Monday, December 26, 2016

Hasta La Vista, Peñeflor!

Happy Elder Hale on our Christmas Day Skype!!

Editor's Note:

We had our Christmas Skype call with Elder Hale yesterday!  It was wonderful!  


Here are some of the things we learned/highlights:

  • Elder Hale speaks English with an accent.  Kyra stated that she thought he sounded like he was in the movie Nacho Libre.
  • Wherever the missionaries go, people shout out to them, "Trump! Trump! Trump!" They even yell it at the Latin companionships.
  • The Chileans claim that the ozone is very thin over Santiago, but Elder Hale promised that he is wearing sunscreen.  
  • During the call, there were several times where Elder Hale struggled to figure out how to say a word in English.
  • Elder Hale ate cold cereal for breakfast yesterday.
  • In Chile, everyone opens their gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning. When we Skyped, Elder Hale had yet to open his Christmas package even though it was Christmas Day and about 7pm.

The adorable Chilean nativity MM received from her sweet sister-in-law, Audra.  It's made from marbles! Especially love the singing angel in the back!

Dear Family,

So here is what's up:  I am going to train (a new missionary) in Amengual 3, which is a new sector I am going to open.

My trainee will probably be a Latino.  There are lots in the new group. That makes me glad. At least I won't have to worry about teaching him Spanish.   :)

Pedro, our investigator from last week, is progressing a lot. It's kind of funny, because when I left Carlos Valdovinos, a new missionary replaced me from Mexico. He baptized a lady Elder Goodrich and I found. Now he will be Elder Roberts' new companion - haha. He's going to baptize Pedro, the older gentleman we have been teaching.

That's about it. Please pray for me. More specifically, pray that I can stop being sick before I meet my new companion tomorrow. (I think I got sick last night).  I'm also a bit nervous about this new change.

Love y'all,
Elder Hale

PS - I promise there will be photos next week. There were some complications today.
He's wearing a Santa hat, just in case you were wondering...


Monday, December 19, 2016

It's Christmas Miracle!


Elder Hale is the one in the middle with his eyes closed

Dear Family,

The week was great.  We found a couple miracles this week.

First, we met Pedro.  He is an older guy. He's really cool and came to church this Sunday and accepted a baptismal date.

Igancia is a girl about 16-years old who we found and her mom wants us to teach her. She asks the greatest questions.  Sometimes it makes me realize that people inherently know the plan of salvation and it rings as something familiar when people are really repentant and have a true desire to know. She will get baptized for sure.  I don't know if I will be here to see it because we have changes the day after Christmas... We will see what happens.

So I know were not supposed to write negative things in our emails so I will phrase it like this:

I know that God sometimes knows better than we do. We invited a lot of people to a ward activity this last Saturday and for one reason or another, nobody came. It was frustrating because there was supposed to be a baptism immediately afterward. Well, we got to the activity at 6 (an hour late because nothing ever starts on time) and everyone was still setting up.  We helped out for an hour, and then it was time to start the baptism.  They started the baptism at like 7:20 and so the activity had to wait another 50 minutes. In the end, the activity started......3 hours and 30 minutes late. Only in Chile. I would have been so embarrassed if anyone we had invited had shown up.

That's it.

Love you guys,
Elder Hale
This is the scripture advent calendar MM made and sent to Elder Hale.
Inside each stocking is a couple pieces of candy and a Christmas scripture

PS - The packages arrived!  Can't wait to open them, mom!

PSS - I'm sweating my butt off.  It is 37-39° C. What is that in Fahrenheit?  (99-102° F)

Monday, December 12, 2016

In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Zone conference last week.  Thank you, Sister Woodward, for posting photos on Facebook

Dear Familia,

Not much happened this week. We haven't been finding many investigators lately.

But it's all good. Sacar la mugre - ready to take out the trash this week.  (I don't know how to explain that phrase. It means to work hard, I think.)
 
Went on divisions with my friend, Elder Matamoros from Ecuador.  That was fun.   He's like the most hipster Latino I've ever met, and he's had so many American companions that he regularly uses English words when he talks, like "crap" and "freakin'" and "darn." It's pretty funny.

Not much more to say. Praying for you guys daily.

