Monday, January 27, 2014

Sometimes I don't know what I am eating

I had a really hard week this week as my companion has stopped talking to me because I can´t understand her. I don´t really blame her--there´s no point in talking to someone who doesn´t understand what you´re saying! It´s been hard to feel the contention and not really be able to help it though. I am working hard to learn fast and learn a lot. I am really bad at remembering things, especially vocabulary words, so I am praying a lot too that Heavenly Father will help me. 

One year of girl´s camp when I was a YCL, I prayed for two months before the week of camp that I would be able to remember all the names of the girls in my level (first year girls) because I am so bad at remembering. That year of camp, I was able to remember all of the names of the girls. I felt closer to the girls and was able to help them better because I knew all of their names. I know Heavenly Father helped me with my memory that year. I definitly would not have been able to do that alone with my crazy mind. I know He will help me again with remembering words in Spanish, I just have to learn to be patient with myself even when the world is not so patient with me. I understand way more than when I started this thing though--going from not speaking any Spanish to being able to have a full conversation in Spanish in two months is pretty amazing. I am grateful for the things I am learning, and grateful for Heavenly Father´s help with everything I do.

The work goes on though, and I am really just the hands to do His work. I don´t matter in any of this. I see that more and more. I see how people are really already prepared to receive our message, even when it´s a little choppy and may be in past tense when it should be in the present. Haha :)

This week we had the baptistm of C! His family was not very active in the church, and they are coming to church every week now! The night of his baptism, his dad gave the closing prayer and it was so special. When he recieved the gift of the Holy Ghost, I felt something very special. I love seeing the people I teach progress. 

We went to visit a recent convert to the church the other day and found that her kids were really sick! We called our ward mission leader to give a blessing for the sick, and that night was very special. Even though I couldn´t understand well what was being said, and even though I am all the way in Mexico, I felt the same spirit fill the room during the blessing that I can feel when my dad exercises his priesthood. I could feel my dad in that room, and then realized that I could feel my Heavenly Father in that room. We went back to visit yesterday and her girls are back up to 100% speed. I am grateful to have the priesthood in my life and grateful for worthy priesthood holders, no matter where they are in this world. 

I know this gospel is true. I know this is the one and only one true gospel, and the one and only true gospel can only be found in this church. I am grateful for the short time I have to serve fully and completely as a missionary, and hope that I will be able to put my full heart into this work.

Love you!
Hermana Hunt

There is no word for creepy in Spanish. This creepy thing I walk by every night. It has "real" hair and eyelashes, but no eyeballs. Super Super creepy!

Sometimes I don't know what I am eating:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Le Gusta?

Doctrine and Covenants 6:33 to the end of the chapter. Yeah. That´s all I have to say about that!

This week has been another interesting one. I am starting to understand more, and trying to still focus even when I have no idea what is going on. Haha :)

This week we were doing a service project, and one of the Hnas in the ward asked if I wanted to help too. I said no. lol I thought she asked me if I wanted a glass of water. No. As a missionary, I definitly don´t want to help. Hahaha :D

We found a lot of new families and people to teach!! I am so excited. It seems people want to know why a crazy white girl is here in Mexico, and I share with them my testimony, and they want to know more! We also have a baptism this Saturday for Hermano C. I am really excited for that. His smile is so amazing to see! I love how happy the gospel makes people, and when I am helping them to be happy, I am happy myself!! 

In contrast, it´s pretty hard when people don´t make appointments or don´t come to church. I feel so sad when they don´t! I have to remember like in this last conference, to never look back. It doesn´t matter where you serve, but how you serve, and never look back. Always have your eyes forward. There is so much ahead of us, and the past is to learn from, not to live in. I love that general conference talk and have faith that this week, the people we are teaching will do well. I see how much the gospel blesses families as well as the individuals. 

Tenga una buena semana!

Hermana Hunt

Le gusta?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Week One In Mexico

Mexico is so AWESOME! The people here are so so so nice. I love it. My companion has to be crazy patient with me because I only understand like, 30% of what people are saying. Sometimes they´re asking me questions that I am supposed to say no to, but I say yes. Like:
Is the sunlight still in your eyes?
(No it´s not)
Do you want me to put your darks in with your whites?
(No I do not)
Do you want more of my soup with my hair in it?
Are you ready for me to turn off the lights?

It´s because questions in spanish don´t start with question words like English (who, what when, etc.) so I am having a hard time discerning what is a question and what is a statement. It´s pretty funny. We´ll just say it´s been an interesting week language-wise.
The food is delicious here. We eat lunch, which is the big meal of the day, with a member family every day. You gotta watch out for hairs. They don´t cut the fat off their meat either, which gives it flavor, but it´s still gross to me. I know I will adjust. But really. It´s perfect. The food. I might just live here forever for the food and the candy and juices and fruit. Yum. I´m starting the word yum here. Instead of: the food was muy rica (everyone says that), I say: the food was muy yummy. If not anything else, they just make fun of me. Puts a smile on their faces.
I learned this week more about the Plan of Salvation. When we contact people on the street, we tell them about the wonderful plan that God has for our lives. People are very interested that we lived with Heavenly Father before coming to the earth, and that this time on Earth is a time to learn and progress. I love contacting people on the street. It´s pretty easy because they all want to know why I am here.
The streets are dusty and the air is often dirty. In the morning, I look like a gringa, but by the night time, I am so coated in dirt that I.....okay still look like a gringa, but a very dirty gringa. Haha :) I am already starting to look like a lobster. I´m trying to keep the sunscreen on, but it is very hot here. I think I might die when summer comes along, since even my companion from Mexico City says that summers are crazy hot here.
I am continuing to put my faith in God that He will help me learn this language. I love to have things of the gospel occupy my mind. It´s almost like being a kid again where I don´t have to worry about too much--just my companion and the people we teach. I love being a missionary! I already have such a love for the people here. I am grateful to have this opportunity in my life to help others. I know Christ lives!
Love you!

Hermana Hunt

My little plane down here


My little apartment

You can buy a pizza here for only 115 dollars

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

An Address to Send Letters to

Hermana Sarah Hunt
Mexico Chihuahua Mission
Huancune 1801-B
Col. Panoramico
31110 Chihuahua, Chihuahua

Week One in Mexico

Hey world! I am in Mexico!! It is wonderful. There is no better place to be than here. It is wonderful! And the FOOD!! Oh goodness. Everything is delicious. I might come home with a millon parasites because I love the food so much and eat everything and anything.

My compañera doesn´t speak any english. Hermana L. She´s pretty good at the shirades game! Every time she asks me to turn off a light I think she wants me to close the door, so. Yeah. Hahaha I love her a lot. She´s crazy nice. Plus she actually understands me, which is different than most of the people here--when I say something to them they just smile and nod.. ¨Do you have a family?¨ Grin....shake head up and down...look away...

I love everything here. Even the dogs that try to bite my head off and the drivers that try to smash into me, and the people on the streets who grin....shake head up and down....look away....hahaha I think in two weeks I will start to understand when words stop and when they start. Until then, I will keep amusing natives with my pronunciation of ´burrito.´

I see already how much Heavenly Father has blessed me here. I can understand a lot of what people are saying, and that is a huge blessing. I don´t even know how I would begin to do this great work without Him. I know that He has faith in me, and I try to have faith that He will help me.

I forgot to bring my cord for my camera because at the MTC you could just plug your SD card straight in. Next week, there will be pictures. I live in a tiny apartment with just one bedroom and a nice kitchen. Everything is locked at least three ways here to keep it safe. We live just a little bit away from the ¨Super,¨ which is nice. We live pretty central to our area. I´m in the city of Chihuahua in the north. PS if you want to see pictures of me with all the new missionaries in a restaurant with delicious food, you can look up my mission´s facebook page: Missión México Chihuahua. Or Missión Chihuahua México. I can´t remember which one. I´m sure it will be an interesting page. My mission president speaks very well in English, but sometimes it´s funny--probably just like I am to him in Spanish.

I´m forgetting how to spell things in English.

Today is kind of like a p-day until four, when everyone gets home. We always are out to teach at four. We have a lot of investigators and a lot of referrals right now!! I love having people to teach. This gospel is true. It´s happy! My testimony has been strenghtened of ´where two or more are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them´ as I have felt the spirit so strongly in our companionship study. We study from 8 to 12 with personal, companionship, first 12 weeks, and Spanish studies.

Hope you all have a wonderful week! I will send pictures on p-day Monday. Love you!!

Hermana Hunt

Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas at the MTC

Christmas at the MTC was an interesting one! We had Elder Bednar come and talk to us, and his talk was absolutely AMAZING! He did a question and answer session, which I usually don't like, but his was wonderful! One question I liked was:

Q: Why do I feel so inadequate?
A: Because you have some sense of what you are called to do.

I also loved how he talked about the cleansing AND strengthening power of the atonement. He spoke of how the gospel is not just about becoming clean from sin but about BECOMING. We have so much potential if we just exercise it. Things happen one grain at a time. Precept upon precept. If you took me out of the MTC right now and put me back at home, I would live my life differently. I have learned so much here through the spirit. I am a different person already. I love how close I am coming to Heavenly Father. I know the Atonement is what is helping me to get there. I not only have the ability to feel at peace about my mistakes, but the Atonement also enables me to become stronger to face my challenges.

We had our sister district leave this week, which is weird because they came in on the same day as my district. I really wanted to go with them. We still have another week. I loved what I learned this week though!! I am trying to live my last week here like Christ lived His last week. His last week was the most important week of His life. I am trying to live my week diligently so that I have no regrets. 

One thing I learned this week made me even more grateful for Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ, we would not even be here. God's plan for us to come to earth and get bodies centers around Jesus Christ and His Atonement. God loves us so much that He would not have sent us here without a way to get us back. If Jesus Christ was not willing to atone, we wouldn't even be here. We would not have the opportunity to progress on earth. I am very grateful for my Savior, who made it possible for me to be on the earth now and made it possible for me to return to live with my Heavenly Father again. 

I am praying that my visa will get here on time for me to go to Mexico on the 6th. This is hopefully my last email to you from the states! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a have a happy new year!!!

Te quiero!

Hermana Hunt