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. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Week 45 June 26, 2017

It's definitely been a memorable week on my Mission. I've made
sure to write it down in my journal so that I can remember it in the
future. We had our last Zone Conference with the President of the
Mission. Going into Conference I really expected President and his
wife to talk about getting us ready for the new President coming in.
Nope. President's wife talked about conversions and then testimony and
what we had to do to grow a testimony. I thought and I'm pretty sure
everyone else thought that she was teaching us about our investigators
and what they have to do to gain a testimony. We talked about the
basics, going to church, reading The Book of Mormon, and prayer. She
then told us to stick to the basics when we go home so that we (The
Missionaries) don't fall away.  I sat there for a little bit because
that really stuck with me. The last thing Sister Vill wanted to tell or to
teach us would be probably what was most important to her or what
she'd think would be most important for us and it was that. For us to
stay to the basics when we get home so that we don't lose our
testimonies. Then after that, President went up there and emphasized
the same thing. It was so cool. You could tell that he really cared
about us.
Anyways the new Mission President, President Wells will be coming on
Friday. We will get to meet him the week after that. He has a lot of
stuff to adjust to and to get settled in.
 OK so a little update with our investigators. We're teaching a
couple people say are more flakey than others but that's OK. A lot of
the current investigators I don't think I'll be able to see the fruit
of everything I'm working with them on. A lot of it is in the long
run. We have to work on getting a couple married. Sometimes
one of them is more ready to commit than the other but that's OK it
all takes time. The desire is there with at least one of them each
time we go over. They saw a baptism in the Chines Ward today and they
had a really good time getting to know everybody at church today as
I went to a ARP (addiction recovery) meeting with a different investigator this week. It
was dope. It wasn't cool because I was at the actual meeting but
that I was with someone that wanted to change so bad and willing to
work at it. I'm happy that I'm there to help him and have his back in
this tough time in his life. It'll be hard for him for sure but he
really is putting his faith into the Lord and I'm excited to see how
much Heavenly Father can help him.
We also got a new investigator this week.
She just got back from Madrid and she was over there playing soccer.
She's pretty cool and the missionaries that had been teaching her in
Spain really did a good job teaching her. She is ready. She came home
to be baptized but her family isn't supportive so she's going to keep
on meeting with us until she figures it out. She knows the right thing
to do is to follow the Lord, but her family isn't making it easy for
I'm doing a lot better too. For a long time I was in a rut it felt
like and I wasn't progressing in any way. I was just kinda stuck. I was
having a hard time learning new things and remembering the old things.
It was really weird. But with actually studying the Scriptures instead
of reading just to read pulled me out of that I think.

Elder Madsen 🐡

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Week 44 June 19, 2017

We had 3 baptismal dates two weeks ago.  They were Michael,
Eugene, and Christie. Michael has been investigating for years ,but
he's never been able to be baptized because he has a drug problem
which is pretty bad. We were working with him
for a week and then he fell off the face of the earth. We could not
get a hold of him. We tried to get a hold of him by contacting his
girlfriend who's a member.. Anyways she told us that she can't find him
either and when that happens that means he relapsed.
Now last week we were down to two. That's Eugene and Christie.
They're living together and they aren't married but they have a couple
kids together so we can't split them up. They've been investigating a
long time from another ward. They recently moved over here so we
started teaching them. They're in a tough spot financially. They used
to be homeless and they were jumping from motel to motel. We have been
working with them to get them baptized and married and they were all
for it. We set up a time for them to meet the Bishop and talk about
This week we found Michael again at his girlfriends house and it
was pretty sad. He likes to go to the gym and work out and the week
before he was looking good but now he was so skinny. It was kinda scary. 
We talked a lot to Michael about his problem and his desire to quit. He
expressed how much he tried to give it up that I feel like he doesn't
think he can do it.  He told us that he wants to quit and that he has a 
desire to change but I don't think he has faith in himself. 
He came to church last week. He comes on his
own without his girlfriend who is a member. It was so cool to see him
come. I think he wants a better life and is trying to find it.

Some training pictures

Week 43 June 12. 2017

This week was a pretty good week. 
Pasadena is pretty cool. There always people out on the streets so I
think this'll be a great place to find people. It's easier to find
people here than in my last area but maybe not in the
YSA Ward when we would go contacting at the college.
We've figured out how to best use our time in our area. 
We split it up day by day. The two different
areas are East LA and Alhambra. Right now most of the people we are
teaching and preparing for baptism live in East LA. We're having a
hard time find people in Alhambra for some reason. In order for us to
get down to East LA we take a train and there's so many people to
One of the families we're teaching is super cool. They got in contact
with the church through the Dad's brother who got converted to the
church. The Lord is preparing people and I can truly see that through
this family. They're doing everything in their power to prepare
themselves to be worthy to enter the waters of baptism.
We went contacting at a park too and saw a ton of turtles. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Week 42 June 5, 2017

Overall I think it's been a good week. When I got the transfer calls the Zone Leaders told me that I was supposed to help my New companion with some obedience issues. They said that the area was struggling a little bit and that it wasn't being worked right. When I got here the other missionaries told me the same thing. They said the area was completely dead and that my new companion didn't get out of the house much the transfer before.  I think his last companion had a hard time getting out of the house and he kinda suffered for it. After a week of being here we haven't set anyone with baptismal dates yet but we've added a couple people to our teaching pool.  They've been investigating the church for awhile and they talk about being baptized themselves. 
Sorry I didn't have a whole lot of time to write today.  But here are
some pictures of me in my new area.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Week 41 May 29, 2017

