Monday, December 29, 2014
I hope everyone had a great CHRISTMAS! It's crazy how that week just flew by! And to everyone that has missionaries out.. I hope you enjoyed talking to them!
On Christmas Eve our zone had an "Elf" day! We did a bunch of things that an "Elf" would do! We all made a TON of paper snow flakes, then we ate spaghetti and syrup, (Well.. not me. I WISH) Then we all made Christmas Grams! Yes.. ours was a Christmas rap. Why wouldn't everyone make me rap? That's become a thing now that probably needs to stop. It's becoming known around the MISSION. J Hizz is retiring.
This week was really great here for us! Christmas was here and gone.. now we get to focus on New Years! I can't believe that it's going to be 2015!! WHAT? I haven't been home since 2013! I think this was probably been the fastest year of my life. Probably because I have loved it SO much! I can't help but reflect back on this past year and count all of the blessings I received. I have had the amazing opportunity to be here in Texas as a missionary spreading the gospel. What year could be better than that?
Last year I came to this mission not knowing why I had to serve in 2 missions. I've grown a lot here and in my mission president's words that he told me in my last interview, "it may have been crazy, but you made it to YOUR mission." I made it! The journey was NUTS! But hey. It was an adventure right? Sorry this one won't be too long! But I love you all! Enjoy 2015! Make some really great goals, then make some PLANS, then do them!!
My family knows me too well:) My Christmas PJ's....
Our little Christmas tree!
This is how they celebrate Christmas in Laredo, pinata baby.
I am so excited, we get to go see Frozen on New Years Eve. So we had to get into the Disney spirit and have some fun!!!!
This is how we roll!
I love you all. Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year.. talk to you again in 2015!!!!
con amor,Hermana Hunt
Monday, December 22, 2014
Well first off.. MERRY CHRISTMAS! y Feliz Navidad! y espero que tengan un prospero ano!
This week was a really great one here in the TMM. The Corpus trip went well! We drove there and back all in one piece. So that's a plus. The Christmas Conference was AMAZING! Well.. mostly funny. There was a little devotional about Christmas, then we did the skits, (I remembered the rap) then we did a musical number. We have NEVER run through the whole thing until the actual performance. Let's just say that we are never going to speak of that again and now we have a lot of work to do to build back up the Laredo South Zone's name.. For real. Then we did gift exchanges and ate a TON of chocolate and popcorn.. then we had a health training about not gaining wait. Perfect timing. I still have a lot of chocolate sitting on my desk. It's tempting!
Also. THE REYES FAMILY GOT BAPTIZED!
It was a lot of work and a lot of prayers, but the Lord provided! They are going to be so happy as members:) They are one amazing family. I was looking through my pictures the other day and I found one from the first day we met them! When they went to a branch activity 2 hours after we talked to them in the street. The Lord prepares people to hear and accept this gospel.
So some of the elders had a brilliant idea that we reenact the Nativity scene for the primary on Sunday. So what did they bring? Towels and ties to put on our heads. The members looked at us like we were CRAZY, but those little kids enjoyed it! I really don't think this zone is normal.
Well MERRY CHRISTMAS! I really love you all! I hope you all enjoy it. Take a little time to think about the true meaning of CHRISTmas. We have been given such an amazing gift. We should love an appreciate it every day, not only in this time of the year; but especially now. We have a Father in Heaven that loves us so much. Every single one of us. And an older brother that loved us so much that he suffered for us. For anyone that might be alone this season just remember that you are never truly alone. We will always have a someone with us. That's something that I've learned a lot here on the mission. We will always have a support. When things get hard, there is one person that we can always rely on. And He always knows how we feel.
I love you all! Have a great Christmas!!
con amor,Hermana Hunt
Monday, December 15, 2014
Oh come all ye faithful! Hello!
Now you can see me, with our Christmas sweaters!
Everything is going pretty well here in Laredo! Just to start.. remember how I said that my area was the border? Well.. all these lights are Mexico, and I was standing in the middle of our area.
Okay I love it here. I've always loved Laredo but.. I really love it! I definitely hope this is my last area and I just stay here for the next few months!
Here's a little story from church yesterday. There is a family here in the English branch that was asked to speak in church, but they only speak Spanish! So the mom asked me if I would be able to translate her talk for her. I thought she meant for me to write it down in English then she can try to say it up there.. nope. She definitely wanted me to stand at the pulpit with her and repeat after her in English. My Spanish skills were put to the test! But yes I was actually able to do it. I stood in front of everyone for about 25 minutes repeating a paragraph after the sister said it. It was pretty cool. I definitely had to be on my toes and make sure I was actually listening to what she said so that I didn't forget anything. I found that I have a problem with getting distracted REALLY easily. It's a challenge, but I concentrated really hard and I actually never got distracted. Even with missionaries making faces at me. Yes.
