Friday, January 23, 2015

WEEK #24 Hitting 6 months this week!!

Hello everyone!!  This week on Friday I am hitting 6 months in the mission.  Pretty crazy to think that I have already been out here this long.  I have as much time left as a sister missionarys mission.  So here is a quick recap of my week!

Tuesday I ate the biggest Baleada that I have ever had.  This thing was as long as my forearm with my hand stretched out!  It was humungous and only costed 20 lempiras which is a dollar.  Pretty dang good.  I'll hopefully get a picture of it the next time we go to Confradia for a zone conference!

Wednesday we did some service in the morning for a member and his wife that we've been teaching!  We shoveled a lot of dirt to start off and then dug a little deep hole with a weird metal stick and sliced down banana trees with a machete.  It was sweet slicing down the banana trees with one stroke and they would fall in like slow motion.  We then played like some fruit ninja with the machetes and parts of the tree.  They are really soft.  Super fun.  My comp was feeling pretty sick though so the rest of the day we spent in the house so that he could sleep and get some rest.

Thursday I had divisions with Elder Woods are district leader because his comp and my comp were both sick so we left them at his house and went out to my area and did some good work!  We had some Sopa de Mondongo which is the cow stomach soup and this time it was actually pretty good.  I don't know if my taste buds are becoming more Hondurany or what not but I actually enjoyed it this time and I can also down pretty spicy stuff now which is pretty cool.  Elder Woods was sweet though and he taught me a lot in contacting and everything.  Really good district leader we have!

Friday Elder Purcell was feeling better and we went out to La Trinidad to teach our new investigator Alejandra who is the wife of a member in our ward.  She's come to church like 3 times now and the only problem is is that she is pretty stuburn with her church that she grew up in and its gonna take a little for her to accept our church but hopefully she can have an open mind to the things we are going to teach her.  

Saturday we had a 3 hour meeting at the church from 2to 5 that killed the main hours of the day and it was super boring, but President Lopez took us all out for some Chinese food after and it was dang good!  We also had a really good lesson with Omar as well that night!

Sunday Omar showed up to church!! Which means he can be baptized this Saturday and we will find out tomorrow if he's gonna do it or not!!  We've been working with this guy for like 10 weeks now so hopefully he'll make the right decision that he's been talking about.  He's the most ready out of all the investigators that I've ever had.  Lets pray that he can commit!  Also Alejandra showed up which was good too!  The rest of Sunday was really lame though cause I had a really good day set up with lots of appointments and back up plans and well every single plan we had fell through.  We had 10 for 10 of our plans fall through and only got 2 lessons for the whole day.  But I guess we have to have days like that to enjoy the good days right?

Anyway, I love you guys and hope you all have a great week!!

Love Elder Hunt

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WEEK #23 Missions Are Sick!

Jam Sesh!
So I had a great week this week!  Lots of things happened and all and all one of my most favorite weeks of the mish!  We went and played soccer again this morning and our investigator Daniel showed up which was sweet!  Super fun and we went to a music store after and had a sick jam sesh!

On Monday we made some home made Pizza at President Lopez's house (are branch president)  they were pretty dang delicious.  Elder Baird and I did work.  Also on Monday we found out that we were having changes and that Elder Baird was going to Los Dolores de Copan and that I have a new companion whos name is Elder Purcell.  

Beautiful Honduras!
We also found out on Monday that our investigator Yolani who was set up to be baptized on Saturday, had an emergency come up in her family and her cousin got really sick I guess, so she had to go to San Pedro Sula for the next 2 weeks to take care of her cousins kids.  So that was kind of a set back to our plans with her, but hopefully we can get her back in 2 and get her baptized!

Tuesday we went around saying goodbye to everyone and we got Baird already and packed up to go, then Wednesday morning he left on a bus with some other Elders to San Pedro Sula and I stayed with Elder Marte in my area.  Then my new companion came later in the day and he is awesome!  He is this Poly from Utah and is the funniest kid ever.  Hes been helping me out a lot already with spanish and everything and hes a really good teacher too.  

Dont have too much more time though so Ill let you all know how things are next week and update you better!  Oh by the way one update that we recieved on Sunday is that our area boundries are changing and that we have a lot more new area to go to and that there is about 1300 less actives in this branch, so were gonna be doing a lot of work these next weeks.  Pretty crazy.  Anyway love you all and heres a couple of photos from this week!

Love Elder Hunt

Monday, January 5, 2015

WEEK #22 Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Hope you all had a great new years and did something fun to bring it in!  This week flew by again, and was a ton of fun!!  Today we played soccer again, in this little turf arena thing.  Its super fun!  Ill send some pics!  

It looks as if my comp is kicking me in the head!
So we had a lot of success this week in teaching, and finding, and having people in church.  A great way to start out 2015 with a bang!  We taught a lot of lessons this week and started to get back into the swing of things after Christmas and a lot of people being gone and such!  

