Monday, December 29, 2014

December 23, 2014

December 17, 2014

Oh my goodness I can´t even begin to explain how fast time is going by ha ha I mean, I´m already two weeks into the field!!! ha ha. And I completely understand the entire ¨no one understands prophets¨ thing, one of our investigators is progressing really well, we´re going to teach him and his wife the word of wisdom today so we´ll see how that goes and his dad is in town and we explained the Book of Mormon to him a little bit because he was confused as to why we have it and why we have prophets and stuff and it was super cool because you could literally see the spirit testifying to him. Now he wants to join in on the lessons while he is here visiting.
That is awesome Luke did so good in his game! Tell him congrats and give him a hug for me. As for packages, it´s okay I´m not super worried but when you send them you can send them directly to the mission office through UPS but it will cost more for you, or you can send them to the Miami address and it will cost more for me so just you know that. 
Mom I love you tons and I can´t wait to talk you next week!!! 

Hey Dad,
I´m glad everything is going well at home, everything is moving along on my end too. One of our investigators is progressing really well, we´re going to teach him and his wife the word of wisdom today so we´ll see how that goes and his dad is in town and we explained the Book of Mormon to him a little bit because he was confused as to why we have it and it was super cool because you could literally see the spirit testifying to him. Now he wants to join in on the lessons while he is here visiting. 

Anyway Dad I´m super happy and all is going well, the words you told me couldn´t be anymore inspiring than that of what the Lord wanted me to hear. 
I love you Dad, stay safe and all that good stuff.

Shipping Packages to Carl

This information is for anyone who wants to send Carl a package.
He told me that UPS is the easiest way to ship..more money on our end, less on his. Also, looking at this, it is also the fastest.

Parents and friends of Missionaries:

We have updated the Package section of the welcome letter sent to new missionaries to include a paragraph about declaring the contents.  That section is included below.


Because the cost of shipping to the Dominican Republic is very expensive, below are three ways to ship packages here.  However, it is often cheaper for people at home to add money to the missionary’s personal ATM card and have them purchase the item here rather than ship it.  All shipments valued at more than US$200 are subject to custom taxes from 16% to 25%.  For packages valued close to US$200 leaving the price tag and/or including the sales receipt might help custom officials determine the value.  Always pack well and accurately describe the contents and their value. 

Declaration of content and its value:Always include in each package a list of the contents and the value of each item.  Customs prefers the original receipt of purchase.  Every item needs a declaration of its value, even home-made items.  The clearer the list the faster the package gets through Dominican customs. 

Always obtain the tracking number.  Remember that the second and third methods have collect on delivery charges. 

The three shipping methods are:
               1.  Private Carriers:  UPSDHL and FedEx National Postal Services: 
                2.  US and Dominican Mail
               3.  A Combination of Carriers:  Mail Boxes Etc. and Arex

1. Private Carrier:  This is generally the fastest and most expensive and the most reliable option.  Delivery is 3 to 7 days.  UPSDHL, and FedExdeliver directly to the mission office in the Dominican Republic.  There are two companies who sell DHL’s service at a discount.  They are:
               Global Mission Shipping, 702-720-1515,
               My Missionary Shipping, 801-901-0467,,
There are usually no additional international shipping costs using these companies, unless its contents have a value over US $200, in which case the missionary’s mission account will be charged.  Include the mission office phone number (809-241-1145).

Elder Taiamoni Liveili 'Alatini
               Misión Santiago, Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días
               Av. Estrella Sadhalá #10 2do piso
               Frente a UTESA
               Santiago 51000
               Dominican Republic
                (809) 241-1145

United States and Dominican Republic Postal Services:  This will generally be the cheapest option and service is usually reliable if you ask for a tracking number.  Deliveries to Santiago generally take 18 to 25 days.  Office missionaries regularly pick up packages at the Santiago Post Office.  The “collect on delivery” fee is charged to the missionary’s mission provided account or you (the missionary) can pay the mission secretary with your personal funds.   Include the mission office phone number 809-241-1145.  The collect on delivery charges are:
Collect on delivery charges
0-3 kg (0-6.61 lbs.)
No Charge
3-5 kg (6.61-11.0 lbs.)
RD$ 100 (~US$ 2.35)
5-10 kg (11.0-22.1 lbs.)
RD$ 250 (~US$ 5.87)
>10 kg (22.1 lbs.)
RD$ 500 (~US$ 11.79)

Elder Taiamoni Liveili 'Alatini
           Misión Santiago, Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días
           Av. Estrella Sadhalá #10 2do piso
           Frente a UTESA
           Santiago 51000
           Dominican Republic
           809 241-1145

Combination of Carriers:  There are two companies, Mail Boxes Etc. and Arex, that will receive packages in Miami and ship them to Santiago.  Both companies ship to Santiago about once a week and require a “collect on delivery” fee, charged to the missionary’s mission provided account or you (the missionary) can pay the mission secretary with your personal funds.  The details for each service are as follows:

