Thursday, November 16, 2017

BLANCO ES BONITO, CEVICHE (de pollo lol), AND PACKAGES

Friends and family,

FRAYYYYYYY GOT BAPTIZED YOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO. It was such a special day. He passed his interview, got there on time, and was smiling the entire time. So was I. I was blessed that he chose me to baptize him. I could literally feel the Spirit so strongly in the baptismal font and I gave him the biggest hug after he came out of the water. I love this man so much. He shared his testimony after and explained how he was so grateful for us missionaries for showing him the truth and bringing blessing into his life. He said " I have done a lot of things in my life and passed through a ton of hardship, but today I am clean through Christ." Yeah i shed a few (bastante) tears.

I ate Ceviche! But of chicken, because we arent allowed to eat the fish version. It was SUPER good and I cant wait to eat the real thing at the end of my mission. 

I recieved a package from my family that literally was a suitcase full of goodies and gifts for my birthday and Christmas coming up soon. I am enjoying the peanut butter and beef jerky that all American men have the privilege of eating every day. Blessed are the creators of those 2 foods. It is going to take all my willpower not to rip open the packages that say "DOnt open till the 13th of December and 25th".
Fray was indeed baptized but the work indeed goes on. We have a family of 3 who are going to recieve their interview tonight, please pray for the Zarate family that all will go well and we might have three more blanco es bonitos this Saturday coming up. How cool would that be to send even more baptismal pics next week. NOVEMBER ROCKS.
For all my future missionaries and current full timers, read ALma 17. It is the theme of our mission right now. We suffer a lot of tribulation as missionaries, that we might find joy in the salvation of souls.

I love and miss you all! Have a great week! #PrayForZaraTAY

--
Elder Hunter Sivley
Peru, Lima West Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Monday, November 6, 2017

Halloween, Tree of Life, and Elder Disney

Hello all of my friends and family!

This week was quite ridculous. RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME. We had 7 investigators come to church! One of them being.....FRAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY BABYYYYYYYYY. He has all of his attendances and is able to be baptized this saturday! He has his interview this Tuesday so I still ask for prayers that he passes and also to help keep Satan off his back. So we continue with #PrayForFray

So Halloween was super sick. Sick in the way that I celebrated with me myself and I because everybody thinks its of the Devil here and they dont celebrate it. BUT that didnt stop me from carving a pumpkin and buying myself a shameful amount of candy. If yall know me you know that I love holidays and holiday traditions.

My spiritual moment this week came as we taught a family the vision of the Tree of Life. I referred to Lehi as the father of this family and how he should want and feel responsible that every one of his kids partakes of the fruit. He told me he really loved the lesson and on sunday they taught about this in gospel principles. He answered almost every question about the vision and kept smiling over at me. I loved that.

So i know you are all probably wondering, why Elder Disney. Well lemme tell ya a funny story here. 
Someone was praying during a lesson and they said "We are thankful for the visit from Elder Vidal and Elder.....uh....um...DISNEY.

Pronouncing Sivley is a little hard for my Peruvian Patas.

Mathew 5 is my reading assignment for yall this week. Enjoy it, pray about it, apply it.

I love and miss you all! Have a great week!

Elder Hunter Sivley
Peru, Lima West Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Friday, November 3, 2017

ELDER FALABELLA, MONOPOLY, AND WARD ACTIVITIES

Hello friends and family. This week was AWESOME. We ended the week with 8 new investigators and 13 baptismal dates. We are starting November off strong and I am super excited.

We had a visit from one of the 70, Elder Enrique Falabella from Guatemala. He was SO GOOD. ANd we were so lucky and blessed to be able to bring, none other than, FRAY VASQUEZ to the devotional. Fray is my favorite person in the entire world. He is so nice and humble and gives us free food from his restaurant. He has a baptismal date for the 11 of November and only needs one more church attendance to be qualified for baptism. PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM TO ATTEND THIS WEEK. I NEED THE PRAYERS YALL. #PrayForFray

We all know the board game Monopoly, but you all do not know that ELDER SIVLEY IS THE MONOPOLY KING. WE bought a board game for the district and have been playing the past 2 pdays and I have won BOTH TIMES. The key is Board Walk and Park Place and its OVER....OVER.

Alright im bouta get serious with yall. I cannot stress how important it is to show up to ward activities. You do not know who will be there waiting to recieve a friendship from you. We had an activity on Wednesday and only 2 members showed up. We brought an investiagtor and it was really lame because he couldnt really make friends with the 2 ancient releif society grandmothers that showed up. SUPPORT YOUR MISSIONARIES AND GO TO WARD ACTIVITIES.

