New companion

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Hello World, Welcome to the second week of 2017. With continued Co-Operation, we can keep the world turning!Or at least the gospel going forth…
But hey why not spread peace while sharing the gospel at the same time? *Sigh* I remember when we did that at one time long ago…

Anywho, I’m staying in N Brookfield (Maybe I mentioned that…) But I have gotten my new companion: Elder Crandall
– NEW COMPANION REPORT –
Name: Elder J Crandall
Hometown: Alpine, UT
Mission Age: 17 Months
Areas in Mission: 3
Most Recent Area: Southington, CT
Companion #: 13
– END NEW COMPANION REPORT –
And that is the idea. In talking with elder roy about him, he sounded a lot like me, and he is. It’s kinda cool to interact with someone like me.
The area on the other hand has been slowing dying out in terms of investigators, we are doing very well on less active reactivations (With 4 reactivtated, and 7 at last weeks sacrement meeting) so we are going after the part member families and see where that takes us.

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On to the new year!!

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During the last letter I recalled the year 2016 in review. Shortly after writing that letter, I had an interesting idea to make a picture collage of the year. So I’m beginning to work on that, I might show you all later in the month, but right now, still planning it out.

Anyway, transfers have come and gone, I’m stilling in N Brookfield for another 6 weeks, but E Roy is leaving to go to Bridgeport, CT. I will be getting an E Crandall, whom I know nothing about but that is half the fun of transfers. So we will find out more next week. The actual transfer day is on Wednesday, and we have a lot of driving to do…(ROADTRIP!!!)
We have been talking about where my last area might be and I said "If I don’t get transferred, this area will be my last" so we’ll see if thats true or not. With my track record I might have another area left… Anyway, we have lots to do in order for the transfer to go smoothly so this will be a short letter home.
Happy new year everyone!!

Last Big Letter of the year.

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What a year! As we wind down 2016, let us remember all of the wonderful and sometimes crazy things that have happened over the year. As we come to the end, let us also remember how we got here.

In February: I was transferred from Lamoille Valley VT, after serving there for 6 weeks to serve in Waterville ME as a district leader.

In March: With the one year mark approaching and continuing to serve a district leader, I continued to work in Waterville trying my best to find those that would accept the Gospel.

April: The 1 Year mark of my mission, I have been serving as a missionary for 365 contiguous days and as a district leader for 3 months.

May: I celebrated the 20th Anniversary of my birthday with the district. A surprise birthday lunch was given and in turn I used my day to serve the Lord.

June: Elder Rasband of the Quorum of the 12 comes and speaks to our mission. He gives us many memories (and many pages of notes) and gives us is Apostolic blessing on the mission. Mission leadership training follows and many more notes are taken.

July: New Mission President arrives in the mission shortly after a transfer and switching of companions. We both serve as district leaders.

August: Another transfer. I am then transferred to Methuen, MA, having served in Waterville, ME for 4 and a half months, and still serving as a district leader.

September: Staying in Methuen, and keeping the companion, I continue to teach repentance and baptize converts (I still haven’t found that golden investigator…)

October: Odd transfer in which I get sent to a Spanish speaking area. I serve there for 3 weeks and also served the Methuen area for 5 months.

November: A new Stake was formed and from that I switch missions and get thrown into a completely foreign world (like from the MTC to the mission field)

December: Having settled in and found some form of groove, I continue to serve the Lord but in a new place.

This is my year in review, and I hope that your year in review is interesting. Have a great day, and happy new year!!!

Christmas around the corner!

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Hello friends and Family,

The Christmas season approaches with rapidness, and unfortunately so does the snow…

This Saturday, we entered into a condition called “Red Dot”. All that means is that all driving is restricted until further notice. We received over 9 in of snow over 3 hours. Here is a picture at about 3 in:

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By the end, we couldn’t see the outline of a few of the cars. SO MUCH SNOW. And here is the funny part, the N Brookfield Snow plows didn’t get out till 9 AM, and even then they didn’t do a good job. In Utah the snow would be off the roads at that time. Needless to say we had trouble getting out. Around 10 we got the “red dot” and from 10 to about 4 we stayed in the apt doing productive things.

