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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015


Good news! Josué got baptized! Bad news.. I don´t have my camera with me to send pictures. The other guy who was going to get baptized pushed back his date so his dad could come and baptize him.  He is out of town until next week.

This week was pretty fun! I think I already told you about what I did for Christmas and Christmas eve, since then it finally got a little bit colder here and we got a chance to teach the wayward sons of a family that is investigating the church. They didn't get to church Sunday because the money they needed for the taxi hadn't gotten there yet, and all the other people that we've been teaching were all out of town.

Not much else to report, but I love you guys, and I´m excited to start this stretch of my mission and give it my all!

Elder Wadman

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Working hard and having some success!! Looks like we´re going to have two baptisms this week, with several more in the works.
Elder Aguirre has been a bit of a test on my patience. He just likes to push my buttons a little bit, and if I ever tell him something directly he walks off and says he just avoids people when they get angry. Apparently that means I can't object to anything he says or thinks haha. I feel like I´ll learn a lot while I´m with him, although it won´t exactly be paradise. He´s still a good guy, just a little unfocused and very new in the mission. The offices have been a little bit crazy but things are getting worked out, slowly but surely. Good to know that Kate got home ok!
I don´t want to say too much either, because we get to talk this week, but we had some really great conferences this week so that´s been fun! President Greer talked to us  about being the 4th missionary, its a talk that a mission president gave about 13 years ago that is really, really awesome. It´s helped me see the progress I've been able to make as a missionary, and understand how some of the other missionaries that I work with feel.
Love you guys so much! See you on Friday!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hey Guys!

Sorry I keep forgetting to mention that I had to take money out! That was the unfortunate result of not having a mission card and having to make a few expenses for the mission. The card is back now and now I reimbursed myself. Not really sure how to return that money to the bank though..

This week went really well! We worked a ton and found several people, although it was difficult because they couldn't go to church because of the dedication of the Tijuana Temple, but we got a few of them to go to some activities. We taught a guy who decided to change houses because we met him with his friend here in our ward, but he lives in another ward. He said, well, I don´t have a contract where I´m living and I´d rather go to church and get baptized here with the people I've met, so I'm going to move.

We also found an inactive sister and her mom who want to start going to church and she has a cool son who isn't a member who says that God already answered him and told him to get baptized in the Mormon church. We also got a reference the other day from a Doctor who is a member in another ward, and he brought us with someone he met through work who wants to get baptized, and her son and her mother also accepted a baptismal date! Miracles are happening out here!

I've also had the chance to start really working with the missionaries in my district, helping them to become better. It´s hard when they don´t answer my calls sometimes! But I´m enjoying the work. Its hard to find time to plan, but that's ok! Got to run, sorry, I´ll have to send some pictures next week.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

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Hey Guys!

Things here are good! Elder Aguirre is adjusting to being a little more obedient, and we´re getting a long pretty well. My Christmas package came, but I haven´t investigated very thoroughly because all of the gifts are half opened and I'm going for at least a semblance of a surprise! While we were in divisions my companions talked to Erik [see earlier posts], but they couldn't go to church. Griselda has been out of town, but there's a really good sister who lives nearby who has been watching out for her. They aren't really progressing, so we've had to go look for other people that are more prepared.

You´ll have to remind me like thirty times about the talk [he's been asked to prepare for a sacrament meeting], but I´ll start thinking. That´s a big topic. Its played a huge role here in the mission. I´ll be sure to take some time. And keep applying it.

Sounds like Dads office is like the mission! Slowly but surely it´s growing again. there are 80 missionaries less than there were when I got here... guess that just means there´s more work to do! Glad to know the cats are doing okay.

Next Thanksgiving, at least, I´m hoping a few of us will be there to visit. I´m also super excited to talk to you guys in TWO WEEKS (Y CACHO).

I´m really trying to step things up, as we´re coming up on the third trimester of my mission, and I've got LOTS TO DO!! I just want to be able to get home knowing I gave everything to the Lord, and changed because of it. I don´t want to come home the same. What a waste.

