Monday, February 27, 2017

A New 'Energetic' Companion

Hey everyone!

So I don't have anytime at all to write this. It seems like that is how it is every week and I am sorry about that. haha. But I wanted to at least write something! haha!

So my new companion's name is Elder Pereira. (peh-day-duh) He is from Brazil and is a good missionary. I enjoy working with him. 

I hope you all have a great week this week! I love you all! Remember our Savior Jesus Christ and his sacrifice he made for us! This is so important and I am learning more and more about how important it really is every day! I am so thankful for Him!

-Elder Waite

Elder Waite and Elder Pereira
I think the missionaries answer all their emails before composing a 'mass email' and it gets left to the end. Hence the very short email this week!! I asked Jacob how teaching was going -

 "Teaching is going good. We had a lesson with Travis and Jenna this week. They had a nonmember friend come over to listen as well. She's pretty interested. Her name is Kim. Anyway, last transfer we taught Travis the first 3 lessons but he doesn't really understand. So we are reteaching the first 3 lessons again. But this week we read Alma 18 with the 3 of them to help them understand the nature of God more. It was AWESOME! They were totally hooked on the story of Ammon cutting off the arms and when king Lamoni fell as if he were dead they were all like "well what happened!? did he actually die!?" So we read chapter 19 as well. It was so cool. But yeah. That was fun."

He told me he likes his new companion although he is very energetic! (he had to cut him off from his Dr. Pepper because it made him even more 'energetic' - haha) But, he's a good missionary so this should be a good transfer for Jacob. 
I've also been informed that his 3 pairs of Dockers already need to be replaced and he broke the lens cover off of his camera. I guess these are good things considering that they let you know he is working hard and making the most of his time as a missionary.  
Elder Pereira and Elder Waite

Monday, February 20, 2017

Miracles and Transfers

 Hey everyone!

So this week is transfers! This transfer has just flown by! I can hardly believe that I am now in my 6th transfer! Sometimes I feel like I should be in my 10th transfer by now but that's life I guess! haha. So I am getting a new companion today. We had to get up at 5 this morning so we could get Elder Hutchings over to the transfer spot to go to his new area. So, now I am in a trio of sorts until this afternoon when I will get my new companion. His name is Elder Pereria.. I think.. haha. I haven't met him yet so I don't quite know how to spell or pronounce his name quite yet. All I know about him is that he was born in Brazil! So that's pretty cool! I am excited to have him as a companion!

So there were a couple miracles this week that happened that were pretty cool. The last couple weeks or so Elder Hutchings and I were able to give a couple blessings to a couple different people. One of them to this less active lady named Bobby. She is so cool! And she loves the missionaries coming over to visit with her. She has been having trouble with her health and she has had to go get a lot of blood transfusions. So she asked for a blessing a couple weeks ago. And this last week when we visited with her she was very excited and she looked really good! All her color was back in her face and everything! She told us that she doesn't have to go back to the doctors anymore! That was very cool to see. 

The other miracle was another blessing that we were able to give. So, we were walking around kind of aimlessly one morning, wondering where to go and we both got the impression that we should stop by this older couple's house in the ward and just check up on them and see how they were doing. So we knock on the door and he came out and told us that they were having a little emergency but he wanted us to come in anyway. Turns out his wife had been having trouble with her knees that morning. She thought maybe she was having a blood clot or something and they were trying to find someone to take them to the hospital. So we offered to give her a blessing and she let us. They ended up getting their son to take them to the hospital. Later that night she called us and left us a voicemail saying that they had taken a lot of tests on her that spanned about 6 hours long. And by the end her knees felt perfectly fine. She said she had never experienced anything like it. Whenever her knees had hurt her like that in the past they hurt her for weeks. But not this time! She said she gave all the credit to the blessing. So that was another cool experience for me as well.

The power and authority of the priesthood in my life has been so strong and I have been blessed to have been influenced by it my whole life. I am so thankful for a father that has lived worthily throughout his life to be able to hold and exercise his priesthood and be a good influence to those around him and especially me. I am so thankful for my dad's example to me. I hope that we can all remember the Savior and the sacrifice that he made for us this week. And that our Father in heaven loves us so much that He gave us his Son to be the sacrifice for us. So that we can all, one day, return to live with Him again. I love you all! have a great week! 

-Elder Waite 
There is a Spanish elder named Elder Bench. And he makes fun of me for my last name being Waite. So I get a lot of ''Waite" jokes. So I took that picture of me "waiteing" and sitting on a "bench" for him. lol
Meridian Idaho temple under construction

Elder Rettig - he's going home tomorrow!

Elder Ray - he's cool

Elder Martinez
My new bike!

At the bike shop last week.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lots of Work and a New Bike

Hello Everybody!

Things are starting to warm up here in Idaho! The sidewalks are clear and now instead of 5 miles everyday we can walk 7!! Except I am getting a bike today so that will probably double! 

The work is going great and our investigators are progressing well. All I can do is hope and pray that they will continue to make the correct choices and continually progress closer and closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ everyday.

Not much else to report on this week. We Jaywalked in front of some cops the other day... so that was pretty funny. It's a good thing that that isn't illegal in Idaho!

I hope you all have a great week! I love you all!

-Elder Waite

I told Jacob that one of the things I pray about concerning him is that he and his companion will know how to make their time productive. Here is his response: "Thank you for praying for my productivity.. haha. I feel like it helped a lot this week. One investigator, Travis, we have taught the first three lessons to but we are going to start over and reteach them because he really has no knowledge of Christ at all. It's pretty crazy and kinda sad. The family of three we are teaching got back from Germany last night so we have an appointment with them on Wednesday night. We are going to review the first three lessons with them. And our other investigator, Sita, is on date for baptism on March 11th . haha, I tried to kinda push it to the 18th.. but it's okay. The sooner the better. We will probably try to set the family of three for the 18th of March. That way while you are all {at Abbie's wedding} I will be here baptizing 3 people.... lol."

Also, I noticed that he spent money on a bike today so maybe we'll start hearing about bike adventures soon!

No pictures...again! :(

Monday, February 6, 2017

Lots to Do!

Hello Everyone!!

Not much to report this week! Except that the snow is FINALLY melting! It is almost 50 degrees today!! It's like a heat wave!! haha. This winter has been ridiculous!

This week was kind of a slow week. Tuesday and Wednesday we got into a few houses and were able to share a few messages. So that was good. We had zone meeting and Elder Rettig gave a really great training!! He is going home this transfer so he is pretty much a pro missionary!! He is awesome!!

I dont have much time this week to write. I hope you all had a great week and that this one will be even better! Just don't ever forget the Savior and the sacrifice that He made for us. I am so thankful for Him and the life that He lived so that I can be the best that I can be.

I love you all!

-Elder Waite

I asked Jacob if they're doing a lot of walking and if he likes his companion. Here's his answer: "We did do a lot of walking! 2 square mile area and we walk at least 5 miles a day! Yes, Elder Hutchings is great! Teaching is awesome. We have 5 investigators on track for baptism right now. It's going pretty good. We are teaching as much as we can!"

He says there is a lot of work and they get a lot of member referrals which is how it's supposed to work, right?