Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Most Fulfilling Week of My Life

Hey guys!
So, this week has been one of the most fulfilling in all of my life. We had interviews with Presidente Bluth last Friday and he has helped me out with so many things in my life and I'm so grateful for his example as our Mission President. He and Hermana Bluth are such great examples for us (not to mention Hermana Bluth's cooking is amazing). They are constantly receiving revelation and trying all they can to help us and for that I am so grateful.
This week we had Stake Conference and we got to assist with the Saturday session for the Mission Work where Presidente and Hermana Bluth came and spoke as well. The next day they were talking about the missionaries and how they need the help of the members because without the members the mission work is nothing. Presidente used the analogy of M&M's and the actual meaning of M&M's are Members & Missionaries and how when they work together - it's an amazingly sweet candy.
I haven't got a lot of letters lately and I don't know exactly what's going on at home and in the Ward. Oh, and what do you mean Clayton got married! I left for three months and Bam that came out of nowhere, Lol. Anyways, besides those bombs what else is going on in Ocala 2 and in Florida. I know you guys are getting the cold right now which I'm missing. I love you guys and hope that everything's great up there.
                                                                       Love, Elder Haynes

Monday, November 10, 2014

Work! Work! Work!

Hey Guys,

                  So this week was hectic as always, on Monday Elder M. got the call to go back to a previous area again and the funny thing is that his new comp is Elder C., who was my comp in the CCM, small world huh? Tuesday, I picked up my new comp Elder B. who's from Santiago, and he's finishing his mission in 3 months. He's extremely chill and loves to have the members help us out in our lessons so our investigators have someone who's not dressed in white with a nametag to fellowship with. Tuesday was mostly spent trying to get him settled into the area and introducing him to the leaders of the ward. Wednesday was slow and just mainly searching for new and have some lessons.
Thursday, we got a call from Elder Pendley, the Accountant of the Mission and he told us that we have till December 1st to find another house, because the people who own the house are going to need it for family who's moving to LA. If we cant find anywhere, we're going to have to sleep in the chapel for a little while. Friday we had our activity which more or less worked out. We didn't have alot of attendence at the activity but we, as the missionaries, taught well - I thought. Saturday was spent working in the Cuico section of our sector to find futures and to find a really interested new investigator as well. We found 5 new futures and 1 new investigator which was a serious blessing because we found almost nothing the first time. Sunday we had a hard time trying to find people in the Rios/slightly ghetto part of our sector. We found a couple of futures and we taught one of investigators named V. who's searching so hard to find out if the Book Of Mormon is true or not. We think the problem is it's because she's not attending the church so she's not getting this extra spiritual boost to learn and hear the whisperings of the spirit.
I've realized that there's alot of stuff I should've done before the mission, I didn't spend nearly enough time with my family, my brothers and sister and parents as I should have. But I've learned so much and when I come back there's alot of things that are going to be different. I love you guys and hope everyone is safe and that everyone's great up there in Florida.
                                                     Love- Elder Haynes

Monday, November 3, 2014

Many Noche De Hogar!

Hey Guys,
Sorry, no pics since my bag and camera fell in the canal.
I`ve had a great week here in the MisiĆ²n Celestial. Monday we had a Noche De Hogar (Family Home Evening) with a less active family and we watched the John Tanner movie, which was awesome to explain how someone who had so much was able,willing and did give all he had to the church and how we can keep the commandments as John Tanner did.
Tuesday we were planning for our activity for this Friday, that`s aiming to help and encourage the members to talk to their neighbors and to share the Gospel in their lives at home more, leading to referrals. The problem is that alot of people dont feel comfortable, so we`re showing them how we can do it together.
Wednesday was a difficult day for us. We were contacting in the Cuico section of the area, which is about a 40 minute walk, trying to find more investigators. We struck gold and found not only a super receptive person named F. in a very difficult area but she also speaks English as well. She studied for 6 years in New Zealand which is really cool, and she wants to hear more from us, so I have hope.
Thursday was unproductive trying to find more people to teach, but we had a lesson with someone who could hopefully have a baptismal date very soon named C. Friday was filled with more contacting this week and was probably the hardest day for us.
Saturday we had the Dia Sagrado (Holy Day) where alot of people go to the cemetaries to pay respects to their ancestors. We set up a booth to teach about the Plan of Salvation and trying to help people to be relieved in their grief.
Sunday was awesome as always, we had a Noche de Hogar (FHE) with Familia E. and with Familia I. which was awesome as we listened to a talk by Elder Zabellos titled Attempting the Impossible. It's about how we can learn in this life how to try to attempt the impossible and thats by keeping the commandments! Also we watched a mormon message called Because of Him which is awesome and I recommend you guys watch it.
Today we had the cambio (transfer) and I`ve offically finished my training. Elder M. is going to Temuco and he`s going to be with my old comp Elder C., so that's pretty cool. My new comp is going to be Elder B., who's Chileno. He`s got the missionary experience down and he'll help me with my Spanish and I`ll help him with his English.
It`s crazy to think that four months have gone by and that the mission has just flown by. Only 20 months left to go. I hope everything's good in the ward and at home and that everything is going great up there.        
                                                                              Love, Elder Haynes