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.



Monday, September 18, 2017

12 weeks out! Time flies!!!

Hello all! This week was SWEET. Elder Dallin H Oaks absolutely filled my heart with inspiration and revelation. My favorite quote of his from this meeting is "Repentance isnt only for the unworthy to become worthy, but for the worthy to become perfect." I LOVE that quote he told us. I am never going to forget it. There are always times in our lives when we are unworthy, and we repent. However, it is SO necessary to work to become perfect, repenting everyday. He also talked about the importance of the Book of Mormon. Read it and share it everyday was his challenge. It is a challenge for all. 

My package came from my family this week, filled with cookies and peanut butter (my one true love). I am so grateful that I was able to feel their love through their letters and pictures. I love them so much!

We had the opportunity to go to the BEACH this week. Not to swim lol. But to clean up trash. There was a ton of trash and they are no where near finished but it felt good to serve.
We found 9 new investigators this week and 2 of them came to church finally! That is my biggest struggle here in the missionm. Bringing investigators to church. Our meeting is at 8 in the morning and nobody wants to come. The bishopric even arrives late. But we succeeded this week in bringing 2 of them! They have a baptismal date for the 30th of September and I hope they reach that goal!

I end my letter today with my favorite hymn " I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go." If you listen to the words, especially the chorus, you find a desire to be better. To be more like Christ. Sing that song in your heads as you serve others and improve yourself.


I love and miss you all! Until next week!

FUN TID BITS from Elder Sivley's letter home this week...

Weekly Questions:
1. Best part of your week: My package came and Elder Oaks! Also Bishop Causse came with Elder Oaks and he REMEMBERED me! Don't ask me how because I have no idea, but I was able to shake his hand and he just said "Nice to see you....again." I was so taken back. He either has the best memory in the world or its a gift from God. That was super awesome. (**We met Bishop Causse in February when we were in New Zealand visiting my parents... 7 months ago!!**)
2. Worst part of your week: A pigeon pooped on my tie. Literally fell out of the air and landed on my tie.
3.  Funniest part of your week: Yeah okay that was pretty funny too, not everyday I get bombed by a pigeon hahaha
4.  Most spiritual part of this past week: Elder Oaks said something that really struck me. "Repentance isn't only for the unworthy to become worthy, it is also for the worthy to become perfect." I worked so hard to become worthy, but it doesn't end there. Every day we need to repent for something wrong we did. We need to try and become perfect.
5.  Something you learned: If you work hard but don't work smart, you didn't work at all.
6.  Something you ate: Terrible Peruvian pizza with uncooked mushrooms on it. I hate the pizza here.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 11

Hello my friends and family! This week was a pretty good one. I am staying in Oquendo for transfers and staying with Elder Vidal which is even better because I love this dude. We had lots of lessons this week and we found lots of new investigators to teach. I love this place because the majority of people really have a desire to listen and understand the gospel.

Our mission President recieved a letter from the Quorum of the 12 saying that they want missionaries to stay in one are and with one companion for longer time. We are talking maybe a minimum of 6 months now. I am actually really grateful for that because I love the people hear and I am really gaining trust with the members (to the point that they always give me food when I eneter their house:)

This week was the birthday of Hermana Tuero, our pensionista (the person who gives us lunch everyday), and we went all out. We bought her her favorite candy, wrote a song for her and made this awesome sign in this picture I sent. It says "Before Hermana Tuero (with regular sized missionaries) and after Hermana Tuero (with arrows poiting to us on the sides with estómagos gorditos)" She laughed, and cried, so we know we did alright.

Dallin H Oaks is coming to our mission this WEDNESDAY and i cannot wait to hear his teachings and recieve revelation!!! Apostles are so dang cool. Also we recieved news that starting this month we will be going to the temple once every 6 months! I miss the temple, all of you that are able to go whenever you want, JEALOUS. Enjoy it for me please.

Today we made COMPLETOS from Chile and played soccer so it was a pretty good PDAY. I love this mission and the other missionaries in our district, we are one very strange looking family haha.
My studies this week consisted of 3 Nephi 11. All about when Christ came to the Americas. WHAT A BLESSING it is to have this knowledge that Christ not only taught the people in Jerusalem, but also the ancestors of the people that I teach every day here in Peru. It is really special when I ask someone "Did you know that Christ came to this land to teach people that probably are your ancestors?" I always see a light in their eyes, like they realized they are an important people to our Heavenly Father. We all are, because we all are children of God and he loves us dearly.

