Monday, March 31, 2014

Week 9

This week we had the amazing opportunity to Baptize a family of 5 named the Salazars. All I can say is that they are one amazing family and they are going to be strong members in our church! I got to baptize two of the kids Hyrum (15) and Eddison (9). It was such a neat experience! All of the hard work really pays off once you get to completely change there lives and help them to receive this amazing gift! Our Heavenly Father will always reward us for our hard work, we just have to be diligent. 

On Tuesday it rained like I’ve never seen before and by the end of the day I was soaked from my waist down. Not going to lie, but it was probably one of the best days we’ve had and even though we were soaked we kept working. I love this work and what it brings to other peoples lives! Something I’ve been studying a little bit lately is Charity and how important it is in missionary work and in our lives everyday. I have found that when your having a bad day, if you make it your goal to make someone else's better you will receive so much help from the lord. 

I would like to challenge you all to find opportunities to serve other people, no matter how big or small I know you'll receive many blessings. The food here is getting better and better  as I’m here longer and even though it's mostly rice and chicken, the ladies that cook for us cook some dang good stuff! I love it here and I love the people of Ecuador! If you have any questions you'd like me to answer just put it on my blog and my mom will let me know. Thanks for all you do. I love you all! 

Sincerely, Elder Kaiden Mckay Hunt

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Week 8

Well, I thought it would take longer but I’m really starting to adjust to everything here which is really good. I can understand pretty much everything people say, except when they cant talk, but my vocabulary is still growing so it's hard to communicate back. I’m learning more and more everyday and trying to serve to the best of my ability. We walk a ton here because our sector is basically a mountain haha. The food is getting better and I can finally finished the food they give me. Tomorrow I’m going to have the great opportunity to try Qui (Guinea Pig) so that will be quite interesting. Other than that we eat soup and rice that's basically it. This week was good, the past few days the weather has been nice and it hasn't rained a lot. This saturday were going to baptize a family of 5. They are an amazing family! I’m soo excited for my first baptism! We had 4 more investigators that were supposed to be baptized this saturday but they couldn't attend church so now we have to wait. The mornings here are always freezing and long because all we do is study. I love the work of the lord and I know that he's hastening it as we speak. The hard days really pay off when you have baptism!!

Love, Elder Hunt


 Q- I know that you love cereal but do they sell any of the kinds you really like there? 
What do you eat for breakfast? 
Is the food pretty expensive? 
What is your favorite thing to eat so far? 

A- They have pretty much every kind, except Fruity Pebbles :( but its expensive here :P 
We usually make pancakes which I love haha and I've realized everything here tastes 10 times better! 
It depends, certain foods are but some are pretty cheap. 
My favorite things here are either Empanadas or Fried Verdes, (Giant green bananas).


Storm clouds - It rains a lot in Ecuador

Yumm - Frosted Flakes!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Week 7

So, Kaiden's P-Days are on monday now. We waited and watched for an email all morning but we didn't actually get one until 3:30 PM. Better late than not at all;D I (Sherri) was able to chat back and forth a little bit. Here is his E-mail followed by a few Q&A's

First week in Ecuador. Wow what a week! This place is nothing like anywhere I have ever been! The food here is definitely a huge change and there’s always so much that I can never finish. My area is called Turubamba and its basically just mountain that we get to hike up every day :P the elevation is around 11,000 feet so it’s definitely a huge change. The people here are great and extremely friendly. It’s nice to be able to teach real people and help them in their lives. I soon realized that whatever language I learned in the CCM (MTC) wasn’t Spanish ha-ha jk but it’s tough to understand everyone and talk but I’ll get there eventually :) The weather is always the same warm/chilly and rain so I wear a sweater every day. This is going to be a tough but great experience. Thank you all for your support. I love you all and miss you dearly. Turn to the lord for anything and everything and things will go great. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father and he wants the best for all of us. 

