Thursday, December 24, 2015

Week 27: A Missionary Christmas

¡Familia y Amigos!

So this week was AWESOME! We have a couple that we are teaching that accepted to be baptized on January 23rd, and we are pretty excited about them! They have been reading the Book of Mormon and we are going over to do some service to help them clean this week!

Another super awesome miracle from this week is that our Mission President has put a big push on contacting referrals within 24 hours of receiving them and we have seen SOOO many miracles from doing so!
We found 3 new investigators this week through referrals and a couple of appointments to meet and teach a few others! There are so many people who are prepared! We got to go to the temple with a returning member from Hna. Oldroyd's last area which was awesome! Also super great that Hna. Oldroyd and I work so well together! We were able to meet with our branch president and set some goals for these last couple of weeks and for 2016 (wow when did that happen?) And I am really excited to see what we can accomplish!

Hope with last weeks 2.0 y'all were able to see more of the things you can accomplish in your day to day lives and you pray to see that everyday. Feel free to email me and let know how it went!

2.0
Well it's Christmas Eve. Many people have asked me over these last few weeks if it hard to be away from home, or if I miss my family and their traditions, and through all those questions and this time, being the first time I've ever been away from home for Christmas, I just want to express to you all how truly grateful I am to be a missionary this Christmas. I LOVE being a missionary! Every single day I get to share a message about Jesus Christ that changes people's lives, that has changed my life! Being away from home is hard, but Heavenly Father has plenty of Children that he misses and he wants all of them to come home to. So this Christmas I am grateful to be away from home, to be able to dedicate all of my time to do whatever the Lord asks of me to bring his family back to him. And I am so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ. Everything is made possible through him, and that's why we celebrate his birth. Because he was willing to come to earth to set the example for us, to suffer for us in Gethsemane and then overcame death, so we all can return back to live with God again and we can be changed and molded into who he knows we can become. So I hope you all really take time for Christ in your lives, not just today or tomorrow, but always. That's my prayer and my hope for all of you.

You all are awesome! Thank you for the love and support you all send me through letters, emails and prayers! I know they help strengthen me and hope my letters and prayers do the same for you!

I hope you all have a Merry merry Christmas and a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones

Sister/Hermana Hunt





Thursday, December 17, 2015

Week 26: "It's a small world after all..."

¡Familia y Amigos!
 
Now that you have that beautiful song stuck in your head let me
explain my reasoning:
 
TRANSFERS:  So, I stayed in my area and at the Visitor Center! And out
of all the sisters in our whole mission, my new companion is...
(Drumroll).... HERMANA (Lauren) OLDROYD FROM MESA, AZ!!! Who would of
thought a year and a half ago when we threw our caps in the air at
graduation that we would be serving together as companions!?  Hermana
Oldroyd and I have been so blessed and have already seen many miracles
together! Oh and did I mention we also live with Sister Helmbold and
her companion? So it really is a small world after all! :)
 
Fun and joking aside, this has been one of the most miracle filled
weeks thus far on my mission! Sister Oldroyd and I have been able to
jump right into the work and we are so blessed to work together so
easily! She's an incredible hard worker and she loves the people so
much! I can't wait to see all the wonderful things I will learn from
her this transfer!
 
So we have had the craziest schedule and the first time we actually
got to go out in our area and do things was Monday night. One of the
biggest things I have come to learn while serving at the Visitor
Center is that if we utilize our time wisely, the Lord will make so
much more of our time than we ever could! We on average get about 2
solid hours in our area everyday, which is why we get one day a week
when we are only in our area and not at the Visitor Center. But if we
effectively plan those 2 hours, He will help us see miracles! This
truly is His work, and as we respect and remember that, He truly
blessed us!
 
2.0
Doctrine and Covenants 123:17
"Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things
that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost
assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be
revealed."
 
How beautiful is the phrase 'let us cheerfully do all things that lie
in our power'? Sometimes we feel like there is so much impossible in
front of us, but I know that if we do all we can, the Lord truly will
give us the tools and means to accomplish anything that is asked of
us. So I would invite all of you to focus more this week on the things
that you CAN do rather than what you can't do. I know that as you try
to look for things you can do, you will begin to realize that there
really is a lot that you can do and you will be able to have a happier
outlook in your day to day life.
 
Well I love you all so much! As always I am so blessed by all of your
support and prayers! I hope you all have a week full of miracles!
 
¡Abrazos y Oraciones!
 
Sister/Hermana Hunt







Sunday, December 13, 2015

Week 25: "For behold, I have refined thee."

¡Familia y Amigos!
 
