Tuesday, January 16, 2018

16 January 2018 - Elder Milius Week 81

81 Downhill,

I told my Mom that I never really liked running downhill, and it hasn’t really changed being out here in the mission field! All things are going well in Alabama though. A lot of good people that we are meeting and a lot of great things happening! We’ll be visited by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve on Saturday and then transfers will happen so, here we go! I have a testimony that no matter what happens the church moves forward because it is run by our Lord, Jesus Christ and a loving Heavenly Father.
This week we went tracting a lot. We had a couple of long, slow, harder days but they were another day in the Lord’s service nonetheless! We found several people who have expressed themselves being generally okay with us coming by which is where it all starts. As Alma teaches, “let this desire work in you until ye can give place for a portion of my words.” We’ve met Adam, Ty, and Karen this week who are all somewhat intrigued by what we have to share. When Elder Davis and I were talking to Adam I couldn’t help but compare our experiences to Ammon’s in teaching King Lamoni. He didn’t really believe in a lot concerning God and who he was. But as we talked about Him being our Father and how He has a plan for each of us, etc., he started to feel something. Enough of something to take a Plan of Salvation pamphlet and invite us back to talk again. Ty invited Elder Davis and I in as well and we had a good conversation of which he asked a lot of questions about why we do certain things. It was interesting because they could’ve been confrontational, even antagonistic, but they weren’t. We are going back tonight and he asked if he could cook us dinner as well. The Spirit is definitely the ultimate teacher and if it wasn’t for him we couldn’t do much. Karen was a lady who let Elder Hamblin and I in and let us teach her about the Book of Mormon. She went out of town but hopefully we’ll get back there as well.
Crystal and Oscar are doing alright. They weren’t able to make it to church because of some family issues and things but be praying for them. Our Christmas Eve miracle! We also met a lady named Meeka for a lesson this past week. Elder Gwira and I actually knocked into her door and we weren’t able to teacher her then but we set up an appointment for a week or so out and she actually kept the appointment. She said her husband didn’t want us coming over but she met us at the church and we had a great lesson with Brother Morgan, who I might add is a huge help to us-shout out to him! Kathy is another lady that Elder Egbert and I met, then Elder Hamblin and I taught her and her husband the Restoration. SHe seems more interested than him but we went by yesterday and talked to her again and she’s doing her research in reading and praying about the Book of Mormon! It was a short and sweet visit but very powerful. Enough to mention in the email at least.
We had another super powerful lesson on Wednesday. We went and taught a lady named Ashley with Brother Morgan with us. She was so open to the Spirit and she told us that she recognized it. After the lesson Brother Morgan made a comment about how he felt God’s love for her during the entire mission. It was really cool because we told Brother Morgan how we are able to feel that for almost every single person we meet (we’re not perfect) and how wonderful a feeling it is when they realize it as well. Unfortunately, despite the amazing spiritual experience Ashley told us the next day that she wasn’t interested in continuing our meetings. Those are the hardest times of my mission, is when someone undoubtedly feels the Spirit and denies the truth and turns back toward traditions. 

  • A guy named Steven invited us into his home when it was super cold one night. Then we discovered he was an “ordained” minister. (Great). We had a good conversation though, and then it turned into a little bit of an argument of why we believe what we believe. All of the things he and his wife (which was funny because what she said never made sense and so he kinda shut her down a little bit; her name was Sarah) brought up we justified! Then he resorted to the one thing that ever major Christian Church in the world doesn’t understand-the Trinity and the nature of God. We left soon after that, but not before he gave us the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds to read through. 
  • Ty talked about a revelation he gained by the Spirit concerning Revelations 22:18...that is wasn’t talking about the Bible but singularly the book of revelation! First person I’ve met in Alabama that understands that scripture. 
  • We played street basketball with a couple of guys for a few minutes and totally won. Haven’t done that since Elder Harris and I and Elder Schrubb and I in Wetumpka! 
  • We knocked on a door and got a response from someone, “Who is it?” “The missionaries!” “Who?!” “The missionaries!” (in a very bubbly manor). *Door opens* “Hi, it’s the missionaries!” (again in a bubbly manor).
  • Julie was a 13-year-old girl who we met tracting who was super nice. One of the coolest midgets I’ve met on my mission.
  • Met an old man who is 83 and jogs everyday...in his living room because his doctor told him it’s too cold outside.

