Sunday, November 21, 2010

November 15, 2010

Dear Mom,
There is so much that happened this week it was such a great week!! But first I want to talk about home and how much is going on there. As for Tennison and Mackenzie that is great if they feel right about it. I trust Tennison and his decisions and Mackenzie is an awesome girl and has a very awesome family! I am happy for both of them!!
Bryson is such a driven and dedicated person that works too hard sometimes. He works out and his back is going to always bug him unless he makes sure his core is super strong and he needs to eat right. I have been having a sore back with my missionary bed and I started eating things with less fat and sugar and working out my core twice a week super hard. I feel so much more alert all day and my back is fine now. He is such a stud and I pray for him every night that he will meet his potential.
You and dad are so amazing. I Don't know how you guys do it. You are superman and superwoman for real. All the things that are going on in life and you just are so awesome in getting everything done, and do a very good job at it. Work will be good to stay busy and a challenge' that is how we progress. I have been thinking about the Savior a lot lately and how the Atonement really works. If our goal is to one day become perfect then the Atonement is not just for our sins it is for anything that we need to increase on. Everyday we become a little more perfect then we accomplished our goal for the day. The easiest way to change ourselves is to focus on others. Which I think is why you and Dad are so amazing because you don't think about yourselves you think about others first mostly us your children. Thank you for everything that you do for me and have done for me. I know that I am the person who I am because I have had such amazing parents to show and be examples for me.
Well anyway about this week...
I don't really know where too start. I have been able to talk to so many people in such a diverse population. Everyday I meet and talk and get to know someone that has different goals and different situations. What is cool though is that no matter what peoples objectives or challenges are the Gospel of Jesus Christ can help everyone. So I think I want to just tell you the different types of people that I talked to this week and some cool experiences. We haven't had a new investigator this week but we have taught a few lessons on the street and I am becoming better at helping people realize about the truth of church that hopefully one day they will join when the time is right in their lives.
I don't remember what day I talked to all these people but it is sweet. One day Elder Sorel and I went to the ghetto. It is a 45 min -1 hr subway ride and that is my favorite place to talk to people, but nobody wanted to listen to me on the way there. So I handed out a bunch of cards to people that spoke Spanish haha. When we got to Quincy we got on a bus and were in the back talking to two white rappers that started rapping about Latterday Saints and stuff it was funny so I started talking with them and it was way fun discussing their dreams of maybe going big or making a living off of music. Then we saw a Walmart and went in for a second because we hadn't seen a Walmart yet here. It was still the same. Then we went back to the bus stop to wait for a bus to go back to the train station where i talked to a Methodist black guy and started discussing service. He was saying that we didn't do enough service and if we did that we would have more success as missionaries. We explained all the service that we have done while here and all that the missionaries do. He was surprised at how much we do. Then I started talking about his religion and then about ours and how everyone has the opportunity to help in the services and give talks he was very interested and we explained where a church was. His opinion changed way quick.
Then on the bus ride back to the train station we talked to a convict who served 6 years in prison he talked about Jesus with us and he had been shot like 3 times or something. It was crazy he was kinda scary too. But it was cool to see how Heavenly Father helped him.
On the train-ride back I sat next to this guy that had a long red beard he was a skinny wirey guy with long red hair too. I started talking with him and asking where he worked and stuff. He then started talking to me a lot about the church. He knew a lot and said that he had problems with different things. I was able to address all of his concerns which was sweet. He then pulled out his necklace with a star on it and said that he was a Satanist and explained to me what their religion believed, I listened. Then when it was close to my stop I shared my testimony with him and I felt how much Heavenly Father loved this guy. Who is his son. I will never forget the way that his face lit up and how his whole countanance changed. He then stood up and shook my hand as I walked off of the train.
Two other times I have talked with people that have came up to me telling me that there is no way that the Book of Mormon is true. Through my testimony and the spirit telling me what to say. I have changed the peoples opinions of the church although they aren't very interested in joining now it still is great to know that i am at least doing something that is good. Elder Sorel and I have had so much fun this week. we get along great and have lots of fun everyday. I learn so much everyday. And this is a quote we always quote sometimes a little mockingly but it is so true. "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care" Lately I ask people about them and what they are doing with their life and it is great. I wish that I could share all my opportunities with you guys there are so many of them.

