Sister Madsen loves dogs and is a memeber of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has been called to serve as a missionary in the Illinois Chicago West Mission
Friday, November 4, 2016
Awktober is over October 31, 2016
In the spirit of Halloween the light in the family history room keeps turning itself on and off. its fine.
But I am here, and I am eating fried cheese curds so I'm not complaining.
This week was really weird, we had a lot of meetings and missionary things going on and lessons which means we didn't really talk to a whole lot of new people. however minutes ago we did meet a man named Joe when we stopped at his pumpkin patch to browse. we were talking with him for a while and then he asked us if we had any reading material from our church. so we loaded him up!!!! we got his contact info and we should be talking with him later this week!! Very exciting. and very classic Freeport. always Farmers and Gangsters
Since its Halloween, today we have to be back in the apartment by 5 because....just because. and then tonight we get to study or clean or whatever we gotta do to get extra prepared for the week. And I will say, I have never been so excited to study and clean.
The mission has changed me.
Anyways, I am trying to think of something spiritual to put in here, this week has been very spiritual and we have been able to hear a lot of amazing thoughts and trainings from our leaders, but nothing is sticking out to me really to talk with you about. so that's my bad.
maybe just go and read Alma 5 and give yourself a reality check. its always good to do that every once in awhile haha
15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?
17 Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say—Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you?
18 Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God?
19 I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?
If you scrolled down and didn't actually read those verses go back and reread them bc you need them in ur life. In my scriptures there is a lot of highlighting and underlining and big question marks all over this page because these are some pretty soul searching questions
The beginning of the process of change and repentance is recognizing that you need to change. and that can only happen if you are honest with yourself and admit where you struggle and where you can improve. So when I ask myself these questions I am able to identify what it is that is keeping me back from looking forward to that day of judgment when we will stand with God at that final day. What it is that keeps me from serving him fully, or from following him and his commandments fully. President Griffin talked a little about that at New Missionary Training and letting go of the things that hold us back from serving our missions with an eye single to the glory of God. it was great
The primary program was this Sunday! it was, eventful.
We ate dinner with the Reid's on Sunday as well and Sister Reid actually writes ghost stories so it was really fitting for this time of year. Except that she talked all about how Freeport is a ghost town because so many people have been murdered here.. and that the Freeport church building is haunted. With that information and the flickering lights and Sister Corbett leaning over to me every couple of minutes and asking "did you hear that" all going around in my mind I would definitely say that Halloween can still be spooky on a mission haha
In a couple of weeks this election stuff will all be over and we will know who is president. weird. remember, our choices determine our destiny ;)
Also my former two week old companion, Sister Turner, and I went on exchanges this last week and it was awesome to be back together in Freeport. But we didn't take any pictures because we are idiots
Also also. Sister Corbett invited two people to be baptized this week!!! Megan and Steve! And they said yes. She did really great. Steve started to say no but she kept talking and bearing testimony and then asked them again and they both said yes. It was great!! Not at all like my flop, I swear each batch of new missionaries is just better and better. God's work is hastening
Actually my mission twin Sister Turner and I did take pictures together so I guess am the idiot. We got to teach Aaron! Who is someone that Sister Turner was able to teach and baptize while she was here in Freeport.
When you are in the Land of Lincoln you are going to run into Abe graffiti. It is inevitable.
As many Freeport sisters as we could find at new missionary training
Sister Corbett, Sister Turner, Sister Peterson, Sister Smith, and sister me