Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Monday, April 11, 2016
Hey Grandpa B!Sounds like your Mission Reunion was pretty sweet! And I know just how cool reactivation can be! There are a ton of less-active and inactive members here in Poland, and it's really special to meet with them and see that "spark" rekindled. There was this guy named Łukasz in my first city, and when I got there, he had started coming back to Church for the first time. He seemed so happy. The branch was really strengthened by this too. While it might not be as visible in a place where the Church is so strong like St. George, it's a miracle no matter where you are.But in the end, it really all does come down to agency. A lot of missionaries here in Poland always look to agency as an excuse, but that doesn't change depending on where you are either haha. Everybody has their own choices to make, but they can't make those choices if they don't know how! It's our job to give them the best possible chance to make the right choice, and that comes down to strength of testimony and teaching all the doctrine in a loving manner. When you do that, you give people everything you need, and then you just have to hope that they'll listen to the Holy Spirit telling them that it's right.Problem is that they've also got a lot of opposition. There will always be whispers saying that they can't do it, or it's too hard, but when they have the right intentions and work, they'll know that they have God on their side. When they make that recognition, it's life-changing. There are so many members here who have never forgotten their missionaries for helping them to find God in their own lives. Some of them had to make some big changes, but everyone is so happy that they did. I just hope that can happen for some of the people that I've already met. It'd be so sad to see them come this far and then give up. Guess I've just gotta keep praying!Love you Grandpa!Elder Haskett
Brazil! That's insane haha. It's funny, it seems like everyone is heading South for their missions, just like I was expecting. Me and Kai got booted over here instead. The other missionaries will all have their own secret language. Even Spencer will be able to understand most Spanish with Portuguese. Also way weird to think I'm the oldest missionary. I remember being in the MTC giving advice to the other guys, feeling all wise and stuff, but I only had Blake by like 3 weeks haha.
Sounds like Carp was a success, especially for you. My guess is the rain wasn't all too bad in a nice camper like that! I guess the beach might not have been quite as fun, but you win some, you lose some.
So on to this week. To start, the weather was wild. On Monday and Tuesday we weren't even wearing sweaters. It was so nice. Then it got rainy and then it got cold, but from what I've been hearing it should be warm again next week, and then hopefully stay that way after that! I might actually have to get some shortsleeves. I wouldn't get them there if I were you, they'll be much cheaper here. I'll be on the lookout. Speaking of purchases though, I had to get a volleyball today. We went to a park and pepper. I was dying, having not played in like FOREVER, so my district finally obliged.
But as far as the work goes, pretty solid week this week! The other elders are pretty much taking over with Ola and Olga, so no more lessons with them for me. They seem like they're still doing well, and I can still text them and see how everything's going, so that's cool. Elder Torres and I have been back on the finding grind. We've got one girl from our English class that we're meeting with right now, and we've kinda had a slow transition over to Gospely stuff. We actually met with her again today, and pretty much talked about the Plan of Salvation for like an hour and a half. That was pretty rad. Then there's this other girl we met on PDay a couple weeks ago. She seemed kinda weird at first, she's Buddhist, believes in reincarnation, vegetarian, flower power, and all that jazz. But on Friday she called and said that she wanted to meet, and we had a pretty darn empty schedule for the day, so we went for it. Turns out she was slightly more normal than I had anticipated. She's met the missionaries before, they gave her an Ensign magazine, and she read the whole thing, got a hold of a Book of Mormon on her own, and kinda learned as much about us by herself as possible. Now we're going to be meeting with her on Fridays, so I guess we'll see where things go from here! Only thing is, she can't come to Church, due to the fact that she "does yoga and Tai Chi all Saturday and Sunday." Definitely the first time I've ever heard that excuse. Also she didn't think we understood what she said in Polish, so she made us tell her what "Tai Chi" was in English. Weirdly enough, it's still "Tai Chi".
Tell Caleb thanks for the fast! It worked! Love you Mom!