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Elder Hunter Reese
Colombia Cali Mission
Avenida 2, Oeste # 10-130, Edif Tempo
Oficina 201, Barrio Santa Rita
Cali Valle del Cauca
Colombia 760045


Monday, September 18, 2017

All The Gangsters Say Hi To Us

Hey guys!
The package has arrived in Cali so I just need to take it out! 

I have gained a huge testimony of the temple since I haven't been able to go back! There should be no excuses for those members at home to go at least once a month because there are people here that have to ride a bus for 15 hours just to go and they do it. It is the only vacation that some people ever get to take during the year but they are so excited to do it! 

First of all I told you that he got baptized. (I told him about a kid he went to school with who got baptized and I didn't remember that) Second of all YOU know him because he played lacrosse with me! Also, the other stories were super cool! (I told him some missionary stories I heard this week) Sometimes I just like to say little scriptures in my head to motivate me. 

One thing that I love to do is contact. I have now learned how to put my personality in Spanish. Before it was hard because I was scared that I wouldn't know and all that but now I can do it! So that means that almost everyone accepts a lesson from us because I don't take no for an answer. 

I don't have any baptisms still but we are starting to find new investigators and some are progressing! 

This week this dude named Fosoforo told us that we didn't have to worry because he had our back and now all the gangsters say hi to us on the street!

Anyways, I love you guys!! Stay strong!! Oh and transfers are next week I don't think I am going anywhere but if I don't email that is why!! 

Con Amor,
Elder Reese

Monday, September 11, 2017

Don't Come For My Birthday, Please


Hey guys!
This week was interesting. 

My companion turned 20 on Saturday! I bought him lunch today and that made his chubby self happy. 

Here is the crazy thing. This investigator we have is super nice and loves us to death and she wanted to have us over for his birthday. We told her we wanted bbq ribs so she gladly bought them. 

Thursday she told us that she had a surprise for us. I had no idea and neither did my companion. 

Saturday we headed to her house and as we got closer to her door my companion stopped and didn't want to go any further. I asked him why and he pointed at the man at the door and said because that is my Dad!!!! 

It turns out that his Mom, Dad and sister all came down to see him for his birthday!

He wasn't happy either but it all worked out. They aren't members by the way. They didn't know better. Don't come here for my birthday please. (RUDE!)

I had English classes to teach this week on Friday and just with my luck this huge storm just started about thirty minutes. We stopped by the house and I grabbed my umbrella and he (his companion) laughed at me because I had an umbrella. I walked outside and after about five seconds he started running and screaming for me to hurry up because he was getting drenched. So I walked slowly with my silly umbrella. It also took 30 minutes to find a taxi.

No one went to the classes so that was great...

I played guitar at a baptism for the other missionaries to sing along. 

Other than that this week was great. It is kind of a rough area. Elder Vernaza was here and he used to tell me how he knocked every door here and in 12 weeks he didn't even have a baptismal date. Yay!

Anyways, love you guys! 

Con Amor,
Elder Reese
 
This is what Hunter had to say about the photographs he sent this week:
 
So here in Colombia it is very common to throw eggs and flour at the birthday boy or girl and my district did it to my companion. It was way worse before the picture, but no taxi would accept us til we made him presentable. The other is him with his birthday cake and the other is my favorite dish in Colombia. It is called a Picada. It consists of a whole bunch of different meats and potatoes. It was delicious! Enjoy! 


Monday, September 4, 2017

Don't Ask Hunter to Try New Things

Hey Guys!
First things first. I ordered a hamburger last Monday and it came with a sauce that it never comes with. I decided to take the high road and try new things. It wasn't that bad. 

Tuesday waking up with a fever of 102 and the worst head and body ache was the bad part. From Tuesday until now  I have had deadly diarrhea. I have pooped over 60 times in 6 days. 

Moral of the story is Hunter doesn't try new things, so don't ask Hunter to try new things.

Now that we got that out of the way. This week has been one of the harder ones due to the dashing to the house every hour to poop. Also, we went to Popayan Wednesday to go to a zone conference on Thursday

I felt decent Wednesday but we had to sleep on these air mattresses and my companion was not happy because he said he was longer and wider than the beds. We had to blow them up with our mouths as well. The best part was watching my companion wake up at 3 laying on the ground blowing it back up like I told him would happen! 

