Sunday, March 3, 2013

February 25, 2013

 
Hey Mom,
That's awesome!! (the BS St room) So you have work today that's awesome! I hope those kids don't try anything stupid! They sometimes do. How have they been for you as you've subbed? As for missionary work how cool is that!! ha ha we are opening a couple new areas in the mission and I heard 58 new missions!!! That is so cool!! I've been wondering if they would take from some US missions and put them in other missions that are opening up so they can have some more experienced missionaries with greenies. We'll see. This week has been a bit difficult I don't know why but just haven't been on the ball lately.  This week that's all going to change I'm super excited we have a lot of good things planned for this week and we can't wait to get it done! We have a baptism date set for the 9th of March, so that will be great!! I've been trying to get used to my new companion. Things are going good. So we have been giving a lot of service lately and we have started to see people getting interested in what we are doing and why we are there so we have been able to answer a few questions which is nice;) So how do things seem to be going with getting the house all ready to sell?? As for the Body Exhibit that should be so awesome I wanted to go so bad to that! That was one reason I didn't want to drop out of that class, but it turned out for the best I'll have to go when I get home. Well I've got to get going but I hope you have a great week and a great time subbing! love you mom!!
 Love Elder Henze
Hey dad thanks!! I've needed someone to get in my face!ha.  We are working hard not as hard as I'd like. When you're literally attached to someone who has a little difficulty getting out and working like I have been taught it makes things a little more difficult. Never the less things are getting done.
I have really been blessed with great parents that are willing to tell me
how it is and show me how to work. something I have learned in the mission is it doesn't benefit anyone especially yourself when you talk about a companion you've had or are with. Anyway I'm really trying out here to do my best with what I have. Thanks for the money in the account I have been very hungry lately so it helps out a ton thanks dad. I love you dad! I can't express it enough, and I hope you have that love for mom that you have for me as well. So how's work? How's Papa? Have you met Daren Lee yet? Sorry, lots of questions ha ha. Thanks dad again for the Email I hope to someday be man you are.  I still have a long way to go! Take care dad and trust in God.  Make priorities and all will work out how it's supposed to. Thanks for spending all those times with me. We talked about the things that God will ask us at judgment day and I found it very interesting and I couldn't stop thinking about the times we went riding on the bikes all over Idaho and then over to Lake Tahoe. Those times are the most precious to me. The times that I got to spend with my dad and with my mom and brothers then the rest of the family!
Well this got a little long.ha ha! Hope you have a great week dad!

Love Elder Henze

February 18, 2013

Hey Happy Valentines Day as well.!!ha ha
So sounds like Carl had quite the experience with the glass breaking that's crazy.How's he doing now?
This week we had a devotional where a member of the 70 came and talked to us Elder Aduikiaitis. It was a very good devotional and I learned a lot. That should have been a huge sign for me to know that Satan is going to work you and sure enough he did. This weekend even though it was good was very difficult in a growing kind of a way I guess you could say. Well the "just serve" is going good. We gave 10 hrs of service this week and we are starting to get really in with the people we are serving which is really nice.  They love us and we love being there because they love us so it all works out!.ha How is everything going at home? Thank you for that quote and that awesome experience of prayer. That is so cool that God Loves us and will give us answers.. What a Gift!! So transfers are here I am staying here in Dallas First and will be the District Leader still. I hear they don't release you from a calling until you get it right so I must be missing something.ha ha! anyway I love it because I love serving other missionaries. This week we are getting 35 new missionaries in our mission the most we've had in FOREVER!! That's right!  The flood of young missionaries is here!! So time to get cracking!! It should be a lot of fun and it will be a great thing for the TDM, we will be growing in new companionship's by the tons! It is So awesome! Well mom I have to get going but I love ya tons and I hope the boys know I love them tons as well and that Life is to Precious to let a little thing get you down and mess up your diligence in being happy. Wow I just noticed the word "Being", this is coming to my thoughts right now so I'm going to write it. I think being is derived from the word to become or becoming so if we are to be happy continually then there is an element of becoming huh cool little thought. Anyway here we go again love ya tons have a great week!!
Love Elder Henze
Hey dad, love ya tons! I'm glad Carl is doing good. You scared the crap out of me by telling me he was trying to commit suicide!!  Well hope you have a great week and if that kid on the team keeps winning and not stretching it looks like I'll be taking his spot;)ha ha sucker!!ha ha well love ya dad and thank you for the hard work you do for the family and the hard work you have taught me in my life love ya and take care!!
Love Elder Henze
Hey dad,  good to hear from ya! No worries! I was late getting here. Everything happens for a reason right!ha ha anyway I'm glad to hear papa is doing a little better that sounds like quite a scare! Send him my best and I will keep him in my prayers even more. So this week was fun we did a lot of service and we got to know some good people. As for much else there was not much else but I am now riding bike a lot which is nice and I'm working out really well in the mornings. I have been getting a lot of strength back which is really nice and the tone is coming back as well so I'm happy about that. This last few days I have really learned a lot about how dependent on the Lord I am and how if I am not, then the load of the work especially being a leader is very heavy and stressful. I don't think I've been this stressed out in a long time and to be honest I wouldn't mind it if I never was I love ya tons thanks for the help your giving papa I'm sure he appreciates it a lot. And I bet you'll be full time in no time! love ya dad and have a great week.
 
