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Letter From Rhys - Week # 31 - A New area, A new Personality!

Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This week, as you all are well aware, I have been moved to a new area! It’s called La Llave! The roads are mainly dirt with 4 main streets of asphalt in our area. Its Tiny!
The members here are fantastic! They work so hard on making sure we have references to teach and they are always focused on sharing the gospel! My companion, Elder Walker, is a hard worker! He really works and focuses on helping people enter the waters of baptism. He’s about 6 feet tall, very scrawny and only loves to cook. Apparently, he doesn’t like anything else other than music. He’s also never specific about anything, so don’t ask him what type of music or food he likes.
All I know is that he hates sweet and salty but loves hot stuff or picante. Though he’s from Jamaica, he says he can’t speak English. However, he can read and teach English without a hitch. He can translate from English to Spanish, and when we accuse him of being able to speak E…

Letter From Rhys - Week #30 - Transfers! Results!

Buenas lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This week’s letter is going to be short and sweet because
1 – not much has happened this week and
2 – I don’t have much time...
Anyway, last week I sent a little photo of something my companion made for me asking who’s my next companion! Well, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, things of all shapes and sizes. The results are in and Elder Wheeler is.........


Where you may ask? Well, it’s a magical and not so far away place called La Llave! Which means the key. The key to what exactly? I have no freaking idea!!!!!!!!😂😂😂😂😂😂But, my new companion is Elder Walker and he’s from Jamaica.
From what I have heard he’s super cool and our area is tiny. It’s like 3 blocks, but we’ll see how big it really is! I’ll send pictures of me and my new companion when I can get them! Anyway, I have spent basically the last few days packing everything in my house to go to my next area.
It’s been really fun to teach the…

Letter From Rhys - Week #29 - Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

Good morning from Sunny Californ... oh ... wait ... wrong one sorry!
Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This past week has been pretty peaceful on the part of teaching. We are doing a lot of contacting because our citas (appointments) fall or we can’t seem to find an Hermano (sister) to accompany us.
However, a peak moment in this week’s adventures happened to come in a box, then the box was put into another box, and then mailed to myself! Well if any are wondering, no I did not smash it with a hammer. I will address this reference later. Anyway, in this box were some nice goodies! A nice Family size bag of Genocide that I shouldn’t love but tastes soo good {Reese´s Pieces}, along with a nice little Kinder egg, a bag of trail mix, and another bag of mini candy bars!
Included with the development of much sugary tastey things, there was a smaller box with in the box! And in this box, were the 24 wonderful spices of life! Some may include but not limited…

Letter From Rhys – Week # 28 - The Gazcue Adventures!

Feliz Lunes de la isla tropica de la Republica Dominicana!
It’s been long enough, you all should know what that says if you’ve been faithfully reading my letters! Also, at my request, have patience with the letters. My mother works very hard on the correcting and sending of my letters, but she also has a lot of sleep that she needs to catch up on! Love you mom!
Anyway, the beginning of this past week wasn’t too exciting. However, we did have something interesting this happen this past week! On Thursday, Elder Aguilar and I went to Gazcue, aka the mission office, because he had to renew his visa at the immigration center. While I waited for him to return, I was on an exchange with another Elder in the office helping the Garner missionary couple sort all of the house keys for the mission! Let’s just say there were a lot of keys and trying to sort them and determine which were old and new took a long time!
After Elder Aguilar returned, we headed home by way of bus, the usual mode of tra…

Letter From Rhys – Week # 27 - So Much Fun!!!

Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This past week was so much fun! After the itching and the allergic reactions to what we think was caused by the sulfa in my medication, the week passed by soo fast!
We were blessed to have interviews with President Smith this week and we received a lot of much needed inspiration in regard to the topic of faith in Jesus Christ! We also have been working very hard on teaching some of our investigators in preparation for baptism!
We had 3 baptisms this past weekend! One of them was the child of a member, but we baptized her sister only two months ago as well! I’m rushing through my week because I had a pretty cool experience that I wanted to share with you all!
Today for our P-day we went to Conde which is a strip mall type of place. In the middle of Conde was a Cathedral! This Cathedral is the first Catholic church built on the American Continent! It’s cool about how old it is, but if felt a little weird being a Mormon…

Letter From Rhys - Week # 26 - Many Gains and Stomach Pains!

Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This past week we have had so much fun! To start, we finished teaching the lessonsto our convert Juana! She was baptized this past Saturday!
On Wednesday, it was just another normal day of Proselyting. However, we had an unforeseen plot twist! We returned home from our apartment and something was just a little bit off. I felt excessively warm. I decided to take my temperature and BAM! A nice cup of 100.4 fever! This was totally unexpected and I was laughing about it up until the point I went to bed 15 min later!
That night consisted of me getting up every hour or so to use the bathroom. At about 2:30 a.m. my fever broke, but with no sleep, I got up the next morning physically weak. But fear not! This Spirit is strong! Throughout the next couple of days, I was always feeling a little under the weather, and my body was producing enough gas that I could destroy the ozone layer faster than a farm of 100 or more cows!

Letter From Rhys - Week # 25 - A New development!

Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This Past week has been full of fun and adventure! Elder Portillo and I Spent our weekend working hard on preparing our investigators for baptism in the coming weeks. We have Juana, who is getting baptized this weekend! YAY! We also have Anita, from Haiti, Sandra and her son Michael, who are all getting baptized on the 17th of February!
Anyway, every one of these 4 are already super excited for baptism and if they could they’d all be baptized right now, LOL. However, there are a few things that do need to happen first! They all still need a couple lessons and an interview from our District Leader Elder Garcia, from Honduras. On Thursday, Elder Portillo and I had our usual weekly planning session and then headed for an appointment we had at 6 that afternoon. We arrived at the cita [appointment] and we were about to teach a new investigator named Jarom. As we arrived we got a call from our Mission President.
I had the pho…

Letter From Rhys - Week #24 - Will He Stay or Will He Go Now?

Feliz Lunes from the tropical Land of the Republica Dominicana! 
This Week was the last week of the transfer, and as such, I had already begun packing over the last week in anticipation for leaving my area and going somewhere else. On Tuesday, we had interviews with President, and as a preparation I made my mother’s Chicken Fiesta Salsa for my district and zone! They loved it. I had a hard time controlling my companion and all the Elders during the meeting. It was like a box of one dozen starving crazed weasels... Not really, but they did devour all of the salsa with the chips. I also was asked to write down the recipe for a couple of them so they could make it themselves later. It was interesting taking a recipe and translating it from English to Spanish. Really it’s not hard.
Anyway, throughout this week we did a lot of teaching members and less active members. We are working with a few families on preparing to enter into the temple and make the necessary covenants for eternal ma…

Letter From Rhys - Week #23 - The Power of Faith unto Repentance!

Feliz Lunes from the Tropical land of the Repubilca Dominicana!
This week, I had the opportunity to go to zone conference! This transfer’s zone conference was super inspiring and helpful on how we can better our missionary service. We talked a lot of really making sure our investigators recognized and felt the Spirit as we taught. The President also strictly told us that if at any moment we don’t feel the spirit as we are about to teach a lesson, we are forbidden to teach. ( See D&C 42:14). We were also taught that we must only teach by the way of the Spirit, because that’s the only true way people will experience conversion!
Also, Elder Portillo and I were able to be witnesses to the marriage of a part member family we have been teaching for quite some time. Rafael, the husband, has had a tough past with many problems with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. However, over the last year, the Lord has been working through his servants the missionaries to teach him and help him on his …

Letter From Rhys - Week #22 - Snow in the DR! I've got Mail!

Feliz Lunes from the tropical Land of the Republica Dominicana!
There’s been lots of work that needs to be done in our area this week and we’ve been very hard at work. On Tuesday, visited our young man Brian, who we have been teaching for only about 3 or 4 weeks. We actually finished all he needed to be taught to prepare him for baptism this past week! Brian is an awesome kid who’s very intelligent! With our help we downloaded the gospel library on his phone and he’s been taking advantage of this cool library to listen to the scriptures while reading. On Friday, when we had his interview, Elder Dayton, our zone leader, was super surprised on how much of the gospel Brian knew and understood. For a 12-year-old, he has a lot of enthusiasm for the gospel and we are now preparing him to receive the Aaronic Priesthood. 
We have also been working on Hermano Rafael, who we’ve been helping prepare for his marriage tomorrow morning and his Baptism on Saturday! The Family Is super excited to m…

Letter From Rhys - Week # 21 - Mission Trek!

Republika Dominicana, the gospel frontier.  These are the voyages of the Missionary Elder Wheeler. His two-year mission, to find new investigators and baptize converts. To discover new foods, and to boldly cook what he has never cooked before!
Captains Log #22 Star date 01.08.18:
Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This week we have had a very fun week!  Starting last Tuesday, my companion Elder Portillo, and I had a very awesome day when we made the appointment to marry the family of one of our investigators!!!!!  YAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!  This Family, is the same one who had recently lost their newborn daughter to the ways of this world... death... if you didn’t already know.
Over the course of this last week, this family´s faith has increased so much, it’s a miracle!  We also had the opportunity to talk with more people this week and we have found a few more investigators with great potential, who are prepared to make the necessary covenant of baptism!  Ho…

Letter From Rhys - Week # 20 - Roller Coaster New Year's

[Mom’s note:  Since Rhys chatted via video with the family on Christmas, he did not write a letter last week.  He was able to clarify some details for us, however.  People in the Dominican Republic generally get married in a church, the problem is that church weddings are not recognized by the government and so they cannot be baptized until they are legally married.  Many times, this is just a matter of filling out the paperwork and paying a rather large sum of money.  Some difficulties arise because of Birth Certificate issues, especially if they were born in Haiti (this is fairly common).
He would also like to let everyone know if you’d like to send him a care package, he’d love things like Peanut Butter, easily prepared convenience foods (don’t count on him having a microwave), snacks like trail mix or jerky, etc.  The US address where boxes can be sent can be found on the left sidebar of the main page of this blog.  The USPS “If it fits – it ships” boxes are great and very economic…