Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Week 17: And A Happy New Year!

hahaha.... Hola Fam Bam =) Mucho amor de aqui en Mexico =) I love you all so much and am so blessed to have you all supporting me daily. I feel your prayers guiding me and helping me feel the spirit as I work to be the missionary that my Lord and Savior wants me to be. Im going to start this off with a scripture this week. I love it soooo much. D and C, 103 verse 36. all about how our success and happiness will only be found if we are diligent, faithful, and if we pray with faith. I have SUCH a strong testimony of fatih and prayers and diligience. i have learned from my life growing up with my amazing examples of parents, Mom and Dad =) to always trust in the Lord and it will all be fine. This week was truly amazing and I loved it. 

First of, I hope the card and everything got figured out. We got paid again so I have money =) I heard if you Fed Ex the card it could get here a lot faster.... maybe try that... haha. Bt thanks so much =) Let me start that it was sooooo so so so so good to hear each of your voices =) Mom, Dad, Austin, Spencer, Madi, and Parker, and Haylz at the end =) . You all sound so amazing..... so happy.... and I truly have the best family ever haha. Loved the package and everyting in it from the fam. And haylz.... wow!!! Thanks so much for everything =) the presents were amazing and I love the tie clip, the scrapbook =) soooo much. The frame with the map.... only you would do something so creative =) I loved it all. and woooo!! I have my new BYU footbal shirt =) True Blue true and true.... even here in mexico =) From the pics from this week rom everyone, it looks like everyone had a great week. Love the new house =) It looks so god! cant wait to get those DVDs =) and madi.... your new outfit is gorgeous. Austin, spence, and big.... please keep the boys away from her.... at least till I get back haha. watch out for her haylz =) haha. And spencer...... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!! I remember when i turned 16 and that is just crazy that now you are turning 16 haha. I love you so much andhope you had an amazing time at your surprise party =) and Austin.... youre going to Kylies!!! So FUN =) So excited for you. And looks like Mom, and madi and Lauren had so much fun on your date. Love you 3 =) Think that covers it for comments on the fam hahaha. also it washilarious..... right before chrsitmas like sunday... we were in a houe and they were listening to Christmas music on th internet.... and THE CELINE DION CHRISTMAS CD CAME ON!!!! I about started crying of laughter because we ALWAYS listen to that at Christmas. I remember austin, mom, and I all running around cleaning belting out OH HOLY NIGHT!!!!! hahahahahaha. The Lord truly keeps traditions going... cuz that is a tradition =) haha. 

Well, this week was awesome. we really didnt have too much time to work, because we had to be in our house early Monday, couldnt leave till 4 Tuesday, and all day Wednesday and Thursday we had training. But it was so good. Enjoy the day by day =) 

Tuesday, December 25th =) CHRISTMAS!!! Got to open presents and read all of my letters that I had had. Then I planned my training for the next day, and we went to call you beautfiul people =) which was so fun!!!! and the Hermana Febe and her fam thought it was just awesome and they all had ablast laughing at how animated I was and my english ahhahahaha. Then we went and ate lunch and a lesson with Luis who is progressing so much right now. He is almost finished with 2 Nephi. CRAZY! we should be having his baptism in the next 2 weeeks or so. =) 

Wednesday, December 26th =) Today we had our training. As zone leaders and district leaders and trainers, we taught our zone o like 18 elders for 2 days =) almost 24 hours of training with 7 of us haha. Pretty fun =) I taught for 2 hours on the Doctrine of Christ. I had treats and object lessons.... the works... you know me. I go all out =) It was a blast. and all in spanish. pretty fun. I learned today a lot about prayer.... and how whnever I feel inadequate or like I am not enougyh.... I can just pray and I will feel the confidence of the Lord in me. 

Thursday, December 27th =) Conference continued. It was awesome. Today I learned of the importance of truly teaching people, not lessons, and stressing the BOok of Mormon and Jesus Christ in everthing that we talk about. At lunch, Elder santmaria and I had practiced a hymn, Oh My father in spanish to sing with his guitar and me singing. So we sung that.... and thn had like a jam session with the missionaries for a bit. It was so fun =) I love love love to sing. And everyone here cant sing too amazing..... so they think Im amazing =) hahaha. so thats fun lol. Im always singing fo members cuz they ask me too lol. But truly.... truths of the gospel are in every hymn. we sing before every lesson.... and I love it =) Also.... we are teaching an entire family right now named Family Cordova =) They are so nice..... the Mom and dad who is very less active, and the 3 kids. we taught the Book of Momon and they are reading as a family.... and praying =) 

