Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011

Dear Family,
Things are going good! We got some roommates that are living with us for a while waiting for their Visa's to go to Angola Africa. They are both from Salt Lake and are really excited to be here in Alabama and to be on Missions. I remember being so new to the missionary life and just thinking that everyone in the whole world wanted to hear and was going to except the message of the Restored gospel. I wish that i was still that way. It has helped having them living with us. It makes me more positive.
We had some things happen this past week that weren't so good. Luis was found drinking on saturday night and he didn't come to church on Sunday because he said he had to work. So that was a bummer. We are going to be seeing him tonight so hopefully we can help encourage him to try again and to do better.
We also weren't able to see Araceli and her kids at church because she had to work and so non of them were able to come. I hope that one day they will all be able to come as a family. The children really want to and Araceli really likes the church. Hopefully next week.
We did have an investigator at church though. Her name is Saira. She is from the Dominican Republic. Her brother is a member and she just came randomly. We have been working with her for a few weeks but she wasn't really reading or anything so we stopped going over there just to see what would happen and sure enough she came to church. We were pretty excited. So now we will she why she came and what here plans are.
We found some really neat peopel this week that I am excited to start teaching. i hope that they will understand and that they will do their part to know that it is true.
So far this transfer which is half way over we have ridden our bikes 270 miles! It is awesome. We ride everywhere. Everyone sees us and we get honked at probably 5-10 times a day from people that are nice. I love it. Ridding bikes is so much fun.
Elder Davis ( one of the elders waiting for his Visa) and I were riding our bikes to a trailer park that is about 8 miles away and when we were about 7 miles out. So almost there he got a flat tire! flat flat flat. So we ended up walking the las mile and we were able to see some people but we had no idea how we were going to get home. We tried calling members and no one was answering. Finally we got ahold of a member and he gave a ride home. I found out from that experience that I hate walking. I would rather ride m bike over walking any day.
While we were out there though we met a man that was from Arizona. He had on a Diamond backs hat and he actually came to us and wanted to know how he could cme to church and who he needed to talk to to find out more. It was really neat! I love moments like that when you conect with a person and they want to learn the Gosple. If the tire wouldn't have ever popped we never would have met him.
That is about it for this week! I am glad that everyone is doing well. I hope you keep doing all you are doing and that you show everyone that you love them. Don't assume that they know tell them.
I love ya'll. So stinking much.
Love Elder Haws

Elder Haws ate this Burger in under 12 minutes, including the fries!!

July 18, 2011

Dear Family,
Things are going really good here! We are having lots of really good success lately! We have had some pretty good lessons and are constantly finding new people to teach. Luis came to church again which was really good. He should be baptized on the 30th of July! He is such a different man than when I knew him from my last visit here.
I have really enjoyed being back to Montgomery. I just love the people down here and I hope that I will be able to be a help to them this time around.
We went to a District meeting on Wednesday and learned about revelation through prayer! It was a really good experience. afterwards though we were getting ready to leave and some elders were trying to get me to ride down the stairs on my bike and i k now that I wouldn't be able to do it, so I told them no. They kept trying and I kept telling them no. Finally I gave into their peer pressure and tried it. Well it definalty did not work just like I knew it wouldn't. I ended up flipping over my handle bars, getting a good scrape on my elbow and a huge bruise on my hip from hitting the cement. I will send a picture of it next week. It is a pretty good bruise. So I learned a really good lesson last week. Don't ever give in to peer pressure. If you are sure that it isn't good for you or it is against your standards don't do it. I knew that I would get hurt trying to ride down the stairs but I still tried it and all that happened was I got hurt pretty bad.
Since I have been here in Montgomery we have ridden about 200 miles on our bikes! We ride our bikes everywhere. We don't really have a car. It is so crazy! It has been raining like every day and it is hot when it isn't raining but it has been lots of fun! I love riding my bike. It is a really good bike. we have been through a lot of miles together. I have been trying to find out how much it will cost to send it hope and as of right now it will be anywhere from 50 to a hundred $. I still Have $40 so I might need a little more but when I find out I will let you know.
Sorry this one is short. i will do better next week.
I love you all!
Love Elder Haws

July 11, 2011

Well Hello dearest family of mine!
Things are going so good! I don't think that there would be any other thing or way I would want to do besides end my mission in this way! I ended up getting trasfered out of Tuscaloosa but i don't really mind due to the fact of where I was put in. I am back in Montgomery! I am so excited! There is so much potential here right now that I just can't even hold in my excitment. We have 3 baptismal dates and we have a family that we are working with. She is someone that I wasn't working with when I was here before but that was just barely found. She has 5 kids and a boyfriend that she doesn't live with which is so so so surprising with hispanics! She was at church this past sunday for her first time with her boyfriend who is Ruben. Her kids were in Texas so they didn't come.
Another man that we are working with is named Luis. He lives with one of our Recent Converts named Jose. Jose is the one with the son that we worked alot with when I was here last time. Luis was a man that I invited to church probably about every week I was here but he never came because he was drinking! but now he has given that up! he hasn't drank in about 2 months and he has come to church twice and has a baptismal date and loves it! He is reading the Book of Mormon, saying his prayers! All of it! He is a completely different man. I love the things that the gospel does to change peoples lives.
O man! Sorry MaryAnn I lied to you there has been a crazy adventure. When I got here I found out that we aren't living with the Jacksons any more but that we are staying in a place that we call "The Mansion" because it is so huge! it is a four bedroom, living room,dining room, kitchen. one and a half bath, with a laundry room house! It is huge and it is owned by a member. When I get here we get straight to work and we don't have a car. It is a biking area all day basically. So we are biking and I am sweating like crazy because it is so hot and humid here. So we come in for the night and I go to take a shower right cuz I am sweaty and gross. Well I pull back the shower curtain and all I see is MOLD!!!! So so so much mold all over the shower/tub. I was so grossed out. So I showed in it that night and the next morning and when I went to do it the second night i just couldn't handle it anymore so I got out and grabbed a brush and just stared scrubbing! I think I was in the shower for about 15 min just scrubbing the whole time getting rid of all of the mold. It was so gross. But now it is clean and I can shower in peace. I should have taken a picture but there just wasn't time. It had to get scrubbed. haha
Things are doing really good though. I am sad that I don't get to go on anymore teamups with spencer. I am really glad for the many different ways that he helped us out. Thankyou so much Spencer.
I love you all and can't wait to see you in a few weeks!
Love Elder Haws

June 27, 2011

Dear Family!
Hello everyone! Hope all is well where everyone is that reads this. Things here are going really well. It has been hot the past few weeks but it is only going to get hotter so there is no room for complaing! you just have to get out and do it! We have had a few really good things go on this week that I am looking forward to!
We had a family come to church this week! Their names are Lalo and Mary and they came with their 2 daughters! It is so good to see them come! Lalos dad is a member of about 2 years and his dad has been trying so hard to have someone in his family come to church with him, so it is really exciting to see it happening now! They really enjoy it also. It has been hard to get their girls to go to primary because they are still learning english and one of them doesn't even really speak it at all, but they will go with time and when they go I think their parents will enjoy it alot more!
Our other investigator named shiqiao (pronounced shichow) is going back to China on wednesday due to his dad not wanting him to get baptized so his dad said he had to go back to China. It is really sad because he really really wanted to get baptized. Hopefully soon China will be open to missionaries and they will find him and baptize him. He is living all the commandments.
We have a few meeting with president that we have to go to this week. One is for Zone Leader Council and the other is to talk about our area and how we can be most effective here with 4 or 6 or 8 missionaires. It should be a good meeting.
We are reading the gospel of Mark right now as a mission. We read one chapter a day. Today we read Mark chapter 7 so if you want to you can read with us. We will read Mark 8 tommorrow. It has been really neat to read this time becuase as I read I am trying to apply it in a missionary view and see how Jesus responded with certain things. It has been neat. Today I read when Jesus was on his way to heal the damsel of a master who was sick. He was on his way and the lady that had the bleeding problem touched him and he stopped to talk to her. Well when he did that the damsel died. What I learned was that Jesus knew that he had the power to raise the damsel from the dead, so he was able to take the time to help this lady first. So in missionary work we need to look at our options and do that which will be of the most benefit and do it so that everyone can have the gospel in their lives. The gospels are so amazing. I love that we have the bible to help learn of the life of Jesus Christ. President Holzapfel knows so much about the bible and the context and how it all blends together it is so amazing sitting down in a meeting and just listening tohim talk about a chapter in the bible because he knows so much about it!
That is about it for today though! It has been a great week! I hope that you all have a good week and that you are safe!
Love ya
Love Elder haws

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 5, 2011

Dear Family,
Well we have had yet again another really good and interesting week! We have had a lot of success in the past few days with the members giving us people to teach! Both with the hispanics and with the english members. We went on an exchange with some missionaries in a town called columbiana. Baurer served there once upon a time. It was really good and fun. We also had a zone leader council meeting the day before the exchange on tuesday and that was really good. We learned a lot of things that would help us and we also thought of new things that we could improve on it was a good meeting.
President came down on Friday to talk with us about the area to see how the spanish and english work was going to know where he needed to put the missionaries that he has since transfer is this week. He took us out to this place to eat called Archilbalds BBQ. It was pretty good. It is just a hole in the wall restaurant that I would never go unless someone took me to show me what it was like. It was good though! I was surprised.
We had a good lesson over at the Bakers house on saturday. We had Luis Fernando and German over there. Luis is a new member and german is his friend. We had dinner of hambergers and hotdogs, with potato salad, chips, watermelon, kool-aid and million dollar dessert! It was really good. Then after we ate we had a lesson and we invited german to be baptized and he said yes! So now he has a date for the 30th of July! I am really excited! Then the next day he came to church. He had already been a few time but it is just good to see people changing thier lives to become better.
We got transfer calls yesterday and we found out that both Elder Chow and I are getting Transfered. It was quite a surprise because of all the good work that we have been having lately especially with the spanish people. It has been rough but I am sure that the Lord knows what he is doing. Something I have realized on my mission is that the Lord wants everyone to go to heaven and he wants to do what is best for them. So us getting transfered isn't cuz the president has something up his sleeve or doesn't like us or doesn't know what was going on in the area. It is becuase that is what the lord knows needs to happen to grow the kingdom of God. So I am excited to see what happens. I will let you know next week!
Everything is going reall good though! I love you all and hope that you are all safe! Hope to hear from you soon.
Congratulations Buddy and Sara on the blessing of Beau! He looks like a great kid!
Love ya!
Love Elder Haws.

