Week 5 in the MTC!

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Just having fun:)

Just having fun:)

Bonjour!! J’ai trés hâte!

Well, it is official I am going to Canada!  We got our flight plans last Saturday.   I leave August 5th at 7:45 in the morning and arrive in Montreal around 4:00 pm.   We have one layover in Detroit and then off to Montreal!!  We spend our first night in the mission home.  There are 19 of us all flying together and leaving for Montreal French speaking at the same time. So that should be interesting the first night in the mission home.  The depressing thing about leaving for Montreal is we have to be at the travel office at 3:30 in the morning!:/ Hopefully my excitement can defeat my lack of sleep that day.  I had practice this morning waking early.  One of the girls in my zone needed a temporary companion when she went to the travel office this morning.   I got up at 4:00 in the morning to walk her down to the office. Four of my favorite sisters left in my zone this week.  They were supposed to go to New Caledonia, but their visas didn’t get here on time so they were reassigned yesterday.   They only had one night to pack to leave for Boston or Atlanta.  I sure am going to miss them.  This week has been a lot better than last week. Everyone in my district is over their sickness and things are back in order. Except for the fact we are all getting pretty nervous/excited to leave for the field.

Last Wednesday we had the opportunity to teach members and recent converts over Skype who live in Montreal and France. It was so exciting to be speaking french to people who actually live in french speaking countries. It was a little difficult to understand them due to a bad connection, but it was crazy to see how you could still feel the spirit as you taught over Skype. I was so happy to see how much I could understand and communicate back to them!

The 24th of July was pretty boring at the MTC. The morning started off with service. Our service assignment was to clean the girls showers…which is even grosser than cleaning toilets in my opinion. SO MUCH HAIR. Dad if you think the hair I leave in the shower is bad you haven’t seen anything. Try cleaning hair balls from the girl’s showers at the MTC where 50 girls shower once a day. The day got a lot better at night when we went outside for GYM. We got to play soccer, enjoy the most beautiful sunset, and then watch the fireworks being shot off in the valley. It was a perfect night:)

This last Saturday my district did an english fast, where we could only speak french all day. It was soooo hard!! I am suddenly realizing how most of the french I know is just how to teach gospel principles, but not really any everyday conversations. Towards the end of the day I felt like my head was going to explode. I was trying to explain to my companion about something we need to start teaching to one of our investigators. I couldn’t find the words to say it. Then all of sudden I exploded and let out a really loud scream in the staircase…haha! It was a lot louder than I was expecting. The three other sisters in my zone burst out laughing. Then all the people started sticking their heads out of the classrooms to see what was going on. The elders in my district who were upstairs in the computer lab said they heard me scream. It was pretty funny. I love french so much. I think it is the most beautiful language, but sometimes I feel like my head is exploding with french vocabulary and grammar.   We tried to make the day a little fun by translating some of our favorite pop songs into french. So far we have translated Fancy by Iggy and Drop it Like it’s Hot by Snoop Dog. Here is a little sample: in english the lyrics are, “I’m so fancy, you already know” in french it is, “Je suis huppé, tu ne comprend pas.” This is probably not the best way to be spending our time, but sometimes you have to take a break!

This last week has also been really exciting teaching our investigators! Me and my companion have grown so close in the last week and our lessons only get better and better. We have committed three of our investigators to baptism, it is just so exciting…even if it isn’t real life…haha! I have really grown to love teaching. I love the spirit that I feel when I teach. I can just feel so much love for my investigators and I truly want to help them. I can’t wait to actually start teaching lessons to real investigators! My testimony has really grown on following promptings that the spirit gives you especially as I teach. Me and my companion will prepare the most amazing lesson that we spend a lot of time preparing. Then we drop half of it or sometimes all of it and just follow what the spirit is telling us to teach. I pray to have the spirit with me always and to be able to feel and then follow the spirit to help me know the needs of my investigators.

This last Sunday Sheri Dew came and spoke to us in Relief Society. She gave the most amazing talk. She talked about the priesthood and the role women play in the priesthood. It was soo good and I wish all women could hear the talk she gave. She also talked a lot about how as missionary’s we can not rely alone on our understanding and testimony. If we rely on our own skill and talent we can’t do it. We need the power of Heaven and the power of our Savior. As missionaries that are set apart we are given this special power to work under priesthood authority.

