Monday, August 25, 2014

Crazy First Week in Brasilandia!

Hey everyone,

I want to share something Drake’s Dad shared with him: "A mission will teach you to ask God for help; to trust the help He gives as sufficient, and to take it like a man. You develop thick skin on your mission and a real sense of who you are, and what you can do, AND WILL endure for the gospel to spread. Think about the calluses on your hands. The thick skin on your hands that came from lifting things a normal person could not do. Those calluses came from a lot of pain and pressure. Eventually, those hands could grasp 500lbs without failing. Now think about your spiritual calluses. You need to grow through a lot of pressure as well as pain."

Sunday the 17th: Sister Overson, the wife of the first counselor in our CTM ward bishopric, talked after I did (usually you speak your last week in the CTM.  I spoke on the atonement in Portuguese and finished with the currant bush talk in English.) I also shared the quote from Grandpa Faust, "There are only 2 types of missionaries in this world,..those who serve in Brasil, and those who wish they did!"   

Sister Overson spoke on a story about Grandpa ironically. She said in 1940 Grandpa converted the very first family ever in the city of Curitiba. Now that city has a temple, an entire mission, and thousands of thousands of members there. Her point was that one person can make a difference. GRANDPA MADE A DIFFERENCE.  I was very emotional during her whole story. I just felt so proud of Grandpa! That I was related to such an amazing man and how lucky I am to be able to serve in Brasil, the place that Grandpa did so much for and how highly respected he is here. EVERYONE knows President Faust.  It made me imagine him up in heaven, watching me and every time he sees me doing the things I should or he sees the success I’m having, or when I overcome something difficult, or I learn his language, Portuguese! Up there I can imagine him cheering for me, "That’s my grandson down there! Serving in the best country in the world! Making a difference! Answering the call to serve!" I can imagine him up there being proud of me. That is one of  the best feelings in the entire world.

Wednesday: Yesterday was crazy. I met the President Farnes and his wife! They are so loving and sweet! I love them so much!   At the mission home I ended up meeting that Elder, Elder Hatch who served in my mission that my grandparents know. He was leaving the day I was arriving haha, more irony.  I arrived and received my new comp, Elder Medina from Chile! He speaks extremely well, but no English of course haha. He knows what he is doing, he is extremely diligent and knows what to say always. He is very good with the people. He is also 18 years old and he has been out 7 months. He is also very loving and supportive and helpful, and he pushes me just enough to help me. I seriously could not have asked for a better companion!

It’s funny what has been said about my new area so far. I am in the city of Brasilandia. It is one of the highest baptizing cities in the mission. The reason for that is because it is mostly favelas! My area is extremely, extremely poor.  The first night we went out and in 3 hours we had 13 street contacts!!! So many people talk with us and are interested! We also taught 2 lessons! All of that in 3 hours!

Brasil is madness but I love it! I am still having a hard time understanding because of all the different accents and because they speak so fast. I was able to help a bit during the lessons and talk on the street but it is very, very hard. But I know this is where I am supposed to be, and this is what I am supposed to do.

Also during a lesson Tuesday night...We were teaching the Restoration and our investigator just whips out her boob to feed her baby during Joseph Smiths first vision.  She didn’t even try to cover up or anything, so I was teaching and I was like um, um, uh...but we finished the lesson.

Everyone here calls me Wolverine (pronounced: "volverriny" here) or the muscular Edward Cullen! It’s like the 8th grade all over again! Or together, they say my companion and I are Edward and Jacob! Lololol!
It’s difficult with food here, also, there is no time to make food here, so everything needs to be quick, so that means breakfast was weird tasting milk and cookies.

Studying was terrible, very boring, very hard to focus, we wake up at 6 most mornings to go use weights at a members home, but the weights are tiny and they don’t do much for me, but it’s better than nothing. We go with 2 other sets of missionaries. In our apartment we have one other pair with us. One is an American who will be leaving soon, and the other is a Brazilian. I like them both. The American elder speaks no English to me, unless he absolutely has to for a few words, as we have been instructed to do that so I will learn faster. It is 100% Portuguese here all the time.

Wednesday night there was some crazy riot. Tons of cops, wreckage, and tons of fire; we had to change our walking routes because they were closing the streets down.  We later found out that a bomb had gone off and huge, huge gunfight had taken place! Wow! Super wild!!!

