Monday, September 30, 2013

Week 13 - Sweater Weather

Hello All!

    I hope you've all had a wonderful week, and that you're all being righteous and awesome like I know you are!  Things sound like they're awesome back at home.  I want to congratulate two of my best friends really quick: Rachel Guymon, who is going to be the best wife ever, and Mason Aldred who is going to preach the gospel like nobody's business in the England, London mission!  Man, I love you guys.
    Things are really starting to pick up here in Ray-town!  We picked up a couple of new investigators this week, and we have some things coming up that should really build our teaching pool.  While our area is heating up, the weather here in Southern Alberta is really starting to cool down.  We're also getting much more wind. I think the wind today is supposed to get to something like 100 km/hr. (about 70 mph)  Winter's going to be so much fun! ;)
    Things are going well with our investigators.  We fasted for Megan, Caelin, and Ethan's dad again yesterday, and we're really praying and hoping for a miracle there.  Megan especially has such a desire to be baptized, and I hope that she doesn't have to wait four years to do it.  Joe's also progressing well.  We taught him about a few of the commandments this week, and his biggest hang up was on Tithing....because he said he has no problem with it at all, but that it's something he wants to give because he wants to give it, not because he has to.  He's amazing.  It really gave us an opportunity to teach how important our willingness to obey the commandments is and praise him for how well he already does at that.  He is having a few issues with his mom and step-dad at the moment, and they have a lot of power over him because he's just here as a visitor for now, but that will hopefully be resolved soon. :)
    Our two new investigators are named Shayden and Shareen.  Shayden is about to turn nine, I believe, and his dad, Seamus, is a less-active member who hasn't been coming to church, we think because fo a Word of Wisdom issue he has.  He's a really sharp kid, though, and we hope he can be baptized within a couple of months.  Shareen is Seamus', girlfriend. ;) She has a lot of questions about the church, and seems impressed with the members here.  She actually has a really cool story about a run in she had with the church.  She was out in the middle of the night one winter, when a bunch of dogs started chasing her.  She was freaking out a bit, when she saw a light on in the LDS chapel that was just across the street from her.  She ran over to it, and the door was unlocked!  She spent the night there, and the next morning some members came by and the one who was in charge of locking up the building commented on how it was so cool that the one night he forgot to lock it, she needed help.  Alma 37:6-7!  She does have a couple of Word of Wisdom issues, but we hope that she'll be able to feel the Spirit and gain enough of a desire to change that she'll be able to!
    Elder Musselman and I had the opportunity to be part of the 5th Sunday program in one of our wards this week, as well.  It was on missionary work, surprise surprise, and especially the Work of Salvation broadcast in June.  We watched a couple of video segments from the website the church set up after that.  It's called "Hastening the Work," and if you haven't checked it out yet, do.  One of the videos was called "We Are One," and it was all about how we should be one as a church in missionary work.  One of the people in the video made a comment that stood out to me especially.  He basically said that there are not two different churches.  There isn't an ecclesiastical church and a missionary church.  That doesn't make sense!  We are all one church, one body, committed to accomplishing our Heavenly Father's work, "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39)  As we better become one in this work, we will better become one with Christ, and as we become one with Christ, we become one with our Father, just as they are one. (Romans 12:5)  We are all part of this work.
    I hope you're all having a great week!  Be good, have fun!  I love you all!

        Elder Hafen

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