Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Busy, busy

November 17, 2015

Ok so you might think I'm getting transferred but I'm not...hahaha alot of people got moved around but training lasts 2 transfers (12 weeks). Elder Sagmeister got called to be a district leader which is
awesome! Where we live there is only 1 restaurant in our stake and it is this junky Mexican joint called Juan Pablo's. If we wanted to eat out of the stake we had to get permission from our district leader.
But now since Elder Sagmeister is DL we can eat wherever the junk we want to. Hahahaha So how is life in AZ?! I heard the Cardinals beat the Seahawks this week! Woot Woot!!! So I think we're (7-2) and the Seahawks are (4-5).
Now I really shouldn't know this information but when you are learning to talk to random strangers it actually comes in handy. It lets people know that missionaries aren't weird. We are just normal representatives of Jesus Christ!

Thanksgiving is coming up quick! I think at least 10 people have invited us to come over for thanksgiving. Every time someone invites us it just goes in one ear and out the other because I know that we are going to be booked on thanksgiving. Hahaha I just tell them maybe we'll stop by and say hi! I guess it's a good problem to have too many dinner appointments ;)

It's pretty cold in Pleasant View. About 29 degrees. Which sounds freezing but in all honest it's not too bad. The wind is what kills you. Yesterday it was only around 33 but with 60 mile an hour wind gusts it kills you!!! And because I don't have a car or a bike, we walked all day and night in it. My face was numb! Hahahaha

The work is usual. The thing with my area is that it has a lot of potential! We're working with about 25-30 people and we can set up lessons every week but it's hard to have people commit. A lot of our close investigators are around 9 or 10 years old which is awesome! These kids are the future and they need to have a firm foundation of
Christ while they are in their youth. One of the kids is Reejelyn (and yes that is how you spell it) and she is ready to be baptized. She could totally be baptized this Saturday but her family feels like they need time to let everyone know and take time off work which is understandable so the asked if she could be baptized on the 12th of December. Which is a ways a way but it is a pretty solid date. Another investigator is Norah. She is about 9 and she is the smartest girl ever. We ask her questions and she knows everything. She even teaches
us sometimes. Her dad works every Sunday and her mom has no motivation to take 4 little kids to church. She says that she thinks she can't handle the kids at church which I just find total Bologna because coming from a family of 8 children my mom was always able to take us
to church when dad couldn't go.

I'm so thankful for parents that taught me how to work with others especially children. It comes in handy with these investigators. A cool story about Norah. Since her parents don't go to church we asked if someone in the Ward could pick her up and they said it was fine. So come Sunday, the Ward mission leader was supposed to pick her up but I saw him come in to church without Norah and he totally dropped the ball. So I went up to him and told him that we need to go pick Norah up so we left and went to her house and when we got there she was just already to go to church and that just made me so happy.

Also, Sunday was another stake conference and we went to a broadcasted one. However, the church came out with a new streaming system and it just flat out sucks. We lost signal for like 45 minutes and then when
it came back on we lost signal every 5 minutes it seemed like. In those 45 minutes of peril and distress someone was smart and decided to go up and play the piano and we sang hymns for about 45 minutes. People were shouting out hymn numbers and I thought to myself that this is probably what all the other Christian churches are like ;)

Yesterday we were setting up lessons in the trailer park and a boy named Johnny (age 9) biked up to us and told us to visit his home. So we actually met Johnny the day before. So on Sunday we were about to leave the trailer park when I got the feeling that we should visit some less actives. We taught a couple less actives and new members and during one of these lessons, Johnny knocked on the door and wanted to play with one of his friends. When the lesson was done we went outside and talked to Johnny and he wanted us to go to his house. We knocked on the door and the mom was on the phone so we told her we'd stop by some other time. So yesterday Johnny came up to us again and we went to his house and set him up for lessons and we have the moms
permission. Crazy how things work out when you are in tune with the spirit.

Anyways I know it's a lot but there is a lot going on. I could keep typing forever but that would probably bore you guys. Anyways love you guys and stay safe!

Elder Skabelund

(Btw if you are getting an email from me for the first time it's
because I finally have my email list)

Tracting, tracting, and more tracting :)

November 10, 2015

Hey guys how is your week going so far? Are you freezing yet? Hahaha cuz it is nothing compared to North Ogden. I would definitely be in shorts and a tshirt back home but instead I'm layered. 

This week we had a decent amount of lessons and we an investigator on date for a baptism on the 28th! Its been pretty awesome. 

On Thursday we had a tripanionship. Kind of. Pretty much there was this guy from the MTC that tagged along with us for the whole day. His job at the MTC is to teach the teachers that teach the missionaries so this guy is pretty high up. He had a car and that made a huge difference. We went tracting and then we taught a lesson later that night. It was probably one of the best lessons we had.

The lesson started out with the family not wanting us to push their son, Breyan, to baptism and Breyan did not want to say the opening prayer. Through the spirit and us missionaries being true instruments we were able to commit Breyan to baptism and he even said the closing prayer. Not only did we increase his faith but the whole families faith as well. As a family they are reading scriptures together every night and they are making progress.

 On Friday we were tracting in the trailer parks again. We saw this guy get dropped off and we started to talk to him. He speaks mostly spanish and he let us into his home. He introduced us to his family and it turns out that his wife and his daughter has been baptized however, he and his other 3 kids are not baptized. We taught a short lesson and the whole family wants to go to church and be baptized so we are going to work with them towards that goal.

