Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week 78: Forever Grateful ❤

Week 78: Forever Grateful ❤️

¡Familia y Amigos!

We have had some AMAZING miracles this last week! We received a handful of referrals this week from our members and have appointments with them this week! We found a new investigator too! And we just had a flood of tender mercies from the Lord. He is really the one who is over this work.

We had an amazing Christmas, probably the most amazing one I have ever had! We had some incredible talks that were given about how we can show our love for Christ and I was reminded that we don't have to wait for Christmas to think about, and serve like Christ! We can remember him in our daily lives by doing simple things like reading the scriptures and praying.

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Right about this point I feel like my heart is going to burst! I never thought this moment would come but I have so much love and gratitude in my heart. I am SO grateful that the Lord sent me to the Missouri Independence Mission. He has spent the last 18 months, shaping and refining me into this person I now am, and I am forever grateful to him for doing so.

I have come know that Jesus is the Christ. He live and his atonement is real. He has the power to change who we are into who we can become. I know He loves me and you. He has been through everything with me, and He has become my best friend. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve him.

I have come to know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is by that testimony that I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I know that the Priesthood has been restored. I know Thomas S. Monson is the Lords mouthpiece on the earth today.

My mission has changed me forever and has laid the foundation for the rest of my life.

Thank you to all of you for your love, letters and support! I have been so blessed.

Love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles, and I will see you soon ❤️

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt ❤️

My Favorite Scripture- 2 Nephi 31:20

Week 77: Thanks Be To God! 🎁

Week 77: Thanks Be To God! 🎁

¡Familia y Amigos!

Hello! This week was full of wonderful adventures!

We started the week off with Zone Conference and it was AMAZING!! We talked about the #LIGHTtheWORLD (Again, if you haven't checked out the video or the calendar, it's not too late! ---> mormon.org) and one of the biggest things I took away from the conference is that all we do should be helping us become like Jesus Christ! He set the example, and we know what we are to do- so lets go and do it! Becoming like Christ is only done in action, and thought. I also got to share my departing testimony, which was so surreal!! Always thought hose missionaries were ANCIENT!! (I mean because being 20 is 'SO OLD'....) But I am beyond grateful the Lord sent me to this mission. He is teaching me so much!

We were able to go to the temple again after Zone Conference- President and Sister Vest's Christmas present to us :)- and it was amazing as usual!

Then we had exchanges, from Wednesday- Thursday, and I got to go to Olathe with the one and only Sister Costley! Probably one of the highlights of my mission! We saw so many miracles in Olathe and Sister Wilkey and Sister Masina found a couple of new people to teach, and met a referral from some members who is SUPER excited to have us stop by again! EXCHANGES ARE INCREDIBLE! Always one of the most miracle filled times of the transfer.

Then we had Interviews with President and Sister Vest on Friday, and tell ya what- I love them both so much!! I know that the Lord sends people into our lives to bless us and help us become better!

I mentioned last week that Sister Masina had gotten a cold, and it hit full force this weekend, so after Friday, We were able to go to church and made it to one dinner appointment, but she spent the majority of the weekend sleeping! Hoping she starts to feel better this week! We also had a HUGE snow/ice storm this weekend- I think the snow is very pretty... UNITL YOU GO OUTSIDE. We had to scrape our car, and after church we even had ice on the INSIDE of the windshield. So, yes, the winter time fun is here!

I also was given the opportunity to speak in Sacrament Meeting yesterday- last minute and on the spot of course! But one of the girls in the ward leaves on her mission on the 28th, and after she finished speaking, the Bishop asked me to come up and share my testimony. I sure love this ward!!

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I stumbled across this scripture in 2 Corinthians 9:15 and it pretty much sums up all my feelings this last week:

"15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."

I cannot express in words how grateful I am for Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Gift! I know that because of Him, I have been changed into someone I never thought I would be. Because of Him, you and I can ALWAYS be lifted during trials. Because of Him you and I, can repent. Because of Him, you and I, have the possibility to be with our families forever, and Because of Him, you and I, have been given the opportunity to obtain the greatest of all of God's gifts- eternal life.

I love my Savior! I love this beautiful time of year to remember him and all that He has done for each of us. May we express our thanks by remembering Him always. Hope you all have an AMAZING Christmas 🎄 😊

Love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt ❤️

At the Temple after Zone Conference with President and Sister Vest.

We had a CRAZY ice/snow storm on Saturday and this is Sunday aftermath!! It was 6 degrees and  FOR SURE was WAY colder with the windchill factor!

