Short Letters

Emails are pretty short this week. Mine is edited, I took out a paragraph that is personal in nature. It was just one paragraph though. He must have been short on time.

Hi Ma,

It goes well here, this morning I got a phone call and I just found out that I will be here in Fort Worth for the next 5 or 6 weeks, this transfer might be shorter because they dont want transfers to fall on christmas. I will be staying with my two companions which means I will keep being district leader and I will keep training.

I run into at least one crazy person a week, it is really funny sometimes, this week a guy commented how if God loved us we wouldnt be on Bikes, so I waved and told him to have a good day, he turned around and apoligized for what he said.

I dont know if I will be here for Christmas, but I would like some heat pads, and home made cookies are always nice. I use that cookbook often, I made mayonnaise yesterday…. trying to make a coleslaw, it didnt end up tasting as planned, I think the egg was bad. To be honest the greatest thing about Christmas will be talking to yall!

I love you so much! I hope your week has less stress, to much stress is a bad thing, hold a cat, it should take care of the stress, jajajaja!

Love!
Elder Grant Hagen

1st, me and my comps,

november 2014 jackets on

2nd, The District of the Spanish Ward

november 2014 forth worth spanish ward district

Hey Father,

SEMA looks like it was awesome, yes I want to go next year!

This week wasnt super crazy, I found out I will be here up until Christmas though with my two companions!

I am teaching awesome people! There is a guy named German who painted classic cars in a body shop, and now paints private helicopters, we are teaching him and his family! They almost came to church this Sunday but have promised to come to the next! I see a ton of potential in this family!

In the beginning of the week it rained pretty hard, there is a dirt road under construction that filled with water and became a river a foot deep, so we biked in it to get to a investigator who lives about halfway up the street.
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I saw this cool guy juggling fire during our travels, I had seen him before, I think he does this just for fun every night,

november 2014 fire spinner

I cooked bacon wrapped chicken on Monday night, that was really good but might have messed with my stomach for the next few days…

november 2014 bacon wrapped chicken

I will look forward to the package, good thing I didnt get transferred! I really appreciate it, and I plan on sending a package home sometime as well!

I hope you have a good week, I would “take car” as you say but I only have my trusty bike.

Love Elder Grant Hagen

The Last Halloween

That was the last Halloween I will get to spend as a missionary, that is a weird thought.

This week was full of interesting things, on Monday we went to the Fort Worth Zoo!
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​It was a really cool experience and a nice visit for preparation Day! Look I got to pet a Tiger!
​Nah I just found out I have a decent zoom

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That was the zoo experience, then we had halloween on Friday, as a mission we weren’t allowed to go tracting or proselyting so we went to the ward party/ trunk or treat, there were quite a few investigators! Also,

Grandma and Grandpa hagen sent a Halloween package, in it were these glasses, I am still amused by them.

october 2014 funny glasses

I got the wood postcard last week at the stock yards, they have the Rodeo there and across the street there are a few gift shops, the postcard I bought in a shop owned by a member who also has a wall with all the names of every missionary who has ever visited there since 2008!

As far as fruit, I did go out and buy some pineapple, bananas and apples. I figured it out.

Also this week we found a super cool new family that we are going to start teaching! The father had accepted a Book of Mormon in the past, we contacted him by showing him a picture of Christ appearing in the Americas, proceeded to explain the significance and the importance of the Book of Mormon, it turned into a wonderful return appointment and a great spiritual lesson on Saturday night.

I love you and hope you have a great week! take care!

Love Elder Grant Hagen

Dear Dad,

This week was quite busy in going about, we are building up a great relation with the ward. For example at the ward activity there was a costume competition, so we volunteered our trainee as a judge, he ended up getting the numbers and good time to visit ward members and those who want to go on exchanges, that worked super well! We did have a trunk or treat! We were combined with the English ward so they kinda did the trunk or treat while we had activities inside. Grandma and Grandpa Hagen sent a cool Halloween package with these “masks”

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and the Tolens sent a great package last week with a carvable pumpkin! I also bought a pumpkin pie for Halloween, baked it in the morning, it cooled during studies, and we ate it during lunch and dinner, it worked out really well and was delicious.

october 2014 pumpkin pie

We also went to the zoo on Monday, that was an interesting trip as well! We went as a zone and got to see some good sights.

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I also saw this blazer and thought about the truck,

October 2014 Old jimmy reminder of truck

I hope you have a great week this week, let me know how SEMA goes! Maybe Bro Laroche needs a segway, take care!

Love Elder Grant Hagen