Monday, December 28, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHAT IS UP?


I hope that you all just had the best Christmas ever!!! Hopefully Santa got to come visit you all!! I had a great Christmas! It was very unique as well!!

On Christmas Eve we did service for others, we took them gifts and cookies! We also saw this homeless man on the street and I said "Stop, let's go give that guy some cookies!!!" (Sister Ensign was driving) and so we turned around gave him cookies and got his number and we will be meeting with him soon! So that was way cool! Then we went to a members home and ate and hung out with them. We had to do this thing called "Play for Pie" basically you just do a talent, so since I am just SOOOO talented at the piano ;) I poorly played Sweet Hour Of Prayer hahahah - but I still got good treats so obviously I wasn't that bad. ;) 

On Christmas I got to talk to my FAMILY!!!!!!!!!! Thats what I'm talkin' about!!!!::::)))) So much fun! We Skyped at May's home, he is the ward mission leader, it was so much fun! After that we went and napped, haha lame I know.  But I wasn't even mad, if I can get some extra sleep I won't complain! hahaha!  Then we went and had Christmas dinner with the Hammers! And OH MY GOODNESS EVERYBODY her...food...was....BOMB!!!!! It was so good! Christmas was wonderful to say the least!

Not a ton happened this week, we did go door knocking over by Lake Isabella and the air is a bit colder by the lake! The lake water make my hair grow I'm pretty sure (A joke in our mission, haha ;)) Anyways, while knocking, a lady let us in and made us hot chocolate and had us sit and hang out with her! She was so cool! 

Then that same day the very last home we knocked on was this Jewish man and he wasn't interested in being a Mormon but he LOVES the Mormons. He just kept chanting "GO MORMONS..GO MORMONS!" HAHA then he joked about Christmas and was like "I'm a Jew what the heck am I supposed to do during Christmas break?" haha oh man I wanted that guy to be my best friend! hahaha Sister Ensign and I were laughing so hard! 

So my last little thing for this week...I want to challenge you all to read Alma 26! I'm not going to give anything away BUT!!! I want to say that life is hard...life is really hard sometimes..harder then we hope it would be at times. But in this chapter it talks about how we can be strengthened by the Lord and how we can be blessed! So I strongly encourage you all to read that chapter because it is so good!!!:) I testify that reading the Book of Mormon brings miracles and it will bring peace and comfort to your life I know that because it has brought that to mine!! 

I love all of you so much and I thank you for your love and support! It means the world to me and I thank you for trying to make my Christmas special because it was special!! I hope you have a great rest of your week and I cannot wait to talk to you all!!!!!

Love, Sister Wilde

Christmas Eve with the Melton Family on Christmas Eve


Sister Wilde at the Half Mission Christmas Party


Sister Wilde with Sister Jacobsen, the Mission President's Wife

Sister Wilde, Sister Ensign and the Zone Leaders 
who live across the street and serve with them in Mt Pleasant


A little ice skating fun with her District today!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Surprise on Facebook

Received a sweet surprise on Facebook this evening!  Sister Spencer of the Mt Pleasant Ward after feeding Sister Wilde, Sister Ensign and the Elder's also serving in Mt Pleasant, posted a picture to Facebook and tagged me.  I LOVE these kinds of SURPRISES!


Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day - BEST DAY EVER!

Christmas was the BEST DAY EVER!  We got to spend an hour and a half talking to our sweet Sister Wilde, she is doing so well, is so happy and absolutely loving her life as a Sister Missionary.  She thanks everyone for their notes, love and prayers!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

TWO MONTHS!

HEY EVERYBODY!!!!!

So this weeks email will probably be shorter because nothing that cool happened this week!  We door knocked A LOT, well like two days, but it felt like that is all we did haha...it was great though!

I wish I had more cool stuff to tell you all about! Since its like the week before Christmas we haven't really taught a lot just knocked on doors and visited people, it has been way fun!

Today is extra special though because it is my.....TWO MONTHS MARK!!!!!!!!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!!:)

I am so happy, it is great! I love meeting all of the people her in the big MP!!!! I wish that you all could meet the members here they are so amazing! They make me feel so at home and they give us so much and serve us so much they are amazing!

