Elder Wessel

Elder Wessel

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The new Asst

Family I am filled with the spirit today as I write. I have been inspired from the Lord in so many ways.  I have woken up really well today and I appreciate the blessings he has given me. I understand more and more each day that he loves each and every one of us in very distinctive ways.  I wake up singing hymns laughing and really loving life.  God is great.  He loves us.
   This week we have transfers and it’s my last one.  I don’t really have time today but, I am staying here in the office to end the mission and we talked it over with President and we have called a third assistant to assist us in the work and the goals that we want to achieve this transfer.  We want to break barriers.  It’s super awesome and I’m super excited.  He was the secretary of the mission and his name is Elder Tarone.  He is from Las Vegas and he is as super champ! I’m pumped for him. He only has a year in the mission can you believe that??
   This week we were working hard and ending transfers.  I didn’t have any cool spiritual experience with transfers this week but it was pretty cool igual. But, I have received a new assignment from President.  We have, in the mission, a new challenge.  We have a ton of investigators that meet the requirements of baptism that have not been baptized.  So what the assignment is; is that I should go amongst the missionaries and baptize the people that need the saving ordinance of baptism.  I’m super excited and feel super great for the trust the Lord has in me.

I had a really cool experience already this past week.  We had a zone that wasn’t going to baptize so I went and traveled down there.  It was like 30 minutes away. There were some Elders that had some kids and they needed to be baptized and so I went out we went to visit them.  Their mom did not want them to get baptized.  She was against it and didn’t really want to talk.  We insisted and insisted on her and we got into her house.  We talked with the spirit and it filled the room to an immense power that was incredible for me.  Within minutes she doubted her doubts and signed the two baptismal registros and confessed to us that she felt the need to get baptized as well.  We programed the two baptisms for her kids, and they will get  baptized this weekend at five and she will be getting married here soon so, as the mother, do the same ordinance as her kids.  It’s wonderful when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and are able to witness the miracles that he permits us to.

I know God lives.  HE loves us.  His son died for us.  I can be clean because Jesus Christ already suffered.  He loves us!

Elder Wessel
I Love these people

Queridos misioneros,
En los últimos 3 meses hemos tenido un promedio de 46 almas con esperanza a ser salvadas y entrar en el Reino Celestial en toda la misión. Hemos visto que esto ha sido el esfuerzo de unos pocos misioneros, a través de sus esfuerzos y esmero. Ellos también tienen algo en común, tienen un deseo grande de salvar almas, bautizar, lo que los ha movido a prepararse cada día con el Espíritu del Señor y planificar para no fracasar.
Les pregunto a todos, ¿están conformes con lo que han logrado? Si vuestra entrada económica después de la misión dependiera del esfuerzo y esmero que han puesto para servir al Señor en su obra, ¿qué salario recibirían? Les daría para mantenerse a ustedes mismos, a una familia quizás? 
Es notorio que si queremos cambiar nuestras realidades actuales y futuras debemos cambiar ahora, trabajando con todo nuestro “corazón, alma, mente y fuerzas…” DyC 4:2-4, y no disminuir la fuerza ante el primer “NO” o lo difícil que es la tarea. Si hubiéramos sido Israelitas que llevaban el arca en la antigüedad, Josué 3, ¿no nos hubiéramos mojado los pies y hubiéramos regresado a Egipto con el Arca del Convenio?. 
“…Santificaos, porque Jehová hará mañana maravillas entre vosotros.” Josué 3:5 
“Y acontecerá que cuando las plantas de los pies de los sacerdotes que llevan el arca de Jehová, Señor de toda la tierra, se asienten sobre las aguas del Jordán, las aguas del Jordán se dividirán…” Josué 3:13 
Sin duda debemos “santificarnos”, hay mucha cosa que cambiar en nosotros mismos,  en nuestros compañerismos, en las pensiones donde vivimos, etc. Si no lo hacemos, por más que nos mojemos los pies, actuando, el poder de Dios no se manifestara, y jamas veremos los frutos que podríamos ver. Solo hay una manera, un camino para hacer la obra, y es a la manera del Señor, no la nuestra. Si entendiéramos esta verdad, no solo cambiaríamos nuetro presente si no el tiempo de nuestra vida por venir. 
El Señor está dispuesto a ayudarnos, sus promesas son muy grandes.  “Y respondiendo Jesús, les dijo: Tened fe en Dios.
Porque de cierto os digo que cualquiera que diga a este monte: Quítate y échate al ma, y no dude en su corazón, sino que crea que será hecho lo que dice, lo que diga le será hecho.Por tanto, os digo que todo lo que pidáis en oración, creed que lo recibiréis, y os vendrá.” Marcos 11:22-24 
¿Podemos desear ser los instrumentos para la salvación de muchos? Tengo mucha esperanza en la obra que ustedes pueden llegar a realizar. 
“…Santificaos, porque Jehová hará mañana maravillas entre vosotros”. 
Los quiero mucho. 
Carlos A  Casariego
Misión Argentina Neuquen
this is the email my president sent to us today! its wonderful!
This is the translation
Dear missionaries,
In the last 3 months we have had an average of 46 souls with hope to be saved and enter the heavenly kingdom throughout the mission. We have seen that this has been the effort of a few missionaries, through their efforts and dedication. They also have something in common, they have a great desire to save souls, baptize, what has moved them to prepare each day with the Lord's Spirit and plan not to fail.
I ask everybody, you are happy with what they have achieved? If your economic input after the mission depended on the effort and dedication they have to serve the Lord in his work, what salary would receive? It would give to keep yourself, a family perhaps?
It is noteworthy that if we change our current and future realities must change now, working with all our "heart, soul, mind and strength ..." D & C 4: 2-4, and not diminish the force at the first "NO" or how difficult which is the task. If we had been Israelites carried the ark in, Joshua 3 old, we would not have wet feet and we had returned to Egypt with the Ark of the Covenant ?.
"... Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." Joshua 3: 5
"And it shall be when the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the ark of Jehovah, Lord of all the earth, shall rest upon the waters of the Jordan, the waters of Jordan shall be cut ..." Joshua 3:13
Surely we must "sanctify" there is a lot of things to change in ourselves, in our fellowships, pensions where we live, etc. If we do, though we mojemos feet, acting, the power of God did not manifest itself, and never see the fruits we could see. There is only one way, one way to do the work, and it is the Lord's way, not ours. If we understood this truth, not only would change nuetro present if not the time of our life to come.
The Lord is willing to help, their promises are great. "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Have faith in God.
For verily I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea, and no doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will be done, what he says will be done.
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive them, and ye shall have them "Mark 11: 22-24.
Can we want to be instruments for the salvation of many? I have great hope in the work that you can get to make.
"... Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you."
I love you so much.
Carlos A  Casariego

