October 31, 2017

October 31, 2017
We had another ballin’ week here in Halifax. Had 2 exchanges and hosted a super Saturday for all the youth in the stake. It was very fun to be with kids around hen’s age. there are some rad kids and i was just bonding with them and having a ball of a time.
Xiaohan is doing very well and this week we went and played soccer with his friend, Jerry- the other member who we bring to his lessons, but is kinda LA. We didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into, but we show up at the address and its the Dalhousie Stadium….. So it ends up being a full on scrimmage between all of these asians students and us! Hahaha it was so fun because we were just wearing nike running shoes, basketball shorts, and a BYU shirt and everyone else is decked out in cleats and sweatbands hahahha!!! It turned out well because after the game with talked with all the cool guys and we are hopefully going to start teaching one of them.
Other news is that we are teaching this black man from The Gambia. He is rad, muslim, but wants to learn because he’s a refugee. I love the work here! Staying strong and true!
Love Elder Em

Baptism of Xiaohan!

October 24, 2017

Hello friends!
This last Saturday we had a baptism of our best friend Xiaohan! He is full of faith and I just love him! We met him just under a month ago and he has wanted to know more about God. Since meeting with him he has said he has felt more peace and happiness and is loving life. He bore his testimony (how he feels about God) during his baptismal service and it was one of the most precious moments for a me and for any missionary. I was able to give him the Gift of the Holy Ghost. This is a blessing of baptism- that you can have the constant companionship of God’s spirit with him always. The baptismal service was fantastic and we performed a special musical number. There was lots of people and everything went according as planned.
Lesson learned this week: Trust that God will bless your efforts. He always will bless us for our hard work and faith in Him!
Love you all!
Elder Em

Working Hard

October 17, 2017

So this weeeek was fun and crazy!
Zone conferences were fun as always. Traveling to Moncton and then back home here and then took a plane to Newfoundland on Thursday. I honestly don’t think my birthday could have been on a better day. President got us a hotel and so I woke up on my birthday in a queen been at a little bed n breakfast. So started out the day better then normal. Then a nice warm shower with complimentary shampoo and what not, followed by a GOOD breakfast buffet. Then we had zone conference at the Lions club and it was very smooth cause it was round 3. During lunch they made banana cake with icing and it was delicious! They sang and the whole bit. After the conference President took us out to Dinner at this amazing little local place called ‘Rosies’. I got their Newfoundland Famous ‘Turkey Mess’ just look at the picture and you’ll understand why I was sick the next day….
Came back and taught Xiaohan. He’s getting baptized on saturday!!! Whoot whoot. We taught him on Saturday downtown and there was a festival and there was about 10million people downtown Halifax I felt like I was in NYC. I was loving it, but comes were saying get us out of here- too many people. Xiaohan is doing so well. This past week he brought 2 more friends to come and meet with us- so cool.
Busy week coming up with some exchanges and a conference and the baptism- so talk to you later!
Elder Em

Canadian Thanksgiving

October 9, 2017

For thanksgiving today we had a “turkey bowl”. I asked if I could be QB, and I’m not all into being like a big football player or anything- like some of the elders were taking it much more seriously than I was. Anyway, they said yes and my first play I just hacked that ball down the field and I didn’t even look and it literally landed in the arms of one of our players in the end zone. It was HILARIOUS to say the least. No one was expecting it and then BOOOM! TOUCHDOWN🏉🏉
This week has been so great. We taught our investigator Xiaohan 3 times and he came to institute and church! He is so elect and basically already lives the gospel. I think my favourite part about him is his prayers- so sincere. He busses to church and knows the Book of Mormon so well. We have another Chinese recent convert that just moved to Halifax and the two of them are good friends now. He is pretty set to be baptized on October 21st.
Bobbi went wedding shopping this week and bore her testimony on Sunday this past week. I love her and I can’t wait for her baptism too! Real miracles from heaven. And finally we had this Muslim man, Mosa, come to church with us this week and it was a blast! He is 21, Dal student and is really nice. I don’t know how much we’ll teach him, but it was fun to have him with us at church.
This week I was studying baptism and I’ve come up with some reasons why we are baptized.
1. It’s a commandment
2. We make a covenant, or promise with God to follow Him.
3. We are able to receive the Holy Ghost
4. We receive a remission of our sins
5. We become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
6. We enter in by the gate to the straight and narrow path
I just love learning and teaching the gospel!
Pictures of elder Ipson, Iacopucci, Xiaohan, walking around Halifax, Poutine

Week of travels!!