Friday for district meeting we got a nice freezehpim1793

Yes, that is 10 Degrees Fahrenheit. So cold at least it wasn’t windy…

Thursday was Zone Conference. It was the conference before Christmas and it was full of testimony and musical numbers, if we weren’t in the chapel I would have recorded it to send, but alas we were in the chapel. our zone did a number on Away in a Manager.  It was awesome. Right after we went to the temple and served there for 4 hours. I got to do all the functions in the temple from baptisms to sealings, it was a truly unique experience to go and serve the Lord in bringing salvation to all of his children.

Wednesday was interviews, per usual he was way behind. We were supposed to get interviewed at 12:00 and leave an hour later. We didn’t leave till 4. Oh well, we planned for it though which wasn’t surprising…

The week was uneventful otherwise

Skype calls are coming soon, will post some pictures and some of the questions asked while on call. Until then, stay warm stay safe and have a merry christmas.

 

Elder R Seely

 

Nativities from around the World

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So in all honesty, this week wasn’t a good week, we maybe had 10 lessons this week, but that was because we had a excellently done activity.Our branch does an activity that they call: Nativities from around the World.
They have done this for 5 years and they have had big turnouts every year, the missionaries of course jumped on this and have been there for all of the open time, talking to the various members of the community, it was a wonderful experience seeing all the nativities from all around. I will have pictures here, because, lets face it. I need pictures to remotely do justice to this actitivty. We had 320 nativities from 18 known countries (I say known because they had labels). A lot of the nativities were loaned to us by members of the communities that the branch covers, several members also had many scenes in various forms. It was an excellent experience!
Nope just found out that I can’t get you pictures, just know that I have them, I will get them up next week.

Other than that, Interivews are this week, Zone Conference is coming up this week, after that is the temple. So BAM BAM BAM Getting it all done for the season.

Have a good week!

What a week

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What a week, we had some things happen in the area. We have had most of our investigators disappear for the Christmas season, we got roped into several things which will take away lots of our weekend time. But fun fun, still totally new to the area and still confused at what is good and not. But otherwise life is good.

I’m really bad at letter writing…

But the christmas season is approaching very quickly, we have been pushing this new #LightTheWorld Initiative the church launched for the season. It gives 25 ways that you can let your light shine. For example: Today Dec 5 "Jesus Healed the Sick and So Can You". It gives suggestions on how you can do the things that Jesus Christ did. I encourage you all to participate.

Sincerely,Elder Richard Seely

Ok, that was fun…

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Well, the transfer has come and gone, and I’m stickin’ around in N Brookfield, MA. And that is OK! Because I dont want to learn an area quickly and then only stay for the week, but my luck has me staying with the area Vet, Elde Roy. He has been here for 6 months now! But we are having plenty of fun and getting lots of good work done. But overall, I love it out here, I dont like the city to much…

Anyway, PICTURES!

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Elders Roy, Piper, Miller, and Me at the Quobbin Reservoir

Which was pretty sweet! Love it when we dedicate more temples.
Which I guess leads me to the thought of this week:
To start, let me quote from “Preparing to enter the Holy Temple”:
There are many reasons why one should want to come to the temple. Even its external appearance seems to hint of its deeply spiritual purposes. Much more is this evident within its walls. Over the door to the temple appears the tribute “Holiness to the Lord.” When you enter any dedicated temple, you are in the house of the Lord.
We are truly blessed to participate in the many ordinances that are performed in the temples of the Lord. As we strive to continually attend, we can “throw off” the influence of the adversary. One of the speakers in the dedication, Elder Randall K Bennett, mentioned how they once had to plan out their trips to the temple because of distance. Now they have to make an effort to go to a temple which is less than 5 minutes away. Strive to make the temple a center of your worship towards the Lord.
Love you all, see you next week!!
PS Sorry for blank post before…