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Hello everybody! I got the awesome package and it was delectable, the treats
were great, thank you all so very much :) First off, congrats Bree and Chris on your big day! I am so
happy for you and am glad to hear it was a success, I will
bet ya'll are very happy - both the fact that the wedding was
a success and that it is also over with too! ;) I wore the
tie and everything. I thought about ya'll as much as I could on Tuesday; I was on exchanges that
day so I was busy working the new trainee to death ;)
like horses, you gotta 'break them in.' By ways for the update on the baptism and such, he is still
in the hospital, they are thinking he will be in there for
about three to six weeks, yikes. The Bishop said to go
ahead with the confirmation however, so we will confirm him in the hospital
sometime this week. I will let ya'll know probably on Sunday actually,
that is really weird to think I am calling ya'll already - for the last time. This week was just a lot of hard work really, not a whole lot happened. We have been trying to contact less actives every day
and knocking doors. Perhaps our faith just needs
some work, or we are in need of refining right now. Either way,
I assure you that we are working hard and putting our shoulder to the wheel. I wish to share with ya'll a journal entry that I
wrote on May 1st, 2012, the day of Bree's wedding,
I will not share everything I wrote in it, just my favorite part because this was
one of those entries where the Spirit wrote it, not me: "The lesson at the member's house was awesome! It went so well!
We talked about temples and what a blessing they are.
Man, I wish I could talk as well as I do in lessons;
everything I say flows as smooth as silk and I can articulate everything.
The lesson really touched ----, I could tell, she was liking what we were saying.
It is the best feeling when you have the spirit
working through you, He (the Holy Ghost) truly is the ultimate and true teacher, not us.
Being able to testify about the temples was amazing, I loved it.
At one point in the lesson I testified 'the best realization I have come
to on my mission is knowing that I can be with my family after this life - forever.
The spirit wrote this entry. I love my mission so much.
I love it. It is true, the gospel is true and Jesus is the Christ
and he lives!'" That is the best realization that I have come to on my
mission (and there are many believe me) that I can be with all
of my family for time and eternity, not just this life here on earth.
It brings me the greatest comfort knowing that it will not be the end
when we pass on. I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation, it shows
me just how much Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of us.
We will be able to live with each other and Him (Heavenly Father) and
Jesus Christ forever and inherit a fullness of joy. I do not think I
will ever be grateful enough to know that. Anyways, thank you everyone for your love and prayers,
they are what keep me going throughout the days. It will be great to
talk with ya'll in a few days, I am looking forward to it. Until then,
Ofa lahi atu! (I love you very much in Tongan). -- -Elder Hartman1