Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 62: Busy, Busy

(This is just an excerpt from my letter, because he didn't write a group email and just sent pictures.)

I talked again in sac meeting yesterday. They called me on Friday to prepare a 10 min talk for Sunday—haha, these rascals. But it went good! I talked about elder Sabin's talk of being "all in". and challenged the ward to think about what they need to do so that they can be "all in". 

Being a ZL is fun and cool but it comes with stress too! haha. Our zone had a badddd weeek and I'm really feeling the pressure of it. In our mission if your zone doesn't have success, then you get taken out of your position really quickly. My zone has a lot of new missionaries, so its tough to train them to do the right things, but we're working on it. My comp is a little disobedient, but he knows a lot and still works hard. We get along pretty good.

On Thursday everyone and their dog watched the Peru game to qualify for the World Cup, 
which made teaching very hard, but earlier in the day a member gave us funny Peru hats.
My comp contacting with his hat, hahahahaha!
Just being a goofball.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Week 61: Good Week

Hey everybody! 

This week was awesome. Sorry I don't have time to talk but here's a quick summary:

We had interviews on Tuesday. Meetings on Thursday. Work visit on Friday with Elder Christofferson's nephew that is in our mission, he is a cool guy, he's new in the mish. Saturday I got super sick and we had a baptism!! Donna got baptized but I couldn't even go cuz I was so sick, haha. I couldn't even open my eyes cuz they were all swollen and red, it was a doozy. So, I don't have pics. :( Sunday the bishop gave me a surprise call out to give a testimony/talk in sac meeting. 

-Elder Hale

Me and the comp.
With Cheetos stuffed in my mouth.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 60: Here Comes the Sun

Well, well , well—Howdy everyone!

Life keeps cruzin by and its going great! Its warming up finally, I'm feeling pretty happy about that. I've missed the sun.

We had a great week. The best part of the week was The Quiroz fam's baptism on Saturday!! Man they are just the best. I'll tell you a little about them:

They were a reference that we found like 2 months ago and they were Jehovas Witnesses for a few years (if you know about the JW's, then you understand how challenging it is to teach them), and to make it even harder, they are pretty rich and down here the rich people are notoriously a lot harder to teach. So basically, we had our work cut out for us but...NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WHEN YOU HAVE THE SPIRIT ON YOUR SIDE! haha They said they would never get baptized but, 7 weeks later, they haven't missed an attendance and they are baptized!!! (All of them but Carlos, the dad...BUTTTT, he is applying for new jobs so that he can start coming to church and be baptized in October!!!)

This last week Satan has been working HARD against them. Jenny invited all of her friends and family to the baptism but EVERYONE told her she was crazy and that the Mormons are this and that and all kinds of stuff. She has seen basically it all when it comes to anti-Mormon material but THEY ARE STAYIN STRONG! When she gave her testimony in her baptism she started crying and said that her life has completely changed since we've met with them and that she's "ended the search that she didn't know she was on." I love their family, they are some of my favorite converts in my mission.

Well, everyone, this church is so true. Jesus Christ guides it from heaven today. There is NO other path to follow that leads to a happy life now or salvation in the eternity.

Love you folks, have a good one.

-Elder Hale

The district
Me with me pals from my first district 
(Elder Sanchez the AP and my best pal Elder Tirado).
The Quiroz Fam
Saturday's baptism

Week 61: Transfers

Hey Everyone!

I don't have much time today...and from now on my email time will but cut hard core cuz I have to do a ton of reports and stuff. :/ SORRY!

But life is going GREAT and I'm still loving the mish! 

Sadly I got transferred and had to lead Bayovar!!! It was easily my fav area, we had a ton of success there and the ward was great!! And I had to leave my kid, Elder Java too. But he's in good hands so that's good, haha. I got transferred to Mariategui. It's only like 10 mins away from my old area but its in a different stake and a different zone. My comp is Elder Gutierrez. He's from Bolivia, and he's a good fella! A little interesting but he knows how to work smart! He does have like 15304 ideas an hour and a bunch of them are super random and bad but besides that he is great. We are the zone leaders over the Wiesse Zone. We are prepping for a GREAT October; we are trying to break the record for baptisms that our zone has had! More saved souls for the Lord! Woohoo!