Friday, december 28th =) Today we had divisions with our zone leaders and elder Vazquez and I went to Ideal.... the pueblo to have a lesson with Hermana erika. She is so strong.... her husband is a Jehovahs witness and very against the Churc. But she is praying.... reading the Book of Mormon, and wants to be baptized so bad. Is hard for her to get to church cuz they live an hour from the chapel... and have to take a bus and they dont have money. So we are praying so much fo her. also.... she asked for a blessing of comfort and asked me to give it. So..... I have done so many annointings with oil for blessings... but this was my first blessing all bymyself. I gave it.... and felt the spirit so strong. I know the power of th Priesthood is real.... and I truly felt the Spirit guiding me in what I needed to say in order for Erika to truly feel that the Lord knows her personally and loves her. 

Saturday, December 29th =) Today was a whilrwind of a day. We had a bunch of lessons with ancient investigators that we went to contact and set appts ith for th coming week. then we passed by investigators in preperation to go to the Church. =)

Sunday, December 30th =) Sunday.... the test of the whole week hahahaha. and... the Lord truly blessed us this week. we had 8 investigators in the church with us!!!!!!! =)=) I was sooo happy that all of them were able to come to receive the blessings of living this commandment, and they truly felt the spirit so strong =) and next week we change schedule to 10 which will allow more to come. haha. Then we had some great lessons with some new investigators, and Luis, and Gabriel =) where i gave anotherblessing to his dad for the second time..... I did the sealing =) 

I know from this week that the Lord truly loves me =) I am here for a purpose..... and I love the people that I am serving. To end this week.... I want you all to listen to a song on the EFY CD for this year, 2012. Its the one about the misionary leaving.... his experiences.... and coming home. (Thanks Haylz) =) not going to lie.... I bawled when I listened to this song. This song is soooooo true. Right now, I am feeling such love for my mission. I miss home, Mom and dad and my brothers and sister and friends so much, but KNOW that this is wehre Im supposed to be. How can we not go on in so great a cause =) 

I love you all sooooo much... more than I could ever write or tell =) Tmorrow I have a bunch of letters to write to everyone. I hope people have been getting letters.... but if not tomorrow I will write and send next week =) I love you all and pray for each of you by name evry night =) 

with all my love, prayers, and strength of my ever growing testimony, 
Elder Hoyt =) Seth =) Little Seth =) Sethie Poo =) 

and btw.... HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!! I love you all so much =) Have a great night and day tomorrow =) loveyou!!!

Love, seth =)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Week 16: Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Mexico

Hola Fam Bam =) the Merriest Christmas to you all =) I love each and every one of you so much and am so happy to be able to talk to you my family tomorrow =) you can record it for Hayley fam bam =) haha. I love you all so much and am so happy you all had such an amazing time in San Diego =) you all are such gorgeous people, I am truly the luckiest guy ever to have a family like you all =) Merry Christmas Eve to everyone. It has been quite the week and Im excited to tell you all about it. First know that I am so grateful for this Christmas Season. Even though things for Christmas are very different here in Mexico, I am still keeping up traditions and thinking of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How grateful every day I am of his sacrifice for me, and that through him and only through him I can make it back to live with my HEavenly Father will all of you =) This is my testimony. That he Lives and loves each and every one of us. Sometimes I am stressed, a lot haha, or when I have a bad day, and good days, I can kneel in prayer and thank my Heavenly Father for his Son who knows me better than I know myself. What a blessing, and I am striving to do the best that I can so that I can live with No Regrets and make it back to live with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again after our lives here. I know this Church is true. And thats why when difficult times come, I can have the strength to keep going =) 

Well, this week was stressful, but good =) I am learning so much about everything haha. 

Wednesday, December 19th =) TOday I got to write really fast and then after we went and had lunch with one of our member families. We played music with his guitar and drums and ate and had a good time. After we went and had some lessons with new investigators, that we find while looking for others. I always love when that happens lol. 

Thursday, December 20th =) Today I studied D and C in mypersonal.... from a scripture that Suzie sent me =) Thanks suzie!!! It truly is amazing. D and C 6.... and i LOVE  verse 36. Look unto me in every thought, doubt not, fear not. I really have been trying to apply that into my life, and every day I try to be a little better. Its a process for all of us. Missionaries, investigators, members, but we all can do it throught Jesus Christ =) We went today to a pueblo about an hour and a half from Cancun to meet with a sister who wants to be baptized. It was cool to see the pueblos, but we definitely ate someting that I had absolutely no idea what it was hahahahaha. Welcome to the pueblos lol. We went and had an awesome lesson with Gabriel on the Sabbath Day. It stinks cuz his work at the airport that he just got, he has to work this Sunday, and we are going to see this week if he has to work every Sunday. We are praying that he doesnt have to work every Sunday! 

