Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pigeon For Lunch, Anyone?

Baptism of Wily, Wislet, and Jean

Dear Familia y Amigos,

This week was fun! We baptized three Haitian dudes: Wily, Wislet, and Jean. They are pretty awesome. They've been coming to church for a while now, and they finally decided to get baptized. We've almost always taught them at the church building because the homeowner they rent from doesn't like Mormons.

Font filled and ready to go!

Cesar is getting baptized this week. It has been a huge privilege to know him. He has so much faith, and it is awesome. His interview is today!

The other day we found a pigeon in the bathroom at the mission office. We have a joke in the mission about Peruvians and pigeons because supposedly, Peruvians eat pigeon.  So when Elder Lozano and I saw the pigeon, we yelled at Elder Lastra, "ELDER LASTRA, LLEGÓ SU ALMUERZO!!" (Elder Lastra, your lunch arrived!) Elder Lastra came in running in super confused and then got mad when he saw the pigeon. He then started to chase it out of the office and Elder Lozano took a video of Elder Lastra trapping his lunch.  :)

Elder Lozano, Elder Lastra, and Elder Hale
Love you guys,
Elder Hale

PS- We were out contacting when the earthquake hit. I don't know why everybody is making such a big deal. There were like three earthquakes and they were all tiny.  I've felt bigger ones in California.

A 7.1 is not a big earthquake in Chile. They didn't even call it an earthquake.  Earthquake in Spanish is "terremoto". They call little ones like the one that happened a "temblor".

Kind of funny story. We saw some lady running in the street after the earthquake. Then we contacted a house close to where we saw her running and the lady told us she couldn't talk to us because she was worried about her toddler grandchildren that her daughter left home alone. Parenting.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Office

Happy missionaries and a dude with purple hair
Dear Familia y Amigos-

Pretty crazy week, but we've been very blessed.

Unfortunately, I'm not really allowed to talk too much about what we do in the office because almost everything is supposed to be confidential.

We have been very blessed to find many people to teach. We have four investigators with baptismal dates!

One of them is married to member that recently reactivated in the church! His name is Cesar. He used to be atheist, but with a lot of prayer on the part of his wife, he's opened his heart to the message of the Restoration. He tells us every time we teach something new that the doubts he's had are being resolved. He quit smoking last week! MIRACLES!

Elders Lastro, Hale, and Lazano - working in the office

Wow, the Lord really does bless us when we forget ourselves and get to work. The last months have been rough, but I've learned more than any time in my life about the fruits of obedience and hard work.

Love you all so much,
Elder Hale

President Woodward with his staff

PS - I don't really have a fixed schedule anymore, so don't get frustrated if you don't always get an email on Thursday.

"Did I ever send this one, Mom?"  Nope.
Baptism day with Elder Roberts. Possibly Eugenia and Claudio?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Quien Me Zapeó

The Squad

Dear Familia y Amigos,

I am the mission secretary now. I am in a trio with Elder Lozano, a Columbian, and with Elder Lastra again. Elder Schneider is in the office, too, as Pentionist - I see him all the time.  Elder Goodrich is my zone leader and Elder Roberts is in the same ward as us. Craziest transfer ever.
The Squad #2

We basically spend the majority of the week doing visa work for the missionaries and preparing documents for President Woodward. Yesterday I prepared an excel document with information on the missionaries after the special changes this week for him to look over when he decides on transfers. There were a lot of changes last week.
The Squad #3

Also, we have three baptismal dates for this Saturday. I probably won't meet them until their baptism (internal sobbing). We haven't even worked in the sector this week.
Familia Lagos

It's been a strange week.
Domingo, our super choro investigator with an adorable daughter
(Photos of her on the wall behind them)

With love,
Elder Hale

P.S. - P-days are on Thursdays - if there is time for P-day.   :0
Marina y Catalina

P.S.S. - Mom, will you please send me an email with a bunch of the pictures I've sent you? I want to print some out while I'm here in Maipu, and obviously I don't have all of them because the computers have erased my pictures so many times.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Expecting Miracles

No photos from Elder Hale today, so here is a lovely picture of Kyra, Jason, and Jonathan.
 Jason leaves this week for Afghanistan.  We will miss him immensely!

Dear Family,

This General Conference was spectacular. I really enjoyed all of the talks. I wish I had brought some of my notes so I could share with you, but I didn't really take too many this time.  

A powerful lesson I learned has to do with miracles and how we can expect them. I have learned to recognize that miracles come from constant and diligent exercise of faith with little to no indication of the desired effect. If we are to have faith sufficient to see miracles, we must exercise it through accepting Jesus Christ and his gospel in every aspect over a determined course of time (with a goal in mind as well).  If we almost keep all the commandments, we almost receive the blessings.

I testify that families can be eternal. I bear my testimony that if we humble ourselves before God, the power of Jesus Christ can heal us of any past transgression.

Love you guys,
Elder Hale

PS - President Woodward called me this morning to tell me about Grandpa. It was a nice gesture.  He waited until today so I could enjoy the conference peacefully.
Until we meet again, Grandpa Surowiec