All is well in Hoover! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers! I love my mission and I couldn’t be happier, except the whole running downhill thing, it hurts my knees. Keep strong and stay on the covenant path! If you’ve fallen off, get back on! “His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come” (The Living Christ). Have a blessed day!

Much Love,
Elder Milius
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Godspeed,
ELDER MICHAEL S. MILIUS
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM MISSION

"Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people, that they might have everlasting life." ~3 Nephi 5:13


Monday, January 8, 2018

8 January 2018 - Elder Milius Week 80

Week 80,

Another week by, and good things continue to happen. I’ve been out 18 months now and that’s all I’m really going to say about that! It’s been an adventure of a time and it will keep going with or without me! We’ve had a lot of miracles happen and people are progressing. We keep finding too and things look like they are going to be great for the next little while. And, it’s not just us! Amazing things are happening around the mission-it’s coming!!
To start off Crystal and Oscar are the younger couple who were just married and we’re really excited about them! This past Tuesday we had an amazing lesson with them and they opened up a lot. Crystal and her family have been going through some rough patches and without too many details she was really struggling. So much so that when we invited them to be baptized that was one of her concerns that she would need to get rid of a lot of anger. Then a couple days later we texted her to confirm an appointment that we had set up for the following day and she responded, “Which one of you two said the intercessory Prayer last night?” We were obviously confused and didn’t know what to say but turns out that her family member that were involved in this big “struggle” were calling her all day in tears apologizing for everything they had put her through and everything she was going through. We went by on Friday and got more of the story but she just said that they’ve really been searching for a while and everywhere they go (church) they don’t necessarily feel a difference. But, since she’s been pursuing this everything is starting to fall into place and things that have been hard for a long time are finally resolving themselves. It’s been cool to say the least! We were a little scared when they didn’t come to church on Sunday but they ended up being sick with a bug that’s been going around with all this cold and she texted apologizing, then she asked for the scriptures we went over so they could get caught up for next week! :) We are going to try to get them over to the Sainsbury’s home for dinner because they have a perfect ratio of dinner-to-baptisms at their house. 
Geoffery is doing okay as well. We are just trying to decide his comprehension level and stuff so we’ll see with him in the next couple weeks.Marshae is a lady we met who seems super enthusiastic about the gospel and about learning from the Book of Mormon. We went over on Thursday and she was just so excited to tell us everything she had been learning and that she wants to come to church and all this stuff. She then didn’t let us leave without hugs (typical southern black lady)! Beonca and Jeremy are a couple people we’ve been trying to get in a teach and they have a crazy story. To take a long explanation and make it a little shorter: Beonca is having problems with her heart. She said that they are doing all sorts of tests, they want to put a pacemaker in, one of the doctors disagrees because she’s like 29, and she doesn’t know what to do! We went to give her a blessing and she told us that on three occasions her heart has stopped for 3 seconds, 5 seconds, and 13 seconds. It’s followed that pattern on three different occasions like I said and they don’t know what to do. So, they will probably be on our radar for the next few weeks!
We also went on exchanges this week with the Prattville Elders. It went well and we found a couple of cool people! Derrick, Selsa and Jordan, Anna, and some others! I don’t know all of them because I haven’t met them (cons of exchanges) but there were a couple families that seem pretty interested so we’re pumped for that! 
  • Crystal and Oscar’s dog always farts during our lessons with them.
  • A guy on the level above us last Monday was cheering for Alabama, loudly. We went to go find him and when we knocked on his door he answered and he was totally chilling alone with his dog.
  • Geoffery prayed to know if these things are true! He said, “God I just need to know on the up and up if these things are for real, like…” 
  • I was told by a guy we found that I should be an actor. It was because of my “marble blue eyes and my chiseled-ness.” 
  • It was 8:45 and a lady told us that we weren’t supposed to solicit and especially late at night. We went to the next building and found someone who seemed sorta interested! It was also in our apartment complex. 
  • We went to follow-up with Gwenn, one of the sister’s investigators who lives near us. She wasn’t answering their calls and stuff and when she answered (pretty sure it was her) we said, “Hey Gwenn how are you?” “Oh, she’s not in yet she’ll be here in an hour.” That was weird, we’re still pretty sure that was her.
  • A drunk guy named Rojo invited us in his house. We had contacted his wife, Ashley, previously and he had been throwing down Coronas. He kept asking us, “Who do you call this guy?” pointing to a picture of Jesus on a Restoration pamphlet. “Sir or Jesus?” His cousins where there videotaping him drunk talking to the mormons. 
  • Elder Egbert got sick to the point where he made the comment, “It’s like I have bengay up my nostrils.”
  • Sorry for not sending BoM Baseball, I’ll send it this week! 
  • We ran out of toilet paper when we were on exchanges and it was late at night. Thank goodness we were able to run across the parking lot to the gym and use that bathroom!

