Monday, August 15, 2016

Week 58: Miracles on Mulberry Street!

¡Familia y Amigos!

Well Folks, this week has been one for the books!! There have been
countless miracles over and over, and I know that the Lords hand has
been so apparent. THIS IS HIS WORK! How grateful I am to be be a part
of this work!

(1) The Claridy's- So remember that family I mentioned last week? THEY
ARE INCREDIBLE!! We had such a an awesome lesson with them! We asked
them at the end of the lesson if they would be baptized if they come
to know that the things we teach are true and they both said yes! They
remembered so much from what the Elders had taught them, and ahh! They
are such a blessing! We have an appointment with them tonight and our
Bishop is coming with us!

(2) Zone Conference- We had an incredible meeting this week with
several other zones, and the spirit was so strong! I was also able to
see the Tornoto's - they are the Visitor Center directors- and some of
the other senior couples! Huge tender mercy!

(3) Margret- OH MY GOODNESS! Ok so she was probably the biggest
miracle of the week! So Saturday night when we were planning we looked
at our goals for the week, and we had a goal of one person at
sacrament meeting, and so we texted all of our investigators and we
prayed jand did all we could. Well, Sunday morning came and they all
told us they couldn't make it... But we had faith!! So 5 minutes were
left until church starts and things weren't looking too promising, and
just as we were going to give up, one of our members came up to us and
told us that her friend was coming and she wanted to introduce
us...... Here we have Margret! and we found out that she had called
our member and asked 'Are you going to pick me up for church or
what?!' AHHH!! And she loved it so much that she is coming next  week
and we are getting her a Book of Mormon in Swahili! Miracles are real
and God IS a God of miracles!

So this week as I was studying in the Book of Mormon and this verse in
Jacob chapter 4:7 and it says:

 "Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know
that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the
children of men, that we have power to do these things"

I LOVE this scripture! This week as I was pondering over the many
miracles we saw, I am beyond grateful that the Lord calls weak people
to help him as he works miracles.

But I am grateful for these weaknesses, and grateful for the
experience that I had as a missionary. I am grateful for my
weaknesses. But I am especially grateful for the opportunity they have
given me to turn to my Savior.

I know that through the Savior we can overcome our weaknesses.If we
desire to help in his work, he will qualify us.

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

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt 

Week 57: Tan-lines, Trash and Winning the Race :)

¡Familia y Amigos!

This week has been an adventure and let me tell you- I LOVE WALK
WEEK!!!!!!!!!! I had so much fun, blisters, awkward tan lines and all!
I am kind of sad we are getting the car back... I think I can be
patient enough to wait three more weeks :)

One day we needed to walk about 3 miles to get back to our apartment,
and for the whole 3 mile stretch we saw 2 people. ONLY 2! So we
decided we would try to soften the hearts of the people-as it was a
main road we were walking on- and picked up trash the whole walk home.
We figured people might not think the 'Mormons' aren't so bad if we
were trying to keep the community clean! We'll see if any fruits came
of the two bags full of trash we brought back! If anything it was good
to do some service. :)

So We ended up dropping all of our investigators this week.... :/

BUT! we Also had a pretty awesome miracle:

WE FOUND A FAMILY!!- They are formers that the Elders had been out of
contact with for a little while, and while we were walking around in
their neighborhood, we felt like we should stop by and they were
home!! We have an appointment with them tomorrow:)

Moral of the story- follow the spirit and the Lord will show you this
is his work :)

I'm on another poem/story kick but this is one that has been on mind a
whole lot lately and it's called 'The Race'. It's a little bit long
but I can promise it's worth the read :)

The Race

"Quit, give up, you're beaten"
They shout at you and plead
"There's just too much against you
This time you can't succeed".

And as I start to hang my head
In front of failures face
My downward fall is broken by
The memory of a race

And hope refills my weakened will
As I recall that scene
Or just the thought of that short race
Rejuvenates my being

Childrens race, young boys
Young men, how I remember well
Excitement sure, but also fear
It wasn't hard to tell

They all lined up so full of hope
Each thought to win that race
Or tie for first, or if not that
At least take second place

The fathers watched from off the side
Each cheering for his son
And each boy hoped to show his dad
That he could be the one

The whistle blew and off they went
Young hearts and hopes afire
To win and be the hero there
Was each young boys desire

And one boy in particular
Whose dad was in the crowd
Was running near the lead and thought
"My dad will be so proud"

But as they speeded down the field
Across a shallow dip
The little boy who thought to win
Lost his step and slipped