PIctures from Transfers!

Preston was just transferred this last week. Looks like he is going to be a zone leader!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 20, 2011

Dear Family,
Well it has once again been a really good week. I love hearing how everyone is doing and getting updates on the new stuff! Things are going really well here! Thank you everyone for the birthday gifts. They are very nice and appreciated.
We have had a really good week! We went out with Spencer on tuesday and we had a lesson with Lalo. It went really well. He understood alot of what we were saying about baptism and the authority. We asked him to prepare for baptism on the 16th of July and he said he would. He also said that he wants to quit smoking and drinking and gambling. It is so amazing to me how people know that that stuff is bad yet they all accept it at one point. The light of Christ that we all have is such a great gift! They didn't come to church this week though. They were tired or something. When we went by to see them they were excited to see us and they want us to come back and said that they would be there the next week.
Good news! San came to church! We had to give her a ride but she still came and really enjoyed it! She is such a good example to the rest of her family. I hope that she will continue to come and that she will continue to prepare for her day for baptism. richard did not come to church however. He changed his mid about an hour before it was going to start. I gave him a tie and everything. I think he is just scared that he doesn't know anyone so we are going to go over with a member on thursday! I think that will help us alot.
The sisters that were serving here got transfered out due to one of them getting released for medical purposes so my companion and I have to take over doing the english work aswell. It has been pretty crazy but we are getting it under control. The members are helping us out a lot.
Thanks for all your prayers and support. Tell Elder Baker I said Happy Birthday!
Love you all
Elder Haws
ShiQiao is doing really well also. His dad wasn't to happy with his wanting to get baptized and told him he has to go back to china but he is still really from the Book of Mormon and coming to church. He prayed the other day that his dad would let him get baptized. The kid had a lot of faith and I hope that one day he will be able to be baptized and enjoy the blessing of the gospel.
I hope that we will be able to baptized a few more hispanics so that they can form their own branch. The mission is so low on missionaries right now that president isn't sure what he is going to do with this are as far as if he wants spanish missionaries or now so we will see but I really hope spanish stays we have a lot going right now.

June 13, 2011

Dear Family,
Well I am very gratefull that all is well with everything that has been happening with the fire and all. I am gratefull that the evacuation is lifted and that hopefully it is getting put out. Thank you everyone for the hugs and the loves and the gifts that weren't sent to me in various ways! Aunt Dorie just wanted to let you know that I got your hug from Spencer. Thank you for that.
We had a really good Zone Conference this last friday where we were trained on Baptism and how it all works. We learned how to invite someone to be baptised and how to resolve their concernces then we learned how to do the actuall ordinance. Elder Chow and I and Elder Harrison (my MTC companion who is now an assistant) demonstrated how to baptised. It was actually kind of fun being baptized again aside from saying the prayer of course. Then we talked about how we can help keep the new members strong in the gosple. It was a really good Zone Conference.
Then we had an AMAZING sunday!! We have been working with this part member family for so long. The dad is a member and he lives with his wife, his son and his daughter-in-law with their two kids, his daughter and son-in-law with their son, who is 13, then he has two more sons. Huge family. Missionaries have been trying to teach them for over a year. Well Elder Chow and I finally realized that all his kids had no idea why we kept going over there. They all thought it was to see their dad. Which is true but not really. So we started teaching his son, Lalo and his wife, Mary. They have been doing really good. They love it when we come over. We have only been teaching them for a week and they came to church this week! I was so excited! They really enjoyed it as well. They also wanted us to come back and they want to keep coming to church! I love it. They gospel is just so great especially when people get it. We are still finding alot of people to teach. We haven't had a time so far this transfer where we haven't had a full day planned. We have been so busy that we haven't had time to tract which is awesome.
I am doing really well. I haven't been sick or gotten hurt or anything. I am getting a little on the chubby side. I will try to fix that though.
Thanks for all your support. I love you all
Love Elder Haws.

June 6, 2011

Dear Family!
This was a really good week! We had a ton of really good things happen! This was the first week on my mission that we had more member present lessons than regular lessons. A member present lesson is better because the investigator has someone normal that they know and will recognize and stuff like that so it is better than if just my companion and I are teaching them! We had 13 lessons with a member and 12 others! It was really neat. It has helped us and our investigatores alot.
I was able to see Aunt DeAnn and Uncle Artie on sunday! It was really neat to be able to see them and talk with them for a little bit. It was a very good baby blessing. It was really neat to be able to participate in that special moment for Spencer and Gretta. I am glad that they are here to be able to see and to talk to.
We are teaching a lot of people. San is doing really well. She didn't come to chruch but she has continued to read and to pray and wants to be baptized in July! We are also teaching shi qioa. He is asian and kind of believes in God. It has been fun teaching him because my companion is part asian aswell. Things have been going really well. Sorry this one is short I was talking with the family about the fire and school so I wasn't able to write much. We have a lot of good things going and I am really excited for what could come out of it. I love you all!
Love Elder Haws.

May 31, 2011

Dear Family
We had a good week this week, We had transfers and my old companion went home so I naturally got a new companion. His name is Elder Chow. He is half taiwaines. He doesn't speak chinese. He is really fun and a super good missionary. We have been working really hard and I am super excited to see what comes from it.
We finally found Maria and Martin! They were a couple that we were working with a lot that we lost when the tornado ruined their apartments. The other day though we saw some hispanics leaving a duplex that we had never knocked on before so when we went back Maria answered and I was so so happy! We had a pretty good lesson with them. It was so comforting knowing that they were ok.
We had a good memorial day weekend. Since memorial day is on a monday none of the hispanics worked so we were able to play soccer with them! normally we can't play because we can only play on mondays and they are always working, but this time it worked out. We set up a good game of soccer with some of our investigatores and ward members. We played a game of soccer to 5. 6 on 6 and then we ate some food afterwards. It was very positive and very fun. Everyone wants to do it more and it is a great way to get investigatores to meet members. I hope we can continue to do it. I loved playing soccer so much. It was super hot but way fun. Spencer came along with a few other american members. It was a really nice time.
We are teaching a girl named San. She is english work but is doing really well. We gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon and by the time we went back she had read 14 chapters in it. She is 21 and wants to go to the military and is wanting to fix her life a lot. She has already started before we even found her with a few things.
I love seeing people change for the better. I have learned one thing on my mission for sure and it is that the end of the story isn't written yet. That what is in the past is done but what is in the future is to be decided. We finish the book how we want to. I know that we can always be better and that is why we are here on this earth. We are here to improve. To better ourselves and those around us. I love seeing these people doing that. I love doing that myself.
I love the mission! I love my family. I love every single one of you. really it is true.
Love ELder Haws.

May 23, 2011

Hey ya'll.... I mean Dear Family,
Well It has been another really good week for us here in Tuscaloosa! Things are starting to look a lot better. They have been clearing all the roads now with all of the fallen trees and debree that has been set out for the trucks to come pick up, Who knows where they are going to put it all. I think that between all of us missionaries here in Tuscaloosa we put in over 50 hours of service for the week. It is really neat to be a part of it. People are so much more open to us now than they have been before or would have been before I should say. I love being able to help those that need it and lighten a little bit of thier load.
We had trasfer calls today and I am staying here because my companion is leaving. However everyone else in our district except for a sister missionary is getting transfered so I am going to have to get to know a lot of new people. It is going to be good for the are though. It has been difficult to do stuff with all the damage and because a lot of the investtigatores for both areas were living in the affected areas.
Maria and Silvino came to church on sunday! they only stayed for sacrament meeting but they really enjoyed it. When we asked them to come Maria wouldn't tell us yes because she didn't want to commit and then have Silvino say he wasn't going to come. So he said they would be there and so when they showed up it meant that it was because he wanted to come which means a lot. He hasn't ever wanted to go to a church so she is just wanting to do whatever he will do. They have been moving forward a lot. Thanks to the help of Spencer they have really good fellowship. They came to a little fiesta that was thrown for Elder Lindemann since he is going home and so they met a lot of the other members and it was a really good experience. We should be able to set a baptism date with them here shortly.
That is about it for the update. I don't have much time today either. I promise i'll have a better letter next week. I Love you all. Congrats Buddy and Sara on the baby. The Bakers told me that you had a boy! that is so exciting. 3 new nephews to meet when I get back!
Tyson and Kim I hope that everything goes well for you tommorrow and that you have a healthy son! such an exciting time to see more of our spirit brothers and sister coming to the earth.
I love you all.
Love Elder Haws.