All is going well in Hoover! With President Monson’s passing I’d like to just make the comment of how wonderful of a man and prophet he was. He was the prophet of my youth and I’ll always remember him and his wiggling ears! Donald Trump came out with a statement that I was impressed by talking about his life in the church and the example of faith and love he was! I’m excited for President Nelson and the work will continue to move forward under the direction of our Lord, Jesus Christ! Can’t wait for China to be open to missionaries!
Thank y’all for your support! Let me know if you need anything from me, love ya!

Much Love,
Elder Milius

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Godspeed,
ELDER MICHAEL S. MILIUS
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM MISSION

"Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people, that they might have everlasting life." ~3 Nephi 5:13




Thursday, January 4, 2018

2 January 2018 - Elder Milius Week 79

And a Happy New Year!

As the Holidays come to a close I hope that everyone stayed saf and enjoyed themselves! We had a pretty good time out here and we are pretty excited that the Holidays are over so people don’t continue to use that as an excuse to talk to us. But, the weather might ward them off for now. Apparently it’s the coldest it’s been since 1929...yippee. But, on the bright side we drive around in a car! (Not a lot, we’re not those kind of missionaries but still the car is a little bit of a refuge as we go complex to complex). 
Christmas went well! We went to the Sainsbury’s and called home there which was a really cool experience! They had some family in town so we sat and talked with them for a half hour or so after we called and that was neat as well. They’re all wonderful people! Dinner was great and then Monday night we met some people for appointments! Back at it! 
We met a few more people this week who all seem to be promising especially for it being the holidays. Maya we met tracting and we eventually got in and taught her the Restoration and Book of Mormon. At the end of the lesson we invited her to be baptized if she came to know this was all true and she looked at us and goes, “Well that will mean that I’m a Mormon wouldn’t it.” As we nodded in agreement she says, “Oh, cool!” Not what we expected but it was better than we expected. Derious is another guy with a wife and baby boy who seemed open to our message. Then Oscar and Crystal were a couple that we met earlier and when we went back to follow-up with them they invited us in and talked and it was totally great! They had just gotten married like two days prior and so we shared with them about eternal families and the power of the priesthood and I think that sparked something. Crystal then came to church with her 8-year-old daughter (who’s birthday in on June 14th and reminds me so much of my little sister). They are cool though and we’ve taught them a couple times so looking forward to their progression! Tammy was another lady I almost forgot who invited us in and is keeping her reading commitments! We were standing on her door singing, “...sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven…” because the wind was blowing and we were freezing, then she answered! She knew some Mormons so was already kinda interested. That was a cool experience.
Out of the investigators that we do have Geoffery is progressing well. He came to church on Sunday as well and Brother Morgan is fellowshipping him so that’s all working out as far as now goes. He’s on date to be baptized on 01/20. No one else really has changed but like I said a few potentials that are hopefully going to turn into something. We met a lady named Marshae who lives with a former investigator, I think her husband. And when we knock on his door she basically asked for a Book of Mormon and for the lessons. Then without us texting her she texted us how excited she was to learn and read and stuff. She wasn’t home for our follow-up appointment but we have her number so that was a cool experience. Also, Lloyd, our Christmas Eve miracle, hasn’t been able to meet with us. But, the good thing about that is he has called us and cancelled so we haven’t ever had to try and track him down or anything. Looking to see him later this week! 
We’ll go on with some more comical stories:
  • Maya’s son stopped us before we left after teaching them and points to me and says, “You have ears like mine!” Funny kid...he had bigger ears...like me….
  • On exchanges with Elder Harman and Elder Townsend from Madison I bet Elder Townsend that he wouldn’t drink a half glass of Hot Chocolate mixed with a raw egg and a spoonful of bacon grease. I lost $20 that night, but kinda worth it-for me.
  • We met a guy named AJ and when we texted him the next day so that he could have our number he responded that he was not interested and that “our persistence got the better of [him].” Either the persistence or the Spirit. 1 Nephi 16:2 anybody?
  • We bought President a ukulele for Christmas and it got here Wednesday! :) HAHA!
  • We have started playing a game called Book of Mormon Baseball...I’ll attach a copy of how to play an such to the email. Y’all should get to know your Book of Mormon.
  • When on exchanges with Elder Gwira within an hour we had three kids open the door, young kids, and tell us their parents weren’t home and they weren’t allowed to open the door as well as having both doors of the hallway open at the same time...twice. 
  • A less-active Brother Thayne told us a joke about how he was born on 11/07 at 7:11 in the evening. He said he came out 9 pounds 2 ounces, but went home at 7 pounds 11 ounces after he was circumcised. My Dad might appreciate that joke. 