Mail Boxes Etc.
Delivery Time
14-18 Days
16-21 Days

Price per Pound
US$ 4.25
US$ 3.60
Additional fees:

0-500 grams
(1.10 lb.)
RD$ 30 (~ US$ 0.71)

500-1500 grams
(1.10–3.31 lb.)
RD$ 50 (~ US$ 1.17)

1500-2000 grams
(3.31-4.41 lb.)
RD$ 100 (~US$ 2.36)

2000+ grams
(3.31-4.41 lb.)
RD$ 200 (~US$ 7.13)

Custom fee if value greater than US$ 200
16-25% of value

A typical 10 lbs. package
US$ 47.00
US$ 36.00

Package addressing:

Elder Taiamoni Liveili 'Alatini
SDQ 8013
2250 NW 114th Ave., Unit 1A
Miami, FL 33172-3652
Elder Taiamoni Liveili 'Alatini
8368 NW 66th St
Miami, FL 33166-2675
               Be sure to include the SDQ 8013 OR the AREX00216 in the appropriate mailing address

December 10, 2014

First, I will be Skyping with you on Christmas day at about 430 in the afternoon which is 130 your time so be ready for that. Second, I´m in the city of Santiago in an area called Cristo Rey, the people are super awesome and always willing to help, we have investigators and they are all super good people. My first Sunday was good, I had to bare my testimony which turned out pretty good, and next week I have to give a talk on Heavenly Father. Yes, all the members were all excited and all are wanting to help me with my Spanish especially since I´m the only one who don´t know it very well ha ha, but it´s coming along. A lot faster than I had expected ha ha.  I taught half a lesson to an investigator yesterday and that went super well. My comp. is awesome! He is from Provo and he played football too, he is a super hard worker and thankfully very patient with me and my learning Spanish, he is really encouraging. 
Hey so for packages and stuff don´t let anyone send them yet I need to get you the information so they don´t spend more money than what they need to. I don´t have the addresses with me but I will have them next week. 

Mom I´m super glad I made the decision to come on a mission, I know it will be a great experience. I love you so much and I´ll explain more next week. 

Hey Dad, 
I´m super glad all is well and tell Luke I´m way proud of him and give him a big hug for me! All is well on my end, I´ve had some tough times and I have made lemonade haha.  We have some investigators that are doing awesome right now! I taught half a lesson to them and it was super cool because the spirit was so strong! The Spanish is coming along well and super fast according to my trainer. Sorry my letter is so short this week, I will write more next week. 
This is what is going to happen for Christmas, We are going to come to the internet place at about 1630 my time which will be 1330 your time so be ready, I can´t give an exact time because it´s a public place but that will the time and we are going to try to Skype so you can be ready for that. 
I love you so much Dad and I´m glad everything is going well, Tell Jacob I´ll be praying for him. 
I can´t wait to see you guys! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Letter from Mission President

Dear Brother & Sister Henze:

Your son, Elder Carl Alan Henze, arrived safely in the Dominican Republic Santiago Mission.  I am pleased to have him here.  His trainer is Elder Quintin Chandler King from Provo, Utah.  He is an excellent missionary and will take good care of your son.  They are assigned to the Cristo Rey B Area in the Santiago Sur Zone.  

I appreciate so much the enthusiasm and desire your son has to serve him fellow man.  He now has the opportunity to serve donating 100% of him time to the Lord.  We ask you to help him cherish him mission, to work hard, to fight discouragement, to love him companion and the people he is serving.  He will need encouragement and support.  He will experience trials that will strengthen and profit him eternally.  Weekly letters are very important in maintaining a missionary’s enthusiasm.  We would request that your letters to him be uplifting, spiritually edifying, and mission centered. 

I will do everything I can to help your son serve a successful mission.  I thank you for your support and look forward to time serving with your son.  


John L. Douglas
Mission President

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 3, 2014-In Santiago

Hey Mom and Dad,
So first off my Pday is Wednesday, second, all is well and I am stoked to be in the field! My companions name is Elder King. He has been out for a little over a year and he is super awesome, it´s going to be a great transfer. Yesterday when we arrived at the Mission Home it blew me away! The house was huge, and it was just awesome! We got pizza hut pizza during orientation and later we got to go into the field on splits and we had to place a Book of Mormon. When we left the house it started to down pour so when we got about 100 feet down the sidewalk, my companion and I were soaked! Luckly it didn´t rain for too long so we eventually dried off haha. We taught two lessons and the first guy fed us peas and rice with some chicken, it was actually really good haha, the second was super good and he could understand English so I could explain everything I needed to in English which was nice and my companion was rather surprised and excited how well I could explain and testify with the spirit, it was awesome. Everything here is pretty different than in Santo Domingo as far as house sizes and clenliness haha other than that it´s the same haha. The people are awesome! They are so humble and nice. 
That´s about it for this week, but all is well and I´ll have more stories for next week I love you Mom, give everyone my love and I´ll talk to yáll next week and actually speak to you in about two or so!

