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 =)

Week 11: Thankful Hearts & Trying Times

My Dearest Fam Bam and closest friends =) hey!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! This week will be awesome as you my amazing family goes to Oregon, Austin stays in Utah or goes to Colorado, Hayley goes to San Diego, and yea.... I hope everyone is safe and has an amazing time =) we will not be eating Turkey but I will be thinking of my amazing country and how grateful I am for every single blessing that I have in my life =) cuz I have too many to count!
So, this past week was crazy but Ill start with announcements first. AHHHHHH!!! I am literally on the edge of my seat waiting to find out where you go on your mission Austin!!!! I CANT WAIT!!!! Next Monday Ill probably be laughing and crying here in the internet cafe lol. Spencer.... Loved the pic of you in all my clothes =) make sure you send Hayley that pic cuz she picked out that outfit for me lol. You look so handsome and I love you so much =) Madi.... IM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! You got all tourney =) great job!!! you also look so pretty and you are really growing so fast =) Parker... you look like you had so much fun at the football game =) and I love you so much. Dad, I hope work is going well, and I havent gotten an email from you this week  haha. You are so busy but the best Dad ever =) And Mom!! Congrats on the Young Woman President =) I love it and know that you will do just amazing. Youre not still in the stake then? Thats awesome family =) you all sound so good and I love you all. Soooo..... I got my Christmas Package from you all!!!!!! YAY!!!!! It got here this past Saturday when we had a zone meeting and the ZLs gave it to me. I opened it and took out the decorations which I am so excited for, got the pics out but left the letters to read on Christmas, and Im leaving all the presents for Christmas =) you are the best family ever!! Elder Barton was like wow.... I never got anything like that. and Mom... you know me so well. I love the little gift bags and cant wait to hand them out, and the Christmas cards. And the CDs are amazing =) I opened those cuz I wanted to listen to them lol. So thank you so much fam =) you are the best. As to Moms question, no I havent sent handwritten letters home yet, but Im doing special christmas cards for all of you, and Elder Barton is going to take them home with him next week and send them from Utah.... so you will get them before Christmas =) I want you all to open them together!!!! OK =) Im super excited and have great ideas for the letters.
Well, I think thats about it for my announcements =) Know that I love you all... and here goes my week =) It was the hardest week of my mission so far, but looking back, I will just learn from my experiences.
November 12th, Monday= Had a great P Day. I thought this past week was thanksgiving ahha. Im dumb. I got letters today from Rachel Jenkins with an awesome pic of me, caleb, her and bree all in the MTC =) merrry christmas rachel!! and I also got letters from Hayley, Mom, Dad, Gaylene, Suzie, and Mama Margie Aiono =) thanks so much to you all and I have so much support. I was reading Castelias email and she said that truly the IOne ward missionaries have the best support. I agree whole heartedly cassie!!!!! =) we have the best ward. And congrats to Cami!!! And I pray for you Grandma Hansen. Love you! Stay strong.
November 13th, Tuesday= Today we taught some lessons, with our new investigators pablo, yolanda, and suzanna. We had ward activity where we are helping all the primary kids learn I am a child of God for the primary program this coming week =) im playing the piano for them so thats exciting!
November 14th, Wednesday. Today we had zone conference and it was amazing. Ill share just a couple things that I learned from President and the spirit. The best part was President had 7 life size cut outs, 3 of Jesus and 4 of angels. He brought up an elder to stand in the middle of all of them and said that this is the power that we all have surrounding us daily =) when we dont keep a rule of something, an angel leaves. It is so important for all of us to keep the rules at all times. Also, OUr Heavenly Father has given us everything, including our agency. This is the only thing we can truly give to our Heavenly Father. This is what we have to give to our hewavenly FDather. Our very will.... and choose to follow him. Agency begins with desire, which desires do we have to do most, and our choices will reflect those desires. My desires are to serve now, even though it is hard, very hard at times, but that is the desire of my heart =) my desire is to be with my family for eternity, so I exercise my agency in making the decisions that will allow me to continue on that path. Also, president focused on the miracle of the BOM and how that is greatest missioanry that we have. Converts and members alike MUST have a testimony of the BOM, ort else they will fall off the path and be lost. I love the BOM and am loving reading it daily! I loved the conference and the opportunity it gave me to think about all of this and the use of my agency =) I love the gospel!!! What my life would be without it I can never imagine. The rest of this day was good.. We had some lessons and it was good.
