Monday, August 7, 2017

Called to Share the Truth 7-31-17

So, just some quick highlights:  Anne came to church this week.  We also had a dinner and lesson with her.  She is making some progress.  We had transfers and all 3 of us are leaving and when we told her, she started to tear up.  It was pretty heart touching.  We got to give 3 blessings yesterday as well -all for healing.  I gave a talk in Sacrament that was like my Farewell Talk for the mission.  I talked about how we are modern-day pioneers and how we are the ones who are preparing the way for those people that come behind us.  

We had a bonfire last night where another “dying” Elder and I burned some of our old nasty clothes before we go home.  That was fun.  Definitely broke the city limit on how big it was.  Oops.  We also did a lot of service and we were an answer to someone's prayer.  We were contacting formers and this one lady named Pam told us that she was talking to God earlier that day and was asking where to go and where she can find peace.  Then we showed up later that day.  We had a great discussion with her.  Elder T and I were talking to her and Elder Billman was having an awesome discussion with her husband.  She liked a lot of the things we told her and we told her she could find peace through our message and this was where God wanted her to be.  Being a missionary is so awesome!

I just want to end this last email with my testimony of this gospel.  I know it's true.  There is nothing that compares to the joy and peace the Restored gospel can bring into a person’s life.  I have seen it change lives.  I have seen it empower people.  The things I have experienced while being out here just make me think and know that it has to be true.  There is no other way to explain it.  Words do not describe my gratitude to my Father in Heaven for calling me here and letting me meet so many wonderful people, both members and non-members.  I know the Book of Mormon is true.  It has brought me closer to God just like the Prophet Joseph Smith promised it would.  If any of you are not reading the Book of Mormon every day, then the best time to start is today.  It's amazing.  It has true power.  It exposes the enemies of Christ.  It shows us their playbook and how we can combat against it.  Read it.  Our prophet today, President Monson, is giving his last few messages to us and he told us to read it.  It is that important.  I promise you that you will receive the help you need if you do.  No matter what misfortune or challenges may come our way throughout life, turning away from God and the gospel when it gets hard is not going to work.  I answer with this wonderful statement I have heard from an apostle, "It's true isn't it?  Then what else matters?"  I love you all.  I look forward to seeing you and talking to you soon.  Have a wonderful week.  Be a pioneer as the Lord has asked us to be and prepare the way for someone else to receive the gospel in their life too.  Again I know this gospel is true.  I know we have a loving Heavenly Father who helps us each day to reach our potential, and I know that my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, lives.  I leave these things with you in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Ellison


District Dudes

E. Billman Can Sleep Anywhere!

We Are About To Die - Weird Tradition For Elders About To Go Home

Another Quilt We Sewed For The Veterans

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Home Stretch 7-24-17

So this week was an interesting week.  Not a lot happened because of some things that came up, but we did have the hottest day of the summer so far at 96 (plus all that humidity).  We just stand there and start sweating.  It's ridiculous!

We also had a ward activity and our investigator Anne came.  She got to meet a lot of the members and had some conversations with them.  It went super well and when she was leaving we just casually asked, "will we see you tomorrow?" (Church) and she said, “Yeah, I can probably come for one hour.”  It was awesome because the first time we had to do a little convincing and this time it was a pretty quick yes.  I think she is starting to connect some dots.

Also, a little word for the wise; don't try to get someone else assigned a talk for Sacrament meeting or else it will backfire as it did to me.  I now have to talk next week for my last Sunday.  Should be pretty interesting.  Ha ha

We had exchanges this week and I was in the trio with Elder Billman and my old companion Elder Smith.  That was so much fun!  I didn't even feel like I was on an exchange.  It just felt like we were companions again only with a tag along this time.

We also got to learn a little bit about guitar and how to play.  I’ve got a lot of work to do.

Well, that's about it for this week.  Sorry it isn't too exciting.  Next week will be a much better one.  It kind of has to be right
😁.  See you all soon.  Have a great week and share the gospel with someone this week.  Love y'all, bye.

Elder Ellison
We Sew Quilts For The Veterans
Sew Fun!
Awesome Members - They Taught Us Guitar - Their Son Can Shred!

Exchanges With Old E. Smith

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Choices Have Consequences 7-17-17

So we had an interesting week and finally had some success.  After working hard and keeping our faith strong, the Lord has started to bless us and has helped us bare our afflictions with patience.

We had another good lesson with our investigator Anne.  We talked all about the Spirit.  She is trying to learn and understand these things because it is a foreign concept to her.  In our lesson we invited her to come to church, and guess what?  She came!  She is our first investigator at church in a long time.  We even had a missionary giving her homecoming talk and I think some of the things that were said were for Anne.  She said after church that she will probably be back again.  We still have a lot of work and teaching to do, but super exciting.

Another success came from a meeting with a less-active member.  They came to church last week and we set up an appointment for this week.  We went by and had a great lesson with him.  He really wants to change and doesn't want to fall into the cracks like he usually does.  We told him things that would help him start this change in his life.  The next day we went by to drop off a tie for him to wear to church and the big huge beard he had the day before was completely shaved off.  He said it was a start to the changes he was making.  It was awesome!  The second visit, his mother was there who also needed help and she asked us to give her a blessing.  We did and we told her some things God teaches us that would help her change as well.  Both of them were at church on Sunday.

The last success I want to talk about is with a lady named Shantel.  She had stopped the Elders on their bikes about a month and a half ago and asked for a Book of Mormon.  Well they never really got a hold of her again.  We finally did.  She said that she has been reading it and even read some to her kids.  She had a question about eternal marriage and it was something that she said she would want at some point.  We read the Introduction to the Book of Mormon with her for a bit and explained it.  I'm looking forward to meeting with her again.

We had Zone Conference which was really good.  The Picketts (the new Mission President & his wife) introduced themselves and we had a couple trainings.  Then I had the opportunity, with a couple other missionaries, to give my departing testimony since it was my last Zone Conference.  It was a good conference to end on.

So to explain the title of my email:  We were visiting less-actives and we stopped by one who told us not to come by anymore.  She said they had already told the missionaries before not to come back and that if her husband had answered the door, it would have been really bad.  The whole situation went downhill from there.  We had stopped by because no one knew who she was and there weren’t any notes about her.  Past missionaries, whoever they were, chose not to update the records or make any notes, for whatever reason.  So after this incident, we put notes everywhere to prevent something like this again.  It just goes to show that sometimes our choices made in the past, result in consequences for others down the road, for good or for bad.  That is why when we make our choices every day, we should always choose the harder, smarter, and right way than the easier, not so good, or wrong way.  Our choices have consequences whether we like it or not.  We don't always get to know the outcome, but we can give ourselves a better chance if it is more along the lines of the gospel and in accordance with God's will.  (If you want to know the end of this story and more of what happened, then ask me when I am home.)  I love you all and wish you all a great week.

You can do hard things!

Elder Ellison


Met Sis. Pickett

Zone Conference - Met our new President Pickett

We Went To The Zoo For P-Day

Just More Animals At The Zoo - Ha Ha