Monday, February 29, 2016

Elder Christy is really great

Its been a great week we were in meetings for most of the first half but Friday Saturday and Sunday went great. Thanks to everyone that is praying for us to find people who are ready to learn. This week we taught 2 people for the first time that and really great. They were so grateful that we were able to talk with them and both are very excited to keep learning. Both are from China. We talk to so many people half are Chinese and half are from everywhere else but we only end up teaching Chinese people its pretty crazy. I am also excited because many people who went back to china for the new year are back now. Especially Thomas and John who I taught last year are now back and I look forward to seeing them at church again. Elder Johnson and I are now companions with Elder Christy he is really great, he’s not afraid of anything. He actually served in Fiji for a few transfers so he is a pro and really knows what he is doing. We have many people to follow up with this coming week and are also prepared of Elder Pearson our area President to come visit next week. He and Pres Parker many come down to the city and do a trade off with Elder Johnson and I while he is here. I am excited for that it would be pretty special and a great time to learn. I am so glad Heavenly Father is taking such good care of everyone and I know the He will keep looking after us as we work hard and stay obedient to the things we are taught. Have a great week everyone

Love you all,

Elder Hartley

Monday, February 22, 2016

He is the most skilled missionary I have ever seen

Things have been great this past week. I was transferred down the road to a new flat and companion.  But same area and ward so still in the city. President made a city zone this transfer and Elder Johnson and I are the zone leaders and we will be training. I am excited for the transfer there are many new and exciting things that we will be trying. Elder Johnson and I have been around each other for a long time and we work really well together. I am really happy to be serving with him now. He is the most skilled missionary I have ever seen. Everything is good for me and we still have many people learning and progressing in the gospel. All is well and I love it here. Thanks for everything that you do and all the support.
Thanks for everything love you...Elder Hartley 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I really felt like we were teaching with such power

Friday was the most spiritual day this week. Weekly planning was a bit of a struggle as it usually is just to stay focused and in a good mood. The trio is really good to council and improve but at times its also easy to not do anything and let the other two do all the work sometimes it is frustrating. We had a great comp inventory where we talked very openly about many small things that each of us would like to implement and change although most was centered around being more positive and not negatively sarcastic to be funny. After this great inventory we went and taught two lessons in a row to two of our most solid investigators. First was Dominic, we taught he about the plan of salvation. He was confused about how God has a plan for us that we must follow but yet we always have free choice. We compared it to making a building, we are given a perfect plan and if we follow we receive a good reward after of having a good building (or life) but if we don’t follow through our choices we then will have a weak and less effective building (or life) we shared ether 12:27 and talked about how Christ is like the inspector of the building, he will come show us the weaknesses and help us to fix them. The Spirit was so strong and I really felt like we were teaching with such power and authority that he could not disbelieve our words. Elder Luetele committed him to do whatever it takes to go to the Celestial kingdom and he said yes. He is currently on date for March the 20th. Dominic was almost in tears most of the lesson. I know that it went so well because we were so unified after the companionship inventory that we had. After we taught Edgar he is really inspired and says many things that answer my questions and help me to learn.Talking about prayer he said it helps him to not be casual about life...there is no growth in casualness. I thought that was very insightful. His lesson as well was filled with the spirit mostly because he is so in tune and willing to learn from it. It is applying small things like waking up earlier and going to bed sooner. Exercising and planning his days...all of these things he is learning from prayer. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sister Bird is going to the temple in March.

Specialty Training with the Firle Zone.  Our Assistants to the President with the
District Leader of the new City District, the great Elder Hartley!!

Its' been a great week and many things have happened. We were able to have 2 people come to church again. Heavenly Father is always blessing us with miracles. We have many people to teach right now and they are all praying and many have come to church. We were thinking about why all our investigators seem to be stuck in the same place and then we realized they were missing the Book or Mormon.  We had taught it to all of them but only one was constantly reading from it. We are going to focus on helping them all read it this week. It's going to be great. I am in Either 12 and should finish it this week. I am excited to again pray about it and then be able to bear more powerful testimony that it is the key to learning more about Christ. I found out today that Sister Bird is going to the temple in March and she asked if I could go as well. Pres Parker told me today that I could! I am excited for that and already looking forward to it. My companions and I are doing great we get along good. It's crazy how different we all are and how we all have such different strengths but are unified in our work. Elder Escueta used to build rockets in the Philippines. He is a hard core chemist, it's pretty crazy...he's to smart for his own good! I love you all and am grateful for all that you do thanks for the support and love. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

D & C 11:20--Follow the commandments

Its’ been a good few days since Thursday. We had 3 people come to church again and everything is going really well with them all. I can’t believe how well everything seems to be going at home and I really know that it is because of Heavenly Father blessing all of us as we keep his commandments. DC 11:20 has become one of my favorite scriptures, it tells us all we need to do is follow the commandments, that’s it, I didn’t always follow them but I tell people all the time now that I am so much happier now that I do. Even when life does get harder we can be happier. I am excited for the rest of this transfer. We have many people that are really investigating Christ and how He can help them. It is really exciting.
Love you all hope you have a great week!

Love Elder Hartley