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

Elder Sivley also got the news this week about his brother Brock's mission call.  We were dying for him to find out... this was his response: 
MEXICO!?!?!?!?!? THAT IS SO AWESOME. SPANISH LIVES ON IN THIS FAMILY. I am so excited for Brock oh my gosh.  I cant stop smiling at the pictures and videos of you dude. Vamos a cambiar el mundo juntos. Prepárese por la aventura de su vida. Te amo y estoy tan emocionado para ti.  (We are going to change the world together.  Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime.  I love you and am so proud of you.)

Elder Sivley also got the news about his buddy Dodger dying and his sister in the hospital currently... but he is such a strong and faithful young man-- he told Hannah,  "I hope that you recover soon and that you are back out there showing the world how special you are. I love you and miss you so much!

Man I miss my boy!!!!




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 10

Hello all, this week is going to be really short because this computer that I am on is so old and so slow. So everyone that sent me a personal email this week, I am sorry but Ill have to wait till next week to respond! With the exception of my family of course.

This past week was a great one! We recieved Elder Walter F Gonzales from the 70. He gave us a ton of spiritual guidance that I am going to use a ton in my mission. The lesson I took from his talk was: love your investigators and testify of Christ and the rest will follow.

I will leave y'all with that. Love one another and testify of Christ always. Those two things can change a life, change the world. 2 Nephi 25:26. HE is the focus, HE is the Savior and HE lives.

No pictures this week!! :( The computer was too slow...)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BLANCO ES BONITO!

Hello all!

This week was so awesome! We had a baptism! BLANCO ES BONITO!!!! WHOOOO HOOOO!

Her name was Elizabeth Vara and she is 16 years old. Her family used to be active members but decided to leave the church. I found her a couple months ago with my other companion and we taught her a couple of times but she had dropped us and told us she didnt want to progress farther. 

HOWEVER! Literally after my email last week we got a call from her saying that one of her friends (a member) had told her what a blessing it was to be baptized and she wanted to be taught again. She already had everything she needed from the last time, she only needed baptism! SO we went to her house and taught her a couple more times and she was baptized Saturday! None of her family showed up and the baptismal service was a mess(refer below) but her testimony was so sweet after and I felt the spirit so strong with her.
But let me tell you about this baptism---
So this baptism was CRAZYYYY. I had to baptize her 3 times because her body wasnt all the way under the water. The first time she kneed me in my manhood so I was crying internally, the second time her hand slapped me in the face on the way down, but the THIRD time oh my gosh you all are going to die. I tried to do it fast so her body wouldnt come up and i FREAKING DISLOCATED MY SHOULDER!!!!!! I held in what could have been a huge scream and left the font with my other arm supporting the dislocated one. But of course, OF COURSE she wanted a picture after so you can see MY RIGHT ARM resting on my leg because I couldnt lift it. Elder Vidal knew how to put it back in because he had "seen a youtube video" so in the bathroom after he pulled and turned and did whatever painful horrible thing he had to do but he put it back! We will never forget that experience and especially because it was my first baptism hahaha!

All in all it was a great week. My lesson to leave today is about befriending those who are investigating the church. The friend of this girl was a huge part of her wanting to be baptized. Help your local missionaries by offering to go on visits with them and offering to help with making their investigators feel comfortable. Because it is a brand new world for them!

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

BONUS TREAT: a recording of Hunter singing "I am a Child of God" in English and Spanish on the uke.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Week OCHO



Buenas tardes mis amigos y mi familia.

How is everyone? This week was a pretty good one. It started with a MIRACLE.  We were walking in the street when we hear "ELDER". We looked at eachother and were like "DId you just hear Elder?". All of the sudden a door flys open from a house behind us and a 25 or so year old man comes running up to us and says, "I need to talk to you, I want you to visit my family and we are not going to rest until we are members of your church." We looked at eachother with huge smiles and said "UH YEAH OKAY". They are a family that isnt married but we talked with the secretary of marriage and got all the information for a wedding on September 22. We presented the idea to them and they responded without hesitation, "Yes we will do it." We also invited them to be baptized the day after, the 23 of September, and again almost instantly, "Yes of course we will be baptized." They are so humble and so willing to learn, they keep their commitments in reading and asisting church. I love them, and I am excited to help them reach these goals. How cool is that? That was the highlight of my week easily.

