Tuesday, January 29, 2013

a few more pictures!!!!

Hailey and Sister Kaarma

Do you think Hailey is much interested in what's going on?

our missionaries are still growing!!!!

Jan 16


I just got my new companion, Sister Kaarma last night.  She's great.  Way better than I was when I began.  She can role play, I still struggle with that sometimes.  So last week I randomly found out that I'd be back in Kentlands to train.  First I was sad to leave Kentlands, but I knew I'd love White Oak again, but then they threw a curve ball and as soon as I had great ideas for White Oak they called and told me I'd go back to Kentlands.  It's been crazy!  My 2 week companions were the best though.  Also, I still get to go back for Michael's baptism.

Sister Kaarma is from Estonia.  She is a convert and she's great and fearless!  I'm going to learn so much from her.

The weather has felt like spring for the past couple weeks, but yesterday it turned to winter again.  It's rainy and cold.  Well, I love you all, Love, Sister Wankier

Jan 23


Kentlands is doing good.  Actually last week, getting back into things was kinda crazy, but yesterday we saw a lot of miracles.  We were able to contact a couple people for other missionaries to teach.  One guy saw us and asked us who we were with then told us that he wanted to learn more about the Mormons.  So that was a miracle.  Also, this recent convert who hasn't been to church since she was confirmed, we finally found her home and she let us in!  Every time we stopped by in the past she didn't answer, or her husband answered one time, but nothing.  So this was a huge miracle. 

Well, the last few days here has been SUPER cold.  Really cold.  Well, I love you all!
Love, Sister Wankier

Jan 22

Hi everybody.  Things are going good here.  I just got back from a zone conference.  It was a training put on by the assistants to the president and President Wirthlin.  It was really good.  It went from 9 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon, and it's an hour and a half drive.  So we had to get up at 5:30.

We were walking around one day and met this guy who started talking about how he saw an angel.  Then he started saying how you can't understand religion without understanding magic.  Then, I don't know how we got talking about this, but he talked about how he was in his garage one day and a dead baby pack rat formed right between his legs.  Then one formed right in the air and fell on the ground.  Then he just kept going back to saying that you can't understand religion without understanding magic.  So we didn't really get where he was coming from.  He also said that he was in a psyche ward.  Interesting!

Well, that's all the time I have.  Love, Philip

Jan 28

Hi everybody.  My week went pretty good.  This Sunday we had two investigators come to church.  We would have had 3, but she was sick.  It was still pretty cool though.  That was the first time that one of them came.  She doesn't like going places, so that was awesome that she came!  She has a son and he is pretty wild so I sat with him and drew pictures and played tic tac toe with him the whole time.  I didn't get anything out of sacrament meeting, but I guess it's just getting me used to when I have kids.  We haven't gotten that much snow, but it's snowing right now, and I don't think that it's going to let up anytime soon.  There is not very much snow right now, but I'm sure that there will be.

You asked what I'm learning on my mission -  I'm learning why the gospel is important.  I don't think it even occurred to me before.  But since I have been here, I have realized that we are only on earth for a small moment, and everything that happens after this life depends on how we live in this short one.  A lot of the time I take that a lot more lightly than I should.  So I'm learning how to take the gospel more serious. 

Good bye for this week.  Love, Philip

*still hoping for pictures from Philip!

Monday, January 14, 2013

the testimony is growing!!!

Just after Christmas I asked Philip to tell me a funny experience and a spiritual experience.  His reply:

Something funny that happened is we went to a meeting with the branch presidency.  The first and second counselors both have beards.  They keep them nice though.  We went to the meeting with fake moustaches on that we had bought like a week before.  The clerk of the branch said it was a good look for me and I should think about it for after my mission!  The spiritual experience:  I don't know if I have told you this before, but I think this has been one of the most spiritual.  We were teaching a lady and it was my first lesson with her.  We were teaching her about the atonement, and she was crying through most of the lesson.  The spirit was really strong there that night.

