He’s coming Home!

Grant said he hadn’t gotten his “Trunky” packet, which is a packet he gets in the mail with all of his going home info. Most likely he got it today or will tomorrow, because this afternoon we received his return home flight info with this letter. It was a great thing to find in our mailbox!!

Elder-Hagen-return-letter-edit

Life Keeps on Rolling on Right?

Dear Madre,

Strange how life keeps on rolling on right? And no, I haven’t got my
trunky packet, but from trusted sources it is in or will be in the
mail shortly… Life seems to be slipping on by, but hey (and we did
see bales and bales of hay) we had am awesome week!
On Tuesday we had zone council, where the whole zone drives in and for
about 3 hours we set goals for the upcoming month and teach each other
skills to help reach those goals. After the council, we
started an exchange with the the Spanish training leaders, meaning I
got to be with elder Ray from my MTC district for a day! We went off
as a zone to do service cleaning up a lakeshore. It was pretty cool
and they seemed appreciative of the help to keep it clean.
We set baptismal dates with a family as well! It was so cool, we were
sitting in their home teaching, and we got to the subject of baptism
and we invited them to be baptized! They said they would so we set a
goal with them to be baptized on a certain day! I am excited for this
family! They have felt the spirt and I know it will help them.
To make it even better, we had a few church tours this week! The first
was with another amazing family that is so spiritually strong! We had
a tour together and the whole time we could feel the spirit as we
taught and testified. We ended at the baptismal font, set up some
chairs, and had a great lesson!
Then on Saturday the family who are planning to get baptized also had
a church tour! It was really cool to watch them learn and as they felt
the spirit as well. We ended with a kneeling prayer, the father
offered it for the first time since we have met them, the spirit that
was there was so strong, the mom wiped her eyes, and I promised them
that what they felt was the Holy Ghost and that God does hear our
prayers.
I hope you have an awesome week! Love ya’ll!

Elder Grant Hagen

Making cornbread

Making cornbread


Hey dad,
So this week we had the awesome chance to give two tours to two
awesome families, zone council, and a few good service projects.
Tuesday was zone council and we cleaned up a lake shore as a zone.
Wednesday we volunteered at a place called manna storehouse, I think I
have talked about it before, but it is a super awesome goodwill/
charity foundation on large scale. We help them organize and sort
donations, and such.
Thursday we had our weekly planning and then had a  meeting with the
ward mission leader to learn about a thing called the Parker county
Peach festival that they held on Saturday, apparently it is a huge
event of all Higgs peach related, they have it once a year in July at
harvest season. Unfortunately we weren’t able to go since we helped a
guy move.
Friday, we helped one of our investigators clear out an abandoned
duplex on the property he is renting, and it had been abandoned for a
bit of time, a lot of things were moldy, the ceiling was caved in, and
overall hot and sweaty, thank goodness for Texas humidity right?
Saturday we moved the less active member, or rather helped him load up
his stuff into a trailer he owned, we didn’t finish, but it reminded
me of moving cabinets with you, especially since we had to go
downstairs with most stuff. At least we got all the heavy and large
furniture items.
Sunday was church and pretty chill all around.
Also we taught at least once a day, and it was a good sized week in all

So today as a district we just had lunch at a vintage car museum! I
think you would like it, it wasn’t super huge, but the burgers were
pretty good, so a food and museum combo wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t
anything near NHRA scale.

Car museum

Car museum

Car museum lunch

Car museum lunch

I hope you have a great week!

Elder Grant Hagen

July 4th

Hi!
Well to answer the questions from yesterday, the primary president
took the picture, (a picture I was texted of 3 women with painted faces with Elder Hagen and companion standing behind. Unfortunately the picture was somehow deleted), and those three people are an awesome family we are
teaching who came to the Fourth of July ward breakfast! It was super
cool and we all had a great time. The bishopric made pancakes and
sausage in a buffet style meal! One of the ward members is an artist
and apparently face pains really well! That was our Saturday morning!
We also had a fun service project with a less active member, he is
building a home out of a trailer home. We were building a rock wall in front of the trailer, he is literally
adding extensions, basement, etc to the trailer. It is really awesome.
The picture of my companion and I is at his house with his small
poodle chihuahua dogs.

july 15 pday selfie
We had zone conference this week as well! That was an awesome
experience that started at 12 and ended at 8 but we were there until
about 9:30 since I got my temple recommend renewed so that I can have
it for when I go home, now it expires in January!
I am loving being a missionary! It is so cool to see the work we do
actually make a difference in someone’s life! Every time we are able
to teach and the spirit is there, people change, their hearts are
opened, and they progress towards Christ. We had a lesson with a
family yesterday and the spirit was so strong, we committed them to
pray daily and continue reading along with their friends who had never
met us before. It was great.
I hope you have a great week!
Love!
Elder Grant Hagen
july 15 wilderness
Sent from my iPad


 

Dear Dad,
sound like ya’ll had a good time for the 4th, the crab legs look huge! (We had them shipped home from Seattle)
We had a ward breakfast to start off the Fourth of July, then we had a
missionary leadership meeting with the the other district leaders and
the zone leaders. The rest of the day we were out and about looking
for anyone and everyone who would let us in on a holiday, it wasn’t
too successful, but at the end of the day we met with a family that
all got together for a dinner, then a second family! We were not able
to teach, but there were about 6-7 people in each group who heard us
out and we set up times to come back!
We also had zone conference on Thursday, I took note in paper instead
of the iPad, I guess just a preference thing, but I have filled up
almost two books and a journal! After a dinner the local relief
society provided, we had a meeting with stake leaders and ward
councils on how to use the new technology to benefit and better the
work of salvation. The cool thing was that on Sunday people who were
at the meeting bore their testimonies on how technology is here to
advance the work, one brother quoted Spencer W Kimball by stating that
40 years ago he had said that “the lord would put devices into our
hands at we laymen can’t even imagine” and here we are in 2015 where
technology is now an essential part of life.

So right now I am e-mailing at a members home, we come here pretty
much ever p-day, do our laundry and such, but here is their dog
chillin with us.

july 15 little dog

I hope you have a great week! I love you and wish the best
Take care,
Elder Grant Hagen

Ipad fun

Ipad fun

Church building we meet in.

Church building we meet in.