Thursday, February 23, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This last week was transfers and he didn't get sent away. His new companion is Elder Smith who has been out for a few months. Kyle says he is going to "die" in this area.
Elder Madsen and Elder Smith have been teaching several people, one of whom is a young boy named Brendin. Brendin wants to join the church but his mother is against it. Everyone is praying and fasting that his mother will have a change of heart.
One teaching contact Kyle had several months ago was a less active family who's children hadn't been bapatized. Elder Madsen has since learned that they have been baptized. He is quite excited about this news.
Each week brings him seven days closer to returning home. Duff and I, as well as Kyle, are excited and anxious for his return. But on one hand we all know that the blessings that we have received as a family because of his service will end. We will have to come up with other ways to warrant such blessings.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
But I am not trunky....Things are going great.
Canada stores have huge sales the first Monday after Christmas here. It's called Boxing Day and it's pretty much the equivelant to Black Friday in the States. So the stores everywhere were super busy. It was a gong show, as they say up here. We didn't buy anything though. I didn't feel like waiting in long lines:) haha.
I don't have much else to say, we just talked two days ago. haha. I love everbody and I'll talk to ya next week!
My new companion is Elder Tabler and is fairly new.
I am doing good.
Not much else to say.
This weeks was pretty great! We found two new investigators who we are going to pass to other Elders, but it was great. The first ws a refferal that we received from church. His name is Jeramy and is about 16. His friend is in our ward and was invited over for dinner and a lesson. The family was worried about how it was going to go. They thought he might be argumentative, so we were prepared. Things couldn't have been better. he didn't argue, but listened intently and seemd to be sincere. He told us that he is searching for what God wants for him and is willing to give our Church a shot. He didn't accept the baptismal challenge but did take the Book of Mormon and is reading it. We will be passing him to Elder Henderson and Garner this week.
The second person is a young woman named Kristy. In our ward there is a young man named Mack who invited his less active sister to meet with us and two weeks ago we met with her and she has desires to change her life. Then this past Monday we had another lesson with her and her brother but this time she invited Kristy along to take the lessons with her. Kristy is a good friend of their family and has been very impressed with their parents lifestyle and has strong desires for a stable life and happy family. We'll be passing her as well this week to Elder Evans and Elder Bartholemew.
I got the package from the Evansons and I love the Christmas tree. I am so glad that you were able to meet up with them in Queen Creek. How awesome. Thanks so much!
K so the Christmas call is coming soon and there is only one p-day that I can corrdinate with you. I'll email my number then just in case I get transferred next week. We have between 10 and 2. Love you!
We also met up with another member, Erin, who is less active. When we arrived, we thought her husband, who isn't a member, was not going to be there, but low and behold he was! We were able to explain to him what we were about and then gave lesson 1 to both. He told us that he has no religious background. But during the lesson we could tell he was touched. In our next lesson we are going to focus on how the gospel blesses families. Erin isn't sure she wants to return to church. She also has Word of Wisdom problems. One good thing though, one of the members of the Bishopric was good friends with Erin in Jr. High. He wants to come along to the next meeting with us. Se we have some good fellowshipping lined up. We're excited!!!!
This week has been great, I hope you had a good one too!!! Love you! and talk to you later!
We also have a new investigator to teach as well. An 11 year old boy whose mom is a member. They are good friends with one of the ward members, so we had them invite Lehi and his mom over dinner. We taught them both lesson number 1. We have lesson number 2 set for Wednesday.
I am looking foward to talking with you on Christmas!
Monday, November 14, 2011
On a brighter note, Elder Atwood and I contacted a few more people this week that we haven't met before. We shared the Restoration with 2 young women in the park and passed their info to two other Elders. We also met a man who was in a hurry, but was interested in hearing what we had to say. We got his contact information and will get with him shortly.
Nothing else with our other investigators, but life is good. We are keeping our chins up and working hard!!!
Gotta go, I love you and I'll talk to you later!!! Elder Madsen
Things have been pretty crazy with getting a new companion. Elder Atwood from Ohio. He is soft spoken and very nice. He is very friendly with people. I like him a lot.
Not much else to tell, love you, Elder Madsen
We dropped by the house with all the Phillipinoes this week. They all work at Wendy's on the other side of town and they work 11 to 14 hours. It is hard to get them all there. One of the lady housemates was home and we taught her the Restoration on the doorstep. I sware, we are going to teach them all individually before we even have another appointment set. It has been great.
