Monday, January 26, 2015

96th Letter 1-26-15

Photos: Two awesome families in Uruguaiana.

My Cute Family,

Wow...Mais seis semanas...Another great and busy week with some sad news as well. Elder Silveira and I had a great week of work and at the end of the week we got the information for transfers and guess what? We both will be transferred. ;(

I will be going to Santa Rosa as a junior to the District Leader and Elder Silveira will go to Cruz Alta. I was surprised with the information because Elder Silveira has more time here than me and I thought for sure he would be transferred and I would stay here to finish up my last transfer, but President lowered almost all the Zone Leaders this transfer. But I am excited to visit one more area and finish up my work here in Brazil. I am excited to learn more as a junior companion. It will be great for me. I have 6 more weeks of Hard Hard work! :)

I hope you are all doing awesome! I miss you all a lot and am super excited to see all of you! The end of the mission gives you a strange feeling. I feel nervous and a little sad, but I just keep reminding myself that my work will never be done...I like to think of it as a long transfer to another area...There in the US! :) I am so excited!

This week we had a great time with Alex and his family. Him and his wife will get married at the end of this week and he will be baptized shortly after. I am sad that I will miss his baptism, but all will be well! Tiago and Patricia made us lunch yesterday and they said their goodbyes to us. Amanda is talking with Patricia on Facebook. She loves you Amanda. It was very sad saying goodbye to our recent converts and the members. Some cried and that just puts a dagger in your heart when you see that. What a great love I have grown for these loving people! I will miss them...

So I got my flight plans and I will be flying a lot! I will arrive in STG March 11th at 9:45PM...I hope to see all of you there at the airport! :)

Mom, some very exciting things are coming up at home! I am super excited for Amy to get her mission call! Send me the video of her opening it. :) I think she will come to Brazil! For when I fly into STG you can invite whomever! It will be a party!! The plans for family trips sound great Mom! What time is our sacrament meeting at? Please invite the leaders in the church that have helped me out a ton, like Ray Cox, Brother Carlson, Bishop, Sister Ford, Brothers Vance & Brad Bowler, and anyone else! You know how I am Mom…I am fine with anything! :) Just being with you and the family will be awesome alone!

Dad, so you look more handsome without the beard I hear. Ha-ha!  Janu-hairy isn´t your cup of peas! Dad, what do you think about us making a chorrascoria when I get home? This week got pretty hot. Yesterday was scorching hot! Let me know who is called as the new Bishop! I will miss Bishop Denos. He helped me a ton!

I love all of you guys! Have an awesome week!
Elder Hauck

Monday, January 19, 2015

95th Letter 1-19-15

Pictures: 1 & 2 - Our chorrasco!! :) This is the best family in the ward!! 
2 - I bought a new jersey here in Brazil! :)

Família Haucky e amigos,

Wow, another good week with some new successes! Elder Silveira and I are stepping up the game and working even harder than before. We finally found 6 new investigators that look promising! The weather here is crazy, with a rain storm one minute and a humidity/heat attack the next...At times it tries to hold back the work, but we aren´t having it! 

We had a great family night this week with a family that aren´t all members and it went very well. We had 2 of the daughters on date, but one didn´t go to church so we are thinking about moving the date back to baptize them together. We found 3 young men earlier in the week that like the message and the church. The missionaries already visited them, but stopped visiting them for some reason. We will work with them and see if their mom will let them get baptized.

We had an awesome lesson with Ruth, where we were able to resolve a lot of doubts that she had. She is doing much better now and went to church Sunday! We had a great frequency at church Sunday with 93 people attending! It is good because last week it was only 60. So the members are coming back! :) Ha-ha!

This week the assistants to the mission president came and did a split with Elder Silveira and me. It was good to be ale to work with Elder Heans for a day. We taught a bunch of people this day, because Elder Silveira was in our area too, with the other AP. 

We had a lesson with Alex, who is the husband of a member. We marked their wedding and his baptism date for Jan. 31! We taught with the bishop and his counselor, so the lesson went super good! A lot of things in the work are improving! I like this ward a lot! We started a new thing as well. Every third Sunday of the month, which is missionary work Sunday, we have a lunch at the church with all the recent converts, investigators, less-actives and ward missionaries. We did it for the first time yesterday and it went well!

