Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Week 55, August 28, 2017

My first week in my new area has been pretty fun. The ward
members are pretty nice and really take care of us. The Bishop is a
funny guy too. The first time I met him he emphasized to me that the
missionaries only responsibility is to preach the gospel. The members
can do everything else. Then I got a call from his counselor and he
asked me to give a talk in sacrament meeting.
      Even though I spend hours each day talking to people about the
gospel I have a really hard time speaking in front of people.
Especially when you're talking nonstop for 15 minutes. Yea I can't do
that quite yet. My homecoming talk will be pretty interesting when I
come home and still can't talk in front of a group of people.
      We have some pretty fun people that we're teaching too. There's
this older guy named Lorenzo Carlos. His nephew referred him to us and
he's been taught for about two months now. We were able to take him on
a Temple trip this last week and he loved it. Like all people he has
some things holding him back from being baptized but, we've made plans
with him this week to be able to fix them. There's another family that
we're working with that have been inactive for a couple years and we
were able to get them to church for the first time yesterday. It's
just the Mom and her 3 sons. We have big primary program in the ward
but zero 12-18 year olds. One of her sons is 13 and it's really hard
to get fellowship for him. Hopefully we can figure things out for him
this week.
Ok so something crazy happened this week at church. There's
this family that the Elders before me had been working with, and they
have been able to get them coming back to church pretty regularly. The
two boys were baptized the Sunday before I came in. They've been doing
pretty good too until church ended on Sunday. As their family was
walking down the stairs one of the sons was playing around and ended
up tripping their dad (Christian) down the stairs. He was crying and
wailing, he was screaming at the top of his lungs. It was really
painful for him to move around so they called an ambulance to come and
pick him up. It kinda took a long time for the paramedics to come. It
might have been 20-30 minutes but he kept on crying as hard as he
could. It was pretty sad. We called them afterwards to see how they
were doing and his wife told us that the doctors said he sprained his
shoulder.  Agh Christian! I really hope he comes back next Sunday.
      Also we got a parking ticket. The first day we moved into our
new apartment too. That was great. There was a lot happier things that
happened this week I swear, I'm just having a hard time remembering
them. I've literally had a blast this last week, it's been so fun.
Also Lorenzo is having a good time in the picture. Don't let his
thugness fool you.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Week 54 August 21, 2017

Transfers came and I got put into a new area. It's kinda sad to
leave all the people you grow close to but change is good. A new
companion, a new area, it's all good, I'll get used to it. I'm in the
Eastmont Ward now, and we are living in Boyle Heights. It's like right
in East La, it's cool because you don't even feel like your in the
United States anymore. Everyone speaks Spanish and plays their Spanish
music. There's these guys that go around with carts honking a bicycle
horn selling corn with mayonnaise on it like from Nacho Libre. It's so
fun down here.
I'm sorry but that's all there is to write about this week. I'll write
more next week.
Here's a picture of me and my new companion Elder Sanders

Week 53 August 14, 2017

I really don't know how to describe these last couple of weeks because
I haven't been doing a good job of writing, but on a good note things
are looking pretty positive with the work here in Alhambra. We found a
couple new people a day before church and invited them to church and
they were like "Yea I'm down!". We found them rides, and THEY CAME. 
On top of that we recently dropped some people
earlier in the week because they didn't show any desire to change and
then what do you know. They came to church on their own with out us
inviting them or anything. That was pretty cool to see.
Our main investigators right now are Corey, Felipe, and Christine.
Corey and Felipe are people we have recently been teaching and
Christine is the one we dropped. We were teaching her and her
boyfriend and it seemed that their interest had kinda fizzled out but
it turns out Christine really wants the gospel in her life, and wants
it for her two kids as well. I don't think her boyfriend is too
supportive of it and she's actually trying to find a new place to stay
because "that's what God wants her to do". This is a complete turn
around from the way she acted before and I'm grateful for that.

Elder Madsen 🐡

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week 48 July 17th 2017

Not too much has happened this week with missionary work. Just a lot
of finding and our current investigators have kinda hit a wall with
their progression in the Gospel.
Elder Kim, my companion is also returning home next week. He has
medical issue with his feet that make it very hard in him to get
around. It's really sad, the pain he feels in his feet make it look
like he's walking around with nails in his shoes. There was a couple
nights when I took him home a little bit early because I couldn't
watch him walk around so painfully. He's only been a convert for two
years and has a great desire to serve the Lord.  After a lot of
interviews between him and President he has decided to return home. It's
really sad, he's been one of my favorite companions.
This week is also my year mark! I don't know how I feel about that.
I'm kinda excited for how long I've been out but sad that my mission
is halfway over. There's so much that I want to accomplish and I'm
really going to push myself this next year to become even better.

Week 47 July 10th 2017

Week 46, July 4th 2017

I had the chance to meet the new Mission President and his wife.
They're both super cool, and I'm really excited to see how the next
year will be serving with them.  President Wells has a hard time
reciting the mission scripture and even the purpose but that's OK.  I haven't
been out a year  so I'll be serving most of my mission with the new
President, President Wells. He had a chance to speak for a little bit
to introduce himself and his wife and he has a pretty impressive
background. He was pretty high up in his career it seems like, and did
a lot for the church as well.
I don't have too many things to talk about with the investigators
we're teaching. There's not too much change than from last week.
Michael one of the people we're working with is dating a member and he
came to church and signed up to feed us today. We were really
impressed that he did that so we went up and thanked him. He told us
that he wanted to show us how much he appreciated us and wanted to have
fun with us by shooting off some fireworks. I don't think we can do
that as missionaries so hopefully he doesn't get upset if we just
I was able to get a picture of my old Mission President and a picture
of the new Mission President with our Zone.