July 27, 2015

Email No. 28


Today is going to be a super good day. We have district p-day!!!! We will all be hiking Acadia in the national park on MDI. I am so stinking pumped. So. I will have an hour to write before and an hour to write you after. 

This week we were helping some people move from Machias down to Bar Harbor. The Machias elders were teaching them and now they are moving down into our area! Their names are Kim and Keri. We have not been able to teach them yet, but, as I said earlier, were able to help them move into their apartment. They had a couple of men helping them, Richard and David. It was probably one of the funniest experiences that I have ever had. David was a super nice guy. And Richard was a German guy from Frankfurt who has been living in Machias for a while now. He was probably the funniest person I have ever met. He was so happy and he would race us down the hall to get to the apartment first and the whole way he was laughing and joking around. He first said to us, "holy cow! I have never met girl missionaries before! You are something of a rarity, no?!" He had a super thick German accent. He loves the missionaries. So that was a highlight of this week. Keri texted us later that night that she really wanted us to come visit her and her mom, like the elders did. We told her that we would and promised her that her life will be so much happier as we continue to live the way that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ wants us to live. All she texted back was, "Promise?" It was the sweetest thing ever. So hopefully we will be able to start teaching them soon!

Oh! Attention Tommy and all of Tommy's friends. I met the man who Mr. Krab's from SpongeBob was designed after! His name is Ralph. And he is exactly like Mr. Krab's. He owned a restaurant and he laughs just like him. It is so funny. He serves at Food for All every Thursday with us and, get this, he cooks the meals. Go figure! 

We also met with a less active this week, Katie and her daughter Kes. I guess a little background information. Before I came to Ellsworth, the sisters had gone 6 weeks without getting fed (Members in a ward or branch will take turns feeding the missionaries serving in their ward or branch, dinner every evening). So when I got here and was told this I decided that that was going to change. We talked to the branch president, President Riggs and Sister Jensen and I made a meal calendar and passed it around in relief society. Anyways... So when we went over to Katie and Kes', Katie ran off and said, "I have something for you sisters!!!" She then brought in a huge bag overflowing with food. She said that she felt that she needed to do this so she prayed about it and then the Spirit told her that she needs to get all this food. We were so blown away at her kindness. And I connected with her immediately. When we pulled up to her house, I looked at her bumper stickers and it said, "My other ride is a Tardis!!" I said to Sister Jensen, "No way!! She is a Whovian!!" (Translation: she is a Doctor Who fan) and then when we went inside her house, she had a whole wall dedicated to Star Trek (pictures with the original cast from the TV series complete with signatures from every single one of them) so I instantly knew she was a Trekkie. I commented on how I also am a Whovian and she then pulled out a scarf that she was knitting to look exactly like the 4th Doctor's colorful scarf!! I was dying. So Kes told me, "Just so you know, you are now Mom's best friend." It was awesome. 

This church is true. I love this work. And I love my Savior. There is a quote that I read this morning from a talk that Elder Holland gave in the October 1999 conference: 

"Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better. Moroni spoke of it in the Book of Mormon as “hope for a better world.” For emotional health and spiritual stamina, everyone needs to be able to look forward to some respite, to something pleasant and renewing and hopeful, whether that blessing be near at hand or still some distance ahead. It is enough just to know we can get there, that however measured or far away, there is the promise of “good things to come.” My declaration is that this is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us, especially in times of need. There is help. There is happiness. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. It is the Light of the World, the Bright and Morning Star, the “light that is endless, that can never be darkened.” It is the very Son of God Himself. In loving praise far beyond Romeo’s reach, we say, “What light through yonder window breaks?” It is the return of hope, and Jesus is the Sun. To any who may be struggling to see that light and find that hope, I say: Hold on. Keep trying. God loves you. Things will improve. Christ comes to you in His “more excellent ministry” with a future of “better promises.” He is your “high priest of good things to come.”...Because Christ’s eyes were unfailingly fixed on the future, He could endure all that was required of Him, suffer as no man can suffer except it be “unto death,” as King Benjamin said, look upon the wreckage of individual lives and the promises of ancient Israel lying in ruins around Him and still say then and now, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” How could He do this? How could He believe it? Because He knows that for the faithful, things will be made right soon enough. He is a King; He speaks for the crown; He knows what can be promised."

The Lord loves every single one of you never doubt that. 

Love, Sister Sewell

View From a Member's trailer...

What you can't see... is the ocean view :-/

The "Bowl"

Sands Beach

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