Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Elder Hall's 19th birthday is on June 27. He hardly ever receives mail of any kind and said that he would love to start getting mail so when he needs a pick me up he can turn to his letters. Email is amazing and he gets so many emails each week but he can't print them so he isn't able to turn back to those that inspired him or gave him great advice, or just made him laugh!  I am hoping that everyone who reads his blog or has been inspired by Brennen in one way or another can take a few minutes and either send him a birthday card or write him a letter to let him know what he means to you, even if you might not know him that well but have been inspired by his obedience in serving the Lord.  It typically takes 3 weeks for regular envelope mail to reach him so the sooner the better so he gets it around his birthday. Remember no packages can be sent, but regular mail can reach him & it does cost around 1.50 or so to send a card.  I know that it will mean a lot to him to receive letters and cards for his birthday!  Thanks so much for all the love and support of this awesome missionary son of mine!

Elder Brennen Hall
Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission
Quintana 447
1846 Adrogue
Buenos Aires

Buenas Tardes! :)

Hey Everybody! 

I decided to write a good letter today, because everyone else except for a couple people haven´t been getting informed to well! :) I am doing great here in Spegazzini! We had a crazy week with lots of traveling, meetings, and just random stuff, so I am looking forward to this week to be able to get into a routine of working! Elder Chuliver, and I are getting along great, and I getting to know this area is a little tough, because it really is so big. There is more than a third of the area that I have never been in, and it is most likely that in five weeks my companion will leave and I will be the one directing the area! So it is a big chunk of Argentine meat to try and swallow at once! 

The ward here has tons of members, and there are a good 500 members that currently are not attending church, so we are focused completely in on them, and in their families! Because of this new program that our mission is trying, we don´t knock on doors, or contact people in the street, and really our focus is not on looking for new members. It is now focused in our finding the lost members, and helping them remember the love that our Savior has for them, and then getting them back to church, and baptizing those family members who need to be baptized! I really like it, it honestly is sometimes harder to teach less, and inactive members, then it is to teach someone who has never even heard of the church. We have to study harder, pray harder, and honestly be better missionaries all around, to help these families remember the feelings and testimonies they once had of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ! 

Already we have seen results and this week I had some special experiences, as we listened to, and honestly shared some of the problems and doubts that these members had, and I know that the Lord used us to help them out. I felt his guidance, and his words, and I know that this family has a different outlook on things. I also know it was because we took the time to listen to them, and then wait for the guidance of the spirit that we were able to help them feel the spirit, and give them the desires to attend church on Sunday. One thing that I am learning now, that is a lesson for us all, is that sometimes, even when the other person really doesn't have a reason to be angry, or to have acted the way they did, we should listen to them first. There are times when it is hard to go into a situation and not drop the cane on someone even when they deserve it, but I know that as we take the time to listen to the concerns and problems of others, and wait for the guidance of the Holy Ghost we will be able to resolve ALL situations, and we will be better people! 

I also have to throw in a Feliz Día de la Madre (even though it is a little late!) to all of the wonderful women who in one way or another were mothers to me! I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to speak with my mom (and the family) yesterday, and I can´t tell you all how happy I was to know that they are all doing good, that they are safe, and healthy, and that they are blessed. There is nothing more important in my life than my family, and as hard as it is for me to be away from them, to miss the ball games of Garret, reading a storybook with Russ, the preschool graduation of Laynee, scaring boys away from Mak, talking with my mom every night, and working along side my Dad, I know that it is all worth it. And the joy that I receive from helping other families be more united definitely helps me cope with being away from mine! We ALL should enjoy the time that we have with our family, and with our friends, because at the end of the day, there is NOTHING in this life (when accompanied with the Gospel) more important than our relationships with others. I love you all, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you! Have a great week! 

Elder Hall 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Saludos de Spegazzini! (AKA I got transfered....again!)

Buenas Tardes!

Well surprisingly I got transferred again! I figured my companion was going to leave, but apparently the Lord  needs me in another area! I am now in Spegazzini (Spe-gah-see-nee) in Monte Grande Zone! It is a GIGANTIC area! I swear I went from the smallest area in the mission to the biggest! So definitely a big change in that aspect! My new companion is Elder Federico Choliver from here in Argentina, he is 24 years old, and has been in the mission for one month more then me! He seems like a great guy, and has told me a couple times now, in our whole two hours of knowing each other that we are going to work hard, so I am super excited! 

This week was a good week is Villa Progreso, and truth to be told I was kinda sad to leave! I was just starting to get to know everybody! We were able to end the transfer with a baptism of Ayelen, it was a great experience! I am always so thankful for the people that the Lord puts into my life! Along with visiting the members, and saying good bye we were pretty dang busy, and Elder Herrera and I ended our transfer together good! 

Everyday is a new experience is the crazy life of the mission, and I am always so thankful for what the Lord gives me! We are out of time! Next week will be a better update I promise! Love you all! 

Elder Hall 

 My district in La Plata! Me, E. Rodriguez, E.Peterson, E. Herrera, Hna. Baez, Hna. Tolman! 

 Ayelen´s Baptism! Her and all of her family! Her parents have been inactive for a really long time, but her brother and uncle, are active. Both of her parents came to the Baptism, and to Sacrament meeting on Sunday, her dad even got up and bore his testimony. Her mom told me that they have started praying as a family again, and that she feels a change in their lives! It is amazing to see how the Lord works! 

 Me, Ayelen, Hermano Nefi Salazar, and E. Herrera

 There was also two other baptisms along with Ayelen´s, investigators of the hermanas from El Bosque Ward!

 The primary really helped us out on the baptism! Even though Ayelen moves up to Young Womens next month!

 Renee, Lautaro, and Yaiza, Laura couldn´t make it to church so I didn´t get a picture with her! Renee and Lautaro are members, and Laura is taking the discussions! Really great family that I am going to miss! 

Guillermo Silva, and I with their dog, Negro! Guillermo is preparing to serve a mission, and he is the Elders Quorum President, his dad is the Bishop, and the entire family is great a good friend that I hope to keep in contact with!
The Silva Family and I. I can´t say enough about this family. Hermano Victor is the Bishop, Hna Virma is in the Stake Relief Society, Guillermo (19) is the Elders Quorum President, Virma Hija (22) is in the Primary Presidency, and Luz ¨Nani¨ (16). They are a family who have dedicated absolutely everything to the church, and were baptized only four years ago! (The Bishop was baptized as a teenager, but was inactive for years and years!) Amazing!