Man. This week has been crazy busy. Crazy awesome! We’ve had like zero
time to do anything basically 😂 we’ve been running all over the
place. From appointment to appointment. It’s awesome. Although at the
same time there’s hardly any time for finding new investigators. Oh
well, we’ll figure it out.
We went on exchanges with the district leaders, put Meghan on date for
baptism for the 16th, gave 4 powerful blessings this week. It was
super cool. We were able to promise, in a blessing of comfort that her
family, and all of her marital problems would be done away with and
that happiness would be completely restored. I had never done that
before. In another blessing we promised healing and commanded her to
be whole. I had never done that before either. It was humbling to have
that opportunity to be the Lord’s hands. And as we act on even a twig
of faith, allows God to grow it.
This weekend was the Community Christmas Celebration. Great music. We
were able to be there and talk to people. It was cool. Our church
hosted it. It was Light the world themed. Pretty nifty fifty 🙂 also
elder Bredsguard fell asleep while watching it. And I took a really
funny photo 🙂 haha
Church was fantastic. Break the fast after the YSA was almost as
fantastic 🙂 I love our YSA. We’ve got some dope people.
I love this Gospel. And every second I have to be a missionary. It’s
exhausting and hard. But oh so worth it. Every moment.
We had interviews with President this week. I mentioned how I was
surprised to get the call to be a Zone leader and he was like: “so?
Joseph smith was called at 14. Not 40.” Haha 🙂 I love President.
We have Zone conference this weekend. It’s our Christmas conference.
And also we are doing a talent show for it. I’m pretty excited 🙂
haha. It should be good. I’ll be singing.
Well Thanksgiving came and went. It was nothing compared to last year. We visited 12 different families. And ate at every one of their places. We had about nine dinners. And it hurt. Bad. But I think it might have actually been good for me. Cause I ended up losing weight! Look at that. Tender mercies 🙂 haha.
Another miracle was, right before we went to our last dinner appointment on thanksgiving, we get a call from the Bigfork elders. Elder Wilcox, my dear trainee, had put the truck in a ditch 🤦🏻♂️ but the truck was fine. And they are both okay. So it was a good laugh 🙂 here’s his version:
“I was a little hesitant to share this story, because Dan Smith wouldn’t ever let me hear the end of it, but Thanksgiving took an… interesting turn. Quite literally. We headed out to visit a member out in Ferndale. Ferndale is dark at night, and as we were turning right, I thought the turn was much sharper than it was, so we found ourselves in a ditch on the right side of the road. We were ok; the car was parallel to the road, so we didn’t go in head-first. But we were stuck. So, we called the vehicle coordinator. That’s a fun phone call to make.
“Hi, this is Elder Baird.”
“Hi Elder Baird. How are you?”
“That’s good. Hey, so we were out driving, and I turned wrong, and the car’s in a ditch.”
“Ok. I’m too far to be able to do anything, so call your zone leaders and see if they know anyone who can help you.”
I was a bit more blunt with the zone leaders.
“Hi Elder Madsen. We’re in a ditch.”
“Oh. Oh wow. Ok.”
“Yeah. We need a tow.”
“Ok. Um… Do you know any members who can help you? Tows can be expensive.”
“Ok. Let us know.”
Eventually, we got a hold of the Fenns. He brought his car, and tied it onto ours, and pulled us out. We weren’t too stuck. Just enough to need help. It was good of him to do that. We’re going to find some way to thank him. But, it was quite the adventure. It turned out to be a good thing. We were ok, the car had only a few scratches, and we got to stargaze while we waited. You don’t really get that opportunity as a missionary.
Other than that, Thanksgiving was pretty normal.”
Haha 🙂 oh dear.
I’m thankful for this Gospel and how it heals us. We experienced a miracle in that sense just yesterday. We felt impressed to visit one of our investigators in a part member family. Something was definitely going on. And normally when things are going on, the last thing people want to do is talk with us, the missionaries. But they invited us right in and we could feel something was wrong. But I also felt an overwhelming sense of peace and love for Erik and Angela. We talked about forgiveness and peace. And our divine potential. And we left that home better than we found it. It was amazing to see the Lord work through us. I love being on His errand and having our hands be His healing touch. It’s humbling for sure.
We had exchanges with the Assistants this week. That was an experience. Haha 🙂 we left for Billings at like 6:45 pm on Monday. Stayed the night in Butte and got to Billings at like noon on Tuesday. And then got back to Kalispell at like 7:20 pm on Wednesday. But it was great 🙂 I learned a lot. And got to see this beautiful mission.
While passing through Bozeman I got to see Behley (from Sheridan)! Only the best investigator ever. Heck yeah. 🙂
Let’s see we have interviews tomorrow. So I’m excited to see President 🙂
I’m not sure if there’s anything else worth mentioning. But I love you all. Hope you have a great week. Do you know why? Because this week you get to….. #LightTheWorld!!! Oh man. I’m so pumped 🙂 get this fire burning my dear friends. The new video never gets old 🙂 I’ve lost count with how many times I’ve shown it and seen it. It will do you more good than you know. There could be no better way to show your love for your Father’s children. Keep up the good work my friends. It’s not worth it to do anything else.
