Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Week #29 December 26 2016

Hola Todos!

This week was way fun and awesome! Monday was cool and we had a really cool lesson and they seemed really interested until we tried to get a hold of them for the return appointment. Turns out wrong number. :( oh well, we had a really cool miracle on Tuesday. So we decided to travel to try a potential investigator and a referral in Brunswick which is about a half hour drive and a lot of miles, for missionaries, to get there. We didn't know if they would be home, but we get to the area and make a call. Wilfredo the referral happens to have time right then to meet. It was a super blessing because normally people work until late. We are able to teach him and set up a return appointment for ThursdayWednesday we taught a few door lessons, but the real miracle was to have Hno. Ventura come with us to visit Hector. It was just amazing to me to see the difference between someone who was receptive to the Spirit. One man in the room completely rejected the joy that comes from the gospel whereas Hector was willing to accept it three times over. Thursday we were ale to also visit Hector again and also Patricia in that house. Hno Ventura came again because he has really involved in trying to help her see the need of the gospel. It was awesome again to be able to give a blessing in Spanish to her because she was sick. After, we went and took Hno Nefi Barrientos with us to go visit Wilfredo. It was a super good lesson and I learned that the most important thing really is helping the families as a whole. In order to really help people accept the gospel, we have to help them in their family first. Friday we had our mission conference which was Amazing! I am hoping they send me some videos of the presentations. Saturday we had the opportunity to experience some Mexican traditions around Christmas. Christmas, we were able to afterward go and share the Christmas program with Presidente Castillo and also the Ventura family. I realize now how blessed I was to have that as a focus in my family growing up.

I love you all! Thank you for everything! Shoutouts to Shannon for the 12 days of Christmas, Solangie for the Calendar, Nat for a taste of Christmas, and to all for your prayers!

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Week #28 December 19 2016

Hola Todos!

This week to start off was so cold I thought I would freeze! So, really only the last half of the week. Thursday we get out of weekly planning and the wind hits us and we just about died! It just felt like everything was ice! Apparently it got down to 17 and was windy and humid. It sleeted on Saturday and made everything nasty for a bit, but the temperature was a little warmer so that was fine. Quick winter miracle, a few weeks ago I got a new pair of shoes that were on sale for Black Friday on the Monday before. At first I was hesitant, but they were over 50% off and were only $30. Turns out they were a great buy because they are somewhat a dress boot, they are leather, and have I think a wool lining because they stay pretty warm. The whole point is that the Lord gave me what I needed before I knew I would need them. Just the fact that the ones on sale were in my size! I have a size 7-7.5 for those who don't know. Miracle that I am now appreciating.

So this week was full of other miracles and good stuff. Monday I got to go to Baltimore and we had a going away party for Elder Southwick and had the most delicious cake! Then, we come back and a member that he had served with took us out to dinner at Chile's, and to finish it off we went and taught a new investigator at a member's house! It was a pretty fun day all in all, though in some aspects not as productive as I would like. Tuesday, we planned to have a super awesome day and visit all of our investigators, and...everything falls through! We had a member with us to go and visit Hector and Samuel (Hector is Juan Carlos's real name), but it was Hector's birthday so he wasn't home, we went to a dinner appointment and our member friend had to leave so we had to walk a ways to get to the bus. We got to where we had planned, and he wasn't there so we kept going. We tried by another of our investigators, and he wasn't there either. All in all, we end up going to visit someone Elder Southwick had taught when he served in Frederick the first time and to our surprise we actually found them again. It was one of those times where you could tell the Lord had better plans than us. Wednesday, we said our goodbyes to Elder Southwick and had a forever long meeting for trainers and trainees. After that though we visited Hector and Samuel and also Patricia. We taught about the importance to read the scriptures and pray and it was a very beautiful time. Thursday was cold, but we made our way to visit our investigators and no body opened up. We eventually made it to Santos's house with a member and had a cool lesson about the church. Interesting thing, the man we taught didn't learn as much, but our member really felt the spirit of missionary work and was super excited! Also, there was a teenage girl named Micaela who was in the background listening the whole time, normally this is the case for some reason, and she really just opened up and started asking how she could become a missionary. Now she is a super cool investigator that the sisters are teaching! Friday we were able to teach Gervin briefly, but also we had the opportunity to give a blessing to Hector. This is where we found out his name was actually different. Let's just leave that one that illegals are funny sometimes. It was a wonderful experience that taught about the priesthood as well. Saturday we were walking and missed the bus, but we were able to go and teach Josefina! We were able to solve some of her concerns and it was way cool. After we were heading to another potential, when I got the impression to stop and knock the door of a less active member who we can never find at home. He was home and we were able to talk about repentance and the blessings that he can receive for doing so. After that we went to Hector and Samuel and went with them to the Christmas dinner. SUNDAY! Yesterday was awesome! We had 3 investigators at church, Hector, Samuel, and Josefina! I gave a talk which was fun, and we used gospel principles to teach the Word of Wisdom. After church we had leftovers from the night before. Later that day we took a member to try and visit Gervin, but he wasn't there. Instead we taught some more cousins of Saida and were able to share the restoration. We were watching the 20 min video on line. I have never seen so many interruptions in a twenty minute video in my life! There was definitely an opposition, but the Spirit has more power so it all turned out fine.

