Thursday, October 22, 2009

October 22, 2009

Well i had a big letter typed up and ready to go but it got erased! I'm a little dissapointed Well Elder Kikuche came and talked to us yesterday which is why i'm writing to you today.
He talked about how we can get the spirit of the closer to us so that we can fulfill the vision that President Tate had when he first got here. The vision was to have 400 convert baptisms a month throughout the mission. I honestly believe that it is going to happen. If we do what Elder kikuche (the Lord) told us to do. it was really really good.
Tuskgegee is going really good. I'm way excited to be here. We have a lot of really good potentials all we have to do is seal the deal. so we are trying to do that.
My new companion is Elder Robison he is from Nevada about an hour outside of Las Vegas;. He has been out for 5 months now his birthday was monday!!! He is a good one. He killed his first two missionaries and his last companion didn't know too much so he said he basically did everything so he is way excited to give someone else the reins. As a senior companion all you do is make the descisions when you have a free slot in you day and you need to fill it with something so your not just sittin around. And as a district leader you have to give two trainings to your district and you have to call them every night see how their day went and then call the zone leaders too its not too bad. I'm the youngest one in my district besides elder Larson who was my MTC roommate! its fun.
I guess President Tate calls a lot of the leaders young. I think its so that they have to grow up and learn really quick. One thing ive noticed though is that just cuz your in leadership positions doesn't make you any better than the other guy. Its been really fun though. one set of the missionaries in the Disrtrict opened a new area so we are hoping to see success from that area.
My mailing address MaryAnn is 3100 E Birmingham Al, 35216. its easier if you sent it to the mission office because then no matter where i am i'll get it. ! okie dokie. however my house address for whoever wants to look it up on the internet is 701 B. North main street. Tuskegee Al 36083 its an apartment. Its the very last one basically. Elder Kikuche has an article in the august ensign that has alot of the same topics that he talked to us about if you guys want to read it. i highly suggest it. That man is so awesome. He told us his conversion story and it was the best thing i have ever heard. It was amazing and he carried the spirit so well.
Oh yea thanks for the fruit leather and for the other package mom. And it turns out that my companion has a gps so i don't need one after all and the one that was sent i'm not to sure if it will work or not just because i'm not sure if you can type addresses into it. Thats the main reason i would want one because we get referrals from the MTC and so we have to find their house but i'll see i need to put new batteries in it cuz it wasn't turnng on but i'll see thanks for the idea! id much rather this one be able to work rather than buy a new one cuz the one i was looking at was about 130 dollars which i don't have. Thanks for the info on my account mom.
oh and mom if you want to send me one of the cards. I don't know if you can just put the pictures on a cd but that way i can send you the card with all my pictures on it so far or i can just print them off the good and important ones and i can send them to you. I just don't know if lindsey will be able to upload them to my blog or not if they aren't on a hard copy just let me know what would work out the best and i will do it.
I appreciate the letters that i get every week from you all. It makes my day go a lot better. Thanks.
Love you all so much Eler Haws