We are still working with Chassidy. Keep praying for her.
I love you and I will talk to you next week!!! love you!!! Elder Madsen
Another miracle happened as we were doing a follow-up and came across a room-mate. He is from the Phillipines and invited us in. We taught the First Vision and he said that "God touched his heart". He is very interested and wants to have the rest of his house-mates join in on the discussions.
So things are going pretty well. This next week is looking to be very good too.
Love you, Elder Madsen
Monday, October 17, 2011
We have been receiving many referrals, many we have to pass off because they aren't in our area. We treat refferals like they are worth more than gold. I definitely believe that what goes around comes around. I think if I'm happy to pass people off, then hopefully Heavenly Father recognizes it and will send more our way.
We stopped by another referral--came from a referral that was not interested. She said that his wife just passed away and that he may interested. We stopped by immediately and gave a 10 minute lesson and have a return appointment for the 25th.
We stopped another man on the street and gave him a 10 minute introduction and he agreed to come to church next Sunday.
We continue to drop by all our current investigators to keep in contact.
Keep praying for all these investigators!
Gotta go. Love you bye!!!
We have had a pretty good week. We have been making sure we are doing all the we can and asking the Lord to make up for what we can't accomplish ourselves. We had two really cool miracles!
1. Saturday night our 7:00 appointment cancelled on us. So we had some time and Elder Sorenson suggested that we go to the park. We pulled into the parking lot and said a prayer asking Heavenly Father to place someone in our path. The first people we see is a family on bikes who didn't stop. The next was a couple out power-walking and responded "better than you" when we aksed how they were doing!!! Then finally we came upon a couple out walking. Come to find out, the woman was LDS and her companion was not. So right there by the lake we did a mini version of the Restoration. It was great! We got the man's contact information so we could follow-up "while he was thinking about it!".
2. On Sunday, right before Sacrament Meeting, a man from East-Asia came into church. He told us that he was looking for a place to pray. We told him he found the right place. He stayed for all 3 hours. He told us that he grew up in Southern India and went to a Christian School. So he had a great foundation to build off of. We helped him understand what he was hearing and at the end of church we found out where he lived and set up a time to meet again. We did a mini version of the Restoration right there too and even invited him to be baptized and he accepted.
So that is how this week has gone. I love you and everybody.
Monday, October 3, 2011
We met with another investigator, Darlene, that has issues with Joseph Smith's statment that the Book of Mormon is the most correct book. She really loves the Bible and now it is up to us to help her see how both the Bible and Book of Mormon work together. We are going to bring her some conference talks to read on this subject as well. We told her that the only way she is going to understand and believe in that statement is to test it out by reading the book.
I sure loved Conference too! I found a lot of inspiration and answers for things I had been thinking about. I was definitely uplifted, enlightened and edified.
I love you and I'll talk to you later, Elder Madsen
We had an interesting experience. We went to go visit a member and knocked on the door, and found out we were at the wrong address. Elizabeth answered the door and said who we were looking for lived in the downstairs apartment. We saw this as an opportunity and offered her our message. She is German and grew up in Mexico. We made a return appointment for the next week. This was a great experience for Elder Sorenson. He did a great job too.
Keep praying for our investigators.
I love you, talk to you later, Elder Madsen
Monday, September 12, 2011
I sure am trying my best out here and I am having a blast too. I love this gospel and have built such a strong testimony of it from teaching so much and helping others apply it to their lives.
Talk to you soon!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We met with a new investigator, Jennifer. It was a lesson to remember. She is great and alot of things have prepared her for meeting with us. She is a very spiritual person and understands everything. The Sisters had given her a Book of Mormon in their first meeting and she has already read through 1st Nephi! She understands and loves it too. She pointed to a whole bunch of stuff she has already highlighted that she liked a bunch. She is super nice and bubbly and has a big smile on her face at all times. She is quite the talker too. She relates to Joseph Smith in that she has been searching to find what God wants her to do in her life. The only unfortunate thing is that her husband is a self-proclaimed atheist. When we asked if she believed the Book of Mormon to be true she said that she hadn't received an answer yet. We challenged her to baptism, but she feels that she has already been saved and the baptism she already received is good enough. However, she completely understands what we are there for and she says that she is the type of person that follows the promptings that God gives her, she said she may fight it for a while, but she eventually does. (don't we all do that somtimes as well? haha) Right now we don't have an appointment set with her, but we will head over there soon. She just wants time to digest it all.
