Thursday, October 22, 2015

Week 19: How Great Are Your Gifts

¡Familia y Amigos!

This last week was so amazing! Being a missionary is so awesome! Transfers are next week, so I might not get a p-day so ya... But crazy it's already been 6 weeks! Also mom can you please send my quilt and my coat, it's getting a tad chilly out here for an Arizona Girl! 

We have been teaching a family these last few weeks and they are awesome! They were going to originally come to the visitor center but the brakes on their car were so bad the brake pads had melted! They were also going to go to our baptism and to church, but it's kinda hard to get anywhere without a car that works! So we asked our district to pray that they would find a way to church. Prayer works people. Our ward mission leader lives across the street and he works on cars and he fixed it late Saturday night and three of them came to church on Sunday! We were so excited, and everything that was talked about in church was the perfect lead into what we felt we needed to teach them! This is truly the Lords work.

Our Spanish investigator isn't going to be baptized in October because we don't have enough time to teach her all the lessons by the end of the month, and she hasn't set another date yet, but we really hope we can set a date in November for her to work toward, and it will all work out in the Lords time.

Moroni 10: 8 says 'And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the gifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are different ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them.' 

Each of us have such individual gifts that God has given us to help those around us. I have come to gain such a strong testimony that all of the people in our lives are to help refine us in one way or another, and that the gifts that we have been given personally are to help lift the others around us up. So take Moroni's advice seriously. Do not deny the gifts the Lord has given you. I promise that as you seek out the gifts and talents you have been blessed with, the Lord will help you know what they are and how you can use them. He needs you more than you know, and don't let the adversary sway you. I love you all so much an cannot begin to express the love I have for each of you for sharing those gifts with me to help me better.

I hope you all have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones 

Sister/Hermana Hunt

Week 18: Let Him In

¡Familia y Amigos!

This week has been SO amazing! I am feeling extra grateful to my
Heavenly Father for sending me to Missouri especially after this last
week! It truly has my heart!

So last Saturday our investigator got baptized! Everything was perfect
except we left our phone at the Visitor Center, but it was the only
hiccup so cant complain! After she was baptized, she told us she felt
so amazing! She was really excited to get confirmed on Sunday :)
Hermana Baggett and I sang 'Be Still My Soul' a cappella after she was
baptized and she bore her testimony and I cannot believe the change
that has happened in her since we first met her! This gospel really
does bless lives! She was confirmed on Sunday and is beyond excited to
go to the temple in a couple of weeks!

Yesterday we had the INCREDIBLE opportunity to go and visit some of
the other church sites here in Missouri. We started our day at
Adam-ondi-Ahman and WOW. The spirit there was so powerful! We went on
a tour around the grounds and before we left to go to Far West, we got
about 10 minutes to ourselves to just ponder about the spirit we felt
and the things we had learned and I cannot begin to express the
feelings of deepest gratitude I have being a missionary, serving with
some of the most incredible Elders and Sisters, and sharing the
Saviors gospel everyday in Zion! I've said it before and I'll keep
saying it: there is truly no place I would rather be than on a
mission! We went to Far West and saw the Temple site there and talked
about some of the history there to be better acquainted with it for
the guests who come to the visitor center and it was amazing! We ended
our trip with a tour of the Liberty Jail and the spirit there was SO
strong. It truly reminded me of how some of the hardest things we go
through are the biggest learning experience we could ever have, and
that The Lord will never forget us. I testify that that is true. This
is the most incredible place and I feel so blessed the Lord has asked
me to represent the Savior here in Missouri!

Then to top off the week we had our weekly training meeting for the
visitor center and Sister Toronto, the Visitor center director was on
the general YW board for a while and over heard all of us Sisters
before we watched conference talking about how much we love Sister
Elaine S. Dalton, and the impact she had on our lives, and being a
dear friend of hers, we had a 30 minute training and then Sister
Dalton called Sister Toronto and we just got to listen to her speak.
What an amazing opportunity! One of the greatest experiences hearing
her bare her testimony and sharing her thoughts with

One of the Elders who left home this morning, bore his testimony at
zone conference, and something he said hit me so strongly, and has
been on mind for a couple of weeks now. To paraphrase he said:  'The
last thing I told my parents before I left on my mission was that I
would serve faithfully and work hard, but I would come home the same
person and I couldn't have been more wrong. Missions don't change
people. The atonement of Jesus Christ changes people, missions are
simply the green house for change, but the atonement of Jesus Christ
is what changes us.'

I am not the same person I was four months ago, and I can testify that
it is only through and because of the Atonement that I have changed
and will continue to change everyday for the rest of my life. His
atonement is real. It is the only thing that gives me enough strength
to keep going when I feel I have nothing left to give. It is the only
way I can change and become who I am needed to be so that the Lord can
work through me.

His atonement is real. If you let him, he can change you. My
invitation to you all is to let him in. He can heal you faster than
anyone or anything else.

I hope you all have a week full of miracles!

¡Abrazos y Oraciones!

Hermana/Sister Hunt

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Week 17: You Know You're a Missionary When...

¡Familia y Amigos!

Holy cow! This week has been crazy!! It was a spiritual FEAST!

So last Friday we had Zone Conference from 7:30 in the morning and didn't get back to the Visitor Center until 6! But it was a full day of spiritual trainings and SOO good! A whole lot of revelation and most of the things that were touched on we're also talked about in Conference.... The spirit is so real! 

Then CONFERENCE!!!!-- Someone once said that General Conference is like the super bowl for missionaries... SO TRUE and I LOVED IT!!!! We got super lucky to be able to watch all four sessions at the Visitor Center! I love that we can all here the same message and get personal revelation for us! Just like Larry R Lawrence spoke about! I Hope you all watched conference and set goals to improve! If you didn't watch them all, find time and do it! If you make time for the Lord you will be blessed in all other things!

