The End: 3 John 1:13-14

Yep, it is almost over, and I have mixed emotions, sometimes I look

forward to it, others, I really don’t want to leave.

We went to the temple on Thursday for instance, I really enjoyed being

there, there are 27 missionaries going home this transfer. I knew that

I was there because my mission was drawing to a close, but I was

grateful to have that experience. When I was in the celestial room, I

felt like I was home and didn’t want to leave at all.

I also had my exit interview on Tuesday, we went to the mission office

and got interviewed one by one, I recorded the conversation.

Sunday night we went to a mission president fireside with a couple

that are coming back to the church! We drove all the way to hurst and

listened to some speakers, a musical number of come thou font, and

president Ames spoke.

So to explain what will happen. I will go to and leave my companion on

Wednesday, there, I will meet with all of the other departing

missionaries, we will have departing testimonies and a dinner at the

mission home. I and the other 5 Spanish elders will be staying with

the office elders in their apartment, but everyone else except the

sisters will stay in the assistants home. Normally the sisters stay

with a senior couple or members nearby.

That is Wednesday, transfer day, and I will see you Thursday

3 John 13-14

 

I love you!

Elder Grant Hagen

 

 

Oct 2015 27 missionaries October 2015 3 amigos October 2015 27 more

 

I love you!

Elder Grant Hagen

 

 

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The Beginning of the End

Howdy!

So this week started off pretty awesome with a church tour! There is a

family that is coming back to church and they decided to share the

gospel with their friend as well! So we have been teaching them the

last couple weeks and we finally had a church tour! We haven’t had a

bad one yet, and this time we met in the relief society room, talked

about the purpose of an organized church since most people have the

belief that they don’t need to attend, they can worship from home, so

we discussed the functions and purposes. The member shared how much

she loved young womens organization and how much she learned from

being there. We then went to the chapel and talked about the

atonement, how the sacrament is symbolic and is an experience to

remember our Savior. Needless to say, it was really spiritual and

benefitted everyone.

 

I really enjoyed conference, we watched every session at the church

building. I took notes in everything, by the way, since I can’t keep

my iPad, I will need to send all of my notes somewhere, can I email

them to you?

 

Our week was full but most of our appointments fell through, we had

district meeting on Wednesday and we sang a song that only exists in

The Spanish hymn book, so I translated it to English and my companion

and I lined it up with the melody. It worked out pretty well!

 

I hope you have a great week! See you!

Elder Grant Hagen

October 2015 selfie

Life Cycle

Well…

I had a pretty busy week, but the sad news is that our investigators didn’t come to church and we had to drop their baptismal dates. That was pretty rough.

This week we had two really big meetings, the first was Zone Conference, we had an awesome time. We focused on a cycle we live in our lives,

 

it is: faith-> repentance -> baptism (later the sacrament) -> Holy Ghost -> enduring to the end (learning and growing ->repeat

 

That is the cycle of progression we use in this life to get us back to our father in Heaven, and this applies not only to us, but to everyone, including the people we teach. It was pretty cool, I guess it is something I already knew, but I gained a deeper understanding!

 

On Sunday we taught a super awesome family that we have been trying to get in contact with after a month of not seeing them, they have been working so much, and taking English classes, and providing for their family. We sat down and honed in on Faith it was amazing!

 

Friday we had another meeting where we got all of the missionaries in the mission except about 30 to hold a training on keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, most of us had already seen the video segments from the General Authority April meeting that all the Ward councils had to watch. We gained deeper insights, instead of making a list of dos and do nots, we discussed the nature of asking ourselves if what we are doing is an appropriate offering or sign unto God.

 I hope you have a great week! I love you, see ya!

 Elder Grant Hagen

 

Zone Conference

Zone Conference


Mi querido papi,

Howdy, thank you for the email, and for the package, the shirt fits perfect and I like the tie a lot.

 

So some things I did this week, we had an exchange with the Zone leaders, I stayed in my area and I decided we should try a super megaplex of a trailer park. We get to it and on my iPad I had a few addresses that we started to visit. Though the elder I was with didn’t speak Spanish we had some really good success, we parked, knock a trailer and no one answered. But we felt that we should try the rest of the street, and two other people let us teach them a bit! One lady answered and immediately invited us to sit at the picnic table outside under the shade and we talked for a long while, I testified that she would see her husband, who had passed away, again if she was sealed to him after being baptized and by being obedient to God’s commandments.

Afterwards, we had dinner at a members house, so this family built a super cool galvanized aluminum home, on the outside it looks like a shed or a barn, but inside it has two bay doors on both ends for a machine/ mechanic shop and the other half of the building is walled off to form the home. Inside it, you couldn’t tell that you were in that type of a building at all!

On Friday we had an exchange with the Spanish training leaders, I went their area in Hurst and got to help some members that I had known while I served there move, it was nice to see than again. We had a missionary correlation meeting as well and I got to see the Ward mission leader again and hear of all the success that were happening in my old areas. For instance, a family we had taught and got to start coming to church has a baptismal date and are really ready to be baptized! It gave me a good feeling to know the work I had done there hadn’t stopped, and what I hadn’t finished wasn’t in vain.

Saturday we drove to a city called Cleburne, there, my companion got to baptize some people he had taught, then they requested that he do their baptism! It is always a joy to attend and be a part of those services.

sept 2015 baptism

I hope you have a great week!

Let me know what happens. Take care.

Elder Grant Hagen