Thursday, August 17, 2017

Less Than Five Months To Go...


No photos (AGAIN) from Elder Hale, so here is one from last week of Jonny at Lake Powell

Dear Family,

I totally have a million photos to send but I left my camera at home.

We have been having a lot of fun in the sector and in the office. Also I realized the other day that I have less than five months left in the mission. THAT WAS TRUNKY.

I got to be a secretary pentionist for a day while Elder Romero tried to take care of everything on his own.  It was sick.  We went to a zone in the mission that a bit more humble, Ochagavia.  I'd never been there, but it felt like I was in Haiti because we saw more Haitians than Chileans there. 

Anyways, I'm running out of time to write because I had to do some office stuff while I was writing. But next week I promise there will be more content.

Love, 
Elder Hale

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Disappointment and Hope


View of the mountains

Dear Family,

Normally I don't like to tell my sad stories on the emails.

Nicol, our super awesome investigator that we found last week got another job.  Not only does she work every day, she works a night shift now, too. When we taught her she was certain that now was the time for her to receive the missionaries, but she has changed her priorities. She promised that later on she would receive the missionaries.

This one is crazy. Eimer, our Colombian friend, moved. Luis, his friend, was letting him live in the house with him. Luis had been recovering from an addiction to alcohol, and hadn't had a drink in weeks.  He slipped up a few days ago and his wife Elizabeth decided she couldn't take it anymore and left him. Eimer had to leave because Luis was a wreck and throwing stuff around the house.

Sometimes people make bad choices and there is nothing we can do to stop them.  But if we trust in the promise of the Atonement of Christ, we believe that anyone can be forgiven.

We will continue working hard here in Esquina Blanca, knowing that the Lord will bless us as we show faith in him and his atonement.

Love and miss you,
Elder Hale
This photo came up as a Facebook memory from three years ago.
What a wonderful day and an amazing trip!
FYI, Jonathan is now taller than everyone in this photo.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Miracles And A Water Witch

July Zone Conference

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was good.  We found lots of new people to teach.

We got a reference from the system of a lady named Nicol.  Nicol's dad lives in another ward in the mission and is listening to the missionaries. Nicol had listened a few times at his house and really liked it so she had the missionaries there send us her address. She is very receptive and feels that now is the time for her to get closer to God.

Last Saturday, a man from Colombia named Luis contacted us in the street to ask us where the church was. He's a member, but he hasn't been to church in a long time. He has a crazy story.  His kids got involved in drugs and alcohol, and one day, two of them were assassinated in a park by a gang. His whole family basically split up immediately. He sent his wife and two kids on an airplane to Chile and then hitchhiked all the way from Colombia to Chile. We were able to help him meet the bishop and the bishop is helping him to find employment. His wife came to church last week and loved it.

We taught his friend, Eimer, who is also from Colombia. He has a sickness in his leg that makes it difficult to walk and doesn't have money to buy all the medication he needs. We said a prayer together for him and when we came by two days later he stood up and shook our hands. He said the day after we left he felt strength in his leg and he walked with Luis and their dog, Princesa, all over Maipú.

Love and miss you all,
Elder Hale
Misión Chile Santiago Oeste

From Elder Hale's email to Kyra:
I met a guy the other day that believed in something weird. He thinks that everything is alive and that, for example, if you pray for a thing, it will do whatever it does better.  Then he gave us a glass of water from the tap and had us drink it and then gave us another glass of water from the tap and did a weird prayer thing on the water and we drank it and it tasted a little better, I think. Pretty sure he was a witch. Don't try this.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Crazy!

No photos from Elder Hale this week, but here is Elder Goodrich as he heads home 

Dear Familia y Amigos,

Elder Goodrich went home this week... We took all 20 missionaries in his group to the airport.  It was pretty crazy when we got there. There were missionaries all over the place checking in bags.

When we were about to leave the office to head to the airport, there was a missionary in the hallway unpacking his stuff because he got there late and his bags were overweight.

About a million other things happened, but we made it.

That's about all that happened this week. It has been crazy!

