Monday, December 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2016 I'm thinking its not going to be a "white Christmas", our summer has arrived

and I just totally ran into Luke yamada again, with Bill Clark (who is jakes brother) haha freaking small world :)

Hey guys!!! how is everybody doing? uhh... I guess I will just wait for the response to that question later ;)

anyways, things are going great here in Concepciòn. Its getting super hot now, and we are counting down the days until Christmas. Its gonna be a good one! And my last one here, thats crazy! Anyways we have been using the churchs new initiative called "A Saviour is born" and we are sharing pass along cards with everyone, and inviting all the members to share the video and share the cards, with the objective that EVERY LIVING SOUL within our mission boundaries sees the video, and visits the website "" hahaha :) But seriously, there is great power behind that message that a savior is born. And really what the world would be like without a Savior would be terrible. Without Hope, and pointless.

So keep that in mind this Christmas yeah? Thats the true meaning of that special holiday! Well we are excited because Santos is progressing now even more. He had an interview with the Bishop yesterday to set goals to receive the Aaronic Priesthood in a short time. Im super excited for him. Also our less active Eduardo  that we found a month or so ago had an interview yesterday as well, to set goals to become active again so that he can baptize his 9 year old daughter Varinia. And now that we are back in our own church building we had 92 people in church yesterday, when there were about 60 or so going a month ago when we were attending in the stake center. I am so blessed to really be seeing the fruits of our labors. And Im excited to be able to pass Christmas and New Years here in the Cerro Verde ward :)

And its kind of fun being district leader. Every thursday and sunday I have to call the other 3 companionsihps in my district and write down their numbers from the week, and the goals they have set, and try to help them progress as a companionship and in their sectors, and then basically pass all that information on to the zone leaders. and I get to do mini cambios with them as well to set goals and be able to learn from each other and see what we can all do to improve. ha. should be fun! Its a lot of work, but thats all good!!

Last wednesday I gave my first district class, and it actually turned out really well!! funny thing is that the Assistants (APs) showed up to our zone that day, which was weird because I had never seen that before in my whole mission. But Elder Moura (who has been assistant for more than 6 months) sat in my class and everything. And it went pretty well. I had to teach for over an hour and a half..... haha I know thats a TON! I taught a little bit about the difference between the things WE CAN control in the mission (obedience, faith, attitude, diligence etc.) and the things WE CANNOT control (whethere or not people accept our message, listen to us in he street, keep commitments etc.) But we will know that we are a successful missionary if we are seeing the spirit work through us, loving those we serve, being exactly obediente, etc.

Also tomorrow we are going on a ward activity (actually just a priesthood activity) we are going to the "desembocadura" (which is right here in hualpèn where the Bio Bio river meets the ocean) Its gonna be super cool, we are gonna have a big BBQ and really try to strengthen and animate all the men in this ward!

I love this work. I know its true. And I know that the worth of souls is GREAT in the sight of the Lord. And I also know that there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than of 99 just persons that need no repentance! And the Atonement makes that all possible!

les quiero!
un abrazo,
Elder Hartvigsen

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