May 16, 2011

Dear Family,
Things are going really good here in Tuscaloosa! We are still doing a lot of clean up but we are having a lot of really cool experiences from it. The other day Elder Lindemann and I were just walking down the street trying to find some service to do and we saw a lady out side picking up sticks and racking up leaves. She didn't look like she needed any help. All the tress were already cut up and stacked in her yard waiting to be picked up. Her house wasn't damaged. Everything looked ok, but we still went and asked if she needed help and sure enough she did. When they were cleaning up a HUGE tree that had falled down in her back yard they piled everything next to her yard by the road. They happened to put it all at the entrance way to her driveway so she couldn't park there. So we were able to help her move everything out of her driveway so she could park there. Spencer came down with his chainsaw and helped us because there were some really big logs there. It made me feel really good.
We have hooked up with a couple of organizations to do service such as directing traffic or sorting clothes, delivering food, Whatever they need us to do. It is really fun helping out. I am reall glad that I get to help out. There are a lot of people right now that are just trying to get their houses in order again and clean up their yards and stuff like that. Those are the people that we are looking for. We can't do anything big right now. We mainly just have to wait for the bul dozers to come and tear everything down and start building everything back up. We were able to help another older couple who had a fence that got blown down and needed it moved over to the road, so we got an axe, chopped it up, and moved it to the road for them. It sure has been a blessing that I know how to use and axe dad. You have no idea. I have notice that not that many people out here do. Almost none of the missionaries can. I really like swinging one and being able to do the same stuff as a chainsaw.
We ended up winning our soccer game! They ended up coming to church and I think they liked it! We are hoping that they will keep coming back and that they can join their dad and grandpa in the church. They are to really good boys. Lalo the grandson of the member is really tight. He wants to start coming to mutual activities and things like that. We get a long really well.
Maria and Silvino didn't come to church and we haven't been able to see them for about a week due to thier work schedules./ hopefully tommorrow we will be able to teach them.
That is about it though. I got my school schedule and it all looks good. It should be a smooth transition. Thanks for getting everything set up for me.
Love ya'll
Elder Haws.

May 9, 2011

Dear family,
It was great being able to talk to most of you last night! sorry the skype didn't work out as well. Atleast we were able to see each other for just a little bit right! You all are still looking great! I didn't ever get a good look at MaryAnn but thats ok! Sorry I wasn't able to call and talk to everyone. Hopefully mom and dad can tell you all the highlights of the conversation.
Everything is still good though. We are still cleaning up from the tornado and probably will be for the next while. It is now to the point where they just need the big equipment to come in and pile it up and haul it all off. So there isn't that much that we can do right now. If I am lucky I will be able to come back with a pretty nice tan though! haha.
My companion and I challenged one of our members son and grandson, who aren't members, to a soccer game today at 5. If we win they have to come to church if we lose we have to buy them icecream! so we are hoping that we win so that we don't have to buy them icecream. It should be a pretty good game. I'll let you know how it turned out next week.
Thats all I have this week. sorry it is so short.
Love ya'll
Elder haws

May 3, 2011

Dear Family,
Well another week has gone by but this one was just a little bit different from the last 80 or so that I have had. On Wednesday we had a torndao hit our town of tuscaloosa. We were okay and were able to find all of our members and investigatores as well which we were very gratefull for. This past week has mainly just been cleaning up and helping people get tarps on there roofs and get things ready before the rain which is falling right now.
I just want to share a few stories with yall real fast on how great this week has been for me.

After the Tornado Elder Lindemann and I were with the two bishops of our two wards looking for members who were in the path of the tornado. We were able to find and make contact with almost all of them which was good. While we were looking for them we we saw an apartment complex where a couple Martin and Maria lived. There apartment was completly distroyed. I was super worried for them because they didn't have Tv and they didnt' speak english. We tried to find them but had no luck. Then yesterday monday May 2, We went to a Catholic church to help translate becuase they have made that the place for all the hispanics to go. While we were there we found them! They were ok! Maria was there alone with her to sons and Martin was at work. She said that she heard it coming and the whole building started to shake so she threw herself on top of her sons next to a couch and the roof blew along with all the walls and everything else but they were ok. I was so relieved to see them and know they were ok.

Another story. We were driving around trying to help people get trees off of their houses so they could get them tarped before the rain. Well we were driving and driving and then all of a sudden we saw a house with a tree on it and no body was working on it. That was one thing that was tough for us was people were either waiting for the insurance to look at it or somebody was already doing it but not at this house. So we stopped and as soon as we stopped a couple came out and said we could help him. As we helped we started talking to the guy and he told us " you have no idea how much this means to me. I was just looking at this tree and I was overwhelmed at how I was going to get it off of my house by myself and still have time to tarp it but that is when ya'll showed up and I feel like 1000 lbs has been lifted of my shoulders."

That is just a few of the many stories I have of helping people. Many more will be on the way. I am thankful that we were all okay and that all of the missionaries were safe. I am gratefull for all your prayers and all you are doing to help. I'll talk to ya'll on sunday hopefully.
Love Elder Haws.

April 25, 2011

Dear family,
Well sorry to dissappiont but I don't have any crazy weather stories for this week nor do I have any cool bicycle wrecks to update you on, but that doesn't mean that nothing good or cool happened this week.
So we are working with a young couple that was found a little over a year ago by Elder Lindemann and one of his companions. Thier names are Marie and Silvino. Well Maria is catholic because it was the church that she was raised in and it is what she knows. She has told us that she goes catholic because it is her church but she doesn't necessarily believe all of the catholic beliefs. Silvino on the other hand didn't grow up with church and never showed interest so when Elder Lindemann realized that they weren't going anywhere he moved on to find more people to teach. Well a member that worked with them alot felt that we needed to go back and try to teach them again before I got here and they had started to see them but it was still awkward and nothing was happening. I to though felt like we needed to keep seeing them.
Well.... We started talking more with Silvino and we have been going over there with Spencer also. We have seen a huge change in Silvino in the past 2 weeks. This is a guy that has never read out of the scriptures and has only said one outloud prayer and just is not learned nor has disire to learn about the gospel. Well we somehow helped him realize that all he has to do is read the bible to get the knowledge to where he can be like his wife. When we told him that it clicked and he got it. When we went back the next time we gave him his own bible to read and his face just was so grateful. He told us "I have never had my own bible before. Thank you so much." that next week he read Luke 2-6 and loved it. We went back with Spencer and taught him that we only have scripture because of prophets and we taught him what prophets do. He got the need for a prophet. Then He and his wife and their two sons came to church! They came becuase Silvino wanted to! Meanwhille Maria is just so happy that her husband is taking interest in gospel things she is just so happy. I love seeing the happiness that comes from doing what is right!
They could only come for one hour but They said that they would be back the next week and they would stay for all three hours. The reason that they couldn't come to all three this time was because he plays soccer and had a game at 8 so he came right after the game still wearing his jersey!
We had a really good Easter. President Holzapfel gave us a packet to study from during the whole passover weekend and it was really fun to learn and to see a deeper side of the atonement and ressurection than before. Our President is so smart when it comes to that kind of stuff!
Well I hope all is well! I am doing great! I am super excited for the work that is going down here in Tuscaloosa. I love hearing from all of you!
Love Elder Haws.

April 18, 2011

Hey Family!
Well it was quite an exciting week this week as far as the weather, work and everything else goes. I'm sure you are all wondering if I am being serious with the title of this e-mail or not so I will explain it. The weather has been crazy this week. It all started on Monday when Elder Lindemann and I were at a teaching appointment and all of a sudden we started to hear the sirens go off to warn the people that there is a tornado warning. Well we hear these all the time and didnt' think anything of it. We finished our appointment and start to ride to our next one when a police drives up and tells us that we neet to get somewhere safe. So we start to ride home and we noticed that the clouds were super dark and a greenish color. Well we were at a stop light and the wind got super strong the sirens were blowing and it was starting to rain. Needles to say I thought I was going to experience my first tornado on a bike! We ended up making it home safe and all that happened was we got a lot of rain. The areas more north of us had more serious storms but we were find. Then on Friday we had another storm come through. The same one that went through Arkansas and killed I think 8 people. Well Elder Lindemann and I were just planning in our apartment and we have no way of knowing how the weather is. We got a call from the other missionaries and they told us that there was a tornado on the ground and it was headed straight for us! YIKES! So we went downs stairs and got by the bathroom and waited. Then the lights went out and it got really really windy. but nothing ever happend. Come to find out the Tornado pasted 2 tenths of a mile away from us and caused quite a bit of damage to some houses and cars due to falling trees. We were out of power for about 2 hours and others were out of power for 2 days! It was super crazy. So we got to do some service helping people clean up falled trees and things like that. It was really enjoyable.
We had a good experince with our New member that is just a power house of a member. This last saturday he came with us to teach one of his friends who is saying he is interested. So we taught a really good lesson and then we dropped our member off at his house and went home to plan for the next day and do our normal stuff. Well he wasn't at church the next day and we weren't sure why. Turns out after we dropped him off he ended up having one beer and one cigarette. He didn't feel worthy or good enought to come to church. Well we went over to see him and ended up talking about the atonement adn why we have it. We talked about Why Jesus Christ had to suffer for us. It was really good for him to hear but for me aswell. I am so thankful that we have the atonement to help us feel better when we do wrong things. I was glad that he was able to see that and know that he can do better.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is AMAZING!!!! don't ever forget it.

