Oh Canada!!! [Week 4]


This has been the craziest week of my life! Events ranging from getting injured by the Canadian Immigration office, being yelled at in French, and feeling the Holy Ghost more than ever. 

Traveling to Canada was quite exciting and fun because we were upgraded to FIRST CLASS BABY! The gate agent said she had never seen missionaries seated in first class, so we must be doing something right out here! It was all fun, until the Halifax airport when we were stuck in the immigration office till 5:30 am!! Way past missionary bedtime hahah! Somehow I was able to explain how the missionaries are here to do service and help spiritually uplift the Canadian people and we made it out safely. Quite the first experience. 

My area that I’m serving in is a little town called Dieppe, New Bruinswick. It’s apart of a larger town called Moncton, but is more French. One day as we were talking to people on the walking path, one person began to yell at us in French and was rather rude. My companion, Elder Iacopucci speaks French and was able to tell her that we are here to help and bring people closer to Christ. It was a rather eye-opening experience that taught me to always love one another, even if you don’t believe in what they are doing/ saying.

I have quickly learned the importance of being friendly and always giving people a smile because it really does go a lot way. I hope all of you smile at everyone you meet because the world needs more happiness 🙂 

Love you all!

Love Elder em


Week 3

Time at the MTC is warped. I feel like I’ve been here for 3 months, not just 20 days!!

My big take away from this week is that prayer is so essential for coming unto Christ. If you fell any distance from anyone and need someone to talk to- it can be our Heavenly Father. What I’ve learned about prayer is the importance of how we need to take time and ponder specific questions in our hearts.
Really take the time to separate yourself from the outside world, away from distractions and ask those questions that you have. Write down in a journal the feelings you receive and reflect on your prayer after you have finished.
I know that by doing these small steps, prayer has become a powerful tool and support in my life. I hope you are all doing well and improving yourself each day!

Love Elder em

Week 2

What’s up everyone!!!
Life at the MTC is fabulous as always! Lots of teaching, learning, and growing. My favorite part of this week was last Tuesday when there was an Worldwide MTC devotional.
I had the experience of hearing from one of the Apostles! David A. Bednar spoke and it was one of the most remarkable talks I’ve heard. His message was clear and simple: God loves each and every one of us. He told us that we are known ‘one by one’ in the eyes of the Lord.
Whenever you feel lost or lonely, you can always turn to the Lord in prayer. He is there to listen and answer to your feelings and thoughts.
The days can seem long, and it is pretty tiring here, but the joy and feeling of accomplishment make all the work worth it.
We have lots of fun in the MTC and I am so grateful for my short time here. Seriously SO #blessed that I won’t be here for 9 weeks.
I love all my friends, family, and amazing notes and letters from everyone!

Love Elder em

YAY Week 1!

Heyyyyooo everyone!!

This is the first installment of letters from me while out here on the mission. These e-mails will consist of highlights, things that make me smile, and personal thoughts on life, Canada or any other mentally stimulating things I have pondered. As I don’t want to overload your inboxes, these emails will come when I feel/hear something extra special that I think you should hear- around once or twice a month. If you feel so inclined, weekly updates of my journey to Atlantic Canada will be posted on my blog!
A little bit of what I have/ will be doing till June 21st! Going to class, eating, studying, reading, workout, learning, teaching, praying. There’s really not much more to the MTC than that. No social media, no internet, no texting, no hugging girls. The main and central idea behind a mission is thinking of others before yourself. My district and I noticed how close we have gotten, even though we just meet each other 5 days ago. We came to realize that distractions (as listed above) in our life limit the connection of the human spirit and hinder the growth we can achieve as friends and people.
I challenge all of you to not just set your phone down when spending time with friends or family, but leave it in another room. Turn off the distractions you have in your life and have other people be your source of happiness and enjoyment. I have been able to make some amazing friendships in just under a week because of this principle, and I am SOOO grateful to have learned this!!!
If you want to write me, use Dearelder.com!! I will respond the next time I am at a computer!!
Elder Emmett William Madsen
2005 N 900 E Unit 167
Provo UT 84602
Elder, em
SHOUT OUT TO: Mom, Dad, Ella, Makena, Price, Kristen Sumsion (sorry if I spelled that wrong), Ellen Morris, Natalie Draga, Kim Clary, Kendall Blake, Sandy Bertha, and Karen Marriott for all the amazing letters, notes, and packages!! I love you all!!!
PICS: 1. My companion, Elder Smith. 6’5”. 250lbs. Played Football at the U, and me… 5’8”, 155lbs, dancer at BYU. Couldn’t get more opposite.
2. My zone!! Yay I love them! My companion and I are the Zone leaders and it’s so fun!!
3. All my girlfriends who surprised me at the temple!!! LOVE THEM SO MUCH
4. Sister Eyre!! Long time family friends, see her every day!!
5. I have way more pics, but I can’t add any more 😦 so check the blog later for more!)