 Also, we don’t eat dinner here.... In Brasil we have a HUGE lunch in members homes everyday, but no dinner. So we work from about 1pm after lunch to 9pm without food. Interestingly though I stay pretty full even though we walk SOOOOO much!

My diet is out the window here. You honestly are lucky to get what you get, so we eat as much as possible when we can. We buy stuff from the store, but again, our time is very limited, so cookies and milk or whatever is quick we eat.

Also very cool, every Thursday morning we go to a farmers market and buy fresh fruit. Tons of interesting Brazilian fruits! I will try to get pics next week!

Thursday: I was feeling a little sad and unmotivated during study, but everything always gets better when we go to our lunch appointment and start our work for the day. We ended up having 20 street contacts, 7 new investigators and we taught 5 whole lessons. I also saw more of how poor the area is. Some people’s homes in the favelas are smaller than my room in the US. Also, it is difficult to get any pictures of the favelas because it is not safe.

My favorite time here is in the night, there are always parties going on, tons of music, lights, and fun. Everyone is out and about and we are able to talk to more people. And it is cooler outside! But again, no pictures of the night for safety reasons. I am in a pretty dangerous area in Brasil. At least our area is.

We visited a single sister with young children, she was telling us about how lonely she was, she was crying. We also went with the ward mission leader named Irmao Dilermando; he is super cool! He is an older man, but he wears super swagged out clothes and he is SUPER spiritual.

In my broken Portuguese I told the woman the same thing I’ve said before when someone said they were lonely, "God is always with you, because Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane. He has felt every pain, suffered every affliction, He knows exactly how you feel, every temptation, everything, I can testify that you are never alone; He is always with you; He is with you no matter what and I KNOW this is true.”

"Why is this so hard? Because Salvation is not a cheap experience," in the words of Elder Holland. I also heard Elder Holland spoke at the CTM the day I left.... come on...

I had to bear my testimony and introduce myself to the ward during sacrament meeting, and to make it more stressful, President Farnes and his family made a surprise visit to our ward. I did alright. Church is similar here, but not as organized or as strong, but there are still great faithful members. 

After church we went to work, we ended up teaching the Restoration to a group of 18 people in the middle of the street. I was nervous, but I prayed and when it was my turn to take over the lesson I spoke well and bore a very strong testimony. A lot of them were hard looking muscular guys. Crazy experience.  

There are also these super sketchy apartment buildings we don’t like to go in because they are owned by the drug cartel.  If we go in, guys with guns and walkie talkies tell the other people in the building that a muscular American and a smaller Chilean have entered the building. SUPER Sketchy! We have had no problems with anyone yet which is good.

Soooooo, last night we were leaving a lesson in the favelas, and there was a crazy dog and my companion and I were trying to leave. I miscalculated my jump to escape and I rolled/strained my ankle pretty bad. I had to be carried back into the house. It was bad enough that we had to call someone to pick us up because I cannot walk and we were over 10 miles away from our apartment.  It was also very difficult explaining to my comp in Portuguese my previous ankle issues from football. I was able to call someone official from the mission and talk with them. I am able to walk, but very, very slowly and cautiously.

Overall, I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE BRASIL SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH. My companion has taken such good care of me. I am making such amazing progress. 

From Tuesday night to Sunday, we had 95 street contacts, 1 confirmation, 5 investigators with baptismal dates, 6 investigators who attended church, 7 lessons taught with a member present, 18 other lessons taught, 30 new investigators. I also forgot to say, on my first day I invited 2 people to be baptized and they said yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My shoulders are narrowing, my body is shrinking, but my Spirit is growing huge.  I want to lose myself to find Christ; I will gain my muscle back when I return, but the things I am learning here are turning me into a better future husband, father, and Son of God.

This is truly amazing, But I will say it is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT every single day.  It is very hard for me, but I just love it so much!

 I love you all!

Elder Hunt

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission!

São Paulo, 31 de julho de 2014

Dear Brother and Sister Hunt,

We were so happy to welcome your son, Elder Hunt, to the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. He is doing wonderfully. We feel so blessed to have him serving with us in the Mission. Elder Hunt will initially be in the Brasilândia area of the Pirituba’s zone. His companion is Elder Medina and is from Chile.