Love Elder Henze

February 11, 2013

Hey Hey!!
BRO YOU'RE AWESOME!!!!!! PROPS TO YA!!! I know you would have taken the tournament no problem, and you did! The way you handled yourself brother is the way a champion handles the obstacles that arise in the path way to victory. You need not be ashamed because the medal of gold is not around your neck.  You should raise your head high because the mantle of a champion has been bestowed upon you through your acts. The mantle of a champion is worth so much more than a nice painted gold medal, it is a lifestyle that lasts even after the closing Ceremony of a tournament. Never forget that! I love you bro!! KIA KAHA!!
Hey mom!!
How ya doing!!? This week for me has been a little down and I'm not sure why but everything is for a reason and now I have learned and need to adjust to the waves that are coming in. So this week we did service at a thrift store and man that was pretty fun! I had a good time! It was so nice to work like that and give meaningful service while being around people who are grateful for us and what we do. So how is everything going at home with packing and substituting (I hope I spelled that right haha)? Well mom I don't have tons to talk about today I'm sorry this letter will probably only be a paragraph but I want you to know I love you and I want you to know I'm not perfect,.... with that said I do want you to know I am doing what I can to be a good person and even more a Son of God and of Wonderful Earthly Parents. I love you mom and hope you have a good week!!

Love Always YOUR SON Elder Henze
 

February 4, 2013

Hello Family!!
This week was definately a crazy one and one that has really impressed on my mind a couple of questions such as, why am I here? and why do I do what I do? Let me explain a little before I answer these questions that have called up my thoughts. On Thursday my companion Elder Andrus had a doctors appointment where he found out he has arthritis in his knee. The same knee that he had surgery on about a year ago. This came as a punch to the face but what added more to the already hard news was that in about 5 to 10 years he would need to have a total knee surgery because right now he has a knee of a 50 year old. We asked about physical therapy and the doctor said that if he were to get physical therapy he would not have to get a total knee surgery for 15 to 20 years. We left the appointment and discussed his future, we both came to the tough decision that for him to do physical therapy and live up to the qualifications as a missionary was not an option. He talked to Pres. Durrant and he agreed. The next day Elder Andrus got a call from President Durrant that he will be going home on Saturday and to pack his bags, that he has served as best as he could but that it is time to get your health in order and move on. It has been quite a wild ride he has had as a missionary and one that will keep him telling stories for years. This is the best thing for him. All of this has led me to think just really how easy it is to hang up the towel and walk away, and how elect we must be to serve as Representatives of Jesus Christ. Yesterday at church we were asked one question and it was, "Why do we do what we do?" this has really led me to think, is it because of Fear, maybe it's because of Duty. Both are understandable and both I think are building blocks to what really should be the reason to why we do what we do, and it is said beautifuly in ST John 21:15 where Christ asks Simon Peter, Do You LOVE ME. Do I do this because I love God? or because I think it is my Duty or out of Fear of what might be thought of me if I don't? The real reason we should do anything is because we love God. Now doing things because it's our Duty is good but not correct if it is not done because of your love for God. "The Crowning characteristic of love is always LOYALTY" (Jeffery R. Holland) When we Love God we will be loyal to our Creator and the Duty he has intrusted to us, whatever it may be. So I answer these two questions that have plagued my mind after much thought and prayer, I do what I do and I am here because I love God. No wonder it is the first comandment. I love this gospel, the spirit, the knowlege I have gained through the Holy Ghost and the wonderful plan of happiness that permits me to live with my family forever, and the love that I have for my Savior and my God. I love ya'll so much and I hope ya'll have a wonderful week.  Take a moment to reflect on these questions as I have done, then evaluate and adjust yourself accordingly to that which God wants, and that is your LOVE.
 
