It is so hard to believe that we have been here a year. Time moves so quickly. The mission continues to grow. Next week is transfers. We have 30 new missionaries coming and 12 going home. This will bring our total for young sisters and elders up to 224. That is a number I watch because it is the number of weekly e mails I get to read. To read all these letters is time consuming but is so rewarding. Sometimes I laugh and sometimes I cry, but they are always entertaining. Here is a short excerpt from one of the letters. You can't make this up.
President, I would like to share a miracle with you.
So, right after we did our 4 week reports at the chapel, we are walking back to the bus station. Usually we are watching for a bus but we just weren't at that moment and we missed our bus. Frustrated we thought of what to do. We know there is a less active member down the road and we're deciding whether or not to go. We decide to check it out. We see their car is not there so that is not a good sign. We knock. No answer. So we decide to make our journey back home. Elder Reed suggest, should we cut through the park? Ehhhh, maaaaaayyybbbeeee. Sure, why not. As we were going through the park we see a rather large man sitting alone on a bench. I ask, should we talk to him? We need to catch our bus. After another minute of debate, I ask Elder Reed what kind of pass along card he has? He pulls one out and says "Where Do I Go When I Die?" Nah, do you have any others? He pulls out one that says"Does God Really Know Me?" So I take it and start heading towards him. We show him the card and start talking to him. He is 100% against us being there for some reason. He keeps asking stuff like "Why are you here?" "What's the point of this?" "Why are you talking to me?" etc. After a little while of explaining we are God's servants here to bring him a message, he says ".....You guys aren't going to believe me...but not more than 3 minutes ago, I typed into Google "God, please help me" and then minutes later, you two show up.......IS THAT NOT AMAZING?! We weren't even supposed to be there! We missed our bus, and instead of going to the closest station, we go to the less active family, then to the park, and happen to get the perfect pass along card! His name is Chris and we are going to teach him this week. That was such a strong moment where both me and Elder Reed knew we were guided by the hand of the Lord. Elders Hagedorn and Reed
I thought you might like to get a feel for what goes on in the mission field on nearly a daily basis some where.
Since last we posted, we have travelled through out the mission doing interviews. We have a new car, a Toyota Avensis station wagon. It had 5 miles on it when we picked it up last week. Just as we were driving over to the temple to turn in our old car, the odometer turned over 77,777 miles.
Sister Millar has also had some health challenges. She developed flu like symptoms but the GI problems went on for 6 days and she was getting a little dehydrated. We took her to the GP who had her admitted to the hospital where she spent the next 6 days in the care of the NHS. There were a few frustrations encountered that we will not elaborate on. She is schedule for some additional diagnostic test the next `Monday. Overall she has been a bit tired but is doing much better. She was able to go on a trip to Plymouth earlier in the week.
We are happy with the flowers in the yard, will attach some photos. The work in the mission continues to grow in number of teaching opportunities, and Baptismal dates. We are looking for a good week today of about 10 baptisms for the week.
We love you and send our best to all. The gospel is the Truth the Way and the Life. We feel the touch of the Master's hand in all we do.