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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May 23, 2016

Well everybody, this week has been pretty awesome! We were all over the place! And I set my new mission record for lessons taught in a week! We also found a few new investigators this week, and we got to see a very special guest live in person at Stake Conference! So I will just get right to the good stuff!

MONDAY- was Pday. We didn't really do much besides email, shop, clean and walk around Coleraine, seeing the sights.  We also had Family Home Evening.  It was pretty good, lots of food and good times.  The weather was also pretty nice on Monday. So that was a plus.

TUESDAY- We headed up to Belfast for District Meeting bright and early, and District Meeting was pretty good.  We had the Zone Leaders in our meeting and it was pretty great.  Afterwards, we all went to Boojums and then we were on exchange with the Zone Leaders.  I was with Elder McCappin. It was a blast.  We taught a few lessons and we spent a lot of time talking to people in front of the University.  I was also able to find someone that lived in Coleraine that is really super solid that we will begin teaching soon! It was a really solid day. And it ended with Domino's! It was really great.  We had a ton of fun!

WEDNESDAY- We headed back to Coleraine with the Newtonabbey Elders to go on exchanges.  I was with Elder Furko. He is from Hungary.  We had some good time teaching a few lessons and getting some solid potentials.  It was really a great time! The people are starting to soften their hearts, and we are starting to see the Lord's blessings be poured out in the city of Coleraine! Elder Richards and Elder Rich also taught a new investigator and got her set up with a baptismal date for the 11th of June, so it was a super solid day!

THURSDAY-We had our Weekly Planning and then we headed to Ballymoney to visit a guy named 'O'.  'O' just showed up at church last week.  Turns out, he was staying in Columbia for a while, and he was actually baptized there (shout out to Elder Braiden!) and now he is back in Ireland to look for a new job. So we have been meeting with him and teaching him about the Priesthood! He is really solid.  After that, we headed back to Coleraine, and then we taught 'J'. He is doing pretty good.  We have a service project lined up with him this coming week, that is pretty awesome. He is doing really well, though.  Super solid! After 'J', we headed to the church and we had our Book of Mormon class. We covered Jacob 4, and that is a really good chapter on the power of faith.  With faith, we can do anything! Absolutely anything.  Faith is a force to be reckoned with.  Afterwards, we went to our Branch Mission Leader's house for coordination, but he wasn't in, so we headed home and had some dinner.

FRIDAY-Was pretty great.  We first started off by burning the Book of Mormon on a CD for a recent convert who lives in Portrush.  After that, we had a lesson with 'I'.  It was a good lesson.  She just had some questions about the church and things like that.  She was the one who actually called us an asked to meet up, so it was kind of last minute, but it was good nonetheless.  After 'I', we had some lunch, and then we went over to 'N's house.  He is doing well.  During the course of our lesson with 'N', our investigator with a date dropped us, so that was kind of a bummer, but it was all good. We have another lesson set up for Saturday with a really solid guy.

SATURDAY- was solid.  We taught 'M'. He told us that he likes our church because we line up with a lot of the teachings that Jesus taught, and we have a lot of his same standards.  He told us he wanted to read the Book of Mormon, so we left him a copy on our way and we set up a return appointment for next Saturday.  He is so solid! It was awesome! After 'M', we traveled to Portrush and we taught 'T' and gave him his Book of Mormon on CD.  It was a bit of an awkward lesson, but he is really quiet, so we had to make it work.  After 'T', we headed home, and then had dinner to finish off the night.

SUNDAY-was awesome! We walked to the church bright and early to catch a bus to Belfast for a special Stake Conference. President Uchtdorf came to Belfast! I sat and heard President Uchtdorf talk! It was so amazing! And we also had 'I' there as well! It is great! She enjoyed it! And I got so much out of it! It was really awesome to see him! And although I didn't get to meet him personally, being in the room and feeling of the Spirit he has is incredible! It was such a good conference! Then on the way back, our bus broke down and we had to ride this rickety ghetto bus back to Coleraine, so that was an adventure as well! Sunday was great! 

We also had a tiny thunderstorm! And I missed the only bolt of lightning! Dang!! We called everyone on our phone and set up a ton of appointments for this coming week! It was awesome!

Well everybody, that was this week.  It was great! So spiritual and so awesome! And we taught 13 lessons this week! New record! It was so good! The Lord blesses the diligent!

Love you all!

Till the Work is Done

-Elder Mickelsen

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