One cool thing that happened this week was - we knocked on this old woman's door and she opens and is like "Are you soliciting?" and I said "No we are actually sharing a message about Jesus Christ and how we can feel His love this Christmas season." and she is like "Oh! Well come in!:)"  So we go in and she just feeds us all of these cookies and lets us hang out with her for a good 20 minutes! Haha! That was so fun and she was a sweetheart. Wasn't really interested in being a Mormon but was still so cool!:)

That's about it for this week but I have some pictures for you all!:)  I also will share a quote Sister Ensign shared with me this week and I really like it.

Stick to your task, till it sticks to you
Beginners are many, 
But enders are few,
Honor Power Place and Praise,
Come in time of him that stays.

Stick to your task, till it sticks to you,
Bend at it, Sweat at it, Smile at it too
For out of the bend, the sweat, and the smile
Will come life victories after a while!

I have loved this and I hope you all do too!!! I love you all so so so so so much! I hope that you all just have such a Merry Christmas and remember to read Luke 2!!!:::))) 

Love, Sister Wilde



Sister Wilde with Sister Sheldon, one of the first people Alyssa had the opportunity to teach.  
She loves her.


Cold Michigan Day



A beautiful Michigan Day -- She says it is still colder than it looks :) 



Sister Wilde with one of her favorite little boys in the ward.


Getting prepped to go out in the cold


Cheering on her Broncos :)


Monday, December 14, 2015

Transfers!

Hey, Hey Everybody!!

How are you all? I mean that is a pretty open question haha, but if you guys were doing bad I would hope you would tell me so I can do something to help you out! But for the time being I am going to assume you are all doing pretty good!!!


So this week was crazyyyyyy fun!!!:) Sister Ensign and I just laughed all week it was awesome! 

(Sorry my emails are so ADHD haha but I hope that you all enjoy reading them!) 

So first thing is last P-Day we went to Frankenmuth which is a German town with the world's largest CHRISTmas store. I know, just the most random thing in MICHIGAN! It was awesome!

Here is kind of the funny story for this week! So we are out door knocking right? Just the usual missionary life you know? I see these two guys getting stuff out of their truck so we walk over there and I say, "Hey!  Can we help you two with anything?" And he was like "YES!" So we go over and he hands us these little rakes and this tub thing with a garbage bag in it. So I say, "Oh are we raking leaves?" To which I get no response...We walk over around this house and he points down and says..."This is Dog Poo Poo.." hahaha oh my goodness I could only imagine Sister Ensign wanted to kill me about then,haha! Anyways we start shoveling it in, I'm laughing and Sister Ensign is gagging! Hahah, so hilarious! Then the man walks over and gives us....I kid you not....A...20...minute...sermon!!! THEN proceeds to tell us that we do not believe in Jesus Christ! I am like, HEY LISTEN HERE, YOU BETTER BELIEVE THAT I WOULD NOT BE CLEANING UP THIS NASTY DOG POO IF I DIDN'T BELIEVE IN THE SAVIOR. Oh my goodness it was ridiculous and funny. And also one of the reasons to love being a missionary. 

Then the best thing ever happened! We received this referral for Grand Rapids, and as some of you might know that is where my friend, Elder Lundell is serving. So I am thinking we call the AP's and give them the referral and we call and they tell us that we can just call the Grand Rapids Elders. So we call, and Sister Ensign says "How crazy would it be if he answered and said -Hi This is Elder Lundell." Two seconds later on the other end of the phone I hear..."Hello This is Elder Lundell!" I just freaked out that was the highlight of my week for sure! Hearing a familiar voice and talking to one of my good friends just made my whole day!! We only got to talk for 10 minutes but it was so great!! It made me smile!

I had my first transfer calls, and of course I am staying in the big MP!!!!:) I love it here, I never want to leave! It is so great and the people are all so amazing!!!:::))) 

Also this week, we got to be a part of Calie's baptism.  She has had her date to be baptized almost a year.  The Elders worked with her and she wanted to be baptized on her 20th birthday and she was!  It was so great.

One of my favorite things we did this week was go and sing Christmas carols at the Alzheimer's unit of the hospital.  While we were there a sweet lady yelled out, "Hey my name is Linda!" So we walk over to her and she goes "HEY I KNOW YOU, YOU GO TO MY CHURCH!" and Sister Ensign and I are just like "Why are you in here?" We aren't really sure why she was there, but it was so fun to spend time with her and the other patients. She is the cutest little thing, she told me I need to gain a few pounds that it will sweeten me up! Hahahaha! She just kept telling me she loved me and how sweet we were, she is the cutest!

