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Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7, 2015

Hello All! This week has been fantastic! We have seen miracles in our area! The work is picking up pace! And Elder Allred and myself are so excited to be a part of it! Also, yesterday, I hit 4 months! 20 more to go! I have blinked and my mission has disappeared! I was still sitting there thinking, it's only August, and then I checked the calendar and saw that it was December 6th! I was blown away!
Anyway, here we go!

MONDAY-was Pday as we are all aware, I hope.  We spent the day doing our usual Pday things: We had a heated bet 2 out of 3 snooker match and then we had some lunch! It was awesome! I lost, then I won, and then Elder Allred made a run for it and won.  So I am gonna win this week!  Woohoo! After that, we had a lesson with the most golden investigator on the face of the planet! 'N'! She is so ready! Elder Allred and myself are experiencing things that only States missionaries have experienced! (No offense to yous in the States).  We have actually run out of things to teach her!  She accepts everything and she has a powerful testimony!  It is so great!  We actually taught her a deeper version of the Gospel of Jesus Christ today, but she already knew most of it! It is so awesome to see someone so prepared!  After that, we were going to have a lesson with Sister Walsh but couldn't find a male to go with us so we had to reschedule, buy hey! It all works out!

TUESDAY-we had District Meeting, which is always a blast.  We had it in the Lisburn building as opposed to our usual Belfast building, and it was pretty great.  I had to give instruction yet again, and it went well.  We always have great discussions.  It's awesome!  After District meeting, the whole district came back to our flat and we made a giant Mexican dinner!  It was amazing!  We had chicken burritos and nachos.  Boy oh boy has it been a while since I had eaten like that.  It was so delicious.  I miss Taco Bell :(  But I will be back soon enough at this rate!

After lunch, we taught 'N' again.  It was so good.  We taught her on the Grace of Jesus Christ and showed her the talk, "His Grace is Sufficient," by Brad Wilcox.  I encourage all of you to give that one a read!  It is a good talk!  Then we just GQ-ed and tracked for the rest of the evening.  We have much higher spirits right after a lesson and we love to share the gospel with everyone!  Rejection is very common here, and we run into more Born Again Christians than I would care to talk about, but nevertheless, we strive to carry this message to all the world.  People will reject us, but only because we have the truth!

WEDNESDAY-HUMP DAY! Not really, missionary hump day is really on Thursday since that is the middle of the week.  With only 1 day off a week, it gets pretty awesome! Anyway, we chapped and talked to people on the streets all day on Wednesday whilst we waited to teach 'N' in the Johnson's home to finish off our evening.  It was a pretty great day!  It was really sunny and warm as well.  The grass is green and it was 62 degrees outside, (15 celsius) but it was beautiful.  We taught 'N' the Ten Commandments and she loved it!  She is sooooo golden!

THURSDAY-MISSIONARY HUMP DAY! Woo!  We had weekly planning and we planned for a BAPTISM!!!! WOOO!!!! Weekly planning is legit. But anyway, after planning, we taught 'N' and recapped the Word of Wisdom and Tithing and also told her to keep going strong.  Afterwards, we talked to people for a while and then went over to Alice's house to have dinner with her and her parents.  It was a pretty good dinner!  We had mince pie and gravy, as well as pavlova for dessert!  Yum!!

FRIDAY-was fun.  We made some Rice Krispies for the Bishop and his family since we forgot them the last time we made them, (oops) and that went awesome.  The Rice Krispies are so good!  We also set 'N' up on family history and we taught her a little bit about it at the Edward's home.  She loved family history and is excited to keep going with it.  It is so awesome! I feel like I say 'awesome' almost every other word!! It's awesome! Woo!  Then after family history, we dropped off Bishop's treats and then went to teach Sister Walsh to finish off the night.  It was a great day!

SATURDAY- we had a full day of teaching!  We started off by teaching 'N', (big surprise), and then we taught 'A'.  She is progressing well! She has committed to baptism on the 30th of December! So we are going to have 2 baptisms this month!  It's incredible!  After that, we went and grabbed some lunch and then we had to catch a train to Belfast so we could take 'N' to a baptism that was happening in Rosetta.  She loved it!  It put her at ease about the last thing she really didn't know for sure.  She was really nervous about what baptism would be like, so that helped immensely!  Then we headed home.

SUNDAY-was great!  We had church, and then we did some GQ-ing in the park whilst we awaited a lesson we were having with 'N' at the Jacksons.  The lesson went fantastic.  We went over the Articles of Faith and she said they were awesome! Then we had dinner with the Jacksons and it was superb.  This area is so good! It is so incredible here!  I love it!  Miracles are here and they are here because the true work of God is here!

Well everybody, that has been my week! It has been incredible!  But to close me off, here is my ponderizing scripture:

Alma 26:5-8

5 Behold the field was ripe, and blessed are ye for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.

6 Yea, they shall not be heated down by the storm at the last day, yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds, but when the storm cometh, they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.

7 But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the Harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day.

8 Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever!

-Elder Mickelsen

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