Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Week 42: The Heavens Opened...and it Rained!

Since I have been in this area I have been trying to contact a lady who is less active.  Everyone kept talking about how sweet she is, so literally for the last nine months we have been trying to contact her.  Finally we were able to talk to her last week and it was such a miracle!  She doesn't live here full time, so that sort of explains why it has taken us so long to contact her, but she came to a ward baby shower and it was great!  We helped set up for the baby shower, and it was a lot of fun to be with ladies from the ward, and semi horrifying to hear labor stories.

Sunday at church we had a ton of less active members come!  It was great!  It is probably because it was Easter Sunday... but it was so great to see all of them there!  We had to teach the 16 and 17 year old Sunday school class which was fun!  It is so weird how things have already changed since I've been in Sunday school.  TOO many selfies in Sunday school- haha, smart phones are great and horrible.  We had lunch with a family and then went and taught some people that we'd been trying to contact, and then we had dinner with four member families who are so awesome.  It basically rained all day, but we had the car so it all worked out great!  

On Tuesday we had an awesome day of finding.  The week before we were in a rut with finding new people, and it’s always hard when you don't feel like things are falling into place or when nothing seems to be going right.  After P-day we were just determined to have a good day of finding and talking with people, so we prayed for strength and help and it was such a miracle that we were able to talk to so many great people!  Nothing major happened, people weren't running up to us asking to be baptized, but we were able to talk to a lot of people about the new Easter video.  We found a couple new investigators, the sun was shining, and it was just a great day! 

We were on our way to our dinner appointment on our bikes and there had been ominous clouds all day.  The heavens opened and all the water that ever existed fell from the sky- we were totally SOAKED! It looked like we just jumped in a pool!  We showed up at our dinner appointment and we were all "Uh, can we use a towel?"  Haha, the member was so sweet, but we were freezing the rest of the night.  After dinner we went to a Relief Society Activity and then to a mission call opening of a Priest from the ward. I happened to guess the exact mission he was going to!  One of the other kids from the ward was like, "Wow, if one of the missionaries guessed it right the church really must be true!”- pure luck! 

We helped sister Martin paint more.  I stood up and touched my head on wet paint and I still have white paint in my hair! 

Love you all!  Thank you so much for the prayers and support!  Have a great week!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Week 41: Enjoying the Ride

Hello Everyone! 

Missionary work is the best and hardest thing I have ever done.  There is a quote that I found this week – I’m sure Dad sent it to me!  It’s by Gordon B Hinckley: "Life is like an old-time rail journey- delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.  The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."  This past week I am just grateful to have been on the ride! 

We have had a lot of great service opportunities this week which is always fun!  We biked out farther than we have ever biked in our area, and it was definitely an adventure! The sidewalk ended suddenly on a super busy highway, but we just kept on going on the grass next to the cars.  Haha, I’m sure we looked ridiculous, but you have to do what you have to do sometimes!  We had a good time painting and tearing down an old shed of a sister in our ward. 

We had a great Zone Conference about repentance this past week. We focused on the importance of helping investigators, members, and ourselves understand the incredible gift of the atonement and repentance.  It is a perfect subject as we look toward Easter.  We’ve been so uplifted as we’ve watched the Easter themed videos on LDS. Org.

I am so grateful for all of the support and prayers!  I love you!

Sister Hunter

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Week 40: Golf Carts and Bugs and Near Bike Accidents....Oh My!

This week flew by!  We were able to teach the sweetest couple the first lesson.  We met them eight months ago and we’ve occasionally dropped in to say hi because they live right next to a member. Last week we asked if they would help us by giving us feedback on the lessons.  They were more than happy to have us come and teach them so they could help give us pointers on how to be better teachers!  They are agnostic and have a lot of really interesting ideas.  Before the lesson the wife took us on a golf cart ride, and after zipping in and out of trees and seeing all the beautiful plants beginning to bloom, the cute little golf cart died five houses from hers. Sister Kelly and I hopped off and pushed that thing all the way down the street!   We were laughing the entire time - the life of living in a golf cart community!  The lesson went great. Sister Kelly is becoming such a great teacher, and I have loved being able to watch her grow!  

We were able to have lunch and a mini lesson with a less active sister that I've been trying to contact since I've been here, and it was so cool to hear her story.  We were telling her how we've started helping a YW knit hats for an orphanage, and she really wants to help us!  It is cool to see that people love to serve and help wherever they can.  We are going to go back over this week and knit!  

Here’s a funny thing that happened.  We were at an apartment complex and we knocked on a door then waited for a little. When no one answered we knocked on the one across from it, but then they both opened their door at the same time!  We both tried to talk to them at the same time because we panicked and didn't know what to do.  They both didn't want to talk to us so a simultaneous door close, and then we burst out laughing.  Haha, you have the weirdest experiences being on a mission, but it’s the best!  

