Monday, May 30, 2016

Dear Family,

I would invite every youth to prepare to serve a mission. Ending a mission is not as fun though. I have spent 2 Pdays in a row doing paperwork so that I can leave the country legally. And most of it is sitting or standing in a line for a few hours so that they can stamp one paper and say "Now take this to the other office and get another paper." Not how I like to spend my Pdays.

This week we have had quite a few lessons but we only report lessons with members so our numbers don’t look very good right now. But we did have a baptism. Roger got baptized after several difficulties. His mom dislocated her shoulder and he was in the hospital with her right before his baptism and we did not have water pressure in the chapel to fill the font. We even got out the fire hose to try and fill the font but there was no water (if there was a fire we were all going to burn). We were going around the chapel with the Bishop trying to figure out where the main water system was. We finally got it to work but the font was not as full as normal. Then I had to repeat the baptism 3 times because the first time his foot came up, then his forehead stuck out (I was focused on his feet), and finally on the third try I pushed him down far into the water and he was born again. Then the member who was doing his confirmation said his name five times.... but he is now a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. I managed to upload pics to Onedrive today so you can see him.

We are still not sure what we are going to do with the new pension but they kick us out in 2 days... I will let you guys know when I do. And we do not have a Mamita for the same reason, we don’t know where we will be.

School is out for you guys. So weird to think about. I have heard from returned missionaries that after about a week the hype wears off in your family and after a month it wears off in your ward so I will have to adapt to normal life quickly. Time is passing really, really quickly for me (unless we don’t get into houses and we are just walking. THOSE hours are so slow a turtle could beat them).

I am working to have at least one more baptism before I get home. We will see how it goes. Take care, enjoy your "vacations", and God bless. Con mucho amor, Elder Brock Hunter

Monday, May 23, 2016

Dear family,

This was an interesting week. We have had a hard time finding new people to teach but we are seeing a lot of help from the members and leaders. My mission president spoke at Stake Conference last Sunday and apparently it impacted a lot of people. We are going to work with their animo (spirit).

Roger is going to be baptized on Saturday and Lucas... we are working with Lucas. He is like a little brother but I want to smack him across the head. He can’t serve two masters but until he understands that... we are working with him. I look forward to Institute and everything. Today we ate lunch with the Family Arancibia from Bolivar. I saw their daughter leave on the mission and now I have seen her return. It was good to talk to them. Plus their son Braulio gave me a gift. I will have to show you guys when I get home. It is on my pendrive.

We get kicked out of our pension next week and we still don’t have somewhere to go... working on that. We may have found a new mamita though. 

Happy birthday to Grandma Mellor and Corey.

They are kicking me out of the cyber so until next week, God bless and take care.
Con amor, Elder Hunter

Monday, May 16, 2016

Hey family and friends,

I have a few more details about my comp now. But just a few. Elder Jeffery Herrera is from Santander, Colombia but has lived in Santiago, Chile for the past 7 years. He has 16 months in the mission. He has basically been raised in the gospel. His parents met the missionaries in Colombia. His Dad is a carpenter. There are 5 kids in his family but he is the youngest. His siblings served missions in Colombia but he is the first to serve here in Chile. He likes soccer, Pokemon, and baptizing. 

This week we had Stake Conference and we managed to take Lucas and Roger. Roger is preparing to be baptized at the end of the month and Lucas for the week after. Several families have asked "Where have you guys been?" They missed us. But now we are back in the swing of things (though I have gotten us lost a few times) 
Lucas is a very cunning kid though. He got one of the young women in the ward to close her eyes and he ran his finger over her lips. He then stole her lipstick and put a bit on his lower lip so that when he told her to open her eyes she thought that he had kissed her. Then she really did kiss him. We are going to have to keep our eyes on him better during the ward activities but he does want to get baptized and we even have support from his mom. 

This week the ward had an activity of Master Chef. There were some really good dishes and they also gave out roses to all the adult women there as a late Mother’s Day. By the way, Happy Late Mother’s Day to all the women reading this letter. I truly believe that my grandparents have been in the hospital more in the past 2 years than in the 18 years before that combined. I will have Grandma in my prayers.

I am glad that Kaitlin is a blonde again. The pics were freaking me out. I don’t know if you guys are more excited for school to end or for me to get home. I believe Kaitlin at least is happier that she will graduate. 

I am in a struggle to stay focused. Sometimes I do well, then someone asks me how much time I have in the mission and then they say "no le falta nada. Debe estar muy animado por volver a ver su familia." (You have to be very encouraged by to see his family again).  Of course I am but I DONT WANT TO THINK ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW! Oh well. Así es. (Such is life).   Hope that all goes well at home. I will focus on the mission for now. God bless. See you soon.

Con amor, Elder Hunter

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dear Family and friends,
I am old. My group is the oldest in the mission now. That is a weird thought. I never thought it would get to this point. But time works like that. Sometimes it sneaks up on you.

I was happy to speak with the fam yesterday. I saw a few tears in Mom eyes but I was glad that I could actually see everyone this time. I love skype.
 For now I still don’t know much about my new comp. He will arrive at 7:30pm today. We sent off the Mexican already and I am with Elder Shill for now.

I know that things will be crazy when I get home whether I worry about it right now or not so might as well not worry. Right now is time to focus on the work and keep moving forward.

I really don’t know what else to say today so I will talk to you next week. Love you all. God bless.
Con amor, Elder Brock Hunter

PS These are the things I’m thinking about bringing home
Dad and Mom: Llama Hats and sand in a jar
Kate: Soccer Jersey and fleas
Jake: a slap in the back of the head

PSS I managed to send some pics through onedrive.  Finally a cyber without viruses!