Wow, well first of all, I didn’t think I was going to be able to e-mail today since it is a holiday, but here I am, in the local library getting to type out a work of art in the form of communication. So first things are first, today the temperature dropped from 60 to 70 degrees yesterday to 30 right now…. Texas, if you don’t like the weather stick around 5 minutes and it will change.
On Tuesday we held my first zone council as a Zone Leader, we were able to set goals and develop the skills of each of the missionaries, it was a good experience, we are also starting an initiative as a mission, to read the entire Book of Mormon, in 65 days! As well as placing at least 2 copies each day! If we can do that, we will hand out 10,000 copies as a mission within 65 days. We also talked about how we should set expectations with the people we meet, we call it “planting the flag” where we help them understand our purpose there as representatives of Jesus Christ and helping them receive the ordinance of Baptism.
On Wednesday we had to turn in our beloved and much needed Chevy. It was having mechanical problems, and we are to get it back soon. For now, we are on bike, we dropped off the truck at the dealership which was conveniently placed by the stake center that we have church at on Sundays. We then walked to the church, got our bikes and then to get from our apartment to the church it took about an hour and a half to two hours since our area doesn’t touch the church building or any nearby area. We were able to visit an investigator at about 4, we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which covers the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel being faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end! She committed to be baptized and we were able to plan what would need to happen before her baptism!
On Thursday we made another long pilgrimage and actually past our turn buy a bit. We live in the city of Euless, but there is a city called Grapevine a bit north, we had to bike from our apartment to a street called mustang, we took side roads for almost all of the trip and arrived after two hours, due to not making a right turn where we should have, thankfully, we brought the GPS and figured out where to go from there! That was an awesome night though! We taught the family a great lesson! We covered the importance of following the Prophet, then explained and gave them a Liahona magazine! Which is the equivalent of an Ensign, New Era, and Friend all in one, it is the church’s magazine for any non-English languages. They thought it was super cool! Especially we brought the one of the first General Conference they ever watched! We had dinner of these things called tortillas de papas, which consists of egg, cheese, and potato. We ate them over a bowl of beans with salsa! It was so good! I probably should have taken a picture, and we have dinner again with them this week, I need to learn how to make these. They then drove us up to an investigator who lives a bit further north, we taught a fantastic lesson, which was only so due to their powerful testimonies and their ability to relate with the investigator, she committed to be baptized as well! We are so excited and happy for her!
Friday we had an exchange where I went to an English area for the day. That was different! We knocked one door and the man answered telling us we “have to leave our cult” I wasn’t too happy about that, but I smiled, we explained that we were representatives of Jesus Christ, he told us we weren’t… The English Elder showed him his badge, the man said it didnt mean anything. By that time I was a bit fed up with his attitude. I really wanted him to know how important this message was, so I cut him off mid sentence and said “sir, thank you so much for your time and the moment that you have given us to talk to you” He seemed a little taken back by that, said that it was alright, and just warned us again of what we were doing. I stopped, said, “I just want you to know that this is the only true church of Jesus Christ and the only way to salvation” we turned and left. I just hope that our testimonies got to his core, he rejected the Book of Mormon and all we had to offer, I pray that he will have another opportunity and may be open. There are more than just him who are like that, people who have been told by their pastors not to accept us at all. Kind of sad really, but we carry on!
Also on Friday, before that whole incident, we had some really cool service at the city animal clinic! We fed and walked some of the dogs that were there! It made me realize that I love animals, and that I may need to distance myself from any situations where I may end up buying one after the mission…
So this morning as we were walking to the apartment laundromat to pick up our laundry from the dryers, the assistant at the apartment office told us we had a package! I hoped and prayed, we got the laundry, came back, and sure enough! It was the wonderful package ya’ll sent! I love the pictures! The Hershey chocolate is huge! I am glad I opened it before I went shopping as well!
Thank you so much! I hope yall have a great week!
Con todo mi corazon!
Elder Grant Hagen