Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 42 - Lodz


Hey everyone!

This week was a quick one.  Pretty crazy that it's p-day already and I'm writing you all again.  This week was good though.  We had some good lessons with W. and T., our recent convert and less-active.  We weren't able to meet with O. last week, but we have a meeting set up for Wednesday, and we're praying that it will go well.  

We've done a lot of finding this last week for our English class, and we've been seeing some growth in that.  Which is good.  We're also having more people stay for the spiritual thought we share afterwards, so that's pretty sweet.  Hoping to see this success continue so we can start getting some new investigators.  
With tracting, usually it's in apartment buildings, so we usually ring on what are called domofons.  I attached a video I took of one my third transfer.  Basically how it works, is you stand outside the apartment building and enter in the number of the apartment you want to call to, and then they'll answer and you can talk back and forth.  We usually go with the approach something like "Jesteśmy z Kościoła Jezusa Chrystusa, i dzisiaj rozmawiamy z ludźmi o Jezusie Chrystusie", or "We're from the Church of Jesus Christ, and today we are talking with people about Jesus Christ".  Then if they want to listen, they'll either listen over the domofon, or they'll let us in.  We'll usually talk about how Jesus visited the people in ancient America.  It's good. 
But yea, excited to see what this week brings.  Hoping it goes well and we can get some new people here.  Hope y'all have a great week!

-Elder Hadfield

Elder Blau

Elder Blau said: This just showed up on Piotrkowska one day. I don't know what it is
From the blog of Jake's Companion, Elder Blau:
These buildings are the bread and butter of Lodz.

Area: Łódż
Companion: Starszy Hadfield


This week has been pretty good. Nothing too crazy has happened, but I'll do my best to make this a solid letter. We had some cleaning to do last week because some sort of check thing was happening. I used to think that we had a really clean apartment. There are a few points in that last sentence that are pretty important for understanding. One of them is the use of the past tense. We cleaned everything pretty well and then the District President came. His name is possibly President Jarosz. I know how to say it, but spelling is way beyond my capabilities. He found everything. It was good though. We changed out our water filter and fixed a bunch of stuff. It ended up being a really good thing to do. 

I think that I passed my 100 day mark this week. I don't know how I feel about that. It feels way too fast, but at the same time, I feel a little like I have always been on a mission. Elder Hadfield sang sto lat to me, but switched the lat for some case of dzień. I think that that was the day of the silliest rain storm of my life. We have been finding people from the Area Book and visiting them and then knocking on the doors of their neighbors recently. We went out to find this one guy who lived so far out of the city center that his house was in a forest. He was nice, but not interested. Then we were waiting to go back to the center on a tram when it started to rain. It soon became some of the hardest rain that I have seen for a long time. We were under a cover, so we were safe. We got on the tram, and we were going on our merry way through a torrential downpour. Then all of the sudden the rain stopped. It had only been like 10 min. That wasn't even the silly part. The sun came out and there was a beautiful sunset. We got off at a stop to switch trams, then suddenly there were trams that shouldn't have been there going down the track. I guess that the 10 min rain had flooded their tracks. It was all types of ridiculous. I can't support it. I don't think that it has rained since then. 

We taught English on Saturday, and I thought that It was bomb. The most people that we have had come to a Saturday English class has been 2, and last week we didn't have anyone. This week there were 5 people. It was insane. They just kept coming. We started with a prayer like normal and then had everyone describe their favorite movie. It ended up that a lot of the favorite movies were really sad, but I found a way to only cry a little bit. After that we played a game where we had one person go out of the room and we picked something that they had to draw and then we had to explain step by step how to draw it. It worked really well. We got some great drawings out of it. Picasso would have been proud. After that we had two people stay for the Religious discussion after the class, and they liked it a lot. Four of the people said that they were going to come back next week and the other one said that he might go horseback riding or something. I'm pumped. It was a good English class. 

[Answers to Dad's questions]: 

Question: So my impression is that you're having a pretty good time. Scale of 1 to 10? Also, tell us something about Elder Hadfield. Answer: Like a solid 8. Elder Hadfield is great. He speaks Polish really well and is a hard worker. He really doesn't like listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, so I have been playing a bit of it. It is pretty fun. We back up our side with scripture and everything. He also has seen like no movies. It is incredible. None of my quotes are working. All that I have to work with is Spongebob. It is really funny. I like him a lot.

