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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Trunky Call

On Wednesday, July 25th we received Kiefer's "Trunky Call".  It was an email with his Proposed Return Travel Itinerary for November 7th.  How can a mother help but be trunky?  The following are the most important details for the email.

Qantas Airways  07Nov  Brisbane to Los Angeles 13:05 Duration
American Airlines 07 Nov  Los Angeles to Dallas  3:00 Duration

Qantas Boeing 747-400

With his layover, Kiefer will have about a 20 hour travel day. Brisbane time will be 16 hours ahead of EST (Dallas time) in November.  So when he gets home on Wednesday afternoon, it will feel like early Thursday morning to Kiefer.

Monday, July 30th will be the "100 days left" date of his Mission.  Not that I am keeping track...

We are so proud of Kiefer and know that he will use his last 100 days in the Mission Field wisely.

July 23, 2012

Well yeah, this last week has been interesting; pretty normal honestly. The work keeps moving on. Highlights of the week: We had a Zone Conference on Wednesday which was very uplifting and fun. That was a good experience.   The Mission President talked a lot about the great apostasy and they trained us on how to get the Ward's area books up to date and going.  I got to see a couple of old companions and friends which was good. A couple of them will be dying (released) soon so it was good to catch up.

We met a nice lady while tracting this last week that said we could come back and help her in her gardens. I'm looking forward to that this coming week. Hopefully we can share the gospel with her as we work.  Yeah, that’s the plan in the coming week. We have a couple of people to follow up on and a referral to contact so we're hoping for the best.

To answer your questions, I'm not sure if I'll be killing off Elder Sin (current companion) or what. I kind of hope so but we'll see. He only has one more transfer after this one so less than two months. Crazy. Yeah. IDK what will happen in the next couple of weeks. It will be interesting. It hasn't rained a much in the last week which has been good. It makes the work easier. We're still in the 4-way flat. The Thai elder is still here but the one from Idaho has moved on and now we have an Elder from England here. It a pretty good flat and we get along pretty well.

Yeah that’s the haps in the last week or so things are going well. Nothing too crazy... I did get a phone call, Mum, that we as missionaries call the trunky call. I'll just leave it at that and ask you not to get too trunky in the coming week if you get an email or something. Thanks for that.  Have a great week. Love you all of course. Talk to you later… 

Colin you’re the man. That all I have to say. 

Elder Hatch  

July 16, 2012

Hey family,

Quick email... I'm very short on time today. We had to go to Brisbane to the Mission Office to help Elder Sin with some stuff he has to have done before he goes home.  It’s been a busy day but good. This week has been busy with training and the rain, which has been fun. We had the opportunity to go to an area that was a way away from Nerang and do some work where missionaries don’t normally get to go. We visited some members that normally don’t get to attend meetings or have visits from the missionaries. That was a good experience. We're being fed well here and taken care of.

I’m glad to hear that it was a good week hopefully dad can get the whole flight details figured out with the WY trip. I'm way jealous, that will be a mean trip. Hope you enjoy it and of course take heaps of pictures while you’re at it. Thanks for everything.

I love you guys. Glad you’re enjoying having Colin home. Sorry for the shortness of the email.

Thanks you. Love you again. Talk to you soon. 

Elder Hatch 

Friday, July 13, 2012

July 11, 2011


It has been a long week but I'm glad that it’s P-day again. This last week we've had a “mini missionary” along with us and it was a lot of fun really. It was good to have some variety to things and see the “green” fever without actually having to worry about cultivating that into a living breathing missionary. That was fun. We were sad to see him leave. We didn't get to teach too much when he was with us but that’s all good we still worked hard and found some good people to teach this week. Sorry about not getting to email Monday. The other two missionaries got the list of announcements for the new transfer and then lost them before they even got back to the car so today’s Temple trip today was very much a surprise.  It was all good still and it was a really good experience as always. This time I was the last person to finish the session which was a different experience and it kind of made me think about how the people waiting for their work to be done feel at times.  IDK if that makes any sense but that kind of what I pondered on partially today. It has been really rainy in the last couple of days. Yesterday we were really blessed we went out after lunch and it was pouring rain but before we got too soaked it slowed down and the rest of the day it was just raining lightly.  In the coming week we have a special training and Zone Conference sometime, BUT since we don’t have announcements we have no idea when. We'll see what happens.

Just so you know, I loved Colin's email. It was crack up. This guy!  Enjoy Colin while he's home. It sounds like you are really getting heaps done while he's been there. That’s great. Oh, I'm really excited for you Colin (for completing his Mission papers) if I haven't said so already; predictions (as to where he will be called) anyone?  It is going to be bothering me heaps in the next couple of weeks.  I was just looking at my Mission Call package and the date it was issued was the 1st June. Far out that was a long time ago. Time flies. I'm praying or you Colin. I hope you find things to keep yourself busy and out of trouble. Hope you don’t go to crazy locked up at home all day.

I’m glad Camp Pioneer (Scout camp) was great dad; it seems like many of the years we would go expecting to just get smashed by the heat and humidity but come off good in the end.

This week, my companion and I wanted to take a short cut down a mountain bike track and, to make a long story short we got lost and hiked a huge mountain with our bikes, got a flat tire, and then had to hike down and back to the flat all in 3 or 4 hours’ time.  Far out it was not good but it was a ridiculous experience.  I'll have to tell you more about it later. Good to hear from you. Love you all heap.  Miss you and will talk to you next Monday.

Elder Hatch

July 3, 2012

Hey Family,

Thank you for your emails today it was great to look through all of your pictures and to see all of the things that you've gotten up to in the last couple of week. Far out you've done quite a bit of stuff which is great. Colin you look really good and so do Grandma and Grandpa. I love the commentary on all the photos.  

(in response to question about his release orders and the Gold Coast…)  My companion goes home in October/September so I'll get my (release) call sometime in the next month I reckon. The beaches here are some of the best in the world but we can't go anywhere near them so that’s sad. We fish in the Nerang River mostly and just get heaps of small Breams but all good.

This last week has been a little interesting.  It rained basically all week on the days that we had the bikes. We got smashed by the rain most days but it was still fun all the same. This last week was transfers; I'll be with Elder Sin again which is good. This week we also have a 16 year old “mini missionary” living with us and following us around. He on to it and it’s a good way for him to kind of get an idea for what missionary life is like. I won’t say we're the most normal missionaries but he'll find that out for himself soon enough. We have a busy week head of us and it will be fun I’m sure.  Sorry I am running out of time.  Again, I loved the picture. Those were great. Not sure what we'll be doing today with the third wheel and no vehicle to get around.

Love you. Take care.

Talk to you next week.

Elder Hatch