Monday, October 9, 2017

Preaching the Good Palabra

Well, this week has been super crazy!  Well first off, on Thursday I hit my 1 year mark in the mission! That was awesome! (Mom I did it, haha).  Got me thinking a lot though again on the things that I have learned this last year in my life... and I've learned a lot. 

Exciting news!  A member here bought me Dunkin Donuts!!!!  YES DUNKIN DONUTS IS HERE IN ECUADOR!!!! I think there's like only 1 in Utah haha!  And it was awesome because y'all know that America Runs On Dunkin!

Also this past week we bought matching ties for the whole zone!  They're awesome!  And also...we had a Bautismo!  Finally!  We have been out one for awhile!  She's 9 years old so the Primary in her ward is very happy haha! 

So right during the bautismo the APs called us and told us that we all had transfers!!!!  WHAT???!!!  The transfer was supposed to be the next week but it came a week early!  My companion left me!!!  And now I'm with Elder Boyack from Spanish Fork, Utah!  We have the same time in the mission and he's dope!  So finally I get to be blessed with a gringo companion! 

On Saturday morning, President Moreno gave my companion and me permission to go to the hospital to give a blessing to a member but the rules here are that only one of us was allowed to enter the hospital.  President told us it was okay and so my companion dipped into the hospital with the member's son who lives in Las Vegas and yes, I was left alone for 30 minutes or so in the crazy Guazmo Sur de Guayaquil!  I was only a little scared but all is well! haha!  

Things are good here and not much else has been going on!  I hope all is well back home!!!

Read the Book of Mormon this week!  Read Alma chapter 56 and Moroni chapter 9!

Gracias por todo!

Elder Hoole

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Monday, October 2, 2017

1 Year Down!

Well, this week hits my 1 year mark in the mission!

If I wrote down everything that I have learned in this past year, I would never finish this email.  But I thought I would share a few things that I have learned so far in the mission field:
1) God knows me personally.
2) Love everyone you meet. 
3) God gives us trials so that we can find strength.
4) Faith is super powerful!
I could keep on going with this list, but this past week a lot happened!
1) We had a zone conferencia with 3 other zones here in Guayaquil with Presidente. As a mission, we are going to read the Book of Mormon together! We started Sunday morning and we will finish on May 31st next year!  It's super cool!  We always hear about the importancia of reading the Book of Mormon so it will be cool to do it as a mission!
2) Wednesday all the Zone Leaders had another meeting to figure out why we have been lacking in baptisms as a mission! We have had a difficult time lately, and need to figure out what is wrong. We need to do a better job with teaching the doctrine to the people we are teaching and also working more with the members.
3) In our zone last week, we got some super sad news. An elder's dad passed away. It has been super sad and hard for all of us. This particular missionary is a stud and from Peru.  He has 8 months in the mission and is going to stay here and finish serving.  Super sad for him but it is such a great act and example of faith to all of us.
4) I loved watch general conferencia this past weekend! Got me super trunky with seeing home.  It looked like it was raining a bit in SLC! 

This has been an awesome time out here in the mission!  I have truly learned so much! Thanks for all the help with first year!  This is the Church of Jesus Christ!  If it wasn't, I would've dipped back home in week 4 of this thing haha!  I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that we have the fulness of the gospel here on the earth!

Thanks for everything.

Elder Hoole











If you want to read the Book of Mormon along with us, 
here is the schedule our mission will be following. 


 Our zone!


 Encebollado with the APs and my companion today
It is a fish soup made here.  Yum!!!


 I love granadillas!  They are so delicious!!!


 This is so yummy!!!  Very sweet and delicious!!!!


 One year down in the mission!  


 The traditional one year shirt burning.  


 There it goes...
And it's done!



Monday, September 25, 2017

MILAGROS EN LA GAUSMO SUR!