Thursday, November 15th= Well, today was hard. We had literally every single appointment fall through. We were relying on back up plans, and even those fell through. Dont let anyone ever tell you that a mission is perfect, because there are days and weeks that just seem to all go wrong. Today was the beginning of that for us. Its great though to be able to look back, think about how I can improve, rely on the Atonement to comfort us and help us commit to being better. Also, today we were washing dishes after lunch for the members and I was washing and didnt see a knife. Definitely sliced my thumb open on it. It was a a half an inch long on my right thumb, and bled so long haha. The members were like ahhhhhh!!!!! But they fixed me all up, and we cleaned it really well. Now its fine, but im defintely going to have a legit smile shaped scar on my right thumb =) love it. Also tonight we switched comps to do divisions. I was in our are again with Elder Gonzalez from Mexico City. =)
Friday, November 16th, = Today was great! Elder Gonzalez is really awesome and we got along great, with our mixed spanish and english when I didnt know how to say something haha. It was really cool... we were doing an inspired question activity in comp study and he said... ok... Im going to use inspired questions on you. So, he asked me what are the most important things in my life. I said my family and the GOspel. He said, ok, and what else. i said my friends next, and then he asked what was my biggest concern right now. I said Spanish, and after thinking about it for a good minute or so, said also the safety of my family while Im away. Spiritually and physically. He looked at me really intently and was like.... I have a scripture to share with you. He turned to D and C 100 verse 1. He said to replace Joseph and Sydneys names for mine and his. It says, Veryily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my friends Elder Hoyt and Gonzalez, your families are well, they are in mine hands, and I iwll do with them as seemeth me good, for in me there is all power. I read it out loud, and the spirit was so strong. I was in tears by the end, I didnt even know I had been worried about that, but with inspired questions of the Spirit and the scriptures, my resolve was concerned. It was amazing. I miss you all so much family, but know that you are in the Lords hands =) and that allows me to focus more and not worry.
Saturday, November 17th. So today our appointments continued to just kinda fall through, ugh. But today we did have a lunch buffet put on by all the bishops and the stake presidency for all of us missionaries =) so our whole zone got to go eat as much food as we wanted, and a huge table of desserts with a chocolate fountain =) wow!!! haha. It was amazing. All of us missionaries were like little kids again lol.... (not that were anything really but little kids =)) hahahaha. We also had a baptism tonight of investigators we used to teach but then moved into the ZLs area. The woman asked elder barton to baptize her, so we got to go do that. It was amazing and we got to sing for it. Also, the ZLs left the font running accidentally and it flooded. So we had to mop up the bathrooms and hall cuz water was spilling out hahahahha. Life of a missionary =)
Sunday, November 18th. Really a hard day. None of our investigatros came to church, and we didnt have any lessons. We visited members that were supposed to have the investigators at the lesson, but the 2 we had planned, the investigators couldnt come. Also, Elder Barton made  me a hot dog that I ate, even though I didnt really want to cuz I hate hot dogs lol. We had chile rellenos for lunch (which were spicy and deep fried) and deep fried Chicharones at a members. So yep..... it finally happened. Last night I got sick. I was up at 1 in the morning after going to bed at 9=15, puking up everything that I ate. It was a double dose.... remember when Dad ate the bad pizza from Little Caesars...yep,... that was me last night (Family... youll get that reference =))  haha. Ugh... it was awful. I dont think ill ever eat hot dogs or chile rellenos again lol. I still feel a little sick right now, but Im feeling better. But hey! I went farther than most Americans without getting sick, i went almost 3 months in mexico =) so blessings.
So pretty much this week we had the lowest numbers ever at the end of the week, after having the highest last week haha. The life of a missionary. But I learned many important things. Always work my hardest, have  agood attitude,a nd keep pushing forward =) Elder Barton leaves next week and Ill be getting a new comp next Monday!! AHHHHH!!! Crazy!!! So, lots of prayers for me =) I love you all so much family and hope you all have an amazing time at the cabin this week =) say hi to everyone for me, and send them my love. I love you all and cant wait to find out where austin goes on his mission!!!! Btw... the pics are of me in a path through the jungle that we like to take, and me and some of the missionaries in my zone.
I love you all and always will for eternity =)
With all my love, Elder Hoyt =) Seth =) Little Seth =) Sethie Poo =)

Elder Hoyt on a path through the jungle that the Elders like to take! 

