Monday, June 21, 2010

This Could be Our Last Email From Peru.....June 21 2010

Well today we are on a little weird schedule. We are going to play soccer on an artificial turf. We have to go in the afternoon so that is why we came to internet late. It was a really busy week, it was an alright week but I think the tiredness is starting to set in. Just kidding.

Some things that have happened, I stressed a little about the pictures I had to send to the mission office. The first few emails didn’t work, the other was to big, stuff like that happened then I finally sent my USB with the missionary that is doing the video. I also sent a card to have made. It will be like a business card with my name address and all that good stuff. It will be cool.

I think this is the last email that I will be sending from Peru. Maybe they give us a little time next week but I don’t know. wooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww time has flown by really fast, I don’t know how to feel right now. I feel like I have done a great work, but it is a little weird to think that the next week I will be in my house and I wont be able to preach the gospel. woooooooowwww it hurts a little. I have been able to do have a lot of special experiences here in Peru and I hope they stay fresh in my mind for a long time.

Well love y’all a ton and hope that this week is full of blessings.....
love, elder Hyde.
hasta luego maybe next week.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Working for a Beautiful Wife...........June 14 2010

Our plans for today are to play a little soccer and I have to go to the offices to do a few things. I need to give them my pictures for the slide show. Wow, I still don’t feel like I should be dying.

Well it was a great week, we had three baptisms. Kelly was not one of them. We have not been able to find her. I think her family is telling her some things and she is losing excitement. We are still praying for her but we will see if it is her time or not. We are really excited to help bur but Satan has a great hold on some people, (I am not saying her but her family and boyfriend).

We did have a lot of great experiences this week though. We had a talent show that went great. We, all the missionaries, acted. We had fun.

We also have been teaching a single mother and her daughter that had a lot of problems before we started teaching them. We started teaching them and we have seen a drastic change in them. Especially in the daughter, at first when we started to talk about the gospel she did not want to listen. But when we started to teach her mom she saw the change in her attitude and she started listening. We can feel a greater love between them and a nice spirit in their house. They have been progressing a lot but the mom says she needs more time to change some things.

This week we are going to be working twice as hard because I am not trunky. These last few weeks are the weeks I have to win a more beautiful wife.

Well, the time has come that I have to say goodbye, I hope that this week goes great and that we can all see the blessings of the Lord in our lives. This is something that has helped me not to be too trunky.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Short Letter, Teaching Kelly June 6 2010

All is well here, a little bit bad weather wise. but it's all good.

This story is for Aunt Tammy, She speaks Spanish and can interrupt what Derek writes.

Elder Hyde dice hola a tia Tammy. como esta tia. esta semana fue excelente.
I do have a story, these last few weeks we have been working with Kelly, sister of 27 years and she wants to get baptized but her family influences her decision a lot. She accepted a date and then called us and told us no.v We have been trying to excite her but she always said mas adelante(translate Tammy please) She has felt the spirit strongly but just is afraid of her family. So we decided to sing songs, bring the spirit, teach and challenge her again. She was still a little hesitant and we had to ask her directly what her fears or doubts were. We then were able to solve them and she was really excited and accepted a date. She came to church and is really excited for this Saturday, her baptism.

Sorry for the short letter, I wrote to Alden and to Grandma Baker.
Love you tons,
Elder Hyde

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Alden's Graduation and Grandpa's funeral May 31 2010

We don’t have a lot planned for today, earlier we went to the bank to take out money for he last time. Wow, it still hasn’t hit that I am ending my time here. We are then going to do something but have not planned out what we will do.

Give my congratulations to Alden for getting a white tassel. I hope you had a great graduation. Sounds like you had a great party, and a great lunch, thanks for making me hungry.

Well I have to tell you it sucks to hear about grandpa. (sorry for the word) I think you made the right choice to tell me in writing. The news hit hard at first but thanks to all the things I have been able to learn and teach here in the mission I know that he is in a much better place where he is now resting from all his troubles and worries. I understand the big picture or the great plan that God has given to us to know that he is a lot better off now. He is a lot happier now. I have always liked Alma 40:12, Grandpa is now in that place that one day we all will want to go. Send lots of love to Grandma from me please. Tell her that she is in my prayers.

Graduation and funeral is over so what could be the next event that you are looking forward to? You got me stumped there.

Well all here is just great,
Love you all a ton,
Elder Hyde

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Area, New Companion, Feeling Earthquakes May 24 2010

I have actually felt a few earthquakes in the last few weeks. They are pretty small, most of them happened at 2 or 3 of the morning. Yesterday we felt one at like 5:45 in the night. They were small though. It is getting a little cold here but for me it is normal, my comp is always telling me to put on my sweater. I never do because I am not cold.

