Is it worth it? "Is it worth it," I said, as I reached our place, "to get the door slammed in our face?" "Is it worth it?" I said with a heavy sigh, "To wear this stupid shirt and tie?" "Is it worth it?" I said, "when it's 40 below, To walk for miles in a foot of snow. I wonder what my friends would say If I were to go home today?" It's not the things your friends would say, But what the Lord would do today. What if the Savior would have said, "I think I'll quit before I'm dead!" "Is it worth it Father? To do this thing, For a bunch of people I've never seen? To sweat my blood from every pore, So that man can live forever more?" It's funny I'm not struck down, For being such a selfish clown. My trials aren't so bad, after all, Compared to Christ's, they're kind of small! So if you're feeling kind of sore, Because somebody slammed the door, Try sweating blood from every pore, For people you've never seen before.
12/21 Preparation day with the zone was great today! We got to play volleyball and soccer, instead of the usual boring pod ball haha. A lot of fun, and I got to remember my many days of playing volleyball back at the church- how for some reason the young men seemed to always beat the young women, even none of us played, and all of them played! Hahah I don't know how it worked, but it was definitely hard not to get super competitive playing! Especially with all the sisters there, I couldn't really get as rough or competitive as I usually would with soccer or other sports. Got to keep the best distance I can apparently to keep the relationship appropriate between us haha. I did, once during soccer, fight for the ball from a sister, and one of the sister training leaders started yelling at me to get away and let her have the ball. I got yelled at for like 4 minutes because I was "too close to the sister" haha well I probably was, still not used to the distance I have to keep (as the playah I truly am inside). All I learned is that having a run-in with a sister training leader is definitely bad ju-ju! After that, we had a lesson with a very less active older sister in the ward. She lived with about 4 other women and one of her sons, as well as 13 cats, 9 chickens, 5 birds, 2 dogs, and a partridge in a pear tree. Haha The house was nuts. There wasn't much cat hair around, and the house didn't smell, so that was good; however, there was definitely some sort of aura about the room that definitely denoted that there were cats present..... And many of them.
12/26 Drummond weekend! Weird situation this time around- we definitely had a place to stay, but our branch mission leader didn't help us with dinners, even though he made it sound like he did! Well.... The branch president was luckily able to have us over, so we have a really cool potluck style dinner with them, and we got to meet a lot of their family! While Tracting, we ran into a guy working on his four-wheeler, and as any good missionary would, we stopped to talk to him. Turns out, he is one of the top-selling trappers in the state of Montana! So he took us down to his shed, and showed us his "collections" for the year............ 300 muskrats 40 skunks 20 foxes/coyotes 4 bobcats 2 otters Hmmm.... Well. Lots of interesting people in Montana.... Turns out he had a broken washing machine in his basement that he needed brought up. Being "large in stature" as missionaries are, we decided it would be a bright idea to help him out. Bad idea. Bad. Two words- dirty, mildewy, stinky laundry water. All Over Now my coat stinks........ Shoot Haha after that we went Tracting in a more rural part of town (I think the "urban" town has a population of about 250 people....) and we totally had a Saratov Approach moment. Now don't die mom..... But as we were walking down an alleyway a dog started to chase us. Missionaries+dog= terror. I don't know what it is, but dogs are so much scarier when you are in a mission! But wait- there's more! This dog was chasing us, and then behind the dog a man came running... Almost faster than the dog.... Right toward us AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Hahaha Elder Mika is either brave or dumb cause he went walking to the dog, and as such the person. I though we were going to die! Elder Mika was dumb, or so I thought. Turns out, this person is a potential investigator that we have been looking for for almost the whole time I have been here! Elder Mika met him with his older companion at the post office and then apparently he gave him a wrong address. Good to meet him! Terrifying, but good! 12/27 Great post-Christmas meeting in church. Had lunch with a family who had a daughter visiting for the holidays from NY. We lacked dinner plans again so we scoured our phone book to find someone! Haha we did, but felt kinda bad about it. Oh well, Se la vi I suppose! We got to teach a lesson to a new investigator we have in Drummond, and his zeal is strong, but his scripture knowledge is very, very weak. We learned very quickly that we need to simplify our teaching and intensify our testimony. Strong work happening, both for me and for the people in the areas!
The temperature as we headed home in Saturday, the cat........ And then look who I found when watching the Christmas devotional a little late! Still feels weird to say that I have had family in the choir for many years!!!!
Can you find Uncle Mike, too?
Elder Braden R Wallgren Montana Billings Mission 2015-2017 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Alma 12:14-15 14 For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not
be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state
we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could
command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us to hide us from his presence. 15 But this cannot be; we must come forth and stand before him in his glory, and
in his power, and in his might, majesty, and dominion, and acknowledge to our
everlasting shame that all his judgments are just; that he is just in all his
works, and that he is merciful unto the children of men, and that he has all power
to save every man that believeth on his name and bringeth forth fruit meet for