Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 73 - Happy Birthday to the Best Mom in the World!‏

Oh glorious day!
I first want all of you to know that today is truly the best day of the year.  Today is the day that Laurel Hafen, the best mother in the world, was born, just a couple of years ago. :)  Happy Birthday, Mom!  You really are the best, and I am so grateful for all you've done for me.  I don't know who'd I'd be without you, and I don't think I want to know, either.  Your testimony and your example have truly changed my life, and I am eternally grateful for those and all the other incredible gifts you've given me.  I love you so much, Ma!
    There are lots of great things going on this week!  Tomorrow is also the birthday of an amazing person, my Grandma "Honey".  Even though she's not here to celebrate with us in body, I know she'll be able to feel all of our love for her.
    Thursday is also the day of American, or real, Thanksgiving. :)  One of our YSA members is being very kind and making us a real turkey dinner, so I'm very grateful for the opportunity to join in the festivities with all of you!
    Saturday's also pretty sweet, since Lana is getting baptized!  We had a great lesson with her on Saturday, and she seems as good to go as ever!  We'll be having one more lesson with her on Tuesday, and then her baptismal interview on Friday.  We also had a really cool experience in the lesson on Saturday, because her sister, Lisa, showed up.  I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but Lana has been feeling quite a bit of opposition from her family because of her meeting with us, so it was nice to actually meet a member of her family.  It turns out that Lisa had actually met with missionaries.... for a long time.  It was a while ago, like 8 years ago, but she still remembers quite a bit, and even keeps in touch with at least one of her missionaries.  We're hopeful that she'll come to the baptism, and that Lana's example will have a positive impact on all of her family.  It's been a real blessing knowing her.
    Other than Lana, we really don't have anyone else who's progressing.  I know that the people the Lord has prepared are out there, though, and I can't wait to find them!  It's amazing how much the He providesI just wanted to share this week how truly beautiful it is to have the Holy Ghost as your companion. 
   We went to the temple on Friday, which is one of my all-time favorite places to be because of the Spirit that I always feel there.  It's nice to be in a place where the Spirit can move and communicate so easily.  He helped me feel and learn some things that I think I needed to feel and know.  There's also no feeling in the world like receiving a prompting from the Holy Ghost, and actually acting on it!  I had the opportunity to act on a very small prompting this week, and the joy I felt was so pure.  Parley P. Pratt once said something about the Gift of the Holy Ghost that I really love,"The gift of the Holy Ghost quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections; and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness, and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation, and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being".  It's true.  I'd invite all of us to do whatever we can to make sure we have that companionship all the time.
    Thank you all for your emails and your love!  I hope you have a great day and a great week.  Congratulations to the Flyers for another state championship!  Keep fighting for the cause of Dixie!  I love you all.  Be good!  Have fun!
Elder Hafen

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