Lots of Pictures

Happy Memorial Day!

I Have good news! 1, I am emailing in the church’s family history center, 2, I can send pictures!
The Baker Hotel

The Baker Hotel

BTW, that is the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, we went by it going to a small city called Graford before any of the storms. That building has some history! Weatherford doesnt have any record of any storms, and they all seem to be going around us on both sides! The most we have gotten was a pretty good sized downpour a few days back! But I am safe and ALIVE!
Buffalo Ranch

Buffalo Ranch

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Grant making new friends.

Texas country roads

Texas country roads

may 15 hearding dogs

A Pack of sheep dogs that were blocking the road and herding the goats on the other side of the fence, those are big dogs…

may 15 package from grandpa

ALSO! The box Grandma and Grandpa Morrill sent got here as well!!!!!

 

pulled pork sandwich

pulled pork sandwich

pulled pork nachos

pulled pork nachos

Homemade banana bread

Homemade banana bread

Nice to see Green on his plates and that he can cook for himself. He certainly has grown from the Nutella and bananas, and tuna sandwich boy of his youth.

may 15 baby goats

Goats a member owns!

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Someone’s lake and man made island, for scale, the windmill was about 15 feet tall!

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Ironic... there are no hills or mountains... this is tornado country!

Ironic… there are no hills or mountains… this is tornado country!

 

I hope you have a great week! I love you!

 

 

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No Pictures Again!

 

Another week with no pictures. The Sunday package reference is because Amazon has started making Sunday deliveries, which bothers me. I do everything I know to stop this, but it keeps happening!!

Also, in his letter to dad (2nd email posted) he talks about Mineral Wells and the places it would be cool to visit. The day after getting this email a tornado went through the center of Mineral Wells. Dang tornados. I asked for info on the tornado, but he hasn’t sent any yet.

Grant email:

“The Package did come on Sunday, it was a wonderful surprise but really weird to be there on a Sunday, we made chicken, bean and cheese nachos for lunch with spicy salsa though! I did get the protein powder during the week though, I thought that you sent that though, was that what Grandpa sent? I haven’t gotten anything else. Stateside shipping makes everything easier, some missionaries even send their stuff home with members who just happen to be making trips to Utah to save on postal fees. I hope ya’ll  find a good way to send stuff to Zach as well, usually sending it to the mission office works if it will take awhile since they will know where he is at, it takes a few weeks longer since they usually wait for a big meeting or some other means to deliver the package to the missionary but it assures that he will get it.

I apologize for teasing you and I feel bad this week since my camera isnt with me, (it was left in the apartment….) and these computers are the WORST for sending pictures, aka this is another non camera cooperative computer… The bright side is I dont have too many months of no picture torture right? If we get IPads, then I can send pictures with ease! 
 
That is awesome that yall are giving the Elders eggs! I am 100% sure they appreciate that. There is a family that we get eggs from too, they just tell us to bring empty cartons (another member gave us a few) and they fill it for us! Another family lets us wash our laundry in a washer and dryer that they have for the missionaries to use! (They house the English companionship) That is the Bells if you have gotten in contact with them yet, they are awesome! 
 
This week was pretty cool, each week we are here we are teaching more and more lessons and so far God has blessed us with finding people who are interested! We just have to keep going, keep visiting them and as they learn the gospel they will start to live it! I am super excited for this area! Also, Elder Brown and I are getting along great! He has a large sense of humor and knows how to make anyone laugh, it makes it so much easier for people to feel comfortable with us. 
 
We were in a trailer park yesterday visiting some people we had previously attempted to get in contact with. As we were walking down the street approaching the house, there were about 5 people there we hadnt met before, low and behold, they turn out to be more family members, and we began a wonderful conversation to get to know them, their lives. I commented on how awesome it was to have their whole family together (since normally people seem to work 8 days a week around here) Then the couple we had talked to before arrived and we were able to spend time with all of them! My companion read a scripture in Acts chapter 2: 37 and 38 which says: 
37 ¶Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

It was an awesome experience and I have high hopes for the Vargas family! I can definitely see this family progressing!
 
I hope you have a great week! Thank you so much for the package! I love you!
Elder Grant Hagen