Some of Elder Hoyt's Zone!

Week 10: Successful Sunday & A Wonderful Week

Hola Fam Bam!!! I hope this finds everyone doing so well and loving life =) Mom.... you said that I sounded a little home sick.... but dont worry I wasnt last week! I miss home and   you all but am doing so well =) and..... we had the best week of my mission I think this past week. Ill talk all about it in the email. But first a couple things. Yea....   Romney lost. But its ok. Its not his time, and like  you said Spencer, our Heavenly Father has a plan. I loved what Grandma said in her email to me though about the Constitution being degraded in our country though, I think its true and  I would love to study constitutional law when I get back =) Well see right!!! haha.
IM so excited the house is done!!!!! WOOOHHHOOOO!!! And thanksgiving is this next week =) thats soooooo awesome! Have an amazing time at the cabin and make sure to take lots of pics for me =) send all of the family my love!! Ill be with you in Spirit =) And to Big Grandma  tell her..... I love you Grandma Eunice!!! You are such an example to me of a woman who truly lives the Gospel and has had a full life. You are always so full of life and joy, and I pray for your health every day.  I know Heavenly Father has a plan for you, and has always watched over you.  Stay strong Grandma and know that I love you soooo much and pray for you daily =) Please tell her that from me! And tell Grandma and Grandpa and all the aunts and uncles and cousins hello from me and send them my love =) and eat lots of food for me! haha.
   Sounds like everyone is doing well. The house is all packed and ready to go so thats awesome =)  Im glad work is going well Mom and Dad.... and that is the coolest thing ever that we got to do family names this past week in the temple. =) great job everyone!!! The work for the dead is amazing and I miss going to the temple so much.     haha Looks like Austin practically froze lol. Welcome to the snow!! AQnd ahhhhhhhhh!!!! His mission papers are in!!!! I CANT WAIT TO FIND OUT WHERE HE GOES AND WHEN!!!! Next Monday  Ill get the news of where hes going right?? I hope haha.  So  yea.... wow sounds like everything is going great back in my amazing town of Ione =)
So, we didnt get mail last week cuz the mail wasnt sent out to anyone in the mission from merida. haha. Oops! So tonight I should get mail =) and I cant wait for Christmas because we have a talent show and dinner with all the missionaries and the packages will hopefully be here in time lol =) Thankss so much family and friends for all the support you have shown and given to me!
So, here we go with my past week =)
November  5th... Last P Day. Was a great P Day. I started my study of Doctrine and Covenants, in English, and am loving that. I also am reading  chapter a day in book of Mormon in Spanish, so tahts been slow but good haha. I feel that its helping a lot.   
November 6th! the election!! all the american elders were excited haha.  I woke up with   a super stuffy nose and sore throat so took medicine (thanks mom!!) =) haha. And felt better. I just got over it all though. It was change of climate and everyone has been stuffy lol. Its caled la gripa here =) kinda like the flu.   We got a new elder with us in the ward cuz Elder Moreno got special changed for teeth reasons lol. He had to go to Merida. So we got Elder Rivera who I love !!! He is from Puebla but lived in England for a while so knows really good English and Spanish. So tahts fun! We went to Centro de Cancun to pick him up and we got Mcdonalds for breakfast!! It was  good, but lame cuz they didnt have cinnamon melts or my bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits lol. It was funny!   After we taught a couple lessons and then Elder Barton got a call from an old investigator saying she had a present for him. And she met up with us and gave us.... and iguana!!!!! she made us take it, so we found a member family and gave it to them lol. So funny! Then Tuesday was our ward activity and baptism of Hermana Neri =) it was super stressful because we organized the whole thing b ut the whole ward had their rooms with their different organizations and we had 12 new investigators there and they got a tour of the church and then got to watch the baptism of Hermana Neri and then    we all had food =) it turned out so well! It went super late though and we didnt get back to the house until 10 haha. Oops! But Neri was baptized by Elder Barton and it was so nice =) the Spirit was so strong and I know that without baptism we cannon enter the kingdom of God because it is one of the saving ordinances.
Wednesday, November 7th! we found out Obama won today!! We didnt know and so all of us elders were callin geach other to try and figure out who knew! lol. 
