Independence Day!

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From Elder Ellis (email dated 7/04/2016):

Happy 4th of July everyone! It’s wonderful that we get to celebrate the freedom we won. I’m grateful for the many people who have done what they could to provide for our country and those who even gave their lives for us to live in a free country. Even the scriptures talk about the glory of freedom. Captain Moroni didn’t allow his people’s freedoms to be suppressed. He raise the title of liberty and they fought righteously for a good cause. They gained their freedom and cherished it. Be grateful for what we have instead of what we don’t have. That’s my 4h of July sermon. 🙂 Let’s get on with what has happened this past week!

We just barely got back from a Fourth of July breakfast and fun run! Elder Bezzant and I did the fun part, Elder Anderson and Wilson did the run part. Haha. It was awesome. We had a lot of fun and will continue to have a bunch of fun! Later today, we are going to party it up with two other zones in St. Paul for a massive Tri-Zone p-day BBQ and game day. It’s going to be awesome! Plus, Elder Lao is going to be there! 🙂 Yay! I’m also going to be barbecuing some chicken and corn for us. Mmm…Should be good! Then we are going to spend the night in Waconia for some fireworks on the coast of Lake Waconia. This is going to be awesome!

‘Murika Outfits! Happy Fourth!
Elder Anderson’s Grand Finish!

Well, on to the past week how about? This past week has been a crazy good week. It’s been full of miracles and marvelous works. First off, Pamela this past week has been just amazing. We’ve met with her twice now and both times we taught her about tithing. She instantly asked us, “How can I pay my tithing? Where’s the slip? When can I give it to bishop?” She got her temple recommend as well, so she is excited to go to the temple soon. Pamela is the greatest. I’m so excited to see her progress and learn more. This is what missions are all about! 🙂

We also were able to meet with M___. She’s doing great! She knows what she needs to do to become closer to God and she’s working toward it. Her kids came to church yesterday and they seemed to like it! It’s wonderful to see the gospel work in her life and her kids!

So here’s our miracle for the week. We offer our services at this small thrift store in downtown Chaska known as The Blessed Bee. We work with several older women who are the sweetest old ladies ever. Seriously, it’s awesome. They are so sweet! We love them! One of them, Sarah, asked us to help her with some things at her home. We went over and helped her with some things. She invited us over for dinner. She and her husband are the sweetest and they loved having us over for dinner. I am so grateful to have met them and helped them. They are the best. We had a great dinner with them and our friendship will continue to grow.

At the Blessed Bee

This past week we were able to meet with our friends the Ro___’s! They are doing good. We had a really good lesson about the Plan of Salvation. We started talking about the atonement and J___ got into it. She asked us questions and really enjoyed the video we shared. It was a lesson that was so inspired by the Spirit. It was awesome!!

A missionary from our Ward here in Chaska recently returned home from his mission. It was wonderful to see how he’s grown. It was also trunky to see him and his mom bear their testimonies on Sunday. It made me miss my mom. I love you mom! Anyway, trunkiness aside, That’s really it for this past week.

I love being a missionary. Everything about it is awesome! I love the people you meet and the experiences you have! Thank you for all the support and love you send to me. I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July and stay safe! Remember our freedom and to cherish it! Love you!


Elder Ellis


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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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