Monday, July 25, 2016

7/11-7/17 2016: Another Week in Paradise

"Feasting on the good word of God each day is more important that
sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media."
-Richard G Scott

Dang..... I dunno what I can say to that...

Read the scriptures. It's more important that sleep. Dang...

We had a super cool preparation day- we went over to the zone leaders
place as a zone (A BRO ZONE) to play around for a while. We played
lots of rugby, basketball, soccer, and then even a little bit of
ultimate frisbee. We would have played a lot more, but the only
injuries that happened were during frisbee. Even with almost 2 hours
of rugby... Yeah it was interesting. I split my lip open and another
guy was bleeding pretty bad form the top of his nose. Made me laugh
though- I guess for missionaries, ultimate frisbee is a much more
dangerous game than rugby!
But after a fun while there, we ran home super quick to finish laundry
and get to dinner. Had a good dinner with some members, and then we
went to go make some ties at a part members family house. We were
super excited to do that. But it turns out that the husband in the
family was gone, and so we couldn't really go inside and make ties. So
that was kind of a disappointment.
Doing things at the end of a preparation day is hard, as many times
you lack to motivation to do things. You know they need to be done,
but you just want to go home and go to bed! That being the fact, we
didn't really know what we wanted to do so we just kinda wandered
around town, handing out some flyers for sister Hemsley (the members
we live with). They are for a bike ride for cancer later in the year,
and she's just trying to get them out as much as possible. So it's
good to get out and be seen, as well as give some service.
We had some service to take care of for a less active family, an older
brother/sister in K3. We were able to dig up a huge fence, as well as
an oddly placed random post in the middle of their yard. Then, we
moved it all to the other side of the house and began to put in back
into the ground. We thought it was kind of pointless, but then we
realized they needed a gate on the other side of the house to be able
to keep the dog in. So it was good, I suppose. We weren't able to
finish the Job- we had a lesson we had to get to. So we told them we
would come back and then we headed to our lesson.
The lesson we had was with Jonathan and Natalie, our two investigators
that we have on date. We really just kind of went over there to talk
with them about their baptism coming up on the 23rd, and about all the
arrangements that need to be made for that. They already had basically
everything figured out, and so really all we were doing was being
there to write it all down and to make the program. Makes our job
easier haha. So that was cool! They area SUPER awesome!
Later that evening we went on splits with the K1 elders quorum. We had
Brother Kalschmidt and brother Allred with us. Brother Allred is a
teacher in the quorum, and brother Kaltschmidt is one of the
presidency councilors. I went with him to visit a few families he had
in mind. The only house we actually got in was a returning to activity
sister- sister ward. She is super sweet, with a few older kids going
through some really hard times. It was good to visit with her for a
While we were there, we found out that it was one of her daughter's
wedding anniversary, but they didn't really have the money to do
anything. Well, as we were leaving brother Kaltschmidt pulled out a
$100 bill and just SLIPPED IT INTO THE HUSBANDS HAND! Like it was
nothing!!! I mean, yeah his dad owns a car dealership (or 4) and he
helps manage it, but man! To be able to just be THAT charitable, no
questions asked! Holy flip!
Another early breakfast with brother Cassan and bishop Cahoon in K1.
Had some really good biscuits and gravy...... Yum. After our meeting
with them, we went to the church and took a nice nap before district
meeting. That felt super good..... Even though it wasn't very
We had a pretty good district meeting- even though everyone was
getting pretty distracted. It took some time for the discussions to be
over with, but we were still able to get good stuff out of them. I got
to lead a role play about using the Book of Mormon in teaching. I just
kinda gave out some BOM stories and told people to teach using them.
It wet better than I thought! Everyone said they liked it, so that's
always good!
All we did basically all day was make tons of visits. Tried to get to
know the members a little better, worked to figure out who all of our
teaching pool is, etc. It was tiring to ride out biked all day, but
that is com thing that we are doing A LOT now. I guess it's easier in
a small area like K1, and most of K3. It's good for us too! I can feel
myself slowly starting to be in less of a shape like a circle, and
more like a potato.
Had a really good weekly planning session this week. We were able to
schedule down a lot of time for visits to get to know the area, and we
also were able to set some good goals for the rest of the transfer. It
was sweet!

After planning we went back over to that less active's house to finish
building that fence. It felt like good to be done, and then we got to
give a cool lesson about the restoration. It was kind of hard to
teach, as the brother of the two wanted to talk about what he wanted
to talk about. Even though it was all good stuff and all about the
gospel, none of it was pertinent to basically any situation. It was
cool though that when we talked about how if we read the Book of
Mormon and pray to Heavenly Father about it and about our lived, we
would be blessed- the sister looked me dead in the face and said,
"Really? All I have to do is read and pray and I will be blessed?" And
I assured her that it was true. She looked super realized and super
thought-provoked when I told her yes! IT WAS AWESOME! She seemed like
she really wants to get back into the gospel, the only problem being
that she gets offended by just about everything under the sun. We just
need to talk to her about choosing not be offended. We don't know
when, but we will!
We had a couples active member lessons that night, which are always
cool. Get to meet new families, and get some referrals for us. It is
always sweet. Then we had splits with K3. It's cool having two wards
that are both open to splits once a week. We get to do a lot more work
when we plait up with the members. This week we teamed up with the
elders quorum in K3. Myself and brother Hardy went to try to visit
some people he had on list, as well as some people I had.
Unfortunately, no one was home to welcome us anywhere, so we just
ended up heading back to the church to visit for a while while we
waited for brother Hammer and Elder Bishop. I got to know brother
Hardy super well- he is LEGIT! Really cool conversion story, and a
really cool life story!
When Elder BIshop got back it was like 9:05, so we had to hurry home.
Our problem? We were on bikes.... And home was at least 35 minutes
away (with traffic). So we said a prayer that we wold get home in

