Mark your calanders!

Mark your calendars so you can be at Sky Harbor Airport to welcome Jordan home. He will arrive:

Tuesday June 15th
, 2010
at 5:30 pm

on British Airways to Phoenix.

Everyone is invited to welcome him off the plane!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Dear Family

Life is going well here in Olomouc, The other elders in the city had to move out of their apartment this last week and are not moving into their next apartment until this next week so right now we have 4 missionaries in our apartment which is a new experience but we are getting used to it. most of the furniture in the old apartment was owned by the church so now all of that furniture is stored in our apartment so we have quite a bit of stuff now but luckily our apartment is pretty big so there is room for everything, haha the biggest problem is we have just a little half sized fridge so we will be making a lot of food from scratch this next week.

The work is going well here the Lord is blessing us quite a bit here, i had a pretty interesting phone call this week we had been working with the sister of a recent convert a little bit and i had given her a book of mormon with a chapter to read and i called her up to ask how she liked the chapter and she was like its great and then she was like i have been thinking and i was wondering if we could meet and talk more about that baptism my sister did, i think i might want to do that too, haha didn't have to ask us that question more than once so we are meeting with her now and she was at church yesterday and really liked it, a big problem with her will be her son, she has a 2 year old son who is very hyper and goes crazy in church so she had to leave the room quite a bit to try and get him to quiet down.

Martin who is getting baptized in 2 weeks was at church again and he brought his family with him and they really enjoyed it so hopefully they will be following his example. One of my favorite things as a missionary is reviewing word of wisdom with people as they are preparing for baptism because the phrase word of wisdom is kind of interesting in czech and people never remember it so usually we just call it the law of health. we just had a meeting with martin about an hour ago and we were like today we are going to review the word of wisdom and he was like whats that? the scriptures? but once we got started he realized what it was and he is all for it.

We are the branch presidents home teachers and they have these 3 little kids so we were thinking about an activity we could do to go along with the first presidency message for January which was basically about keeping your testimony in hard circumstances. I remember an object lesson my trainer elder anderson had talked about and decided to try it, basically you take corn starch and water and mix it together and its this liquid stuff, if you grab a handful of it into your hands and play with it and rool it around it is solid and looks completely solid but as soon as you stop it turns to liquid and so we shared that with them and the kids loved it. We talked about how our testimonies are strong when we are constantly working with them and reading and praying but whenever we stop or "take a break" it turns to liquid and goes away. It kind of made a mess but we were able to clean it up and the family really liked it. I really like the branch presidents family here they are very loving and do so much to support the branch and help the missionaries out.

So I will be probably leaving olomouc in two weeks or so and my companion doesn't know how to drive stick so I need to teach him that which should be a fun experience. I better study up on the christ like virtue of patience before I start that one. so I am pretty excited for spring i know its a little ways off still but i am excited to get out of the cold and snow and into sunny spring time.

A lot of recent converts and less actives who we visit have been pretty sick recently so it has been a great opportunity to give blessings. In this one family the two youngest a 4 year old and a 1 1/2 year got meningitis and the mom said that after the priesthood blessing they immediately started getting better, another testimony builder to the power of prayer and priesthood. The longer I serve a mission the more and more grateful I am for the knowledge that we do have a Heavenly Father who knows and loves us and he sent his son Jesus Christ to atone for us and that they still love us in this day and continue to give us guidance. Everybody have a great week and I love you all.

Elder Hatch
ps wish elder gould a happy birthday for me

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