So this week we challenged our investigator Cory, the sister of Miss Honduras to be baptized and she said yes, but she just needs a little bit more time to read and to know for herself that this is the true church! Super stoked about that.  Her family is absolutely amazing and her mom has one of the strongest testimonies that Ive ever heard.  We also had all of our main investigators in church this Sunday which was a miracle as well.  We had Omar in church after him not having attended for 4 weeks straight and had our new, super fastly progressing investigator Daniel to the church as well, we had Belarmino who hasnt been in 3 weeks and Yolany!  Daniel being his first time, loved the church.  Hopefully we can keep him with that enthusiasm!  Hes only 18!  It was also super good to have Omar there, cause now we can continue to teach him and I know he is going to be such a great member.  He gives us so many references and has no fear about talking to anyone about our church and how its awesome.  

This week we our going to be having if everything turns out good, and it should, the baptism of Yolany!!  She is such a cool person.  She is like 24 years old and has a little 4 year old girl and her Grandma is a member.  Yolany in every prayer talks about her desire to be baptized and I can tell that she is ready to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized.  Shes someone that just wants to do what God wants of her.  Hopefully I will be sending pictures next week of the baptism.

Opening gifts on Christmas Day!
Also we are going to be having changes this week.  Were going to get a call that tells us who our new companions are and where Elder Baird is going because hes been here for 6 months which is a long long time for one area.  Hopefully everything goes well with our new companions and I know the President has the inspiration of God and that my next companion is going be perfect for me.  Gonna miss Baird though, cause hes been a great companion to me for these 6 short weeks.  Weve had a good time for sure.  2 Kickers from Utah.

So we had a pretty legit new years party!  We had to be in at like 7 and so we made some good old hamburgers, and french fries, and got a big 3 liter of sprite.  The burgers took like 2 hours to make though being as we were cooking them one at a time on a single burner that barely works with a little pan.  We played a lot more scum, and ate tons of french fries and downed the ketchup too.  We couldnt go to sleep as it was too loud outside because there was a party outside like right next to our apartment that was blasting Regatone music the whole night and bass was literally shaking our apartment.  So we just played cards and brought in the new year in Honduras!  Pretty fun.

So this New Year I hope that you all have made your goals.  I hope that you achieve them, and one of the best ways to do that is to go over them like every week and making sure your still on track to complete them, adjust them a little if necessary, but always try to focus on them.  I challenge all of you to start reading your scriptures every night, and to pray both morning and night.  For your scriptures it can be solely a verse every night, a column, or even a page or chapter but if we do these little things then we will stay on the right track and be holding on to that iron rod that leads to eternal life.  I hope you all had a great new year, and love you all!

Love Elder Hunt

Our Christmas Tree

A cool nativity in a garage!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

WEEK #21 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Found a turtle...
Wow!  What a week!  Definitely going to be one of the most memorable weeks, and Christmases that I have ever had in my life.  Such a great week!  I ate so much this week!  They make Tamales for Christmas over here and I had like 15 this week.  We still had like 10 in the fridge left over, but we were sick of them so we gave them away to one of our investigators who didnt have a lot of food.

We are teaching this family!
So on Christmas Eve in the morning we helped out with arranging bags of Chicken and food to give to all the families in the ward that may not have had enough for a good Christmas dinner.  We then went out and passed them around and everyone for the most part were very greatful to receive these bags of food!  On Christmas Eve we had a little party at President Lopez house who is our Branch President and we played a good game of UNO, cooked up some good dinner like Chicken and China Rice and Bread and a good fruit salad!  Then we got to watch Frozen!  It was so good to be able to watch a movie even though it was in Spanish, but I could understand most of it!  It was so funny.  We then had some dang good Chocolate Pie with Oreo crust thanks to Elder Baird and opened our secret santa gifts from everyone in our district.  I got our district leader a little gift and wrote Tu Apestas which means like You Stink and then put some Calogne from Adidas in it for him!  It was nice to have a fun night to relax and eat lots of food and watch Frozen!  That night at our house we played a huge game of Scum or Presidents and waited til 12 o clock for all the fireworks to go off.  As soon as 12 o clock hit so many firecrackers and fireworks exploded and it was pretty cool to see and very loud!

On Christmas we woke up at 6:30 like normal and went to cook breakfast in our house, but realized that we didnt have any drinking water so we went back to sleep and wated for a Pulperia to open to go buy some water and eggnog!  Then we made some delicious cinammon pancakes and then went to a nice lady who owns a Pulperia and I got to talk to my family!  It was so great to be able to talk to them and see them over Skype!  Words cant describe just how great it was!  I love them so much and am so blessed to have such a great family!  They are the reason why I am out here today for sure!  

This family takes good care of me!
We went back to the house and opened present and my family sent me a package and sure did spoil me!  It felt kind of like Christmas at home!  The rest of Christmas day we went around visiting people and ate some cake, had a nice little dinner with a family, and taught a couple of lessons!  It was really foggy and white in the morning so I guess we kinda had a white Christmas here in Honduras!  Hopefully next year we can have a mission White Christmas and baptize someone on Christams day!  Its crazy to think I already have 5 months in the mission.  

Although it was a very simple and down to earth Christmas, it was so nice to be able to just think a lot about Christ.  How he was sent to be born in the most humblest of situations and how that little baby changed the world forever.  It was really cool to know that I represent Jesus Christ and am his disciple for these 2 short years.  

Anyway gotta go, but I hope you all have a Happy New Years and have a lot of fun and enjoy spending times with your family and bringing in the new year.  Our new year is gonna be a lot like Christmas with tons of fireworks and firecrackers going off at 12!! Love you all!!

Elder Hunt