Wow! I can't believe it's been 8 weeks! Ok here's what went down this
Zone conference was amazing. The things that we're said we're just
what I needed to here. There was a lot of talk about obedience. It was
said many times that we will see miracles happen as we make more of an
effort to be even more obedient. Granted we aren't disobedient
missionaries, but there is always room to improve, and always ways to
be more obedient. Stay tuned for miracles.
Actually I'll just tell you right now. So remember our investigator
who had a lot of health problems? Well we lost contact with him for
about a month. Ok so the night before we are planning and there's an
empty spot for like an hour, so we prayed about what to do, and I felt
the strongest impression to go to the neighborhood where he lives.
Why. I had no idea at the time. So we go there and we are driving
around AND THEN WE SEE HIM JUST WALKING AROUND. like we haven't seen
or heard from him in a month and now he is just casually walking when
he never walks. So we pulled over, parked, walked him to his home, and
taught a lesson. #faith
Bad news is last night we got a call and he's back in the hospital
vomiting up blood, so we are going to see him later today. So pray for
him? Thank you.
So Monday we went down to the mission office and got our iPads and our
iPad training. It was the closest thing I will probably ever get to
experiencing Oprahs favorite things. (You get an iPad and you get an
iPad!!) They just brought in a box of iPads and we're just casually
handing them our. I am so excited to be able to use such a great tool
to hasten the work. It will allow us to teach people over FaceTime and
Skype! And it means we are going paperless. A lot of the older
missionaries seem apprehensive / resistive of going paperless, but all
the newer missionaries are stoked!
So today we got to go to the Newport Beach Temple. It was just what I
needed. I'm still struggling with some things out here, and the temple
really helped. I felt so peaceful and calm after. The temple is just
so great, I can't wait to go again!
Also there is a cafe rio in Tustin. So we stopped there on the way
home. You have no idea how happy I was to eat that grilled chicken
We'll until next week,
- Elder Westin Wong
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Well today marks 2 months since I stepped into the MTC! Crazy right?
I really struggled in what to say in this letter because again, not much is happening. And it's kind of discouraging. I just had this really outlandish expectation that it would just be a perfect mission. I would have people to teach, everyone would be nice, and it would just be so great.. And to be honest, none of those things have happened.
So right after my letter last week, we went street contacting. Can I just say how much I love street contacting and tracting? Call me crazy, but I do. Anyway, the first guy I talked to was like " Yeah! I'm interested! Stop by sometime." We set up an appointment. Ok flash forward a few days and the address does not exist.
Also. The other day we are just talking around, and some guy made it a point to cross the street, hunt us down, and bash us. And then that happened again some guy was just like " REPENT. YOU'RE GOING TO HELL. YOU ARE A FALSE PROPHET."
I don't know. I just think it's crazy that people are going out of their way to tell a nice guy, (I'm pretty sure I'm a nice guy), like me stuff like that.. EVERY DAY.
I definitely know it's Satan being like " Okay I need to entertain myself, let's go mess with Elder Wong and see if we can make him have a bad day."
Don't get me wrong, there have been a few great experiences this week. But the bad things really just stick out to me. Okay onto the good stuff.
So a few weeks ago we had a lesson with someone, they didn't show up of course, we had a member with us and they said "Hey let's go visit this one less active family." So we go.
We walk into the home and the needs are very apparent. I won't go into tons of detail, but I definitely felt overwhelmed and under qualified. Here I was, 19 at the time, and this woman was telling me EVERYTHING. I seriously was just like okay what have I gotten myself into.
We've had a few meetings since, and she is doing a lot better. But in our latest meeting I was overcome with thoughts. Thoughts and impressions that I know that Heavenly Father is SO incredibly aware of us, and each of the struggles we all face. He never forgets us, we may only forget Him. And that the Atonement is so real. And I am so thankful for it in my life.
I know that God knows I'm kind of struggling right now. And I can't help but wonder " Okay why? " There is so much about my life right now that is unknown.