Today we are going to play soccer and clean the house because we have interviews tomorrow. We get to visit with President Perez. We actually had stake conference yesterday and president talked. He gave all of us hugs, and in his talk he and his wife sounded a little trunky. : )

Well a little about my area and my new comp. I am in Independencia, it is the zone of the offices. It is a really good zone, we are 8 missionaries and a couple, or what do you call them missionary marriage or something like that, husband and wife, the Earls. They are from Utah and they don’t speak to much Spanish but it is really good for not going to the MTC and CCM for mucho tiempo.

My comp is Elder Cardenas, he is from Arequipa. he has 2 months in the mission. He is from the group of my son, tranamil. he is really cool. We are working hard we had two baptism this weekend, they are good youth. We then took out 4 other dates Saturday and Sunday. They are for the 5th of June. ooooohhhhh speaking of June you don’t have to pay for this next month. ya you're debt free. : )

I gotta go, hope you have a great week and that all goes great with graduation. Tell Alden Congrats for me and give him a big hug.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Last Change...... to Independcia May 17 2010

Hey family whats up? Here it is a little cold. Changes are in and I will be leaving to go to Independencia. with an elder Cardenas. I have not been there before. Elder Ridge goes to Tahuantusuyo and Elder Morton to Ventanilla. They are all close to each other.

So this week was good. We ended with one baptism and a confirmation. We were a little stressed out about her and the things we had to do, interview and some things like that. I also had like 6 other interviews to do for the other missionaries. It was a great week.

I was able to catch up on my journal that I didn't write in for like a month. We also left with a few members to visit some members less active and also investigators. Monday we had p day libre we played a little bit of soccer and then ate lunch with branch president and watched a movie with his family.

Tuesday we had a meeting and then got to work we had a great day with Fabian who walked with us to teach and do some contacts, he likes to talk to every one.

Wednesday we had a great day walking and teaching the good news to everyone. Preparing the people for their baptisms.

Thursday we had to do all the interviews.

Friday we had to go to the dispedida or the farewell testimony meeting. It was pretty good. I guess the next time we go to this meeting we will be the ones giving testimonies. That got me thinking a little about how much time has really passed by and how fast it has gone. With that meditation it got me a thinking that this last change I have to work hard so I don't regret anything. It will be hard I think going to a new area, new missionaries and new members starting all over. Also leaving all the members that are so cool here in Collique. Well all is alright with that.

Saturday we had the baptism, joined with the other 2 missionaries, they had 3 baptisms. It was a great service.

Sunday was good they asked us to speak in the branch and I spoke again on the atonement. I tried to tell the joke of Jesus and Satan doing the competition on the computers. It was alright but I didn't think they got it, or it doesn't work to great in Spanish. I had to explain a little and then they got it.

Well I hope you have a great week and we will talk next week.
Love you all
Love elder hyde

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Another Great Week in Collique May 10 2010

Well all here is just dandy. Here to we are waking up to cold, but it is now getting a little bit warmer. thruout the day it is hot. but I dont think we are expecting any snow, maybe a little mist of water. I hope I did not confuse you too much yesterday in the phone call. (He speaks Spanish better than English) We had a great week, first we started with p day that we ate tacos from Guatemala, and we watched a movie, I don’t remember what it is called but it was about a team of rugby in Africa. It was pretty good. So I hope you have been making a list of the good movies that have come out, so I can spend all my time watching them. :)

Tuesday we had a visit from Elder Gavarret. It was really good, he got us excited to keep on working and not get to uptight about numbers. The only thing is that that meeting was about a five hour meeting. We had no time to go to our appointments so we called them to say sorry and set another appointment.

All week we had been helping Sister Jessica Acosta get ready for her baptism. She is really cool; she was invited by one of her friends and one day showed up alone to the church. We sent up an appointment and we challenged her right of the bat and she accepted. She was really excited and it was really amazing the testimony that she shared after her baptism, as we listened she said the words “yo sé” or in English “I know”. Those two simple words hit me a lot. I think everyone in the room felt that great spirit that I felt. That helps me a lot to hear those two words. Because if we would not have taught her and challenged her to do the things we challenged her to do she would have never been able to feel the great love that God has for every one of us.

Friday we had a service project that we moved a bunch of earth and then Saturday we had another that we were trying to build a house or reconstruct it. We then got ready for the baptism and all went great.