Love, Elder Hunt

~This is a little that he wrote to his dad~

Well it’s definitely very different than the CCM (MTC) and it’s crazy down here. I’m in an area called Turubamba and it’s basically at 11,000 feet in elevation :P we have a lady that does our laundry down here so that’s nice. We sort of have a routine but not too much we just plan the day the night before and half our appointments usually fall through :P Its weird because the food here isn’t much different but a lot of rice and I haven’t been able to finish a single plate of food down here because they give us so much food! My new house is.... alright but not too good it will be my home for the next 3 months though so I guess I’ll learn to love it. It smells really weird which is just awesome ha-ha but we do have a nice view and my bed is pretty comfy! I’ve heard that letters take as long as packages so that will be interesting. Everything is going good and thanks for the pictures :) Love you!!!


Q- How long do you get on the computer? Is it at your apartment? How is your companion? Do you get along?

A- 2 hours. No, but its right by our apartment. He’s good, different from my last but good. He’s from Kaysville. Yeah we do.

Q- That's good!! What's his name? I've heard on some of the blogs that the people feed you a lot of food when you eat. Some say it's so hard to finish all of it!!

A- His name is Elder Brough. Yeah, I haven’t been able to finish a single plate when we eat and my companion has to explain that I’m not used to a huge lunch.

Q- WOW!! 11,000 feet is high!! Does it feel really different? I heard that there's a volcano erupting there somewhere. Have you heard about it?

A- Yeah I know. It gets kind of hard when we’re climbing the mountain to get to our appointments. There are a few active ones here but they’re all over the place.

Q- Sammi wants to know if you ate at KFC or McDonalds and if they taste the same as here?

A- KFC and yeah it did it’s just sort of expensive.

This is where Kaiden and his Companion ate at the mall on their P-Day

This is the view on their way back to their apartment

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kaiden's first day in Ecuador!

We were so lucky to get a call from Kaiden at 12:30 this morning while he was waiting to board his plane to Ecuador. He sounded so good!! He sent this e-mail just a little while ago and sent a picture form the Mission Home in Quito, Ecuador. His new P-Day will be on Mondays:)

Hey so we got here safe and everything is going great. I only have a few minutes and just to let you guys know i got here okay :) im glad i got to talk to you guys today and hope you guys have a great day! Cant wait to talk to you guys again on mothers day! My P days will be on mondays and they said ill get 2 hours to email which will be nice :) Love you guys and be safe!!

Love, Kaiden

Monday, March 10, 2014

Last Day at the MTC!!!

We got to e-mail back and forth with Kaiden a couple of times today:) He will be leaving the MTC tonight around 9:30 and his plane will leave after 1AM for Ecuador. Between his 2 flights he will be on the plane for about 6 hours. He's excited to finally be headed to Ecuador but he's not looking forward to the plane rides!! Here are a few pictures that he sent. Hopefully we'll hear from him again tomorrow when he gets to Ecuador!

Kaiden's MTC Zone Missionaries

Kaiden's MTC District Missionaries

Kaiden's MTC District Missionaries

Recreating the famous Beatles Cover
Goofy missionary picture - Check out the bare feet

These two are from spanish fork, Connor Johnson and Sam Perkins

Another friend from SF on the right - Dustin Pullman (I think)

Rainbow - In Spanish (arcoiris)

Beautiful Sunset!!

Packing for Ecuador

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Week 5 ( Last one at the Mexico MTC)

Week number six has finally arrived. I can’t believe how fast being here has gone. I look back and can see how much progress I’ve made while being here and it’s just amazing. Yesterday, March 5th my companion and I had the chance to teach a real investigator during TRC. We were both scared to death and super nervous. The lesson kind of started out a little rough but as we started talking to him more we found out he wanted to know more about the plan of salvation, especially the afterlife. We taught him and he asked quite a few questions and we answered them all. We ended up committing him to baptism and it was an amazing experience! 

It really is soo important to teach by the Holy Ghost and be able to teach a full lesson in Spanish. Although it is most times a love/hate relationship this language is amazing and I love it, just can’t wait for the day when I’m fluent ha-ha :) Thank you all for your support and I can’t wait to head out to Quito on Monday! You’re all in my prayers daily. I know the lord loves each and every one of us and when we strive to be our best he will bless us, beyond measure!

Love, Elder Hunt

Elder Hunt and the other Missionaries in his District

The Trees are just starting to bloom!

He loves all of the fresh fruit there. This is called a Grenada

You cut it open and drink out the inside

Insides/ It looks disgusting but he says it's really good!!

Some of the artwork in the MTC