Month: January 2016

Tuesday Pday!

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jan 25 2016Yep, just like when I was in Belfast, zone interviews happens to be on Monday and so here I am writing to you all on a Tuesday.

The pdays have been rather uneventful as compared to the last 4 weeks, just to sum up what happened on those pdays:

  • Week 1: went to belfast and had some fun up there
  • Week 2: went to Ellsworth with Belfast and played with half the district on district pday
  • Week 3: went to Belfast yet again and Ellsworth elders decided to join us
  • Week 4: went on exchange to Ellsworth on Sunday to Wednesday and watched a missionary broadcast teaching and retention from the missionary department of the church.

So this is the only week it isn’t so crazy, and it’s a nice change to do that. As we at the bottom of the district we have to get a ride with the Belfast missionaries if we are going past them, but because they are on exchanges (I don’t think I call them exchanges anymore…). We don’t want to waste time or miles to go somewhere far, we are crunching miles already. But we are okay with not being with everyone; Machias has to do that quite often, so I don’t feel too bad.

Here are some recent pictures that I have taken while up here.

If you look closely, there is a floating icicle. It’s hanging on a telephone line in the dark.

PS I have heard about this storm that came and snowed/rained on the east coast. It did not touch the mission, but we are getting some big winds. The weather is little like a toddler: when it’s sleeping it’s calm, but things can get sour quickly. One of the advantages and disadvantages of living close to the sea. We do get a lot of wind, so right now I’m not wearing the overcoat a lot except when it’s dirty outside and I want to stay clean (not easy, considering how much sand, salt and, snow is on the ground and the car).

Have an awesome week!

Elder R Seely
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January Pictures from Maine

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So, come check out the goofy p-day looks I got when I asked for pictures…oh and read his blog for today again. I updated it.  ~Elder Seely’s Mom Jan 2016 1

Elder Seely At Work

Elder Gwilliam



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First off, I’m ok.
Let me explain why I didn’t post last week:
We didn’t have a chance to email last week because we didn’t have power in the Ellsworth chapel, due to a BLIZZARD. (When a blizzard happens, we generally don’t have power. We need power for wifi. We need wifi for emails. And I was not happy that I didn’t email home.) We had been out for a while and were coming to do email (the Chapel has wifi). We got there at 3 hoping to do at least an hour of emails and the power was out, so we decided to do emails at our own chapel, which is an hour drive from Ellsworth. We had come with the Belfast missionaries and so we had to wait on them to leave. And by the time we got back to our area, it was 6:30 and p-day was over, so we were not able to send emails last week.

This last week, we did work, we worked on the AreaBook, we taught a few lessons. All in all, normal missionary life…

Intellectually, it has been an interesting week. We have a potential who seems to know the answers to his own questions, but wants to convince us that his way is right. I posed my own questions to him and he hasn’t gotten back to us. But, I’m ok, my companion is ok, and we are still working.

We do have an investigator who we have been teaching for a while. Her story about how she came to her date for baptism is cool: We have been going over the pamphlet and trying to commit her to a date, but we didn’t get anywhere in committing her. But when we went to the next lesson and we were teaching about baptism in the Gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlet, she told us that during our last lesson she had had a recurring thought to get baptized in May and when we went over the Saturdays in May, and she committed firmly for the first week in May. That was our miracle of the week.

My mission is quite fun, and sometimes can be quite boring. It’s a lot like school though and sometimes I wish that I had developed better study habits and “conviction” to do work regardless of how fun it isn’t.

Have fun this week, and I apologize for not emailing last week.

Elder R Seely
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Slow days and fast hours

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This there is not enough to the LTP to put it here. Suffice it to say that I asked a couple of questions 😉

I’m now serving in Rockland, Maine. It is in the same district as Belfast, so I’m close to my second area. I’m with Elder Gwilliam, whom I served around while in Canterbury. I’m doing well in the new district. I’m also not companions with a district leader so this will be fun. Rockland is a branch now but has been a ward in the past. Anyway, have lots of fun!

Elder R Seely
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