Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 25, 2010

Hi Mom,
Everything is going great we got a new ward to cover. So we have double the work. It is kinda hard though because we have one church starts at 10 and then the other ward starts at 11 at a different place. So we go to sacrament then jump on the train and go to the other ward as fast as we can.
Our new ward is going to be so much fun. They are all cool dudes most of them right out of college looking to get married. They all are still excited about missionary work which is good. We had ward correlation on saturday morning at Patricks house who is ward mission leader for the LP 1 ward he is way sweet. He is from Carmel, CA and when I told him I lived in Salinas he started asking if I knew some of the people in the stake out there. We knew a few people in common and that was way sweet. During our correlation the funniest thing happened to me. There was breakfast and it was french toast and bacon and sausage and we were just eating in a living room on the couch and my plastic fork broke. My hand was on one side of the plate to balance the food so when my fork broke it sent my french toast like five feet across the room on face down on the floor. I felt like such a spaz. Everyone was laughing so hard for like 5 minutes straight.
That was my funny experience for the week. We got a new roommate and our apartment of missionaries could beat any other missionaries at any sport in the whole world. Elder Koerper is the man that moved in with Elder Hiatt in the university ward. He is like 6'6" and weighs like 250. He looks like a football player but he is a baseball pitcher and pitched for New Mexico St for a year before his mission. We have a blast every night. But we all work super hard so we only hang out at night. I live with a bunch of guys that i would have loved to hang out with during high school. It is way fun.
Having such a fun apartment is a bad thing though too. We always go to bed late like 11 or 1130. And Elder Sorel and I are always up and out of the house by like 7 in the morning for ward council or correlation. Today I got to sleep in till 630 it was so nice. We weren't studying at all, so we started taking our studies at night which is nice. It is crazy how much you can learn in an hour of studies at night. We are also learning how to be super busy and efficient. The bus system here is bogus though the buses are never on time and sometimes they don't come. Sometimes we end up running a mile to make it to an appointment. The city is the best thing ever. I am getting skinny though. Like no muscle or fat it is crazy. I feel like a twig!!
As for investigators we have 3 new investigators from the LP1 ward. One of them is being baptized this Sunday he is legit. He is this black guy that sings. He quit his job because they wouldn't let him have Sundays off. And immediately he got another job. It is sweet seeing the lord bless people. We didn't teach him really but are in charge of his baptism. He said that he is going to bring a bunch of friends to the baptism that are non members so we are going to try to do something sweet in between the baptism and when he changes to make them all interested. The other investigators we haven't met yet neither of them were at church yesterday. But we are working super hard to get them there.
We ran into a guy named Otto from China last Sunday and are meeting with him tonight. He is super cool. We met him at MIT just walking on the street and he was super nice. He said that in China nobody can teach religion unless someone enters into the church . He is only here for 6 weeks though. But maybe we can baptize him and send him to china to preach the gospel there. That would be way cool.
Yesterday we had the best sacrament meeting in the Charles River Ward. It was Elder Christianson. He had a stroke and is a professor at Harvard. When he had his stroke he lost his vocabulary of 6000 words to 500 words. so as he was speaking to us he would forget words but he talked about how to share the gospel he has a thing posted that is called 100 ways to share the gospel you should look at it there are some sweet things there. Also he is starting a Electronic mission. Where there are missionaries that post things on facebook twitter and blog so that when people google mormons there is less hate things that pop up at the start of the list. He is so awesome! He gave a crazy statistic though to us. It was that out of 1000 people that are taught the first discussion that were found on the street. 28 of them are baptized and 3 are active after 3 years. Out of 1000 people taught the first discussion and were member referals 200 were baptized and 120 were active after 3 years. The whole ward was just amazed at how powerful this man was. He was mentioned in two of the talks in the past conference. But also after his talk yesterday, we got a call from a member in the ward. She invited her friends to take the discussions, just to let us practice them since we haven't taught much yet. So we are already seeing progress in the members. I think that missionary work is about to explode here pretty soon.
Also i have been getting way better at talking to people. I was doing a terrible job at contacting on the bus and trains but i first started by talking to people not about the gospel and now i am trying to be better and twisting what they say to relate it to the gospel it is kinda hard, but i am grading myself daily to do better and prayer is helping me. There are some awesome people here it is way fun being here, and learning how to deal with people. As soon as i get good at one thing i realize i am not so good at something else. But that is where i am learning to rely on the lord to make my weak things strong. Anyways i love you mom and thank you for everything. You should be getting a package from me soon. It has a beautiful picture of the Boston temple. and some shirts and pictures. But i am going to send it with the credit card. Did you see why it wouldn't work for me? And thank you so much for everything. Also i think i need a sweater the wind here feels like crushed ice is hitting your face and going right through your clothes. It gets so freezing!! Don't get a black sweater if possible like a grey or blue or green would be sweet im sick of all black. And will you send me your Sister Kris's address i want to write boston about how boston is.
love you a ton your the best mom ever,
Elder beauford Hunter

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