August 1, 2016 – Week 95

Hey Everyone,

Sorry about not be able to write to y’all last week. I just couldn’t get it done because we had a lot of stuff going on and the fact that I got sent to another sector and it is probably my last sector in the mission and I will be finishing it up here in my last days.
These weeks have been pretty good. We are getting ready to baptize a lot of people and hopefully it just goes really well. I’m a trainer for Elder Ramos and he is from Merida Yucatan, so now we have a reason to go to Cancun!!!!! I have 8 weeks left here in the mission and I’m killing it right now! These past two weeks we have made 284 contacts of random people and we are just talking to everyone about the gospel. I have definitely completed my goal to give out a Book of Mormon everyday and I have been doing so for 7 weeks now, or 6 no me acuerdo. But everything here in the mission is a blast, we are having a lot of fun and next Monday me and Elder Woods are going to be running from Tijuana to Rosario. It’s 20 kilometers  or 12 miles and it’s about a half marathon. It should be pretty fun to do so! This week i have to train up for it and I’m going to be running every day to get warmed up. Hopefully it will only take about 2 hours but it should be fun.
Training is a blast too but its something that you have to do with a lot of patience and that is something that I definitely have a lot of because i fish!! Honestly fishing has helped me have a lot of patience here in the mission and just waiting for the people to bite the hook. Tijuana just had their EFY and 1100 people went to it. and our ward here in Los Olivos had the most people there out of another ward in Mexico. Our ward had over 80 youth attend EFY and a lot of them are not members so me and my companion are contacting these people and we hope that they all go on missions in the future and all of them want to get to baptized as well. Hopefully we can have a lot of success here in this sector and so far out of my whole mission this is my favorite sector. The members are absolutely wonderful and they are great! Yesterday we spent the whole day on the side of a mountain trying to look for some less active families but we couldn’t  find them so we basically spent the whole day doing stair steppers basically because it is literally the side of a mountain here in Tijuas. Things are going really well.  I ripped out my ingrown toenail like 3 weeks ago and it is doing really good. I took a video of it as well and it is pretty gross with a lot of blood at the end of it but it felt pretty good to get that sucker yanked.
Mom I just want you to know that I’m really tired, and I’m excited to come home just tired of working, it feels good right now in this one hour that I have to be able to sit down and just relax and to get out all my feelings in writing. Also i just hit page 371 in my journal; I write everyday. Sometimes I go back and read some of the stuff I wrote a while ago and it’s pretty funny. I’m excited to see you guys again and hopefully Madie will be there too. Out of everyone I really miss her, jajaja and you too Mom. I miss having siblings and people annoying me all the time, but in a short time I’ll be back home – just 8 weeks!!! Dad and Pawpaw told me that you are really excited mom. Anyways keep strong and when you guys get back from Africa I’ll be just another few weeks away. Love all of you – have a great week!

One thought on “August 1, 2016 – Week 95

  1. Tina Baker says:

    Elder Darin Wilkes,
    Words can’t convey how unbelievably proud I am of you! You are such an inspiration to me. I often think and talk about you. It has been an honor and a pleasure watching you grow from afar. I remember the first time your parents let me babysit you. I was so excited and afraid all at the same time. And being a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle is exactly like that. Excited to see who you will grow up to be and afraid of the world and it’s toxic effect on the natural man. You have been a special spirit right from the start and it warms my heart to know that so many have been blessed by your spirit and your testimony. Thank you for sharing your excitement for the gospel with others. Hopefully, we will live in FL by the time you get back. I know that every person in my family will benefit spiritually from being closer with you. I love you so much! Love❤Aunt Tina


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