Hope y’all had a wonderful holidays and that the Spirit of the Lord is present in your lives. If it’s not, January is a perfect time to make some changes. Whether they be changes is how we spend our time, what we listen to in the car, how we talk to people, who we talk to, etc. I would extend an invitation to all of you to pray and ask Heavenly Father what it is you need to do to do better this year. Then, write it down and make a plan to accomplish your task. Good luck, and have a Happy New Year!! Let me know if you need anything or any ideas! :)

Much Love,
Elder Milius


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Godspeed,
ELDER MICHAEL S. MILIUS
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM MISSION

"Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people, that they might have everlasting life." ~3 Nephi 5:13












Monday, December 25, 2017

25 December 2017 - Elder Milius Week 78 MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas to All!!

Well, I don’t want to be too long because I’m going to go call my family but I do want to share a few things about what happened this week and how people are doing etc. Especially considering that these emails have become my records/journal for my mission. 
So, first order of business: Elder Lewis is still here. He is working on passport stuff but it’s just a big crazy mess. He is however working in the Inverness Area with Elder Webb (who came out with me and was trained by Elder Lewis)instead of being in a trio with us. But, he’s still in my district and we’re working on things for him. Elder Egbert drew him into the Transfer Board the other day and I’ll send a picture of that.
Second, Christmas Zone Conferences and parties kept us busy in the middle of this week. Wednesday and Thursday were hectic days but we did it and all was well. We made President and Sister Sainsbury a Christmas Video of all the missionaries which turned out great! I’ll share it from my Drive so y’all can see it if you’d like to. I may have to share it with you though so next week! We watched “Moana” for our Annual Christmas Movie and Elder Egbert and I have been singing it this entire week; I can’t imagine how many times it played at my house after it came out but two days in a row was enough for us. 
A lot of the people we are teaching have pretty much stayed the same especially because of the holidays and everything but we had a few cool experiences in finding this week. On Monday we went to Wal-Mart to get some things and ran into two people, Javarus and Sis. Loretta. They weren’t together or anything but Javarus we talked to for a little bit and he was just really down. We shared with him LighttheWorld and then a little about the Book of Mormon and went to the Library the next morning to teach him. He is a 19 year old who is off by himself, at least as far as he told us, trying to make it. Kinda a sad situation but we’re hoping he reads and comes to feel the same joy that we all fell when we read and pray about truth, especially in the Book of Mormon. Sis. Loretta stopped us and started talking about how she had meet with the missionaries over in Florida or something and we invited her to come to church with us. On Saturday we sent her a text to remind her that she was invited and she responded and said she’d come. But, that’s happened before so we didn’t really have high hopes and then right after the opening song she walked in! It was awesome. After Sacrament we introduced her to Brother Huff and President Sainsbury because he was there and she said she loved it so much she wanted to come back the next week. She hasn’t allowed us to meet her at her home yet to teach her but we gave her a Book of Mormon and committed her to read it. It was a good Christmas Eve Service! 
  • We missed a meal appointment because we were up in Huntsville for the Christmas Zone Conference. We’ve just been great with those the past week.
  • Santa came in to Chick-fil-a when we were there eating dinner and I jumped up and yelled, “SANTA!! I know him!!” Just kidding, but that would’ve been funny.
  • We met a lady named Alethia who seems genuinely interested in the church and everything; but, the best part is she said that she used to stay in Atlanta because she was a nanny for a player on the Atlanta Braves. I asked who it was and she said, “Do you know who Chipper Jones is?” WHAT?! So then I asked if I could get a picture with her...I met Chipper Jones’ former nanny for his kids. Crazy.
  • I took a Book of Mormon back from a lady named Whitney because she said she’d read it but she didn’t want us coming over to talk about it afterwards. 
  • We played the LighttheWorld video on repeat again at Wal-Mart.
  • Elder Barfuss let Elder Egbert drive the mission truck with the trailer when we were moving Elder Lewis and Elder Webb into their apartment; it made the his life.
  • After knocking on a door trying to follow up with someone a couple girls were walking out of their apartment below us to their car and I made a fart noise with my mouth and they totally got silent and stared at us until they got in their car.

