Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 25,2010

Dear Family,
Well it has been a pretty exciting week! We had a few good experiences that have made me even more excited about the work! We have our english classes that we teach during the week to those that want to learn. We have a pretty good amount of people come, usually 5 to about 10. Well the week before this one we happened to tract into one of our students and we taught him about the Book of Mormon and gave him a copy. He said he would read it cuz he liked to read. So yesterday I asked him how it was coming and he said that he had read the first 5 or so chapters and he was able to tell me names and events of things that happened and I was so excited for him. His name is Emigdio and he is from Guatemala. I am really excited for him. We set an appointment to go back and see him today!
I love teaching the english class. I feel like it is a really good and easy way to talk about the gospel. We do a lot of really good things in there that help other know a little about our church. For example, next week we are going to teach them how to pray in english. In Huntsville we taught them about the church so that when they visited they would know who the Bishop was and what the sacrament was and things like that. I just love it a lot.
Things are happening a little different this Transfer period because the new missionaries aren't coming in until Wednesday night instead of tuesday night so transfers aren't until Friday so I still don't know who my new companion is going to be. I will let you know next monday!
It is starting to get a little more chilly now so it is going to be a lot of fun being on the bikes for the winter down here. i woke up this morning with a little cold. my throat is sore and my head feels like a balloon so hopefully that will be gone before tommorrow.
Oh This is pretty cool. There is an English missionary here in Montgomery that is from Rexburg and knows Mason. By knows Mason I mean he hung out with him and went snowboarding with him. His name is Alex Mueller. He is a really fun kid and a hard worker. it was pretty fun when we put the two together. I love meeting people from Idaho. It is such a good state in my opinion.
We had a really good Multi-Zone conferenct this week in which president Holzapfel told us that we were going to be putting the cars away a lot more and riding our bikes more. He told us a cool expericnce of when he was called to be the Mission President. He said that when he got the call President Eyering gave it to him and said the Lord had woken him up at 3 in the morning to tell president Eyering what to tell president Holzapel. President Holzapfel said one of those things was that we need to tract for Salvation. So we are going to do it and I am super excited.
That is about it for this week though. I will talk to you all later. thanks for all the letters from you all!

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

Well It has been a real treat to be able to come to Montgomery. I don't know why I was having such a hard time about it. I haven't not liked anything about the town at all since I have been here and the people are just as nice as the other ones up in Huntsville and everywhere else that I have served. I am still getting used to everything that has to be done and things like that but it is coming little by little.
We don't have as big of a group of hispanics here but they are really good members here. I really liked the first Sunday here. We didn't have any investigatores there and so we are going to have to change that because if no one comes than noone can get baptized right? I feel like this area here has a lot of potential to be a lot bigger than it is. I am not sure how to do it right now but I am hoping that someday we will be able to see a lot of success here.
We had a pretty cool experience on Sunday. We were going around and seeing some investigatores and both the families that we had planned to see in this specific apartment complex werent home, so we decided to knock on a couple doors. The very first door that we knocked on was some students that come to our english class. We had no idea that they lived there and here we are knocking on their door. They let us in and we were able to share about the Book of Mormon with them! I had a really good feeling about them the whole time we were there. So we gave them a copy and are going to see if they read in it on tuesday at the next english class.
Things are going pretty good with my companion. I think he is really stressed about going home and having responsibility and things like that again. I get a sense that he is just really nervous by the way he talks and acts and things like that. I have found the more that I just encourage him and don't so anything that can upset him or make him more frazzled the better he is. He is helping me alot in learning the area. He doesn't know it to well either and so we both are able to help each other out and it has been pretty fun!
I have found out that I really enjoy teaching the English class. It is such a good feeling knowing that I am helping them learn our language because they help me learn their language or something. that Is aout it though. It hasn't been to exciting of a week. I love you all. Sorry I didn't say anything about the investigatores but I don't really know any yet so there should be more next week.
Oh I am living with some members here. we live in thier attic and it is starting to get cold.
Love Elder Haws.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 11, 2010