That was pretty much my week!

I love you all!


Sincerely,
Elder Haynie



These are pics of the Scrawny little missionary tree Shannon sent me!
Hola Todos!

This week to start off was so cold I thought I would freeze! So, really only the last half of the week. Thursday we get out of weekly planning and the wind hits us and we just about died! It just felt like everything was ice! Apparently it got down to 17 and was windy and humid. It sleeted on Saturday and made everything nasty for a bit, but the temperature was a little warmer so that was fine. Quick winter miracle, a few weeks ago I got a new pair of shoes that were on sale for Black Friday on the Monday before. At first I was hesitant, but they were over 50% off and were only $30. Turns out they were a great buy because they are somewhat a dress boot, they are leather, and have I think a wool lining because they stay pretty warm. The whole point is that the Lord gave me what I needed before I knew I would need them. Just the fact that the ones on sale were in my size! I have a size 7-7.5 for those who don't know. Miracle that I am now appreciating.

So this week was full of other miracles and good stuff. Monday I got to go to Baltimore and we had a going away party for Elder Southwick and had the most delicious cake! Then, we come back and a member that he had served with took us out to dinner at Chile's, and to finish it off we went and taught a new investigator at a member's house! It was a pretty fun day all in all, though in some aspects not as productive as I would like. Tuesday, we planned to have a super awesome day and visit all of our investigators, and...everything falls through! We had a member with us to go and visit Hector and Samuel (Hector is Juan Carlos's real name), but it was Hector's birthday so he wasn't home, we went to a dinner appointment and our member friend had to leave so we had to walk a ways to get to the bus. We got to where we had planned, and he wasn't there so we kept going. We tried by another of our investigators, and he wasn't there either. All in all, we end up going to visit someone Elder Southwick had taught when he served in Frederick the first time and to our surprise we actually found them again. It was one of those times where you could tell the Lord had better plans than us. Wednesday, we said our goodbyes to Elder Southwick and had a forever long meeting for trainers and trainees. After that though we visited Hector and Samuel and also Patricia. We taught about the importance to read the scriptures and pray and it was a very beautiful time. Thursday was cold, but we made our way to visit our investigators and no body opened up. We eventually made it to Santos's house with a member and had a cool lesson about the church. Interesting thing, the man we taught didn't learn as much, but our member really felt the spirit of missionary work and was super excited! Also, there was a teenage girl named Micaela who was in the background listening the whole time, normally this is the case for some reason, and she really just opened up and started asking how she could become a missionary. Now she is a super cool investigator that the sisters are teaching! Friday we were able to teach Gervin briefly, but also we had the opportunity to give a blessing to Hector. This is where we found out his name was actually different. Let's just leave that one that illegals are funny sometimes. It was a wonderful experience that taught about the priesthood as well. Saturday we were walking and missed the bus, but we were able to go and teach Josefina! We were able to solve some of her concerns and it was way cool. After we were heading to another potential, when I got the impression to stop and knock the door of a less active member who we can never find at home. He was home and we were able to talk about repentance and the blessings that he can receive for doing so. After that we went to Hector and Samuel and went with them to the Christmas dinner. SUNDAY! Yesterday was awesome! We had 3 investigators at church, Hector, Samuel, and Josefina! I gave a talk which was fun, and we used gospel principles to teach the Word of Wisdom. After church we had leftovers from the night before. Later that day we took a member to try and visit Gervin, but he wasn't there. Instead we taught some more cousins of Saida and were able to share the restoration. We were watching the 20 min video on line. I have never seen so many interruptions in a twenty minute video in my life! There was definitely an opposition, but the Spirit has more power so it all turned out fine.

That was pretty much my week!

I love you all!


Sincerely,
Elder Haynie



These are pics of the Scrawny little missionary tree Shannon sent me!






Week # 27 December 12 2016

Hola Todos!