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 14, 2009

Well i'll follow the order of the title of this e-mail by starting with the good then the bad then i'll end with the lord.
I'm sure you are all dying to find out what happened with the family that was praying about the book of Mormon. Well we didn't hear from them that night. So we called them and they didn't answer. We left a message and they never called us back. We called them again and nothing. Saturday comes around and we still havent heard anything. Remember that they were supposed to have thier answer by wednesday night at 6. We decided to drive down and see them.
When we get there Brandy says, "I know why your here, You want to know if we got our answer dont you?" and of course we did. she tells us that it didn't happen when we told her it would, however Patrick woke up in the middle of the night thursday and just knew it was true. Brandy didn't get hers till saturday just before we got there. She prayed and didn't get it so she thought she would go talk to her family about it, cuz her aunt is a preacher and her brother or uncle is a preacher and they know alot about the gospel. So she asked them questions about how do you know what church is true and how do you get knowledge. They all told her "you pray and ask God". She said so they weren't very much help, so i just figured well i prayed i want to know but i guess God doesnt' want me to know. Then she was driving down the road not thinking about it or anything just driving and she said that it just popped into her mind. The words "The book is true" just jumped right in. So they know it is a true book. We had a good lesson with them. She wants to feed us and they came to church and loved it. The members did a great job at making them feel accepted. I bet they are baptized in 2 weeks at the most maybe 3 though. We also got her cousin interested as well.
The work is going good. The family of 9 that we were workin with started avoiding us so we are giving them a break cuz we don't want to seem pushy cuz thats what went wrong with the last elders.
Everyone is getting sick though. Alot of the houses that we go knockin on say we are sick come back later its way frustrating. Aunt jo got pnemonia and was in the hopital so she still hasn't been confirmined a member yet its been 2 weeks since she was baptised. We'll get her though.
Now for the bad, i'm getting transferred. I leave tommorrow which is Thursday. Lindsey remember when you said that its weird that there are so many white people and you just thought of the south as african americans. Well i'm going to Tusgegee. Which is by Montgomery. it is 98.9% black. It is the highest percent of black people per capita or however you say that in the nation or something. So i get to go from a lot of white to all black! I'm excited for it. I just wanted to see Brandy and Patrick go all the way. I'm going to be senior companion and the District Leader as well. Which pulls me in to my next topic the help of the lord.
I've noticed as ive been out that you can't do anything without the help of the lord. Every thing that is good comes from the lord. Everything! I think people forget that sometimes. They fail to see the miracles of the lord because they say that it is a coinsedent. i can't spell that word. But i know that i need to go to Tusgegee and leave Hamilton for a reason and that if i trust in the lord and use the help that he is constantly trying to give me, then i will continue to do whats right. so remember that in your lives. The lord wants you to do good things and to succeed. When your not succeeding and recieving blessings its becuse you need to change something not the lord doesn't want to give you that blessing.
I love you all thanks for you letters. i'll try to sent some pictures home. oh umm Mom or dad next time you send me a package can it include a oil valve? and i might buy a gps depending on if my new companion has one. let me know how you feel about that. they really help alot out here. just let me know in you e-mails this week ok. I love you guys, Elder Haws

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October 7 Letter

Another really great week. sorry this is probably going to be the only letter i can write this week so i'll try to answer everyones questions. but first off the work is still rockin i swear that that the Lord really needed missionaries here and has been preparing the people here.
My first week here we had a appointment from the missionaries in Haileyville (they were working both areas) to go to Sulligent about a 35 minute drive to teach a lady. so that day we were way busy and weren't even sure if we should go. we didn't have very many miles and we didn't want to waste them if she wasn't a lagit prospect so we tried calling the other missionaries and they didn't answer so we prayed about it and felt like we needed to go so we did!!
we drive down there and knock on her door and GUESS WHAT HAPPENED!!!! no answer. we were like no way she isn't even here. we were way bumbed. we saw some kids playing ball on the courts so we went and talked to them. (we are in the projects, government homes) they were not interested but they were only 12 ish so we go to the car put in into drive and we both feel like we needed to teach a lesson.
so we go talk to this lady on her porch. she listens to us asks questions about the women and why they can't be a "preacher" haha it was funny. then we left and got a return appt.
We go back and she is there and tells us that as soon as we left her neighbors tell her not to listen to us but she let us in anyway it was way cool. her husband was there that time to. we teach them about the restoration and it was great. we leave and they said to call for our next appt.
We tried calling them throughout the week and a couple of times the next week once the week after that no answer everytime and they didin't return our calls. and we couldn't go see them cuz of miles. We finally get down there to see if they are still interested cuz we were like they are doggin us. so we get there and they are way excited to see us. and we got a baptism date with her her name is Brandy and Patrick had to leave in the middle so we didn't get one for him. they said they would come to church/conference. we are way excited. oh they are black and have 3 baptismal age kids also.
they don't show us to church... we are like what the heck. so we go and see them again and find out she is way nervous about being the only black family in the church, beleive it or not there are hardly any black peopl in Hamilton and the surrounding towns, and so she didn't come. We tell it wont be a problem. we talk about previous black peopl in the church. anyway this i way long sorry. so we end up going back the same night with a member who is the 2nd couselor in th branch presidency. way lagit guy. We have a bomb lesson and talk about how the church service works. Then elder kelley tells them i know that this book is true and i know that if you pray about you'll get the same answer. He says in fact i'm so confident that youll get an answer and if you really pray about it tonight with a real intent and really want to find out. i know that you'll get your answer by 6 tommorrow night. will you guys commit to do that tonight and they were like ya totally! so that was last night. Tune in next week and i'll tell you how it goes!! haha its like the missions soap opera :) transfers are in a week from tommorrow so next thursday we find out a week from yesterday. i did get your package mom thank you so much i needed everything that was in it. thanks. Lindsey that is a way cool story about my cards i can't beleive it. tell her thanks for me. i hope that whoever you were writing isn't like who is this chick and what are these cards what??? haha they are probably telling that story to all thier friends. i don't ride my bike very much it is to spread out. and to dangerous on all th main roads. there are no sidwalks except for the main street its weird. MaryAnn sorry to hear about the speakers but thanks for the way funny story. i loved it. Dallin keep up the good work thatnks for you input. and Kim its always nice to hear from you. good luck on all your preparation for the baby. hope everything works out. Buddy and sara Love you both. and trisha and brynn love you guys to.
Love ya'll
Elder Haws
p.s. don't send anything to my apartment this week incase i get transfered send it to the mission homw if you send anything that way i'll get it quicker. thanks.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

