Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Dear Family,
Missionaries work hard.  End of story.  Sometimes it feels like I write the same things…but wait, we DO the same things!!  It was another week of preparing for Zone Training, traveling to Zone Training, giving the Zone Training (that actually went very well!), and then driving back and getting to work.  Is it any wonder that I feel exhausted a lot of the time??  However, there really is some amazing stuff that is going on and it’s great to be a part of the Lord’s work and see how He directs it.
Tuesday afternoon we met a woman named Sandra.  She had recently lost a granddaughter, who had ended her life at the age of 25.  I was able to explain to Sandra about my experience with Denzel and she didn’t think it was any coincidence that we met.  It was a cool experience to be able to relate so well to someone because of having been through such a difficult experience. 
On Wednesday we worked in Woodstock all day.  I REALLY like this area.  We walked around downtown and talked to a lot of people.  We crossed paths with a guy named Tim, who “just happened” to decide to sit outside for some reason.  He normally always sits inside.  Funny how different things happen.  We taught Tim about the Restoration, and it went really well.  The spirit was felt so strongly.  We have added him as an investigator, and Tim also has a friend who wants to learn more about the gospel. 
Later in the evening we taught Violet and some of her friends on their porch again.  We had dinner at the Seaboyers, and then held our scripture study class in Woodstock.  This week’s question was “How do I repent?”  and it went great, just like last week.  Doing these scripture studies is one of the highlights of my mission.  After that we met with Troy and taught him the Plan of Salvation.  He’s doing well and progressing.  But I was totally exhausted after all the work we did on Wednesday.
On Thursday we helped the Anderson’s move and stacked two cords of wood.  That took quite a while, but we like stacking wood.  Afterwards, Bro. Anderson took us to lunch and told us all kinds of war stories.  In the evening we held a scripture study class in Houlton.  We had quite a few people at this one and it went so good!  The branch has been so good to me and I don’t want to leave anytime soon!
Had an interesting experience this week with a minister of another denomination.  I was so surprised when he told us that he doesn’t agree with or believe in all the things he teaches, but he teaches it because that’s what he’s told to do.   On Sunday we went to his church service, at his invitation, and felt “nothing” there.  It’s hard to describe.  I couldn’t feel the Spirit there whatsoever, and it was a very different experience for me.  After that we went to our church services.  When we walked into the chapel, I could FEEL the Spirit, and knew that’s what made the difference. 
During Sacrament meeting, I accompanied Addie Carter for a musical number.  We performed “You’re Not Alone” by Michael McClain; she sang and I played the piano.  That went really well, considering I had one day’s notice.
The rest of the day we walked in the rain and contacted people!  All of the colors are changing now and Fall is my favorite time of year…especially out here.  The colors are incredible and line the countryside because there are so many trees.
Such a beautiful place where I get to serve as a missionary.
The computers haven’t been working too hot at the library the past couple of weeks, so hopefully things will improve by Monday.  I sure miss everyone.  It was cool to see the new carpeting you put in the house.  I miss our house, too!!  Jaida looks like such a cool dog!  I can hardly wait to meet her!
Bye for now.
Elder Hunt


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Holy Residual Hurricane, Elder Skinner!!

(Sorry about no post last week...we were in the middle of pulling carpet out, all the computers were disconnected, and I just couldn't do ONE MORE THING!!!  [Sorry, Elder Hunt!])

Dear Family,
Like most weeks, there was the good and bad this week.  Some of the good:  We met a 77 year old woman after we had knocked on a lot of doors and been turned away.  She invited us right in and we taught her the restoration.  Turns out she's a cousin to one of the branch members.  

We held a scripture study in Island Falls this week and taught on "Why is the Atonement necessary?"  It went really well and I love teaching with Elder Skinner.  We also held a scripture study in Houlton.  Janice was there and really enjoyed it.  She also received her first church calling...she'll be working in the Primary, and she'll do a great job!

We met a new investigator named who has been really prepared to receive the gospel.  He had met with the Elders a few years ago, but then some things happened and nothing more went on with learning about the church.  We're very excited to be able to teach him.  After we finished teaching him we went outside and saw a BIG storm coming.  Turned out it was an after effect of a hurricane and when it hit Woodstock, it hit hard!!  All of the power went out, every store was closed up, and lightning was striking trees.  We saw a brick building get ripped to pieces and bricks were flying everywhere.  It was pretty insane with the high winds and completely horizontal rain.  And we also found out that a tornado went through just a little north of where we were.  We stopped and picked up a lot of debris from the brick building on Main Street so cars could drive through town.  We also saw a rooftop that had blown off of a house, and was now sitting in the middle of a grocery parking lot.  Pretty crazy stuff. 

We did a lot of knocking this week, and a lot of it was in the rain.  A lot of people didn't want to hear our message, and we even had some scheduled lessons fall through.  But the lessons we did teach this week were really good.   It's always amazing to me to see how the Lord's hand is in all that we do.  Sometimes, when things aren't going so well, and it gets a bit discouraging, we then experience some "coincidental" things that we realize were great blessings from the Lord.

One of the coolest things this week was Sunday's church attendance.  It was an incredible day.  The entire church was full with an attendance of 87 people.  It was our Branch Conference, so it was great to have the Stake Presidency there, and Brother Judd from the high council was also there.  (He and I get along great, so it was good to see him again!)

When they announced our scripture study class in church, a couple of branch members stood up and told everyone, "Cancel anything you have on that night!  You NEED to be at this meeting the missionaries put on because of how incredible it is!"  That was pretty cool! It feels good to know the members are getting things out of our work and appreciate it.

And to top Sunday off, a less-active man brought five of his little girls to church, and they were so much fun to be around.  I just can't resist the kids and they kind of stick to me like glue.  We had dinner at their house Sunday night, and it was a great day all the way around.

I guess that about wraps it up.  I hope you all are doing great.  Have a wonderful week!

Elder Hunt
Elder Skinner
"Man, is Elder Hunt for real?!?!  He wears me out!!
Maybe Captain Moroni can give me some help!!"
Elder Hunt
"C'mon, Elder Skinner!!!  Let's go find
some people to teach!!!"

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

ELDER HUNT'S WEEK...At a Glance...

Tough terrain...but they managed to cut through it.  Taught some great discussions, and appreciate the branch's efforts in helping with the missionary work!

 Girls are still off-limits to the missionaries...but some of the younger ones get away with a lot more than the older ones!!  And Elder Hunt is really rockin' the flower look!!

 Elder Skinner and Elder Hunt work very well together as a companionship!  However, Elder Skinner says he's never been fed to where he's REALLY full, so the members have a new goal...feed the Elders LOTS...and Elder Hunt is paying a high price...he can hardly move after some of the meals they've had!!