Sunday in the church bishop called us up to the stand to help with the confirmation and in that moment he told me that I would have to do it. I was a little surprised and nervous because it has been a whole year since I have done it and I wasn’t sure what to say. I said a small little prayer in my heart and gave it a go. It went really good. I asked my comp if I sounded nervous in my speech. He said no, but it sounded in my head that it came out nervous.

Then after the sacrament the bishop called us again to give talks. Well my comp was assigned a topic the last week but bishop didn’t ask me he had two other speakers lined up. But when they don’t show up, I was the backup, who else but the missionaries.

We had a little work to do Sunday before we were able to call. My comp called first and I slept, then I called and my comp slept. Then we finished and got back to work until 9 and we ate and did some reports. Well that was basically our week here in Collique.
Well love you all a tons. Until later. LOVE ELDER HYDE

Monday, May 3, 2010

Book of Mormon Challenge 60 days May 3 2010

Well this week went really good. We had been working with three families less active and the three of them have gone to the chapel. It feels really good when you see them go to the church and feel the spirit there. A lot of the less actives are less active because they are passing thru some problems. Sometime I feel like a psychiatrist, because the people are always telling us their problems and we have to tell them how to resolve them. But the answer is easy. Go to church, pray and read the scriptures.

Yesterday one sister was having a really hard time with her daughter that we baptized, she had to change schools and it was a big change for her and the daughter doesn’t want to study. I think we were led by the spirit yesterday to her house. As we were walking to another appointment that we had planned, I felt really strongly that we should visit them. I was very happy that we were able to help them. Something I don’t really like is that when they tell the burdens it is almost like it becomes yours. I think I now know what it means in Mosiah 18:8-9.

It was a really good week, we took out 4 new dates. Thursday, the Chavez family (Maria, Milagros, and Julio) and sister Mariela Amaya. Before she just wanted to listen to us and she felt that that was enough. She didn’t want to get baptized or go to church. She always put excuses not to go like the studies. But the last week she went and felt really good and she told us this week that she wants to get baptized. Wow what a great experience.

We also had to split the wards with two other missionaries because there are some missionaries that have problems with their visa to go to Venezuela. So we took the two wards where there are baptism, and left them with the one that doesn’t. We have been working really hard these last weeks.

I am getting along with my comp and I feel the blessing of the lord, so much in the baptism and being able to feel and follow the spirit. I have had a great time serving the Lord and I will make the best out of the 2 months that I have left. Not that I am counting.

I challenged yesterday the sister Meri (from up top with problems.) that she could read the Book of Mormon in 60 days. Before I leave we will be finishing the Book of Mormon. I too committed to read it. I know that the lord loves us. He wants that we all are happy he just asks that we do the little things to receive the big blessings. I love the Lord and I love all of y’all.

I hope that this week goes great.
talk to you Sunday...................................

Thursday, April 29, 2010

No More Joking Around. It is official April 27 2010

It is official. Elder Hyde has travel plans.
He will be arriving in Utah June 30th!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Spiritual Lessons, Funky Phone Call and Earthquake April 26 2010

Well how is all in Utah. Well I hope all is well. Everything here is going great. We had a great week.
Tuesday the temple
Wednesday we had a visit from one of the assistants; he came to our area and walked all day with us. It was a good day we had a few lessons that were very spiritual.

One of the lessons was with a family less active, they are having a few problems as a family and are passing thru a hard time. We had a very good lesson about the plan of salvation and how it can help them if they just will endure to the end. We have had a lot of spiritual experiences this week. I have really felt that the spirit was guiding my words because they were things that I never have taught before or said in the lessons. We are helping some really cool people progress but we have found it a little challenging because almost all are living together.

I heard about your funky phone call in Spanish. It was from brother William who we helped get married the last month. ¿where was Joe? What time do you go to church? The wife of William finally got confirmed yesterday and it was a great happy day for me.

We had to go to the branch and out of the blue they asked us to talk a little about the temple. Well very unprepared I got up and just bore my testimony, it was really cool again I felt the spirit guiding my words.

There was a small earthquake here the other day, just a small one that was at three in the morning. It was an early alarm clock, not to big of a deal. Well I am really enjoying my time here in Peru, and the time that i have to teach the great news to all the great people her in Peru. They are so kind and loving to us even though they are not all members and they don’t really know us they are still loving. Well that is most of the time.
I love you all and am glad to be in the family.
Elder Hyde

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cake and Egg to the Head on My Birthday! April 20 2010

Hey what a great week. It was a good week full of work. We have been working with the members a lot getting to know them and getting help from them.

This Sunday we met a sister named Jessica and she has attended the church, we set a baptism date with her for the 8th of May. She is really excited she has a few friends that she studies with that are members. She accepted a date really fast.

