Thursday, October 23, 2014

" The Church is true"

This week was hard at the beginning. We got to the new area and are opening the second set in this ward. We didn't have a place to stay and we didn't get food that first night. It was rough! Ever since then we've been working it hard each day. Elder Blackburn is legit. He is from a small town in Utah (Loa) and likes all the same stuff I do. We get along well and tear it up on bike. My legs were sore the first few days but I'm doing better now.

We share a ward with two Elders, Klabacka and Day. Day goes home next month and Klabacka goes home in December. That's 43 months of experience compared to the 11 Blackburn and I have. That's okay because we are going to get work done here. 

We had dinners the rest of the week becasue the ward is pretty legit so far. They are stepping up their game as we step up ours. We are just familiarizing ourselves to the area and the people. 

Yesterday, we saw Peyton Manning's 509 TD as we sat and talked with a member family. That was a tender mercy of the Lord! We also talked to these guys who had 3 Porches, 2 Audis, a Lamborghini  and Aston Martin between themselves. They were loaded. 

It's been fun just biking around and visiting members. Sorry this email is so rushed and contains almost no vital information but that's what I have time for today. The Church is true. That's how our voicemail message ends haha. Here are some pictures of my friends and me at transfers. Love you all,

Elder Sell

Monday, October 13, 2014

You can't go wrong with being too thankful!

I'm out of here! It's mostly bittersweet but I know it's for a good purpose. I was here for six whole months! I am leaving the Peak View ward in Greeley and heading to the Prairie Ridge ward in Fort Collins. I'll be on bike and be with an Elder who has been out 3 months (he just got done being trained). I heard he is a good guy so it should be fun!

This week was great. I anticipated leaving so we tried to visit most of the families I really liked. The work is really going well here so it stinks leaving but I know it'll be in good hands. 

We helped a family move on Saturday and it was the most intense move of my life. We unloaded a full length Uhaul in under 20 minutes. We did it assembly line style. Elder Parker would throw boxes at me and I would turn around and hand them off to the next person in line. We were all dripping sweat by the time we were done. I've done a lot of moves on my mission and that one takes the cake. 

We visited the Mellman family on Sunday and had a going away breakfast for dinner for me. That's an awesome family. We also were invited to the Heaston's Family Night and learned a lesson and ate cinnamon rolls with them. There are so many other great families in this ward that I love!

One of those families is the Fuglevand clan. He is our 37 year investigator and I love him even though he frustrates me. We had a great discussion last night during my 25th visit with him (yeah, I counted). At the end, I asked him to bear his testimony and he did. It was then Sis. Fuglevand's turn to bear her testimony and it was the most powerful moment on my mission. It took her some time to muster the strength but when she did, oh boy. It was amazing. I am so blessed to have met and worked with them. 

I am grateful to have served in this ward. I saw a lot of ups and a bunch of downs, but in the end I still feel great about the work I had a small part in here. I bore my testimony in Church Sunday and it felt so crazy knowing that I might not see the majority of these people again (in this lifetime). People thanked me for the work I did here but I couldn't think of anything to say other than thank them back. When a relationship is based on gratitude for each other, it will work. Whether that is ward/missionary or husband/wife, you can't go wrong with being too thankful. My heart is full of thanks to these people and to Heavenly Father.

-E. Sell

Meet the Mormons is coming!

We watched all three sessions of #LDSConf at the stake center on Saturday. I loved all the sessions but a few talks especially stuck out to me. I won't go in to detail but it's cool how different things stick out to different people depending on their current situation. I learned some new things for myself as well as my investigators in this area. 

Sunday morning, we had breakfast with the Mellman family in Eaton. A big, round, delicious cinnamon roll was waiting for me with a tall, cold glass of milk when we got there. We all got hunkered in for the two hour long session of conference. We had all the crayons, paper, Cheerios, and snacks needed to endure. What I didn't mention yet is the fact they have 7 kids all below the age of 14. It was pretty crazy but fun being with them.  We ate lunch with them as well before heading back down to Greeley to catch the afternoon session with the Tippetts. They have 4 kids and it was fun as well. We had dinner with our Ward Mission Leader and his family. The Luke family has 4 kids as well and that was a great time too! We ate a traditional Filipino dish (he served in the Philippines) before going to just on the trampoline with the kids. Let's just say bouncing after eating some sort of foreign dish isn't the best combo. I tried this thing where I would jump as high as I could before landing on my bottom then do a backhand spring and I actually pulled it off without killing myself. The kids tried to popcorn me but they barely would get me off the ground. Then, Bro. Luke tried... he didn't crack me until I landed on my neck then I broke right open. My upper back and neck is sore today! We ate cookies with them and played Uno and this cow/dice type game. Anyways, it was a very spiritual/fun Sunday.

I am grateful for general conference. I especially loved Elder Bednar's talk to end the conference. He spoke to non-members of all people! Check it out sometime. Also, Meet the Mormons is coming to a theater near you so check that out too. The Church is true and living the Gospel will make us happy.

-Elder Sell
Eating at Cafe Mexicalli

We saw Walter White from Breaking Bad while driving. We took a picture of him and he waved and smiled afterwards.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Forward, pressing forward"

We had a cool experience with a less active family the other night. We decided to go venture on a new avenue of teaching by using videos because their son has a hard time paying attention. We showed the Restoration video and afterwards asked the mom to bear her testimony. She talked for close to five minutes about how she knows Joseph Smith is a prophet, the Gospel is true, and this is the true Church. She started to cry near the end and I shared with her D&C 62:3:

Nevertheless, ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon; and they rejoice over you, and your sins are forgiven you.

It was a pretty sweet moment!

The next day, we went over to another less active family and shared with them Mosiah 18:8-10: ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—

Their ten year old son asks, "Is that what having empathy means?" That kid is brilliant! I was just dumbfounded because this ten year old understood it so well compared to his mom who doesn't get it at all. 

"Forward, pressing forward, as a triumph song we sing.
God our strength will be; press forward ever,
Called to serve our King."

-Elder Sell