Love,
Elder Hale

PS - gonna try to send pictures.
PSS - haven't got the (Christmas) packages yet, mom

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Funny Story...

The Nativity outside the Santiago Temple

Dear Family,

This week was fun. We found lots of people to teach, but none of the new people we found came to church, unfortunately. The Ecuadorian family is impossible to find.....oración no más.

Funny story. We were out contacting on a local street when the Jehovah's Witnesses crashed the party. We went a little further down the road because the Chileans go on lockdown as if the mafia were outside when the JW's are out.  Nobody will come to the door for hours after they hit up a street.

So we went a little farther and BAM! - they started coming from the other side of the street.  It was an ambush! End of the story.  (It was really funny when it happened.)

Learned something cool, too. Joseph Smith wrote that faith is a principle that is cultivated and used through actions, but more specifically through words. 

Examples:
When Jesus said let there be light, and there was light.
Every ordinance of the gospel uses a prayer or words.
Find me a miracle that Jesus performed without praying or saying words.
Therefore, the way to cultivate faith is by preaching the Gospel. Get out and share the gospel!

Love you!
Elder Hale


Santiago, Chile LDS Temple 


Monday, November 28, 2016

Walking On The Moon...


Elder Roberts (front, left) and Elder Hale (front, right) on P-Day!

Dear Family,

Sorry.  You are gonna have to go find the photos from Elder Roberts because the computer I'm using right now definitely has a virus.

We baptized Eugenia and Claudio!

Interesting fact: Claudio's middle name is "Sting." Yes, like the singer for The Police.

It was a great experience. Eugenia told us that we have changed her life.

We found a family of Ecuadorians.  The dad is so cool.  His name is Tito. Unfortunately, like all immigrants, they work a lot and it's difficult to catch them together in the house at the same time. They are a family of six!

Lots of miracles this week.

Love you lots!
Elder Hale


Monday, November 21, 2016

News Flash! Elder Hale Bakes Cookies!!

Another week with no photos from Elder Hale.   Kyra went to the San Diego Zoo on Saturday and her friend, Sophie, took this awesome picture!

Dear Family,

¡Eugenia y Claudio se van a bautizar!

Were really excited!  Teaching Eugenia has been amazing. She has so much faith, it's crazy.

Really interesting story:
When we taught Eugenia about keeping the sabbath day holy she was in the process of looking for a job, and she HORRIBLY poor. She found one, and when they told her she would need to work Sundays, she turned it down. We didn't even know until a few days ago.

When we taught her the law of tithing she didn't doubt for a second that paying her tithing would bless the lives of her and her son.  She told us she would do it as soon as she gets her first paycheck (she starts working today).  The following day she shared with us that she had been fasting for 24-hours. We thought maybe it was because we had taught the law of the fast, but then she told us it was because there wasn't any food in the house.

We called the Vidal Family to ask for some help. They are wonderful. They brought about four days worth of food to her and her son the next day.

I made them some chocolate chip cookies, too  :)   - and I didn't even burn them.

We had their baptism interview yesterday because Eugenia wasn't really sure about her work schedule for the week, so they are ready to go.

I feel very blessed to have known Eugenia and Claudio.

Thank you for your prayers,
Elder Hale

PS -  Please continue to pray, specifically for Claudio. His older brothers live close and influence him a lot. We are praying and fasting that Claudio is well received into the Young Men.

PSS - No photos, sorry. I had to wipe my photos in my SD card because the computer from last week did something weird.

PSSS - I make cookies for the retention and for members that help us all the time.
Not sure if that's manipulation or not, but I don't really care anyway. Haha!

Monday, November 14, 2016

A New Companion, A Fire, and The Simpsons

The computer had issues today, so we didn't get any photos from Elder Hale.
Instead you get Maisy on the beach in Laguna!

Dear Family,

CHANGES!

Elder Hale receiving Elder Roberts.  He seems like a good guy - obedient, too.  Chao, Elder Lastra.

It's been really hot. It got up to 37°C  (98°F) this week.  A hill caught on fire in Peñaflor.  The smoke was terrible, but there is a huge river between us and the hill, so it was all good.