We've had some pretty cool miracles happen this week too. Eden Brown and member from Toronto, came to church and asked us to visit with his nonmember son who just moved to Okotoks. We went over Monday night and we were invited right in and they fed us shish-ka-bobs and we had a good chat we hope to pick them up as investigators soon.
We also got a referral from the church. Tommy. He has been inactive and told missionaries in Calgary that he wants to become active again. He just recently went through a divorce and he has custody of his children. We are pretty excited about this new contact.
Still working with Billy and Carmen. Waiting to hear back from the paperwork on his divorce. And Holly has officially moved. I gave her my facebook information so that when I get home I can keep in contact.
That's officially how my week has gone. I'm doing really good and I am very happy. I love my mission and the experiences that I am having. I am not having very much success as far as baptisms go, but I am having a lot of great experiences!
Love Elder Madsen
Monday, August 15, 2011
Holly is having to move back to Edmiston. We have set the 20th as a baptismal date. Continue to pray for her.
Carmen is doing good too. We helped her and Billy this week lay cement for a service project. As a side note, tell Brother Larsen how almost everything that I learned while working for him just before going on my mission has helped me with various service projects throughout my mission. I have helped pour cement and tear down parts of houses for renovations. Funny how that worked out isn't it!
Billy's lawyer is a sister to a Bishop. She is getting the ball rolling on his divorce so that Carmen and Billy can get on with their life together.
Elder Morris and I are doing great and so far I'm doing just fine with being a District Leader. I thought it would be more stressful, but it's okay...for now. Ha, Ha. I love you and talk to you later!
Love, Elder Madsen
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
So this week has been quite the roller-coaster. We had two investigator lessons, found a new investigator and then lost him 3 days later, today is transfer, but I am staying with Elder Morris and I am now a District Leader. Yay for more responsibility!!!! This will be the longest that I have stayed in one area on my mission, lasted through 4 transfers, crazy, eh?
So, we received a referral from the church's system, Murray. It took about an hour to find him, he was alone, his family wasn't there. It turned out to be one of the best lessons ever. He is so prepared. We showed him the dvd, "Finding Faith in Christ" and then had an awesome chat. He has many friends that are LDS and is very impressed with them. One of them gave him a Book of Mormon. On his own he has given up alchohol, caffeinated drinks, and coffee. All this before even meeting with missionaries. He told us how he just loves the effect that "our faith" has on it's members and how we seem to stick to our morals and standards better than anyone else in other religions. The only hold up, his wife isn't interested and he doesn't want to meet with us behind her back. He says it isn't a matter of if, but when he becomes a member. We will stay in contact and drop by once in a while.
This was so difficult. He was an answer to prayers, but we aren't in the business of forcing people, we have to let them have agency. This has turned out to be another test of faith from Father in Heaven.
Elder Morris is doing well and learning quick.
Love, Elder Madsen
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
We are still working hard with Holly. Focusing on daily contacts. We went over for D.C. last night and talked to her about setting goals and how they can help you progress especially when wanting to overcome things like smoking. She then told us that she wants to reset a baptismal date and pretty much set a date for baptism herself right there. She really has made alot of progress and we feel that for her she first must sacrifice her smoking in order to get the answers that she is looking for.
We have a new referral, Romey. Her husband passed away recently. She has been impressed with how kind the members of the church are to her in this area. She seems very prepared. We have set up an appointment. I will let you know.
We have another contact named Carmane. She was being taught in another area and just moved into ours. She is living with her boyfriend, Billy, who is still married. So we have a few hurdles to jump through. Billy is a member and trying to come back too. She loves the church and wants to be baptized.
That's all for now!
Love, Elder Madsen
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Things are going pretty good though. I'm having fun and enjoying life as much as I can and staying positive.
Lover, Elder Madsen
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tanya Porteus and her two kids. She just split up with her less-active husband. She had been wanting to learn about the church for a long time and get her kids involved. A friend of hers (a member) told us to stop by. We did and set up a lesson for the next Monday, as well as the 16th.
She likes her wine though and works in the liquor department in Cosco. But we can help change that!
Vicki is coming along slowly and Holly is still hanging in there.
We met with Bret the Baptist minister again and a Mennonite Preacher. President Archibald gave us some pointers on how to handle both. I think we did our best in presenting Joseph Smith , but they think we put him above Jesus Christ. We did not get contentious and did not bash.