Exchanges! Sister Costley, Sister Masina, Yours Truly, and Sister Wilkey!

Saw this at a Members house this week and really liked it!

His Love is real.

Week 76: Happiness I have Found Here :)

Week 76: Happiness I Have Found Here :)

¡Familia y Amigos!

This week has been a full blown adventure! We had some really amazing lessons! Our investigator that is preparing to be baptized left to China until January 2nd! It was pretty hard to say goodbye! Glad it's only temporary! We have her email and through the miracle of technology we can still teach her :)

It snowed this last Wednesday! IT WAS SO COLD. But It was really fun! We even took advantage of it to share #LIGHTtheWORLD (pictures attached) I had a cold this last week and am in recovery, but my sweet companion woke up sick yesterday! Theraflu, Puffs and Ricola have been some good friends to us! :)

We went to a service project this week in Olathe and I was able to use my Spanish! Which is getting really rusty, but that was a tender mercy for sure!

We had stake conference this weekend and it was amazing! It was really focused on the Book of Mormon! The Stake President issued an invitation for every family to prepare a a Book of Mormon for a specific person, and to highlight all of the 'gems' of scripture that are in it, and when they finish to give it to the person they wanted to share their gems with. It was really neat, and I have found a few gems myself in that book! It has changed my life.

We found some new people to teach this week! SO BLESSED. We had countless miracles everyday! Seriously, the Lord is incredible and this truly is his work.

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This week as I hit my 18 month mark I wanted to just share a few thoughts I have had on the principle of obedience!

There is a bumper stick we saw this week that said 'The Ten Commandments are not multiple choice' and it really got me thinking about the testimony I have gained of striving to keep the commandments as a missionary and two quotes came to mind:

"If you want to be the happiest missionary, be the most obedient missionary!"- Elder Gary E. Stevenson

"Obedience is the lifeblood of faith. It is by obedience that we gather light into our souls. But sometimes I think we misunderstand obedience. We may see obedience as an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. Or we may pound the metaphorical hammer of obedience against the iron anvil of the commandments in an effort to shape those we love, through constant heating and repeated battering, into holier, heavenly matter....But perhaps there is a different metaphor that can explain why we obey the commandments of God. Maybe obedience is not so much the process of bending, twisting, and pounding our souls into something we are not. Instead, it is the process by which we discover what we truly are made of."
President Dieter F. Utchdorf

It is by the consistent effort we give to strive to obey God's commandments that we can discover who we are, and who we are capable of becoming. Satan will try to distract us, but we can ALWAYS lean to the Savior and trust that as we obey him, and serve him, we will recognize and feel confidence in his presence!

It is my firm testimony that as we strive daily to love the Lord by keeping His commandments and following His example, that we draw close to him and begin to catch a glimpse of our potential.

When we fall short- The Savior's infinite Atonement has made it possible for us to repent and try again. I love my Savior. I know He lives! I know that Elder Stevenson's promise applies to all of us- not just missionaries! I have come to know for myself that the key to a happy life is to live an obedient one!

Love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt ❤️

Merry Christmas :)

Our dear investigator left to China this last week! Sure going to miss her!

It Snowed for a whole day, so we decided to advertise! #LIGHTtheWORLD

These three have been real lifesavers this last week!

Week 75: Living With Intent!

Week 75: Living With Intent!

¡Familia y Amigos!

This week was a little bit discouraging- several of our investigators dropped us, and almost all of our plans fell through, found out our investigator might be going to China for the next month- ya know, one of those weeks! BUTy I am so grateful when they happen! It reminds me to rely on the Lord more fully and t remember that He is teaching us in all that we experience.

It also hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday in sacrament meeting that it was my last fast sunday on the mission. I bawled my eyes out as I thought about all the amazing people who have loved me and helped us and our investigators while I've been out. The Lord knows us. He truly knows us.

We did a lot of work with some of the inactive members in the ward! One of the sisters is older, and she lives in assisted living, but she really wanted to go to the Nativity display this last weekend. Well by a miracle we were able to help her get dressed, prepped, and ready to go! It was amazing to see her face light up as we helped her get into the car with a family in the ward to go.

#LIGHTtheWORLD this week has been such a blessing! SERVICE IS THE BEST PEOPLE. When we get outside of ourselves, we get so close to the Savior! Sister Masina and I have been having a lot of neat experiences doing the service everyday! The Lord loves all of his children! And Serves with us each and everyday.

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So We had a lesson yesterday about how the cure to going through the motions is to LIVE WITH INTENT. Have a purpose to what you are doing!!

