California Accent

Dear mom,

Thank you for your email. I have been trying to email Tayler back, I
sent him one two weeks ago, but I wasn’t able to respond to his latest
email, I will try to do better.

Also, it is very weird for me to realize that I am going home at the
end of next transfer, either with members, or my companion, or other
missionaries have a tendency to bring it up currently, it is scary to
think of, but at the same time, it is a necessary realization and I
will be happy to see ya’ll again. And FYI to my brothers, I won’t have
trouble speaking English, from time to time I forget words, just a few
moments ago I forgot that the English word for conocidos is
acquaintances… My companion says I have a heavy Californian accent.
I don’t think so, ya’ll has become part of my everyday vocabulary.

Dad sent me a copy of his talk and it was awesome, it looks like he
copied and pasted some of my email though… Hahahahahaha I thought
that was cool.

Yes we had interviews this week! President came to our apartment and
sat in a chair in our bedroom while I sat on my bed as we talked. When
he got to the door, elder Beckert and I were in our suits (president
is going to be there, we should be in our suits right?) he looked at
us, told us it is way too hot for suits and told us to take the
jackets off. He also asked me to dedicate the
apartment using the priesthood. That was a cool experience as well as
we all kneeled down and I offered up a prayer.

On Thursday we had weekly planning and apparently my companions family
sent us a pizza! We didn’t complain about that, it was a nice lunch
while we planned.

august 2015 elder beckert fam sends pizza
This week we also made a big focus on maintaining daily contact with
the people we teach and it payed off! There were about 8 or 9 focus
groups of people we had and we were hoping they would come to church,
but church came and passed and none showed. A few minutes later one of
our investigators calls and asks us if we would be at the 1 o’clock
English ward, we said we would definitely be there if he was going to
come. And sure enough, him and his two kids showed up! It is such a
struggle sometimes to help people come to church, but they can feel of
the spirit when they do. Even more so than people who have grown up in
the church our whole lives. We don’t know what it is like to not feel
the spirit. And they recognize when it is there a lot better than we
do.

I hope you have a great week! I love you, I am still working on those
essays, but I have been happily busy, I will get them to you.

Elder Grant Hagen

 

Watermelon murder

Watermelon murder

Lone Star Selfie

Lone Star Selfie

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Grateful for an Air Conditioned Car

Thank you for your email yesterday, I was in ward council two hours
later and got the notification that you had sent it (since we don’t
have wifi in the apartment).

To answer questions, yes Texas has been super hot recently, we have
had several days now of over 100 weather, it has been fun! I am
grateful that this year I have been able to enjoy the heat from an air
conditioned car instead of being on a bike like last year. We still
park, and walk a few blocks, but we have a guaranteed escape from the
scorching, and humid heat. People that we teach are super generous
with drinks though, even those who we have just met or happened to
knock on their door, they are kind enough to give us a water or coke.
Things such as trees and grass are starting to dry out now, it also
means less mosquitoes attacking us. We got a few clouds a couple days
back and even some light showers that maybe lasted 5 minutes and
dropped the temperature to 99 or 98 for a few minutes.

We are teaching a guy named Carmelo! He was taught a few years ago and
he is so ready for the gospel! We saw his teaching record and decided
to try by. We knocked, he let us in, and  as we talked he taught us
about what he remembered about the gospel, including the first vision!
It was great! We came back the next time on Saturday. I asked him what
a true was to him. We taught that God has truths, we taught him what a
covenant is. Then I sat next to him and we all watched the bible video
of Christ being baptized after reading Mosiah chapter 18, the spirit
was so strong in the lesson. I asked him if baptism was the desire of
his heart, after a pause, he said yes! He didn’t accept a date, but we
have high hopes for him!

We also had an exchange with the Spanish training leaders! Elder
Badillo and Elder Ray who started with me! I stayed in Weatherford,
and Elder Badillo and I had some awesome lessons! He guided us to some
of the people who he had taught while he was here, and some of them
are interested more now than before! We also said goodbye to a boy who
got baptized recently but is now going to school as well. It was a
good exchange.

exchange with Elder Badillo

exchange with Elder Badillo

august 2015 elder badillo

You asked a few days back if I am able to look at past emails, and for
the most part I can, the only ones I can’t access are the ones I got
before the iPad since they won’t upload. I can still get on a computer
and see those though.
Elder Grant Hagen

A Routine Week

Howdy Ma,

I got my brothers emails last week! That was awesome to get!  I will
email them back!

This week was very routine, but unfortunately we had to spend quite a
bit of time putting all of our paper records into our digital area
book…

On the flip side we had a few amazing lessons with some of he families
we are teaching. The first picture is a lesson we had with a family
that came to church once, they are super awesome and we have had
dinner with them a few times, I hope ya’ll can meet them one day!

august 2015 lesson

The second picture is a guy who was baptized a few weeks ago! He is
leaving for school so we are visiting him and his family more often
until they head out, he and his little brother get to go to a private
school, so we are helping him be a missionary!

august 2015 recently baptized young man

We also had a lot of dinners with members this week! I think almost
every day! That was pretty awesome and a good highlight.

