July 18, 2016 – Week 93

There is a lot going on here in the mission. Three missioanries just left to go back home. Two of them were sick and one had some other issues. But that means my trio that I’m in is going to get split up probably. We still don’t know what is going to happen right now but we are waiting for the president to come here to tell us all that is happening. I honestly think that I am goong to change and going with one of the companions whose companion went home. I think I’m going to a sector called Ojo de Agua and if I go there is a big chance that i will just finish my mission there. It’s another sector that not much is going on there right now. But they always baptize a ton of people so maybe it will be somethmg that I need to finish my mission. I honestly want to baptize at least 5 more people before I go home. But oh how much better it would be if I hit 10. I thought I could do it here in Paraíso, but it didn’t initially work out how I wanted it.

We had went to do the audits in Guerrero Negro and San Quintin this week and it was a really cool trip. I’ll have to send you all the pictures of what we took down there. It was a blast and we had fun and the audits went okay. This week we are heading to San Felipe and it should be great as well! I took a lot of pictures there in Guerrero Negro and I’ll send them to you later on today if I get the chance. And also Mom I bought you a cool desk plate that says Guerrero Negro on it and it has a painting of a grey whale on there. It’s really cool  – it’s like Mexican pottery plate. I think you will like it but im going to bring it home and give it to you and there’s a lot of cool stuff that I want to get you guys here. I want to buy you guys something cool from San Felipe. So I’ll see what I can get different from down there.
I’m pretty excited though to be able to lesve from the offices and to keep going on like a normal missionary. Ojo de agua is really big. It is a massive sector. And it is filled with a ton of little pueblos throughout the whole area. My companion and I are going to be hitting it up like the old times preaching in the small towns. My companion and I are going to go ham. I’m pretty excited for what the president has in store for us but we have no idea what is going to happen here. I’m ready for whatever comes up!! I ripped out my toenail this week and it hurt like crazy. I took a sweet video of it as well and no it doesn’t hurt anymore. But in a month or so it might come back. This week I’m going to buy that medicine to help my toe. But everything is good I’m pretty happy. I honestly miss you guys a lot and im excited to see y’all in September! That’s cool Tina is moving to Florida but that means I have no were to stay if I go to the race in Bristol. Oh well, I can settle for Charlotte! Anyways love you guys!
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July 11, 2016 – Week 92

