Monday, July 21, 2014

Moving to Eaton!

We got transfer doctrine news and Elder Miller will be going to "die" in Boulder. He has 4 weeks of his mission left before he goes home for school and instead of leaving him here, President is sending him to the most liberal area ever! I am getting a "greenie" AKA a brand new missionary out of the MTC. I remember how I felt six months ago so hopefully I can help him out and we can work hard.

We are moving to Eaton this week, which means we are leaving the Spanish Elders alone in the apartment. This will be my first time living with members so we'll see how that goes.

I had the opportunity to speak on Sunday in Sacrament meeting. Before the meeting, our mission president, President Brown, came and said hi to us and we told him we were speaking so he stuck around to listen. I was assigned to speak on "How to increase our faith in Jesus Christ" but I also added "through missionary work" at the end. I talked about how inviting others to increase their faith dramatically helps our own faith. I talked about President Uchtdorf's talk "Lift Where You Stand" and invited the ward to lift where they stand, whether that be a stay at home mom or business man. It was great to testify to the ward that I know this work is true and that Jesus Christ lives.

We also celebrated Elder Miller's 21st birthday this week. As you can see, we went a little wild.

I love my mission and hope to find some new people to teach this week.
Love you all,
Elder Sell

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"A breath of fresh air"

Tuesday night, we didn't have anything to do so we went to the local basketball court and shot around. These kids were playing on the other end and they came down and challenged us to 2 v 2. In a white shirt, dress slacks, and dress shoes, we crushed them. It wasn't even close both games we played. They were getting really frustrated because we kept hitting 3's in their eye and driving past them. We let them know we were missionaries and that the Church is true. We counted that as a "lesson taught" ;)

We saw Heather and she is a boss. She wanted us to give her a few copies of the Book of Mormon so she could put them in the waiting room where she works. She is a breath of fresh air in an area where the work isn't going very well.

We celebrated Elder Miller's birthday four times this week. That means we have four cakes in the fridge. I'm tired of eating cake. Feel free to come to Greeley and eat cake. 

It is week six of the transfer, meaning it is the last week of the transfer. Thank the Lord! I need some sort of change up because things aren't going the way they should here. I just need to stick it out a few more days. I can do this!

-Elder Sell

Keep a journal! It's worth it!

I had a nice, patriotic week! We "found" a new investigator who wants to be baptized. Maya is ten and is in a part member family. She goes to church with her uncle so we will start teaching her but really focus on the whole family. 

For the 4th of July, Independence Day, we helped out with the big parade downtown. We were there at 6:45 AM to set up road blocks so cars wouldn't run over the 5K racers. That's not a good mix... telling people they have to drive 2 miles out of their way to get to where they want to go PLUS being a missionary EQUALS angry people!!! It is really funny to watch how mad people get about simple things that are out of any of our control. People these days! I got so burnt while watching the parade.

We ate a super great dinner with the Luke family along with two other families from the ward. We played a card game and left to watch fire works at another member's home. It was a good 4th. 

Yesterday at Church, we had the blessing and opportunity to teach the senior primary kids (ages 8-11) about the restoration of Christ's Church. We used blocks of wood to illustrate the building blocks of Christ's Church, including: prophets, apostles, true doctrine and principles, organization, Priesthood authority, and correct covenants and ordinances. We taught about the Great Apostasy and how through the Prophet Joseph Smith Christ's original Church was restored to the Earth. Those kids were so excited to answer all the questions and it was awesome :D

I finished my first journal on the mission. I think it was 200 pages and I wrote in it every day. It's definitively been a blessing to record my spiritual moments, funny experiences, hardships, and elation. I can tell you what I did on each day of my mission. I wish I wrote before my mission because it's a great way to unwind and to count my blessings. I encourage everyone to keep a journal. It's worth it!!!
-Elder Sell

"There is more to Life"

So the other night we went to see a guy we classify as an eternal investigator AKA eternagator. He told us he and his family were going to another church and his reason why was devastating! He doesn't want to go to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because he knows he will find out it is true and he doesn't want that. He doesn't want to change so the reason he isn't seeking for the truth is because he doesn't want to act on it. How SAD?!?! SMH (shaking my head) There are many parts of being a missionary that are hard but there are many parts that are memorable and awesome!

We taught many active members the first two lessons this week with hopes that they will refer us to their friends that are ready to receive the Gospel. We are struggling to find right now so we are really devoting most our time to teaching the members the importance of sharing the Truth we have. If we don't share it, then we are being selfish and that's "no bueno". (Elder Blackham would say that all the time haha)

I was in Sacrament meeting yesterday and pondering some things. Suddenly it hit me like a box of rocks but in a good way. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I've received that witness time and time again and I know that as I practice what it preaches that I grow as a Son of God. That's not what hit me though. What hit me was that the Book of Mormon is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ" and that really sunk into my heart. Jesus Christ LIVES! I have trouble envisioning things before my time. For example, for the longest time I believed there was no color when my parents or grandparents grew up. I seriously thought they saw in black and white and everything was gray scale! (based on those old TV shows) Yes, before this point yesterday I had a testimony that Christ is my Redeemer and Savior but some deeper meaning came to me. I know that the Holy Ghost taught me what I needed to learn yesterday and I can't really explain it but I know it is true. What the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, say about Jesus Christ is entirely true. He walked the Earth and really performed all those miracles, and most importantly, he suffered, died, and was resurrected for us. Because of Him, I too will be resurrected and I have the opportunity to repent of my sins and be made clean through His Atonement. It just hit me on a level that is beyond explanation! Boom! This is all real. These things really matter. Our choices are SO important each and every day! 

There is more to life than the monotony we sometimes feel. This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; I'm getting pumped just writing this email because it is so true. There is so much more than what we see on the news or in the stores. We get caught up in the daily grind and lose that vision of where we want to be someday. The Truth, unchanging and definite, is that we have the opportunity to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ once again. If we live the way He has commanded us to live, we can be sure we will receive Eternal Life! It's just so cool to me because it gives me assurance that what I'm doing now really matters and hope for tomorrow.

Things are great! Have a marvelous Independence Day! GO USA!!!

-Elder Sell