Monday, January 15, 2018

Week 56 - Szczecin

Elder Lange & Elder Hadfield

Elder Hadfield's Study Area
Szczecin Apartment

Hello everyone!

     How are things going for you all?  Hope they are going well and you're all enjoying life.  The past week has been fun.  Last Monday, I got transferred from my area in Łódź to a city up in north-western Poland called Szczecin.  So this will be my third area.  It's a port town, and it's a very pretty city.  I love it here.  The branch is small, it looks like we only have 5ish members come normally, so it'll be a little bit of a change here.  We don't have too many investigators, and we didn't have any meetings this past week, so we're hoping we can change that around this next week.  We'll see how it goes.  This week in the Book of Mormon, I finished off 2 Nephi.  I've had an awesome experience reading from the Book of Mormon on my mission.  I'd like to share a verse that was mentioned in a talk in church here yesterday.  It's found in 1 Nephi 1, verse 12. speaking of Lehi:
12 And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord.
It's a simple verse, but I think it effectively summarizes Moroni's promise that as we read, we will be filled with the Spirit.  In my experiences with reading the Book of Mormon, I know that as I have read and ponder what I read every day, and really try to make my studies a spiritually powerful experience, I have the spirit with me throughout the day.  I'm happier and I'm a more effective missionary.  I know that as we read the scriptures daily, we are blessed with the Spirit of God to guide us through life.  Have a legendary week!

-Elder Hadfield
Szczecin, Polska

Monday, January 8, 2018

Week 55 - Lodz

From Lodz to the Western edge of the Mission to serve in Szczecin - 4 hr 20 min by car

Szczecin is on the river Odra, and is a major port even though it is more than 40 miles from the sea. Linked to Berlin by the Odra river and canals. This city suffered severely during WWII and post-war restoration has been confined to its more important buildings.

Goodbye, Lodz!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Week 54 - Lodz

Hello all!
     How are things going for you all?  Hope they are going well and that you all had an awesome holiday season.  Our holidays were pretty awesome.  We did a lot of tracting, which was fun.  Christmas Eve and Christmas day were good, nothing too out of the ordinary, just tracting and stuff.  We did watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional on Christmas Eve, and that was great.  New Year's Eve was pretty cool too.  There are these little firework things called Cherry Bombs (they're illegal in the States) that just about everyone had here, and they sound like bombs when they go off.  So that was pretty cool hearing those about every 30 seconds for the whole day.  Then midnight was pretty crazy.  Polish people go way hard for the New Year.  There were just so many fireworks, it was so loud.  They make the Fourth of July look like a small thing haha.  Then on New Year's day, the streets were pretty much empty, everyone must have been hungover or something.  That was pretty cool.  But yea.  As far as meetings go, we had two meetings with our investigator O., and those went well.  We're focusing on chapters from the Book of Mormon, and that's going pretty well.  We've talked about faith this last week and this week, we're having O. read 3 Nephi 27.  We're excited for that.  We'll see how it goes.  This is also the last week of the transfer, so we're anticipating transfer calls this Saturday in advance of transfers next week.  We'll see what happens.  But yea.  We're looking forward to this week, we'll make it another great week here in Poland.  Hope everything goes well for you all too!  Have an awesome week!

-Elder Hadfield