Just know that I am doing so good out here! I love every minute of being a missionary even if those minutes are hard!! I encourage and challenge you all to read Luke 2 as a family this Christmas season!! I know it will bring the spirit of Christ into your homes!!!:) 

Remember the real reason for this holiday season which is the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!:)

I love you all so so so so much!!!! I love hearing form you of course! Keep me updated on your life! Until next week, I love you!!!

Love, Sister Wilde
The Dream Team in Mount Pleasant :)

Sister Wilde, Linda and Sister Ensign

Sister Wilde said this was just a cute little pony they ran into while tracting


Crazy Companions in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  
Home of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland,



Sister Wilde and her District

 Sister Ensign, 
Calie a new member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 
and Sister Wilde

Monday, December 7, 2015

HEEEELLLLLOOOOO!!!!! :)

Hey everyone!!!!!!

I hope that all of you are doing so well!

There isn't a lot to report. Pretty basic, a couple of cool things happened but for the most part it felt like a pretty basic missionary week.

We did 15 hours of door knocking this week and teach lessons and all that good stuff, haha!  A few people said yes, a lot of people said no. Just kind of the same old thing!

So, a cool experience did happen-

We stopped by an investigator's house to see how she was doing. Her and her two daughters are on date to be baptized. While we are there, the father of the two daughters introduces himself, and we are like "Ya my name is Sister Wilde...etc." Then while we are in talking to the women, he says "ARE YOU THE LDS MISSIONARY GIRLS?" and of course we are like "Yes we are!" he says "Do you have a Mormon Bible that I can have?" I am like HECK YA!... but I really kept it cool and said "For sure I've got one right here." :)

Then he keeps talking saying how he had met with missionaries like 10 years ago. He lives in a trailer park and those are almost always No Trespassing- so of course we aren't able to go to those. I don't mind knocking trailer parks, we just can't because of the no trespassing...But this experience taught us again that if someone is ready for the gospel, God will bring them to us hahah ;) 

ANYWAYSSSSS.... He says "So how can I become an Elder? (missionary) " and we explain you would need to be baptized and married. He literally is so prepared by the Lord it is unreal. He says "WAHOOO GO MORMONS!!!" then he said "Ya I hope my life keeps taking me in this direction because I want to be a member of your church, I want to be baptized."   It was literally so cool!!!!!!

So even though it was a pretty average week it was great too, that experience was awesome. Seeing people being prepared by the Lord is one of the greatest things to see as a missionary. Knowing that there are people who need this gospel and who are truly looking for it is why I am on a mission!  I love the people of Mt Pleasant. Of all places I could've gone... Europe, Australia, New Zealand, I am called to Lansing Michigan in Mt. Pleasant. It truly shows that there are specific people that I have been called here to serve and I love it and I love this work!

I love all of you so much and I challenge you all to read from Luke this holiday season. Learn more of the life of Jesus Christ and remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

Thank you for your prayers! Please keep praying for our investigators, I know they can use them as well as Sister Ensign and I!!!!! 

Keep letting me know how you all are doing! 

Until next Monday:) I LLOOVVEE YYYOOOUUU GGUUYYSSS!!!!!! :)

Love, Sister Wilde

Monday, November 30, 2015

HEY HEY HEY!!

HELLO HAPPY CHRISTMAS OR THANKSGIVING I DONT KNOW! :)

I hope everyone is having a great week! And I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

This week I spent Thanksgiving with a family, the Harrast's, and they just treated us like their own! They are the best! I love them like my own family they are soooo cool!

I had my first trade offs this week with a sister named Sister Foster and she is unreal!!!! I would love to have her as a companion someday! She was awesome! 

Something great that happened this week was we were out PC (personal contacting) and we were walking down the street to an appointment when this HUGE guy is walking towards us, so of course missionaries leave no stone unturned...so we talk to him and his name is Andrew.  He was down to talk, we learned that he had been in prison and is a year sober from drugs and he was so cool!!!!!! He was super interested in the church so i just said (after talking to him for 3 minutes) "Andrew when you come to find these things are true will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the proper authority?" and he just goes.."Yes I will." and my heart was like WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?!?!? Hahaha it was amazing such a great experience, and I am excited to see him embrace the gospel!


We also met some Jehovah Witness missionaries. I was talking to this man and women and Sister Ensign was talking to some others and I started to teach them from the Book of Mormon and taught 1 Nephi 3:7 and it was cool! I mean I didn't convert them, but it was still a great experience!

