Monday, July 25, 2016

Almost a Chilean

Waiting for our visas
Dear Family,

Patrick is getting baptized on Saturday!

I'm almost a Chilean.  I'm in the system.  Falta un carnet.

Elder Schneider, far left, was Nathan's companion in the Mexico City MTC
Not much else happened this week, unfortunately. We found new people to teach, but we have a problem in this sector where it is super difficult to find our news.  (News are people you invite to be baptized while contacting - at least in our mission)  Last week we had four lessons confirmed on a day (we called them the night before) and three of them fell through the day of.  Sometimes we consider not calling anyone because it's easier to drop in on people when we don't confirm the lessons.  Lol.

Please pray for the dad of one of our members.  His names Jorge.  He is going through a roooouuuugh time.  Long story short, several years ago his wife left and he can't get a divorce because the process is long and he doesn't even know where she is.  Now he has lost his church membership because he is living with someone. So he messed up there, but this lady is pretty cool and our retention, Jorgito, believes she is his mom.  Tough situation.

Love you!

Elder Hale

Monday, July 18, 2016

Republica... Brazublica.

This week was good.  Our new zone is sick - sick as in awesome, gnarly, rad, tubular, bacán, genial.  Elder Goodrich's trainer, Elder Olivera, is our zone leader.  He's sick (see above).  Fala Português? Because now we've got two Brazilian zone leaders.  Republica ----> Brazublica.

Patrick is still awesome.  He is excited to be baptized on the 30th.

We found this dude named Marcelo a week ago  He's pretty crazy.  He had real desire to change and get sober, but we never had a lesson with him when he wasn't drunk, so there was no way to have the Spirit. We think the only lesson where he was all there was when we first found him. We had to drop him from our teaching pool.    :(

Santiago Chile Temple in the evening

We did some service.  I got pictures, but I left my camera at home.  I am in Maipu because we did the papers for our visas today.  NINE hours of lines and we didn't even finish.  We have to go back next week. Yay.

Batizar até o pó.
Bautizar caleta.
Baptize a lot.

Elder Hale

Monday, July 11, 2016

"Daddy's" Boy

Elder Hale with President and Sister Woodward


Guess who's a Daddy's Boy?

It's me!  This will be my fourth change with my trainer, Elder Goodrich (aka Daddy)! We homies.

This week was a little frustrating.  We got in lots of doors while we were contacting, but found very few people with potential. Also, we had to take one of our investigators that we thought had a lot of potential, Fransisco, off of our list.  We came over to teach him and he left and walked into his bedroom.  His dad was just chillin' like we came there to teach him.  Haha.  I just got up and walked into Francisco's room and he was sitting on his bed playing a video game and told us he just wasn't "in the mood." So, no más.
Went to the store lookin' for some lollies and couldn't find any.  
Jokes, bro.

Also, we might have to let Angelina go or give her reference to another pair of missionaries because her life is kind of a mess right now. She spends her weekends at her brother's house really far away. I just hope her brother's house is close to a church.

We went to the temple with Guillermina.  She couldn't do baptisms but she got confirmed for a few people. I don't know if she understood what was going on.  I guess we are going to explain the Plan of Salvation again -  haha.

Looking forward to six more weeks with my dawg, Elder Goodrich.

Love you!
Elder Hale

My district homies.  The gringa was in my district in the MTC.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Never Give Up...Never Surrender

Photo with both the incoming (Woodward) and outgoing (Barreiros) mission presidents.
Nathan is in the back row, to the left of center.

Dear Family,

So this week was very interesting.  It was good!

We found some people with a LOT of potential. One day, we had to contact all day because we don't have investigators or recent converts or members that are home during the daytime. lol. (A bit of an over-exaggeration, but that is how the day ended up.)

We have been eliminating our investigators quicker lately because (with much respect to the Chilean culture), they are very good talkers and not very good "doers." (You could probably say the same for every country.)  Anyway, the other day we found one person. Her name is Angelina. She recently separated from her boyfriend and has four kids, one who is only two-weeks old.  She lives with three of her kids in what is basically a one-room house that is a little smaller than my bedroom back home.  She is very receptive and very strong in her circumstances.  A rather remarkable woman.

The other is a part member family. The dad is less-active because of work, but he is talking to his boss about getting Sundays off and looks like it'll be no problem. We invited his son, Fransisco, to be baptized and he is super excited.  We put the baptismal date for the 23rd for both Fransisco and Angelina.

Yesterday I went on divisions with our zone leader, Elder Matthews.  He is a pretty incredible missionary. We contacted a guy that was kind of a jerk.  He stated he was busy with "cajones".  Elder Matthews just said, "yo no sé Español muy bien, ¿podría mostrarme que es un cajon?" He let us in and it turned out to be really good. He accepted the baptismal invitation and wants to come to church. It pretty much just proves that you can't really give up on people in the doorway.  

So if you wonder why missionaries are so persistent, there you go.


Elder Hale