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.

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

Friday, June 30, 2017

Danger, Will Robinson!


Don't have much to say this week because it's been gnarly with all the things we've had to do in the office. But I do have photos.  (He sent 35 photos!)  Hope that is enough photos.

By the way, Elder Yriarte is in CALERA DE TANGO in special changes! So excited.  

There you go! That's it.

Love ya,
Elder Hale

Elder Yriarte and Elder Hale

Oh! I forgot that I have a crazy story. 

This morning at like 3am, Elder Romero and I had to take a missionary to the airport. We were headed home and drove by this one spot that's a little bit sketchy.  In front of the crosswalk where we were stopped was a 16-year old kid with juggling balls. He was trying to get us to let him juggle for some coins and was leaning against the front of the car, too. This was at like 4am.  Elder Romero was freaked out, so I hit the horn and the kid went packing.  We took off and when I looked back there were like one or two other dudes hiding by the bus stop. CRAZY!

Climbing skills!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Veteran Pride

Lunch!  Check out the water barrels in the background. Awesome!

Dear Familia Y Amigos,

Well, the sister missionaries in my group are going home and one of my converts now has the Melchizedek Priesthood, so I guess I'm now officially a veteran missionary.

One of the elders in the Carlos Valdovinos ward told me the other day that Patrick was recently given the Melchizedek Priesthood. He is serving in the Young Men's presidency now. What a blessing! It makes me laugh because at his baptism one of the speakers thought he was 19-years old. Patrick is 30. What a perfect calling - haha!

Hablar con todos! Talk to everyone!
Also, Cesar is coming back to Esquina Blanca in July! Last week he taught a lesson in priesthood meeting and blessed the sacrament!

Sometimes it can be difficult to see the vision our Heavenly Father has for us. He knows that all we really need in the moment is an understanding that obedience brings blessings and disobedience brings sorrow.

Love and miss you,
Elder Hale

June Area Conference - Elder Hale - back row, middle

Thursday, June 15, 2017

¡Que Grande!

Until we meet again, Elder Lozano and Elder Lastra!

Dear Familia Y Amigos,

Recibiendo Elder Romero! Mi querido amigo Uruguayo!

These last few days were crazy! We had to take home 18 missionaries. 

I did divisions with Elder Schneider (because he has an international driver's license and I don't) to drop off missionaries at the airport and get them through the PDI (Policía de Investigaciones de Chile) and everything. We woke up early on Monday to take a sister missionary to the airport, then worked the whole day to get missionaries home until 12:30 at night. Then we woke up at 3:30am to bring another pair of missionaries to the airport at 5am. One of the missionaries had his flight time change and we had to get him an emergency flight.

We left Elder Lozano and Elder Lastra in the airport. That was pretty weird. While we were driving there I noticed this long-looking thing kind of sticking out of one of Elder Lastra's bags. When he was checking in his luggage, the lady made him pull a giant, Chinese-looking sword out of his bag. I almost laughed my head off when the lady checked it in anyway. Peruvians.

Elder Lozano, visiting RM Elder Hansen, and Elder Hale

Then we brought in 14 new missionaries! I love bringing in the new missionaries because it's probably the coolest part of the whole mission- for the trainer, too. I miss it a lot and I hope President Woodward will have me train again. Elder Yriarte and I are good friends. Same with Elder Goodrich.

Sorry I don't have much to write this week.  It's been kind of stressful and I forgot most of what happened before Monday.

Elder Hale

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Cumbia King is Going Home!

Receiving the mail deliveries 

Hey, Everyone!

It's getting really cold. I have to wear my two-piece coat to keep warm now.

I have been very blessed these last few days. One of the best things that happen in life is when we patiently await answers to questions we have and the Lord responds to us.

We have an investigator who is divorced and very interested in the Gospel. One day he told us that the reason he invited us into his home in the first place was because he wanted to be able to forgive his ex-wife for some things that she did. What a blessing to have been messengers for the Lord to help this man understand the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

At that moment I gained a greater understanding of what it means to be a servant of Jesus Christ. When we become an influence in the lives of others to bring them unto Christ, we serve him. How powerful of an influence we are is for us to choose. 

I have had investigators that did not have to change many things in their lives in order to be baptized. However, those who need to make changes in order to come unto Christ will make that choice for their own reasons and not for ours.

May Zone Conference 

Also, Elder Lozano is going home on Monday :´(

With love,
Elder Hale