Well I am not going to lie I can already tell this last week in the MTC is going to be really hard. I can’t even imagine saying goodbye to my district (my 2nd family) and teachers. They have helped me so much this first month of my mission and have strengthened me everyday. My teachers are amazing. I have learned so much from them and how the kind of missionary I want to be. My teacher, Soeur Mckay is also close to being engaged. We technically are not supposed to tell anyone, but I’m sure I can trust you guys considering you don’t even know her. We got to meet her soon to be fiancee and hear their cute love story. My two teachers Soeur Mckay and Fere Symbrosky have become some of my best friends. They refer to us as not only their students, but friends. We already are making plans to hangout after the mission. They tell us everyday that we are the best district they have ever taught. Hopefully they don’t say that to everyone. Gosh I love them and they have inspired me so much!!

I am also really sad I won’t be there for Caleb and Cali’s wedding this next week. I hope everything goes well and I am soo excited for them!!! I hope the family has fun together. Just think of me when you see me standing there made out of cardboard at the wedding…haha! I love you all and hope you know you are all in my thoughts and prayers especially this next week.
Je Vous Aime!!!

Love, Soeur  Hunt

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Week 4 in the MTC!

Elder Tavete

Elder Tavete

Saying goodbye to Masa Warner

Saying goodbye to Masa Warner

Bonjour tout le monde!!

Has this last week been crazy or what! My district kind of fell apart the last few days. Everyone in our district got sick! It was not fun. Sickness spreads like wildfire here. I just woke up this morning with a really bad sore throat and I can’t fall asleep at night because my nose is so runny! I’m still great and am just thankful I didn’t get as sick as some of the other people in my district. One elder in my district missed 4 days of classes because he was so sick and my companion got an ear infection after her cold started going away. This was kind of exciting because we got to go to the BYU pharmacy and pick up the medication for her ear infection. Which meant we got to escape spirit prison for an hour or so. Also one of my teachers was out of town so it was kind of crazy with classes trying to find enough french teachers to fill in to teach us. There is so many french districts now they are running out of teachers!! Everything should be back to normal this week.

Another exciting thing this week is I met Elder Tavete, the person my oldest brother Tyson baptized on his mission. It was really cool when I met him. I saw his name tag and asked him if he knew an Elder Hunt. His face just got this big smile on it and he said, “of course I know an Elder Hunt he baptized me!” (in his cool Australian accent) Believe it or not he was just on the floor above me the whole time learning Samoan, he left yesterday. It was so fun every time I saw him this week he would just say, “hello my sister.” He told me, “your brother changed my family’s life and I will forever be grateful for him.”

This last week I have learned sooo much new french grammar, I feel like my head is going to explode. We learned how to say things for passe compose, Imperfect past, subjunctive, and more new conjugations for verbs. I really do love learning french, even if it is really hard! I think it is the most beautiful language. I cant wait for the day I can speak with a beautiful accent. I found out I have been saying some words wrong in my lessons that I have been teaching to my teachers. The word you use for sin is really similar as the word for fishing. So instead of saying you can be forgiven for your sins through the Atonement, I found out I have been saying, you can be forgiven for your fishing through the Atonement. Just a little embarrassing. Also, I have a really hard time pronouncing the word for God, Dieu. (Dad I’m sure you’re getting a good laugh out of that, you did try to help me with that before I left). The language is extremely hard for me, but it comes little by little everyday.

I just can’t wait to be in Canada. This Friday we get our flight plans!! So excited!! Mostly all the teachers that teach french here at the MTC went to Montreal on their missions. I love hearing all the cool stories about Montreal. It gets me super pumped. I just feel like Montreal is so perfect for me and is where I am supposed to be serving the Lord. I already feel an enormous amount of love for the people of Montreal. My teachers who served in Montreal love speaking in the Quebec accent. It sounds so funny to me. My teacher compares it to a Texas accent with a little hillbilly/drunk pirate sound. My teachers said the missionaries don’t usually pick up the accent though because it is kind of hard to talk in. Also, my mission president’s son is in my zone. He is going to the Tahiti french speaking so he has told us a little about Montreal.

I have had many more great teaching experiences. I can feel me and my companion, Soeur Davis getting better and better with each lesson we teach together. I just have so much love for my investigators and can feel the spirit so strongly. I am such a cry baby in lessons. When I feel the spirit I always just start crying, kind of embarrassing sometimes. My companion always teases me and asks if I’m going to cry again before each lesson.

