Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Favorite teacher ever"

We met with a ton of people this week. Tracking down less actives and matching names with faces. We met this 93 year old lady who was hitting on my companion and I let it happen. That's being a greenie for ya! It was one of our most successful weeks since I have been in Greeley.
On Saturday, we attended the food bank's volunteer party. We showed up in our white shirts and ties and ate some food. They recognized all the work we do for them and they were really appreciative. They gave us some "beet hunger" t shirts and a free day pass to the family fun complex. We went mini golfing, beat up on some 12 year olds in basketball, then lifted weights. #teamswole
We taught the 7-8 year old primary class yesterday and they claimed I was their "favorite teacher ever". I let them throw paper airplanes and paper balls at the end. It was a good class and I didn't even bring treats.
I've been going through some hard times lately with all the rules and expectations. I'm still trying to figure things out. I'm constantly trying to find the delicate balance between all the demands and expectations of missionary life/work. I'll figure it out.
The Church is true. That much I still know!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A week in the life of a Mormon missionary!

Where does the time go? If only I knew the answer! 
 

This week started off pretty slow in terms of the work. We contacted this old lady who doesn't come to church anymore and the first thing she said through the screen door was, "You need to call and set up an appointment!" So what did I do? I pulled out our phone right there and dialed her number and said, "Hi, it's the missionaries. We would like to set up an appointment." She told us to call back next week haha! I would rather people be honest with us instead of beating around the bush. If you don't want to see us again, kindly (but directly) let us know :)

 

It rained for 36 hours straight Monday-Tuesday. I couldn't live anywhere where it rained that much. I was getting all sad because I missed the sun. 

 

I gave a training in district meeting on Wednesday about the importance of Church, specifically the sacrament. To start, I asked the question, "What was the last thing you did with your friends and family before you came out of your mission?" Some of the replies included: partied, amusement park, traveled, and played games. Compare that to what Jesus did in His final hours with his best friends and family; He instituted the sacrament! If it was that important to Jesus and His friends, how important should it be each Sunday for us to partake of it as well?

 

My most favorite investigator I have had on the mission so far is by far Brother Fugelvand. He has been taking missionaries for 37 years so we can be as blunt and as honest with each other as possible. His hold up is he believes Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon and started this Church. BUT (and this is a BIG BUT) he wants that testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet before he joins our Church. He said he believes our doctrine more than his own faith's doctrine (Catholic. For example he doesn't believe in infant baptism, original sin, or the pomp and circumstance) and he believes our church does the MOST good out of all the churches and he feels the spirit whenever he comes to church and has us over. He is so so close to the truth.  I love him and his wife!

 

My friends, family, and friends I just don't know yet, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church Christ established when He walked the Earth. He didn't come to Earth just to perform the Atonement (His suffering for our sins, afflictions, and pains in Gethsemane and on the cross + His Resurrection) then leave us with no definite way of accessing it. He established His Church with all the Laws and Ordinances necessary to completely access His Atonement. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is faith unto repentance then witnessing your repentance before God by entering into the waters of baptism and then receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, is what we need to completely access Christ's Atonement. The fullness of Jesus Christ's Gospel is found ONLY in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know this to be true and it's AMAZING!!!

 

Love you all,

Elder Sell

"It's a boy!"

Last Monday, we celebrated my sixth month mark as well as Elder Miller's 23rd month mark by burning some gear. No cops came, so that was good.

On Tuesday, I drove Elder Miller to the Loveland Stake Center so he could be picked up and taken to Boulder to finish the four weeks of his mission he has left. He wasn't too happy about being transferred with only four weeks left. I don't blame him! I was with Elder O'Donley for Tuesday night until we met our "goldens" (instead of "greenies") on Wednesday morning. My new companion is Elder Davis from Long Beach, CA. He is excited to be here and ready to work. Since I am his trainer, mission lingo refers to me as his "dad" and he as my "son". Hence the title, "It's a BOY!" Hopefully I can keep up with him.



We found some new investigators this week and it was a miracle. I just felt impressed to try this Part Member Family/Less Active's home and his wife answered the door. She has always wanted to learn more about the Church but her husband has been antagonistic. But, he is changing her mind so hopefully we meet whit them this week. We also began teaching an 18 year old who is living with her grand parents for the summer. Good things are happening! 



We still have a long ways to go in this ward to get it to where it needs to be in terms of missionary work. We need the members to "catch the wave" and help us out! 



To finish, I just want to bear my testimony that Jesus Christ lives. Because He lives, we will too :)



Love,

Elder Sell