Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 65 - Szczecin

Hello everyone!

     How are things going for you all?  Things are going well for me.  This week was another good one.  It was also quick, that's for sure.  On Wednesday, we went out to a small city named Stargard, about 45 minutes away from Szczecin.  We went there to help a member shovel a pile of coal into their storage unit, and it was good to be able to help them.  
We also got a new investigator on Saturday, which was solid.  His name is A., and he lives in a city named Barlinek, about 2 hours away from Szczecin.  We visited him and talked about prayer, and we're hoping that we can help him make progress and come closer to Christ.  We are in contact with him over the phone, and we're planning on going back out there to meet with him next Wednesday the 28th, so we'll see how that goes.  
Outside of that, we have a couple of potentials, one of which we are meeting with tomorrow, and we're hoping that goes well.  It should be another good week.  
I have a talk in church next Sunday, which happens often enough since we don't have too many members here.  The topic will be 'Jesus Christ - The Perfect Example'.  I'm excited for it, it's a fitting topic with Easter coming up soon. I've started preparing for that talk, and I've enjoyed the opportunity it's given me to focus on and learn more about His life and example.  As the Bible Dictionary says about Christ, "He is the greatest Being to be born on this earth—the perfect example", and I know that as we follow Him and strive to become more like Him, we will be guided and we can achieve happiness as we feel His love for us.  Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Hadfield

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week 64 - Szczecin

Map from Kolobrzeg, Poland to Szczecin, Poland
Hello everyone!
     This week was a fast one.  We were pretty busy.  On Tuesday, we had quite a few meetings, including district meeting, some meeting with all of the other mission leaders through skype about the new Easter initiative, and our English class, and it was a good day.  Wednesday, Elder Lange and I got a train out to a city called Kołobrzeg to visit some referrals.  We delivered a Book of Mormon to one of them, so we got that in.  Kołobrzeg is also right along the Baltic Sea, so we briefly stopped by there before our train back.  That was pretty sick.  
On Thursday and Friday, we were in Gdańsk with the zone leaders.  Those went pretty well, the zone leaders are hard workers.  We did quite a bit of contacting, and that was good.  Elder Lange and I are going to try out contacting more, and we'll see how it goes.  On Friday evening, we also got our transfer calls for this next transfer.  Elder Lange and I found out that we will be staying together for his final transfer.  We're pretty excited for that, it should be a good transfer.  But yea, outside of that, we're working hard, looking to see some good success this next week, and we're gonna kick off this transfer with a bang.  Hope everything is going well for you all, have a solid week!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, March 5, 2018

Week 63 - Szczecin

Hello all!

This week was pretty good. It was a fast one as usual. We had a meeting with K. and J. this week, and we talked about the Restoration with them. It went alright, but they still haven't came to church. We're gonna see if we can help them do that here pretty soon. We also have been teaching English to A., a potential, and he was in church for the third time yesterday. He believes all roads lead to God, but he likes what we have and we're hoping he keeps coming to church and that he can keep feeling the Spirit there.
This week should be a busy one. On Wednesday, Elder Lange and I are going out to a city called Kołobrzeg to visit a couple referrals, and we're hoping that goes well. Then on hursday and Friday, we'll be in Gdańsk on exchanges with the zone leaders. This Saturday, we'll also get our transfer calls, and then we have transfers next Monday. Pretty insane that another transfer is ending already. Seeing as I've only spent one transfer here in Szczecin, I'm thinking I'll stay, which I would be down for, but we'll see.
We're sure it'll be another good week though, we're looking forward to it and excited to see the work move forward. Hope everything is going well for you all, it's going well over here and I'm loving life. Have a good week!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, February 26, 2018

Week 62 - Szczecin

Hello everyone!

