Thursday, May 25, 2017

Respect!

Elder Hale in a green sweater, left side of the table. 

Dear Familia y Amigos,

This week we have zone conferences with Elder Allan Packer, an Area Seventy in South America. I attended yesterday, and it was wonderful. My companion, Elder Lozano, was selected to have an interview with him. 

I'll share a few of the things he talked to us about:
  • Every country has different culture, customs, and traditions. If we don't respect the culture of the country, we can offend the people that live there. Therefore, one needs to learn the culture of the country so that they don't offend others with their conduct. 
  • The celestial kingdom has a culture as well. When we don't learn and respect the culture of the celestial kingdom, we offend the spirit.
  • It is extremely important to merit the confidence of others. As a missionary we merit the confidence of members when we work hard. When we teach the plan of salvation to investigators with the vision that they attend the temple to do the work for their ancestors, we merit the trust and prayers of the dead as well.

Love,
Elder Hale

May Zone Conference

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Anpil Benediksyon (Many Blessings)

Mother's Day Skype!  AWESOME!!

Dear Family and Friends,

This week the cold came all at once. The mountains are covered in snow, and it is really pretty.


Last week Cesar came to church here in Esquina Blanca. He came for Mother's Day, and because his records are still here, he was able to receive the priesthood!

The Haitian men we baptized, Wilfrantz, Wislet, and Jean, came to church this week without coats and it is COLD. Luckily, we have a storage room in the office with clothes that missionaries leave behind so we went ahead and gave them some of those. 

This week I also have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ more in my life. It is incredible, but I can say now without a doubt that He lives and loves us. In moments where we express faith through hard-work, repentance, and when we partake in the sacred ordinances, the Lord is teaching us, bringing us nearer to him. This week I was especially blessed to have understood with more clarity in what way the challenges that present themselves every day were helping me to build faith in Jesus Christ and help me to become more like him.

Love and miss you,
Elder Hale


Administrators Note:
We had our Skype call with Elder Hale on Mother's Day!  It was wonderful to see his handsome face and talk real-time.  And yes, I cried like a baby when the screen went black.

Here are  a few of the things we learned:

Before he went to work in the office, they ate lunch (the big meal of the day in Chile) at member's homes seven days a week.  Now that they are in the office, it only happens twice a week.

The most common meal they are served is chicken and rice.

Elder Hale's favorite dish is called cazuela - a stew with meat, potatoes, and vegetables.  It's a Chilean classic.

When he cooks for himself in his pension, Elder Hale cooks rice, beans, pancakes (from mix), cereal, eggs.  Quite the repertoire!

So before Elder Hale left on his mission, we purchased a book on Chilean culture for him to read.  Kyra also read through it and was fascinated with the fact that babies in Chile drink Coke (soda) from a bottle.  Elder Hale brushed it off, thought it was absurd, and they have gone back and forth about it for over a year. Well, Elder Hale acquiesced on Sunday and shared that he has actually witnessed babies drinking Coca-Cola from a bottle.

There are four missionaries who live in their apartment.

We asked him if dreams in Spanish.  He confessed that the other night he started dreaming in Portuguese, but then realized (while dreaming) that he really doesn't know that much Portuguese, so he switched to Spanish.  Haha!

He really likes to eat completos.  It is a hot dog (that is not smokey) topped with guacamole, tomatoes, onions, mayonnaise, and ketchup.

Currently, he is working in the office.  It is supposed to be five days a week, but frequently, they have to go in on Saturday and sometimes Sunday to take care of important matters. They arrive around 10am, have an office meeting and assign tasks.  Elder Hale is responsible for keeping track of the visa status of the almost 200 missionaries - which is pretty tough. There are things that have to happen monthly and every time missionaries change, which in turn requires loads of documentation. Much of what they do and deal with is confidential. The office staff go out each weekday evening from 6 until 9pm, and all weekend to proselytize. He seems to enjoy the office work, and is learning and growing.

His shoes (and feet) are in great shape.  (Yeah!) Shout out to Dr. Nahid Birjhani Colton for her tips on keeping your feet healthy and making your shoes last!

Elder Hale stated the best thing about being a missionary is baptisms!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rain!

Lunch with the Munoz Family - Elders Yriarte, Hale, Lozano, and Roberts

Dear Familia y Amigos,

This last week we've been up to a lot in the office. We've been working every day in the sector too, but we struggled a bit to make stuff happen lately.

We sent about a quarter of the mission to do visa work this last week and it was crazy. Somehow we got lucky because the day we sent everybody out IT RAINED. (It sounds weird but it made everything work out great!)


I've probably written about this before, but Chile is one of the easier countries to get a visa and it has the most job opportunities in the Americas (aside from the United States).  For that reason....it becomes one of the more complicated countries to get a visa because it is so clogged up with immigrants from all over the world (sounds somewhat familiar). 

Fortunately for us, NOBODY CAME to do visas because of the rain!!! Woohoo! So almost everybody finished up their paperwork last week. 

Cesar is coming back to Santiago for Mother's Day so I'm super excited to see him.

That's all folks!

Love,
Elder Hale

Friday, May 5, 2017

May the Fourth Be With You...

Cesar's baptism
Dear Familia y Amigos,

This week (seems pretty weird to say this seeing that today is Thursday) was pretty interesting. Changes, new missionaries, leaving missionaries, and a Baptism!

Elder Lastra left.  Now it's just me and Elder Lozano. We'll be seeing a lot of each other anyway since this is Elder Lastra's last change. It's Elder Lozano's last change as well. Also, Elder Hancock, the Elder who I used to live with in Amengual, is the new pentionist with Elder Schneider. "God Bless America!"**
Fun in the office

We are responsible for picking up the new missionaries from the MTC in Santiago. Seven got here this Tuesday and it was an interesting experience to say the least. Pretty sure the only thing that one of the gringos learned in the MTC was how to say "¿Cu├índo es P-day?"  It was a really cool atmosphere though.  It made me feel like it was yesterday that I got to the field. It was a strange contrast between that and the posterior day you'll see.

On Monday we dropped off elder and sister missionaries that were finishing the mission at the airport and coordinated their travel, which was a little bit stressful. We had one missionary that had to leave at 5:00 in the morning and another whose flight was at 1:00 in the morning the following day. Who needs sleep anyway?


Cesar got baptized! It was a great experience because tons of people came to see him! I attached a photo of the giant breakfast we had afterwards with the ward.

May the fourth be with you,
Elder Hale

**  (Apparently, it is a phrase Elder Hancock uses frequently.)
Wily, Wislet, and Jean