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Thursday, December 31, 2015

December 28, 2015

Hello All!! This weekly update won't be too long again since we only have about an hour to email and I'm flying through it! Here we go!

MONDAY -  We had a half P-Day since it is Christmas this week and we have a few more days off, so we just emailed.  Then we shopped and did some regular proselyting!  It seems to me, that the closer we get to Christmas, the more hardened people got.  Ireland is a place where the topic of religion is a wee bit…volatile.  So it gets hard sometimes, but we push through and make the best of it!

TUESDAY - We did a really giant GQ loop in the morning to make sure we shared as much Christmas spirit with people as we could and then in the evening, we taught a referral from one of the counselors in the mission presidency! And he was our joint teach! Lemme tell you, teaching with a member of the mission presidency is really good!  I highly recommend it! She committed to be baptized in the first weeks of February!

WEDNESDAY - We did another giant GQ loop and it was really fun.  Rejection is part of life and we just blow it off.  Sometimes if the person is particularly rude, we will say something along the lines of, "Your opinion does not change the fact that there is a God, and that he has restored His Church back to the Earth."  Thankfully, we don't have to say that hardly at all, but there was a time or two when we did.

THURSDAY (Christmas Eve) - We had weekly planning and then we went and did one final Christmas finding session.  Still, no one was very interested.  For the evening, we went to the Johnson's and had some take out.  Then we watched Big Hero 6, which is a fantastic movie, by the way.  Then we traveled home and hit the hay.

FRIDAY - Christmas!!! It was great!  Elder Allred and myself both opened our presents and then we proceeded to make a giant American breakfast as per the tradition of our forefathers.  

We made eggs and bacon, as well as hash browns and tiny little roasties.  We also made a big ol' stack of waffles with a waffle maker that we found underneath our sink!  It was such a delicious breakfast!  After that, we went out and delivered cookies to the single elderly sisters in our ward and shared a wee Christmas message with them.  It was very good.  After that, we went over to the Whithorns for a Christmas dinner and it was huge!  I didn't even come close to finishing!  And then we traveled to the Reid's, where they gave us free reign over their TV.  So we watched Dragon Ball Z with Nathan.  It was awesome!  Then we headed to the Johnson's again and Skyped our families.  That was really cool!  It has really been a long time since I had seen them! It was good to talk and to chat with them.  After our Skype call, the Johnsons let us play their Wii, since their kids were busy with a new PS4, so we played Super Smash Brothers for a bit.  It was awesome!  

SATURDAY - We had another day off! Boxing day is cool!  First off, we went to town and I picked up a new suit, then we went to the Parker's and watched the Man U Game.  It was pretty fun.  Then we played FIFA and got absolutely destroyed!  It was almost an embarrassment.  But it was fun. Then we went back over to the Reid's and watched the LEGO movie and Hercules and had some Chinese food.  It was pretty good day!

SUNDAY - Was back to work!  We went to church and then GQ'ed for a while.  We found a potential! She is an older lady named 'S'.  So we are excited to see if our teaching come through or not.  It should be good!  

Well, that is it for the week!  Hope you all have a fantastic week!  Talk to you soon!

Ponderize D&C 20:16 (Get it? 2016! Haha!  It's a good one!)

16 For the Lord God has spoken it; and we, the elders of the church, have heard and bear witness to the words of the glorious Majesty on high, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

-Elder Mickelsen

December 21, 2015

My Christmas Onesie PJ's

Hey Everybody! How are things going? Good to hear! (Just imagine me pausing to listen like Dora does!)  But things have been awesome here!!  I am going to give a short weekly update since we only have 1 hour to email today and I'll be Skyping on Friday!  Woohoo!! You know what that means??? It's Christmas!  I have been  out for a while now!  At the end of this transfer is my 6 month mark! WOW! That was fast! Anyway, here we go…

MONDAY - is the same as always.  We emailed, shopped and played snooker.  To which Elder Allred and myself are still tied.  The battle will continue after the New Year! But we also did a bit of finding to build our teaching pool!  No luck, but mean people are awesome! We just laugh at it now.  We love opposition! Just like in video games, it means we are going the right way!

TUESDAY - We just had a whole day of finding!  Woohoo!! Also, this week was pretty warm…lots of sunshine!  It should be close to 18 celsius on Christmas.  We have a jet stream from the Caribbean coming in! Woohoo!!

WEDNESDAY - You guessed it! Finding!  It was starting to get exhausting, but we powered through! We found 'N' exactly like this.  We have faith!  And FAITH IS POWER! (That's my motto!)

THURSDAY - Weekly Planning!  And we ate 6 tubes of sour cream and onion Pringles…which was a bad choice!  But is was awesome nonetheless.  Weekly planning can be a drag sometimes, but it is necessary!  The Lord can't guide your footsteps unless you are willing to move your feet!

FRIDAY - We had our Ward Christmas Party.  It was fun.  They did a little Nativity and it was a good one.  Roberts 1st has still got 'em though! They also had a ton of food!! Chicken curry is fantastic!  Put it over some rice and it's enough to make a grown man weak at the knees! It's awesome!!

SATURDAY - We taught 'T' and then we taught 'N' a recent convert lesson.  Her friend from England was there so we kind of taught her as well.  Her friend was interesting… but it was an okay lesson.  After 'N', we went finding! Woo!

SUNDAY - was the Christmas service in Church.  It was really good.  They read scriptures and sang all the songs.  It made me excited to be here for Christmas!  What better way to show my appreciation for the birth of the Saviour than to serve here!  Sunday was also spent finding!  We just love love love it!

Anyway, this week has been fantastic.  I encourage all of you to remember Christ this Christmas.  And always be grateful for all you receive! 

Moroni 10:33 is my ponderizing for the week! We can become holy without spot through Christ!

Merry Christmas Everybody! And a Happy New Year! And to my family, SEE YOU ON FRIDAY!

Til the work is done!

-Elder Mickelsen