Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Elder Hunt...the Country Boy!!

Dear Family,

Last week our P-day was really good.  We went around to a bunch of different music stores, playing around on instruments, and looking for a recording mic for me to use.  Nothing too great turned up today, but I'll keep looking.We taught a few lessons that night, had some interesting experiences with being offered weed and heroin...to get rid of us...and it worked.  But also met some good people, too.

On Tuesday I did an exchange with Elder Evanson (a zone leader in Frederickton) after our District meeting in Caribou.  It was really fun because we knew each other back in the city and got along really well.  He's from Lethbridge, Alberta, and he plays rugby.   We had a few lessons throughout the day, and then we walked downtown Fredericton...MUCH bigger than Houlton...bigger, but not necessarily better!)
There were so many people there, and it's just a very different feel than back in Houlton.  Did some contacting on the big walking bridge.  Talked to a lot of people there.  Then we met some guys that were chipping golf balls from their front yard grass, across the main road, into a grass field with a hole in it.  They offered me a chance to try it, so I chipped one with a club...a perfect, one-hopper, right over to the hole.  :)  It was a great exchange day all the way around!

Wednesday - I got to go to a second district training with Elder Evanson.  It's always fun to have a "double-dose" of trainings.  We then had a lesson with Cassie, a great 19 year old investigator who's getting baptized next week.  Then we went down this street that was super ghetto!  We talked to tons of people from Congo, Africa, Columbia, Russia and the list goes on.  Even threw a rugby ball around with a guy who is on the New Brunswick Provincial Rugby team.  After that we drove back to Woodstock and exchanged back  We had dinner with the Marshalls and then we went with Bro. Marshall to visit Janice.  We had such a good lesson with her.  She's speaking in church on Sunday!  Only a month after her baptism!  What a special lady she is!!

On Thursday I learned that taking two allergy pills is NOT a good thing.  It was also a day of people not answering their doors, or hiding from us, etc.  We had dinner with the Spinneys and then I used his metal detector to see if it would help me find a special ring I lost on the 4th of July.  No luck.
Sister Peters also called to let us know that Molly had her baby that night.  Baby Noah weighed 7 lbs 1 oz and was 20 inches long.  I'm so happy for Ben and Molly!

Friday we did some more service at Brother Bosvert's house.  We finished digging our 5' deep square for him to use for a wood pile.  It took us a little while, and was pretty hot again, but I really enjoyed going over there and helping him out.  After our service, his son took us down and showed us some of their horses.  They have some big Clydesdales, Belgians, Norwegians, and stallions.  Some great, big work horses that double as riding horses.  If I'm still here in the winter they're going to hook up their sleigh and take us for a carriage ride!!

On Saturday Bro. Robertson took us to the Tarbells.  We did service there, and cut up a bunch of wood.  I got eaten alive by bugs again, despite my bug spray.  Even had a big moose fly bite a pretty good chunk out of my head and it bled a lot.

Had a skype interview with President Leavitt in the evening, then made some home-made meatballs with spaghetti for dinner.  After that we had a contact referral.  It was for a member in Preque Isle who's mother lives in Houlton.  They have an incredibly nice house, complete with a HUGE, nice yard.  She invited us in, got us lemonade, and for the next 45 minutes talked about what the missionaries do, and the conversion of her daughter's family.  Then, the next 45 minutes we taught the restoration.  A lot of really cool things happened, and it's exciting to see the way the Lord has been preparing her and her husband to be receptive to our message.  It was a really special experience, and I'm looking forward to teaching them.

The Country boy in Elder Hunt is really starting to come out!!






Sunday was a great day at Church.  It was really geared toward missionary work and our branch is doing a really good job with trying to implement the new technologies to help do missionary work.  After church, we were walking down an old country road with only about a million trees around us, when about 30 yards away a big shotgun went off.  It scared us half-to-death because it sounded and felt like someone was shooting at us.  We kinda took cover for a minute before we realized they probably weren't aiming for us.  It was a pretty startling moment.

All in all, it has been a pretty good week.  We are being blessed with some really good people to teach, and I love being in this area!!

I was so excited to hear that Harrison is now in the MTC.  He's going to be such a great missionary!!  I love knowing that we're "in this together!"  Missionary work is HARD, but it's also GOOD!  It's amazing to be a part of the great work that is going forward.  There is no other place I would rather be at this particular point in my life.  I know the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth, and I'm so glad I have this time to serve as a missionary and share the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hope you all have a great week!!

Elder Hunt

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