A Very Good Week

So a couple weeks ago Grant asked for some snacks but was non-specific about the type he wanted. So I checked out Amazon Pantry for the first time, where for 5 bucks shipping they send a huge box, no matter how full it is. So, I filled the box! I may have gone a little overboard, but that huge smile on his face tells me it was worth it. He is working so hard… he deserved a giant treat! I’m also very excited that his one year mark is next month! Happy days!!!

“Howdy,

Well I got a barrage of happiness and joy this week! I was so grateful for all the food, I may not need to buy anything for the rest of the transfer, which is in 2 weeks. Thank you so much! It was a joy to get that surprise. I have been in this same place for seven and a half months, that isnt very common, and I feel I will be moved in the beginning of October.

So Happy!!

So Happy!!

My companion has been Elder Kremer since the end of May, he is from Taylorsville Utah and I trained him as within two days of him getting off of the plane in Mexico! He cooks because he likes to, he took culinary school for two years and knows his stuff! We have been getting along great! We focus on being 100% obedient to the mission rules and we see miracles! I will tell you about one this week!

We ran into a Hispanic man named Luis this week, he is one of the coolest people I have ever met. We knocked on the door of a less active I have been trying to contact in all of my time here to no avail. We knocked and he answered! This guy was friends with the less-active before he left. To top it off the man left Luis all of his church books (except his Book of Mormon, but all the pamphlets and such) ! When he answered the door, he went back inside to bring us Gospel Principles that he was reading, he has almost read the whole thing! When we taught him, he already knew all of the prophets, the church lingo, and accepted to be baptized! I am so grateful for the Lord and the blessings that we receive as we are obedient! He hasnt accepted a specific date, but we will get him there!

Texas decided to cool down for the weekend! Which means humidity for this week but we got to enjoy 60 degree mornings and highs of 77 according to my bicycle thermometer. Which says that I have ridden almost 2500 miles on my mission so far!

Cooler weather and one of his favorite books

Cooler weather and one of his favorite books

I love you and I hope you week isnt as crazy! take care and I know my year mark is coming, coming way to fast really.

Te amo!

Elder Grant Hagen”

(front from left to right) Elder Espinoza, Semadeni, (back row) Elder Kremer, and Myself

(front from left to right) Elder Espinoza, Semadeni, (back row) Elder Kremer, and Myself

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Just Don’t Send Fruit

Dearest Mother,

Happy Monday!

This week was spent trying to invite a ton of people to baptism, it seems to be a very easy manner to determine who we should still visit and teach, and who isn’t ready just yet. We went around to the people who we had taught at least once and told them, “this lesson we are going to invite you to be baptized” to some it was a shock, others may have just glazed over it and the invitation at the end caught them a little unwary. I am learning that I need to invite everyone to be baptized, that some people may not understand the purpose of our visits with them or what we are helping them to accomplish. I am excited though, because my whole district is on board with this, the sisters have set a few baptismal dates, the other elders set a date and we are still working on it. We are all working towards the same goal and the same Lord is who we represent. I can see that where I am lacking right now is with member involvement. When a missionary teaches someone they want them to know the gospel is true, and sometimes a missionary just looks like a kid in a white shirt and a tie. I am working on having specific members visiting our investigators even when we aren’t there, not to teach, but to be friends who know and love the gospel. It makes the conversion process so much easier for everyone, especially the brave investigator, who meets these two men on their doorstep, they feel the spirit for maybe the first time, new people are going by, they are being invited to do things they have never done before. I have confidence in the progression of the work. In our mission for someone to be baptized they need to come to church at least 3 times to show they are willing and understand the importance of this work. Which means that anyone I find now, if I get transfered, will not be able to be baptized while I am here, and I need to be and am okay with that, I am understanding that being the one doing the actual baptism does not bring the true satisfaction. What does bring that joy is seeing the people and faces here in Texas with us in the Celestial Kingdom. That is my goal. That is what brings me joy!

cooling temperatures

cooling temperatures

Texas is starting to cool down, I went tracting with another elder in his area since they didn’t have anyone to teach. We were right by the local college and there are about thirty apartment complexes, we knocked a lot of doors and it was hot, even though we were in the shade! As we were walking I saw this guy across the parking lot and shouted “HEY! we want to invite you to join our church and be baptized, and heres why!” We then had a lesson and he had a lot of amazing questions! I think he can and will know the gospel to be true, but he may go to the YSA ward instead of the Spanish ward.

Knocking doors

Knocking doors

As far as snacks, I really have no idea if I was thinking of anything specific, I do need more razor blades though, just dont send fruit, I have heard too many missionary stories of people sending cheeses or fruit and it gets baked or destroyed by the Texas humidity or heat even before it gets to the doorstep.

I love you so much though and thank you for all you do!

Love, your son,
Elder Grant Hagen”

Selfie at his desk

Selfie at his desk

Comp with Baking Skills

Grant starts by referring to his cousin Zach who will be leaving shortly on his own mission. Then he gets into his own mission life. He ends by talking about his companion, who seems to be one of his favorites (I think it’s because the kid can cook)!

“It will be absolutely different now that zach will be leaving, actually it seems a bit unreal. I just imagine all of yall staying home, staying perfect until I get back, then I hear stories of missionaries losing parents or family while out and it brings a slight tinge of fear. I know you will be safe though, and probably worry about me as well. I saw an older lady on her riding scooter drive down a road and run into a truck that was backing out of a driveway. We stayed, someone called 911 and we blocked the street and gave a report to the police. That was terrifying and really worried my companion since he has family that rides motorcycles.

Hmmm well this week wasnt as crazily fantastic as I would love to write, It has been hot here, every once and awhile a cool breeze but for the past week it has stayed quite warm.

I also got to go on an exchange with the Zone Leaders this week, and I got to drive! That was awesome, we had some really good lessons and it was absolutely crazy to teach someone in english. I still can speak but to go to a spiritual level in english and have them feel the spirit is a wonderful moment, and I am suprised that I can still do that.

We spent a lot of time finding new people this week. Just yesterday evening we were in a trailer park and we came up and knocked on someone’s door since my companion had said that they were hispanic. We knocked and a woman named adriana answered, she was super cool and gave us some water. She told us she had seen missionaries there before since we go there, the sign language elders go there, and the english elders go there. We are going back to teach her tonight and had left her with a pamphlet about the restoration! I hope it all goes well and I have a lot of faith in her becoming a member with her family!

My companion and I are on an awesome roll as well, I feel we have figured out how to teach in sync, though he has only a few months, he has such a drive and desire to teach everyone this message and with his will and mine combined we are having an awesome time! We even (he) made a cake (and I ate it)!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week and take care!

Love
Elder Grant Hagen!”

Gran'ts Companion, Elder Kremer, shows off his cake frosting skills

Gran’ts Companion, Elder Kremer, shows off his cake frosting skills