April 11, 2011

Dear Family!
Man I can't believe that another week has passed by. It is sure crazy how fast time is going by. We had a good week. It was started out rough for us. On preparation day we were playing us some intense Disc Golf and I hurt spranged my ankle pretty good so I had to take it easy Tuesday but we worked through it and all is well. Just a little bit of RICE ( rest, ice, compression, elevation) and I was set to go.
The Spencer and his family came to a birthday party of my companions that was put on by some of the members on tuesday and it was a lot of fun. We were able to share a good lesson there with on of thier friends who isn't a member. Hey mom before I forget. How do you make Frito pie? I have been wanting to eat it for a long time but can't remember how to make it. Anyway so at the party we set up a lesson with spencer to come out with us on friday and it went really well. They are a young couple that have kids in the same age area and everything. Spencer and them got a long really well. We are hoping to go back soon and then try to get them to go to their house for a lesson so that they can meet Gretta. They ( the investigatores) are doing really well to. They have kept their past few reading assignments and are really liking what they are reading. I really hope that they can continue to progress. I know it will bless them so much in their lives.
We found out that Elder Lindemann and I will be staying together for his last transfer here in Tuscaloosa! I am really excited. We get a long really well and we both have the some work ethics and everything. It is going to be a great transfer. I just hope that we will be able to do all that we can so that he can go home with a baptism. We have gotten a few referrals from the members that we have been able to teach and they are doing really well to. One of the referrals is from a small town called Demopolis which is in south alabama but on the western side and they are from Casa Grande! We go down every sunday with the branch president and teach them so hopefully they will accpt the invitation to be baptised soon aswell.
Things are going really well though. It was really good to hear from all of you this week. I really love getting all the little updates and all the helpfull advice aswell. I will get the stuff done with college as soon as I can so that it will be there before the 15th but I can't promise anything. My address here though if you need it again is 1433 Hargrove rd E apt 11 Tuscaloosa Al 35045
Hope you all have a great Week!
Love Elder Haws

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 4, 2011

Man I didn't even think that I still knew words that big!
Dear Family,
Conference was so good. It is always so nice to sit at the feet of Prophets and Apostles and hear the words of God being spoken to us. I love the fact that we have these blessings so readily available to us these days.
As far as what I learned and got out of it goes, there was quite a bit to be learned. I will just start by saying I need the entire help of the family on something. I've decided that if I am going to follow the words of the prophets I need to get married after my mission. and the way they were making it sound the sooner the better. So I need all of you to start looking and I need each of you to have your pick at the airport so that I can say hi get to know them and get started on following the prophet!
We had a really good week. Spencer and Gretta are here and we have been able to go out with Spencer twice already. He was willing to help us this week before he started work so we used him. Him and his family are going to be such a good addition here in the Northport ward. Spencer came out with us right before the priesthood session of conference and so he had to give us a ride home aswell. We were able to stop by and pick up some Ice cream to keep the family tradition going. It has been really neat to do missionary work with him.
We have a lot going right now. We have alot of investigatores that we feel are really good. All we have to do is continue to pray and seek the spirit to know what they need and how to help them feel what they need to feel so that they will become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As I was watching Conference during the first session during the rest hymn I had a really cool experience. The camera was showing all the memberst that were in the conference center and we were all singing and standing. Well and the camera was scanning over everybody I was hit with goosebumps all over and then the spirt manifested the truthfulness of the chruch to my heart. All of a sudden I once again knew that the chruch was the same chruch that was organized by Jesus Christ himself. Then I knew that just about everyone that was in that conference center knew the same thing and that they were all there for the same reason.
I have been working on following the spirit more in my teaching so that those that we are teaching will really understand what they need to. I have realized if all I am trying to do is convince the person across the room from me that they chruch is true or the Book of Mormon is scripture than it isn't going to stick and they wont get it as easy if I allow the spirit to bear the testimony to them. All I have to do is get out of the way and let the spirit do the work.
I am doing really good though. We have transfers coming up in a week so we will see what happens. I will let you know in my next e-mail. Oh mom can you send me the recipe for frito pie? I have been craving it for the past few weeks. Also, How is that you were able to meet Jenna? Of all the people that you could have possible met there has to be a good story at how you ran into her!
I love you all! Hope you are all doing well. I know I am!
Love Elder Haws.

March 28, 2011

I am sorry that this is coming a little late today. We had a lot to do today and not very much time to do it in. We got our shopping done, and our haircut before noon. At noon a member came and piced us up to go to his house for lunch. We were there for quite a while playing football and eating and I got to chop a little bit of wood, which made me very excited. I miss doing that phyiscal labor stuff. I hope there is some wood ready for me when I get home dad. If not pln on getting some when I get back. We got permission while we were there from President to watch a tv show called coming home. It is on Life Time and is about the soilders that come home from the war. Well there was a soilder that was from Haileyville Al, which is right next to Hamilton Al, which was my first area, and he was killed in combat about 4 months ago. His brother lives in our ward and this show, Life time did a story about this soilder. It played last sunday. The soilders name was Mark Forster. It was a really good show I was glad that I was able to watch it. If you are able to find it some how I would suggest watching it. The whole show looked really good to. I think it comes on every sunday at 7.
The Bakers have landed in Tuscaloosa although I have not yet seen them. This last sunday I went to a branch in Demopolis because there is a spanish family there that have a bunch of other family that wants to be taught, so I went down with the branch president who lives here in Tuscaloosa, brother of earlier discussed soilder. So they were at church and talked with my companion but I wasn't there. This family in Demopolis used to live in Casa Grande and is super strong in the gospel. They have been to the Mesa temple and have wonderful kids. I hope that we will continue to be able to go down to Demopolis with the President of the Branch.
We still haven't been able to have anybody come to church but we are hoping that some will come to conference this weekend. We had an exchange with the Zone Leaders and are having one with the Assistants tommorrow. I love going on Exchanges because you are able to see a different way of how to teach and you can learn from your new temporary companion. We found a good family from Chiapas,they are going to be eally fought to teach thougt because they can't read in spanish very well. I love sharing the gospel with them though. I have learned though that you just have to keep in very simple. We will see how they go and progress.
Our recent convert just barely had to move to a new house because his uncle moved to Kentucky in persuits of an ex girlfriend to Luis moved cause he couldn't pay the rent. Just so happens that he moved into the house of one of our progressing investigatores!! how lucky is that!! I am hoping that this will help Geronimo (yes that is his real name) come to church and study the scriptures. Luis is one of those recent converts that just gets the gospel and how it works. So i am really excited to see how this works out.
MaryAnn I don't know why you never recieve my messages about your packages but yes I did get your tuperware with the treats and they were really good! I managed to make them last about 4 days is all.... my companions helped a little in the consumption process, so it wasn't just me.
That is a crazy story about the wreck that you and dad encountered mom. How did it all end up? Do you know?
I don't have much time, we have an appiontment that we have to get going to right now so I have to go teach but I will be back next week! I love you all! Thanks for all of your letters and updates on the families. All of the names of my future nieces and/or nephews sound great! I approve of all of them.
Love Elder Haws.

March 21, 2011

Dear Family,
Well things have been going pretty good as always! We have been able to find more people to teach and the area is really starting to pick up! We have been able to spend more time in our area which has helped us alot.
We started to have an English class here and it has been really fun! we have only had it twice and both times the only people that showed up were our members but it is good that they are coming because when our investigatores start coming they will know members right away that will be fellowshippers for them if they say that we can share our message with them! I love teaching english! I don't know why! I think it might have something to do with the fact that I am helping them do something that I know will give them a great benefit in the future. I think that is why I like to share the gospel so much aswell, because it gives people the same benefit. I just love seeing people happy and learning english definatley makes the hispanics happy.
The members here are so great. Bro. Martinez has been a memeber for about 5 years i think and he is the second counselor in the bishopric. It is great because he can't speak english at all but he is such a help for all the other hispanic members that come. He lives with two other members Ricardo who has been a member for about two years and is going to go to the temple this week for his endownments and Jose Luis who has been a memeber for a year at the end of this month. They are mostly willing to help us out when we need it. They are out little amigos! sometimes all 5 of us will pile into one of the cars and just go from house to house person to person sharing the gospel and all of them have very strong testimonies and aren't afraid to share it and tell the people this is the true church and you need to know that it is true.
We have a few people that are progressing as of right now. We had a pretty cool experience the other day with one of them. Their names are Jesus and Perla. They are a young couple and are trying to do what is right. I might have told you about them in my last letter but we went to see them with Bro. Martinez and Jose Luis. When we got to their house they told us that they found out his aunt has cancer in Mexico and they didn't have enough money for an operation and the insurance wasn't going to help pay for it and it was a huge mess and so they wanted to say a prayer for her. Well in the hispanic culture they always feel that they aren't worthy to pray and that our prayer because we are missionaries can go farther than theirs will. Well we knew that the best situation would be to have Jesus pray being the patriarch of the home and also since it was his aunt. We also knew that it would help his faith grow in the power of prayer. Well he did it! it was tough for him but he did it and of course it was a great prayer. When we went back yesterday we found out that right after we left they got a call from his mom in Mexico saying that the doctors decided to do the operation and the insurace said that they would pay for it! Now Jesus has a testimony of prayer and he knows that God is always listening to him! It was really cool!
As far as me goes I am doing really well! I am enjoying the great weather that we have been having and have been enjoying the opportunity to ride my bike!
I love you all and hope you all are doing well!
Love ya! Love Elder Haws.