Trying hard to catch himself
With hands flew out to brace
And amid the laughter of the crowd
He fell flat on his face

But as he fell his dad stood up
And showed his anxious face
Which to the boy so clearly said
"Get up and win the race"

He quickly rose, no damage done
Behind a bit that's all
And ran with all his might and mind
To make up for the fall

So anxious to restore himself
To catch up and to win
His mind went faster than his legs
He slipped and fell again

He wised then that he had quit before
With only one disgrace
"I'm hopeless as a runner now
I shouldn't try to race"

But in the laughing crowd he searched
And found his fathers face
That steady look which said again
"Get up and win the race"

So up he jumped to try again
Ten yards behind the last
If I'm going to gain those yards he thought
I've got to move real fast

Exerting everything he had
He regained eight or ten
But trying hard to catch the lead
He slipped and fell again

Defeat, he lay there silently
A tear dropped from his eye
There's no sense running anymore
Three strikes, I'm out, why try?

The will to rise had disappeared
All hope had fled away
So far behind so error prone
A loser all the way

"I've lost, so what", he thought
I'll live with my disgrace
But then he thought about his dad
Whom soon he'd have to face

"Get up" the echo sounded low
"Get up" and take your place
You were not meant for failure here
"Get up", and win the race

With borrowed will "Get up" it said
"You haven't lost at all"
For winning is no more than this
To rise each time you fall

So up he rose to run once more
And with a new commit
He resolved, that win or lose
At least he shouldn't quit

So far behind the others now
The most he'd ever been
Still he'd give it all he had
And run as though to win

Three times he'd fallen, stumbling
Three times he'd rose again
Too far behind to hope to win
He still ran to the end

They cheered the winning runner
As he crossed the line first place
Head high and proud and happy
No falling, no disgrace

But when the fallen youngster
Crossed the line, last place
The crowd gave him the greater cheer
For finishing the race

And even though he came in last
With head bent low, unproud
You would have thought he'd won the race
To listen to the crowd

And to his dad he sadly said
"I didn't do too well"
"To me you won", his father said
"You rose each time you fell"

That is what this life is all about. When we fall short, because we
all do, we rise each time we fall. The ability to rise up is only
possible through the atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. Remember
your Heavenly Father and Savior are cheering you on. With their help,
you will always be able to rise every time you fall.

I know the atonement of Jesus Christ is real. He lives and He knows
you. May we all have the faith and trust in our Savior to rise every
time we fall.

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

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt

Week 56: I Will Walk 5000 More!

¡Familia y Amigos! 

HELLLOOOO!! This week: was pretty awesome! Also Welcome home tomorrow Maddie!! Love you lots and I'll see you in a few :)

So we found out we had the car for another week because the rotation we were on got messed up, so we had to use the Zones mileage reserve to have the car! And then awkward because we used all the miles....WHOO HOOO!!

BUT we got a mini missionary for the weekend! Sister Kerste from the Far West stake :) I actually took her and her family through the Jail back in February! Way fun to be with her! She was such a trooper! We walked 3 out of the 4 days she was with us. We got some super awesome blisters AND some super awesome investigators! 

We walked quite a bit! Not many people were too keen on listening, but it is the few who stopped to truly listen that made it all worth it!

We have a couple return appointments this week with some of the people we met out walking. And this week is our walk week in serious. All foot all week! Which means more people to talk to :)

Have you ever wondered why so may prophets in the Book of Mormon mention why they wrote what they did? (1 Nephi 6:4) Have you ever thought about the many prayers that were offered to preserve the records they kept? (Enos 1:16-17) Have you ever wondered why they invite the reader to read and pray about it so often? (Moroni 10:3-4)

This week I have felt the spirit so strongly testify to me that the scriptures are written for each of us. I know that those ancient prophets invite us to read because the testimonies they share with us will and do draw us closer to our Savior. 

I know that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been revealed through the Book of Mormon. I know the words that are written are for each of you. Read them and find out why.

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

Abrazos y Oraciones 

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Week 54: Becoming

¡Familia y Amigos!

Happy Independence Day!! So grateful for all those fought and continue to fight for the cause of freedom!

This week has been a crazy one, and I just wanted to say thank you to all the members out there who are willing to drive the missionaries to appointments,  pick those they are teaching up for church, fellowshipping returning brothers and sisters, and for those members who are willing to try someone else when appointments fall through.
You make all the difference in our lives!

One of our members reminded me this week as we apologized for the crazy changes in our appointments "That's missionary work! Sometimes it all falls into place and other times it doesn't. That's why it's called work".

