Monday, September 28, 2015

"Your Church felt different"

'Another week down!

On Monday night we had this sweet lesson with a Native American guy
named Austin. He came to church yesterday as well as two weeks ago and
he said, "When I go to churches I pay attention to how I feel. Your
Church felt different. I felt a fullness." It was a really cool lesson
and he has already grown a ton in his faith. His life used to be
different but he started reading the Bible a few years back and
everything changed. Now he is searching for more truth and believes he
has found it in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He
still has some challenges to overcome but he agreed to be baptized on
October 17th.

We had zone meeting in Casper on Wednesday which meant 4 hours round
trip of driving. Luckily, the Coopers loaded us up in their 12
passenger van and brought us to our meeting. I played the piano for
the meeting and I chuckle a little bit because everyone must think I
took lessons or have been playing for a while, but that's not true!
I've learned since I've been on my mission and God has helped me out a
ton. If I keep getting better I may get the opportunity to play in
church someday.

We went out to the country folk on Thursday and had a good time.
People here are ridiculously nice. It's sweet.

Friday morning we went to Windor Colorado for our trainers meeting.
Round trip was 10 hours, five down and five back. All for a two hour
meeting. It was decent, but not worth ten hours of driving. Oh well!
The best part of the deal was I got to ride down with my bros Elder
Empey and Elder Klain. We stopped and ate dinner with Jacob and Lander
at Nordy's BBQ. Jacob is the man Empey and I baptized while we were
together in Greeley. It was great seeing him again.

Yesterday we had FHE with a family where the grandparents used to be
active but no longer are and their three grandchildren who want to be
involved in church. The children's parents are divorced and have never
been supportive of their kids doing church stuff but they are letting
them do FHE with us and the Coopers. We talked about the Plan of
Salvation and seeing the kids pray and want to learn more touches my
heart. It's like I just floated out of that home because the feelings
we had while we were there.

I can't believe it is almost October. Then comes November and my
birthday. Then comes Christmas and my departure from my mission. It
takes daily effort to stay focused and I've been relying on the
enabling power of the Atonement to help me through each day. I can't
do this by myself because it is hard. I look at my companion(brand
new) and I wonder how the heck did I ever make it 20 months as a
missionary. It's only in and through Jesus Christ that I can do
anything!

-Elder Sell






Transferred to Riverton

Transfers came and went and so did I. I went from Laramie, where the grass was green and the girls were pretty, to Riverton, where? In the middle of no where. It's nice so far though.

So I kind of forget most of what we did this week but luckily I have pictures that are worth a thousand words so here you go!
Daniel is a very interesting person and a very good one. We taught him all transfer and right now he is set for baptism next Saturday. He read the Book of Mormon cover to cover already and this is me giving him a fresh one so he can do it again!

BJ is on the left and Josh on the right. She is getting baptized on October 10th.

 Me, Bingham, and Farnes. Fresh

 An originial 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon valued at over $100,000! The lady said, "This is our most valuable book" and I replied, "Mine too."

The crew with the BoM!

 My new companion, Elder Callahan. Yes, he is 18.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Training a new missionary!

Ayo errrrrrrbody!

Elder Sell here, but not for long. I'm getting transferred from the
land of milk and honey to the mystical land of Riverton, Wyoming. I
will be training a new missionary for the third time so hopefully this
time I can actually feel successful as a trainer. I will pick him up
Wednesday and then we will drive five hours to our area. Should be
fun.

This week we set three people with baptismal dates! We had a sweet
lesson with BJ and this is how it went. We said the opening prayer and
the first thing she says is, "I had an amazing week and I want to set
a baptismal date now." Score! She is getting baptized on October 10th.
Reilly is set for the 27th of September and she is awesome. Daniel is
testing his faith with being baptized on the 26th. Started from the
bottom now we are here! This area is doing great now.

We ran a YSA 5k Saturday morning and it reminded me of why I hated it
the first time I ran one as well! Surprisingly enough, we ran a 22:15
despite not training at all. I'm still feeling it though!

I went out to Saratoga to do an exchange and we taught a few good
lessons. The next morning we hit the gym and we were benching and I
tried 205 and put it up! I'm pretty happy because that's the most I've
ever done haha. Getting swole!!! My new missionary better be ready to
get swole.

Life is great and enjoyable. I've been blessed with people in my life
who have helped me progress. Seems like God usually answers my prayers
through someone else. I've also felt like I've been on the other end
of the spectrum where I've helped answer someone else's prayer. It's a
humbling experience. It makes you feel good. Until next week!
-Elder Sell