Listen in as Brysen Bodily shares experiences and life lessons from his Chicago, Illinois mission!
**Brysen on right side of photo.
“This is my first companion, Elder Shippen. He was an incredibly tough trainer because he demanded a lot from me. He was not a missionary who would give praise if you did not earn it. While this was really difficult for me; it proved to be a huge blessing because he helped me establish a firm foundation to build on for my whole mission. We had quite a bit of success together and had many adventures in the south side of Chicago. He was the companion I was referring to in my stories about Chicago, like the one on the train and bus. He was also my companion for some of the greatest miracles I saw involving incredibly poor people having their lives changed by the gospel.I will forever treasure our time together, and the lessons we learned as companions.”
“This is me in front of a Noah’s Arc mural in Chicago. It was not odd to find huge murals like this in the city on the side of old buildings. I liked this one because it fit the theme of Chicago. Like Noah and his time period, many of the members in Chicago were trying to escape some great wickedness that was around them. Also, many of the people of Chicago had a hard time hearing the gospel and believing because they believed all was fine and there was no “flood” coming.”
“This is one of my favorite photos because it details the beauty of Illinois. Illinois is one of the most beautiful states because of how green it is. During the summer, spring, and fall there is so much beauty. The changing of the season brings new beauty until winter hits. This specific photo was in Rockford, which is where some of the stories I told took place.”
“I talked about Greg in my interview. Luckily here he is wearing a shirt. Greg is truly one of the people from my mission who I miss the most. He has a special place in my heart because he has overcome so much as he has come back to the church. Greg is a real testament to me of the power of the Atonement and the role members play in offering the blessings of the atonement to less active and nonmembers.”
“This last photo is of my favorite companion Elder Gagakuma. He was the single greatest missionary in the mission and I don’t think anyone would dispute this. He completely embodied what it means to be a missionary and what it means to love without limits. He never slacked off and continually pushed me and showed me love that I didn’t know could be shown. Him and I together saw some incredible miracles and we learned so much about the gospel as we pushed each other to be better and know more doctrine. I still keep in contact with him to this day. He was also my companion when I went to my second Cubs game in the mission.