Old Stomping Grounds, New Beginnings!

Featured Photo: The Eau Claire Elders!

From Elder Ellis (email dated 7/25/2016):

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s been another week. That went by so fast! Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. This week, so much has happened, it has honestly been so fun! I just have to get started! So let’s jump right into it!

Last Monday we went bowling and had some fun with the Oakdale Elders. They are awesome. Elder Pierson is in Oakdale! He and I served around each other in La Crosse, he was in Winona. It’s good to have him back!

So my iPad was doing some crazy stuff, and somehow I got locked out and it deleted ALL MY STUFF. So there goes 1900 photos and 95 videos of memories. (I’m still recovering from the devastation.) But through it all I learned an important lesson about the Atonement. Well, I learned a lot of lessons. One of which is always have your photos backed-up with iCloud, two is to always remember your password, three is to get over it because #firstworldproblems, and four was to be patient. Haha. But lesson on the Atonement. So I learned that even when we do stupid things (sin) and we feel bad about it and we loose a lot of joy, the Atonement covers us. The Atonement is the ULTIMATE iCloud back up. It can bring back the joy and happiness that we lost when we sinned. It can heal us and bring us back to where we want to be. We just need to do our part to be able to use that ultimate iCloud backup. So that was a tender mercy. Kind of. Haha now I have to start taking more pictures.

Road-tripping with floral sunglasses!

This past week we went to Eau Claire and blitzed the area! Man, it was so good to go back to my first area. I remembered where a lot of stuff was surprisingly. I went with Elder Ferguson and we taught Hmong people! I remembered more Hmong than I realized. It was so much fun to be with Elder Ferguson, he’s a great Elder and he knows his Hmong! We even ate kapong! (I still don’t know how to spell it…) Eau Claire is such a fruitful area and it’s progressing so well!

We decided we wanted to visit Sister Paulsen this past week. Her grandsons are preparing for baptism this Saturday! We are so happy for them! They were gone at a bible camp this past week and weren’t supposed to return home until Saturday night. We stopped by and THEY WERE HOME! They weren’t supposed to be, so we got to teach them. They are awesome. They look up to us and see us as role models. It’s so great! We also got to visit them last night and review the baptismal interviews which is tonight! So that’s awesome! They are so ready and it’s going to be amazing!

Thunderstorm coming! It was awesome!

We also got to visit with M___ this week, she’s our other progressing investigator. She has been asking and praying for an answer of what she needs to do for a new job. We promised her last week that if she prays about it and asks God and reads her scriptures, she’ll find her answer. When we met with her yesterday, she had got her answer. She prayed and read her scriptures and the next day she got a text message with a new job offer. She was so pumped. I was floored, and the Spirit was palpable. It was amazing.

On Saturday, we spent the day in Stillwater, MN. It’s just across the river and it is full of less active people. We visited a member named brother Boultt. Turns out he is the father of a member from the North Saint Paul ward. Guess who happened to be there? The member from North St. Paul! Crazy! We got to catch up and he remembered me too! Ah, it was good. Little miracle and tender mercy!

Stillwater, Minnesota!

We are so looking forward to A___ and G___’s baptism. They are excited and they even asked us to baptize them. It’s so great to see the fire and desire of these kids. They are 11 and 14. It’s such a good feeling. I’m so excited for them. There’s not too much else to report on. Being a zone leader is basically a bunch of paper work, but I’ll still get a good email out every week!

Thanks for all the love and support! I love you all! Have a wonderful week!


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 michaelandrewellis.com, 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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