Well this week was a pretty good week!  We had some really good success and saw a lot of miracles!  I don't really know where to start.  First I will start with last night!  We have an investigator that has been an investigator for 19 years!  Her daughter is in the mission field in Argentina and her other son is a member here in the church. She´s also been a mamita (a lady who helps care for the missionaries) for 12 years and has talked with so many missionaries.  Well she never really wanted to get married, but for some reason this last week something changed! She told her son that she wanted to get married and she wanted to be baptized! So last night at 6:00pm, my companion and me, the Bishop, Elder's Quorum President, and 4 other members went to her house to talk with her and BOOM!!!!  So powerful!  We read her some killer scriptures about the blessings of marriage and then her nephew who served a mission in Mexico gave his testimony and he just started to cry so hard and then she cried, and then the bishop cried and it was so COOL!  BIG Miracle!  She will be baptized the 14th!  This week and the next we are going to help her with her papers to get married.  Her daughter who is serving in the Argentina mission is going to be able to skype us for the wedding and baptism!!!  Pilas!!!  We are so pumped!  Our goal also is to work with her husband and teach him more about the Church but he doesn't have too much of a desire yet!  But who knows?!  So that was awesome!

Another miracle we saw this week was something that started about a month ago.  We had a member of our ward who was really sick, so she went to the doctor and they told her that she needed to cut her arm off because she had cancer and didn't want it to spread.  She didn't feel good about it so my companion and the other companion who was here before me gave her a blessing and BAM - now no more cancer!  WHAT!?!?  It was crazy when we found out.  So this miracle happened in their family and now her niece is going to get baptized because she now knows that God answered their prayers and that this Church is true!

Not much else really happened this week. We are working really hard!  My companion is from Mexico and he has been super sad this week with all the earthquakes!  But he's feeling better now!  I hope that all of you are getting prepared for disasters that could happen too!  I saw a dog eat a dirty diaper this week and then next to it just sitting there were two giant dead rats, so that was pretty gross.  Lots of really dirty things this week and yeah, I kinda cried a few times using this hole that was supposed to be a toilet. hahaha  There are really good people here and one of the members took my shoes yesterday that are falling apart and said that he could fix them up for me, so hope I get to see them back soon and that they are put together!  hahaha

Get our your Book of Mormon or just look it up online and read these scriptures I have for all of ya!

1 Nephi chapter 7 and Mosiah 24:16

DON'T FORGET TO WATCH GENERAL CONFERENCE THIS WEEK!  SATURDAY and SUNDAY!

Love y'all!
Elder Hoole


 This man was selling bananas on the street with his donkey pulling the cart.


 In the church building


 Streets of Guayaquil


 Lunch time!


 The streets we walk on


 Neighborhood stores


This is how many of the apartment areas look in Guayaquil.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Weeks Speed By!

VOOOOOMMMM

This past week was so fast!  First, we had a meeting with Presidente and all the Zone Leaders on this past Wednesday and it was so incredible and awesome!  Great meeting and I gotta see a lot of my friends AND the office has A/C so it was nice to get out of the heat for a little while!  Presidente really wants us to work better at contacting people everywhere and spreading the gospel with everyone we see each day!

So being called to be a Zone leader has been eye opening, but man is it hard sometimes! haha  But it sure makes the days go by faster to be so busy all of the time so that's cool! 

We had a lot of missionaries this week with great baptisms and it is our job to make sure that their investigators have the right baptismo clothes for their baptisms, so we were running all over Guayaquil trying to get these baptismo clothes for all of these elders.  It was crazy running errands!
 
So we just received a new Ward Mission Leader this past week in this ward and he's awesome!  He works with us everyday and it's so helpful!  They make a difference!

Nothing much else happened.... well yeah, other stuff happened but I'm gonna have to save those stories for after the mission hahaha!  I don't want to scary my mommy!  hahah!

LOVE YA!

Elder Hoole!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Back in Guayaquil!!!

GUAZMO!

Well it's my first week back in Guayaquil and I miss my mommy more than ever... hahaha nah I'm just joking!  But I do miss the wonderful hot showers I had in Cuenca and the nice brisk mountain air!  Here in Guayaquil it is really hot and very poor.  It's pretty sad, but honestly the Church members here are pilas (awesome) and if we walk in to a member's house, BAM there is food for us!  And that is just really awesome! 

