Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 27,2010

Well This week was another really good one. It has had its struggles but I am totally fine with that every once in a while to keep me on my toes! This week on Sunday we were all really nervous because at about 9:00 when our meeting is supposed to start I think we had about 15 people there which is a really bad number. Then When we had the sacrament we had about 20-25 people there but by the time the sacrament ended we had a normal number of about 50 people there 7 of which were investigatores! It was such a great miracle to see!
One of our recent converts gave a talk! It was really good. He talked about how he came into the church and his favorite scripture which was one of the Articles of Faith. The really neat thing though is that his brother and his brothers wife lives with him and they have been taught and visited with missionaries for a long time and they have never come to church before. Well we were having the sacrament and in they came to hear their brother give a talk in church. They didn't come to his baptism or to their moms baptism but they came to all of church! Elder Petersen and I about fell off of our chairs we were so surprised! It was so cool! and I think that they liked it! I bet we will be able to get them back now that they have been once. It was a really good sunday!
We have a guy in Athens right now named David and he is pretty cool! We have been able to meet with him 3 times now and he has read and wants to read more and is really neat! He is progressing because he has kept his appointments and has read and he has sundays off which is really rare for hispanics so I think he will even come to church! We are pretty excited for him.
Elder petersen and Elder Clifford and I are getting along really well! The other night Elder Clifford and I were in bed waiting for Elder Petersen to come so that we could have our prayer and while waiting we decided to short sheet Elder Petersens bed! It was quite a site after our companion and personal prayers watching Elder Petersen try to get into his bed. He kicked and scooted higher then kicked again! Then it finally clicked what had happened to him. It was super funny! We are all really good at taking each others jokes knowing that we are going to get one in return!
We were able to go to the Temple on Wednesday with all the missionaries in our Zone! It was a wonderful experience! I love to go to the temple. I hope that I will be able to go at the very least once a month. I really want to be able to go once a week and my life time goal is to go to all the temples in the United States!
I have been doing a really fun study in the Book of Mormon where I am marking all the times that great faith was shown like when Nephi says I'll go and do.... or when Lehi leaves jerusalem with nothing and I have seen that in most cases there is always a act of lacking faith by some one close by like with Nephi he was willing to do anything to get the Plates but Laman and Lemuel weren't. It has been pretty fun!
That is about it for now though! Hope you all have a great week I love you all!

September 20,2010

Man it was just a really awesome week! I loved it! It was pretty slow at first mainly because Elder Mancera and Elder Richardson were leaving and so there wasn't much of a motivation to work from them because they wanted to say good bye to everyone which is understandable. Once we got that out of the way we had transfers and everything went good there. Our companionship now consists of Elder Petersen, Elder Clifford, and myself. It is alot of fun to be in a three-some. It is so much easier to get things done because you have an extra person to make phone calls or to go into a single ladies house and lots of other things.
Elder Clifford is from the same town as my second companion Elder Robison. They are both from a small town by Las Vegas Nevada. I like Elder Clifford he likes to get things done and to have a plan which I have grown to like. It is always a good thing to get some fresh blood in an area to keep you from getting into a rut of things that you normally do. He has never been to the north of the mission before so the whole thing is new for him. I think he likes it though. He keeps saying how there are a lot of Hispanics here, Which is a 100% true statement!
Saturday we were able to have a 3 hour meeting with Elder Bednar! It was really really neat. It was kind of weird though because he is so funny and not as serious as he is during general conference but he is at the same time. First though what was really neat was that Sister Bednar got up and spoke for a little bit before her husband and she has some really good things to say. She asked us to thing about what we like about our companion and she said that everyone deserves to have a good companion. So she said "so you be that good companion." Then she told us to be the missionary that our mom thinks we are, and she said that the Lord deserves the very best missionaries. As I thought about it I realized that the word Deserves was pretty weird in the way she used it. I realized though that if anyone deserves anything than it is the Lord. It was really good and made me realize that I have a long way to go before I am ready to think that I am a good missionary.
Elder Bednar taught us a lot of really cool things as well. He talked about things that we do in the church that we aren't really supposed to do. Such as calling agency "free"agency. He said you never see "free" agency in the scriptures it is either agency or moral agency and he also said the same thing with Pre-existence. He said it is the Pre-Earth life. Pretty crazy when you think about it. He said something really funny as well. He talked about how there are people that get mad at General Conference because it is always on the same thing and people complain about it. He told us a story of a time that he wrote his talk submitted it to be translated felt it wasn't right changed his topic and then when he gave his second talk it was perfectly aligned with the other speakers that day. It showed that the Lord picks the topics, so he said "if you want the topics to change start keeping the commandments and we can move on and talk about new things like we want to!" It was pretty funny.
it was really neat to be able to be in the stake that Elder Bednar was coming to because we were able to attend to 8 hours of meetings with him in a two day period. Something that was pretty neat is we were have a lesson at the church with one of our investigators named Aldofo. We were showing him the special witnesses of Jesus Christ video and Elder Bednar walked by with Elder Ingram of the seventy and the stake President and the President Holzapfel. We were able to get them to come in and say hi. So Aldofo was able to meet and Apostle and member of the seventy a mission president and a stake president all at the same time and he didn't even know how rare that was! It was pretty neat.
Its been good though. President Holzapfel said he was proud of how much Spanish I know already and I am to to be honest. That's is about it. Hope you all are safe!
Elder haws