Love,
Elder Henze
 

January 28, 2013

Hey Mom
That is so tight!!! Send him my best!! (Ben Knight being in Panama on his mission). Well this week was pretty good we worked as much as we could which wasn't as much as I'd like. My companion has some health issues,and I'm fine to accomodate a little but we still have to work. So we did.  I pushed him. Hopefully he will get feeling a little better and we can start blessing more peoples lives. So sorry this is so early in the morning but we have some other things we have to do today. Although I do want to share a really cool experience that we had with the "Just Serve" element that we have in the mission now. So this week we went to a Methodist Church and offered to be of service to them. They were shocked, and well they put us to work. There was a man setting up chairs for a thing they were going to have which is like a fireside. I'll tell ya, I had no idea what goes into setting up chairs! I mean they have to be measured out from how far away from the other row and all sorts of things.  It was funny and the guy was really nice. Then he asked from what denomination are we, we told him the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. He said oh ya, I think I know that church.  My companion said ya we're the Mormons! haha!!! The guy went quiet for a little while.  I think he was shocked that we weren't ravenous Bible bashing 20 wives kinda people. A couple minutes passed by and he began to talk to us some more after I think he had processesed who we really are.ha! Then a little later when we were almost done, another guy came in and introduced himself to us. He turns out to be a little higher up in that church and he had some great questions and we were able to identify them by the answers he would give back to us as we told him our little stories on how we got to the mission. I told him after I graduated I came out. He said so they wanted you out here before ya did anything else huh?  I said I chose to come out before I did anything else, its a voluntary act to serve a mission. He said since when did the Church do that?  It hasn't always been like that, and I said well ya it has been. He was taken aback. My companion and I explained a little bit more and then left on really good terms with this gentleman. The first gentlman actually gave us a tour of the church! It has the biggest stained glass chapel in the United States or the World something like that and George Bush goes to that church.  As well they have a baptismal font outside, it was pretty cool. Oh and the best part they even have a STARBUCKS in the church!!hahaha It was a really cool experience! I loved it and the people there loved us as well. We had some good conversations and learned how to set up chairs like a pro!! ha I love this work!  It is so much fun and I love getting to know people of other faiths, because I think we think of them sometimes in the same light that they see us; Horrible, blood sucking, 20 wives, Jose Smith lovers. When really we're not and they aren't as bad as we think sometimes so it was a great learning experience and so much fun! I had a smile on the whole time, even when the gentleman would fix my rows.ha!! Well mom I love ya tons and I hope you have a great week and all goes well keep strong and pushing along! And don't forget Keep Smilling;)!!! love ya!!
Love Elder Henze

January 21, 2013

Hey mom!!
 Hey well I'm sorry this isn't going to be too long but maybe I can get on tomorrow because we had meetings yesterday and today so my prep day has been crazy! I sent dad some stuff so if you want you can have him read it to you and I will hopefully get to you tomorrow and if not don't worry I'm good and the Lord will provide for the family and for me. I love ya'll so much, oh and I had a question about Ben Knight how is he doing?? And where is he at? Well take care I will talk to you later. Love Ya
Love Elder Henze

 
Hey dad
 It's going well here, I love it and this new oportunity to serve more missionaries is awesome!! The training I gave on Friday was good I thought. I was pretty nervous but I felt like I gave it well. Then this weekend we had a huge meeting, we are going to be testing a new mission technique here in Dallas. It is one of 2 missions in the world that are testing this technique and I am so pumped!!! It is called "just serve" and we are going to be doing tons of service each week and that will be a huge part of our focus now from the hours of 10am to 5pm when people are at work and it's less effective to knock doors. This program is what I have been thinking about doing in my companionship but this is on a whole other level, it's crazy! I'll have to tell you more about it when it starts getting going more. But this is so cool to be a part of God hastening his work! I know your going to find a job dad, God has been guiding our family so you will find a job. Just keep doing what is right and the Lord will have to belss you D&C 130: 20-21. Well dad I got to get going but I love you so much and I hope your week is great! Love Ya DAD!!!!
Love Elder Henze

January 14, 2013

Hey Mom!!
You're right it's TRANSFERS!!!!! I will be going to the city and will be the District Leader, I'm pretty nervous but I think I'm more excited than anything!! I have been in this area for 6 months and I can't tell ya'll how much I love the people here in this ward.  I can't wait to come back some day and get to say hi to all the wonderful people!! I had interviews with president this week and it was really good. I got to tell him that ya'll are moving and the how it's all working out and it was just a really good interview.
So Dad's out in Boise looking for a job. I can only imagine how many places have his applications!!haha dad will find work soon I have no doubt of that. It came to my head today that when you get there if you still want to work you could probably work with Auntie Julie at the UPS store;) Just a thought;)haha Well I'm sure it is tough not having dad at home but it's for the greater good and better well being of the family. Think of it like God and Jesus Christ I'm sure God missed his Son tremendously, especially when he saw what the Jews did to him, and he wouldn't intervine even though his love is even greater than what we can comprehend because he knew exactly how much better our lives would be and how many of his children would be able to make it back to live with him because of this sacrifice. I know that the family is being led by God, and the greatest things come with the greatest sacrifice.  You bet ya I'll fast for ya'll I'm all over it.
So today and tomorrow are your first 2 days as a sub. Boy O Boy!! you got it mom weiled that paddle!!;)hahahaha you'll do great! I love ya mom! Well I best get going now but I hope you have a great week and keep your head up the 6 months will go by in a flash and the family will be together again. Keep Smilling;)
Love Elder Henze
PS this is my new Address:
3443 Mahanna #1311
Dallas TX 75209

Hey Dad!!
Dad I can Only imagine how hard your working to find a job and I
know you will be blessed for your efforts!! So this week I received some
news, I will be changing where I'm at. I will be moving to down town Dallas and will be the District Leader there. I'm really excited and I can't wait to serve my fellow missionaries more. I'll send Lene' an Email.
I got an email from Darcy today too so I will have to get to her,haha! I'm glad papa is getting better and I'm sure having you there is really helping out a ton! Keep praying dad it's like hunting when we haven't gone out to scout, pray and be lead where you need to be and it will be right. I love you so much dad and I can't thank you enough for the example
you are to me and for the hard work you are doing. Know that I love you and I pray for you always!

Love Elder Henze




 
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