Missionaries love receiving uplifting and supportive letters from home. We encourage you to write or email your son weekly. His email address throughout his mission will be Letters may be sent to the mission office at the following address:

Elder Marcus Troy Hunt
Missão Brasil São Paulo Norte
Avenida Nova Cantareira, 1146 fundos
São Paulo – SP

Thank you for sharing your son with the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. We love him already and feel so grateful to be serving with him at this sacred time when the Lord is hastening the Work of Salvation.


Presidente Timothy and Sister Linsey Farnes

Brazil São Paulo North Mission.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


 A street by the Campinas Brasil LDS temple is named after Marcus' Great-Grandfather, the late President James E. Faust

Hey everyone,

Today is my last CTM P-day!!!! Today also could have been the last time I am able to go to the temple in 2 years. In 6 days I will be in the mission field!!!!!! I am so excited, but also so nervous!    I forgot to mention in my last email, but on Fast Sunday, I was called as the new district leader!!  Also at the temple today I got a picture of the street named after Grandpa Faust! Hopefully pictures next week everyone!  Yay! 

Last Wednesday Elders Buck and Kagi had to move rooms so 2 new Brazilians could stay in our room. The Brazilians are super cool and one of them speaks 4 languages fluently, to make things better, they are both going to my mission! Also since they are Brazilian and only have to stay 2 weeks, they will leave with me on Tuesday! There has been no one going to my mission in the whole CTM the whole time I’ve been here except for the one visa waiter Elder Marchant.        

On Friday I got my first haircut on my mission. The barber came and woke us up at 6 am. He speaks no English at all and there are many horror stories about how terrible his haircuts are.....I’ve seen quite a few of them firsthand. I was very worried, but I briefly explained what I wanted in Portuguese. The entire haircut only took 3.5 minutes....everyone’s does haha, but the haircut actually looks good!!!!!!!!! I was very pleased! My comps were not so!      

This week our goal is to speak as much Portuguese as possible, only substituting an English word when we do not know the Portuguese word for it. We have spoken about 95% Portuguese so its been very good! Doing that has been frustrating and exhausting, but we’ve made a lot of progress, and it is very rewarding.        

This week during a lesson I taught the entire story of Ammon and King Lamoni in Portuguese to one of our investigators. It is my favorite Book Of Mormon story! I loved it! We are all making a lot of progress, but getting into the mission field is the main thing on our mind.    

Not too much happened this week, but I want to share some of my thoughts: 
 "When your body aches and begs for rest, REMEMBER HIM! Remember Christ and how he did not slow down or stop, even after death. Remember all that you have been blessed with and work with no regrets. Give you whole heart, mind, mind, and strength!"    
"I don’t want to do what I want to do, I do what God wants me to do because he wants me to do it. I want to follow and know Christ"  

"You can’t be happy if you don’t want to do the things that lead to happiness, even if you still do those things."     

My mind is very clear in understanding right and wrong, and I am very in tune with the Spirit and it’s promptings.   
Next Tuesday will be a huge day for me with many new things. This is where the work really begins. I believe this will be the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life.  Most likely I will receive a Brazilian trainer who will speak no English. So every single thing, simple and difficult will have to be communicated through Portuguese. Every single thing, investigators, P- days, when and where do we eat, what is our budget, even where are we going, what should I bring, and what should I teach in the lesson.   It is going to be so difficult, but I’m confident that I will be ok. With God anything is possible, end of story. It will be super hard, but through God, we will find a way.       

Also, most likely now my P-days will be on Mondays, and my next P-day will not be until 2 Mondays from now. Then I should be able to give out my address and send pictures and have more time for emails on p- day!  The bad thing is that I don’t have time to write everyone back here in the CMT! Bro Truman, Cole Nisson, Drake’s dad, Rachael from newspaper- they have all have written and I feel so bad I haven’t responded because I literally don’t have time.  But I will have more time soon and I will for sure write them back. 

