January 5, 2015 – Week 12

Feliz Dia de Reyes! Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Hello everyone, and mom and dad and other family and friends. Sorry it’s so late but this week has been pretty well. My Spanish is been becoming better and better since I’ve last talked to you on Skype. I’m so Jealous that you were able to go to the Tennessee and Iowa game. I’m so glad that Tennessee kicked their butts!! That’s awesome that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was there as well. I remember seeing him in Bristol. Did you get an autograph for me? Also that’s awesome how there was only like 5 Iowa fans there. Tennessee is back in the game. I can’t believe we won a bowl game! It’s like the first time in 7 or 8 years. (if it is more please do not tell me) hahaha. Anyway, I’m glad you had fun! Also how is dad doing? How did his first day at work go? Madie as well – today was her first day back at school, hopefully it went well. I don’t how long her and Parker are gonna last broken up. I feel like they’ll eventually get back together haha. Hopefully Madie CHOOSES TO GO ON A MISSION! I need someone else in our family to go on a Spanish speaking mission as well so I can talk fluently with them! Jordan I have that feeling that you’re gonna be going Korean. Lauren you should choose to go on a mission as well! You all will be blessed if you do so!

Anyways…. Its been pretty tough here in Terrazas. This Sunday we didn’t have any of our investigators come to church again. It really sucks because the people want to progress and they have testimonies of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith and of other things, but they don’t come to church to progress and to partake of the sacrament. I’ve never really realized the importance of the Sacrament much before. I know now it is really important that we partake every Sunday, It is the ONLY reason that we have church on Sunday.Also, here in Tijuana the Lord is definitely hastening his work. We are getting a new stake and people think it’s going to be our building here in Terrazas. Hopefully it is because that would be awesome.

This past Sunday I got to teach gospel principles class all in Spanish and on an awesome topic! Family History and Temple work. I have no idea how I was able to teach that 40 minute class all in Spanish. I know i had a lot of help from the spirit. I taught almost all investigators. It’s really weird talking about temple work such as sealings and baptisms for the dead to investigators, but I could tell that they felt the spirit in the class because they were smiling the whole time. It was pretty awesome. I shared witht them the oppurtunity that I had to be sealed as proxy for Grandpa Doug. I still think about that sometimes – it was a joyful and happy experience we had in the Atlanta temple with all of our family. I talked to them about the blessings we receive by getting a temple here in Tijuana. Also I still think about the time when I was confirmed for Grandpa Sonney. I can almost guarantee that Grandpa Sonney was there that day in the Orlando temple when his ordinances were being done. The same with Grandpa Doug and our other family in the sealing room in Atlanta. I also showed them my pedigree shart and told them about where I come from. People are amazed here when I tell them that my antepasados were pioneers!

Not a lot of people here have grown up in the church, but they are their own pioneers here in Mexico. The church is true and the Lord is hastening his work. Once I get fluent I want to help people here with their family history. It’s really important. I know our family does a really good job with it since y’all took 52 names to the temple on Saturday in Orlando for the youth temple trip. I want to help start getting people ordinances ready for their ancestors so by the time November comes people will flood the temple here in Tijuana to have their families ordinances done. Also in heaven people will be flooding the gates and shouting for joy because they can dwell with our Heavenly father for time and all eternity and they can be together forever. Temple and Family History are so important!! Dad and Mom we need to trace our family back to Adam directly! That would be pretty awesome.

Also guess what – i lost 3 kilos!! Which is like 8 pounds’ish.. haha but it’s awesome. But I probably gained it all back the other day. This hermano took us to the American buffet on Thursday and it was awesome! I ate 8 plates of food and they’re not the sissy plates either. I filled up those plates and gorged myself and then after I felt pretty sick haha but it was worth it. We also went there again today. I only ate 3 plates, but its really good food! Also the hermano took us to the temple and we took more pictures and I got a picture in front of the temple.  We tress passed, but we are missionaries so I think it’s okay, or maybe not hahaha. It was awesome.

Also mom and dad and family and friends –  tomorrow is Dia de Reyes. Mom go to that Mexican store called Mi Pueblo and ask them if they have any Rosca de Reyes. It’s a cake and it’s really good and not expensive. It’s for Mexicans! It’s like the cake they have for Mardi Gras where they put the baby in it. It’s pretty much the same thing, but go buy some it is awesome!

But my time here is awesome we haven’t had any baptisms but it’s okay because our mission is not about how many baptisms it’s about inviting others to come to Christ and to help other people gain a closer relationship with God.

Once I get fluent I’m probably gonna teach people how to read.  A lot of people here don’t know how to read. Never once in my life have I met anyone who doesn’t know how to read. It’s really sad so I’m gonna eventually help people with that! I love helping people  – there is a real true joy in helping other people! It’s quite wonderful! Anyway, I love all of you a lot!

Love Elder Wilkes

P.S. I really miss country music and NASCAR and football. I really wish I could just listen to country music just once! Also I was able to buy pants and some ties for me and my companion. Thank you! I still haven’t received my package yet, oh well eventually! That address I gave you mom is good for as long as I am here in Terrazas. The Mederos family is like the best family here and they have a beautiful home too. They remind me of you Mom and Dad. Anyways love you all. Good luck with the fishing Paw Paw! If you need any equipment you can use mine just ask my parents they know where it’s at!

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