     This week was pretty good.  It was another fast one.  It was another week where we didn't have too many meetings, so we did a lot of finding this week.  We tried visiting some less-actives as well, and that went pretty well.  We met R., a less-active, at his apartment and had a good discussion with him.  We're hoping to start working with him now and help him get progressing. 
We met with one of our investigators, K., this week and read 2 Nephi 33.  I really like that chapter.  He seemed to enjoy it too.  We were hoping to get him to church yesterday, but that unfortunately didn't end up happening.  Hopefully we can make some progress with him soon.  We were supposed to have a couple meetings with either potentials or formers this week, but unfortunately all of them either flaked or canceled.  So we're hoping that goes better this week. 
I had a doctor's appointment on Friday morning.  That was an interesting experience.  Basically the doctor just looked down my throat and in my ear and said, "It looks like you have an infection of some kind."  Kind of different from the States where they actually like to figure out what you are infected with, but whatever.  So he prescribed me some antibiotic, some Sudafed, and a nose spray to keep down the congestion.  So we'll see what happens with that, hopefully it goes away soon enough.  We also went to the government office to help the office elders out with something, but that didn't end up working out, so we'll have to go back there this week sometime.  
We'll get transfer calls next Saturday (the 10th) already, which is hard to believe, and then transfers are the following Monday (the 12th).  So we'll see what happens.  I feel like Elder Lange and I will probably stay together next transfer, which will also be his last transfer.  However he thinks he'll leave Szczecin.  He's been here for four months now, so I guess it could go either way.  But we'll see what happens.  
This week, we have exchanges with the zone leaders in Gdańsk again, so that'll be good.  Those will be from Tuesday to Wednesday.  On Thursday, we'll have district meeting, and President Turek will be there for interviews as well.  So that will be a good experience.  Then on Friday, we'll have apartment cleaning checks.  So it'll be a busy week.  We're looking forward to it.  Hope everything is going well for you all.  Have a good week!
-Elder Hadfield

Monday, February 19, 2018

Week 61 - Szczecin

How Elders entertain themselves while tracting!

Jake has started running in the community 5k every Saturday as a finding method. He's trying to improve his time each week. One of the organizers took this picture and sent it to him.

Hello everyone!

This week was another quick one.  I blinked, and it's Monday again.  Pretty crazy.  But yea, it was a good week.  We didn't have much going on in the way of meetings, just one with K. and his son, J.  They are our only investigators at the moment, and we haven't had a super high quality lesson yet, but we're hoping that turns around this week.  We have a meeting scheduled with them for Wednesday, and we're hoping to sit down and teach a super focused lesson on the Restoration.
A., our main potential at the moment, has been out of town for a week, so we weren't able to meet with him this past week, but we're hoping to do so at least once this week.  We have another potential, D., who we contacted from the area book, and we have a meeting scheduled for Thursday.  We'll see how that goes, we're hoping to get some consistent meetings with him.  But yea, excited for this week, and we'll see how it goes. 
We have an English speaking club that we go to as a finding idea called 'toastmasters', and basically they just discuss a bunch of topics in English.  Well it was time for us to go, so we went to excuse ourselves, and they wanted us to talk about one more subject each before we left.  The subjects were randomly chosen from face-down cards, and they were Valentine's Day themed.  Well, Elder Lange got 'marriage' and I got 'lovers'.  So you can probably imagine us up there as missionaries floundering trying to talk about these subjects.  It was kinda funny.  
Yesterday in sacrament meeting, I had the opportunity to speak about teaching with the Spirit, and I enjoyed preparing for that.  I learned some good things.  One blessing of having the Spirit with us that I studied and thought was good was that when we have the Spirit with us, though we may be weak, we can be strengthened by the power of God.  I think that's an incredible blessing, because I have many times where I feel weak, but through the Spirit, I can be strengthened to do what I need to in an effective way.  Hope you all have a great week!
-Elder Hadfield

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Week 60 - Szczecin

Hello all!  
This week was solid.  It was quick, as most weeks usually are lately.  Last Wednesday, we went to a town about an hour and 45 minutes away from Szczecin called Barlinek.  It was a pretty city.  We went there to visit a couple of referrals we got from church headquarters.  We weren't having any luck contacting them with the phone numbers we had, so we were hoping they'd be home when we went and we could have a lesson with them.  Well, as luck would have it, neither of them were home.  So that was a little disappointing.  We have since then gotten a new number for one of the referrals, and he seems open to meet and learn, so we're hoping to stay in contact with him and visit him soon.  Also this past week, we went and visited K., our 94 year old investigator.  He really likes to talk, and it was hard keeping the lesson focused, so we're gonna see what we can do next time to stay more on topic.  Another one of our potentials, A., was in church again, so that was great to see.  We're hoping to start teaching him here soon, we'll see if we can get that started.  He's a really solid guy.  Yesterday, we had zone conference down in Poznań, and that was a really good experience.  We talked a lot about the Book of Mormon, and it was good.  We watched a video from the missionary department about how only one verse from the Book of Mormon can change a life.  I've definitely seen that personally, and it's amazing what power that book has.  During personal study, I've had a goal to read the entire Old Testament before the end of my mission, and that's been going well so far.  This past week, I really liked a psalm that I read.  It's Psalm 82 verse 6:

6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
I love the doctrine that we are literally children of God, our Heavenly Father, and he loves us.  Sometimes in this world of ours, it's easy to forget our potential and to forget that each of us has worth, but it's an amazing thing that God is literally our perfect loving Father.  What a blessing that each of us has.  Have an awesome week everyone!

-Elder Hadfield