Shovel & Blisters

February 20, 2016
Snow means a lot of things, but for a missionary it means a sore back, blistered thumbs, and 20 cups of hot chocolate. 
This week I was able to go down to Halifax and serve with some other missionaries! We 8 straight hours we drove around to find people who were struggling to shovel themselves out. Our squad of 4 guys, 3 shovels, and a snowblower would clean up any drive way in 20 minutes or less.
We helped 18 people clear their homes and nothing felt better than when we left them with smiling faces for some free service. It warmed my heart and I have gained a new appreciation for helping people when they are stuck. One woman gave us jam, another kiwis, basically whatever they could find! It was amazing and I’ve made it a goal of mine to help pulled over drivers and those who could use assistance. 
The Saviour taught similarly, that “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt 25:40)

I have a testimony of random acts of kindness!

Love, Elder Madsen

Survived the Blizzard

February 14, 2017

What an adventure we had that is for sure!

Yesterday we were in the biggest blizzard that I have encountered.
Being the young and slightly dumb we adventured to the blessed sanctuary of Costco Wholesale. It turned out that we were the only ones at Costco! That was something I never thought would happen.
Our encounter to get home took us 45 minutes of what should have been a <10 minute drive.
# of times getting stuck: 4
# of times having to be pulled out: 1
% of time laughing: 87%
Overall we laughed our way through and vowed to never go out when it snows 30cm in one night and winds are 50-80K/hr
Spiritual connection to the week: Laughing your way through life makes even the hard and difficult times fun. While we should have been a little smarter, we had fun and stayed safe. I learned that laughing and enjoying the struggles we all go through will make them easier to go through! I love the joy that the gospel brings into my life!

February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017
Oh what a splendid week!
Adventure of the week:
 On the first Sunday of every month, we fast in remembrance of our Savior and to feel the spirit more in our lives. Fasting includes abstaining from Food and Drink for 2 meals.  We fast for special purposes and remind ourselves of the abundant lives that we live by donating money to those who are not able to fully support themselves. Well, we went all out this week by making Cafe Rio Pork to break our fast. Oh man it was DELICIOUS. I felt right back at home with guacamole and lime-cilantro rice!! Ah it was quite fun to use a slow cooker and make some delicious Burrito’s. I don’t know if that was much of an adventure, or just a proud moment in my life, but either way, I was pumped by it and I thought I’d share.
Spiritual High of the week:
We were able to teach this Woman who doesn’t come out to church much this week and missionaries had seen her in the past, but she had never done anything about it. This was our 3rd time over and the first visits we befriended her and really just talked and played some games with her kids. We felt that it was time to bring up the gospel and she, as times in past, said she would come to church.
I felt that this was a empty promise that she continually uses to hint to us it’s time to leave. I felt prompted to ask her if she really believed God lives? She said, yes, I’ll try to make it Sunday. Again I felt that I should ask her if she had been struggling to know if God is there for her and if she feels He looks after His children today. Teary eyed she replied with the question of, Why does God let bad things happen to innocent people?
We addressed her concern, brought the spirit in, and made her feel that love that she had been missing in her life. She came to church with 2 of her kids and was able to, for the first time in 5 years, partake of the sacrament. It was a testimony to me that as we understand that God lives, we will feel His love.