Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"A Messenger of Direction"

Hello all!

It is incredible to me how quickly the time goes by here in the
mission field. I can't believe that it is my Preparation day here. The
days are flying by and I am truly grateful for all of the moments that
I have left here.

This week and this past transfer of my mission have been wonderful. I
have been learning so much and am loving being a missionary. It is truly
a blessing to be here and to serve with such great people. I am so
happy that I have been able to serve the fantastic people of New York
City for this time in my life. I would not rather be anywhere else in
the entire world.

This week was such a blessing. It truly was. We were so guided to many
people who were so prepared to receive us but most importantly the
message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that this message of
hope, happiness and faith is true. I know that Jesus Christ lives and
loves us. He is our Savior. He will never leave us alone. He is always
with us to give us comfort, to strengthen us and to help us through
the challenges of life.

I just want to express how grateful I am for the
time that I have been able to have to be a missionary. It is truly a
blessing. I know that our Father in Heaven has a plan for us. He truly
loves us. I know that as we truly strive to love others our lives
change. We come to know who Christ is and we are filled with joy as we
follow him.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored! I know it! As we learn
and live it we are happy. I know that. The people here in this city
are such good people. There are so many who are looking for the truth
and just can't find it. I am so happy that I have been able to be a
messenger of direction here. Miracles are possible in every day. I
know that is true. I love you all and I am so grateful to have been
able to serve a mission. I love my Father in Heaven and my Savior
Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the Holy Ghost. He teaches us when we
are ready and willing to learn. I know that he guides us daily if we
are willing to listen to and follow him.

I know that this church is truly Christ's church. He leads and guides
it! I love you all so much!

Love,

Elder Waidmann

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"The Lord did a lot of good here"

Hey there everyone!

I am still in Corona! Yay! Transfers are tomorrow and Elder Schenk is
leaving which is pretty crazy. We were only together for one transfer
but it was a good transfer. I really learned a lot and we did a lot of
good here, well The Lord did a lot of good here.


On Tuesday we visited with an awesome family from Ecuador. They have two little boys who are always running around with a bunch of energy. We have been trying to help them to come to church more often and to strengthen their relationship with God. They came to church last Sunday and it was awesome!! Hallelujah!

I love when people come to church! Because whenever you go to church you feel the spirit, are uplifted and feel good. FACT! That is what I want for everyone. Anyway, They were so happy and he shared his testimony in Sacrament meeting which was fantastic.  The spirit there was so strong. We then watched Earthly Father, Heavenly Father the Mormon message and
wooooo!!! That whole room was basically in tears. It was such a
beautiful experience! 


On Wednesday the senior couple the Bradfords came over to our
apartment to put blinds in because we have bed sheets hanging up as
drapes.  Ha-ha :) She told us that is why we need women in our lives to
make us spiffy and so that way our houses don't look horrible.

THURSDAY WAS A DAY OF STRAIGHT MIRACLES!!!!

We visited a super awesome family. The husband is from Colombia, There is a place in Colombia called Cali, so whenever I talk to people from Colombia I tell them I am from there and they have a mini heart attack every time because they get so excited, but then I say no actually CALIfornia and they just laugh and are like of course! 

Then after that we visited with this family that I met on the street
one day. The guys name is C.  He called us and said "Hey! Do you remember
about our appointment that we have today? It is at 6 and don't go
anywhere else to eat because we are going to give you Lomo Saltado!" I
was soooo excited. I literally have never had that happen in my entire
mission. It was so cool. Someone calling to confirm an appointment
with me??  It was great! The mother,  Milta the mom of the family gave us cereal on the way out as well! Can you say MIRACLE??? I think so! Because earlier in the week I had completely ran out of my important life staple and was dying...okay...not really but I had no food basically and then BOOM! Tender mercy from The Lord! I basically heard a choir singing Hallelujah! In my
head ha-ha! We are so blessed!

On Friday we had a super sweet visit with a family from our ward who
made us bomb Mexican food! Oh man! So good! I love Spanish food so
much. For real. And we had a super fun spiritual thought with them
about how we can restart every week as we take the sacrament. The
lesson was of how as we draw something we can never do it perfect but
every week God gives us a perfectly clean slate through the sacrament.

God is amazing. I have never felt so guided on my mission before. I
know he lives, loves, and guides us. He is a God of miracles. If we
ask for them, then go out and look and work for them, they come. Fact.
I know that to be true. I love my mission and I love this place, these
people and God!

