Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Week 6 - The Blazin' Challenge

Hello All!

    It was a pretty non-typical week here in the Great Canada Calgary Mission.  On Thursday, we went to Cardston again to work at the temple.  Sadly, we only got to weed this time, but it was still awesome.  It opens back up next week and I can't wait to go through that amazing place!  We spent most of the day Friday driving to and from Calgary and in Calgary for a training with President Nicholas, which was great, and I also got to see my MTC district again!  I miss them like crazy, but I think they're doing well, and I'm sure we'll be reunited again at some point. ;)  While we were in Calgary, we also went to Buffalo Wild Wings, or B-Dubs, for lunch, and that's where the subject line comes in.
    At B-Dubs, they have what's called the "Blazin' Challenge".  Basically, you have to eat 10 wings drenched in their hottest sauce in 5 minutes.  No utensils, no napkins, no drinks, just you and the wings.  Don't worry, I chickened out this time.  Elder Musselman didn't, though.  I'm proud to say he did it, even if a few tears were shed in the process.
    On Saturday morning, we volunteered at the Raymond Triathlon, which was fun!  There was a 79 year-old man doing it.  Let me tell ya, seeing a 79 year-old man doing a triathlon really makes you feel great about yourself.
    Sadly, we didn't get to meet with Ben this week.  The night before our lesson, his girlfriend dumped him, of course.  It's alright, though.  I think he's still committed to learning and I'll be pretty surprised if he doesn't get baptized soon.  We did have a great lesson with Megan and Kalynn, though.  They're the two sisters who we've been teaching with their aunt and uncle.  We had been concentrating a lot on Joseph Smith and the Restoration, but that was not the right way to go with these two.  They really weren't seeing why what we were teaching them was important, and they didn't really have much of a religious background at all.  So, we started with the basics.  We really just talked about who God is, and how he can help us, because these girls really don't have the greatest life, and they need that.  We talked about prayer, and how Heavenly Father always answers prayers, even if we don't see the answers right away.  I've kind of been thinking about that in my own life, too, and it's really true.  Sometimes, we have to look really hard for an answer, but it will be there.  I've received many more answers to prayer than I even realize, and I think that if we think about it, that's pretty true for all of us.
    I want to talk a little about Primary now.  Elder Musselman and I have been able to teach a couple of primary classes for the last couple of weeks, and it's been awesome!  Yesterday, we were teaching the 6 year-old class, and the topic was "Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ".  We talked about what faith was and gave some examples. (the sun rising in the morning, the Brother of Jared, etc)  Then, Elder Musselman went around the room to each child, and asked them some questions. He asked one little girl to rate how much faith she had on a scale of 1 to 10.  I was expecting 10 or 11 or something like that, but she thought about it for a second, and then said, boldly, "100!"  And you could tell she meant it.  I wonder sometimes if I can have faith like that.  As a missionary, you have to have faith.  When you're given the responsibility to "help others come unto Christ", you need to have faith in Christ, not yourself, or you aren't going to be a very good missionary.  It's a little hard sometimes, but we can develop faith like that little girl.  Just think about all the miracles in your life.  I don't know anyone who has ever seen the Savior, but I know plenty of people who have had answers to prayers.  I know plenty of people who have had spiritual experiences.  For myself, I've had quite a few trials of faith in just a month of missionary work, but I've also had plenty of confirmations of that faith.  Faith is just like everything else, it takes little things for it to become strong.  Like it says in Alma, "And behold as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care that it may bring forth fruit unto us.  And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit."
    Have a great week, my friends.  Good luck to all my school-starting friends. (muahahaha) I love you all.

        Elder Hafen

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