Monday, October 26, 2015

Week 61 - "Dude, never say that again..."

Hey everyone! Effingham is a super cool area. It is really different compared to the other areas I've been in so far. It's a country town of about 12,000 and the area includes a ton of tiny towns and villages up to 45 minutes away. It's really fun actually! My last areas have been either suburbs or in the city, so it's cool to see the change now. Illinois is super flat but there are a lot of trees that are all super pretty right now!! Super bright colors :)
We are teaching a decent number of people. Apparently the area was struggling for a bit but started picking up pace a few weeks before I get here. Lucky me! We also had our first district meeting, which was pretty cool. It's fun being conducting it and trying to help other missionaries reach their potential. It's not too hard but it is still new for me, but over time it'll come more naturally and be easier :)

Our top progressing investigator is named Brandie. About five months ago she approached the missionaries on the street one day and asked if they could explain the church to her because she had a sister who was a member and wanted to learn more! She wants to be baptized and is working towards that goal, but struggles with smoking at the moment. We are working with her though! She is friends with everyone in the branch and comes to church every Sunday. I could see her getting baptized before the year ends easily!

We also had a few other lessons with super awkward people, haha! One of them wants to be baptized and even has a date set, but whenever we ask questions to gauge her understanding, she just stares blankly and doesn't say anything or just say she doesn't know. It is really difficult because she says she's super excited to be baptized and everything, but we don't want her to be baptized if she doesn't fully comprehend what she's doing. Advice would be appreciated I guess?

Another cool thing is that there are a few members who are hispanic and speak little English who were super excited when they found out I could speak with them in Spanish! There are also some former investigators who we were trying to get in contact with again because they were Spanish speakers :) Even if it's an English-speaking branch, I might be able to continue to use my Spanish skills to help others, which I am very grateful for. I know our leaders are inspired and send us where we are needed the most! This Church is true!!

Love, Elder Hayes

Here is an anecdote elder Hayes related to Sofia. I had to post this:

Hahahaha okay so here is a super embarrassing and hilarious story. So we were in this lesson with this lady and her two kids which were like 18 and then this little 6 year old or something. We taught a normal little lesson and then the little girl ran somewhere in the room and like tripped and smacked her face on the side of the couch LOL and she started crying. Then the mom is like "ayyyy por estar corriendo" or something like that because the mom had been trying to calm her down for a bit. Then I was like "hijole, se dio un senor madrazo!!" and she just kind of smiled and then when we left the house Elder Solis is like "dude, never say that again" hahahahahahahahaahahahahaha I was so embarrassed but it's freaking funny. Apparently madrazo is not a very professional word!

Photo 1: me at the "cross at the crossroads"!! effingham is right on two major highways, and it happens to be the home of the largest cross in the USA!!!
Photo 2: i thought this was funny lol
Photo 3: classic street sign pic.
Photo 4: me and elder christiansen!! that's elder lloyd in the back

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