Monday, November 10, 2014

Week 71 - Lest We Forget, Lest We Forget

Hello All!
     For all you down in the states, Happy Veterans Day tomorrow, and for Canadians out there, Happy Remembrance Day. Wherever you are, be sure to remember those who have gone before and fought and died to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy.  We owe so much to the people who have been willing to sacrifice their lives for the good of others.  As the Savior said, "Greater love‍ hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life‍ for his friends." (John 15:13)
    Things are as great as ever here in the CCM.  Only... it's cold.  It's about -14 degrees Celsius right now, which is about 7 degrees Fahrenheit.  After our very warm summer, I'm definitely not used to this anymore.  It's great, though!  The bugs are all gone, and snow is honestly beautiful.  Plus, I'm actually learning how to winter drive!  I would have never learned how to do that back at home.  It's pretty awesome. :)  Anyway, enjoy your autumn, everyone.
    I told you a bit about Lana last week, and she's doing great as ever.  We taught her again on Saturday, and will have another lesson with her on Tuesday.  She was at church once more yesterday, and the ward is welcoming her wonderfully.  She's still on date to be baptized on the 29th of November, and I don't see anything stopping that from happening.
    We were also finally able to meet with Crystal this week.  She's the investigator who came to church a couple weeks ago who was found by some other elders.  Anyway, it turned out she was friends with some members in our ward, so we taught her over at their house the other day.  She had remembered and understood the Restoration well from when she'd been taught it before, so we taught her the Plan of Salvation, and I think it really made sense to her.  She accepted baptism without any concerns, and is now on date to be baptized on the 22nd.  She does need to be married to her fiancee before that happens, though.  We're pretty optimistic about everything, though.  She's super awesome.
    We were also able to meet with Ishan this week.  It was a pretty decent lesson, but I don't think we were really able to help him understand the importance of the gospel and the need for one church to teach and preserve the truths and doctrines of salvation.  We'll hopefully be able to get him there, though!
    I just wanted to share with you something I learned yesterday.  We had a lesson on being in the world, but not of the world, and it was something that stood out to me throughout the day. We were reading in the President Joseph Fielding Smith manual, and he said something I really liked. "The Latter-day Saints are as a city set on a hill that cannot be hid, and like the candle that gives light to all who are in the house. It is our duty to let our light shine as an example in righteousness, not only to the people among whom we live, but to the peoples of the whole earth."  We've been given what everyone needs, and if we don't show it, how will they know that it's what they need?  We cannot be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We need to realize how important it really is.
    I hope you're all doing well.  Have a great week!  Be good!  Have fun!
Love ya!
Elder Hafen

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