Oh man haha then on Friday...that was an interesting day! We basically got beat down all day haha, but it was for sure a testimony builder for me. There was this old man who told us we believed a lie and all this other stuff he was going off. I just said "Well Sir, I agree to disagree I guess. I hope you have a great day!" and we walked away and I'm sure he was still saying stuff to us as we walked away, but yea that was a new experience for me.

GARY IS GETTING BAPTIZED IN LIKE 3 WEEKS!!!!!  AHHHHH I'M SO EXCITED!! I wish everyone could know Gary, he is so cool. But yes we have 8 people on date! Gary is the closest to getting baptized and it is so great! I love that guy!!!!  He was feeling lonely and we had a whole pumpkin pie, I said to Sister Ensign that we should take him the pie and when we did his face just lit up.  Also today, I suggested we buy a few Christmas decorations for his apartment and we are going to go help him decorate today.

I wanted to share one thing with you all before I go, something someone told me in the MTC.. "It's a bad day, not a bad life."  With this week being a little tougher it was a blessing for me to know that and to remember that quote throughout the week!

Anyways I truly love every single on of you! I want to keep hearing from you all so keep writing me (I know I say that every week but it really does make the difference!) Plus I want to hear what is new and what is going on! I love you so much and please keep praying for our investigators! I know they need your prayers! You are all amazing, I love you guys so much! Until next Monday!!

Love, Sister Wilde


There are no Dead Ends in missionary work :)


Which way should we go? 


Sister Shepphard who Sister Wilde is just the cutest lady in the world and is making her socks :)


Peace and love from Michigan!


The most beautiful sunrise this morning in Michigan!





Monday, November 23, 2015

ONE MONTH DOOOWWNN!!! :)

HELLO EVERYBODY!!!!


I hope you all are doing well! I love hearing from all of you and I hope you all keep writing me so I can know what is going on in your lives and so that I can know if any of you need anything!! :)

So this week I actually made a list so that I could remember everything!

Okay so first I want to tell you about one of our investigators. She is her own person let me tell ya! But I love her!!! So this week I learned what a "Holy Roller" is. For those of you who do not know what a "Holy Roller" is...it is someone who believes in the "Gift of Tongues" and that isn't like being able to speak a different language, it is like speaking straight gibberish. And so many people outside of Utah think that it is real thing. I didn't know that our investigator thought this was a thing either, until we were in Relief Society and I am hearing something that isn't words and its like confusing and I don't know.. haha. So, that is something we have to work on with her and teach her how to pray correctly and why "the gift of tongues" as she knows it is not a thing. So if ANY OF YOU have advice on how to teach someone how to pray that would be awesome!

Oh yes ALSO this was so cool! We have a less active member that we teach and we keep inviting her to church and every time we do she says - you know I am too tired, or I need to do this, I need to do that, and so we always invite but don't expect her to be there. Then at church on Sunday, Sister Ensign and I spoke and I'm leaning over saying something to her and I just stop mid sentence and I see this less active sister walk in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were freaking out and so excited!!!! She said to us that on her way to church she slipped on ice and was about to turn around and go home but she just felt like she needed to be at church that day! And it was so awesome!!! AHHH!! I loved it. I am telling you guys, exact obedience brings miracles, it truly does!!!!!

Then we have Mr. Armstrong. He is just the coolest 61 year old man. I love him. He is our investigator that is the closest to getting baptized. Like his date is set in stone and he is ready to enter the waters of baptism! We taught him Chastity and The Word of Wisdom this week and that was a little scary. When you teach those things it is so rare that someone doesn't have a problem with one of them but he always says "If that's what God wants me to do I'm going to do it." HE IS THE COOLEST!!!!!!!!!

I got my first legitimate door slammed in face yesterday, it was great.  I said "Hi, we are your missionaries..." and she said "No you're not", slammed the door and I started busting up laughing and just was like "okay it's only your salvation ;) " Sister Ensign was worried I was going to cry or something, but I just smiled.

There are a few less actives and investigators that can just use your prayers right now for the strength to overcome whatever is stopping them from certain things. I know that you all are praying for them and I appreciate it so much and I know they can feel your prayers as well!!!:)

So I had my first FALL in Michigan I actually lasted A LOT longer then I thought it would. Haha!  I just slipped on ice, haha - gracefully of course ;)

The other day was the first snow! And on the first snow all of our appointments cancelled so we went out and door knocked for about 5 hours in the snow!  It actually was so fun. There were so many times that I thought "I should be so miserable right now" but I wasn't, I was just loving it so much. The only bummer was we knocked for all that time and we talked to about 38 people but only got one phone number. But it was still good!