Thursday, november 8th!  This day was really good.  I had a really cool experience tonight. Walking home the stars were so bright and we saw a planet. I looked up and just felt such peace. Such peace knowing that this is exactly where Im supposed to be right now. In Cancun, Mexico, serving my mision for the Lord =) sometimes its hard. Missionary work is hard stuff. We get looked at sometimes  like what the heck.... or rejected at doors as were contacting a reference, or chuckled at our Spanish, but the Lord suffered all these things, and so much more for each of us. Looking up at the stars and the moon, I  witnessed the beautfy of everything he created. I felt sooooo good and so happy to be able to seve him, my Savior and King =) I love the church and the Gospel so much and its so awesome to be able to share it with those who want to know more.  Also today,,,, Hermana Febes family gave us a thing to warm  buckets of water up with so weve had warm showers!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!! haha. Its been amazing =)
November 9th, Friday =) Elder Barton and I are getting along great =) we havent had problems before, but he really got a burst of energy this week and we have been workin ghard and just laughing and having a blast being together =)  We got a couple new investigators from references today, one named Patsy who is super nice. Like 24 and just hilarious so were excited to teach her. She wants to be baptized and the rest of her family was just baptized in another area      . We watched the Restoration movie that night also with Hermana Neri and her son and daughter in law. They loved it and the Spirit was so strong! We got fed by them and then by Hermana Febe lol.  Dad.... its so cool cuz Hermana Febe is super involved in Politics and stuff, so I was asking her all about Mexican politics, and she said she was heavily involved in the Chiapas Revolution in 1994! That created the new 3rd party here in Mexico. She is so cool adn we love chatting with her =) especially me cuz she knows her history lol. Im kind of a history buff =) haha.
Saturday, November 10th! I finished my 2nd journal so I have 2 full journals and am workin gon my 3rd and big one!!! So thats exciting. today was great though, we taught like 7 lessons and were so busy all day. we have been even more busy with contacting and gaining references from members taht we dont miss knocking doors at all haha. So yea Mom, we have been more busy =)  Elder Barton was a little sick today, but we had such a good day. The lessons were super fun and we got to go to a baptism of Elders Schwab and Rodriguez in our district (the baptism of Patsys family and see Patsy)
Sunday November 11th! Sundays are so stressful because we work so soo sooo hard at lessons and everything with investigators all week, and then Saturday night put it all in the Lords hands and pray they will come to church =) we didnt have all  of our investigators there, but the Lord blessed us so much and we had 6! It felt so good and they loved it and felt the Spirit strong =) After we did studies and had lunch and then had 2 lesssons and a noche de hogar with all of Hermana Neris and Febes family =) it was the best lesson Elder Barton and I had ever taught! we made steps out of paper and we drew like a heaven on a piece of paper and we did the steps to heaven and put them on the ground and then watched a video that we had about John Rowe Moyle =) look him up!! An amazing story. But yea, it was so good and everyone loved it =) we also ahd a  dinner there. So I definitely get fed so much haha.
 Elder Barton and I were so blessed this week with a baptism, and we taught over 30 lessons this week!!!!  I will miss him so much and will get my new comp in like 2 weeks! But were trying to get at least 2 more baptisms before he leaves =)
So that was my week! it was so good and I felt the Spirit so strong and I love this Gospel =)   I hope everyone is doing so well and everyone has so much fun at the cabin!! I think its this week.... maybe its next week =) and ahhhhh!!! good luck austin with the mission call =) I CANT WAIT!!!
I love you all more than life itself and am so excited to live for eternity with you as my amazing family =) stay strong, make good choices, and I pray for you all by name daily!!!
With all my love, Elder Hoyt =) Seth =)  Little seth =) Sethie Poo =)

Week 9: The Day to Day Play by Play & A Happy Halloween

Hola Fam Bam!! Wow.... what a week! So much happens in a week.... its just crazy. I hope this finds everyone doing so well and enjoying and loving life =) This week Im going to try something that my friend Elder Schwab says he does. Ill take like a paragraph and answer questions and stuff from the emails this week and such, and then give like day to day updates with some of the stories and announcements that happened this week. 

