Monday, January 30, 2017

Burning Shirt!

Shirt-burning ceremony celebrating one year in the mission field!

How's it going, Fam?

Not much happened this week except for we found like one billion Peruvians to teach. We found also found a Colombian, two Dominicans, and a Chilean, too - haha. Weird week.

The Chilean dude we found was pretty interesting. He contacted us in the street drunk one day, and spouted off random stuff about the U.S. and Donald Trump and the fires going on in Chile. I left and forgot about it. The next day he contacted us again in the street, except he was sober. He invited us over to help him recover from his addiction to alcohol and we came by the next day. He's pretty cool, actually. His name is Juan Carlos.

We found some Peruvians in the street that were trying moving a couch, so I hooked them up with my homie, Wili de Greco!

We also have an investigator, Rocio, that has been coming to church but lives with her boyfriend, Martin, who is a member. She is awesome, but she needs your prayers. We passed by to teach both of them the law of chastity and Martin wasn't there. She's having a bit of trouble in her relationship with Martin and isn't sure whether she should break up with him or marry him to get baptized. We have a Family Home Evening planned with them and a member family this week.


Love you all so much,
Elder Hale

Miracle!  Lame man walks!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Papi Mal!


Dear Family and Friends,

This week was a bit slower, but we're psyched, because this week we are going to 'take out the trash' (sacar la mugre - Chilean slang, meaning work very hard). 

Cool story. One day last week we were contacting at night and said a prayer that we would find somebody who needed the Gospel. We met this lady who recently lost her daughter and her father in the same year, but when we asked if we could come in she said that it would be better if we came back on another day. (BTW, in Chilean this means I'm not that interested, but I don't want to come off badly.)  I told her we had recently said a prayer to find someone who needed to hear our message and the spirit guided us to her door. She let us in. We taught her a bit of the Plan of Salvation, and we are going back this week. Cool.

Elder Hale on the ugly street full of trash and graffiti 

Conversation of the week by Elder Hancock and a Columbian dude: 
(Papi mal is Creole for "Okay, cool")

Elder Hancock: Hey! There's a Haitian dude over there!
Elder Hancock: Bonjou! Como sa va, sak pase? 
Columbian dude: Soy Colombiano
Elder Hancock: Papi Mal
Colombiano: ¡Soy Colombiano!
Elder Hancock: Oh.......Papi mal

That's it for this week.

Love ya,
Elder Hale

An ugly part of our sector that is just a street full of garbage

Monday, January 16, 2017

Frustration and Miracles

Estación Central - Elder Hale's new area


This week was a bit frustrating, but I'm still very happy because we found some MILAGRÓNES (miracles).

We found this lady a few weeks ago that is super cool named Isabel. We couldn't pass by her because every time we put a time to come by she would always call us the day before to cancel. Supposedly, there is some family thing going on. But we talked with her the other day and she is awesome and always reads in the Book of Mormon and wants to get baptized. We also started talking to her daughter, Pia,  and she is super cool, too. They couldn't come to church this week, which really frustrated me, but we are excited to be able to teach them.

Another view of Estación Central

No estoy ni ahi con los Haitianos ahora-
So I thought our sector was full of Haitians, but it is really not.  There is only one house and none of the immigrants there like us very much - a little bit disappointing.

The Tunnel Tree before the big storm
Wow! I can't believe the big Sequoia tree fell down (the Pioneer Cabin Tree or the Tunnel Tree). I almost cried a little bit.

The magnificent Sequoia has fallen!

Love you, fam!
Elder Hale

PS - Papi mal

PSS - Mom, if you haven't already sent the birthday package, please put ONE or TWO ties in there. Some of mine are getting sun bleached, and I gave a bunch away at Christmas time. Please don't freak out and send me 100,000 billion.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Spider-Man, Spider-Man...

His shirt is funny!  Read it!
Dear Family,

This week was a lot of fun!

We found lots of people to teach including some Haitians. Our sector doesn't actually have the majority of the immigrants.  It's as if there is a forcefield in between us and the sector next to us.
Sister and President Woodward, Elder Yriarte, and Elder Hale

This sector is great. We find miracles everyday! Unfortunately, lots of our investigators couldn't come to church this week.  It was a little sad because some of them committed Sunday morning and then something came up with like four of them in between the time they called and church. A little sad, but they all still want to come next week, so that's good.

My companion, Elder Yriarte, is super funny and super good with people.

Ya, sorry. Next week I'll write more stuff down - haha.

Elder Hale

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Dear Family and Friends,

Amengual 3 is THE BEST!

My companion is AWESOME!  His name is Elder Yriarte.  He is from Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

For New Year's we went to the house of a recent convert whose name is Nicole and who is awesome.

I have no idea why there are so many flippin' obstacles to send pictures, but I'm gonna have one of the missionaries that lives with us send me some.  Long story short, the USB insert doesn't even work in this dang computer... I'M TRYING MY BEST - GIVE ME A BREAK

FYI, nobody has AC, except for some of the banks.  Actually, one day we knocked on someone's door and they had AC. I was really sad when they didn't let us in - haha.  I don't even miss AC that much, though - given that we never had it anyway.

Sorry mom, but you can't make me take my probiotics.

This week was super fun.  Our sector actually has a lot of immigrants, but not as much as the sectors on the side of us. There is like an invisible forcefield or something, I don't know. But we found tons of miracles this week.  I'm really excited.

Love you guys!
Elder Hale