I love you 
Elder Henze

The group leaving the CCM for their fields of labor - Adios!

November 27, 2014 Thanksgiving

Hey Mom,
  So as you know today is Turkey day and we are actually having a Turkey dinner tonight!!! I know because I helped unload the fat bird ha ha. Today has been awesome so far. Not too long ago we were able to watch a live Devotional with Elder Bednar in a Q & A type session and of course it was super awesome!!! Tons of good stuff in it that I will probably send to you in the not so distant future. 
That's awesome you were able to go to Utah for Thanksgiving and a major bummer Dad wasn't able to go with you. Give everyone my love and tell Grandpa that I'm not going to be a good missionary, but I will be a great missionary and that I will spend every second that I can preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and when I need, I will use words. Tell Grandpa and Grandma that I love them so much. 
 In the Devotional. with Elder Bednar, he said that our faith is only strengthened through trial and tribulation and adversity, the act of doing the little things everyday without fail. 
Luke is finally a star scout, tell him congrats for me and give him a big hug and tell him I love him. Tell him congrats on his bball game too that is so awesome! 
Ya, my mission president is super awesome! He said when we get there he will set us up with a temporary companion and we have to go place a book of Mormon and when we get back we get Pizza Hut!!! ha ha :) He also said his wife is super excited to see us and she is already memorizing names to faces ha ha. 
I'm settled in but I'm so ready to get out of here and I can't explain how fast time has flown by. When I went on splits last Friday, we taught six lessons or so and we started teaching at around 14:00 and finished around 19:00 and it was over in what felt like an hour. This is going to be a very fast two years. 
I'm super glad that you all are praying for me because I need it.  When you pray, can you please pray for me to have the gift of tongues. 
Mom, I love you so much that I can't even explain. I'm so glad that you are my mother and I'm so grateful for all the things you have taught me. 
I love you Mom

Oh so what I thing is going to happen with the emailing next week is that I won't be able to, because I get there on Tuesday and P-day is Monday so I think everyone will have to wait another week to hear from me but if that isn't the case you will know haha :) 

Love you Mom, 

Love Elder Henze     

Thanksgiving at the CCM

November 20, 2014

Hey Mom,
This week was pretty awesome, we went to the University last Friday to give out some Books of Mormon and Restoration pamphlets and as to be expected I was super nervous to talk to people because they speak super fast and even when they speak slow I still can't understand them haha anyway I talked to the first person and it went okay and the second person we talked to actually asked us to give her some money so she can catch a bus to her house and before we left, I grabbed 40 pesos and didn't know why so that was cool then she asked us something else but neither I or my companion knew what she said so we said goodbye and left haha. Believe it or not that's not the coolest part, I was pretty discouraged because of my inability to communicate so I sat down on a bench and offered up a prayer and asked that we be led to those people who he has prepared to hear the gospel. After I finished we sat for a moment then got up and started walking. We got to a crossing and my companion suggested we go down another street and we got about 100 feet down the sidewalk and a guy across the street literally called for us to come over and talk to him. So we ran over and it turned out the guy spoke English and we had an awesome discussion for like 45 minutes, and at the end he asked where we worship so he could see for himself how we do things on Sundays so that was AWESOME!!!! ha ha It was definitely testament to me that the Lord has our best interest in mind. 
So anyway that is crazy that there is that much snow in Kuna ha ha and I loved Luke's igloo, I showed it to everyone ha ha. Honestly I would rather be freezing my royal Rastafarian nay nays off rather than sweating them off haha ;) The power goes out all the time here, well, not all the time at the CCM but every once in a while. President Douglas came by and met everyone and that was super cool, anyway he said the power goes out quite a bit so these next two years should be interesting haha Oh and guess what!!!......... They have PIZZA HUT and.... TACO BELL hahahaha. 
What's going on? Not much, just the basic stuff we do everyday. Tomorrow we go on splits with the missionaries in the field and I can't wait for that!!! I told you I met Pres. Douglas and he is SUPER awesome, way chill and way in tune with the spirit. We got new missionaries, two Jamaicans and a bunch of Latinos so that is awesome! 
I know you have a bunch of questions and ask away, next Thursday is my last P-day in the CCM so I'll spend all day answering questions if I need to :)
I'm doing my best to stay positive and keep my head up and keep moving. 
Tell Luke I love him.
I love you so much Mom, 

Love Elder Henze

                                   This is their beds at the CCM, but I couldn't tell you whats up with them