Doctrine & Covenants 93:1

"Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am."

Monday, October 25, 2010

Oct. 25, 2010

Dear Mom and beautiful family:)

As I reflect upon this week and what I feel would be most spiritually appetizing to you. Sister Brown's (President Brown's wife) challenge came to mind which is: to write in our journals daily where and how we saw the Lord's hand in the day.
As I have been doing it, I am able to review the day at night when it is quiet and perfect time to reflect upon how the Lord led the work. I can tell you my gratitude has exponentially grown and my measure of peace as well. For I know even more that the Lord leads this work despite our weaknesses and is perfectly patient with us. Another blessing of this challenge is my vision has grown and I see more because I am seeking for Him. This has helped me let the Lord do His work and Elder Hamner obey and follow.
This past week was quite special. Elder Peterson and I visited the Vaasa District in Pietarsaari where they held their district meeting at Larsmo, the spot where Elder Ezra Taft Benson dedicated Finland for the preaching of the gospel. It was a very special district meeting. The Lord taught me much that day...which reminds me. Please take time to reflect and ponder. This allows our spirits to catch up and when we slow down, the Lord will help us accomplish so much more.
M., recent-convert, is doing so well. Her testimony is burning bright and sharing it with others at work hoping to bless someone else. Also K. will be baptized this next month. He is progressing very well. Being with him, I can feel his faith and understanding growing as he keeps his commitments such as reading, praying, and the commandments.
Also as a zone we are focusing on working smarter with the members. At this time we are including the members in the finding by prayerfully choosing a family that the Lord feels is ready. We ask them a week in advance that we intend to tract in their area. During the entire week they as a family pray that we will find someone in their area. So when the day comes we share a short spiritual message and go out tracting. We have found much success through this and the members faith grows tremendously.

This is the Lord's work and it will go forward and is at a faster pace.
I love you,
Elder Hamner

Monday, October 18, 2010

Oct. 18, 2010

This past week was full of Lord's tender mercies. We were in Eastern part of Finland for splits in which we found a young family. The Lord blessed us as we handed over the work to Him. Relying on Him is so key to be instruments in His perfect hands.
As I do missionary work I have never felt such a strong spirit. I know that it is part because missionary is about others. That is one of many aspects of the gospel I feel peaceful about is that everyone at every stage of life can receive an increased measure of the Holy Ghost in their lives if they choose so by serving others/doing missionary work in whatever form. In the scriptures service for others transform the person doing the service. Like Ammon and the Sons of Mosiah the vilest of sinners who became men of God comparable to Captain Moroni. My testimony of the scripture ''losing yourself, you find yourself'' In the service to others the Lord unleashes special gifts that you never thought you had as you serve others. That is the secret to a happy life when you help others ''come unto Christ.'' (see Missionaries Purpose) The gospel is simple.
Also, I wanted to write a little about Finland- This past week it snowed and we have put on our snow tires. Elder Peterson and I are still running in the morning (the best wake-up ever!!!) especially when it is quick nippy.
Lastly, I love you and remember life should be simple and peaceful. At the world's pace it is very difficult to hear the Spirit. Don't compromise a member of the Godhead to be your companion for getting too many little things accomplished.
Elder Hamner

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oct. 11, 2010

Terve! Terve! This past week I have been working to apply what the Lord spoke to me during General Conference and all I have to say is Wow. Well, I can start from the beginning. President Brown has taught us how important it is to prepare for any church meeting in which we receive personal revelation especially General Conference. I did my best to prepare for this sacred occasion and the Lord answered my questions and some I did not think that I had. He helped me see what is my next spiritual step for the next 6 months. So the Monday afterwards I got to work to put it to practice. As I was doing I felt such great peace and surety through the Spirit that yes the Lord will sustain me as I focus on accomplishing His will. In conclusion, my testimony of using faith daily to accomplish it what He has revealed has grown significantly. Also the Book of Mormon challenge has been a critical tool in sustaining me in this next adventure.

Challenge: Remember what the Lord spoke to you during General Conference and trust in the Lord that He will help and then put all that you have into accomplishing it. Even if it is just one thing (which I prefer being a simple person) then do it. I promise the Spirit will be more with you.
Currently with our investigators, I. will be baptized on Nov 13th and K. Nov 6th (tentatively). Please pray to comfort I.'s heart concerning her family and that K. will pay the price to be truly converted.

Love you
Elder Hamner

Monday, October 4, 2010

Oct. 4, 2010

Dear Mom and family
This past week was a spiritual highlight. Let's walk through the week.
Wednesday we had splits in Vaasa (5 hour train ride one way to the western shore of Finland) where two golden investigators were interviewed. What a privilege it was to ask them about their testimonies. I felt a portion of the Lord's love for them, for they were so humble and willing to submit to the Master. While in Vaasa the Lord taught me more about the gift of simplicity in which helped as we taught a Chinese young man the gospel in childlike terms. The Holy Ghost testifies more powerfully when we teach simpler. You probably noticed how simple the prophets taught this past weekend. One of them, Pres. Ucthdorf, even clearly pointed out that we need to simplify life. Life does need to be simpler because then the Spirit will be more present. (Do you see the connection between power of the Holly Ghost in teaching and how we live?) The Lord has been teaching me this for a while.

Then on Friday Elder Peterson and I went to Helsinki to be participate in zone leader council with President Brown. Before the council we attended the temple in preparation for the council and also for General Conference. President Brown has set such a good example. He follows the example of the people in the book of Mosiah when the people prepare for King Benjamin's address (general conf or any big meeting) by performing temple ordinances. I can say this, that this past week has helped me develop the vision and goals that the Savior wants me to accomplish in the next 6 months. Every day is so precious as another prophet this past weekend taught so beautifully.
Currently, with our investigators. I. P.- will be baptized in the beginning of November. Also please pray for K.- receive a burning testimony that it is true and J. that he can come to church regularly.
I love you and pray that my words have shed some light.

Elder Hamner
PS Indiana is getting a TEMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart jumped when President Monson said that!!!! What a great way to start off conference:)

Helaman 5:12

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.