So, to start out.... Loved the pics this week =) SO AWESOME that you got to go home austin =) I was so happy for you! Obviously we beat amador =) haha. And everyone looks sooooo good in the pics of all the family together =) seriously..... Austin and Spencer look so buff and just so handsome =) Madi.... you look gorgeous!! you are so cute in your braces and you are rocking basketball it sounds like =) and parker you look so happy and good =) you are so big and buff too!  AND Mom =)=) Dang!! the working out is paying off cuz you are looking soooooo good as usual =) and Dad... you too! You both look so good =) I hope you all had a great HaLLOween. Loved your costumes! And I loved the pics of camis baby =) send my congrats! And I pray for Grandma Hansen =) Love her so much! Thanks Grandma for the update from Caleb and from you and the fam =) love getting those! Mom... you dont need to forward the emails from John Hokanson. Thanks though! Hayley, Im glad you are doing so good =) and finally got my letter!! I hope Cass and Ash and Taryn have gotten all of theirs =) haha. Thanks for the christmas packages that are on their way too!! And btw Hayley.... loved the online album thing!!! That worked soooooo well!!! Soo cool =) I wont be able to send letters this week cuz we arent sending the vallija back.... but next week more letters will be out on their way!! Im picking up mail today  so Ill get more Dear Elders from everyone today =) and letters! haha. 

Well, this week was great so here we go! 

Monday October 29th! Great P Day. We wrote, did laundry, had pizza for lunch with soem of our favorite members, and then relaxed a little. We had district meetings whihc was fun =) we have a new elder in our zone named Elder Hauser from BYU.... we recognized each other and so are having fun comparing who we knew at BYU =) lol. After we had a noche de hogar with the fam Mireles Mokul =) she makes cakes for a living and we taught the Restoration and then asked for references and she made us amazing pancakes =) haha. Hot cakes they call them here. 

Tuesday October 30th! Our showers have been freezing every morning lately!!!! SOOOOO COOOLLLDDD!! haha. But its ok cuz I dont have to deal with cold weather like all the other missionareis =) tylers freezing his butt off right now lol. I also had a great lesson personally this morning. I focused on studying and praying about hwo I can best focus on my mission and not be distracted by stuff. I came to realize with the Lords help that I can have all my friends and family at home, and they can be writing me, and I can think about them every P Day cuz those are the days that we raise our periscopes from the submarine of missionary life =) but the other days I have been really focusing on the work... and not thinking about missing everyone, only in my prayers when I pray for you all by name =) that works so well!! I find throughout the week I still get little reminders of the fam and friends but I am able to focus on the work I have too =) having the best family and friends at home praying and rooting for me is the best thing ever =) Know that I am trying  as hard as I can to focus and work as hard as I possibly can. I miss you family soooooo much.... but love you sooooo much and that is why I am doing a mission =) serving those who dont know that hteir families can be together forever, and teaching them that they can be together forever!! Its amazing =) hard... but so worth it. Also.... it was cold that night in Cancun!! everyone was wrapped in blankets and sweaters lol. 

Wednesday October 31st!! halloween =) HAPPY HALLOWEEN! haha. We carved a pumpkin today =) outside our house with a member named Jesus from another ward but who loves to help all the missioaries out. he is 20 and preparing for his mission! Our convert alysia told us today that she is leaving for Tabasco this weekend so that was sad. I also went on Divisions for the first time! we had splits tonight with the Elders Quruom president and I went with him and visited 3 families =) all in Spanish!!! it was so good. haha. 