We also had a feast from Cusco Peru called Pachamanca (google it) and it was the best pork I have had in my life. I love Peruvian food so much. I am trying to learn recipes that I can take home with me.
Elder Vidal is continuing to become a brother to me. I love this guy so much and we work so well together. I took a picture of our white board (my baby) that we have in our room and some of the writings on there should describe our relationship pretty well. Oquendo is doing great and we are very confident to have some baptisms pretty soon.

This week I studied about charity. Moroni 7 talks about the importance of charity and I asked myself, what am I doing to achieve this charity? Read this chapter and ask yourself the same thing! How can you have charity for others?

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

Funny story from his personal letter to the family:

For Pday we played this game where there were two groups of like 6 missionaries and you had to bring a fruit. Any fruit you like. I brought a pineapple. BIG MISTAKE. We had to eat it, ALL OF IT, without using our hands. I have pictures that I am trying to send but it was pretty crazy. IT was a race of who could do it the fastest and other people had like apples and bananas and I had a pineapple. But it was like a relay, when one person finished another started. So they had me go last and in the end of the entire game it was between me and an Elder who brought a cantalope. I WON. I ATE THAT PINEAPPLE SO FAST. SO fast that my lips were bleeding a little after because of the spikes. But my team was so hyped because of me it was awesome. Everyone thought we were going to lose because of my pineapple. :)

Mom's note: personally I'm shocked it wasn't a mango.  He LOVES mango!  Especially in Peru!




Monday, August 14, 2017

Semana 7... THIS is the work of the Lord

Hello my friends and family!

Nothing huge happened this week so today is a little shorter than most. We had a tough week finding new people to teach and setting very firm lesson dates. So we did a lot of searching and walking. One day I kid you not I walked 17 miles. My legs were crying and I live on the 4th floor of a very unstable looking building (so If we have a really bad earthquake yeah I am dead) so the walk up was LO PEOR (the worst).

We had a broadcast this past Sunday from the area authorities, Elder Carlos Godoy and Elder Juan Uceda of the Seventy. They both talked about reasons NOT to serve a mission (girlfriend,school,job,family) and how they are actually reasons TO serve a mission. So my email today more than anything is to those on my list contemplating serving a mission.

If you feel like you are leaving behind so much to serve, think about how much a mission will bless those things in your life. Especially the family. Your family will be watched over and protected, and more importantly, you will change the lives of every family to teach in your mission. Which will start a chain reaction, families to future missionaries to more families. THIS is the reason to serve a mission, THIS is the work of the Lord.

D&C 4 .....Read it, pray about it, apply it to your life.

I love and miss you all!

Soccer with the missionaries
 Elders Sivley and Vidal with a member in Peru...

Monday, August 7, 2017

Semana 6!

Buenas tardes mi familia y mis amigos.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 5 in Oquendo

Hola de Oquendo, Lima Peru!

I hope that everyone has had a fantastic week. We had lots of crazy stuff happen! First, July 28 is Independence Day for Peru! We climbed a mountain and celebrated by looking over the desert frontier of Oquendo. (cue western movie music) 

One of our investigators is going to be baptized this Saturday! I would ask for an abundance of prayers as Satan is going to come at her like a swarm of locusts (shoutout to Moses). Hermana Luz Fernandez is her name and she is truly amazing. She expressed to me her concerns about baptism. She felt like if she repented and got baptized, she wasn't allowed to make mistakes. I looked at her and opened up my heart about the blessing of repentance. Tears were flowing from both this sister and I. After my testimony she said "Okay Elder, estoy lista." (I am ready.) Such a testament to me of the Spirit. She is going to be baptized first and then hopefully her 11 yr old daughter in a couple weeks! I am so excited.

Also this week, I got a new companion! We had delayed transfers and I am now with Elder Vital who is from Viña Del Mar, Chile. He is awesome and I cannot wait to work with him. It will be a challenge for me because I am the one with experience in the Oquendo area, so I gotta introduce him to everyone and every place. I hope it will increase my Spanish, which is really progressing (blessed), but I also hope it will teach me a little about being a leader in the mission. 

I love you all and I miss you. Read Matthew 5 this week, everyone needs a little Sermon on the Mount in their lives!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 4 in Peru + 2 months before = 3 months down, 21 to go!!!

Hello all!

This week was a long one. But I have completed a month of the mission! Combine that with the time I had before and I have 3 months! Transfers are tonight but I will probably stay in Oquendo. I am still being trained and Elder Gutierrez has only been here for a transfer.


Anyways, this week was busy, so busy I forgot to buy food. Big mistake as a missionary. I was so hungry but our Bishop came in CLUTCH. Without knowing, he bought us HUGE chicken platters and heaven in a bottle, Inca Kola. 

