I Have A Family Here On Earth

I have a Family

Hi everybody! I hope that you all had a good week!  My week was awesome! I’m typing this email on a keyboard that a member of the ward bought me! It was really nice of him! He bought one for both of us. He said that he is trying to buy his way into heaven. I figure that buying stuff for the missionaries is a pretty good way to do it!
There is this old man in my ward named Brother Rhodes. He can’t walk so he lives in an old folks home by our apartment. Earlier this week he and his wife had us come over to the home for dinner. As we ate they told us stories about their family and there was something about an old man screaming, “I’m on my period” like a teenage girl that I found very amusing. When he said that I started laughing really hard. For those of you who have ever seen me when I get laughing hard I start to make a sucking, wheezing sound that I’ve always thought sounds a little like a donkey. When I started laughing that made everyone else start to laugh. After about 5 minutes of laughing Brother Rhodes told me that I have one of the best laughs he’s ever heard. He told me that most people can’t make him laugh and I was one of the few people that could. He told me to never stop laughing. It meant a lot to me to have him say that about me because I love to laugh and I love to make people laugh.
On Thursday, Elder Garfield and I did service with the first elders all day. We went from helping some crazy old guy move to helping an old British woman put mud and hay on her lawn. Elder Garfield and I feel like the only people we talk to are really old people or young girls… Anyway spreading mud and hay was definitely the most fun thing we did. While doing that the woman’s dog got into her chickens and almost killed one! It was awesome! We had to go rip the dog off the chicken! We also got into a couple mud fights during it and we had a blast! Serving others can really be fun when you do it with the right attitude.
My last story is on Fridays the first elders and us go to a food pantry just outside the mission. We were asked to do it by the mission office so we are fine! We were working and trying to have as much fun as you can have putting food in a box when one of the women who works there walked up and started asking us questions about the gospel. She said that she has been religious for many years but hasn’t heard much about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints other then we focus a lot on families and she wants a stronger family. We answered some of her questions and bore our testimonies on how families can be together forever. Elder Itufia got the prompting to sing “I Have a Family Here on Earth” so we did! It was really awkward for us but she was sobbing by the end of the song. Isn’t it amazing how Heavenly Father tells us just what we need to say if we listen to the Holy Ghost? She wants to start going to church and talking to the missionaries. We are going to try to get her in contact with the missionaries in her area this week.
I know that if we are doing what we should, the Lord will bless us with opportunities to teach and share that families can be together forever. I know that those who follow the commandments and keep their covenants can be with their families for all eternity.
I love you all so much and can’t wait to hear from you!
Elder Wilcock