So this week I'm grateful for members! And through all the craziness I learned a whole lot about one thing: becoming.

This transfer I have been working on the Christlike attribute of Humility, and as I was studying this week I came across a talk by Elder D. Todd Christofferson entitled "As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten" form the April 2011 General Conference. (If you have a chance, read it!)

In the beginning of the talk he quotes Elder Dallin H. Oaks

"The final judgement... Is the final effects of our acts and
thoughts-- what we have become."

And it hit me.


Sure we can fill up a jars on end full of good deeds and good things, but if we fail to become like our Savior and our Heavenly Father, we have missed the mark. We are not just asked to do things, we are asked to become.

So this week I realized that I have forgotten for a short while that the Lord wants to change my very nature.

He doesn't just want me to put on a name tag everyday: He wants me learn how to remember the Savior always, even when I take the tag off.

He doesn't just want me follow the rules to say I was obedient: He wants me to follow the rules so that he can more fully bless me, strengthen my faith, and help me learn to follow him.

He doesn't just want me to go out and teach people about the gospel for 18 months, just to say I did it: He wants me to go out and preach the gospel everyday because I have learned for myself that it is living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, that makes people happy, and in the end what brings us home to our Heavenly Father.

And he knows that that change only comes as I allow the atonement to work in my life, or in other words-- repent.

So to all of you, I ask you to let the Lord change you. Live his gospel, not just to check off a to-do list, or fill up a jar, but let it become a part of who you are. He has a far greater knowledge of who you are and, through his Son, who you are capable to become.

Matthew 16: 25-26 says:

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

May we all lose ourselves to become ourselves through Christ.

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

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt

Week 55: Discipleship

¡Familia y Amigos!

Wow! This week has been crazy!! (Also this is gonna be a long one
folks!) Exchanges, Zone Training, Moving -- we've had an adventure!
Also transfers are this week, and I have a hunch that I won't be staying.. .But all is well and we will see! the Lord knows what he is doing!

We had exchanges Tuesday and I went to Olathe with Sister Flake and it was so good!! I've dreamed of serving there for a long time, so it was be in the Ward for a day :)

Then Wednesday one of our members called us and told us that the people who they were living with told them they needed to be out of the house by Friday and so they enlisted us and the Elders to come help them move. From Wednesday to Thursday we spent about 7-8 hours helping them move. It was nuts but we had dinner with them Saturday night and everything was all done :)

Then Friday we had Zone Training, and it was really good! We talked about miracles and the faith we need to have as a mission to see and have miracles! Just what our Zone needed!! Also found out Elder Neil A. Anderson is coming to our mission next Monday for an all mission conference!! Super excited :)

Also after Zone training Sister Rowley received a training call, and so we arranged that I went on exchanges with another sister Saturday morning while our companions went to the trainers meeting.
Just before we exchanged, we got a text from my zone leaders in my last Zone letting me know my investigator from Albany was getting baptized Sunday -- DAY MADE!! I knew she would be baptized :) President Vest gave me permission to talk with her on the phone yesterday and She was so happy and doing so good :) grateful for the gospel, and that work continues even after we leave :)

We were so excited for our Saturday because we had 5 solid appointments and 4 members were planning on coming out with us, but EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. CANCELLED. Kind of a Sad day, but you know, they happen! It was pretty short lived because...our investigator came to church yesterday!! He is the Dad of those two little girls I sent a picture of a few weeks ago, and another miracles- WE GOT THE GIRLS TO GO TO PRIMARY!!

They are pretty attached to their parents and apparently they have cried and thrown fits every time they take them, BUT the Lord blessed us with enough Spanish to talk them both into going, and they did so good! Sister Rowley and I had to stay in primary to translate for the little girls since all the primary leaders speak English, but they really liked it!!

Lots and Lots of thoughts this week, but one that really stood out to me is about discipleship.

In October 2012 Elder Holland, gave a conference Talk called 'The First Great Commandment'

In the talk, Elder Holland goes through and points out an elaboration of what the conversation between Christ and Peter was like in John 21.

So to make it more personal I took My Favorite part from this talk and inserted my name:

"...[Sister Hunt] said for the third time, “Lord, … thou knowest that I love thee."