We helped a sister clean out her basement this week.  There was SO much stuff everywhere, and we organized the whole thing.  It was crazy how many bugs there were!!  Sister Kelly picked up a box and a massive bug with a TON of legs scuttled out.  She screamed SO loud which scared me, so I screamed and we ran across the room and then burst out laughing because of how ridiculously loud we both just screamed!  It was like night and day difference from where we started to where we finished!  I wish we had taken before and after pictures! She had a non-member friend visiting her who we taught, and then she came to church the next day so that was a cool miracle!! 

I almost fell off my bike, and it was hilarious.  I was stopping for a car but I had just moved the seat up and it was a little too high for me.  I stopped but jerked forward and sort of fell off, and the girl in the car was so stunned.  She started laughing and we started laughing, and all I could do was shake it off and keep going.  

AH! We woke up late on Sunday.  We knew it was daylight savings and we just thought our clocks would turn automatically… false!  After Sister Kelly got out of the shower she was said, "I feel as if our clocks didn't move forward."  We both started rushing around getting ready, and we had to do the walk of shame into ward council with our wet hair and thrown together outfits.  Luckily the ward is so great they didn't really care.  

I am so thankful for everyday I have to represent my Savior.  I am so imperfect, but He helps me every step of the way and for that I will be forever grateful! 

Love You!
Sister Hunter 

 Mary's visit from college

 Scenic break on the bike ride

Monday, March 14, 2016

Week 39: There is Sunshine in my Soul Today

Oh the blessed sunshine!  Last week's weather was beautiful!  Yesterday Sister Kelly and I had the bikes and we loved every second of being in the sunshine!  I would take biking in the sunshine over biking in a rainstorm any day! We had stake conference this past weekend.  A talk was given that really stood out to me on the atonement.  The speaker said we don't fully understand the atonement if we are holding on to things of the past.  We just need to let go and trust in our Savior, and ultimately that is the happier and easier route to go!  One thing he said that I loved was "Jesus didn't teach a gospel of perfection, but a gospel of repentance."  We are so lucky to have the knowledge of this hope. There is so much hope in the gospel!

Another speaker said, “If you’re on the right path you are going uphill.”  That made so much sense to me because none of the amazing, wonderful things in life come easy.  I’m about to hit my halfway mark and looking back I will be forever grateful for the relationship I have with my Savior, my testimony of the atonement, for each and every tough day that has helped me be stronger, for every person who has changed my life for the better, and for all of my amazing companions!

I feel so lucky to have met some of the most amazing people that will be lifetime friends!  I have learned so much from hearing SO many stories and life experiences.  I am trying my best to write down and remember all of the details and things I've learned so I can keep them with me forever.  Transfers are this week, but I am staying in Whitewater. I feel so blessed to have been in this area for as long as I have!  Heavenly Father truly does love me!  I love this gospel, and am so grateful for it! 

Sister Hunter 

Week 38: Mission Life

We were able to paint the outside of a member’s house this week!  Her family is moving to Chicago after the school year and so she is getting the house ready to sell!  We had a lesson with one of our new investigators who is reading the Book of Mormon!  We were really excited about that!  She knows a lot about the Bible (just like everyone else down here) and she is really open to learning about the Book of Mormon.  

We had a quick lesson with Charisse and her kids this week!  It is hard to have a quiet lesson with all of them, but we love them so much!  Last time we were there they had a full on dance battle- it was hilarious!   We read Ether 12:27 to them and talked about after we try our best we have to turn the rest over to our Savior, and He will help us every step of the way.  I have seen that time and time again, especially while serving out here.  When you have to put yourself out there all day every day you definitely get to know what your strengths and weaknesses are really quick, and I would be running around in circles if it weren't for the enabling power of the Atonement. 

We taught Isauna and her girls this week.  We haven't been able to teach them in a really long time so it was awesome to be able to teach them again.  They had a lot of great questions and the Spirit was strong in that lesson!  Another highlight was getting that package!  Coming up the stairs after a long, hard day and seeing a package sitting on the door step- I don't even think I can describe the joy!  Seriously, the best.  Thank you Dad and Mom for being the #1 best parents!  We sang "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" with the ward choir this week! 

Judy, who I have visited probably more than anyone else on my mission, passed away yesterday.  It was heartbreaking for both Sister Kelly and I.  We knew she was declining, but none of us thought it would be this quick. She was and is a truly spectacular person.  Every time we would go over she would tell us stories of all of her MANY life experiences, and trust me she had a TON, and she was as bold as could be.  She definitely inspired me to live a more adventurous life and to become more bold!  I am going to miss her so much, but I am so grateful she is out of her pain and suffering.

We had a really hard time finding new investigators last week, so that has been slightly discouraging, but we have hope for this coming week!  
The twitch has made the week hard- people will ask me, "why do you keep doing that with your arm?"  In my head I'm like,  “I HAVE NO CLUE!!!!” but I kindly say, “I have a little twitch that the doctors are trying to figure out.”  It makes me physically exhausted too because my arm is always moving!  Hopefully it will go away soon!! 

Thanks Mom and Dad for everything!
Love you both!  Have a great week!

Transfers are coming and someone is probably going to be leaving - I love these girls!

Here we are on the computers at the library