Sunday, March 13, 2011

March 7, 2011

Hello Mom and Family,
Well this week was crazy... So we just had transfers a week ago and then something happened and one of the missionaries had to go home. So one of our roommates had to leave to cover another area and his comp left as well so we were in a 2 elder apartment that was way nice and quiet. But then since our roommates left there were 2 singles wards that still needed to be covered. So our zone got together to figure everything out which to me seemed worthless and people were kinda selfish because there are some wards better to be in then others. Well president was the one to make the final decision and it was crazy. So they brought back one of the my roommates and I am back in a trio covering the same ward and the Charles River ward again. The tricky part is that they both meet at the same exact time in different places so it is just going to be crazy and go by fast. I was so excited to just keep the same area for once with my same comp we were doing really good, but oh well, I think that the Lord doesn't want me to have it too easy here in the city. My two comps are both newer to the mission than me and they are polar opposites Elder Yim is amazing and 100 miles an hour all the time. And Elder Larsen my new comp is a little slower as fast as he moves and he is less serious about anything. He is a really good missionary though with a great testimony. It will be a lot of fun working with them but it will be hard making all three of us get along well.
It was a great week though we met with some of our investigators and I had the most awkward lesson of my life. So we teach two of our investigators at Northeastern campus in their building where they do all of their studying and it is like in the foyer with like couches and stuff and there are always people walking around. Well we were teaching the law of chastity and it was so funny cause Elder Yim has a louder voice and he was explaining everything to them almost in detail and people were walking by looking at us funny and stuff. Oh my gosh it was so funny and the investigators are chinese and they were kinda just laughing and what not because Elder Yim was using too much detail. Anyways that is the funny story of the week.
The Miracle of the week was that Joel the guy we are teaching from Israel came to church yesterday it was so awesome. He went to the family ward so that way he could get to work still and he loved it. We weren't able to make it with him but he called us last night to tell he went and he liked it a lot and that he would come to FHE tonight. I was way excited he really told us how he felt in our lesson on Saturday that he loves coming into our church and feeling the spirit but he just has to get work off so he can come to church and learn more. I am way excited for that. He is the most amazing spiritually in-tune guy I have met.
Well also another cool story that I want to tell you that goes way back to like the first month I was out. One day Elder Sorel and I were street contacting when a guy came up to us and he was reading from the Bible on his phone and read some conterversial scripture from Galatians and started talking to us. He then told us that he had read Moroni 10:3-5 and that the holy spirit told him that the Book of Mormon wasn't true. And that is when we talked to him about intent and having real intent when you read and pray. Well fast forward to like 2 months ago we saw him at church and he said he had a friend who brought him. And he has been taking the lessons and will probably be baptized within the next two weeks in the university ward. Everytime he sees me at the church he just starts laughing because he remembers what he did when he first saw us. That is way cool to see how much the gospel has changed him. He has a really awesome whole story and I was glad to be able to meet him and see how much he changed.
Well that is so awesome Mckay made JV and is sitting Varsity he is such a stud. And Kyle and Anson came over for burritos Kyle is awesome and a great kid he helps a lot of people. He will be a really good missionary. And Tyla is still playing basketball and you are still coaching that is so cool and probably a lot of fun. She is awesome. And thank you for the protein and vitamins. They help a lot with me having energy during the day because we don't get that much money to buy good food and the members usually feed us pizza and basic food because they are all college students that are busy. Also i bought some things with the credit card this past week like 30 dollars you can take money out of my account to pay it back we didn't get our money till later than the first and i had to buy some things.
I was thinking about when I was a little kid and how I was so shy and I couldn't talk to anyone this week and thinking about how awesome you guys were to help me become the person that I am now. I have an amazing family that I have been so blessed to have. Especially you and dad have taught me everything and made me the person that I am today. Thank you so much and I love you. Let me know if there is anything i can do to help Brandon. I will send a letter to you guys for him this week.