Friday, December 21st =) Today was the end of the world!!! hahahaha. We tookpics in front of a maya pyramid at 6 when it was supposed to happen. But we all survived =) YAY!!!! haha. We had a good day today We went and had a lesson with the bishops wife and daughter at a families house who the 3 kids are super cool and members, but the parents arent members. We are going to help them be members. But the kids are super cool and I love them so much =) 

Saturday, December 22nd =) Today I got to give antoher interview for a baptism for the Zone Leaders. I love my zone leaders, and the oppurtunity to give interviews is so cool =) we also had some good lessons today with Gabriel and we found a house right next to the Hna Febe for rent that we are trying to move into. We have to do this process of pics and emails with the secretaries, but we are praying that it all works out =) 

SUnday, December 23rd =) Today was a great day in Church. We had an amazing sacrament with the Bishopric giving talks. Ilove them and its amazing cuz all three of them only have like 20 years or less in the church. Theyre awesome =) then we had Luis in the church. Its been awesome cuz this week the young single adults have invited him to every activity, and to church withy us, and he came =) he says his faith is still growing, but he wants to be batpized now =) its so awesome!!!!!! I love him =) we had a lesson with a family today as well with a dDad that is less active. They are excited about the Church and want to come this week. Then we did numbers and everything last night, which as a District Leader is always a little stressful, because right now 2 of the areas in my district are just struggling. So meand the zone leaders are working on this with them, its just hard. BUt I know that I can do anything with the Lords help. 

And now we had today, which I told you Mom about my card and everything. Soooo.... life is good =) tonight we have our district meeting where the whyole zone will which the First Presidencys christmas devotional =) cant wait! Then dinner with the Hna Febe and Hna Neri and their families, and then we have to be in our house by 8 tonight. Then, we get a day to open presents, and write letters, and relax till 4 tomorrow, when you will call me =) at 4!!!! =) I cant wait =) And ill catch up on letters tomorrow everyone. So sorry haha. 

Well, this was my week. Its amazing, every day Ihave to rely on the Lord so much. But, my Spanish is improving. Im learning how to teach and be led by the Spirit. Every day I learn someting new, and I am truly grateful for this oppurtunity to grow, preach, learn, and live =) I love my mission, but more importantly, I just love life =) 

So, Merry Christmas to all =) I am so grateful for this celebration of life that we have, and I am so grateful to be alive =) I love you all with all my heart. Pray for me, our investigators, and I pray for you all daily =) I love you all sooooo much =) 

Talk to you tomorrow!!!!!!!! =)=) With all my love, Elder Hoyt =) Seth =) Sethie Poo =) Little Seth =) 

Elder Hoyt & his companion, Elder Calderon, helping getting Hermana Febe's house ready for Christmas. Tough guys! 

Elder Hoyt surviving the predicted end of the world in front of the Mayan Pyramid!
So good to see he can still be his silly self. :)

Making pinatas with some of the members for Christmas! 

Week 15: "This truly is not my mission, this is the Lord's mission."

Wow Fam Bam!!!! This past week has been amazing. One of the hardest, but most rewarding, and best ones of my mission. So much happened and I cant wait to write all about it and then in one week, Ill tell you all about it =) One week until we will be able to talk on the phone!!! WOOOO!!!! We cant skype but we will be able to talk on the phone. Ok.... heres whats going to happen.  The members that live in front of us have a landline that we are going to use. So..... I will be at their house next Tuesday, the 25th, at 11 =) So that will be 9 in the morning for you all. I figure that will be fine for you all =) if you want another time, tell me next week in the email haha. So 9 in the morning your time, you will call this number =) 019982891179. Perfect! Ill be waiting in their house for you to call =) if it doesnt work the first time, try again haha. Itll work =) every year they have the Americans over to their house to use the phone lol. Im so excited =) cant wait to hear all of your voices!!!! 

well fam bam =) Sounds like you all had an amazing week. I think youre in San Diego right now =) How awesome!!!! Im so excited for you all. enjoy beautiful san Diego and our second family, the Aionos =) Love you all so much, take care of them haylz lol. I also got your package this past week haylz =) Im sooooo pumped to open up the gifts and letters that you and my fam all sent =) I also got some Dear elders this past week from hayley, suzie, Gaylene, and a christmas card from the Adaires. Thanks so much all =) glad to see everyone is doing so well.  Have so much fun in San Diego and take lots of pics =) 

Well, Im giong to go through this past week.    It is.... wow... amazing. This truly is not my mission. This is the Lords mission.And I have this oppurtunity to be his mouth. His hands in the lives of those we teach. And I have been given the oppurtunity to serve as a leader here in the mission. Im still so humbled, daily by that trust that the Lord has in me. I love my Heavenly Father and savior jesus Christ so much. And this Christmas Season makes me think of them even more, the love I have for them, and for you my family =) Sure, Chrtistmas for every missionary is a little hard, to be so far away. But this Christmas is going to be awesome. I truly cant wait =) Thanks so much for the love and support you all show me. the prayers are truly felt every day, and I love you all. 

