Preach My Gospel) says that when an investigator keeps commitments, they build faith in Christ. (Read the PMG chapter on commitments here.)

[After baptism then we enter into covenants with] Christ [and Heavenly Father], either in the fount [because baptism is our first covenant relationship with God] or in the temple, and we constantly build our faith. This is because it is a MBC, or a Mutual Binding Covenant with the Lord. We promise something, and he promises something back.

Always try and keep those commitments [and covenants]. (Read Elder Joseph W. Sitati talk on Honoring God by Honoring Our Covenants here.)

 

Love,

Elder Candland

KWM 2016-2018

“I don’t want to join a coat”

Dear mom,

That’s so crazy to hear Hayden is back. Tell the punk I love him, and that I want to hear about his mission. Like, if he was an Assistant to the President.

I’m glad the van didn’t break down on you, though it stinks you had to get new tires. It feels like it was only minutes ago, I was at home, but I can’t imagine possibly going back, at least, not right now. I’ve been loving it hear in Wichita, it’s been trying, but also a huge time of spiritual growth.

It’s fun to see some of the people I knew out west. It’s weird, because according to Sister Mertens, who served out west in the same zone, told me I had changed a lot.

The only thing I could say to it was, “Yeah, I am a prideful punk.”

“You mean was?”

“No, I’m still pretty prideful.”

It’s been the best experience to look from inward to go outward. Still far from perfect, but I’m changing from the beastie I was 5 months ago. Dang, I was prideful.

I’m praying for everyone back home. I see the blessings of reactivating members.  I know if you want to punch Satan in the mouth, all you need to do is open up our mouths and preach the word. Whether or not they don’t know the church, been investigating for several years, or already members but have lost the light, God wants all his children to come, or come back to the light of Christ.

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I’ve been working on consecration and purification. 2 different things. I’m making myself clean and ready for the spirit and claiming a remission of my sins (purification) and dedicating the rest of my life to the service of God and retaining that remission of my sins.

I’m doing a thing called the 40-day missionary fast. This involves actually fasting and praying, then making a list during the fast of things God wants you to change. I have a huge list to consecrate myself. Like 2 pages. I pray every day to not do the behavior or activity and gain strength, and account to the Lord at night. If I failed, I repent and start over. I need to not do it for 40-days. It’s been promised if I do it, my desires will change and I will be in tune so powerfully with the spirit.

All the people we are working with are having serious trials of faith. On the day of my physical fast (we biked all day, like crazy Mormons) we got a text and our investigator told us “Thank you for meeting, but I don’t want to join a coat.”  I’m pretty sure she meant cult, but I could be wrong. I started to feel sick to my stomach, like I was about to hurl. I realized that I didn’t actually feel sick for anything except that I felt the weight of her soul and the preciousness of a child of God.

I want to feel like that every day, because I had never worked so hard in my entire life until I saw someone in the perspective of God and the Savior. No, I’m not being prideful, I’m just saying, God and our Savior will do anything to save the lambs of the fold, who are surrounded by food, but cannot or will not eat.

I hope this week is best week of your entire lives, because I am committing myself to the Lord and this is going to be the best week for me.

Love,

Elder Candland

KWM 2016-2018

Goodbye Sherwood

Goodbye Sherwood 😰☹️

It’s okay, I knew it was going to happen, and I’m excited for change (at least trying). A KWM 5th missionary loves change, embraces it. I’ll send the talk from the best mission in the world. It’s changed everything about me, because I know I need to change.

Been a sick week, Derek was baptized Thursday and confirmed on Sunday. There were also 4 other baptisms in the district, so it’s been a great harvest this week for the district. It could be better, but that is Elder Hawkes’ problem.

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Found out today I’m getting transferred over to Wichita, Maize Ward. So, I’m leaving all my recent converts, like Derek, Chris, Jamie, Frankie and Nixon… I think I got all of them…I don’t know. Packing tonight, going to get as much work as I can.

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Met a cool fam, the Chase fam. All of them are super interested, so the goal is to get them dunked so they can go through the temple and be sealed for time and all eternity.

My new comp is Elder Mortensen, just when I think Elder Hawkes was making a upward trek in his mission. I hope he kills it here in Sherwood. With his new trainee.

Heard everything is going bien, especially with scout camp. Good job, Reeso. Jane, heard ya killed it at girls’ camp, hope you didn’t run dad around too bad. Hope grandma doesn’t lose her marbles, that could be bad.

Also, going to eat all my food today, because I can’t take it with me. Had a sick hike at the governor’s mansion and a zone testimony in the woods. Made me super sad to leave, but the spirit touched my heart and comforted me. The spirit is the 3rd member of the God Head for a reason. He testifies of truth, comforts the sick, the afflicted and the downtrodden. He leads us, guides and warns of spiritual and physical danger. So why would you cut off that connection? If you can’t recognize it, it’s okay, you can learn how to through the scriptures, church attendance and temple visits. Prayer is the beginning and the end of the connection with the spirit, to truly wrestle with the Lord until your questions are answered. I’ll let you know what happens in Wichita. Keep me updated.

Love,
Elder Candland
KWM 2016-2018

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Straight Outta Topeka!

It’s been a super good week in Wichita. Elder Mortenson, my new comp is awesome. We’ve been going HAMM. We went from 0 on date to 3 on date for baptism and they’re looking super solid for their dates.

Met Robert by trying to meet an old investigator, testified to him, and he showed up to church all by himself. He’s just gotten outta jail, so we hope he isn’t on parole.

Crystal was a potential the last Elder here met on exchanges. We talked to her, showed her “Because of Him” video and she is on date for the 23rd for baptism. Just need to get her to church.

Shawn is a little bit shaky, but we’ll make him more solid. He is the son of a less active and is going to ‘try’ to pray and read the BoM. Don’t try, do!

Got a lot of homies and need to put them on date. Otherwise, just going to try and rock it over here in Wichita. Sorry it’s pretty short today, but most of my p-day has been teaching and service, so it’s almost over and still got a lot to do.

Got an awesome gym by the apartment. It’s called Genesis.

Hope everything is perfect!

Love,
Elder Candland
KWM 2016-2018

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