Mt. Isa

Mt. Isa

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November 28, 2011

Hey Family,

Thanks for the emails. It sound like it has been an eventful end of the week with dad getting released as Bishop. That is so exciting. Let me know who the replacement is and how things turn out. Write me a message Colin and tell me how Thanksgiving is going and what crazy stuff you’ve been up to. I love the talk (from Stake Conference) dad, it is really good. Thanks for forwarding that to me. We can now call home via Skype for Christmas so just to let you know that is probably how we’ll do the call home. I'm not sure about the detail regarding how it works or even when it'll be yet but just to give you a little heads up… My Comp's done it before so it won’t be a problem I reckon, unless I get transfer and then who knows, lol. I'm hoping I stay here for Christmas at least but it’s hard to say.

It has been a good week; long at times but good. We've found some promising potential investigators this last week so hopefully, in the next week; we'll help them progress a good deal. Two of them have basically said they'd seriously consider joining the church just from past experiences with missionaries, in one case, or the examples of members they know in the other. It’s really excited for all that to happen in just a couple of days. I feel very blessed to have these people to work with. It’s rare to have people that are actually cool having missionaries come over and visit. This is the last week of the transfer so who knows what will happen come next Sunday. We have a couple of people in the Zone that will be moving so we'll be going to transfers in Brisbane next week. Also we have to go down for a Zone Leader council this week so we'll be doing a little bit of traveling which isn't bad. It is a good drive and all.

Things are getting warm here. Luckily we have the ocean breeze to keep the temperatures down. I guess I'll do a week in review for you... Monday we basically shopped or window shopped most of the day and then went and got some ice cream by the beach. Tuesday we had a Zone Conference with the AP's and Mission President which was good. They talked a good deal about effective planning and keeping good records, they also announced the new mission goals for the coming year. Instead of focusing on overall baptisms we'll be working on trying to break the Zone’s record for over all baptisms in a month. Our Zone’s highest is 7 so that is our goal. Each set of Companions will be expected to get one baptism to meet the goal. We're hoping with the new people that we have coming up, we'll be able to meet that goal for next month and if not then the month after. Wednesday was pretty normal, finding and contacting potentials, a Stake missionary correlation meeting and that was about it. Thursday it rained for the first time in November so we did basically the same as Wednesday except we did our best to dodge the rain storms. That night we went over a member’s house and had a big Thanksgiving feed. It was really good, honestly. It was mostly organic, heaps of food, and then heaps of dessert. It was a good Thanksgiving but not the same a back home, lol. Friday was our planning day but as it turned out we had to teach a couple of lessons so planning didn't really happen. It was Friday when we found the promising potentials so it was a good lead into the weekend. Saturday we did our planning and then tried to visit and find people. We also tried to get things coordinated for one of our investigators to get to church. Sunday was good. We were expecting more people at church but most didn't make it. We'll get them next week though. We did get another referral which was exciting. As it turned out she's an American lady in about her 70's. She is a little crazy but that is nothing new for missionaries.

Well that was my week in a nut shell. We're thinking about going to a Ginger factory today so that should be fun. Since we have transfers next week, I don’t know if I’ll be writing Monday or Tuesday, so yeah, just a heads up. Thanks for messages. Love you heaps. Have a great week.

Elder Hatch

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