Love,
Elder Hale

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Little Snow and a Haunted House

Elder Romero and Elder Hale 

Dear Familia y Amigos,

It snowed in Maipu last week for the first time in 30 years. We went to the church building to teach an investigator and the front of the church was filled with snow. When we finished the lesson we went outside and had a snowball fight with the members that were there to clean the building. Then we made a snowman.

The day before, two members of the retention were sealed in the temple - Mariela and Claudio. They invited us to their party afterwards, but we had to skip out and didn't get to eat any cake. Supposedly the lights went out in the building while they were there because Santiago isn't prepared for snow. 

Because of the power outage, we had to get permission to use a member's computer to print off a document for some elders with an appointment at the Extranjería the next day. 
Snow In Santiago! (Elvis Gonzalez/European Pressphoto Agency)

One day a member called us on the phone when we were in the office. She shared that one her neighbors had contacted her because she wanted the missionaries to come say a prayer in her house. Apparently, no one was currently living in the house because weird stuff was happening. We went there, and since there wasn't a man in the house, we went looking for someone who could come with us. Wily, one of my Haitian converts, works for the husband of the member that called us, so we asked him to go. He understands and speaks Spanish pretty well and he's sort of a go-with-the-flow kind of guy. When we arrived the lady let us in and began telling the story. She told us about all sorts of weird stuff that had been happening; something pulling their hair while they were sleeping, strange sounds coming from vacant rooms, liquids dripping from the dry ceiling, turning doorknobs, strange smells - crazy stuff. 


I looked over at Wily and his mouth was wide open. He had this expression on his face like he wanted to say, "Why the heck did you bring me here?" Hahahaha. We said the prayer kneeling and we felt good afterwards.

Love you guys.
Elder Hale

Friday, July 14, 2017

Time Is Flying By...



Elder Romero and Elder Hale
Dear Familia y Amigos,


Cesar and his wife Deysi came back to Esquina Blanca! It was really cool to see him again. We were leaving the office and I said hi to him and a member he was with, and then did a double take and realized it was him. 

Cesar and Deysi are taking the temple preparation classes so they can get sealed as soon as Cesar reaches his one-year anniversary in the church.

The District 
These last few weeks I've been putting together an office training manual for the visa work we do in the mission. Before I assembled the guide everything was just passed down from companion to companion without writing anything down (kind of the like the Great Apostasy  xD).   I finally finished it and President was really impressed. Also, I realized this week that my vocabulary has improved about 100x in the office. There are probably a long list of words I've learned in the office that I don't know how to say in English because I never worked in an office in the U.S.. 

Elders Hale and Romero make spaghetti - Deliciouso!

I can hardly believe how quickly the mission has passed. It feels like yesterday that I got to the MTC, and now the sister missionaries from my group are going home.  Crazy. 

I'm really grateful for all the people I've met and been given the opportunity to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Love,
Elder Nathan Hale,
the one and only.

Another photo from last week's visit to Templo Votivo Maipú

Friday, July 7, 2017

Templo Votivo Maipú and a Cool, Mysterious Experience


Dear Familia Y Amigos,

During my mission I've seen this giant temple in Maipu and now it is in my sector, so we went there today. It was pretty cool. I'd give you a long description but since I took tons of photos, that would probably be more efficient.

Templo Votivo Maipú

Up on top of the temple there is a viewing room where you can go and take a look around the city. You can see the Cordillera really well.

View of Provincia de Cordillera

Beautiful 300-square meter stained glass depiction of the Virgin del Carmen, designed by Adolfo Winternitz


It was the Fourth of July this week, but nobody celebrates that here. Can you believe it?  I can't.  :o


The walls of the original Victory Chapel in front of the Votive Temple

Elder Yriarte is in Calera de Tango.  If you remember, the church building for Calera de Tango is in Malloco. That is about 35 minutes in a bus from where we work. Elder Yriarte brought nine people to church last week. I about fell off my chair and fainted when I found out.  If Elder Goodrich and I brought two people to church, we were happier than a Haitian in a sauna. 




I had a cool experience this week, but I'll share it next week.

Yours Truly,
Elder Hale

The remaining walls of the original buildings 

Successive earthquakes destroyed most of the original Temple

Inside the sanctuary