July 22, 2019


Manchester, New Hampshire


Elder Hardcastle

Week 98 - God Shots

Hey Everybody!
I hope that you all have had a fantastic week! This week was going to be a pretty normal week for us here in Manchester, but it turned out being way insane! 
The beginning of the week started off with a couple people in serious need calling us up for some help. One of those being while I was ordering some Wendy's drive thru. I would go more in depth on those stories, but they will probably have to wait for now. It has really got me thinking of the lessons that God teaches us every day and what we can learn from them. Also on the flip side how many lessons God tries to teach us that we do not hear or see at all because we don't pay attention. Another things we did this week kinda along those lines was that we went with this member of the ward to hand out some hamburgers to the homeless. I have done this before, and you might remember me talking about it, but this time was way cool and an awesome experience as we were able to help a man who had lost his job, family, and pretty much everything else to substances and help him get into a facility to receive some help. 
On Thursday we got to drive up to Vermont and go on exchanges with the Elders in the Burlington Ward, which was the last place that I was serving before I came to Manchester. It was so much fun to be able to go back to an area that I had served in and to do everything I could to help those people I love up there keep progressing. One family in particular that I was able to visit while I was up in Burlington was the Ravelin Family. I had taught them since I got to the area and then been able to stay in some contact after I left. And what made the visit even more special was that Isaiah, the oldest son, was able to be the first member of the church in his family because he got baptized on Saturday! One thing I learned from being able to go back to that area for a day was that the focus of the gospel truly should be on the one individual. 
Finally, the reason for the title of the email. God Shots. I don't know if anyone else out there as heard of the term 'God Shot', but I hadn't until yesterday. We were teaching this engaged couple yesterday and in both of their pasts have gone through different '12 Step'-ish programs. They said that the program tells them to look for 'God Shots' which to parallel to terms that I knew is to look for tender mercies or the hand of God. We had an awesome lesson with them, and after that I have just been pondering all of the God Shots that I have seen and how often I see them. We are blessed to know the gospel. And I have had the best God Shot ever in being able to serve a mission!
I love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Brown 
105 Wind Song Ave
Manchester, NH 03104  

All of you on the internet probably know what the face challenge thing is, but we didn't until Grace, who got baptize this past week, sent this to us with this caption, "Still baptizing in 2080"


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