​Elder Castañeda´s farewell with the family! The guy in glasses who isn't me is getting ready to get baptized, we just need to get him reading a little bit more!

And that was his birthday haha!
Loving the mission, trying to be better!

Love you all,

Elder Wadman

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Saturday, November 29, 2015

Sorry my Companion has to work Monday to put together some stuff with the totals for the month for the leadership conference, so I have to write today. The week went pretty well, Elder Castañeda is teaching his replacement, Elder Aguirre, and he will leave next week. I´ll likely be with Elder Aguirre for another three changes. He´s just got here from.. ALAMO. That tiny little city has seen almost all of my companions haha! He seems alright, although he´s not much for getting up in the morning. He has the same time in the mission as Elder Hernandez, who I was training like 4 months ago. The good news is if there are problems I have president on my side!!

And here´s the zone for the change!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hey you were right!  P day is Saturday this time around! 

Time is just flying by! In 6 changes, I´ll be home! Don´t worry I´m not thinking about it that much, but it´s crazy how much faster the months go by the second year. This week was a lot of fun! We´re teaching a christian woman who just happens to have a neighbor in the building over who went to her same church and had her same problems. It helps so much to have her there teaching with us. The first time we taught her, we just gave a brief overview of the first lesson. The next time around, when we brought the sister with us, I decided to start with the plan of salvation because it includes a lot of things that she obviously has never heard of before, and the spirit made me feel like I should teach it while we were praying. 

The first lesson we talked about the pre-existence, the creation, Adam and Eve, our purpose here on earth, and the atonement of Christ. She basically just spent the whole lesson saying it was things she had heard before, but finishing the lesson the sister we were with talked about her experience, and got Griselda excited about listening more. 

The next lesson we started with death and the Spirit World, and everything went crazy, because she realized that we were teaching things she had never heard before. She started explaining how her interpretation was different and things like that, and we respected her opinions, but testified of the truth, and that she could know for herself if she read the Book of Mormon and asked God. After that we showed her (very humbly) why her interpretation didn't agree with what the Bible said in the context of the passage. She still isn't super excited about going to church, but we definitely left her thinking. I think that´s what the mission is like for other people in other countries. Because usually here either they don´t want anything or they basically baptize themselves because they´re looking for the truth.

Anyway, having a great time here, and glad to hear from you guys!

Elder Wadman

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

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That´s a great experience! [We shared an experience from another missionary serving in England in our letter] Glad to hear about other missionaries giving it their all! Glad to know you both are still working so hard! 

We´re trying to get some momentum here! One of our investigators went to a young single adult convention and with that has gone to the church 4 times. Since his dad is a member, he technically could get baptized right now, but he doesn't really feel ready yet. Haha it´s like Angel 2.0 [see earlier posts]. He knows the Book of Mormon is true, and wants to prepare himself to be able to share the gospel! We could get this guy out on a mission!!! We've also been teaching the son of the family who we baptized last month, he´s progressing, slowly but surely. and we've got a baptismal goal for him on the 29th of this month. I think he´ll be ready. It would be good too because everyone else for this month has fallen through. We also have found a few less active members with a bunch of kids who need to get baptized, from age 9 to 23! we´re going to be working with them this week so they can start going to church and become converted, and help their kids learn in the process!! So that´s super exciting!

We also found an inactive member who works as a cartoonist in a park and he gave me this haha!

​I also found some frozen eggs in the house and tried to cook them...

​But I couldn't bring myself to eat them.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

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Hey guys!

WOW! Looks like you've done a lot of work at the house!! [We have been redoing the yard] And you didn't even have to bring in the deacons quorum? [From church] 

I liked what you said about the primary questions, it's really very true. [The four primary questions are 1. Is there a God who is our Father? 2. Is Jesus the Son of God and our Savior? 3. Is Joseph Smith a prophet of God who laid the foundation for the restoration? and 4. Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the church of God restored to the earth?]   In [the] preach my gospel [manual] it explains that all of the doubts the people have come down to the Book of Mormon. You'll notice that in the last paragraph of the introduction to the Book of Mormon directly applies to three of those four questions, and the first one about God is really the fundamental idea, even though it isn't specifically addressed.

