Sunday, June 28, 2015

Week 91 (June 22, 2015)

Wow... So many changes, challenges, and responsibilities. 

all I can say is that the life here in Chillán is incredible.  It’s by far the best place I have been assigned to in my entire mission. The people are sooooo much friendlier here. It’s cleaner, friendlier, and just better. It’s the same kind of greatness that Coyquen was. I love Chillán. 

Chillán Viejo is like an urban city mixed with countryside. This sector is huge!!!!!! I seriously think that I have never had to walk so far in my entire mission. 

I’m with Elder Miller. He is a great friend and a great missionary. It has been awesome working with him.

Due to being in the worst cyber in the century I am going to have to keep this brief. I have got a million things to tell you all, but at this point it is impossible. The computer has been frozen for the last 25 minutes or so. 

I love the ward here.  We've got some hard working members. I really feel like I have died and gone to missionary paradise. There are no conflicts here and the converts are well taken care of. The bishop is stellar and is helping us A LOT. 

The house is pretty... well, it is liveable. The front door doesn't shut all the way because it expanded because of the humid summer so all the freezing winter wind blows right through the cracks and makes the house freezing. Thank goodness we've got a good pair of space heaters..... everything inside is pretty nice, the only thing we really lack is just our washing machine. It broke and we had to sell it. Today we'll be looking for a new one.

Im living with Miller, Brewster, and Roberts. Miller and Roberts are finishing their missions this transfer and Brewster has the same time as my son so he’s new. This is a great group. I find all these guys HILARIOUS in their own little ways. I will be sure to tell you more about them. 

It seems like I’m in some sort of death factory. Miller, Roberts and Hermana Antillón are all dying this cambio in the sector. Ill be dead this next transfer. I’m practically serving in a graveyard. 

The week was good work wise and we have an investigator named Max that is going to be baptized this weekend. They found him a week before I left and he is GOLD. He was a reference and had gone to church quite a bit before. SO, It is time for a baptism. He is super ready. 

I feel so exhausted and Im working so hard that it almost seems like I’m just in a dream or something. These weeks will definitely go by quick. 

That's it for the week. Thanks for everything. I love you guys tons!!!
See you next week!

Elder Ethan Haws

Week 90 (June 15, 2015)

Well guys, I’ve got big news. 
These last three cambios I have had some sort of news. Today I have more. 
Looks like the last 12 weeks of my mission are going to be one big grand finale.
I am called to be a zone leader in Chillán Viejo with one of my good friends here in the mission, Elder Miller.  It will be so awesome. Elder Miller was my zone leader in Concepcion and we became good friends. I think he is one of the only elders I have really been able to relate to in my entire mission. It will be a way chill transfer. I am STOKED. 

As for my son (Elder Duarte) he stays in the sector, but here's the crazy part...  Elder Copling was called to be a zone leader as well and we are both leaving the sector. Soooooooo because the mission is getting far less missionaries than those who are coming many sectors are closing. They are going to close one of the sectors in Centinela. Here's the cool part, Elder Duarte and Smoot stay. Smoot is going to finish the training of my son! I have never seen anything like that. I feel good and confident with them both staying in the sector. Because there are now only 2 elders in the sector they have a lot of work to do. We had the sector split because it was so big and now they have to go and brave it by themselves. It will be interesting to how they handle it. 

So this week was really really really normal. I can’t think of anything too spectacular that happened.  We did however get permission to watch the Chile games of the American soccer cup so we had a blast on Thursday chilling at the Fonseca's house. We had a ton of completos and cheered loud. It is pretty cool and I'm looking forward to the game tonight!

We made progress with the converts who had some issues with the leadership here. We finally resolved some huge conflicts and things will now go really nicely. 

I don’t have much time to write today, the computers have been slow. I just want to let you guys know that I love you and miss you. I look forward to the experiences that will surely come this week!

Elder Ethan Haws 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Week 89 (June 8, 2015)

Laura and Escarlet Lopez were baptized!!

Well this week was insane. It was full of crazy crazy things.

To start off, Elder Copling and I are now working together on an intense workout program in the mornings and a diet. It’s been good for me. We are definitely trying to get in shape again!

My companion had a training for new missionaries this week, which meant that he had to spend a day and a half in Concepcion. On Wednesday while he was gone, I got to work with the other elders that work on the other side of the sector, Elder Smoot and Copling. We had a good day and saw some awesome things. At the start we divided because another member accompanied Elder Smoot so Elder Copling and I went to town in my sector. We went to a far little neighborhood way out on a hill and the first door we knocked on let us in and we had a great short lesson. We invited her to church and to be baptized and she accepted. Her name is Bernarda. She ended up in tears because she said that she needed help in that very moment and we just showed up.