September 5, 2017

Well nothing gets your mind off of your troubles like staying busy! This past week was an amazing week of miracles, loads of missionaries, plane trips, and lots of training.
We have 3 zone conferences in our mission. A zone conference is where 30-50 missionaries gather for training, upliftment, social time, and spiritual highlights. I gave reports and helped train some of the missionaries on their ability to ask inspiring questions. I have gained such a deep understanding that the right question and the right time can change everything. We talked about how when we wanna get to know someone we don’t just ask pointless questions. You have to begin with the end in mind and come up with what you want your desired results to be. From there you can think about the question you are going to ask. i definitely felt the Maddog spirit help me help all these other missionaries!!
One of the miracles that happened this week was being able to go to the temple with a beautiful family. Many missionaries have visited with them and they hold a special place in my heart. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way to forever happiness. This was a special moment because it was my first time watching a sealing occur in the temple. In the room, kneeling at the alter, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace come over me. I was almost carried away because I felt as if I was witnessing my mom and dad become sealed years ago in the Los Angeles Temple. I know that through the temple, my family will be together fully again!
Other fun coincidences: after one of the zone conferences there was a couple standing outside the temple, and I walked right up to introduce myself. Well turns out that I just happen to meet Larry and Jynene Johnson!! A couple who had just come from Lake Winnipesaukee staying with price’s (my brother in-law) family!! Just a small world. He had served his mission here over 40 years ago and lives in Southern California and knows my good friend Jared Lockhart and his family. Shoutout to the Foulger Clan. I know the God had lead them to the temple and me to the exact right place at the right time so that we could meet and talk. It was an expression of how God really does care about His children.
Love Elder em

The Passing of a Parent

August 14, 2017

The outpouring of love over the past weeks has given me much needed strength. The letters, packages, notes, prayers, thoughts have been quite overwhelming. I certainly did not realize the brevity and depth that my father’s life played in so many of yours. I wish, through this email, to express some of my recent thoughts and feelings.
Many of the questions/ word of comfort I receive, either through email or in person, tend to denote 2 commonalities. The first, trying to figure out my current emotional state? and second, what can my role be in helping you?
Number 1.  “If thou art called to pass through tribulation…know…that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” (DC 122: 5-7) This scriptures has been a rock for me, and it can be for you too. Someone recently told me that life is more of a classroom than an exam room. The purpose of a classroom is to acquire knowledge, through experience and practice. Take this idea to our earthly classroom- we go through experiences to learn something. Currently, I am learning to have the courage to accept God’s will. I may not understand the exact reason why my father passed away at a young age, but I have the faith and hope that I will in the future. For now my trust is in God.
I drew that conclusion as an answer to overcome my inner, spiritual sadness. Now to help me in an everyday sense, this scripture sums up what I now understand about how to act. “Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed” (DC 123:17). Ok team, it’s time for some application! As the scripture says we must do, meaning we live the way Christ lived, obey, and press on with our lives. We do not sulk in surface level sadness because of a mistake or circumstance that we can not change. God’s will is perfect. Often in the scriptures we read the words, “be of good cheer”. That phrase does not always mean ‘put on a smile Elder Madsen!’ But rather it is a phrase used by Heavenly Father to remind us to have hope, validate your faith, or learn perspective. My spirits are high from this knowledge! This is my current state- Trusting God, learning perspective, and continuing to say YES to life!
Number 2. In my current capacity in the mission field, I often receive phone calls of others asking for explanations about certain rules. A week after learning of my fathers death, a rather frustrated sister asked me, “Elder Madsen, I just don’t see why I can’t chat with my family! Emailing back and fourth once a week is annoying and not enough…” As I reflected on this conversation, my mind was immediately pulled to feel sorrow- sorrow that I can’t email with my father anymore, no more weekly letters, no more texts, pictures, promises, or principles will be received through physical interactions. That capacity is gone. A normal night turned into a tearful evening as my mind was brought to a place of disappointment, anger, and self-pity. A nights past and I had a choice to live everything I just explained or continue being sad.
I think Maddog himself would say the worst way to help a situation is by complaining. Complaining gets me and you and everyone else no where. The best way to help me is by expressing your gratitude for life, a new motto you’re adopting, a perspective learned from your trial and how you’ve lived it, positivism and pro-activeness in conquering life! Stop obsessing about the cards life’s given you, but enjoy and share what you’ve done with those cards!
Maddog meant the world to me, as he did to you! Let’s live like him!
Love, Elder Emmett Madsen

June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017

Progress is Progress no matter how small.
This week I had the amazing opportunity to see one of our beautiful 4 members feel the Love of Christ. Sometime in life we feel unworthy for the blessings of heaven- as if we’ve done so much wrong, we can not be forgive. This is False. There is always forgiveness and you can always be worthy through Christ’s Atonement.
Partaking of the Sacrament is the holy ordinance that we are able to do each week- committing ourselves to follow Christ. As we prepare to partake, we are repenting and changing our hearts. The act of partaking the bread and water symbolizes our inner promise with God. He will give us his spirit if we follow his commandments.
I know this is true. I love talking with people everyday about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ!
I love life!!