Eugenia and her son Claudio are getting baptized on the 26th! We are super excited. They love church and it seems like Eugenia just gets more and more excited every day. Claudio is a little more quiet, but we are working with the young men to get him coming to activities.

I am excited for this change. It is already looking really good.

Wishing everyone good luck with our new, beloved, President Trump. 
Keep watching the Simpsons to find out what happens next.

Love you all!
Elder Hale

PS- GO COUGS!


And you get Kelly's picture of the Supermoon!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Prayer Request

We hiked to the top of a thing
Hola!

This week had some ups and downs. The part member family I wrote about last week is awesome. Angelica, the less-active mom, is super cool,  is excited to reactivate, and all the daughters accepted an invitation to be baptized with a date.

And then they moved.

The husband is abusive and Angelica finally left with the daughters. They will probably rent in another sector but they are not sure yet.  Soliciting prayers for the family.

Salvador is my homie
We found a lady named Eugenia. She has a baptismal date for the 19th, but we are going to change it because now her son wants to be baptized, too. He didn't make it to church on Sunday, and our mission requires investigators to come to church at least two times before they can get baptized.

Eugenia is sick (as in "awesome" or "cool").  She heard missionaries once at a friends house when they were teaching the Word of Wisdom to her friend. She quit smoking and drinking just the same day.  Wow.

Thats all folks!

Love,
Elder Hale

This is why you shouldn't drink

Monday, October 31, 2016

La Semana

Forever-alone Teeter-Totter
Dear Family and Friends,

This week was great - not going to write much.

The coolest thing ever happened! Angelica, the less-active member, came to church as promised. And brought the whole family - except the dad, who works on Sundays.

All four of her daughters came!  They are all young adults.  Kimberly and Brenda, who are awesome recent converts and about the same age,  helped show them around the church. The names of Angelica's daughters are Martina, Maria, Fernanda, and Javiera. They liked the church, especially Martina.

Also another recent convert brought his girlfriend to church - haha.

It was a good week, all in all.

Thank you for your prayers.  Please pray for the family we are teaching.

Love,
Elder Hale

PS- Halloween is a big deal here.  They get two days off.
BTW, I got the package, Mom. Thanks so much.  Loved everything, especially the note.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW, DAD!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN TWO DAYS, KYRA!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bad Guy With A Monkey-Laugh And Some Shakespeare

Birds.  Yes, birds.
Dear Family,

So I wanted to say, quickly, all the bad things that happened this week!

Luis killed us.  It was rough.  He accepted the law of tithing immediately when we taught him, but when we came back, he wouldn't let us in.  He is poor, but he has a testimony of the restored gospel. There is no excuse for not keeping the commandments.

So some guy backhanded me in the street - lol. He pointed at my shoes, and when I was looking down, he hit me.  My ear rang for a little bit, but I'm fine.  His laugh actually sounded like a monkey. I don't know if that is some sort of metaphor - lol.

End of the bad news.

We found a part-member family, and they came to the baptism that Luis would have been a part of. The inactive mom wants to reactivate, and the daughter that attended the baptism really wants to be baptized. The mom's name is Angelica and the daughter is Martina.

I studied a lot about our eternal heritage this week. I want to testify that each of us is a son and daughter of God (even the guy that hit me in the face), with the divine potential to become like Him. Let's stop wasting our potential.

Here is a quote by Shakespeare that I liked from the conference talk by Elder Renlund.

What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?
A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy.
Who buys a minute’s mirth to wail a week?
Or sells eternity to get a toy?

Love you,
Elder Hale

Monday, October 17, 2016

Shortest. Email. Ever.

Elder Hale with "chicken baby"
Dear Family,

Luis is getting baptized on Saturday!

Love y'all,
Elder Hale

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Zac Efron and a Grandma With Rocks!

Taking care of the holy scriptures of God
Dear Family,

This week was pretty great. This week we exercised the power of FAITH.  It worked!    :)

Zac Efron came to my house!  OMG!  OMG!  OMG!

A couple of weeks ago we found this guy named Luis. The second time we came over he was super drunk, but this week I decided to go contact him again. We passed by him a second time and taught him the Restoration. He had read the entire pamphlet for the lesson and understood, with clarity, the entire thing.  He's had a testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith for the last two weeks and we weren't even teaching him. He has a baptismal date for the 22nd of October.
 


