A Missionary’s Week

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I can now say that have gotten a pretty good idea of what the rest of my mission will look like: I will spend 5/6 of time out proselyting and rest will be spent recovering from sickness. I say that because I have been sitting in the apartment for about a week and I think we have more to come. The weather out here isn’t helping me or my companion because it has been so muggy recently.

Here is the play by play of this week:
Monday: We felt pretty good so we did some simple proselyting.

Tuesday was a disaster. Nothing we had planned got done. Elder Betts was so sick it was very challenging to get him out of bed.

Wednesday: We felt okay enough to go to district meeting and conduct (so well that if you didn’t know he was sick that you would have thought that he is just a little tired).

Thursday: He’s still quite out of it. I have determined that if it lasts till Saturday that we are spending the next Monday in the hospital to figure out what is going on. Package arrived! All is well.

Friday: Another day sitting around the apartment, while Elder Betts recovers from being sick, I’m officially 19 but I think that mission office has incorrect information. I’ll check in on that next time I’m in Bedford.

Saturday: Yet another day in the apartment; this makes day 7. More practice for tomorrow’s musical fireside. Elder L Tom Perry died and has gone all the way of the earth, may he rest in peace. Transfers happened…

Sunday: We did go to church and the fireside was a complete success.
I want to say a couple of the words about elder L Tom Perry. He was a physically commanding person who knew how to use the space he was given, he talked with power but with a comforting tone. I want you to know that I wouldn’t be surprised if other members of the quorum of the twelve were to die within the next couple of years, the quorum is starting to get grow older and I believe that the Lord knows this and preparing their replacements right now. I do not know who is going to take the place of Elder Perry, but I know that it will be someone who is unprepared to take the role, and the Lord will transform him.

Transfers have come, and I will be staying here, and my companion is becoming the zone leader and I will be follow up trained by the incoming district leader. My address has not changed this time. Other changes happening in the district: we are getting a new sister in Canterbury and the Concord elders are getting a new elder. So this will be interesting to train him on the area and be trained at the same time.

No photos this week, sorry.

Elder Seely

Sent from my mission-issued iPad

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The one letter you wanted all week

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Hello peoples of the outside world,

First off, this email was composed in great part on an iPad (something which I will try not to do again because how slow it can be (dang it autocorrect!!). We received the iPad on Wednesday and have been using them to further the missionary work for each of our areas. As for my area, we have not used them to their full potential yet but we should be able to get to that point within the coming days. I have never realized how much of a blessing that technology is until I was deprived of mine. Now I’m using technology for proselyting purposes and it has made me become a better representative of Jesus Christ. I’m very grateful to be living in this time and age, but I’m also worried about what is to come. So this week I finished Helaman. I believe that we are living the Book of Mormon quite closely, in fact we are in the middle of Helaman and are fast approaching the end of the book. What does that mean for me? I need to kick the work in my area into high gear…

Anyway here is what happened over the week

Monday: After emailing home we as a district played a pickup game of basketball (so much fun)

Tuesday: Went on exchange with Elder Perry and worked in Pittsfield for a majority of the day.

Wednesday: Mission-wide conference on iPads and there use in relation to the work, we had someone from the missionary department of the church come. (We would have had a member of the seventy come, but he had to stay in Utah for health reasons.) We were taught what mission presidents were taught a week before. (If you look up #becausehelives, there may be a picture of me floating around with a creative use of a google maps style pin on my suit, just saying you should check it out.IMG_0071

Thursday: Went to Tilton where we had a dinner appointment and we worked up there (with little success) all day.

Friday: Not too much work happened here either all of the appointments that we had set all fell through. A disappointment but what can we do…

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Saturday: Went to Franklin (which is near Tilton) and tried to do work you there, but to no avail. On the bright side my feet don’t hurt as much…

Sunday: My companion is sick and we spent most of the day in the apartment, while we study further on the iPads increasing our knowledge on what they can (and can’t) do. We also had a scare from one of the sisters in our district.

Elder Betts is recovering in bed and I’m studying, when I receive a call from the Canterbury sisters saying that Sister McVey has had an accident and we need to come get her and take her to the hospital. She got a bad sprain, but she will be fine. I have no idea what my companion is going to say so I’m in the middle of a sentence when Elder Betts walks in to the room and says that we will be there. After getting fully dressed, we get in the car and start driving towards them. We get them to the hospital and it’s nearing 8:30pm, but we have to retrieve their car (mind you…because I’m still being trained, I can’t drive yet), so we get permission to take the Concord sisters and get their car and bring it to the hospital. It’s now 9:30pm when we make it back in time to give a priesthood blessing, during which our phone dies. We get home at 11:45pm and Elder Betts is dead tired and I’m fast approaching that point so we forgo the dinner we had planned and eat something simple.

