Monday, January 20, 2014

Week 29 - Gotta' Love Southern Alberta Weather‏

Hello All!
    Well, another week has just flown by, eh?  (Yes, I've actually started to say that a little bit.)  It's crazy to see the weeks just shoot by.  It really hits home to me again how short my time out here really is.  Anyway, I hope it's been another great week for all of you!  From what I've heard, it sounds like things are going pretty swell.  That's always a nice thing to hear! :)
    Things are just fantastic as ever here in West Lethbridge.  Even the weather has cheered up!  This week has been pretty constant 6-9 degree weather, close to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  Yeah, be jealous.  Haha, I'm sure we'll get another cold spell very soon, but it's been nice for this St. Garge boy. 
    Just to let you know right off the bat.  We did not find a new investigator this week, which is alright.  We're still working on it, and the Lord is definitely pouring out His tender mercies upon us.  For example, we haven't received a referral in, but yesterday after church, one of the young women came up to us, told us that they'd had a lesson on following the promptings of the Spirit in Young Women's, and told us that she thought we should go see her next door neighbor.  Huzzah!  It was definitely a blessing, and we're extremely grateful for it!  Sadly, we didn't have the chance to contact that referral yet, but we should be able to tomorrow, and even if no "results" come from it right away, we've still been blessed. 
    We may have to do some really serious work to find those new investigators coming up, because our current investigators are progressing so well!  We had a couple of lessons with Sam this week, and he has committed to being baptized on the 8th of February!  He's received so many blessings so far in his investigation, and I think and hope he's recognized that.  Unfortunately, Sam does have a struggle with smoking, which could set his date back a bit, but it's more important that he's ready!   He's doing well, though.  He, as well as Ben and Beth, weren't at church yesterday, which was a bit of a bummer, but we'll talk to them about it, and hopefully help Sam get on track for baptism.
    Rob is also doing really well!  We had a lesson with him after church yesterday-he stayed for all three hours, by the way- and he informed us that he wants to join!  Needless to say, we're a little excited for him.  He's just awesome in that he has concerns and things he doesn't quite understand, but he's willing to work through those things to the end.  He has been so blessed for that.  We were talking with him and his fiancee during the lesson, and she says that he's been so much happier lately, and that he's finally found some peace that he's been missing for a long time.  The gospel is great!  Sadly, we can't exactly set a date for Rob's baptism, because he's still in the process of being divorced.  But, some members of the ward and stake have offered to finish the divorce free of charge, and I believe our Bishop and Ward Mission Leader let him know about that last night, and we're excited to see what comes of it.
    Like I said before, the time has just flown by, and before I know it, I'm going to be leaving this area, and then the next and the next, and then I'll be done with my mission here.  But that doesn't mean the work is over!  I was reading the book of Mark this week, and a few verses really stood out to me.  The Savior is teaching about the signs of His Second Coming, and as He's concluding, He says,"For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.  Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing , or in the morning:  Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." (Mark 13:34-37)  Sometimes, I think we get scared by that warning, but I think it's important to remember that we can look forward to the coming of the Savior gladly!  He's coming, and He's asked us to help prepare the world for that coming.  I hope I always remember that, because I know that it's going to be really easy to get caught up in my own life and problems when I'm not a full-time servant of the Lord.  But, I think if I do try to always remember that, there will be nothing to worry about, even when it would certainly seem that way. 
    Well, I've got to get running, but I hope you're all great!  Have a wonderful week, and Have fun!
I love you all so much,
Elder Hafen

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