Monday, July 28, 2014
Good day to all! :)
So this week we found out about transfers.. I'm staying!! I get to finish training Sister Bentz! I am soo excited. Not to mention that by the end of this transfer I'll be here for over 7 months! 7 months in good 'ol Edinburg. This transfer is going to be so good! I can feel it.
We went on a hunt and we found Yudith! Our missing 10 year old. I was SO excited when we found her that I took a picture.
I couldn't help myself. We got her at about 8 at night, so we ran her over the the church for her baptismal interview. Oh. Not to mention that we got to ride in "the van". Consuelo's van is very famous around here. She has half a steering wheel and is missing like half of the van.
But it was all worth it! Yudith was baptized yesterday and it was the cutest little baptism I have ever been to. I am so grateful that I was able to see this through. It was a great way to end the transfer!
Other news.. our investigator that invented gatorade, owns half of wells fargo, was kidnapped when he tried turning in his breakthrough on ulcers, and is the commander in chief of the navy, (We still don't quite know what to think about him) is getting baptized this week! Ending and starting the transfer on a good note:)
I love you all! Thank you for everything! Catch ya on the flip side
p.s. eat some cookies for me!
Monday, July 21, 2014
This week was a pretty good week. Nothing too bad, nothing too exciting. Let me just name a few things.
-I rolled in a trash can. (excuse my white missionary legs)
-we got referred to a member that we didn't know about from a drunk smoking guy.
-we were told by an investigator that apparently works with Bill Gates that he is getting us new cars.. we'll see about that one. He also told us that he invented Gatorade when he was 5.
-We went spirit knocking at an apartment complex and chose to knock number 11 because it's our favorite number and now the lady that lives there has a baptismal date:)
-we decided to give up soda. No more.
-we weigh ourselves after every otter pop.
-we got a new pet.
Oh! And our investigator that was supposed to be baptized went missing. She went to her friends house for a whole week without telling her grandma. 10 year olds these days. Hopefully she'll be back for this week. Cross your fingers.
Yesterday in church this guy was speaking and something really stood out to me. He said, "Sometimes your goal doesn't change, but the circumstances do. Don't change your goal." We had interviews with President Maluenda the other week, and while he was talking to me he was saying how I don't have a lot of time left, (YES I DO) And how I need to think about the future a little bit. I've always had these grand goals and such before the mission, but a lot of the circumstances have changed, and I really started doubting if I could ever reach those goals. Don't change your goals! It gave me some more motivation that I'll be able to reach all of my goals. I had a goal to go to BYU. Done. I had a goal to go on a mission. Done. I can achieve the rest of my goals:) So.. I'm going to make this all motivational. Don't change your goals! You can do it! Ya. Ok. I'm done with that now.
Sidenote: All you people that I'm hearing about getting married or that got married or that are famous now or got a new haircut. I want to hear from you! Make it happen:)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Hello! I hope everyone had a great week! Sister Bentz and I sure did. We did a TON of bike days so we were definitely laughing the whole week. I have abs now.
So yesterday Sister Bentz and I were at church and one of the counselors from the YSA branch, it was like 20 minutes before church started, and he asked us if we could give talks because their speakers couldn't come. Why not? We didn't have time to prepare so we just went up there and were surprised of what came out. I think I've become a professional at "winging it". The first thing that came to my mind was 1 Nephi 4. It's at the beginning so I'm pretty sure I've read this over a million times. But in one of the verses when the Spirit was telling Nephi to kill Laban is says that Nephi "shrunk". He didn't think he could do it. This can relate so much to us today. When we are faced with trials or tough times, are we going to "shrink" ? Or are we going to rise to the challenge and face it with faith? When we always rely on the Lord and turn to Him, we will always be okay. We need to be careful where we put our heart. Wherever our hearts are, our desires and our efforts will follow. This especially applies to missionaries. Are we going to put our hearts in home? In our past? In our lives after the mission? If we do, that's where our desires will be. We won't be focused. Our heart should be on the work. On the people. On our purpose as missionaries. But this can apply to us in everyday life too! Will our hearts be in our family? In church? In serving the Lord? Or will they be in work? Or worldly things that won't last? It's just crazy to think about.
We are having a baptism this coming week! Remember Consuelo? Our recent convert that thinks it is funny to flip us off and has no teeth so you really have to develop the gift to understand her. Well Yudith is her granddaughter! They are definitely my favorite family to teach. Yesterday we were in church and we were in the last class at the end of the day. I hadn't eaten since the morning so my stomach growled SO LOUD! I have NEVER heard a stomach growl that loud! It sounded like a UFO! Sister Bentz literally looked up at the ceiling.. Consuelo looked at me then just started laughing so hard! She couldn't stop! It was so embarrassing I couldn't even believe it. Literally every single person in the class looked back at me. Now everyone is going to know me as the sister with the loud stomach. Then we went to visit Consuelo and Yudith a little later that night and Consuelo was STILL making fun of me! She's my favorite little old lady in all our south Texas.
I think that's all the time I have! I love you all!
Monday, July 7, 2014
I hope everyone had a great day! Sister Bentz and I watched fireworks from our window and ate otter pops.. yes. We went all out. I know.
So yesterday was fast and testimony meeting. Sister Bentz and I decided to bear our testimonies in ALL three wards. Well.. she decided to do it so obviously I had to follow. In the first ward, the Spanish ward, I talked about how the Lord helps us every day; and when we press forward with faith, great things will always await us. (D&C 45:62)
Then in the second ward, YSA, I talked about my entire mission experience and how we need to rely on the Lord in hard times. And you all know I can talk about that for FOREVER! I'm pretty sure that one was a loonng testimony. Sorry.
Then the last ward, the English ward, I talked about developing Christlike attributes and how important it is to always look toward our ultimate example.
It was kind of crazy how I had no idea what I was going to talk about when I walked up there, but each time it was something different. I really don't know why I talked about a lot of those things. Especially the one in YSA where I talked about being sick and everything.. I wasn't expecting THAT to come out of my mouth.. But I'm glad it did.
Fun story of the week. We rode our bikes a lot this week so Sister Bentz and I decided to get baskets for our bikes so that we could hand out cards easier to people on the streets. Of course we couldn't just get regular baskets. We rode around with pink baskets and those tassel things on our handle bars. There's no way someone won't listen to us with those things on right?.. Now people really think I'm 12. I promise I'm 20.
Okay so one suggestion. Write letters! Friends. Family. People that just look at this. You too! I'll write my address again just in case you forgot.. or lost it.. or just because..
Sister Jennifer Hunt
Texas McAllen Mission
200 W. La Vista Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501