Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Guess What I Ate?! (Nov 25)

Yup i ate some pig intestines!!! Yummy! hahaha they weren't too bad actually, so long as you didn't think about what you were eating. They were different than what I thought they would be but they weren't bad. We had a member cook them for us and she knew what she was doing. Families actually eat chittlans for thanksgiving instead of Turkeys. Why? I'll never know things are going good here though. We had transfers yesterday. I'm still here in Tuskegee. Elder Robison is gone though. My new companion is Elder Myrvang. He is from the very top part of Idaho. A small town i forgot i'll tell you in the next e-mail cuz he's not right next to me right now. I can still see him though and i could talk to him but we are in a library, so i'm still obeying the rules:) Just so everybody knows any packages that you want to send me for christmas need to be sent to my actuall address which is 701 B. N. Main St apartment 7 Tuskegee, Al 36083 so just so you know otherwise i won't get it for awhile afterwards.
We are doing great here. It seems like just when the work is going no where and we are going to stop seeing someone they let us in! It's really cool but strange. I'm excited to be with Elder Myrvang. He has been out the same amount as Elder Kelley. He is a year older than i am which means he has been out for a year longer. He knows a lot and isn't afraid to step on peoples toes. He doesn't stomp on their foot which is good. I think that him and i are going to have a lot of good things happen here! i'm really excited.
Saturday we had a big bbq at the church. We dug a huge pit about 3 feet deep and 2 feet long and 6 feet wide. then we killed a pig and skinned it and pit roasted it then pulled all the meat off after it cooked for about 15 hours and then had a big bbq at the church. it was really fun. It was sad though cuz none of the boys knew how to use an axe to chop the wood or a shovel to dig the pit. Elder Robison and i basically did everything but it was really good for the boys cuz now they know what its like and we were able to teach them how to use them and stuff! It was really fun Big C came to both the bbq and church. He really enjoyed both of them. I'm way excited for him. he keeps learning and progressin alot. We have a lot of potential right now.
but i'm doing good and i love all of you guys a whole lot. i can't wait to talk to you on christmas. oh alabama plays Auburn tommorrow if any of you are interested in watching it. Its bigger than christmas down here. not even joking.
well thats about all i think i love you guys.
Elder Haws
P.S. i'm still trying to get Trishas address so if someone can send that to me or just have her write me i'd really like to hear from her. thanks. you guys are wonderful.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another GREAT week! (Nov. 18)

Well it has once again been another great week! i decided to write the main letter first since its been cut short the last couple of times due to running out of time.
It seems like everyone has been wondering 2 main things lately. First i don't know how the family back in Hamilton is doing. I haven't written Elder Kelley a letter but last i heard when i was able to call him about 4 weeks ago is that they really liked church alot and they were going to be going back. The mom said that she thought some of the members were a little weird but thats ok. One quick lesson on charity can fix that. haha As for Big C. Yes he did come to church!!!!! woohoo and he loved it. He really enjoyed it and is planning on coming back. The Zone Leaders went and saw him when they were here on their team up and were really pushing baptism and he told them that he was a baptist and he was going to stay a baptist, but he came to church and really liked it. You just have to take things pretty slow with him and they tried to force it on him. So it kind of made him back off a little but its all going to be good. They sad part is that he just sits in his house all day and doesn't look forward to anything. so if we can change that and get him out more i think it will help him alot.
Then there is Pam. Her whole family got forced into baptism and they weren't ready for it. They just got baptized to get the missionaries off of their backs, but Pam never did. She was smoking a pack a day and Before i got here Elder Robison had got her down to 1 to 2 a day. So we were working with her and she told us from the beggining don't push me i know when i'm ready and thats when i'll quit. When i'm ready. Then 2 and a half weeks ago she quit smoking!!!!! but wasn't ready for baptism she had a really soft date mainly for her to be done smoking and a zone Leader came in and threw down on her and now we haven't seen the family since. Well we saw them once in the last week. So we are trying to fix that.
Yes we got rained on. Lots of it and we happened to pick that day to be our tracting day! :) It was fun though. We didn't find anyone but when we were following up in one of the areas that we had tracted we contacted a family that lisened to the missionaries about 3 or 4 years ago. So we taught them and they were way into it. We had lots of fun and they were way into it and they knew alot already. The mom remembered a lot from the past missionaries but the kids don't remember them to much. They are the Smiths. one mom and 3 girls. 15 12 and 9 are their ages.
I don't think i have told you guys about sister moore yet so i am going to take the opportunity right now. sister Moore is an old member of the branch that really loves the missionaries but she is a little bit different then your normal member that loves the missionaries. We go and help her pick up pecans from the pecan tree in her front yard about twice a week and she tells us everytime that you can't buy love and that we shouldn't ever waste our money on a girl that says she loves us without her showin us she loves us. Then the first question she asks every new missionary is "Would you every marry a black girl" and she is always telling us she has a couple of black girls that want to meet us and she is going to lock us in a room with them. We don't have to do anything just talk to them and maybe hold their hands or something haha but she never brings them over. She knows we'll get into trouble and so she doesn't. she is way way sweet though. I really want you guys to meet her. She would be the only reason i bring you to Tuskegee.
We are going to be eating thanks giving dinner with the Oryang family. Pride Oryang is leaving on the 2nd of dec to go to L.A. on his mission and Kiendrick just got his call to New York New York North. That was pretty exciting. HE was baptised 2 years ago. He is the only member of his family also. ITs way cool.
Mom can you tell Elly that that it is way cool she is going to state and i tell her good job i hope she does well and that i really liked the picture of her holding the black and white daisy thanks.
Well it is still really nice weather here. Its weird i should be wearing a coat but i'm still in my short sleeves. haha everyone else here thinks it is cold. I gave a talk on the atonement on sunday it was really good. We also had a recent convert give a talk. Elder Robison and I helped her write and she gave it. it was really good.
Thats about all though for this week. Thanks for all the updates from every one it was good to hear from you!. Can't wait till next week! Love you all Elder Haws.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm Turning 3 Tomorrow! (Nov. 11th)

