Thursday, August 15, 2013

June 17th, 2013

Hey family and Friends,
We had another baptism Saturday!!! We baptized a very energetic sweet 11 year old whose going to turn 12 this  Sunday! Me and Elder Toomey found him teaching an inactive family in my first few weeks and he was like hey I wanna get baptized randomly in the middle of one of the lessons. So we always go back but he was always out playing with his friends and when we would visit him he already forgot what we had taught the last time. So we had to decided if we should drop him, but I felt like we should still keep going back. So in the last two weeks we spent a lot more attention on him and  told him that its not a joke and if he wanted to be baptized he had to read every day  for the next two weeks. I thought that was just going to make him lose all interest, but we came back and he had read and was working on memorizing the first article of faith. He was still himself but he literally changed he had a desire to really be baptized and change, his mom said he could as long as she saw a change because he used to swear and things like that and he completely changed in a matter of three days!! He's such a good kid he cracks me up! He was super sad yesterday when I told him I'm eventually going to go to another area but that I'd try to come back one day and visit him, he really liked that idea!! But it was so  funny when I baptized him  he said I didn't move my arm enough for him to grab his nose, because I was so focused on the prayer and getting his name right I forgot about his nose lol so as I'm pushing him down he's trying to catch his breath and trying to come out of the water hahah so i barely got him under and he came out and just looked at me with a face of shock and said- hey... I couldn't breath! which sounds horrible but if you were there it'd be a lot funnier everyone was laughing he's a goofy kid but it was very sweet when I was waiting for him to finish changing in the bathroom in the hall he yelled Elder! I asked what was up and he said i've never felt this good in my life before! I feel so beautiful inside!!!  And I sat there feeling so good then remembered to respond telling him that was so awesome!!  He's a funny kid though we visited him last night and asked him how church was and he said, "I didn't like it... then we were confused and like why! and he said BECAUSE I LOVED IT!!!" He's a good kid and I felt a sweet spirit when we gave him the gift of the spirit that he will serve a mission. It was awesome! Then Thursday we had divisions and I went with Elder Moehdano  from Mexico city whose 1 generation newer than me . He speaks Spanish lol but it was awesome we    taught a very simple lesson to a member family in bauchiguilato their area about the importance of daily prayer and study and we teach extremely well together and in the middle of the lesson the lady just burst into tears it was a very sweet spirit!!    We also taught the lady we taught before from the last divisions that we contacted on the street that's quote unquote catholic and she said you can come but I'm catholic so we went to visit her and when we went in, here kids were screaming and it was noisy and  she was a little flustered and by the end of the lesson out of no where she said "I feel very calm right now, I feel peace" and we were so excited. We did wrap up well and its just a nice example of the effect we have with the spirit to a lady who says she never wants to change from being catholic can feel the spirit through us, it was a very special experience! Then we had a family home evening with a family in their ward and   it was awesome it was to their new baptisms two weeks ago they baptized 5 brothers and sisters this family and we went and taught them and it was very fun and it was very easy to come across a laugh in that home before it started we were just having a lot of fun then when it was time to be serious we started teaching them the importance of scriptures and Elder Moehdano that stud him he was prompted to say - "were going to say a prayer for a scripture that will show that we truly can receive revelation from studying the scriptures prayerfully".- and I was sitting their in awe of his faith the whole time I was praying he didn't turn to a scripture that had nothing to do with prayer.... so he opens up the scriptures to a random page and it was Mormon 5: 21 and it says the I the lord hear the prayer of the righteous and everyone including him were shocked we received an answer that direct it was awesome! Me and him get along super well and the whole night we were talking about telling president we received revelation we should be companions haha we had so much fun that night!

And two days ago we had a conference with all the zones in Culiacan area so 3 zones and it was Pres. Cantus last time to talk to us and it was a very good experience.  The conference it was very spiritual we had the chance to bare our testimonies and I got up and shared mine and it was a very sweet experience, when you feel like you should take any chance to bare testimony of Christ he fills you with his spirit! While we were filing up the font Friday and Elder Smalley was sleeping since it takes like 3 hours I started to clean the church  to  show my gratitude for the lord for blessing us with a baptism and I was sweeping and sing because I have been given much and  then started thinking another song but remembered the one I was singing I felt the spirit strong when I sang it so I started thinking which song  was I singing and i couldn't remember for the life of me so I had a thought to say a prayer and instead of rationalizing against it I did and I said "Heavenly Father I know its not a big deal but I would really appreciate and receive a stronger testimony of prayer if you helped me remember this song and three seconds or so after the prayer the song just started 'playing in my head again. It was a sweet tender mercy from the lord to show me how involved he truly is with us.

So now to some fun stuff, we were riding back from the Chulavista where Juvel and Louis live which is like 3 miles away from our house( by the way I'm super good at riding my bike without my handlebars now thanks to how often we ride bikes and I rode there with the highway and turns all without hands super cool haha I was proud]) but  we were talking and a German Shepard starts chasing us. Now usually the big dogs are the ones that DONT chase us cuz they've got nothing to prove but this guy was just mad for no reason so I kicked out and they usually stop running after that but this guy was different he starts lunging at me  and snapping so I started  subconsciously yelling like a little girl as I'm riding my bike looking g for cars in front of me and kicking the dog in the nose as hard and fast as I can as Elder Smalley starts cracking up lol. So when the dog stopped. Elder S paused and said how was that and I just said "well sometimes the only thing you can do in life is move on elder lol and we started laughing, we have a lot of fun together and we work really hard. We have a lot of good talks  and its weird cuz he really is polar opposite of me but we get along really well.

We were teaching a lesson to Jose the guy who asked us when he could start preaching lol and some kids started a water balloon fight and they started throwing  them close to us so Elder Smalley grabs one and  chucks it at a kid running. A kid gave me one daring me to throw it across the road at his friend cuz he thought I couldn't throw it that far so I bombed it like 50 yards and it hits this tree bursts and rains all over the kid underneath it haha it was so funny! Sometimes its easy to get entertained when you typically don't have fun as a missionary haha.
The people are so kind here and I just remembered we taught a referral at  the plan of salvation activity and she is golden so ready for the gospel her and here boyfriend are getting married the 17th of July and she accepted to be baptized but we didn't put a date yet but she told us when she went into the celestial room a room the members decorated to show each kingdom of glory she started crying because she saw her a relatives spirits that had passed away and said she felt her son who died holding her hand!  So after that I extended a invitation to baptism and she accepted without hesitation! She has three kids so we could possibly have like 6 baptisms this next transfer which would be awesome!! And when we went to go pick up some medicine in the mall in Culiacan which was suuuuuuuuuuuuper nice I felt like I was home again even then it was like city creek nice and we were waiting till it opened and this guy   came down and started talking to us he's Mexican and served a mission and speaks English so that alone is rare but he's inactive and  is pretty studied out in anti church stuff but was nice and didn't want to bash us at all but he said he still believes in it, he's just studying things out to legitimately see whats right and I feel like we helped him out the best we could and at the end he said to me I don't know why but I can tell you will be a leader in the church one day but like high up, which was cool I joked with him saying "ya I'm gonna be the churches first man primary president" and he laughed but it was an incredible miracle!!!
Have a great week.
Love Elder Hunt

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