Monday, June 29, 2015

Month of June...Baptisms/Elder Gonzales

June 29, 2015

Hey guys,

So, I'm about to hit the year mark but just to let you know that yes, I did receive my package and I did not have the patience to wait. I have photos but I don't have much time to upload them today. This week we had had our conference in Temuco with Elder G., the President of the Area down here in South America and we had a 2 hour capacitacion with him in regards with how we should be teaching and helping our investigators to keep commitments and how if they're not keeping commitments then they truly are not repenting of their sins. It was a great conference and we all had a great time. 
Today we went to a part of our sector that was an old well for pulling up cement mixture and it was really cool because its like a cliff in the lake and how it just drops off into a huge precipice without end, it feels like. It was really cool to see it and explore today.

As well we had 5 people in church today which was awesome and our investigator H. is going to be baptize this week and I'm going to effect the ordinance so it'll be cool as my first baptism out here. I can't wait for all the great stuff that'll happen down here in Loncoche. We've got a family of 3 L., S., and their son, J. and they truly want the church of God that was made for their family. It's just perfect that we have them.

       Well that's all and just want to let you guys know that I love you all,

                                          Elder Haynes 

June 15, 2015

Dropbox video, no email.

June 8, 2015

It's crazy to think that the kids are out of school right now and it's blistering hot down there. Up here it's Freezing cold with a nice little bit of rain on the side. Oh also mom if you haven't sent the package i would ask you to send me up some gel insoles for my shoes up here in chile they don't know what a shoe sole isso i would like to have a pair or two. No i would definitely like to come back to chile or I didnt know if you guys wanted to come and pick me so it would be easuier on you then we could all fly back together. I would just like to show you guys about everything down here in Chile and just how awesome it is. I want to come back to Chile but whichever of the two ways is up to you guys. Don't have much time mom but just know that I love you guys so much. 

June 1, 2015

Hey Guys,

    So today is the day of Cambios and it looks like I stay here with my comp Elder G., still down here in Loncoche., So I made a good video that I thought could help you guys get a good grasp of what's going on down here in Loncoche and my zone Nueva Tolten. This week we found a really good new investigador and his name is H. He's totally open to learning more about the Gospel. He has a Book Of Mormon right now and enjoys reading it, He truly wants to know if it's a book of God and is willing to try to find out. He came to the Church this week and we have a baptismal date set for him on the 20th of June so he can be baptized that day. We've also got a family who's starting to learn the Gospel and they're great because they only live 20 feet from the chapel so it should be easier to attend church. Right now, we're trying to focus on raising the church attendance in Loncoche a little more so that we can have a little more fire. We've been getting a few more new callings which will help the Branch grow and really get it's gears started turning. Also, I wanted to ask you guys if you could send me some music by a group called Nashville Tribute Band because I can listen to them out here as well and they're awesome! I hope everything is going great up there in little old Florida and that it's not missing me to much. Love you guys and always hope for the best.

                                             Elder Haynes

Monday, May 25, 2015

Month of May...Cambios/Intercambios Cold and Wet

May 25, 2015

Hey Guys whats up,

    So it's just another week down here in Chile and all I've been doing is getting cold and wet. Actually, not wet or cold thanks to all the winter gear I've got (Mom and Dad tthanks). I've actually been super warm, my sleeping bag keeps me amazingly warm at night and it's just great to sleep in. I actually sometimes even study in it at my study desk so I can stay warm in the morning. I've got my boots and they're a little big, but when I double up on wool socks they fit just perfect so it helps to keep my feet warm as well. This week in the beginning we had a huge blast of rain that came in and just about drowned us then we had a huge cold front which means that after this cold front we're going to get hit with an even bigger blast of rain. But it's all great down here in Loncoche! We have no idea of what's going to happen this cambio because so much can change. I might stay here or I might change this cambio I don't know exactly it's a 50-50 because I was in LA for 5 cambios, they might make this a short one with me. Me and Elder G. found a couple here that are great and we hope that they'll want to progress because they literally live 20 feet from the chapel, so it wont be to hard to help them come to the church. We're super pumped to see how this week turns out actually. I have to do a baptismal interview this Tuesday or Wednesday for the Sisters in G.