Well for starters, I don't have a ton of time this week because I am visiting Baltimore and will have to cut the time short. Also, It seems that you are all curious about the weather here, which frankly I don't know why seeing as you can all just ask Google and get a more accurate answer, but Hey, maybe you want the forecast from the missionary perspective! As far as I am concerned it is cold. cold cold cold. Really the temperature isn't that bad, but because of humidity, the type of cold is different. The worst is when the wind blows which I thought only existed in Wyoming. All, in all not too bad though. We did see a light dusting yesterday though!

Highlights from this week:
1. First and foremost, Juan Carlos is progressing and such a man! He cam to church a second time yesterday and brought his friend! He wants to be baptized and we have a date set for January 1! Yeah I know a Sunday, but our Branch prefers it like that because more people show up if it is right after church, plus nobody is late!
2. Also, yesterday we had a super cool activity with the branch and we had lots of nonmembers there and it was way fun. 

I am so grateful for the faith and the feelings shown at this time of year! I just love it! Like I said, I don't have a ton of time to write, but I want to wish you all well.

Love you lots!

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Week #26 December 5 2016

Hola a Todos!

So I had a funny realization that this upcoming week will mark 6 months. It was at that moment that I had a little panic attack realizing that a fourth of my mission was gone! Time is definitely different here in the mission, but maybe it is just a side effect of busy life. Days are forever, weeks come fast and then months seem like they didn't even happen.

This week though has been super interesting!

Monday- Everything pretty much fell through, though we were able to visit a family who hadn't been to church for a few weeks, and then also a less active member, Hna Quiñonez.
Tuesday- We had District meeting and then we did some service with Hermano Nefi Barrientos. After that we had to finish some studies and then we had a miracle. Saida invited us over to go teach her cousin from Guatemala, Gervin. So we ended up over there and had a way cool lesson about the Book of Mormon.
Wednesday- We had an interesting day pretty much of just creating relationships with the members. All of our appointments fell through, but it seems that the Lord wanted us to strengthen the members that day.
Thursday- We met with Gervin again and taught about the Restoration. He was super awesome and wants to learn! We then were helped by Brother Cook our Young Men's President. We went on splits while they visited some of his home teaching families, Elder Jun and I tried to visit some investigators, but instead we were able to go with Presidente Castillo to visit Hna Quiñonez again. It was super cool because presidente was able to help her and her family feel the need to come to church, even if work won't let you.
Friday- We found a super cool investigator named Juan Carlos when we were trying to find someone else that lived in this house. He is a man who finds work by waiting at the Home Depot for someone to hire him. (That reminds me of the parable of the laborers a the different times of hire) Anyway, with the cold he has not been able to find work and is struggling for food. He was very excited to meet with us and learn. We set an appointment for Saturday. Later, we had correlation and ended up back at Saida's house with the Branch Mission Leader Hno. Ventura and also her uncle(she was rocking the missionary work this week!). We had an awesome discussion about a number of gospel principles. After we had to leave because it was getting late, but they all stayed and Gervin, her uncle and all of them watched the Testaments together.
Saturday- This was crazy! We didn't have the car, but we had appointments like none other to make! We went an walked to the Gemio's house and had lunch with them, then their son Alesandro took us to meet with Gervin again. It was way cool because he asked us for a chapter to read from the Book of Mormon! After that, we went and taught Josefina about the Plan of Salvation. We then went to Juan Carlos again. We get there and he is upstairs so we start talking to a lady named Patricia. We end up teaching both her and Juan Carlos the Restoration. He came down and was all ready to go to church! He had thought it was Saturday not Sunday. After them our appointment cancelled, but we went with presidente to visit Liliana who she and her husband have been investigating the church for a while now, though  the sisters have been teaching them. We shared a message and our testimonies and still had time. We decided to go and visit our investigator Santos. We go and teach again the Restoration and find many of his doubts.
Sunday-This is the big miracle! Juan Carlos came to church! Saida was so good and she stopped by to pick him up. He loved it! I taught Gospel Doctrine and he even felt so comfortable to make a comment during priesthood! Hear is the real miracle though; we find out later that he had been offered a job(for the day) for the first time in weeks today that payed at $25/hour but he declined instead to go to church with us. His faith had to have been incredible to trust that God would take care of him if he went to church. Remember he has no food and has not had work for weeks, yet he chose to come to church.

All in all it was a very miraculous week. I am sorry, but I forgot to take pictures this week. I think I just forget until Monday and then it's too late... I will do better!

If you have not already done so, check this out! 


 It's the Christmas initiative and it's all about service! Jesus Christ did it and so can we! 

#LIGHTtheWORLD



Sincerely,
Elder Haynie

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Week #25: November 28 2016

Hola Todos!

