Sunday, November 23, 2014

Strick obedience

Buenas tardes!
So this week my comp and I got kind of sick! It was a great experience and I’ll tell you why. I and Elder Reyes Leyva try really hard to be obedient, because obedience brings blessings and STRICT obedience brings miracles. We need blessings and right now we definitely need some miracles, but on Monday we weren’t super obedient. We were being a little lazy, we didn’t really study the full time we needed to….anyway we let our guard down a little bit. Then we both started to get a fever and sore stomachs and achiness, all the same symptoms at exactly the same time.Tuesday we felt like garbage. So we talked about it, trying to figure out why this is happening and what we can do to fix it. So Tuesday we worked as hard as we could and prayed super hard too. We were punctual and put in a full effort. Wednesdaywe woke up and felt absolutely perfect. I am learning that we will receive blessings if we are obedient. I am happy to say that my companion and I have been working very hard to be obedient this week because we saw what happens when you’re not!
This week was pretty great and went by fast too. We had a house check and got a 10 out of 10. They said that besides the sisters, our house is one of the cleanest of all the missionaries!! It was awesome. We also taught a family home evening to 6 different families. It was a great lesson. We taught about the plan of salvation and how short but important our life here on earth is. The lesson ended kind of late and we were out in the middle of nowhere so we had to run. We needed a taxi in order to be home on time and keep up our obedience steak. So out in the middle of nowhere, while running, we prayed for a taxi and sure enough…… BOOM… It was amazing. Sad to say though, that in the rush to get home on time, the phone fell out of my pocket, so we had to buy and new one with our own money… that was fun.
Luis is doing great. Last week he was in Tuxtla but he’s home now and like usual, he’s reading and loves the gospel... he just needs to come to church!!! Why is that such a problem here?! Stake Conference was on Sunday and everything went pretty great with the piano and the choir. It was a great conference and it was nice to talk with president and his new assistants. We met with Adan again that day after conference. He told us the he hasn’t drank alcohol since we first met with him. I love that guy. He always says "Somos hermanos en Christo" We’re brothers in Christ. We taught him about the word of wisdom and without a single problem said he would live the commandments. Such a great guy! I just hope he will come to church. It was a great week, it was a hard week, and it was a week where I learned a lot of important principles.
Thanks for all your prayers and letters. I love every single one of them. I love and miss you all so much.
Elder hunt

Zone Conference Week

MONDAY- So last P day, we went to the center of town with a member named Max. Max is a recent convert and loves coming out with us. He’s preparing for a mission! Super cool guy. He introduced us to a "frap pesol". Pesol is basically corn and chocolate and water... I‘m not a fan, but frap pesol is like a frapachino but pesol instead of coffee.... IT WAS AMAZING!! So good! I gave a sister missionary a blessing at a members house that night. It was another great experience. Every time I give a blessing I get to exercise the priesthood. It is a wonderful privilege.
TUSEDAY- I made French toast for breakfast! It was incredible! But I do miss your incredible breakfasts mom! Tuesday was a hard day. We had a lot of our appointments fall through and didn’t get to teach much. The only thing that happened was when we were waiting for lunch a little girl was watching Frozen and singing along with it in Spanish, it was the "Love is an Open Door” song... so in memory of Madeline I just had to join in. We had this little Spanglish duet going on for a little while. It was fun!
WEDNESDAY- we taught a family who has some member friends and love family home evening and are impressed with the morals of the Church. They have a nice house and spoiled us a lot! My comp said the opening prayer before the lesson and when he said “amen”the mom said " you want some quesadillas?" we told her that were ok and to not worry about it, but she insisted and went down the street and bought us some AMAZING quesadillas. This was one of our first times meeting with them yet they just went out and bought us food. The people here are incredible; so loving. We had a great lesson about the Doctrine of Christ and it was a good ending to an otherwise hard day.