Farmland in Peñaflor

He also has major problems with alcohol, but a real desire to quit. Prayers and faith.

We also found family that accepted baptism with a date, but the grandma found our number and called us and told us she would stone us if we came by again!  Lol. Haha! Violent old women - no sé qué hacer, ¿me cachai?


Pondering Baptisms

That's all, folks!

Love you, fam!
Elder Hale
We found a part of our sector thats pretty sick. We're never going back, lol.  Nobody lives there.

Monday, October 3, 2016

No Gain. No Pain!!

Oh, the Chileans!
Dear Familiares y Amigos,

The last change has been pretty crazy. We worked hard, but in the end, we didn't baptize anyone. General Conference always helps to gets me motivated to get back to work. We will see what miracles happen this change.

This morning, I read a bit in my journal during my personal study time. I haven't been writing in it very much (sorry, Mom - haha).  It was interesting to read about the things that bothered me and the challenges I had at the beginning of the mission.  I realized that I have progressed rapidly.  I can't believe how my preoccupations have changed.   Also, I'm a bit surprised at how......childish the way I thought about things was.

Apparently the sister missionary thought I wanted a freaking picture of my companion taking a selfie
I'm glad I wrote in my journal at the beginning of my mission.  It has helped me to put in perspective the changes we go through when we are committed to following and becoming like the Savior Jesus Christ. I also went ahead and wrote my first entry in like four months - haha. I am gonna try to be better at writing in my journal from now on.  I have a starting goal of once a month. (Just kidding, Mom.)

Thank you for your love and prayers,
Elder Hale

PS- Mom (and anyone else who would like to join her) please pray that Elder Lastra and I can find new people to teach.  We have had little success.  Please pray for miracles.
La Zona, Peñaflor


From Elder Hale's email to"Pops":
What the heck!  Who put the BYU football schedule together? Michigan State is gonna kill 'em.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Missing Nature, a New Family, and a Dating Missionary

Elder Hale sharing the Book of Mormon

Dear Familia,

This week was pretty fun. We've been working more with the members this week. We have a goal to take members with us when we visit people, every single day of the week.  So far, we've made it.

We met this family the other day.  They are pretty wonderful. The mom, Cristal, came to church this Sunday and absolutely LOVED it. She loves the Relief Society! HAHA.

We met her on FRIDAY and she signed up to give us lunch on THURSDAY this week.  Wow!

Selfie with Elder Lastra

It really was a miracle of working with members. Cristal already has a ton of friends in the church. She said the prayer in Gospel Doctrine and thanked God for sending us to her door.

Only one problem...  She is divorced from her husband but not married to the man she lives with right now.   :(

Her boyfriend, Cesar, didn't make it to church.  He's a little more skeptical but he's actually really nice.  We are working a lot with members right now, so I think it will be no problem to get him integrated in the ward. Don't know if I will see the family get baptized in my time here because it can take a while with families like this, but they are wonderful and I'm glad I get to teach them. Please pray for Cesar and Cristal, by name, in your prayers.

Elder Hale and Elder Lastra
You got a picture of my companion, Elder Lastra, and one of Elder Salvador. Elder Salvador is a recent convert of about two years. He is serving a mission now, despite the fact that he is 50-years old. Cool, huh? (Yes, Mom. He let go of the steering wheel while I took the photo.)

Elder Salvador is not a full-time missionary.  He isn't married yet, but he is allowed to date while on the mission.  :)
Look, Ma!  No hands!  Elder Hale and Elder Salvador. 
Thats about it.
Love you guys.
<3
Elder Hale


PS- We did divisions in a sector a little more rural, so I took some pics. Why can't I go back to Calera de Tango?  I miss nature.

Take me camping.

Please, I'm dying.

JK.  I love it here.
Missing nature


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

18 de Septiembre!

18 de Septiembre celebration

Dear Familia,

This week was interesting. The 18th of September is the Chilean National Holiday.* It is basically the 4th of July with traditional dancing instead of fireworks.  The dances were super cool.   :)

I'm outraged because some of the Chileans think that if something is red, white, and blue with stars, it's Chilean.  I sent a picture that captures the madness! Who do you think you are, Chileans?  (just kidding - haha!)