    To which Jesus responded (and here again I acknowledge my nonscriptural elaboration), perhaps saying something like: “Then [Sister Hunt], why are you here? Why are we back on this same shore, by these same nets, having this same conversation? Wasn’t it obvious then and isn’t it obvious now that if I want fish, I can get fish?
What I need, [Sister Hunt], are disciples--and I need them forever. I need someone to feed my sheep and save my lambs. I need someone to preach my gospel and defend my faith. I need someone who loves me, truly, truly loves me, and loves what our Father in Heaven has commissioned me to do. Ours is not a feeble message. It is not a fleeting task. It is not hapless; it is not hopeless; it is not to be consigned to the ash heap of history. It is the work of Almighty God, and it is to change the world. So, [Sister Hunt], for the second and presumably the last time, I am asking you to leave all this and to go teach and testify, labor and serve loyally...”

Christ needs disciples.

He needs people who are willing to defend his faith, even when it's unpopular.

In short, Christ needs all of us to love him enough to follow him, not just when it is easy, but always.

So I have been thinking this week, I am truly a committed follower, or am I going back to my nets? I know that sacrifice is part of discipleship, but I know that it is always worth it.

Grateful to be a missionary. I know that Christ lives. His church is on the earth today. It had been restored through a prophet. I know that we can choose to follow Christ right now. There are blessings waiting, so keep going.

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

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Kim Hunt

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Week 53: What You Can Give

¡Familia y Amigos! 

This week has been so crazy!! We were so blessed to have so many appointments this week and we were constantly in a hurry to go everywhere we needed to be! It is such a blessing to have so many people to see and visit! 

One of the highlights of the week was seeing our investigators!! We had a rough time getting members to come out with us this week because we don't have very many English people who are active, but none the less our lessons were amazing! It's weird getting into an English teaching pool and then having to switch to a Spanish lesson! Haha some days my Brian is really confused, but it's getting better :)

A little funny for the week: so one of our investigators is dating one of the less active's in the Ward, and they have 2 little girls and for our lesson we had an FHE about family prayer. One of the little girls just turned three, and they invited us to eat with them after the lesson, and they had pizza and this HUGE pastel! 

(Side note: I recently found out I might be gluten and dairy intolerant, so that's been quite the adjustment, but I feel a whole lot better and am super grateful for our mission nurse for helping me out!) 

well since that's the case, I couldn't eat what they had and so the Hermano made me some flautas and beans to eat. Well I wasn't eating fast enough, and I also feel like I have a gift to bring out all the inner sass in small children, she drops her pizza on her plate, points her finger at me and says: "VAS A COMER!!!" Which basically translates to you are gonna eat!! She did it about 6 times throughout the dinner Haha it was pretty funny! A little later on I tried to explain to her in Spanish that I was only learning and asked for her help and she just started asking me a bunch of questions and laughed every time I answered! I feel so grateful to be serving the people here :)

This week I have been reflecting on the notes that I took when Elder Hamula came and visited a couple of weeks ago. 

He said: "You need to stop focusing on who you are not and focus on what you can give.r

Coming into this area I was really nervous about speaking Spanish, and as a missionary in general, worried about all of my weaknesses. 

The Lord does want us to improve, to strengthen our weaknesses, but that does not mean we simply toss every other strength and talent he has given us to bless others, in order to overcome weakness.

What the Lord wants, is everything we do have. He gives us our weaknesses that we may be humble (Ether 12:27) but the Lord gives us strengths to help our brothers and sisters around us draw closer to him and feel of his love. 

So that is my invitation to you all this week. Pray and ask the Lord what you can give, and then act. I know he will bless you and you seek to find your life as you lose it in the service to those around you.

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

Abrazos y Oraciones 

Hermana/Sister Hunt

Week 52: Fellowship of the Unshamed

¡Familia y Amigos!

This week was amazing! There really aren't words to describe the love and peace I have felt this week and the strengthened faith I have felt.

Elder James J. Hamula, of the Seventy, came to our mission this week.
We were blessed to be able to spend almost an entire day with him! He taught us so much! And a lot of what he taught I don't think I could convey in words to you all. But one thing he did talk about was repentance.

He said 'Repentance is turning away from ourselves, and the desires of the natural man, and turning to Christ.'

Something so simple, but when put into effect, brings incredible changes.

The missionaries who are going home at the end of the transfer also bore their testimonies and one of them really got me thinking.

He told a simple story that changed his mission. An Elder earlier on in his mission gave him his one piece of advice and said 'Don't be afraid to let your mission change you.'

As he said that I reflected on the last year of my mission and all of the changes that have happened and the things I have learned. And I realized that the times when I have truly been the happiest, have been when I have let the Lord shape me.

It's easy to stay who we are. It is easier to simply settle, to role with the punches, but that is not Gods plan. We are so much more that just creatures of circumstance. God intended us to come to earth, to gain experience, and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, change and become the person that the Lord sees us to be.