Which brings us to Monday where we have a long shopping list to do and lots of tasks to get done. So we had a somewhat typical missionary week out here in New Hampshire.

IMG_0045One thought: it is an absolute joy to be working in the mission where the restoration happened, at the same time it can be almost nightmarish when trying to get the work done and Satan is doing everything he can to stop us, but “he may bruise your heel, but you have the power to crush his head” (I have no idea where that scripture is, I’m not totally sure I got it right either).

See you later,

Elder Richard Seely

Ps I can read my email all week, so send me email when you can, I can only respond on p-days.

There was some concern as to when transfers are. I will be informed of where I will be going on the 30th and transfer meeting will be the next Tuesday.

Hope you enjoyed these pictures I took in my area. I just upped the colors and changed the brightness and contrast.

 

A Boring Week…

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Every missionary that I have talked to has said the mission speeds up at around 18 months. From my point of view, last Saturday was yesterday and the start of my mission was last week. But anyway here is the week in review (though I don’t remember most of it)

Last Monday: P-Day, went on exchange with the Zone leaders

Tuesday: Exchange with Zone leaders in Bedford

Wednesday: Not much happened here either…

Thursday: Lots of walking, nothing to do here either

Friday: Zone Interviews, more on that to come.

Saturday: Wood Project, More on that soon

Sunday: Church, Ward Council, Home Teaching Planning…

Wood Project: We were asked if we could help in the ward with an older sister in getting some firewood for the next winter, we had to cut the trees down, cut them into manageable chunks, split it, and stack it near the house. I’m not that strong of a person and I have never used a chainsaw before, so I mostly split the wood and stacked it but that was all morning on Saturday.

Zone Interviews: This is where the entire zone (In our case the Manchester, Bedford, Concord and Canterbury Districts) and we get taught by the zone leaders and the sister training leaders. We also get interviewed by the mission president and have a small workshop with the mission president’s wife. It was interesting and very informative.

It is very dry here. It has been threatening to rain on us for a couple of days now and I’m like “I command the clouds to RELEASE THEIR RAIN!!” because I like it when it rains in the morning. It has a nice smell to it.

My Companion, during a lesson with a member family, had a thought about D&C 4: When the wheat turns golden-brown, it means that it is ready to harvest. When it turns white, you have to do all you can to finish the harvest and then you have to burn the field in order to preserve the ground so that it can support the next crop. If the field was white when Joseph Smith received D&C 4, think of what may happen soon when it is time to burn the field? It was an interesting thought that he had.

All in all, not much happened this week, I hope to hear from some of you soon through Email and Snail Mail.

Till next time,
— Elder Richard Seely

Happy Late Mother’s Day

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To all the Mothers in the world I want to say happy belated Mothers Day.

Because I’m only allowed to email on P-Days (Monday) I can’t say it soon enough, but we as missionaries greatly appreciate our mothers in all that they do.

Monday (Last Week): Surprise exchange start.

Tuesday: Went on exchange with another elder in the district, with an Elder Jensen and we worked in the Concord area for the day

Wednesday: District Meeting, Great experience there.

Thursday: We did a little service to some ward members, and we worked in Pembroke until later in the day when we had our first set of Home Teaching appointments.

Friday: Weekly Planning, and a dinner with another family (The Ward is awesome)

Saturday: Traveled to Franklin and worked up there and then met with another Home Teaching appointment and had dinner as well.

Which takes us to Sunday: we visited with another member and we taught a lesson, had dinner, Skyped, and talked about the weather patterns that I should expect during my stay in the Concord area.

IMG_2313[1]Speaking of Skype, as it was Mothers Day, we (the missionaries) were given the opportunity to skype to our families. It was a wonderful experience to see them again after 2 months of not seeing them, I only wish that we could do it more often.

Doing well in New Hampshire, with exception to the weather. It is way too humid for me; I’m used to the heat, but not the humidity…

Let me tell you some interesting things about New Hampshire:

  • Concord is not pronounced Con-CORD, it is CON-curd.
  • Penacook (where our apartment is) is technically Concord in administrative functions, but all the people live in Penacook.
  • New Hampshire’s roads are not organized like ours are. There are random one way roads scattered throughout Concord and the surrounding areas. Its just a little annoying…

Oh well…

Hope you have a good Mothers Day and I hope you have a good week.

Sincerely,

Elder Richard Seely

Week 2.5

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Richard

I have now been out for 2 weeks now and it was a rather interesting week, but we as missionaries have a goal to get to 100% home teaching, and we have a plan to accomplish it. We have split the area into blue and red zones for carpooling purposes and we are going to help home teach members in those areas and that took 4 days to go from needing an area change for proselyting purposes to the plan we have now. Here are the days events:

Monday: P-Day

Tuesday: Study in the BoM and a lot of street contacting

Wednesday: Packed with lessons to members

THursday: New Missionary/Trainer Conference

Friday: Teaching more lessons… so much walking…

Saturday: I need to remember that I burn rather than get tan… we did yard work for a nonmember couple in Epsom

Sunday: Attended PEC and Ward Council as well as brainstormed ideas for a musical fireside that is coming up on the 31st of May.