We met with Holly this week, things seem to be cooling down from her husbands melt down.
Vicki Steele is doing good. She knows she needs to following her heart (the Holy Ghost) but has a hard time with some of the concepts.
The Mercer's forgot our apppointment!
Things are good! Thanks for your love and support.
Sister Steele she decided to put off the baptism. We will keep working with her.
Sister Holly Jones's husband had a melt down and she had to take her kids out of the house and go stay with the Sebryk's family.
On a happier note, we meet with the Mercers again. We had a two hour lesson. She is pretty solid and seems to believe what we are teaching her. We meet again tomorrow.
Things are going great!
Sister Steele is still on for her baptism, but her 93 year old mom is putting some wrenches in the works. She doesn't think Vicki needs to be baptised again. Once is enough.
We went to the Temple in Cardston again for P-day. I didn't realize how much I needed it until I entered the Celestial Room. I just broke out in tears. I started counting my blessings and became overwhelmed. I realized I couldn't worry about the negative things and only be happy about the positive. It was a big reality check. Now I am stoked again. This was probably the coolest experiences I've had in the temple so far.:)
We had a pretty awesome miracle happen this week. We were visiting members in the area pumping them up on missionary work when we ran across a man named Jared. He didn't have time right then to talk, but set up an appointment for later in the week. We taught about baptism and gave him a Book of Mormon which he accepted. We asked him to read and pray about Joseph Smith.
Sister Steele is doing great. She believes that the Book of Mormon is true but is not so sure about Joseph Smith. We watched the video together "Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration" yesterday with her and committed her to read his history and pray about it some more.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Bret--a baptist minister.
The Mercer's--a referral from a member.
Elder Scott taught about being Obedient and having a good relationship with our companion.
We are still on for baptism for the Twoyoungman girls. We are stoked. Transfers are up though. Cindy asked if Elder Gelwix and I could come back and to do the Baptism and Confirmation. We should get permission as long as we don't get transferred far away.
We had another experience with an investigator this week. Her name is Joanne Bell. She's 88. She's a little bit senile but that's ok. We committed her to praying about whether or not she needs to get baptized. When we dropped in a few days later we asked how her prayers were going. She says she wants to be baptized! She said that as she thought about it, that she kept hearing song lyrics over and over again in her head that were from her childhood. "Trust and Obey".
Love you guys!
Another lesson with John Wahler. It was one of those lessons where you walk away and you know you said everthing that needed to be said. We praid the night before that we would be able to answer all his questions. It turned out awesome.
We met with a new family, the Wahlers. Sister Wahler is a member in her middle 70's. She is active and brings her non-member husband to church. He is her second husband and have been married for 24 years. Sister Wahler has promised to read the Book of Mormon with him. When we met we asked him how important this church would be if all of this were true. He said, "Well I guess that would mean that I would have to join the church." Ha!
Also on Saturday we met up with a part member family, the Twoyoungmans. Cindy is a member along with her two older girls. She has 3 other children who are not baptized along with her husband. They have a long story, but to shorten it up, we taught the Plan of Salvation. We had Brother Darling from the ward with us that evening. He shared his conversion story with them. Cindy was surprised that you could be baptised when you are old. We set a baptism date. Be sure to pray for them this week!
I finally got the rest of my Christmas presents. The hold up wasn't the post office, it was the Zone Leaders, they forgot to get them to me! The calendar was way cool, all the pictures etc. Elder Gelwix was like "Oh-MY-SCHOOL-MUSICAL". I got all the cards too, say thanks to everyone!
to move out of a member's home because they were
having family come for Christmas. We moved in
with the Assistants to the President!! How rediculously awesome is that? We had the whole "CONDO" to ourselves for a week because they went out training
in BC. When they got back, we had training with
them as well. They told us that they are only doing this special training with certain missionaries and Elder Ashjian and I were picked!
President Archibald has challenged us to dramatically increase our faith. He wanted this to be the "culture" of our mission. Increase our faith and we will find those who want to join the church. The Assistants wanted us to be examples of the "Believers". That as we have
experiences, miracles will happen and we can be the elders that the rest of the mission want to follow.
They challenged us to have 2 investigators a week and 2 baptisms a month. We were flattered they they chose us to be an example. What an awesome responsibility.
We also have a recent convert, Betty, a Phillipiono sister that has joined in with our Sunday lessons. She came to Canada about 4 years ago. She started to search different religions to find which one was true. She prayed alot to find the true church. She thanks Heavenly Father all the time that she has found a safe country to live and work.