We met a couple other cool potentials this week: Britney, Crystal and Oscar, Kris and Andrew, Kayla (Who, by the way totally tried to avoid us coming by to see her. As we were walking up she pulled in so we waved and walked back down the stairs and she pulled out and left. Luckily we waited for her to come back haha!) But nothing surmounts our Christmas Eve Miracle! No one really likes you to knock on their door on Christmas Eve night, so we had a list of people who were members to go and visit with for a few minutes. It was getting closer to the end of the night, about 8:20 and we went to see this older man who would be alone on Christmas. As we pulled in, turns out we went to a different address to a different member and to make matters worse we didn’t have an apartment for this member on the roster. Deciding that we were sent there for a purpose we knock doors, haha! No one was really rude, we found a cool decoration, and passed out a LighttheWorld card. Then as we were leaving we had a few minutes before our night was over or before we had to go to our next activity. We looked around and Elder Egbert spotted an apartment that had its lights on. The man answered the door and almost immediately invited us in out of the cold, gave us some water and we started to talk to him. He recently moved from Chicago (it was actually Juliet which is right by Romeoville which is where we used to live) and was here with his fiance. We shared with him the Restoration and gave him a Book of Mormon. To close, we showed the LighttheWorld video and totally brought the Spirit! It was awesome! His name was Lloyd, and he was our Christmas Eve Miracle! 

Great things are happening in Hoover and in Alabama! It’s a chilly one today but I hope y’all are having a great Christmas wherever you are! Love you, and remember that we wouldn’t have a Christmas if it wasn’t for Easter (Alma 7:10-13).

Much Love,
Elder Milius 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Godspeed,
ELDER MICHAEL S. MILIUS
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM MISSION
"Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people, that they might have everlasting life." ~3 Nephi 5:13











Monday, December 18, 2017

18 December 2017 - Elder Milius Week 77

Merry Christmas!!

