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
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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!!

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