Monday, October 16, 2017

Working Hard

Peace, Bro
Dear Family,

This week was super cool. We were not able to teach a lot of our investigators this week, but we did find some cool new investigators to teach.

We contacted a house one day and this lady came out and told us that she was just there helping out her daughter, but that she lives nearby. Her name is Maria. She invited us over to her home, and when we arrived we realized she is the bishop's neighbor.

 Pedro, one of our retentions, has a rad collection of John Lennon shades
During our visit with Maria, her daughter Tamara participated in the lesson.  They were really receptive and attended church on Sunday, along with Tamara's boyfriend Gonzalo and their son. Tamara and Gonzalo remind me of Victoria and Mauricio. The bishop's grandchildren (who are also his neighbors and served missions) helped out a lot, and Tamara and Gonzalo loved it.  I called Tamara last night and she told me she is stoked to come back next week.

Elders Maughan, Montoya, Hale, and Laurito
The bishop was so happy to see his neighbors at church.  It was pretty funny.  He is going to give us a reference for another neighbor on that street.  I wonder how long it will be before we get a colony of Mormons on the bishop's street. 

The church attendance has been soaring lately, too. The average for August was like 60 people and I think the average for this month and the last month will be like 85. We almost hit 100 a few weeks ago, and we almost hit it again last week.

We have a bunch of families we are teaching. We taught the Restoration yesterday to Sara, Armando, and their adorable 9-year old daughter Nicole, and it was awesome. They were glued the whole time and they are attending church.

Thanks for all the love, and I want to give a shoutout to my dad who is afraid that I'm trunky because BYU starts four days after I get home.

Love you guys!
Elder Hale

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Life Is Good

Dear Family and Friends,

It's an interesting phase when you make it to the last few months of the mission. On the majority of the days, I wish I could start the whole thing over again knowing what I do now.  Occasionally, however, I am just sick of wearing a freaking shoulder bag.

The sector is doing well. We have been focusing on contacting people everywhere we go. President Woodward challenged us to make 15 contacts every day and we've been getting good at it, for sure. Yesterday was a holiday and we took advantage and talked about 40 people in the street. Last week we talked to a lady named Sara while we were out. She invited us over and we taught her entire family. They are super interested and want to get baptized as well. Unfortunately they have quite a few obstacles to overcome so they can get baptized, but I will let you know what happens...

Life is good. Being a missionary is a lot of fun when you do it right and with a smile.

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

New Investigators and General Conference

Elder Hale was on Instagram today!  

Yo, Hey Everybody!

General Conference was great!

I don't have much to write today.  We found more great investigators last week.

Marioli was one of our referrals.  Her mom was baptized a few years ago and died a faithful latter-day saint. Marioli respects her mom sooooo much and is very interested in learning about the gospel. We are praying that her schedule will open up a little so we can have more time to teach her and so she will have time to read the Book of Mormon and progress.

Cynthia was a lady we found while we were out contacting. She is super awesome and wants to get baptized. She has a little daughter named Mia who is the cutest darn little baby.
"Wiz Khalifa was here"

My favorite talk from Conference was President Nelson's. The Book of Mormon is super-powerful, guys.  Read that thing everyday.

Elder Hale

Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Beautiful Mom

Elder Hale checking out airplanes last week at the Museo Nacional Aeronáutico y del Espacio

Dear Family and Friends,

We have been seeing miracles every day in our sector.

When I arrived in Mirador I set a goal to become the bishop's favorite missionary that has ever served in the ward. He's given us a ton of references, and so has our ward mission leader.  Many of our investigators with loads of potential are part-member families that were references from the bishop.

Colo! Colo! Elder Hale sporting his savvy shopping finds!
Claudio and Jesus (Jesus is the wife and yes, her name is Jesus, and yes, she is very content with her name) went to church last week. Claudio has been less-active for a long time and he reactivated while he and Jesus were not married. Now they are married and I am looking forward to working with Jesus. This week we have a family home evening scheduled with them and another family from our ward.

Alexis and Romina are another family of investigators that are super cool and love having us over to read the Book of Mormon.  Just praying they can make it to church.

Edith is an investigator that is living with Carlos. They are not married yet, but we had an incredible lesson with them the other week. They are starting to study the scriptures and pray as a family. We are going to do another family home evening with them, too.