Howdy to Ya,

Weeks are passing so fast, I can honestly say that I dont feel like I have been out as long as it actually has been. This week I was on two exchanges with our district leader, and then the Spanish Training leaders (Elder Hansen my last companion, and Elder Ray). The district leader has been out 9 months and it was awesome to see the fire he had in him! When we talked I realized he still had some experiences to live in the mission, but it was amazing to see the fire he holds! It made me feel like an old missionary though, he is the second youngest elder in our whole district, but a great example. So that was one instance of me feeling old. The other was on the second exchange, so Elder Ray and I were in the same MTC district, and apparently he is counting days, on the exchange I saw his calendar on the wall and it has one of the days marked stating to begin the D&C challenge, in other words, if you read one section of the Doctrine and Covenants each day, you will finish at the last day of your mission…. That  was a shocker for me to realize how short is the time that remains, but Elder Brown and I truly believe we will baptize someone this transfer here in Weatherford, there are just the right things here to move forward!
Cool places to see, Mineral wells, you should definitely google this city. The old Hotel it has is super awesome looking, I took pictures, but my camera is at the apartment… Apparently some pretty famous wild westerns visited and stayed in that hotel, now they claim it to be haunted.
There are also some cool antique shops in downtown and some home resturants, one is called Yesterdays Sandwich shop, I really want to try it one of these days. There is a lot of fun stuff to explore here, I also saw a buffalo, someone has a few on their ranch, so I took some pictures…
I dont think they did Fathers and Sons here, but I may be out of the loop since we go to the Spanish class instead of Priesthood opening exercises. One of the wards had a linger longer after church with some deliciously sweet pulled pork! That was delicious and they gave us a tub of the leftovers!! They invited us since we technically dont pertain to one ward but 4 and a branch.  However, we normally attend the Weatherford Ward since that is where the spanish group is growing from. It also makes dinner calendar organization interesting, basically it is divided by the Hudson Oaks ward for this half of the month and Weatherford Ward for the first half of the month, that works out for us, these two cities are right next to each other compared to everyone else out here.
I hope you have a great week! Take care!
Elder Grant Hagen

No “cool” Computer This week (sad face)

Yep that is the right address! I should be good, if you could send anything like tortilla chips as well, I might try to make some taco salad, see how that goes, Other things, like cinnamon, cocoa (protein powder works for this), granola, and dads delicious home made jerky are all appreciated. 

So I am on a non-photo computer… There are only 4 “cool” computers and the rest are all just monitors and keyboards hooked into one ethernet system, so…. I dont have many options. I do have photos though! I have about 3000 photos of my mission so far, so it totals out right? some are errors, but most are memories of something or cool sights I have seen. Imagine the agony of waiting if I couldnt send any more until the end of my mission? Muhahaha, but really, I will try to send more. 
 
This week I feel like I talked about a bit over the phone, but some of the cool things we did maybe I didnt go over. 
We went on an exchange with the zone leaders, it is always interesting doing an exchange with an English missionary since I learn how they teach and I translate for him. However, we met an awesome man who we gave a copy of the book of Mormon too, he is just on the uphill climb in his life and always wants to be closer to God. I can easily see him as a leader in God’s hands, we will just have to see where his heart lies and what he will do with his agency. The elder I was with has been in this city for a few weeks now and showed me all of the spanish homes I didn’t know existed. Christ said that he makes “fishers of men” but sometimes I feel like a hunter, going around looking for the holes in the rocks trying to find the few far and wide. It is working though, If we find as many people as we did this week. This area will definitely see some baptisms soon! 
 
Also, the address is correct, It has been more than one occasion when I have sent the wrong one hasnt it??
 
It was also wonderful to hear from ya’ll again, time feels like it is flying, when you sent the picture of my “shrine” it kinda made my stomach drop a little realizing how much of my mission I have already enjoyed and used. How little remains, I will make the best of it! 
The Elder Hagen "Shrine"

The Elder Hagen “Shrine”

 
I hope you have a great week! I love you!
Tu hijo
Elder Grant Hagen

New Address and Moving On

Hello Mother!

Well I think this will be my last phone call before I come home, really less than 6 months… wow that is crazy!

SO my new address is

202 College Park Dr #209

Weatherford, TX 76086

Food is always appreciated.

And it is the most awesome apartment! Small, but designed by Elder Hagen and Elder Brown as far as furniture (BTW this computer doesn’t accept my camera so I wont be able to send pictures this week)

Elder Hagen and Elder Brown hit the road.

Elder Hagen and Elder Brown hit the road.

I would be getting home October 15th, since transfers are actually on Wednesdays, but we fly in on Tuesdays from the MTC, so there was a day added for flights and we use it to have trainings for the new missionaries.

So I have been here in Weatherford! I dont know if you have looked up this town yet but it is pretty interesting! The church has the stake center right next to the highschool so it makes it really easy to point out to people or help them get the address. We are still searching out a good pool of investigators, kinda hard to do when the population is majority white and we are looking for hispanics. It’s all good though!

Texas, USA. Old courthouse in the distance.

Texas, USA. Old courthouse in the distance.

On Saturday we had a Cinco de Mayo party in the pavilion at the stake center (have you been to a newer stake center recently? They are awesome!) We took that as a good opportunity to get to know the ward better, sadly the people we invited didn’t show up but we will move forward!

So I guess I should explain, the ward I am in is a english ward, there are two active spanish speaking families, we are trying to start a group that will turn into a branch then a ward, and one day a stake! This stake is currently trying to create three spanish branches, it is awesome!

The area itself is pretty country, large properties, there is the main downtown and the city itself all within a freeway loop. we cover the largest area in the mission since we cover 5 different wards, though it is likely we will spend most of our time here in Weatherford since it has the highest population and is the ward where the spanish group will be started.

I hope you have a great week! I love you! Nos vemos I plan on calling at 3pm Texas time so 1:00pm California time.

Con todo mi corazon

Elder Grant Hagen

Former companion Elder Ostlund on his way home.

Former companion Elder Ostlund on his way home.

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