Monday, April 13, 2015

My Dearest Family!
Wow, I`m glad that you are all having fun, and I can`t believe that Emily is coming home this week! That is so crazy! I`m still a little shocked that Kyle has been home for almost 3 months now! 

Here things have been a little crazy. So Babahoyo flooded this week because of so much rain, and there were so many houses that got flooded that the stake had an emergency meeting in how to help all the members. So we had lots of service opportunities, and a lot of people really apreciated the help, and we were happy to help them! =) 

The temple was also super spiritual, and I always love seeing it full of missionaries, and our mission president directed the session. We had a really interesting discussion later in our zone conference and we read from the book of Moses the story of Cain and Abel. Our mission president talked to us about how Cain brought the best of his fruits and vegetables, but it wasn`t the sacrafice that the Lord wanted. He then asked us how many times have we sacrificed fruit in our lives? What He`s asked of us is all of our heart, might, mind and strength as our sacrifice as missionaries. If we aren`t living in the manera that the Lord requires us than we are offering fruit and not a first born Lamb. I had never thought of the story like that!

And then the general conference was so great! We got to watch Saturday in English, but Sunday the stake center needed the room we were in to listen in Spanish because so many people from the stake came for Easter Sunday. It was such a powerful conference! I thought it was so intersting to hear so much about how the Church is helping other countries, and how we all need to work on our own spiritual conversion constantly.

We`re really excited for this next week, and we have a lot of exciting things planned out to try in our sector that we learned in the conference, so hopefully everything can keep going well!

I love you all and I hope that you enjoy your time with Emily! I`m so proud of the example that we have in our family of serving missions. 

Lots of Love,
Elder Hales =)
Valentine cards from Aunt Shelly!

Zone luncheon before transfers

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