May 18, 2015

So, last week I went up to Gorbea for the big Intercambio that we had and I got to work with Elder G. from my CCM District along with, Elder M., one of the assistants of the Mission. It was a great day to just really go out there and get the work done. This week, I also did an Intercambio with Elder P. and we went to a place in our sector called Huiscapi. It's even smaller than Loncoche, but it's a really cool little town of like 10,000 people. We found some people who who might be willing to listen and progress in the Gospel. Today, we had a Zone Activity up in Pitrufkin and we watched the Prince of Egypt movie, played Ping-Pong, and made sausage like sandwhiches called Chori-panes.Today is also my little brother's birthday and so we're celebrating that a little bit down here as well. 

Not a lot is happening down here in Loncoche because we don't have any really solid investigators yet that really just are like Baptize me, so we're working on that. Really, it's just crazy to think that in less than 6 months, Ammon will be out on the mission and I'll be getting ready for my last Christmas down here in Chile. That's it for today's update and I'll have a video next week, so that'll be coming up, don't worry. 

                                       Love You guys Elder Haynes 

May 12, 2015

Hey Guys

     So I had a great Mother's Day being able to talk to the family and everything. It's crazy to think about how much has happened in the last 10 months. So whats happened out here in the mission? We had interviews last week with President in Temuco and we had a zone meeting on Tuesday that was awesome, Today me and Elder G. went to Pizza Hut in Temuco for lunch, I bought some nice water proof boots and a really nice sleeping bag that's going to do a great job of keeping me warm at night. We're writing really fast so well be able to make our bus on time to get back to Loncoche, I've learned that my parents are crazy about learning everything about my mission life and that they would just kill me if I didn't send them letters and emails so I'm getting better at that. Also we've started to read the Book Of Mormon as a Mission and to complete it by August 3rd( Moms Birthday¡¡¡¡). To help me with my reading I'm doing as a Elder Bednar says and I'm highlighting and marking for one theme in the scriptures and I chose as a theme the miracles that we can find in the writings of the prophets and to let you guys know there's a bunch, if we know how to look. I'm in 1 Nephi Ch:18 right now so it's going to be great to read it again. Love you guys so much and hope the best for you as always.

                                            Love Elder Haynes

May 3, 2015

Hey Guys!!

     So alot has happened this week down in Chile. First, I've got my Skype session this week!!!!!!!!! We are going to do it 7:00 pm Chilean time down here in Loncoche. I'm going to use the same Skype account that you guys made for me, so I'll call you guys at 7:00 on Sunday night Chilean time. This week I've got a lot to do,  I've got to give a presentation on Tuesday for a zone meeting of 15-20 minutes and then I have to give a 30 minute presentation this Wednesday for the interviews we're going to have with President. It's going to be difficult but I'll get'er done. Also, last week I Got something that I've been waiting forever for...... The Package that was sent in February is what I got and it was awesome! I love it. I love you guys!!!! Really, the Hobbit stuff was awesome and the kilo of Nutella shall not survive this week. Really, it was just a great package to receive!!!!! Loved the photos and the notebook, it's really going to help with my letter writing. Also, I sent two letters today with a package in the next few weeks. Everything's going great here and just to let you guys know I love you and I'm sending out letters, but man it costs like 5$ to send one. You guys are expensive lol. But that's all, I love you guys and hope for the best..

                              -Elder Haynes

P.S. We've got something we're preparing as a house, All I have to say is that it deals with a song from Frozen and Missionary work. But that's just a hint so till next time.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Short and sweet, video in Dropbox

Hi Mom, 

I just kinda wrote dad an update. Elder Gonzalez from the Area Presidency is coming to our mission so we had to fill out like a 20 minute cuestionaire that took forever. I've uploaded a video to dropbox and hope you like it. I haven't gotten the package yet but it's on it's way, it's in Concepcion right now so I'll get it in the next few weeks. I already got my other package which was awesome by the way and I can't wait for the Hobbit one. 

Don't have any details yet for Mother's Day, but it'll probably be somewhere from 5- 8 our time, I think. My new comp is awesome! He's from California and he knows both Spanish and English. It's been great as a DL. it's not difficult. I don't have any time to relax, just verifying with everyone and making sure that the District is good and obedient and baptizing. Hey dad, I had a question, were you ever like a DL or ZL in the mission or not. just a question? We had a couple of Volcano explosions and everything, but were pretty protected here in Loncoche because it's a big valley. Love You dad and I'll have Mothers Day info next week. Hope all is well up there in Florida and you guys enjoyed your vacation up there.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Book of Mormon Is Key To Everything

