Monday, October 16, 2017
Hello everyone!! Just a little warning this email will be lame......
We had a very eventful week! It was honestly so exhausting and stressful but of course really fun!!!!
Friday the 13th may have been the worst day ever but I'm moving on. If everyone could keep Will Rambo in their prayers. He had a minor stroke on Friday but we have been visiting him and he is doing a lot better. His main concern was that he didn't get to attend the temple trip on Saturday but we went to the hospital yesterday with our ward mission leader and we brought him the sacrament. It was a really cool experience. We are hoping that we will get to leave the hospital today or tomorrow.
Last night we had a opportunity to go over to one of our favorite families homes and share a message. There were 15 of us and each of us went around and said what helps to build our faith. The spirit was so strong and I felt so peaceful. It was like leaving all the worries from the week in the past and leaving them behind. I'm grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who gave us the Holy Ghost to comfort us in trials.
I'm going into this week optimistic! I know God has a plan for each of us and that he loves us. Satan is trying to get us down but he will never succeed!!! We have so much power and everyday we have the choice to be happy and have a good attitude. Trials will come but they are here to make us strong!
I love you all literally so much and I miss you like crazy!!! You are all in my prayers!!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE,
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Hello loved ones!!!
It has been the busiest couple of weeks! I don't have any idea what day it is and sometimes when I wake up in the morning I forget where I am. You would think after being in El Paso a whole year I would remember by now...but nope. Still the same Hayley.
Well some really really sweet things are happening for instance last night we went over to meet with Sam and Claudia to finish teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and recap the word of wisdom because on Saturday we found out he smokes a pack of cigarettes a day so to make his baptismal date he has to quit at least by this weekend.
-Bio on Sam: His wife Claudia is a member. They have 3 kids. Sam is getting baptized on October 28th with their daughter Xochi. When we first started meeting with him he didn't even know if God was there.
So last night he starts telling us how he doesn't know what is going on but he feels different. He felt like he was finding hope in Jesus Christ. He opened up the Book of Mormon and started reading Ether 12:27
“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”
He had tears rolling down his face and told us he couldn't believe how far he has come and to be honest neither could we. His wife had the biggest smile on her face. I haven't seen such a quick big change my entire mission. Sam is really repenting and seeing the blessings that come from it.
Yesterday we had zone conference and we gave a "training" on using the Book of Mormon to teach of Christ. The training needed to be a 20 minute scripture chase haha. It ended up pretty good but what I loved was preparing for it. I love the Book of Mormon. Most of you know I'm not the worlds biggest fan of reading but I could read the Book of Mormon over and over. As I studied this week looking for specific gospel principles for the chase I was so overwhelmed with just how much the book talks of Christ. Literally every page speaks of Him and helps us to come closer to Him. If there is anything that has come from my mission it is my testimony of this book. I know it is true with all of my heart and I will never be able to deny it. I am grateful for Nephi, Jacob, Mormon, Moroni and all the other faithful prophets that sacrificed so much so that we would have knowledge of our Savior. I know Jesus lives and loves each of us so much!!
You are all in my prayers! I hope you have a great week full of fun!!
1: Chamizal and El Paso zone sisters
2 and 3: Sister Hazen and Elder Neild(original west side El Paso crew)
4: morning hike
Pit bull puppy
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Hey loved ones!
I hope everyone has been having a blast this week and got spiritually fed and uplifted from general conference!
We have been meeting with some really awesome and prepared people. I want to share two of my favorite miracles.
We started teaching a man named Sam who is married to a member. His wife was less active but she decided she needed to go back to church and bring the kids. Sam told her he would only go to church if it was in English. That's how they ended up at our ward. We started teaching him and at first he was sooo uninterested. He liked us but didn't care to much for the message. We taught him about his identity and gave him the Book of Mormon. We committed him to read and he actually did it. Our next lesson we expected it to be average, nothing spectacular but man did it go so much better. We were teaching him the plan of salvation and towards the middle of the lesson he told us that his life has changes and he can feel the difference the gospel has brought into his life. He asked when he could get baptized and their 8 year old daughter told us she wanted to get baptized as well. Ever since that night there has been the most amazing light coming from their family.
I was on exchanges with one of the new Hermanas, Hna bishop and we felt like we should go stop by this less active mom. We actually caught her at home while she was visiting her neighbors. We were able to share a message with all of them and Hna Bishop says the most clever line "hey I'm just learning Spanish and I would love if I could say a prayer in Spanish right now and after you guys can tell me what to work on." The group was super open to the idea and loved the prayer. The less active mom told us she wanted us to start teaching her kids so we went into the house and started teaching the kids and now they all want to be baptized as well. I know Heavenly Father is guiding us to His children who are ready to here the message that we share.
I'm thankful for the prophets and apostles. The messages they shared this past weekend have already helped me so much. I know that God speaks to his children today. He wants us to know our identity and the blessings that we can receive if we follow his plan for us. I hope each of you know how much God and our Savior Jesus Christ love you.
I love you all and I miss you like crazy. I cant believe I have been out a year. Time is going so fast! I love all the miracles I get to see. I know this church is true. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
I'm sure this wont make or break your week but I'm in Albuquerque for the temple and a meeting so I don't have time this week to write a group email.