I would say one struggle for me as a missionary is waking up so early every morning. (believe it or not dad.) I don’t think I am ever going to get used to waking up at 6:30. This morning we woke up at 6:00 to go to the temple. I just dread the sound of my alarm clock every morning. My alarm clock is kind of broken. Every morning I accidentally knock it off my ledge that I put it on next to my bed and then the batteries go flying everywhere. My companion teases me and says you must really not want to get up you throw your alarm clock on the ground like every morning. Ha! Then I just sing I threw it on the ground! (inside joke for Caleb:)…)

Well I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! I will just end by saying how much I have learned about having faith since being here. Everyday I learn how I need to put my faith in my Savior. Faith and fear cannot long coexist. With faith I can turn my doubt into courage. I love this quote, “With faith in God, his prophets, his Church and ourselves- with faith in our own divine creation may we be peaceful and let go of our cares and troubles ever doubting- in light that shines, even in a dark place.” I know I can do this with the help of a loving Heavenly Father and Savior.

Well I have to go, but I would love to hear from more of you and keep writing. Letters literally are the best thing and bring me so much happiness. Thank you for all your love and support. You are all in my prayers.
Je vous aime!!

Love, Soeur Hunt

More Adventures in the MTC!

Just me and my tag!Me and Sister Kinghorn, who I am so close to.In the classroom where we spend 11 hours together.Bonjour tous le monde!

Wow, I can’t believe today marks my halfway point here at the MTC. Only 3 more weeks to go until I am in Canada! I cant wait!:) Well it was another wonderful week here at the MTC. So many great experiences, I wish I could share them all with you. I can’t believe how much I have grown. I feel my Savior’s love for me everyday here. I have never felt so close to my Savior and Heavenly Father before.

This morning for P-day we were finally able to go to the temple. It has been closed since I have been here so today was my first time going to the temple with my district. What a great experience. I just love going to the temple. It brings me so much peace and comfort when I go. Also, last week for P-day we got to clean and put together the chandeliers in the sealing and celestial rooms. I will never look at chandeliers the same. I had a lot of fun doing that though. All the temple workers are so nice and I loved talking to them. It was a little scary knowing I was holding real crystal in my hand and hoping I would not break any of it.

Last Tuesday for our Devotional Neil L. Anderson spoke. His talk was on Things that are not seen. He was referring to the Holy Ghost. He talked about how important it is as missionaries to have the spirit with yo

Also, this last week I got another new investigator so now I have 3 investigators. It is a little crazy planning lessons for 3 different people, but totally worth it. I love the spirit I feel when I teach. Planning lessons can be a little stressful and nerve racking but the feeling I get while teaching makes it all worth it. I love the spirit of love I feel for my investigators when I teach them. This last weekend I had the opportunity to teach Lupe (aka my teacher Soeur Mckay). We taught her about the plan of salvation. It was the best lesson me and my companion have taught yet. We could speak more clearly than ever before and help our investigator feel the spirit more than ever. After we got done teaching my teacher came up to me and companion and said that is the most beautiful lesson I have heard anyone give on the plan of salvation. She told us she really could feel the spirit and understood everything perfectly. That was the best feeling. I can really feel me and my companion growing closer and stronger as we teach together.

On Sunday we had the most amazing talk given by Ann Clegg, a member of the Relief Society board. She pointed out three major things we need to know and do as missionaries they were 1) Know your purpose 2) Be BOLD 3) Expect Miracles. She started off by talking about how we are ordained and set apart as missionaries and called to represent Christ. We need to always allow His presence to be with us. We have been given authority to preach His gospel. I also loved what she had to say about miracles. She quoted Elder Holland who said, “Missionaries welcome to the work of angels, YOU are those angels.” As I am bold and know my purpose as a missionary I will be lead to expect miracles. The Lord will never let me down, that doesn’t mean things won’t get tough, but with his help I can do all things. I just wanted to share some thoughts from her talk.

Yesterday, my district set a new goal of only speaking french from the time we wake up in the morning until after lunch. WOW! This is going to be very hard and a little quiet at times…but I know that I can do it. I can see myself progressing more and more each day in the language. I just need to be patient with myself and know through the Lord’s help I can one day speak french. It is amazing how much I can teach in french though. I never expected to be able to speak so much french in lessons so fast. It is amazing and I know I am being blessed as I learn the language.

Another fun thing this last week is that we added 30 new missionaries to our zone and 25 new french speaking missionaries to the other french zone. It was so exciting to welcome them all in. I just looked at their happy, excited and nervous faces and thought I know exactly how you feel right now. It was fun being able to help calm their nerves and get to know them. It is weird feeling like one of the old missionaries here now, considering I have only been here for 3 weeks. It is a lot of fun.

