Month: July 2015

And the work continues

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This past week has been relatively uneventful, as such it may seem like there is nothing to write home about. But let me tell you the missionary work continues to roll on. Multiple people in the scriptures tell us that this work will be a marvelous work and a wonder. It is. But while it may seem like I have nothing to say, know this, that I’m a firm believer that the seeds I plant will blossom in the future, I know not when or even where the seeds will bloom, all I know (and frankly care about) is that I’m doing a marvelous work, so much so that people wonder…

On that note here has been my week,

Monday – After emails we went to a service opportunity and had dinner afterwards. The service we did was to retrieve boxes of stuff and store it in a different part of the house, the attic was hotter than the rest of the house by 20+ degrees, so we got a good work out. The dinner was salmon with a special seasoning recipe that I have to get and send home, it was the best salmon I have had in years. We also began an exchange with the Machias elders where Elder Burt came to Belfast

Tuesday – We went and did service at the local soup kitchen. We also did a whole lot of walking and getting doors kindly shut in our face (the usual New England response) and then we tracted into this nice lady who said that she was curious about our believes were.

Wednesday – We went to zone meeting in Bangor and we received more training for our iPads and we were told that the next phase would be released to us some time next week. We also had lunch and exchanged back into our original companionships.

Thursday – We went to the soup kitchen again (they have asked us to come Tuesday and Thursday every week) and had some good fun and then proceeded to change into service clothes and went to do some… Cleanup with goats… Yeah

Friday – PIONEER DAY!!!! We did nothing… We continued to visit some people in the branch taught a few lessons and had an ok day.

Saturday – This was the day we did stuff, we had a branch Pioneer Day with live music (my companion) good food (provided graciously by the members) and games (nails and tug a war). We had a good time there and I only wish that the entire branch was there…

Sunday – Branch council was ok. The day was rainy and some random people gave us rain ponchos and we had a excellent dinner provided by Elder Shupe.

Today – We are going to hike Acadia as a district for PDay. We will have fun.

Now…after our hike…We did have fun, plenty of pictures!
So the questions:

1. What has helped your testimony grow this week? Describe what you learned or experienced.

Nothing again, I’m still looking for it

2. What is one interesting thing about your area that makes you smile? Why?

Well, the district is a riot we have fun with each other when we see each other, and we joke around while on the phone, car rides with anyone are hilarious and we know how each one is doing.

3. What was your favorite/least favorite missionary moment this week? Describe.

It was our hike in Acadia today, pictures below.

4. Is there anything we can add to our prayers to help you? Praying for investigators, for example?

At this point we have been trying to find less active members of the branch. We have not been able to find the addresses. We know they exist and that people live at these addresses. We also need to find more people to teach.

Anyway, we have had a good week, your prayers are helping, keep sending them 😉

Elder Seely

Ps pictures
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The district
In order left to right
Elders liljenquist, Cobb, Bradley, Shupe, Burt, wallentine is behind elder Burt, hannig, sanders and sisters Sewell and Jensen

The view was very foggy…

On the car ride home

Random fish at “the bowl”

Sent from my Mission-Issued iPad

New Area

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I have been transferred to a new area, in a totally different state! I’m now serving in Belfast, Maine. Along with that, I’m serving in a branch which has a different organization than a ward does and should present its own set of challenges to overcome.

I’m serving with an Elder Shupe who has been serving for 20 months and is district leader (for those keeping track, he is my third companion who is district leader) over 4 other companionships: Rockland Branch, Ellsworth Branch (1 and 2), and Machias Branch. Also turns out that our stake has only 5 wards out of 14 branches and wards. So we are a small stake and the Belfast Branch has the most members.

Some things that happened during the week:

Monday: Played more basketball, there is not much we can do in the Canterbury area, so… yeah

Tuesday: Transfer meeting! I am transferred to Belfast Maine. My previous companion is training again, and my new companion is the district leader again! My new mailing address is 30 Court St. Belfast, ME 04915. Anyway, I have no problems living in Belfast, except for the half cut grass…

Selfie in my new apartment
Selfie in my new apartment

Wednesday: District meeting for the first time in the new area. This is going to be a great 6 weeks! All of the district members are interesting, fun, funny and generally know what they are doing.

Thursday: Got downed due to sickness on both our parts, but we had a good day, preaching the gospel to all who will listen.

Friday: So Belfast has a yearly Celtic celebration, and that was happening for the weekend. Celtic Celebration: What is it? No idea. What is it for? No idea. Did you go? Not really. I will say that they are LOUD I mean they had music, and fireworks that sounded like World War 3 or something, because there were bangs and booms for about 5 minutes. We did not see the colors because of the stupid trees, but it was loud…

Saturday: We had a member baptism, which my companion was honored to perform, and I was able to participate in the confirmation that night. I also met most of the Branch council that night in a semi-formal setting.

