Saturday, December 3, 2016

November 28,2016 Goedemorgen! Groetjes uit dit bijzondere land (en ook het beste en groenste land)!

Goedemorgen! Groetjes uit dit bijzondere land (en ook het beste en groenste land)!

Pie kabari?!? Slamit ape aku! That's a Javanese greeting that some members taught me this week. Everyone in Suriname has their native languages in addition to speaking Dutch, one of which is Javanese among the people here from the island, Java, in Indonesia.

It's been another crazy week. We've visited a lot of people this week and have had some cool experiences finding people. This week we contacted and taught a family that were investigators of the church years ago. They were happy to see us! They started talking to us about how they were reading the Book of Mormon and taking the lessons. Then they talked about how they had a tragedy where their house burnt down and had to relocate somewhere else, losing contact with the missionaries in the process. It wasn't until recently that they've moved back and rebuilt a house on the same plot. They were very excited to get a new Book of Mormon.

We had another experience where contacted a guy at his house and made a follow up appointment. We showed up to this guy's house for the appointment later and he ended up not being home (that does happen frequently and at very inconvenient times in Suriname). Just as we were wondering what to do, a lady from across the street walks outside and to start doing some work. We contacted her and ended up teaching her a lesson. She accepted a Book of Mormon and at the end of the lesson told us how she had been resting inside but 'for some reason' felt prompted to go do some work outside. "Not even a minute" later, she told us, we were talking to her. It's cool how the Lord helps guides us in his work.

This week I was busy studying in Mosiah4:3 And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received remission of their sins, and having peace of consciencebecause of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come...
This week I've been thinking a lot about how real faith in Jesus Christ leads to obedience.  When we see the example of Jesus Christ we want to become like Him; we follow Him. We repent in order to do that. Repentance is correcting ourselves so that we may indeed be obedient to the Lord. True obedience invites the Holy Ghost, and fills us to the center of our souls with joy.

Have a fantastic week! I can't believe it's my birthday again this week. It's so weird to think that it's been a year since I was walking around those rugged streets of New Amsterdam, Guyana!

Ik hou van jullie!!!

Elder Hunt

Sabajo kid's

Caramel Brownies 

Dutch food that we love 

Goedemorgen en groetjes uit Suriname! November 21,2016

With Elder Fleming

Cute boy in Suriname

Pres,. Gonzalez came to the Zone Conference

Normal Suriname food 
Goedemorgen en groetjes uit Suriname! Ik hoop dat iedereen een fijn week hadden gehad!

Wij ook hadden een goed week! This week we had a lot of exciting stuff happen. We met some more cool people, I got a new companion, and a general authority visited Suriname all this past week.

I'll start off with my new companion. My new companion is Elder Fleming, from Layton, UT. He is awesome to work with! He's super excited to be a missionary and loves Suriname! He's played soccer throughout High School, so he'll fit right in with Suriname's top pass time (playing soccer).

We also had a general authority come visit this week. President Gonzales is the area president of the Caribbean area, and he and his wife were in Suriname this past week. We had a zone conference with them and for 4 hours the two of them taught us about baptism, the importance to baptise, and how to extend a baptismal invitation.

...Then President Gonzales announced some very exciting news! He told us about the Caribbean Area's desire to establish a stake in Suriname! It would be the second stake in the Lesser Antilles, or the southern half of the Caribbean. He then told us that the whole purpose of the Zone Conference was to lift our expectations of baptisms in Suriname. He then challenged us to triple the number of baptisms in Suriname in order to create the stake in the next few years. His pep-talk he gave us has us all more ambitious than ever to baptise!

And to go right along with that, we've been able to meet some really cool people this last week. Among which was a young man who randomly came to church without meeting the missionaries. His friend invited him to church and he came! We're going to go over to teach him tonight. Chandra is doing well, we just had to postpone her baptismal date to the 10th of december because of the business of everything lately. Peter is also doing really well. He came to a fireside the President Gonzales gave and really liked it. He's reading in the Book of Mormon a lot. (I think he's finished with Alma now).

Here is a wonderful scripture to go along with that theme. Mormon 9:21 Behold, say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ,doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth... 28 Be wise in the days of your probationstrip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your lustsbut ask with firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.

Other then that... it's been a pretty normal week here in Paramaribo... haha we had a lot of stuff happen this week. I hope you all have another fantastic week!

Ik hou van jullie!!!

Elder Hunt