Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Few Pictures from Centerville

June 8, '10...The Good, The Bad, The Ugly


First, the good news: Ali got baptized!!! and Blake is getting baptized next week!! Ali's baptism was great. The spirit was amazing! After the closing prayer nobody wanted to leave and it was quieter than the temple as everyone was giving Ali a hug and saying congratulations. Her brother Alex gave a great talk on the Holy Ghost and how it has helped him since four months ago when he was baptized, and how he's so excited that she gets to have that gift. On Sunday when she was confirmed (she asked me to do it) the spirit was so strong.

I just love the feeling of not having words planned out for the blessing and the spirit directing so that you say what the Lord wants. I definately know that the Lord speaks through people in so many different ways. Sometimes it's just good people being good disciples and doing what the Savior would want. But often there are times when people are guided to do things that they weren't planning on and are completely guided by the spirit. That's because they are doing what they're supposed to which puts them in a position where the Lord can use them for His purposes, which are perfect and eternal. I pray that we may all do the best we can to put ourselves in a position spiritually so we can be effective instruments in the hands of our Savior in whatever way he needs. That's when true and lasting joy comes. I feel like that joy only comes through the spirit (example: newborn babies, being with family, reading the scriptures and not being able to stop....) and if the spirit is not there then it is only temporary happiness (roller coasters, dessert, movies). But the moment we have the spirit that happiness becomes true joy, and that joy is contagious.

Alright, stepping down from the soap box...

Next, the bad news: I'm being transferred...to South Ogden....with an Elder Bennett who I don't know....away from Centerville....away from Elder Kafoa...away from my friends that are preparing for baptism.... away from the wonderful members that help with anything and everything...away from trust that has been built with potential investigators...away from converts that are preparing to do baptisms for the dead....

I've never been upset about a transfer before, but this has been the hardest so far. I love Centerville and the people here. It's been my favorite area so far, and that's a hard choice because I've loved all my areas. There are so many people that I need to say goodbye to. Elder Kafoa is an amazing missionary and so fun to be with (I've learned the Tongan haka a.k.a. the sipi tau). President said that I would be staying here with Kafoa, but that divine revelation that I just ranted about gets in the way sometimes. The ugly part about all of this is that im being transferred to south ogden as a district leader... not the happiest day of my life. And on top of all that I HAVE TO PACK! >=(

The Lord has an interesting time and method of doing things.

I have to go throw up so talk to y'all later. I'll let ya know wassup in South Ogden next week when I'm there..if I'm still alive....

Love you all!! Thanks for your prayers, I need them.

Elder Hale =)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1st

Malo e lelei!!

so i promised pictures this week but when i got to the family history center i realized i left my camera battery charging at home...so no pictures today, sorry. if there are any specific pictures anyone wants to see just email me and let me know. =)

Not much has happened this week, Ali is still planning on getting baptized this saturday and shes super excited and ready. we asked if she had a chance to read the scriptures we gave her and she said she hadnt and so we acted dissapointed but then she explained that she wasnt able to read becase graduation is this week and all this stuff is going on and so she was just reading in Alma where shes at! so we assured her that as long as she read she could read the thingswe assigned her whenever she got time. shes awesome.

this last week we ate with two families i want to mention. first is the claysons. (Elder Clayson served in the Orlando mission until recently) It was cool to hear about florida and how the work is going in that area. he said that the longwood ward has some really good missionaries in it right now so thats good. he seems like he was a good missionary, he has a good family. then i think it was actually last week we ate with the family of my mtc zone leader elder smith. it was funny because they said that they had a son on a mission in norway so i just figured it was like every other famiy we eat at and so i didnt really look at the picture they had of him very closely at all. but when we were leaving i started saying "well i know a few people in norway" as i walked up to the picture to look at it closer but stopped mi-sentance and was like "thats Elder Smith! hes one of the people i know in norway!" and i got a picture with them. it was fun. ill send the picture next week.

we have been able to do a lot of service these past few weeks. its been so great to change into jeans and not care about getting "too dirty" as people say when we ask them if we can do service in our proselyting clothes. theres a guy in our area that is a chiropracter and adjusts us for free so we go every week, its nice especially after doing service all week.

well thats about it for today, ofa atu! (love you)

Elder Hale =)

p.s. i would like to get spencers email address if that is possible, i got permission to email him because he is so far away.=) thanks