This week went alright. Erik didn't go to church, in fact we didn't see him all week, so that was kind of a downer. We did get Willie, the son of Willie, to go to church for the first time, and the daughter of another less active member started going. Several missionaries went home this week for some poor choices they made, among them my less than favorite companion from Alamo. Sounds like some more are going to be on their way out this week. The rough part is they generally pass their last night in my house, which makes for a less than pleasant evening usually.

Anyway here are some pictures!!

​We had two more uninvited guests!!!!

​Here's the offices once you walk in the door.

​And there's going upstairs to where I work. I guess I should probably take a picture of upstairs for next week. The board on the wall has the pictures of all the missionaries, and as of today.. I´m in the top row with the oldest missionaries! gAHHHH WHAT IS HAPPENING!!!!

​I was too lazy to take a picture from outside, but maybe someday!!!
Lots of Love,

Elder Wadman

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

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Hey Guys!!!

We´re having quite a bit of rain here too!!! Too bad the people don´t let us into their houses regardless, haha! 

This Sunday we had some miracles. A youth who lives in our ward [church unit] has been going to church with his dad in another ward for the past couple of weeks, and we just started teaching him, so he could get baptized a few weeks from now! 

We also had a family of four who came to church. What a story! 

We were going to a conference at church and I taught the taxi driver about the gospel while we were on our way. He said he knew some people who had really changed after starting to go to church, and that he had gone to a few different christian churches. He decided he wanted to go to church that Sunday, but we couldn't get an appointment with him and he didn't show. The next week we contacted a neighbor of a very helpful member. Her name was Ayare and she told us we could pass by Friday at 7. We pass by Friday at 7 and the TAXISTA [cabbie] comes out, super happy to see us!! They couldn't attend with us because his wife had surgery and was a little weak, and then Sunday they had to leave suddenly for Veracruz. 

The next week we passed by and they still didn't let us in, but assured us they would be there on Sunday early so we could teach them first. When they didn't arrive we had basically given up, but went to the appointment we had scheduled the week previous. We found out that Ayare had just lost her mother on Saturday, and they didn't go to church for the same. Still wouldn't let us in the house but we taught about the Book of Mormon in the street and left him a copy. Erik, the dad, Ayare, and their two sons came to church on Sunday and LOVED IT!!!! Erik was bouncing off the walls and gave us both hugs!! It´s still a challenge to find them during the week but they are very excited to keep coming! The next challenge is getting them to read the Book of Mormon, and setting a baptismal date. 

And then comes the question... What if I had been to tired to teach the Taxi Driver?

Lots of Love,

Elder Wadman 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

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Hey Guys!

How exciting for Rachel [Kevin's cousin was married October 17], and that you got to go to the Temple!!! This past week was a little less great than the last one, but we´re going to have a better one this week! The only people who got to church were the ones who were getting confirmed this week. Everyone else fell through. The whole mission practically is having a hard time finding new investigators from week to week, and we´re no exception. On other occasions we've been able to find 8, 9, 11, and now we´re working like crazy and finish the week with three people who disappear Sunday morning. We´re trying to work more with the in-actives to find the people who are prepared, but it´s been kind of hard to do. Anyway, outside of that I´m learning a lot, having fun with Elder Castañeda, and putting up with constant calls from missionaries with money problems. 

Sorry I can´t write more, wasted 25 minutes fighting with the internet!!!

Love you guys!!

Elder Wadman

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

We had a great week, and 3 baptisms!!

​Willie, Sebastian, and Blanca got baptized. About half of their family are members. I baptized Willie, hes the big guy with the mustache, and when he came out of the water he started clapping with excitement, and kept talking about how this was just the first step. He wants to get all of his children into the church and there are already plans for them to go to the temple next year! SO EXCITING!!!! HAPPY MISSIONARIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was the first baptisms they had had in the ward since June, and it looks like we've got some more on the way!! Elder Castañeda is a really great companion. He finishes the mission in 3 months. Also there is a snake somewhere in our house but we cant find it haha!!!! Let me see if I can find some more photos for you.