Everything is going REALLY good though! Seriously so many random miracles.
I love you all!!!! You are all in my prayers!!!
Mission Temple Day!
Hayley and Sister Hazen
Pictures from MLC
Headed back to El Paso
Monday, September 18, 2017
We got transfer news and I am staying in 4th ward with my new companion Sister Hay. We have been serving around each other the past 4 1/2 months so we know each other pretty well! She is a super hard worker so I know we will be able to get a lot of things done. Sister Olson is heading up to Albuquerque to train a new missionary and open a new area. It's weird to have her leave after being with her so long. I'm excited for the change though!
This week we had zone conference and got some really good training's on the doctrine of Christ. I left feeling super motivated to talk to everyone. Zone conference always makes me realize how little time I have out here and that I have to make every single second count. Also I got to see Hunter Warren from back home. It is so crazy to see people I knew before the mission.
Will Rambo got baptized on Saturday!! Love that guy. When he found out sister Olson was leaving he said "I see. You dunked me and now you're leaving." Will has been such a fun person to teach because we could really see the peace and hope that came into his life from the gospel. He used to feel so guilty and depressed about his spouses death but there has been a light in his eyes ever since he heard that talk in sacrament meeting the first Sunday he came about death having no sting and he has been glowing ever since.
JJ was called to be the young women's secretary and she is so excited. The Bishop gave her handbook 2 and she highlighted it like crazy. I have never seen someone so exited about a calling but she is soaking up everything in the church right now.
Well I love you all so much!! I miss you like crazy and I hope you all have a great week!
Monday, September 11, 2017
Hello loved ones!!
JJ, Nic and Jazon got baptized this weekend and it was awesome!!! So many ward members came to support them. Yesterday they got confirmed members of the church and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Before JJ sat down after being welcomed into the ward she turned around to the whole congregation and went "WHOOHOO". Classic JJ. Everyone was laughing and she was smiling from ear to ear. I cannot wait to see what is in this families future. They were promised some really great blessing when they got confirmed. I love them!
Will came to their baptism and it really helped settle his nerves. He has made a really good friend in our ward name Bill Baggs(pretty much my best friend) and I've adopted the two of them as my mission grandpas. Whenever they see each other for lessons they put their arms around each other and say "You're a good guy Will." "You're a good guy Bill." Will gets baptized this weekend so keep him in your prayers.
OHH FUNNY STORY:
We went to stop by a potential investigator named Tony this week and we were fortunate enough to meet his very drunk friend Frank. Frank is in his 50's and he was asking us advice for what to do since his wife was mad at him for drinking. We tried our best to help him but he wasn't all there. Fast forward 10 minutes and I'm setting up and appointment with Tony to stop by again. In my peripheral vision I see Tony reach over to touch sister Olson Stomach and he says "Are you pregnant?" I tried so hard to keep it together but it was so funny. She slapped his hand away and told him no but he said "Don't lie to me." First off sister Olson is so thin so obviously he was oblivious and second WHO DOES THAT? We got back in our car to drive home and Sister Olson was just screaming. I texted our whole zone and called the zone leaders just because it was too good to keep to myself. Now pretty much the ward knows and there was a sticky note on our car yesterday that said "are you pregnant?" man good times.... I love the mission. (Also Sister Olson thinks this is funny so don't worry)
I love you all so much!! I hope you are having a great week!!
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Oh yes okay so JJ and the boys are officially getting baptized this week! It has been such a roller coaster with them.. It seems like every time they would have a date to be baptized someone would get sick or something would come up, but we have been fasting and praying a lot and we know that this is the one! She is so excited too. They announced her baptism in church yesterday and I think that really helped to make it sink in that she was really going to do it. I have never seen someone change so much in my mission. She will always tell us how the gospel has changed her and she is a better, nicer person because of it. I think it's really cool that she can see the change in herself as well.
We did family history with Will this week and he was 100% sure he wouldn't be able to find anyone. All he knew was his mothers name and where she was from in a little town in Mexico. He kinda remembered his grandpas name but didn't feel confident in it. Well we got on and found his grandparents and all of his aunts and uncles that have passed away. We even found his uncles that he hadn't seen since he was 5. He was amazed and couldn't believe all the people the computer found. He is even more excited now to take his family names to the temple.
AND I got to go on exchanges with sister Hazen this week! It was a dream, literally we kept saying how unreal it was to be together again. She only has 2 transfers left and I'm kinda hoping she will be sent to 4th ward for her last two so we can be comps again. I miss her so much already. We got to have lunch with our best friend from YSA and since she taught me how to teach it was cool to teach in complete unity again.
Oh and I almost just forgot my favorite miracle from the week! So we were driving back from ABQ and stopped in Los Lunas for gas and we met a super cool guy. He was standing outside his car and asked us if we wanted to talk. He told us he had just gotten divorced and found out the day before that he has a serious illness. he wanted to believe that God was there for him but felt like he had no knowledge of Him. We shared parts of the plan of salvation and asked if we could send missionaries to talk to him. It was so random but it just shows that there are millions of people all over the world that are being prepared to receive this message! He agreed and we were able to set up an appointment for him and the elders that serve up there.
Well I love you all so much!!! I hope you have a great labor day!!