October 23 &30, Nov 6, 2017

HELLLOOOOOO everyone! I dont have much time, because we dont knowif we have a interecambio or not. We have an Elder in our district that has been really sad, so Presidetn said that the another new Elder might come with us and we will see if we can help out. Thats could be fun!!!
A tradition here is that every intercambio you have to climb this mountain and take some awesome pics! So I was taking an elder up there and we climb up the first part and THEN he tells me he is super afraid of heights. At this point, we couldn’t turn back, so that was a little rough. I literally dragged him up the whole thing- the only way down was to go up then take the road down. Anyway, that was an experience that actually taught me a lot.

I am so happy to be here! We are working hard. I have been quite sick, so that stinks, but I’m trying to be positive. Elder Poma is doing really well, so that’s awesome. HE is progressing a tonnn!! We should have a baptism this weekend or the next so I am super happyfor them:))) I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!
Elder Hammond

October 30

Hello everyone. This week was awesome. I am NOT sick anymore so that’s huge. We actually had a bounadary change, SO our baptism for this saturday was in another ward, but we got to go see and it was AWESOME. I was so happy for him!! We are going to have another baptism the next Sat, so the Lord really is blessing us!!!

We had a seventy come to the mission and it was amazing! We got to go to 2 special conference with him – I learned a lot and was motivated a ton. We were taught about being worthy to have the placa (wear the tag) and how to be “representatives” of Christ! It was so cool he gave a lot of hard words to the disobedient elders. He spoke a lot about faith and the power to move mountains. It really impacted me and realizing that I have access to the power of God by knowing that He can work through me.

But yeah, my week was just working hard and lovig people…
You guys all know me.. I like to push myself hard. And sometimes I think that other people should be pushed exactly like me. With elder poma I was pushing him very hard for a few days and then I reallized that it was not helping. I realized that sometimes we can’t push people to success. BUT we can love them and JUST support them. It is something I wish I would have done when I was home.. but I have seen how when we JUST and ONLY support people and love them they can change and progress. Now, comparing poma with other elders —he is SOOO AMAZING!!! like he is doing SO WELL!!! I love this guy! He def has taught me more than I have taught him;) hahaha

I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!
Keep being GREAT examples for me!!!
Elder Hammond

NOV 6

Well I learned a LOT his week. Sometimes I feel like I am learning and then God is like “Hey, can you learn a bit faster?” HAHAHA

Sometimes the tests come and they come hard! We spent some of this week with Victoria and Josue who are going to be baptized on Saturday! We have been teaching them a lot and they are GREAT. I really have felt all of your prayers for them!  I LOVE YOU ALL! Thank you!
We contacted a bunch and we got a lot of new families.  I was in the hiospital overnight, but the funny part is that my nurses now are going to be investigators HAHAHA – gotta always stay on your game, no matter what.

I am fine now. I’ve had a few parasite issues for a few months and my body finally gave up and started an infection. Systemic strep, maybe?  I was only there and on IVs for one night and I’m all good. I learned a lot from Poma. I was SO DEAD, like totally exhausted and poma comes in at like 8 am (I was ordered to sleep for a couple days) and every three minutes… “hey lets go work?” HAHAHA the same thing I did to him when he was sad and struggling to keep moving. hahahahaha

It was SO COOL, we would just go work until I couldn’t move. Then we would come back and after a few hours.. “hey lets go to work?” That has become our motto. Both of us have been pretty dead sick but “hey lets go work?”

We did spend an hour or so watching 17 miracles and literally both of us were BAWLING. Poma goes ” you know they had it a lot worse” HAHA ITs so true!!

We have been studying the pioneers together and how they ARE our Moses exudus story. Like Nefi and ALL of the other BOM prophets ALWAYS say “but I never forgot the hand of the Lord with Moses” Or “They forgot but I didnt”. I have always thought, “ok, but like WHO CARES? Live your own life.”  BUT we realized that when the prophets or people didnt forget or ‘always remembered’ the Lord’s hand in the exodus, it kept them focused and on it. They remembered the blessings that come from obedience and it helped them stay righteous. The Pioneers are OUR forefather that we need to remember! And I love them. They amaze me. I feel like I could never be worthy to be with them. Their amazing examples of faith and love and patience cannot be forgotten!

We are working hard and being obedient and are seeing the blessings here
I love you all!! keep being awesome!!!! Also cambios happened and we are staying together:)))

LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!
Elder Hammond

ALSO SHOUTOUT to Justin for finishing strong for his mission in Russia and returning with honor:))

pics from a paintball event:

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October 15, 2017

HELLLOOOO EVERYONE!!!
How are you all doing???
My week was awesome! We spent a lot of time in the psychologist for my comp and clinic for me— I’m having the chance to do another parasite treatment and am feeling much better now 🙂  but it was a good week!