We went down the street talking to more people and we felt like we should knock on another door. Turns out the man let us in as well. The dad, Juan, was playing card games with his step son named Alexis. We taught them and invited them to baptism and church. They weren’t so willing to accept the commitments but still they agreed to listen to us some more. We went on to the other sector after that and closed out the day very well.

This week was really busy with the preparation for the baptisms. On Thursday we had a mini cambio with my zone leader Elder Withers. We had our 18 year old friend Luis Duran accompany us throughout the day. Elder Withers was able to get the baptismal interviews all done, while Luis and I went and contacted a reference that Laura gave us and we ended up teaching that whole family. They were awesome. They day finished out great and we were stoked to see everything work out. (Turns out we went to the family on Sunday to visit them again, and the dad came out and said he appreciated the visit but he wants nothing to do with the Mormons and that he is evangelical and all the rest of the stuff people always say..... so we lost that family but oh well... It’s how it goes...)

We planned the baptism with the ward mission leader the day after and even though all of the planning was a bit rushed we felt like it was going to turn out alright.

During the week we worked with many people and tried to help them get over not wanting to come to church due to their frustration with the leadership here. Many people simply want to just give up. We are pushing people on to just keep going. Just to keep trying.

We got to Saturday and all was well. The youth had an activity with selling completos and they sold over 240 completos... Oh man you should have seen the mountain of those heavenly hot dogs... It was painful only because we were fasting and I couldn’t eat the ones I had previously ordered weeks before... bummer.

After the activity we had the baptism. It was beautiful. It was the second time I had gotten into the font in my mission. Laura and Escarlet were baptized. I baptized Laura and my comp baptized Escarlet. They were my 7th and 8th baptisms. I love this family and so excited to see the kids baptized.

We had some issues in the week with some stuff in the branch but we know that all will get better. I have faith that I can really have an impact on this place and I can get the wheels spinning! I have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who is mighty to transform. I know that things will get better.  We ended up finding 6 new investigators and having 2 baptisms.... What a week. It was one I will never forget!!!!

Thank you all for your love and concern. I look forward to seeing you all. I look forward to moving onward and trying my best in these last few transfers of my mission.

The gospel is true. Nothing else brings such peace, and comfort. Nothing is so worth it.

Have a great week! I love you all!

Elder Haws

Elders Haws and Duarte, Mojado!  (soaking wet)

Elders Copling and Haws


Elders Haws and Copling

Week 88 (June 1, 2015)

Wow, this week was really interesting! It kind of had a bit of a crescendo. Everything was a bit slow at first and then it all warmed up to crazy business. Sunday was by far the craziest day we had. Monday was probably the slowest.  So to update, I’ll give you the biggest things that happened. 

The .... Lopez family.

So Margarita and Mario are suddenly separating.... Y'all know what that means right? BAPTISM THIS WEEEEEEK!! It is really painful for Margarita and the daughters. Apparently stuff has been going on, and they couldn't take it so It’s over. We had lunch with the family and Mario wasn't there. Margarita was obviously upset and I trying to figure what was going on talked with her a bit and she told me what was going on. So It is a bittersweet experience for them. They will finally be able to enter into the waters of baptism. I love this family. They are truly ready to embrace the gospel in their family and let the light in. I am grateful to know them and have had the opportunity to pull them through all of these trials.

Teaching Estefanía.

So a family just got here from Peru and their daughter is 8 and wanted to be baptized. The husband is the son of active members in the branch. So they just moved here to be with the family. Since some records were misplaced we had to teach her the lessons. Estefania is awesome and we were able to teach her all the lessons this week. We had some complications with organizing the baptism but it all worked out and were able to have the service on Sunday.

We had a good time working, even though it was really hard to find people and working with members this week, we made some good progress. We were able to find some good less active families that we will be working with a lot.

We worked in other sectors where we had never been and it was cool getting to know some places and see some cool scenery.  So it’s getting pretty cold here. We faced some good rainstorms this week. It’s definitely wintery around here.

I’m growing a lot in my patience and my testimony. I am learning to love the work. I am learning to love the lord. I have loved a hymn lately. It seems to be my anthem as of late!

''Lord, I Would Follow Thee''

Savior, may I learn to love thee,
Walk the path that thou hast shown,
Pause to help and lift another,
Finding strength beyond my own.
Savior, may I learn to love thee—Lord, I would follow thee. 

Who am I to judge another
When I walk imperfectly?
In the quiet heart is hidden
Sorrow that the eye can't see.
Who am I to judge another?

I would be my brother's keeper;
I would learn the healer's art.
To the wounded and the weary
I would show a gentle heart.
I would be my brother's keeper-

Savior, may I love my brother
As I know thou lovest me,
Find in thee my strength, my beacon,
For thy servant I would be.
Savior, may I love my brother--

Thank you all for all they you have done for me I love you all so much. I can’t believe how time has gone. I hope all of you are well. I hope this week goes great for you all. Until next week!!

Elder Haws