We also have been teaching some really great people that love listening to us but have a hard time making the decision to get baptised.

One of the bishops called us Saturday and told us that we had talks for Sunday. So I spent all of my study time getting a talk prepared so cccoooooooooolllllll. Come Sunday I am so ready to give my talk. Bishop comes up and says happy birthday elder. We have a surprise for you in the meeting. I was thinking well what it could be. So come time to give the talks and the bishop only calls my comp and not me. So I think that was the surprise. But I was so prepared to give a great talk. But there is always next month.

I also had another surprise waiting for me in the night at the pension. Cake and eggs to the head. Well I was not the only one who enjoyed the egg my comp also (by accident) got egged. That was fun, not. The pension is so cool and great. I had a great b-day. The members are so cool and the pres invited us to eat and we talk for a while. He also has a daughter who completed years on the 17th. So we went up and visited them and wished her happy birthday. I have grown so close to that family, they are so great and loving.

Well today I had to have an interview with pres to get my recommend renewed so he showed up early to the temple and we had an interview in the car and he gave me my recommend. I felt so special that pres would do that for me. It was a great day in the temple like always. I just can’t wait to get home to be so close to one that I can go in whichever minute that I want. But that doesn’t mean I am trunky, Just excited to get home, There is a big difference.

Hey have you heard from Jody Taylor? When does Kyle get home? It should be in this month no? hey send hellos to the ward, and all the family. We here are doing really good and we are enjoying the work and doing a lot of good. We hope all there is great. I love you all very much and well we will talk next week.
Love elder Hyde.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Explain the Offer.....................April 12 2010

Hey my family. All is well here in Peru. We have had a great week. We spent the first few days with elder Caceres saying goodbye and then

Wednesday we picked up my son. His name is elder Tranamil. He is from the south part of Chile. He is the only member in his family of 5. He is really excited to be here but still a little nervous to talk to the people and teach. So I am doing a lot of talking, but everyday with more practice he is getting better. We have been working a lot in the highest part of the mountains where the people are really humble and willing to listen. It has been a great week. Right now we don’t have any dates but in the last few days we have received some references that I know we will be able to challenge for baptism.

Our zone leaders are elder Ridge and Quintana. And in my district, is elder Morton. I think we will all die here together, WELL that is unless I decide to take president up on his offer!!!!! Well this week we have basically been doing contacts and trying to find new people.

We have found some people very interested in learning and getting baptized but that have some problems that they have to resolve. One of those things is that they need to get married and the other is that they study too much. Yesterday we talked with a young women really interested but she has to go and study everyday in morning, and she can’t miss any of the days. Along with those there are other problems but not so big, mostly they have doubts that we have to resolve and to the water we go. : )

My comp now is a little bit more serious than my last comp, so walking in the street is a little bit boring but I think my kid is just a little shocked from all the weird things that are here and the weird things that happen here. For example today we are a little late getting to internet because where we usually go, they didn’t have internet. Come to find out that last night some one cut the cables and stole them to sell them and make a little bit of money. It is so weird here, they do anything for money. Well I love you all tons. And hope all goes well this week. Love your son and brother
Elder Hyde. Manda saludos a todos alli.

Sometimes we are able to email each other. This was the conversation today.
I (MOM) responded to Elder Hyde,
“You had better explain the offer!”

Elder Hyde:
“So you know that there are going to be a few changes in the north and well lots of elders are going to be changed and the mission north we are fairly new or in other words almost all the elders here have less than one year. So pres asked me to think about if I could stay a month longer to help the new pres. What are your thoughts mom?”

“As your mom I want you to do what you feel is right. I support you in your decision!
When do you have to tell the Pres. Are other missionaries being asked also?”

Elder Hyde:
“But mom I want to know what you really think????

"Dad has been teasing me that you would be staying.
I have told him that it would not happen
This better not be a joke."

Elder Hyde’s last email:
“Mom mom mom sorry, mom it is all just a joke. : ) love you mom gotta go. love elder Hyde”

Do you think this was all Elder Hyde’s idea? You better talk to his dad.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Conference and Cadbury eggs April 5 2010

Well we have has a really busy week, we have had a lot to do.

Monday we had to clean the house because they changed our plans and Tuesday we had interviews. So we had interviews Tuesday, all went well. Then we worked in the afternoon and had some lessons and we prepared a young woman for her baptism. It was the sister that we got married the last week, this week we got her baptized. The bishop didn’t want to confirm her till the next week.

Thursday we had to do our district meeting to work out a few things. Then Friday we had the farewell testimony meeting. It has been a long week with lots of activities.