We were able to work a few days and we worked hard!!! We are really learning to be a team, to love one another and to be happy with the success of the other:) We are really becoming brothers and I love that! I love that about the mission because you can be put with a random guy and become his brother in the course of two weeks. Just being one in purpose does that to ya:)))

We found a family that is really cool! Jamil is a recent conveert of the area and we are teaching his family! They are so prepared and really have the desires to change and that is something we can work with!!! I really have learned so much with emlder Poma I am so happy that he is my comp. I hope you all know I am working hard and being obedient:) I love you all so so much!!
Keep being faithful and happy!
Love,
Elder HAmmond

October 9, 2017

HELLLLOOOOO everyone!!!! My week was really interesting. We had a lot of fun working HARD. I am in Villa Mexico Dos, but it mainly Pucata Alta y K`ara K`ara which are the two big pueblos. It’s kinda dangerous, but fun. I really LOVE the people here and the members are amazing! They have helped us so much. I am back with Farroñan in the zone, so that’s fun. We have been together the whole mission now- haha.
We are mostly just finding new people to teach. We had a really nice old cholita come to church on Sunday, so that was cool.  We might have a baptism that the other elders passed us for the 28th.  Living life and loving life. Elder Poma, my new companion, is really working hard on staying focused and not complaining – so that’s awesome! He has already gotten WAY better!! We are getting along super well. I think from each of the challenging comps I have learned different skills and it is all coming to the test here with Poma:) He has so much desire to love the pèople and work hard, so that’s what we are going to do!!!

I am great! Actually super cool story this week, well two.

1. So I got stung by a scorpion three times in the middle of the night. I woke up for REAL when it was stinging me the second time and then as I was like whatttttt?! it got me again…. so I killed it, and then I was in a ton of pain. It was already super swollen and red, and I literally prayed outside and was like “Heavenly Father I am trying to be obedient I am trying to be patient, but it’s taking a toll on me. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but this hurts and if it’s poisonous, I will like die in the time it takes us to get to Cocha… please just help me. And if it’s not, then I just hope it heals fast and isn’t overly itchy, so I can love Elder Poma tomorrow without stress. And I went to bed and actually fell asleep and then woke up and just have three red dots and NOTHING ELSE!!! It was all gone, so that was super awesome and I am so thankful that God blessed me:) I know that sometimes the trail seems unbearable and that is when we can REALLY and TRULY humble ourselves and then ask for help.

2. Our pension is AWESOME! They are this humble family of 8 and they are just so loving and AMAZING!! They have these super cute little kids and on Friday we were walking down the street with them and the little girl Marian was on her bike. I was right behind her and I just felt this impression to run to her and grab her. I was like ‘what?’ and the Spirit was like, “go grab her fast.”  I have learned here that you just obey, so I sprinted as FAST as I could and right as I was getting to her a Trufi came FLYING around the corner about to hit her. Luckily I grabbed her fast enough, but it was truly a miracle and I am so thankful the Spirit told us to do that. It was so scary!!!! The bike got hit and a little jacked up, but no one really got hurt.

We are loving the work and are working super hard! My compi is awesome and is going to be an amazing missionary:)

LOVE YOU ALLL***

Elder Hammond

October 2, 2017

HELLO EVERYONE! How are you guys? I have had a very interesting week!

I LOVED CONFERENCE. Like it was one of the best conferences I have ever heard!

I absolutely loved the no judging and just loving with the pure love of Christ. I really felt like it was talking to me because I am going to need to be patient here:)
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So, maybe you all have heard, but I am not in Sucre –haha. So… basically there was a trainer going to Sucre with this kid, and then the kid had some serious behavioral problems and because I hadn’t left on the plane yet, President put him with me. So I am training this guy and we are going to open an area called Villa Mexico… which is going to be fun- I am really excited!

So yeah, we are opening this area and it’s going to be a bit different but it is going to be a great experience. I am really excited!

Also, really sorry the internet stinks! I can’t send pics!! but I will try to have the secretaries send them tomorrow.

I love you all!! Be examples of the believers!!! Keep being amazing!!!!!!!!

Elder Hammond

September 25, 2017

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HELLLLOOOOOO everybody! I hope your week was awesome, and you could choose to be happy:)))