I have had a way busy week that has been way fun as well! For starters, My new companions are Elder Southwick and Elder Jun! Elder Jun is a fresh missionary right off the block and my trainee! Elder Southwick is just about ready to go home but has the energy of a bunny rabbit! They are way fun and I am learning lots. Elder Jun is from Orem, UT but was born in Korea. He speaks fluent Korean and now will be trilingual! All of the members keep giving him weird looks because he is an Asian speaking Spanish. Elder Southwick is from a little town called Battleground, WA. He is way awsome and loves to work hard. Side note, as a companionship we have been playing a game called 'what are the odds'. Long story short it is a little bit chancy. I lost and had to super glue a bottle to my face, but Elder Southwick accidentally got it in my hair and now I have this funny hard spot in my hair that won't come out. Luckily it isn't noticeable to see, but it is kinda awful in my hair. Though, Elder Southwick got the worst of it and let's just lave it at he had to do some crazy stuff! Elder Jun has spunk and is just plain awesome. We met up the other day with my old companion Elder Baum and his companion Elder Bowcutt to go and eat while they were down on a medical trip. We took our lunch and Elder Baum happened to bring his Flashbang hot-sauce.This stuff is CRAZY. I had to try it of course because there aren't many opportunities to try a sauce that hot. 1 drop will make a whole gallon of food be spiced up big time. Elder Jun took 4 and hardly flinched. He was like, "wow this is really hot"...went and got some Horchata... "Wow this is REALLY hot!" I took 2 drops and it immediately sent me into a teary hiccuping fit where everything was liquid flame and my insides just wanted to be on the out. My tummy ached super bad, but in the end it all worked out. Elder Jun said it!

Events and stuff this week!
Monday and Tuesday were a little stressful getting everything ready for the transfer, Wednesday we had meetings and transfers and fun missionary stuff. Thursday, we weekly planned then had a very fattening day. We started out early with a lovely breakfast with one of the members named Isabel Lopez and her Husband Andrew and her daughter Emma. (Pancakes, Sausage, yogurt, fruit,) LAter after planning, We had a dinner planned with our investigator Yotsy and Liz and their family. It was a jolly ole time! We arrive and they had started early, the only time Latinos start early is to eat..., but the had three ginormous plates with rice, purple looking potatoes, some sort of Peruvian steak stuff that was the bomb, Latino turkey, and this dessert that was like a cinnamon roll but different. Dinner 1. While their we had some awesome discussions and it was way helpful in building relations with them and discussing the gospel. Dinner 2. Directly after we headed to a part member family's house, Lino and his wife. Lino is Spanish, but his wife is from Cambodia! So, there were lots of fun people to talk to there. We had Asian food for this one which all tasted really goo, but we were already stuffed to the bone. We leave and they hand us huge pieces of cake as we walk out. Dinner 3. We head then to our Branch Mission Leader Alex Ventura's home for dinner 3. We get there and I am dying. We set out and there is lots of turkey and Spaghetti. I get to the point where I just say, "this food is really wonderful and I don't want to waste i, could I take it home with me?" Relief! My companion was being funny and decided to dish us up huge helpings. Funny thing though, he gave our new companion the throat and didn't tell him. The Venturas kept telling him, Elder Jun, that he didn't have to eat it, but he didn't know what they were saying and just nodded his head and said si. Way funny and a great day. Friday we went out and did service, had correlacion, dinner with a member, then we had some cancellations. Saturday was a day full of miracles where we were able to meet and teach most of our investigators. We had help fro the members and we found some new people to teach. Sunday, not a ton happened, but it was not near as exciting as Saturday. All in all a pretty awesome week.

Things I learned
1. Don't do dumb things. Slightly dumb thigs can turn to really dumb things fast and leave glue in your hair.
2. I appreciate healthy eating habits much more.
3. We for some reason didn't actually set our goals and write them down for Sunday. Setting goals is a way we show our faith that even though we might have cancellations, the Lord will make it possible anyway. There was an insane difference in that and just by showing the Lord that we are putting it in His hands. It wasn't that we didn't have good plans or not write them dawn, rather we simply forgot the numbers. The numbers though are a big way to show trust in the Lord. Just interesting.

All in all, things are going well! I am loving Frederick and Miracles are happening!

Sincerely,
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I am not sure if I sent this to you but there is a 12 mile per hour sign that just gets me every time I pass it.
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Me, Elder Southwik, and Elder Jun
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Elder Southwick lost and had to eat 2 boxes, and then 1 more box of Fruity pebbles in one sitting! He was sick that night...
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District Photo!(Hermanas_Hermana Colby, Hermana Matamoros,Hermana Hart, Sister Hufaker, Sister Hubenthal, Elderes_Me, Eler Lehnig, Elder Garcia Cordero, Elder Reeder)
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One more thought! All of you need to check out the Christmas initiative! Go to mormon.org and explore. Also all of the videos are on you devices in the LDS gospel library app.