DILIGENCE BRINGS BLESSINGS

After last transfers blowouts, I’ve decided to take a quick pit stop and get 4 new tires and a full tank of gas and head on back into the field. Last transfer was tough dealing with my companions work ethic, but now I have a lot of support even from my new companions and also from the president and the assistants here in the misison.
I have been pretty much decided to work in 2 sectors this transfer so I can just kill it here in the last stetch in my misión to gain the checkered flag and take the victory at the Tijuana 730. I’ve been in last place and now I have taken the lead.  I might be a little behind right now but I’m ready to catch back up and to win it all!!
My companions are ready and everything is going awesome. My sector is still the same – it is in Paraíso and I just received my new companion last week Elder Gwilliam from Springfield Utah. Also, I am still with Elder Lopez as well. Things are going great. The family that we have been teaching for a bit FINALLY came to church and they have a baptismal date for the 30 of July. Hopefully we can be able to baptize that family of 3, well there are 5 people but 2 are still too young. We just received a new Ward misison leader and he is ready to kick it as well. He was inactive but he’s ready to kill it with us here in the Ward to help the Ward out and to help us out as well.
I really hope we can be able to baptize that family. The guy his name is G**** and it’s really sad becasue he has cataracts in both of his eyes and he can barely see. He has had them for several years, he just doesn’t have the money to be able to pay for them to get fixed so he can have a surgery. But I know the Lord will bless him if he keeps at it. I have been getting impressions that we should give him a blessing, and I will do so this week when we go visit his house.
This week me and Elder Gwilliam will be heading to Guerrero Negro tomorrow and we are going to be in a bus for about 12 or 13 hours. It’s not gonna be the most fun since the drive is so long, but the church pays for our road snacks so I’m gonna eat a ton of Candy and chips. 🙇 haha We are going to be eating pretty good as well. This time when we go down we will take a bunch of pictures as well so hopefully I can be able to send them to you guys. After this week and the time that has passed I have a bunch of pictures that I will throw in my dropbox later on today and I’ll also send you a picture of my toe. My surgery had failed but this time I’m waiting for the nail to grow out a little bit and im going to rip that sucker out. It’s gonna hurt like the dickens but it’s like an automatic pain releif at the end of it. I feel like I’m being a little prideful by not getting it taken out here in Mexico but I’m sorry I just refuse to do it because I know exactly what they are going to do.  I’m going to have the same experience from when I went to the doctor the first time, but the other day I saw on a commercial in the bus station was something called NAIL-X so I’m probably going to buy it to see if it will work.  Hopefully it’s not to expensive :/ But it’s pretty much a chemical that you put in the cracks of your toe to kill the ingorwn toenail and the infection that has been built up over time and I think it just grows out on its own. I’m gonna check it out and see what it does. I might just end up buying it.
I want to be able to lose more weight here so I probably shuld not eat 15 tacos but oh well! They are delicious! I weigh about 225-230 right now and I really want to get down to 200lbs or less if I can. But I feel fine, I’m starting to walk a lot I just wish my companion liked to run, because I would go every morning since it’s the easiest exercise, but oh well! I’m gonna send some picas later on! LOVE YOU GUYS!
P.S. I have given away a Book of Mormon every day for 3 weeks now! I have not missed a day. I will continue doing so! I have a couple of experiences to share but I will later. I have to go eat now! LOVE YOU!!
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July 4, 2016 – Week 91

Hey Mom and family how is it all going,[?][?][?][?]

Just wanted to start off by letting y’all know that today is America’s 240th birthday I think!!! Also, today Elder Hadley and I wore American flag ties and I rocked my american flag socks! Everyone was digging it and I got some shout outs from some American people here, and some nasty looks from some jealous Mexicans [?]. Anyway, today was really really good. Today I received a new companion whose name is Elder Gwilliam. Mom, you already know his mom from when you went to eat out with them in Utah. He is really cool and hopefully we can be able to work really well now! He is from Springville, Utah. He comes from a big family as well! We are so excited for this transfer, well it’s my second to last here in the misison and I will be coming home. ):
Sorry I was pretty short last week with y’all, I had little time to write and I wasn’t able to really talk to Madie either. Usually I talk to her a lot, today I had a lot to do. On Saturday I worked ALL DAY in my sector with a 16 year old from the ward, it was really really sweet and we were able to get a lot done. Elder Gwilliam is a boss and we are going to work like CRAZY! Next week we are headed to Guerrero Negro, San Quintin and San Felipe and I’m so excited to go down there. It should be a lot of fun!
Just to let you guys know I have given away a Book of Mormon everyday for 2 weeks now!! I have not skipped a day and I can see the blessings from doing it. When you guys do it, just don’t be scared to do it! I challenge you to be able to give away a Book of Mormon this week! IT IS EASY. Tell Pawpaw happy birthday and that I will be praying for his arm. Elder Gwilliam is a Jeff gordon fan and it is DOPEE!!!!!! He also likes football. He likes the Ravens and the Lions. I think we are going to get a long pretty well. I’m excited.
Love you all. Elder Wilkes
🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇
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June 27, 2016 – Week 90

Hey mom,

I’m sorry that im keeping this message really short, but I just ran out of time today because I had to do a lot of other stuff today but all is well. I’m working with Elder Hadley pretty much all week and going to be working with him a lot next transfer as well. I have been working really really really hard, and next transfer, which is next Monday is the transfer day and I will be training a new finance secretary here in the mission. I’m really excited to be able to do so!