I can’t believe that it’s already the Christmas season! I hope everyone is making good progress in the LighttheWorld initiative! We are definitely loving it out here in the mission field! We’ve had a crazy busy week let me tell ya. Elder Egbert is my new companion and he is awesome! We served around each other when I was in Prattville and he was in Millbrook and so we’ll have a good time together I’m sure!
Transfers were crazy so I figure I’ll start there. We picked up the new missioanries and they are all on fire! It was cool remembering back to the first day I arrived in Alabama. What made that crazy though was the MTC wasn’t waking up the missionaries early anymore so they arrived around 5:20 and we didn’t get back to the mission home until 6:30. Which was fine, we just had to do all the training and interviews Wednesday morning. But that wasn’t the craziest part of the week. Thursday morning we went to drop off the departing missionaries so that they could get home. Half of our missionaries got their bags checked and then half of them we not able to check their bags. So the heart started to race as the lady at the counter gave me a number to call to try and rebook flights. What?? We all sat in the airport, Elder Egbert and I and 8 other missionaries who are ready to go home, while I called a guy who told me that there were no flights out of Birmingham for the rest of the day. Or for the next day. As he started to give me options I sent Elder Egbert to get another phone and call President because he left his phone at the apartment. It took us a few tries but we finally got a hold of President and I told him that we had 8 missionaries that weren’t going to make it home and then we talked through some options. The next hour I went back and forth talking to President and then the airlines guy and then finally booked 7 flights from Atlanta the next morning. We dropped off all the missionaries with surrounding areas and then re-grouped at 5:30 to leave for Atlanta. Unfortunately we did not go to Atlanta but a senior couple drove them and they all made their flights the next morning for home. It was a very eventful moment and we were all on edge to say the least. But, to add to it a missionary going home tried to take home a gun that had been give to him by a member in his carry-on bag! So he almost go thrown in jail but the senior couple took it and we avoided that problem. The side issue was that Elder Lewis’ passport was expired so he couldn’t go home and he is currently staying with us. I can’t tell you how stressed out I was that day but apparently I didn’t look it as I calmly talked to two people at once and too charge of a situation I had no idea about. Gotta love it. Especially that it’s now all figured out! I’m trying to locate pictures that I can send home soon.
Anyway, other than that our week has been going good! We had a follow-up training meeting with the missionaries who have been out for six weeks now which is my favorite meeting! That was great. We have also gotten a new whiteboard so that we can keep better track of all the potentials that we are meeting and that is going well!
A couple people that we’ve met worth talking about is Claude. Claude is a brother of a member who we’ve been trying to work with for a long while. However, he is more interested than his brother for sure. Their parents were members and they were raised as far as childhood in the church but Claude was never baptized. We’ve had a couple great lessons with him and he is doing good as far as his reading and such. He is on date for baptism for the 20th of January and we are hoping to keep in touch well with him. Another lady that we met last night was Tori. She seems somewhat interested but the cool part about her story is as I was quoting the First Vision the Spirit couldn’t have been stronger. Elder Egbert made the comment after that it looked like she was about to cry. So, we are hoping for that to go somewhere! 
We’ve also met Kevin a guy whose family is all members but who isn’t, “Yet.” That’s what he said. We are going over there this evening and so we’ll see what happens there! Things are going well though and hopefully I’ll have more to report on next week! Transfers was the bulk of this one.

  • Elder Egbert ran out of the car and knocked on a lady’s window at a red light because he lost the game “What are the odds.”
  • Transfers was insane.
  • We were late for a dinner appointment that we were planning on with our neighbors who are ukrainian. When we called back Alex answered and then his wife Maria took the phone and in her russian accent said, “Where are you? We have not eaten yet!” (It was 8:10pm and we missed their call about dinner at 7:20pm).
  • Teaching in a trio is very interesting. We have to split 33/33/33 instead of 50/50.
  • I gave a talk in church off of just an index card :)
  • Transfers was crazy.
  • Transfers.

This week was a good one. We got a lot done and solved a lot of problems and met some cool people in the middle of it all! The testimony meeting of the departing missionaries was very spiritual and it was a privilege being a part of that. We were also able to go assist the Sisters in giving their investigator who was supposed to be baptized like three weeks ago a blessing and it was the first contact they had with her in weeks. That was a pretty amazing thing as well.
I hope y’all are doing good and that Christmas is going to treat you well! I love y’all, thanks for all your support and examples! Keep letting “your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)

Much Love,
Elder Milius


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Godspeed,
ELDER MICHAEL S. MILIUS
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM MISSION

"Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people, that they might have everlasting life." ~3 Nephi 5:13






Wednesday, December 13, 2017

11 December 2017 - Elder Milius Week 76

It’s been good.

Well, our weeks are busy! They’re going good though. Full of finding a ton of cool people to teach but meeting with them again is hard, but we just keep finding. We have meet great people and I’ll tell you about all those new ones. Everyone else is pretty much the same, but I’ll just go into our week!
So, on Tuesday we had gone to the temple and then that night we had a great lesson with a guy named Alex. He was really interested in the church and we meet him at the chapel. He had done some “research” which often times is dangerous but with his heart and intentions it turned out okay. We taught the restoration and then shared that the Book of Mormon is the only real way he will know the truth. 
Then, Wednesday was our big multidistrict meeting which was good, and sad because it was Elder Lewis and Sister Terry’s last district meeting ever. Dang. We also had exchanges with Prattville and I was able to go out with Elder Canty who is a super stellar missionary. I remember being in the MTC with him (he was in my District in the MTC) and we said we would serve together one day, didn’t really think it would literally be “one day” but hey you get what you ask for I guess! We found this lady named Ashley who let us in right away and we showed her the LighttheWorld video and set up a time to meet with her and her husband again. She didn’t make her return appointment but we’re not giving up on them. We also met April that night! April is Hannah’s friend who is staying with her to help her with her kids (Elder Fotu and I found Hannah last Monday and had a super cool spiritual experience with her outside). But April was really open and we were able to teach her the Restoration and so her and Hannah are now somewhat on the same page and they are getting back into town this week so we’ll be back over there soon. April sent us a text cancelling our appointment but saying that she was still super interested in learning more about the church. So, at least her heart is open currently! Let’s not let it get closed and hardened! 
We also met a guy named Joel who should be LDS we can’t really figure out why. He is very intellectual and has met with the past two Mission Presidents since 2013. He knows a lot about the church and agrees about the Priesthood! He does throw out some other theories as well to, I think, see what our response is. (It’s so hard to answer sometimes because I basically speak in behalf of the church as a whole). I don’t know how many of those “theories” he believes however. But hopefully things will work out there, he has an awesome family-a wife and two kids in their teens.
We’ve also met a few people that are potentially interested: Wes, EJ, and Jerod live in our apartment complex. We found them on Friday because we couldn’t drive our car in the morning (I’ll explain that in a few). Jemeka, and Gabrielle were a couple others. Gabrielle was funny, she answered the door and was just very dynamic but we asked if we could come in and share our message with her. And, like I said she was dynamic so I got to be dynamic back and kinda a smart-alec in some places, maybe even sarcastic...but it’s nice when people are like that so you can be yourself more. It makes missionary work easier. 
It SNOWED on Friday!! 5 inches of snow!! That’s why we couldn’t drive on Friday morning, but it was pretty cool. Also considering I have a companion who is from Jamaica and that as the second time he’s ever witnessed snow-the first time it actually stuck to things and he could pick it up and throw it, haha! It was fun though. Except we helped someone move on Saturday morning and it was pretty cold then.
That was pretty much our week though, and we are getting into Transfers! Wahoo! 

  • Elder Canty and I figured out how to put the LighttheWolrd video on repeat at Wal-Mart on the computers. We played it, showed it to some people, and then left it on repeat. Hopefully it stayed on for the rest of the night! 
  • We were tracting this week when we ran into a member...from another ward. So we looked up our Ward Boundaries and we were totally not in our area, lol.
  • Riley is a guy that missionaries have taught in the past and we went over to check in on them. He introduced us to his friends who all go to the Church of the Highlands, and they were asking questions. So, one of the friends asked, “What do you believe it takes to get to heaven?” Well we had been talking about all of that on a deeper scale with Joel, but couldn’t bring that up and so I thought to ask, “Which kingdom?” I decided that it was a bad idea...but smart me asked anyways! I swear I got the weirdest looks and they were like “What?!” My companion saved me though! Haha, “Which kingdom?” 
  • Ward Council in Hoover are hilarious; we talked/debated for a solid 30 minutes about the Christmas Party! 

That’s all I got! This week will be fun! Transfers happen and the new missionaries arrive and such! We get to go pick them up tomorrow and the airport and shuttle them around for a day or so! Elder Lewis goes home (I hate killing missionaries) but I’m grateful for all I’ve learned from him. My next companion will be great and I’m excited to get it! Hope y’all have a great week! Love y’all!

Much Love,
Elder Milius


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Godspeed,
ELDER MICHAEL S. MILIUS
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM MISSION

"Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people, that they might have everlasting life." ~3 Nephi 5:13












Tuesday, December 5, 2017

5 December 2017 - Elder Milius Week 75

Fellow Saints!