My week went well- On Monday we played soccer and it was a blast!! Soccer/ anything physical really helps on Mondays.. it just relaxes me:)) We went to lunch and then had a great afternoon:)
Tuesday we were able to have our last cita with Paula and NIcole before they got baptized, we got to plan their baptism and it was really fun!! On Wednesday I got to hear about the cambios and I found out who my replacement is!!! Elder Grotepas is a great elder and is the elder that I suggested to president:) So thats awesome!
On Wednesday we also had the baptism. It was super fun and really spiritual and Paula tried to give her testimony but was just so overwhelmed that she just cried. It was really cool. You could tell that they both had such strong testimonies!!!
On Thursday I found out MY cambio. I get to go to SUCRE!! It’s like a 30 minute flight(8hr bus ride hahaha) but its like 3 hours away from Potosi in a car. So I’m close to Potosi and my converts from there and Angel and Pati are going to come visit. I´LL FINALLY GET TO SEE THEIR BABY!!!!!
I will be opening an area in Sucre and training, so that’s awesome!! I am super excited:)))
We also got to go teach more people this week! Georgina is progressing slowly but surely. We also have been teaching the Familia Torrez and they have a fecha for the 14th of next month!!!!!! Hopefully I´ll be able to see their pics.
On Friday, all of the people who are going home were finishing up, interviews, the temple, and they slept in our house. That meant that I got to be reunited with some of the elders I knew when I started the mission. ITS SO WEIRD!! It doesn’t feel like I have time in the mission, but I am like on the old side now – Its crazy. Everyone from my first zone is dead (home). Only Farroñan and I are left here.
That was my week! It has been a great week! I did have a cold at the end of it, so that stinks… just a lot of sniffing. haha
I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Be strong even in the midst of adversity!! I will be praying for you all and all of your adventures! I love you guys!
Elder Hammond

September 18, 2017

HELLO EVERYONE!!!
How is everybody doing? good? great.
My week was awesome! We had a zone conference that was super cool!
At the zone conference- the asistants taught a class about baptisms- it was super motivational and went well. President taught an INSANE class about teaching the restoration. It was so great!! He talked about how we can use the Abrahamic covenant to show that God loves us and it was SUPER SPIRITUAL. This dude is NUTSSS -he is soooo smart. Presi is just a total beast wth the scriptures and my favorite part is that he has never served a mission. He was baptized when he was like 27 and it shows that ANYONE can be the most amazing scriptural monster in the world!!

IMG_1703We also got to do a lot of service here, so that was fun! We helped with some moves and with a ward activity!

We had a really fun intercambio with the zone leaders. I got to go with Farroñan. It is sad because we have been together for ALL of our misisons, but I probably am going to leave soon from the city and he won’t come with me -so that’s a bummer. The exchange was awesome. We taught really well together and … found a dog that looks JUST like a gremlin!!!

(This is P-Day and an awesome tree that looks like a chicken! Hahahaha.)

We also had a baptism on Saturday that was AWESOME!!! Arley was ready to be baptized and we have grown to love this dude! He has such a strong testimony and is just super awesome.
We are going to have a baptism with the hermanas on Wednesday of this week. I am so happy for everyone being baptized-they are taking a HUGE step, and it’s an important one:)

Love you all! Be amazing people this week!

I LOVE YOU ALL!!

Elder Hammond

 

September 11, 2017 Letter

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HELLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOO everyone!!!

My week was great!!! It was composed of Sunday to Saturday –with a Wednesday and Monday in there;) It was seriously great though!!!!
We had a great Monday – played futbol, had some good eats:)
This week we had consejo and it was AWESOME!! I got to teach a class- that was cool. We had a really good class from president about being diligent and loving others.
We also had some elders going home early for sickness with us, so we were on babysitting duty – but they were a crackup and we were always laughing!!
I got to sing at a BUNCH of different events this week! One of those was a baptism, a fireside, a marriage:) and sacrament meeting! So, that’s a BLAST!! I LOVE SINGING SO MUCH! I really truly believe in sharing the gospel through YOUR talents. Really you don’t have to be the best traditional teacher to share the gospel – just use your talents and example and people will come to you– if you are willing to open your mouth:)) I get to sing in three other things this week too, so IM PUMPED! wWe actually wrote a song for the conference of Cochabamba. Elder Babitt and I for piano and four voices so I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE how it goes.
My comp is awesome and hilarious and doing great!!!! We are working hard and he is teaching me a TONNNN. We are really working efficiently- so that’s super nice. Our investigators have a fecha for the 24 of this month. I AM SO HAPPY FOR THEM! They really have gained such strong testimonies.
We have found that yes, people CAN baptize like crazy, but really we are focusing on having CONVERTS. People that will stay active. So don’t worry. I do love the willingness of the people here to join the church but we are REALLY focusing on having people gain a testimony.
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!! have a great week!
Spiritual experience: this week we were working SO HARD we were dead by Sunday and we were walking to our correlation with the mission leader and found a few women pushing a truck FULL of stuff! Obviously we ran to help them and then we were pushing it and the women jumped in to steer and rest! It was super fun at first because we were helping and then we realized they were going to the gas station…. 1.5 miles away. HAHAHAHAHA It was a good mental test- I totally felt like I was running a freaking hill work out in cross. I haven’t been so ‘leg dead’ in my LIFE, but it was awesome! We got them there and then we found out they were a family and lived in our area and WANTED to hear about the gospel.
If we just help and act as Christ would, he will bless us. I have a firm testimony of that.
I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLL
Elder Hammond
PS IT SNOWED!!!!!
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