I just am so amazed at how often people look so familiar to me. It feels like I knew them in the pre-earth life and they told me I had to come find them. Or like even the members I feel like they told me that when I got to Michigan they were going to take care of me. It is just so amazing and I love them all.

I love my companion too!  We get along so good and she is just so great!

I want to share one quote with you all: "Those who set aside the bottle of bitterness and lift instead the goblet of gratitude can find a purifying drink of healing peace and understanding."

In honor of Thanksgiving I hope that we all can do this this week and even after. Remember the things that we are grateful for! I know one thing I am grateful for is ALL OF YOU!!! 

I can feel your prayers all of the time! You are all so amazing and I love everyone of you!!!! Keep writing me it makes my Mondays so happy!! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!

Love, Sister Wilde
Celebrating ONE MONTH of her mission completed!
Sister Wilde and Sister Ensign - The Dream Team in Mount Pleasant!
 First Snow - First Month
  Cute and CLEAN apartment! :)
And one pic to remind us that she is still that Alyssa we love so much!  
Always delivering smiles! :)


Monday, November 16, 2015

HEEEELLLLLOOOOOO!!!

ALRIGHT HELLO EVERYBODY!!!!!!!

How are we all doing?! I hope that you are all doing nothing short of AMAZING!!!! 

So this week wow there are so many things I want to tell you all about. So first I want to tell you all about some of our investigators. The first one his name is Gary and he is 61. He is just the sweetest old man and he will do whatever God wants him to. He is one of the most faithful people I have ever met. His baptism is December 19th. We are teaching him the Word Of Wisdom this week so I am just praying he doesn't have a problem with it so he can be baptized on that date.He is seriously the coolest guy I cannot even begin to explain the love I have for him and all the people here in Mt. Pleasant.

The next one I want to tell you all about is Michael. This is not miracle Michael from last week.  Michael is 27 years old and has a problem with the Word of Wisdom. He really wants to be baptized though and you can feel that he does. But because he hasn't stopped drinking and smoking we had to change his baptism date and we let him choose the date he wants to be baptized and he chose February 6th he said that is when he really thinks he can cut out everything. So if you can keep Michael in your prayers that would be amazing!

The next one I want to talk about is Denise.....oh Denise hahaha that women has caused me one too many headaches. But I love her. She is a chain smoker she started at smoking 2 packs a day and now is down to only 6 cigarettes which is AMAZING progress! But she is very passionate about things that we cant change I guess? Her prayers make me laugh she always says "Dear Father God" and Sister E and I have to just giggle. She is one of the most giving ladies that I have ever met though! Wow she truly is so amazing! She has a strong faith but its frustrating because sometimes the things she says like don't make sense and they aren't teachings from the church so that's kinda a battle but she is great hahaha she has one date but we have to change hers as well due to the smoking!

Everyone here in Michigan claims to have visions so that's interesting. But great all the people here are wonderful!
So two cool things that happened this week. The first one is we were going to an appointment with this lady Mary and she cancelled so we were standing on the sidewalk and Sister E was kinda stressed and I was just looking around and saw this family of three raking leaves in their front yard (there are thousands of leaves in Michigan) and I said to Sister E "We need to go help that family rake their leaves" and we go over there. It's fun, we are talking with them and we do a few other service things with them and then just end up teaching the Plan of Salvation and that was so awesome.

We ended up teaching them a lesson on Saturday and that went really well we got the Mom AND the two other daughters on baptism date which is so cool!!! Then this was awesome right after the lesson we get a phone call from a number we don't know and we say hello and he asks if its someone that it wasn't because he had the wrong number (but God gave him the right number (; ) then we say "Well we are actually missionaries." and he goes "Yea I can just feel your energy right now!" and we are both like laughing like what is happening hahaha then he says "I truly feel like you have my best interest at heart!" and we are like yea we do! hahaha and we asked him if he would like to learn more and meet with us and he said yes I'd love to! So yea that was another awesome thing that happened hahaha.

I also had a meal in a trailer in a trailer park and that was different hahaha but so great at the same time the mans name is Brother B it was way cool.