There is a big push to purify ourselves in this zone and I think it’s sweet 🙂 there is a power of purifying ourselves for the Master.
I’ve been running at a million miles an hour. He past few days have been in a blur. Transfers was sweet. I loved getting to see the mission and old mission buddies. We stayed the night with the APs. I forgot how much I don’t like packing though. Yeah… we had to spend the night in Missoula. And then then the next day I had to drive back to Helena to pick up the new trainees. And then back to Missoula. And then to Kalispell. But I’m here. And all is well.
Kalispell is sweet! The Ward is so missionary minded. We have so many fellowshippers and so many people willing to help us. There is so much work to be done here. I love it. And always smells like the mountains. Because we live in the mountains. 🙂 go figure. It’s a great place to be in the winter.
Elder Bredsguard is a great companion. He has taught me a lot already. He’s a great Christlike person.
We are headed to Butte tonight because were going to Billings to have exchanges with the assistants tomorrow. So I’m pretty excited. It should be really fun I’m excited to work with the assistants. And apparently when we go on exchanges with them we get to go to the temple too!! So I’m gonna see how many family names I can get done 🙂 man. I miss family history work. I love it so much. I miss not being able to do it all of the time. Any time. I am definitely going to take advantage of that in the future. I feel closer and closer to my Savior every day. I’ve started a new Book of Mormon study where I’m marking every time it mentions Christ. Holy cow. I’m only in 1 Nephi 4. And I swear I’ve got over 100 mentions of Him. The Book of Mormon is truly another witness of Him.
I’m excited for Thanksgiving and the opportunity we have serve. Research the Mormon message Lift. And also, get excited for #LighttheWorld!!!!!! Get pumped!!! I’m so excited 🙂 share it. Do it. Serve it. Serve people. Love them.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Ye are the Light of the World Brothers and Sisters. Are we acting like it?
Good to hear I know you didn’t say anything but I can imagine.
This week went by kind of slow to be honest. Probably because we didn’t get a preparation day since Friday. So it went by pretty slowly. But still good nonetheless!
Tanya got to go to the temple. Like I mentioned before 🙂
I lost my iXpand flashdrive this week while tracting and I said a prayer and the Lord took me back to exactly where I had left it two days earlier! Tender mercies 🙂
We got transfer calls. I’m headed up to Kalispell to be with Elder Bredguard and to be in Kalispell 2 and the Flathead YSA 🙂 I’m pumped. I hear Kalispell is gorgeous. That’s where Elder Lee just came from. He’s excited for me. He’s actually taking over my place here as district leader. I’m excited for him 🙂 he’ll be good.
So sorry for the super short email. We have had a busy busy day full of laundry and packing and chess and volleyball. Yeah. But anyway. Love you all. The church is true. I know more and more every day.
Here’s an excerpt from my letter to President recently:
I’ve been doing a lot of self examination the past little while. I have pondered about my mission experience, my missionary work up to this point. I’ve thought of the obstacles I have overcome and the ones I face still. I have thought about the highs and lows of my mission. And I think of where I want to be. Studying the life of the Savior has helped me so much to “learn of [Him] and listen to [His] words” that I can truly “walk in the meekness of [His] spirit” and eventually “have peace in [Him]”. I’ve never understood the Gospel and the Spirit so well as I have so far. I’ve also never been more aware of my shortcomings and weaknesses. As I’ve thought long and hard about truly how far I am from where I want to be and how many times I really miss the mark, all of the things start piling up and before I realize it, I have put myself in a “spiritual eclipse”. That happened today during my personal Study. I thought about how I need to be so much kinder, more thoughtful, a harder worker, more diligent, more obedient; how I need to be saying more meaningful prayers and be more optimistic about finding; how I need to have more faith; how I need to follow up with people better; how I need to take better care of my Investigators; how I need to be timely about things. And so on. And like I mentioned, it put me in an eclipse. I felt overwhelmed and didn’t even know where to start.
However, guess what happened President? I prayed. I prayed sincerely for help. And The Spirit directed my thoughts to the Christlike Attribute activity at the end of Chapter 6 in Preach My Gospel. I took some time to do the activity and I found two things:
1) that I’m doing better than I think I am. There were many things I was indeed doing right and it lifted my spirits.
2) It gave me a clear view of what I needed to work on most.
And President, I got down on my knees and promised the Lord that I would be better and that I would try my hardest to make the most of this very short time as a missionary. And I felt extremely motivated. I ended my study with Ether 12:27. That verse hit me like it never has before.
It dawned on me that this is all true. It really is. God’s real. He loves me. He loves us. The first thing that we teach people is that God is our loving Heavenly Father and it’s true! It really is! All of it! Temples. Prophets. The Lord. It’s true. And I want to share that with everyone! It’s true. And I know that you already know it. I knew it. But I know it differently now. For some reason it’s hit me different now. And I love it. I’m so grateful for this chance to be a missionary.
I had the opportunity to go tracting with Elder Lee just the other night. And we were able to testify of the power of the Book of Mormon to someone. We saw they light in his eyes. It’s been a long time since someone has accepted a Book of Mormon. It was a great experience to be sure 🙂
The church is true my friends. I love you all. I thank you for your prayers.
Here’s some pics of my new haircut and belt buckle. And I ran a 10K!! With no training.