Friday, June 30, 2017

Danger, Will Robinson!


Don't have much to say this week because it's been gnarly with all the things we've had to do in the office. But I do have photos.  (He sent 35 photos!)  Hope that is enough photos.

By the way, Elder Yriarte is in CALERA DE TANGO in special changes! So excited.  

There you go! That's it.

Love ya,
Elder Hale

Elder Yriarte and Elder Hale

Oh! I forgot that I have a crazy story. 

This morning at like 3am, Elder Romero and I had to take a missionary to the airport. We were headed home and drove by this one spot that's a little bit sketchy.  In front of the crosswalk where we were stopped was a 16-year old kid with juggling balls. He was trying to get us to let him juggle for some coins and was leaning against the front of the car, too. This was at like 4am.  Elder Romero was freaked out, so I hit the horn and the kid went packing.  We took off and when I looked back there were like one or two other dudes hiding by the bus stop. CRAZY!

Climbing skills!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Veteran Pride

Lunch!  Check out the water barrels in the background. Awesome!

Dear Familia Y Amigos,

Well, the sister missionaries in my group are going home and one of my converts now has the Melchizedek Priesthood, so I guess I'm now officially a veteran missionary.

One of the elders in the Carlos Valdovinos ward told me the other day that Patrick was recently given the Melchizedek Priesthood. He is serving in the Young Men's presidency now. What a blessing! It makes me laugh because at his baptism one of the speakers thought he was 19-years old. Patrick is 30. What a perfect calling - haha!

Hablar con todos! Talk to everyone!
Also, Cesar is coming back to Esquina Blanca in July! Last week he taught a lesson in priesthood meeting and blessed the sacrament!

Sometimes it can be difficult to see the vision our Heavenly Father has for us. He knows that all we really need in the moment is an understanding that obedience brings blessings and disobedience brings sorrow.

Love and miss you,
Elder Hale

June Area Conference - Elder Hale - back row, middle

Thursday, June 15, 2017

¡Que Grande!

Until we meet again, Elder Lozano and Elder Lastra!

Dear Familia Y Amigos,

Recibiendo Elder Romero! Mi querido amigo Uruguayo!

These last few days were crazy! We had to take home 18 missionaries. 

I did divisions with Elder Schneider (because he has an international driver's license and I don't) to drop off missionaries at the airport and get them through the PDI (Policía de Investigaciones de Chile) and everything. We woke up early on Monday to take a sister missionary to the airport, then worked the whole day to get missionaries home until 12:30 at night. Then we woke up at 3:30am to bring another pair of missionaries to the airport at 5am. One of the missionaries had his flight time change and we had to get him an emergency flight.

We left Elder Lozano and Elder Lastra in the airport. That was pretty weird. While we were driving there I noticed this long-looking thing kind of sticking out of one of Elder Lastra's bags. When he was checking in his luggage, the lady made him pull a giant, Chinese-looking sword out of his bag. I almost laughed my head off when the lady checked it in anyway. Peruvians.

Elder Lozano, visiting RM Elder Hansen, and Elder Hale

Then we brought in 14 new missionaries! I love bringing in the new missionaries because it's probably the coolest part of the whole mission- for the trainer, too. I miss it a lot and I hope President Woodward will have me train again. Elder Yriarte and I are good friends. Same with Elder Goodrich.

Sorry I don't have much to write this week.  It's been kind of stressful and I forgot most of what happened before Monday.

Elder Hale

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Cumbia King is Going Home!

Receiving the mail deliveries 

Hey, Everyone!

It's getting really cold. I have to wear my two-piece coat to keep warm now.

I have been very blessed these last few days. One of the best things that happen in life is when we patiently await answers to questions we have and the Lord responds to us.

We have an investigator who is divorced and very interested in the Gospel. One day he told us that the reason he invited us into his home in the first place was because he wanted to be able to forgive his ex-wife for some things that she did. What a blessing to have been messengers for the Lord to help this man understand the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

At that moment I gained a greater understanding of what it means to be a servant of Jesus Christ. When we become an influence in the lives of others to bring them unto Christ, we serve him. How powerful of an influence we are is for us to choose. 

I have had investigators that did not have to change many things in their lives in order to be baptized. However, those who need to make changes in order to come unto Christ will make that choice for their own reasons and not for ours.

May Zone Conference 

Also, Elder Lozano is going home on Monday :´(

With love,
Elder Hale

Friday, June 2, 2017

Coming To Know The Lord

Elder Lozano suffering from toe surgery.  (Heaven bless this saintly mission nurse!)

Dear Family,

Lately I have been learning to listen to the spirit. When we obey with diligence the Lord's commandments over time and pray earnestly for the spirit, it becomes our constant companion.

Elder Hale sent another version of this photo.   Lunch at Punta Sal.

Yesterday, we taught an investigator, Patricio. Patricio is very intelligent and has a strong desire to know the truth, but has a tendency to talk very profoundly about what we teach and distract the lesson sometimes. 

In our daily planning we made a brief lesson plan . When we arrived at our teaching appointment with Patricio, he had read much of the Book of Mormon. I felt a distinct and new feeling from the Holy Ghost at the beginning of the lesson that Patricio had something important to say, and that I should listen closely. It was incredible that just about everything Patricio said that day conducted the lesson towards the points we had made in our daily planning. Patricio finally accepted the baptismal invitation.

Every once in a while we need to take a step back and ponder, where are our priorities? If we want to have the power to change our lives and the lives of others we need the spirit.

Love and pray for you,
Elder Hale

Fun note from Elder Hale to Kyra regarding end-of-the-schoolyear grades:

"How did Jonny get a 4.67?  You guys are crazy!  How are y'all so dang smart and athletic and all I got was the good looks?!"

Monumento Vencedores Bailén.  This monument was constructed in memory of the soldiers of the Army of the Andes, who conquered the Spanish Army, who had defeated Napoleon in Bailén's battle. General Don Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme was the one who designed and gave order to construct this monument.