Monday, June 5, 2017


Hello everyone!! Thank you for the love and support and prayers. I can feel of your prayers everyday and it helps me so so much. This week has been another great week here in the California, Riverside Mission. I am so beyond thankful for all of the many blessings which Heavenly Father has given us. Here is how our week went down! 

Chasing and catching chickens which needed dusted off for a service project

Shanon, one of our investigators, had us over for dinner and she is continuing to progress!! She is so awesome and is really seeking truth. She asks good questions and really wants to understand if she is feeling the spirit and what that means. We are really excited for her!! We picked up a new investigator this week. Elder Crowther contacted Lawrence Zhu on a blitz. We went and knocked on his door and he let us in! We shared the first couple of points from the Restoration. He is very active in another Christian church but has a strong desire to learn more about Jesus Christ. He is really cool! 

We went down to Lake Elsinore to have another lesson with Evangel's 11 year old daughter, Blair. She is progressing really well and is so smart for her age! I am praying earnestly for Evangel and her family. We were able to finally meet again with Michael after our English class this week. We talked about the importance of keeping commitments and doing the things that you need to do in order to know that these things are true. The basics of prayer, reading from the scriptures, and going to church bring more blessings than we can ever think of. That is when the Lord can really help and guide us. The Spirit was really strong and Michael committed again to do his best to follow Jesus Christ! 

We went to Riverside this week for a lesson with Vivian. She is an investigator from the last area where Elder Nelson and I served! We taught her more about the importance of keeping commitments. A similar lesson to what we taught Michael. It was a great lesson. Also, Elder Nelson and I went on splits and had the opportunity of going to visit Hank and Tina!!! We gave them a Family History training and helped them to set an account. They are preparing to go to the temple this upcoming Saturday with their own family names and we will most likely be able to go with them!!! How cool is that? I am so excited!!

I went out for our weekly blitz this week with Elder Williams and Elder Clark, who is one of my Zone Leaders. It was a blast. We were able to talk to a lot of people and it was fun!!! When we are not teaching, we are seeking. Seeking with faith and looking for those who are ready and prepared to hear about the Savior.

Sunday was awesome. We went to the sacrament meeting at the University Heights Ward. After sacrament meeting, Hank received the Aaronic Priesthood!!!! Elder Nelson did the ordination and the Spirit was so strong. Hank and Tina are so amazing and we are so lucky to know them! At the Eastvale Ward we had 3 investigators that came to church! Evangel, Blair, and Shanon all came! Funny little experience at church. Evangel also brought her 2 year old son, Ceri. He was literally running around everywhere during Sacrament Meeting, including up on the stand! When we finally caught him, Elder Nelson and I basically watched him for the remainder of the meeting so that Evangel could focus. It was so stressful but looking back it was a funny experience!!! Evangel sadly won't be baptized this upcoming Sunday, but please continue to pray for her and her family! I know she is ready but the adversary is working hard on her.

This week has been awesome and I am so excited to continue to work hard and labor in the Lord's Vineyard. Never ever forget Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that He made for each one of us. I love Him and I testify that it is and only through Him that we can become clean. Love you all have a great week!

Elder Willes

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