Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February 1, 2015

Hello everyone!! It has been another great week in Suriname! A lot has been going on, and it's been super awesome to be a part of all of it.

The new transfer started this week and I got my new companion, Elder James. Elder James is from South Jordan, Utah, and has been out for about a year longer than I have. He's a great companion, and he's letting me lead out on literally everything. It's been rough but I've been learning a lot. It's tough to completely lead out an area when you've only had a month and a half of speaking the language. It's pretty great, sometimes I can understand people great, and sometimes people will talk to me and I'll have a completely blank look on my face haha. Elder James is really good at having me push myself haha. It's been really good though. Elder James just got back from 6 very stressful months in the North Zone. Suriname currently has no Senior couple and so it was his responsibility to be the 'acting senior couple' as well as a Zone Leader. He had to worry about packages, visas, bikes in the country, etc. So he's pretty happy to be in a less stressful environment.

This week has been a pretty rough week. A lot of our lessons this week have been falling through. Tuesday Elder Dibb said his goodbyes to everyone and and Sister J, one of the members here, made us the most deluxe french fries I've ever had. We have not been able to teach M this week. BUT, we did get in contact with her again. She's been out of town and she's had family visiting so it's been hard to visit her. But tomorrow we have an appointment to go see her, AND we're bringing Broeder en Zuster R along with us. It'll be a really good week.

Another one of our progressing investigators is Z. Me and Elder Dibb had taught Z for a while. We had had a few small lessons with him this week where we read out of the Book of Mormon. But we then had a really cool lesson on Sunday. We had an appointment with Z on Sunday and when we got there he wasn't home. Turns out he was at the Riverside beach in Groningen. Long story short we were able to go teach him at the beach and it was one of the best lessons I've had on my mission. Picture a lesson on a riverside with the sun setting, it was pretty cool. We felt impressed to reteach the Restoration again to him. The spirit was so strong in that lesson. It was really cool to hear Z say, "Ik voel blij in mijn hart" (I'm feeling happy inside). The lesson went really well and the sun setting on the riverside helped with the lesson too haha. It was really nice to have that lesson since the week has been a little rough.

The R family is doing great! They're excited to come out teaching with us. It's be very cool to start growing the church in that area. It's hard and tiring work but those few moments you get as a missionary where you can feel the spirit so strongly make it all worth it. They're spiritual experiences that you cherish for the rest of your life. It's really cool.

How many people are in the branch?  
It's small. About 20 active with another 60 inactive
have you eaten any monkey? 
no monkey,  but the craziest things I've eaten so far is cow foot and chicken intestines, snake. The R family feed us crazy stuff!
Thank you for all of your prayers and support and know that I'm praying for jullie as well! Have a great week!!

Ik hou van jullie!!!

Elder Hunt

Also, I may start teaching piano to some of the members here. Maybe a little something that could help me teach piano would be cool, but still a church publication

Me and Elder Rodas on an exchange. Elder Rodas is from El Savador but grew up in Belgium. He's served on the French, Spanish, English, and Dutch sides of the Caribbean, and he's fluent in all for languages
(ps, they drive on the other side of the road)

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