So I wrote last week about the blind lady, Gladys.  She is pretty complicated. The family is super poor and she is really frustrated with the circumstances of her life. She relies heavily on her husband and he doesn't pay much attention.  Con la fe se va a bautizar. (With faith be baptized)

I found a church video in the pension called, "Only a Stonecutter". It is really interesting.  Go watch it! It had a new meaning for me when I saw it here in the mission. There are no excuses, only work. WORK, WORK, WORK!

Thanks for the love,
Elder Hale

*Within Chile the Fiestas Patrias are often referred to as the Dieciocho, or "18th" because the celebration occurs on September 18. Unofficially, the celebration can last for around a week, depending on when it falls (for example, if the 18th is a Wednesday, celebrations extend from Saturday the 14th, through Sunday the 22nd). It is held close to the spring equinox of the Southern Hemisphere so it doubles as a spring festival.  This day is very important to the Chilean people because they are celebrating their freedom from Spanish rule.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Extanjero!

Elder Hale's Visa photo.
Kinda resembles a mug shot...

Dear Family,

This week was cool.

I got my Carnet this week so I'm officially not an illegal immigrant. That's wonderful!

We brought a blind lady and her husband to church yesterday. We had to practically beg the husband to come to church because she really wanted to go and he is just kind of lazy. Their names are Ambrosio and Gladys. Gladys is almost as funny as Guillermina and almost as old, too -haha.

Oh, and the sweet grandma that I found in my old sector with Elder Goodrich got baptized, and ON THE DAY THAT I INVITED IN THE FIRST LESSON.  She's so sick - bapped in two weeks.  Her name is Rosa.  Elder Goodrich and I are both going to the temple on the 24th, so I'll take pics then.

I have pictures, but I can't find the usb slot in this computer. Sooooorry. Next week, I promise.

Luv ya!
God bless us, every one :)
Elder Hale



Hey, Tyler! Don't eat the hot sauce that is on all the tables in the comedor (at the Mexico City CCM). And say hello to Esteban.  He works in the kitchen and he's pretty sick. He wears glasses, I think.
Rosa's baptism (Photo courtesy Elder Goodrich)


Monday, September 5, 2016

Eggs, Three Ways, And A Hot Shower

Elder Hale with Elder Goodrich, his former companion.  Not sure why we got this particular
photo today.  Maybe it fulfilled the request for a picture?  Guess I need to be more specific.


Dear Family,

I tried to send a video, but it was taking to long to upload.  Sorry, lol.

This week was pretty excelente.

We found another family here in Peñaflor, so that's cool.  They didn't make it to church because their baby got sick and they had to go to Santiago on Sunday, but they're cool.

One of the sisters in the ward got sick and died this week.  She was really young, too.  She left two kids behind.  It was very sad. The sacrament meeting was basically like a funeral service because everyone knew her very well and it was *Fast Sunday.  I was kind of glad there weren't many investigators in the church because it would have been kind of a weird first experience.

Google image of Plaza Peñaflor
I couldn't send the video, but we discovered like three different ways to cook eggs without a stove using the kitchen appliances.

I took a hot shower this week. Best day of my life.

Grateful to be a servant of the Lord, Jesucristo. <3
Elder Hale


* One Sabbath day each month is set aside for the purpose of fasting. Members of the Church go without food and water for two consecutive meals in a 24-hour period and then contribute the money that would have been spent for that food to those in need.  During sacrament meeting, instead of assigned speakers, members bear heartfelt testimonies and relate faith-promoting experiences.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Miracles And Cooking Eggs In A Sandwich Maker

Elder Hale did not send photos this week, so here is one of Sister Jennifer Hansen, who is serving in Mongolia.  Yes.  That is indeed a vulture on her arm.
Nathan's comment:  "That photo of Jennifer is so cool, my brain just exploded!"


Dear Family,

The week was nuts.

We found lots of new people to teach and lots of miracles. One of the people we met is an Evangelical Christian old guy that is pretty awesome.  He knows how to listen to the spirit very well. Usually, it is very hard to progress with members of his religion, but he accepted baptism with a date, and committed at the first lesson we taught. And he came to church, so that's cool. 