Well, I love you all I can’t express to you how happy I am to be serving the Lord. I feel privileged to wear His name over my heart each day. I can’t express to you how I have seen the power of prayer here at the MTC. The power of prayer is real!! Remember to always pray to your Heavenly Father in all things you do. I know He will guide and answer you if you ask with sincere and real intent. I hope all is well back home.

Je vous aime!!! (I love you) You are in my prayers!:)
A la prochaine! (until next time)

Love, Soeur Hunt

Week 2 at the MTC!

With my companion, Soeur Davis

With my companion, Soeur Davis

 

My District

My District

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This last week has just been fantastic here at the MTC. So many fun and new things happened this week. The 2nd week was a 100 times better than the first week. I actually know what I am doing and where I am going. I can understand a little more french than at first. I can’t believe how much I can already say in french. I can bare my testimony, say a prayer, introduce myself and say a little about me, recite the first vision from memory, three scriptures and kind of teach lessons all in french. I can also understand way more of what my teachers are saying. It may be super hard and discouraging at times to learn a language but it is also a huge testimony builder. I have grown so close to my Savior. I know that through him I can learn the language. I could not serve a mission without the help of my Savior. I just have to remember to be patient with myself and that it will come little by little.

Also, this last week was super fun because we got to celebrate the 4th of July here at the MTC. That night they had a special devotional, then we got to watch 17 miracles (which got everyone pretty excited here… its so funny to see what things you get excited for now as a missionary) and then to end the night we watched the fireworks from the Stadium of Fire and got free ice cream. I have never appreciated fireworks so much in my life before. Ha I loved watching them. It was just fun to take a break from our studies for a little while. On the downside that morning around 8 I was doing my service project that morning with my companion… we got the awful job of cleaning toilets. I just leaned out of the toilet I was cleaning and told Soeur Davis if I was at home right now I would probably be watching a 4th of July parade with my family and eating doughnuts. That was kind of a depressing thought I guess, but funny at the same time.

This last week we taught our last lesson to our investigator Lisianne. I just grew to love her so much. At the end of our lesson she committed to baptism. I felt sooo much joy when she told us she felt the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I was just so happy for her. After we taught her we learned the real story about Lisianne. The person we were really teaching was a return missionary that taught Lisianne on her mission. I also found out she knew English the whole time… But it was so amazing to hear the story of Lisianne. It was so weird because I have never really met Lisianne but love her SOO MUCH!! This last week we also got two new investigators Lupe and Denis (that are really just my teachers). They take on the role of real people they taught on their missions. It may sound weird but when you teach them I can feel the spirit so strongly and really feel like I am teaching a real investigator. I literally love the people I teach and more importantly feel the love the Savior has for them. I have learned how important it is to teach with the spirit. It matters less on what you are saying and more on what they are feeling. As they receive a personal witness for themselves of the truthfulness of what we are teaching. I never knew how powerful a sincere and simple testimony could be. Every time we end a lesson with bearing our testimonies it is one of the times I can feel the spirit the strongest. My teachers here at the MTC have strengthened my testimonies in ways they don’t even know. I love my teachers. I learn so much from them. I can tell they really care about us. I can’t even imagine saying goodbye to them.

More than half of my zone has left! It was so hard to say goodbye to the people that helped me so much when I first entered the MTC. I grew so close to my sister training leaders. They were the best examples to me of the kind of missionary I want to be. Tomorrow we get 47 new french speaking missionaries that will be split between the two french speaking zones. I can’t wait for them to come!! Also, another fun thing we discovered this week is playing soccer outside on the field! It is like one of my favorite times of the day. I love playing soccer and feel like a professional because none of the other girls really have ever played soccer before. So some of the sisters call me Soccer Girl now. Every night around 9:15 after we play a soccer game we get to watch the sunset while sitting on the field beneath the temple, that is one of my favorite times to relax and think about how happy I am to be a missionary. I honestly think it is one of the best decisions I could have made. It is so hard at times, but also so rewarding. I wish everyone could experience the joys of being a missionary.

Last week we had the most amazing devotional. Lowel M. Snow a former seventy spoke. I just loved his talk soo much. He talked a lot about being converted unto the Lord. I loved what he said about making the decision to choose Christ first always. He said “Its not a choice of once a day or once a week its a choice once in for all. You will choose Christ every time once you choose him once and for all.” He challenged us with 5 different actions of faith on being converted to Christ: 1. Choose Him always 2. Take his Spirit for your guide 3. Become a true disciple of Christ 4. Help him do his work and exercise his power 5. Seek to have his spirit in your countenance. It was just the most amazing talk and I wish everyone could hear it. I challenge everyone to do those 5 points in your own life.