Well tomorrow is my 3 months mark. So i'm halfway to being able to burn my tie!!!! I can't believe its been that long already. It seems like it was just yesterday i was in primary and just a few hours ago i was in Sunday school.
Things are going good here in Tuskgegee. We had a team up with the zone leaders yesterday and we went tracting alot and it rained for a constant 25 hours. So we were soaking wet, but thats ok i was getting hot wife points. :) just kidding. We were able to find some new people to teach though which was exciting. I hope they all will show some progress. Big C wasn't home when we went to get him for church but he said he was sorry and that he would come this week. I sure hope so.
That was really cool about the christmas tree! That would have been fun to be at. It sounds like the family has been really busy. Things must be really hoppin back home. I got a letter from the Amity ward, that was a nice surprise. i'm glad that sister Adair does that for us. It was really nice.
Things are going good though. Thanks for all your prayers and your letters. Its nice to hear from everyone. Sorry this one is so short. Love ya'll Elder Haws

Friday, November 6, 2009

November 4th, 2009

Well its another week gone.
We are in Alex City right now. I'm on a team up with the other missionaries in my district. I forgot to tell ya'll that they are trying something new in the mission and they split all the zones so we went from 5 to 10 zones in one day so my district was cut down to just us and Alex city. So i'm with them yesterday and today. As we were doing our Laundry Elder Stead couldn't find his wallet. We couldn't find it anywhere. We went and started looking at the cameras and there was a girl that we were talking to that I helped load all her laundry in her car. She ended up swiping it. You can totally see her eyeing and waiting for just the right time, but i guess she goes there alot and so i think they will catch her. We have her and her vehicle on camera. Its just crazy cuz Elder Robison had his stolen just before i got put with him when he was serving with Elder Stead.
We have had a really good week so far. Big C is going to be at church on sunday. We took the first counselor of the presidency over after church and big c said that he just didn't have a wheel chair once he got there so we found him one and he is coming. I'm way excited.
Also Pam quit smoking and her baptism date is for the 15th and i really think she is going to do it! We are meeting with several people at the church tonight to teach so hopefully good things will come from that as well.
I was getting discouraged because we had 3 days where nothing was going our way nobody was answering their doors and weren't keeping appointments. It was really tough but we kept going and its all paid off. I knew if we kept pushing through it all, then we would be rewarded and sure enough it happened.
Pride Oryang is home and he has some people for us to teach as well before he goes on his mission to L.A. He is a way good guy. He knows everybody also which is really good. We have had 3 people tell us this week that if we changed our attire then more people would listen to us. Its true but at the same time they wouldn't take us serious. That is way you need to have the members doing alot cuz they look like normal people. So remember that everybody. Members are more productive in missionary work than we are.
Our Halloween cosisted of a regular day. We saw people and then at night the kid that translates for us to the deaf lady we are teaching invited us to his church for a halloween get to gether. So we went. It was way fun. They fed and we were able to watch the kids. Got to go bye every one love you!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