Also, I finally set up my gymnastics rings so I’ve been doing cool gymnastics stuff. Everyday we play volleyball against another American district! It gets so intense and we go so hard, it is a blast!! I am doing great, I have been so blessed here. Things are well.  Also going to get more Brazilian donuts today!!!!!!  ;)

Elder Hunt

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Hello everyone!
Another great day at the Campinas Temple! Fabulous! I will recap the week starting with last Wednesday. Last Wednesday was an amazing p-day filled with many treats! I use p-day as my cheat day, so I always look forward to it among many things. Last Wednesday via email, I received the very sad news that my dear friend Tiare Giron had passed away unexpectedly.  Tiare had been a very good, loyal friend who always has my back for all 4 years of high school. She was an amazing girl who always smiled and had such a bright future ahead of her. (Mom it would be nice if if you could post a memorial instagram post for her from my account, even though it is late. She was a dear friend and it is the least I can do from Brasil.)  The news of her death made me very angry, sad, and confused.  Wednesday night and Thursday were the worst times I've experienced so far on my mission. I prayed for help to calm my heart and mind, which was full of many questions and doubts. All of Thursday, I had lost the Spirit and could not learn, teach, or understand anything during the day. I felt horrible and was really struggling. On top of that, my companion and I received a new elder from the Provo MTC who is now in our companionship as our 3rd member.  His name is Elder Mayfield and he's from St. George, Utah. Elder Mayfield does not know the language, culture, or much of how things work in Brasil yet. He asks many, many, many questions. Being in a bad mood already, my patience was being tested to the all time max. In the beginning I was not as kind and patient with him as I should have been, but as the days have passed I have learned to love this Elder very, very much.  Elder Stevens and I were progressing so much, we were starting to teach lessons to investigators in Portuguese without any notes or anything! 

But God had other plans and decided that I needed to be cut down a bit. God decided that I needed to be challenged, I was forced to my knees. Through all of the frustration and sadness of this week, I thought of one of my favorite Conference talks, the one about the current bush. 

The current bush wanted to grow big and tall and strong and it did, but then the farmer cut it down and the current bush was very sad and didn't understand why the farmer would cut it down. But the farmer told the little current bush that he had to cut him down so he could grow into what the farmer wanted him to grow into, not what the current bush thought it wanted. The farmer knows what is best and cut the current bush down so it could grow into something better than it ever imagined. In this story we are the current bush and God is the farmer. Thinking of this story brought tears to my eyes and comfort to my soul. God knows best.  Through much sincere prayer and faith, I received an increased testimony of the plan of salvation concerning Tiare's death. This comforted me and I know she will see her family and loved ones again. This profound and true message needs to be shared with the people of Brasil. I was able to bear testimony of this experience this past fast Sunday, which was another amazing, humbling day.    

I will now share one of the most amazing experiences of my entire mission so far.   Friday we went out into the heart of Sao Paulo and went proselyting!!!!  We went proselytising and I was SUPER NERVOUS!!!! It was crazy! We rode a public transit bus downtown and it was wild. We all stood because that is socially acceptable in Brasil for us young people. We just held on the railing for dear life as the bus flew down bumpy streets dodging motorcycles and abruptly stopping! It was like a Disneyland ride, but for real!  

We got to an area downtown and every person went out with 2 Books of Mormon each. All 3 of us in our companionship gave all of ours out! Everyone in our district did! It was so cool!    I really enjoyed my experiences handing out my 2. The first one I gave was to a woman with a baby in a stroller. I did not speak a single word of my own accord. The Holy Ghost took over 100% and fluent, perfect Portuguese came out of my mouth, telling her of the truthfulness of the book of Mormon and what the word it holds can offer her life.  One of the most spiritual and crazy things of my whole life!!! THE GIFT OF TONGUES IS REAL!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The 2nd one I gave out was to a muscular, intimidating Sao Paulo police officer with a horse. This encounter was much more difficult. I got all my words out, and it seemed like he understood, but it was very difficult. But I talked with him, and told him about the Book of Mormon and he took it!! That is what matters!!!!!! It felt so good to be in the city doing that, feeling that sweat drip from my brow, that concrete jungle Sao Paulo wildness! 

It made us all so pumped to get into the field. It was a great, exhausting amazing day!!!!  Also, I will leave the CTM on the 19th (13 more days finally!) and since mail takes about a week to get here, make sure you send it so there is enough time for me to get it. Once I get my new address in the field, I will send! Letters make a world of difference for morale and keeping spirits high, please send me some:)

 I love you all soooooooooooooo much! 

I'm very blessed, loving it!

Elder Hunt