September 30, 2009 Great News!!

HEllo everyone!well i have some great news! its been a good week. we have another baptism this evening! she is 55 and everyone calls her Aunt Jo. she is a recent converts Aunt who has been taught for about 2 months now i think and had to give up coffe tea and smoking but she finally told us two weeks ago i'm done i hate this and i'm going to quit give me all the candy and cool aide you got cuz i'm ganna need it. haha so we didi and she has quit. its way cool. once again for some reason she wants me to baptise her. she didn't want someone from the ward so that is cool. then yesterday (tuesday) we had our zone conference and it was awesome. everyone was saying that the first interview with president Tate is tough. i wasn't worried though cuz we were dong our job so he counldn't be to mad with me and her wasn't. then Elder kelley and our Zone Leader both told me that they talked about me in thier interview. they said that i'm doing great. i think i'm going to be getting transfered cuz president Tate told Elder Kelley that my leadership is needed somewhere else. he also said that i was going to train but said i dont know if it will be this time or not. I haven't even looked at the list of how many we are getting this time. haha PResident Tate is way awesome. so I guess he likes me but i know its all cuz of my Trainer. us Mountain of Arizona boys know how its done.Elder Kelley used to be in Buddies ward down in queen creek and i guess Sara cut his hair before he left for the MTC. that was cool to find out. He also told me that Matt Bloonfield got his call to Stokholm Sweden which is way cool. Lindsey what is the story about my memory cards? i'm way excited they are found. How did it happen? the odds are insane!!tell Layne that i vagley remember the cook book but i don't know if i ever took it home or not. you might want to check with all our other cook books or if you know what i took it home for like what recipe i wanted that would help me remeber. we finally are having way nice weather which is exciting! it definately makes the days more enjoyable. Elder Kelley and i talked on Sunday. It was great!! I talked on Fiath, Hopw and Charity and how without those things you are nothing and that led into Elder Kelley calling the branch out to repentance in a good way. he read D and C 18 which is a great chapter and told them straight up if you are fighting amongst yourselves then we as missionaries can't do much cuz we need the help of the members. he also said that missionary work isn't just about those that don't have the gosple but those that do and have left and how if you don't care about those that aren't here then you are full of pride and at the end everyone told us we did good and that thats what the branch needed. so we are hoping it worked and that the members don't think we were talking to everyone but them. we are way excited though. we are working with a family of 7 kids. thier mom is a less active member and thier dad isn't a member so there is poteintial for 8 new members. we are having fun with them. they are all baptism age to. it will really help the branch out if they join!haha we went to a civil war reenactment. Our ward mission leader was in it. it was so cool. i got some pictures and a video. they had cannons and muskets and yankees and confederates. it was really neat. Before that we were visiting some referalls out in the booneies of Winfeild and almost ran over a turtle we were going to keep it but decided not to. good times.well i miss and love you all. talk to you next weekElder Haws