Monday, June 8, 2015

A Fresh Start!

Hello everybody! Elder Wanlass here! This week has been a really exciting week here in Hampton. It was transfer week, and a lot of work has been done in such a short amount of time.  I have a new companion named Elder Taylor, who is from Logan Lake, British Columbia. He is officially my first Canadian companion! Such an achievement, considering half of the mission is Canadian and I'm coming up on halfway soon enough! Elder Taylor has been out 10 1/2 months, so just a transfer longer than me. Because we both have been out for quite a while, we are on the same wavelength, and working as hard as ever. This weekend we managed to find 9 new potential investigators that all seemed fairly interested.

It was funny, because we started out Saturday thinking we were going to go to Sussex, but as it turns out we decided ultimately, to stay in Hampton and knock a street that hadn't been knocked in a while. We met a lady who had just barely moved from Halifax and wanted to meet with us! How exciting is that!? We also met three other potentials that seemed fairly interested as well. Miracles never cease!

We also went to a community event for a new trail opening, and we decided to offer our services in any way possible, unfortunately at that time, there was nothing they needed us for, but they asked us to email them for later...later that day, we knocked around the neighborhoods in our apartment, and we found a lady who saw us at the event,  and she wants to feed us! She's not even a member! What the heck! :) #onlyinhampton (this is my hashtag for this area, because things like this happen to us ALL the time.

Anyway, we should have at least 5 new investigators this next week, we've been seeing so many miracles, and God has been helping me so much.

One thing that I especially love to know and focus on is the fact that God knows us each individually, and wants us to become like him. Dieter F. Uchtdorf said in conference that "his aim is much higher" for us. Because of Christ's grace and atonement, we can all return to live with God once again. We are NEVER alone. Even though sometimes Satan wants us to feel that way, we will always have somebody to turn to. Our Savior.

In D&C 19, we read "For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink-Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men."

God loves us so much that he sent his son to this earth that we could be saved, reclaimed, and made stronger. I love my Savior. He helps me in every way imaginable. I am truly a different person because of what he has done for me.

I love you all, remember Jesus Christ every day! His Atonement is our greatest gift!

Elder Wanlass

Elder Dooley and I found the road to Damascus!

Cool tunnel we get to drive through.

I'm keeping a safe distance from the Sisters. :)

Day of transfers!  Saying goodbye to Elder Dooley who is headed for Nova Scotia.

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