Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 17

This week was kind of a rough week. We ended up having nobody at church which also means nobody will get baptized on my birthday (being selfish;)) but they should be good for the week after. Elder Brough is kind of bummed because most likely he will get changed next week. The people we would be baptizing he has been teaching for so long. It will be nice to finally get them baptized and keep them strong in the church. 

We found some new people this week too. That was really nice since we've had the same program and people for a while. One of the new families named Familia Garcia and they are seriously soo great! I’m really excited to get them progressing and baptized down the road too. My companion broke his umbrella because he kept spinning it and getting me wet (karma haha) so we had to share my umbrella which was just a blast ;) 

This week was pretty normal. Nothing to special happened other than we saw the Rainbow door guy a few times haha. I got to go on divisions with one of our ZL´s named Elder Christensen and he is honestly like 6´6´. Compared to everyone down here I’m tall so that's saying something. We worked here in my sector and didn't have the best day, but the lessons we had were really good. He is a great guy and I learned a lot from him. This week in Preach My Gospel we Studied in section 10 called ¨listen¨ it is a great section and I learned a lot that I need to get better at. I also read the conference talk since we finally got the Liahona. I read the talk given by Elder W. Craig Zwick and all I can say is that it is such a great talk!

Something I want to start to try to do, is read one talk from Conference everyday because they are the same as scriptures. We can learn so much from them. If you haven't read that talk or heard it you should most definitely go read it and apply what he teaches. I promise your lives and families will be so much happier! I’m couldn't be more thankful for all of the people I have supporting me and I love you all! I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the summer :) 

Con amor, Elder Hunt

Enjoying one of my favorite cereals that came in my package from home:)

Cooking Hamburgers and Fudge:) What a combination!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Week 16

This week was honestly a little bit rough just from being able to talk to my family but it was still a pretty great week. We had a few of our investigators basically break up with us. They even used all the famous phrases like "it's not you its me" and "we can still be friends after" so that part of the week kind of sucked but we did find a new family and they are honestly pretty great! They have the desires to learn more and even accepted our baptismal invitation.  

As of right now we have about 6 people planned to be baptized on my birthday, which would make for the best birthday present ever! They all have there own problems but we're trying to work through them with them. It would awesome because we had one family of investigators call and tell us they weren't coming to church but when got to church on Sunday they were there. 

I also had to give my first talk yesterday in sacrament meeting and it went alright but it was definitely hard. I talked about Jesus Christ: the Beloved Son from the December 2013 Liahona and it's amazing how much he really did do for us!  If we just follow his example and accept the things he did for us, we can have everything he need and want in life and in the life after this. 

I want to challenge you all to study one of the amazing stories of Jesus in the BOM or Bible and try to apply what you learn in your lives. "Be ye doers of the word, not just hearers" It's the best way we can improve our lives! I love you all and keep you all in my prayers. 

Con amor, Elder Hunt

Q & A's

Q- So it gets pretty cold at night? I saw that you must have bought a beanie to wear to bed.
A-Haha yeah I wear two pairs of pajamas and my Yankees beanie I bought everynight.

Q- Do you still have someone to cook/do laundry for you?
A-  Yeah we only have to cook on thursdays and we have a lady that washes our clothes too. 

Q- In your apartment I didn't notice much furniture (like a couch) is that how most missionary apartments are? How is your bed? Do you sleep ok? 
A- We have two beds and two chairs that's it. Our houses aren't meant to be comfortable haha. It's alright I've had better but I sleep good.

Q- So far, what has been your favorite thing to eat that they cook there? (not fruity pebbles) Do you eat 3 meals a day and do you cook at all for yourselves? (besides smores haha)
A- Most of the time usually one meal but a lot of people give us food when we visit and sometimes we make dinner. I love rice with milk and cinnamon and also this Collada that they make. Other than that it's a lot of rice and chicken haha.

