Month: March 2016

Another transfer come and gone

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Wow, what a fast 7 weeks this has been, it has been fun serving in Lamoille, Vermont, but the call has been made. At 5.

“Wait, what?” You RMs are asking. That’s right I got my call early. President called and has spoken our calls to serve. I will now serve as a co-district leader in Waterville, ME. I’m not sure yet how I feel about that. But I know that it will be an opportunity for me to improve as a missionary.

This early call will not be normal. I have no idea why he called so early, but we are also getting shotgunned for sisters, one of which will be training. (“Shotgunned” means both missionaries are leaving the area, and in this case, we are being replaced with Sisters.) Let me say this, shotgunning an area is hard enough, but add the pressure of training (we call it shotgun training) and the new-to-the-area Sisters will have an interesting time. On top of that, we have General Conference this weekend. The Montpelier stake has Stake Conference that next weekend, and so they (the new sisters) won’t have Ward Council either of those weeks. So it will be week 3 before their first Sacrament meeting and any real chance of meeting members. They are in for a tough time. But that’s the way missionary life goes sometimes…

For General Conference, we’ve been asked to watch in the Chapels. So I will be watching General Conference from the Waterville, Maine Chapel. I’m excited for it!

Anyway, in other statistics, Elder Andrew is my 6th single transfer companion, (a companionship where you only stay together one transfer), Lamoille Valley, Vermont is my third shotgun out, and my new companion, in Waterville, Maine, is one from my flight group: Elder Dortch.

I realized about a week ago that in two weeks I will have been out a year. Yes, it is weird to think about that, because I haven’t thought extensively of home in a long time, as I have been too busy for that. But I do think of you all often and wonder what kind of blessings Heavenly Father is giving you and what blessings I will see later.

So we are all doing okay.

Final report on the winter: it was the most mild one that all of New England has seen in 30+ years. Next year I predict that it will be the worst one for this next year that New England has seen ever.

Have a happy time!

Elder R Seely
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Week 7, and why…

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Zone conference was excellent. I have lots of notes and I plan applying a lot of the things that I learned and that the Spirit has reminded me that I should do better at.

On top of that, the interactions that I have had with other missionaries have been quite fulfilling and have reminded me that I’m not alone in this mission. We are all going through the same trouble of finding people to teach. It was a welcome relief. And since then, we have found some potential in some people who we contacted this last week and we hope to add them to our teaching pool.

I was able to get up every day this week (including getting up early for Zone Conference) and I have felt a lot better than when I did earlier in my mission. I’m still not exercising daily, I have gotten pretty close to it. My hope is that I will exercise in the evening before 9:45 if we have time and when I get up in the morning. Getting into this routine will help keep my health in good shape and will help me be tired for bed in he evenings. Getting to sleep has always been troublesome for me before my mission and is still a problem. In large part it is why I have not been able to get up on time, but now that I have been doing the same schedule for a long period of time, it is easier, but I have trials still ahead.

The work continues, and for that I’m grateful to be a part of it.


As mentioned, Zone Conference was this last week. We as the Vermont zones had the opportunity to go to the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial and have the Conference there. It was a wonderful experience to go the the monument and see and feel of the spirit there. I wish that you all could have been there. If you ever get the chance, go. So, I did the next best thing and took pictures:

R at JSM

Hope you all enjoy your week. This is week 7 and the last week of the transfer. Odds are that I’m staying here, but my last area proved me wrong there, so anything could happen.

Elder R Seely
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Week 6 weirdness

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I failed to mention one thing last week: This is week 6/7 not 6/6 Why? The MTC schedule has changed so that native language speakers spend 3 weeks in the MTC. That puts us off by one week, I have no idea why else. It just is…

But we have Zone Conference tomorrow (as opposed to Interviews on Monday last transfer…) and I am PUMPED. I get to go to the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial (JSM) and have Zone Conference there. I have always wanted to go since I got into the mission, now I have the chance. I will take lots of pictures for all to see.

BUT, we had an okay week: We did service, taught lessons, and other normal Missionary stuff… I’m feeling well and that is a blessing.

The church has released a new video for the Easter season, and it is pretty cool. Go, see and share with others if you haven’t already: is the place to go. On top of that The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square did a Virtual Hallelujah Singing with over 1000 people participating around the world, so that’s a thing to go and check out also on the website.

Anyway, have a blessed week!!

Elder R Seely
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This last week I have been doing much better at getting up and exercising in the morning (5/7 on both), I’m now working on getting to all week where I’m doing that. The new exercise app that is on the catalog has help immensely, so much so that if we finish nightly planing I want to exercise briefly before 10, but only on nights where we finish early. Just from doing that much I have felt a lot better this last week and can now see the blessings coming from working out, which I didn’t see before.

We saw our first (Hopeful of many) miracle this last week:
This last week on Sunday, we were doing a followup with some of our families that have set dates. One family in particular (the C. Family) stood out when they said that they asked one of the people that they had in mind if they wanted a blessing for a trial that they were going through. This person said yes and would talk to her husband. Sister C. thought it was going to be awkward talking to this person throughout the rest of the week, but it turns out it was not awkward to talk with her at all during that week.

On Friday Sister C. followed up with this new person, asking if she had asked about the blessing. She said, “I have not asked my husband yet, but I really want to do it. I need you to keep reminding me about it.” It was at this point where she suggested that her husband and maybe the missionaries could come and explain the blessing and what happens in it. We were understandably excited! We then took a page out of the *Sister S. F. Case Study and asked her to tell her story that day, and she did.

This is one of many successes we hope to see in the near future. The work is hastening and is out there, we just need to be willing to step out of our shell and invite people. Sister C. later commented “I showed my precious jewel to someone and they liked it, even though they don’t know much about it.” I hope that more people are finding success because it is most certainly out there.


*The Sister S. F. Case study is a true story about how one sister changed a Ward from a Ward that doesn’t care to a Ward that cares endlessly. We have been applying this wherever we go and we have seen many successes coming from applying a few simple things. The story itself actually occurred in the mission back when it was the New England States Mission in Boston. I don’t when it happened but it has changed how member missionary work is done in the mission.

The entire face of the ward is changing right before my eyes. It’s crazy.

We toured the Ben&Jerrys Ice Cream factory this morning. I was not allowed to take pictures for the reason of (and I quote) “We can’t let you take pictures because the possibility of Hagaan-Daz spies in the group that may have come.” It was actually quite interesting. The machines weren’t running because they had finished switching what kind of ice cream they make, and they found an issue with one of the machines. I think water spewing out of the freezing machine should be a cause for alarm? Nope. But whatever. I’m no expert at making ice cream, let alone what half these machines actually do… It was kinda cool to see the inner workings of a typical ice cream factory. Needless to say it looked as complicated as the food processing machine that we see on Modern Marvels…

I have been feeling better. I have caught a persistent cough that will not go away, but I am actually feeling better.

It has been a cold winter, but I’ll be honest there is worse yet to come especially when it comes to next year. My coat barely did a good job this year and this has been the warmest that the mission has seen ever. I think I might buy a new coat next year and send this one home when the time comes…

Elder R Seely
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