We didnt have any baptisms this week but we are getting so close with one investigator. Her name is Luz and she literally is Luz(light). She has such a desire to learn, but she needs church attendance! If she comes to church, she can get baptized, with her 11 yr old daughter Adriana. Prayers for her to attend would be much appreciated! 

Other than that, it was a very average week. I studied Doctrine and Covenants a lot this week and really developed a testimony of Joseph Smith. He really was someone who gave everything to the Lord. I hope to do the same on my mission.

I love and miss you all. Keep praying and reading the scriptures daily. Listen to the counsel of the Spirit. Know that God knows and loves you personally.


--Elder Hunter Sivley

*** Notes from emails with mom:
1.  Every week I ask Hunter 5 questions... this was his answer to the question, "What was your best spiritual experience this week? :

I had a huge spiritual experience today. While waiting for a bus, we saw the bus we usally take which is run by Adonai. But it looked a tad too full today, just a little bit, barely enough to make us wait for another bus. Something told me not to take this bus, for what I thought at the time was because it was crowded. So we took a different bus that was close behind it. As we were driving, an accident had happened ahead. When we passed the scene, it was the Adonai bus. I feel very protected by Heavenly Father and I am glad we chose not to take Adonai. So grateful for small spiritual impressions.

This mama is grateful as well... for BIG spiritual impressions!

2.  Elder Sivley sends us a recording every week as well.  This week's recording was made while he was walking in the streets of Oquendo and boy was it loud!  In fact, he yelled at a bus (another bus story!) that got a little too close to them!  I absolutely cherish these voice recordings as it allows me to hear his voice and feel like I am "talking" to him, not just emailing.  Love hearing him laugh too... and speak in Spanish.  So fun!

3.  I have no idea about any details of the other 2 pictures attached to this post.  The first one in the dusty street I'm assuming is where he lives because he told us he lives on Los Angeles Street.  He didn't explain the other two so just make something up...  haha.  The last one with his zone by the helicopter was posted by another mom on facebook and my son was tagged in it.  Still good to see his face and his HUGE smile!!




Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 3!!

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

This week was AWESOME! BLANCO ES BONITO! I got my first baptism! It was a baptism for the Hermanas in our district, so not my investigator but my first baptism none the less!! I could feel the Spirit so strong and I had to hold back tears. I have worked so hard to get to that point where I'm helping someone get closer to God and the feeling was amazing. 


We had zone conferences this week and I loved it. I met so many missionaries and got to see some of my MTC group. My Zone is El Olivar and we are the best hahaha:)

 I had the opportunity to teach Sunday School this week in church and at first I was SUPER hesitant. I didn't know what I was going to teach these native Peruvian members about the gospel and especially in Spanish. But literally, the Lord put words in my mouth. The lesson went great and people actually came up to me and thanked me for my teaching. So that felt kind of awesome. 

The lesson to take away from that experience is: Trust in the Lord. Don't doubt yourself before you ask the Lord for help. I would invite everyone to read Proverbs Chapter 3. If you have any problem in your life. Trust in the Lord. If you need to repent and change something, Trust in the Lord. If you don't know what to do next, Trust in the Lord.

I leave you with those words until next week. I love and miss you all!!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 2 in Peru

Hello my friends and family! Wow this week was a rough one! Since we last talked I got the flu, lost a couple baptismal dates, and we had a 4.0 earthquake HAHAHA. But I am progressing! My Spanish is something I'm worrying about less and less each day and I can almost understand everybody!

So with the flu this week I was bed ridden for Wednesday which really made me feel lazy. I hate feeling like I could be doing something better but not being able to do it. I felt better on Thursday but then 4 of our baptismal dates decided they didnt want to be taught the Gospel anymore.
That was really discouraging but I'm starting to realize that having 12 baptismal
DATES is no where near the same as having 12 BAPTISMS.

But, the week didn't end terribly. Our district had a couple baptisms and they asked me to sing and play my ukulele for them. There were a couple non members there and they were in tears after I sang "O Lord My Redeemer." I heard that one of them decided to take the lessons from other Elders after that night so I loved that experience. The earthquake was small, not big enough to break anything or hurt anybody. But it shook our chairs pretty good and surprised us all. I was nervous there was gonna be a bigger one after wards but we were assured that that is EXTREMELY rare.

