Elder Nathan Hubert's Mission Blog

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Feliz Dia de Independencia!

Well everyone, I cannot believe that it is already Monday again!  This week flew by, and I'm pretty sure I say that every week, but it is so true.  The days feel like weeks, and the weeks feel like days!  And this next week, we find out who is leaving for the next Transfers, which is on July 16th, and I can't believe that is coming already.  I've been in Waukesha for almost 6 months now, and every single day has been such an adventure!  It would be awesome if I was able to stay and continue to serve here for another transfer, but I'm not sure what the Lord has in store for me.  Whatever it is, it is the right thing!  :D

But just to briefly summarize this week:
Monday, we had our P-day, which was basically like normal, except for that evening we got to go to the YSA FHE activity with our investigator Lavon.  We played 'Minute to Win It' games and it was super fun, and he actually participated!  A strange fact is that one of the missionaries off of the Preach My Gospel The District videos, season 1, named Elder Hallam, just moved into the YSA ward up here!

There was also a crazy storm Monday night that left most of the city out of power until Wednesday, but we still had power!  Hurrah!

On Tuesday, we basically started the day with the final District Meeting of the transfer.  We gave trainings on how to use our Area Book more effectively, and I really enjoyed being able to prepare our training because we keep our Area Book up very well!  :)  We talked about how important it is to keep it neat, clean, and organized, and how as we do that, we'll be able to further the missionary work in our area both as we are serving there, and give future missionaries a good foundation to build on.  We also had a great day in regards to teaching and everything else!  We got to meet with Rosa and Hermana Tovias at the library to begin Rosa's new member discussions, which was really good.  We taught the Restoration and were able to clear up any questions that Rosa had.  We also contacted a referral that we had gotten from the Sisters, and talked to a former investigator named Tomas and met his son, too, who we referred to the English Elders.  By the end of the day, we were able to teach 6 lessons and place 5 copies of the Book of Mormon, which is good for one day!

Wednesday we had the service at the Food Pantry which is always an adventure, and then we went over to the Tovias's home to do some service in their backyard by helping them trim their weeds and stuff, but it turned out to be a service project much bigger than we had anticipated, and we were barely able to make a dent in the project before we had to leave.  Then, we went to Lavon's softball game, and it was really entertaining to watch.  And then after that, we had a short dinner and played some soccer with our friends!

On Thursday we got stood up by most of our appointments, which was kinda rough.  Even the member of the ward that was supposed to come out with us texted us last minute and cancelled on us...  But such is the life of missionaries!  :D  We were still able to teach a lesson though, contact a referral, and get a new investigator.  But it is days like this where we do all that we can, and the other people don't do their part, that we can still rejoice because we are doing all in our power to continue to push the work forward!  :D

Friday was the 4th of July!  In the morning we got to go to the parade that was all throughout downtown Waukesha, and we talked to lots of people that we didn't know, and got to talk to members, too!  It was great because then we got invited over for lunch with a member family, and we love that.  Holidays like the 4th are real great days to strengthen relationships between member and the missionaries, because most other people are just going to get mad at you if you try to disturb them during their family time...  But Elder Wise and I, while preparing a message to share with families throughout the day, found 1 Nephi 13:16-19, where it talks about the Revolutionary War in the Book of Mormon, and how it was through the strength of God that this incredible nation was able to be established, and how it was because of that that the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was able to come forth in such a land that experienced freedoms such as the Freedom of Religion that we all enjoy.  We owe even the 4th of July to God!  Then that night, we had dinner at the Stake President's house, and got to share that message with him, and then his wife made me sing for them...  :P  She wanted me to sing Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, so I did...  It wasn't great because my voice wasn't warm and it took me off guard and I had no time to practice, but she enjoyed it nonetheless.

Concert in the park celebrating independence day 
Saturday, we were able to teach a powerful lesson about the Plan of Salvation to our investigator named Heidi.  She really liked it and said that she really wants to come to church and wants to do everything possible, but she also wants to take everything step-by-step...  So, in time, I'm sure that she'll get baptized!  We were also able to teach a woman named Charlene, and got to see out investigator Jesus and talk to him and see how he was doing.  Then, we had a quick Correlation meeting between all of the missionaries in the ward because our Ward Mission Leader was out of town.  Then, we went to a member's home because their son just got home from his mission and we were invited to go there for dinner and to meet their son!  :)

Sunday, we weren't able to teach our lesson in the morning because our investigator had a family emergency, and church was really good and we got to teach Gospel Principles about Sacrifice!  :D  And that night we had dinner with the Gardner's!

What a week!

I hope you each had a great week too!  Love you all!  Keep the faith!  The church is true!  :D
--Elder Nate Hubert

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