Then you know Saturday and Sunday was full of conference. I was able to listen to them all in Spanish. It is a lot easier than the last time I was here in Collique. : ) I was able to enjoy all the session, even though I was a little tired I really enjoyed the session of priesthood. I enjoyed all of them really. I did get your package and it was great. To stay awake I took the Cadbury eggs. They were delicious.

This week is transfers. I just got the news. I will be staying here and I am going to give birth again. (Training a new missionary) My comp will be going to Moyobamba. He is excited. I am excited too to stay here; I think we can still have a lot of success here. I hope my “son” comes with lots of excitement to work. We are going to work really hard, I can’t get trunky.

I love yall and hope all goes well this week.
love, elder Hyde

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

She Didn't Want in the Water, Then We Couldn't Get Her Out March 29 2010

Well this week went pretty good. A little stressful, but great. We have been working with a couple so they could get married. One moment they were excited and the other they lost that excitement. It was like a roller coaster, up and down. We were also preparing a young man of 23 years for baptism and also a little girl, her mother is a member. With her was where the stress came.

So this is the story, we can only find the mom in the night, like 8:30, 9ish. So we went to find her and talk Thursday about the baptism and she wanted to move it again until the next week. We did all we could to convince her that it would be better this week for conference and all the next week. We got her to stay for Saturday. We got the interview and good. Come Saturday we tried to find her to set the time for the baptism and we finally found her at like 4 and we said six. We then called everyone and told them when it was. Then we ran to get other things done. Come 6 o’clock and we were in the chapel. And lo and behold the brother we sent to fill the font barely was getting it started. So the mom started giving us crap. We didn’t have the clothes either because pres had them. We called pres but he didn’t answer, so we booked it from the church to where we could take a car to go to the house of pres. We found the clothes and booked it again to the church. We changed, took pictures and then we got to the most important part, the baptism. Well I had the privilege to baptize the girl, but she started to enter and she got scared and left the water. After a minute talking to her with her mom we got her excited and got her baptized and we shut the doors and we could not get her to leave the water. A little stressful but all good. : )

Back to the couple, the wedding was Friday and they started taking out papers Thursday. It was a little stressful for us because we have been trying to help them for like 3 weeks. We finally sent them happily to Barranca to get married and they got there and they returned happily married. It was great to be able to help them. The husband is member but the wife is not so she has the goal to get baptized. Well, that is all that comes to my mind about this week. It was a week full of work and good times.

Love you all. Have a great week.
Love elder Hyde

Monday, March 22, 2010

I Know the Lord is Happy With Our Work March 22 2010

Hey this week was very interesting and a little stressful.

First we had some investigators that got unexcited for their baptism and so we were a little stressed about them and how we could get them excited again. So we spent the whole week with them to see what we could do to help them. We got one excited but the other was a little hesitant. But we assured her that if she would take this great decision that the lord would be very happy with her. But we couldn’t get her to accept. She went to the baptisms that we had and I think she liked the feelings. We just haven’t been able to find her after that.

The other was the sister of President Diaz, our branch pres, she thought it was too fast but we talked with her and really showed her she didn’t need to know much. We focused a lot on the atonement of Jesus and the things that we need to do to pay him back, well not pay him back but to show that we are grateful for the thing that he did. It was a very spiritual lesson. I think we were all edified. Well we finished the week with 5 baptisms. It was a great day.

The mother of president also was baptized with her daughter. And all that was a surprise to the branch president. The mom told us not to tell him and that they wanted him to know when they were dressed in white. So we had to make a plan to get all the things done and how we could do everything without pres knowing. So we did pretty good, pres changed in baptism clothes and we sent the women to change. Pres sat in the room and we surprised him when they walked in the room. He was surprised and really happy. He made the comment like five or six times after that his mom had always been so hard and didn’t want to accept. This week was branch conference and he said it was a great activity (the baptisms) to finish the week.

We had 4 baptisms in the branch. The two others were little kids, hector and Geraldine. It was a good experience the water was cold and hector (I baptized him)when we got in the water his teeth were shivering and I tried to hold his chin shut but it didn’t work and he started cracking up. The little girl was baptized by my comp and she could not stop laughing. It was kind of funny. I really enjoyed my week.

Friday we did service and we basically killed ourselves from 11 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. We were digging a trench so that they can put sewer pipes and water to the houses. It wore me out. I was basically dead Saturday in the morning and was lucky that I could get Hector out of the water.

It was a great week. I really enjoyed myself and I know that the lord is happy with our work. I am too. I love you all and hope all is well and all goes well
Love elder Hyde