So the work is progressing.  We have a couple of baptisms coming up which should be great for our area. Tomorrow I am excited to be going back into my old sector to work and see my old converts and investigators! Super pumped about that!  My companion Elder Oy is from Cancun Mexico.  We are already planning on when I can visit him there after our missions!!!  So dope!

This last week was hard.  The people here can't really understand my gringo accent here and that was really hard for me to realize.  And I also had some problems understanding them too. They definitely speak a different dialect of Spanish here along the coast and it's really going to take me awhile to get used to it again!  They speak super fast here and don't say the S in words.  I feel like I forgot all my Spanish now that I live here!  They really understood my accent better in Cuenca! 

I did give a talk yesterday in church about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  I only had 15 minutes to prepare what I wanted to say...that is always hard!  So my new calling as a Zone Leader is good but it is also pretty hard because to be honest, a lot of the time I have no idea what half of the Spanish speaking missionaries are saying when they have problems.  So I just am at the point where when they tell me they have a problem I tell them to say a prayer about it to get their answer!  (Yes I do know how to say that at least in Spanish haha). 

Not much else really has been going on...Feel free to keep on sending me mail and emails! Thanks for all of the love!  GO UTES!  GO BENGALS! 

p.s. Please eat at Carl's Jr. today!!!  That sounds so good!!!!  There is a Chili's restaurant in my sector and my companion and I are going there on my year mark so that is exciting!!!

And I am naming my first kid Guazmo!  Also...if you want to see where I live, check Guazmo Sur on Google earth! 

Elder Hoole

 Shoe shine


 All I want for Christmas

















This is my Zone

Monday, September 4, 2017

Big Changes!

Big Changes!

This last week was crazy!  First off, I got to spend 3 days with my boy Elder Layton and preach this good word and it was so awesome, all because my companion had to go to Guayaquil to get his visa!  It was so awesome to chill with an American! 

Also, this past week we had interviews with the Pres. and they went awesome. He asked me how I do my personal studies and I told him that every week my parents send me a good conference talk to read and study for that week and he thought it was such an  awesome idea!  So that was cool. 

Well, last week was the last week also in the transfer and I was really kind of hoping to go to a new area and Saturday night President Moreno called me and said that I have changes to Guayaquil, but as a Zone Leader! I'm super excited and pumped!  I'm back in Puerto Nuevo!   And yes, it's still SUPER HOT!  SUPER POOR!  AND SUPER DOPE!!!!  It should be a good time! 

My companion is Elder Oy from Mexico! He has like 4 months here so he'll have changes in October!  Also I have 11 months in the mission!!!  Super crazy!!! 

Well I'm doing well!  Hope all is well back home.  I love you all and my family so much!  Tell Moose thanks for the great email and to keep killing it on the field!  It's killing me that I can't watch my team this year!  Say some good prayers for me while I'm working down here in Guayaquil!!!

Happy Birthday To Moose, Christian, and Dad!!!!!

Love y'all!
Con Amor
Elder Hoole

August 28, 2017

Well todo bien aqui en Ecuador!

This past week had some really good moments and also some downers...

First off, we went and taught the less active lady we found and her kids about the Church!  So her kids aren't members and are 15 and 14 years old!  We explained to them about the mission and taught them the first lesson, and then we invited them to be baptized and they said yes!!!  So that's super dope!!  We just gotta get them coming to church now!  The mom told us it is her dream for her son to go on a mission!  Super AWESOME!!! 

We also found the sweetest and cutest grandma this past week!  She said she doesn't like to talk to other religions because she has her religion right now, but she felt like we had a good spirit and could really feel something more with us!  She is so awesome.  Se llama Susana!  She is just a really nice person and makes me feel good about serving a mission hahah!  We are gonna work a lot with her this week with members and try and set a baptism date!!!  So those were some good things! 

Also, I gave a talk in church!!  And I felt like I nailed it! They gave me a day to prepare and I talked about the talk from the last general conference by Elder Mark Bragg!  It was a super good talk!  Y'all should read it!  