Wow! Time out here on the mission goes by so fast! This week is
transfer week, and we find out tonight where we are going. Can't
believe it's already been 6 weeks! But none the less that means my
P-day will get changed to Thursday, Tuesday or Monday. I think it will
probably be Monday because I think I'm leaving the visitor center and
going back out full pros this transfer, but as I have come to know
transfers are always crazy and that's how we know they're inspired!
This is the Lords work!
 
But this week was incredible! We found 4 new investigators and we are
so excited! We found two of them yesterday, and it was the first time
Hna Delgado and I taught in English (not counting dinner with members)
all transfer! Andrea I am sorry I ever doubted your faith for me to
speak Spanish! I hope you know God is definitely answering your
prayers!
 
We also had a dinner that was hosted by the Independence Stake for the
missionaries and it was so good! I truly feel so blessed to be serving
here in this area! The people have a vision of missionary work and how
the gospel has blessed them and it truly shows! The Visitor Center
sisters did a set of music (I'll try to send a couple of the videos
home) and I love how powerfully music can bring the spirit and how
strongly I can feel it when we all sing together!
 
Well this week I feel prompted to be very personal with you all for my
2.0 So I hope sharing my experience will help strengthen whom ever
this is for. I love you all!
 
2.0
In 1 Nephi 20:10 it says: "For, behold, I have refined thee, I have
chosen thee in the furnace of affliction."
 
This transfer I have truly been blessed to see how the Lord has been
refining me and that He still chooses us in our personal 'furnace of
affliction'. Most of you don't know but, I have been struggling with
anxiety for the last 4.5 months. It has been the hardest trial I have
probably ever had to go through in my 19 years. I have spent many
nights crying and wondering if I would ever be able to see any hopes
of getting better. In fact my hopes for getting better grew smaller
and smaller as more and more changes brought more fears, but this
transfer I have been able to slowly go up hill. I have been able to
develop a very personal relationship with my Savior and come to more
fully understand His atonement as He helps me somedays from minute to
minute. I know He is there and that He can succor us. I have also come
to know of the power of prayer. Heavenly Father is there. He listens,
He cares, and He will never give us anything we can't handle. I have
been able to grow so much and accomplish many things among the hard
days, but more than anything I have been able to learn to be grateful.
I'm grateful for trials and for the opportunity to be humble, to grow
closer to the Savior, and ultimately learn and grow to become who
Heavenly Father needs me to be. I know that trials are not simply
taken from us, but I do know that if we yoke ourselves to the Savior,
He can make our burdens lighter and easier to bear, day by day, until
we will overcome it all. I know He lives and I am so grateful for all
He has done for each of us. May we take his out stretched hands is my
humble prayer, In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
 
Hope you all have a week full of miracles!
 
¡Abrazos y Oraciones!
 
Sister/Hermana Hunt





Friday, December 4, 2015

Week 24: Where are You Investigators, Why Can't We Find You?

¡Familia y Amigos!

This week was a crazy week! It was full of drop talks (a talk you give to people when they don't keep commitments we give them) referrals, cold, thanksgiving and all mission conference (I got my package there!) and it was all amazing!

We ate dinner with a family from the ward and it was really nice! Feel so blessed to have people who are willing to let us join their family and friends!

The title this week is based off the Christmas number 'Where are You Christmas?' and was given because this week we had to drop all of our investigators who were on date, because none of them have come to church and they are not keeping their commitments. It is is really hard to drop people, but "the field is white ready to harvest" so we just have to find those who are ready to receive the gospel!

All mission conference: WOW! It was so awesome to be together as a whole mission! We had some really incredible trainings about the Book of Mormon and Sabbath day observance, and I got a lot of revelation for how I can personally use both of those things to be a more effective missionary! Then we had lunch and skits from all the zones in the mission, and then President Best introduced the 'A Savior is Born' campaign. What an incredible way for all of us to share our testimony of the savior and help remember why we celebrate this season! I would invite all of you to watch the video if you haven't already, and then share it to your Facebook with your t stoking of the savior. I know that it will increase your testimony of the importance of a savior, and help you feel the true meaning of Christmas. 

2.0
During our training for the Book of Mormon, we were given an invitation to read 6 pages of the Book of Mormon everyday and were promised that if we did for the rest of our lives, we would NEVER fall off the path, and that we would be able to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I felt the spirit testify to me that that is true. I have now committed to read 6 pages everyday, and I know that if you do so those same promises are yours. May we all strive to gain a stronger conversion to the Book of Mormon.

Well I love you all and I am looking forward to this new week full of finding! I am so grateful for your prayers and love! 

Hope you have a week full of Miracles!

¡Abrazos y Oraciones!

Sister/Hermana Hunt