Some things that are known? God lives. He loves us. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, for US. For all of us. For all of us in our weakness, in our pain, in our grief, and in our sin. He's there for us all the time. And that. That is pretty cool.
So I know that Heavenly Father is giving me these experiences, or what seems like lack of experiences, for a reason. For what reason? I have no idea. But I know that it's preparing me for something. (Hopefully a biblical flood of investigators.. Just kidding. Only kind of.) I don't know what that something is, or when it's coming. but I am excited for it. And I have faith that I am being prepared and qualified for it now.
Until next week!
Elder Westin Wong
Ok picture time
There is a place called boston donuts on imperial and idaho. and I love it. They sell the best apple fritters for 85 cents. I love them. I have dubbed Fridays "Fritter Fridays."
Okay here is a picture of me with an apple fritter. I usually only get one. One day I got an apple fritter, maple bar, and bavarian creme in a shape of a heart. I ate them all in like 5 minutes. Yes I regret it. But I still look forward to fritter friday this friday.
SO I'M HALFWAY DONE WITH MY TRAINING!
Time has just flown by, and I can't believe I've already been out 6 weeks? That's crazy!
We're really working hard at finding, but no one is ready to hear our message yet. I've come to terms with the idea that I am just out here planting seeds for missionaries that will come later will harvest.
My birthday was this past week! It was a really special birthday. We had zone training, basically a long meeting with the zone. We went to 5 guys for my birthday lunch. And we had dinner with my favorite family in the ward! Not to mention the birthday package from home, (Thanks mom!!)
Transfers: So after the initial round of calls from on saturday night, it looked like we would have the same elders in our district. However, on Sunday afternoon Elder Uchida got a call from the AP's saying they made a mistake, and that he was getting transferred to Anaheim, which is on the other side of the mission from where we are. I was definitely sad to see him go! But glad that we will be able to see each other occasionally. Sister Contravo also got transfered from our ward, to a ward in Yorba Linda california, and then we got Sister Sowards in our ward, and Elder Komura took Uchida's spot. Not a whole lot of changes, but it's definitely good to have a little bit of change!
Now on to some spiritual stuff.
I was thinking a lot about Christ's love for us this past week. And it totally fits because Valentines Day is this week.
Christ knew each of us, and knew each of our short comings and imperfections, and STILL loves us. How awesome is that?
John 13:34 says "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
So I invite you to really look at those who you may have a hard time loving right now. Maybe it's a co worker, a sibling, a friend, or even a companion, and think of Christ's perfect love for you, and how you can show that same kind of love to them.
As always, I love you all. thank you for all the letters, support, and prayers.
They really keep me going! Have an awesome week!
A picture of the missionaries of the North Hills ward!
Me, Sister Hoffman, Sister Contravo, and Elder Spencer.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
As some of you may know, California is experiencing a drought. Apparently it's supposed to rain during the winter months here, but I think it's only sprinkled for maybe 2 minutes during the 5 weeks that I have been here.
Like the state of California, the area that I am serving in is currently in a drought. I found out this week that the area that I am in has not had a baptism, or really solid investigator in over a year!
We worked really hard at finding this week. We went through a lot of names in our area book and visited them. Almost all of them were not interested, or had moved. We did find one guy who agreed to a return appointment tomorrow though! I am super excited for it, and hope that he has a desire to learn more about the gospel. Our goal this week is more finding. Apparently the set of missionaries like three sets ago knocked the entire area because they didn't have anyone to teach.
So yesterday we had a state wide fast for rain, and what do you know. At around 8:00pm it started raining really hard. I was pretty excited! And it was a great reminder to me that God really is listening to me. I have faith that, just like my prayers for the rain to end the drought, that Heavenly Father will send a rain shower of investigators to get my area out of this long drought!
I hope you all have fantastic weeks. Remember to eat a lot of good food on Wednesday (aka my birthday) for me!
You are all in my prayers!
Elder Westin Wong
Here is a picture of me waiting for the library to open this morning. It's actually pretty funny because there are actually people who line up to get in the library, and it's basically the closest thing I'll get to disneyland.