So my companion had to leave to go to Guayaquil today to go get his visa fixed so I'm with my boy, my brother, my bff in the mission for 3 days or so!!!  ELDER LAYTON!!!  He's from Utah; Draper, Utah!  And we all know the same people and yeah, now there are 4 gringos in the same house all from Utah for a few days and it's gonna be awesome!!! haha  So yeah, God answers our prayers!  It's so good to be with people from home for a few days now and then!  hahah 

I'm doing swell! Gracias por la amor y ayuda!

Con amor 

Elder Hoole

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hello mi friends!

Hello mi friends...

This week was an okay week... first off I'm done with rice haha!  I don't know how they eat rice every  meal everyday!?!  Very thankful for different types of food in the US!  

But yeah anyway...this week was tough... a lot of people told us to stop coming by and that they didn't want to hear from us anymore...and that's always super sad and tough.  So we started this past week with 4 really good investigators with baptism dates and we ended with 0.... haha that's the missionary life I guess!  But then last night something really cool happened!  

It was like around 8:30 and we took a taxi home.  We still had about 30 minutes to be outside so we decided to track the houses around our house (we thought for sure every missionary before us had done it, but we thought we would still give it a try!).  So we knocked one house and nothing came of it and then we knocked another house and the lady came out and we started to talk with her and she told us that she was a member!!!  She said she hadn't been to church or active in 15 years but she used to be a primera tacher and all that good stuff!  WE LIVE 7 HOUSES FROM HER AND SHE'S LIVED THERE FOR 4 YEARS!!!  What has been going on here!??  She told us she has 3 kids that are 15,14 and 2 years old and that she is divorced and none of her kids really know about the church and that none of them are baptized!  She invited us to come back tomorrow!!!!  So yeah, we were so pumped!  Right by our own house!  Then she said she always has seen the missionaries but has been too scared to talk to them!  It was so crazy!! So yeah, that was super dope!

Not much else to share!  Thanks for the love and support everyone!!!

Elder Hoole

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Working and Preaching in Cuenca

Another rapido week here!

This week was so fast!  We started off by helping some guy move a pile of rocks to another pile of rocks and it was a super waste of time haha but it's good to serve...I guess haha. 

This week, we also worked a lot better with members and with them helping us by coming to lessons!  It was awesome!  Our convert, Hermano German from the DR who has been a member for 4 weeks, came with me and then my companion went to a different lesson with the Bishop.  So my lesson with Hermano German and me was sooo awesome!  I started to talk about our faith and the gospel and then German just took over and just started to preach like he'd been in the mission for 3 years and it was so dope!!!!!  I just sat there smiling!  It was so great! Such a powerful convert and not only that he also taught Elder's Quorum this past week about the Priesthood and it was awesome too! So that was really cool!

I had a really powerful experience with my companion this week too. He's new in the mission and only has been out here 8 or so weeks, and this week he told me that he didn't really have a testimony about the church. So yes, I was pretty shocked... and at first I didn't know what to say and do....I just sat there for a few minutes, and then BOOM I just started to preach to the kid and pulled out scriptures for him to read, and I was like, "Dude, you need to go pray and pray like the Prophet Enos in the Book of Mormon!"  It was so awesome and powerful and then yeah he did that and went and prayed and after he did it, he told me that he got an answer! It was awesome!

It reminded me of my mom when I told her that I wasn't gonna play football my Junior year in high school and she really preached to me that I should!  Man, moms are awesome!  GO mommy!  I love you! 

That's about it for last week!  We have a family home evening tonight and they want us to teach about Marriage... can you say TRUNKY!!!  haha But yeah, it should be fun and also really funny haha! 

This week we are blessed to have Zone Conference again with President!  He wants us all to come prepared and having read Alma 31, 32, and 33!  Maybe y'all can too!

Thanks for all!

Con amor
Elder Hoole

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Walk Up the Mountain

Hello mi Friend!

