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
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
"Let me tell you a story you little millennials" April 24th 2017
An 77 year old woman said this to us before she told us about how she tried to get married to get out of the army. And the only reason she was even in the army was because someone told her not to do it.
This week my dear friend Dea got baptized!!!! She is from way back in Freeport times. I'm sure I've talked about her but she is another one of Judy's daughters and is about to graduate high school! I've been lucky enough to be able to stay in contact with her and a couple weeks ago after conference she emailed me and told me she was going to get baptized!!!! I kid you not I fell to the floor. The whole time I was there I hoped she was going to get baptized. She comes to church every week for with her family and has been through all of the lessons, she was just "window shopping" as her and her mom said haha. BUT a couple of days before I left Freeport, on Christmas, Judy told me that Dea had been talking a little bit about baptism and I was freaking out. I left a couple of days later but I KNEW that I would for sure be back in Freeport someday for her baptism. And then I get this email from her and I just lost my mind and started freaking out because I was so excited to be able to go see her and the kids and just be back in Freeport, the promised land. The land that I love.
So this week was a little emotional because I didn't get to go.
We had permission from the president to go, all we needed was to find a ride. And we did, we found a couple, but something came up one after another and all the people we had asked ended up not being able to take us and we just weren't able to find anyone.
Friday night came around and I just cried and cried. It was pretty embarrassing. But my companions are just the sweetest and helped me to feel better. I was just laying on my bed with my blankets over my face crying and my hand was sticking out and Sister a Fugal kept putting cookies in it. She cracks me up I love her. I'm not sure why Heavenly Father didn't think I should go to Freeport, I've been trying to think of some crazy miracle or person that we needed to meet that happened but nothing has really stuck out or been made known to me. Someday I'll find out.
Some other things that happened this week is our investigator Randy realized he has a testimony of prayer!! Hopefully. He has been investigating since November I believe and just has a hard time understanding the basics. Right now it's prayer. And it's pretty much everything about it. Why we pray, what to say, when to pray, who we are praying to, receiving answers, all of it. We teach him twice a week and every lesson we have taught him since I have been here has ended up being about prayer. To do the math that is 10 lessons about prayer OK.. you can only teach so many lessons about prayer. And we think he understands and then the next lesson we will go back and follow up and he will bring up the same concerns and then we try and figure out a new way to teach him about prayer. This is uncharitable but I was at my whits end this week and was probably going to lose it if we had to teach about prayer one more time. I can't remember how we got on to the topic but Randy said that when things get hard at work he says a prayer and asks God to help calm him down and it works.Wait what..? I asked him how long he had been doing this and he said since the missionaries had taught him how. WHAT. We had no idea. And I guess he had no idea really either. After talking with him and answering a couple of questions he was able to realize that he in fact does have a testimony about prayer. So that was cool.
Other things have happened this week, as they do every week. But this email is crazy long already.