Monday, August 22, 2016

"I am so blessed to be apart of this work"

Hello to everyone!

Thank you for all the love and support that you all have given me! A new transfer has started and I am excited to still be here in Juncos. I love this area so much and we are truly starting to see so much progress. God has truly been working through us and I am so blessed to be apart of this work.

So I will stay here in Juncos and will receive a new companion who is also from Mexico. His name is Elder Lopez, he is a great Elder and I am excited to work with him. I wish Elder Reyes luck in Rio Grande, he will do great things there and I am grateful for all that he has taught me! Te Quiero Elder Reyes, vive Mexico!!

Wow, so much has been going on and I don't have time to cover it all. Delia and Vicente are still trying so hard to get married, just still waiting on some things to get married! But Delia's grand-daughter, Arriana, got permission from her mom and will be baptized this Sunday the 28th. We are so happy for her and it has been so cool to see the Spirit work with her and she is so excited to be clean and follow Jesus Christ and make this sacred promise with God.

We are focusing on finding and finding, using members, and finding. We are always on the search for those who God has prepared for us to bring to the truth! We have seen miracles and two less active families have been coming to church regularly and we have seen so much progress in San Lorenzo especially. Our ward now has attendance of 80 plus every week and before it was around 65. It has been so good to see the progress of the Juncos ward. The Lord's truth is marching on!

I love you all!

Elder Waidmann

Monday, August 8, 2016

"Every soul is precious in the sight of God"

Hello everyone!

Thank you for all the love and support.  I am so grateful. This week was good, another week of learning, growing and serving. First, I am so grateful for the mission and for all that I have learned here, and for the opportunity I have had to serve shoulder to shoulder with my Savior, Jesus Christ. There is nothing like it. At times in the mission I have felt so exhausted and my body just wants to rest and take a break, but then I remember that the Savior took no breaks.  He was always about doing good and serving others, and He gives me so much energy and faith to get out that door and walk that extra mile to help others come unto Him.

This week we were out contacting a lot and we have been able to find many! We are super blessed and grateful and we are hoping and praying that their hearts will be softened and that they choose to accept this message in their lives, as it will change them forever. I was having a hard time yesterday and this morning and I got on my email to write home and my old companion Elder Wilcox sent me a picture of a person who just got baptized in Ponce and it surprised me so much! It was an investigator that Elder Wilcox and I taught and I was so surprised and it made me so happy!!!! It gave me so much faith and desire to keep on working my best because every soul is precious in the sight of God and He needs me out there finding and teaching His children.

Vicente and Delia are still doing super good. They are so happy and are waiting to get married. We are teaching their grand-daughters too and one of them is really interested so we are happy for that family! Vicente and Delia have committed to go to the Santo Domingo LDS Temple next year to be sealed, and that made me so happy! Carmen was not able to come to church because she is super sick and we are praying and hopeful that she will get better and progress.  She is such a great person!

I love you all so much!

Elder Waidmann