HI Everyone
I'm no longer in the YSA Ward or the Creekside Ward. I'm gone. The new Ward
I'm serving in is the Alhambra Ward.  It's a super cool old building
and there's like a hundred churches right next to it. It's really
interesting. It used to be a stake center and Howard. W. Hunter used
to be the Stake president here too!!
Last week though I had a pretty cool experience. My companion and I
just got done teaching a lesson with our Ward Mission Leader and we
went out to get some food with him. While we're at this restaurant
standing line I noticed this guy kinda staring us down. I didn't think
too much of it because we were already sticking out as missionaries
but this man came over to us and began to talk to us. He began to tell
us of his conversion story and how he was led to the missionaries. He
recently became a member and was preparing to go through the
temple. He told us how he had the time of his life watching General
Conference. I remember just feeling so happy for this guy that I've
never met before my in my life. He was on the right path, and he knew
Other than that nothing much happened but a lot of goodbyes.

Week 40 May 22 2017

This was a pretty exciting week. Elder Cho almost lit a members house
on fire. We had a big fireside focused on missionary work and we were able
to find a lot of people so we'll be able to stop by to see them this week and
teach them. We had to drop a couple people earlier in the week and
find people later in the week. We got a referral this week for this
girl named Natalie. We stopped by and her sister answered the door and
told us that she lived some other place outside our area and was only
home on break. We started talking to this girl and contacting her and
before you know it we had a return appointment set up. At the
beginning she wasn't that interested and talked about how busy she
always was. As we had been stopping by and teaching her through out
the week the more and more you can see a change in her attitude in
religion and towards God. She wanted to know more and had a desire to
know more. She started setting time apart to meet with us. When we
last saw her on Friday she told us that she had a confession to make
and that she was in fact Natalie who we were looking for in the first
This is also the last week in the transfers and after being in
Creekside for 6 months it's a good chance that I'll get transferred.
Next time I'm able to email I might be in a whole new place.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week 39 May 15, 2017

I had a pretty eventful week. I was able to call home on Mother's Day,
and have interviews with President for the last time before he gets
released. It was a little bit of a struggle to call home on Sunday. My
companion and I went to our church building, where I was able to call
home for Christmas, but the wifi wasn't working so we had to run up to
another church building. The wifi wasn't all that much better and we
practically called our family's in the same room at the same time but
it all worked out in the end. It was so nice to see my family and hear
about how they're doing. It was really nice to be able to talk to home.

This week I had a very humbling experience. My companion and I were
teaching a lesson and the lesson was going a little longer than I
expected, so I quickly set up a return appointment and gave our
investigator a commitment for us to follow up on next time
we see him. When we got into the car to drive to our next appointment
my companion began to tell me what I should be doing in lessons
instead oh what I just did. I was kinda upset that he was telling me what
to do. I brushed what he told me aside and tried not to get upset at my companion.
We went to institute where there are a couple of nonmembers taking
classes there and they were learning about the New Testament. When we
got there they were reading Hebrews 12:5-11. It talked about how the Lord
chastens who he loves. He does so because he loves the people and
wants them to be become better. I realized that what my companion had
told me earlier was only to make me a better missionary and that I
shouldn't take correction badly but in fact to seek out correction so
that I may become better.

I went on exchanges this week with Elder Collings. The people we were
teaching were pretty cool. They did get a little distracted in the
middle of our lesson over snap chat and we talked to them about it. We
ended up getting put on their snap chat story because of it.

Elder Madsen

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Week 38, May 1, 2017

Pictures with Elder Frandsen and our Ward Mission Leader Brother Larsen

Week 37 April 24, 2017

Hey guys I'm sorry I'm just catching up on the last couple weeks. Two
weeks ago was really good. We were able to take an investigator out to
the visitor center next to the temple. It's was a really cool and
spiritual experience for him and us as well.  He really liked the
feeling he got at the temple and wants to go again.
Justin got baptized! I'm sending pictures.
We've been working with him for about a month and
found him up at the colleges. He's come a long way and had to overcome
some obstacles so it was way cool to see him reach his goal. He shared
his testimony and it was really sweet and to the point. He talked
about the differences in his life from before and after
and talked about how he's been searching and that
he'd been going to different churches to find the right one and
that he finally found it. He's preparing to get the priesthood this
coming week.
This week was also my birthday and it was pretty rad. I taught some lessons
and contacted some people.  It didn't really feel like my birthday but it 
was a good day so that's good. 
I got a lot of letters and packages from you guys so thank you for that!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week 36 April 17, 2017

First week of the transfers. I'm staying in the YSA Ward. My
companions got transferred out so sadly I'm no longer with them. I have
a new companion and he's a pretty good missionary from what I've heard
from other missionaries. He's pretty rad and he's from Willard. I
haven't been with him too long so I don't know what else to say about
him, but he's pretty cool.
We were able to take an investigator to the Temple this week, and
another was baptized this Saturday. (I'm sorry I don't have any
pictures, I left them on my camera). The investigator we took to the
Temple is from Nigeria. He's a super cool guy and really in tune with
the spirit. He told us after the first time he went to church that he
felt something, and that that feeling was really good. He asked if he
could come again next week. The last month he's been reading the
scriptures and praying about being baptized and we really hoped he
would get an answer at the temple.
The investigator that got baptized this weekend was named Justin. I'm
sorry I haven't really talked a whole lot about him before. He's been
investigating with the church for about a month and we met him on a
college campus. When he shared his testimony after his baptism he
talked about how he was missing something in his life and that he felt
that something was there that hadn't been there before he started
coming to church. I didn't know that until he shared that. His family
is now interested in meeting with the missionaries so that's pretty

Elder Madsen