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