Monday, June 5, 2017


"If you get off your knees and complete your prayer and don't feel good about it, get back on your knees 
until you establish communication with your Heavenly Father."

Elder Crowther and I ballin' out

Hello everyone! :) This week has been pretty great here in the CRM. We have really seen the Lord's hand this past week and I know that as we continue to be diligent and work hard, He will continue to bless us. Here is how my week went! 

I finally came back to Eastvale in the early afternoon on Tuesday and we drove straight to have another lesson with Shanon. We taught her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a great lesson. We invited her again to accept a baptismal date, but she doesn't feel quite ready. We are going to do our best to help her. She is so awesome and full of faith!

I gave a training this week on revelation through prayer at our weekly DLC and DDM meetings. It is a great blessing to prepare for trainings because I learn so much. The one thing that I loved was a quote by Elder McConkie who said something along the lines of, "If you get off your knees and complete your prayer and don't feel good about it, get back on your knees until you establish communication with your Heavenly Father." Super cool. Everyone is entitled to personal revelation through prayer. It is our job to seek it and find out the way that the Lord speaks to us. 

I was able to see Hank and Tina this week!!!!!!!! Elder Nelson and I (we went on splits for the evening) drove to UCR again to teach them the "after baptism lessons." It was so awesome! Hank and Tina are preparing to receive their temple recommends and Hank is going to receive the Aaronic Priesthood. So cool!!!! Hank and Tina have truly been a highlight from my mission. They are full of faith and commitment rarely found.

Friday I spent the morning at the Mission Office attending a District Leader Meeting. It was a really good meeting and I learned a lot. That afternoon we drove down to Lake Elsinore to have another lesson with Evangel. We taught her more of the commandments, specifically the Law of Tithing, the Law of the Fast, and also about the Ten Commandments. I love teaching the simply doctrines and principles in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are so many blessing and the lesson was awesome. After the lesson, Evangel made us dinner, and it was some good Chinese food, which included a drink of white fungus. 

Saturday afternoon we had a lesson with Charlie, one of our investigators that Elder Nelson and I taught at UCR!! It was a sad lesson though. Charlie's parents will not allow him to come to church or accept baptism. We had to "pause" him, and it was a bummer. It is hard when you know someone has felt the spirit of the Lord speaking to them but they can't or won't move forward. I know one day Charlie will be prepared to accept the Gospel. 

That afternoon, we also went and visited Mohammed, a referral in Corona. Turns out, he lives in the same house as Kevin and LuLu, the couple we picked up a couple of weeks ago. We go and knock on the door, and Kevin answered and let us in!!! We had a short lesson with LuLu and answered some of her questions/concerns. We also had a home visit this week with the Miao Family. They are so good to the missionaries and are powerful missionaries themselves. They treated us to some Chinese snacks (fish bacon, dried salted scallops, dried squid, and fish-bread crackers). It was awesome.

Sunday was another great day. We got to attend two sacrament meetings, one in UCR and one in Eastvale. Hank and Tina came to church, and Shanon came to the Eastvale Ward. Evangel sadly wasn't able to make it for church. Please pray for her so that she can take this important step forward in her life! Shanon had a good experience at church and she is doing awesome. We are hoping to have one of our Chinese members share their conversion story with Shannon to help her move forward. I know that as we are diligent and continue to do our best, Heavenly Father will take care of the rest. Love you all have a great week!

Elder Willes

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