God’s Perfect Timing!

Featured Photo: Thanksgiving Leftovers! Yum!

From Elder Ellis (email dated 11/28/2016):

Good Morning everyone!

Yes, it’s time to hear from me again, so soon, right? Thursday wasn’t even a week ago, but in the time that I have emailed, there have been a lot miracles. I think we should get right into it!

First things first, the Church has put out its new Christmas initiative! #LightTheWorld. Light the world through service in December. There is a new video that you can check out on Mormon.org. Starting December 1st, there will be a new video released to encourage and inspire everyone to do service in small ways around you everyday leading up to Christmas. I encourage you all to check it out and do those acts of service everyday! It will make your Christmas better! 🙂

Well, a good miracle is that I’m still alive. Just kidding, but I’ve been sick for the past three or four weeks now with a cold. So I called the medical guy in our mission and he told me it’s probably a sinus infection. So on Saturday I went to the Urgent Care and got checked up. Sure enough, I have a sinus infection. Yay! I’m not going to die! But now I’m taking like six pills a day…woo, drugs!

Charlie Brown Christmas!

Saturday was just the greatest day ever. Every thing was so perfectly timed, it was insane how perfect it was. We start off by trying to teach a less active member near us. He wasn’t home, so we taught his mom. We go to the doctors. That took like 30 minutes. Picked up my drugs at a Walgreens down the street. Went to go teach a Hmong grandma who was recently baptized. This is where the timing was so perfect. We knocked on this guy’s door who we contacted three weeks ago. He was home and we shared a good message with him. His friend lives next door, so we try him, but no avail. We look across the street to see a Hmong grandma that we help learn English on Wednesdays. She lives close to our investigators! We went to visit her really fast and shared a message with her too! Then we decided to visit grandma Kab, the recent convert, and shared a message with her. She was killing chickens…blech. I saw everything on the inside of a chicken. This is why I can’t be a hunter. I almost fainted. She laughed. After visiting with her for a little bit, we walk outside and see the other guy we were trying to visit earlier. He was taking out the garbage and we were able to share a message with him too! Then, we go back to the less active we tried at the beginning of the day and he was home! We shared a message with him too! Then we go to visit J___. Oh man, this deserves a paragraph on it’s own.

J___ is doing great! When we visited him on Saturday, he was sick too. We talked about how his Thanksgiving went and shared the new Christmas video with him. He was floored and said, “You guys came all the way here to share that video with me? That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking about doing this Christmas.” He loved the video and just wanted to post it on Facebook right away. It was amazing! We also visited him on Sunday and gave him a priesthood blessing because he was sick. He was very grateful for it and is continuing to have such a great desire to learn more. We love J___!

Back to Saturday, after J___, we went to visit a less-active member and she was home and was waiting for us! She’s been wanting to come back and we shared the Christmas message with her too! She loved it. Ah, I love missionary work!

We were together LAST Christmas too!

Well, all was fine and dandy until the night. We decided to work diligently until about 7pm, then to help this awesome Hmong restaurant do dishes. A member owns the place and always feeds the missionaries, if we don’t have a dinner. We worked so diligently that we didn’t get there until 7:45. We were starving. We got there…IT WAS CLOSED!! There was the Hmong new year in St. Paul and it was closed! We were heartbroken. So we ate food at the apartment at 8pm. But all in all, Saturday was a good day! Maybe God just didn’t want me to get fat. We’ve had so many Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, I’m beginning to wonder when it will end!

Thanksgiving was great. We ate and we ate, and we ate some more. It was good to be gluttonous…not really, but it was really good food! Oh soooooo good! I just love Thanksgiving time, because we can really reflect upon what we are grateful for. Also, we went Black Friday shopping, and I didn’t buy a single thing! #willpower

Friday, we set up our Christmas tree! It’s so small! It’s adorable! It’s much bigger than last years tree, but it’s still small. It’s good to get into the spirit of Christmas a little bit. I even set up lights! Yup, it’s that time of the year already!

Our little tree!

A___ is doing so well! He came to basketball and church this past week! He loved it, we had a great lesson with him about repentance and it was so bomb. Church was a funny story. I taught gospel principles class and I decided to teach a simple lesson about eternal families because the Sisters brought an investigator who has never been to church before. Well, we end up talking about temple ordinances, sealings, eternal marriage, and the eternities. Like hecka deep doctrine. Hahahaha, that was interesting. She liked it and will come back though!

Well, that’s about it for this week! I’m grateful for all you and all your support! Love you and have such 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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