Sunday, March 22, 2015


After the rain comes the rainbow!
This week we also had a small earthquake so that was kinda crazy.
"Salvation ain't cheap!"

The rain came down this week. Oh man. I got so soaked.  It was ridiculous. But we worked our way through it and the rainbow happened on Saturday. Xu2 Qiu1 Chen2 DX was baptized. So cool! 

Elder Willes, Xu2 Qiu1 Chen2 DX, and Elder Tan
Xu2 Qiu1 Chen2 DX (at his baptism), Elder Willes, and Lin2 Zhi4 Ren2 DX (a recent convert)

I was able to baptize Xu2 Qiu1 Chen2 DX.  We really worked hard at inviting all the members, investigators, and LA's to come and support him. We had tons of people there and it was such a great service. The missionaries sang, "I Need Thee Every Hour." Ahh I love that song. After the musical number Xu2 Qiu1 Chen2 DX got dunked! I gave him a big old hug after and he was so happy. He was really worried about sharing his testimony in front of everyone because he's kinda shy. I just told him to follow the spirit, say a prayer in your heart, and the Lord would help him to know what to say. Oh man he gets up there like a boss and just starts teaching everyone. He bore a great testimony of how prayer, reading the scriptures, and coming to church was how he developed his personal testimony. He shared in Alma 37:36-37 about how he's realized he needs God in his life. He talked about how he was just filled with the Holy Ghost. He said, "There is no other way to describe how I feel right now besides being filled with the Holy Ghost." It was really special. He's awesome!

Diamond, the sister's investigator, who I interviewed for baptism was also baptized.  Such a stud!

Also happy birthday to Nate and mom! You guys are awesome! Eat lots of cake for me :) Love you both tons! 

It's been really cool being a district leader. Our district is so special. Everyone works so so so hard. We see so many miracles in our district. I just love being able to witness all these miracles! Our district has had a baptism for like 5 weeks straight. Also our district is leading the entire mission for the past 1 1/2 months in all key indicators (baptisms, investigators, lessons, people at church, etc.) So sick!! 

I had the chance this week to go on exchanges with an Elder that is kinda struggling. He is having a hard time enjoying the work, feeling the Holy Ghost, and trusting himself. I prayed a lot that I could in some small way help him. We had a great exchange. I honestly don't remember much of what I told him.  Instead I focused on following the spirit to strengthen him and help him. We got soaked together haha but we had some cool miracle lessons on the street. We also had a member visit and this lady told us her dad had fallen down the stairs a week ago and passed away because of the accident. This Elder and I were able to strengthen her and helped her to try and trust in God and His plan to overcome this challenge. So overall it was a super cool exchange! 

We also have a sweet new investigator from Germany.  His name is Patrick. He's a referral. 

We also had Xiao1 JM come to church again. She is progressing really well. Just scared about baptism and the poor lady still has seizures every day. 

We also have two other new investigators who are awesome. Ding1 DX and Wei2 Wei2. Brother Ding1 is awesome. He's been meeting with the other elders but they found out he lives in our area so we are excited to start meeting with him. He came to church! And Wei Wei is the same story. Her parents oppose but she set a baptismal date for 6/19 on her 20th birthday! So pray for these two! 

The work is going great. I'm loving it. I am often so tired but just like Elder Holland said, "salvation ain't cheap!." Thank you everyone for the prayers and all the support. Love you all so much!

Elder Willes

Go Cougars!

Elder Willes with his trainer Elder Westover and the 2 elders that William has/is training Elder Tan and Elder Jensen

We went to the Taipei zoo for p-day

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