Well, Monday, December 10, we had 2 lessons with members tonight and then an interview for a baptism for the other leders in our ward. I truly love giving baptismal interviews. I dont know if I told you all that, that I get to give baptismal interviews becuse I am the district Leader. It is such an amazing oppurtunity to see the growth of people as they have made the neccesary changes in their lives to follow Jesus Christ and enter the waters of baptism. 

Tuesday, December 11th. Today was crazy. We woke up in the middle of the night to a huge tropical storm, and all day Tuesday it rained. WE had our sweaters on, raincoats, bags, and everything and we still got absolutely soaked haha. So fun =) we had a couple lessons but couldnt go too far because literally the steets were completely flooded and we couldnt go anywhere. haha. It was pretty crazy. Then in the night I went on Dvisions with the other elders in our ward to help them in their area. So I was with elder Moreno fo a day in their area. 

Wednesday December 12th, today i was with elder Moreno and we got soakedagainasthe rain continued. hahaha. We had some good lessons though. 

Thursday, December 13th. The rain finally stopped today. Our shoes were soaked and luckily I had my other pair that I wore for a couple days while the other ones dried haha. Today we hada great day of teaching. We had a lesson with 3 young adults that we got a reference for. They are so awesome! Their names are Anai, Jordan, and Luis. =) Luis is looking fof faith in Christ right now, and we have the amazing oppurtunity to help him in his search to truly find Christ in his life. Anai and Jordan are dating and are interested to know more. And tonight II went on Divisions with the other elders in our district, Coba. I was with elder Santamaria and had a blast. =) we sent our sons together and they were in our area and did a great job =) We also got told that in a pueblo like 2 hours from here, the branch has a baptism and no missionaries are there. So we get to go this week and baptize her after making sure she is ready. So that will be cool =) 

Friday, December 14th. I was in Coba with elder santmaria. We found some new families to teach for them and got some references. The other 2 areas in my district were having problems, so I went on division with them to help them, and I feel it truly did help. Ive been praying so hard for them. They are seeing more success now. 

Saturday, December 1 5th. We had an amazing lesson today with Jordan, Anai, and  Luis and some of the young single adults of the ward. The Spirit was so strong as we taught about faith in jesus Christ and we were prompted to invite them all to be baptized. Luis said right now no, but he is reading the Book of Mormon so fast and truly is starting to see faith. He will be baptized. anai and jordan said yes! It was so awesome and a great lesson =) 

Sunday, December 16th. We had 4  investigators in the church today =) 2 new ones, and 2 old. So that was cool =) we are working so hard to have baptisms by the end of the month. We want to see our investigators make this covenant in their lives so they can work on getting to the temple =) we also found a new family to teach today. The kids are Paulina and Luis and they are grandchildren of some grandparents in our ward. Im excited to work with them =) we had an awesome lesson on praying in families =) then tonight we went on Divisions again with Elder Santamaria to meet a couple other district leaders in their house to all stay the night to go to the training the next day. =) 

Monday, December 17th =) WOW!!!! Firsst day of training with President. It was 12 hours long. Absolutely amazing. The Spirit was so strong and I learned so many amazing things about how I should lead, how we should teach, and waht we need to be doing as leaders. One of my favorite things that President said today was that artists create painting, musical pieces, sculptures, buildings. Missionaries create lessons and sculpt testimonies. WOW!!!! We truly are in the work of the Lord and are teaching principles that are so true. They will change lives for ETERNITY!!! I love my mission so much =) 

Tuesday, December 18th =) aother 12 hours of training =) it was so good.... we really worked on the gift of discernement and how we can know what investigators are thinking with the Spirit of the Lord. Everyone has in them the light of Christ, and when that is paired with the spirit of the message that we bring, everyone feels in their heart the message of Christ and his Church on the earth. Like it says in Preach My Gospel, the Gospel has a familiar ring to them. Its so true becasue everyone chose to come down to this Earth. were just reminding everyone of the promise we made there in heaven =)

So that was my week pretty much!! OH ALSO!!! we have a huge leak of water in our house.... so we have to find a new house haha. we have 2 weeks to find a new one and then move in January. Its pretty exciting =) we get to house shop while teaching lol.

well..... We will email one more time before we call next week =) I love you all sooooooo much and pray for you all daily =) have an amazing week and be safe!!! 

with all my love!!!! Elder Hoyt =) Seth =) Little Seth =) Sethie Poo =) 

Elder Hoyt with recent converts, that Luna family. He loves them so much!

