Monday, August 25, 2014
This week was awesome! Just overall a great week. First off, we had a baptism! That's always a plus. One more soul brought unto Christ. His name is Jorge and he is 17 years old. I don't know if I already told you all the story about how we found him.. but you get to hear it again if I did!
Sister Bentz and I were walking down a street because our appointment had just cancelled. We decided to talk to every single person all the way down that street.. no matter what.. and it was a LONG street. We ran into some very interesting people. There was one man that was sitting in his driveway smoking and when we walked up he yelled, "NOPE. Don't even try." So we asked him if there were any of his neighbors or friends that could use a message about Jesus Christ or just a nice song. He referred us to a neighbor a couple houses down. We went to go contact it and found out that it was a member!..whoops. They had been waiting for us to go over because they had a friend that wanted to know more about the church. Four weeks and many lessons later, Jorge was baptized. Thank goodness our appointment cancelled that one day and that I forgot that a member lived there.. sometimes things like that happen for a reason right?
The baptism was one of the funniest things of my life.. definitely a journal making moment. The first time that the friend tried baptizing Jorge, he just kinda swooped over the water. I'm pretty sure his face didn't even get wet.. then they did it perfectly!..but forgot to say the prayer. Third times a charm! Jorge was successfully baptized and no one broke any bones.
Another really cool moment that happened this week was when we went to visit a less active member. He has always been very nice, but we never really had the chance to talk to him too much. We decided to just get to know him this time. He told us all about his life, the war, and his family. It was so cool! Then we sang a song for him and then in the closing prayer he said,, "Hi Heavenly Father. It's me again. I know you haven't heard from me in awhile, but I just really want you to bless these girls.." Then he went on to say the most sincere prayer I have ever heard. Just like a little child would say it. It was so simple, but SO powerful. It really gave me a new meaning of prayer.
Side note! We found out that our recent convert, Juan, is an amazing artist! We had no idea! I can't even explain..so just look at the picture and be amazed.
I hope you all have a great week! Good luck in school to all you young ins :)
Con mucho amor,
Monday, August 18, 2014
Oh man these past few weeks have been nuts! We had minis.. then this week I got a call that said that I needed to go to a 3 day Leadership Training. I left on Monday and didn't come back until Thursday. A week without Sister Bentz AGAIN! Why does this keep happening to us? It's okay. I was able to learn so much. It was three days all about how to become better missionaries and leaders. The zone leaders were there, district leaders, and Sister Training Leaders. And me:) It was a great learning experience. I was able to work with a Sister that has A LOT of experience. I think my brain is going to explode with all that I learned.
I love you all!
Sorry all my notes are in Spanish.. so I'll try to have this make sense in English. One of the biggest lessons that I learned this week was how important it is to have a good attitude. When we have a good attitude we can work harder, love the people more, have gratitude, make better plans, invite people to baptism, basically everything that we learned about. I have never been to a meeting with President Maluenda and not been called on. This one was no different. He asked me what the Spirit has invited me to do after that training. It told me how I feel like I need to repent and be a better example for the sisters that I live with and have to teach. I live with 3 very very new missionaries. Sometimes it's hard to always have to be the example, or always have to be the one to make decisions or be in charge. But I realized what a great opportunity I have. I get to make myself better everyday so that I can serve the sisters around me. I decided from that day on that I will never let my attitude get the better of me. I will always CHOOSE THIS DAY to always be happy no matter what.
I was tested like no other this week. After I made that commitment to myself and I got back to Edinburg, I saw some things start to fall apart. I had to make a conscious decision of how I was going to act. I knew it was going to be freaking hard (sorry I have a bad habit of saying that) but I knew that it would be worth it. And it was. We found some amazing new investigators this week and we set baptismal dates with them. The blessings really do come after we show our faith. Choose this day:)
I found a Texas door.. I swear there are more Texas And Mexican flags here than US ones.
This might be a reason why I LOVE Texas!
I also realized that I have a problem with bumping into Elders. I don't know why.. but people are starting to notice.
Have a great week! Read the book. It changes lives:)
Hermana Hunt :)
Monday, August 11, 2014
This week was fantastic! We had mini missionaries this week. There is nothing more fun than having a 16 year old and 17 year old following you all week. No but for real. I LOVED it! Sister Bentz and I were really really sad though to have to split up for the entire week. I was able to have really awesome experiences with both of the minis. One of the first days, I had to teach one of them how to ride a bike. We needed to ride to some appointments so we practiced around the neighborhood for awhile. That didn't end too well.. she crashed. Whoops. But then we went out riding anyway. Bad choice Sister Hunt. We decided to lock the bikes up and walk for the rest of the day. It's all ok because then later we felt like we needed to talk to these guys playing basketball, so we pros-balled for a little and then set 2 baptismal dates with them! Perfection. Then with the other mini, we found a former investigator that was GOLDEN but couldn't be baptized because he was living with his girlfriend and she wouldn't marry him. (They are like 70 years old) But we found him and he's married! And he still really has those desires to be baptized, so we taught him again and set a baptismal date for later in this month. Miracles are in the air! One of the best parts of the week was being able to hear their testimonies at the end. I had no idea how much of an impact this had on them. Them having the opportunity to live the missionary life for a week really changed them. It made me really appreciate the opportunity I have to be out here. I love being a missionary!
We had a wedding! Well not us.. but our member and her husband! They are the best. He isn't a member, but he just took this huge step, so it's only a matter of time;) Sister Bentz and I are pretty determined.