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

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Week 49: Touch of the Master's Hand

¡Familia y Amigos!

I can't believe it is already Monday!! It's also that time again...
Transfers are this Thursday! I am not sure what's going to happen because the longest I have ever stayed is just 2 transfers, so we'll see if Albany is the first place I stay longer!

Well this week was crazy! We had some super amazing miracles! We have some investigators who are doing really well and progressing, and one of our Less Active's that has been worked with for a while came to church yesterday!! It was the first time she's been since I have been here, but the spirit was amazing at sacrament! I am grateful to see how this truly is the Lords work, and I am beyond humbled that he lets me help him.

So another Poem this week. I recently studied a Talk given by Boyd K.
Packer titled 'The Touch of the Masters Hand'. The longer I am on my mission, the more I realize that I am a very imperfect person. I have many flaws and weaknesses, but in turn I have also learned: There is hope! We have hope because we have a Savior, who can 'make weak things become strong'. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer Thought it scarcely worth his while To waste much time on the old violin, But held it up with a smile:
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried, “Who’ll start the bidding for me?”
“A dollar, a dollar”; then, “Two!” “Only two?
Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice; Going for three—” But no, From the room, far back, a gray-haired man Came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust from the old violin, And tightening the loose strings, He played a melody pure and sweet As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, And going, and gone!” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried, “We do not quite understand What changed its worth.” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, Much like the old violin.
A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine,
A game—and he travels on.
He’s “going” once, and “going” twice,
He’s “going” and almost “gone.”
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd Never can quite understand The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought By the touch of the Master’s hand.

I testify that no matter where you are at in your life, with the Touch of the the Masters Hands, you can become who you are to be. I love my Savior Jesus Christ! I know he lives and I am grateful to be in his service.

Hope you all have a week full of miracles!

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Hunt

Week 48: His Perfect Atonement

¡Familia y Amigos! 

This week was another really good one! Here's A couple of our super amazing miracles!

#1, remember our investigator who came to church last week? Well we stopped in and saw her this week, and she went on to tell us that she basically received permission from her uncle if she ever wanted to join the church which was a HUGE deal to her, as many of her family members haven't talked with her since she married her husband, because he is a member of the church. Huge miracles in the little things 😊

And #2 we were able to go to Independence (basically the holy land of the mission, and forever the place that has my heart) with one of our less actives and we had an INCREDIBLE lesson with her! I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary and watch the gospel change the lives of others. I know the Lord has perfect timing. Sometimes we want to rush his plans and the progress of the work, but as we truly follow his lead in the work, miracles will always happen.

Something a little different this week, but I wanted to share this poem I read a while back. It has helped remind me that as we live a world that will try to single us out to be a no one, we can remember our loving Savior who sacrificed his life because we are someone. I testify of his reality. He loves us. He has made it possible for us to repent and to change, so that we can find true happiness in our lives.

His Perfect Atonement 

By Kasey Hammer 

I used to believe 
That there was a hole
In Christ’s Atonement--
That He could save everyone--
Except me.

But I was wrong.
There is not one hole, 
But seven.

Two holes in His Hands 
Where they nailed Him 
To a cross
At the behest of those 
He would die To save,

Two holes in His wrists 
Where they ensured 
The weight of His body 
Would not cause His hands
To rip through 
Before His penance 
Was complete,

Two holes in His feet
Where He stood 
As a witness to all
Of God’s unyielding love 
For each Of His children, 

And one hole in His side
Where they pierced Him 
To prove His work
Was done. 

Seven perfect holes 
In earth’s only Perfect Man.
The perfect Atonement 
To patch the holes in our lives. 
His holes make us Whole.
I was wrong. 
There is a Whole In Christ’s Atonement
For me 
After all.

Christ's atonement is perfect, and it is just for you.

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

Abrazos y Oraciones 

Hermana/Sister Hunt ❤

Week 47: We Can Change!

Week 46: We Can Change!

¡Familia y Amigos!

This week was pretty exciting!! We were able to start teaching a
couple that was a referral from one of our members and we are really
excited about teaching them!

But the Highlight of the whole week was yesterday. First off it was
Sunday so of course it was amazing, and second, our investigator came
to church (and even stayed for Sunday School!)!! but even better is
what happened in Sacrament meeting!

So we work with a handful of less active people in this area and I am
so grateful to get to know them all!! There is one family in
particular that I have been able to work with since I got here to
Albany, and Yesterday, the mom of the family received a calling to be
in the primary presidency. I about cried I was so happy! It was such
an incredible feeling, similar only to that of a recent convert
receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost the Sunday after their baptism!
And her husband came to church for the first time in several months.
They are working toward a date to get sealed in the temple to their
two kids. The gospel is truly incredible and the Lord is working
miracles all around us!

This week I am grateful for the Power and reality of the atonement of
Jesus Christ. This week I was reading in Mosiah where Kind Benjamin is
teaching the people about Christ. In Mosiah 4: 7-9 he tells them:

"And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger,
thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto
death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his
anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.

And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of
heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and
his mother shall be called Mary.

And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the
children of men even through faith on his name..."

