Thursday, June 18, 2015

WEEK #45 The Week!

So mv kevboard is broke and the Y wont work so everv time vou see a V  its actuallv supposed to be a Y.  Haha gotta love Honduras stuff sometimes!  So I hope vou all are having a great couple first weeks of summer.  Whether vour hitting up the lakes, camping in the mountains, or driving around listening to countrv music.  That all sounds like a bunch of fun and I miss all of it haha.  But Im happv here in Honduras doing the Lords work and I know there is nowhere better I could be right now!!  
Rainy day and I'm loving it!
We had a prettv good week this week!  Wasnt the biggest for numbers but the appointments we had were affective!  We set a date for 3 of our investigators this week!!  Allan and his 2 little bros Noe and Johan!!  Thev all have prettv strong testimonies of this gospel and its been amazing to see them learn and grow from not reallv paving attention to knowing how important these things are!  Were just working with them a little right now with the Word of Wisdom as its super hard getting use to not taking cafe!  But things are going good there!!  Hopefull the 27th will be there dav!!  Prav for them please!!

Got some other good stuff going right now and a potential 9 other people that are working towards baptism but just fault coming to church!!  Its super hard in this area as all the others that I have cause the church is so far awav.  Vou have to take a taxi or a bus and its like 15 minutes awav in taxi or bus.  Alot of these people dont have the monev to spend either, ecspeciallv when its a poor familv that we are teaching.  So tough there but we are trving to work with the members to help bring the investigators that we have!!  The work is so much easier with the help of members but its hard to get them to do it!  

This week I got a girl to listen to us in a lesson bv challenging her in a jump rope contest!  I had to jump the alphabet each letter 3 times in a row!  It was actuallv a lot harder than I thought it would be and I barelv did it!  On her 3rd time around she messed up on like V super close to the end and so I won and she had to listen to us!  Prettv cool!  :)

Elder Hunt
Im seeing little miracles everv dav and mv testimonv is groing stronger everv dav!  We had some lessons this week that were so good!  Probablv some of the best lessons Ive had in mv whole mission.  Its so important as missionaries that we teach everthing so clear so people can understand and I feel like weve been doing that latelv cause vou can just tell in the people eves when thev finallv understand and get it!! 

So this week one of the members in the ward got jumped on his wav to work in San Pedro and thev literallv just punched and kicked him in the head countless times and robbed him of everthing (the little almost nothing) that he had.  We went and visited him 3 davs later at his house and he had the biggest swollen back eves with red splotches of skin on his forhead.  This guv is a brand new convert that got baptized as of 2 weeks ago.  One of the missionaries that we live with converts.  Super sad to see and hear about being as this guv is such a good guv.  A super cool part of the storv though is that while the 5 men were jumping him and beating up on solelv his face, he told us that he had one of them in a position where he could have killed him.  But he felt a strong prompting from the spirit not to do it.  So he just took the beating and knew that if he would have killed one of the asaulters that thev would have killed him.  He told us how grateful he is that he has the spirit with him to give him guidance in such situations and that he is still alive and with his familv.  What a testimonv!

Anvwavs this week was good and the work is progressing!  Please keep praving for this area and for us!!  We need all vour help that we can get!!  I love vou all and miss vou tons!!  Keep on having a great summer and enjov the nice weather!!

Love Elder Hunt

WEEK #44 Great Week!!

One of my favorite families!
Thisweek was some good weather, not too hot, nice and cloudy with some good breezes as well!  Hey everybody this last week was awesome!!  Thanks for all the birthday wishes and all the love sent this way!! I had a great birthday and the work is going good here!! 

On Tuesday me and my comp didnt have lunch so we decided to make some Egg and Baloney sandwiches and we found a toaster in our house to use to toast the bread!!  The funny thing is, is that my comp had no idea how to use the toaster as he'd practically never seen one before or used one!  So that was funny teaching him how to use a toaster!!

On Wednesday we had a sweet lesson with Allan and his little brothers and they all decided that they want to get baptized!!  So we just gotta work with them a little more and get them to church a little more!!  Super cool though!!  And they want to get baptized in a river like Jesus!!  And they are pretty set on a river and not a font!  So thats gonna be way cool!!  We also played soccer with his Dad after and are slowly gaining his confidence!  Hopefully in the future the whole family will be able to be baptized!  They are such an awesome family!!

