Sunday, February 16, 2014

Six Month Mark

Burning the tie to mark the 6 month mark
Check out the snow!

Winter in Rhinelander

Letter from Feb 3, 2014

We have had an interesting week up in Rhinelander, there has been a lot of progress with our investigators. L came to church and had a good experience, there were many great testimonies about prayer and the Book of Mormon. A is continuing to progress and prepare for baptism. We received a few different Headquarter referrals this week and though the majority of them were not interested or had illegitimate information, However, one woman, F, went to church in Florida but never joined, but she wanted the Book of Mormon and to know about the church in Rhineland. It was such a miracle, she was just online ordering groceries and happened upon the church website.
This week we made strides to see more less actives but all 4 of the appointments we set up were dropped or canceled due to them getting sick or having to re schedule. But we were excited to be able to be in contact with some people in the ward we haven't met before. We also have been working with the Ward council to try to track down the young single adults in the ward and see which ones still live here and which have moved out. So hopefully as we contact these people we can invite them to continue to build their faith and grow.

So It has been both miraculous and frustrating.  But that is all right, we have amazing members and many promised miracles.  

As I have been reading the first of the Book of Mormon, I don't know how many times Lehi and Nephi are told and promised that as they are obedient to the commandments they will be blessed and prosper in the land.  It is so true, I have seen many investigators and members be blessed through their obedience and diligence to keeping the commandments of the Lord.  
I love you all so much and hope that you have a great week and stay warm!
Elder Ward

February 10, 2014

I have had a great week in Rhinelander!  It is so amazing to see the work hastening in my area, we had a great meeting with our district about diligence and exact obedience and it has made a big difference.  We have been able to do a lot of service for members this week and then tracting we were able to find quite a few people who were interested in learning about the Book of Mormon.  Then on Saturday we had a lesson with a part member/ less active family where the father and two sons are not members, and we have been blessed to set up a weekly appointment with them.  We have seen great progress with the investigators that we have and I know it is due to their obedience in following the commandments.  
This morning I read in 2 Nephi 10:25 and it talks about how through Jesus Christ and his works he has conquered the two things that keep us from receiving  exaltation. The first is our physical death and how through Christ's resurrection we will all receive a perfect and glorified body, and then because of His Atonement we can be saved from the spiritual death that separates us from God.  I love learning more about my Savior and the things that He has done.  
I hope you all have a great week!
Love Elder Ward