Our Savior came to this Earth to suffer for our sins, our weaknesses,
and our pains. Because of him we can change. How incredible is that

WE. CAN. CHANGE. I testify that that is true. Through the Love and
sacrifice of the only perfect man that lived, we can become clean. We
can become better, and one day we can live with our Heavenly Father

It is all made possible through the Savior Jesus Christ. Trust in him.
If you are burdened by guilt, turn to the Savior. Do whatever it takes
to return to him. We are promised in the Scriptures "they shall not be
ashamed that wait for me."

So come unto the Savior. He can and will heal you and offers the
ultimate peace. All you have to do is let him in and begin to heal
what has been broken.

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

Abrazos y Oraciones

Hermana/Sister Hunt Heavy black heart

Week 46: The Most Incredible Book

¡Familia y Amigos!
I hope you all had amazing weeks! It was so good to talk to my family
Yesterday! Happy Mother's Day to all you Mom's! You are incredible!!
We have been going through the unknowns on our branch roster, and none
of them have been home when we have stopped by, but we have had some
pretty amazing lessons and progress with our less active members we
are working with. They are incredible and I love getting to learn from
We had Zone training this week and I feel extremely blessed to be in
the Zone that I am in. We talked a ton about the Book of Mormon and
the role it plays in our lives. And it leads right into my 2.0 this
After Zone training, I read a talk that was given in April 2015
general conference titled "Stay By the Tree" by Kevin W. Pearson.
He talks about the life lessons we can draw about enduring to the end
from Lehi, a Book of Mormon prophet' about the tree of life.
The analogies were amazing, but the invitation and promise he gave at
the end of his talk touched my heart. He said:
"If you are struggling, confused, or spiritually lost, I urge you to
do the one thing I know will get you back on track. Begin again to
prayerfully study the Book of Mormon and live its teachings every day,
every day, every day! I testify of the profound power in the Book of
Mormon that will change your life and strengthen your resolve to
follow Christ. The Holy Ghost will change your heart and help you see
“things as they really are.” He will show you what you need to do
I add my testimony to Elder Pearson's, I know that the Book of Mormon
is true. It has changed my life. In times of trial I have spent days
and nights on my knees, and have in turn found peace and answers in
that sacred Book. I cannot begin to describe the peace and comfort
that has come from 531 pages, but I know you can experience it too.
If you have not read the Book of Mormon, I would invite you to read
it. If it has been a while since you have read it, start to read it
again. I know there are answers to questions and comfort and counsel
awaiting you if you act in faith and read the book.
The Lord has blessed us with scriptures written for our day, may we
cherish His gift to us in our lives.
I Hope you all have a week full of miracles!
Abrazos y Oraciones
Heavy black heart️Hermana/Sister Hunt

Week 45: He Will Carry You Home

¡Familia y Amigos!
This week was another crazy one!! We have made so much progress with
our less active members!! They are all doing so well! I love being
able to watch them grow and develop in the gospel! Good things are
coming to the Albany Branch!!
I don't have much time today because we are going to Kearny, MO for a
Zone BBQ and it's about 1 & 1/2 hours to get there, but this week was
This week I have been studying the talks given in General Conference,
and President Uchtdorf's talk in particular has been on my mind
particularly this section:
"Our Savior, the Good Shepherd, knows and loves us. He knows and loves you.
He knows when you are lost, and He knows where you are. He knows your
grief. Your silent pleadings. Your fears. Your tears.
It matters not how you became lost--whether because of your own poor
choices or because of circumstances beyond your control.
What matters is that you are His child. And He loves you. He loves His children.
Because He loves you, He will find you. He will place you upon His
shoulders, rejoicing. And when He brings you home, He will say to one
and all, “Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”
I testify that we do have a living, loving Savior. He knows you. He
wants to help you. All you have to do is turn to Him, and he WILL
carry you home.
I love you all and hope you have a week full of miracles!
Abrazos y Oraciones
Hermana/Sister Hunt

Week 44: He Will Not Fail You

¡Familia y Amigos!
So transfers were this week and I stayed here in Albany, and got a new
Companion! Her name is Sister Whitehead from Idaho, and I am pretty
excited because she was serving at the Visitor Center while I was
there. Should be an incredible transfer!
This week was CRAZY due to all the transfers and all that good stuff!
We were able to contact a lot of the people we are working with. We do
so much work with less actives here in the branch and we have a couple
part member families that we are hoping to start working with soon!
It was pretty fun to take Sister Whitehead around to see all the huge
fields and such out here! The lord obviously has some incredible
things in store for us to accomplish!
This week I wanted to share my testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. I
know that he lives. I know that his atonement is for every person. He
loves each of us deeply and personally. He can heal our wounds and
repair our lives. He knows what makes us happy and knows what's hard,
but most importantly He knows how to help us return back to our
Heavenly Father. If we follow him and let him our lives, he can give
us the strength to overcome and return back to our Heavenly Father. I
would invite you all to take some time to think about him. Think about
what He has done for you and begin to recognize his guiding watchful
hand in your life. He will never fail you.
Love you and hope you have a week full of miracles!
Abrazos y Oraciones
Hermana/Sister Hunt Heavy black heart