Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 33 - Lodz

Hey all!

     Hope things are going well for you all.  Things are going well over here.  This week has been alright.  We've been putting in more work, and we'll see where it gets us.  Unfortunately, this past week, the investigator we started working with two weeks ago and got a baptismal date with has had some hard stuff happen, and he's convinced he's more comfortable in the situation he's in than with what we have to offer as missionaries.  So we'll see if we can get a lesson in this week and help him change things around. 

The other investigator we are working with has been doing really well though.  He's in his 20s and we had a couple lessons with him this week.  We are reading out of the Book of Mormon right now, and he's making some good progress.  He's honestly such a cool guy.  He started investigating over a year ago, and has come to church for the majority of that time.  He's read a ton of church material too.  If he were to be baptized right now, he would probably be one of our more solid members.  He's even been helping get one of our recent converts to feel included in church.  He's a very logic-based guy, and wants to be 100% sure the church is true before he's baptized. He definitely has that sincere desire, and I'm confident it's just a matter of time before he gets baptized.  Super solid. 

My spiritual thought this week comes from my study in the Old Testament.  I was reading about Joseph this week in the book of Genesis.  I just wanted to share two verses I liked in chapter 41:

15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

I just read those and I find it really awesome how Joseph gives all the credit to God in this passage for his unique gift to interpret dreams.  I think that’s a good example for us, and in our lives we can try to give credit to God when he helps us out.  Well hope you are all doing well.  Have a great week!

-Elder Hadfield

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 32 - Lodz

Hey all!

     Hope things are going well.  They are going well over here.  This week was pretty solid.  We had district meeting on Wednesday, and President Turek came to that.  That was really good.  Being around President is awesome.  We also had interviews with him that day.  We also got a new investigator this week.  He's a young adult, and we had our first lesson with him on Friday.  The lesson went okay, and at the end, he committed to baptism!  So we're super excited for him.  September 2nd is the date we are working towards, and we are looking forward to help him work toward that.  Also, back in Kraków (my first area) Elder Ashworth and his comp helped set a baptismal date for a really promising guy we started teaching when I was there.  So his date is August 26th.  Super excited to see all of the success our mission is seeing recently.  We'll look to make it improve even more.  In my studies this week, I continued in both the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon.  In the Book of Mormon, I was reading in Alma, and I found an interesting verse in Alma 28.  It's verse 10, which talks about the sons of Mosiah and those that went with them, and their experiences:

And this is the account of Ammon and his brethren, their journeyings in the land of Nephi, their sufferings in the land, their sorrows, and their afflictions, and their incomprehensible joy, and the reception and safety of the brethren in the land of Jershon. And now may the Lord, the Redeemer of all men, bless their souls forever.

I thought that was really interesting how it lists those experiences they had: sufferings, sorrows, afflictions, and 'incomprehensible joy'.  It's like Mormon was linking those altogether.  In our lives, we all seek joy.  Even if we are in the midst of great suffering, we can come to taste the joy we all seek.  What an amazing truth to know!  Well, I love you all, and have a great week!

-Elder Hadfield