Thursday ovember 1st! Elder Bartons birthday was today so I got him a bunch of junk from the gas station the night before and set it all up and sang him happy birthday when we got up!! It was fun. We had lessons all day and Orlando and Mariela =) orlando is a member and Mariela is getting baptized as soon as we get their marriage papres got us a cake =) then Hermana Febe and Nerie made us a huge dinner and cake and we had a lesson and party over there with their whole family =) so fun!! 

Friday November 2nd.. we had a zone conference meeting. It was announced that in this mission, and I dont know about any other yet, but im sure it will be.... that we are not allowed to knock doors anymore. THere is no more tracting in missionary work!!! We are only to work with members and get references =) its super cool. We get to work so closely with the ward and members, and investigators will be from members so they can be their friends =) it is against the rules to knock a random door, unless we are specifically prompted by the Spirit. So cool =)  After that we had divisions with the Zone leaders and I had Elder Vasquez from Mexico City. We were in our area and it was awesome!! i showed him the whole area and we had appts and lessons and we talked all spanish =) it was so fun and we had a blast!! It was fun having a native comp... and im excited to have more in the future. We taught a new investigator named Yolanda, and she had questions of the plan of Salvation so we taught it to her, and she recognized it immediately =) it was so cool cuz in my patriarchal blessing it talks about how we will teach the Plan of salvation on my mission and there will be those who recognize it =) i felt the Spirit working with her and teaching her the truth of it =) so awesome!!

Saturday November 3rd... Today was great =) we had an awesome lesson with Eduardo... who also needs to get married for his baptism. But his wife doesnt want it. So... hge is thinking about moving out till she does. Its a crazy hard decision.... but he knows the church is true and he is so humble and sincere. I love him =) 

Sunday November 4th =) Had hermana Neries baptismal invterview today for tUESDAY!! She is so excited and her whole familyu is coming. We also worked withgthe Ward Council and are super excited for our ward activity this Tuesday night before the baptism!! we will have so many people coming =) 

So,,,l that was my week!!! It was pretty good =) we are super excited to work so hard with the members and teach lots of people. Cant wait for our baptism this Tuesday =) and we are starting to teach her whole family =) I hope this ifnds all of you well and loving life!! I pray for you all every day and love you all soooooooo much!!! Cant even put it into typed words how much I love you all and miss you =) I know this Church is true with all my heart =) 