March 14, 2011

Well It has been another exdciting week here in the mission field. It is crazy how much happens in just one week but it all is about the same. I dont know if that makes any sense at all but oh well. So we had two Elders that were serving here in our ward that had to get transfered to another area because the other area had two Visa waiting missionaries in it and they both got their Visa's and so the area was empty and needed to be filled. So President took the two English missionaries from our ward and moved them up there and told us to figure out how to cover the area. Well the other ward that meets in out building had 6 missionaries in it so to us the best diecision was to moved one of those companionships to our ward and have them take over the area. When we asked if we could do that we were told by the assistants that we couldn't so we started looking for other options. Well none of the other options were working out to well and so we decided that we were going to just buckle down and we were going to be English and Spanish Elders and we were going to just take over both areas and make it work. We decided this after much discussion and prayer. As soon as we made the decision the Assistants called us to find out what we had decided to do and they said "ya... we have been thinking about it and it doesn't make sense for one ward to have 6 missionaries and the other ward to have 2 so you can move whatever companionship you think is best to the North Port ward (my ward) It was frustrating just because we had spent so much time trying to figure out what would work and we ended up doing our original plan but I was able to learn something from the whole thing. I learned that it is so much better to start walking and Talking instead of just Talking or just Walking.
Not what does that mean I'll explain. Since I have moved here to Tuscaloosa we have done a lot of stuff but we haven't really gotten anything accomplished. We were just walking. Then with the whole area thing we were just talking. It wasn't until we walked with our descision that something actually happened. I realized that it is the same way with the Gospel. If all we do is talk about going to church and talk about reading the scriptures and talk about being modest and chaste and having good language and friends and going to seminary and instutute and obeying our parents.... if all we do is talk about it then it is never going to get done. We have to start walking. Now on the same side if all we do is walk and we don't talk about why we are doing it and how it makes sense and things like that then we are eventually going to go right past the goal and not accomplish in reality what we had set out to do. I have found out that it is the same with our investigatores, If they don't act on the things that they are doing then they aren't ever going to be able to reach the knowledge that this is the Lord Chruch and that Joseph Smith was a prophet.
As far as the area goes we are still trying to build it up. We are finding new people to teach we are just trying to help them progress and move forward. They are talking but they are having some problems finding thier shoes and putting them on! haha They will get there though. Eventually.
I love you all and hope to here from ya'll soon
Elder Haws

February 28, 2011

Dear Family,
Well it has been yet another really good week! We have been able to see a lot of success as we have worked hard and tried our best to help those that we are teaching. We had a good amount of things happen that are both good and bad. It has been fun to see people progress and find answers and apply the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives.
Since President Holzapfel arrived the mission has been making alot of changes, not only for our mission but they are changes that are taking place world wide. One of those changes has been that the investigatoes have to see why the things that we are teaching them are important and how it can grow their faith. For example Why do we teach people the Word of Wisdom. Will them knowing about the word of wisdom save them from Hell? It is a tricky question. The thing that will save them is knowing that joseph smith was a prophet and that the Lord restored his chruch. It is pretty hard to do sometimes but I have been able to see the difference in teaching people this new way. I used to try to tell people we don't drink coffee because its bad for us. I was trying to convince them that it was for worldly reason that we lived the Word of Wisdom but when it comes down to it. We live the Word of Wilsdom becuase God told us to and when we don't do it we are sinning by being disobedient. As I have been able to help our investigatores see that then they have the opportunity to test their faith and grow from living these different principles.
Like I said last week. This is Transfer week and today was the day that we got our call. As it turns out I am leaving. I won't know untill Wednesday who my new campanion is along with my new area so I will let you all know next week. We almost didn't find out about transfers this morning. When the assistants tried to call us the phone didn't work and we never recieved their call so everyone knew what was going on but us. We didn't find out until about 2:30 so now we will have to pack really fast. Also the Spanish missionaries will no longer be living with the Jacksons. They are going to be putting the English Elders back in with the Jacksons so we have to pack all of our stuff and go move into another house owned by a member where the new Elder and Elder Abac will be living with the Zone Leaders. Lots of packing is going to be happening the next couple of days!
The Ascencios came to chruch this last Week and enjoyed it but they also have a lot of questions for us they said, so we will be going over on tuesday to answer their questions!
Also we have a Less Active member that we found and he has been coming to church and he has been coming with roommates and we have been able to teach them! IT has been great! I am super excited for all of these people. I hope that they will be able to see the truths of the message and let it change their hearts and bless their lives.
It is time to sign off though! I love all of you and I hope that All is good. I am glad that Tyson was able to get a job! It is good to know that the Lord is looking out for us.
I love you all!
Con Amor,
Elder Haws.

February 22, 2011

Family of mine that I love so very MUCH!!
I just want to say really fast to everyone that reads this. I have the best family in the world. I love my family.
This week has been really good. We are working with 3 different families right now and they are all progressing. Also we have reactivatied a member and are teaching his roommates and they are coming to church and reading and they have quit drinking. It great!
The weather is so crazy right now. It is febuary and we have been in the 80s several times this past week. I am dying! get me out of the Heat!! I can't wait to see snow or to be cold, but not the kind of cold that they have here. Here you can't get warm when you are cold it is so weird. Everything is green right now and is very beautiful. Elder Abac and I are trying to get our bikes in order so that we will be able to ride them now that the weather is nice. We have been finding a lot of things that like to poke our tires. That is the life a missionary at its best right?
We have a lot of work going on as a mentioned earlier. The Lopez, Gaspar, and Ascencio families are all doing really good. The Ascencios are from Guatemala and are a member referral, that is how we contacted them. They are really smart and sophisticated which is different from most of our investigatores. We had a lesson with them on Tuesday of last week and I felt like an idiot the whole time because they knew things that normally our investigatores don't know. Then to surprise me even further brother Ascencio taught us 3 kingdoms of glory and told us how true that doctrine was. It was great! They are a great family that want to raise thier kids in the right way with standards and good morals. I am excited to teach them.
We had a good valentines day. We didn't do anything special but it was still fun. The Jaksons (members that we live with) gave us a little box of chocolates which was really nice of them. Thank you for the letters and cards that I receieved from several of you that will read this.
Hope you all have a great week. Transfers are next week so I will let you know what I know on monday if I know anything. They are going to be on Wednesday so we will see. I really want to stay because of all that is happening but I thinkg I am going to leave. I hope not though.
I Love you all.
Love Elder Haws.

February 14, 2011

Dear Family!
Well it is me again! Things have been going really really good here. It is so so sooo much fun to see the work of the gospel go forward in so many different ways and to see miracles and watch the Lord as he helps you bring to pass his work. Something that is a little different for us being Spanish missionaries in an American Country is that we cant just go tracting wherever we want to in the city. We can't just talk to everyperson on the street. Don't get me wrong we can we just won't be doing to much spanish work. So one thing that we did the other day that I had never done before was we looked at a map of Montgomery and we picked an area in the city that we had never been before. After we had the area chosen a few days latter we went there to do what we call House finding". Basically we ride up and down the area on our bicycles and we look at the houses for clues that would let us know if they are hispanic. Such clues include a mop outside the door, Dish 500 with to bulbes meaning they are recieving two languages, christmas lights, lots of trash,... ect. Well we went to this area and we rode around for about and hour and a half and we found 5 or 6 house that were hispanic. Then at the same time Elder Abac and I both felt as if there was no more houses in that area and that we needed to move on with our plans. It was really neat to see that we prayed over an area, we were guided to the houses that we needed to find and then we were told to move on so that we didn't waste time. It was just a little tender mercy of the Lord for the week that I thought I would share with you.
We had a pretty eventful Sunday! We are currently working with a lot of families which is great! We have this one house specifically that has two brothers and thier families that live there. All together with both thier kids and wives they make 14. Well they were all going to come to church on sunday but on Saturday night they called us and said that the husbands got called into work so thier wives Juana and Petrona asked if we could find get them a ride so they could come to church. We said yes of course but since it was so late notice we just asked the members that we live with if they could give Juana and Petrona a ride. They said they could and all was good.
Sunday morning we got up went to go pick them up in the Jacksons car, a buick that seats 6 at the most, and when we arrive out comes the 9 children the Juana and Petrona and thier Father-in-Law Alanzo. Woops I forgot about the children. Somehow though we managed to fit all of them in their little buick. There was 14 people in that car! It was crazy! They had a good time though. Hopefully the next week their husbands will come and they will be able to drive themselves. The reason they couldn't drive themselves yesterday is because the women don't know how to drive and are scared to learn.
We also had another family that we are working with come to church! Their names are Carlos and Emilia Lopez. They are a great family with 2 daughters ages 5 and 3. We have been working with them for about 3 weeks now and they are really progressing. We had an activity at the church this past friday and Emilia came with her two daughters because Carlos was working. Then they came to church and the members have done great and fellowshipping with them. It has been great to see them progress.
Just so you can have a little taste of the Montgomery Library there is a sign that says, "Do not print unless you have money on your library card or you have deposited monies into your computer number." Monies.... yup thats what I was thinking.
That is about all I have for now though! Hope all is well! I am doing great! Health is superb no need to worry. Work is awesome sorry to make ya'll jealous but I have the best job possible :) Love ya hope to hear from you soon. I love the letters!
Love Elder Haws.