Well, I could tell you so much more but I don’t want you to feel like you are reading a novel. I love you all and love hearing from you. Keep me in your prayers. I will end with telling you that I know this church is true with all my heart. I know Jesus Christ lives and that He is our Redeemer and Savior. And we can all be forgiven and strengthened through His atonement. I know we have a Father in Heaven who loves us and knows each one of us personally. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and restored the Church back to the earth in these latter days. I know we have a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

I would translate it into french if I had more time but I have to go. We get to go clean the temple today for P-day.

I love you!!!

Love, Soeur Hunt

First week in the MTC

DSCN0274DSCN0058Bonjour ma famille et mes aimes!!!

Wow, I cant believe I am actually in  the MTC writing my first letter home. This has been the most overwhelming and exhausting week of my life. I feel like I have been in the MTC for weeks when I have only been here for 6 days. I am not going to lie it was hard adjusting and kind of stressful the first few days but little by little it gets better everyday. I have grown to LOVE the MTC. There is just a spirit here that is so unique. Everyone is so friendly and excited to be a missionary.

My first day in the MTC was completely crazy. I didnt know where anything was or where I was going. I walked into my first French class right when I got there. My teacher didnt speak a word of English the whole class. I remember just sitting in class having my teacher spitting out so much french thinking to myself what did I just get myself into?? Now I look back at it and just laugh.

I cant believe how much I have learned here already. My testimony has grown so much in the last week. I have learned so much about myself and the love my Savior has for me. I cant explain the sweet feeling of peace and comfort my Savior has brought to me through my times of need this past week. One of the most stressful times here was when I had to teach my first lesson in French. We taught the third day. I was so nervous and had no clue how I was going to teach a lesson in all French. After my lesson I felt so disappointed in myself. I felt like I made absolutely no sense. But little by little the lessons have become easier. I can actually bare my testimony it may be simple but it is sincere and truthful. I love the feeling of the spirit I have felt as I teach my investigator Lisanne. I have truly grown to love her as we teach her. Even though this past week I have felt inadequate, stressed, overwhelmed, and defeated I have also felt the Holy Ghost and the love of my Savior and Heavenly Father more than ever and that feeling cancels out all the bad. I have learned how much I need my Savior I cant bring people unto him if I am not putting all my trust in him. I need to forget about myself and turn outward and think about others just as the Savior would. I may feel inadequate but the Lord is NOT inadequate.

Another thing that has really helped this week is the bond I have created with my district. I love my whole district and especially my companion. It is always good after a 3 hour class of French to share a good talk or laugh with them. There are 4 sisters and 2 elders going to Montreal in my district and then two other elders going to New Hampshire. They are all so unique and all bring something new whether we are at lunch talking, learning french, or learning about the gospel. I love my companion Sister Davis. She is from Colorado Springs. We are very different, but have grown to love one another. I also absolutely love my teachers. They seem so excited to be teaching us each day. Another thing that I always look forward to is Gym time at the end of each day. As a whole zone we will play big games of kickball or volleyball. I love just taking a break from everything and being outside with my zone.

I honestly cant believe how much I get done each day. Waking up at 6:30 every morning really does give you soo much time compared to walking up at 10:30… But everyday we have personal study time, companionship study, language study, prepare lessons, and then two three hour classes of French. Then we end each day with Gym time and once a week do a service project. I think the best day at the MTC has to be Sundays. Its so nice to take a break from classes and language study. I love going to devotional, relief society, Sacrament, and choir practice. Sunday helps you recharge for the rest of the week. I have also ran into so many familar faces here like Sister Warner, Elder Lees, Sister Green, Elder Gleason, and Elder Wilborn. I love seeing people I know it makes me so happy. Well I could go on telling you so much more but this letter is getting a little lengthy. I hope everything is going great back home. You are always in my prays and thoughts. I love you all. And would love to hear from you. I dont have much time to email so a letter would be wonderful! Letters at the MTC are like gold. Just remember the church is true. And that we can do all things through Christ and his Atonement. I love you! Also since I am going to Canada I guess I should wish you all Happy Canada Day!!! Also keep me in your prayers that I can learn French.

Love,

Soeur Hunt