I am doing great! Love you! Elder Madsen
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
To the parents of Elder Madsen,
Just a quick note to let you know how much we have enjoyed your son in our home! He has been teaching a 15 year-old girl named Taran Link who is a good friend of our daughter. We have enjoyed listening to the discussions and feeling his love for the Savior. As you know, he is such a good example of how we should be living the gospel. He is a truly inspired missionary and we are grateful that we have had the privilege to get to know him and his companion Elder Johnson. Thank you for raising such a great son who radiates the light of the gospel. As I am sure you know, Taran was baptized. He gave a wonderful confirmation blessing at the baptism. We're sure that you are proud of your son and you have every right to be!
Sincerely, Wes and Nardene Neilson
Saturday, July 31, 2010
After working hard and enjoying the first 4 months in beautiful Lethbridge, Kyle has now a new area and companion in Cardston, Alberta. Located just 15 miles north of the Montana border near the Glacier National Park. In his letter this week he said that he loved Lethbridge and the members and the work was great, but that he was excited and ready for a new challenge in a new area! He will miss his companion Elder Hurley and he is sure that their "gators" are in good hands.
His new companion is Elder Nelson. Brother Owens said that he was really going to miss his good friend! We are sure that he will miss them even more! They were really kind and caring to him and their Elders! We love and appreciate all that they have done for him. Thank You
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Here are a few experiences that Kyle has shared in his letters.
Anyways, life is going really good these days. I really love being here on a mission. So did I tell you that the other day we made the stuffed shells at a member family's house? It was a lot of fun. Elder Crippen says that missionaries start getting nick names here in the mission eventually depending on who you are and what you do mostly. That’s how most of em differentiates between elders who have the same last names haha. He says that I'll either be known as "Cooking-Madsen" or "Shoe-Madsen" hahaha! Think those fit me well?
No, I have no idea what elders had the Colorado Oysters. And I'm pretty sure they are still called rocky mountain oysters too. Canadians call a lot of things differently out here. They don't say things like "valley." they say "coolie." and the other day a member was talking about the Gila Valley temple in AZ and he pronounced it "Ghee-lah" Valley haha! I corrected him and said it's "Hee-lah" Valley. :)
So Transfers are pretty big this time. Elder Crippen is getting moved because his sister is moving into Lethbridge which means he's not my companion anymore :(. I'm staying and my new companion's name is Elder Hurley. I can't really picture anybody but Hurley from LOST when I see that name so hopefully he's not a huge guy that eats all my food. :)
K so not much has happened so here's a list of cool things/miracles that happened for the week:
1: new Comp. and he's crazy. haha He's from Idaho Falls and we were best friends by the time we went to sleep day one. :)
2: another successful 7-day challenge happened and we're meeting the family's friend today for FHE. :)
3: we had a great lesson with Bro. Tsui. I'm pretty sure I told you all about him in my emails and stuff but we got him to understand personal revelation and learned that he has a desire to keep learning that God exists and also more about the Gospel.
4: Page and Kelsey from our pervious 7-day challenge with some members have been reading the Books of Mormon that we gave em and they're in like Alma already!
5: I got your package in the mail and the Oreos are already gone. haha I'm sooooo glad you sent me a bunch of bags of sunflower seeds though. That’s awesome. :)
Alright so one of my fillings popped out again... I'm calling a denstist in our 9th ward today to set up an appoinment. Don’t worry it doesn't hurt it's just sensative to temperature changes. And yes I'm flossing and brushing everyday. It was the floss that pulled out my filling. haha
Anyways I love ya'll and I'll talk to you later! The Church is True!
Hi Mom and Dad!
This week was pretty good. Cool story of the week: Yesterday I was asked to give a baby blessing! haha It was pretty random. This less-active lady who we've never seen before came up to us 10 minutes before church started and was like, can you bless my baby? haha So I did it and it was really awesome. I felt really promtped to bless him with the gift of charity as he grows up. That he will be the person that helps other people and puts his family first.
So this transfer is almost over in about 2 weeks and chances are that'll I'm getting shipped outta here. I really love Lethbridge but I think it's definitely time to move on. I already feel like the purpose that I was sent to fulfill here in Lethbridge has been accomplished. And that was to help Brother Wilkinson. It's seriously so amazing to see the growth that he's gone through in the last few weeks.