 So this week is short one.. But many wonderful things are and have been happening.  We actually had some very wonderful experiences this week that really motivated me to do better.  This week we worked a lot with president as we went to interviews and we acquired more information from elder Bednar as he came down to Argentina. 

  This week we had a wonderful Tuesday nothing too exciting.  But we started the interviews up on the north part of the mission.  We found all the missionaries great and happy and their desires greater and greater each time.  I have felt good with the missionaries and am happy with what is happening.  We are continuing an raise in the work and the missionaries are working harder and harder each time.

  On Wednesday, Elder Bednar started his transmission throughout all of the South American south area. In our area is; Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile.  So we had over 6 thousands missionaries watching Elder Bednar.  He gave an interactive talk for about 3 hours and it was super awesome.  I was changed in what I have been thinking and the way I act as a missionary. 

   To prepare us for his talk, he sent out 3 talks for us to study.  They are called; Ask in Faith, Learning by faith, and Converted unto the lord.  They are all written by him. As I studied the talks I found deep desires to try and to partake of what he was trying to communicate to us.  I found my prayers instantly get better.  I found myself not only praying but willing to act.  In one of the talks from Elder Bednar, (ask in faith) he states that God will not just give us what we want when we just ask. However, he will bless us in our endeavors as we act to obtain the thing we have asked for.  As we make plans, and the act upon those plans then HUMBLY ask him to bless us with opportunities and chances to receive for what we have worked for, HE WILL. 

  He also stated that we are agents.  We are not objects.  He taught us a way to teach.  That we can not force that someone feels the spirit.  We are not the teachers.  THE SPIRIT is.  in turn, he explained that we provided spiritual environments so that the investigators can have the opportunity to feel the need to open their heart and try and feel it.  That is our job, is to provide the opportunity to feel it.  As we follow the spirit the investigators will understand and we will be able to present the message clearly so they can choose to accept or not.

  There are many more different things that I learned and it was fantastic but there is too much to explain right now.

  I have been learning a lot about repentance.  Repentance is way to act upon our prayers.  I know that as humans, we are week.  We are very desirable of the worldly.  We don’t understand, the blessings and the way we can be elevated unto God as we repent.  We don’t understand that it is sweet.  The exact opposite of bitter or hard.  It’s something that we can do, to be able to use and apply the atonement in our lives. If we do not use the atonement in our live every day, it will be nearly impossible to continue forward with a firm faith in Jesus Christ.  Repentance brought me out of the hardest moments of my life.  Repentance taught me, that not only will I walk taller, I will walk side by side with my savior.  That as I am able to understand that "let thy will be done, and not mine" my understanding of Jesus Christ and my love for him become ridiculously large and I can’t hold feelings back from my own being.  My darkest moments of my life I was saved by a simple prayer of repentance and a weight lifted off of me and then raised up on eagles wings. I know we can soar on the wings of an eagle.  But it really depends on us if we want to. 

God lives. He loves us.  And he will forgive and never remember more.

Love Elder Wessel