October 28, 2009 (Sorry it took so long to get this posted)

Well hello everyone.
Something really cool happened this morning as i was reading my e-mails. We usually do that at about 10 am our time and right in the middle i got a letter from mom which means she was on the same time i was! It was neat.
Anyway. Things are cooking down here in Tuskgegee. We have around 7 people that really are looking good for baptism this transfer and 3 more that could but it will be hard for them to which makes a grand total of 10 people. I would be so so so happy if that happened. It sure would be a great blessing to Tuskgegee.
There is a guy that we call Big C. His real name is Clerance. He reminds me a lot of Big John. He is in an electric wheel chair because his foot started to regrow itself in a different form. Its weird. (Dad do you think you might be able to ask uncle willis about it. Thats all i know about it though sorry i cant tell more details) He was eating South meat when Elder Robison found him. Elder Robison was seeing another investigator who was with Big C. Big C told them that it wasn't healthy for him and so Elder Robison and Seamons asked him to quit. They didn't really ask him though. They were seeing Calloway who has been meeting with missionaries for 2 years he just won't quit smoking he comes to church every week and every thing he just won't quit. So what they did was asked big C if he would quit eating south meat if Calloway quit smoking. Remember this was Big C's first time meeting missionaries. He said sure and hasn't had any since. Then we were talkin about that a couple of days ago with Big C and we talked about the word of wisdom. We showed him where it was in the Doctrine and Covenants but that was all. The next day he told us he thought of having a cup of coffee but didn't cuz it wasn't good for you! We didn't even ask him not to it was so cool. He is currently reading and praying about the book of mormon.
Then we are workin with a family. 4 daughters and a mom. The daughters all want to get baptized but the mom won't let them yet. We are going to get her though and then she is going to get baptized also, she just doesn't know it yet. :) We met a guy that was going to get baptized he just needed one more week and he was getting baptized then he got blamed for beating up a white girl and stealing from her. What happened though was he gave the person a ride. He didn't know the guy he was just being nice and gave him a ride so he got the blame cuz they got his plate number. He was put on probation for 3 years and that is up on december 7th so he will get baptized the 13th! There are alot of people that are ready its just that nobody keeps commitments here, so its really tough to get them to church and they don't have cars so thats a challenge too. Its a good experience though.
Everyone thinks that we have a lot of money too. Even the members think that. They don't realize that we live off our own savings or from what our parents are paying. People are always asking for money its sad cuz you want to help them but you can't or they will keep asking you for more and more and more.
Elder Robison is a good guy. He is mono tone though. I have to really focus on the things that he is saying when he talks cuz i have a hard time focusing. It doesnt seem to affect the people that we teach though which is really nice.
There is no such thing as a real family here. There are a lot of single girls with 1 to 5 kids that are usually all from a different dad. its really sad. They do it so that they can get a check from the government i think. They just really need the gospel and they need to live it also. The temple president came and spoke on sunday about being active in the gospel not active in the church. What he meant was do you do what your supposed to be doing all the time or do you just come to church every sunday and thats it? He gave stories and examples of being active in the gospel. It was really neat. It made me think of if everyone was active in the gospel at all times then the missionaries would be so busy that we wouldn't have time for lunch or tracting. That would just be the best thing ever!!!
I'm doing Great though and i am loving the work. There is a member here, her name is sister moore. she is over 75 i know that much but she is alwas checking on us and tells us she has girls that she wants us to meet. Its really funny i guess she tells every missionary that. She also asks every missionary if they would ever marry a black girl its really funny. I just told her if i loved her then yes haha it was great. But I got to go times up. I love you all.
Dad can you ask Debbit how they got a rack for John's wheel chair on their van and about much it costs. Thanks. K love you all. Elder Haws