Week #24: November 21 2016

Hola todos!

Soooo, I get to stay in Frederick! I will be trio training with the legendary Elder Southwick! It is going to be way awesome! It got cold here fast! It has been a little chilly, but two days ago we biked in the morning and it was hot. in the afternoon we were about to be blown away by the cold Wyoming-like wids that were about to turn us into kites with tags! We had a miracle as we were trying to head back to get some warmer things and get off the bikes when a member, just happening to have a trailer, picked us up and took us home. The cold is weird here.

As far as things this week, Things were kind of crazy. I did not get pictures taken this week because the Hermanas had my sd card all week until yesterday. Things it appears are changing everywhere, weather, companion, and whatever else all of you are experiencing. With change comes new things and a whole lot of learning. Though things around us change there are some things that do not change. nor will they because they are the things of God. We will always base our testimonies in Christ. God is our Father in heaven and loves us. The way to happiness is through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We had some really awesome blessings this week.
1. Washington. His first lesson was good, but we didn't know if he was really serious in his search for truth. (he was a little tipsy) Fun thing before the spiritual part, he says to us, "Is it bad that I help people? I mean if you want to borrow a car, go ahead I have four...(Say that part in a super humble voice...) BUT YOU BETTER BRING IT BACK OR i'LL KICK YOUR..." Super funny! He is way nice. we went back and he had read and had good questions. He is sincerely looking for truth and I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to teach him.
2. Yosty, who has been having a hard time finding faith in Christ, acted on our commitment to pray and ask if He is the savior of the world! It was awesome because though he did not do it maybe how we would expect, he was able to feel those confirming feelings from the Holy Ghost. There are certain things that will not change.
3. I have been trying to better learn how to receive personal revelation this week. I found that sometimes the reason we don't receive an answer is because we choose to blind ourselves to that answer.
4. Neat experience, but I should have put it first because it is not exactly happy. Our neighbor was in a pickle. We had done all we could to help him and tried to get a hold of people that could. He was in need of a miracle. It came to the point where all we could do was turn to prayer to let Go take care of where we had failed. You have to remember that our neighbor is not a strong believer, though he has had 3 near death experiences and recognizes gratitude for it. In that moment, I promised him that if he would kneel in prayer with us and show his faith to God, he would receive the miracle he needed. He did not have the faith to do so. We still prayed, though I am not sure what happened. I believe that things mostly worked out, but I know that there were greater things that could have happened. It made me think of a few stories in the scriptures. First, I thought of the Nefites as they were about to be destroyed, and also the Jaredites. They, after having a knowledge were living in rebellion against God and would not turn to Him. In their afflictions, they cursed God instead of humbling themselves and repenting to turn to God. I wondered, is this the judgements of God coming down because his unbelief after receiving wonderful miracles? I do not mean to say this in a bad way, rather as a learning experience. As I was writing this, I thought of another story, the one of the serpents where all they had to do was look and they would be healed. I learned some really good things from this, 1. these are the last days, 2. people have agency, 3. I learned how to see scriptures applied in real life, 4. I learned what a sure knowledge feels like, 5. God has all power and knows what we need and how to help us, 6. Our access to His power is limited/based upon our faith we give Him.

All in all I am excited to begin a new chapter here in Frederick Maryland!

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie

Week #23: November 14 2016

Hola Todos!

Quick miracle off the bat, I will not have to purchase a bike while out here because I was blessed to have one made available if I could fix it. Thank you Daddy for teaching me how to fix bikes. Though, tools do make it a ton easier...

This week was pretty interesting. Anyone who has been receiving these emails may have noticed that the past few weeks have been very hard as far as teaching. This week we truly had miracles.

Things I learned this week:
1. We don't receive blessings until after the trial of our faith.
It has felt like a spiritual drought, but the Lord saw fit to bless us bountifully. We found 6 new investigators this week, all with quite a bit of potential. Also, Yotsy has been praying with his family and is willing to search for truth and exercise faith to ask God if Jesus is the Savior of the World.
2. If we are not grateful for what we do have, it will be taken and used elsewhere. We had not used our time very effectively on Thursday, and so we ended up giving the car to the hermanas who needed it more than we did. Because of it, they had a miracle and were able to go and put someone on date.
3. When we repent, we gain the Lord's power. We did not receive miracles until after I had repented. I don;t know about my companion, but I know that I felt the need to do so and almost immediately after I did, and that includes me acting on my desire to be better, we began to see the miracles.
4. Our leaders are divinely appointed by God. I have two stories for this one. First, we had Zone Conference Friday and I was kind of shocked at how direct the guidance we received was to my needs. Remember that zone conference is forever long like 8 hours long. It was all pure revelation for what I needed. Also, it was by acting on what I heard that I saw changes. Also, I could literally see the role change as our old branch mission leader was released and a new one called. I could see the shift of who was directing the work. It was very cool.

