Thursday-We did a division with the
zone leaders of Barueri! I stayed in our area of Cantareira and Elder Rebouças
went to Barueri. I stayed with Elder Felix, who I unfortunately didn’t get a
picture of! But he is a very small Brasilian recent convert with a big
personality! He is a great leader and missionary and I loved being able to work
with him. I learned more about his life and how he is the only member of the
church from his family and was baptized secretly only a little over a year
before he left on his mission! We found tons of new and marked a ton of
Friday-Two friendly quick baptismal
interviews for the sisters turned into six interviews and not a foot in our area
the entire day, go figure lol. That night we ended the division with Elder
Felix and Barueri.
Sao Paulo Temple
Saturday-We went to the temple to go
watch a temple sealing of a family Elder Rebouças baptized earlier in his
mission! IT WAS SO SPECIAL! It was my first time seeing a temple sealing!
Elder Hunt in front of his Great Grandpa's former home when he served as the Area President over South America and was in charge of building the Sao Paulo Temple
we were close by, we stopped by the Sao Paulo West mission office, which was
Grandpa Faust's old house. It was really funny, we talked to the Assistants
from Sao Paulo West and they asked us for all our tips and everything they
could to find out what we do to baptize so much in our mission. The numbers
came out and officially Brasil Sao Paulo North is number 1 for baptisms in the
entire country of Brasil!
This quote about Grandpa is labeled as a "historical event" in the history of Brasil Sao Paqulo North
Also, Grandpa's house soon will be made a
historical church and history site in the city of Sao Paulo, how cool! We followed up with all our
investigators for their baptisms the next day!
Fernando and his family on their baptism day
Sunday-We baptized 5 people today! 4
sisters and a man named Fernando! It was super amazing!
Monday-Picked up numbers, followed up
with the zones, ate Chinese food with President and then had a meeting with
him! President Farnes is AMAZING! From what was going on in the mission, it was
decided that we would go to Brasilândia that night! So we did! (My first area)
Elder Hunt with Elder Medina and Elder Quero
Tuesday-We had an awesome zone
training done BY THE MARVELOUS MEDINA AND QUERO my favorite Chileans -haha. We
worked all day in Brasiliandia! It was so strange to be back! Great day!
Materials for their Zone Training
Wednesday-We woke up early and bought
bus tickets to Sorocaba! We went to go help out Elder Galvao and Patterson in
Barcelona, Sorocaba! Another great tiring day!
This street is called 'Beautiful'
Thursday-We met up with President
Farnes who was doing interviews in Sorocaba and he gave us a ride back home to
the capital and we had another meeting on the drive home.
Elder Hunt was able to meet some of the members he baptized in his first area on a division this week.
Elder Hunt with Kleber
Elder Hunt with Carlos and Zilda from Brasilândia!
The Elders from Brasilândia
We most likely will be going on
another division somewhere tomorrow. I’m super tired and have worn the same clothes
since Monday. This new Assistant to the President responsibility is making me
grow and learn a ton! I’ve never been happier! :) Amo vocês!
Wednesday-Last p day wasn't p day, haha. Life as an Assistant is even busier than that of an Zone Leader.
worked a ton in the mission office in the afternoon and then we worked in our
area that night.
Thursday- Our area Cantareira is
unbeatable! Só favela! Our area is very big, but we have a solid area of favela
that is not too far away from the church that I have already worked in on
divisions in the past. Elder Rebouças and I are an unbeatable double! We both
have 24 hour smiles and talk with EVERYONE, and even better we invite EVERYONE
to be baptized! Everyone in the favela knows us as those who baptize and bring
happiness into peoples lives. The favela we work in is pretty intense, but the
drug lords respect us, so it’s all good. :)
Elder Hunt got to visit Hugo on a division in his Cashereihna, a young man who he baptized earlier this year.
Friday-Our days are always filled
with different projects, assignments, and responsibilities along with our usual
work in the field. Rebouças and I have been finding an average of 10 new
investigators per day, our phrase is "smile on your face, Book of Mormon
in hand, and fire in your bones’ -it sounds way better in Portuguese! ;)
Wesley and Paulo Henrique
Saturday-We did a division to
interview Wesley, a young man who we baptized on Sunday. We followed up with
tons of people to bring them to church the next day.