Elder Hoyt dancing in the rain. Getting soaked & enjoying the Tropical Storms of Mexico!

Elder Hoyt and his amazing friends of his generation, Elder Estrada and Elder Jaussi. This was after their leadership training!

Elder Hoyt still being his goofy self! 

Week 14: Baptism & Eternal Perspective

Hola Fam Bam! Wow.... this week has flown by. I cant believe how fast it has gone haha. The time seems to be picking up now, Im about to hit 7 months in just a week and a half. what the heck?? lol. couple things to start, Mom and fam bam =) I am sooooooo excited to talk to you all this Christmas!!! In just 2 weeks =) we all get 40 mins here.... and I will check if we are allowed to skype =) if not Mom and dad, we need to know how you want to do this. I can either give you a number of a members house here and you can call me at that number at a certain time on the 25th and Ill be in the house waiting =) or you can all be waiting for me and I can call from a calling cafe here. Either you call me and pay, or I call you and pay. I would rather you call me at a members house and then I can talk there =) how does that sound? Let me know and Ill get the number and house and time all figured out this next week =) So, let me know this week if you can call and pay the long distance for the 40 minute phone call, and Ill get the number and the time for you all =) And ill check on the skype as well!

Also, I dont have a camera cable =) so.... if you could send me one in the next package that would be great. I cant find one here haha. ill live with elder calderons hopefully until you can send one haha. Yep... we got to help decorate a christmas tree =) I love the Hermana Febe and her family!!! also, we got nerd glasses =) Elder Barton and I before he left. Yes siblings.... I can still be a nerd on the mission =) hahaha. YES!!!! 

Well, this week was so awesome. we worked so hard, and our numbers for this week showed for it. Our Heavenly Father truly blessed us this week, and we saw so many blessings in our week. Its awesome, my testimony of every aspect of the Gospel has been strengthened by my mission so far. Whenever I have anything to do, or decide, I take it to the Lord. My testimony of prayer has grown so much, and also the eternal perspective that I have for myelf and for my investigators has been broadened and deepened. I want to see my investigators enter the temple so badly, just like when I return and am ready to be married I will do with a wife someday. I know that my family, all of you Mom, Dad, austin, spencer, madi and Parker, we will all be together forever =) and I want this for my investigators too.The mission is a beautiful thing,and I am trying as hard as I can to put my all into it in order to never have regrets. 

So, this week.... =) 

Lunes, December 3rd =) . We had to go to our Zone leaders house to do some things, so I go to chat over there with our new Zone Leader elder Griffiths and my good friend Elder Schwab for a while. I love them, well really I love our whole zone =)  After we did laundry and I read al the letters I got that past week... (tis week we dont get the mail.... sowewill get it next week. And we have training on the 18th and 19th for the leaders.... and we will get alll of our packages then... so Hayley Ill get your package then =) I cant wait! I have the one from my fam.... and then Ill get Hayleys =) its going to be a great Christmas!!! then, that night we had our first District Meeting. It went so well. an hour and a half of me talking in Spanish, with all of our other elders, but I loved it. It was so much fun, we used games and snacks, just like lessons that I always love teaching =) 

Tuesday, December 4th =) Today was Hermana Marianas baptism =) it went so well and we absolutely love her!!!! 

Wednesday, December 5th =) Tday was a good day. we have been working in an area callled urbi that has a lot of references right now, and working with the members there. So we spent an afternoon there serving a less active family, and contacting a family of riends of theres. We pulled weeds with them =) needless to say I was thinking of growing up hahaha. Dad!!! =) the bear!! lol. Glad to see that the kids will stll have work to do at the new house =) haha. Then, tonight we had a lesson with a new investigator named Gabriel. He is amazing. So prepared. This was our first lesson with him and he expressed to us his desire to chage his life, to rid himself of guilt and everything, and he cant wait to be baptized. The Spirit was so strong, and he set the date for the 27th of this month. 

