September 21, 2015 – Week 50

I’ve learned a lot living here in Mexico and from the members of the church. No matter where we live God knows exactly what is going on with our families. We dont need to hop the border to make more money or to have a better life. If we truly live the gospel and pay our tithing and strive to be self-reliant then God will help us prosper wherever we are. Sure the Mexican economy sucks and the American economy is better, but that doesn’t mean anything. The scriptures are very clear, especially the Book of Mormon, “KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS AND YE WILL PROSPER IN THE LAND.” The land is everywhere and not just the United States. The promised land is the whole continent of the Americas not just North America, but people don’t understand that somethimes.

     Anyway Mom this week has been pretty good. Except for the part that Dad told me Tennessee lost to Oklahoma, but hopefully this week will go a lot better and they can win in Florida. It’s been 9 years since they won and I really hope this time they can do something to win. If not I’m going to be pretty pissed off and I can’t be pissed off because I’m here in the mission.
      This week has been really really good here in San Felipe. This past Sunday was great! Yesterday was my first time translating for church in sacrament meeting. There are about 8 to 10 Americans that need translatng and all of them are pretty older couples and it’s great, I really enjoy talking to them. Right now I am at a family’s house named the Christensen’s, and they are really awesome. They live here now retired in San Felipe. They once served as mission presidents in Uganda Africa and their house is filled with stuff from Africa. Their house is huge and it is right next to the beautiful beach here! I wouldn’t mind buying a house here in the near future. They also recently just got back from their second mission in New Zealand. They remind me exactly of Grandma and PawPaw. Sister Christensen is the Young Women’s president and yesterday she taught the class and I had to translate for her. Her husband is the ward clerk. Yesterday as well was my first time translating and it was pretty difficult. I had to go fast because they talk so fast and it is hard to keep up, but also I gave a talk yesterday in sacrament meeting about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I really enjoy giving talks in church.
     I will have to send you pics the following week because I didn’t think we would be writing here so I didn’t bring my camera.  I forgot it at the house but I’ll  send a bunch the following week so don’t worry! Dad asked me a couple of questions and the Americans here are all retired and live here because it’s cheaper and there are no gangs here and no thugs. Really it’s actually quite safe we live in a dope apartment its pretty sweet and this week we are headed back up to Mexicali again for a conference with the mission president. On Saturday and Sunday we have branch conference with the mission president as well. It’s pretty awesome things seem to be going great here in San Felipe we are also planning for baptisms this week, but they need to get married so pray that they will for us!
     All is well and all is good this week. The temperature dropped again and it’s supposed to be in the low 80s all week and a little bit of could coverage and it’s pretty awesome weather. We are using bikes here but my bike sucks because the gears broke so it’s stuck on the highest gear and it burns the hell out of my legs, but it is what it is! Anyway, I love y’all and have a great week!!!!!
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September 15, 2015 – Week 49

Mom & Dad,
     San Felipe esta bien suave, it is beautiful here!  The thing is the área is freaking huge and there is a small branch here of about 60ish members and a lot of them are Americans that come here on vacations. I’m going to have to translate almost everything in English for them because they don’t speak Spanish which is pretty cool. They also have the beach and the ocean here, it’s on the coast of the Sea of Cortez. It’s pretty awesome and the wáter is like a really, really pretty greenish color.
Sorry I wasn’t able to write to y’all yesterday, but I got permission to be able to write today. Don’t worry though, I didn’t have time yesterday, but I am doing fine!!! (:
     It’s pretty hot here but not as hot as Mexicali. The temperature is going down to about 99 degrees and on Saturday it will be down to about 103, but tomorrow night it will drop down to about 63 degrees, which is nice. The house that we live in is absolutely awesome! We live on the second story and you can see the beach right from the house which is pretty cool. I’ll send pictures of it the next week. Guess what today is my 11th month in the misión and the time is flying by really, really fast! In this transfer I will only be left with a year! And it is going to go by so fast.
     Tell Grandma and Paw Paw thanks for the package they sent me. I got it the last day that I was in my sector. Thanks for all the junk food! I frekin’ love that stuff. But Mom guess what? I lost another 5 pounds and today I ate some food that didn’t really agree with me some I’m about to lose a litttle bit more! I’m pretty happy about this new área here in my sector and my new companion is Elder Mera and he is awewsome!
     The Mexico City temple dedication was absolutely something else. It was absolutely awesome and it was rededicated by Henry B. Eyring.  One cool thing was that Jeffrey R. Holland spoke and gave his testimony in Spanish!!! it was awesome!  Towards the end when we sang the hymn, The Spirit of God. I couldn’t even sing it because my heart and spirit was filled with joy and it put me to cry a little bit for the joy that I have that the temple is reopen to millions of people that can partake in the kingdom of God here in the the mortal life. I can sure tell you that the spirit of God was there and it was something maravilloso. i can testify that there was not a dry eye and there was not a one that did not feel the spirit it was absolutly aweosme and to be able to bring one of my new converts there it was wonderful.
     Anyways things are good and I love y’all. Have a great week this week and I hope everything was awesome in NYC!
LOVE YOU!
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September 7, 2015 – Week 48

