Monday, April 3, 2017


We were teaching Brother Xia and were sharing the First Vision. After I got done sharing that, we sat in silence for a little bit, to let the Spirit work with him. All of the sudden in a quiet, sincere voice, he just says, "Wow."

Hello everyone. This week has been amazing! I have really seen the Lord's hand in our work here in this area. I know that if we continue to work hard, the Lord will continue to bless us. 

At our weekly "DLC" and "DDM" meetings I shared a training on receiving revelation through the Book of Mormon. I know there are answers for each of us in the Book if we will read and study and seek. The Book of Mormon is an essential part in an Investigator's conversion. We each must seek the direction and promise found in the introduction of the Book of Mormon (and in Moroni). "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost (see Moroni 10:3-5). Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelatory and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah."

I love bearing testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. On Tuesday afternoon, we had a GREAT lesson with Sister Lin. We taught her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  At the end of the lesson, she gave one of the most sincere prayers that I have ever heard. In her prayer, she expressed that she was going through tons of stress with school and coming to America. Sister Lin has to obtain at least a 3.0 GPA or else she has to leave. She expressed great gratitude to the Lord for the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was emotional and the Spirit was so strong. 

Wednesday was pretty awesome! I went on exchanges with Elder Gossett, one of the Office Elders. We stayed and worked in our area. That night, we had another lesson with Jay Yang. We taught him about the Atonement. He has a lot of questions/concerns, but we are helping him. :) That night, we had 6 PEOPLE AT ENGLISH CLASS!! We were super pumped. After English Class, we were able to teach Brother Zhao (because Tina wasn't able to come) about the Plan of Salvation. He loved it! It was a great lesson.

Elder Gossett and Elder Willes on exchanges
English Class

Elder Nelson and I were on bikes on Thursday. We did a couple of home visits hoping to figure out what members in the ward can help our investigators. That night, we also had our Ward Correlation Meeting to discuss the work in our areas.

I also went on exchanges with Elder Fairbanks this week. He is one of our Zone Leaders. It was a fun day! We taught two lessons to their investigators. That night, we came back to our area, to teach Brother Zhao and Tina. We reviewed the Plan of Salvation. It was amazing. They are so awesome.

Sunday was AMAZING. We had 4 investigators come to Church!!! Brother Zhao, Tina, Jay Yang, and Sister Lin ALL came.  :) We were so excited! Brother Zhao and Tina went out and bought church clothes this past week. Brother Zhao showed up in a brand new suit, and a white shirt and tie. It was amazing! Jay Yang came about half-way through Sacrament Meeting, and he really enjoyed church! He came in hot and sweaty and said that he had walked 1 hour to get to church! Wow. So amazing! Sister Lin came for the last hour and we got her to Relief Society. She loved it! Sunday afternoon was amazing too. We picked up 2 new investigators, Brother Xia, and Rene Zhao. We taught them both the Restoration. We were teaching Brother Xia and were sharing the First Vision. After I got done teaching it, we sat in silence for a little bit, to let the Spirit work with him. All of the sudden in a quiet, sincere voice, he just says, "Wow." It was amazing! The Spirit was so strong. We have been so blessed this week!!

I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve my Heavenly Father. I am so thankful for the amazing chance that I have to serve the Chinese people, who I love so much. The mission is already such a sacred and worthwhile experience for me, and something I will cherish forever. I'm looking so forward to Conference. Tune in! Love you all have a great week!

Elder Willes

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