Thursday, December 6th =) Tday was another great day, full of lessons and checking on investigators and everything. we had another lesson with Gabriel on the Restoration of the Gospel, and it was the most powerful lesson I have had yet on the mission. I had the opporutunity to recite from memory the Frst Vision. and for the first time on my mision in a lesson, it brought tears to my eyes. The power of the Restoration and of our Heavenly Father is so evident in the First Vision. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet. Gabriel had tears in his eyes, and we had a sister with us that is 26 like Gabriel, and she was crying. Wow..... it was amazing. I loved it so much =) that is why I am on  a mission. To help people realize the truth of this message, and how it will change their very desires and eerything that they are, like it has changed me =) 

Friday, December 7th =) today we had Zone Meeting. we got lots o new announcements like    we have to have in our wards mission leaders and family history classes and misionaries of the ward and list of less actives. If we dont our areas could get closed. we were stressing cuz our bisop hadnt called anyone yet.... but this Sunday we got a ward mission leader who I love!!!! =) and everything. So we wont get closed =) hahahaha. But in the zone meting, the zone leaders had asked me to give a 15 minute training on how to work with less actives, cuz we have the higest number of less actives lessons and in the chapel in the zone. we are counting less actives in the chapel now too. sooooo..... that was awesome. I loved it and talked for 20 minutes in all spanish, with scriptures and everything. thanks to our heavenly Father, Spanish is coming =) Then i had divisions with elder Rivera and that was a blast. 

Saturday, December 8th, =) Finished divisions with Leder Rivera. Loved talking english with him, cuz he studied in London and learned english. >SO that was fun, also we heard today that like the 21st and 22nd there is going to be no sun for 3 dyas?? whats all thi about haha. IF you could let me know thatd be awesome lol. we heard that the planets will be lined up or something.... haha. end of the world lol. We had another good day of teaching and contacting. we received a ton of references from the members this week, and taught a bnch of new people and got more refrences so we have  alot of work to do. Our goal is to baptize 7 tis mont, and we have 1 now. We got our work cut out!!!!

Sunday, December 9th =) Today was great!! 5 investigators in the chapel and then we had a good day with members and lesson after =) 

Today we cleaned the house and it looks spotless =) funny story, we cleaned the tile floors with acid, and i put way too much down hahaha. It made an acid cloud that I accidentally like breathed in, and started coughing super bad. we had to wait outside the house for 45 mins till the cloud left hahahahaha. Oops lol. Needless to say I miss carpet haha. 

well my dearest family and friends.... it was a great week =) I miss you all so much and spencer and madi and hayley and other people I actualy have some time to write letters to today so Ill write those and send them off =) KNow that I love each and every one of you and I feel your support every day =) I pray for you all and hope you are al safe. the house looks great =) Hope everyone is excited for Christmas! remember to always share the Gospel and stay strong =) I love you all so much =) 

with all my love, Seth =) Elder Hoyt =) Sethie Poo =) Little Seth =) 

Some pics for you all. The first is me and Elder Rivera, one of the elders in my ward with the primary kids =) 

Next is my comp and I =) Elder calderon on the day that I gave birth to him haha. 

We baptized hermana mariana this week and this is her and her son =) hopefully her husband carlos will be either next week or the next!!! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Week 13: December & District Leader

Hola Fam Bam and amazing friends =) Happy december! crazy!!! the time is flying by.... its really super weird. haha. Hope all is well back in the states and I am so happy right now =) everything is great!!! First of all..... AHHHHHHHH!!! Oh Austin I am sosooooooo proud, happy, ecstatic, thrilled, excited, pumped, and so filled with love for you =) you will be serving in Denver Colorado. All I have ever heard about there is amazing things, and the people will love you. especially cuz youll have lots of BYU fans hahaha. I am so excited for you to go =) and so happy you will have some time at home =) congratulations austin =) my best friend. i love you and the fact that you are serving a mission for our Lord and Savior means the world to me =) I cant wait to be home when spencer gets his call and then parker! And you too Madi if you end up serving =) Know that I have such a strong love for missionary work. It is my world right now, I eat, breathe, and sleep missionay work. It consumes my thoughts, Im trying to fill my thoughts with my investigators. But you wll love your mission austin =) and how cool in english! the work is different in the states and in english and Im super pumped to compare my work with yours and see the differences, but same sucess =) I love you. 

I am also so excited the fam bam is all moved into the new houe =) ahhhhh!!! That is so exciting. I hope it all went well and everyone is adjusting and loving it. Im excited you get to decorate it how you want Mom =) and dad... hope you got the new TV you had been wanting =) and I got dear elders from the whole fam and a letter from madi this past week and everyone is so excited for their new rooms and everything. great job fam bam =) haha. and the blessings will just double now with 2 misionaries out here pretty soon =) You all sound so good =) Im so happy everyone is doin so well. hayley, you sound great too, and I hope Cass and Nige and everyone are doing well =) and taryn and ash and everyone lol. 