I am loving it here just remember to keep our investigators in your prayers! I know they can use them! Also read the Book of Mormon I know that it is truly the word of God! I want to challenge all of you to read it! I have seen it change peoples lives! I love every single one of you! Keep writing me I love to hear from you all it is such a blessing for me to hear from you!!!!

Remember everything works out in the end and if it doesn't work out its not the end!! I love you all! Until next Monday :)

Love, Sister Wilde


After church Sister M saw they were walking (about an hour walk from the church to their apartment) 
and offered them a ride in her cop car.  You can guess how grateful they were! :)


Raking the many leaves in Michigan, service brings blessings!


Yep, it is already cold in Michigan!



Monday, November 9, 2015

I MADE IT TO MICHIGAN!!!! HHHOOOLLLAAAA

Hello everybody!

Oh my goodness Michigan is awesome!!  I will just start from the beginning. So this is how they got us to the airport we get our suitcases and get on a bus then the bus just drops you off at the front runner then drives you to the TRAX then from TRAX you go to the airport so that was fun haha... and it was an experience trying to lug all of my stuff everywhere especially when one of your suitcases weighed.... 67 pounds.. so that was...new...and interesting.

I sat by two of the elders on the plane and all I remember is the three of us looking out the window saying goodbye to Utah then I remember the 3 of us waking up saying Hello to Michigan haha! But when I woke up on the plane I looked outside and my first thought was "WHERE ARE THE MOUNTAINS?!" But then I remembered I wasn't in Utah anymore! There are literally no mountains here. The closest thing they have to a mountain is a bump that is in the road. When we got here my old companion Sister Trent said "I cant wait for P-day when we get to go hiking and stuff!" and i just looked at her and said "What are you planning to hike?!" haha then we all had a good laugh.

So the first night in Michigan was great! Our Mission President and his wife are so cool. 

There are for sure beetles here and squirrels will take over Michigan someday, I am sure of it. Sister Jacobsen is like Snow White. She fed the squirrels and there were like 15 in her back yard that morning just chillin'. 

So I was going to get in the shower at the mission home and I looked down and there was a HUGE beetle on the ground. I made Sister Trent come and kill it hahahah. She thought I was pathetic but you know... it happens! Bugs are scary!

The next was when we got to go meet our comps and go to our area. My area is called Mt. Pleasant and it actually reminds me of Logan Utah. (@malonehansen) because it is a college town. The college by us is called CMU. So it's a fun, safe little town. I love it here. The people are pretty nice even when they are rejecting the gospel, they are still nice about it. Most people are Catholic. We were door knocking and this guy opens and we are like "Hi we are missionaries" and he said "Oh are you from the Muslim church?" and we said "No." and we said "Do you know of anyone who needs this message today?" and he goes "Probably no one" and shut the door and we were like ooookkkkaaaayyyy? Haha so confusing, he was creepy to say the least.

That first day though we just got thrown right into door knocking and teaching a lesson so that was way fun.

The next day we did 3 hrs. and 10 minutes of door knocking which is A LOT. We got invited into people homes three times which I guess is rare? I didn't know that. But it was way nice cuz it was super windy and cold that day so it was nice to go inside where it was warm. 

The area we were in was called Sheppard and my mom will kill me for sharing this but i am going to because it is cool...

So most of you know that I am a scaredy cat, haha. So we are walking down this road and I hear this loud bang! and being from Utah I said "Who is letting off fireworks this time of year?" Sister Ensign replies "I hate to tell you that that was not a firework it was actually a gun shot. You are going to hear them a lot" and normally I would've freaked out!! BUT! THE PROTECTION AND THE SPIRIT  that you have with you 24/7 is amazing and unreal!! I did not feel unsafe for one minute. I was just like "Hmmmm Okay." and we continued on. So that was something that was cool just to have the spirit with you. I can feel angels surrounding us at all times and it is amazing.

Also EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE smokes pot here. Hahahaha. I got my first dose of pot my second day of door knocking at my last three houses. They were burning something and it wasn't food. Haha so that is fun, the Word of Wisdom is a big problem out here so we will see how that goes in the lessons. 

So are you ready for it?  My MIRACLE story of the week!  

