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
 

25 Days

Howdy!

Thank you for your great emails, that is cool that Elder Brown is

related to the Wheelers! I saw him a few weeks after he went home, he

came with his family to visit some members and investigators, and we

ran into him, not supposed to happen, but it was cool to see him

again. The only downside was that it made me miss ya’ll a bit that

day.

 

My week here was pretty good, I thought that it was kinda scary that

Tayler mentioned I only have 25 days left. That was a reality shock,

but I am still doing good here, we have two baptismal dates with a

brother and sister, but sadly none of the people we have been teaching

came to church. That seems to always be the biggest struggle, because

when they come, then they feel the spirit the same way we feel rested

and renewed after Sunday, but getting them to come is the biggest

challenge.

 

On Friday we taught this super cool guy named Carmelo, we taught about

keeping the sabbath day holy, tears came to his eyes as he felt the

spirit and realized he wasn’t keeping that commandment, and he decided

he wanted to change. Come Sunday we knew he wouldn’t make it to church

since his boss had called him in to work, but there was a baptism at

6pm of a child in the ward, he said he would meet us at 5:45. We got

there, 5:45 came, and went by, 5:55 came and he wasn’t there then 6,

6:05 and we decided that since he wasn’t answering his phone we need

to go to his house. We get there and one of his friends had peer

pressured him out of going and they were watching soccer, it was a

frustrating/ disappointing experience. I know that if he had the Holy

Ghost, that decision wouldn’t have been the same, but he will only

obtain the Gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism, only having the light

of Christ right now guides him to feel the spirit and know if things

that are good and true, but it doesn’t bring to remembrance or prompt

as the spirit does.

 

On a good note, the members are awesome at feeding us dinners! We had

dinner with one family where he got back from his mission only a year

ago and now is married, they are super awesome and we had some really

good chicken quesadillas with them.

 

I hope ya’ll have a great

Elder Grant Hagen

 

sept 2015 selfie

sept 2015 car ride

A Hat for Every Day of the Week

Howdy Ma!

 

This week has been pretty good, we did service (see first picture) and

helped a man move some storage, we also do service at a good will like

place and they had this thing called a bag sale where they sell as

much clothing as you can fit in a black trash bag. So for five dollars

each, elder Beckert and I filled up a bag, and thus the hats.

 

By the way, how is the blog?

 

This week we also had a great experience with a few of our

investigators, others decided that they didn’t want to change, but I

want to share one of the stories. We visited a man for the third time

in the past two months. The reason it has been so few, is every time

we have gone by, he has been drunk. The spirit can testify to a man

who is sober with ease, but when he had alcohol in his system, his

mind has been numbed to the feelings of the spirit. So we taught him

to his needs, being the word of Wisdom, he understood by the end that

it is a commandment of God and that he is sinning. We committed him to

stop drinking. He did. On Saturday we visited this man again, and he

was humbled, listened to us, and there was no hint of liquor on his

breath. He felt the spirit, he accepted a baptismal date, if we hadn’t

been bold with him, I am sure none of this would have happened. But we

cried repentance and it worked.

 

I hope you have a great week! I love you and thank you for your email

on Sunday! I got it during stake conference and read it before it

started.

 

Love,

Elder Grant Hagen

 

Sept 2015 moving storage service

sept 2015 hat sale

City Hall in the Car Lights

City Hall in the Car Lights

mmmm Tostada

mmmm Tostada

Discussions with a Drunk Guy

Howdy Ma!

Thank you for your email! I haven’t heard from dad yet but I would
love to hear about the demolition Derby.

This week went pretty well, on Tuesday we drove with a member who
essentially is Jed just 6’5″ and super awesome, to a town called
Carrolton, which is about an hour and a half away for a doctors
appointment for my companion. I am so grateful he was willing to help
us out and we had a great time talking about the gospel, the ward’s
missionary work, how to get people to understand that preaching the
gospel is part of our baptismal covenant. It was pretty much a brain
storm. That same member invited us over on Friday for dinner and he
had another member family over as well. They made an amazing taco
salad, btw, thousand island dressing tastes great on it! We shared a
lesson about repentance, and how if we repent our faith increases,
when our faith increases we realize we have more to repent for. And as
our faith grows we can see the miracles that God gives us in our
daily, so we invited them to record and keep track of God’s hand in
their lives, and to help others see it as well. The lesson went well
and we all felt the spirit.

Apart from not getting transferred, this week was pretty routine,
studies, teaching, all that good stuff.

Another lesson we had this week was when we decided to go to this huge
trailer park forest complex tucked away about fifteen minutes south of
the city. We normally visit a less active sister there but a while
back we were also teaching her neighbor. Well we went down there
looking for past investigators whom we had records of and decided to
knock on this less active sisters neighbor’s home once again, and it
was a success! We talked with her, she said she was busy but would be
at the members home in a few moments. So we left, went to another few
trailers to no luck, but found some super friendly dogs, they were
small and reminded me of ewoks but one was super defensive or jealous
and went after the other ones while we were petting them… Awkward.
But when we got back to the less active’s home, the neighbor was just
walking over and we had a pretty good lesson with them all.

There was a drunk guy we met, so I asked him if he wanted to be with
God, he said of course, so I told him he needs to repent of his ways
and be baptized, he said he would. Sadly due to alcohol he won’t
remember any of that… But it was worth a shot.

I hope ya’ll have an awesome week, I will start sending a few boxes
maybe two or three home, but would ya’ll be able to send a nice white
shirt size 15 1/2 neck , fitted and (34?) long sleeved? I have a lot
of shirts but being in a nice new shirt for my final interview and
zone conference would be greatly appreciated.

I love you!

Elder Grant Hagen

Sept 2015 cat


Hola!

How did your week go? Mine was pretty good, it was pretty routine but
I am happy to say I am loving being a missionary. It is kinda crazy
and makes it harder while people keep asking if I am trunky, one
member told me “remember, you are called to a 24 month mission, not
23” apparently some missionaries have just “died” their last month in
this area. But we are still going strong!

We are teaching a super awesome couple who are recently married, less
active, but want to go to the temple! We taught them about how we can
share the gospel with our friends, and we roleplayed with them sharing
their testimonies as if we were people they were teaching. They
thought that was super cool and helpful. The amazing part is we passed
by two days later and they had taught one of their friends! That was
exciting for them.

The pictures are of the less active couples cat.

It didn't want us to leave

It didn’t want us to leave

I hope you have a great week! I look forward to your email!

Elder Grant Hagen

Finishing in Weatherford Texas

Thank you for your email!

We got the transfer call at about 6:25 this morning telling us we are
going to stay! So I will finish my mission here with Elder Beckert, I
am pretty excited because I want to pretty much work until I am
exhausted. This also means I will have spent a quarter of my mission
in Weatherford, I.e. A quarter of my mission in an English ward.

august 2015 missionaries

We had a man come to church this week. I told his story to Dad
already, I think that was the highlight of the week, now I just need
to understand how get people to come more than one week in a row.

I am enjoying Weatherford, here is a less active couple whom we are
helping get ready to go to the temple, they are very open hearted and
want the spirit more abundantly, every time we teach them, they feel
the spirit and have great insight to what we share. And so far, they
have come the last two Sunday’s!

I hope you have a great week!

Elder Grant Hagen
P.s. The last picture I meant to send to dad. Apparently Camaros are
cheaper here according to the member who owned the 1968 that I am
standing next to.

august 2015 camaro