Well, I forgot to take pictures this week...............whoops, but I did find investigators which is the important part!

I love you all lots!

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie

Week #22: November 7 2016


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Hola Todos!

I feel like we are all in a time of transition, but maybe that is me. This week we did a lot of finding and had exchanges. Elder Lehnig was my companion for a day, and he doesn't speak a lick of Spanish. Things went well though, and all was great. A little about him, he is huge! He likes video games and things of that nature. Also he likes to talk about deep doctrine and things like that. He is sometimes a little off in some ideas, but he is very interesting company. Overall, my week was pretty long and hard. It was truly a good week, but it has been hard to meet with our investigators. I had an experience that changed my whole look on who we are as members of the church.

1. This is really the only experience I would like to share because currently, all others don't compare enough that I cannot remember them at the moment. Last night we had the opportunity to meet with a member and his family, their friends and the branch president and his family. His name is Alex Ventura. After dinner, he came with us to visit one of our investigators. Gregorio could not meet with us, so we just talked to Hermano Ventura for a minute. On Saturday, he had the wonderful opportunity to receive his endowments. I have never seen or talked with someone who has as much conviction to live the gospel, who is so committed to keep his covenants. I have never seen a person that understood so much from the temple. He is completely consecrated, and is willing to give anything to show his service and willingness. He does not want any gory for it, rather he is living Alma 29:9. It is because of his love for God and the Lord. He is a captain Moroni; if all men were like him,the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

I cannot describe the feelings of love I felt for this wonderful man. I know the Lord loves each and everyone of us.

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie

Week #21: October 31 2016

Hola todos!
Estaba pensando y quiero escribir un momento en Español. Di un discurso el Domingo durante la reunión sacramental. Estoy muy agradecido por el amor del Señor que el me has dado. El siempre está cuidándonos y podemos ver la mano de Él en nuestra vida. Estoy muy agradecido por el Don de Lenguas y sé que es por el poder del Señor que puedo comunicarme en este idioma.

I hope that some of you are able to follow that. This week we have been doing a ton of contacting, but we have been blessed. We dropped I think 5 of our investigators. That is about half of them, and three of the ones we kept are from the same family. Needless to say, we had to put a lot of trust in the Lord this week. To top it off, we as missionaries gave the talks for Sacrament meeting this week. I was assigned to speak last. Personally, I felt like it was a miracle which I will explain a little more below. This week seemed long, but it was a trial of faith.

Good things!
1. At the start of the week we visited and had a wonderful lesson with a relatively new investigator named Lorena. She was super prepared to listen and accept. Sadly, before her lesson this Saturday, she went to her own church and her pastor told her she cannot meet with us anymore. It was super sad. I learned that everyone has their agency, and that there is an opposition. Also, it testifies to me that our message is true because there is no way that this sort of opposition just happens. The converse is also true in that when the Lord blesses, there is no comparison.
2. Though we may not have had super success until the end, we were being guided by the hand of the Lord. On Wednesday, things just did not go right for us, however, we did find many people that are prepared to receive the gospel, but they speak english. Despite this, we were where we needed to be when the Lord needed us to be.
3. Blessings come after the trial of our faith. We had not had great success but had a very full day of appointments planned for Sunday. All of them fell through. We did find a less active, who I'm not sure if he remembers that he was baptized. It then rained on us. Correlation canceled. Our Branch mission leader did bring us food. Later, an appointment we had confirmed, didn't show up and there were a bunch of drunk guys. At the very end of the day, we knocked, for the second time this day, on a potential who had previously been to church and is the cousin to a more or less recent convert. She gladly welcomed us in. We taught her about the restoration and that God's authority is on the earth. We invited her to baptism and she accepted. The Spirit knows all things, and testifies of all truth.

The Lord watches over us all.

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie​

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Week #20: October 24 2016

Hola Todos!
This week I am a little rushed to write. Just a quick note, did the pictures I sent last week work? I got a whole lot of emails asking for access or something.