Ribs for my birthday dinner!
Thursday was my birthday and it was one of the favorite ones Ive ever had!  The Patriarch of the ward bought us all some pizza and wings and soda to celebrate my birthday for lunch and it was so much food and soo good!!  We had some sweet lessons this day and we went with my favorite family Hna Isidra and her family!!  It was such a cool lesson about the Plan of Salvation and at the end her little grandaughter was like I just feel so good about this plan and everything that you guys have taught I know that it has to be true!!  She wants to get baptized and also Hna. Dunya was really into it as well and we actually had a sweet lesson on Sunday with her with a member and the spirit was there and I know shes gonna get baptized here soon in the future!!  All the little kids gave me a big group hug for my birthday and it was really cool spending time with them!  We went to Rancho Carne after that!!  A nicer restaurant here in Villanueva and went with all my buddies from the zone!!  It was so fun!! We got some ribs and platanos and it was some pretty good food!! They had some dang good sauce!  Then once we left the restaurant we crossed the street and everyone gathered around me!  I knew something was up and was checking their hands to see if they had anything but I couldnt spot anything and then they all pulled eggs out of no where and egged me and smashed them on my head as tradition here in Honduras for birthdays!! So crazy and it smelt so bad haha!  Super funny though!!  Such a good birthday!!
I have officially been egged!

Saturday we had a sweet soccer game scheduled with the Dad of Allan!  It was sweet!  Like 6 random kids showed up and we played against them on a little field outside of Allans house!  It was tons of fun and then after we asked them if they would be interested in hearing a message about Jesus and they all said ya but they just gotta get permission from their parents!!  So that was sweet!  Also I was thinking that were gonna start an english class every saturday night or something like that with all the kids where we live, cause im constantly getting asked if I can teach some kids english so were gonna start a class and hopefully that will get us more people to teach as a result!!  Hopefully everything goes well with that!!

My birthday cake!

Frosting fight- so fun!
Monday we went to a members house to eat dinner and she made some good rice for us and she also got me a birthday cake!!  It was so nice of her!!  So we had a sweet birthday celebration and I had to take a little bite of the cake and they shoved my face in the cake pretty good!  Reminded me of home haha!  And then we had the biggest frosting fight ever!!  I wiped some on the 2 littler kids and then they tried to get me back and then everyone got in the frosting fight and we got it all over eachother!! It was so fun!  

Anyway it was a great week!  I love you all and miss you tons!!  Thanks for all your prayers always and your love!!  Have a great week!!

Love Elder Haden

Saturday, June 6, 2015

WEEK #43 It's June

Kissing a crocodile!
Hey everybody!!  Its already June!!  My birthday is this Thursday haha finally hitting 19!  Gonna be a wii bit diferent without the fam but we got a sweet dinner planned at Rancho Carne that night!  Hopefully its some good food!  Today was sweet!!  We went to the Cocodrilera or the Crocodile Farm and saw some sweet crocodiles!!  There were lots of different fenced off sections where we couldnt see any cause they were hidden in the filthy green water so we had some fun throwing some rocks and sticks trying to see where the Crocodile would pop out!!  It was legit!!  We also saw a couple of crocodiles fight and one of them bit the other bien duro and  it started bleeding!  It was crazy!  We even got to hold some little guys and there was also some monkeys and lions there to see too!  Super cool!  We also went into this fenced off area with the owner and it was pretty crazy cause there was a crocodile hidden in the water  that was 118 years old and 5 meters long!  The biggest one and he grabbed a stick and started hitting the water to get it to react!  I guess it was blind so he said we were fine to be in there as it was too old to come out and get us!  Pretty  cool though being that close to a Cocodrilo that was born in 1897!!

This week was alright!!  Kind of got bummed out yesterday cause one of the super pilas investigators that we found completely ditched us and I really thought he was going to progress so good!  Guess its not his time though!  His family completely ignored us and he hid outside back door and they said he wasnt there haha so that wasnt the funnest!

Going to miss this boy on his birthday!
We had some really good progress with some investigators we have this week though!!  Allan and his little brothers are progressing really good and so is Dunya the daughter of Isidra and her little grandaughters who are 9 and 10 came to church this week too!!  So were gonna keep working hard with them and hope for the best!!  Keep praying for us and this area please!! We need all the prayers and blessings we can get to get this area going!!

Wednesday we tried making some baleadas in the night time being as we didnt have dinner and we even bought the easy gold star pre made flour to do it and we added too much water and so we had to improvise and put some of my pancake mix in and well they didnt turn out the best to say the least haha.  Pancake baleadas just dont do it haha so were definitely gonna have to try a round 2 and learn how to make these things good so I can make them for you all when I get home!!

Saturday was a funny day!!  We went and did service and helped one of our investigators build his house that hes making for his daughter!  It was probably one of the ghettoest house constructions Ive ever helped with as we were just putting random pieces of wood wherever they would fit and it was all just random nailing stuff in trying not to leave holes where people could see into the house!!  They were super happy none the less to be recieving so muc help from 4 of us missionaries and it definitely put out a good reputation for us out their in El Chorizo (the sausage) haha.  

