time goes fast

February 29, 2016

Wow, this past week went really fast.

This past week we had a multi zone conference where we got to hear from Elder Ochoa. It was really awesome to hear all the inspiration that he had for our mission. One thing that stood out to me was that he focused a lot on the importance of repentance. I feel like it is something that often gets overlooked, but something that is really important in order to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. It is something that can truly help us find greater happiness in life. It is something that we truly need to apply in our lives and especially help our investigators understand the importance of this step.

We had a baptism this past week. We baptized a little girl who her mom is a less active. It is awesome to see how happy their family gets when they make this step. Also, to see how it can help the family get excited to go back to church.

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I know that this church is true. I know that through repentance that we can become better and stronger.

Love you all

Elder Wagstaff

members

members and missionaries

  • Have you done any leaping today (2/29)? Today was just another day of making up sleep. Get up, study till 10:30, go back to bed till 1. haha
  • What has been the highlight and what has been a challenge this week? We had a baptism this week. We didn’t do so great at bringing investigators to church.
  • What is the biggest strength of your companionship? Just workin hard

faith

Monday, February 22, 2016

So this past week has been really awesome.

I had the opportunity to go on a lot of divisions and work with a lot of very different missionaries. A lot of stressful moments running around trying to get everything done in such a small time frame.

One thing that I studied this week was about faith. When I think about faith, it seems like such an easy concept, but there are so many that don’t seem to understand or don’t want to show their faith. I read something that says that faith is like your arm. If you are working about and using your arm, it will become stronger. But, if you put it into a sling it will slowly become weaker. If we do the small, little things like pray, read the scriptures and go to church, we will become stronger. But, it’s when we stop doing these things when Satan tries to tempt and draw you away. It is through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that we can overcome and become better and stronger. He paid the ultimate price so that we can become our true potential.

Every day we have the opportunity to become better and put our faith in Jesus Christ.

I love you all and hope that you all can look for opportunities to put your faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Elder Wagstaff

  • What kinds of experiences did you have this week? What made this week a challenge. How did it build your faith? I worked with different elders two different days this week. We went around trying to help a lot of missionaries resolve their [investigator’s] doubts and problems that are trying to get baptized. It was an awesome learning experience.

    5 generations of General Secretaries (pic is a little dated)

    5 generations of General Secretaries (pic is a little dated)

make the most of it

Monday, February 15, 2016

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So this week we have been doing a lot of looking for new investigators.

This week we did a lot of contacting. It’s always really interesting when you go up to a door and shout, “Buenas” and just wait to see who will be coming out. Often it can be very surprising who will come out to talk with you. Often you get someone that is kind and listens and other times you get someone that just without even saying a word they start shouting at you. Often there are dogs that want to play and sometimes there are dogs that are not so friendly.

This week we contacted a house and had a really funny experience. We contacted a lady in her 30s and we explained that we wanted to come in and share a message with her. She said that would be ok and very kindly let us in. As we were teaching her, the lesson was going pretty good. We were teaching her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It came to the part of the lesson where we were talking about baptism. We started to invite her to be baptized when her much older mom walked right into the circle that we were sitting in and turned on the tv, which was just outside the circle. She changed the channel to a catholic preachers. I just kind of looked at her stunned and put my head down in my Book of Mormon and just started laughing. Let’s just say that she did not accept the baptism invitation. It was such a funny experience.

I know I have said it before, but I have learned in life and especially on the mission that you can look at something two completely different ways. You can think, “Why is this so hard?” or your can laugh and just work that much harder. Attitude really makes all the difference.

I love you all and hope that you all have a great week.

Elder Wagstaff

A little Davis High Pride! ...it's the second one I have seen.

A little Davis High Pride!
…it’s the second one I have seen.

  • How are you doing? How has your week been? Things are going good. This week has been full of ups and downs, but it’s been good.
  • Now that you’ve adjusted some, what are you liking about your area? How big of an area does it cover? Really like the area. It’s really, really big.
  • How are all of you comps getting along? Me and my comp are doin great.
  • Any interesting facts about Panama to pass along? Pana fact – there is a canal…haha…I don’t know…
  • Do you feel like your health is pretty good? I feel like I am pretty healthy right now. Things are going good, no major concerns.
  • How does the responsibilities you have now compare to that of serving in the mission office? The responsibilities are a lot different. I felt more stress in the office, but the stress is definitely not gone. It’s all good.
  • Do you wash your own clothes in San Marcos? We have a member that washes our clothes.
  • Are you in the dry season yet? Right now the weather is really dry and dusty. A lot of wind –
  • How many are in your zone? There are 22 missionaries.
  • What do you appreciate most about your mission right now? I appreciate how even if they say they don’t have time to listen or they don’t want to listen, they still do.
  • What is the best thing you have eaten this past week? Chicken with jalapeno sauce.

be ye doers…

Monday, February 8, 2016

This week has gone by so fast. It seems like yesterday that I was writing you all.

This week has been great, but has been full of its ups and downs. I was talking with one of the missionaries in my zone this week and we were talking about how hard it is sometimes to get our messages across to the people. You feel like you explain it so well, it’s just a cut and paste type of situation, but they still don’t get it. They don’t understand why our message is so important. They don’t understand how this can really change their lives. But it is so rewarding when it actually clicks in their head. When they understand that this really will help them and will make their lives so much better.

I love this work and I am so glad to be apart of it. I love watching and seeing miracles right in front of my eyes. Sometimes we wait for miracles to happen, but like it says in James 1:22, we cannot sit around. We have to be doers.

Love you all so much.

Elder Wagstaff

James 1:22 – “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only…”

Divisions with Elder N

Divisions with Elder N

The zone

The zone

Went to the office last week and Sister Russell thought it was funny that I was back.

Went to the office last week and Sister Russell thought it was funny that I was back.

The house

The house

san marcos – pt. 2

Monday, February 1, 2016

J’s Baptism – Elder Wagstaff, Elder Ha, J, Elder L, Elder He

It’s been another great week here in San Marcos.

I got another new comp this week who is named Elder H. He is from Panama and he is so awesome. So right now we are working as 4 missionaries in one area. Elder H is really funny and has a strong desire to work hard. We are always joking around and laughing together.

This week has gone by so fast. It’s so crazy to think that it was a week ago the last time I wrote you all.

This week I got to do a lot of divisions with missionaries this week. It was really awesome to see how different every missionary works. It was really awesome to get to know more people in the zone.

This week we also had a baptism. We baptized a little girl named J and she is really awesome. She is so excited every time that we come over to visit her. She loves learning new things.

Sorry I don’t have a lot to say. I feel like there is so much, but I can’t find the words to explain it.

Love you all so much.

Elder Wagstaff

  • What do you love most about San Marcos so far? I love how cold it is…I love the members…the people can be hard sometimes (a lot of catholicos) but I love them so much.
  • In one word, describe your companions…Elder Ha – hard worker. Elder L – dedicated. Elder He – hilarious. (Elder He has 13 months in the mission. Elder Ha is training Elder L.)
  • Who can we pray for this week? We are working to find a lot of new investigators right now. You could pray for Marcelo, Maria, Mira…
  • What would you recommend anyone do who is looking to feel the Spirit more fully in their lives? I would recommend that they get on their knees and pray. They need to understand that their Heavenly Father loves them and will help them through any trial.
  • How have you felt God’s love for you this last week? I have felt God’s love in the little miracles that happen every day.
  • Do you like the place you are living in? What is it like? Ya I like it a lot. It’s a pretty good place. More details next week.