Well, this was a really good work week!  (finally)  We talked with a lot of people and 1 person finally came to church!  It was awesome!  We also started the week with 1 baptisme date, but we ended with 4 people that have committed to get baptized in the coming weeks!  It was awesome!  It was way hard work this week, but we also had some fun.  

We (well, I) decided to walk up the mountain in our sector this past week and it took us 2 hours hahah!  I was telling my companion to always remember this moment because we are the first missionaries to walk here ever, and then I told him when we arrived at the top that we were also the last because there was no way we were going to do that again hahah!  It really was so hard!  I was dying and so was my companion haha!!!  The best thing was that we found at the top of the mountain a nice lady who was like 100 years old who had her own farm with a ton of ducks and dogs.  So we decided we had been sent there to talk to her about the church... she couldn't read but she had so much faith in the gospel message!  It was so dope!  We started to talk to her about how God knows her and that she will live with Him again and after we talked with her, she started to cry so much and it was so sad but also so cool to teach her!  But yeah, I really don't think we will be going on any more hikes to the top of the Ecuador mountains.  However, it was super cool and the lady was super nice and said we could come back whenever we wanted to. So yeah that was an awesome part of my week! 

It's also way more fun living with 2 other gringos that lived 20 minutes from me back home in UTAH!  It's great because we all know the same people and we are such good buddies.  The weather here really makes me think of home and then I ate Captain Crunch cereal this week and it made me miss home a little bit too!!! hahah

The work here is going really well!  If you have some time this week, please read Alma chapter 48 in the Book of Mormon.

Thanks for the love and support!

To my friends heading out on their missions:  good luck to all the new missionaries going out!  You'll need it haha lol!!!

Con Amor
Elder Hoole

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Middle of the World

Another great week here in the middle of the world! 

Well, again, none of our investagators came to church... that is always super hard on me... we work hard all week...and...BAM!  Nobody comes haha, but that's ok!  This week will (I hope) be a lot better!  Last week we had a goal to talk to 100 people and yeah, Satan knew that goal and he did everything he could do to make sure that goal didn't get completed. Usually we talk to lots of people while we are riding on the buses and this week, every time we tried to talk to people the bus driver freaked out at us and wouldn't let us talk!  Also, the weather was super rainy this week so not too many people were really out and about!  But we did talk to a good handful and we are working a lot better with the members!  We have some good goals to get people to come to church with us this week.

We did set a new bautismo fecha!!! Se llama Fabian! He's 24 and he's the guy who works in the cyber (computer room) in the street! The goal is 19th of agosto!  We have some good faith that it will go through!  He just needs help to come to church with us at least 1 more time!  

Other than that, I ate a really good hamburger this week and today for p-day we helped move a gringo family into a new house here!  Have to admit, it was super weird to be around English speaking people!  So yeah, all is well here!  Just gotta find some people to teach!  The goal as a district is to have 16 fechas para 13 de agosto!  That's 4 for every companionship!  I know we can do it! 

So yeah, all is well with me here!  Thanks for the love and support and for going on summer trips without me haha! Thanks for the great letters from my family and the Roes!!!  Loved it!!!!

CON AMOR
Elder Hoole

P.S. I hit 10 months this week!  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Pioneer Day!

HAPPY PIONEER DAY!!!! 

Well this week was what I like to call a mas o menos type of week!  A lot of good happened and also a lot of bad happened.. First the good news!  We had Zone Conference this last week and it was awesome! We talked a lot about how we can each individually become more like Christ right now in our lives, so that as we continue to get older our lives will be better and we can rely on Him.  It was an awesome talk and made me think!  I love Presidente Moreno and his family!  I always feel so good after he talks!  So that was super awesome!  Also one of the wards here in Cuenca is just gringos so they threw a party for Pioneer Day and it was so fun!  We had some investagadors go and we watched 17 milagros! Love that movie! (I forgot how to spell milagros en english jajaj) So that had a great turn out, but it was outside and it started to rain, so it kind of killed everything.  However, after that my companion and the Zone Leaders and I bought Mandingos!!! (a 2 foot long hot dog for 2 dollars) and it was so yummy!  jajaja!  