So Last night was AMAZING!! We took our investigator ,that's getting baptized Saturday,  to the Kansas City Temple and we taught her the last lesson at the temple and it was the most incredible experience I have had on my mission thus far! She is so excited and I feel so blessed to have been able to teach her and watch her testimony grow! The Lord has great things in store for her! 

Also missionary moment of the week: Hermana Baggett and I went to get gas and we stopped at a gas station that we never go to to fill up and I even pulled through 3 different spots and we get to the pump and when we fill up the car, we check the tire pressure in each tire and the oil, and while we were doing this a man pulled up in his truck behind us and was watching these two 19 year old girls in skirts and he asked if we knew that our car could tell us when the pressure was low, and we told him that we don't own the car and signed a contract that we would do those things every time we fill it up and we got to talking and he shared with us about his faith in Jesus Christ and we got to talking and we offered him a Book of Mormon, and he politely said no, and then said 'But you know what you can leave me with? A word of Prayer!' So Hermana Baggett and I and this Man were standing by the gas pump at QT praying. And then we ended up giving him a family proclamation with our information on it! And as crazy and strange as that may sound, I know it wasn't a coincidence! Which is a perfect lead in to this weeks 2.0

Heavenly Father and the Savior are so personal! They are each so involved in our daily lives! I can testify to you all that They are both there, walking this life with each of you and your personal struggles and successes. Do not give up! Heavenly Father is one prayer away. Poor your heart out to him. I can also testify to you all that the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is real, it is personal, and I know He felt what He felt for you and me personally and He knows exactly how to comfort you. If you turn to him, trust him and keep going I can promise there are better days ahead. 

I love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones 

Hermana/Sister Hunt

Monday, October 5, 2015

Week 16: The Power of Prayer

¡Familia y Amigos!

I hope you all had a great week this last week!

So I don't have much time because I didn't realize how long it took me to write the rest of my emails so sorry about the short one! But this week has been such a crazy one!

So our investigator who's on date for the 10th, came to her lesson and we were going to teaching her lesson three and the word of wisdom, and we asked how her day/week was going and she says 'it's been ok, but it's really hard quitting smoking.' I'm pretty sure Hermana Baggett and I's jaws were on the floor! She went on to tell us she hasn't smoked since the 17th and wanted to quit because she knew she couldn't get baptized if she was smoking, so she just quit...She is so prepared and her testimony is growing so much! But if you could all keep her in your prayers as she continues to quit smoking that would be awesome! 

Also miracle from this morning! Hermana Baggett taught a woman here in her first transfer who just moved here from the Dominican Republic and they taught her and she was on date, but she went out of town three weeks into the transfer, so when I was back in Kansas!, and we got a text from her daughter this morning saying she just got home this morning so we set up an appointment for Saturday and we are so excited! So pray for Hermana Baggett That she will be able to understand our Spanish! I'm so excited to finally meet her and help teach her! Such a blessing!

All in all it was a pretty great week!

Prayer is SO powerful. Every time you offer a prayer it is heard by your Heavenly Father. He is so aware of each of us! If you ever feel like you're just at a lull or that you just can't handle whatever is going on in your life, get on your knees and express exactly how your feeling to your Heavenly Father. Whatever it is, he cares. He will listen, and he will comfort you, he will strengthen you as you lean on his Son's perfect atonement. When it gets hard, don't give up on him. He will never give up on you.

I love you all and hope you are as excited for general conference this weekend! Don't forget to write down your questions, and go into each session with faith they will be answered and a prayer in your heart, I promise you'll hear a message that's just for you! 

Hope you have a week full of Miracles!

¡Abrazos y Oraciones!

Hermana/Sister Hunt

Week 15: Miracles

¡Familia y Amigos!

So transfers: I'm staying here in Independence with Hermana Baggett, and we are still in the Visitor Center as well! Such a blessing, and we are excited for the great things in store for this transfer! Even though we didn't get transferred, we moved to a different house so that was an adventure, but it's been way fun!

So last Wednesday, Hermana Baggett and I were teaching our miracle investigator that came to church, and we invited her to be baptized and she said yes! Her scheduled date is October 10th and she is progressing so well! She is so prepared and really looking forward to these next couple of weekends with General Conference! She's truly amazing!

We have been so blessed! Yesterday, we went to contact a referral in an apartment complex and he wasn't interested, and we needed to go back to the Visitor Center before shift to do language study, and we have been focusing on daily contacting as a zone and so we had set a goal of one because we only go to be in our area for about 15 minutes due to district meeting and we decided to try to talk to a couple people and one of the people we ran into spoke only Spanish! So it was so cool to use Spanish and I understood the whole conversation! I also had a little bit of input! It was amazing! We found out he's in a different Ward, but he is really excited to meet the missionaries! Miracles of pressing on!

Well I don't have much time, but o do have enough time to give a 2.0!

Being.a Missionary has made me the happiest I have ever been in my life. Alma put into words how I feel: "I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.
"And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me." 
As I serve and see these people change I have grown so much and I have realized that my call here to Missouri is not just by chance. This is exactly where the lord needs me right now and I would not rather be anywhere else! I know that as I see these people change and grow closer to the Savior that I am reminded I wouldn't be here without his atonement. Through his atonement and trials, he molds us into who Heavenly Father sees me as becoming, and I am forever grateful. I hope you all know that I love this work. I have a testimony of this gospel and how it can change and shape lives. 

I hope you all have an amazing week full of miracles!

¡Abrazos y Oraciones!

Hermana Hunt