Monday, April 21, 2014

"Being a missionary for Jesus Christ is AMAZING!"

We implemented our new finding approach last week. It's revolutionary. It's an out-of-the-box idea. It's...playing basketball with the local kids down at the Rec Center! And so far it works. I beat up on these high-schoolers with my ballin' skills and the news spreads fast. After only playing once with them, a member of the bishopric who works at the school mentioned to me that he knew we were playing down there because the kids at school were talking. When there are less than 100 kids grades 7-12, news spreads fast! Another rumor that spread like wildfire was that Elder Olsen and I were both being transferred even though we haven't even heard transfer doctrine yet. Each member we visited was like "we are going to miss you guys so much!" and we are like um we aren't leaving?! Elder Olsen probably will leave because he has allergies to cats, dogs, and dust and most everyone here has cats, dogs, and dust. 

Before district meeting Wednesday, a member from Rawlins named Moose took us to a diner where we all got Monster Burgers. This thing was massive and loaded with jalapenos, mushrooms, peppers, and cheese with two thick patties. I couldn't move very well after consuming that and the fries that came with it. It was so good though.

On Friday we brought our service clothes with us to Elk Mountain because we were going to go help Lyle on his ranch later in the day. It just so happens that we drive past one of our part-member family's house and the husband (65 or so years old) was about to start shoveling out 3,000 pounds of stone chips out of his truck. We hop out and he says we can't help him because we will get our nice clothes dirty so then we pull out our regular clothes. It took 3 of us an hour to unload and place all those stones so it would've taken him about 4 hours to do it by himself. Later that day we went out and worked with Lyle on his ranch. He sells some of his hay to feed race horses in the Kentucky Derby. This hay is the good stuff. I got to drive a big tractor and go feed some cows. It was fun. We went on a drive to look for elk or moose and the only thing we saw was a beaver but that was cool too. 

On Saturday we did service for the mom of a member of the ward that was moving in. She had so much stuff for as old as she was. For some reason, she is moving to the top floor and has to walk up 10 or so steps to get up there. We moved so many boxes up those steps it was ridiculous. We had coupons for Taco John's which is in Rawlins but we were hungry so we went. The coupon was good for a free meal so I just ordered the most expensive thing for FREE. Can't beat that. Later that day, there was a baptism for an eight year old girl named Maddie. There were probably 50 or so people there and no one knew how to play piano. We struggled through the opening hymn and the closing did not start off very well. I finally volunteered to play just the melody and everyone was happy and we sang on key :) I'm getting a lot better at piano because I play multiple times a week. I never took lessons so everything I can do is self taught. I love a challenge and playing music is a challenge. Kind of like guitar hero because you got to hit the notes as they pop up so it's basically like a video game. 

Yesterday, Easter Sunday, or as I like to call it the Resurrection of Christ day, was fantastic! Elder Olsen and I both spoke in Sacrament meeting about the Resurrection. My talk focused on how the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ enables all of us to overcome the effects of the Fall which are spiritual and physical death. It was great! We had a linger longer after church, which is basically a lunch where everyone brings a dish to pass and we eat. I sat next to this five year old girl named Sammy who told me I was her "best pal". I love the children here. You can see the light of their countenance. The world hasn't polluted their precious spirits and you can see that. I'm beginning to understand what Jesus Christ meant when he said we were all to become as little children. They have total faith. They do not doubt. I just love these kids and how sweet they are. 
We also had some tracting (going door to door knocking - pretty much the stereotypical idea of what missionaries do) success this week. We were just inviting people to come join with us in celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. People were responsive and nice even if they declined our offer. It probably helps that it isn't 10 degrees outside with the wind blowing 30 mph. People don't like to talk very long when that is the case.

To sum it up, being a missionary for Jesus Christ is AMAZING! I wouldn't trade it for anything. If you haven't, read the Book of Mormon and find out more about Jesus Christ and His Gospel. In 2 Nephi 25:26 it reads, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." That is what the Book of Mormon is all about. Read it, and try to tell me you don't feel closer to Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I dare you!!! :D

Love ya'll!

Elder Sell

P.S. here is a picture of a fox I took!

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