February 7, 2011

Dear Family!
We were definatley blessed by the Lord this week! We had a lot that we were able to accomplish and that we were able to learn and that I was able to think about.
We had a Zone Conference on Saturday and we were grately edified. We were able to have two of the head brothers of the church for missionary prosyliting come and tour our mission. They taught us alot to help us focus on our inviestigatores to help them increase thier faith, repent, their desire to make the covenant of baptism and to recieve the Holy Ghost. I really feel that as we can focus more on our investigatores in these 4 areas they will learn the importace of the principles of the gospel and will be able to gain more faith in Jesus Christ which is going to help them so much.
Sunday was a really good day as well. We were able to have 5 investigatores at church which was really neat, but the neat thing was that they were all investigatores that we have been working with that really needed to come. This was also the first sunday in a while that we as missionaries haven't needed to be apart of the program. The sacrament was blessed by our recent converts, passed as well. We had a really good Testimony meeting due to the fact that most of our members went to the temple and had really good experiences. It is so so so neat to see the growth of one of the Recent Converts here. He is just trying so hard to change his life and to do what is right. I feel so happy for the missionaries that knocked on his door and have changed his life. I wish that they could be here watching his growth in the church, in the gospel and in his knowledge. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about change. That is why we have to endure to the end. We will never be ready to meet our God at the last day. Never will we be ready, but luckily for us Jesus Christ gives us that hope. If it wasn't for Jesus Christ why would we need faith??? think about it. Why would we need to repent if Jesus Christ never did the atonement. Why would we need to be baptized? What would the Holy Ghost have to testify of if we didn't have the atonement? We need to atonement in our lives and we can only use the atonement if we are willing to change. That is one of the things that I learned this week and that I have been able to see in the lives of the New Members here.
We are working with a family right now named the Estradas. They are a great family! They came to church on Sunday. Jose, Maveli and thier daughters Wendy, Maria and Ashley. They know so much but they are struggling with knowing why they have to come to our chruch and they can't go to the Baptist chruch where Jose works because if he stops going to that church he will lose his job. It is really tough. They came to chruch though and so they are excersizing thier faith. They definatley know and have the love of Christ. Every time we go over to their house they ask us " have you eaten?" if we say know they feed us. If we say yes they ask us about 6 other times "your not lying are you? your sure? positive you have eaten?" I was loosing weight but I fear that it is going to be back in a couple of weeks.
We also were refered to a member of the church from the other enlgish missionaries that they found while tracting. His name is Magdaleno and he lives with 2 other roommates. They are all struggling with things but Magdaleno really wants to come back to church and to change his life so that he can be a good example to his family in Mexico who are also members. His roommates aswell want to change and want to be saved at the last day. They keep telling us "we don't want to be cast off when that day comes." They came to chruch this sunday as well. We had a good group and it was a good day to do it. The testimonies were all great and lessons were good.
I am doing good along with my companion. We have a little cold but nothing to serious. He is helping me so much with my spanish. We speak it alot more and he can correct me when I am wrong.
Thanks for all that you do for me. I apprecaite all the letters and the prayers
YAY for the selling of the book store. I will have a party on the 19th but i agree it is going to be sad not having it anymore.
I have to go but I love you all!
Love Elder Haws.

January 31, 2011

Dear Family and all others who will be reading this,
This has been one of the most uplifting weeks on my mission. I have had so many experiences that have let me know that what I am doing is definatley the right thing. I recieved a letter from a girl that was baptized right before I was transfered into the area. She has sinced moved out to Orem and is going to school there. She informed me of her life and her thoughts and it turns out that she is getting ready to go to the temple in less than 5 months and then is planning on serving a mission. Here is a girl that before she found the gospel of Jesus Christ was doing things that are definatley not good and now you can't even tell when you look at her. She is so happy and her countenance is completly different.
Also our Mission President has set up a day with the Temple in Birmingham once a month that is set apart just for New Members to come and do Baptisms in the Temple. He said there is a 1000% increase on retension if we can get New Members to the temple within 60 days of thier baptism. Our first day was on the 28th of Jan. and we were able to have 5 of our New Members go. One of which was addicted to Alcohol and drugs. But 3 days ago he went to the Temple and he shared with us in chruch the feelings that he had while he was there. He said" I was full of good energy, I was full of the spirit." He said before I was in the temple I felt empty and as soon as I walked in I got hot and I got chills and I felt so good in my whole body" It brought tears to my eyes hearing the testimony of this brother who still has so many problems in his life. He has been out of a job for 3 months he has no food for his son he has to drive a car with bad stickers to try to find work. He has family in Mexico he hasn't seen for 15 years just so many things that he knows the lord is going to take care of him if he does what is right.
I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that as we live the doctrines of Jesus Christ and not the Doctrines of man, that God will help us in all things that we need. I know that it is so easy to justify the things that we want to do and to have so that we will feel good but I have a testimony that only by realizing our faults and taking them to the Lord we can be truly happy and this brother and sister are truly happy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We had a conference with Elder Cornish of the 70 at the mission house on Saturday. We were able to learn alot about how to study the language of spanish and also how we can help our investigatores leave the spanish culture and live the culture of Christ. It was really good. Elder Cornish is so amazing. He served his mission in Guatemala and served as a mission president in Cuba. The hispanics have a thing that they do when they are excited, I know that Tyson knows what it is, They slap there index finger against the rest of there hand. When Elder Cornish (of the seventy i'll remind you) heard that Elder Abac was from guatemala he started slaping his finger against his hand and shouted "Hijole" It was so great to see the emotion on all of our faces! It was great fun.
Thanks mom for the pictures. I was able to find out alot of the changes that have taked place since I have been gone. For instance there are two missing trees in the front yard. the one that was right next to the house and the one that was right where we park. I also had no idea that you got a new fireplace. It looks good. It is alot smaller though? does it do better at heating the house? Dallins truck looks nice. Was he able to pay for all of it from the insurance money? I also want to say thanks to Aunt Dorie for the package! It was greatly appreciated! many very good snacks were involved! Thanks again.
Well it is time to go! I love all of you and I appreciate your prayers and your letters.
Love Elder Haws.

January 24, 2011

Well I have a new companion as you all probably already know! I am super excited! I'm really going to miss Elder Klabacka but my new companion is going to help me out so much more! His name is Elder Abac. He is from..... Drumroll please...... Quatemala! I LOVE QUATEMALA. If there is any place I want to visit that speaks spanish it would be Guatemala or Honduras or El Salvador because I think the people there are all really nice.
It has already been a huge help to be serving with someone that is a native to south america because there are a lot of people here that are from guatemala and he is able to relate to them and talk about his family and where they live and things like that. He speaks good English but is still learning and so we speak spanish all the time when we are proselyting which is hard to do when you are serving with americans because they speak in English to you so you speak back but now it is all spanish! I love it!
Elder Abac was just barely serving in Huntsville where I first started as a spanish elder. He has informed and updated me on everyone. I guess that they now are an actual spanish branch and his last sunday there they had 62 people at sacremant meeting! a new record high! 16 of which were investigatores! Talk about the growth of the church! As I was looking through his pictures I had a really really good experince.
He had pictures of when they went to the temple with several of the members to do Baptisms for the dead. He was there with members that had been baptized for not quite a year and also Consuelo. She was a recent convert that moved in from Tennesee. The thing that really made me happy was I saw Lourdes there as well. She was the lady that Elder Mancera and I taught and baptized. The amount of joy that came into my body was uncontrollable I started shouting and acting like a crazy man. Elder Abac had no idea what to do. He was probably thinking "great another crazy american" haha. I was just so happy to see that she was happy and attending the temple and doing the things that are going to bring her so much joy!
Here in Montgomery all of our recent converts and members are going to be going to the temple to do baptisms aswell this friday! There is a man and his son, Jose Manuel and Jose Manuel Jr. who are going to be going together. They have been members since October and have changed so much since I have been here. Jose Manuel was addicted to Beer and other things and now is just a completly different man,and father. His son looks up to him so much now and he Jose Manuel is so much more happy and his countenace is just so amazingly bright! I love the gospel and what is does for people! I love that as we change we become better. It has not been easy for Jose Manuel to change his life to live the way that God wants him to. It has been really hard, but he has done it with faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement.
I just want to let all of you know that I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is real. I know that we are loved so so much by our Father and that He wants us to do want is right so much so that He is constantly thinking of how he can help us. When we make the decision to do what is right I have no doubt that he will help us.
I love you all so so much. I love to hear from you and I hope to hear from you next week!
Love Elder Haws.