Questions: How many people come to the branch on her regular Sunday? Tell us a little something about how the branch functions. Do you have to teach lessons every week? Answer: We normally have about 20ish people on a normal Sunday. They normally have a missionary play the piano and We normally teach Gosple principles, but next week we are having a recent convert teach it. The branch is pretty good here. Most of the members are really nice to us. 

Questions: Do you ever get to play your melodica ? Your guitar? What are you doing for exercise right now? Pull-ups? :-) Answer: I played my melodica for a little bit a couple days ago. I play guitar a lot. I haven't played it on the street yet because we haven't done many district finding activities. For exercise I have been doing a lot of stretching and some push ups. I read in the adjusting to Missionary life book, that I am allowed to march to appropriate music. I thought that was pretty funny. The door frames in our apartment are weird, so I haven't done any pull ups yet. Maybe my next apartment will be better.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Week 41 - Lodz

Hey all!
     Hope things are going good for you all.  Things are going well over here.  We had a lesson with T. on Monday, and that went well.  We watched a conference talk, then just kind of talked a little bit.  We're going over to his house to do some service this week, help him move some boxes.  We're also gonna start working with him on Family History soon so he'll be able to take some names to the temple.  Super cool.  We weren't able to have a ton of lessons outside of that this last week, but we've got a few set up for this week.  We're working on setting up with O. for sometime this week, hoping that happens.  We also have a couple meetings with W. this week, so we're gonna continue the recent convert lessons with him.  He's doing well, continuing to grow and make progress.  It's good to see.  Looking forward to this week, for sure.  This week, I continued with my study of the Old Testament.  I found a verse the other day that I really enjoyed.  It comes from the 8th chapter of Deuteronomy, where Moses talks with the children of Israel right before their entry into the promised land:

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

I feel this scripture provides a great response as to why we receive trials in our lives.  Sometimes the things we go through in life can feel overwhelming, but we have these difficult times in our lives so we can be humble.  How we respond to these trials shows God how much we love him and how much he can trust us.  I know that Jesus Christ will help us through our trials if we are patient and rely on him.  Hope you all have a solid week!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 40 - Lodz

Hey everyone!
Hope things are going well for you all this week.  They're going well for us too.  Last week was a good one.  Didn't have too many lessons, so we had a bit of time on our hands.  We've been looking for new places to find, and we'll try those out this week and see how it goes.  We had zone conference in Warsaw on Friday, and that was really solid.  President Turek talked a lot about finding, and it was good.  We'll try to apply some of the things he taught us.  Conference this weekend was really good. 

We were able to get O. to come to most of Priesthood session, and that was good.  He had to leave a little early, so we weren't able to ask him about his thoughts, but he seemed to enjoy it.  I enjoyed conference a lot. One of my favorite talks was President Nelson's about the Book of Mormon.  I really liked the question he posed: "How precious is the Book of Mormon to you?"  What a good introspective question we can all ask ourselves.  It reminds me of something Elder Holland said in a devotional when I was at the MTC, something along the lines of "We haven't taken [the Book of Mormon] seriously enough?".  That's definitely something I'm going to consider this week, and see how I can improve.  May we all look at our use of the Book of Mormon and find how we can better use it and apply its principles in our day to day lives.  Hope you all have a good week!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week 39 - Lodz

Elder Blau / Elder Hadfield
Burned Birthday Brownies - "silly Polish ovens"
Hello everyone!

     How are things going for you all?  Hope they are going well.  They're going well for us over here too. 

We didn't have a ton of lessons this week, but the ones we did have were really good.  We had one lesson with W., a recent convert.  We are continuing the recent convert lessons with him.  He's making some good progress.  It's looking like he's going to be able to make it to the temple trip to Freiburg that all the members in Poland are invited too. 

We also had a lesson with T., a less-active, and he's doing really well.  He has a strong testimony.  We invited him to general conference this weekend, and if he doesn't have to work, he'll hopefully be there.  We'll see how it goes. 

This week should be another solid one.  We have been working on new finding ideas, and we're going to try some of those out this week.  We also have zone conference in Warsaw on Friday, and that should be really solid.  Then finally, on Saturday and Sunday we've got general conference, just like you all do.  I'm super excited for it.  What a blessing we have to hear from the leaders of our church every 6 months.  I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of God on the earth today, that he leads this church through direct revelation, and that all of the leaders of this church are inspired men of God.  I love them, and I sustain them. 

