Monday, April 18, 2016

Not a lot to report on this week. We did A LOT of finding again. A lot of tracting and a lot of street contacting. Which brought lots of laughs and many awkward moments, which are always fun! So we keep running into this one guy, Michael. He is nuts and probably high every time we see him. But he is so ridiculous that we always stop and talk to him. The other day he said, "If you hold your breath long enough, it kind of gives you the feeling of being high." And then he proceeded to take a deep breath, close his eyes, and tip his head back...and he just stood there holding his breath. Then he let his breath out, and said "Whoa...I just got the feeling...and I'm pretty sure that one of you girls is in love with me." ........Fat chance Michael, come to church. Haha he's slightly creepy, but not enough that we won't talk to him. He's super entertaining to be around!

Sister Hartvigsen's birthday was yesterday, so we had a lot of birthday fun with different members. Remember how I like to scare her? Well yesterday I scared her a lot, but she didn't mind it because I would just scream happy birthday at her and she was just so happy that it was her birthday that she quite enjoyed being screamed at. Videos to come, haha. 

I found a cool quote! "If we see life through the lens of spirituality, we can see many examples of the works of God being furthered through the adversities of His children..." -Dallin H. Oaks. I found this quote as I was studying the story in John when Jesus heals the man born blind. When Christ and His apostles come across the blind man, they asked, "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" And Jesus answered saying, "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." Back then, the Jews had the habit of thinking that all adversity came from doing iniquity. Therefore, the apostles assumed that the man was blind because somebody had sinned. Christ, however, knew that the man's blindness wasn't the result of iniquity, but was rather a catalyst for the miracles of God to be witnessed among the people of Jerusalem. "When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." Elder Oaks further explained, "We are sent here to be tested. There must be opposition in all things. We are meant to learn and grow through that opposition, through meeting our challenges, and through teaching others to do the same. … The Lord will not only consecrate our afflictions for our gain, but He will use them to bless the lives of countless others. Jesus taught this lesson when He and His disciples met a man who was born blind. If we see life through the lens of spirituality, we can see many examples of the works of God being furthered through the adversities of His children. …When we understand this principle, that God offers us opportunities for blessings and blesses us through our own adversities and the adversities of others, we can understand why He has commanded us again and again to ‘thank the Lord thy God in all things’". There's also a great Bible Video for this story. I encourage all of you to watch it. It definitely pulls at the heart strings. In fact! I'll just give you the link to the video! Here you go: 

TEMPLE TRIP TOMORROW!!!!! I'm so pumped!

Love you all! 

Sister Hanna

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