And let me tell you- the lord hears prayers. EVERY SINGLE TIME we came
up to a street crossing, the ought would turn green for us to go.
EVERY. TIME. So instead of 35 minutes, it took us 21. TENDER MERCIES
Had a correlation meeting with K3... Sort of. It was just brother good
man, the WML, and then one of 22 ward missionaries. Harsh. Oh well, we
were able to discuss the work pretty good.
After that we went to help with some moves, and then brother good man
took us out for ice cream at baskin robins. later that day we had some
more moving service outside of Kila- about 25 miles outside of town.
Fun. Well he came and picked us up, and then we found out that he was
one of the investigators we had on list! He is interested in learning,
but at his own pace. He LOVES the church, but he wants to make sure
it's his idea to join, not his less-active wife's. Either way, he is
an absolutely awesome guy. We helped him move some dressers, and then
shared a message with him about accepting god's will, even if his will
doesn't seem to be the best. He said that he REALLY REALLY REALLY
needed to hear that at this point in his life, and his wife agreed.
That is always awesome, when the lord inspires us and we don't even
know it!
We came back into town super quick and we had dinner with a big
family- 7 kids and one more on the way!!! The parents were super cool,
and super fun with their kids. Just before we left the dad was
spraying down his kids with a water gun while they jumped on the
trampoline. Makes me remember fun things form back home with my
After dinner we went to the church for missionary game night. Didn't
really have many people show up, but it was still super fun either
way. He plugin em see how in shape I'm starting to get back into.
Still not great shape, but it's some shape none the less! My knees
aren't hurting as band anymore..... Which is always good! Haha
Saturday was full of finding. We went to a baptism for K2, hoping some
of our investigators would show up (they didn't.... :( ). Elder bishop
went. And get a haircut, we had to fill out some incident report forms
for the car, and then really the rest of the day we spent riding
around trying to find people that we had on list, as well as people
that we didn't! We met all of our investigators, and also found out
that a few of them didn't really live there anymore... Sad. We got o
tweet with Pam, and investigator that has almost dropped the
missionaries. Why? Because the missionaries have skipped out on doing
a lot for things that they said they would do for her. Dang... Makes
me sad that the laziness of other missionaries is going to make
someone not want to hear the gospel.......
Church was cool, and also super weird. After K3 sacrament meeting,
elder bishop and I split so he could go to K1 meetings. It was weird
to sort of be alone! I mean yeah, I ha people all around now me to
watch me, but really I was kind of alone!!! Just... Abnormal I
It got even weirder when I was walking down the hall after Elders
quorum and I heard a very familiar voice call from down the hall-
"Elder Wallgren!"
I turned around
Let me tell you- a missionaries worst nightmare:

Being alone, and having the mission president's wife call you out on
in from down the hall.

Man I felt so weird! She just called me over to say hello and talk
about the area of Kalispell, and she said she didn't even care that I
was alone. She said she knew if I was alone I would have a good
reason... But man I still felt super guilty! I know I had a good
reason and that I was fully justified..... But that didn't change how
I felt!! It was kid of funny to run into her though. Apparently they
came down for some interviews and then I guess they are going to be
going to glacier park. I guess that the mission president wants to see
it just as bad as we do! Hahaha I didn't actually get to see
president, but I do know that he was there because it was a phone call
from him asking where his wife was the lead to the end of the
conversation between her and I. Man........ That felt weird!
After that, the musical coordinator from K1 came over and asked to
talk to us. (I had found Elder Bishop at this point). She said that
she heard that one of us sang, and after elder Bishop volunteered me
as tribute, she asked me if I would sing in sacrament meeting next

I guess if you got the talent the lord won't let you hide them, right?
So I sat down with her for a while and figured out a song to sing. She
said that as a missionary she knew I would be down to do just about
anything last minute, including a Musca number! Hahaha

After church we headed home for lunch and a nap. You don't really
realize what 5 hours of church will do to you until you get home from
it and you are absolutely BEAT! It feels good, but also kinda sucks.
Oh well. The only other thing we really did that day was dinner with a
family of a priest getting ready to go on a mission. Heck yeah.
We also, while I was practicing a the church, ran into the zone
leaders and got to hang with them for a while. We have some pretty
awesome zone leaders. They are super good missionaries, and they are
also super cool people.

So I took only like 1 picture this week.... Sorry. I'll have a ton
next week- we are headed to glacier national park today and so I will
have a bunch to send by the end of the day

A pun  

And then my thoughts on the world right now

Elder Braden R Wallgren
Montana Billings Mission
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

What happens when you mix alcohol and literature?

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