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Wildlife Wednesday (on Friday)

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Morning Y’all! Sorry I have been really crappy at writing the pastΒ few weeks. But a lot has happened. So you probably know I was transferred back to Wyoming East Zone. This time Sheridan is called home for now. My companion is Elder BJ Muhlestein. That’s right. I’m two for two with the Muhlesteins in the mission. What are the odds?

We had interviews on Tuesday and President said the same thing. “Those Muhlesteins are a dime a dozen aren’t they? What are the chances you get both of them?” I was like, that’s what I’ve been saying the whole time! Haha πŸ™‚ but no. Interviews were awesome. I love spending time with President. It always reenergizes me and makes me what to do greater good.

In Wednesday we had district meeting. I gave a discussion on enduring to the end. It went alright. It was a little different cause the elders in Buffalo Skyped in, since one of them was sick. So it was interesting. But I’m grateful for modern technology that allows us to be together.

So, a lot of people from our group were asked to be trainers this past transfer. Some of which are Elder Stones, Elder Cronin, and the one and only Elder Ferrara. Man I love those guys. I miss them a lot. But tomorrow is Zone conference and I get to see Elder Cronin and Elder Ferrara! So that’s dope!

Thursday we did a lot of service and I got $300+ boots for 10 bucks!!! Plus, they are work boots. So that’s so awesome!

Friday we did some more service mowing lawns. We also drove up the canyon to have dinner and saw about 5-6 moose!! (No bull moose though πŸ˜•) and a herd of Elk and we heard a coyote. It was a sweet night! Then we went on exchanges with Buffalo.

Saturday we did some more service working at an almond processing plant. Yep. That’s right. Well. There’s a first for everything. It wasn’t that bad πŸ™‚ plus we got free almonds out of it. Haha πŸ™‚ we do a lot of service here. Which is a good thing. I love service and helping people.

JC. Penney was closing and so Elder Muhlestein and I went today and got sweet $70 pants for 2 dollars each!

I love Sheridan πŸ™‚ I’m happy to be here and look forward to the weeks that follow.

Thank you all for all the love and prayers. Y’all mean so much to me. The Church is so true. And I felt that truthfulness again when we taught an investigator the restoration for the first time last night. As we recited the first vision, the spirit flooded the room and no one could deny that the spirit was there. I love this sweet simple truth. The tender mercies of the Lord are real. I see Him bless my family and it touches my heart. Serving a mission has been the best decision of my life.

 

 

Welcome to Sheridan

We attended 2 out of our 3 wards just cause the YSA went on a trip to Rapid City so they weren’t there. The wards are pretty good. Very, very loud….. so many kids. It was a very noisy sacrament meeting.

God Bless America!! The day I got here was the day they started the huge “Sheridan Wyo Rodeo”. Man. Took me back to the good ol days. Loved it. But wish I couldn’t gone to go see. Oh well. The next day we were in the parade so that was cool.

My companion is Elder B. Muhlestein. Yep. That’s right. The other Elder Muhlestein in the mission. My apartment is okay. No air conditioning; we have a million fans, but it’s still super hot. It’s two stories, and two bedrooms, and even two bathrooms, but no wifi. But it has a washer and dryer and that is so helpful since laundry costs a ton of money. We have an active teaching pool with some people. With others we are starting from scratch.

 

Saying goodbye to all the great families in Bozeman:

Armed with the Lord’s power

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This is an accurate depiction of our companionship πŸ™‚

Well, there’s not very much to report on about the week (seeing as how I just barely gave a report 4 days ago. But there are a few highlights that I should touch on.

#1. Our neighbor, Taniya. It’s been really hard for the last few months to talk to her. But she has talked to us several times about coming closer to Heavenly Father. Well, we don’t know what changed, but she’s gotten a lot more serious about meeting with us and we set her on date for baptism on the 29th of July!! She is now trying to commit to live the Word of Wisdom so please pray for her.

#2. Transfers are next week. I’m sure I’m going but I also have a thought that I might stay. Oh well. We’ll find out on Sunday. Β [update: Elder Madsen heading to Sheridan, WY]

#3. The Temple!! I got to go to the temple today and it was such a glorious experience. I have missed it so much. President and Sister Hetherington (he is in the Stake presidency) are in our ward and he invited us to go with them. We were actually able to do quite a lot in the time we were there. Elder Darner and I got to witness for some sealings that took place and then we did some initiatories for some family names that I had and then made it just in time for the noon session. Shout out to all the temple workers that were there and helped us with everything. I also got to see the Allens from Gillette there. Man I miss them. It was so good to see them!

