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June 17, 2013

Hello Family!

Thanks for all the mail, a lot has gone on in the past few days; I had been working in a near-by area for a recent trade-off so most of it wasn't spent with my investigators. We had two Chinese men at church this week though, hopefully next week we can have more like 6. The work goes on. Transfers are soon, I'm a bit worried one of us is going to move out of Mawson Lakes, I've grown pretty comfortable where we are and it'd be nice to spend one more transfer here with Elder Sexton. We'll see what happens. Evidently we're getting I-pads in a couple weeks as well, I think I'm more excited than anyone else. We're headed down to the Mission Office today so that he (Elder Sexton) can record a talk he's giving to his grandparents, who are being baptized at the end of the month. His father was basically disowned for joining the Church when he was young, but over many years they've finally come around. Hopefully, President and Sister Carter will be there, they're pretty much the best. We have about 6 or 7 solid investigators right now, plus our Filipino family, and a whole bunch more that may or may not ever get anywhere. Our favorite right now is Terry, 23 year old Chinese uni student who is extra keen for baptism and has come to Church for four weeks straight now. He's the man. We're teaching him with President Carter on Tuesday. I'm not sure I've ever been more excited for anything in my life. Closely following in Erming, also Chinese, also at Uni he's an Environmental PhD working on catalysts to basically dissolve contaminants and pollution. He's been in China the past few weeks, but he just got back and came to Church yesterday. So he's great. A formerly less active member still needs his two kids baptized, and they're on track. We're also teaching a man named Simba from Zimbabwe, and he's recently started to really progress, he came to Church the week before last, and committed to this week as well. He's moving around though, so he's kind of hard to catch. Our next favorite is our wonderful Filipino family, who have committed to Church as a family for this coming week. We get them a little farther every week. They'll be baptized by the end of the year. Max is another Chinese student who is having issues with social conversion, and just general faith, but he'll get there too. We just got two new Chinese students this week, and we're excited for them, as well as another dark researcher, this one from Tanzania who pretty much just radiates with wisdom. And then there's everyone else that we don't like as much.

Also, I have another hole in my pants now. More important than clothing though, is a special request. I need a big USB with any audio talks and firesides that you can get. Preferably Bednar, Holland, and Uhctdorf heavy, but throw in whatever you like as long as it’s a General Authority. And especially ones that are a bit older. I would love some Hinkley and Maxwell talks. And Faust. Also if a GA ever visits, record him by hand and send me a copy! We've been listening to one by Joseph Fielding McConkie now for a couple weeks that’s fantastic. And a couple Mo-tab albums would be nice, but honestly I could just get those from any of the Elders here. Talks are harder to come by though. That would be amazing.

Thanks again for the mail, good luck this week.

Elder Hatch

June 9, 2013

This week P-day is today since it’s also Temple day. Which means, yes, we just got back from the Temple. Adelaide must have the smallest Temple ever made. It was good though, nice to finally go through again.

(In response to questions about his suits…)  I’m probably a 32 waist now. Sadly. It may be good to call the Utah suit place just to get my measurements. I can't have changed that much. I'm wearing that one right now just because my other one is trashed and I didn't want to wear it to the Temple. I don't really like either of them. I can handle the hem. I'm pretty sure 36 is right and I need a short jacket. Straight front pants.

We're still in the car, I've been driving a bit. We stay plenty warm, we picked up some coats off some other elders near-by. If you're cold you just aren't biking hard enough.

Thanks for the mail, I'll be on here again on Monday.

June 2, 2013

I have a big ole hole in my pants. It’s not good. And I'm still wearing the suit. Yes, it’s been freezing here the past couple of days.  Our investigators are great, hoping to have some baptisms in July and one in June. Chinese people are the best. My companion is the man.

(On his request for a new suit…)  The color doesn't really matter as long as it isn't pinstriped and there isn't really a pattern of any kind. I'd like a bit of a bluish grey suit. I'm the same size as I was so just get them hemmed as a 30-32 length and I'll fix it more if I need to. So go 31 and a half to be safe. My Comp has a duct tape hem and it seems to work alright for him. The brand doesn't matter. French cut.

Today we're going to the Gorge Wildlife Park. Should be a lot of fun! It’s kind of a last minute thing we don't have time to plan anything. Right now we have goals to baptize one in June and four in July, we'll see how it goes. It’s been raining like crazy this weekend so we've had a lot of fun. Sorry I can't write as much as I like to, have a great week and keep sending pictures! Kiefer is a toothpick.

I love you, don't let the house get too quiet. Put on some music :)

Elder Hatch

May 26, 2013

Yes Elder Paulo (extra Companion) was out last Tuesday. It goes pretty fast. The two-some is good, time moves a bit slower but it’s a little more ideal so it’s nice. I bought a 9 dollar watch we found at Coles, it’s pretty much already broken, and runs super-fast, but it gets the job done for now. I still haven't got a coat, we usually just do sweaters, and by now it’s almost to the point where I can take my big coat out and use it.

Robert Woodbury has a forge??  (Kiefer made a hatchet while he was home)  That’s awesome I had no idea he was planning that. Sounds like a ton of fun. 

The food looks great, I miss good American food, the Aussies just don't know how to do it right. I need to make some french toast soon. 

Thanks (to his dad) for the talk, I'll definitely be going over. It’s one of my all time favorites as well. Brother Wilcox is the man. Thanks for the mail, good luck this week.

Elder Hatch