​This was me cleaning the shower that literally every missionary in the mission has used....

OH ALSO I don't need batteries anymore because I traded a tie and a handful of pesos to Elder Ortiz for his extra camera with a rechargeable battery. This is my zone from last change. You might recognize Elder Gonzalez from Tuxpan! He wasn't very close, but I got to see him a few times. Now he's in the other zone here in Xalapa, and his replacement... Elder Mota... woohoo.... Haha no Elder Mota seems to be a little bit more on track than he was there in Alamo.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Happy... Saturday??

Hi Guys!!!

Today things are a little bit different because we're going to be working Monday when the new missionaries get here, so my preparation day is today. That means I won't get to read your letter this week :(. I also, as usually happens, forgot my camera in the house, so I don't get to send you any of the exciting pictures from the week.

Fun story to get you thinking. A couple of weeks ago we were talking to one of the families in the ward about who their neighbors were and who we could go meet to teach about the gospel. They talked about a few people who they wanted to share the message with. Elder Ortiz asked them if they knew the woman 3 houses down who had a piano in the front room. THATS REALLY, REALLY UNCOMMON HERE. They told us her name and that they didn't really think she would be interested. They told us that they didn't get along and this and that and the other.

Well we talked to the other neighbors they had told us about, all of which informed us that they had no interest in learning more about God, or that they were more than content in the church they attended and didn't want to accept a message about how to be happier in their family, etc. you know the drill.

So we stopped by and talked to the woman with the piano. She was on her way out and told us to come back the next day. Haha, I've never heard that before. The next day we get there and she lets us in but is on her way out because she had forgotten about an appointment. She introduced us to her 12 year old son and left. (The grandparents are very Catholic and live there too, but refuse to acknowledge that we exist.) So we talked to the smartest 12 year-old I have ever met, who asked the kinds of questions people ask in institute. The next time we visited the mother was running around the house the entire time, but mentioned that every time she entered the room with us and her son, she felt a peace that she couldn't really explain.

At the next visit, last night, we find out she's a member of the church, who got baptized at age 16, that she let us in for a reason, that she fell away from the church because of the pressures of being a single parent, and that she had been waiting for the time to come that her son could understand enough to make his own decision about his faith.

My favorite of her son's questions of the week:

What do I have to do to change religions?
What exactly do I have to do to repent? I'd like to know the steps so that I can carry them out in my life?
What does "Christ" mean?
What's the difference between a prophet and an apostle?

And that's just the tip of the iceberg!

So yeah, it's been a good week! I'll talk to you all again a week from Monday!!!

AND KATE!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON WEDNESDAY!!! YOU'RE 22!!! You've only got 3 milestones left! The age required to rent a car, the age required to be president, and the ever sought after age of the senior discount!!! How does that feel???

Lots of Love,

Elder Wadman

Monday, October 5, 2015

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I loved [church general] conference. I went with 4 specific questions and wrote down everything that applied to all of them. I left with 10 pages of notes, and was amazed by how specifically the talks could help me to find answers. I really enjoyed a lot of the talks that you two mentioned, and also appreciated several speakers who mentioned that the Lord takes people as they are, and our abilities come more from our ability to trust him and less from ourselves. I loved the Seventy [one of the church general authorities] who talked about the question ´What lack I yet´. It really helped me see how I should be treating my relationship with God.

Happy and trying to get all sorts of things done at the same time!

Love you guys!!!

Elder Wadman

​Se va volando Elder Ortiz!!!!!
He found out what planking is... Elder Ortiz will be on his way out in a week, and I´ll just be with Elder Castañeda
​Here´s most of the crew right now! From left to right, it´s Elder Hernandez, one of the assistants to the president, Elder Calhorra, our zone leader, Hermano Aldo, a member from another ward, Elder Nordhoff, the other assistant, Elder Littleton, the other zone leader, Elder Ortiz and Elder Castañeda, the other secretaries. And then that one missionary no one wants to talk about..

