Life's been good to me this week. Sorry I don't remember anything that happened, but I know that it was all awesome :) Working here with Elder Horsley has been way fun. We had really high indicators this week and got a lot of work done, taught some great lessons, found some new investigators and invited them to be baptized! Many cool experiences. Serving as zone leader is really fun actually I've enjoyed it. I get to be involved on a larger scale helping to manage the missionary work in the stake, and our stake president, President Blau is pretty awesome and really gung-ho. Our zone is struggling a little more than others in the mission for some reason, but we've already seen a little increase with some of our plans and efforts. We set a zone goal to have every area get a baptism on April 9 and I really expect to see some cool miracles unfold from that!
Serving on base is still really awesome, fast and testimony meeting in the Ft. Wood Branch was really a spiritual experience and the investigator class we teach is filled with interested people. Sad thing is that we can't invite people to be baptized on base, they have to come to us and ask. Otherwise we'd be baptizing every weekend I feel. But it is really rewarding to work with the soldiers.
I got to know our Bishops family a little better at dinner with them on Sunday and they are great! Bishop Fowers is a military physician, I think he delivers babies, and they have a super nice home and a great family of 9 kids, but only 3 who are still at home. Sister Fowers gave us two referrals this week and one turned out to be the people we are now teaching and invited to be baptized. We fasted and prayed that they would be our April 9 baptism to hit our goal! I think they will be.
So this week is Mission Leadership Conference in Bentonville on Thursday, I'm really excited to go to that! We will drive down Wednesday and go on exchanges with the assistants and then stay in the mission home for the conference the next day. I suspect it will be a lot of fun. I'm excited to see around Bentonville and the road trip there will be fun too.
Today we went out to an older members home who makes crazy cool pens out of kits that he buys online. I'm making a bolt action pen with a Macassar Ebony wood barrel that you turn on the lathe. Super cool!
The longer I am out here on the Lord's errand, the more I have desires to improve all aspects of my life. My desire for progression and growth just keeps getting bigger as time goes on. I have so much to work on haha. It's through the simple every day consistency and goal setting that I'm able to widdle myself into a better shape. It takes patience, and forethought. But the gospel of Jesus Christ enables it and empowers you to succeed.
I love you all! Until next week :)
Elder T. Hakes
Oh P.S. this emailed is entitled such because this week is my 1 year anniversary in the mission field! Crazy? So on March 11 my second year begins and the journey continues :)