Well, I Love you guys all very much. I have the best family in the world. I don't need anything out here. I am all set with everything. Just remember our Heavenly Father loves all of his children no matter who they are and we need to love everyone too. Tell Tennison that Scott King was good friends with Soloman Jaar in his mission in Chile. And also CONGRATS I am very excited for him and Kenz. They will be amazing!!
Well I love you guys a ton and cannot express how grateful I am for you guys!
Elder Hunter

November 1, 2010

Hi Mother,
Mom that is great that everything seems to be going so well. That is too bad about football for Bryson but they will get better. And also it is cool he can concentrate on a real sport. Also that is so sweet that you are in the Stake Young Women's presidency. You will do so amazing at it. It is truly a blessing that you have that calling. The more you sacrifice to the lord it will remind you at how temporal this life is. And how to find true happiness.
So this week was very long. We had one lesson on Monday night and that was dumb because the person we taught wasn't very interested and didn't listen much. But it is okay we gave him a chance. Nothing really probably will come of it. So many people want to learn about the gospel because they see the difference that it makes in the people that are members so they try to learn about it with no intentions to convert so they will never know why people of our church are different. Anyways the rest of the week was extremely long we had only one dinner appointment. And the rest of our time was spent on the street trying to contact people. I probably talk to close to 1000 people a day and nobody seems interested. It is very hard and long days. Sometime I feel like I am not even on the earth. That is okay though because right now I am trying to just forget myself I think that will be the best thing for me to do. It is so hard though to forget everything about myself. I do not know how the Savior did it. But I work hard and sometimes I am not the best I can be. But I am trying to do the best I can do.
Anyways I don't have too much to say today about this week. I will share the highlights. On Thursday night we had dinner in the Copley plaza with a member that was way sweet. It is a park right in between the Boston Public Library and some huge church. In the Park there is some stairs and a fountain. A bunch of skateboarders are always there and they are way good at boarding. There are just thousands of people walking by it is pretty cool to see. We just ate sandwiches but it was fun because we got to teach a lesson to a member. Friday and Saturday were the longest days of my life we had nothing planned except district meeting so we contacted all day long both days.
Yesterday on the other hand was the best day of my mission so far. First we had stake conference which was sweet. One of the Presiding Bishops for the first presidency was there and he came up and shook our hands and talked with us for a while. He was so nice and an extremely awesome speaker. Also President Evans spoke at the meeting too. President is an amazing guy he is just so full of love towards everyone all the time.
Then the second part of the day that was even better was that we had a baptism. We didn't really teach the guy too much his name is Daniel. But we taught him a couple of times and were incharge of organizing everything for the baptism. Daniel is a way cool dude. He is 25 and into singing. His baptism was amazing the spirit he brought. He brought some nonmember friends that were way cool and for the special musical number he had his voice coach sing a song. It was a great thing having a non-member be a part of such a great atmosphere. Hopefully we can teach him. He was extrememly nice. Since it was Halloween we were supposed to be in at 6 but the baptism was at 5 and then they were having people over for dinner at one of the members house to celebrate Daniel's baptism. So we got to go to that. And we could stay longer. That was way fun just sitting and talking to people for a while.
Anyway that is all that my week consisted of. It was a hard long week. But I know that as I forget myself and do Heavenly Father will I won't regret anything. Also I am trying to learn how to rely on him more than myself, because I realize that me myself, I am nothing. I cannot convert anyone unless I say what the spirit tells me to say. Anyways I guess that there is a viral infection going on to some missionaries so keep in your prayers that they will get better and that we won't get it either.
I love you guys very much. Tell dad that I love him and I want to say thanks to you mom for everything. I have the most amazing family and I know that everything will go well if you trust in the lord. Keep striving to be examples of Jesus Christ.
Much Love
Elder Hunter