Monday, May 23, 2016

2 Timothy 4:7

Hey everyone. So it´s pretty early in the morning right now, but I couldn't leave without writing another letter. Last week's was pretty pathetic. So we came to the house of prayer so I could write one last email before I left. It feels strange that this is it.

So this last week went very well. Monday in the evening we worked in Chignahuapan with Elder Prieto and Elder Page and had a really good night. Elder Page and I taught a great family that they have that are going to be baptized in a few weeks. Monday night we stayed in Chignahuapan so that Elder Page and I could go to our final interviews together in Puebla. They went really well, the interview was actually a lot more simple than I thought. Wednesday we had our last district meeting which also went well. Thursday was pretty normal. Friday we had a cool activity for Mothers Day and a ton of people came. We had about 30 people in the house of prayer. President Tolentino shared a good thought and then we ate carnitas! Saturday was a good day, and Sunday was awesome! There were so many people that came to church! We had 6 investigators there and in total we were 28 people! Last week we just had 14! The investigators that we had in church were Desiderio and his family, Aurelia, Fany, Cristina, and Areseli. We also had Gloria and Jaime. It was so cool to see the room filled! It's also been a tough week saying goodbye to everyone. It was especially tough saying goodbye to the members and those investigators that are starting to progress. Saying goodbye to Desiderio and his family was almost like saying goodbye to converts. That man is very sincere and humble.

So I can't believe how fast these last months have gone by. I've just tried to stay focused on the work and everything has flown by. It's hard for me to think that I've been here for two years almost. I feel so grateful to God that he allowed me to come to this part of the world and to this mission, Puebla North. I know that I was supposed to come here to meet the people I've met, to have the companions I've had and to serve to people here. I have come to cement my testimony that I know that Jesus Christ lives and knows each one of us no matter where we come from, what language we speak, or what traditions we have. He has an infinite love for everyone. I know that he came to save us all, and that in our days his true church exists on the earth with Apostles and Prophets. I know that the church is guided by revelation, and that Jesus is at the helm. This work will advance, and is advancing. I thank you all for all your support and for reading these emails. I'm sad to end my service, but happy to move into the next phase of my life. May god bless us all, that we may stay true until the end.


Elder Samuel Hartvigsen

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Super Short Email

Hey everyone, 

I hope that everyone is well. Today I'm going to write an email that is way short because we ran out of time here. We're in Zacatlan and have to get back to Chignahuapan. However this week was a good tough week. We had a ton of appointments fall though but we were very happy to have an investigator family of 5 in Sacrament Meeting! It was sweet! 

I'll write a bigger email next week (my last week, crazy). Everyone have a great week!

-Elder Hartvigsen

Just a little dessert!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Quick Email

Hey everyone,

So this email is going to be quick. Right now we're in Apizaco and we need to get back to our area. Today we went to visit a bunch of converts that I taught. We went to Tlaxcala where Pablo and Cristina are living right now and we saw Pablo. It was awesome seeing him. He's doing well. He´s been going to church infrequently but at least he's goes more or less regularly. We also visited here in Apizaco Noemi, Hno. Serrano, Geraldine, and Carmen Guadelupe and Angel. We were also here with Elder Dixon visiting because we had a lot of people we taught in common. 

Everyone have a great week!
-Elder Hartvigsen

Monday, May 2, 2016

Puebla, Puebla

Hey Everyone. I hope that you`re all doing well. I`m good but It`s pretty hot outside haha. I forgot to put on sunscreen one day and I got roasted. It`s been a pretty hot week in terms of weather. 

Things went really well this week, we worked a lot and were able to have a good amount of success. I`ll start from Tuesday because that was the day I wrote last week haha. On Tuesday we had a good day. We honestly didn't have too many lessons, but it felt like a productive day. We were able to visit Silvia, who's an awesome investigator, we also visited Fernando, a contact from forever ago who's brother is in a bishopric in Mexico City. We had a sweet lesson with him. On Wednesday we had the district meeting, and this time I did get a little car sick in the combi. I think it was because I ate some cookies with milk right before we left. After we got back, we had a good day. We visited Desiderio, a new investigator who lives in the middle of one of the hills literally. To get there we climb up to a water tank and then follow the irrigation aqueduct for about 1 km. He was doing well and excited to talk to us but his wife was pretty turned off to the lesson.

On Thursday we had a bunch of other lessons, we visited Hector and Raquel, a less active and his wife, we saw Silvia again, and we taught some other investigators too. It felt like a rough day during the day, but in the evening when we saw what we had done the whole day it was actually pretty good. Friday was a tougher day, we had almost all the appointments fell through, but the appointments that we did have were awesome. We found two new investigators who are really sharp and are ready to learn and accept. Their names are Lizbet and Cristina. Saturday was packed. We had 7 lessons with investigators and were able to also work with the Tolentino family. They took us with two of their neighbors who are also great investigators. On Sunday we had Silvia in church, and it was great to have investigators in church again after a long dry spell. We also visited Desiderio again and we ate with the Tolentino family which is always really fun. President Tolentin was telling some funny tradicional stories.

Today we are in Puebla. Since these are my last weeks, I have the opportunity to visit some of the people that I visited, and right now I'm in Resurgimiento and we visited Emma, who was baptized when I was here. It was awesome to see her and it's strange to be in one of my old areas. I'm also now a town person because now I feel weird in the city haha. We got lost a few times on the buses haha. Well, everyone have a great week. Love you all!

-Elder Hartvigsen