Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Happenings

October 21, 2013

Dear Awesome Family Back Home,

Thank y'all for the Halloween package!! I am enjoying licorice allsorts as I write.  All the extra stationary means I'll be sending a lot more letters your way!  It is so much fun to receive these creative and imaginative packages.  It really brightens my day!  Brandon, your gift I especially love!  (Brandon sent a four inch by four inch realistic looking plastic spider.)  Yes, you did scare me as I opened the box.  I have put it next to by bed so I see it often and it also creeps me out often - so I get the maximum enjoyment out of it!

I have interesting, ironic and funny news.  Last Wednesday, Elder Findlay was emergency transferred to Past Texas!  Elder Kowalis came in to replace him.  We do not know why these emergency transfers took place, only that they were very sudden!  We received the call after I had emailed!  So I barely missed being able to warn y'all.  So when the Halloween package came with stuff for Elder Findlay, I decided to mail it to him.  I split the candy between my current companion, Elder Kowalis, and my ex-current companion, Elder Findlay.

Elder Kowalis is a very talented Elder.  He is good at talking and starting conversations with people.  He also looks like he could be a Hollister model or something, so that doesn't hurt either.  Very cool guy.  I tell you more in my email Monday because I am running out of card!!!

Tell Grandma Pat I love her and that I am praying for her.

 - Elder Hunt

Texas Tracting

( I apologize for the lapse in blog postings.  Graham's grandmother (and my mother) Pat Green had major surgery on October 8th.  She spent 10 days in the hospital and is now recovering in a Rehab Center.  I am happy to report she is progressing well.)

October 14, 2013

Thank you for telling me about Grandma Pat.  I hope she recovers well from her ordeal.  I'll be praying for her.

It is so nice to hear that Brandon got three palms!!! That shows true commitment to scouting and a good work ethic because he is still working when he could just sit back.  (This is a special honor that scouts can earn above and beyond the Eagle Scout recognition.  Brandon received all three palms in October.)

America is an awesome place and the state of Texas especially.  I eat well!!  Currently, I am snacking on beef jerky as I write - it is soooo good!  Being in a bike area, I now have insanely caloused hands.  The other day I rubbed my hand on my arm and it felt like fingernail scratching!  Weird!

I am happy to report that I am doing amazingly well!! Elder Findlay and I have been working hard, and it is almost therapeutic.  You know what is awesome about missionary work?  The harder you work, the happier you are!  For the past few days I have worked hard, prayed hard and slept even harder!!!  It hasn't all been peaches and cream, though.  For the past two weeks, I was struggling on and off with discouragement.  I was pretty miserable at times.  But with God's help (He is all powerful, no?) I am so elated to be doing the Lord's work daily.  Tracting is notoriously awful in Texas, yet I find joy in doing it.

Dad, I hope you are doing well.  Being a Bishop must be rough, as you still have to work and do normal life activities while serving the Lord.  I couldn't imagine what mission life would be like if I had to work, take care of home and family, all while keeping up my appointments and tracting!  I admire you for your commitment to our family and the righteous way you preside over it.  As a missionary, I am seeing many, many households of every shape, size, description and dynamic.  It has helped me appreciate our home even deeper.  So far I have not found ONE home that compares with the one you and Madre raised Brandon and I in.  That loving home was the greatest gift any child could have ever received and you gave it to me.

Thank you for your weekly letters.  It is nice to hear from my family so consistently.  I love you Madre and Fadre.  Thank you for supporting me from home like you do.

Your son (forever!)
Elder Hunt

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Rare Scriptures

September 30, 2013


Yesterday evening, Elder Findlay and I went to a very interesting presentation by a man in our area.  This man used to own a bookstore, and is a collector of rare and old scriptures.  He had (every single one of these is original) a Wycliffe Bible, a Tyndale Bible, a Geneva Bible, and a King James Bible which weighed 40 pounds!  He also had a first edition printing of the Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price.  He even had Napoleon Bonaparte's own prayer book!

He also had an original first edition copy of the Book of Mormon!  Most of all, he had Joseph Smith's personal thumb Bible.  A thumb Bible is an abbreviated version of the Bible.  This one was 2 inches by 3 inches long!  Tiny thing!  The thumb Bible had Joseph Smith's signature in the front cover and the back cover!  He also had Joseph Smith's own copy of the Book of Mormon.  Moreover, Elder Findlay and I got to hold Joseph Smith's own Bible and Book of Mormon!  What a rare experience!  Not to get all relicy, but Elder Findlay and I were ecstatic!

I love you all!

                                       -Elder Hunt

Bomb-Proofing the Book of Mormon

September 23, 2013

Elder Findlay and I are still in the same area, so you can order the shoulder bag and have it delivered to our address.  Thank you for taking the time to research and find me a good bag.  I cannot wait to bomb-proof my Book of Mormon!  Ballistic nylon...heheheheheh..... (I ordered Graham a shoulder/messenger bag that is made of ballistic nylon which is water proof and very tough!)

John is our only investigator.  He was brought to church by a friend.  Finding people to teach is difficult here.  I would imagine the same is true in Southern California.  My mission president, President Durrant, asked at a recent conference for every person to ask one person this: "Would you be willing to listen to a brief presentation about God and His plan for your happiness?"  I would ask you to do a favor for me by doing a favor for the missionaries in your area.

I love you!

                                    -Elder Hunt