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Monday, April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016

Hello everybody! This week went by quick! And it was quite the wek as well! And it culminated in a moves call.  So, I'll just give you the run down!

TUESDAY- Well, on Tuesday, we had our District Meeting which was pretty good! We had lots of treats and stuff since one of the sisters in our district is dying! (going home) and it was a pretty great meeting.  We talked all about how we can be better and how we need to get to know people as friends as we teach them.  After that, we traveled back to Bray and we taught 'P.F.'  He is doing good.  He really enjoys the Living Scriptures cartoons and he learns a lot from them.  He also just loves cartoons.  Then after that, we went to the church to set up our progress record, and then we had our branch council meeting.  It was a pretty good meeting.  We were able to talk about a lot of things that we can do to help this area and the branch.  

WEDNESDAY- We went finding all day. I don't really have much to report.  Wednesday just kind of ended up being empty, but it was fun to go out and go finding.

THURSDAY- We had our weekly planning! And then we had a lesson with 'A'.  He is pretty cool.  He is interested in Family History so we told him a bit about that.  And then afterwards, we went finding until our English class.  We had a few people show up, so that was fun.  We helped them become more fluent in their English, so we just sit and talk with them.  It was pretty great.  After that, we went home and went to bed.

FRIDAY- ended up a lot like Wednesday.  We went finding all day.  We also stopped by a referral to deliver a Book of Mormon, but she wasn't in, so we left her a note saying to call us and then we did some more finding. Pretty good day.

SATURDAY- We went finding in the morning and then had some lunch.  Then we went finding some more.  Then Elder Giles had to go and get his GARDA card, so we went and did that  and then we set up the church for Sunday and then we headed home.  We ordered some pizza, as per tradition on moves call eve, and then we headed to bed.  

SUNDAY- Church was good.  We had fast and testimony meeting.  The rest of church went pretty well.  We had our missionary correlation meeting right after church, so that was really good.  Then right after church, we went to McDonald's to teach 'A'.  Don't worry, we didn't buy anything.  But it was a good lesson.  We told him a little more about family history.  Then we went with Corneliu to Monkstown where we tried a lady named Sister Carter.  She said she was busy at the moment and we couldn't come in.  So, instead, we went over to visit another sister in the branch named Jean Cowap.  She was really nice.  It was a really good meeting.  After that, we headed over to the Bunda's house to teach Mathoni and have some dinner.  It was a pretty good night.  And we also got moves call right after church! It was the earliest moved call i have every experienced! And I am moving out of Bray.  I am headed up to the Belfast Zone! I will be moving to Coleraine, which is on the North coast of Ireland.  I am really excited! Bray has been fun but I am excited for this new step!

Well, that was my week.  Sorry it wasn't too interesting.  But is was really quick for me.  Anyway, hope you all are doing well!

Till the Work is Done

-Elder Mickelsen

March 4, 2016

Hello Everybody! This past week has been great and definitely a highlight of the week was seeing General Conference!! It was a very good one indeed!! Well, this week's update is going to short (sorry, mom!) This week was a bit slow, otherwise, but things are starting to pick back up again.

I am just going to start with Tuesday now, since all of my Monday summaries are just, "Today was Pday" So, here is Tuesday.

TUESDAY- We had a Blitz in Bray. Our District Leader, Elder Taylor and Elder Perkes came down to help us find some more people to teach in Bray.  I was with Elder Perkes all day and it was really fun! We ended up finding 9 people in total that day, and we ended the night with some burgers at Eddie Rockets.  It was good! Elder Perkes and I even taught 2 lessons: one to a visiting Spanish girl and the other one to 'P.F.'  We taught the Spanish girl all about prayer and recognizing the blessings that God has given us in our lives and we showed 'P.F.' the "Mormon and Moroni" video from the Book of Mormon animated stories.  

WEDNESDAY- We spent most of the day finding.  It is starting to rain here everyday again, and it was weird to see the rain, as crazy as that sounds.  But it was a good day, wet, but good.  We had a lot of lessons from our potentials fall through, so we were kinda bummed about that, but we began to teach a guy named, 'A', and he is pretty cool.  Hopefully he will progress and come closer to God.

THURSDAY-We did our weekly planning in the morning and that was good.  We were able to get that done pretty fast and go out finding.  We also went finding all day on Thursday, as well.  The days just kind of blur together when you're finding all day in the rain.  But hey, such is life in the SIM.

FRIDAY- You guessed it! We spent the day finding.  It was really crazy.  By this day, we were a little worn out, but we kept going.  Nothing much really to report for Friday.

SATURDAY- We went finding until 3:00, then we caught a train down to Dublin to watch the Saturday morning session of Conference, which started at 5:00.  So we headed down there for that and it was a good session.  We were a little tired but the best sessions were yet to come.

SUNDAY- was a really good day.  I really enjoyed the Conference sessions.  We started off by watching Priesthood session, then we watched Saturday afternoon and then Sunday morning.  I still haven't seen Sunday afternoon but I can tell it was a good session.  My favorite speaker by far was President Uchtdorf.  He gave one of the best talks I have heard.  I loved how he talked about building new things, and following God to receive blessings.  My favorite part was when he said that we do not need to do anything to deserve to be rescued.  If we ask, the Savior will rescue us.  That was the best thing I have ever heard.  I realized that all I need to do is ask, and I can be helped.  I have decided to apply this principle even more in my every day missionary labors.  TO JUST ASK! 

Sorry for the short update! I definitely needed the boost that conference gave on the weekend. My favorite quote now is this, "I CANNOT has never accomplished anything. I WILL TRY has wrought wonders." I know that all we have to do is try our best and work our hardest and we will see blessings.  No matter how long we have to wait.  No matter how hard it becomes.  If we keep persevering, we will see the arm of Go and we will be rescued.

Till the work is done.

-Elder Mickelsen