Thursday, January 16, 2014

Week 28 - Cinnamon Buns

Hello All!

    I hope you're all doing well and have had a great week!  I got a few updates on some of my wonderful friends today, and it sounds like that's the case.  I just wanted to congratulate all of my friends who are heading out on missions and getting engaged and doing all sorts of other wonderful and exciting stuff.  Life is good. :) 
    Things are going just great up here in The Great White North!  We're still trudging around trying to find those whom the Lord has prepared for us to meet and teach.  We're getting pretty good at it, too, the trudging part, at least. ;) As far as the missionary work goes, the Lord is definitely helping us.  We're blessed to be in a great ward, as well.  We had ward conference this week, and as we sat in ward council with the stake presidency (and some delicious cinnamon buns(rolls) from the bishop's wife) it was cool to see the progress that really has been made in this ward in missionary work.  You don't always know how good things actually are going when you're only in a ward for three or four months, but we have a fantastic ward.
    We're still working on finding new people to teach, and we were definitely blessed as far as that goes this week;  On Tuesday, we went over to Ben and Beth's to start the new member lessons with them, and Ben's brother Sam chose to join us for the lesson.  I don't think I've shared too much about Sam, but he's a great guy.  Like Ben, he's had a really tough life, but has made some wonderful changes in his life.  He's living with Ben and Beth right now, and during the process of us teaching them, he hasn't been directly involved, but we could definitely see that there was interest.  At the start of Ben and Beth's baptism, our Ward Mission Leader asked him if he was next, and he kind of just laughed it off.  Then, after the baptism, he asked him what he though of it, and Sam said, "I'm next!"  He does have some concerns about certain aspects of the gospel, but he's doing what he needs to to gain the answers he needs for himself.  He's come to church for the last two Sundays, and has definitely felt the Spirit.  He's awesome.
    Rob is also doing well.  He was out of town on a job for a lot of the week, so we only were able to meet with him once, but he's progressing very well!  He's already into Jacob in the Book of Mormon, and though he has had quite a few concerns, his fiancee, Dawn, has been able to do a lot as far as resolving those goes.  Having a member there to help him through this process has been such a blessing, and I know it will be for Sam as well.  Rob came to church this week, and had a good experience, I think.  He even stayed for our gospel principles class, but didn't stay for Priesthood, sadly.   
    We also had a pleasant surprise at church yesterday when the ward missionary who was supposed to be teaching the Gospel Principles class came up to us before sacrament and let us know that he wouldn't be able to be there, so we'd be subbing the class.  Hooray!  It actually turned out pretty well, I think, and the topic was a great one.  It was all on who God really is and what our relationship to him is.  Of course, we know he is our Father, but I wanted to concentrate a little more on who and what else he is.  As I was searching through the Topical Guide for some scriptures to use, there was definitely no shortage.  There are several pages with scriptures upon scriptures teaching us about God's glory, His perfection, His power, omniscience, mercy, justice, and everything else.  It's pretty astounding to realize what an amazing being He really is, and that He is our Father.  Puny, insignificant, very-flawed us.  And He loves us, more that we can comprehend.  That can be such a strength to us, I think, especially in those times where we really don't know what to do, or when we are confused or scared.  Like Nephi, we can say, "I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.) (1 Nephi 11:17)
    Well, my wonderful friends and family, you're great!  I hope you all have a fantastic week!  Be good!  Have fun!

I love you all so much!
Elder Hafen

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