He had many ups and downs this week. I am impressed at the great attitude he keeps through it all. I’ve included his emails to both myself and his dad. FYI… the first little bit of his dad’s in in Spanish, which I think is wonderful.
Dad’s e-mail first:
“Pues esta semana era excelente! tuve muchisimos lecciones con nuevos investigadores, uno que encontramos el Sabado era una reunion de una familia, empezamos a ensenar a tres mujeres que estuvieron afuera de su casa hablando, we asked if we could share a message, they said why not and we began to share the restoration. We were teaching about prophets, and the importance that they have to share god’s word. As we taught, a man came up from the street, from his truck and sat down on the porch as well, said nothing and started to listen, two more guys arrived, sat down and listened intently. It was fascinating and a touching moment how they all came and we had gathered quite a group listening to us preach. we didnt teach in order though, we got to the Book of Mormon, and bore our solid witnesses of the truth and importance of the book. They were fascinated by the fact it is a history and the doctrine given to those here in the ancient americas! Sadly we only had one copy and we learned they were two households. We set a return appointment with one of the families, and they all promised to come to church (sadly that didn’t work).
That was an amazing experience and I wrote some others to mom as well.
That is exciting to hear from Elder Bednar! he is amazing as are all of the apostles and others called and chosen by the Lord.
I hope you have a wonderful week, be safe! dont lose any fingers!
Love Elder Grant Hagen”
Well my birthday week was awesome! We met some amazing people, dealt with some others, guess I will start at the beginning of the week.
Monday I got the package! I was so excited, opened it up, my companion also got his delayed birthday package the same day, so he was super excited and on cloud nine for three days as he says! That night we went on an exchange, so for most of my birthday I was in the other Elders’ area and couldn’t really enjoy the package right then and there, but I had put on the seat, and am still using it and the helmet. We also all went to a restaurant called the MellowMushroom, it is a really good pizza parlor that had some fantastic pizza and were showing the world cup, which has become a bit of a road block for us trying to teach Hispanic people while a game is going on, but I can say I know more about this years cup than any before.
Tuesday (my birthday) we ended the exchange, and that night, we went to teach a man at his house, we were teaching him the plan of salvation, that we can be with our families forever and can exist and dwell in the presence of God. He has been reading the Book of Mormon and tells us it brings him peace! We also taught his son who showed up later in the lesson, became super excited by all the ways he was prepared to meet us, such as us sharing a scripture and it having a perfect relation to his current circumstances, and wonderful things as the such. That night I did enjoy the package!
Wednesday we spent a good deal of time in a bike shop fixing what was first my companion’s bike, then I bought some brakes (plan to make them last the rest of my mission) they found a problem with my bike at the same time… Turns out that the bearing system in the front gears of my bike was worn away and actually is pitted and grooved, the bearings themselves were destroyed. Surprisingly they were amazed it has lasted this long, and on basic and old (1990’s) equipment. The bike has lasted 20 years on a part that shouldn’t have lasted 5! I had them replace it to be the same as the original, the offered to put in new top of the line parts from Japan, but then realized they didn’t have the size needed for this model of bike, and that took about an hour… So now with a part that I believe will last longer than what they offered, and cheaper as well! My bike now doesn’t sound like something is grinding away as I pedal, everything is silent, and a bit easier to turn. None of that was our intention when we walked into the shop though, we just wanted new lights for my companion since his got stolen and to tighten up his pedals.
Also on Wednesday I had a growing experience, we were at a light and a guy in his truck shouted “Elders! meet me at (insert a church name) a mile back on the road!”… We went back to visit him, that wasn’t a good idea, he just wanted to contend about the plurality of Gods, how he doesn’t believe we are literal children of God but rather adopted? Turns out he was a pastor for that church, really friendly and respectful but not interested in reading the Book of Mormon. I told him I cannot convince him and if he wanted to know if it was true he would have to read the Book of Mormon and know if that was doctrine of Christ or not… wonder if he will read. That moment made me ponder about why would someone try to take down a missionary, who has dedicated his time, talent and effort to this cause. I studied the next morning and disproved all of his points with scriptures, I may never see him again though. My testimony is that this work is true, that through the Book of Mormon, we can know that this is God’s kingdom here on the earth and that he loves each of us as his children.
Well those are just some of this weeks stories, I have been keeping my journal still, could you send me a cookbook?
I love you and hope you have a wonderful week as well!
Love Elder Grant Hagen”