Transfers (Jan 18, 2011)

Well this was transfers week! It is crazy to think that I have been serving with Elder Klabacka now for 3 months. It was a really fast 2 transfers. As far as transfers go. I am going to be staying here and receiving a new companion. Elder Klabacka will be going somewhere else. They do transfers a little different now and we don't get to find out who our new companions are or if we are getting transfered where we are going until the day I will let you know who my new companion is on Monday! The reason that we weren't able to E-mail yesterday was because of Martin Luther King day, Which was really cool to be able to celebrate while living in the actual town where all of that started. It is so wierd for me to think that Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King all lived in this town of Montgomery. It was really neat.
We had a pretty good week as far as the work is concerned. I was supposed to sing in our sacremant meeting but they ended up skipping it which was alright with me. I'll just have to do it another time. Our Bishop gave a really good thought on his mission for the last 15 minutes or so on the joy of sharing the gospel. So what we did for our sunday school class (because we are the teacher) is we talked about how we can share the joy of the gospel because half of our members are recent converts and just don't feel like they know enough to help out. It was really good right after we had two members come and tell us of two people that we have been trying to work with but haven't been able to because they don't have rides and the members haven't been helping us drive them to church and stuff like that, Now though they peomised us they would be there every week with our investigatores. It was a really good lesson.
We are working with this really good guy named Octavio. He is super humble and is way nice. We gave him a calender with a bunch of little scriptures that he can read every day and he has been reading them! It is great! He is gaining a testimony we feel of the Book of Mormon and knows that it isn't another form of the Bible. Not many people catch that. However he left town for 9 days so we are a little nervous. We are hoping he will still read and do what is right.
Things are going really good! I'm healthy, I'm happy, and I am getting into shape. The other day we rode our bikes 30 miles. BOY it felt good.
I love you all and hope you are all doing good and are staying safe and loving the time that you get to spend with one another! Enjoy what you have while you have it and make it a great day!
Love Elder Haws!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Man it is COLD! (Jan. 11, 2011)

Man whoever told me that the south didn't get cold had no idea what it is like when there is a possible ice storm on the way. This whole week I haven't been able to get the sound of Saunca's voice out of my head when he finds out that a bobsled is driven on ice and he starts wiggin out. I found it really funny though how quick the people here are to cancel school, Especially when there is a National Championship football game going on that night. I think that school was cancelled here A week ago due to the storm that never came. really I feel it was because of the game. Right now though I have a nice young man telling me all about the game and from what it sounds lik it was a really good game. I'm glad that Auburn won. Go Alabama!!!!!
We have been having some really good success here though! We found such a good family. That is just so ready for the gospel. They have been taught in the previous years and they know who President Hinkley is and President Monson they also know that out building is called the Stake Center. It is a Dad and a Mother and they have 3 daughters. We have been so excited to teach them but haven't been able to do it yet. We have been over there several times and they feed us and love us but we just don't know what to do because everytime we try to teach something they already konw about it. They even recieve the copies of the church magazines. They have told us that they want to go to the Temple to be sealed as a family. So we made them this really neat poster that has a path for their family to go to the Temple and I really hope that it will help them reach their goal. It is the Estrada Family if you want to keep them in your prayers.
Tyson thank you so much for the package! Yes I did get it and am using most of it. That was a really good package. It is crazy to see the progression of your kids in their letters. I can tell that they are getting so big! As well as all my other nieces and nephews. I have the best family ever!!
We are hoping to be having a Recent Convert Temple night at the end of this month. We have several Recent Converts that haven't been to the Temple because they didn't know that they could go to do Baptisms, so we are getting that done! I am so excited for them. It is crazy to me how much you become a part of the families that you meet on your mission. I have never felt so involved in people actions before. It makes me feel like Alma or Ammon in the Book of Mormon how you truly rejoice in the joy of others joy. On the same note though you feel sorry for the lack of interest on others. I never really understood the importance of Home Teaching or Reactivation in the chruch before my mission,but I have had an experince that has changed my life. There is a Less-Active member here who is from the Dominican Reppublic. She was baptized with her brother and sister there and then moved over here some time ago. She was super active and doing great then she got a Boy friend and lived with him stopped going to church, reading scriptures, all that stuff. Now she has moved here and feels so alone because her family is in the Dominican Republic and are still active and doing great. She though wants to do what is right has a great testimony but just doesn't know how. She feels alone and we have asked and asked and asked for sisters to go and visit or to call or to do anything for her and it just never gets done. It breaks my heart. So my prayer to all of you is to love those brothers and sisters of ours that are lost at this time in knowing exactly what they need to do and love them. With that love they will feel the love of God and they will begin to start a life of true happiness. That is my testimony of this Gospel. It can bring true happiness.
I love you all
Love Elder Haws.

Happy New Year (Jan. 3, 2011)

Well Happy New Year Everyone!
We had a pretty good New Years. We went to bed at 10:30 like we were supposed to and at 12 we were woken up by gunshots and fireworks. I think that everyone in the whole city of Montegomery was shooting a gun. It lasted about 30 to 40 minutes of just striaght shots. It was pretty annoying.
I was also able to see Bauer Brown and his mother and his brothers Braxton and the other one. I don't know his name. They were really nice and took us out to a place called flips to eat it was really fun. They told me of all the baptisms that have taken place at EA. They said that Earnie ( the hispanic that was on my basketball team my senior year that never jumped for rebounds that dad never liked) He got baptized also a boy named Johnny Slade and also Cameron Sayles all of which were people that I never thought would have ever been members. I think it is so cool that they have accepted that gospel.
Thats is about all I have for this week sorry it is so short but I am not feeling to well right now. I'll wright more next week
Oh we found a really awesome family that has been taught before and they know so much about the Gospel. THey knew president Hinckley and they know President Monson and they refered to the Stake Center as the Stake Center. They are awesome and want to come to chruch but they are active in another church and are haveing a hard time making the decision but they are going to. The Dad told us that whenever he sees the missionaries he just gets happy. We are really excited.
Love ya Bye

You all ROCK! (Dec. 27, 2010)

Hello everyone!
It was really fun to be able to scype and talk with everyone this year. It is so nice to know that everyone is doing well and are still themselves.
Well there are some things that I remembered that I wanted to tell you that I forgot to so I will tell you know! This was my first Christnmas eve where I was able to celebrate it the way that the Hispanics do. One of the members invited us over for a party and she made us some really good Pasoli, It is a really good soup. She also made some really good multif-friut cider. It was a lot of fun.
Also on Christmas We were able to see some snow! It snowed that night for just a little but it was snow nontheless! then on Sunday it snowed on and off for the whole day. I was so happy! I love it!
We found some really good people on sunday that we are really excited to start teaching! One guy wants to quit drinking and we asked him what he could do that would help him quit and he said I could go to chruch. He also said he would have the chapter we left him in the Book of Mormon read that night. He was really humble and wants to change. I was happy for him.
After we scyped we went and played some basketball at the church and we had only been playing for about 10 minutes and another missionary Elder Boone had a bad accidnt with his knee and had to go to the hospital. It turns out that he might have torn his ACL which would be very bad. I felt to bad for him. Keep him in your prayers if you can remember.
Oh and really fast Dad I know you asked me several times if I needed anything and I said no and no and no but I remembered something. I'm sorry. I still don't have a Bible in Spanish so if you can while you still have the Book Store and you can get them for cheaper I would like one. I will buy it with the money you gave me for christmas if I need to. My triple is black so that the colors can match. I really do feel bad. Just let me know if that is possible.
I love you all! hope to hear you all made it home safe!
Love Elder Haws.

Merry Christmas! (Dec. 20, 2010)

Well anther week is gone. Things have been going pretty good here. Elder Klabacka and I have been working hard and are trying to figure what we more we can do or how we can do other things better. We have been able to recieve plenty of new investigatores but we are having a hard time at helping them progress.
We had a really good Christmas Multi-Zone Conference this past week in which we were able to recieve a lot of instruction from President and a few other people. I realized in this Conference that I could be a lot better of a Missionary by focusing more on my investigatores and trying to help them recieve hope in our message and to everytime that we teach them they need to progress closer to Baptism and as we try to do that we will be able to see a lot more success in our labors.
It looks like I will be calling about 11 o'clock my time. which I think is at 10 your time.
It is good to hear that everyone was ok with Dallins accident. That is crazy that everyone was ok. Getting T-boned at 40 mph isn't a very good thing. Did we know any of the people that were involved?
Dad I think I am going to send a Christmas card to Kory Kowren to the house so do you think you would be able to give it to her when you get it? Also Did you recieve my package that I sent you? Those are for all the family. Was the Ornament broken or did it survive? I was worried about it?
I was in Birmingham one night this week for a leadership training right before our Multi-Zone Conference and I was able to talk to this family in a laundrymat for about 30 min. They were from Salvador and they were really nice. It was such a weird experience for me because I had a lot of thoughts going through my mind. such as: "What the Heck, I'm speaking spanish and no one can understand me except for these two people from a completly different continent. When did this happen" also : "Dad and Buddy and Tyson have done exactly what I am doing right now but in different parts of the world." It made me appreciate the language so much more and my whole experience as a missionary in general. It was a lot of fun. I hope they have good luch with the missionaries there in Birmingham.
That is about it for this week. I am looking forward to the phone call at 11 my time on Christmas! Merry Christmas!
p.s. Mom I have recieved two boxes and a pouch for christmas just to let you know!
Love Ya
Elder Haws.

