Dear family and friends
This week has gone by so fast. It feels like that yesterday was last weeks pday. I am really happy because we are finally getting a new cafeteria here at west MTC. It will open on monday... hopefully. Anyway, life as a missionary is wonderful. I am loving teaching and learning the language. I feel like I have learned so much. Everyday I think of how blessed I am of the opportunity to serve for 2 years. I love it. It is really hard at times, especially in the morning, but my Heavenly Father strengthens me so that I am invigorated. Also a really neat thing happened this week. I found out from the teachers and other missionaries in our district that my companion and I give the best lessons in albanian. They have said to some of the other missionaries that if they do not get better they will have to shadow us in our lessons. Now I do not say these things to draw any attention to myself or my companion. However, I wish that you will look to our glorious Father in Heaven and realized that miracles do still happen. My companion and I are both feeling like we are falling behind in the language. Not because we do not study. I can say that I study my heart out. Yet, dispite our weak language, we have been blessed to have the spirit with us in our lessons. I feel the spirit burning in our lessons. I know that our investigators are feeling it too. I will refer you all to a scripture that I love and that can describe my feeling better than I can. It is Alma 26:11-12. I do not boast in my own strength, but I will forever boast in the strength of my God. he is my everything. I am His servant and I have giving Him my full heart and soul. Anything I do that is good is not of me, but of my Wonderful Heavenly Father and His Son. I will forever sing praises unto the Heavens. No storm can change what I know. I could not deny what I know. How could I deny my God? I feel His loving touch. I hear His voice. He encircles me in His everlasting mercy. He refines me daily. He protects me from harm. How can I refrain from proclaiming the gospel to the world? I cannot refrain from doing so. I must tell all. People of this earth must know of the divinity of their Savior. I do not fear what man can or will do to me. I will never, ever, stop testifying of my Savior. I know He lives. I know that through the Atonement we can be fogiven of all our sins. He paid the price that we may not suffer. I testify of his divinity. He is my Savior, my king, and my friend. My life is in the hands of my God. My heart is full. My soul cries out in praise. These things I say in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Elder Jonathan Hald
Photo 1: one of my zone leaders that left last Monday to Hungary
Photo 2: an elder that left to Hungary last Monday.