A Sky Full of Miracles!

Featured Photo: Bright Futures for Bright Missionaries!

From Elder Ellis (email dated 11/07/2016):

This week kind of just slipped by all too quickly. I mean it was Halloween, then all of a sudden it’s November, and now we had to turn our clocks back. Time is moving waaaaaay too quickly. I only have a certain amount of time to be a missionary and I need to cherish it. Well, onto how this week went shall we? 🙂

Swagging in the Mom van #soccermomellis

Biggest miracle of the week actually happened on Monday! So I’ve been waiting a whole week to tell you all this wonderful miracle! Since Monday was Halloween, we couldn’t proselyte in the evening, so we had to work in the morning. So we emailed from 10am–12pm and then worked from 12–2pm. We had the Barron Elders with us that day and so we blitzed our area for a few hours. Elder Rodriguez and I went to teach A___. We were planning on teaching just a short spiritual message with him. When we got there, he invited a friend to come listen to the message we had to share. I got the feeling we should watch a movie instead of a short spiritual message. The only movie I had downloaded was Meet The Mormons. It was perfect. We watched Meet the Mormons with A___ and his friend B___ and they loved it! At the end of the lesson, we committed A___ to a baptismal date for December 17th!!! He’s so excited and ready for this, and so are we! 🙂 It was a cool miracle, because we hadn’t planned any of that, but we listened to the spirit and let the Spirit teach A___, and it worked! The church is true people! 🙂

Speaking of last Monday, we had the Barron Elders come hang out with us and we partied for Halloween! We got $3 burritos at Chipotle for wearing costumes. Then we went to the mall and bought sunglasses. Then we played games at the church. It was fun!

Too much swag!

We saw G___ on Wednesday too. He is doing well. He was sick yesterday, so he wasn’t able to come to church :(. Since his date for baptism is next week, and he’s not ready yet, we’ve had to move his date back. We haven’t picked a day yet, but it’s in the making! He’s a great man!

Speaking of Wednesday, we went and saw E___, and this time we actually got inside his house! We got to meet several of us cousins and help them understand more about the gospel. He even came to mutual on Wednesday. E___ is awesome. He’s really opened up to us and isn’t shy around us anymore. I’m grateful we’ve been able to have some sort of effect on him. Now we just need to have an effect on his family.

Thursday, I was in Menomonie because #exchanges. I was with Elder Gray for the day and we had a partay. (Haha, I had to keep going with the rhymes). We visited a ton of less actives and learned a lot about each other. We also happened to go to Subway for dinner and it was national sub sandwich day or something, so we got a free sandwich. #shopthesales The coolest thing that happened in Menomonie is that we almost got hit by a train. Other than that, it was dark and cold in Menomonie.

We spent a couple hours in Chippewa each week, and Friday, we went up to Chippewa to have a lesson with this investigator. He was interesting, but we got hung up on the whole grace means no works thing #Gracers. So we’re not sure what his purpose is in these meetings, but we know ours! Ours is “To invite others to come unto Christ by receiving the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.” Simple right? Well, the rest of the day consisted of weekly planning, craving Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, service at a Hmong restaurant, and teaching one final lesson in the final hour. It was so cool to see how working diligently to the end of the night brought miracles. I guess this miracle deserves a paragraph of it’s own.

Basically, it was 8:50 and we could have gone home early, literally we were just down the street from our apartment, but instead we visited one last house. We had stopped by before and they always said, “Come back anytime. You’re always welcome.” We stopped by, and this house is the gift that just keeps giving. It’s a Hmong house and so there are always people to teach in there. We were looking for a specific person to teach, AND HE WAS HOME!!! We had such a good lesson with him and talked about the gospel and he was totally open. He is actually our age and wants us to come back. It was great!!

Saturday was great! We got to go back to St. Paul to witness the baptism of a family Elder Yang had taught. We got a ride from our ward mission leader and trekked to St. Paul. It was soooooo good to see all the Elders out there. I miss them a lot. Elder Thao goes home in like a week and a half. It’s crazy. I’ll get to see them again on Friday, so it’s a little better. #zoneconference It was a good baptism too. We surprised Phanida, because we didn’t tell her that we were coming, and we got to St. Paul early, so we stopped by. It was so fun to see her again! 🙂

Raked some leaves!!

Sunday was different. We basically had a regional broadcast for the North American Central area. It was good. Talked about temples a lot. We also had some good lessons with people. Cool miracle: I needed to use the bathroom so we stopped at a gas station. While I was in the bathroom, Elder Yang talked to someone who turned out to be the brother of a missionary from the Eau Claire ward. (Not a member) But he recognized Elder Yang as an Elder and offered him food and water. It was just cool to see how we are recognized even by those who aren’t members. 🙂

So the theme this week is miracles. I have seen so many miracles this week it’s crazy. Never in my entire life have I ever seen so many miracles. I’m so grateful to be serving a mission and to have the opportunity to serve in such a bountiful area. I love it here and I don’t ever want to leave! I love you all and I hope you all have a great week! Thank you for all the love and support!


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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