This week in Frederick we did a lot of contacting. Many of our investigators we could not contact, so it has been a little bit of a turnover. I learned quite a bit because of this though. 
1. I learned first that the Lord puts people in your path. We were trying to visit someone yesterday, but instead we found a relative of one of our members. She had apparently attended church once and really enjoyed it and would like to come again.
2. I feel like this is the same with the scriptures. Even if it seems like you have been in an area and visited everyone, there is always someone.
3. Areas that seem like they don't have any Spanish population actually do! You just need to be diligent and ask lots of people.

I don't have a ton of time to email today, but I just want you all to know that I love you and that the work of the Lord is going forth. I have noticed that many of you are being very blessed. I don't know if maybe that is because you are looking for them, but I believe that the Lord has blessings for each and every one of us. D&C 82:10, 130:20-21,132:5.

As a side note, my mother asked how my spanish is and I am pleased to say that I am nearly fluent. I don't want to brag because by no means is my grammar perfect, nor do I know all of the words, but I can understand nearly everything, unless someone is cursing, and I can speak my mind nearly completely. I know that the power of the gift of tongues is real. I have been reading aloud the book of Mormon in Spanish and am in Helaman.

Sorry that I do not have pics. this week, but I did take them. Double next week! Sorry...

I am grateful for all of your prayers!

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Week #19: October 17 2016


Hola Todos!

This week has been kind of crazy. We worked hard, had lots of service, and kept things going here in Frederick! Honestly, this week started off pretty great, but was a little disappointing. We have been working hard with one of our investigators, and at the beginning of the week he was looking super exciting. He was excited to meet with us and learn. We met with him twice right off the bat, but then he canceled on us and we rescheduled. We came by, and though he was there, he did not come to the door or let us in. Also, he had said he wanted to come to church, but he decided against it. All in all, it just means that people have their agency. It is sad to see people who want to change decide not to. This does not mean that we are giving up hope on him, but rather we have to stop visiting him until he wants to keep commitments. I hope and pray that someday he will desire once again the light he has felt. Though, on the flip side, our other investigators seem to be making, though very slow, progress. Yotsy is really the one that is showing to me that God is watching over us. Initially he was just curious and just liked talking to us, now, he is excited to meet with us. He is beginning to see the effects of the truth in his life. The difficult thing with him is that he has TONS of questions and does not believe in Christ. The thing is, I can see it in his eyes that he wants to believe, but has doubts for the need of a savior. The cool thing is that things we have talked about in the Plan of Salvation just make sense to him. This week was hard to meet with him because his wife Liz had a migraine. We gave her a blessing. I learned that blessings have to be accepted and have their power because of the faith. I am not sure if they had the faith that what she was receiving was really going to work. The interesting thing was that I knew without a doubt that if she believed then she would have been healed on the spot. This did not happen though. I don't think it was that she did not have faith that God could heal, but rather that the power was actually being manifest to her. To top off the week we had a wonderful Noche de Hispanidad! I was very glad that things worked out because they overused us as missionaries to help set up for that thing! It was wonderful with food and dancing from all the Latin American countries!

So as summary because my thoughts and experiences were all over the place
1. People have their agency and it is a powerful thing. When we exercise it to follow Christ, the windows of heaven are opened, but we can also choose not to let them be opened.
2. The power of prayer in the name of Jesus Christ is amazing. I know that it is because of Yotsy's grain of faith to trust that his prayers would begin to be answered if he did it in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. There is great power in faith. I am convinced that the energy source of the universe is faith. The power comes from God, and through faith, we open ourselves to His love and Mercy.
4. We are all children of God. Though we look different, we all have divine heritage.

I love you all and thank you for your prayers.

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie

I am sorry for the quality of pictures, but my camera was dying ad the quality goes WAY down when that happens.





Week #18: October 10 2016

Hola Todos!

This week has been great! So I am not being transferred nor is my companion! This is pretty exciting to me because President indicated in my interview that I was pretty sure to be transferred to a half Spanish and half English(Zebra) companionship. Looks like not though!

This week we had success and interesting things.

1. I learned how much I love the people here, and because of that how much God loves us. I also decided I never want to be told I am leaving or staying until the actual day. It is not fun, but at the same time I learned a lot from it.
2. People recognize the truth of the Plan of Salvation. We are teaching a man and his family. Yotsy Ruiz. They are from Venezuela. He has been looking for truth and has a hard time believing in Christ. He has delved into the 'religion' Scientology but couldn't find peace in it. We have been having a hard time touching his heart, but the other day, we were able to talk about the Plan of Salvation and the premortal life. Things just sort of clicked for him. Also, they mentioned that they like having us over because they can feel a difference when we are there. Awesome!
3. The Spirit testifies specifically to people an their needs. We taught Zadir(This is correct this time) and he brought up baptism and the necessity. Also, he told us some of his concerns and we taught about tithing. It was very powerful and we were better able to direct the discussion to his needs.