And guess what? We all have a purpose! Heavenly Father wants us home! We are to seek to do all that we can to become like Christ, live his gospel and help other do the same. I know that when live life with the intent to draw ourselves and others closer to Christ, we find joy and beauty in everyday!

Love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt ❤️

District Pic!

These two Cuties made our week!

and the cheeser was too die for cute!

Really loving these scriptures lately!

Week 74: Temple, Copper Cars, and Tinsel! 🎄

Week 74: Temple, Cop Cars, and Tinsel! 🎄

¡Familia y Amigos!

Hello folks! This week was amazing! We had some pretty great service opportunities and really have been so blessed!

So we didn't have very many teaching appointments this last week because of thanksgiving- people going out of town, spending time with family, cleaning, recovering from food comas- you name it! People were very busy! But the ones we did have went really well!

Also - have you all checked out #LIGHTtheWORLD!? IT IS SO INCREDIBLE. We have seen so many hearts soften and so many people willing to participate in this worldwide efforts to spread the light of Jesus Christ to everyone! If you haven't checked it out head over to Mormon.org and find out how you can share light with others :)

Speaking of lighting the world- we helped put up so many decorations this week! It was neat to help people place Christmas decorations and talk about the true meaning of a Christmas amidst all the sparkly lights, and shiny tinsel- It's all about the Light and Love Heavenly Father sent to us- Jesus Christ!

We were able to go to the temple this morning and it was BEAUTIFUL and amazing, as always! It's almost been a year since the last time I was able to go, so it really made me appreciate being so close to a temple and even having one in my mission! If you live near a temple- take the time and go!

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This week's 2.0 is our Funny Story/Miracle of the Week:

We started off the day and prayed for the Lord to lead us to those who are prepared to hear the gospel, or that He would lead them to us and so we were out contacting people who previously met with missionaries one night, and since daylight savings time happened it gets dark around 6:45 -7ish.

There was one person in particular we felt like we should stop by and visit. It was about 7 and we knocked a few times and no one answered. So as we drove out of the neighborhood, there was a police car at the entrance and we didn't think too much of it since we have a tiwi- so we weren't speeding, and we came to a complete stop at the stop sign. Well, the car follows us for a good few minutes and even followed us as we drove into an apartment complex.

Well, as soon as we parked we were about to pray, and Sister Masina says: "Sis, He's coming over!" So we rolled down our window as he shined his light in and he starts talking to us:

Him: 'Hi, I'm Officer H_____ and I just wanted to make contact with you all and see what you're out doing!'

Us: 'Oh! Well we are missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and we are out sharing the gospel!'

Him: '...Oh... talks into his walkie-talkie and ends in 'all other units are clear''

So turns out, the person we had tried to contact called the police on us which isn't too rare in this area), and was really freaked out! But amidst this interesting encounter we had a miracle!

The officer went on to ask us where the church was at, what we do as missionaries, where we were from, why we were out here. As we were explaining that we leave our family and friends and school to come on our missions- he starts asking what we believe! So we shared the restoration with him and ended up inviting him to come to church and to check out #LIGHTtheWORLD on Mormon.org! We ended up talking with him for about 10 minutes and then asked what his name was again and he introduced himself by his First name.

It was INCREDIBLE to see the light that came to his eyes as we testified of the Restoration and how it has brought so much Joy into our lives! And so miracle was- even though the former called the police on us, Andrew was led to us! Our prayers were answered.

So this week I am extremely grateful that the Lord works in mysterious ways and am grateful there are many opportunities to share the gospel! :)

I know the Lord places people in our paths for a reason! As we have the courage to simply open our mouths, they are filled and we are filled with the Spirit. I love my Savior and I'm so grateful to be a missionary!

Love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt ❤️

The KC temple ❤️

One of the families we are working with- She and the baby will be out of town the a whole month of December so I won't see them until March! Love them!

A cute little girl in our ward drew our pictures while we were at dinner (Sister Masina on the right and yours truly on the left!)

What gift will you give to Christ this Christmas? #LIGHTtheWORLD

Our Cute neighbors dropped off some Christmas goodies!! Love this place ❤️

Week 73: Gratitude in and Because of Jesus Christ

Week 73: Gratitude in and Because of Jesus Christ

¡Familia y Amigos!

Transfers: So Sister Soutas got transferred (sad day) and I got a new companion- Sister Masina! She is pretty great!

So this week was crazy crazy! One of investigators got married this week and so we got to go. It was just at the Court House in Olathe, but it was good. I have also been on the verge of getting sick on and off this last week but I am feeling better today so hopefully Its all good!