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hey guys!!!

Having a good time in the offices. We're teaching a family where half of them are members, and the rest are really excited to get baptized in three more weeks!! We've also been teaching another family, but they have so many economic problems that they can't take a moment to think about anything else. We have been trying to help them with resources to get work and donating some clothes that they can sell, but they're not being very active in doing something. It's complicated because of their 8 year old disabled son. They also have a ton of marital problems and don't want to get married after being together for ten years. Were turning them over to the ward primarily, and were going to have to look for some more people to teach, (as always).

Got to give a talk on the fly this Sunday. Haha, it's so much easier when you have 20000 references flying through your head.

Really excited for General Conference this week.  I need to prepare some questions I'm going to bring so I can learn what I really need to do. I'm trying as hard as I can to consecrate my time and make the most of it, especially since I am only in the field from 3 to 9 or 930. I just want to serve the Lord with all I am, but I always come up short. Regardless I'm giving what I can, and I feel like I'm improving.

So my district is 2 normal companionships, the zone leaders, the assistants to the president, and the sister training leaders. here's a photo with the zone leaders and the assistants we took today. Ohhh, actually I can't send it from here because my memory card has been all over the mission and probably has viruses that I don't want to share with the offices, haha. We'll see what I can do about that.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015


Surprise!!!!!! 3 days ago I participated in... special changes...

because I'm being trained to be the financial secretary in the offices of the mission! That's right! I got moved to Xalapa, and I work with the president for like 4 hours every morning and do a bunch of accountant things haha. That means I'm now with companions number 9 and 10! Elder Ortiz is from Costa Rica and he'll just be here for a few weeks teaching me his job, and my other companion is Elder Castañeda. He's super fun and we'll be together until he finishes the mission in like 4 months. Sorry I forgot my camera again!!! It's weird being here in the offices, with the president and the assistants and the senior couple, but I think I'll enjoy it.

The ward is SUPER SUPPORTIVE. Wherever we show up they have references and want to help us to teach their friends and neighbors. They also feed us a ton, and I never have to pay for food because Hermana Greer brings us food for the zone leader conferences and the new missionaries when they show up every change. They all stay in my gigantic house that has a washer AND DRYER! AND HOT WATER. Anyway it's a lot of stuff to learn about. We've got some families we're teaching. We have a couple with a special needs son that we're teaching, but they are having a lot of problems and never got married, so that will be interesting. They really enjoyed the church today though.

I miss Tuxpan, but I'm happy to help if this is where they want me! Definitely came out of the blue though!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015


Elder Soto has a few problems with the language, but his accent is really good, so everyone thinks he knows it really well!!! Ohh washing clothes by hand. Hoping and praying that I won't have to do that again after this change!! I got 6 months off but back in Alamo my hands were always all itchy and gross from doing it haha.

This week we got to attend the re-dedication of the Mexico City temple via satellite. I was really struck by the things that Elder Holland shared. He talked about the verses in Malachi 4 in the Old Testament that are found in all 4 of the standard works. He talked about the Jewish tradition of leaving a chair for Elijah to come to their table every year, as they've been doing for like 3000 years. And when on the 3 of April, 1836, when the Passover was happening and all of the orthodox Jews left the chair at the table and the door open, Elijah came to the Dedicated temple in Kirtland and restored the sealing keys, which make all priesthood ordinances have a binding power in heaven, not just on earth. A big deal! I was overwhelmed by the Spirit during the talks and prayers, it was truly a powerful experience. 

We found some good people this week who are planning on going to church this Sunday, and we have a man we've been teaching for a while who's having a lot of problems with his family, but should be getting baptized in a week or two. We'll see how that goes!

Lots of Love,

Elder Wadman

​CUATES (Fraternal Twins)
We bought exactly the same food last week...