I want to leave a scripture that I found in Mosiah 2:41. It is about keeping the commandments and I think that the promise entailed with keeping them is worth every thing.

I love and miss you all, have a great week!

ELDER SIVLEY loooooves fruit. Especially Mangoes.  He is happy happy happy in this pic!

As a mother, I could not be more proud of my oldest son who is out there working so hard and doing it all with a smile on his face.  I love this picture of his dirty, dusty shoes.  And his Nike shout out.

I have no idea what they're doing on this thing... but I still love seeing pics of my boy!
With their investigator FRAY on the train.  FRAY messaged me on facebook and sent me this picture... while they were on the train together!  It made me sooooo happy for a super super recent picture of my boy!  :)

 Hunter has told me over and over and over again how much he loves this chicken soup that Fray makes.  Fray has a restaurant in Lima, so if anyone is going to Lima, let me know!  I'll send you to FRAY for the best bowl of chicken soup you've ever had!  :)

NO CAMBIOS, BORRACHOS, Y EL CENSO

Hello friends and family, I hope that this week has been awesome. ONly a small short email today because this computer is what Ammon used to email his dad Mosiah from the mission field.

This week we had 6 people come tochurch, because sacrament meeting was at 6pm. We had an easier time going out and finding them at 5 in the afternoon compared to 7 in the morning. 

I didnt go anywhere for transfers, I am staying in Oquendo for 6 more weeks which is a dream come true. We have fantastic baptismal dates and great members working with us.

Funny story: This drunk guy came up to me spitting beer all over and yelling at me to leave the country, when he was finished he turned around and ran across the street and got hit by a car. He didnt die, in fact he immediately got up and continued running but still it looked like it freaking hurt BAHAHA.

I read a lot of the Plan of Salvation this week and really love that Heavenly Father has something specifically for us. I encoruage everyone to find their purpose in this plan of happiness.

I miss and love you all, have a great week!

NO PICTURES THIS WEEK BUT ... I did get some via facebook from his bishop.  Tender Mercy!!  :)

Hot dog sandwiches for dinner!

Cooking in the kitchen - not sure if it's his or the Tuero's...

For those of you who know Hunter, you know how much he loves his little brothers... this is the Tuero's youngest son and I can totally tell he is Hunter's buddy.


Monday, October 16, 2017

KIWIS, CAMBIOS, and MANGOS

Que tal mis amigos y mi familia? Como están?

This week was pretty average, BUT we had 4 people come to church AGAIN. I finally have figured out the trick. And shoutout to the fam because they gave me the idea. To teach investigators IN the chapel during the week. At first I was hesitant to plan something like that but I did it and have taugh 3 lessons like that. And PEOPLE ARE ATTENDING.

Transfers are in the morning tomorrow and I am actually so nervous. I have the strongest feeling that I am going to leave Oquendo. I really dont want to because we are finally starting to progress forward. I love these people, this dust filled area, and the horribly scheduled sacrament meeting.

Pic description:  The Tuero Family... Bishop Tuero and his wife and 3 children.  Sister Tuero is Hunter's Pensionista.  She makes them lunch every day and does their laundry once a week.  The church employs members to serve the missionaries in this way because they do not have access to laundry facilities and they are so busy during the day that they do not have time to prepare a healthy meal.  Their lunch prepared by the pensionista is their biggest meal of the day.

World cup season is starting here and Peru plays New Zealand (Kiwis) this month. So I have to pretend to hate a country that I am actually in love with, or I will, in fact, die. Dont worry my Kiwi friends, y'all are still sweet as bro!

Mangos. Just mangos. I eat like 5 every day. That is all.

Elder Garzon and Hunter are buddies... he has so much fun with him.  Hunter has always been a hugger-- glad Elder Garzon is ok with it!  hahaha :)

I dont really have much more to share but I want to leave a scripture in the Book Of Mormon. Every body knows this chapter, 1 Nephi 8. Its Lehis dream, but something very important catches my attention later in 1 Nephi 15:27. Nephi says that his father was unable to see the filthiness because his mind was focused on better things. How can we do the same? How can we weed out the filthiness in our lives and focus on whats good?

*** As Hunter's mother, can I just say how much I love this observation???  I needed to hear this right now as my life is SOOO full of craziness.  Not all of the craziness is filthiness, but I am definitely struggling to put the most important things as priority due to the pure chaos of our moving/selling our house/working full time/house hunting situation.  I love learning from my son... what an example he is to me.

Have a fantastic week, I miss and love you all!
El Olivar Zone

Monday, October 9, 2017

Baptism of Carmen Villalta and PRAY FOR FRAY!

Hello all of my friends and family. I am going to start making creative titles to my emails because naming the weeks is kinda boring.