So day 3 of door knocking - yesterday, we go out and all day. I was just hating life. All day all I was thinking about was coming back to Utah.  I kept wondering how people do this for 18 months and I was like calculating hours and ugh I was hating it. So we get back from church and have about over an hour to go door knocking so we go finish knocking on this street called Elm that we had knocked Thursday. We are going along, everyone is saying no  and it's getting dark. We have to start heading back to the car pretty soon. We come up to this duplex and this big black man opens the door. He is a pastor and was super nice. He gave us his number to come back and talk about the Book of Mormon and how it can bless his life.  He clearly smokes marijuana his home just smells of pot. He is obviously high and he keeps rubbing his blood shot eyes. You just know he has no idea what we are saying so he goes to get his phone number and I turn to Sister E and say "So after this house we are going to go back to the car right?" and she says "We will knock on this door (the second duplex door) and then we will head back" I was like okay, like kinda bummed out because I just was not havin' it yesterday. So we get the guys number and knock on the other door and this big white man with an orange beard answers the door and we say "Hey how are you doing today?" and he just walks right outside onto his porch so I got a little nervous. So I just stepped back a bit and we are like ya "We are missionaries" and he was like "I knew when I came to the door you didn't know who I was but I know who you two are" and Sister E and I were both just like what? What is going on?

He says "Are you the ones that have been contacting me?" and we are just like "What is your name?" and he says "Michael" and he just keeps saying Michael over and over and we are both like okay? Then I realize that I had CONTACTED A REFERRAL THAT THURSDAY NAMED MICHAEL! So I start freaking out because they have been trying to get a hold of him forever!! Then Sister E realizes what is going on and then she starts freaking out! And Michael starts crying and he just kept saying "You found me, I cant believe you found me." and I like don't know if I want to laugh or cry and we are just freaking out. We are all shaking hands and laughing and just amazed at what God had done for us. And he is like "When I lived in Lansing my wife left me then the next day the sister missionaries showed up. But then I moved and haven't found a place to live. I just got here today.  Sorry I haven't texted you sisters back I didn't want you to know that I don't have a place to live." God literally put us in each others paths. It was the largest miracle ever! We are meeting with him this Friday. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!! Especially since I was having a bad day that day. It was so amazing Michael was just crying and I was tearing up, it was the coolest thing. And then I remembered that earlier that day I said the prayer and I did not want to go door knocking. I said "Please help us to just get through door knocking today and help us find the one person that needs us, please." HOW COOL IS THAT!! 

Right before we knocked on that duplex I was like "Sister Ensign what are some miracles that have happened to you? I need to hear about the good things that happen on a mission", then we went to knock on Michael's door and she was like "After this door I will tell you the story because it is kind of long." and then we had our own miracle!

Our apartment is so nice!  We have a washer and dryer right inside, it is amazing and such a blessing!  I love it here! Missionary work is an adjustment and it is something that I am going to have to learn to love but I know that I have been called of God to do this work and to share it with people.

I will tell more about the people I have been teaching next Monday because I don't have time right now but the people are amazing. So many times I think "If I wasn't a missionary I would be so so scared right now." Some of the doors we knock on and some of the people we talk to I never in a million years would have talked to.  But through the spirit and the protection of my Heavenly Father I am able to do these things without worrying and feel God's presence with me always. I love it here it is amazing! There is nowhere that I would rather be!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and I know that without a shadow of a doubt! I know that God is aware of all of us because he is aware of me and I feel that constantly! I love you all!! Please send me letters I love hearing form you and I can use the encouragement throughout the week. I Love you all!! I can feel your prayers you are all amazing!

Love, Sister Wilde❤❤
Hello Michigan! 
(Sister Wilde says she thinks she missed the pretty season)
 Elder Woolfenden and Elder Whipple flight seat partners
Sister Wilde with her new companion and trainer, Sister Ensign
 Study Desk
  Sister Wilde and Sister Ensign with a family they are teaching. 
Sister Wilde says she just knows that they will be baptized!

A fun note from Darcey:

How fun is this? Like Sister Wilde said several times in her farewell talk, there are NO coincidences in life. This is a picture taken Saturday night in Midland, Michigan. On the left is the son of a sweet sister in my ward, the couple in the picture are dear friends from Vernal-he was a seminary teacher to my siblings, with my sweet Sister Wilde. We made the connection that Alyssa is serving in the stake where they are members of the stake presidency together. Turns out that it is Stake Conference her first weekend there. They sought her out during the meeting tonight and took this picture together. Heavenly Father never fails to deliver tender mercies in our lives.



From the mission home when Sister Wilde arrived: