Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
"So I think I have some cool things to talk about!? This last week was the week I flew down to Vancouver where President flies the 10 zone leaders down for a conference which is way cool, but what made it even better, is it just so happened, Tuesday was the day they were putting the Angel Moroni on top at the Vancouver Temple, in Langley. So President calls me up Monday night, and says "Hey Elder Wilson, how would you like to join me and Sister Nelson to go see the temple on Tuesday morning when you get in?" Dang I was excited!!! Haha! So we got on a plane at 6 that morning and got into Vancouver and then I rode with President and Sister Nelson and the other two office people to the temple. And right when we got there, there was already a ton of people standing outside just a ton of members, so I got out and I was able to see everyone from Langley again. I know I am probably confusing you but it was way cool, it is almost a year ago since I left Langley!! So i got some pictures, Just a way cool day, then had to drive back to Vancouver and got back to the meeting stuff, it was definitely a highlight to be able to see the people again, and see the temple again!
Then the next day a long meeting but good, and then got back to PG and had a way cool weekend! We taught all of our investigators on Friday and Saturday, and then we were supposed to have 6 of them come to church but only 3 showed up, but they were a solid three!! One of them is a 19 year old kid named Jordan, he doesn't believe in God but he wants to know, and so he finally agreed to come to church, and it just so happened I was the speaker yesterday. Since they were having a Stake High Councilman speak, they asked a missionary to speak too, so I got to speak for the first time yesterday, but wow I was nervous going from a branch the last two areas to a ward!! But its ok :) I ended speaking a little long and didnt leave the High Councilman much time!! But after church Jordan just sat in the chapel and didn't say much, and i asked him, "so Jordan when you come to know this is true will you be baptised," and he said yes! Tight huh? He is just scared cause he is all about science and thinks science and God doesnt go together, but we will work through it!...But anyways one last thing, so this family here likes to cook the missionaries waffles, and they have always said there is a record of ten waffles by a missionary! So I just watched the first couple weeks to see if it's possible and yesterday I matched the ten. I was going to go more, but I didn't want to steal his glory, just join him in the glory!"
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"Just a little more about Prince Rupert...I am gonna miss the people, our basketball team is doing good we only have two more weeks left so Elder Brown will have to finish the season! Then Chris is doing really good! I don't know, I just can say I love the people here! It will be tough to leave Brock, the kid we are teaching,...but hey life is good!"
Although this transfer was probably the hardest for him up to this point, I think it gave him a taste of what it will be like when his 2 years come to and end in December. I was able to chat with him through email the day he wrote telling us he was being transferred, and told him that the amount of love he has for the people he has served, is a testimony of what kind of missionary he has been and how hard he has worked. The fact that he was going to miss Prince Rupert so much, should make him feel like he had been a "True & Faithful Servant."
So the departure was difficult, but Brent hit the ground running in Prince George and of course like he has done in previous areas, he took time to "ponder" what lie ahead, and get a photo of him looking over his next challenge:Here he is dressed in his new "Zone Leader Armor" ready to dominate the Prince George Zone...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wood drives the local economy, with forestry, plywood manufacture, 12 sawmills and three pulp mills as major employers and customers. Recreation opportunities are second to none and range from golfing, skiing, fishing and hunting to any team sport you can think of.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
"So this last week we had a sweet birthday party with a way cool family in the branch, they are just way neat people. She posted some pictures of us, I guess on her blog, so you should go check that out...The family is so cool, way strong testimony, and they go through so much that makes my testimony grow just seeing how strong they are in faith!!!"
It is nice to be able to get to know some of the members that take care of Brent, and be able to learn more about their family through their blog and emails. I hope they don't mind if I post some of their photos and comments of Brent on this blog. As you can see from the photos below, Brent was a hit with the kids, which is no surprise having grown up playing with all his cousins on Cox's Corner.
This is how Sister Luscher described their Christmas FHE with Willy:
"This is our Elder Wilson. We had made Christmas ornaments for FHE and then we put them on the tree after we set it up later that evening. It isn't the best picture of the ornament but I can tell you that it has more hot glue than I have ever seen on an ornament before. There was a ribbon tail on the bottom and some fluffy pom-poms. Elder
Monday, March 23, 2009
He always enjoys the opportunity to go tracting with his Mission President, and to listen to him bear witness of the Savior, and to see the respect people have for this great mentor in his life. On one occasion, Brent had the opportunity to go out tracting with his Mission President on a cold night in Prince Rupert. Brent enjoyed the opportunity, and learned a valuable lesson from his President, that I'm sure has helped him to understand others. Here is how he told the story:
"This past week we took President Nelson street contacting. He had never been since becoming our mission president, and since it gets dark early here we usually dont tract too much in the dark. So yeah, we take him contacting and it was hilarious. He loved it because so many people listened to him more because they already knew us, but he was impressed!! It was freezing cold and rainy and I was like, "President, you see what you are doing to me," and he just laughed and said, "Yeah Elder Wilson, you just tell me when it's good days and I will come hang out up here any day." Ha!! But yeah so it was cool he wanted to see what its like, and after we finished talking to this one guy, got his number, and set an appointment, we walked away and President laughs and said, "Dang Elder Wilson, you will aruge anything until you are right, huh??" Haha. And I was like, "I dont know I guess so, if that is good." So he gave me a good lesson. He likes what I do, but told me to sit on their side of the fence more. His quote of the day for me was "A man convinced against his will, is of the same opionion still." Pretty good huh!!?"
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Of course Willy has had his moments with a few drunkards, and this particular story he wrote home about was one of those classics that just makes you laugh. Here's how he told the story:
"This last week I wrote you Wednesday and not too much happened between then and now except for the breakfast we serve at the presbatarian church. Well this saturday a drunk tried to fight me but dont worry he got it!! So he comes in and starts swearing at this guy, causing some trouble, and the pastor of the church, her name is Pastor Cheryl, was tryin to get him out. So one of the ladies comes and gets me and ask me to go help the pastor get him out. So I walk over to the guy just kind of put my hand on his back, and say "hey bud we need to get outside come out here and we can talk about it," So yeah, the guy seems to get more mad and yelling more and then trys to hit me, ha, but he is drunk and couldn't move the quickest. Haha! So he was falling over and so I grab his arm just little more firmly so he can't do anything with it. Then he was like "fine" and swears and turns around quick and runs right into a brick pillar that is in the middle of the room. It was hilarious!!! Of course I felt bad, but one lady told me after, "Dang people shouldn't mess with you missionary boys!" Haha! I just like held the guy up while he was in a daze after he just smacked his face in the brick, then he just shakes his head kinda smiles and laughs and says to the guy he was trying to fight, "well I got myself this time but I'll be waiting for you." Then I go outside with him, we talk a bit then he leaves. It was just funny I guess he is known around town as a pretty mean drunk but hey it was cool. That was some excitment, but yeah not much chance of giving the guy the gospel..."
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Here's what he wrote about the experience:
“Ok, so today was service p-day, but it was way fun. We went out to this family’s cabin to help build a deck. The mom is a member in the ward, but she didn’t come, so it was the dad, his son, and the dad’s brother. They are actually moose hunting too, so I was hoping they would shoot one while we were there, ha, but back to what is up. So we help put in a deck, and dad yes I am thinking a log cabin should be in the future plans, and I would love to help with what ever you need just if it’s money you need I am not your man! haha :) Ok, so while we are doing this, I asked his kid Aaron, who is 12 and has gone to a Christian school most of his life until it got shut down last year, what he thinks about church and all he says is “I love it and I cant wait until I can get baptized.” So I am thinking, “dang he is getting baptized somewhere else” and then I ask him which church and he looks at me and just says, “I want to get baptized in your church.” How tight is that!? So I am like, well why can’t you and he is just like, “I don’t know, no one has told me I could,” and I don’t know what the parents think but I just told him we should set up some teaching appointments, and so he can do it. I hope I did ok cause we didn’t tell the dad yet but I am going to call the mom and tell her and I am hoping it all goes cool!! It was just cool first we are building a deck and then we talk about why he isn’t playing volleyball for me, then we talk about girlfriends, (haha, it always gets to a mans heart) then we are tight friends and inside this kid is just waiting to be baptized. I don’t know just way cool, the only bad part about the day is its hard for me to enjoy the outdoors without everyone back home, but don’t worry I love the people we are helping!!!”
Brent & Aaron working hard at the cabin...
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
“...Oh, so we got a call today we are gonna be the elementary volleyball coaches here, tight huh?? Coaching the 5th and 6th grades, this Presbyterian lady hooked us up. She is the lady we help serve breakfast for on Saturdays, so yeah we have a meeting today with some parents so this could be good!!"
"This last week has been good, our volleyball team dominated, and we have only had a few troubles. One teacher is threatening to take away some of our players because they aren't good in class, and dang I felt bad because she came right in the middle of practice and threw down on the kids. The principal asked us why we really are doing this, cause I guess the kids are loving it, but it is way cool. After our first game we had a few parents come and ask us why we are up from Utah and California, because that is who we are known as, ha!" :)
"Yeah with volleyball I am deciding it is the best thing we could of done to get to younger kids too. It is just way cool! Tomorrow we have a huge game, and our team said we wouldn't win cause the other school is too good so I made them run laps until they said we could, ha. I am a tough coach but hey I like to call it "tough love." :)
"We had another volleyball game and we ended losing a heart breaker the last game of the series we smoked them the first game they beat us by two the second game and the third we came back from down 10 and lost by two. :( Dang, I think I was the only one about to cry haha!! No, I was good until the other coach started getting into it so of course I had to rally the troops, but it was cool!! Then this week a young kid wanted us to come watch him play hockey so we did and the parents came up to us they are originally Shik but wanted to know about us it was cool!!!"
"Our volleyball team is doing awesome I laid down the law on them on Thursday, because we played horrible our last game, mostly because some kids don’t come to practice but come to the games. So I took a good Coach Carter approach to it all ha, and I made them run ladders or suicides, so only eight kids were there and I made them run ten suicides, and I kept track and the principal came in and just was amazed they were doing it. Then I made sure its ok but I told her kids cant play unless they run all the suicides the team has ran, so yeah, I know Shauna loves coach carter so she should appreciate that. :)"
"..We were just out contacting last week so our first few days here and we walk by this guy just say "hi" and twenty steps later I just turn to Elder Brown and say we gotta give that man the gospel. So I turned around, walk up to the guy and ask him does he believe in God. So, we talk a while get his number and then his friend which was Chris walks up to us and starts talking too, well the first guy didn't go anywhere but Chris came for a tour. We've taught him the first two lessons, and he wants to be baptized and says he has been waiting for this change in his life. Pretty cool looking back it was crazy!!"
"So yesterday Chris came to church, and absolutely loved it. I was worried because I don't know just how people react to it here, but it went well. This is the funniest part, guess what they decide to teach for Sunday School? Well it started on the "Millenium" and they pull out a movie on "Gog and Magog," haha and the battle of Armagedon" ha exactly what Chris needed!! :) No, it actually turned out well cause after the huge mess and some things that were said me and Chris had a good talk after and I think it helped him see the importance of the need to change now!! Not sure its the best way but hey it worked, and then after church he called us just all excited and asked how we thought he did, he was funny he just said he thought it was gonna be awkward but he felt so different and loved the feeling that was different from the world so good right??"
"..things are as tight as can be right now. Chris had his interview with President on Friday when he came into town, which went way good. Chris is scared because he has changed so much and he likes it, just it is big for him. Lookin back from when we met him I am just amazed at who he is now. I love seeing the gospel work! The baptism is set for December 19th :) He wanted his family to come so that weekend was best, and Brother Dalton, who is the basketball coach at the other school we coach against and was his basketball coach back in the day, so he wants to be there, and that is the date that works out best..."
Chris' conversion was really a highlight of Brent's time in Prince Rupert, and from his letters I could tell he really has a great love for this man, as well as many others he has served in Rupert. Here is a photo of Elder Brown, Chris, & Willy at Chris' baptism:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This is Brent standing/"posing" next to a statue of a "Mariner," which stands as a tribute to many of the Mariners lost at sea. The statue depicts a Mariner peering out to sea, and has an inscription reading, "We are out There." There is also a memorial wall out of bricks inscribed with the names of many of the lost mariners.Elder Wilson & Elder Brown next to one of the Totem-poles found near the park...
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
"...Sorry this is gonna be way short, but I did get transferred, up to a place called Prince Rupert!!! It is clear up by Alaska, you should look it up it is way cool, but we are all by our selves. I took like an 18 hour road trip the last two days, cause I had to bring a car up, and then my comp got to fly up from the mission office. Me and my comp are opening the area so I am excited, his name is Elder Brown, from California. I am getting to train again so he his lost with me up here ha ha, so this is gonna be an adventure for sure. The place is awesome, crazy sweet moutains!! But hey I love you all, we got big plans and the branch is even smaller I guess only 15 members so hey all is good.."
I think if Brent were to hand pick an area of his mission he could serve in, I don't think he could have chosen a more fitting place to fit everything that is "Willy." So far on his mission, I think Brent would call Prince Rupert his "home away from home."
Monday, March 9, 2009
Brent's explanation of this photo: "We had a huge stake softball tournament, and this was our "missionary" team. Don't worry Jared I made us Wilsons proud :)"
Zone P-Day - Sand Volleyball and Standing on the Dock - Brent says this is a sweet calm lake but it drives him crazy that nobody uses it. (I'm sure Brent stared at the lake and pictured himself jumping the wake on the his wakeboard)
Brent and Elder Kirby helping a kid move a box spring from the second story down to the truck. As Brent put it, "We helped move this kid but had some "fun"...and threw this box spring off the 2nd story so we didn't have to carry it, ha ha!!!" Brent's face tells it all...
I'm sure a little kid caught this for Brent and helped him grab onto it, but he said these make for a great feast
Brent and Jim Fountain strummin' on the guitars...
Willy in deep thought as he peers over Nicola Lake towards Merritt wondering where all those doors are that are "supposed" to "open" when he "knocks"...