Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Centerville Baptism, March 30, 2010

First off Tyler's baptism was great!! There were less people there than they thot, but there were still about 60-70 there to support him which is very good. The bishop asked him to bear his testimony at the end. It was great. His cousin baptized him and his grandfather confirmed him the next day at sacrament mtg. The spirit bore testimony so strongly that this was right and that the gosple is true. It doesn't even make sense to me how people can deny the existence of God. There are evidences all around us that he loves us and that he blesses us. Would we have anything if he didn't? I don't think so. He wouldn't care to give us families or the trees around us or even a living prophet to guide us. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and that he is ALWAYS mindful of what we are going through. He just wants us to show our faith to ask seek and knock and he will answer.

This last Sunday we went with two of our investigators to a Southern Baptist church. It was very interesting and was fun to see how another faith worships. It was weird because the first thing I noticed when we walked in was the smell of coffee. We went to the young adults class and the teacher wanted to call us by our first names because it was more personal, which was totally cool. It was just really weird to hear my first name being used. He was a very good teacher tho. The most interesting part of the whole experience was that I could actually feel the spirit testify, and not testify, about each principle that was taught. Like he was saying "yep thats right, yep thats right, nope....nope... yeah thats true" it was so cool. There was a lot of singing, about 5 hymns that I didn't recognize, they were a little more pop sounding. The very end of Pastor Mike's sermon he said that we need to try to be the best we can and make sure not to be hypocrites in being followers of Jesus. But then he used that one scripture in Ephesians 2 I think, that says by grace we are saved and not by our works lest any man should boast..... that doesn't make sense. Just read James 2, it explains it pretty clear.

We've had some crazy weather the past week. It's been warming up (around the 60s) but then dropped to 50s and snowed all 50 degrees!! then the next day was sunny...I dont understand... the earth must be bipolar.

Anyway, yesterday was zone conference and Pres Olson said that over the past year our area is the least baptizing area in the mission so it's a possibility that our area is merged with other areas like what happened in Kaysville. But he said that's why me and Deming are here, to get the area moving. I assured him it's moving, just slowly. But we need to really step it up so we can keep the area, we need more investigators! Right now we are trying to teach 20 lessons a week so that we can reap the blessings of elder Perry's promise that if we teach that many lessons consistantly then our teaching pool will double. So please continue to pray for us to find investigators. I love yall!! Talk to you later

Elder Hale =)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

3/18/10 Email

That's a lot of refferral cards! (925) We don't even have that many non members in one of our stakes. There are a total of 227 nonmembers recorded in the Centerville North Stake. I really have no idea what I've told you about which investigators. Probly not much. Please let me know so I can report something.
Yeah I know Heather, she is pretty cool, have him say hi to her for me. Does he know that the Kings live in my area? Its so cool to have the Kings here. She insists on doing our laundry every week. Its kinda cool. She does everything and won't even let us supply detergent. Its weird but cool.

Oh there is something to report. Transfers is today and me and Elder Deming are still compeneros. Six months! Thats a long time. And we got transfered together. We're making history. Actually its Pres Olson that's making history because he is doing a lot of different things. We have a new assistant that has been out for only 9 months and he was never a district leader or zone leader and has been a senior comp for only two transfers. He's a good missionary tho. Its Elder Watts. (I'll send a pic)

We had a dinner the other night with a lady who...I'll just give you the phone call: "hi elders i hope you are able to come to dinner tonight. Its my son's birthday and he is serving in [somewhere I don't remember] and he is turning 21, and to comemorate his birthday we are inviting you elders." It was a good dinner but way too fancy. She commented on our manners tho and said we had been tot well. But sitting up straight on a bench with no back for an hour doesn't make your back feel very good. Its a good thing that we know a chiroprachter. He fixes us up pretty good. Anyway, that lady grew up in St George, and actually her class voted on the name for pineveiw HS. She's pretty sure she knows Pam. We haven't checked yet.
The dinner the following nite was probly the best dinner I've had in a long time. It was hoagie sandwiches on paper plates with plastic cups and forks and spoons for the potato pea soup that we served ourselves into paper bowls. And they had fruit smoothie things for dessert! not brownies or cookies or ice cream!! Plus they were a really cool family.

Let's see...there is a fun thing that we are doing in our apartment (well me and Elder Kay, Alexander and Deming hate puzzles) we are putting puzzles together and gluing them and putting them on the wall. So I'm getting tons of practice and when i get home maybe I'll actually be able to help you on your's instead of pretending to attempt to look like I'm helping. And I had to make a puzzle piece cause it was missing one. I took pictures if you care at all. =)
Dad said you had a lot of questions you wanted me to answer, but I didnt see tons. But I think I answered all of them.
I will write Jenna a letter. Thanks for your prayers and stuff. I love you very much.

love Elder Kendric Hale =)

Wasatch Mountains at Centerville

Elder Hale & Companion