On Sunday Elder Sagmeister and I had to present the living christmas card to two wards. Pretty much after sacrament meeting the bishop asked the congregation to stay and then we went up to the pulpit and sang silent night (A Capella) and then we shared the story of the Birth of Christ. It actually went pretty well and it sounded cool because we did two verses in English and then we sang the last verse in German. The idea of this presentation is to encourage members to give us referrals so we can take this living christmas card and present it to those referrals.

This week has been busy and has been tough but it is definitely worth it.Pretty much the rest of the week has been like this and we are just seeing miracle after miracle happen. Their is so much potential in this stake and there is plenty work to be done. There are going to be a boatload of baptisms soon which is awesome! There is just something special seeing people unlocking the gate to eternal life.

Anyways family and friends, stay true to the faith and share that faith to true sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. Visit some less actives and be a member missionary. I know people tell you that all the time but if everyone did their part the church would be even stronger than it already is.

Love you guys,
Elder Skabelund

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Halloween missionary style

Novermber 3, 2015

Hey guys it's Elder Skabelund! Not too much going on in North Ogden but we did have 20 lessons this past week so we are staying busy. Elder Sagmeister is awesome and I really love my companion. He is one of the funniest guys I know and he keeps the mission life interesting. Over Halloween we still taught lessons but at 6 we got to play sports with the zone. I suck at the mission sport "speedball" but I got to show off my piano and guitar skills as well so it was a fun night. So many members stopped by and gave us candy. I think I have more candy this Halloween than any other Halloween. And I didn't even go trick or treating, hahahaha

This week we did lots of visits with the Ward mission leader. Especially the high council member over missionary work. All the stakes in our mission have to do a Living Christmas Card this holiday season and pretty much the full time missionaries in each stake have to go to referrals that the stake provides and we have to sing a Christmas song and then we ask if we can share Luke 2:2-20. This thing is pretty sweet but our high council member had us present it to him at his house twice this week and it is soooo weird. Not because we did it but because this guy is just super weird. He acted as if he were a non member the whole time we were there hahaha.  After we presented it to him he showed us his toy train collection. ???? Hahahaha I mean this guy has a full room just full of trains. It's like a shrine, hahaha they are really nice people though. They treat us very well.

Well I don't have too much time today. We are going to Heidi's soon to have a lesson/pizza party.

Anyways love you guys!
Elder Skabelund

Visit to Ogden

October 27, 2015

Hello family and friends! I appreciate the emails you guys have been sending me. They really serve as a tension reliever and I just laugh when I hear that my sister Jadyn has cut her hair for the second
time. What a crazy girl!

This week has been pretty awesome. Like it says in the subject line I had the opportunity to leave my mission boundaries to go to stake conference. Our stake had conference in the Ogden Tabernacle and we got permission to go! The tabernacle borders the newly refurbished Ogden Temple and that temple is HUUUGGGEEE! I have some great pictures I'll send over. The tabernacle was cool because it had a live organ and it was super loud! My kind of music... ;) Conference was great and
pretty crazy! They are making another ward so now I'll be over 11 wards. Woah.

I am adjusting fairly well to the mission life and my area. The ward mission leaders are awesome! Our bikes are still broken so we are walking in a stake about 6 sq miles big. Anyways we were walking in a neighborhood and I smelt hot dogs being cooked at 8pm and I was really
craving some. We went to one of the WMLs and apparently he was grilling burgers and hot dogs and we had an impromptu second dinner that night and I was just soooo happy!

The work is strong and there is so much potential. We have 20 investigators and we have 2 of them on date and they seem pretty solid. The stake is still a bit stubborn with how they want us to work
so all we've done is try and gain their trust and willingly follow with their counsel. It is turning into a problem because for example we taught 3 active families last night when we could have reached out
to some non members. Tonight we have a correlation meeting with the stake and I'm
conducting so maybe we can change some stuff around.

This is definitely the hardest work I have ever done. Even harder than working 12 hour shifts at Jimmy Johns and at golden spoon. Even harder than freaking trek. Nothing could have prepared me for the combined mental physical and spiritual exhaustion.

I learned a great lesson this week though. We visited Heidi again this week and she just loves it when we come over. We didn't teach a lesson because we randomly just stopped by and we didn't have our senior missionaries with us as her fellowship. But anyways she shared a lot about her trials and she has had such a tough life. I explained to her that it is through Christ that he can take away all of our pains afflictions and sins. The spirit was strong and she has a strong testimony. She just doesn't know it yet

Anyways we left that lesson just feeling happy. Pure joy. And all of the tough work throughout the week and all the stuff you go through is worth it. Just that small visit with her just made us so happy
because I can see the fruits of my labors right in front of me. The gospel is already changing her life and knowing that because you were being a true instrument of God, you were able to change someone's life for the better. The gospel is beautifully simple. The gospel is also
beautifully joyful.

Stick to your task til it sticks to you
Beginners are many, Enders are few
Honor power praise and play
Will come at last to those who stay

Stick to your task til it sticks to you
Bend at it sweat at it smile at it too
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life's victories after a while

I can do hard things

Elder Skabelund

Ward Mission Leader

Elder Sagmeister,  Elder Skabelund