Monday, February 3, 2014

Week 31 - Happy me!‏

Hello All!

    Southern Alberta is still fantastic as ever!  It's been a bit of a different week, as this was the week in Elder Law's training when he was to take the lead in all teaching and planning situations, which he did very well!  It was just weird to realize that his training is almost over, and possibly our time together.  These last two transfers have really flown by.  Speaking of which, that's why my subject line is my subject line this week.  Seven months ago at this very moment, I was sitting in my MTC classroom, waiting for things to really get started.  It's a little weird.

    It's been another adventurous, and cold again (:P), week!  The Lord is blessing us, and hopefully will continue to!
    Sam is doing well.  We were finally able to meet with him, and Elder Law taught him the Word of Wisdom this week while we were on splits.  The brother he went with actually had a lot to contribute to the lesson, and Sam is committed to following it.  We also changed his baptismal date to February 15th, and we're hoping and praying he'll be ready for that day.  

    Rob also continues to do well.  We should be meeting with him in the next couple of days to start finishing up the lessons we still need to teach him, and hopefully set a tentative baptismal date, depending on the outlook on his divorce.  Augh!  He's just so incredible, and I honestly feel so blessed to know that I was allowed to be one of the missionaries who started teaching him.

    We also met with one of our other investigators this week, Randy.  It's really difficult to find times that work for him, since his work schedule is so crazy, (He works up north on the oil rigs) but we were finally able to meet up.  He's what could probably be called an eternal investigator, but a really awesome guy!  He says that he doesn't "see himself being baptized", but he listens to stuff on BYUTV all the time, and really gets the stuff we teach him, he just has a lot of trouble following through on commitments, and it really goes to show how important it is to diligently read, pray, attend church, and everything else.  We're not going to progress if we don't.
    We're also hoping to find some new investigators this week, and start teaching one of our current investigators more seriously.  He's the husband of a member of our Primary presidency, and their children are baptized (mostly, at least) and active.  He's also been taught before and has come to church for the last several years.  He's an awesome guy, and he actually bore his testimony yesterday in church about how much he loves the church's emphasis on family.  We'll cross our fingers and pray that things work out with him.

Really quickly, I just wanted to share a tidbit from our Gospel Principles class this week.  Yes, Elder Law and I taught Gospel Principles again, though we did have a few days warning this time. ;) The lesson was on agency.  For part of it, we were emphasizing how we really do get to choose where we end up after this life. (2 Nephi 2:27)  Elder Law made me aware of a couple of scriptures in 3 Nephi 18 that really illustrates the differences between the two beings who want to "have" us.  In verse 18, it talks about Satan and how he "desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat."  Satan only wants to possess us.  To have power over us.  To control us and subject us to all the misery he's brought upon himself.  He wants absolutely nothing good for us.  On the other hand, there's the Lord.  In verse 31, He tells us, "But if he repent not he shall not be numbered among my people, that he may not destroy my people, for behold I know my sheep, and they are numbered."  He is the Good Shepherd.  He wants nothing but the best for His sheep.  Whatever direction He leads us, it will be for our good, even and especially when it doesn't look like it to we simple-minded sheep.
    Well, I love you all.  You're wonderful.  Have a fantastic week!  Be good!  Have fun!

I love you all so much,
Elder Hafen

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