Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Week 33 - Happy Belated Family Day

Hello All!

    First off, sorry I didn't email yesterday.  It was Family Day up here in Alberta, so the library was closed.  Isn't it nice to be a member of the church, and have Family Day every Monday? ;)
    Things are still just great up here, and hopefully will get even better soon.  This past week has kind of been a tough one, just with trying to figure out what we're going to do to keep us busy for another transfer (covering just one ward here is kinda tough sometimes.) along with some other things going on.  But that's okay, because those are the times that temper and refine us, and make us more who we're supposed to be.  Plus, there's nothing to worry about, because the Lord is always there.  He was definitely there for us this week; on Sunday, we were pretty down in the dumps going into sacrament meeting, but then He provided for us.  All three of our current investigators were there, and Ben was there with Sam.  Ben and Beth have been going through some pretty tough times lately with adjusting to being in the church now along with everything else going on in their lives.  It seemed like Ben had a really great experience, though, and is committed to getting everything balanced out in his life so he can be as active as possible.  They're doing really well, and it's such a boost to see the people the Lord has given us stewardship over progressing and being blessed by their obedience.  It makes us feel a little better about ourselves as missionaries, too. ;)
    Sam also let us know how he's been doing, since we haven't been able to meet up with him lately.  Apparently, he's been reading and praying, and I believe he was fasting on Sunday for strength to stop smoking.  Hopefully, he continues to do well!
    Rob is also doing just great, and we set a tentative date with him on Sunday for his baptism!  They still haven't heard anything new about the divorce, and we're hoping it will be done soon, but for now, we're planning on the 17th of May.  (Victoria Day, for all you Yanks.)
    Oh, some other exciting news.  We got a call from the mission office, and Joe, who Elder Musselman and I started teaching in Raymond, is getting baptized on the 2nd of March!  Sadly, I probably won't be able to be there, but it's so exciting to know that he's continued to do well.
Other than that, we're still trying to keep busy and find those whom the Lord has prepared for us to teach.  I'm also becoming more and more converted to my purpose as a missionary and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which are basically the same thing.  I guess my wonderful mother's Sunday school class had a lesson on the Gospel of Jesus Christ this past Sunday which is kinda cool, since that's what we've really been emphasizing as a mission for the past couple of weeks.  As I've studied it more and become more converted to it, something has really stood out to me.  I'd say it myself, but Nephi says it a little better in 2 Nephi 31 when he's teaching us about the Doctrine of Christ, "And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen."  This is it, ladies and gentlemen.  This is the only way back to our Father.  Those of us who have been blessed enough to have it in our lives, and now I have the opportunity to share that with others and have it bless their lives.  How lucky am I, and how lucky are we?!
    Well, my wonderful friends and family, you're all great.  Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.  It means a lot.  Have a great week!  Good luck with everything you're up to.  Be good!  Have fun!
I love you all so much,
Elder Hafen   

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