Wednesday, November 25, 2015

From Elder Wilderness and Elder Hard-to-See

Hello everybody, this is Elder Wanlass :)

It's been quite a long week! With packing, driving, and learning about the area being most of my activities for the last little while,  I'm definitely going to miss St. Stephen and the people there. 

I'll especially miss Sandra Beaumaster. She is the first convert who I've had to leave on my mission. She's an amazing member of the church. She was the first person I met in St. Stephen, and one of the last ones I said goodbye to. It was pretty hard... she said "Thanks for all ya did!". A bittersweet moment to be sure.
 I had a great three months there. I'm super excited for my new area though! Grand Falls here I come! :)

Grand Falls is a pretty neat city. It's about 20,000 people which is my biggest area by far. :) (It's still not very big though.) It's in the dead center of Newfoundland, which is pretty cool. The members here are very funny. They give us nicknames, come to lessons with us, and they gives us snacks. (I said gives on purpose...newfie talk) The names on the title of this email are things we were called this week. :)

We only have about 13 members that come to church in an apartment building that's been converted into a church. Pretty cool. :) 

We had one really cool experience this week. We weren't really sure if we were going to be able to find a new investigator due to how much time we weren't in our area, but a miracle happened! We were walking to a recent converts apartment building, when a guy outside stopped us and asked what church we were from and where our church was. It was literally right across the street from the apartment building, so we pointed it out to him and he said that we could meet with him! He was so cool. His name is Derek and he wants to quit smoking. We put him on date for January 23, and he really liked the member we had with us. so that was neat.

Anyway, I hope you all have a fantastic week! love you!

Elder Wanted-List

Saying Goodbye to all my St. Stephen's Family.  (All the above pictures.)

Transfer day with Elder Astle and  Elder Edge!

More of the great people I serve with!

Here is our church that is located at an apartment.  (With Elder Hardesty)

Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland

Monday, November 16, 2015


Hey everybody! Elder Wanlass here. :) It's been a pretty good week, but even more exciting is that it is transfer week! 

President Pratt came to my district meeting this week, which was nice. I loved having him there! He is an awesome Mission President. :)

I'm going to Grand Falls, Newfoundland! It's pretty crazy, and was unexpected since I had only been in St. Stephen for a short time. I'm pretty excited though! I've heard a lot of cool things about my area, and it should be a lot of fun. :) I'm the only one in St. Stephen who is leaving, so it will be sad.

I've had a lot of good times in the area, but I'm pretty excited to serve in a new province. :) It's going to be so much fun! :D

Some fun facts about Grand Falls:
There are only 6 people who attend church (including us)
Our church is an apartment building :)
I'm four hours from the nearest missionaries.
It is the zone leader area in Newfoundland.

I'm super excited :) We are going to see a lot of success. It's going to be so much fun. I've got to go, but thanks for reading this short entry.

 Grand Falls, Newfoundland...I will be flying over.

 President and Sister Pratt came to visit our District this past week.

The McAteer's are the best!  I will miss them.

Sister McAteer made me sign a contract before she cut my hair.

Elder Gardner has been a great companion.

Brother Murphy is a carver.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sister Beaumaster

Hey everybody! This week has been quite the amazing experience! We had a baptism! My first convert, Sandra Beaumaster, did amazing at her baptism. She was pretty nervous throughout the week, but when the day finally came and she was at the church, she was completely still and calm. She knew she needed to be baptized, and she was going to do it! :) I'm so proud of her and how far she has come in her life. 

On Sunday when she got confirmed, she looked just like a regular member. I can't wait for missionaries down the road to come to this ward and see her not as a convert, but as a member who has been there forever. Sister Beaumaster will be a blessing to the St. Stephen Ward. 

This week otherwise went decent, we met with a new investigator named Daniel the other day. We store contacted him and he said that he wanted to meet with us. He is a really nice soft spoken man who wants to come closer to Christ. We extended a baptismal invitation and he said that he wanted to be baptized and come to church. So cool! He should be coming this week. He also showed us his pipe collection... so that was cool!

Anyway, this week we ran into a lot of people who were really nice. We are seeing a lot of people's hearts softened towards us and the gospel. I know that this church is true and I've seen a lot of success here in St. Stephen!

This week for District Meeting President Pratt is visiting me. GULP :D I'm doing it on testimony and how are testimonies can bless the lives of others. Surely it can :)

I love you all!

Elder Wanlass

Sister Beaumaster was baptized November 6.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Zombie Apocalypse Style Halloween

Hey everybody, this is Elder Wanlass! It's been a busy week this week! We had a good time preparing Sandra for baptism! She is doing so well, and she loved gospel principles this week. :)

On Wednesday we went on exchanges with the zone leaders so that they could interview her. It was a good interview, from what I understand, and she was definitely ready for baptism. Elder Edge interviewed her, and he said: "I was going to ask her to bear her testimony at the end, but she kind of did through the whole interview, so I just thought she was ready." Sandra is such a gr

I had some weird experiences knocking with Elder Edge too. We ran into a guy who told us he worshiped Hitler, a man who said he was already a part of a cult in his past and that he didn't want to join another one, a girl answer the door in a robe, and an old lady who screamed at us through her door. So that was strange... We had an adventure I suppose. :)

We had a few appointments fall through again, unfortunately, which happens. Oh well.

Craig is doing well, we had a really spiritual restoration lesson with him and he accepted a baptismal date, so that was fantastic!

On Halloween night, we went to our apartment, boarded up all the doors, turned off all the lights, and looked outside at all the people dressed in costumes. We are kind of in a sketchier place in St. Stephen, so....that could have been interesting. Luckily nobody came to the apartment. We also watched Meet the Mormons and made some calls. Hence the Zombie Apocalypse :)

Anyway, the rest of this week was fairly slow, and we didn't have much else happen. We are trying to find people to teach. :) It's a slow but rewarding process. I'll let you all know how the baptismal service goes next week. :)

Our awesome investigator Sandra. 

Here is our updated District picture!!