Monday, November 20, 2017

Week 47 - Lodz

Hello all!

     This week was good.  We didn't have too many meetings this week, but it was still busy nonetheless.  This Friday, we had zone conference in Warsaw, and that was really good.  President Turek had some really good things to say, as did the zone leaders and the sister training leaders.  We're hoping we can ponder and apply their teachings and continue seeing more and more success.  This week should be another good one.  We have another week without too many meetings, but it'll be good for sure.  On Thursday, we're planning on doing a district dinner of some kind in the afternoon, and then in the evening we have a branch kind of activity, so that should be pretty fun.  Hard to believe it's Thanksgiving again already.  It should be a good day. 

Yea, the TV interview thing was just a short thing they had of us on TV.  We were cleaning graves for All-Saint's Day, and some people came up to us and interviewed us.  I think they were fascinated that we were from the States.  Some good publicity, I guess haha. 

For this last week, the most funny thing had to be from zone conference.  Sister Turek made a video to help us learn how to make a bed, and President Turek was the person demonstrating how to do it.  Sister Turek was going through and saying everything that needs to be done, and President Turek was acting it out.  It was just pretty hilarious because President Turek was silent the entire time, but he was just super animated and sassy during it.  It was funny seeing his playful fun side.  

But yea, we'll look to make sure to make it another good week out here in Łódź.  Hope you all have a good week!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 46 - Lodz

Hello everyone!
    Things are going well here in Łódź.  The weeks seem to go faster and faster.  This last week was really good though.  On Tuesday, we had a solid lesson about the Plan of Salvation with W., our recent convert here.  It was good. We have a lesson with him tomorrow, and we're thinking maybe talking about the Restoration or something, so it should be really good.  On Friday, we also had a great lesson with T., the less active we're working with.  We did some family history together, and we watched Elder Holland's talk from last conference titled, Be Ye Therefore Perfect - Eventually (a really good talk, I highly recommend it).  So that was really good.  He was in church on Sunday, and that was great to see.  We also had a discussion with O., one of our investigators.  That was pretty good.  He's making progress in his own time, and doesn't want to be rushed into anything.  He was in church as usual yesterday, and we might have some kind of meeting with him later this week, we'll see how it goes.  Our other investigator, I., was busy this week and unable to meet, so we're hoping we can have some kind of contact this week.  But yea, it was a good week, and we're looking forward to another solid one this week.  We have zone conference in Warsaw on Friday, and that should be really good.  Our zone didn't change much with tranfers, so it will be good to see some of the other missionaries again.  So we're looking forward to that on Friday.  But yea.  Yesterday was a really good day in church.  Sacrament meeting was especially good.  Last week, all of the members in Poland had a temple trip to the Freiberg Temple, so they had a couple of members who went share their experiences and testimonies with that.  I'm just so impressed with the members over here.  They only have about 4 chances a year to go to the temple, and to do so, they have to travel all the way to Freiberg.  What committment!  I testify that the temple is the House of the Lord, and as we participate in the ordinances of the temple, we feel God's love for us more openly in our lives and we are guided by the Spirit.  Because there aren't any temples in or near our mission boundaries in Poland, as missionaries here we don't have the opportunity to go to the temple.  In my time here, I've really gained a greater sense of the importance of temple attendance and a greater appreciation for what they can mean in our lives.  I look forward to the day when I can again go to the temple.  Well, that's about it for this week, but I hope you all have a great week.  Love you all!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 45 - Lodz

All Saints Day!
All Saints Day at the Cemetery

20 zlot hot chocolate!

Getting ready to go clean graves

Elder Hadfield's year mark!

Waiting 15 minutes for the Tram
The look of having to wait 15 minutes or the tram
Elder Blau and his new scarf!


Staying together - 18 week transfer!
Hey all!

