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

 

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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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Late Letter- 9/7/2017

HELLOOOOOOOO everyone!!!

This week was super great -we worked hard and are loving life. We talked a lot with president, so that was super cool! We had our office meeting with him and one of the best parts was that he ASKED FOR MY REPLACEMENT!! whohoo!!!! I love it here, but also, I am totally ready to go back out to the field and be a “normal” missionary working with people all day. We had some awesome experiences here in the offices and are really focusing on having the spirit with us. That has been our goal in the offices – that we only do things that help us keep the spirit with us.

This week I got to sing in three different musical numbers and play in one too! So that was AWESOME!!! I love singing so much -hahaha- I really miss choir. It’s always fun to sing here and help people feel the spirit! We have really been working with the members so that THEY can be missionaries and talk to people in their daily lives about the church. I think that this is the most important job for the members! Some goofy missionaries say, “If the members did their job, we would not have to contact.” That’s so WRONG!!! The members are here to talk to people and be examples and help prepare the investigators, but if the missionaries worked with just the referrals than we OBVIOUSLY aren’t doing our job. You guys keep up the good work:)) We have been really feeling your prayers and they are translating into blessing and AMAZING spiritual experiences. We had the opportunity to give some super cool blessings to some people this past week.

We also gave some awesome service- We got to help a family that had a huge tree fall and totally wreck their house! It was sad for them, but we helped find them another house and helped move their things. I just love serving people… and not just because it helps me to not sit behind a desk all day

I love you all!!!!!!! Sorry for the late email! We have been running in and out of the hospital and consejo stuff that I just forgot and then didn’t have time to send one after! SORRY!!!

Love you all!

Elder Hammond

September 4, 2017

*Elder Hammond did email some pictures and asked lots of questions to check on us after the flooding in our home due to Hurricane Harvey. He indicated that he would send an email, but that one of the elders had broken his arm and they would need to head to the hospital to help take care of the paperwork and the elder. We did not receive a letter – I’m sure he just had too much to take care of – but he said everything was going well and he was happily as busy as ever.

P-Day soccer workout:

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SO happy becuase he found some mac-n-cheese at a store:

The zone went on a paintballing excursion a few weeks back – he sent the picture of ‘the best welt’:

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August 28, 2017

Hello everyone!! First of all, I am SOOO sorry that I didn’t write last week!!! I´ve repented and am going to do better!!!!

This last week was AWESOME! We really have been working hard here in the offices. We had quite a few major problems (no money, people in the hospital, president in Peru and we couldn’t call.) But it was fun running the mission. Now I know how stinking hard it must be to be a president!!
It was a good week and we learned a TONNNNN!!! we also actually got to work a TON in the area this week!
We went to la Chimba this Friday to go contact and help them find new investigators and I just LOVE contacting. It brings such a challenge to the work but its new every time!!! We contacted all day Friday and then Saturday came around and we are doing this new thing where we contact and LOAN out Books of Mormon.
We have found if we give someone a Book of Mormon (BOM) then they are more likely to be like,  “oh, OK. It’s mine, I´ll read it later” and then forget about it! Taking the BOM lightly is not a good thing, so we loan a BOM to the people with a copy of the 23 questions the BOM answers and we say “we will be back in three days. If you read it you can keep having the book, but if you don’t then we will take it back because its important!” AND ITS SO COOL – We contacted and were doing that and we had SO MUCH SUCCESS!!! We were in a taxi and passed a house where we did that and the dude was out on his porch reading it. AHHHHH IT WAS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!! I love the BOM and the act of just going out and talking about the church. It’s the BEST!! We found some cool families, so I hope we will have a lot of success teaching this week!
I also have been focusing on having the spirit and watching the blessings of the lord come. I realized more and more that we can’t just pray for blessings and then sit back and watch them come, but we have to go out and get them! I really have been focusing on being positive in the midst of everything going on:) I LOVE the example of President Hinckley who would just go out and be happy and positive no matter what!!!!
I love you all! Keep being examples of the believer and open your mouths to share the gospel, or just the church, or just share something cool:))

Love you all!!!

Elder Hammond
Some pics from our recent paintball p-day:

August 21, 2017

Braden’s week was very hectic and he sent the following pics and the message – “I am GREAT! Sorry, I need to go take care of some things for President.”

These pics were titled, “When you accidentally get teargassed because you are in the wrong place at the wrong time”…apparently there was a political protest that they accidentally walked behind.

More pics from the office:

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August 14, 2017

HELLO EVERYONE! It’s the week of cambios!!!! I hope everyone is having a great week-We had a lot of good experiences:)

I guess that I don’t really talk about our investigators much… sorry! I am going to repent of that and be better about it. Basically we have three families that we are teaching after our office work.
1. Georgina- georgina is AWESOME she and her kids are super cool. She actually wasn’t married and was living with her boyfriend and we taught her that that was wrong and she just decided to break everything off! She prayed and knew it would be the best thing to do!!! So she left her whole life behind, brought her kids and wanted to be baptized. We were SO HAPPY for her because we had fasted and prayed a TON!!!! BUT satan also works hard and her old bf.. not the best person… left her all of the debts of his bank account. She has been working SOOO hard and hasn’t gotten a paycheck for two months! She didn’t have any money and basically had disappeared. She never answered her phone and never opened the door. BUT on Saturday we had the impression to pass by! We convinced her little boy to let us in and we talked to her and found all of this stuff out. We also were told that it was her little girl’s bday! Georgina was super sad because she didnt have any money for cake or presents. So we went and bought a GIANT Moana play set and an icecream cake for her little girl and had a birthday party. I mean we have zero money too, but I KNOW that when we sacrifice for the wellbeing of others, we are ALWAYS blessed. Georgina really felt the spirit and was just so grateful and cried and that made us cry HAHA it was the best day ever in cobija!!!!

IMG_12942. Jessi and Justi- they are super cool, a mom and her daughter. We have been teaching them for the whole time I have been here. Last week we had the impression to let the hermanas in our ward teach them, but we both were like “nahh we teach well too.” It turned out to be a lesson in humility and in trusting God’s plan. This week, we asked the hermanas to come with us in a cita and teach and IT WENT SO WELL!! I guess just the whole women thing HELPED SO MUCH!! and I am so tankful that God has given us the spirit. because we´d be TOAST without it!!!!

I really have been focusing on that – being worthy to have the spirit. which means to never have bad thoughts or do anything against the Lord’s will. It is so hard to have the spirit with you always, but I am trying.

3. Gabi´s mom and family.  Gabi is a convert and her family members aren’t baptized yet, so we go and teach them all.  They are super great and are progressing. They have a date for the second Saturday in September:)

 

Those are the main progressing peeps. I seriously love being able to teach!

 

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!! BE EXAMPLES OF JESUS CHRIST!
heres my quote of the week:
Do not misunderstand. Repentance is not easy or painless or convenient. It is a bitter cup from Hell. But only Satan, who dwells there, would have you think that a necessary and required acknowledgment is more distasteful than permanent residence. Only he would say, “You can’t change. You won’t change. It’s too long and too hard to change. Give up. Give in. Don’t repent. You are just the way you are.” That, my friends, is a lie born of desperation. Don’t fall for it. – Jeffery R. Holland

 

Elder Hammond 🙂