THURSDAY-Zone conference!!! It was great to see some new missionaries from the changes over the last week or two. Afterward we met with Adam and his family. They’re doing great and praying and reading the Book of Mormon, but Adam has some idols in his house. The idols are of the Grim Reaper and he thinks they protect him from bad luck. We talked to him about it and discussed the blessings that come from following the 10 commandments but he said he’s not taking them out. We tried to explain but he’s being really stubborn. We’ll keep praying and working with him
FRIDAY- A lot of our appointments fell through again and we didn’t know what to do so we sat down and prayed and when we started walking again we saw this guy that we had contacted a while ago while he was drunk. He was sober now so we went up to him and had a great lesson with him and his 2 friends. They look like they’re some rough guys to be around, with bandanas and tatoos everywhere, but they all listened intently. We talked about the atonement of Christ! It was awesome and we're meeting with them next week
SATURDAY and SUNDAY- We had a lesson planned for this 16 year old named Daniel, we went to his house and he let us in, but then his 839 year old grandma went off on us! I didn’t know exactly what she said but I caught a little bit of it, it was basically "DONT YOU DARE COME IN AND TAKE MY GRANDSON! IVE BEEN A JEHOVA WHITNESS ALL MY LIFE AND MY FAMILY IS GOING TO BE ONE ALL OF THEIR LIVES TOO" Daniel just said "elders, mi abuela es LOCO" his dad and sister said the same thing. The grandma still wouldn’t let us in so we had to give him a lesson in his doorway, but it was really good. He understood the restoration and can’t wait to meet with us again.
That night I got a phone call from a sister in the ward. Next week is stake conference and she wants me to play for the choir. I don’t know why I said yes because I don’t know any of the hymns they’re singing!!! Mom... again I’m sorry I didn’t learn to play all the hymns before my mission! Sunday I practiced with the choir and it turned out ok because they can’t sing, and I can’t play the songs, so it kind of balances out in the end! I’m borrowing a member’s keyboard so I can practice at home.
That night after again having lessons fall through, we contacted a drunk guy. He kept saying "I love you, you have such a light glowing about you, I love you". It was hilarious. As we said goodbye, he grabbed my companion and kissed him on the forehead!!! I pushed him off of my companion and gave him a card with a picture of Christ on it and we left as fast as we could! It was great! My companion didn’t think it was as funny as I did, but yeah, it was a good ending to another hard day
This morning we did our morning run to this place that looks out over Tonala, it was sure beautiful. Picture should be in Dropbox dad.
Let me tell you about the Spanish. I’m progressing pretty well. It’s really hard but the Lord is helping me. The members have complimented me a bunch on the progress I’m making, it’s a good confidence booster. But then I talk to people on the street and they make fun of me and have NO IDEA what I say to them. So I don’t know who to believe. Perhaps it means I have come a long way but have a very long way to go!
As I have mentioned this week was hard, but really for one main reason... none of our investigators are progressing. They’re all so great and love the scriptures and our message, but they don’t come to church. If they don’t come, they really aren’t progressing. It’s hard because they’re all so great. It’s gotten to the point where I and my comp have had to talk about dropping some. It’s hard to have those conversations. I keep praying and keep working and know that the Lord knows what he’s doing.
Thanks for your prayers and letters. Love you all so much!
Elder Hunt
drinking 'Frap pesol" with Max
Looking out over Tonola
Morning run

Awesome week

The weeks are staring to go by super fast. I feel like last Monday was just yesterday!
Well last week was awesome. We went into this one house to teach and the people tried to bible bash with us. You could tell from the moment we stepped into the house that these people didn’t want to hear our message. They were crazy! We were in there for way longer than I wanted to be in there for though. We didn’t bash back, we just sat there and that made me even madder. What made things worse is in the middle of this 2 Jehovah’s Witnesses came in and added their 2 cents. I had had enough so I bore my testimony and basically said that contention is of the devil and our message is of God so we can’t be in there any longer. So we got up and left. It was quite a different experience and I’m glad I can’t speak Spanish very well because if I could I might have just flipped out on them.
Anyway on a happy note….. we met and AWESOME new investigator this week. His name is Luis and he's 19 and is golden! When we came over he was so excited that he invited 4 of his friends to hear the message! It was a great lesson and the spirit was felt by everyone. When we asked him who he’d like to give the closing prayer he volunteered….. and what a prayer! So sincere and heartfelt. We asked him how he felt after that prayer and he said peace, joy... incredible! It was so great. I can’t wait to tell you more about him.
We also met with Adan and his family and he loves talking with us. That family really wants to change, you can see it in their eyes, they couldn’t come to church this week but next week they’ll be there.
We went to Carlos' family to teach them but they were all sick from Dengue (that’s a disease people get from some of the mosquitos here). We were able to give them all a blessing though and they were really grateful for it.
That was basically our week with investigators. This week was also Halloween and day of the dead. It’s so different here everyone trick or treats on the 1st of November and instead of saying trick or treat, they sings funny songs. It’s really cool. I’m so sorry that this letter is so short! I’m out of time! Please forgive me! I promise next week will be a longer letter. I love and miss you all so much! Thanks for the prayers! They help more than you can imagine!
Elder Hunt