Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 84: Short and Sweet

Hey everyone, 

Sorry to keep it short and sorry that I don't write much lately! I wish I had more time to write a good letter every week! But life is GREAT! Trying to take advantage of every moment here in the mish. 

I got a new comp this week! It's Elder KUNZ! He is from my same group from coming out here and he's from Preston, Idaho. We quote a lot of Napoleon Dynamite together, hahaha. He was the assistant for the last 6 months and is now ending the mish out here in Santa Isabel. We had some HARDCORE rejection this week, honestly more than I've received ever in the mish. BUTTTT the good news is that we had 2 baptisms programmed! Josue for this Saturday and his cousin Billyjoe (sweet name huh?) for the 31st. 

I think I always say this, but I just love being a missionary! I recommend EVERYONE that's on the fence about going to just GO!! It will change your life and you will change/save others lives. This is the work of the Lord and it's real! Have a great week y'all!

—Elder Hale

After doing baptism practices with
our investigator Josué (he's scared of water).

My new comp and I at the very top of our area looking for an
address that didn't exist. :/ But at least we got a cool pic!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week 83: Just Pictures

Fun zone P-day.
Went to the temple this week and we did baptisms with our converts.
Just a nice sunset.
This is Luis Angel, he got baptized on Saturday 
but he forgot the picture so I just took a selfie later.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Week 81: Howdy

Hey there everyone,

Sorry again for not writing in a hot minute. Time keeps chuggin along a little too fast down here! But we're enjoying it! We ALMOST broke records this month in our zone. But sadly, two days before their baptisms, 7 baptisms fell through due to flippin oppostion! But it's alright, we still turned out with a good month with19 baptisms in the zone.

In our area, we had a baptismal service for an investigator named Josue on Saturday. Josue is 16 years old and all of his family are recent converts. He hasn't got baptized yet cuz he has hard core ADHD and also a terrible terrible fear of water. We planned his baptism so that there wasn't anyone there to make him nervous, it was only me, Elder Parra, the bishop, and Josue. It took like 20 mins for Josue to get used to the water and all the way in the font. Then we practiced putting his head under water and he was a little freaked out but it went dece. Then we tried to baptize him and he freakout hard core and didn't go under. Sooooo....I got in the font with them! Haha, it was crazy because I haven't ever gone into the font before. I tried to support him and help him go under but it was no use. He ended up getting too scared and we ended it. All in all, we were in the font like 1 hour and a that was interesting and honestly quite a bummer, BUT!!!!!!!.....sad experiences always serve to teach patience and help us to focus on the positive and be grateful for the blessings that we do have. 

I sure love being a missionary, time goes by too fast so you gotta take advantage of every moment. This is the work of salvation! 

Have a great week folks!

—Elder Hale

Practicing my golpes.

Threw on a corduroy jacket and some new
glasses. Lookin like a hipster Elder.

Soaking wet after getting in the font to try to get Josue baptized.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Week 80: ¡Hola!

I'm doing great...still! :) Haha, I'm sorry that I say the same thing every week but it's true! I really am doing well and am enjoying the mission. I'm happy about my comp and my zone! We had a baptism on Saturday so that was cool too! My zone is going to break records this month! WOOHOO:) haha. Weather over here is FANTASTIC! It's always like 80 degrees. I like it a lot. My area is cool too. :) The ward is very weak but it is improving! We had like 80 people come to church yesterday!

Nos vemos,

–Elder Hale

If you like piña coladas!?
Brigith's baptism!!!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Week 78: Lo Siento

LO SIENTO to everyone because I've been pretty bad at writing lately.

Well, I got transferred...I'm now in the complete other side of the mission! My companion and I are over the Santa Isabel Zone and my comps a real good egg. I've known him for a long time and we've been good pals! His name is Elder Parra, from Santiago Chile. He's getting really old these days, he's in his last transfers. But he's working super hard still so I can't complain! 

Our ward is a LOOTTT different than the last. It's a lot smaller and a lot richer. I haven't been used to seeing houses with finished roofs or parks with trees in a long time so that's a lot different. I even saw an Audi the other day, haha. But sadly, the ward is a lot weaker. Its really small and doesn't have great leadership/organization. We're trying to help out with that and are already seeing improvement! Yesterday 80 people went to church, which is like 30 more than average! And we had 6 investigators come so that was good. 

Our zone is pretty big, which keeps us really busy and we're fighting to reach 24 baptisms this month (something the zone hasn't got in over a year). Hope all goes well!

Have a great week everyone. Read the BoM every day! :)

– Elder Hale

Me and Elder Parra in our new area, Santa Isabel.

Monday, January 15, 2018


(Choice or Select i.e.—GOLDEN!)

Hey everyone....sorry for not writing the past few weeks. It's been quite busy over here. But we've been lovin it!!! We are seeing a lot of miracles in our area. My comp and I are getting along really well. He's a funny guy. The zone is doing well too! Now we have 28 missionaries so its ginourmous but somehow we manage. We have to have 2 phones now to get on top of everything. 

These past weeks we have been really blessed in our area. In December, all of our progressing investigators fell off the face of the earth and we were left with not much. But one Sunday, someone we've never seen before came to church and after talking to her we found out she was an old investigator that came when she was a teenager but never got baptized because she already got baptized in the Catholic church. Even though we taught her a lot about the restoration and Priesthood authority in baptism, she still didn't budge. But one day out of the blue she said that God touched her heart and she knew that she needed to be baptized. She got baptized and confirmed on the 31st of December and now she already has a calling as a Young Women's counselor and she's ALMOST FINISHED the Book of Mormon!! Super escogida!!!!

The next miracle was Fernando. He is a really, really smart guy that's fluent in English. He was a member of an Evangelic church and when we met him and he did NOT believe anything of what we taught him. He always said the Book of Mormon is false and talked about a BUNCH of anti-Mormon stuff. Super stubborn. But one day we were fed up with his stuff and told him to put his doubts aside for 1 moment to honestly ask God if the Book of Mormon was true, without his biased opinion, and he did! And he said that when he was praying he felt the spirit so strong that he started crying. He called us and said that he wanted to be baptized!! He broke up with his girlfriend to keep the law of chastity and turned down a GREAT job offer that we was excited for so that he can come to church every Sunday... He even brings our other investigators to church. HE EVEN ASKED US FOR PASS ALONG CARDS AND PUT THEM ON EVERY SINGLE HOUSE ON HIS BLOCK!! The man is Golden! ESCOGIDO!! 

I am SOOO happy to be a part in this work! I am 10000% sure that this is the work of salvation. No matter what kind of anti-Mormon stuff youve heard, no matter how hard your heart is, no matter how many doubts you might have, The Holy Ghost is more powerful than it all. I am marvled by God's power and His love for His children. I am so happy that I chose to serve a mission so that I can help rescue these precious souls!

Have a great week folks!!! Love u all!

-Elder Hale

Sleeping in hammocks with Will's cousin (Elder Edwards) for a work visit.

Sheyla's baptism.
Fernando's baptism.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Week 74: Just Pictures

Jarett hasn't written for the last couple of weeks. We have just had our Christmas Day Skype, and he's sent some personal emails. But he at least sent some pictures this week, so I'll share those. He is doing fine, just busy.

I'm getting so skinny that my shirts are huge on me! :(
Saw my "kid" this week when we had to go to the offices.
More pizza...sorry!
Coming back from a meeting in the mission offices, there was a lot of traffic that 
would've taken hours to get through. So the mission's chaufer took us over the 
mountains to get to the other side of the mish. Hahaha, it was awesome.