WE HAD A BAPTISM BABY. Hermana Carmen Villalta es lo maximo!!! We love her so much and have full confidence that she is going to be such a strong member in the church. Her husband still has yet to recieve an answer of baptism but he supports her in everything. Such a great family. Pray for them please!

My spiritual experience was AWESOME this week. It came after the Zone Conference in a lesson with our investigator that night. We arrived and started asking her how she felt about her baptism this coming Saturday. She told us she felt unprepared and honestly didnt want to get baptized. My heart dropped, because she was one of the investigators that I thought was super firm in her desire. We thought of what to do in that moment and we decided to share a scripture from the Book of Mormon. Alma 7:14-15. She read it and was taken a back. She knew the invitation for baptism was hers and that she should do it, she just needed the impression of the Spirit. We asked her, "Hermana Carmen, have you honestly prayed and asked specifically if you should get baptized this Saturday?" She shook her head no. We asked if we could get on our knees and pray right there in th

at moment. Her prayer was simple, but powerful. But after, she stayed there on her knees for a solid 3 minutes before finally getting up and saying..."So what do I need to bring Saturday?" YESSSSSSSSSS. My heart was filled with joy and with the Spirit and I know hers was too.

I had an exchange with Elder Garzon from Medellin Colombia this week. He is so funny and we had a blast in this place called Parque Porcino. It is a pig farm and it smells TERRIBLE. But we found some amazing people there wanting to hear the gospel. Also I held a pig:)

Finally I want to tell yall about our good friend and BAPTISMAL DATE Fray Vasquez. He has a baptismal date for the 11 of November. He is a friend of a member and he owns a restaurant. He gives us free food EVERY time we go. He is like 23 and is such a bro, like we laugh and joke like long time friends. We finally taught him for the first time this past SUnday, IN THE CHAPEL, AFTER SACRAMENT MEETING. It was perfect and he started to cry when we gave him a Book of Mormon with our names signed inside, the first I have ever done. I love this guy and we have a lesson with him tomorrow.

I studied the general conference talks more this week. Doctrine and Covenants 3:36 is my scripture to leave! I love it so much!

I miss and love you all, have a great week. Also VAMOS PERU CONTRA COLOMBIA MAÑANA. COPA MUNDIAL BABY

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Lucky week number 13... or not

Hello my friends and family!

This week was a rough one to say the least. Our baptismal dates fell because no one came to church. This is really testing me yall. Really hard to connect with investigators and share a relationship with them when they arent progressing. We can teach them so many time but they will never recieve an answer or the Spirit if they dont come.

However, I have recieved tons of advice from you all, and I am determined to put it to use. I am promising you all and myself that next week I will have at least 1 person come to church. I have the tools and the abilities I need, I only need to put them in action.

Other than that this week wasnt too bad. Today is kind of weird because they switched our Pday to Friday because we get to go to the temple. WOO HOO. I am very excited for that to say the least. But today I have been proseliting and all of the sudden we came here to email. 

I went to Interpol this past week and good news, I can stay in Peru. I would really hate to leave (again lol). But what was funny is I went with all the new missionaries who arrived 3 weeks ago and ALL of them were gringos. So I had to help out a lot as the Interpol workers with DMV attitudes were barking spanish at them like the hairless dogs here. They all thanked me at the end of the day which felt funny because I still feel new here haha. I will say that my Spanish is doing great, I havent had a problem speaking in like 2 weeks. 

I studied Ether 12 this week and verse 27 really hit me. It talks about how God shows us our weaknesses to make us humble, and if we stay humble, he will turn our weaknesses into strengths. Right now my weakness is getting people to church.  I am relying on the Lord to help me in all things. I would invite you all to read this scripture or chapter if you can, and figure out a way that you can be humble and just let go of everything, handing it to the Lord. He will bless you for your broken heart and contrite spirit. 

I love and miss you all, oh and I guess my family is moving to Los Angeles California so LETS GO DODGERS BABYYYY WORLD SERIES BOUND. (but the mission presidents son told me they are on a 12 game losing streak :( 

**Thank you elder SIVLEY for announcing our move... lol!  We were waiting to tell others until we told him.  But he just did it for us! :)

Other fun things from his letter to us this week:

-- Something funny that happened this past week: I met a cousin of Lance Hall, Hermana Abby Lee. She is in my mission and is super cool! She was one of the new missionaries at Interpol and she was born in Plano so we talked a ton about good ol Tejas.
-- Something you learned this past week: To always carry my dog dazer at night because the hounds be crawlin this time of year.
-- FOOD: We eat Pollo a La Brasa every Wednesday as a district after district meeting. It is the best. rotisserie chicken with french fries, hot sauce, salad, and wait for it...asian fried rice called CHAUFA.