Hey family!
Man this has been a really rough week. A good one but one of the hardest on my mission so far. So we had a good preparation day the other week. We met a member that moved in from Georgia and he is sweet. He is actually a recent convert of about 2 years and back in Georgia he would go out wiht the missionaries all the time. He knows how to use preach my gospel really well and knows the lessons also, which is good but now that we are trying to change our way to the right and best way of PMG we have to help him but he is still awesome! we are going to go and see him tonight aswell. He lives in Decatur and seems like he wants to helps us out as much as possible. He is trying to get all of his roommates to come to the future branch because he needs a ride so he is going to have them stay since they are coming anyway. I thought that was very genius of him.
We had a team up in a town called Guntersville and it went really well. It was a little strange doing english work for a while but i liked it. We were able to see a lot of Spanish people that are there also which was fun to be able to practice and use my spanish. I was pretty surprised at how many spanish people there were there.
While I was there I recieved a phone call from President Holzapfel, which is the call I was waiting for to tell me that I was going to be training and where I was going to be and all of that fun stuff. Well what he said was, "Elder Haws I need you to do me a favor." And I said, "okay what it is it." He said, "I need you to go down to Montgomery to serve with Elder Kendall who is going to be going home in 2 weeks and I need you to leave on Wednesday." So that is what I am doing. I have to leave to go and serve with a missionary that is going home in 2 weeks and I am leaving in 2 days. So what this means is that I have to learn an entire city and where all of our investigatores live and everything in 2 weeks. I am just barely getting Huntsville down I have no idea how I am going to get Montgomery but oh well. It was really hard at first. I really didn't want to go at all. Then I talk to president Holzapfel and he made me feel better and I also thought about Nephi and going and doing what the lord commands so that is what I am trying to focus on for now. It is actually a whole lot better now. So just so you know Elder Haws is not training he is actually sending a missionary home! to arizona I think!
Chruch wasn't as good as it has been in the past few weeks. We did have Delia and Diana come which was good. Delia has been doing really good. She is so strong and believes in the Book of Mormon so much. There was actually some missionaries from another church that knocked on her door and she told them, "I believe in the Book of Mormon and before you tell me about your church you have to come to mine and read the Book of Mormon." It was really cool.
Also a random family showed up that we have never seen before. He is a member from mexico and said he was active there and his whole family was active to but he stopped going and now wants to come back the cool part is that his wife isn't a member but she seemed way into it which was nice.
We are finding alot more people and things are going great here! If any of you are going to be sending anything to me this nest week send it to the mission office which is 3100 E Lorna Rd suite 102 Birmingham Al 35216, since I will be changing locations once again.
I love you all and Hope you have an awesome Week! Love ya
Elder Haws.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I Love General Conference! (Oct 4, 2010)

Man this week has been so crazy! I just can't believe all that has happened and it just started today! haha Well by that I mean that President Holzapfel called us and said that we are getting some spanish Speaking missionaries in a week from today! The crazy part is that there is a possiblity of 9! which would put 3 new missionaries here in Huntsville. which means that I am going to be training! These missionaries have been spanish speaking longer than I have and they are going to know so much more than me aswell! Talk about being nervous! I tell you what!
Also this week, which is today, we came to Decatur to play some raquet ball with the Elders here and it was tons of fun. That is why I am doing e-mails a little later today. After that I was able to visit a little with the Brown family that lives here. They are one of my favorite families on my mission and so i really enjoyed that! They all say hi by the way... well mainly sister Brown but oh well.
Last week was pretty neat though! I had to go down to Birmingham for a day while my companions went to a Zone Leader Meeting, so I just teamed up with the spanish Elders down there. It was really good but I hope that I never serve there. I really don't like big cities at all. To me it seems like the important things are easy to put aside for the unimportant things.
Conference of course was really amazing! I loved the British mans talk really well. I don't remember if it was in regular conference or in the priesthood session but i really liked it. I also liked the talked about how parents have a responsibility for their children and it made me think alot about how children have a responsibility to thier parents to listen to them because they are only trying to help you never trying to hurt you. It is the same way with our Heavenly Father if we let him! Just a lot of really cool talks this month. I can't wait to read them all! Oh! How about President Monson coming out and throwing down on Every young man needs to serve a mission! I loved that part. I am so glad that I have served a mission it just isn't funny. I would hate for anyone to not go because they just didn't want to.
I was able to play some crickey with some guys from India on our tennis courts in our apartment complex on friday! that was really fun. Cricket is quite interesting i have to admit.
We were able to have 3 investigatores come to the church and listen to conference. I am not sure how many watched it at home. It was really good though. We had a pretty cool experience on Sunday Morning. We went to the church early to listen to the Tabernacle Choir and do some meditating and reading and as we were there I walked out side and a man got out of his car and walked up and started talking to me. So asuming he is a member I started talking back and I found out that he wasn't a member and that his friend in Washington D.C. told him he needed to come to the true and living church so he did. He knew it was going to be different from a regular sunday and said he wanted to come to a regular one but that he wanted to stay for this one aswell.
He has been looking for a church for the past 5 years and decided to finally listen to his friend. He enjoyed conference a lot and wants to come back and learn more. After conference I asked him how he liked the talks and he said, "the first few not so much but Monson has got it!" I am excited that the sister missionaries get to teach him and I hope so bad that he will find what he is looking for he and that he has all the right intensions. It was a really neat miracle find though.
I think that is about it for this week, It has been pretty eventfull. Let me know how all of you are doing! Love ya ELder Haws.