They also gave us some drinks for helping them out, but these drinks looked everything but sanitary!  Elder Oxborrow and I didnt know what to do cause we definitley didnt want to drink these drinks but we didnt want them to see us pour them out so Elder Oxborrow tried to pour it out as he was trying to make it look like he was drinking it and he was pouring it out over his back and it all landed on his jeans he was wearing and got all over him!  He was trying to be clever and made a mess haha it was so funny good thing no one saw!  I managed to pour mine out as I was bending over to pick up a soccer ball and spilt it all out as I was picking the ball up!!  Pretty funny!

Also the other missionaries had a baptism this week and it went really well!  Everything was going perfect and the spirit was there!  They both got baptized the son and the father and then while they were all getting dressed to come back in the bishop was trying to play a mormom message.  He accidently clicked on the wrong file though and on the screen appeared Pink singing So What!?  Her music video hahahaha!  It was so hilarious and he quickly hurried and got out of there and switched it to the video!  He was like and thats the opposite of what we were looking for sorry about that!  hahaha

Anyway it was a funny week and I hope things go well this next week too and that the people we have can receive answers to their prayers!!  Keep praying for them!!  I sure miss all of you tons and I hope you all know how much I love you!  Hard to express it over an email!  Anyways love you guys and have a great week!!  Enjoy your first weeks of summer for me and get out and go boating for me too!  

Love Elder Hunt

WEEK #42 A Sick Storm

Hey whats up everyone??  Hope your all enjoying the rainy weather in Utah!!  We actually got hit with a sick storm this week of pure water.  Dumped super hard for like 3 hours on Saturday and than called it quits.  Definitely want some more rain here in Honduras!!  This week was a good one, but not much to report!  Did lots of work and taught some pretty sweet lessons!  Had some good progress this week and 3 in church again that are progressing towards baptism here in the future!!
So first off let my just tell you that my companion is sweet!  Hes like an exact replica but just the latino version of my buddy Hunter Bolles from Lehi!  So its pretty cool!  We have a lot of fun together and are working super hard here every day.  This week we had some crazy lessons but we also had lots of heart felt spiritual ones.  Its crazy the different things the variety of things that can happen in lessons!
This week we did a Noche de Hogar or a family home evening with the family of hermana isidra.  Isidra is a new convert and is the only one in her family that is a member.  She has 12 children and tons of grand children and in her house they live 12 people in total.  Of course all of her kids are moved out except for one that cares for her mom and then the rest are the grandchildren of Isidra.  This poor lady has to deal with a lot of persecution from her family every day and it has a hard affect on her but she has the strongest testimony of the church and the gospel and just knows that one day it will bless her family.  But its gonna be a while.  We had a Noche de Hogar with her family and we were going to share something simple a video about the family and being good for your parents and such, but this lesson turned into a jumbled mess of questions, attacking, contention, etc.  A lesson Ill never forget.  We started it off with a hymn and a prayer and started talking about the family and had everyone say one thing that they love about their family.  It went really well, but then one of the grandchildren asked a question and we went off on a spree of questions jumping from one subject to another, and receiving accusations and such.  I finally stopped it and said alright were not accomplishing anything right now.  Me and my companion had planned to share this message about the family and we would like to do so if you will let us.  We then tried to share a message about the Plan of Salvation, and the funny thing is is that they believed in everything that we explained and agreed but they got so lost trying to argue it inside their heads that they thought that we didnt believe the same thing even though they were agreeing with everything we said.  In this lesson they both stood up on their feet and were talking in loud voices, and searching the scriptures so hard for something.. they never used any scriptures or anything but they were trying to find something to contend with us.  Anyway it just went to show me that contetion is from Satan and that we can't teach with a spirit of contention and that we just waste our time when people are trying to argue with us.  The cool thing about this lesson though is that Isidras daughter Dunya was actually listening and was trying to defend with us and believed and liked what we were saying so we are going to focus in with her!!  I just feel bad for this poor lady Isidra who bore a strong testimony of how she had raised these kids and she knows whats best for them and knows this gospel can help them so much, but their hearts are just so hardened.
Now a different example is that we explained the Book of Mormon with a new family that we just found and they listened quitely and asked some simple, heart felt questions with a desire of seeking truth and we were able to teach them with the spirit and at the end asked them if they will be baptized once they have a answer from God if these things are true and that the Book of Mormon is true and they both said yes.  It was a really good lesson and the spirit was present. 
Anyway cool week.  Learned a lot!  We had a multi zone conference which was super cool and President talked about the Holy Ghost.  He is such an awesome president and I feel like he will definitely be a member of the 70 one day and will see him at General Conference speaking here soon!  Anyway played lots of soccer this week!  Dominated it!  Played in the rain!  Helped a taxi driver with a flat tire, helped a guy carry wood on a dirt trail in the forest with his horses.  Sang Called to Serve for a member in English to give him some uplift, gave a blessing to a old lady who was sick.  Being a missionary is awesome and Im glad that I have the opportunity to do it right now.  I know that there is no better place to be than serving the Lord!!  Love you all and miss you tons!!
Love Elder Hunt