So our investigator moved her date to January 7th, but she feels a whole lot more confident in her choice!

And I will be emailing next week on Tuesday because we are going to the temple :)

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This week I am grateful for trials! They truly give us the opportunity to become like Jesus Christ. There was a song that we were listening to this week and one line in particular has been running through my mind :

'... and then I'm filled with clarity, as you explain your plan, you say : 'I'm not through teaching you to be, as I am.'

Aren't we so grateful that even through the trials of life the Lord s always the silver lining! I know that when we express gratitude for the experiences that the Lord has give us grow and learn, we feel his love and he gives us the strength we need!

I know that the Savior is real! I know he knows us personally. And this week when you think of te thing your are grateful for, take time to thank your Heavenly Father for the Savior.

Love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt ❤️

Olathe Zone For Life!! Love these Sisters!

Look who I got to say hi/bye to! Love you Hermana!

Saying a temporary bye to some of my favorites!

My New Comapion, Sister Masina!! She's a Gem!!

Wedding at the court house!

And Selfie in the cold!!

Week 72: And High Priest of Good Things to Come

Week 72: An High Priest of Good Things to Come

¡Familia y Amigos!

Here we are again! Jeez the weeks go by so fast!! This week especially because we were so busy!! We also have transfers this week on Thursday and we'll find out what happens Tuesday night! (May the odd be ever in your favor right?)

Well we found new investigators AGAIN this week!! Seriously it is so crazy to have watched this area grow the way it has!

One really cool thing we did this week was missionary Kits! So a few weeks ago in correlation with our Ward mission leader, he threw out the idea of having missionary Kits for all of the members-- crazy town because we had had the same thought that week!! So we had a fifth Sunday lesson about missionary work and the last couple of weeks we have been ordering the supplies and getting it all ready!

The whole idea was based off of Elder Oaks conference talk- helping them with what the Lord wants them to do to be involved! So for the second and third block we had some tables set up in the cultural hall with Book of Mormons (Books of Mormon - for all you who have watched the best two years), pass along cards, Nativity invites and of course treats!! We had everyone shuffle through and build their own missionary kits! It was so awesome to hear about the goals the people had!! This Ward is seriously doing great things with missionary work.

Our investigators were doing really well! Our investigator who is on date for the 10th is feeling some apprehension about being baptized and we have to change her date anyway because we have stake conference that weekend, so we are going to solidify her date on Tuesday because it will either be the 3rd or be moved back to January. So we will see what happens!

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I had a WHOLE lot of revelation this week- having the gift of the Holy Ghost is pretty amazing. But I came across a talk by Elder Holland titled 'An High Priest of Good Things to Come' The first four paragraphs sum up a lot of my thoughts from the this last week:

"On those days when we have special need of heaven’s help, we would do well to remember one of the titles given to the Savior in the epistle to the Hebrews. Speaking of Jesus’”more excellent ministry” and why He is “the mediator of a better covenant” filled with “better promises,” this author--presumably the Apostle Paul--tells us that through His mediation and Atonement, Christ became “an high priest of good things to come.”

Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better. Moroni spoke of it in the Book of Mormon as “hope for a better world.” For emotional health and spiritual stamina, everyone needs to be able to look forward to some respite, to something pleasant and renewing and hopeful, whether that blessing be near at hand or still some distance ahead. It is enough just to know we can get there, that however measured or far away, there is the promise of “good things to come.”

My declaration is that this is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us, especially in times of need. There is help. There is happiness. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. It is the Light of the World, the Bright and Morning Star, the “light that is endless, that can never be darkened.” It is the very Son of God Himself. In loving praise far beyond Romeo’s reach, we say, “What light through yonder window breaks?” It is the return of hope, and Jesus is the Sun. To any who may be struggling to see that light and find that hope, I say: Hold on. Keep trying. God loves you. Things will improve. Christ comes to you in His “more excellent ministry” with a future of “better promises.” He is your “high priest of good things to come.”

I know that because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we can always have hope for something better! The Savior is the sunlight in our lives and is a light that will never stop shining. If you are seeking that time of knowing that things will get better, I can promise that because of Jesus Christ, good things will come! And as Elder Holland concludes:

“Don’t give up, boy. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead--a lot of it--30 years of it now, and still counting. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.

Love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hun

Sister Soutas and I after setting up part of the missionary kits! :)

We even got the primary involved! These kids are solid missionaries!

It was also cold enough this week that we whipped out our coats-- winter is trying to creep in!!

And our district- had some real good times with all these lovely people! We have some veterans so we will probably get flip flopped for transfers!