We are barbecuing a few hamburgers right now, it should be awesome!

august 2015 bbq selfie

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

Elder Grant Hagen


Hola pa,

I got that awesome package, and yes, I have eaten all the cinnamon
rolls and was threatened within an inch of my life for the shirt… It
was awesome!

august 2015 elder hagen package

There wasn’t a ton of things going on this week due to having to
imput paper records into digital.

I am really sorry I don’t have a lot to email about this week. I hope
you have an amazing week. I love you dad and I am grateful for all
that you do. You are such an example to me in everything I do, you
taught me a lot, and continue to teach me. Thank you!

Elder Grant Hagen

Weird spider bug

Weird spider bug

Ummm... Elder

Ummm… Elder

 

dog tricks

dog tricks

A Pretty Normal Week

Dear mom,

Thank you for getting emails this week! Last week was good and I still
email Zach, he also has me included in his weekly email feed, but we
write every once and awhile.

So I got the awesome package from ya’ll this week! The only thing was
that the cinnamon rolls exploded in their box, thankfully the box was
the only damage, we put the rolls in the fridge and finished them off
this morning.

This week was pretty normal, one thing we did was take the map in our
area book and find all of the past invs. And plan routes and blocks
according to the routes! It went really well and we have found a few
new people to teach!

I don’t have a ton to talk about this week, we had a district meeting,
and I led the recitation and we said D&C 4 and our missionary purpose,
good thing we recited those in teacher and priests quorum!

We also went tracting a lot, due to mapping out our past investigators.

Also! We had an exchange with the zone leaders as well, I stayed in
our area, we went walking for most of the day.

I have to go but I hope you have a great week!

Elder Grant Hagen

Package that contained exploded cinnamon rolls

Package that contained exploded cinnamon rolls

Selfie

Selfie

Exchange

Exchange

 

A Hard Week

July ends this week, that was brief.
This week felt like there was a ton of pressure and I have no idea
why, like some days I felt exhausted. Maybe that is just what happens
at this point in a mission? I have no idea, but I am still going
strong!
Some awesome things happened though, we are teaching a family that
last week had come to church, they weren’t able to last Sunday but
they are moving forward at an amazing rate. During the week we taught
them about baptism, which they have plans to do already, then we
taught about the temple, and now they want to go! On Saturday a member
baptized his son and the family came as well! We were so excited and
the members were so happy to have their son baptized, we had taught
him all of the lessons and helped plan everything!
I hope you have a great week! I look forward to hearing from you!

Elder Grant Hagen

Found a cute little buddy

Found a cute little buddy

 

Shooting Hoops

Shooting Hoops


Howdy pa,
Thank you so much for emailing me this week, when I signed on this
morning, only your email and the mission report came up so thank you!
This week we went back to the town called Mineral Wells twice, the
first time we went we tried by a few referrals the elders in the
English branch over here gave us. Well all didn’t go as planned, first
we had to deal with a large guy with a bat as we pulled up to the
first house, he walked out of the neighbors home. We got an uneasy
feeling and left. While looking for another home, the Gps got us lost
and we ended up by the abandoned prison and all of the either
evacuated or abandoned, it was not a good feeling either way.
The second time we went back we had an amazing dinner of pork tacos
with a member family that lives out there, afterwards we had an
amazing lesson since all of their family was there. Something cool we
did is each person shared their testimonies as we went around the
room. It was such a spiritual experience and some family members
decided they now are strengthening their goal to go to the temple so
that was cool!

Que tenga buen semana papi! Nos vemos!

Elder Grant Hagen

Highlights

Howdy Ma!

We had an amazing week!
And yes, sister Morrill and I remembered we are cousins, but she goes
home on Wednesday, crazy right?!
Tuesday we had a wonderful lesson at a members home with a family we
have been teaching basically since e beginning of my time here! We all
had a dinner of taco salad and then taught the family! Hey had a pet
llama that was walking around outside he whole time, it was so cool!
We had district meeting on Tuesday as well! I gave a cool training
about why we are missionaries.!
Sunday we had two families at church! It was so amazing, as we
anxiously waited at the entrance to the foyer. Just as church began
they walked in the other side! One family could understand English,
but I was translating the whole meeting for the other and a few more
people.
I think those are the highlights  of the week!
I am so happy with how the work is going here and to make it even
better, I am not getting transferred!

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

Elder Grant Hagen

Look Ma... a llama!

Look Ma… a llama!

Silly Elders

Silly Elders

Flowers in my hair

Flowers in my hair


Hola papi!

Pues esta semana no fui a muchas lugares tan interesante pero a mi me
gusto lo que ha pasado.  After these two transfers we had two families
come to church! These people are so ready and prepared for the gospel!
Also, elder Beckert and I get to stay together for my second to last
transfer! Your week sounded awesome, and I definitely have stories of
my mission, and I will have even more! Plus, everything is lined up,
people are ready, and we may definitely baptize this transfer!

Thank you for all of your support!
Elder Grant Hagen

What's in the bowl Elders?

What’s in the bowl Elders?

Monster trucks

Monster trucks

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