I just talked to you in almost real life! It was so great to see you all. I cried afterwards but not for too long I promise. It was so cool to see you on Christmas as well! What a special day it was. I appreciate you all sending your testimonies to me in the mail. They all melted my heart and loved them all. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to rely on my family to have strong testimonies.This week was fun! I told you about it already but after skyping...let's see. Yesterday was a lot of fun! D*** was at church as well as H***** who are both fairly new to the church. They are both doing really well. We had a part member family there only because we sung as a district in church. I really hope that they felt the spirit!
Monday, December 30, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
...It's the most won...wonderful time...of the year :)IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS
The Lost SheepIf we look at the lost sheep we can infer that he wandered off on his own. The story doesn't explain an outside force in this specific parable. Who is the lost sheep? Is it some friend who has seen some green pasture afar off and yearns for the taste thereof? Is it the action of ourselves; wandering unnoticed into the state of dissipation? I believe that sometimes, we must stop, look around and pray, and ponder about our current state of being. Am I happy where I am? Is this the correct course to my eternal goals? Do I like the things that see around me? What do I need to change about my situation? Is one of my friends wandering? I invite you to ponder about someone who may have started to deviate from the path to salvation.
Just a clip of our conversation with Elder Hays on Christmas....
Monday, December 16, 2013
I'm sure Elder Hays would love to hear from you . . .
Elder Brandon Hays
Werner Str. 3801159 Dresden
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Elder Brandon Scott Hays
Germany Berlin Mission
Zerbster StraBe 42
We have a young woman in our ward whose parents are very active but the boyfriend is not. She has been inactive for a very long time and lives with this boyfriend. I happen to be very good friends with her boyfriend and the Sisters are very good friends with this young women. We have been working forever with them to get them to do something in the Gospel. They used to go to church all the time but the boyfriend was never baptized, mainly because the mother of the girl was really pushy. That being said...they came to church yesterday! It was so amazing. I sat next to them and they had a great time. I hope they felt the spirit.
I have had a question in my heart for a while now that has gone unanswered. Maybe because of my inexertion to really ponder and pray but yeah...In search for my answer, I turned mostly to the scriptures and prayer. My question was something personal but it has to do with investigators feeling the spirit. I feel like I shouldn't share it but if you read in Alma 31, you will find out how I was feeling and have said many similar prayers according to this one that Alma speaks. I love the scriptures so much...Even though missionaries have struggles, it is important that we come out on top. If missionaries are feeling stressed out, nervous, consumed or anything of that sort, it is becuase they aren't pondering and turning to the Lord enough. Turning to the Lord includes scriptures, District Leaders, prayer, and pondering.
On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to go and do service for a big charity organization that I had worked with. We went to a big complex, helped set up tables and food. It was made up for kids in the city of Dresden who wouldn't get a Christmas this year becuase of lack of resources. This organization gave them something that I personally won't ever forget. 450 kids showed up with their single parents, 16 year old mothers with nothing. Families who had left their country for a better life with nothing. We served cakes and muffins and hot chocolate to everyone and it was just so perfect. We then got to sit back for a while as they sang and danced to different songs. Then came Santa! It was so incredible. He came in with a personal gift for each child. To see the look on the mothers' faces and the tears and the gratitude was overwhelming. To see a nine year old rip open a package for the first time in years is something new for me. I can do more...and I think everyone can do more...
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the apoor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! (Luke 18:22-24)
I know that as we give ourselves this holiday season, we will grow in our testimony of the Savior, for He truly gave Himself; is there genuinely something we can do more? Ask yourself, what more do I lacketh? 'Sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, and follow me.'
He states two things that I find interesting. 1. Do we strive for a treasure in heaven? Or one on earth? For I say unto you this day that the treasures laid up on this earth will melt away along with your soul. 2. 'Come and follow me', only after you have sold what you have; only after you have sacrificed the flesh of this reprehensible world; only after you have left your family and friends and have given your life to the work; only after you will stand before kings and magistries......are you ALLOWED....to 'Come and follow Me'.
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (Matt 6:20)
I love you all :) Facetime at 17 O'clock my time and 9:00 your time? Christmas morning? Let me know next week.
Love, Elder Hays
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday was amazing...I feel like everything is just working out like the Lord wants it too and He has finally shown me what His plan is. It's great to be in touch with Him :) Bishop Menzel gave a great message about the princlple of Christmas. In short words: feed the hungry and clothe the cold. Investigators came, in-active member reactivated (Family even) and hearts touched.
We will see eachother soon! I will use a ipad so it will be over face time okay? Can't wait :)
I love you! Elder Hays
Monday, December 2, 2013
I hope you all had a great thanksgiving! Know that I ate?...what did I eat?...a cookie!...and a apple for thanksgiving dinner :D I'm spoilded I know.No, but Thanksgiving was good, it was just a normal day haha Elder Young and I made some turkey that we had bought but it was just the breast and nothing special. I made a list of things that I am thankful for though! It was a good thinking process and it came pretty easily because of the amazing things that I have been blessed with.
I love you all! Thank you for the pictures!
Love, Elder Hays