Monday: The Salem Elders came over and we played Monopoly for a better part of the afternoon. Then we
(he didn't finish... Use your imagination. Let's pretend they went lion taming on their P-Day!)
Tuesday: We did an exchange with the Salem Elders, and I got to spend the day with Elder D. We spent a couple hours with a less active member. Her rosebushes looked a little dead, so I spent a large amount of our time trimming the roses so they would bloom. She really appreciated it.
She has cancer and is doing Chemotherapy. So she hasn't been feeling good for the past few weeks. She began to cry and asked us if we would give her a blessing to relieve her pain. We did and, before we left, she told us that she was feeling better. I know that it is through the Priesthood and our Faith that she was able to feel peace and receive the comfort she needed.
I'm grateful for the Priesthood and that I am worthy to hold it. The authority to act in God's name is so sacred to me, and I know that I need to sanctify myself to hold that power.
Wednesday: We had Zone Conference today, and we sang "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy". I couldn't believe how fantastic we sounded! I love being able to sing! Music relieves the stress on my mind, and (as long as it is appropriate music) I feel the Spirit come closer in my life.
Thursday: We have 2 more Chinese Investigators! I can't believe how many Chinese people we are finding! Now we have enough people to start an English class! We have set up Monday & Thursday mornings as the designated times for the class. I am so excited to begin and help break down that obnoxious language barrier.
Also, I got a well needed haircut. Hopefully, I won't need a haircut for at least another month!
Friday: Today was one of our member/friend's birthday. She loves Betty Boop. So we went and looked for anything Betty Boop. We searched a bunch of thrift stores, antique stores, and we even went to Walmart, but we couldn't find anything Betty Boop! But as we were driving to the member/friend's house, we saw an antique store we hadn't been to yet. We decided to try one last time
We went inside and asked the lady running the store if she had anything Betty Boop. She told us that she had only one thing that had Betty Boop on it. It was a cute little purse, and it was half off! We bought it and gave it later that night. Our friend was so happy to get it! I'm grateful that we were able to find something that made her smile.
Saturday: We got transfer calls today. I'm leaving Rolla and going to Fayetteville, Arkansas! My new companion is Elder P. I'm excited to see what the new area will be like.
The Rolla area will always mean a lot to me. I will miss the wonderful members and the kind hearts of the members who helped take care of me when I got Lyme Disease. They gave of their time and resources to take care of me. They will always have a place in my heart. I plan on coming back here someday, and visiting the members that still live here.
Sunday: A lot of people were sad when I announced that I was getting transferred to Fayetteville. I've made a lot of friends, and I will miss many of the people I have grown close to. I cried a little during Sacrament and Sunday School. But I'm pretty sure nobody saw, so I'm good.
I love this place! Even though my time here is up, I know that there is somebody somewhere in Fayetteville I need to find. God knows this person, and he knows exactly when I need to be somewhere. I know that there are many trials that lie ahead of me. But I know that I need to meet those trials head on, and have the Faith necessary to overcome those trials.
I am called of God.
My authority is above that of kings of the earth.
By revelation I have been selected as a personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is my master and He has chosen me to represent Him--to stand in His place, to say and do what He Himself would say and do if He personally were ministering to the very people to whom He has sent me.
My voice is His voice, and my acts are His acts; my doctrine is His doctrine.
My Commission is to do what He wants done; To say what He wants said; to be a living modern witness in word and in deed of the divinity of his great and marvelous Latter-day work.
How great is my calling!
God is watching out for all of us. Even when bad things happen, good things will follow. Sometimes we need to be stripped of our pride to give us room to spiritually grow. God is the gardener and we are his trees. We must always have the Faith that God knows how we need to grow to become the wonderful Sons & Daughters of God that we were born to be.
With much love, Elder Hegsted