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

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Aqui con el Elder SOTO! El es de... ARIZONA??????????? [Here with Elder Soto! He is from ... Arizona??]

Sorry I really don't realize I'm writing in Spanish that much. Elder Soto is from a Mexican family, but he learned Spanish here in the mission! He has 4 months here in the field. He got baptized at age 9 but only recently became an active member again, 2 years ago. His family didn't go to church for like 8 years. He has a lot to learn but is very loving and always happy. He's been a great support for me, and we're going to give it all we've got, and then some!!! 

Hard week this week, no one came to church, including the investigator that had his baptism scheduled for the thirteenth. This coming Sunday is going to be the re-dedication of the Mexico City Temple, so I can't bring investigators to the church. Sad cats :(.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

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Hi guys

Sorry to hear it's been kind of rough these last few weeks Dad, I know what that can be like. Glad to hear that you're still happy at work Mom, and that you're doing your visiting teaching, I'm sure you'll be a prima ballerina again in a few more weeks. Poor Wilson, hope he can recover [Aunt's dog was attacked by coyotes]. Just explain to him that God gives us all trials so that we can learn and grow, haha. That poor grapefruit tree, it's like a part of my childhood that's dying. Side note, the exclamation mark on this keyboard doesn't work, and I'm realizing that I always use a ton of those, haha.

Changes came in last night, and..... I'm going to be with my fourth different companion here in Tuxpan. Halfway through his training they're stealing Elder Hernandez from me. Sometime tomorrow Elder Soto will be arriving here, and I'll be with him for the next 6 weeks. That will put me at 6 months here in Tuxpan and at that point it's basically a rule that they'll change me to another area. I'm going to miss Elder Hernandez, but I'm glad I'm going to have the opportunity to keep working here in Tuxpan a little bit longer.

I've been thinking a lot about what I can do to be a more consecrated missionary, to be 100% committed to doing what the Lord wants, every hour of every day. It's a tall order, but it's what I want. That's a start, right?

Oh, and assuming there wasn't a clerical error again, I'm going to be the district leader this change. Woo paperwork and phone calls, haha.

I'd send you guys some videos, we had a ward talent night this week and I sang with my companion, I bought a ukulele a while back with some American dollars I changed for pesos and we sang A Child's Prayer in Spanish and English. I can't really play anymore and my companion can't really sing, but we got through it, haha. Guess you'll just have to see it with the rest of my videos when I get home.

Love you guys, And take care,

Elder Wadman

Elder Christofferson

Trails in Tuxpan

​So This is me celebrating my year in the mission... I bought spicy popcorn and filled the bag with extra spicy salsa and ate all of it by myself.....


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Leave it to Colin, right? [His cousin Colin grew out his hair longer than Susan's]  Glad to hear that Mom is back to dancing, and that I'm not the only one who spends his time breaking power tools. [Susan started ballet again, and a landscaper we hired broke his chainsaw on a tree we had removed]   It was a great day yesterday hearing from an Apostle and really being able to see the changes I need to make in the way that I work as a missionary to really teach the people the way they need to be taught. I think that will take most of my life to learn how to do right.

Realizing that the mission has changed my personality quite a bit. Never thought of myself as overly analytical, goal oriented, and organized, but it's kind of happening slowly. Haha blessings! God didn't want to leave me as the same confused and forgetful kid I was when he sent me. 

We're teaching some really great people that we found in some really strange ways. One of my investigators who has gone to church twice now we found because he was at a quinceñera drinking with some friends. He´s 51 and has some family problems and really likes what we´re teaching. Other people that I just felt impressed to talk to are now reading in Mosiah in the Book of Mormon after 3 weeks or so. The Lord really knows what he´s doing out here! I don´t, but that comes with time I guess??

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

3 MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANGEL ACCEPTED THE GOSPEL!!!!

​Well I´m in a good Mood!!!!!