Conference this week was KILLER as always. I was a big fan of Elder Holland's, Christofferson's, Anderson's, Oaks', and Callister's talks! And it almost jerked the tears when the choir sung, "I believe in Christ!" Man, sometimes a good hymn just pumps me up!

I'm grateful for my mission and I love serving the Lord. I know that He is in the very details of His church and in the very details of our lives as Elder Rasband said this weekend! 

Have a great week everyone! :)

-Elder Hale

Saying goodbye to my kid :( ELDER JAVA

Anotha one
Reuniting with the MTC pals after a meeting

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 58: Too Busy

Jarett either forgot to push "send" or ran out of time, because all that came over this week were pictures. :)

First time I've ever seen a Peruvian keepin it real with an E30.
Some killer smoothies in a super American-ish restaurant.
Our jackets we ordered as a zone!
More pizza, lol.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 57:  No Time

Hey Everyone!

This week was crazy! And despite our best efforts, a ton of stuff fell through on us! But hey, part of life right?

We had Anderson's and Nancy's baptism on Saturday. Idk if I explained what happened last week, but she wasn't baptized last Saturday because the water was too cold. So this week we got someone to fix the water heater for her baptism. Then on Saturday when we went to prep, the HOT WATER WASN'T WORKING AGAIN. Haha so we had to rush and start boiling water and dumping it into the font. We were using pots on all four burners and doing all we could to heat it sufficiently for Nancy. I stained my fav tie with ash in the process. :/ BUT it was worth is because we BARELY got the water warm enough that Nancy could get in and be baptized.

Well, I am already out of time. So see ya next week!

Elder Hale

You gotta watch out for the sleepy bugs! They seem to
bite my poor comp from time to time in personal study.
He tried on my glasses, lol!
Nancy and Anderson's baptism.
Round 2 for Nancy in the baptismal font, haha.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 56: Even More Opposition

Hey everyone,

So last week I talked about Satan tryna throw wrenches in the Lord's work over here in Bayovar and well, he's been working EVEN HARDER this week. Let me briefly explain cuz I only have like 5 mins and although I have a year in the mission, my keyboard skills are suuuuppper terrible and I write like 2.6 words per min.

So for this last Saturday we had 5 baptisms planned—Orlando, Auria, Vanessa, Nancy, and Marcos- buttttttttt, only 3 ended up getting baptized. What happened is that this week Orlando got married on Friday, and his baptism was for Saturday. But on Tuesday his friends took him to do a bachelor party type thing and he GOT DRUNK. He fell into temptation and although still got married on Friday, he did not get baptized on Saturday and it will be postponed for a future date.

Nancy was also going to get baptized with her family (Vanessa and Marcos). She is 65 y/o and has bad arthritis. She said that she couldn't get baptized unless the font was warm. We have been preparing all week to get everything ready for Saturday but EVERYTHING FELL THROUGH. The gas to heat up the font was out so we had to order one from the area offices in La Molina, then we got it in and turns out that the tubes are broken! We spent the afternoon boiling water but then magically the electricity in the church went out—leaving the font still freezing cold. We sent the baptismal clothes to be washed but on Saturday, but when we went to pick them up the lady FORGOT to wash them haha! So we were short on a baptismal tunic! ALSO the bishop showed up 1 hour late to the baptism so we couldn't get started. And then.....Nancy went into the font but before getting all the way in screamed "it's too cold!! It's too cold!! I can't do it!!" and everybody's hearts dropped. She started crying! Then Vanessa put on the wet, cold baptismal clothes for her baptism. She almost didn't get in either because it was so cold. 

Well...although frustrating, it's all good and we are still happy! I LOVE my mission and am SOOO grateful for all the success that God has given us! We were able to baptize 5 people in August and hopefully we will baptized 8 or 9 in September! 

Love y'all and have a great week!

-Elder Hale

After a week of trail and error, I have become a
master of heavenly grade, grilled cheese sandwiches!

My comp with the cutest little kid in Bayovar.
Auria's baptism!
Vanessa, Marcos and kind of Nancy's baptism (explanation in email).
Post baptism grub sesh on a DELISH Carbonara pizza.