Bad part is I didn't sleep at all. And I got sick again in the conference and they just let me sleep; it was terrible. 

Other than that we are starting English classes for people to come to. That should be fun! 

Other than that I have nothing to report! My companion is doing fine. I love you guys! Stay strong! 

Con AMor,
Elder Reese

Monday, August 28, 2017

6 Months Down

Hey guys!
My baptism went well. We had to improvise because the clothes didn't fit but everything else went well! 

Li's mom is a very dedicated member of another church and L. was very scared to tell her about her baptism. I shared with her all the little things that could go wrong but then all the amazing things that could go right. 

Her mom showed up at the baptism and after the ordinance she bore her testimony thanking my companion for everything he did and then continued to speak about other things. I didn't expect her to say much about me because we have only known each other for 2 weeks. but, she came back and said that she didn't know how but I came into her life at the perfect moment to help her make this decision. 

As she finished, she was crying, her mother gave her a huge hug and kiss and was crying as well so it obviously touched her. 

I didn't get to see the eclipse but oh well there will be plenty of like 3d videos of it. 

It is a lot easier now (I asked him if he was getting used to the altitude). Last week when we played soccer I almost died it was terrible. I love playing soccer for the first time in a new zone because I can always act like I don't play and then I wait for the right moment to stop pretending and I always sneak one in. 

I am jealous that you guys get to help with the Meridian temple. I miss the temple. I am closer to the one in Guyacil in Ecador here in Pasto. 

By the way I always read your emails first mom and I always write you guys first. 

I am glad your lesson went well! 

And you obviously fell asleep (when I needed to be awake). You always tell us that whole resting your eyes junk when we rent movies and then like 2 months later when you wanna see it for the ¨First time¨ we always try to explain how we all already watched it. 

Anyways, this week was cool everyone is nice to me and listens to me for some odd reason. Whenever we are together and our district leader leaves he always puts me in charge (Can you believe it?!?) hahaha. 

Anyways I love you guys! 6 months down!! It goes fast here! Stay strong!

Con amor,
Elder Reese

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Getting to Know the Area

Hey guys!
I was figuring out how to get a video of Karinyas (Hunter's really good friend got her mission call this weekend) call!! I didn't read moms email because she is unable to withhold information but I knew I could trust dad! (RUDE!!!!!)

(And, she's going to ...) Brazil!! That is so cool! Just when I caught up with the dang Spanish!! 

So this week was all about getting to know the area and my investigators. My companion and his companion before didn't do hardly anything! Everyone keeps asking us were we have been! We did manage to get a baptism set for this Saturday though! Her name is L. B. and she is awesome! 

My area is all set on a hill! It is very tiring because the altitude is just a tad bit higher than normal (The altitude in Pasto is at about 8,300 feet; Middleton is about 2,300 feet)

Me and the district leader are about the only rule following people in our district! The others are great and all but it is hard when they aren't focused!

Anyways, everyone here is talking about this Eclipse as well apparently I will be able to see it! (I'm not sure if he meant he wouldn't be able to see it)

As for the ward, it is great! I am in a stake here in Pasto! The people are nice and there are a couple of returned missionaries so it is always fun to talk to them.

Thank you for sending me a package!! I am very grateful! I was thinking that for Christmas to save on the package you could send me money so I could buy a new suit. Everyone tells me it is a good thing to have two and that would be a perfect gift and they are cheaper here! 

Anyways not much else to report! Love you guys! Stay strong!!

Con Amor,
Elder Reese

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Area: Pasto

Hey guys!
So, it s Tuesday and there is a reason I a writing on  Tuesday. I got transferred to a zone called Pasto. It is actually a city. It is huge. It is the furthest south the mission goes. I am about 3 hours away from Ecuador. 

The thing is it took my whole P day to get here .It was like 11 hours on a bus. It was all through the mountains. Any one of the Legg boys would have needed to overdose on anti nausea medicine. 