That’s about it for my week. Well I guess it was Independence Day also. Fireworks were loud but I still slept quite well. It was supposed to be a really good finding day but we were finding that no one was home. Oh well. I know my family had a good time πŸ™‚ so, Happy America Day! Or Happy Treason Day…. ungrateful colonials (Shout out to my best friend, Charly πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

In light of the 4th we have shared this message with a lot of people:
“11 And now it came to pass that when Moroni, who was the chief commander of the armies of the Nephites, had heard of these dissensions, he was angry with Amalickiah.
12 And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it–In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children–and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.
13 And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land–“

I really appreciate Moroni and his courage and his love of freedom and hatred of war. I think there are a lot of parallels between this story and the beginning of our own country. And while we, individually, may not be at war physically, we are spiritually. And so in order to preserve our spiritual freedoms, I encourage each of you, along with your regular scripture study and prayers and temple attendance, to read The Family: A Proclamation to the World with your family. As we do so we will be armed with the Lord’s power. We will be able to keep our covenant to take upon us His name. His glory will be round about us. And His angels with have charge over us.Β With His love surrounding us constantly we will not and cannot fall. Why would anybody want anything less?

I learned a lot in the temple today. My family and friends, brothers and sisters, if you do not have temple recommend, please obtain one. If you have one, use it. If you have had one and lost it, make the necessary steps to obtain it again. The temple is the House of the Lord. That truth was magnified to me today. The spirit I felt there was something that was real. And I would love for all of you to feel that same spirit.

I love you. And thank you for your goodness to me and your prayers and love and support. Thank you. I love you. And likewise, pray for you. I apologize that I do not have time to write to each of you individually, or even at times am unable to respond! But please know that I appreciate your efforts to reach out to me. I hope you have a great week πŸ™‚ take care.

It’s gonna take work,
— Elder Harrison Madsen

Biking in the rain

 

Hey family. This week was a good one. A long one. And I actually get to go to the temple on Friday!!! I am so excited. I haven’t been in so long. A member of ur Stake presidency invited us to go with them. so that’s going to be another preparation day of mine (in place of next Monday). End of transfers are very close, and I’m sure I’m leaving.

Yesterday was just fantastic πŸ™‚ I’m still kinda on a spiritual high from it. The sacrament was great. I was blessed to sit at the table and prepare and break the sacrament and it was just quite spiritual. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to be up there. And then we taught the 12-13 yr olds. And that was so good!! We taught about the sacrament. And then we also taught elders Quorum last minute. So we did the same lesson as Sunday school πŸ˜‚

Well we also did a mission fast yesterday for increased faith and for the Spirit of Christ to “flood the mission”. I think it’s working πŸ™‚

We did a ton of finding this week. Including a lot of biking in the rain. Cause we were out of miles… yay. #getsoaked #wesuregotsoaked

While tracting one day we probably met one of the most crazy people I’ve ever met. Apparently she is Jesus and her grandmother is Christ. And satellites are always watching her. Yep. Kinda creepy. Pretty crazy. Oh well. Joys of finding πŸ™‚ never know what you’re gonna get.

That’s about it. Justin is still rocking it. He is just eating up the Book of Mormon! We talked with him earlier in the week and he was already almost done with 2 Nephi!! Such a stud πŸ™‚ love Justin. He is now praying about a baptismal date. Please pray for him.

I love being a missionary. There are a lot of elders in the zone that are good jog home and it makes me think about my own mission. The things I have accomplished and the thought I still need to improve on. I’m grateful for a Heavenly Father who upholds me and bears with me through my weaknesses. I’m thankful that He is there. That He loves me. And I’m so happy to know that through Him, I can do all things. I know this is true. I feel it so deeply. We can all change. We can even change without Christ. But the change will not be permanent.

I love being a missionary so much and would encourage you all to look for ways and opportunities to change. I love you all. Thank you for your prayers and support. Shout out to Grandma. Hope she has a great birthday πŸ™‚

It’s gonna take work,
— Elder Harrison Madsen

 

Classic MBM bumper sticker, Go Bees!, and helping decorate for an activity

 

Tender Mercies

Howdy y’all πŸ™‚
Bringing you news from the Big Sky.
It was such a good week. We met some awesome people. Met some crazy people. Never know what you’re gonna get in Bozeman. I love how every day is different πŸ™‚Β Today we went on a hike early in the morning and it was very fun. A good way to start the day.

We had a meeting with President Repscher last night and it was so good! I was eating it up. Talking about the Priesthood and it was intense. So good.

Last Tuesday was crazy. We were running around town all day. We did service really early in the morning working with concrete. It was so fun!! I really enjoyed it πŸ™‚ might look into it for a summer job. Seriously.

We had Zone conference on Wednesday. And it was so good! I LOVE Zone Conferences!!
And then a member invited us over to teach her friend and he is so prepared! We love meeting with him. His name is Justin. If you’d like, please pray for him. We have had two lessons with him this week. And he is excited to learn more.

Thursday we did fun service planting trees and bushes and digging holes.
This week was seriously one of my favorite weeks of my whole mission so far.
That’s pretty much all that I need to mention. It’s been a very very good week.

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Zone Conf Party Bus
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Bozeman Zone!
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My old comp Elder Loehr