Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hello mother,
Things are really good here. We have been working very hard to build up Red Hill, a lot of work has been going into it. I just want to leave the area feeling good about what I put into it. Elder Fingerle is getting really into the work, he is one hard working missionary. This last week we went on exchange with the zone leaders and the AP's. Not sure if you know who they are, but basically they are the big guys in town. :) ha  I was really nervous to go on exchange with the AP's, but all went well. Elder White, the one I went with is a really funny and relaxed guy so it was a good experience. We went to the temple yesterday for P day!! It was awesome. The temple is in our zone, so we are some of the very few missionaries who get to go there often. It is such a great blessing. I never realised how much I missed the temple, I would challenge you to go there as often as possible. The weather has actually been quite nice. We have had very little rain of late, so that is nice. I kind of enjoy the rain in a way now.. weird.
You are feeding the missionaries? now that is weird. I don't think you have ever done that. Well at least not that I can remember. Did I tell you that Bro. ? is going to be emailing you soon? He wants to email you to tell you that he and his wife are going to be there in December because their daughter is getting married. You should feed them some of your delectable food. They are such a good family. They feed us once a week.
Ali should do MATC! I think it would be good for her. She is a lot stronger than I was at that age. Kate's team is doing good?  Very good to hear. How are you doing, mom? Things going well at work and in Relief Society? Oh, by the way, I had a lady in my ward add you on facebook.  I told her that you two are quite similar. She has a really hard life, so try to talk to her sometime if you can.
I am doing great though mom. Elder Fingerle is becoming a really good friend of mine. I feel like I am getting old though. haha. Thanks for everything that you do for me. I love you very much.
Elder Hegerhorst

Monday, August 13, 2012

A visit from our friends the Poulsen's


I am doing great and yes I am super busy. There is absolutely no free time. If I have free time I think I will go crazy. I realize now how much time I wasted when I was at home. I could have spent that free time developing talents. I could be such a skilled person if I would have just applied myself. I could easily speak like three languages if I would have studied those rather than sit at home and watch tv or play video games.

Elder Freeman used to always say, " happiness lives within those who share it."  How true that is! It is the ultimate way to become happy. I heard you had to do a bunch of visits last Sunday. the Poulsen's were great.  We met them in a park then they drove us to the flat because you gave us so much stuff! Thank you for it all. It was perfect. The peanut butter was probably the best. Kate's letters were hilarious. She said some way funny things. Did you get to read those? She dissed on your sewing skills. It was really funny. It's weird that they said I am getting an accent.

I love you mom. You have a really strong testimony. Hold onto it. It will be tried and it will be the only thing you have to hold onto. Thank you for your example. Love you. Take care.

Elder Hegerhorst

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cole's new companion

Cole by the beach with the zone leaders

Cole doing...who knows what? :)
Sent August 5, 2012
Hello! man this week has been absolutely crazy so far! I'll give you the low down on the life of Elder Hegerhorst the last few days. On Sunday the Zone leaders picked up Elder Freeman and I at our flat and took us to their flat where we waited for some of the other elders going home.  We talked to them for awhile and went to bed.  In the morning Elder Freeman and all the other leaving missionaries left to go to the temple where they would spend their dying days in solitude.:)  So for the next couple of days I was in a tri with the zone leaders. It was really fun. I never want to be a Zone leader, they just have to worry about everybody elses problems. no good. They are both really fun guy though so we tended to have a good time.  But here is the big news................................................................ I am training! I am so scared. But the Lord will provide a way. I honestly don't know why I am training. It will be okay though. He is a great missionary. He is from Germany! How cool is that? You must tell Grandpa. We were able to do a little bit of work yesterday and it went really well. We stepped out of the flat and the first person we talked to was a woman with a family and she said we could probably come teach her sometime! The first person we talked to! NICE. He must be a righteous missionary if the Lord blesses him like that. I am also district leader now which is a little crazy. I am happy though. It will be a learning experience.
How are you though mom? Are the girls doing well? how is everyone? Is Xander getting back into the swing of normal life? I hope you are all doing well. You guys are always in my prayers. Take care of them. I love you so much! The gospel is so important. I know it to be the way to find the greatest joy in this life and in the life to come. Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. Joseph Smith did see God the Father and Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon can bring us closer to God than anything else. Love you. take care. bye
Elder Hegerhorst
Sent July 29, 2012
Hey mom,
The funny thing about the Olympics here is that not that many people are too into it. I can't believe it! The cycling event just happened about 5 miles away from where I am. In a place called Dorking. London is a nice city. I really hope I can serve there. It is Elder Freemans last week as a missionary! I don't know how he is going to go back into normal life. He is such a great missionary. I am going to have to step up to the plate when he leaves, because the new missionary will not know the area at all, he won't know any of the people, so that will be a learning and a growing experience.

One morning I prayed that we would find a family that day who we could teach about the gospel. It happened. I prayed that the family would have a husband and wife with at least two kids and it happened! we taught them last week. It was so great. The husband is from Texas! Oh he makes me laugh! hah. The family is so special. You know those people you feel like you just click with? That's how these people are. I loved it. We are going to there home tonight for pancakes, no one here makes them right. I hope they do, with a bit of American influence.

Good to hear the family is so well. I love them so much. I think that is one of the thing that gives me the drive to be a missionary. I can so clearly see the blessing of a gospel oriented family. I love all of you. Tell gran and gramp that I love them. I can't believe grandma got called to Tonga! Why does she have to wait so long?  I also can't believe that she will be getting home after me. What does her mission consist of? like jobs and things? I love you mom. You are the best there is.

Take care
Elder Hegerhorst