Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A New Posting in Palestine

May 27, 2014
The long road to Palestine, Texas

Well, I was fixin' tuh git transferred....
I got transferred.

I was sent to Palestine, TX. Thrown in a van with ten other missionaries and shipped two hours east to Tyler, TX  whereupon Elder Heward and Brother Dunmon picked me up and brought me down here!  Took sumthin' such as an hour and a half. The entire trip looked much like this photo above exceptin' the small towns we passed through.  Brother Dunmon has a "True Texan Truck" - a Ford F-350 (which means it has an one ton engine) with an extended cab, extended side mirrors, power stoke, and those double back wheels. They don't put horses under the hoods of those vehicles; they put Longhorn Cattle!  Murica'! (Translation: America!)  It was rainstormin' all day, with strong winds, and even with Brother Dunmon's huge truck the wind pushed us side to side as it smote the left side of the truck during one strech of the ride on a bridge over Lake Palestine. We don't cover part of a city here, we cover all of Andersen County!   We also have a car, a white Chevy Maliboat-- I mean Malibu.   I'm afraid I don't have many pictures as I havn't even been here 24 hours yet but I'm sure I will next week. 


Love Y'all!

-Elder Hunt

Monday, May 19, 2014

Temple Trekking

May 19, 2014

"Hey there. I'm the ward mission leader for the Frisco 3rd Ward and I took a picture of your son. Thought you might like to see it.   We love Elder Hunt and Elder Wheelhouse and are grateful they are serving in our ward. Thanks for lending them to us. :)"  (I love the members of the Frisco 3rd Ward.  They have been wonderful at sharing news and photos of my missionary!)

My Dear Family and Friends,

First, transfers are either the 26th or 27th of May.  We will find out on Saturday!  (Graham has been serving in the Frisco area for the past six months.  We think that he may be transferring soon...) 

One of my favorite pictures of Elder Wheelhouse and I

Our district had the privilege of going to the temple this past week.  It was a blessing to get to attend, my fourth time going!  One of the Elders had only been once before so it was his second time!!!

The other elders had received a rental truck- a red 2014 Chevy Silverado!!   We did not have mile limitations only gas so we all packed into it - six Elders for the Silverado's six seats ( a wee bit cramped, laddie).  Off to the temple we went!


Stay strong y'all!

-Elder Hunt

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Photos from Texas

May 13, 2014

Dear family,

It was great fun to get to talk to y'all last night. Christmas is right around the corner. (As a missionary, Graham calls home on Christmas and Mother's Day.  It was wonderful to chat with him!)

I do have some pictures for all y'all!  These first two are from those "sunshine with scattered thunderstorms" days.  (Graham shared that the weather was quite pleasant with the exception of scattered thunderstorms that often accompanied the sunshine.)

This next photo is my favorite license plate that I have seen in Texas.  Of course, the license plate was on a truck!

This last picture is an old picture from last transfer, but I love taking pictures of people taking pictures so I had to include this one.

Elder Hunt

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Foundational Actions that Build Our Faith in Christ

May 5, 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

"From Elder Wheelhouse: VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE!!!!! "

Elder Wheelhouse and I are busy.  This past week we met with Jane.  She talked about how she felt she often made poor decisions such as not coming to church or "flaking out" on other things related to the gospel. We shared how faith in Christ makes a difference in our lives.  We taught her how to build faith in Christ: church attendance, prayer, and scripture study. These three foundational actions build our faith in Christ and strengthen us to make the right decisions and be more obedient to God. 

We also met with JD and Sister Ramirez. Sister Ramirez is a member, however her husband is not.  He once had some missionary discussions long ago, so we are focusing on having him read, pray and attend church so he can "experiment upon the word." Church attendance might take some time given he works Sundays but we'll get there. 

We got to leave the mission again yesterday!!!!! Stake conference was outside of the mission boundaries, so we got to head off to Denton, Texas.  Stake Conference was in the University of North Texas campus basketball gym so that was fun. 

While personally searching the scriptures, I have started writing down something meaningful from each verse in the Book of Mormon. While doing this I have learned some things I have not yet ever heard nor realized. In 1 Nephi chapter 2 verses 20 to the end of the chapter Nephi received some wonderful promises from the Lord.  I thought about what qualified him to receive such blessings?  I found the answer in verses 16-20, wherein Nephi expressed his efforts to live an honest life in the face of challenges.  Each verse demonstrates Christ-like attributes that Nephi possessed like faith, hope, love, and humility.  Because Nephi strived to meet his challenges in a Christ-like way,  he was blessed so exceedingly. 

Love Y'all!

-Elder Hunt