So as i left Zone Conference, I committed to let the Lord change me.
It is when we aline our will with the Lord that he can bring about he miracles that he has in store for our lives.

My 2.0 for this week is a poem by President Henry B. Erying. (It's the attachment #1)

Our Zone Leaders shared this with us this last week and it really expressed the conviction that I want to feel in my life as I fight for the Savior's cause.

Week 51: A Year to Remember

¡Familia y Amigos!

Wow this week had been crazy!! We are so blessed to have so much work to do here in this area!!

I don't have much time this week, but this week I am grateful for patient members and a patience companion who laugh at my goofy Spanish mistakes and are helping me learn more! I am grateful for the Lords timing! He is truly preparing the hearts of people everywhere to here the gospel in their lives.

We had a really Incredible lesson with our investigator this week, and she is seriously considering baptism. She is really seeking an answer for herself and it has been incredible to watch her grow this last week and a half! So hopefully she will have her answer this week as we meet with her!

Well the year mark has come and gone. I cannot believe or even begin describe what an amazing, life changing, challenging, rewarding, stressful, incredible 100% worth it time I have had as a missionary.

I have grown closer to my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I have come to know more fully that I know and believe this gospel to be true with all my heart. I know that our Heavenly Father has a perfect plan for all of us.

And as this year has come and gone, I am grateful for the next 6 months I have left to grow and learn even more. I know the Lord shapes us and helps us grow as we allow him to work in our lives. And I can't wait to see what all he has left in store for me and those who, I will meet.

I love this gospel and I would not want to be anywhere else than here on my mission. It's truly been a year to remember!

Love you al and Hope you have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Hunt

Week 50: Spanish Area

¡Familia y Amigos! 

This is gonna be a long one folks because this has been the craziest miracle filled week of my ENTIRE mission!!

So transfers: Sister Whitehead and I thought we were for sure staying together in Albany! We were so positive, we didn't even tell the members it was transfer week! But we got the transfer roster, and they white-washed (when they send two new missionaries come into an area) with Elders! HUGE shock!! (pictures attached) I shed a few tears, but they were short lived because......

I AM SERVING IN THE ONLY COMPLETELY SPANISH AREAS IN THE MISSION!!!! I have been praying so hard to be sent here since my first transfer!! And my recent convert from my second area when I was serving with Hna. Baggett, moved into this Ward shortly after I left and so I get to work with her again! 

She is part of my crazy miracle filled week! She has been lost since she moved here! Hna. Baggett was a sister training leader over the area and they would always try her on exchanges but her and the sisters who have been here have never been able to find her since November and first day in the area-- we found out she moved and it was the biggest miracle!! We have an appointment with her on Tuesday! She is now married and we might start teaching her husband!!! I know that the Lord is involved in our lives!

I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am to be here!! We are in a Ward, and our area is in Kanas City, Kanas (it borders my other Spanish area that is in Kansas City, Missouri) and we work with mostly Spanish speakers, and i have forgotten A LOT of my Spanish, but I am remembering more everyday! Church yesterday was incredible!! I cannot wait to get to know and love the people here!!

I also got bit by a dog this week, so I guess I am officially a real missionary now, after a year! Haha! It didn't brake the skin but it did leave a nice bruise! Haha we were at a fiesta for our dinner and the dog got out of its cage somehow, and at first I didn't realize what was happening, and then Sis. Rowley screamed and I realized it was biting me, so I knocked it pretty good with a chair. It was really funny and all the people were probably thinking we were just some crazy gringas!! Haha it was really funny! 

My companion's name is Sister Rowley! She's from Herriman, UT and we have served around each other for 7 months at the beginning of our missions, and she also came out with me!! SOO FUN!! We lived together when I was serving in Liberty, and I am super excited to see what miracles are in store for this transfer!!

We have an investigator who is on date to be baptized on June 25th, and several others who are progressing towards making a date! The members are great, and we get fed every night! (Lots of super yummy Latin food!!) I am so beyond grateful to be here!! And I know that the Lord has a plan for this area!! 

This week I just wanted to share my testimony of prayer. I know that the Lord hears and answers our prayers! He is watching out for every single one of us. No matter or trials, our struggles, even our deep gratitude, He cares and he does listen. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows me, and I am so grateful that we have been given prayer to talk with him one on one whenever and wherever. I would invite you all to take time during your prayers this week and really talk to your Heavenly Father. He wants to hear from you and he loves you. 

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

Abrazos y Oraciones 

Hermana/Sister Hunt