Monday, January 9, 2017


"We taught a lesson in our car. The spirit of the Lord can be felt anywhere."

Hello from CA!!! This week has been so awesome! I have really felt Heavenly Father's love for me and His hand in progressing the work here in Eastvale. I am so excited to tell you that yesterday Brother Xu had his interview for baptism. He was found WORTHY and is going to be baptized on Saturday!!!!!!! I am so stoked for him. Brother Xu will be moving back to China in February and taking with him a testimony of the Savior and the Gospel. I love him. 

Elder Willes and Brother Xu 

My week started great with another lesson with Brother Xu about the plan of salvation. Teaching these principles just never gets old. Blessings on blessings. We are so so so excited for him this week!

Tuesday we had our weekly DLC and DDM meetings in the morning. Elder Zeng gave a training on the Book of Mormon and it's role in conversion. It was awesome! That night, we had a lesson with the Chen Family. They are wonderful. We invited them to pray as a family and Brother Chen offered an awesome prayer!!!! It was super cool. They are a great family and would be so blessed with the gospel in their lives.

We ate lunch this week at this AMAZING Thai food place, Little Buddha. It was super good. We will be going back for sure. We also had a day exchange. Elder Zeng went with Elder Drebot, and Elder Yang and I worked in our area with Elder Jackson. We had another lesson with Brother Xu on Wednesday afternoon. We taught him about the Atonement and the last couple of parts within the plan of salvation. We drove straight from there to another lesson with Yan Ni. Yan Ni is another referral that we have picked up this last week. We taught her about prayer. Yan Ni is Christian and believes that she has already been baptized. We will continue to teach her and hopefully she will be touched by the spirit with further understanding. 

This week Brother Xiong invited us for a hotpot dinner at his house. It was amazing. 

On Thursday and Friday morning we had a service project at the Roubidoux Nature Center. We did some work inside and we got to watch a live snake feeding. It was scary and crazy!!!! I took my companions out to Cheesecake Factory that night for dinner with a gift card. Ahhhh I have missed that place so much. It was amazing!!!! 

Brother Miao continues to help us. He is so awesome. A great missionary to our little Chinese saints here. We also taught  Lisa Liu, another new investigator that we picked up this last week. We taught her about the importance of families, going to church, and shared with her The Family: A Proclamation to the World. It was pretty cool! We also had another lesson with Monica. We shared with her a little bit about prayer. It went pretty well!!!! We had a lesson with William, an investigator. We taught him about the restoration, in our car!!! The people that he lives with don't allow visitors, so we taught him in our car. The spirit of the Lord can be felt anywhere. It was awesome. He said the closing prayer and said that he felt different and better!! Wow. I am so grateful for these opportunities to teach the Lord is blessing us with.

Saturday we had a Chinese Ward Activity. For the activity, everyone brought things that they don't need or want, and exchanged them with others. We got a sweet hot chocolate maker and a quesadilla maker. Sweet!!! 

Sunday was awesome. It is usually the best day of the week. We had 2 investigators at church. Monica and Brother Xu both came to church. Brother Xu had his interview for baptism and was found WORTHY!!! He will be getting baptized on Saturday :) We are so excited!!!

This week has been awesome. I love this work. Love you all have a great week!

Elder Willes 


  1. I'm so glad you were able to meet him Debbie. He loved Eastvale.