Monday, March 6, 2017

Weekly Update~ "Another Transfer Down"

Dear Family and Friends,

I thoroughly enjoyed my week with all it's spiritual highs, new investigators, and changes. Transfer weeks are usually a wash because of the constant moving around trying to get everyone situated where they need to be and Mission Leadership Counsel, but it ended up being extremely productive for us. 
The Zone

The transfer brought changes in our district and zone as we increased from 6 to 8. Elder Seibert shifted over to Makindye to be a district leader to re-open an area there with a new companion, Elder Beja from South Africa. Elder Harding, from down the street in Pleasant Grove is Elder Chisale's new companion. Elder Oliverson is training a new missionary, Elder Kagson, from Ghana and we already love having him around. He is so humble brings a great spirit to the district.
(Family Home Evening at the Bishop's House)

Elder Grant came back from Rwanda this week and gave me an update on our old area. One of my investigators, Jean Baptist, was baptized last week. If you remember, this is the man we gave a French Book of Mormon who had it stolen from his staunch Catholic mother. She began reading it and finished all of first Nephi, and through a translator, explained all of the plot perfectly to us. Elder Grant said that before he left, they followed up with her again, and she came with questions concerning infant baptism. She obviously had read up to Moroni 8 and was concerned about it. Elder Grant told me he and Elder Owen didn't know what to say because she was obviously shocked and didn't want to offend her. After sitting for a few minutes, she began to bear testimony that she knew by the power of the Holy Ghost that the book of Mormon is true and that if the prophets said infant baptism is wrong, then it's something she needed to follow and be baptized again by the priesthood. She then set her own baptism date for April 16th, Easter Sunday, then closed "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

(Filling up Font for Castro's Baptism)

That's our lesson for the evening, I testify that the Book of Mormon is true and that is inspired by God. I know anyone who reads it, will indeed get closer to the Savior, and that it is the fruits of Joseph Smith. I know Jesus Christ leads this church. I'm thankful for the tool that the Book of Mormon is and that the Spirit one feels when honestly studying it changes lives. I have more to write, but I have to go. 

I love you all, 
Elder Hazen

RJ's new friend

The Chapel

RJ's Bed with Mosquito Nets to Protect him from Malaria

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