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Elder Kyle Madsen and Elder Kyle Starr bright and early at the Spokane Airport.

Elder Kyle Madsen and Elder Kyle Starr bright and early at the Spokane Airport.

Hard to believe these two photos were taken two years ago at Elder Kyle’s departure for the MTC and his two year mission! He will be returning this Thursday, July 2nd! So much has happened in those two years between Long Beach, California and Sao Palo Interlagos, Brazil!

You all are invited to celebrate the homecoming of Elder Kyle Madsen!

July 11th, 2015

6:00 pm

The Madsen Residence

4420 E. Woodglen Ct.

Mead, WA99021

I Love to Be a Missionary

I´m kind of without words. I can´t come to believe that I am writing what may very well be the last email of my mission (next week I won´t have a P-day. It definitely hasn´t sunk in yet and I don´t think it will until about two weeks after I get home.

I LOVE being a missionary. I was reading the talk, “Become a Consecrated Missionary” by Tad R. Callister when I came across a quote from the biography of Parley P. Pratt. Parley P. Pratt served a mission for more than 25 YEARS. However, as he was returning home to his family after opening the area of Chile to the gospel, Brigham Young called him to serve a mission in the Eastern States. He expressed his feeling in his journal, which were something like this.

“After having served the Lord for 25 years in many diverse parts of the world, I would have liked to have had a season to visit my family and close friends, who suffered much in my absence. However, if the Lord sees fit to call me to be his authorized servant until my last day of this mortal existence, I will feel privileged and honored to bear His holy name. I will have the eternities to enjoy myself, but until then my work is not complete.”

I feel like I identify a lot with this quote right now. Perhaps I wasn´t always a perfect missionary. I have tried without success many times in these two short years. But I have felt the loving hands of the Savior transforming me and molding and changing my nature.

If there is one thing that I can say with a surety now more than ever, it is that I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I know that according to our faith, our worthy obedience,and our humility, he can perform ceaseless miracles in our lives. I feel like before my mission I learned about all of the principles of the gospel individually, but now I have had the opportunity to live them and have felt how they work together to transform the human soul.

Many people in our day say that we cannot change. I was “born this way” and I am destined to be the wretched man that I am. But the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches the opposing and light-filled truth that we can and must change, because we have the potential to become like our Heavenly Father.

This week I don´t have any experiences to share. I feel like every experience I have had in this week has been a testimony to the things that I felt and learned.

I love my family. I don´t have words to describe how much that love has grown. Happy Birthday, Dad! Happy Fathers Day! Happy Birthday, Hyrum and Isaiah and Isaac!

What a Wonderful World

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Batismo de Renan e Mônica

I love being a missionary.

I feel like I often don´t have the necessary words to express the joy that comes from dedicating our live to the Lord.

This week was fantastic.

Renan and Mônica (the couple that we met asking for a cup of water who “just happen” to be the next door neighbors of an awesome member family in our ward) were baptized on Sunday. Meeting, teaching, and baptizing this family has been was of the most sacred experiences of my mission. I felt the Spirit from the moment we passed in front of their house until even now as I reflect on their faith.

Just to give a summary:

  • For more than 8 months in my mission I have been praying to find a family that would enter into the temple and be sealed one year after the baptism.
  • For more than a year, the next door neighbors of Renan and Mônica had been praying that they could help a family in their street to accept the gospel.
  • For more than 3 years, Mônica had been praying that Renan´s heart would be softened and he would accept the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mônica was a member of an evangelical church).
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When our paths collided, God could finally answer all of our prayers. It was then that my companion and I felt that we should ask for a cup of water from a random house in the street. And so we obeyed. And Renan opened the door and gave us water. And we taught quickly about the Restoration and he felt something and invited us back. When we returned the next day, Mônica burst into tears as she shared with us that Renan had never accepted an invitation from anyone to talk about God. We began teaching them and the spirit changed their hearts. As we taught the Plan of Salvation, Mônica said, “STOP! I need to call my sister. She needs to hear this. Then her sister came over and we began teaching her. Sundaymorning before the baptism, Mônica went to her other church (next door to her house) to tell the Preacher/best friend that she would never return. I am amazed by the faith of this family. At church, Mônica cried from the beginning opening hymn of Sacrament Meeting until the closing hymn of the baptism. Even Renan couldn´t hold back the tears (but he tried  ).

I know that God answers our prayers (in his timing). I know that the Gospel is on the Earth to bless families. I know that the Spirit speaks to us.

There were about a thousand other great things that happened this week, but I feel like this story encapsulates the spirit of the week.

I love you all.

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