Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Week 30 - Withdrawls

Hello All!

    It's been another great week, and I hope it's the same for all of you!  It certainly sound like things are great, and unusually the same as always.  Funny how that happens when you leave somewhere, isn't it. ;)
    Up here, things are going just fantastically.  The weather is still spoiling us.  We're growing as missionaries.  The ward is supportive and welcoming, as usual.  There's really nothing to complain about.  The work is good.  God is good.  We also had the wonderful opportunity this week to have personal interviews with President Nicholas.  It's nice to be able to spend even just a couple of minutes with this man whom I have a lot of respect for, and just be open and honest with him, and not have to worry about what he'll say or do.  It's nice to have at least some form of a dad out here.  He's a great man.
    Sadly, we didn't get to meet with Sam this week.  The lesson we did have with him fell through, and he's started a new job, plus it's hard to get a hold of him, so nothing really came together.  Hopefully, we'll be able to get that to happen this week, and help Sam continue to progress.  I think it's very likely that he won't be able to be baptized on the 8th, since we haven't even been able to teach him the Word of Wisdom, but we'll see for sure next time we meet with him.  
    Rob is doing just as peachy as ever!  We taught him the Word of Wisdom last Sunday, and he texted us on Wednesday seeing if we'd be able to give him a blessing.  It turns out that, though he had wondered a bit why coffee was prohibited, he had given it up after we taught it to him.  He's awesome.  Anyway, because of this, he was having caffeine withdrawals in the form of some pretty wicked headaches.  So, we gave him a blessing to hopefully help with those.  After we closed it, we all just sat for a few moments and drank it in.  Rob had shared with us before a very spiritual experience he'd had in the past, and he said that this was the only other time he'd felt like that.  It was so incredibly humbling and gratifying to know that I had been able to use the priesthood that has been entrusted to me to bless the lives of my brothers and sisters, and at least someone had been blessed by it.  Not by me, but by our loving Heavenly Father, who also blesses us to be able to be a part of those blessings.  Kind of a interesting cycle, eh? ;)
    Of course, we don't always see the fruits of that.  We definitely witnessed that this week when we went to contact the referral that was given to us last Sunday.  We knocked, she answered, and wasn't interested, which is just fine!  The Lord works in mysterious, sometimes baffling, ways, and it's not for us to say that they've succeeded  or not.  We're not nearly smart enough to do that.  We just need to have the patience and the trust to do His will, no matter what happens.  Elder Law and I helped give a training on patience today in district meeting, and it was great to be able to learn a bit more about it for myself.  Elder Law pulled up a scripture that I especially liked.  It's in Genesis chapter 50, verse 20, "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive."  Sometimes, I've definitely wanted to murmur about what seems to have been a failure, but as long as I did my best, there's only reason to rejoice.  God is God, we are not, and He knows what He's doing.  It's really nice to know that.
    Well, beautiful friends and family, I hope you all have a fantastic week!  You're wonderful.  Be good!  Have fun!  

I love you all so much,
Elder Hafen

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