Proud to Be a Mormon!

Featured Photo: Pamela’s baptism: Elder Ellis, Pamela, Brother Lyman, and Elder Wilson

From Elder Ellis (email dated 6/13/2016):

Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again. Whoa, this week went by so fast, but at the same time, I can’t understand how long the week felt. Let’s get started on how awesome this past week was though!

Lake Waconia!

So first things first! Pamela got baptized on Saturday! Woot! On Thursday we got to watch the movie Meet the Mormons with her. She loved it! I loved it. I cried—I mean my allergies were killing me during that movie. It was a good lesson though. It’s been so amazing to be a part of Pamela’s conversion. Her daughter and her sister came to her baptism. It was amazing the Spirit that was felt there at the baptism. She cried, they cried, we all cried. It was amazing. Now, she is officially a member of the Church. From the time we began to teach her, she continued to say, “I would be proud to be called a Mormon.” After she was baptized, she was able to share her testimony. She thanked her sister and her daughter for coming, thanked us missionaries for teaching her and helping her find the truth. Then she said, “I can finally say, ‘I am proud to be a Mormon,’ because I am one now.” It was awesome. I’m so glad I was able to help her find the joy and wonder in this gospel. She is going to do amazing things and I can’t wait to see how far she will go! 🙂 It’s moments like these, or when other people you’ve taught come and visit you, that make it all worth it. Every last sad day, every tear shed, every door slammed, no matter what it is, seeing someone enter the waters of baptism for the first time makes it all worth it. Even better is when those who you’ve baptized come back to see you. It makes everything worth it. I stop and think, I made a difference in that person’s life. It reminds me of a quote from someone, “To the world you may be one person, but to that one person you may be the world.” So don’t miss that opportunity to be the world to that one person.

Watching Meet the Mormons! The Candybomber!

In other news, we had an awesome lesson with this man named D___. He’s a pretty cool guy. We taught him the past week and invited him to be baptized. He accepted the invitation and even set a day for himself: August 20. So we shall look forward to that. We met him twice this week, and the second time he wanted to come to church. So we invited him and got him a ride to church. It was great! He had a good time at church and loved the people the most. He’s a good guy, some potential there!

We had our lesson with C___ this past week too. We talked about the Plan of Salvation. It was a good lesson. We were at the Peel’s home (Relief Society President). She has a son named Winslow who is nine years old. He basically taught the lesson for us. It was awesome! We started talking about the spirit world and he just raised his hand and said, “That’s why we have temples so we can do baptisms for those people who died and didn’t get baptized.” We were all very impressed. C___ is doing great though. We are excited to see her progress.

Such a rebel!

In addition to lessons, baptisms, exchanges, and blitzes, there were an enormous amount of Graduation parties here. Now, to put a Minnesota grad party into perspective, it’s like the mission farewell party of the Utah-type deal, but for a graduation instead. They make them huge and there’s a lot of food. So we stalk them for “contacting” opportunities and food. Haha, just kidding, but we did get the opportunity to go to two grad parties this week. We went to one for Andrew Mansell in the Waconia ward. He is leaving on his mission to Washington D.C. South, Spanish speaking. Then, on Friday, we went to one for Taylor Hardy, who is leaving on his mission soon to Boston Massachusetts, English speaking. We are super excited for both of them and we got to meet some of their nonmember friends too. It was a funny, because some of Taylor’s friends asked him if we were the Mormon missionaries. They recognized us from when we were biking and we wore helmets.

The cool crowd at a graduation party!

Life is good though. Not much else happened this week. We’ve really been doing our best and Pamela got baptized! That’s the biggest highlight of the whole week! 🙂 Well thank you all for supporting me and helping me get to where I am today. It’s wonderful to see how far I’ve come. It’s been quite the journey. Love you all! Have a wonderful week!


Elder Ellis

PS – Music in video is mission approved. 🙂


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Michael Andrew Ellis

I write literary fiction at the confluence of Mormonism, Hmong culture, and the human condition. Here on, I write about Mormon arts and letters, Hmong history and culture, classic and contemporary literature, existentialism, and my journey as a writer.

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