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.
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


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.