We got some other people to church.The biggest challenge we have is people who need to divorce from previous spouses so they can get married. This was a pretty good week though, we found some people who really want the gospel in their life, who really need some help. I´m learning a lot, finished the Book of Mormon for the 7th time, and I´m revamping my lesson plans looking forward to a 2nd year full of hard work and progress, and a lot more special people and moments. Hope you guys are happy at home, sounds like there´s a lot of work to do. Same here haha!!! Changes are in two weeks and We´re going to see Elder Christofferson in 8 days. I hope I can stick around here in my area a little longer!! It´s gonna be a wild ride!!! Love you guys!!

Elder Wadman

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

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Elder Hernandez is a good guy. He works hard, sometimes only because I demand it of him, but we have a lot of fun together. 

It's been a challenge. The people just aren't coming to church. We have a ton of people that came once and like it but then start having a bunch of pretexts for Sunday legitimate or otherwise. That's been the most discouraging challenge. I've been battling a bit with a feeling of incompetence, I'm working hard but things just aren't happening the way I wish they would. Can't do much more than try and be better though! It's definitely been a roller coaster, and nothing close to easy breezy. I've gotten lazy about writing in my journal the last 4 weeks or so though, so I'd better get back on the boat with that one!

​Elder Rodriguez left this in my agenda as a parting gift. There's kind of a thing in the mission about my butt...

​2 de los sencillos de la tierra, alistándose para confundir a los sabios. [2 of the simple things of the land, getting ready to confound the wise.]
OH AND IN TWO WEEKS ELDER CHRISTOFFERSON [of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles] IS COMING TO THE MISSION AND ITS GOING TO CHANGE MY LIFE!! Well that's the plan at least. Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and all that...

Love you guys and IM TRYING!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

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Hay Fam!!!

I'm still alive and still working hard!!!

ANGEL FINALLY ACCEPTED BAPTISM!!! He's getting baptized on the 16th, which means he'll have eight assistances [attendances] at church by the time he gets baptized, but that's ok it still happened!!! I found this guy in May!!! He talked to the bishop today and already has his plans to go to the temple worked out! Let me get some pictures up here!!

​Rollin out in style!!!
​I'm not the greenie in this photo!!!!
We got a new family to church, got a baptism set up, and have the chance to get some of these people who have only gone a couple of times excited and progressing. Ready to have a great week over here, and I'm wishing you guys the same!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Monday, July 3, 2015

Thanks for the advice!! It's true that I need to work harder in helping my investigators in identifying the spirit. It's weird because all the things I do here are very compartmentalized in my mind, and don't connect with many of the things I learned about missionary work while I was still at home. 

Not one of my investigators came to church this week. It's been a pretty dry spell but I feel like I'm learning a lot. I really have to get over my pride. Seeing my old companion who never really paid much attention to the work, and was always just passing the time with members and other missionaries with two or three families being baptized the same week made me all jealous and feel bad, but I think it's very important that I learn that I'm not doing this to prove something to them, and should just be happy for their success. I just wish I could learn how to do this the right way. But we'll get there at some point!!!

Pictures keep not working out for some reason, sorry about that!! Love you guys, sometime you'll see my new companion!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Hi guys!!!

I'm going to have to send the photos next week, but I'm TRAINING!!! Yayyy!!!!

I went to Xalapa early yesterday, it was a 6 hour bus ride so we left at 4 am, and picked up a brand new missionary! His name is Elder Hernandez and he's from Hidalgo. He's freaking out because it's really hot here, but outside of that he's doing fine. I'm super excited for the opportunity to work with him, and I know that as I strive to grow and serve him the Lord will help us to find the success we've been hoping for. Sounds like there's a few problems and a few exciting moments [referring to his parent's week] and that's sort of how things are going here too. I'm really ready to raise the standard for myself, put more trust in the Lord, and do all I can to be more obedient to his instructions. I guess we'll see what happens this week! We've got an appointment in about an hour and I'm realizing that my companion doesn't know what to do... so I need to do it.. uhh I think I'll have to start teaching him on the walk there.

Wishing you all the best,

Elder Wadman