Tell Jake that he can always improve. If he missed two that means he might miss his first deer. Gotta be careful that your pride is never greater than your skills.
I had to laugh at the fact that Dennis and Becky will be driving up to Canada in a Prius. Tell them to look for recently returned missionaries named Brother Peralta or Brother Osorio. Their parents are Latinos but they live in Canada (I do not know what part.)
Send Grandma Hunter my love. I will be praying for her. I hope she recovers quickly and completely.
We did not have a knife for the past 2 weeks because Elder Pineda broke our only knife while making Fried Bananas (patacones) . The green bananas have a harder peel than the yellow variety. We finally went to Centro and bought a new one today. All kinds of experiences during the mission.
Last Monday we finally used the marshmallow guns. At first it was just Elder DeLaMare and me but later Elder Pineda and Elder Riveros joined in. It ended in a war between the Gringos and the Latinos. We had to clean the pension afterwards. Marshmallow was everywhere.
This past Tuesday we had Zone meeting and I got two letters. One was from Grandma Mellor and Haylie. It was a lovely drawing from Sleeping Beauty. The other was from Grandpa and Grandma Hunter. I was very grateful to receive a Christmas letter from my Grandparents. I know you guys are thinking of me. Muchas Gracias.
On Wednesday we had a service project. We lifted some 50 bags of cement up onto the roof. The family is finishing the second floor of their house and are preparing to build a third. Also, on Wednesday we had a meeting with Bishop Reyes and he asked me to give a talk on Sunday. I prepared accordingly (Saturday night). In my defense I did read the assigned message beforehand. I used the talk that President Monson gave during the Sunday Morning Session of the last General Conference. In Spanish its "La Senda de Tus Pies" but I don't know what its called in English... mine was just a short 5-8 minute talk to fill time. I was nervous at first but I said a prayer and calmed down before I went up. Everyone said I did well but they also told me my Spanish was good when I first got here. Considering at least 10 people have told me "When you first got here I could barely understand a word you said", I do not know if I believe them or not. Elder DeLaMare also gave a talk. He practiced in the pension and it was about 10 minutes. He cut it down to 3 during sacrament meeting. It was a good talk but he was nervous and talked fast.
On Sunday Maria Jose Gutierez came to church with 3 of her kids. The oldest daughter did not want to come but the 10 year old son, José, and her twin sons, Javier and Juaquin, came to Primary. Maria has been inactive since she was 15 and she came on her own yesterday. We were working with her a lot about 3 or 4 months ago but have not seen her very much since because she was always busy with work. She said she has had a lot of problems lately and felt the need to be closer to Christ. This proved to me that we really are planting seeds in the hearts of these people. Even if they don't come back right now or get baptized right away we are helping them to know where to look for help. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is like a beacon of hope for these people and I have the chance to help them find that light. (Can I still count this as a Christmas Miracle or is it too late?)
I think that is it for this week. I love you all. Stay safe and work hard.
Elder Brock Hunter
Glad you are enjoying your job. Tell Mimi thanks. Not just any Aunt will go to Chuck E Cheeses rather than the adult dinner.
The investigators would be doing better if they would go to Church. As members we know "It is Sunday and we are going to church. There is no question about it." The investigators want to go to the beach, sleep in, work an extra shift, etc.
The weather is usually between 70 and 80 degrees at all times but the sun beats down harder here. I am not going to lie. I LOVE when I get something from home but I also know it can be expensive to ship so many things. I am very grateful for the packages you guys have sent already but I feel guilty when I see that each package is so expensive. I kinda need the pants so I will want those but other things can wait. 2 years is a short time to wait.
Love ya sis. Elder Hunter