Monday, June 30, 2014

Week 52 - Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day (tomorrow) everyone!

    Hello all my 'murican friends and family!  I hope you're having a wonderful week and are excited to celebrate the 238th anniversary of our glorious country!  Meanwhile....I'm in Canada.  Haha, totally kidding, it's a great time of year with Canada Day tomorrow (We got to sing "O Canada" in church yesterday) and the Calgary Stampede starting this week.  Oh...and my year mark this week.  As crazy as it is, I've been a missionary for just about one year.  I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet.  There's definitely excitement, but a lot of anticipation and nerves as well.  As a missionary, you really don't have too much time to serve God, it's the same for all of us in life, actually, and I just hope to make the most of this last year in the field.  
    The week has been good, as it always is in the Lord's service. (Sometimes it's hard to remember that, but it's true.) 
    One of the highlights from this week was our first lesson with Keith!  We went over on Friday afternoon with a member of our ward we thought Keith would connect really well with, and nobody answered the door.  Needless to say, we were bummed.  We were standing at our car figuring out what to do next, and Keith drives up!  We were super excited, but had no way of getting in touch with our member who had just driven off until he got home.  It was all good, though, because he noticed Keith, and thought it might be him, so he came back!  Definitely a lot of tender mercies, and the lesson we had with him was just another one.  Keith is a great guy, with strong faith, and a lot of love for his family.  He personally sacrificed quite a bit so his family could move here for his wife to accept a job.  He's really involved in youth basketball programs and loves to help kids out from tough situations.  We left him with a Book of Mormon and some other things, and he told us he would read it, so we're very excited to go back this week and see how it's all gone!
    We also saw Drey and Robert this week and had a great lesson with them.  After we were finished, Drey asked us if there was a baptism coming up soon, because he wanted to see one!  He's definitely close, and the young men in the ward have done a fantastic job of bringing him in as one of their own.
Cindy is also doing well, and it looks like she should be able to be baptized in August.  She's still struggling with a couple of things, but she's definitely working on it, and is determined to be baptized.
    Yesterday in church, I was really looking for some guidance and revelation, and my Heavenly Father definitely sent it.  I was so grateful to have such an obvious evidence of his love for me.  It also got me thinking on personal revelation a bit more, and there's a quote from Sister Julie B. Beck that does a great job of letting us know how important it is.  She says,"The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life,” she said. “… It requires a conscious effort to diminish distractions, but having the Spirit of revelation makes it possible to prevail over opposition and persist in faith through difficult days and essential routine tasks. … We can feel certain that the Lord is pleased when we feel the Spirit working through us.  With [personal revelation] we cannot fail; without it we cannot succeed.”  This is definitely something we all need.  Our paths through this life are all very different, and the only way to navigate it the way we should is through that guidance and connection with our Heavenly Father.  There are lots of things we can do to make ourselves more sensitive and receptive to that guidance, and I really hope to become a bit better at that.
    Thank you all so much for your constant love and support!  You're all wonderful and I hope you have a happy week!

I love ya, eh?
Elder Hafen

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