Hey Guys,

     So this week we have cambios. My companion Elder O. goes off to Cunco which is in the zone of Temuco. This week alot has happened. We had a conference through Satelite transmision with Elder Oaks and we were able to hear him talk about something that is extremely close to me and that is prayer. He told us that if our investigators aren't praying they will never recieve a witness of the Book of Mormon. It's true, without the Book of Mormon in my life I don't know where I'd be right now. The Book of Mormon is key to everything because if it's true then it signifies everything else we believe is true, but if not it means we are the biggest liars in the world. Me personally, I'd prefer to be telling the truth and so I know through personal revelation that the Book Of Mormon is true and that God is not dead! He is real and everyone has the chance to know it as well. Modern day revelation is real and God does speak to His children and always will speak to us in our times of need. Remember if you have doubts to read and pray. Those are the two most important things to do. I love you guys and always will, Keep up the good work and stay strong as always.
                                  Love Elder Haynes

P.S. I can get the winter stuff I need here in Chile and I have no idea how much it will cost and that's great about the money be cause I'm a little bit on the broke side with all the traveling we've had to do. I think in total I'll need $200 because I have a rain jacket, but do need a sleeping bag and another big suitcase my last one broke on the way up here.

Thanks mom and my comp wanted to say to you that he loved the package. Also, the other package that we thought got robbed wasn't, just retained because of the beef jerky, so I recommend from now on that you don't send beef jerky. I love you mom and thanks for everything you do just know that you are awesome and it's difficult to send videos because internet speed down here is super slow and not nearly as good as the US.

Monday, April 13, 2015

If the world could just pray together for one thing.....


To answer your questions: Yes, I'd like to buy a sleeping bag as I'm in the coldest part of the mission for winter and yes music can only be EFY, Mormon Tab and a group called Nashville Tribute Band. All in English, please.

So I've been trying to send some of these videos but the internet cafes here don't have really good speed, like really it takes me 5 minutes to upload a photo. But for P-Day I've been booked out the wazoo. I'll get my package and letters tomorrow for District Meeting and then we have our conference through satellite transmission with Elder Oaks this week and that will be a great a source of revelation I think.

Volcano Villarrica that recently erupted
So for this week, I've found that prayer is the answer to our problems. I wont lie, this week was a little tough for me but I was able to go to my Heavenly Father in prayer and it wasn't some gigantic feeling of joy that came to me just a small sense of peace to be able to ask my Father in heaven for help. Sincerely, I feel like if the world could just pray together for one thing just everyone together for one purpose this world would be so much better. Prayer is real and it does promise peace if we pray in faith. I love you guys and I hope the best for you all.

        Elder Haynes

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Turn on the light switch

Hey guys,
So alots been happening this week. We had the baptism for an investigator named angel which was a miracle that we had and we were just super excited that we saw the miracle of his conversion. General Conference also took place it was awesome that we were able to see it down here. The first part we saw in Spanish and the Sunday session we saw it in English, which was super awesome. I really loved the talks by Elder Piercin and by Elder Nielson. They were both super inspiring for me and the fact that the Book of Mormon is the key to our Spiritual survival. Without the Book of Mormon everything that we stand for is nought. The Book of Mormon is a testament that God is not dead but is always talking to us and will always bring light when there is darkness, if we are just ready and willing to turn on the light switch. It was aewsome to recieve that revelation and my love for the Book of Mormon has only grown due to conference and my constant reading and pondering and praying. The Book of Mormon is a light to the nations and will always help us in our time of need. As well this week we had a Zone Activity in Pitrufquin where we had a huge barbeque and just played some soccer and volleyball. It was super awesome! It was a great Easter Sunday and I can't wait for the next conference. Love you always and hope for the best.

                                               Elder Haynes


Monday, March 30, 2015

Finally answering Mom's questions in detail :D

Well, at least everything sounds like it's going great and to answer your questions about the talk I gave at our latest Zone Conference - I talked about how in Ether 12 it says that we receive miracles according to our faith. But then I went a little bit deeper and found that yes its our faith but its after we receive a testimony will we receive miracles. Our testimonies are everything and if our testimony's aren't strengthened, we'll never be able to see the small miracles in our lives.

The second answer is yes, the calling as District Leader has made me super tired. I don't have any time at night to be able to just relax and unwind it's just been non-stop, drop and go traffic for me. It's great seeing how everyone in the District is doing, though time consuming and tiring worrying about everyone and just making sure that all invstigators are progressing. Tiring, but I love it!

Also, I hope the package gets here as well and put lots of Jesus stickers on it!