Love,

Elder Waidmann

Monday, November 3, 2014

"Life is pretty dang good over here!"


Hey!

Life is pretty dang good over here in New York. We had quite an
eventful week with a lot of great things that happened.

We did a sweet flash mob activity with the missionaries in Woodside on the 7 train. It was really cool! We sang "A Child's Prayer" (see the video below to hear what we sang) and the people on the train seemed to like it a lot. It was a lot of fun and afterward we did it in one of the stations and because of that a met a really cool kid who I talked to for a while. He lives in Woodside and
told us how he really liked what we did as missionaries. It was a really cool experience.




Friday was such a sweet day! I had so much fun! It was awesome because
it was Halloween and there were sooooo many people outside. It was funny because every time I had eye contact with someone on the street I just yelled Happy Halloween to them it was pretty funny :)
What is different is that here in New York, is that  all of the kids that go trick or treating go from store to store on the street to get candy because everything here is in apartment buildings. It was weird to see but it is pretty cool! That night we have to be inside early so then we planned and I carved a pumpkin! Pretty fun. It was an awesome day.


There is this lady who has a stand by the church where she sells nuts
and coco that are coated with some sweet sugary goodness and she
always has us pray with her and then she gives us free nuts! She is so
cool! She is Colombian and says that she is our mom while we are out
here on the mission ha-ha! I love her! Then I got to dance to that
sweet Ecuadorian music on the street and I was loving it! I got the CD
and everything :) I had to! (See me dancing  in the back left corner, to this sweet music ...below! :D)
video


After that we did a finding activity right off of the 7 train and I met a super cool kid. He was from Ecuador and we had such a good conversation. It was probably one of
the best conversations that I have ever had with someone on the street
on my mission. He was telling me how he wanted to change his life and
I told him that the Gospel was the answer! I gave him a Book of Mormon
and also some pamphlets and he very gratefully accepted.

Then after that we met up with his guy who I met back in Woodside when I
was with Elder Rogers! It was so cool! He was super nice and we talked
to him in Dunkin Donuts for a while and gave him a Book of Mormon.
Moral of the story is you can literally have a lesson anywhere in New
York!  

Last but not least! Everyone should study the talks from L. Tom Perry
and Richard G. Scott from this last conference. INCREDIBLE. They are
amazing. That is all. 

I love you all so much. I am grateful for the wonderful plan that God
has for all of us. He really does have one. We just have to
communicate with Him to figure that out! :)

Much love from Corona Queens!

Elder Waidmann

Monday, October 6, 2014

Much Love From Corona!

Hello Everyone!

Well, I just recently got transferred and I am in a little area known as Corona, Queens. I learned about this place before I came on my mission that this place consisted of the most Spanish people in the mission. When I heard this it was my dream to serve here. Why? So I could be surrounded by a bunch of Spanish people all the time! Needless to say, I know that God knows His children so
well, because I am now here and it is a dream come true.  I am still trying to take it all in! I love it though!

My new companion is Elder Schenk! He is great! He is full of energy and his Spanish is super good. At transfer meeting we also watched a pre screening edition of Meet the Mormons. That movie is awesome. I would recommend truly to anyone. It is really informative, funny and full of life. I really enjoyed it and I hope everyone who is reading this at least gives the trailer a look!
Because then you will want to go and watch the movie :) Please watch the trailer below and then  and check out their website: http://meetthemormons.com/ .  On their page, you can find a theatre near you, by selecting your state and your city.  Don't miss out!  All net proceeds go to the American Red Cross! 


On our first night here, I was just blown away by how many Spanish people there were around here! :) It is seriously so cool! I was just so excited to talk to the people here. I am so happy. I love sharing the gospel in the Spanish language.  There is still people here from Bangladesh and that made me really happy because I still get to surprise a lot of the people and speak a little bit of Bengali to them which is always a lot of fun :)

We were able to meet some cool people on the street and invite them to come to church with us and to watch General Conference. It is always kinda interesting when you tell people that there is a person that was like Moses that is on the Earth today :) We do have a living prophet on this earth today, who is the mouth piece for God, just as Moses was in his day. God loves us!

The other night we met a really cool family on the street and talked to them for a while! Right after that I started talking to another guy and he about had a heart attack that  Elder Schenk and I both spoke spanish and just kept saying how cool it was that we did, even though I sound like a
total white guy :) But hey I will take the compliment :)

It was a really fun week and I am really grateful to be here! :)

Much love from Corona!

Elder Waidmann