Monday, August 10, 2015

Só nas Milagres- Only In Miracles

Elder Hunt loves to grill meat and have a 'churrasco' at home

Monday-We are only eating chicken and eggs now, so every p day we grill up our chicken breast for the week! That evening David and Nany were having some marital issues, so we gave them The Family Proclamation to the World and wrote them up a little plan of how they can have a more loving marriage based upon the teaching of Jesus Christ.
All he is eating is chicken apparently. 

Tuesday-District meeting! We did a sick mini training to begin with, it composed of the Elders jumping over a broomstick low off the ground, slightly being raised after every attempt, at the point of where no one could jump over the stick. We put the broomstick very low off the ground and asked the Elder who jumped the highest to jump again; he did a little jump and cleared the stick with ease. After, we asked him why he only did a small jump to clear the low broomstick when we all saw him jump much higher before.  He responded, "Because that was all that you asked me to do," and that is where we made our point about raising our visions and pushing ourselves beyond our limits. 

Wednesday-We visited a teenage girl who is a reference from a member; her name is Ana Flavia and she is super elect!!! She accepted a baptismal date for the 16th! We had a long day looking for part member families in the area of Jardim Aeroporto. 

Elder Alves and Elder Hunt

Thursday-Today we woke up at 3:30am to go to leadership counsel!!!! The counsel was amazing! We learned so much and we learned more and more about The Atonement. The biggest things we were instructed to do are to teach more about the Atonement and The Temple! After we took a long bus back to Itu. 

'Um Lanche' - A 'snack' in Itu

After we had another similar type day like Wednesday, we worked super hard with a lot of diligence and focus in our work, but we did not have a ton of results. 

A strange site they saws this week in the town square

Friday-Friday evening I went to do interviews in Cidade Nova with Elder Zenteno. I interviewed a 9-year-old girl, whose older sister had been baptized a few weeks earlier.

I started off by asking her about her life goals and dreams. Usually 9 year olds don’t have a very good idea about things like that, but I felt inspired to ask. The little girl began to talk about the struggles and difficulties she has living with a mother who loves to party and stuff and her real father that lives in Itu. Out of anything in the world, she just wants an eternal family and she said she would do anything to get it, and that is why she wanted to get baptized. I was shocked and very impressed. As she spoke, she teared up and began to cry, but she was able to continue talking just fine. This made me begin to cry a little for her, her situation, and her Christlike desires. I believe we can all learn a lesson from her.  This night we also got home super late at night because of the bus.

Saturday-We had interviews in our areas and we had sort of a rough day, a lot of frustrations with people not being home and way too many excuses. 

The zone that has the most baptisms, 'wins' the banner for the month.

Sunday-All our baptisms fell today... :( BUT out of nowhere a man and his wife that I had never seen before were in sacrament meeting. We found out that the woman had been baptized a few years ago in a different state in Brasil and that they had moved to Itu a bit ago. They are legally married -YES! The husband had never been baptized, but had been to church a ton of times. We marked to return to their house that afternoon. 

Welliton on his baptism day with his wife and Elders Hunt and Alvis 

We had an awesome lunch with Vandy, a guy in our ward who is the high priest group leader. He is the man! That afternoon we returned to Welliton and Antonia's home. We taught about The Temple :) and Antonia admitted that her life's biggest dream was to be married in the temple. Baptismal invite, baptismal interview, Welliton was baptized that night at 8pm! ;) Miracles. God is blessing more than I can believe. 

On P-day today they ate chicken and watched Meet the Mormons.  
I asked Elder Hunt today when we were emailing back and forth if the part in the film made him feel sad.  This was his response, "It's sad a little, but it's really inspiring.  Watching the film just makes me love people more, people of every race and culture as God does.  I love being a member of the Church and having the knowledge of the restored gospel, the hope of eternal life, an eternal family and repenting every single day of the things I do wrong.'

Only two more weeks until transfers and we still have a ton of work to do here in ITU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Sunday was my 1 year and 1 month mark as well as Father's day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love you Dad!
<3 Grato Humilde

Elder Hunt

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