Outside view of the Museo Nacional Aeronáutico y del Espacio
The Araya Family has a crazy story.  Juan Carlos Araya is a member that is less-active and no one else in his family has ever been baptized.  We found Juan Carlos at home because he injured his foot and couldn't leave with the family to visit his mother-in-law (I'm sure he probably didn't want to go anyway - NO! JUST TOTALLY KIDDING - XD).  He told us that he felt that God was giving him signs that he needed to go back to church. He is coming to watch General Conference at the Stake Center (which is our building) this coming Sunday. His wife recently discovered that one of her friends in Zumba class, Lydia, is a member of the church. Lydia is the wife of a recent convert, Pedro, who was baptized by Elder Schneider. The two ladies talked and Lydia told us that Mrs. Araya is very interested in receiving the missionaries again!!!  I'm excited.

Lots more stuff happened, but that's all you get.

Me, Elder Hale. 
Peace out.

I LOVE all you guys!!
Have an awesome birthday, Mom!
Inside the airplane museum

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Fiestas Patrias

According to Google images, this is a view of Mirador, the area where Elder Hale is serving.


This is going to be really quick  because the time to write already ran out - holy moly.

We've been working hard, and the sector is looking great! I don't know if I mentioned it, but my companion's name is Elder Maughan.  He is from Arizona.  We have a good time.

Fiestas Patiras consists of two days.  The first marks the beginning of Chilean independence. People dancing cueca.

We celebrated the independence day of Chile this week. That means tough luck for finding new investigators for at least a week - haha!  It was tough, but we found some nice people.

Soldiers marching in a parade celebrating the "Day of the Glories of the Army", which is held the second day of Fiestas Patrias.

Today we went to an airplane museum in Los Cerrillos.  Photos coming soon, or when I figure out a better cyber to use that doesn't look really sketchy. I'm afraid this one will give me a gnarly virus...

I am really grateful to be in Mirador.  The members, especially the bishop, have a lot of confidence in us.  The bishop is hoping we will be able to bring some more life into the ward and I feel very blessed to serve here. I pray every night that the Lord will pour blessings down on Mirador and on the missionary work so we can help the ward.

Thanks for everything. 

Love you guys!
Elder Hale

Monday, September 11, 2017

Writing From Cuico Ville

Basílica de los Sacramentinos, Santiago, Chile
Photo courtesy Google Images
Hey, Everybody!

I'm now in a sector that is REALLY NICE. By nice I mean REALLY RICH, and the members are amazing.

Number one problem: how to get people not to give you dinner so you can present a discussion.

The first thing we did was visit the bishop. It is amazing the difference I've seen between the last two times I did a Whitewash. This time we have tons of investigators and loads of references from the members to visit. My daily planner has never been so filled, and we basically started from zero on Wednesday.

My new companion is Elder Maughan, from Arizona. He is amazing and his Spanish is pretty solid. We are going to "take out the trash" for sure this change.

That's all I got.

Not really sure what's goin' on all over the place because I haven't seen the news or anything, but I hope everybody is all right up there in the US of A.

Elder Hale
-Misión Chile Santiago Oeste-

Monday, September 4, 2017

I'm A Regular Missionary!!

The Chilean countryside from Elder Hale's excursion last week

Dear Familia y Amigos,

I'm going to train again in whitewash! I am going to a ward called Mirador where there were only two missionaries, so the sector is dividing into two parts.  I am so excited!  Elder Schneider served there and told me a lot about the area. There are excellent converts and awesome leadership. I took advantage of the fact that I had a cellphone with all the sectors programmed in it and asked the missionaries for the bishop's number so I could call him right away tonight.

Yesterday I said goodbye to everyone in the ward.  It was super hard. Cesar and his wife Desi (I have no idea how to spell her name, and no, it's not Daisy) invited over all the members I was planning on visiting later on and had a giant get together.  Cesar bore his testimony in church and it sounded like he was a member with years in the church.  It has been an incredible experience to see him progress in the gospel and to see how much his wife Desi loves him. 

Tonight I'll be staying in AMENGUAL!!!! (Our companions don't arrive  until tomorrow.)

Last week we had an Open House at the church in an adjacent ward in the Maipu Stake. It was awesome!!!! Elder Romero and I brought three families to the open house that we contacted in the street and in a plaza!!! It was incredible. 

I learned a lesson. I really love open houses because it gets me excited, and it was amazing how people felt that excitement when we talked to them and were able to feel the spirit of the gospel!! We have to treat the Gospel like something special, something important and life-changing when we talk about it because that exactly what it is!!!!

Excited to see what miracles the next week brings!!

Elder Hale
One of the photos sent last week - Elders Schneider, Fronk, Hale, and Goodrich