From my studies, I would encourage everyone to read the final chapter of John in the New Testament where Christ tells his apostles to "Feed My Sheep".  I invite you to take that challenge upon yourselves and see what you can do to Feed His Sheep this week.
 
I miss and love you all. Hope everything is going well for yall!

picture of the view from my apartment:
 from our apartment in the other direction

Notes from email to mom:
-- Elder Sivley said that he and the other American Elders in his district got together and sang the National Anthem as loud as they could on the 4th of July.  He said the native elders looked at them like they were crazy but it was funny and very patriotic!
-- Elder Sivley already had a "can't remember the word in English" moment when he was talking about transfers and could only say "cambios." He literally could not think of the word in English which is just crazy to me since he has spoken English for 19 years and is now so concentrated on learning the Spanish language that he is forgetting English words!  haha
-- He loves your emails and pictures and words of encouragement... thank you for loving our boy!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

I'M BACK!!! Week one ...

HEY EVERYBODY!!!!!!!

I am back in Lima, Peru and I am here to stay!!!! Wow it has been a crazy week. I got here and stayed in the office for 2 days, working as a temporary assistant you could say haha. I was able to see my president and he was so excited that I was back. He gave me the biggest hug and gave me my tie that I left with him. Someone told me later that he wore it every fast sunday. I love that man so much.  (so do we!!)

I contacted a little bit with the missionaries in the office and already have some ridiculous stories. Freaking a guy came up to us and told us he had killed 6 people but wanted to repent......yeah. 
I was chased by a Perro Peruano (dog of Peru) and they have zero hair except a freaking mohawk on top of their head. Hyenas really. Anyways, didn't get bit but that thing was pissed off. 
Later on Thursday, I finally got my first companion! His name is Elder Gutierrez and he is from La, Paz Bolivia. So that makes 2 Bolivian trainers I have had. Let me tell you, Bolivians are so great. He has the best attitude and such a passion for the work. 

We live in Oquendo, El Olivar, Callao, Lima, Peru. It is a town near the ocean so we have lots of seafood so this missionary is one happy guy. We have 12 scheduled baptismal dates, yes, TWELVE. We have had much success in the 3 days that I have worked here. 
I have retained SO MUCH more Spanish than I thought I did and I could not be happier. All in all, everything is fantastic here. I am so glad I was able to do this right. Im having the time of my life. Its hard but its such a privilege that I have worked so hard for. I love and miss you all!
 * a few added notes from his email to his mom:
-  He lives on Los Angeles Street! (since his dad and I are born and raised in LA and huge Dodger fans, we thought this was pretty cool!!)
-  I sent him with a "dog dazer" a high pitched alarm that he is SUPPOSED to carry with him to scare off wild mangy dogs... did he have it with him??? NOOOOO!
-  There is a family that lives a floor below them that are members of the church... this is the man who sent me the facebook message with a picture of him playing his ukelele.  They have kids that are 13, 11, and 5 and Elder Sivley says that the 5 year old is a latino Dayne.  :)
-  His hug with his mission president was super great and just what he needed-- President Stauffer was an amazing support to Hunter while he was home for 9 months.  <3
-  He is happier than he has ever been and feels so at peace.  That makes this mama so thankful!

Here's to many more weeks of "freaking" fantastic letters!  Can't wait until next Monday!

Monday, June 26, 2017

ELDER SIVLEY IN PERU TAKE 2!!

Elder Sivley returned early from his mission on October 12, 2016. He served for 2 months and came home to make things right with the Lord and to prepare himself to serve a WORTHY mission. We are so proud of him for having the courage to do what was right and to apply the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ in his life.  To say he worked hard and persevered is an understatement.  He was home for almost 9 months and he made marvelous changes in his life.

This morning , we took him to the airport to fly BACK to Lima, Peru. BACK to his mission that he loved so much. BACK to the same security gate that he walked through last August when he left the first time. However, he wasn't the same person today as he was last year. He is a changed young man. Full of the spirit, humble, kind, happy, and at peace with himself. He has learned a great deal and has suffered long. He returns to do full time missionary work for the next 22 months. He has much to do and he is ready to do it. What an example to us all!!! We love you son! God Speed Elder Sivley!! Cannot wait to hear you've arrived safely and are already about the work of the Lord!!






 His setting apart last night by our awesome Stake President, President Stuart Alleman.  And our bishop, Bishop Nathan Grant, who was absolutely critical in Hunter's growth and progression... as well as our whole family!  He supported us through some very hard times!  Thank you to both of you!!!  We cannot express our gratitude enough.