Monday, April 25, 2016

Week 46: Farewell Whitewater

On Saturday I got the news that I am getting transferred!  It is bittersweet!  This ward truly feels like family to me.  I don't think I have ever grown so close to a group of people in my life (besides my family of course).  They have truly all been such a blessing in my life, and I will be forever grateful for their examples and their testimonies of the Savior.  I am going to miss the people we are teaching here as well, but gratefully I know I am leaving them in good hands.  Sister Kelly is amazing, and the ward is also amazing.  I am sort of still in shock and disbelief that this day has finally come!  Sister Kelly is a little nervous to take over the area, but she will be great.  We’ll find out on Wednesday who we are going to be companions with and where I am going!  Okay, I’m going to give some quick highlights of last week.  It’s going to be a little rushed and it was such an amazing week that whatever I write will not do it justice, but I will try!

On Sunday Moses and Caliou were baptized!! It was so cool to see it all finally come together.  When Moses had his interview on Saturday he came out with both hands in the air and yelled, "I passed!! I got every single question right!”  Haha, he is so sweet!   It was really cool to see their dad baptize them.  There was a ton of support from the ward and you could just tell they were so excited.  Moses has such a sweet testimony and when we asked him why he wanted to get baptized he said, "I want all my sins to be washed away, and to have the Holy Ghost protect me.”  That is truly what it’s all about, and the whole purpose of us serving missions is to help people have that opportunity!  It was an unforgettable day!

We taught Isaura and her girls this week at President and Sister Foote's home, and it was really awesome to sit down and have dinner with them and do a fun Family Home Evening.  It’s hard to leave this family since I’ve been working with them so long, but I’m praying that they will choose to be baptized. They are amazing girls and it’s been a great blessing in my life to get to know them so well. Today was the best P-day I’ve had so far on my mission.  Sister Meyers took Sister Kelly and I to the aquarium and to The World of Coke. It was an all day event and it was so fun to be in the city and experiencing “civilian” life for a day!
Much love,
Sister Hunter

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Week 45: Wonderful Whitewater!

This week has been a blur- it went by way too fast! I can't believe this transfer is almost over!  The transfer rumblings are starting!  Everyone is like, "Sister Hunter, you are a gonner," and they do have a point because I have been here so long!  Who knows, maybe I will stay!  I’m aiming for a year here!   Last P-day after we had finished emailing we  ate lunch with two other sets of sisters, and a lady from the Fayetteville ward came and paid for all of our lunches! It never ceases to amaze me that people here have such giving hearts.  That night we biked in the rain, and that was the day I decided to wear my glasses- not a good choice!  Biking in the rain is always an adventure and always amounts to laughing so that is a plus! 

On Tuesday we went out with Becca who just got back from her mission and heads off to BYU in a couple of weeks.  We helped a member bottle homemade jam on her farm!   She has a BEAUTIFUL farm with goats and a donkey, and it was a lot of fun being there and doing service too!  Later that evening we taught the Beehives the Plan of Salvation.  They are so sweet and there was a really awesome spirit there as we talked about the Plan of Salvation.  As I was bearing my testimony on the atonement it really hit me how much I have had to rely on the atonement throughout my mission, and especially these last couple of months.  If I could give anything to those sweet Beehives it would be the assurance that no matter what comes their way over the course of their lives that they can overcome anything through the enabling power of the Atonement- nothing is stronger than the Savior’s love for each of us.

On Thursday we went on an exchange to Griffin and it was a lot of fun!  It was nice to be in a totally different area for the day!  It’s a huge area and we spent quite a bit of time driving!  It was absolutely beautiful down there though! We got lost on a dirt road and we entered a canopy of trees, and it was seriously like we had entered Narnia, it was so pretty!  We eventually ended up finding our way to the appointment.  We had dinner with this really sweet, older lady and she was talking about a trip she is taking to London at the end of May.  She said, "I'm going to start packing tomorrow because Thomas S. Monson told us to get prepared early!"  I thought you would appreciate that, Dad- you are the ultimate packer and trip preparer!

