Elder Michael Ellsworth Arrives home on: December 20th, @ 3:17pm

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gone Fishing...for investigators that is!

  Dear family and friends,

 We recently received an e-mail from Mike, and he is doing very well in his new area, Furakawa.  He is living in an apartment with his companion, and two other elders.  They've done alot of finding lately, and have had quite a bit of success  finding a man who was praying to know whether the Catholic Church was true, and they showed up on his doorstep!  The Lord works in mysterious ways.  He tells me that another investigator that they found has totally committed to following the gospel, and all of it's principles.  Both gentlemen are now preparing for baptism sometime in July, we hope.
  Right now, Michael is seeing the miraclous work the Lord can perform if missionaries are willing to be deligent, and work hard.  He is, however, having a rather difficult time finding a location he can e-mail from, so it should be interesting if they can find any other location to use in the coming weeks.

Michael speaking about one of his investigators says:

 "He`s like `I`m going to do everything you tell me to say because I know that its what God wants'. I couldn`t believe it. I should be getting two baptisms by the end of this month I think. (we hope)  I`m waaaay happy, God has blessed us with these people! I cant believe it... the mission is going soooo good right now... It`s all looking super optimistic. I`m loving the mission, every day is just more fun than the previous one."
Keep up the prayers, they seem to be working!
Love, Dad

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Missionary work resumes in the Sendai Mission...

 Hello all,
  From what we can tell from Mike's latest e-mail, all missionaries assigned to Sapporo are back and serving in the Sendai Mission.  Mike is serving in an area just on the outskirts of Sendai, called Furukawa, and it looks like perhaps, in the next transfer some missionaries might serve within the city as things return back to normal (whatever that might be).  This is my opinion, and not anything Mike has told me.  His Mission President and his wife, Pres. and Sist. Tateoka are in their last month of missionary service, and will soon be returning to Utah.  We wish them all the best, and God's speed back to their family. 
  We know the members in the mission really miss having the missionaries in their wards and branches, and I'm sure as conditions get better they will return to more areas.  We ask that all of you remember Mike in your prayers as they enter a new area, with virtually no investigator pool, and very few contacts.  So it looks like a lot of street contacting, and a lot more housing for them.
    As we listened to Michel speak to us in japanese, when we talked to him on Mother's Day, we were all so impressed about how much he had learned, and how much the gift of tongues has been a part of his life, and the lives of the missionaries in Japan, and so grateful for the Lord's help in his life. 
   We know that there are people in Japan, that Michael with his unique style, and command of the language can reach, and we are praying he can find them, teach them, and lead them into the waters of baptism. 
 Thank you all for your kind words, prayers, and thoughts concerning Mike.  It's helped a great deal.
Love, Clark

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sayonra to the Sapparo Mission! Konichiwa to the Sendai Mission!!

We received  a very nice letter from President
and Sister Daniels of the Sapporo Mission, along with a few pictures with 
Michael in them:
  All we can say in the Ellsworth Family is: 

                           Arigatou Gozaimasu Sapporo Mission!

Dear Ellsworth Family,

We wanted to thank you for sharing your son with us in the Japan Sapporo

 Mission. He is an amazing missionary and you can justifiably be proud of
 him.
 Although our time together was short, he and the other Sendai missionaries
 left an imprint on our mission and our mission is better as a result of their
 contribution. Thank you for raising such a wonderful son and helping him 
prepare to serve this mission. We appreciate your love and sacrifice and
 pray for you and your son as he continues to labor in Sendai. 
Our mission comes to a close at the end of this month and we will be moving
 back to Mapleton, Utah. We hope we will have the chance to meet you
 someday.

Love,

President and Sister Daniels