Hello!! Man, what a week it’s been. Time keeps flying by but I’ll be the first tell you that it’s always a good week. Not too much went on this week, nothing really special and out of the ordinary, but I’ll get into sharing a few of the cool experiences and people from this past week! 
So, to start off with a bang I’ll share what we would call a “Missionary Miracle” here in the Alabama Birmingham Mission! Elder Krupa and I were driving down the road and met this guy named Demetrius. But, let me start from the beginning. We were tracting in an apartment complex and I had the feeling to go and follow-up with this investigator in the same complex just a different building a little ways away. It was the end of the night but I got the impression and I felt like we’d be able to visit them! We did. But Twila wasn’t home. There was another potential though and so we went and knocked on her door. But Shaquele wasn’t home either. Feeling a little bummed I got into the car to drive home thinking, “I thought I was inspired. Why aren’t they here?” Then the Lord in a gentle way reminded me that it was indeed a prompting and I need not worry about the outcome. With a little bit of a lifted heart I told Elder Krupa about my simple spiritual experience and we headed for home. As we were driving I saw a man, barley. I really could only see the light of his cigarette butt as he puffed on it walking down the road. Out of nowhere I slow down to a stop-in the middle of the road-and tell Elder Krupa to roll down his window and talk to this guy. His name was Demetrius and he had met missionaries before. He used to play ball with them at the church and with little conversation we had discovered that he was a Christian but went to different churches here and there, wasn’t really grounded anywhere. I then invited him to be baptized and told him we could come to teach him more about Christ’s Restored church and gospel. Then after exchanging information we drove off and the Lord reassured me that my initial impression was from Him.
Last night we also had a couple cool experiences. One was with a lady named Hannah. She was standing outside of her car as we were walking by and we had seen her previously unloading groceries-big target for missionaries. “Hey do you need any help or did we miss the unloading?” We had missed it, but we started talking about church and the gospel and she seemed pretty cool but not very interested per say. Before we ended the conversation and left however I asked if she would pull up the #LIGHTtheWORLD video on mormon.org. She did and we watched it with her and let me tell you the Spirit couldn’t have flooded in faster. Once the video ended we stood quietly, Elder Fotu and I weren’t going to break the silence and we could tell the Spirit was working on all of us. Then Hannah spoke. She said in the most heartfelt way I could put into words, “So, tell me what’s different about your church and every other Christian religion.” She then expressed some of her confusions growing up in the Baptist faith and reasons she went non-denominational. We taught her a brief Restoration lesson in which the Spirit was amplified, especially as the First Vision was quoted. Elder Fotu and I were both very impressed after the fact and I could remember somewhere in the video feeling so blessed and grateful for my opportunity to be a full-time missionary. I guess you could say that was a tender mercy, but as the LIGHTtheWORLD video testifies of, all the small things that we do can be compared to the miracles our Savior performed. 
Everyone else that we’ve been working with is mostly in the same spot. We have a few people who are on date to be baptized at the end of this month and the beginning of next month which is fun and exciting! Kenneth, the guy who was struggling with alcohol needs some breathing room so we haven’t seen him too recently. We’ve also found a few other people who are either potential investigators or current ones; Travis and Ash are 20 year olds living alone which is super mature of them. We left them with a Book of Mormon. Lataria was another, she missed her return appointment but we contacted her and got in to teach her because Elder Lewis had to use the restroom. Janette is an older lady, kind of like Brenda, who keeps telling us she won’t be Mormon but who seems more interested than she wants to admit. Deedee we contacted like a Romeo and Juliet scene. Lindsay was that lady that we met while trying to find a less-active and we followed her up to her apartment which used to be the less-active’s. Also, trying to teach the Hollensworth family. Yeah!!

  • In connection with contacting Lataria, Elder Lewis needed to use the restroom. So, we were at a door and this lady was standing behind it. She told us in the conversation that she was busy and was taking a bath so I asked if we could come another time. Then, thinking with his bladder, Elder Lewis asked if he could use her restroom (he really needed to go pee). I about died and I whispered, "She's taking a bath..." Then she speaks up and was very awkwardly like, "Well I'm naked behind the door and..." How great is that story?! Anyway, good times.
  • This one isn’t super funny but it was cool. We were in Wal-Mart and it was the end of the night. We were trying to promote the #LIGHTtheWORLD video and so we went on the laptops and got on mormon.org. After pulling up the video I looked around and called this guy over to come check out the video. He came over, watched the video, said “That’s a cool video” and walked away. Not exactly how I imagined that but it was good nonetheless. 
  • Also regarding the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign: we went with the Hoover Sisters and stood in front of the Library handing out pass-along cards to people who came in. That was fun! Go missionaries! 

It was another great week in Alabama and we’re looking forward to another one. (It’s Elder Lewis’ last full week so it better keep us busy!) He’s doing good though! I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season and enjoying the LIGHTtheWORLD campaign! It’s going good here! I love you all, and as always let me know if you need anything from me!

Much Love,
Elder Milius

PS: We went to the temple this morning (which is why I'm emailing today) and it was great! I love the temple!


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Godspeed,
ELDER MICHAEL S. MILIUS
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM MISSION

"Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people, that they might have everlasting life." ~3 Nephi 5:13