Love Elder Hunter

February 28, 2011

Hi Mom and Family,
IT sounds like you are staying busy and working hard like always. So I think I got your email finally and that is cool. It seems like you guys are doing a lot of cool things. It made me laugh to hear about Bryson unlocking iphones he is so smart. I am glad that he is doing better. I pray for him every night. I did get your package and it rocked. I gave half the food to my companion and I kept the banana bread for myself. haha It was greedy of me but I had to do it.
Did Provo not make it to state this year? That is a shame!! Well they will do better next year. And I hear about BYU all the time from members. I have one member that starts talking about BYU for like 20 minutes to me after church. He always finds me and tells me how Brandon and Kyle are doing it is funny. From what he says they both seem to be doing very well. And I am not offended by that facebook post. It was funny. I don't think we get rejected really but more people aren't yet ready or in the right position to receive the gospel. We just can be the first step to helping them to receive the gospel.
This week has been hard for me. We have like 5 investigators and none of them showed up to church and none seem to be progressing. It is hard for me sometimes because I try so hard and feel like I am not doing a good enough job. Even though it isn't me that is teaching or should be teaching but rather the spirit, I still think that it is my fault. I am trying to do different things. Mostly I need to get my investigators to read from the Book of Mormon daily. If people do that then they can gain their own testimony. I know that the atonement will make up for my imperfections though so I am not too worried but will just work harder.
And yes I am district leader but it isn't anything different than being a normal missionary so it is good. I just have to make sure that everything that I say and do is in line with the missionary rules so that people can follow and know that I am here to serve our Heavenly Father. I have a lot of awesome missionaries in my district too. They all have been out longer than me except Elder Yim.
Elder Yim is awesome he is such a stud. I learn so much from him and we are getting along really well now. I had a problem the first half of my misison where I would judge my companions on every mistake or rule they broke, but now I have realized that ever missionary out here has their own problems and they all want to do their best and it is our job to get along no matter what so we can have the spirit with us at all times. but Elder Yim doesn't break a single rule he is super awesome and we have a lot of fun together.
So I was hoping for the spring time but yesterday it snowed like 6 inches and today it is raining on the snow. I am ready for the warm weather already! IT is driving me crazy all this cold and going out in the rain and getting soaked.
I love our ward they are so great and willing to do anything that we ask from them. When we have people at church they are fellowshipped extremely well and I have made a lot of friends in the ward that we can talk and discuss the work. I just realized the other day at how many different people I have met by serving in 3 different singles wards it is crazy! A lot of good examples for me on how to be active and part of the church.
Well that is all that really happened this week. My emails are getting boring so pray that something sweet will happen for me like a sweet person that wants to be baptized or something. haha. I will try to do better to send more of what is happening. and also I made a goal to write a letter to at least one person in the family every week on p-day. So I think I will write Bryson today. Also we had an Apostle Elder Christofferson and Elder Costa and Bishop Burton come out and talk to us this weekend it was so sweet they are so awesome and very funny. I was scared they were going to tell us that we didn't have enough faith to baptize people. They were extremely supportive and very loving and encouraging which was good for me. It was a priviledge to shake hands and hear their testimonies.
Well I love you guys and keep being so awesome. Thank you so much mom love you and take care! Have a wonderful week and I will email next week.
Love Elder Beau Hunter