But yeah now the bad...This week was way hard! I got yelled at a lot and nobody came to church! Super sad but I hope this week will be better!  Elder Bolen (our Zone Leader) ended the mission today and it was so sad to say goodbye to him!  haha If you're down in Provo and see an Alex Bolen tell him I say hi!  So yeah that was way sad and also nobody came to church and that is always a huge bummer!  Right now, we don't have too many people to teach. This week our goal is to talk to 100 people!  Yeah, it probs won't happen but if it does I'm buying us all pizza! jaja 

So yeah basically all is well with me right now!  Hopefully this week will be better! 

Gracias por la amor! Les Amo mucho! 

Con Amor 

Elder Hoole

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bad English!

This week was very bad ENGLISH!!!  Hahaha  2 times this week we knocked on doors and they only knew English and I will tell you what, I have no idea how to contact people in English. It sounds so weird and funny to talk about the Gospel in English to me now (I guess that's why I'm speaking Spanish haha), but yes, let's just say I hope the next person I street contact who speaks English forgives me for my bad English speaking skills hahaha! 

Well, this last week was also very awesome because we had 2 awesome full chevere baptisms!  Se llaman German and Juan!  The baptisms were awesome and we had a lot of support from the ward members here! My little child (the new elder I am now training) had the awesome opportunity to baptize German and it was so great! Now our goal is to contact full and find some new people to teach!  SO...yeah this past week was awesome and now President Moreno is coming up to Cuenca this week for a Zone Conference and that means we will get to have a lunch without RICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

All is well right now! This is the last week that Elder Bolen will be in the mission (he is currently our Zone Leader) so we will be eating very well every night during the week!  We also have a great investigator right now, se llama Fabian and he is 24 years old and loves the church!  So the great missionaries who are currently learning in the Mexico MTC teach him with us over Skype and that is so crazy and so fun! 

All is well with me right now! Thanks for the love and support! 

CON AMOR
Elder Hoole

maxwell.hoole@myldsmail.net

Monday, July 10, 2017

Update from Cuenca!

Week 600 in Ecuador...I think. LOL

Well, this past week was a pretty good week!  We have found some really great investigators lately and that has been a huge answer to our prayers!   Last week, I had to buy a new pen so we went into a store and the kid that was working there was really interested in the church and told us that he really wanted to change his life, so we set a time to come back and visit with him. Well, we went back and he had been on LDS.org and on other websites from our church, and had even been chatting with the online missionaries about the church!  So yeah it was awesome!  So my companion and I invited him to get baptized and he said yes!  He came to church this past week and he was so confused but he loved it and he even knew some of the members!  It was so great!!!  

Well, we got some of our investigators here interviewed by President and this week we will finally have 2 awesome baptisms for sure!  Se llaman German from the DR and Juan from Cuenca!  We are so excited!  

All is well right now!  My companion is a really good kid. He has so many questions about the church and he is a fun guy to be around! 

That's about all for this week!  I also did hit 9 months last week!  ESO!!!  haha 

Thanks for the love and support!

Elder Hoole


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ohhh CUENCA!

First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GREATEST COUNTRY!!! USA USA USA. Hahaha 

Well all is well right now for me in the middle of the Earth! This last week was a bit sad. We almost had a baptism this week but it didn't happen! Our investigator thinks he needs a few more weeks and just didn't feel ready! So that put a huge damper on our week but we did find 3 new investigators this week and set 2 new baptism dates! So that was a great highlight! The work here is coming and it's great to see the progress!  We have an investigator who is moving to New York City soon, so hopefully Elder Budge can meet up with him there!  We have a new investigator from the DR next to Haiti!  And he loves Utah Jazz basketball and hates the RED SOX so I have a great time talking with him!

Yesterday my companion and I taught the Elder's Quorum class about the importance of going to the temple. It was a great lesson I felt like and the members shared some great stories about the temple for them!  Other than that not much has happened this week. Super normal and super fast!  I HIT 9 MONTHS THIS WEEK!  That is super crazy and super fast!  I have learned so so so much.  Right now my favorite chapter in the Book Of Mormon is Moroni 7! So many great things to learn from that chapter!  

