Monday, December 5, 2016

Weekly Update~ "The Fresh Prince of Rwanda"

Dear Family and Friends,

Today we got transfer news...well, the mission got transfer news...because there are no changes to the Rwanda zone and I couldn't be more excited. I will be spending one more transfer in the promised land with Elder Grant.
I don't have a whole lot of time this week, I love you all, enjoy Elder Grant's email that he sent home this week to hear about whats been going on with us. 

Elder Hazen

President Collings (our mission President) has taught us so much about how to follow the promptings of the spirit and how to understand and apply Grace! i know that this principle is so True. Grace Truly is receiving divine help after all that you can do! we have had many examples of this throughout this week. i know that is how miracles happen. as we are faithful and do our very best even until the last moments, that is when we receive divine help.  

First example: we were driving home Friday night and we were a few minutes early and it could have been so easy to just go home a few minutes early to prepare for the phone call and reports that the Assistant do every Friday night. but we decided just do some street contacting. we just pulled over to the side of the road. it was like 8:45 at this time and we just got out and within a few minutes this man cam up to us and asked us in French, how are you? we told him that we don't know french. (lots of people here speak french) but then he started to speak English, and he spoke really well almost like someone who had lived in the U.S. which was very surprising that he spoke such good English. we introduced ourselves and the Book of Mormon. he took the book and asked where he could get a copy for himself. we told him we could come and visit him and bring him a copy and we set up an appointment for next Tuesday morning. then we told him he had seen the Church before and had been very curious! This is such a great miracle because we are searching for future leaders of the church. it is a blessing to find those who are educated and not prideful! it only came at the last moment on Friday night! 

This one did not happen to me directly but happened in the zone. the Elder's in k3, told called us on Friday night after we were home and told us that one of their investigators that was almost going to be baptized last month, then suddenly rejected, came to church the previous Sunday and desired to be baptized. we were able to go and do the interview the next day and all was great. Sunday morning just before church started, we were caled by them and they didn't have any water for the baptism. so during third hour we picked them up in the truck with some members and brought them to our branch and there was a powerful baptism service. three people were baptized.  

so the last tender mercy we have seen was Elder Hazen and I had. so i think like 2 weeks ago we finished a lesson, walked out the gate and then started talking to this man. he was just going for exercise, which is very uncommon, here, meaning he was just going for a walk. he gave us his number and wanted us to call him in like a week and a half and he said he would be back in Kigali. so we called him and he met us at the church. we taught him the Restoration and he accepted a baptism date. he told us to come and teach his family. so on Saturday night we went to his home and visited. he has a wonderful family of six children. the youngest is like 4 and the oldest like 18 or so 5 of them are over 8. so we taught them and it went great. the next day he came to church with his wife and his oldest daughter, in their car! which is incredible. he is a self employed civil engineer. and is one of the most humble people i have ever met in my life!!! when we first walked in his home the spirit was so strong and there was just peace there. His Children are well behaved and smart! Incredible family and definitely a tender mercies because they can be baptized before the end of the year. 

There are so many powerful miracles that we have seen this week and every week. i know that by small simple things the lord brings to pass great miracles! i know that as we Prove to God that we are Faithful in the opportunities that we are given we will give us More!!! i know that there is no greater satisfaction or Joy that you can feel than Helping God fulfill his purpose in Moses 1:39 For Behold this is my work and my Glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.     if anything is distracting us from this purpose, as my mission president says. we just need to simply Repent and Change! I know that our Savior lives and loves each one of us and that we can do even more to remember him and the covenants that we have made with him this Christmas season. have a great week!!! 

On another note~
Happy Birthday Grandma I love you so much! I miss you tons and think about you all the time! I can't wait to see you in 8 short months! Thanks for being such a wonderful mother and grandmother. I am eternally grateful for you!
Elder Hazen

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