We also found a part-member family and they're SOOO GANGSTER it's hilarious.  The mom also accepted baptism with a date in the first visit, along with their 10-year old son.

So my companion says it's not dangerous here, but the other day some lady got assassinated in a public park by a group of gangsters, so that's a thing now.  

We haven't seen many immigrants since I arrived here.

Hoping that we have money in our accounts so we can buy gas.  Then I can take a HOT SHOWER and stop cooking eggs in a sandwich maker.

Love you so much!
Elder Hale

This showed up as a Facebook memory from one year ago today, August 29th.
Dropping off Nathan at BYU.  (Sigh)






Monday, August 22, 2016

Peñaflor! New Area, New Companion, and Cold Showers

Elder Hale, Sweet Guillermina, and Elder Goodrich
Changes! 

I'm in Peñaflor with my new companion, Elder Lastra.  He seems like a cool guy.  He's Peruvian.

La familia Correa
Last week was really cool, though. We found ANOTHER abuelita! Her name is Rosa and she is SUPER AWESOME.   Her mom, who is 94-YEARS OLD, is a member!  We gave Rosa a blessing and taught her a bit.  She accepted the invitation to be baptized on the 3rd of September!  She is wonderful, and I am sad I had to leave her.

Elder Goodrich is going to train AGAIN.  WOOOO!!
La generación! Elder Oliveria y Elder Goodrich y yo

The son and the dad
Life is good.  Please pray for me. There are no cabinets in our house, or gas to cook with or take a hot shower. Lololol.

Luv Ya!
Elder Hale

ALSO, I had to say goodbye to Guillermina and Patrick.  It was tough. Guillermina kept trying to get me to give her a hug, and she gifted me a pair of socks. She is great.

Patrick is awesome, too!  I hope we see each other again.

That's all.
La zona Republica

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lafwa Ampil (A Lot of Faith)

Mi primero asado en Chile (My first roast in Chile)
Dear Family,

This week was pretty strange.  We found more Peruvian investigators. This guy named Alejandro is super sick*.  He has a uncle who is a bishop and he wants to be baptized - A LOT. He introduced us to his niece, who also wants to be baptized, Estefani.

Elmer, our other Peruvian investigator who was going to be baptized this week, DISAPPEARED! We saw him twice on Saturday and he was really excited for church and then we stopped by his house and nothing. We don't know where he went.  He doesn't answer his phone either.  If this is like the majority of situations here in Chile, we will find him in his house in two days and he'll say he was sleeping, and then we will baptize him on the 27th.  Pero no sé.

Thats about it.

Oh, just kidding. We have another immigrant investigator, Diyadira.  She is from the Dominican Republic.  She's sick*.

Elder Goodrich turned 1!!!!  He burned his shirt and it was great.  We also made shirts for the zone, pic included.

We made T-shirts!

Thanks, fam! Love you all.
Elder Hale

PS - Changes are next week, mom.
PSS  - Glad for your baptism, Dana Point. Saludos!

Sick \'sik\ adjective - Cool, awesome, amazing

Monday, August 8, 2016

Eske Ou Pale Kreyol?

Dear Family,

It was a good week. Many miracles.

We found my brand new Peruvian homie, Elmer.  He loved church yesterday.  He lives here alone. His family is in Peru.

HAITIANS LIVE IN MY SECTOR

We found some brand-new Haitians in my sector.  I've been practicing my Creole.  We printed off some pamphlets in Creole because we can't ask for the official ones in the mission.  I have no idea why.  Our investigators are David Emmanuel, Oriol, and Smith.  Smith is the only who speaks Spanish, lol, but they all came to church and loved it - except for David.  He's a party pooper :(       JKJK!! (lol) They understood nothing!  Haha!
No photo from Elder Hale today, but we found one we haven't seen before from his companion.  

We watched The Restoration in French, and Oriol and Smith were going crazy.  They thought it was the coolest thing they'd ever heard.  Also, Smith speaks English like a boss, and French, and Portuguese.  This guy is a language learning machine!

BTW, we are going to put a baptismal date for the 20th with my homie, g Elmer.  I'll take photos.

Love you guys!

Elder Hale

PS- I'm saying lots of prayers in Creole.