Monday, March 28, 2016

Transfers!

Hey everyone! Don´t have tons of time this week but I at least thought I´d let you know what´s going on with transfers! So in news that shocked the world, I´m leaving! I´m off to Viru, a little city compared to Tatooine I´ve heard.  My companion, Elder Guerrero, stays here in Chimbote Central for his 5th transfer (he started out here) and becomes the Zone Leader! And his new companion is the old AP! It shocked everyone.  But I´m pumped to be off to Viru! It will be a new adventure for sure!

Also, I´m in Perú, on a mission, and my last group email was basically all March Madness...haha sorry guys.  But I like March Madness! You have no idea the joy in my heart when I heard about the Zags and Utes haha.  Oregon as a one seed sounds weird.

I´m so excited to start working in Viru! I´ll let everyone know what it´s like this next week!  Walking amongst the insects and snakes...haha we´ll see! Love you all and hope you have stupendous weeks!! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I Love to See the Temple (Sorry for the Cheesy Subject Line;))‏

Good Wednesday afternoon all! This week has been super crazy because we went to the temple yesterday! So our P-Day got switched to Tuesday, but we didn´t have time to write so we´re writing today, and yeah.  But here we are!  The temple was so good.  So good! I´ll see if I can send some pics or something! But the Trujillo Temple is so pretty! Man, it immediately became one of my favorite temples the minute we saw the landscaping the first day in the field, and being inside just confirms it! It was so sweet to be back in the temple and feel that unique spirit that I hadn´t felt in a few months! It´s gonna be way cool to live in Provo and have two temples so close! (this coming from the kid who lived like 8 minutes from the Oquirrh Mountain temple haha).  Also, the smell of my temple clothes still smells like my house, so when I was getting all dressed I thought about home and felt even more comfortable! In the Lord´s house, and smelling my own house too haha.

I know March Madness started this past week, and I´ve been missing it like crazy! Not letting it distract from the work at all, but definitely missing it! Missing the theme song.  The alliteration.  The Selection Sunday, the Final Four, the Bracket Busters and Cinderella Stories.  Joe Lunardi, Doug Gottlieb, Greg Gumble, and Andy Katz.  The AT&T commercials.  Harvard and Butler and Wisconsin always being underrated, and Villanova and Notre Dame and Duke always being overrated.  The app-opening and bracket-checking  The live streaming during class.  Making six different brackets for every possible situation, because with six brackets one of them is guaranteed to be perfect.  The 5 seed 12 seed matchups.  One 15 seed always getting way too close to pulling the upset, or even making it happen.  I could go on and on and on. March Madness, you are missed by one who loves you very much...;)

We did a service project this past week: paint the first counselor in the bishopric´s kitchen.  Convenient, eh? It was good though haha.

I´m a little short on time this week, but I just want everyone to know that I love you and miss you! Talk to you in five short days!
Elder Hart













Monday, March 14, 2016

Sick Week!

Hey everyone! Man, the time is really starting to fly in the mish! It´s like people always say, the days go by slow and the weeks go by fast! But for me it´s almost been the days and weeks and months go by slow, but I´ve already been here almost four months and it went by fast! I don´t know...but it´s hard to believe that I´m almost 1/6 of the way done of the mission that I had been waiting 18 years of my life to start! Your whole life as a kid, the mission almost seems like the end of your life.  I always knew I was gonna go to college and get married and everything, but the mission almost felt like a veil or a curtain or something that made all that seem really distant.  So to be a missionary and be four months in is crazy! This email is gonna be scattered, but I´ve had random thoughts this week!

It was the start of school here in Perú.  Seeing all the kids walking around with their backpacks and groups of friends made me think about my highschool days and miss the memories a little bit! It´s kind of funny that even though the cultures are so different, there were still the kids with their new clothes and moms kissing their kids on the cheek before the first day.  People are people I guess!

As far as the language goes, this is how I would explain my progress: I can understand about 75% average, sometimes more and sometimes less, and can say about 65% of what I want to say.  The thing is though that to reach that level, it takes every bit of my focus! Sometimes...I don´t exert myself so much, and then I don´t understand very much haha.  There will come a day when it will just flow without thinking, and that will be a day of days!  Then I´ll be able to really focus on the people and their needs, rather than what I´m going to say next.  Every day, my goal is put another penny in the piggy bank to be able to reach that goal as fast as possible!

I was sick this past week and it was the worst! There´s nothing like throwing up at 3 in the morning in a tiny bathroom in Chimbote Perú without your mom to comfort you and give you ritz crackers and sprite and then relax and watch tv.  We think it was some frozen treat that we ate that a member gave us.  We became a little lax with the rule "Never eat food except in a wrapper unless it´s from your pensionista" and it killed me! Haha always be exactly obedient!  I´m back to 100% now though which is good.

As I took the sacrament this week, I was thinking of when Christ came to the Nephites.  I love the verse that says they all came to him, "one by one," and felt of his hands and feet and sides and "knew" that he was the Savior.  I thought it was kind of cool imagery to look out on the congregation, each person partaking one by one, partaking, touching, receiving nourishment from, and remembering Christ, that each one might "know" as they receive the Holy Ghost.  I don´t know, kind of a cool thought that I hadn´t thought before.  

I hope you guys all have great weeks and I´ll talk to you later! Love ya!
Elder Hart

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hola :)

My dearest friends and family, how is everyone?! This week has been...pretty normal.  There were some highlights though! We had a sweet experience with an investigator named Sonia this week.  She´s super up and down.  Some lessons we have with her, we leave thinking she´s gonna get baptized in two weeks.  Others, we leave thinking she´s never gonna make it.  But anyway, this past week we had a lesson with her and it was sweet.  We were talking about the priesthood, and she randomly just goes, "Can I tell you guys something?" We were like, "Oh boy..." And she says, "Something weird has been happening in my life.  I used to like going out with friends and partying and drinking every once and a while.  Ever since I started meeting with you guys, those desires have left me.  I don´t want to drink or party anymore, I want to please Heavenly Father."  We were so pumped!! Just get baptized already!!! So we left that lesson way excited.  We´ll see what happens, she still doesn´t feel like she has a real true testimony of the Book of Mormon.  But she does! We just have to help her recognize it haha:)
I´ve been thinking a ton this week about the role of the Holy Ghost.  I think we have to be super careful that we don´t downplay who the Holy Ghost really is.  Often, we talk about "feeling the Spirit" or "the Spirit was really strong." Strong feelings of warmth and comfort are definitely ways in which the Holy Ghost can manifest Himself, but it´s way more than that! He´s the teacher, comforter, testifier, bringer-to-remembrance, enlightener, converter, knowledge-giver, cleanser, sealer-of-covenants, and way more too probably! I´m so grateful for the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life, not only the times when I´ve felt that warm comforting feeling, but all the things I´ve learned from Him! I love Doctrine and Covenants 6:14.  Every time we pray to Heavenly Father, he instructs us through His spirit! It´s just that we don´t always recognize it! I hope that we can all do a little bit better and recognizing the importance of the Holy Ghost in our lives and do our best to follow His promptings!  
I love you all so much and hope you have great weeks!!!
Love, Elder Hart