     How are things going on out there?  Hope they are going well for you all.  This week was pretty solid. We had some solid lessons this week.  We had one with T. at his place on Thursday, and it went well.  We read Moroni 7 together, and he really enjoyed it.  I also send out a daily scripture text to like 10 people, both from back in Kraków and here in Łódź, and he asked if he could get those, and he's pretty pumped for that.  We also had district meeting with President Turek on Tuesday which was pretty great.  President is a great man.  We had a lesson with W. later that day, and we finished the recent convert lessons with him, but we're still planning on meeting with him weekly to keep working with him.  We also had a meeting with a new investigator on Saturday, I.  He's from Ukraine, and we met with him over Skype.  The lesson went well, and he committed to pray daily, so we're excited to keep working with him and see how it goes.  We also on Saturday got our transfer calls.  We found out that Elder Blau and I will be staying together another 9 weeks!  So we're pretty pumped about that.  In fact, our whole district is staying the same.  So that should be really cool.  But yea, we're excited for this next transfer and what it will bring. 

Yesterday, I ended up teaching the gospel principles class.  The topic was prayer, and I found a scripture I really liked.  It's in Alma chapter 37:  

36 Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
37 Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

Prayer is something that I've learned a lot about on my mission, both through personal experience and through seeing others experiences.  I like this scripture because, as it says, if we constantly direct our thoughts to the Lord through praying often, we will have his influence in our life and we will be guided.  How awesome it is to know that when we have a bad day or have challenges in life, we can talk with the most powerful Being in the universe, and he will listen to us and help us. 

Love you all, and have a legendary week!
-Elder Hadfield

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 44 - Lodz

Jake & O


Hey all!
     How are thing going for you all?  They are going really well over here.  This week was a solid one.  We had good lessons with W. and T. again, and I think they are both doing well.  We are probably going to finish off the recent convert lessons with W. this week, so that'll be good.  This past Saturday, we were also able to meet with O. at a restaurant he recommended to us, and that was a good meeting.  O. is such a stud.  He's a super deep thinker, and he really takes religion seriously.  I like to say that we as missionaries learn a lot from meeting with him haha.  He's so awesome though.  Definitely one of the coolest people I've met on my mission.  We're hoping he'll have time for a meeting this week, we'll see how it goes. 

          We also got a couple of solid looking potentials this week.  We have I., who we met at our English class.  He's from Ukraine, and he seems really solid.  We're gonna start meeting with him hopefully this week, and it should be solid.  We also have E., who we found in our area book.  We visited her apartment, and she was home, but she didn't have a ton of time, so she invited us back this Saturday.  So hopefully something good can come from that.  But yea, the work is going well. 

          This week coming up here is also the last week of the transfer, which is pretty crazy.  It's easily been the quickest transfer of my mission.  Exited to see what happens though.  We get our calls this Saturday, so that's when we'll find out.  This week, I continued my studies of the Old Testament.  I finished off the book of Joshua this week, and there's the verse in the last chapter that I think most of us know, but I really like it:

12 [...]choose you this day whom ye will serve;... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

 Our Father in Heaven has given us agency, and I know that as we use our agency righteously, as we serve our Lord, we are blessed, and he directs our lives.  Hope you all have a great week!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, October 23, 2017

Week 43 - Lodz

Hey all!
     How are things going out there?  This week has been a pretty solid one.  We unfortunately weren't able to meet with our investigator O. last week, but he did make it to church.  We were able to talk a bit, and we invited him to some restaurant on this Friday, and he said he'll probably be there.  Hoping we can see what's up with him and how we can help him.  We met with W., the recent convert, and T., the less-active, and they are both doing well as well.  On Friday, we had a pretty cool experience.  Elder Blau and I were doing language study, and I got a call from my boy Elder Erickson down in Mielec.  He and his comp had a referral for a less active in our area named A. who texted them asking if they could bless her son, because he's sick.  Well obviously they couldn't do that, so Elder Erickson sent me her info, we called her, and we were able to go down later that day and give her son a blessing.  She lives in a city called Pabianice just South of Łódź, so it was a little bit of a journey, but it was worth it.  We were able to share a little bit of a spiritual thought as well.  She's had a rough past few years, but we're hoping we can continue working with her and help her remember how the gospel can bless her life.  So that was a cool miracle that happened this week!  Super cool to see that happen.  Hoping we can continue with a really solid week this week to build off last week.  Something else that's pretty crazy is we only have another two weeks left in the transfer.  What the heck?  We'll have to make these last two weeks legendary.  Well, hope you are all doing well.  Have an awesome week!

-Elder Hadfield
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