Sunday: Branch Council at 8:00, Church at 9:30 (wait, what?) Yes, I know that is not a standard time to have church. I have no idea why we do it then (neither does my companion, or his previous companion. We had a good time and got a few visits in.

Which leads us to today: Emails, Shopping, Sight-Seeing? I don’t know.

My mother emailed me this morning: “Would you take some time in your letters/blog to answer the following questions with as much detail as possible?

1. What has helped your testimony grow this week? Describe what you learned or experienced. This week has been bombarded with Satan’s influence and not just my area but the entire zone I believe is feeling it. In my opinion this only means that something is about to happen that WILL weaken satan’s influence. An Apostle said that Satan knew that the restoration was about to occur, so he encircled Joseph with darkness and tried his best to bind his tongue. In Joseph’s words “I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.” While he can’t focus his efforts into one blast like he used to, he (Satan) continues to exert his influence to bind our own tongues. We need to remember that we have the power to crush Satan’s head.

Another boost to my testimony…We have a challenge going to finish the Book of Mormon in the time it took to translate it (~60 days) and I’m in 2 nephi right now. I got challenged to finish it as quickly as possible by a fellow district member, and we’ll see who finishes first…

2. What is one interesting thing about your area that makes you smile? Why? My companion is Elder Shupe. He is… Miriam again. And dare I say almost looks like it. Here’s a picture, taken moments ago. We are sitting in the clerks office right now, being awesome missionaries. Elder Shupe July 2015 3. What was your favorite/least favorite missionary moment this week? Describe. My favorite currently is District meeting. Every Wednesday we have a meeting as a district and are trained by the district leader (who is my companion), talk about issues that we are facing, and the investigators that we are teaching.

4. Is there anything we can add to our prayers to help you? Praying for investigators, for example? Well, there is the above mentioned satan’s influence that we could use any help we can get with. We know that your prayers can help that. Other than that, currently there is nothing that springs to mind, except the prayers of safety and being able to find those who are prepared to receive the gospel.

Anyway. I hope you all have had a good week, and good luck to you in the future weeks to come!

Sincerely,

Elder Richard Seely

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This is going to be the first email to the blog exclusively (and not the last).

Welcome to the blog! This is where all future emails will be sent, to simplify my email process.

So…my week:
Monday: P-day adventures

Tuesday: You know what… I’m kinda tired, so I don’t have much to say about the week. I’m being transferred to a new area so my mailing address is not good anymore. When I find out where I’m serving next, I will let everyone know where my mail should go.

I would like to say to the Canterbury Ward–where I have been serving for the last 12 weeks–that I thank you for being nice enough to somewhat understand the fact that I’m new…

Also, I keep hearing of a Facebook page for the New Hampshire Manchester mission. I encourage you to go look at that. It may contain pictures of me.

Recent pictures
Picnic…Elder Poe

And that’s it, keep following the blog!

Elder Seely

This Week…

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I would like to apologize for the lack of reading content in my previous letters, I was quite short on time because we had several lengthy things to do and they all required my attention, we had car repairs, emergency appointments with members (all is well) and pretty much out of Wifi range for most of the day, again I’m sorry.With that,
Monday
Went to the mission office for the purpose of meeting with the office staff, the office is in Bedford and is small compared to the Horrocks office, which is fine for there purposes
Tuesday
Worked in Pittsfield with three investigators, all of them are progressing well, two were formers from two transfers ago, I wonder why they were dropped
Wednesday
Worked in Franklin, I’ll explain that in a minute
Thursday
Went on exchange with elder Jensen (cool guy) worked with some less actives who we found over last week
Friday
Was in Pembroke much walking…
Saturday
Pembroke again, all lessons, our favorite is sis Creon, I’ll explain her as well
Sunday
Studies, Ward council, church, and dinner with some LA who have some interesting theory’s
Why is Franklin not ours?
It was originally the sisters area, but they got emergency transferred to other places, sis McVey was transferred to the office while her ankle heals up, and sis Collins was transferred to another area where the sister there had her third medical emergency and was sent home. We currently cover twice the geographical area.
Sis Creon is a LA who we have been working with the past couple of weeks, her goal is to go to the temple (a worthy goal) and has been coming to church despite his and her medical issues, she has been progressing for a while and he is not a member.
I continue to learn of the gospel and learning how to teach it. I bid you all a good week

Elder Seely