It snowed!!! (Dec. 13, 2010)

....and by snowed I mean that Elder Klabacka and I saw some snowflakes falling out of the sky for about 5 min.

Dear Family,
Well it has been a pretty good week! We had transfers and Elder Klabacka and I are staying together for yet another really fun and awesome transfer! I was pretty excited when I found out. I think that President Holzapfel is trying to not move the companionships around so much! I am pretty excited.
Well it turns out that one of our good potentials for baptism had to move back to Guatemala. One of the worst things that I think could have happened. It is so crazy how much my view and opinion on Hispanics has changed. I was so sad when I found out he was leaving. It was for a good reason, his mom died and so he had to go back to take care of his dad. I just really hope that we can have the missionaries in Guatemala find him. He was really progressing. I hope to visit him one day.
The longer I am here in Montgomery the more I like and the more Elder Klabacka and I are fitting in. We are starting to meet hispanics that know other hispanics and so we can get rides for them and we can relate to them and things like that it has really helped alot.
The other day we were trying to visit someone and the didn't answet thier door and so we knocked on their neighbors door because we knew that they were hispanics. They let us in and they were a really nice family. He has a job as a weilder and they have to kids, a 3 year old daughter and a 5 month old son. They were really kind and seemed like they were already members. we found out that they were from Veracruz and we happen to have a family in the ward from there. So were are going to have them in the members house for a lesson hopefully on saturday. The hardest part in missionary work is getting people to keep their return appointments. Which is so weird to me just because I was raised to be honest and if you arent interest say no if you want somone to come back set an appointment and keep. So we are working on that one right now. People are just raised differently oh well. It isn't going to stop me.
So I hear that Annessa is going to be going on a mission soon? That is so exciting! Where is she going? I also heard that Krystle Wiltbank got married to Nathaniel Henrie! That was some crazy news? do you still have the Announcement for them I would like to see if you do!
Did David Reece get married to? It sounds like a lot of stuff has been happening back home?
Its going to be fun getting back!
How did the hunt go? Did you have any luck?
Thats about all I have for now. Hope you all are safe and that things are going well! I love you all and I cant' wait to talk to you on Christmas!
Love Elder Haws.

Satan is so crazy!! (Dec 6, 2010)

Dear Family,
This week has been a pretty good week! We were able to have some good lessons and the church has an activity every year for the community where they have the nativities in the cultural hall of the chruch. Basically what we do in our stake but a thousand times better. They do it here for a whole week and they close down the building for 2 weeks to set up and they had almost 4 hundred nativities there. It was so beautiful! Don't worry mom I took some pictures for you! I even saw 4 nativities that you own yourself mom! It made me excited. We took our english class to that and they really enjoyed it! Then on Sunday we took some of our investigatores and watched the Christmas broadcast afterwards! it was really really good.
After the broadcast we went to see a referral that the English Sister Missionaries had given us and we were having a really good lesson with them! It was a father, Carlos, his son, Javier, and Javiers girlfriend. Javier was asking us so many questions about what is a mormon and what is that you believe and just good questions. He had been on before and just didn't understand how to use and stuff. We are talking in english to because they all spoke English and Javiers girlfriend didn't speak spanish. So I am just about to talk about the Book of Mormon and how if you read and pray about it that God will tell you what is true and Carlos' wife comes in out of no where and basically just starts telling us we were going to go to Hell and that we add more to they bible and that the Book of Mormon was fake and not real and that we were not welcome in her home. That we belived in a different Jesus and just all the anti that she "knew". So we just apologized for intruding and we thanked them and we left. As we were leaving though we could see that Javier was uncomfortable with what just happened and that he wanted to talk to us some more. It was just so weird that she came in out of absolutley nowhere to keep us from sharing about the Book of Mormon. It was wierd because our whole lesson was them asking questions and non of it was us. I just am so surprised at how much persecution the Book of Mormon gets for claiming to be Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I just don't see who wouldn't want to read something that is claiming to be something about the very man that is going to save them at the last day. The same Man that they have so much faith in, The same Man who has so much love for them that he will never turn away. I just hope that one day it will be easier to share the truthfullness of the Book of Mormn.
I know that the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and I know that as we read it and pray about it with a sincer heart God will talk to us through the Holy Ghost and we can recieve a spiritual witness that it is true.
I hope all is doing well and that you all had a very good thanksgiving. And Have a Merry Christmas I will talk to all of you on the 25th! My address for anyone that is wondering is going to be 304 East Fairview Ave Montgomery Al 36105
I love you all!
Love Elder Haws.

November 29,2010

This week was pretty interesting but it was a really good one nonetheless. I had a really neat experience that I would like to share with all of you.
On Saturday Elder Klabacka and I were heading to an appiontment at about 7:30 p.m. We were supposed to be there at 7 so we were already late. As we were driving on a major highway there was a Explorer in a turn lane with its hazard lights on. As we drove by we could see a man on the ground trying to get his spare tire down from underneath his car. We drove past and I asked Elder Klabacka "should we go and help them?" he said "I don't care" So I pulled into a turn lane myself and stopped and looked at him and said " we have Ismael 30 minutes ago." He said "we are already in the turning lane" So we went to help them and they were in need of our help. He had to go and find a jack from some one because he didn't have one and then he couldn't figure out how to get the tire down. He needed the new tire because his had blown!
So we got down on the ground and couldn't figure it out then I had something really strange happen. I remembered that one time there was a flat tire on dad's truck that tyson now has. For some reason dad made me go out and change it and I had no idea what I was doing. I had the same problem that this guy was having I couldn't figure out how to get the tire down. I asked dad several times and all dad said was "there is a spot for the key that will make a hole in that hole is where you need to stick the jack to lower the wheel." I remember that I was so frustrated with dad becasue he would come and help me. I eventually found out what dad meant and I was able to change the tire.
This whole thing is important because this man had the same thing but we couldn't find the whole! we eventually and we were able to change the tire with many more problems including bending some parts of his car and flattening his spare tire but all worked out. The man kept saying "I never would have thought to look for that hole, thank you so much" I know for a fact that the whole reason that dad had me change that tire was to help this man and his wife to be change thier tire. I have never needed to know that until now. It was a huge testimony builder that things that happen to us always have an effect longer than we can see. That our calling to be a visiting teacher or home teacher could be to see if we will be able to be a president of the relief society or Elders quorum, or even more in the future a mission president or senior missionaries. I know for a fact that God has a plan for us and our actions determin how our path winds. If I would have given up on changing dads tire I never would have been able to help this man change his, and it was my choice to change dads tire. I could have given up do to frustration which was there. But now I am glad that i knew and was able to help them.
I hope you are doing well mom! It was good to be able to speak to Mom Dad MaryAnn Trisha and Brynn on Saturday. In English and Spanish! I hope that you all stay safe and do your best to follow the path that the lord wants which is to keep his commandments to live with him some day!
Elder Haws.

November 22, 2010

Dear Family!
We have had another miracle here in Montgomery. We were able to have 7 investigatores at chruch. 3 of them were our main investigatores with Baptismal dates, Emigdio,Elias and Rosendo. They had to leave after sacrement meeting but I think that they are going to come back and that they will get baptized! They are really good guys and I have grown to be good friends with them. We were also able to find quite a bit of people in thier same neighborhood!
We have been riding our bikes alot which has been alot of fun! It warmed back up so it hasn't been to cold which is really nice.
We are starting to get a lot of help from our ward members here with team ups! There is a boy that is getting ready to go on his mission to Frezno California spanish speaking and he said he would come out with us whenever we need or want him so we are going to try to get him fluent in spanish before he leaves haha.
We are teaching a family called the Camacho's. They have been taught before they just haven't been baptized and I don't know why. We are having trouble trying to figure it out. We are trying to do anything to help them see the importance of the message and how to take it seriously. It has been a challenge but I am sure that the lord will help us out some how.
It was so funny! Last night we were having our English class and we decided to teach them about Christmas since it is getting close to christmas and all. Well we taught them how to say christmas eve. Christmas eve in Spanish is Noche Buena. One of the students translated Noche Buena into English which Night Good. It was so funny! they all thought it was so funny that Christmas Eve was Night Good.
That is about it for this week sorry it is pretty lame and not exciting.
OH!!! We played the best game of Ghetto ball ever!!! We started out and we were loosing 10 to 0 and we came back to and won 24 to 22 but the kids said that we were playing to 32 and not 24 just because they lost so we kept playing and lost by 4! I ended up leaving with a untucked shirt with 2 missing bottons! It was so much fun. a guy videoed the whole thing on his phone so maybe if you have a lot of time you might be able to find it on utube or something. We stayed in our pros clothes to so we were to white kids playing in white shirt and ties and we won! IT was so much fun! anyway Have a great week cuz I know I will!
Love you all!
Elder Haws.