Hi, my name is Elder Wilson and I am serving a two year Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the London South Mission and this is my story!
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
July 21, 2015
So being the sneaky dad that I am. I snuck on his email account and found this picture today. Looks like he is all packed up and on his way to the mission home before he flies out tomorrow. We are so excited to see him!
Well the day has arrived that I leave England. I can't
believe that it has come this fast. It wasn't till yesterday during
church that it finally hit me that I will be leaving. It has definitely
been the hardest and at times the longest two years of my life, but I have
never been happier and the good times out way the bad by so much. I'm so
grateful for all the wonderful people that I was able to meet and rub shoulders
with. All of you have helped me to become the person I am today.
I have learned so much from my mission and am so excited to
use it at home. From my first taste of England being a mini middle east in
Slough, going to God's waiting room in Hedge End. Chilling with the Craggs in
Crawley, and can't forget the blessed Isle of Wight were I feel I really
started becoming who God wanted me to be. Plymouth with some of the craziest
districts I ever had. Then my 1 week tearing up the streets with Elder Ertmann.
Then 4 days in Worthing with my ginger Elder Gunnell. Then there is Addlestone
where I feel like I met my family away from home. I'm going to miss this great
Ward here in Addlestone. Feels like I'm leaving home now.
I'm so grateful for all the missionaries I was able to serve
with and around. There is truly nothing more inspiring then meeting as a group
of missionaries and all singing Jerusalem. I have been able to experience
so much in the last two years that I won't even attempt to typed it up
here. I just want all of you to know that the number one thing I learned
on my mission that will carry me for the rest of my life is the knowledge that
we are literally children of God and that Jesus Christ lives and is our Saviour
and Redeemer. I know that this is true with all my heart. I know that
they appeared to a humble 14 year old boy and turned him into a Prophet of God
who restored the true church of Jesus Christ to the earth again. All this
knowledge and conviction has come to me though because of simply reading and
praying about the Book of Mormon. That book is the most true and inspired book
on the earth today. I love it, and I live it. Hold to the iron rod and you
will never go astray. There is truly nothing greater then sharing the message
of The Restoration and that Jesus Christ lives, especially with the people of
England. True happiness really does come from serving others and bringing them
unto Christ. I feel to end my last email with the last few sentences from
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England's green and pleasant land
I love you all so much and look forward to hopefully seeing
you soon! God be with you till meet again!
Well this week was a long one! I swear everything that
could have kept us from finding did. So much service was done, and even though
I love doing service it can be a bit much sometimes when you don't get to do
any finding. Good thing I love these members to death! London was also pretty
epic! That city is so big and so full of life! I wish I could have served there
and contacted those streets! Would have been a hoot!
Some pretty cool things. Big Ben was my favourite and it
felt so surreal to see him. Really cool place. I took pictures on my other
camera so you will all have to wait for when I get home, good thing that is not
We had a really cool DLC (district leader conference)
were we had a great counsel for the new mission training plan. It took three
hours but the Spirit was so strong and it was great! Since we didn't do a lot
of finding this week and Sunday we wouldn't have time either, so I started
fasting and praying that we would find someone somewhere that would want to
meet up and be baptised. Well after Presidents interviews (which were awesome
and my last one) We were on the train and happen to bump in to he Sisters from
Aldershot and were talking to them when the crazy Finish sister looks between
the seats and just starts talking to him between the seats. Was pretty great
haha. Well turns out he lives in our area and we are meeting up on Tuesday! One, I love God and His ability to answer prayers and two, I love Sisters they always
know how to show off and show you how to do things:) Super great!
So two funny moments from Sunday. First one I was talking
to some members about a dinner appointment and then right before they leave she
says oh since your going home we will have to hook you up with a few single
girls we know😮And
then Elder Redd tells me he might give me some referrals and at dinner with the
Tarrs Sunday night Sister Tarr tells me that if her older daughter wasn't
taller she would definitely have me look her up😵 I guess it's good that I am a worthy candidate for
these moms daughters and nieces, but holy cow! I am pumped to date, but the
fact that it's actually possible now is scary haha. I'm going to die!
Probably one of the greatest things I have learned on my
mission that I knew before, but have had reaffirmed and strengthened is that
the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God and that Joseph Smith is a Prophet.
I have no doubts whatsoever that it is true. Not only have I received the
confirmation from the Spirit that it is true, but having read it 5 times on my
mission nearly 6 and sharing it with the people of England everyday I will
never be able to say that that book might not be true. The power that comes
from it is beyond words. My understanding of gospel doctrines and The Bible
have grown because of reading the Book of Mormon. Most importantly my love and
desire to serve Heavenly Father and my Saviour Jesus Christ has grown so deep
that I just want to stand on roof tops and shout it to the world that they live
and we are their Sons and Daughters! The Book of Mormon is true! I read it, I
live it, and I love it! In the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith,
"The Book of Mormon [is] the most correct of any
book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to
God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”(Introduction to the
Book of Mormon)
That is the key though. We must not only read the Book of
Mormon everyday, but abide by its precepts every single day! We are Children of
God and I promise you that you cannot feel closer and more of Gods love then
through the Book of Mormon. In the Name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Well this week was pretty much as if I lived on the sun
or more like hell. It was about 90 degrees for two of the days this week and
near there for the rest. And guess what we have no air conditioning!
