Monday, September 4, 2017

Called to Serve September 4, 2017

A lot is going on inside my brain and I don't know what to say about any of it!! 
Today is a good day and this week was a good week and this 18 months has been a good 18 months.
Ahh! I don't know how to type this email without crying!! 
I am sad for the door that I have to close and a little bit nervous and excited for the one I'm about to open. But God is good! I'm trying not to be weird or corny 🌽 (#illinois) but I love my mission. It has changed everything about everything . I will thank Heavenly Father everyday for calling me to go on a mission. I don't know what I would have been doing for these last 18 months if I had stayed home, but I know for me it wouldn't have been as meaningful, purposeful, life changing, and rewarding as being in the middle of these corn fields talking to the craziest people, inhaling a bunch of cat hair, and getting to think and talk about the Savior every day. You literally lose nothing by serving a mission. There are a lot of hard things about serving a mission and staying on a mission but I can't even remember what they are right now. This is the best thing in the world!! I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for putting the right people in my life. That you have been able to strengthen me and support me so that I was able to take this leap of faith and come. I didn't know what was going to happen but it turned out better than I expected. And weirder, and a lot harder, and a lot more work, and a lot more fun, and a lot less complicated. But I have learned that. That when you put your life in the Lords hands He makes it work out. OK. As I typed that I realized I'm being dumb about being sad to leave and scared to go home because Heavenly Father has got this! I feel better. Anyways I don't really know what to say except that if you can, YOU SHOULD GO ON A MISSION. 
I have been able to see how following the commandments brings peace in to people's lives that they have been looking for all their lives but haven't been able to find. Only Heavenly Father knows us, and only he knows what will bring us peace. It's not in the world! 
I have seen how when you spend your time trying to help and fix other people, Heavenly Father fixes you. 
I have come to know for myself that WE NEED THE BOOK OF MORMON

I love my mission so much I could cry about it. I am, I have been, I will! 
I don't know really what else to say, life is cool. Life as a missionary is cooler but I'll try to manage 
Life is good and I wanna be a missionary forever so I think I will. IN MY HEART
OK bye see you someday 

SISTER MADSEN 

Finally! A picture of Sister Prisbrey!!!! Now you all can see just how next-level-cool she is 
And here is a picture of my soul senior sister missionaries 
We had a dinner party 
Sister Greene being sister Greene 





My last ever exchange got to be with sister Corbett. You already know what happened. I cried.