My new companion is named Elder Carrion. He is from Ecuador and he has almost a year in the mission. He is different, but I like him. I am the senior companion, which doesn't mean a whole lot but its a step up! 

I said goodbye to Elder Vallenas which was rough but we are good friends! I came here with my friend from my old zone, Elder Sarnauski. He is cool and that made me feel a lot better. It has been a little hard but I am doing it! 

It is actually cold here. The thing is the temperature isn't very low but its a humid cold so it just eats through all your clothes. 

(I asked Hunter for a story for my lesson on Sunday) As for my story, F. V. is my 3rd convert here in the mission. He had listened to the Missionaries for over 3 years He came to church every Sunday and came to activities and was basically a member that wouldn't get baptized! 

We asked him how his study of the Book of Mormon was going. He then confessed that he hadn't been reading it. That is when we started only reading the Book of Mormon with him. We did that for a while but he wouldn't read it on his own

Then we had a family home evening. We invited him to it and it was at a members house. We had planned to share a certain video but it wouldn't work. I decided to share a different one. It is a very powerful talk by Jeffrey R Holland that you should show if you have time. He describes the importance of the Book of Mormon. 

F. V. was asked to say the closing prayer and he did but he was overcome by the spirit and ended it early and couldn't get up! 

We stopped by his house 2 days later and his daughter who is a member asked us about the family home evening. We told her and then she told us that he had started to read the Book of Mormon!! 

About 3 weeks after that he was baptized. He did everything else he was supposed to but he couldnt find the Gospel without the Book of Mormon. He waited 3 years to do what the missionaries tolf him to do the first lesson. 

Also, mom the introduction is a great thing to share as well. The last 2 paragraphs are cash. As well as Moroni 10 3-5.

Anyways I love you guys I should have more next week! 

Con Amor,
Elder Reese


Monday, August 7, 2017

The Spirit Goes Home at 9:30 and So Do Missionaries (even Elder Reese!)

Hey Guys!
So this week was interesting to say the least and a little bit of a downer.

First off, yes the zone leaders are still living with us and my companion is pretty stressed out. Me and him talk and laugh all day though!

I have a pretty cool story. We were walking home Thursday night and we have to enter the house before 9 30! We weren't really pushing for time but we didn't have very much to lose! Fairly close to our house there was a concert in the park. My companion asked me if we should go check it out and just pass by! I first said yes. We started walking there and then I decided we didn't have time and told him that the Spirit goes home at 9 30 so we should probably follow it! He agreed without argument. 

We walked in the house and we were putting our stuff down when we heard gunshots and screaming. There was a gunfight at that same concert and 3 people died. I know for a fact that somehow we would have been right there had we not changed our minds. It was a very uplifting experience! 

As for the baptism....yea that didn't happen. 

She had a problem with one of the questions in her interview. She had to have an interview with someone with the keys to do it. We did that Wednesday and she was happy and ready and felt way better! 

Thursday night before the baptism we passed by and her husband (who is a member and our ward mission leader) and her were happy and ready. 

The day of the baptism I got a phone call from the President of the relief society. She told me that they called the baptism off. There was a misunderstanding between her and her husband, so needless to say are trying to fix it! 

I also invited you to hangouts!

I wouldn't be surprised if that chair gives him back problems. It is from a garage sale not Office Depot. Also, he is old. (Bill's work chair is one I got at a garage sale and is causing him some back problems)

The introduction to the Book of Mormon is what we use a lot. There are promises in the last 2 paragraphs. It talks about what you need to do and what will happen if you do it. You will recieve a testimony of the Book of Mormon if you read it with a open heart! 

Next Sunday I will know if I am staying or going and Monday I will do my staying or going! 

As for my package. I would love an alpha smart that I mentioned (I'm still not sure what this is). I believe now there is one with applications. Don't get me that one I can't have it. Just a normal one! Hot Cheetos,Takis, jerky any other things you would like to send me! A lot of snacks! Tie tacks are always accepted as well as ties! 

Anyways, I love you guys! I am going to have to finish my emails later because this internet is closing! 

Con Amor,
Elder Reese