Well thank you for the love, the support, and the emails!  Hope all is well back home!

Con mucho amor
Elder Hoole

Yummy lunch food!  No rice!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stay Away From Rabbit

Well, I'm 20!  Great birthday last week.  So this past week was good and bad in parts. The bad first. My companion and the sister missionaries and I have all wanted to eat cuy (Guinea Pig) so our investigator Bryan made us some cuy....but it turned out to be rabbit....he fed us rabbit and it was so gross haha it kinda made us all sick all week but that was good because now I can say that I have eaten rabbit and never have to eat it again! 

My new companion who I am training is scared at times to talk in front of people (and sometimes so am I) but I decided to be a good example for him so this past week we talked while riding on the bus here and preached in front of like 50 people each time and it was so scary haha!  The first time the bus hit a huge bump going like 20 mph and I fell over and it was so funny but it felt good to preach and share our testimonies in front of a bunch of people!  Also we had a pretty weird lesson this past week. We have a family here that has been investagating the church for 5 months and we somehow in our lesson started to talk about baptizme and baptizms in the temple and they told us that our church was not true because there isn't water in Africa to baptize people and they told us to stop coming by....so yeah that was weird haha!  

Some good news now.  We might have a baptizme this week!  He actually hasn't had really any lessons but he has everything else that he needs! So we are going to go hard this week and teach everything so that we can maybe get a baptizme this week here in Cuenca!  That would be so awesome!  Other than that the work here is going along and we are really trying to talk to everyone we see and it seems to be going well!  Our goal this week is to talk to 84 people as a district and get some awesome new investagators!  Last night, we had a family night lesson with about 20 members and I taught the lesson.  It was a little scary but it all went well!

We went to the mall today for pday because I was hoping to buy a new suit.  They didn't have my size in the pants so that was a bummer.  

Well, I hope all is well back home!  If you have some time read 3rd Nephi chapter 5!  I like it a lot!

Con Amor,
Elder Hoole

Also the new Transformers movie looks like it will be so cool hahaha!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cuenca - Birthday and Photos!

Hola!

Well, this week has been awesome, crazy, very fast, and funny!  So first, as you know I am training and my son's name is Elder Quintana and he's from Lima Peru.  He is so cute and little and has so many questions!  I make sure to help him in anyway that I can!  He is a sweet and nice kid!  So training so far has been dope! 

Also this week we had Stake Conference here and it was great!  The Guayaquil Temple President came up and spoke to the stake of Cuenca and so did our Mission President!  Great talks for sure.  So when I went to church on Sunday, all of the HEFY (Humanitarian Especially For Youth program) kids were there and that was super weird to talk to people from Utah here!  hahah  But it was awesome! 

Well today is my birthday so big shout out to everyone that wished me a happy birthday!  Yes, it made my day! Yesterday at the church here the sister missionaries and the ward threw me a birthday party and it was so fun!  The ward here is great and really hard working!  My new companion and I are really working hard and training to find those people who are ready to hear the gospel!

Today we went to centro de Cuenca to shop and walk around and we found these hats (see photo) hahah!  I ate the best crepes today and we had pizza too.  Oh also, with the Spanish accent my last name sounds like HULK so everyone here calls me Elder Hulk hahah, so the sister missionaries bought me an Incredible Hulk action figure for my birthday!!! haha 

Not much else has happened here.  It is getting a lot colder and yesterday I ate cow stomach hahah! 

Welp hope all is well!

Con Amor
Elder Hoole


Fur hats!


 Cuenca monument


 Birthday cake and soda


 Birthday poster from companion and sister missionaries


 Chips, guacamole, cake and treats!


 Elder HULK 


 The best crepes ever!


Cuenca


Ecuador style hoodie


Good Bye Dinner with last companion


Dinner with companion and member


Missionary selfies!






Delicious


View of the city of Cuenca