As for me, wow... what a week. As everyone knows, I got called to be the District Leader of our District. I have 4 Districts in my zone, including my amazing zone leaders, and tonight I will give my first District Meeting. In Spanish. An hour and a half. Im a little nervous, but we are going to have a blast. I also got called last week to be a trainer. Wow! Like everyone said in their emails to me, yep. I was overwhelmed. It was a lot. I had to pray so much, and it was a comfort to have Elder Barton with us our first day, but after that I was on my own. Even though, Im never on my own. I always have my heavenly Father, and that has helped soooooo much. More than anything, I have said so many prayers this week. =) My son is named Elder Calderon. he is from Durango, Durango, is 23 and has graduated from college already in Electrical Engineering. He is really nice, at times I feel like he thinks Im a little immature, but Im only 19 and I love to smile and laugh hahahaha. But its great. hes a funny guy and we like to joke around. He is learning english and is realy not bad, and I am learning Spanish fully so its a great exchange. Im going to go through my days now, and tell you all about this past week. I love you all =) 

Monday, November 26th =) I went to Merida super early, got up at 3=30 to be to ADO(the buses) on time haha. went and picked up my son =) Im a Father at 6 months!!! lol. Then we came back adn got back in late. 

Tuesday, November 27th =) we got up and did studies and Ihelped Elder Barton pack up some stuff. Then we had to do some laundry, and then had a lesson with mariana, who is getting baptized this week!!!! Then went to ward Night and got some references and introduced everyone to Elder Calderon. 

Wednesday, November 28th.=) Today we got up early to take Elder Barton to ADO: Having to drop him and the other eldcers that were leaving was hard, but I will truly miss Elder Barton. and he has letters for the fam and haylz and some other people, so go to his homecoming. haha. His email Haylz and Austin is brant with an underscore that Idont know how to do on this keyboard haha. brant (underscore) barton64 at sign andyahoo.com. Awesome =) We dropped him of and came back and I was literally alone in our area. WOW! That morning was  a little overwhelming. But, with so much prayer that morning, I truly felt comforted. It is a new thing to be in charge of lessons, and what direction we are going to take, and what to do when an investigator doesnt read. But Im learning. 

Thursday, November 29th =) Today we had a full day of studying and then contacting. This pst week starting today we were able to give 4 different blessings. Priesthood blessings are amazing and so cool to give. The Spirit is always so strong and I know tha the Priesthood is real. Its a litle hard in spanish, but I feel the Spirit helping me when I give them. 

Friday November 30th, Today we had another really busy day! and as senior companion I feel like we never have enought time to visit everyone that I want to lol. But we are teacing like 7 people right now, that we have all of them as goals to baptize this month!!! so we have a lot of work to do, but we are super excited =) 

Saturday, December 1st =) WOW!!! December haha. crazy lol. we had a good day today and a cool lesson with a new woman and her son. they have no idea how to read, well thye are both learning. So we are helping them read and teaching at the same time. I love helping the little boy with his homework. Its really cool =) funny story from today. we were walking and we said hi in passing to some guys, and one of them turned around and was gay and was like HOla papi. super creepy!! elder Calderon laughed so hard haha. then we got to a lesson and the little girl asked where my comp was, barton, and I said he left. and she said to her friends, th other handsome one left, but we still have one haha. yep, americans like me and barton are hard to come by here =) hahahaha. 

Sunday December 2nd =) fast and testimony meting which was really good =) We had the interview fo Mariana who is getting baptized tomorrow =) were so excited!!! then we went and had lunch and appointments and finished the night with an investigator named Norberto who is leaving in a week for tabasco!!! NOOOO!!! But hell come back in like 3 months. he is realy good friends with new converts the Luna Family who I love =) We have had great lessons with them and he cant wait to come back and be baptized and get on the path of salvation as he says lol. 