Q- So, you have a cell phone? That's pretty cool! Do you mainly use it to contact Investigators? Do you have to travel very far to visit them? Do you do much door-to-door prociliting (sp)?
A- Yeah only the DL´s and ZL´s have them so they can take people numbers every night. Yeah we use it to cofirm our citas. Our sector is all in one area. These past few weeks we haven't done a whole lot of knocking on doors and our Mission President is starting to ban it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Week 15

First off, it's crazy that I will be 19 years old in 18 days...One year older and wiser too ;) This last week was a pretty good one. We had some of our investigators drop us but we still have a few families progressing. I could possibly be baptizing someone on my birthday but we'll see! We had some really good lessons and some really weird and not so good lessons too. 

We found out that one of our investigators isn't married but they live together so we’ve been working on that. We basically had a marriage counseling session the one day and let me tell you what.. that was a blast! It did help them out though and it helps to have a companion because it's honestly like being married and sometimes worse because you have no alone time. It's great to be able to help people with the problems they have and sometimes it even helps you. 

I learn more and more every day and have been trying to find something new to improve on every day. It was so great to be able to talk to my family yesterday and I hope that you all had a great Mothers Day! The weather here has been kind crappy lately. It rains basically every day and is cold. Both me and my companion have pretty bad colds, but hey no pain - no gain right? ;) Thanks for all of your prayers and concerns. I hope the best for you all and will keep you in my prayers!

Con amor, 
Elder Kaiden Mckay Hunt

Rainy Ecuador

Lots and Lots of rain!

 flood of water in the streets

Roasting Marshmallows on the stove with Elder Brough

Park where we spent our P-Day last week

This was a huge park where we spent our P-Day last Monday

Crazy Fog

Me being funny and taking selfies when I was bored,
also, all the clothes I wear at night - haha!

 Me and my amazing package that I finally got this week :)
**It only took a month and a half**

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Week 14

Entonces yo voy a escribir este correo en español para ayudarles con su español. Primero yo quiero compartir mi testimonio de la unica verdadera iglesia en la tierra. Yo se que el libro de mormon es verdadero y que Jose Smith fue un profeta de dios. Y se que dios es nuestro amoroso padre celestial y que el quira el mejor para todos de nosotros. 

I won't write any more in Spanish just so that you all can understand it and to the spanish speakers, sorry there's no accents haha. So this week was a pretty good one for us and we got a lot done. We didn't have as many lessons as we could've and only ended up having 2 people at church out of 7. The people here just don't really understand the importance of attending church every week, mainly because their catholics. That's exactly why were here so that we can help them understand and learn. 

We had a guy contact us in the street and from what I’ve learned so far there are either crazy people that contact you in the street or really great people and this guy was amazing! He contacted us in English to start out and showed us where he lives. He said we could visit him on Sunday (yesterday) and so after church we headed up to his house. He started out by telling us that he grew up Catholic but he fell away from that church and has basically been following no religion the past little while. We decided to teach him in half English and half Spanish, which to be honest was very hard haha. He wants to learn and practice his english so we figured we can kill two birds with one stone. It was a really great lesson he accepted a Book of Mormon and the invitation to be baptized. Everything that he told us just led perfectly into the next thing and I’m really hoping he continues to progress. It's those lessons and days that make all the hard and crappy days that much easier to bear. 

Life here in Ecuador has gotten pretty normal and I’m just going to say it now, don't judge me if I’m a little strange when I get back ;) Its crazy to see the progress that I’ve already made and I cant wait to see how much ill grow! Learning another language is a great blessing and although sometimes it's frustrating and hard you basically learn everything all over again, especially the simple stuff. 

I’m thankful for all of you and all of your support and most of all I’m thankful for my Heavenly Father and this amazing opportunity to serve him and the people of ecuador! I hope you all have a great week and more importantly a great Mothers Day! I love you all! I want to challenge you all to find something (big or small) in your lives and make that aspect better because when we are continually progressing we will learn and grow so much. Strengthen your family and yourselves and learn from everything that happens. There's always a positive to take out of the things that happen in our lives. 

Con amor, Elder Hunt