Other things of the week..hmm. The family of five came to church AGAIN! They are progressing really well! I'm so excited for them! Keep them in your prayers:)
This is a side note.. I definitely rapped for my entire zone. Peer pressure. That's all I have to say.
Da da da daaa! We get to go to Corpus Christi again this week for the Christmas conference! Here's the thing though.. it's a 3 hour drive and it starts at 8. Yes. We have to wake up at like 3:30. But guess who's the lucky driver?? Yes that would be me. We better have some loud music and cold air or something. It's going to be an adventure!
Okay well I'll leave the really exciting stuff for next time!
You can't see me, but it's starting to look like Christmas!!
Now you can see me, with our Christmas sweaters!
Zone activity during our zone meeting.. I still don't know why this happened!
con mucho amor,
Monday, December 8, 2014
So Thanksgiving week was a good one. We barely worked in our area AT ALL. We did a bunch of difference exchanges and blitzes for the elders and sisters here. Well.. exchanges with sisters and blitzes for elders. Let's get that one straight.
Ok. first. Thanksgiving! Food and a lot of it! We just went from one member's house to another and to another. But the second house that we went to was a member that is a professional chef. Yes. For real. The food looked really pretty.. best looking food I've ever seen.
Next. TRANSFERS! Sister Petersen goes back to good ol' Utah this week :( so.. boys? She's a really great person. And FUNNY! If you want to laugh.. ask her on a date. She'll be at Utah State. Ready. Go.
Really though, I'm going to miss a lot of these people. Our zone is changing a lot! There has been a lot of missionaries here that have touched my life. It's official.. this mission has the best missionaries. Shout out to the TMM. Best Zone ever!
Oh! Side note. You all probably know this already, but I didn't write about it before. I talked to President Maluenda and I get to EXTEND! I'll be home on April 8th now. (Happy 80th BDay to my grandma)
Okay quick story.. This past Friday, Sister Pete and I only had a few hours to work in our area, but we set really high goals that day. When we left the house I said, "Are you ready for this Sister Pete? We are going to have the BEST DAY EVER!" Yes I probably looked and sounded like a 5 year old, but we went out and worked as hard as we could. Laughing along the entire way:) We ended up surpassing all of our goals! We really gained a testimony about the importance of having a good attitude and working super hard. It was a really good way to end the transfer. And now I have abs because of how much we LAUGH! I'm sure going to miss my ginger. We have so many times like this.... yes we did that!!
Okay another quick story about this ginger called Sister Petersen. We were teaching a lesson in spanish and there was a picture about prophets, so she tried asking what the person thinks that these old men are doing (viejitos) but instead she asked what the person thinks these little sheep are doing (ovejitas).. close. Prophets=sheep? hahaha. I probably laughed for about 10 minutes. Okay well.. that's it for Thanksgiving week...
Onto this week:
This has been one CRAZY week! Sister Petersen left:( That was a sad moment at 5 in the MORNING! I might have shed a tear or two..or twenty.
Now I'm with Sister Vazquez! And guess what!.. This is her last transfer. So yes, I'm sending another one home! I just chill here in the background. That also means that I get to stay here in Laredo for another one after that! YES. Life is good.
So the day after transfers we left back down to McAllen for our meeting with President. It was really fun! And guess who got to work on bikes AGAIN. Yes. I was put with another sister that's pretty new to the mission that has been having a lot of health problems. They wanted me to work with her and basically tell my "story" you could say. Just to give her a little bit of hope. I had a great time working with her! I definitely learned a lot about attitude this week. President focused on it a lot! Especially during the STL meeting. I've always made it a goal to always have a great attitude. I used to think of it as a weakness, but after a lot of work, I've seen the Lord change it into a strength. Mom and Dad, you'll be excited to see the change! President told me the other day that my strength was always being HAPPY. When I was working in McAllen on bikes, the only bike that was there was from a REALLY tall sister. Okay you all know me. I'm the opposite of tall. And the seat wouldn't move! So I definitely had to ride the whole time standing up! My legs are a lot stronger than they were a few days ago:)
The Hunt hair cut place is now open! I cut all the sister's hair up here:)
I think that's about it for now!
I love you all!
Eat some peanut m&ms for me:))
p.s. watch the His is the Gift video!! Share it with your friends:)
p.s.s. don't forget to mark your calendar, I come home APRIL 8TH... See you all at the airport!!