Tuesday, November 15, 2016

President's Visit

 Dear Family and Friends,

It is great to write to all of you again after another successful week.  I have been winning the battle with my journal for a few weeks now for whether or not I will write in it.  I might be gaining massive amount of weight because we are back to eating chum chum for a crazy amount of meals.  Only time will tell.  Promised blizzards have been phonies, it just has got colder.  Maybe in the future will we finally get those promised snow storms of which I heard so much about.

We have been getting out early in the morning to try and catch less actives with good success!  Many promises of church attendance.  Many times we have prayed over specific people to be home when we go over and our prayers have been answered!  

One of our less actives works as a seamstress and I had some pants that needed sewing and we went over to her with a member and were able to meet her and also get my pants fixed.  

From Wednesday to Sunday President and Sister Perkinson came down to visit us on Sakhalin.  We went to many members houses with both of them and had interviews with President.  It was good to see them.  Simply being around them we get so much wisdom and knowledge.  Spiritual and temporal.  At one such visit we had dinner with a family consisting of the parents and two young daughters.  One of the daughters who is 5 years old really likes blonde hair and blue eyes and throughout the entire night was giving me drawings she had made haha.  

During President's talk on Sunday he gave a talk where he told Elder King he sent him a talk that he was supposed to print off and give it to all the men in the church.  We spent all of 2nd hour printing and self stapling because we couldn't find a stapler. Turned out a lot better than I thought.

It was a good week as always.  President really wants us to focus on service and getting to know the people of the community.

Love Elder Wilding

Letter from Mission President and wife with photos below:

Dear Brother and Sister Wilding,

We have been blessed to be able to visit the Sakhalin Branch this week. The members are blessed with strong branch leaders and influence of American strong members of the church! 
We are also very grateful for the strength of our young volunteers as they strive to uplift and give support to the branch members. 
The District met at the church early on Thursday. Afterwards we attended Institute.  We met with A wonderful young family that we were able to visit and teach and feel of their desire to return to full fellowship in the gospel inspire of difficult circumstances.
Friday President had Interviews lined up with the Elders and Sisters!
Saturday it started snowing! But that didn't stop us at all! 
We were able to visit a few more families and feel of their goodness and help them find joy in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Sakhalin Branch Building was filled with light and goodness this Sunday as each Elder and Sister took part in supporting and serving the members.

We are very grateful for your love and support! Thank you for your prayers in behalf of this mission and these wonderful Russian Saints!


President and Sister Perkinson

Vladivostok Russia
Another great memory: check out this purple cake that was as delicious as it was beautiful!


  1. Thank you for posting this blog. It is wonderful to read about current events and Mission that I once served in from March 2004-06. The picture of the Elder baptizing the man in the hole in the ice is Aaron Varney, one of my instructors in the MTC. I served in Nakhodka, Usserysk and Khabarovsk. -Tyson Kempton, tjkempton@hotmail.com

  2. Thank you for writing! It is always fun to get to know those who have also served in this nethermost part of the vineyard! Also, I am grateful to know who the man is baptizing in the ice photo! What an amazing picture!