HOTTER THAN DICKENS HELL, EL NINO TAMBIEN

Hello Familia,

     This week has been pretty good and there was a lot of stuff that we had to do this week to get ready for the other baptism that we had. Yep we had it! We had a baptism this week and it was awesome. I was able to baptize her. Her name is Dolores and she’s awesome! We have been trying to get her baptized for a long a time and she finally was able to get dunked. I’ll send you pictures in a minute and also the pics from the last weekend.
     Thats pretty awesome that Brian lives right next to the Charlotte Motor speedway and what the heck did they move up there for? Anyway that’s pretty dope! It’s awesome that Hyrum looks EXACTLY like Jordan when he was running around in those buzz lightyear underwear days. (hopefully Jordan still doesn’t use those) ha ha
     This week was pretty awesome and everyone here is getting ready for the following Sunday because we are going to have the re-dedication of the temple in Mexico City and it is being transmitted here to our mission! So I will be able to go to it the following sunday which is completely awesome to be able to attend 2 temple dedications within a couple of months! Who knows if I’m going to be here another transfer but I think I will be. We will find out on Saturday night.
      I love each and everyone of you and want the blessings of eternity for our family. LOVE y’all!! Until next week. God speed the Right.
-Elder WIlkes
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August 31, 2016 – Week 47

We have been really privileged this week, like really privileged. First I’ll let you know that on Thursday we had a special conference with Elder Paul B. Piper from the Seventy this week and it was absolutely awesome! He explained to us the importance of our calling as missionaries, out of the WHOLE church, the Quorum of the Seventy and the missionaries are called by apostles and prophets, out of the whole wide church and world… it really opened up our eyes of how important our calling is. He also showed us a lot of ways of how we should teach our investigators. It was really, really awesome! Also, him and his wife know Russian, Spanish and English and they are Americans. He told us there are branches in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries and when he went there one time he had to have an armed soldier with him and head to wear a bullet proof vest and helmet, and there in the middle of Iraq they have their church service. It’s pretty cool that the Lord is preparing his way in the four corners of the Earth, it’s absolutely awesome!

     This week we didn’t have the 4 baptisms – one of them wasn’t feeling well and she didn’t want to do it unto this coming week but the other 3 people were baptized!!!! So we had 3! I baptized one of them and the guy is awesome. We are going to get him ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood by Oct.18th at stake conference and the other guy as well. I would send you pics but I do not have my camera. We also baptized this young man and they are just awesome! They all came to church on Sunday and got confirmed and apart from that we had 6 investigators in the church and it was awesome because we usually only have 2 or 3. But this week was great and the fasting sucked because it was really, really, really hard. On Tuesday it really cooled down to about 95ish degrees with clouds in the sky and it was mostly cloudy but the rain never came and it was pretty humid. I felt like I was in Florida for about an hour. It was great. Mom, Elder Martin that sent you a message was my zone leader here in Mexicali for a couple of months and he was really great. Tell him that we broke the baptism record in this zone again.
     This week has been the hardest week in my life. It’s been really crazy like we have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off all week and all day long, trying to get these people baptized and to get these people into the waters and dealing with Satan all week. It’s been really tiring, but anyway we have another baptism this week and it feels great to be baptizing. Hopefully I can keep it this way.
     Other thing about Elder Piper, he had told us that we need to study another (a third) language in our misison, so I am going to learn Italian as well as Spanish because it’s a lot like Spanish and English so I am going to learn that. He told us when we are older we don’t know where the Lord needs us, so I’m going to try to find an Italian Book of Mormon and start studying Italian in my language study time. Anyway Mom and Dad everything is going great here in Mexico and today was my 1 year anniversary of my sting ray attack! I can’t beleive that was a full year ago!! Time sure goes by fast.
     Love yall, and congrats Mom, now I can tell my people that my mom is in the top 5 percent of lawyers in the EE.UU!! (:
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