Friday, September 26, 2014

Chile Independence Day

My attempt at a selfie

Let's go fly a kite

 Elder C is cool!

Celebrating Independence Day with the Elders

Hey Mom,                                      Sept 22, 2014

 How are ya? I hope that things are still going good for you. Im glad to hear that you guys got tickets to the temple dedication. That is awesome. I wish I could have seen all of those apostles and prophets, Im sure that it was an amazing experience.  Thanks for your advise, I know that the things in the mission will help me with my future problems and my future life. Lets not talk about marriage just yet hahaha, that is a whole other ball game.

Chile is good. They had their national independence day on the 18th. There was an activity for the ward and everything. It was cool to see. We flew kites and ate empenadas. They are the national food of Chile basically. It was cool but bad for the work. No one wanted to listen to us. But I guess its like that some times right? 

The baptism did not go through this week. But that is okay, we are going to see if he will be ready for this week.  But we did have 4 investigators in church so that is always good.

Transfers are tomorrow, me and my comp will be the same. But the new missionaries get here tomorrow, so im sure that they are on a plane right now, I will be sure to look for Elder Stevenson. 

By the way I complete 11 months tomorrow, is that crazy or what? I can't believe it. Time really does fly by. Talk to you soon!
Elder Noel

40 cigarets down to 1

This is from a zone conference.  It includes the mission president and his wife and his counselors.  Can you find Hayden?

Hey Mom,                                      Sept 15, 2014

 It was awful being sick but Im fine now. I am doing just great.  I think for the most part I am happy.  I just want to find my stride as a missionary so to speak. I think that i just need to dive in and not worry about other things.

This week started out good and then went out the window. We have and investigator with a date to get baptized this saturday , his name is J , we are trying to find John, to baptize him haha. J smoked 40 cigarets a day. The church has a stop smoking program and we are trying to help him with that.  So far, he has smoked 1 cigaret this week. Quite an improvement.  We are hoping he can keep it up to get baptized this week!

But mom I love you so much! You are the best! I hope that you guys have a great time this week and I will be praying for you guys! 

I don't really have any good pictures to send, but next week for sure I will send some great pictures, hopefully with a baptism. 

Elder Noel

Nothing like the flu!

Not sure where this is

In our ward there are 8 missionaries. Sometimes we get lucky and have lunch together.  It's quite the party!

Hey Mom,                                    Sept 8, 2014

I am really getting sick of the rain here but it will pass soon, after this month there is no more rain for three or four months, so we just have to wait it out.

Boca sur is fine. We saw a lady smoking marijuana the other day but that is sorta normal here haha.  All the gangster dudes are basically just punks.  They are good though.

On Friday I got sick. It was terrible. I woke up at 2 in the morning and threw up, then at 4 at 6, 8 and 10. It was a bad day.  Then yesterday my comp got sick. So we had a rough week as far as the work goes, but we just gotta keep moving on right?

 Elder Noel!

Another week

My old comp from Canete

Elder C

river in Denver, we missed him this trip

Hey Mom,                                    Sept 1, 2014 

How are things going along in Denver? I'm sad to hear about the Aggies, but the good thing about losing is that you can see where your weaknesses are, make adjustments and then improve.  Just like us.  We fall down, make adjustments, and improve.

This week was a crappy one. We couldn't find anyone to teach really and the investigator that we have for baptism is really evangelical.  Not sure what will happen with him, but we will keep teaching him.  We spent one whole day building a house for a member whose house burnt down like 4 months ago.  Not sure what we were doing but we got it done.

Cool story. On the way to Concepcion today I sat next to some lady on the bus. I started talking to her and then she told me that she almost got baptized like 10 years ago but felt really pressured to do it so she never did.  Well it turns out that she lives in our sector, so we will be teaching her this week. Hopefully she can open up her heart a little so that we can baptize her. 

I hope that you guys are having an absolute blast in Denver. That was one of the best vacations I think we went on as a family. Be safe and have fun. Are you guys going to go to that river that we went to? That was fun. But anyways, I love you, thank you so much for all of your love and support. I can feel it all the way over here in Chile.

Elder Noel

Hermana missionary from home

Hey Mom,                                     August 25, 2014                                                                            

I forgot to tell you about Hermana F. When I found out she went to Ben Lomond I started talking to her about school and Ogden and everything. We got trunky but it was funny haha. She is a really good missionary, really diligent and hard working. She was known as a ¨Machine¨ down here. A great example to all the missionaries and  really learned a lot from her and her example. Her testimony is way strong.  Her family is from Colombia and she is fluent spanish.  When I found out she was going home I decided to write you guys a quick note to see if she could take it to you. I am glad that she did. 

There are 8 missionaries in our ward. Our sector is the second most dangerous in the mission, but I haven't seen anything too bad yet. In the other sector they live next to a drug dealer, and on the corner of the street where they live, there is a lady who sells heroin every day haha. But in our sector its not to bad haha. 

This week was okay, we don't really have any people so we are focusing on the people that we have and trying to help them progress, and then trying to find new people. We found a family of three, so I am hoping that they will be able to get baptized.  My comp is a good guy, we get along and seem to have a good time. He just finished his training so he is new in the mission still. I learn from him and he learns from me, it is good.

I completed ten months in the mission this past week, can you belive it? Its crazy how fast the time goes, I feel like my mission is going to be over in like a month haha. 

 Keep up the great work and I hope that all is well. 
Your the best, 
Elder Noel

My comp Elder C

Sister F came delivering a letter from Hayden.  She had been with him just a week earlier!