So this week I’ll basically be working with Elder Hadley and I love him a lot -he’s great! His family is from Bountiful utah, and he’s like a pro skier. Also, I hope you know I have given away a Book of Mormon everyday so far!!!! So I have potentially saved 8 souls this week, and next week I will continue the process.  Things are good with me. I’m working really hard but it is hard to do it when I don’t have my companion’s support.  But I’ll be working with Hadley this week!!!! I’m really stoked! Love you mom!!! I saw Elder Larsen again the other day. I love him as well, he’s like my best friend.! Tell his mom iIsaid hi for me!
LOVE YOU!
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June 20, 2016 – Week 89

Hey Family,

I just had received the notice that I only have about 99 days left in my mission which is really sad and also a little exciting as well. I just made a personal goal that for everyday that I have left in my mission I’m going to give out a Book of Mormon, so like mom said 99 days to save 99 souls, that’s what I am going to do! Thanks mom for the inspiration. (:

Today is Day 1, so I’m gonna see where I can give a Book of Mormon out. Instead of giving out pamphlets, I can at least find one person to give out a Book of Mormon. I challenge you guys to do the same thing too! Find at least one family this week to share the gospel with and to give them a Book of Mormon.
This week has been pretty challenging for me at least.  Unfortunately our family that we are trying to baptize didn’t end up coming to church today, AGAIN….so we had to push thier baptism back another week, because they have to come at least one more time so that they can come to church. They then should be getting baptized! 🙃 I love that family and I really love the ward I’m in. The members and the Bishop are just really awesome. Except we had some issues with the Gospel Principals class yesterday. I’m going to be starting a Book of Mormon class in the next week or two so I can help people out with their Book of Mormon studies and so that they can have a better understanding.
The other day I had bought some KFC then a guy gave us free food so I ended up giving my KFC away to a homeless guy that I had previously gave blankets to. But all is well with my health, I’mm not losing any more weight but I did stop exercising and I need to start that up again.
Love you guys hopefully y’all will have a good week.
LOVE YOU!
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June 13, 2016 – Week 88

EARTHQUAKE!!!

There are a lot of people in our house, so I woke up at 1 am to put my laundry in the washer so it could be ready in the morning. I took my clothes and threw them in the wash and then I had only been in bed for about 4 minutes or so and all of a sudden I felt my bed shaking. I thought it may have been a bad spirit, (because I’ve have those problems), but then a few days later someone asked me if I felt the earthquake. Then I realized I had felt it! It was actually pretty cool, it lasted like 3 seconds or so. Not too long. But it was pretty neat.

Anyways good news this week! We switched sectors, so we are in a new place, a new zone and a new stake. We are pretty excited to be in a new area. I think it is something that I needed. We were able to go to our old stake´s conference  becasue our convert Patrick was going to receive the Melchizedek Preisthood, and he was confirmed as an Elder right afterwards. It was really sweet and a cool experience to be able to participate in that ordinance.
In our new sector called Paraíso is really, really, really awesome! The members are just ready to work with the missionaries and we are also. There are sisters there as well. Sister Ames and Davalos. From Utah and Bolivia. They are pretty cool. But we are excited to be working with them and helping the ward get better and better. We just put baptismal dates with a family the other day, they have already attended church a bunch of times, so we put the baptismal dates for the following week. Hopefully we will be able to baptize 3 next week! I’m pretty excited.
We got a bunch of refereences and hopefully we can just kill it here in Paraíso. I hope to baptize 9 people before I finish here in the offices which will be about August 15th. I’m going to be training a new elder to work as a finance secretary here in the mission. I don’t know who it is, but I will find oput in the transfers that we have here pretty soon.
Sunday someone told me that a bunch of people were killed in Orlando which is pretty crazy and then the President told us about it as well. That is pretty crazy and that possibly it was realted to ISIS, then another missionary had called me and said that we need to join the marines when we get back so we can control these fools!! THAT’S WHY GUNS SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN PUBLIC PLACES!! If more people had a gun, they could have stopped the shooting a lot sooner and many more people would be saved from death and injuries.
First thing I want to do when I get home is to get my gun license.
Love you guys and hope the week goes well! Hopefully I will have some more success stories for next Monday (:
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