Monday, June 13, 2016

Dear Mom,

A happy early birthday to Mimi because I won't be writing next Monday. I would be even more excited to go home if I knew that I would be able to come back to Chile frequently to see my many new friends here. I don't know what the future holds but I know that if I work hard then God will help me. I do want to be a Dad though someday. Even if that means I have to adopt. I look forward to being informed and learning more about everything outside the mission bubble. I am going to miss the people.

This week has been interesting. The week started great but did not end very well. We had the worst attendance since I got here this Sunday but the good news is that Lucas is going to be baptized on Saturday. He has made some big changes in his life so far and though he is far from Peter Priest, I think he has great potential. We are living with the other elders until next transfer at least, which has been both good and bad. It can be hectic with only one bathroom to get ready in the morning. I may have slept through the alarm a few times with the new schedule  but I want this to be a great week to finish strong. I have seen several families that I had met before and the joy I feel after seeing them after a year and a half is hard to describe. I can just imagine the joy we will all feel in the Celestial Kingdom. I will go to the Santiago Temple on Tuesday before I fly home. 

I won't buy another suitcase but I may need to pay fees for weight. I hope that all is ready at home because I plan to get home and just fall into a coma for the first day. I don't even know what to do or expect. But for now I will keep working. 

Love you Mom. Tell everyone else that I love them too. see you soon
Con amor, Elder Brock Hunter
ps. you have missed me for two years. now we will see how long it takes for you to wish I was gone again :P

Dear Kaitlin
I work from 10 til 1 then from 3 to 9 everyday... but a different kind of work. In Spanish the difference is "trabajo" and "obra". I have no idea what the real world is. I look forward to the normal world though. 

I am "resfriado". I have a cold. I don't want to go home sick but we shall see. The best part of the work is learning to love the people and seeing how their lives change. I can have a terrible day but nothing lifts your spirit like seeing people you have worked with in the church. It is an incredible feeling of joy and I imagine it is just a fraction of the joy I will have if we all make it to the celestial kingdom. The hardest thing... changes from time to time. I have learned to overcome many challenges on my mission. Currently the hardest part is working with my comp. He is kinda "chueco" sometimes. But he does want to help the people get baptized unto salvation so that is good. I am definitely torn between my feelings right now. But I should end my mission with the baptism of Lucas (the young player). Pray that all goes well with him (and his girlfriend). I still plan to study medicine for now but I want to find a career that has a good schedule where I can be home too.

The person who has influenced me most is the Lord. I will never forget the people. I may forget names but never their love and influence. I would like to forget the times that I puked on the mission... but I probably wont.

A lot of crazy things are going down but God has reserved his best soldiers for precisely this time. I don't know what will happen when I get home but i know this church is true. I know that the Lord´s love is real. I know that people really can change for the better but they can also change for the worse if they stop doing the small things that strengthen our faith and testimony. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of God. I don't pretend to understand everything about doctrine or Church History just yet but I am willing to doubt my doubts before I doubt my faith. What I know now is sufficient and I will keep working to receive more light in my life. I was not a perfect missionary (though i know mom thinks otherwise) but I did a good job and could help several people. I am glad that I could help just a little bit in the work of God on the earth. I think i learned to appreciate what is most important in this life. The real test will be what happens when I get home but I have faith that I can be better than before. still not perfect but better with the Lords help.

God loves you and so do I. Take care and see you soon.
Con amor, Elder Brock Hunter

ps Can you decipher the message?
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Dear Family and Friends,
(Lo siento a todos ustedes que no hablen ingles. Espero que pueden entender o pueden ocupar el traductor de Google.) (I'm sorry to all of you who do not speak English. I hope that they can understand or they can deal with the translator of Google).

The time has passed quickly but in 10 more days I will officially be home. This will likely be the last time I write as a missionary so I want to bear my testimony.

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the restored Church of God here on the earth. I have spent nearly 2 years of my life testifying of this truth and I plan to continue testifying of this fact for the rest of my life. When I started my mission in 2014, I just knew the gospel was good but I did not know how it would change the lives of the people here in Chile. I have met people with trials that I would not wish for my worst enemy but they manage to keep moving forward because of their faith. Some of those trials were brought upon themselves by disobedience to the commandments. Others were just part of what we pass through in this life. Yet now I know without a doubt that living the gospel can help us overcome any type of trial that we may face.

I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that he was called to be the Prophet of the Restoration and that he received the authority of God, the Holy Priesthood, in order to lead Christ´s church here on the Earth. I know that Thomas S. Monson has that same calling and authority today and I testify that even imperfect men such as I can use this power to bless and heal others. That is perhaps the greatest miracle that God performs, He allows His children to help each other through all the difficulties we face. I know His love is real. I know that Christ is my Lord and Redeemer and He knows me personally.

I also want to say thanks to all the friends, family, and church members that have helped me along the way. Especially I want to thank my Parents, my Grandparents, and the church members here in Chile that have helped me feel at home away from home.

God bless you all and I will see you soon. (At home or on Facebook)
Con amor, Elder Brock Chad Hunter

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