Thursday, August 28, 2014

Half way done at the MTC!

Hola famila!
This was the longest, shortest week of my life... I don’t know why. Everything is just getting busier and busier. But before I get into that let me say el don de languas es verdadera. The gift of tongues is real! I’m nowhere near fluent or even tolerable but there’s no way I would be able to speak the way I do without the Lords help. It’s so amazing and I’m starting to feel the spirit more and more in the lessons I teach.
So this week our district started passing around a cold and I was doing pretty good at avoiding it until my comp got it. Then I knew it was coming. I felt pretty awful Friday and Saturday, but the weird thing about it was that I was able to COMPLETELY focus during class. Usually if I were to feel that way during school I would rather swan dive onto a bear trap than pay attention in class. But the second I walked in the class door my brain was focused. I still felt snuffly and achy and dizzy but I was able to think and focus like it was nothing. The Lord answers prayers. Its verdad (true)!
I also received many loving letters from family and another package from the Crandall’s! I love you all so much! Seriously, I love hearing from you all! Especially you mom! I AM getting your letters and I DID write you a letter answering all your questions! You should get it by tomorrow.
It was rainy again this week and its cold... I love it! I know I’m not going to be feeling this way for a while so I’m soaking it all in.... literally.
On Monday we got a random person to teach, her name is Ivette and she knows nothing about God. It’s weird because we have to teach her at like a primary level. I love it. Also this week our branch president interviewed us all individually and he told me 3 things. He said 1) don’t stress. The mission is extremely hard for every good missionary but it’s fun for the best ones. 2) don’t compare. Don’t set goals or expectations based on anyone in the MTC except for yourself. And 3) don’t judge. You will not be a successful missionary if you judge your companion or the people you meet and teach... I needed to hear it all. The MTC has been rough at times but most of it has been just me. I love the place and I love the missionaries here. I’m glad to hear everyone’s doing great! I love you all so much.
Elder Hunt
PS: Mom I would love some Rollo cookies and some Snickers bars. I got a ton of sour skittles so anything chocolate should even out the fruitiness. Love ya! And if you could also send me a picture of when I was baptized that would be great. It’s good for investigators to see. Also the computer I’m currently using is being super lame on sending pictures so I’ll try to send you some more by the end of today. Loveya!
At the temple with my companion, Elder Schmidtlein

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Week Two!

From the Hunt Family: Sorry we didn't post his first week! He arrived safe and has been loving the MTC! Here is this weeks letter:
Holy smokes! Things are starting to really fly by. I know its only week 2 but it feels like I just got here yesterday. Sorry the last letter was so lame. It was my first P day so I was still a newbie at what to email. In my district there are 6 people going to Tuxtla Gutierrez and we all share the same apartment. The guys are so cool and funny. Some of them are looking at the MTC more as a time to slack off before the real missionary work, but they’ve started to pick up the slack. It’s hard sometimes to be continually working hard when you spend 10 hours of your day in a classroom, but it’s worth it and you can definitely feel a difference between a day where you give 100% and a day you give 80%. Last P-Day was honestly the hardest day I’ve had at the MTC. Reading the emails and letters made me homesick to the max! I couldn’t eat or focus on anything and I just wanted to give up. But I prayed and prayed and prayed. By the next day my head was back in the game and I remembered why I’m here and who I'm representing
This week I had a pretty funny experience. We were teaching Hermana Iroz as an investigator (one of our teachers pretends to be an investigator and we have to teach in Spanish!) Anyway her character is really struggling with trials in her life. So I opened to what I thought was Alma 26:27, which talks about having patience through trial and affliction. Instead I had the scriptures opened up to MOSIAH 26:27! She read it and started cracking up laughing! I could not figure out what in the heck was wrong. Well Instead of having her read a scripture on being patient in your afflictions and the blessings that come from it, I gave her a scripture about how if you don’t repent God will forget you and you'll be damned to hell to live with the devil and his angels in eternal fire.... I told the rest of the district what had happened and we couldn’t stop laughing. It was a classic missionary fail and I haven’t even entered the mission field.
Yesterday we went to a Mexican consulate to get our visas. It was great. We took a 2 hour train ride there and walked to the consulate from the station. A hobo lady came up to all the missionaries and was talking about how she loves the missionaries and how she’s a member of the church but doesn’t go cause she does drugs. She was honestly the sweetest hobo lady ever, not that I’ve met a whole lot of them but she just made all the missionaries smile when she was shaking our hands and saying how much she loved us.
Anyway keep me updated with the politics, movies, music, Hollywood drama and especially how everyone’s doing back at home. I miss everyone so much. And a special shout out to grandma and the Crandall’s for sending me the AMAZING packages! Packages and letters make a missionaries day. Another shout out to Ella! Happy birthday! And shout out to LaRea's friend Marissa for wanting to become Mormon! That’s so dang awesome! Thanks for all the letters emails and packages. I can feel the love from y’all!
Su Amigo Mejor
Elder Hunt

All the missionaries going to Tuxtla!

I didn't have a spoon so I made one out of tin foil
Thank YOU!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Onward Christian Soldier

We dropped Garth off at the airport at 6:30 am Wednesday Aug 6th. He was very excited to be on his way to the MTC. We are happy for him to begin this next phase of his life. He is ready and well prepared. We will miss him and his off-the-wall humor, but we know he's where he's supposed to be and we look forward to the blessings that will come to him and our family as he serves the Lord.

We still have not heard from him, but we hope to soon. I'll try to post again after we know more.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

One More Day

Tomorrow's the day I leave to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I cant wait! When I opened the call, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico was the last thing I expected to read. However, once I read that letter, I knew for a fact that I'm meant to serve there and it's where the Lord wants me to be. I've felt so many different emotions since I got my call from nervousness to excitement. But more than anything, I want to serve the Lord and can't wait to get out there. I love this gospel and I cant wait to share it with others. I know the principals and doctrine taught within this church are true. This is Christ's restored Church and I'm thankful to be a part of it.