I got a new companion.  His name is Elder Chandler.  He is from Draper.  He played football for Alta High.  He is the District Leader.  I think we will be able to do some good stuff together.  I smell baptisms!

Love, Philip

Jan 7

Hey everybody!  This week went pretty well.  We set someone with a baptismal date on Saturday.  It's for Feb 16.  He says that he already knows that it's true, he just needs to fix some things.  So that's pretty sweet!

I hated personal and companionship study at first, but now I like it.  It's going good now and I'm really enjoying it.  Elder Chandler is doing good.  We are getting along really good.  He is teaching me great things.  We have been getting more success now.  Baptisms are coming closer and closer.  My testimony has come kind of gradual.  It never really hit me until I came here.  It actually happened not too long ago.  A couple days ago we tracted into a baptist preacher and talked to him for about an hour at his door.  He asked us if Lucifer was Jesus Christ's brother.  We said yes.  Then he told us that it was false doctrine.  Then the conversation elevated and we were talking about the plan of salvation and stuff.  Then we just went on and he started talking about his religion.  That's really when it "hit me".  No other religion makes sense.  While we were talking with this preacher, it seemed liked I was able to answer and correct all of the things that he said, and I know that I wasn't just thinking of all those answers.  They were put there.  Then I gave him a Book of Mormon and told him to pray about it.  He also told us about how no one in the Old Testament was baptized (which isn't true, Adam was baptized, talks about it in Moses) and how Abraham wasn't baptized, all he did was had faith and he was saved.  Anyway, that's when it "hit me".
Love, Philip

Jan 14

Hi everybody!  this week went good.  We found two new investigators.  One of them is the most prepared person that I have ever met.  We hadn't even taught her a lesson, but we went in and we talked to her about what we do and about the Book of Mormon a little bit.  Then we asked her if she would read and pray about it.  She said yes.  We asked her to come to church, she said yes.  We asked her to be baptized, she said yes.  It's awesome!  She did come to church too, and she liked it.  After church she even asked for something more to read.  So we gave her a gospel principles book.

The weather has been great here.  The past couple days have been around 50 degrees.  The snow is melting little by little.  But I think that it's supposed to snow again this week. 
Love, Philip

Jan 2


So today is transfers and I am now in a trio again for another 2 weeks.  I'm back in White Oak with Sister Bullock (not related to Sandra) and Sister Lawrance.  My companion gets here in two weeks.  She's from Estonia.  I did see Jenny and Dave Hickman and their cute little family.  They came at the perfect time.  I wasn't in a super good mood and really just overwhelmed and frustrated, so they answered my prayer.  I love them, they seem to be doing so good.

Well, Festival is now over.  Yesterday was the last day.  It was really cool to be a part of it.  Now it's back to regular missionary work.  It'll be good, new area, new companion, new experiences to look forward to.  It was a great experience to be in Kentlands, but it will be fun to go back to White Oak too.  I love you all, the church is true!  Love you!
Love, Sister Wankier

Jan 9

Things are going super good!  This is a great companionship!  We pretty much laugh all the time.  Today we're having Islander day.  We're all wearing Sister Lawrance's Guam skirts.  It's awesome!  This is a great area.  I still love it.  Yes, I still kinda miss Kentlands, but here is still super fun too.  We accidentally tracted into a former investigator.  No gospel conversation, but they were super nice.  Another investigator I had last time I was in White Oak is getting baptized!  He's come so far and he sees the need for it in his life.  It's so good!

Well the church is true!  I love you all! 
Love, Sister Wankier

Hailey and Sister Wong

Sister Jones, Hailey, Biny (investigator), Sister Holt

Sister Jones, Hailey, Arunjana, Sister Holt

Sisters Fehlman, Lawrance, Bullock, Nakasuka, Hailey

Sister Welch, Tevin, Hailey
Sister Bullock, Sister Lawrance, Hailey