These are some of the things that had impact on me this week. I know this letter is short, but I just don't know quite what to share. I feel though that I truly am inviting others to come unto Christ. I love you all!

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie

This is Alex Ventura. He is one of my favorite people here! Santidad Para El Senor! That's what we say to each other. I will try to get more pictures this week.

Week #17: October 3 2016

Hola Todos!

Holy Smokes! I don't feel like a week has gone by, but that is the way I guess. Life here in Frederick, MD is pretty great! We are teaching new people and doing the Lord's work! 

We had an awesome lesson the other day with a man named Ilario. (ilario) I think that's his name, though I am not entirely sure because it was the first time I had ever heard it. He is from the Dominican Republic, which means his Spanish is way different, but he is awesome! We were actually trying to teach his son-in-law, Johnzci, (yo-on-see) but he has six bouncing children so it was a little difficult to teach him. However, Ilario was there and we were able to teach the whole Restoration. The Spirit was strong and we invited him to be baptized the 30 of October. He has many things to change still, but the Lord will make all possible.

Later that day, we taught a man named Samir(In previous letters he may have been called Samuel, or Sadir, or Samil. His pronunciation of his name was weird, and he spelt it wrong last time we asked soooo) He struggles with accepting Joseph Smith and actually following through with commitments. He has a strong desire to learn but has no support from those around him. We visited him, and things just worked out. It was in this time we figured out why it was so hard to keep commitments and we are working hard with him.

Things I learned this week...
Well, I think perhaps I do not have time to share it all and that it may be difficult to number.
1. I didn't really learn this, but it was affirmed. The Apostles are prophets, seers and revelators. They are without a doubt the servants the Lord has chosen to guide His church. As I was watching conference, I just felt the Spirit testify of their divine mantel. It happened on every one of them. I could literally see it in them.
2. The Apostles have been inspired with revelation that we needed. As I was listening and thinking, the more I ponder, the more I realize how needed their message was for us.
3. They are missionaries as well. I found that throughout the conference, all the points of the lessons were covered.
4. The (again reaffirmed) Book of Mormon is without a doubt the true word of God and has been written for our day. Both because of the testimonies of the Apostles, and the manifestation I received, I know that it is true. Along the same lines, I know that the words written are written for us. I have been studying the war chapters this week and have been trying to apply and see the purpose behind why we needed them written for our time. Very interesting. Other thought, there is a devotional or something given by John Bytheway that helps get  you set in the mindset.
5. Preparation is key to receiving personal revelation. I don't think that I have ever been as prepared to listen to conference as I was this past weekend.

If there is any doubt that the Atonement can heal all, go and listen to the messages shared at this conference. There is no doubt to me of the infinite healing power that comes through Christ. Also, there is none on this Earth that doesn't need the relief it can bring. Consequently, there are none who do not qualify to receive these blessings. Repentance is not a burden, nor a means to make us feel guilt, however, it is a healing process that is one of the greatest gifts we have been given.

Words, and thoughts.

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie

I'm sorry I don't have more, but I keep forgetting to take them....

Week #16: September 26 2016

Hola Todos!

I will apologize early because I realized I did not take pictures this week...I will repent and do better. This week was a rough week at first. We had exchanges Tuesday and I got to go to an English area for a day with my district leader Elder Wadsworth. He is a pretty great missionary and knows how to work hard. Side note, I was feeling  little sick at the beginning of the week. This didn't stop me though! We had a great day and my companion got to lead the area! He did pretty well, lots of contacting, but he did well. Wednesday and Thursday were pretty rough, but Friday we made a comeback! We were truly guided to where we needed to be.

Things I learned and stories of Jesus(His hand in our lives)
1. When your companion is mad at you and you are frustrated with them, talk it out, be humble, and you feel way better and improve your relationship. This Thursday we got frustrated with each other, but used companionship inventory and all is well now. What amazes me is how we can be so frustrated for no reason.
2. The Lord guides us. We went to an area we normally don't go to at that time of day and we had miracles happen. That day, and really every day, but that day was obvious, we were led to those who needed us in the moment they needed.
3. We are in a war with morality. There is a reason that there are many chapters about war in the Book of Mormon. We also know how we should fight it.
4. People are blind and stubborn, which is why it is important to bring the Spirit. Sometimes people will agree with everything, but deny because they have been told it is false. But, the field is white and ready to harvest. There are also those who feel the Spirit and accept without question because of the feeling they have felt.

I don't have much time this week, and maybe that is just a weekly occurrence. I love you all and hope the best is going for you as well.

Sincerely,
Elder Haynie