We've started teaching a little 9 year old boy.  His family was baptized a couple years ago (can't remember if I've already written about him) but he and his little brother are planning on getting baptized this Sunday.  We’re going to review all the lessons this week and are so excited to help them both prepare for this Sunday! We helped Sister Martin paint again last week and I dipped my hair in paint... not cool!  I’m getting it cut today, but luckily it will just be a trim. 

Yesterday we went to a baptism of an 8 year old in our ward.  She is so sweet, so it was really fun!  Afterward we had an FHE with one of my favorite member families.  The oldest son is preparing to go on his mission to California in the summer.  Have a great week!! Love you! 


Week 44: "Yes, I'm Still Here!"

This week we were able to see so many cool miracles with less active members and investigators!  We have started teaching a 9 year old boy in the ward whose family was recently baptized.  The elders had been struggling to teach him, so we gave it a try and it was great to see how much it clicked with him!  We taught the first lesson very simply and then asked him to help us teach it again, and he was able to remember so much of it!   He was so excited to show us that he had been looking at the picture book we left him and he had marked a few pictures too- he is so sweet.

We went to visit a less active that used to be in the YSA ward and the first thing he said to me was, "You are still here?!?" haha yes, yes I am.  I have gotten that SO many times this week- "Sister Hunter, how long have you been here!?!" I guess 10 months in one area is a long time.  Anyway, it was cool to see how he opened up to us, because when we would visit him in the past it was kind of hit or miss whether he would welcome us or not.  He's been struggling, and he said, "I'm like the Black Moses just trying to find my way."  He said he picked up the Book of Mormon for the first time in months yesterday and he was like, "And that’s crazy that you showed up here today!  Sometimes I just need that, just like one of my old parole officers who would pop in- sometimes people just need that!"  Cool miracle!  

We were looking at the ward roster and I had a small prompting to try to go visit a lady that no one in the ward has been able to contact, and we'd been over there a few times but no one had ever answered the door.  We went over and she opened the door and invited us right in!  She said she hadn't gone to church since before she was married, and now she is a great grandma! She was telling us how she recently had wanted to get involved in something again and she said she would like to come to church!!  She's so cute- she looks like Edna Mode off of Incredibles.  She looked extra tiny next to Sister Kelly and I who are giants!  

Another day we were out teaching with our Relief Society President, and we felt prompted to go visit a less active who no one has been able to contact in a long time, and she was home!  She is planning on moving soon, but it was great to be able to sit down and talk with her. She had just gone though a pretty rough time, and so she was like, "This is perfect timing!"  This week has been a huge testimony to me that the Lord is in charge and when we listen to the small promptings we receive then He will lead us and guide us to exactly where we should be.  He loves us and wants what is best for us.  It’s comforting to know that He will never leave us in the dark, but it’s up to us to turn on the light!   I love being able to share the gospel everyday.  People are so fascinated with us.  They can't believe all that we give up to be here, but I feel like I am gaining way more than I am temporarily giving up.  Missions are the best - the hardest thing, but the best thing!  I have no clue if anyone besides Mom and Dad read these emails- BUT if anyone else is reading this and is considering going on a mission- GO!  You will never regret the growth and the joy!   Thanks for all the support and prayers! Love you! 

P.S. The funny moment for the week was seeing Sister Kelly slow motion fall off her bike a few days ago! Haha, she was laughing and crying on the ground- she's wasn't hurt, but it was the laugh we needed that day! 


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Week 43: Conference Weekend!

Conference this past weekend was absolutely amazing.  It is such a spiritually uplifting experience that I have come to cherish so much! One of my favorite talks was by Elder Oaks, it really hit home for me!  I also loved Elder Waddell, Elder Duncan, and Elder Snow’s talks. 

We watched 3 sessions at the church, and then on Sunday morning we were able to go over to Sister Myers who is one of my favorite people ever!! She made us crepes and quiche, and it was so good! We were fed breakfast, lunch, and dinner yesterday!  We get fed so much- as Sister Kelly would say, "Good thing we wore our stretchy skirts!!"  It was a great Sunday filled with the Spirit!  We have had a great and exhausting week!  I guess every week is like that.  Here are some of the highlights:

*finding some really great people in Senoia

*having someone we met with give us rocks from the River Jordan

*having amazing weather all week

*singing to people at a memory care center - they are so sweet

Have a great week! Love you! 

Sunday morning session with Sister Meyers!