The feelings I am getting are very strange. I am dreaming a lot about home. Ha-ha

Mom, I am excited to hear where Amy will serve! Sounds like you are busy busy! You are a super Mom! Thank you for the pictures, she is very pretty! :) I love you Mom!!

Dad, do you know what time I will arrive there in St. George? And dad you are exactly right about the end of the mission. I feel like I am staying focused on the work and everything, but of course I am thinking about home and what will happen when I get home. I am pondering a lot about the changes I have made and how I can keep these changes. I think I will take a picture of my goals and send them to you. I love you Dad!

I love you all!

Elder Hauck

Monday, January 12, 2015

94th Letter 1-12-15

Hey Family,

I had a great birthday and I felt of the love you all have for me! Thanks for all the great emails! :)

For my birthday we had a family night with some of our recent converts and they bought me a cake! Then we bought pizza with the elders in our apartment!  Also, our district here made a cake and sang to me after out district meeting! My birthday went awesome! :)

The work is going all right. A majority of the city is still pretty dead and we aren´t finding too many new investigators, but I think this week things will liven up a bit. This past week we had an awesome family night where we had questions to be answered and if you were wrong you got pied in the face! Ha-ha! I got to pie some people but I also got pied in the face 2 times. Ha-ha!

I am sorry this email will be short, but know that everything is going great! 

Mom, Sounds like you are teaching some great things to the members there in Gospel Doctrine class! We use the new Bible videos here to teach all the time, they are very powerful! Your question asking who, beside Jesus, I’d like to meet from the New Testament is a very good question. I think I would like to meet John the Baptist because he was the prophet who prepared many things for the Lord. I’d also like to meet John the beloved because he may have had the best relationship with the Savior of all the apostles. Emme is such a cutie!! :)

Dad, I would like a copy of your talk you gave last Sunday about Joseph Smith and the Godhead!

I love all of you guys so very much!

Elder Hauck

Monday, January 5, 2015

93rd Letter 1-5-15

Photos: 1-At Church, 2-Teaching Investigators, 3-Four Missionaries.

Dear Awesome Family,

So the New Year is here and it gave me some more energy to finish the mission fighting hard! The fireworks were awesome here and us and some of the other elders in the zone got together to celebrate. It went great!

The New Year is awesome because we get to start new goals and plans! This year is going to be a great year! whoohooo 2015!! 2014 was a great year and I will always remember it is at the one whole year that I served the Lord with my whole heart might mind and strength on the mission! 

I hope all of you had a great New Years Day and that you all can fulfill your goals and plans! This week was a little slow with the holidays, but we did get to work after the new years day. Some people were even more kind to us for the first few days, but that shortly burnt out... I think they made some new years resolution that ended a little early for them. Ha-ha! But that is all right! Ha-ha!

For New Years our ward mission leader and us missionaries made cookies (using the best recipe of yours, Mommy!). We gave them to all the recent converts and investigators! They LOVED them! Our Ward Mission Leader, Brother Sandro is a Boss! He is helping us out a ton and is being a great leader here in our ward. A lot of things are going to change in the ward with him and the other leaders pushing forward in the work!

All of our investigators are doing well and we are working hard to find new ones. Here it is very hard to find new investigators, but the Lord will bless us soon!:)

Mom, I am feeling very strange turning 21. I feel like ever day that I get closer to 21 I am growing a new hair on my chin! Ha-ha, just kidding!  Thanks for the awesome presents! :) The New Years Day here is pretty lazy. They just stayed with family and cook food. The missionaries in the zone are doing awesome! One elder had his dad die last week and my companion and I went to his apartment to talk with him…he is doing well now. But that was pretty sad.

I really liked the quote, Mom, and how true it is! “We need not visit the Holy Land to feel him close to us. We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills to walk where Jesus walked. “In a very real sense, all can walk where Jesus walked when, with his words on our lipshis spirit in our hearts, and his teachings in our lives, we journey through mortality” (Ensign, May 1974, 48).

You guys don´t need to pick me up. I think it is too late now anyways. And, it isn´t recommended by the church. The picture of the fondue party is awesome. Shaye has a cute little face in it! Ha-ha!

Dad, it’s awesome to hear that Amy´s mission papers are going in and that she will have her call in no time! You are right; she will be an awesome missionary! Also, that´s cool you will speak in church with Tadd again! I hear he is doing awesome! I will pray for little Tessa! I love you, Dad.

I love you all so very much! 

Elder Hauck