Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 41 - Divine Help

Hello All!

    Can you believe another week has gone by?  They go by so quick, I can't believe it.  It's been a packed week, but another great one.  I've really learned this week that the Lord's hand is in this work, so how could it not be a great week and a great work!  That doesn't mean it isn't hard, but it's more than worth it, that's for sure.
    We've had a great time getting to know our wards a little better over the past week, and it's been great.  We have some really great wards with some wonderful, friendly people who are more than willing to help (and feed) the missionaries.  It's pretty fantastic.  We were also able to have interviews with President Nicholas this past week, which is always a good experience.  He's such a wise, kind man, and his guidance and leadership have really made a difference for me.
    Our investigators are also doing well!  The big news of the week: Tethloch got permission to be baptized!  His mother signed the paper this week, and now all that's left to do is continue through the lessons and have a baptismal interview.  He's such a great kid with a really sincere desire to follow Jesus Christ. (He's very excited for his baptism. :) )  
    Anthony, who Elder Bensing found while we were on splits, came to church yesterday, which was great!  I think he really enjoyed himself, and we're hoping to be able to meet with him this week.  Sadly, he may be moving soon, but we're hoping to see him progress and be a treat for the next missionaries to teach if that happens.
    We also had a lesson with Cindy this week, Rick wasn't there, which went well.  We talked a bit with Brother Mullen, her boss and fellowshipper about her, and she is apparently just waiting to be baptized.  She just needs to decide about some things in her life first, and then work through them.  She was also at sacrament meeting yesterday, and seems to be doing well.  From what she told us, Rick is also doing well.
    We weren't able to meet with Jodi this week, but we're hoping to soon, and see how he's doing. I just wanted to share with you a bit of a miracle from this week to show you how I've really seen the Lord's hand in this work.  On Saturday, we were going around one of our wards trying to contact some potential investigators and less-active members we haven't met yet, and we felt like we should go stop by a less-active member who we'd had an appointment with the night before, but it hadn't worked out.  We knocked on the door, but we didn't get an answer.  Then, as we were heading back to our car, a girl who lives just a couple doors down started talking to us.  Her name is Julia, and she is 14.  She used to be baptist, but no longer goes to church because of some things that seem inconsistent and wrong to her.  It was a wonderful opportunity to share with her a bit about the Plan of Salvation and the Book of Mormon.  We gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon and set up a time to come back and visit with her and her family yesterday.  Sadly, that appointment also didn't work out.  Sad, yes, but it's okay!  It was such a testimony builder to me that the Lord is guiding us in His work.  I am so grateful for that, because I know that I would totally ruin this work if it were left up to me.  I love Him so much for that.
    Well, you're wonderful.  Thank you all so much for the blessings you've been to me in my life.  I'm so grateful that the Lord has blessed me to be able to know such wonderful people.  Have a great week!  Be good!  Have fun!

I love you all so much!
Elder Hafen

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