So yea, thats me =) Tonight I get to direct my first meeting, and then after Im giving a baptismal interview. WOW. Im super excited and loving the work. Sometimes I miss home, but I am truly accustomed to life here and loving it =) I sleep amazing, eat well, and the spiritual experiences I have daily i would never trade anything for =) I love you all so much. I got a bunch of Dear Elders this week from Spencer, Mom, dad, Suzie, Gaylene, and letters from madi and a letter from Easton in Africa!!!! so col =) 

Well, I love you all so much and pray for you all daily =) have an amazing week in the new house, and take pics and send them =) I love you al!!!! 

with all my love, Elder Hoyt =) Seth =) Sethie Poo =) Litle Seth =) 

Friday, November 30, 2012

6 Month Mark Pictures From Us!

6 months ago, Elder Hoyt left to serve a 2 year mission in Merida, Mexico. November 23, 2012 was his official 6 month mark in which we all celebrated him successfully completing his 1/4 mark as a missionary. After 9 weeks in the MTC, 6 weeks in Boise Idaho and 12 weeks in Mexico, Elder Hoyt has already changed so many lives, as we have watched him grow in every way possible. We never doubted the amazing missionary Seth would be, yet he never ceases to amaze us with the truly inspiring missionary he is. We love you Elder Hoyt and we are so excited to celebrate this special mark with you! 6 months down, 18 more amazing months of work to go.

The Hoyt Family, Elder Hoyt & I holding up our "6's" as we celebrate his 6 month mark! As you can tell, we are all very excited! 

Elder Hoyt & I creating hearts to celebrate his 1/4 mark. Even countries apart, we still manage to make things special! I love you Elder Hoyt and miss you every day! 

Week 12: 6 Months Down & Called To Serve.. As District Leader!

Oh wow Fam Bam!!! So much has happened this past week and Im so sorry we didnt get to write yesterday but Ill tell you all why. know that I am doing so well and Im so glad all of you had so much fun at the cabin!!! All the cousins look so old, its crazy!!! And Im glad you got to see Grandma Eunice and spend some time with her. 

Im so happy everyone had a good Thanksgiving, and that Hayley was able to go home to San Diego, and the Cooks went out to see Ash =) Also,,,, Hayley!!! I loved loved loved the collages and the heart pics =) how many likes did we get on Facebook?? hahaha. But thanks so much fam and Hayley for doing that for me and sending it =) I love it so much!!

I took money out this past week because we were almost out and then we had transfers yesterday. So.... Ill get to the main news of this past week. We had transfers =) so.... my companion and Father of the mission Elder Barton is going home tomorrow, so I was getting a new companion. We got transfer calls Sunday night, late at like 10. So, our Zone Leaders called and they said Elder Barton you are going home haha. And Elder Hoyt..... You are going to be the new District Leader..... AND you are going to be training a brand new missionary!!!!!! AAAAHHHHHHH!!! I just started crying I was so excited and so nervous hahahaha. I have 2 changes here in mexico, and I am the new District Leader and I am training. That is insane.... but our Heavenly Father truly has a plan for all of us. So yesterday I had to go to merida where we met with President and he told us that this is direct revelation from Heavenly Father of who should be training out of all the missionaries in the mission. Wow.... what a comfort that was. So I am training along with Elder Jaussi of my generation. We both dont know Spanish completely yet, but were super happy to see each other. So yep, I got my son yesterday. His name is Elder Calderon and he is from the Mexican state of Durango, in the North. He speaks all Spanish, and so I am going to learn super fast. 

Wow.... talk about a humbling experience to be chosen to train and be the new District Leader. Needless to say, I had to pray so much. I am so nervous, but also so excited for this oppurtunity to learn and grow so fast. So.... I am 6 months old in the mission and am serving as the District Leader and training a brand new missionary, literally 4 weeks fresh from home. WOW! The responsibility the Lord gives us some time is amazing. I feel so blessed to have this oppurtunity, and I know that with so much prayer, hard work, love, fasting, and support from home and above, that I can do this. I love Elder Calderon, he and I are already joking and stuff so Im super excited. 

The rest of my week was great. We found quite a few really awesome new investigators that we are excited to teach! Elder Barton is going home. I will miss him so much!!!! But I am excited for him to go to school and stuff, also Austin and Hayley, you should go to his Homecoming. its on the 9th of December haha. And he has letters for the fam for Christmas and for Hayley and a couple other people that he wants to give to you two haha. So I hope you can go =) and maybe like Beth and Cass too haha. 

Well, Im going to send this now, but I am so blessed. So blessed to be here on my mission. So blessed to be training and be the district leader, even if I am so nervous (mainly cuz of my Spanish) but also the responsibility of being senior comp. WoW! bUT i WILL learn and this will be the fastest way to do it =) I love you all so much and hope you have an amazing week! We didnt get mail for the last 2 weeks cuz of transfers so next week I should get stuff. I love you all so much and pray for you daily!!! Love you!!!! 

With all my love, Elder Hoyt =) Seth =) Little Seth =) Sethie poo =)