The Wet Side of Wichita

It’s been a great week, our amazing district saw two precious souls enter into the waters and enter through the gate to eternal life. I am so pumped for the Rolling Hills Elders who saw this sick miracle and will continue to see amazing miracles from the Lord. I am continually praying to see miracles in our area, investigators, our companionship and myself. I have to constantly shake myself and make sure I am not a slothful servant for the Lord, because I want to profit him and show how much I love the atoning sacrifice he gave me. I have been reading about our motivations for this work, and 2 Nephi 2:6-8 has been a powerful talking about how it is important to not only apply atonement, but also spread and rejoice in it. In John 16:33, Christ proclaims to his disciples that we need to rejoice because he overcame the world. This scripture has helped teaching, for the best way to rejoice is to full access his atonement through baptism. I don’t want to teach for any other reason (At least I’m trying to make this my only reason) other than to repay Christ and bring them to follow this commandment, to rejoice in his sacrifice. I think this could be one of the hardest, for to rejoice is to humble yourself and thank him for doing everything for us.

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We will be seeing another couple of souls enter in our district, for I know, and will continue to testify to our district and our investigators that Christ can do all things, big and small, and we should rejoice and take apart of the blessings. One investigator has been constantly pushed back for baptism, but the lord will help her, and she will take part of the blessings this Saturday.  I want her to love Christ as much than I do, if not more, because that is the way to remain faithful, worthy and full of Joy. President Ezra Taft Benson said in 1972 general conference, ‘That man is greatest who is most like Christ, and those who love him most will be most like him.’

I want to love him more so I can give more and be more like him. I hope this week is the best, because I plan to give it my all and let the savior take the rest and plan for success.

Just to let you know, that took me forever to write, mainly because I have to look at the references so I don’t say the wrong one.

Been really cool to serve here, and I think how surreal it will be in a couple weeks, where I hit my 6-month mark. I can’t believe how fast it’s been, I remember getting off the plane, thinking to myself, “This is going to be a long 24 months.” It’s already been a fourth of my mission, and it’s getting faster. I am freaking out, because transfers are 2 weeks away. Elder Mortensen says he will be leaving, and I will be district leader… And train one of 29 of the new missionaries coming in. Ah, no, the lord is not desperate. I will not be good for that. I have learned though, that the lord doesn’t care about your own personal ability, because he is the leader. I’m daunted, but the transfer is still far away and we can’t claim to know the lord. We’ll just see where it takes us.

Been biking a lot, so I hope to get some pretty muscular legs, and sweated off 10 pounds from biking so dang much. It’s been raining a lot here too, making it super muggy and humid.

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Don’t have any real funny stories, so I’ll make some this week. Also, make a funny music video with Elder Mortensen.

Take Care

 

Love,

Elder Candland

KWM 2016-2018

I’m Serving With No Regrets

This week has been revelatory. It’s been a little bit tough, especially with Laura (Kaileigh’s Grandma) was in the hospital, so we couldn’t get the baptism to happen. Our new mission president has asked us to hold a companionship inventory on Sunday, Elder Mortensen and myself were obedient, so we started it. We addressed some much needed problems, and I’ve learned I need to change more than ever. I have let my pride control my life too long so now is the time to stop thinking about this idiot. We had a real cool talk and it was able to help us both grow.

Hey, Dad, guess what? I finally learned to type naturally! I am currently typing with my eyes closed and haven’t had any real big misspells. Now I can email when I need a nap. I couldn’t read, but it would be nice to relax a little bit. I’m thinking about taking a nap today. Now I’m emailing from my bed, so I hope I don’t fall asleep.

It’s been really hot the whole week, so I’ve probably sweated off a couple of pounds, I hope. The more and more I bike, the more and more I miss the non-humidity of AZ. It’s still fetching hot, but still… I know how to escape AZ heat. All of these Kansans are freaking crazy! They think that this isn’t even bad! They are like, “I wouldn’t want to live in Arizona, it’s far too hot.” I am just sitting there, thinking about how it never gets cool in Kansas, it constantly stays super freaking hot the whole day here. I woke up today, went outside, and had to gasp because the heat is super suppressive. But, I love it, because the lord Promises me that if I continue to serve, he will be with me. My comp says if I bike fast enough, it’s like AC.

It’s been a pretty interesting week. 2 days ago, we were biking to see a member, and a bunch of guys were sitting on the roof of the house next to his. One looked down at us and yelled. “Hey!” I stop and look up at this crazy dude. “I am smoking the devil’s Lettuce!” He cries down to us. I am pretty confused at this point so I fall back on my training Elder Limb showed me.

“Want a Picture of Jesus Christ?!” I called up to him.

“Sure!” He said, climbing down.

We are going to stop by today. I need to study on what the heck the Devil’s lettuce, but I’m pretty sure smoking in general is a big no no of the WoW.

Another story is that I went on exchanges to the Rolling Hills Elders area in our district. I need to get my bike off, and Elder Mortensen locked up the bikes, so I got the keys and put it on the bike rack and left with Elder LaMont. We drove over and chatted it up, then we got back to their apartment. I notice that my pocket seems unusually full. I check my pocket and I find the car keys to my areas car, and that Elder Mortensen must not have them. Elder LaMont checks the phone and says that we had 7 missed calls from our companions and there was a sticky note on the door from the member the elders live with. ‘Your partners need their keys.’

We drove back as fast as we can and gave them back. I’m pretty much the biggest idiot on the planet.

I finally got my driving privileges, so I’ve been driving all week!!!! I’ve missed driving so much.

Been working with some sick Homies this week, so pray for Donovan and Shawn Petty, because these two guys are on the precipice of becoming modern day pioneers (Because it’s Pioneer Day yesterday) and they have progressed so much. They just need to know change is good, and it helps us become God like. As members and as full time Missionaries, we should want change, to allow us to grow. Just like lifting weights if we use the same weight, we never get stronger. We need to add more, push ourselves, constantly learning and growing until it comes to the point that when the Lord calls upon you, you can leap out of your seat and cry unto him, saying, “I am ready, send me!”

Can I plead with you? If there is something that is pretty comfortable in your life, like living the gospel or doing your duties as a father, mother, husband, wife, brother, sister, Missionary, returned missionary, or just being a member of this glorious church, change it. WE grow when we are uncomfortable, and faith is built on the sweat and perseverance that is leaving the comfort zone, or even leaving the growth zone. There are 3 zones. 1st is our bubble of comfort. 2nd is where we stretch ourselves and grow. But the 3rd is a faith and miracle zone, where we fully rely on the atonement and Christ is the center of all things we do.

I TESTIFY I WANT TO LIVE IN THE FAITH AND MIRACLE ZONE, FOR ANYTHING LESS IS UNWORTHY OF A SERVANT OF THE LORD. I bear this solemn witness in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love,

Elder Candland

KWM 2016-2018

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