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!!

June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

Adventure of the week:
I was screeched in and it was SUPER FUN!!! The challenges that I had to do include:
1. A shot of Cough Syrup
2. A shot of Cod Liver Oil
3. A hunk of Bologna
4. And kissing a 15 year old Cod fish!!
There was music and dancing and you have to dress up like a fisherman. The Branch put it on for us as we traveled 3 hours to district conference this weekend.
Testimony of the week:
When you need help- ask for it. I have meet many people who visibly need our help on the outside and ask for it too. Sadly, I can’t to do much for them. What I’ve come to realize is that asking for help on the inside is harder the people here than the outside.
What do I mean by this…
Outside: clothing, food, transportation
Inside: inner happiness, peace of mind, relationship with Jesus Christ, Testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Think about what is hardest for you? How can we rely on the Saviour for help. Our temporal and spiritual needs are more connected than we think. I know they are one in the same.
I love Newfoundland and life out here!! Summer is here and I LOVE IT!!!
pictures of Thunder brook Falls and the ‘Screech in’!

1 YEAR

June 6, 2017

HALF WAY.
The middle, median, hump, tipping point.
At the half way point of the mission the lesson that I am beginning to understand now is that ‘Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear’
There are a few principles are prevalent with this idea.
1. Fear rarely has the power to change our hearts, and it will never turn us into people who love God and desire to obey what’s right.
I have thought about what goes into changing someone’s heart- their inner most desires and reasoning behind action. To help someone see that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is here, we must teach and learn in love- not fear.God wants to change our personal nature to come closer to Him.
2. The Lord will fight our battles. He is not ignorant of the problems, stresses, anxieties, or sub-conscious challenges we face- He is not. However, rather than dwelling the immensity of our trials would it not be better and more enlightening to focus on the grace, goodness, and grandeur that is the love of God. He wants us to be happy. Focus on the good. Focus on trusting Him- the blessings that are readily ours!
3. We can be liberated from fear as we walk with humility, faith, and dignity as we are bold followers of Christ. Let us all be a little kinder, more forgiving, less offensive, and caring towards ourselves and our brothers and sisters.
I don’t know all the answers, but I share everyday the ones that mean the most. I LOVE THE WORK OF MISSIONARIES! I LOVE THE BOOK OF MORMON!
Funny section:
– In Newfoundland they call ants (like the little creatures that are small, and you spray with windex) ’emmetts’ and we were walking and this woman goes, “look at all those emmetts!’ I was very confused to say the least, but thought it was funny!
-Went to a beautiful place called  Eastport/ sandy cove.
– I ❤ Icebergs!
address:
204 Brownlow Ave Unit 155
Dartmouth NS B3B 0M4
Canada

May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

New Companion: Elder Leroy. From Belgium. Been on his mission for 20 months. Loves volleyball!

Area: Having a blast here in Grandfalls Newfoundland still and I love it!!

Blessing of the week: Helping our neighbor move about 3 pieces of furniture downstairs and giving us $20 #blessings!!

Adventure of the week: Went for a hike to Gander Lake. That was really fun and it was a nice day which made it even better! When the sun is out I am happy!

Spiritual high: Teaching our investigator about family history and getting her started! She was so excited to learn about her ancestors and see more about their lives. I know that Family history is such a blessing for our day! I love it! 

I know that Heavenly Father loves us and that we can find happiness as we learn about our past! 

Love,

Elder Em

Snow and SUN!!! May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

 

on a cloudy day

when life seems dry

look out the window and see no birds fly

there in the distance is a house with golden windows

why is that not me

for the beauty of the sunshine

so precious, so fine

will one day come upon my windows

and make my life divine

So worry not about the others

think of the blessings within

for in the house with golden windows

those inside do whine

the day has past

now look across the valley 

at that house with golden windows 

is the one with me inside

Poem written by Elder Madsen, 9:44am, Grandfalls, Newfoundland 

I have no reason why but I felt inspired to just write a poem ahahaha

I guess that I was missing the times at PCS doing creative writing. I think there’s a message in the poem somewhere- I think it means that we may look at others and think that they have what we want, but as life goes on we often times don’t realize that we have what other people want. 

So as a final conclusion: I need to be grateful and remember not to compare myself to others.

love, 

Elder em

Grandfalls, Great Faith

May 16, 2017

Hello hello to everyone!!

It’s been a couple weeks of adventure and fun out here! 

1. Saw a moose 

2. Ate Lobster

3. Sat on some icebergs! 

Spiritual note:

Reflecting on mothers day I was reminded of the Savior’s life and how He cared for all those He met. Mothers, like Jesus, have an intrinsic way of loving those they meet. I pondered this some more and thought about how often we are offended by someone, or leave our faith because of someone else. Matt 11:6, “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” 

We need not take offense from others as that can be the downfalls of our own spiritual nature. The 2 ways that I have thought about how to increase our ability to not be offended is by FIRST: gaining a perspective that all people are a son or daughter of God. This allows us to remember that they were a child once, they are learning just as we are, and the remark they made to us may be caused from some un-met need. SECOND: Compassion. In the very moment when someone jerks our fancy, I have found that remembering compassion and wanting to serve them allows for the comment to sink in. 

May we follow Christ’s example in the way we live our lives!! 

I love Canada, the people, the nature, the opportunity to serve!

May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

Exciting week of travels on the front over here! 

Lay down of the week:

Tuesday: Drove to Corner Brook Newfoundland and ate Moose-meat pie! yes real moose

Wednesday: Flew to Halifax and worked with some elders there! 

Thursday: Had a big meeting in Moncton, New Brunswick. Spiritual thought to follow. 

Friday: Went on exchanges with some elders and it was super fun! I love Halifax!

Saturday:Went to catch our flight home, however the plane was delayed an hour, then 2, then cancelled.  

*At this point we were a little sad because now no one in Grandfalls could go to church! It was a sad realization point…

Sunday: Went to church in Halifax with a ward of 150+ and was overwhelmed!! Seriously blew my mind away at how many people were there!

Monday: Went to catch our new flight, and we got all excited because we were having a layover in Labrador (a place no missionaries get to go)!! We got on the plane and were all nicely seated, then the worst announcement came on……mechanical leakage….everyone get off. HAHAH They realized that we wouldn’t make our connection and so our only option was to wait 6 hours in the Halifax airport! Our flight left at 11:30pm and we got home around 2am! 

Anywho, it was a funny experience, and loved every minute of it! 

Spiritual thought:

Personal Conversion to the Doctrine of Christ can make trials and tribulations easier to bear. I was reminded again this week of how learning and applying the Atonement in my life will help me have peace through all trials. While we dealt with travel problems, this was the first time in my life that I was not frustrated, nor angry. These things happen in life, and getting frustrated and flustered, stressing and sub-conscious about these matters will never help. 

I love this beautiful life we live!