Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Week 11

Another week down and one more closer to finishing my first change here in Ecuador. This week was better for us as we were able to have more lessons. We definitely deserved it because we worked hard! It was nice to be able to finally break our slump of only two lessons a day. We found a few new strategies to help us keep up the good work. What happens here is we set a lesson and then show up and no one is there. This past week we tried to call or visit at least a day ahead to remind them. It definitely is nice having more success. With more success comes more trials though and we definitely saw that this week. 

One of the families that we have been teaching told us they don't want us to come back. We're still going to try to work with the son because he's the one that has the most desire out of them all. Also, another one of our investigators had set the 19th of April for baptism but after her interview yesterday we found out she still has a lot of doubts so we have to wait and help her out more. My companion was really hoping she would be able to be baptized before he left because he found her, but sometimes we don't get the things we want. 

We received a new rule this week during our District meeting. We can no longer chat with our family members or friends. It was hard to take in a first but the more I thought about it the more I understood. I know that it wont be easy but I know that through being obedient to this rule we will receive more blessings and help us focus more on the Lords work. On Saturday my district ate lunch at a members house together. We ate the most meat I've ever eaten in my life and it was by far the best food I’ve had while being here!

We have had a few interesting experiences the past few weeks, one in particular. Elder Brough and I were walking up to one of our appointments and this guys stopped us and asked if we spoke English or Spanish. We told him we spoke both so he asked us to wait for him while he went to buy something real fast. He wanted to get to know us and share some experiences. He invited us into his house. We went to his study and 2 of the 4 walls were full of diplomas, the other two were full of pornography basically. We sat and talked (not willingly) and he then invited his daughter to join us. He tried to get us to marry her but we respectfully refused. He then wanted us to dance with her. Again we refused so he told his daughter to dance for us. We told him we had to go but he wasn't too willing to allow us to leave and invited us inside his house to drink something. We declined and left!! The whole rest of the day me and my companion felt bad and dirty! This experience gave me more motivation to never feel like that again!! 

It's crazy how different some things are down here but I have come to love it more and more everyday! I know that I will learn a lot from this experience and can already see the progress I’ve made. Thank you all for all of your prayers, you're all in mine also. 

I want to share a scripture with you and challenge you all to help other people around you. D&C 18:15-16.

15- And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!

 16- And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!

Love, Elder Kaiden Hunt

Kaiden didn't send much information to go with these 
pictures so I'll try to update them next week:)

Elder Hunt & Elder Brough

Elder Hunt, Elder Whitaker (Kaiden's Companion from the Mexico MTC), Elder Brough and ??

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