I've attached a video posted by the church on to help you all get pumped for conference as well, so you should all watch it:

It's the video 'Prepare for conference'.  Hope you all have a good experience this weekend!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 38 - Lodz

Hello everyone!

     How are things going for you all?  Hope they are going well.  This week was a good one.  We weren't able to meet with O. this week, but we're hoping for this week.  We haven't found too many new investigators recently, but this week on Friday, Elder Blau and I were talking with people in a park, and we ran into a man named R. who lived in England for a while, and actually ended up meeting the missionaries there.  He's read the Book of Mormon twice already, so he seems really promising.  We're hoping he comes to church this next week.  But yea, it was a solid week this week, we'll look to build off of it this week. 

My thought this week comes from the New Testament.  This week I was reading in Leviticus, and I had a verse cross-reference to Matthew 22, verses 37-40.  These are the verses where Jesus explains that the first great commandment is to "love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all they mind" (v. 37).  And then the second is "Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself" (v. 39).  And then, the verse that caught my eye is verse 40: "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets".  All commandments that we receive from the Lord deal with the love of God and the love of neighbor. As we keep these commandments, we in turn keep other commandments, and we please our Heavenly Father.  We become more like the Savior. 

Well, I love you all, and have a good week!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 37 - Lodz

Elder Hadfield & Elder Blau
Elder Pettit (Jake's Trainer), Elder Hadfield, Elder Blau
Elder Toone, Elder Hadfield
Elder Pettit, Elder Blau, Elder Toone
Birthday Package 2017
Birthday Package 2017
Birthday Package 2017
Birthday Tie
Hello all!

     This week was good.  I started out the week with Elder Barlow, from Monday until Wednesday, because neither of us had our companions yet.  Then, on Wednesday, we all went to Warsaw for the trainer-trainee meeting and picked up our companions. 

          My companion for at least the next two months is Elder Blau!  He's from Missouri, and we are getting along really well so far.  I'm super impressed with his language skills to this point.  So yea, we've been together since Wednesday, and it's going well.  On Thursday, we spent some time getting Elder Blau his monthly pass for trams and buses and stuff, and on Saturday we had our English class and a Polish class with O.  He's doing well.  

          On Sunday, we had district conference in Warsaw, and O. came with us, so that was pretty sweet.  We were all together on the train ride there, throughout the conference, and on the train back to Łódź.  The conference was good.  Elder Ruiz de Mendoza, an area seventy, came and spoke, and it was good.  He had some good things to say about how his testimony was developed.  President and Sister Turek both spoke as well, and they had some really good things to say.  Just an all around great conference. 

          But yea, it was another solid week.  This morning, during studies, I skimmed through 1 John 4 in the New Testament, and it has some really good stuff in there about love.  I really liked two verses:

8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
12[...]If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

In Preach My Gospel, it's written that charity is the highest Christ-like attribute, and I know that as we strive to develop this attribute in ourselves, we will come to love the Savior more and feel his influence in our lives.  Love you all, and have a legendary week!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 36 - Lodz

Hey everyone!

     This week was a solid one.  We went to Warsaw on exchanges with the zone leaders on Monday, and those were really good.  Warsaw is a good city.  I'm hoping I get to serve there in the future.  We got back to Łódź on Wednesday.  

          On Friday, we went to a Polish restaurant with O, and that was really cool.  Good to spend more time with him.  Then on Saturday, we had Polish class with O and then had a lesson with him after.  We've been reading the Book of Mormon with him, and this week we're going to hook him up with a Book of Mormon study guide.  We're hoping that will be helpful for him as he continues to progress.  

          On Saturday, we also got transfer calls.  I'm staying in Łódź for another two months, and I'm also going to be training!  So that's going to be interesting.  Elder Toone's going to Bydgoszcz, Elder Barlow is coming down from Bydgoszcz to Łódź and he's going to train, and Sister Anderson is staying here and training.  So we'll have three trainees this next transfer in Łódź.  Pretty cool I guess.  It'll be a good transfer for sure. 

          Something that I learned a lot about this last transfer is self improvement.  All of us come up short in different ways.  Luckily, thanks to Jesus Christ and his Atonement, we have the possibility to repent and improve ourselves every day.  When we do that, we come closer to Him and we feel His presence in our lives through the Holy Ghost.  Excited for this new transfer and the opportunities and experiences that we'll have.  Hope you all have a great week!

-Elder Hadfield