September 13,2010

So this week started off with a bang and ended with a bang. It started with a really fun and awesome P/Labor day. We were able to go fishing and we were able to eat some carne asada and we were able to play some futbol. I loved it. It was one of my most memorable P-days on my mission. Then we did a bunch of stuff and ended the week with one really crazy day.
So we get to go to a lot of trailer parks because that is where alot of Hispanics live. So there is this one trailer park that is called shady grove because it has a lot of trees. We have a few investigatores there and a few members aswell. Well we were in there yesterday after church because one of the members in there was feeding us and so we ate and it was really good. So we have an appointment in the same trailer park and in was our day for the bikes and the other missionaries got the car. so we hop on our bikes and go to our appointment and they drive off in the car. Well our appointment wasn't there so we decided to go and see Lourdes our recent convert because they had just droven up from somewhere. As we start to talk to here and her daughter and her daughters boyfriend/ husband (Tyson and Buddy should know what I mean) They tell us that "there is a car at the front of the entrance into the trailer park that is pulled over with blood all over it and the wind shield busted and cops everywhere, and that the other missionaries were just sitting there looking and that other cars were honking at them and it was really funny." Well I want to go see what is going on and Elder Mancera doesn't. After talking for about 15 really long seconds we go cuz we are on bikes and can get close. So we go and it is definaly something interesting and it involed hispanics to i'm like " Elder maybe they need a translator go see if they need a translator." and He's like "No" And I'm saying "yes" So we go and they do. So we were able to go and translate and get the whole story which was just a bad domestic violence case. one of the guys in the car had to go to the hospital cus he was cut to the bone on the side of his wrist from a beer bottle and the wind sheild was cracked from a brick being thrown at it. It was crazy!
Then my companion almost flipped over his handle bars on his bike because he was going down hill and only has front brakes. Then since he only has front brakes he could stop one time and slid on some gravel and ran face first into a huge pole! haha then Yes this is all in the same day. He Ran into a mailbox trying to avoid hitting someone on the sidewalk and because he has no brakes now cuz his front ones don't work from hitting the pole he took out a metal mailbox! We think his hand might be broken but we aren't sure so we are waiting to see what happens. It was pretty funny.
We did have a good week though. We taught a lot and we had a lot of people at church. I don't know if i have told you all but Elder Bendar is comint to our stake and mission this week so I will be able to see him this week. I'll tell you all about it next week. Hope you all are safe and doing well.
Me Encanta mi familia y tambien mi mision. Yo se que la iglesia es verdadero y tambien El Libro de Mormon is verdadero. Soy gracias por todas cosas in mi vida. Gracias
Amor Elder Haws.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 6, 2010

MANN!!! I has the best meal in my entire life this week! (no offense to any one that has ever fed me) We had a meal at one of the hispanic members here and it was so good!!! We had Carne Asada on the grill and they had the best pico de guyo with just the right amount of avocado and jalopeno and with the best cheese I think I have ever had and then we topped it off with an orange soda. There wasn't much more you could have added to the meal unless there was grilled chicken which there was and so the only other thing to top it off would have been a roasted jalopeno pepper to wash it all down with which is exactly what I did. Mann that was hot I tell you what but it was really good! I'll tell you the full story when I get home or on the phone.
So we didn't have any investigators at sacrement and we didn't have very many members and it just happened to be the day the Sake President wants to come and see how it is going. It was still a really good meeting though. There were some really good testimonies born which was really good.
We have a lot to do now that we have found a few new families to teach. the language is coming alot really good! I have realized that I can actually talk a lot more than I thought I could so I am and it is helping me learn a lot! Sorry this one is short but we have a lot to do today and we have to share the computers because all the libraries are closed for labor day!
Hope You all had fun getting wood! I'm super jealous. Love you all!