Monday (Today): Writing email to friends and family

So my week has been an interesting one, I hope to have more like it.

Till next time,

Elder Richard Seely

First Letter from NH!!!

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Seely10Hello All,

This is my first letter coming from New Hampshire. Before I forget, Yes it is green out here, but unseasonably cold. My sweaters are doing a fine job of keeping me warm so I have not purchased a coat, but I need a lint brush…

Anyway, I have lots to tell and seemingly endless time to tell it so let me start on Wednesday. After getting into New Hampshire on Wednesday at approximately 12:10 AM, we slept almost all day to recover from the issues of Tuesday. But I got to perform my first priesthood blessing on a couple who were going to have a baby boy the next day and it was something that put me in a place where I can do the most good for the couple turned family.

Thursday we had District meeting and it was a blast. Afterwards we spent a good part of the day trying to prepare a map to go up in our study room until we gave up on it and looked into buying one. Needless to say, they were too expensive and we are going to wait on a map that my dad will print and send us.

Friday we went out to proselyte in Pittsfield, but about 5ish minutes from Pittsfield I look at my companion and say “pull over”. My companion is wondering why as he is pulling over to the side. We sit there for a good 3 minutes wondering what has just happened. We talked to each other and we both agreed that we should not be going to Pittsfield today and so we start for home. About halfway home, I ask where the hospital was and asked him to take me there. (At this point my companion thinks that I’m sick). After arriving at the hospital we both sit there for a minute, and I get the feeling that I need to stand (my own thought) and then to knock on the car window next to us (not my own thought) and ask the guy how he was. Long story short, he was at the hospital visiting his mom who has cancer. We teach him the Plan of Salvation (A lesson I had not practiced at all) and his parents on the Book of Mormon. It was a wonderful Spiritual experience both times and it was something that was going to happen at some point in my mission.

Saturday was the first time doing service for a family who was moving into the ward and we worked without rest for 5 hours unpacking boxes, taking shelves and moving furniture to various parts of the house.

Sunday was a stake conference Broadcast where Elders Anderson and Hales talked to the entire east coast region (which does not include anything south of Virginia BTW).

Which brings us to Monday where I am sitting in the Concord Library writing a letter to everyone on a chromebook. SO that is my week…

My trainer is Elder Betts. Think of Miriam, make much older and more funny and you are in the ballpark parking lot. He is hilarious and awesome. This will be his second to last transfer, so he leaves in July. No, I don’t have an iPad yet, I will be trained in their use in May. I work in the Canterbury Ward in Concord, New Hampshire, with 2 sisters who are also awesome. New Hampshire is a totally different experience from the mountains that I’m used to. I now have to get used to the amount of trees growing in the state. I am currently resident in a town called Penacook and that is near Concord, so close in fact that the two get mixed up on occasion.

I think of you guys everyday and I miss you a lot (I also miss Little Caesers but that doesn’t matter). I asked my companion if he wanted to send you anything about himself and he gave me a smirk and said that he has nothing. So, we’ll see if he has anything next week.

I hope to see what is going on in Lehi at some point. Until next time folks!

Sincerely,

Elder Richard Seely

 

Richard prepares for and receives his call

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August 2014

Mom is encouraging Richard to get to work and turn in his papers. Unbeknownst to Mom, Richard prays about the question of going on a mission and receives the clear impression that he should wait. He doesn’t tell Mom.

November 2014

We took this on the same day as we took some official “send to the Church” pictures…fun group! So this was us preparing for him to get his mission call. Still didn’t turn in his papers…still didn’t tell Mom what the hold-up was.

December 2014

Mom finds out that she has a cyst in the middle of her chest that requires surgical removal and 6 days in the hospital at Christmas time. On the second day in the hospital, the kids come to visit and find Mom in a lot of pain and tears. They have to wait in the hall, and while there, the Spirit whispers that THIS is why he was asked to wait…to help take care of Mom while she is recovering. Mom couldn’t drive for 6 weeks after the surgery. In addition to driving the kids around, Richard helped Mom in and out of bed and brought her meals up to her room for the first week she is home. He’s amazing!

January 2015

With Mom home from the hospital and no more need to wait, Richard finishes the final requirement, to read the Book of Mormon in 3 hours of reading, and sees the Bishop and Stake President one more time and the papers are submitted.

February 2015

IMG_2048Figuring that even when Richard gets his call, it’ll be several months before he goes, we plan a vacation for April 2-10. Then, Richard receives his call! He is called to the New Hampshire Manchester Mission and is to report to the MTC on April 8! Just 7weeks from when he got  his call. Scramble time!