Monday, April 24, 2017

Week 17 - Krakow

This week was a good one.  We were out on the street for a lot of the week looking for people, and we also had a couple lessons.  We visited a couple of the members this week, and we just need to visit one more member this week to reach our goal of visiting all the members this transfer.  We'll probably get that taken care of sometime this week.  Transfers are next Monday (which, by the way, means that I will be emailing you all on Tuesday next week).  That's hard to believe.  Time really is flying by.  We are confident that Elder Pettit is leaving because he's been in Kraków for 8 months now.  That's going to be a little sad because he has been a great companion.  I have a feeling I'll stay one more transfer, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.  We'll see what happens.  This week, we got news that the Indian couple we had taught a couple times moved to Warsaw for work, so we gave them to the elders there.  Hopefully something comes out of that.  This week, I was listening to a talk by Elder Holland given at BYU.  He talks about aligning our will to God's.  He used a couple verses from the Book of Mormon that I really like.  They are from the 10th chapter of Helaman when the Lord speaks to Nephi (son of Helaman) after he has spent his whole life preaching the gospel and constantly getting rejected time and time again:

4  [T]hou...hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
5  And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.

When we align our will to God's, it might not be what we want at that moment, but it will surely be for our benefit in the long run.  When we humbly submit ourselves to God, we are blessed beyone measure even when we receive trials and afflictions.  That is such a comfort to me in my life.  Well, I hope you are all doing well.  I'll email y'all next week, hopefully from here in Kraków.  Have a legendary week!

-Elder Hadfield

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week 16 - Krakow

Hey everyone!

    Things are going well in Kraków.  This week we went on exchanges to Mielec and spent a couple days with the elders there.  That was a good time.  A nice change of pace.  Mielec is really small, and everyone there is super open to talk.  Pretty cool to see.  We also had Easter this past week.  We spent that with some good old tracting after church, then we went to the Dalton's (senior couple) and had dinner with them and the rest of the branch for the last time before they went home.  That was a little sad, but good.  We get a new senior couple here next transfer, which is in less than 2 weeks now.  We are anticipating a lot of change, but I think I'll be here 1 more transfer.  I hope so, because Kraków is a great place.  Yesterday, we had lunch with a part member family, and that was a good experience.  We are seeing some good progress here as the result of a lot of hard work.  We are planning on continuing that hard work through to the end of the transfer.  It should be good.  Good things are happening.  We'll make sure they continue.  Hope you all have a great week!

-Elder Hadfield
Master's Sunday = Green Tie!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Week 15 - Krakow

Hello y'all!

    How are things going?  Hope they are just dandy for all of you.  This week was good.  It was also really busy.  I went to Warsaw on Wednesday and Thursday for legal work, Katowice on Sunday for District Conference, Katowice again on Monday for Zone Conference, then Zakopane today to hike.  It was fun.  I'm learning so much.  With it being Easter this Sunday, I'd encourage you all to visit  The church has done a great job making a video showing the power the Savior has to heal us in our inadequacies and our infirmities.  I know that this is true, and I know that through Christ's power, we can feel comfort and peace in our lives in circumstances where it would be otherwise impossible.  I never feel more worthy of my call as a missionary than when I testify of the Savior.  I wouldn't be out here in Poland, so far from home, working as hard as I am right now if I didn't believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and through Him we can feel peace.  I love you all, and have an amazing week!

-Elder Hadfield

Katowice Zone Conference:

Zakopane Hike: