Monday, June 23, 2014

11 months. No me venga.

I ate chili chilaqua a ocho ochenta esta semana (in Chihuahua, they have an accent where they say the ¨ch¨ really pronounced, so chili chilaqua a ocho ochenta is super funny to say here).

When Elder Oaks came to Chihuahua, I was in the MTC. He visited the ward that I am in right now. He also visited all of the Elders and sisters in this mission. One thing very interesting that he said is that the missionaries who are called to serve in Chihuahua are the strongest missionaries out there. This mission is HARD. This mission is one of the hardest in the world. He said that only the strongest come here. In some ways I see how hard it really is, but in others, this mission is AWESOME!! The best mission out there.

My week went like this:

On Tuesday I got really, really burnt. Note my burnt ¨ouch I hurt really bad¨ picture.

Wednesday night it rained HARD. It was wonderful.

Thursday we worked HARD.

On Friday we had a Visitor's Center program where anyone can go and learn about what we teach and who we are. It was really cool. We passed through rooms like ¨The Pre-Earth Life¨ or ¨The Spirit World¨ and talked about what our purpose is on this earth. We had a room for each of the 3 degrees of glory, and we acted out each phase of the Plan of Salvation. It was really fun! One of the members in our ward makes donuts for a living, so he brought huge pans of handmade donuts. Yum.

On Saturday we were able to help a young women see the value that she has. She was feeling really down on herself. We learned how following what the Spirit says you should do really can help others. She even went to see R be baptized Saturday, and said she felt the Spirit so strong in that room. She wants to be baptized and have a fresh start.

On Sunday I sang a solo in Spanish in front of a bunch of people. I was really nervous. I{m now in the mission's choir, and we get to sing some pretty awesome songs. It's really fun!

I know this is the work of the Lord! And it is a wonderful work!

¨I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.¨ Philippians 4:13

Hermana Hunt

We made tshirts. They have minions on them. And our nametag. It's pretty cool. Yeah.

Monday, June 16, 2014

They Changed My Mission!

I am now serving in Brazil. I didn't have time to tell y'all, but they transferred me Thursday. Love you all and will now be writing from Brazil.

Ha. Ha. Not really. We just found a piƱata in Mexico like the sculpture of Jesus in Brazil.

Hermana L and I were waiting in a street corner the other day when M came up to us. He was just looking at us kind of funny and was at a creepy distance, and Hermana L was talking on the phone, so I started talking to him. He said we looked really happy, and he wanted to know how to have that happiness in his life. He is passing through a divorce and has three kids. He is really sad right now. We wrote down his address and made an appointment to visit him. We testified of the peace and the spirit that can be found inside of the church and invited him to come with us.

Yesterday--guess what! He went to church with all of his kids!!! After Sacrament Meeting, he said ¨what you said is right--I feel really at peace here.¨ I am so grateful that when you enter in this church you can feel the Spirit. I{m grateful for the members who go to church with purpose and pray for the Spirit to be there so that when an investigator enters in the building, they can feel the Spirit. I am so happy M could feel the peace he really needs in his life right now. 

I know this Gospel blesses families. It blesses families in ways we don't even see! A less-active member came up to us this week too and introduced herself to us. We went to visit her and she is also passing through a divorce. She told us that if she had just gone to church every week with her husband, things would be different. That is very true. This gospel is for everyone, and it helps our families to stay together. It helps us to develop stronger ties between us. Every week we have the opportunity to participate in the sacrament. To change the things we have done wrong and set goals to do better. I know attendance every week in church is so important for families!

Love you all, and don't forget there is a difference between Latter-day Saints and the average person!! 

Hermana Hunt

¨Service, Hermana. I climbed up a step-stool.¨ -Hermana L
¨If you say so....¨ -Hermana Hunt

Definition: Bolis.

Whateveryoufeellikeputtinginaplasticbagandfreezing. Seriouslywhatever.
Our bolis dying because we had to do our planning session. My companion did mouth to mouth. It's all good.

My Bolis died. It was a sad moment.

One day we walked from the little specks you see in the background close to the mountains all the way to the other side of the valley. We were really hot and sweaty. It's good to be a missionary.

Hulk has been changing little by little, but we still don't know how to get a ride for him to go to church with us.

We always dress the same. Usually we study the same things too in our personal study time. It's kind of creepy.

My mom sent me a brick of chocolate. This what it looks like even IN the house. It's hot here.

 A recent convert :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Slap in the Face

This week I got a slap in the face from our loving Heavenly Father. We were in a lesson and it was super spiritual and wonderful, but, like, how I haven't been sleeping this week because it's really hot and the sun takes a toll on your body, I was falling asleep in the lesson. I asked Heavenly Father to help me stay awake and WHACK. The wind hit me in the face. I wasn't tired after that. hahaha :)

I was grateful to see so many miracles in the mission this week. I have seen a lot of very precious things this week that make me so grateful to be in the mission!! Hermana M, the sister that we were taking care of, had to return to her house last week with only 9 weeks in the mission. How difficult!! It has made me really love this time out here even more. Time flies fast, but I am grateful for the little experiences I have that help my testimony to grow.

Love you all!!

Hermana Hunt

A couple of girls in the street drew me.

My companion :)

The sky in Chihuahua is beautiful!!

We took {free photos} with Jesus this week and contacted a lot of people in the street!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Chihuahua is very economical

It is getting HOT. Very hot. We don't even use our gas anymore. The water comes out of the pipes HOT to take a shower, and if you want to cook an egg in the morning, you just have to put it in a pan and put it outside for a little bit. The other night I didn{t sleep at all. My companion left the room in the middle of the night the other night and was gone for a loooonnnnggg time. I finally went to see where she went and found her sleeping on the floor in the main room because the tiles are cooler. hahaha! By six in the afternoon we{re pretty pooped. I hope my body adjusts to this!! haha

This week I learned that our investigators will only be converted to the extent that we are converted. Before, I invited people to church like...will you go to church with us...BUT! I learned that when you are animated and converted, others are more likely to be animated to make commitments. 

We met a man Thursday named J. To be completely honest, I was a little afraid of him when we started talking. He is addicted to a lot of drugs and has a past pretty interesting. He can't walk well because of a severe accident in one of his legs, and he has not been to the doctor to check it out. It's pretty bad. As we started to talk to him, I started to see better the hope he has in his eyes. I started to see that he wanted a new start. We spoke to him about Jesus Christ and about the Atonement, and his eyes started to change even more. We invited him to come to church with us Sunday.

Saturday came around and we did not have the time to visit J. We were almost sure he would not remember and would not go to church Sunday. Sunday morning rolled around, and we thought about not stopping by to see if J was ready because he lives really far away. However, we decided to see how things would play out. When we got to his house, not only was he perfectly ready, but his mom as well! Just waiting for us to arrive. When they entered the sacrament meeting room, they both said they felt something different there. I did too. The room was filled with the Spirit this Sunday. It was an amazing Sunday and both J and his mom felt the Spirit.

What a blessing it is that when we invite people showing our enthusiasm and love for the gospel, they are more likely to want what we have and more likely to act on that desire. I learned this week that I should see people more in the way our Heavenly Father sees them. I learned that we are all children of God, no matter what has happened in our lives. No matter what we have been through, Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to return to Him.

Love you all!

Hermana Hunt

This is where I wash my clothes. it's quite handy, no_:)