Monday, April 21, 2014

Dear family and friends,

This week was a fantastic week! Monday and Tuesday, Elder Butler, Elder Boswell, and I did work in the Finglas ward because Elder Dustin left on Sunday. I met a lot of African people. I felt the Spirit strongly during a lesson with 2 recent converts (both African) and their friend. Elder Butler decided to make it a testimony lesson, and, reflecting back on my testimony and experiences, I realized how much the Lord has done for me, and how much I really love Him and my family and other really close friends back home.

On Wednesday, we walked through the Botanical Gardens in Dublin - they were beautiful! When you get old, you appreciate plants more. I mean *older. Then I picked up my new companion, Elder Jackson, from the bus station. We drove for about 45 minutes from Dublin and then I got a call from the Finglas elders - I had their keys, and they had my suitcase! *slap my forehead* So we drove back, exchanged stuffs, then we drove to Mullingar.
Thursday was a great day: we met with Bazil, and he basically knows he wants to be baptized, but is still procrastinating it. He came to Church on Sunday though. He loved it! Brother Tiernan is so funny, and his loud, unshushable laugh is too contagious!
Friday, we met with Yolande, who grew up with Mormons - her dad is a Latter-Day Saint - and she wants to quit smoking and follow Christ more. She has a lot of different beliefs in ghosts, but had an experience in her youth that gave her a strong belief in Christ. We also met with a Ghanan (Elder Moffit, I'm teaching your people) couple, Alison and Francis. They are so golden! Alison was asking questions like - why are there so many churches, how does she know if a prophet is a real prophet, she talked about the changing of the Bible over time... she is great! Francis was a bit quieter, but he seems amenable to learning, and the Spirit was there. We also had a good lesson with two young men named Tom and Rickie - excited to teach both of them again. Oh yeah, we taught Alison on Saturday. On Saturday, Ed gave us his Baptismal certificate - he wants to get his name removed the records. :( The members of the branch said he goes through ups and downs, though, so I pray that's what's going on with him. We also met with a former that Elder Dustin and Elder Phippen taught, Francis. He is an African who came over as a ''missionary'' - unofficially called, but self-proclaimed. He has a good knowledge of the Bible, and is quite friendly, and is very enthusiastic and friendly - he gave us spaghetti (or scabetty, as I called it when I was younger). He thinks he is a prophet - but he loves the Book of Mormon, and loves to expound a LOT.
Sunday - Bazil came to Church, and his friend Tobi was supposed to come. When Tobi didn't come, I could see the disappointment in Bazil's face. It broke my heart. I know the Lord will bless him for his efforts to do missionary work. He is still really good. I hope he gets baptized before June - and I'm going to work hard to help that happen.

Well, that's all for this week! I hope you all can endure my long email. Anyways, I love you all, and don't be afraid to mail me! I still haven't received any mail the last two transfers or this one... but no complaints! The emails have been absolutely wonderful. 'Til next week! :)

Elder Devin Jay Hunter

P.S. Our branch is doing a weekly Preach My Gospel study night with the members, which I am so excited about! It starts this Tuesday. More on this class next week! :)
P.P.S. Kirk out!
P.P.S. Happy Easter! I know He lives- and that He loves me.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Guess what? It's moves's call time! I will be....

In Sligo!

with... Elder Jackson!

From what I've heard, Elder Jackson has an amazing voice, and he is a wonderful musician. I hope we can work hard and use our car less. :) This week, a small twist came. Bazil's name is spelled with a Z and not an S! We met with him, and he still wants to be baptized, but we need to figure out how to help him realize that making it a priority will increase the spiritual life he is already experiencing.

Ed relapsed in his drink habits, but we will keep working with him. A big key will be to help him feel like the ward building is a place where he wants to be. And to start praying again.

These last few days with Elder Dustin have been interesting. I got really sick on Thursday, so Weekly Planning was slow and painful. We spent the day in doors, with me in bed a lot of the time. Then on Friday, we went to Mullingar to do a 'blitz' : where we both work in Mullingar's area. We slept over that night.

Elder Dustin finished on a good note, and I am excited to be working with Elder Jackson. Sorry it's kinda small this week, I am in a trio, so we are taking turns for emailing, so this week's email is short. But thanks for the support and love!

I love you all very, very much.

Elder Devin Jay Hunter
P.S. Kirk out!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dear Family,

This week we planned to find 2 new investigators. We were blessed to meet a referral from Elder Stoker, a nice couple in Enniscrone, whose son Elder Stoker's friends back home met on a long ago trip to Enniscrone for golf. It was a great experience, and Michael, the husband, took us on a tour of the town, including pier, golf course, football pitch, his running route, and the local restaurants. We had an enjoyable evening, and a dinner, at which we taught them the Restoration and gave them a Book of Mormon, and asked them to read it and pray to know if it was true. They happily accepted it, and said they would. We got home at 10:30 (it was an hour drive). Whoops.

We also went to Dublin, which is about 3 hours drive, for a district leader council, and it was fantastic. Unfortunately, it was Elder Dustin's last council ever. It is interesting to serve with him and hear his thoughts on his mission and see his desire to ''endure to the end'' and work hard to the last day of his mission. I really appreciate it.

General Conference was amazing as well! The Spirit was so strong, and I was greatly uplifted and learned a lot that I needed to learn.

Well, that's all this week! Hope to inform you next week that Basil has a date. I love you all! Thanks for the emails! Keep strong in the Gospel.

Elder Devin Jay Hunter

P.S. Kirk out! Sorry, I seem to miss that lately. I love you guys and girls! :)