Something interesting about our
situation was that we "opened" the area, meaning the two missionaries
who were there before us both left, leaving no one in the area to know where
things are or to have a teaching pool. But we came in hot, baptizing one in our
first week, along with bringing 8 people to church with a baptismal date for
this upcoming Sunday!
Wesley on his baptism day
Sunday-Wesley was baptized! Rebouças
and I bore our testimonies in sacrament meeting to give our ward a little life!
Our ward is a very "old" ward if you catch my drift. I bore my
testimony about Grandpa Faust's love for Brasil and afterwards everyone in the
ward told a different story about how they knew Grandpa or how he set them
apart, or did something that changed their lives; I always love hearing stories
about things like that! :)
Monday-We picked up all the mission
numbers and followed up with all the LZ's in the mission. We wrote the mission
news article this week and then we worked in our area the rest of the day! Great
Tuesday-We had district meeting along
with a meeting with President. In this moment, our new mission vision and
phrase is "Nordstrom" because Nordstrom will do ANYTHING to please
their customers, pay any price or make any sacrifice. President instructed us
that in our case, our missionaries are our customers and we need to do
everything we can to gain their confidence and to raise their vision. They need
to want to be obedient not because they are afraid of getting in trouble, but
because they want to please God, also with fulfilling their role that we read
in D&C 20:38-The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons, and members of the
church of Christ... and it is his calling to baptize!"
Wednesday-Today is our p day, even
though we've been working quite a bit in the office, we just are using the
computer a bit. We had a good lunch and at 6pm we'll being going to work in our
Elder Hunt has a dog like this at home, except a little thinner :)
Also tomorrow, we'll be headed off to do a division with the zone leaders
in Baureri; it will be great! I love Brasil and I love being a missionary!
Tuesday- We had a district meeting
and we gave a quick training about doing this with URGENCY, that these two years
are not ours, but the Lord's, so we must push ourselves and give all we have ALL
THE TIME! Especially because we had to baptize 6 more people by Wednesday
night at midnight to break the mission record!
Baptism of Engrid
Wednesday- Today was one of the
craziest days of my life; it was an amazing. It was one of those super rushed, stressful,
make it or break it days, "Stress makes some men break, and others break
Engrid on her baptism day
Engrid, cousin of the Baros family was baptized Wednesday afternoon, getting us
to 36 baptisms. Right after, I ran to Carapicuíba and Vila Dirce to make
something happen, interviewing and teaching and interviewing some more people
who had been taught and had been to church before. One of these was 14-year-old
Elder Hunt's zone broke the mission record and baptized 42 people in the month of September
And at 8pm we had a big group baptism
as a zone and we baptized 6 more people, breaking the mission record of 40 with
Thursday- We went to President's
house to celebrate breaking the record! We ate pizza and played ping-pong!
Ping Pong at the President's house
Friday- We found a bunch of news!
Also one thing I forgot to mention was President sent us two other missionaries
who we having some problems and needed some motivation, so they stayed and worked
with us this week.
Waiting for the train with the crew
Saturday- Conference was
Sunday- Conference was amazing part
2!We got transfer calls Sunday
afternoon and I was called to be assistant, I will be comps with Elder Rebouças,
a Brasilian from Fortaleza! Our new area will be "Cantareira" which
has some good favella. I will work in the office and do a lot of leadership stuff but will also be a normal missionary and be able to keep teaching the people which is what I truly love.That same night I had to go to the mission office, I packed
in literally 20 minutes and we were off!
Elder Hunt with his trainer, his first trainee, and President Farnes
Elders Hunt and Medina with President and Sister Farnes
Monday- Elder Medina (my trainer, or
as we call it, ‘father’) who I am taking the place of as assistant showed me
the ropes, teaching me about all the different responsibilities.
Tuesday- We woke up super early and
went to President's house to give training to all the new missionaries who were
arriving in the field. It was super fun! After we went to an all you can eat
At an all you can eat meat place
Elder Hunt with Elder Medina, and his new companion, Elder Reboucas from Brasil
I then lead the transfer meeting and was asked by the President to
give the same training to everyone that I had given the night before.I was super nervous, but it was great! I am becoming a better public speaker. After, we had some meetings and in the night we went to our area to work a
little bit. Elder Farias, who was going home, went with us for one last night
working as a missionary!
This has been a crazy last couple of
days, but being called to serve as the Assistant to the President will be a great new responsibility for me. I’m super excited!
Sorry for not the best email, I don’t have much time! My p-day is on Wednesday