February 23, 2011

Hello Family,
So I didn't get an email :( (Note from Mom: I really sent one with too many attachments that ldsmail rejected it, so he didn't get it in time.) It is okay hopefully by Monday I will. I know you guys are way busy and that you are all so awesome. I hope that everything is going well with you guys.
This week was awesome we had a lot going on and we have a good amount of investigators to teach which also is really good and cool. Nothing too exciting happened. We had transfers and Elder Yim and I are staying together which I am way pumped up about. Him and I have been getting along and becoming way unified recently and that is way sweet. I cannot wait to stay and learn more from him and also to stay in the same ward and work together.
We are going to set some good goals for this transfer to help us to become better missionaries and also better servants of the Lord. Also to try our faith we are thinking about setting a goal for numbers of people that we should find and teach and what not.
One really cool thing was that we were teaching an investigator about the plan of salvation and we just taught very basic and they asked some questions and it was so fun to answer and to realize the plan that has been made for us and the love that is shown through the plan. It really made me think about how much Heavenly Father loves us and he cares about us all no matter what happens. IF we can give it our best and do the best that we can then the Lord will help us out. It makes it so that we can always look at things from the positive side and take a different perspective at things.
I am excited for this weekend we have Elder Christofferson coming out to speak to our mission. It is going to be so sweet to hear from a quorum of the twelve. Also, Elder Costas from the Presidency of the Seventy and Bishop Burton are coming out so that is way sweet as well we will be able to hear from all of them. I will tell you on how everything goes next week.
Well I am hoping to send some pictures home and letters to everyone this week or next week. Depending on if we can get everything done that we need to, also I am almost out of protein if you wouldn't mind sending more and some vitamins as well that would be great but you don't have to that is not a neccessary at all and just a want. I will email you on Monday again. Love you a ton and thank you for everything that you do for me I greatly appreciate it.
Love Elder hunter

February 14, 2010

Hello Family,

This week we have had an awesome time. It went by really fast too. We have 3 really good investigators that I think 2 will get baptized. One is from China and his name is Jian Xiong. He is super cool studying mechanical engineering at Northeastern University for a year as an exchange student. It is awesome. We are teaching him how to pray and just the basics of things. I love it so much by teaching the simple basic truths so many great things are coming and it strengthens our testimony.
Then we are teaching Andrew and he is so cool just needs to come to church he came last week and said he will come this week but didn't. I was so sad. He text us and said that he over slept. Oh well there is next week and we are planning on having a great lesson with him this week.
Some cool or funny things we did this week. So first last p-day we went to the science museum and it was super cool and lots of fun. It is the biggest museum ever and I learned a lot. Then on Thursday we went to Springfield for zone conference and it was super good. President talked about combining the missions and that he would just send half of us down to Conneticut and bring half of them here in July it will be a crazy transfer. Then on Friday we had tours and I went with the other district leader Elder Jones for a day in Belmont. We had a lot of success. We gave out 6 Book of Mormons just knocking on doors. Also a funny story happened on tours. WE were knocking doors and this old chinese lady opened the door and so I started talking the little chinese I know and she invited us in and I was explaining who we were in chinese and called Elder Yim on the phone to talk with her. As he was talking on the phone with her another old chinese lady walked in and so I started practicing my chinese with her. She was impressed and thought I could understand and so she started talking back and I didn't understand so she was practically yelling at me. It was so funny. Elder Jones and I were covering our mouths so they didn't see us laughing. Then we finally got out of there and I realized that what I was saying in chinese at the start was that "I was Jesus Christ".... Oh man I couldn't believe it. I told Elder Jones and we were laughing so hard. Elder Yim explained to them on the phone who we were though so it isn't bad.
That was the funny story of the week and the spiritual story of the week was that we have been meeting with some of our chinese student investigators and talking to them about prayer. They both have had amazing experiences with prayer one whose name is Hua his dad is dying of cancer in china and he is going back this week to visit him. Well he said that one night he prayed and that right after he finished praying he was talking to someone back home and they said that they might have found a cure for his dad's cancer. IT was so sweet. And the other was Jian Xiong who said that he was at the bus stop and remembered to pray and he prayed then when he sat on the bus there was a book about Jesus Christ next to him that he picked up and started to read. IT wasn't one of our books but still it is amazing that it happened and any book for him is good because he started with no religious background at all.
Also Saturday night we went to Elder Yim's cousins house for a chinese new year dinner it was funny everyone was yelling in cantonese which I don't understand at all. But the food was good and it was definitely a great experience.
Well I won't email you till next Wednesday so take care and be safe. I love you all and I will send pictures to you soon I have a bunch that I need to print off and send. I will do that this week. Love you and thank you for everything that you do.
Love Elder Beau Hunter