Luckily today it rained and was super cool and I think I
finally stopped sweating...maybe. I thought England was suppose to be rainy and
miserable. Well the miserable part is still here:). I don't know now how some
missionaries deal with that kind of heat everyday for two years. They are my
Anyway the week itself was actually a lot of fun. We had
exchanges with the zone leaders and I was with Elder Lloyd again, but this time
in Staines! It was another great and memorable exchange with Elder Lloyd. We
had two teaches right of the bat in the morning. Two really solid people and
even extended a baptismal date to one and they said yes! Super cool girl. In
the second teach we get a call from my Sisters saying they need me to come to
Kingston now to give a baptismal interview. We were like we will be there as
fast we can.
They had canceled it that morning so it was a surprise to
us. We get down there and I do the interview which was an amazing experience.
When I told her she was worthy to be baptised and saw the
tears come into her eyes I was just filled with the Spirit and wish I could
have given her the biggest hug. That's probably the hardest thing for me is not
being able to give the sisters or other females hugs of joy or comfort. I don't
say that just because I want to hug a girl, but sometimes words and handshakes
just aren't enough and a hug is the only thing that is needed. So rough being a
missionary. After that though we drove back up to Staines got a quick bite to
eat because we hadn't had anything since breakfast and then went and did an act
of love for one of there investigators and then went to a dinner appointment
with the craziest and best member ever named Carol. She was so funny. She has
this cat and she calls her Satan because as soon as you touch her she claws you
to death. I was like well I'm pretty much the spawn of Satan so I should be ok.
She warned me not to, but I go over and just start petting the cat and cuddling
her. She was shocked haha. So funny,
Alright so that is not even the best part of exchange. As
always Elder Lloyd and I work hard, but play harder. We get to the flat quickly
plan (because this was the hottest day of the week) so we can change.
They have a four man flat so we were like hey it's pretty
much a sauna in here so why don't we sleep outside since they have a backyard.
We chuck the mattresses out there and it's wonderful and dandy and slept so
beautiful and it was cold. Well we forgot one thing. To shut the back door to the
house. Well at about 4:30 in the morning we see this fox trying to get into the
flat. We shoo him away. I then have to go use the toilet and Elder Oh comes
with me. Well I finish and go back outside to sleep and Elder Oh comes out a
little bit after and is like the fox destroyed my bag. Well apparently the fox
made multiple trips into the flat where he ruined Elder Oh's bag, stole a whole
bunch of cookies, ate part of Elder Lloyd's belt, and stole Elder Hartshorns
wallet with all his cards, money, and drivers license. Of course all of my
stuff was ok:) All of us were laughing so hard, but Elder Oh was one angry
Korean. He was making some secret combinations to destroy the fox. I
interviewed him with my iPad on what he was going to do to the fox and how he felt
and it was pretty funny. Great exchange!
Friday we got to meet our new mission president!
President and Sister Gubler (goob-ler) are the best! Wow are they awesome and
so full of life! He has some great ideas and they are both so full of love!
Sucks I only get them for two weeks:( They are in our ward though and they came
to church which was awesome being able to get a little personal time with them.
He was super loving to me and kept telling everyone that I'm staying for
another two years so sorry mom and dad President said I got to stay so there is
that;) I was able to get my first date set up for when I go home as well.
Brother Jones daughter Elsa came up to me after church and was talking to me
and asked when I go home. I told her and then she said hey me to! The best part
is right after that she says,"I can't wait to see you in Utah because then
you can give me piggyback rides and I can sit on your lap." Haha she
cracks me up. We also were able to have a dinner appointment with Bishop after
church. His family all went to Utah so we spent the afternoon with him and a
really great family he baptised in Kingston when he first moved to England.
They were a proper miracle!
So it's been a great week, but we are struggling to find
people to teach. Keep us in your prayers and for the hearts of the people to
soften to the gospel. One of the greatest lessons I have learned on my mission
is obedience. Obedience is key to everything. When we obey we show our faith
and when we do everything the Lord commands us to do with exactness we receive
these promises, His Spirit to be with us(John 14:15-16 and sacrament prayer),
we gain power(Alma 17:2-3), miracles(Moroni 7:37) and we receive
blessings(D&C 130:20-21). As I have obeyed the Lord I have seen how he
fulfils all of these wonderful promises. Who of us would not want to have His
Spirit to be with us more, or to have power to do whatever the day brings, and
who doesn't want miracles or blessings. They are all ours to have if we will
just follow Jesus Christ and strive to do the will of the Father as He so perfectly
showed us. I am obedient not because I can't see, but because I can see. I know
that Jesus Christ lives. I give my witness with the Angels that beautiful
Sunday morning, "He is not here, for He is risen." I know this to be
true with every fiber of my being and is why I have spent the last two years of
my life proclaiming it to these wonderful people of England!
I LOVE YOU ALL TO SHREDZZ!
Dinner With Elder Lloyd and Carol! Don't mind my fat face