Monday, August 25, 2014

Week 60 - The Tender Mercies of the Lord...

Hello All!
     I hope you've all had a fantastic week!  Thank you all for your emails and for the letters I received this week as well.  It's great to hear from all of you and see how you're all doing so well!    This week has been a great one for us.  Walk and Talk August continues to go strong, and we keep talking to more and more people.  Since this is the last week of it, we're determined to end strong, and I'm really excited.  This has been a great learning and growing experience for me personally, and I'm so grateful for it.
To start off, Mauricio was baptized on Saturday!  It was a great service, and we had quite a few members of the ward there to welcome him.  It's been a pleasure to teach him, and especially to see his progress.
    With Mauricio's baptism coming up, we knew at the end of last week that we were losing our only really solid investigator... to baptism, so that's awesome, but still... So, Elder Mac Duff and I decided we really needed to put this in the Lord's hands and rely on Him to provide the other people He has prepared for us to teach and baptize here.  We fasted and prayed for new investigators.  We walked a lot and talked a lot.  And we tried not to become discouraged.  On Wednesday, we had our first lesson with a young woman named Audrey, who we've known about for awhile but finally had the chance to teach her this week.  She's from the Philippines, and is only here temporarily selling real estate, but she has had some past experiences with the church, and seemed really interested.  She came to Mauricio's baptism, and I believe has been reading from the Book of Mormon as well.
    On Saturday, we were walking down the street, and talked to a Sudanese man named Simon.  He's a 7th Day Adventist, but was very open to the message we were sharing, and we should be going back to see him this coming Friday.
    On Saturday at 8, an hour before the end of the week, we met up with one of our members to go contact a referral from a less active member.  The referral was a young family named Emanuel and Ann.  They are also Filipino and were very willing to accept our message.  They said they would read the Book of Mormon and we set up a time to come back.  When we were leaving their house, the less active member who gave us the referral, (he lives downstairs) waved us over, and then introduced us to his step-son, who is also less active, and his daughter-in-law.  They were interested in meeting with us, and it seems like they really need the gospel in their lives right now.
    This week, the Lord provided us with 5 new investigators, 3 of those in the last hour we had to work.  I know for myself that the Lord works miracles according to our faith, and I was blessed enough to see that this week.  We can all see that as we exercise faith in Jesus Christ and move forward with that faith. 
    I hope you all have a wonderful week!  Thank you for being the great people you are.  Be good!  Have fun!
Love ya!
Elder Hafen

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