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

Week 8: 30 Letters & Buckets of Showers

Wow family!! Who can believe that  its just about November =) this week will be 2 months in Mexico, and just like a couple weeks and then Ill have been gone for 6 months! I hope this finds all of the fam bam and friends amazing and doing well =)  I love you all so much. So much happened this week and I have so much to write, so here we go =)
First off, I got all my letters finally!!! 30 of them =) haha. The ZL came into our district meeting and   said he had an announcement. It was so funny.... he looked all serious and then  said well... elders we have a problem with girls in the mission. All of us were like oh no!!!! haha. Then he pulled literally A STACK!! of letters... and said this was all for me =) everyone was like OOOHHHH!! haha. So I got 30. It was funny. Dear Elders from Daviss, Johnsons, Mallorie,   Suzie, Gaylene, Sam Roberts, Hayley, and my amazing family =)   It was so fun reading all of them.
So yes mom,  I did take money out again this week. I am sorry!! but... we pulled a surprise trip to Merida again thsi week lol. The executive secretary, named Elder Barrows and I love him! called and said all the new missionaries had to go to do their final signautre and paper work to be official, all the new ones have to.  HE said I could wait till next month, but then Id spend all my money for that month. So i took money outk, so that I wont have to take money out again lol. So sorry,,, I swear Im being prudent =) haha. Im learning to be frugal haha. One of the goals of the mission for me huh parents? =) lol. But Merida was aweso me. I got to go with    2 other of the new missionaries, Elder Valdivia from Bolivia. He and I are in the same zone and I just love him so much!! we are such good friends. And Elder Salimbene from Ohio. He is great too! We all got on the bus without our senior companions and did just great =) We watched movies on the bus lol. So that was fun. Prince of PErsia and Pirates lol.
In Merida we went to the office of Immigration, and we saw our other new companions there. Elder Estrada went with me to BYU and i knew him there, and Elder Jaussi is from Utah and he and I get along soooo well. We talked for like 3 of our 5 hour wait hahaha. It was long and hot, but great =) after we all got chinese food, and went to the office and got mail where I got more Dear Elders from the fam and Suzie  ( I havent gotten all of Hayleys that shes sent) haha. Ive gotten 2 from her so far. I hope people are getting my letters!  But after we went to the temple and we sat there for a bit. THe Spirit is so strong at the temple and I love being able to be there. I cant wait to someday go and get married there. But first, my mission =) I just felt an overwhelming sense of the Spirit while sitting there, just so calm. And then I read the Dear Elders from you Mom and Dad, and just felt so good =) it was so happy and I truly felt Heavenly Father looking down on me and feeling such joy for me as I  partook of the spirit of the temple and my eternal family =)
 So Merida was great =) Im going to respond to the dear Elders now. I made some notes to answer ahha.
 Mom, I have that other pair of gray pants that were old ones of Dad and they actually pretty much  match the suit. So thats great =) Thanks though!! I wont need another pair.  I took the other ones to get dry cleaned, and then havent gotten back yet. Hopefrully theyre not lost!!! lol.
  Spencer and Madi are making such good choices with school and friends and everything. Im so proud of them =) continue making those choices  guys =) I love you both so much!!! And parker too and austin of course =) IM so excited for austin that he gets to go suit up for the game!!! and travel =) and thats so awe some everyone is giong down!! when is that?? Have so much fun!!! Cant wait till we can all go together and watch his games =)
  yes Dad, transfers are every 6 weeks. We are in Week 9 right now, of my first 12 weeks lol. Also, Dad was asking about the  member lessons. So, missions are changing now. We are told to not knock doors. Unless we are specifically inspiried to do so, we are not to knock doors. This is because we are supposed to work with the members. This is where true retention comes in , and it truly truly works!!!  We have FHEs with members and they can invite friends to them, or we ask for references at the end of them. So Mom, you are helping the work by giving them Julies name =) I was also thinking you could try to have a FHE with the missoinaries and maybe Taryn and Carella, or Holly and Kyle =) I   felt insprired to put their names lol. But great job family =) And when austin is out, we truly will be so missioanry minded as a family =) haha.
That is just crazy we could have a Mormon president!!  LEt me know how that goes =)
Yes, Suzie was asking about the weather here   and IM sure everyone is interested. So, it is consistenly year round about 85 degrees, but here in Cancun we have an amazing breeze. So that is super nice =) at night it actually gets chilly, so I love my blanket Mom and that travel pillow is perfect size for the hammocks!!! I still sleep so well so thank you =)
 I love how you worry Mom!!! it is crazy being in mexico, but I love it so much =) Im learning so much and every day see and  hear or do something new. =)  My toes are doing well. haha. The one that got taken out in Boise actually got infected. I just prayed a lot, and cleaned it out nighlty. So its almost completely healed =) I also got another in grown toe nail, but took it out the other night. I know how to take them out now lol. I just pray a lot =)  I trust in the Lord and  President said in my interview this past week that in 2 weeks when we have  Zone COnference if it still hurts to tell him.
So this week we had some adventures. P Day the Bishops family made us lunch adn we  hade donuts on a stick for like a game lol. And we stuffed our mouths with marshmallows and sang hymns. They thought it was hilarious.... it was so fun.
Then we didnt have water for like 5 days so we were showering with Buckets! So we climbed up on the roof and had to mess with the buckets up ther so that was fun.
  Working with the members is just awesome. NExt week we are having an Open House at the church and the entire ward is excited for it. It was my idea to have    an activity, and we have all been planning it =) so even on the mission Im still planning things. Now instead of dates, its missioanry activities lol =) haha.
Hermana Febe, the ambassador sister, is sooooo nice!!! her and her family love us, even her non mbmer  husband =) they have us last night 2 big books all about Cancun!!! they are so cool and I cant wait to  bring them home to show you all =)
 So yea, this past week was  crazy and hectic. But super fun =) in 2 weeks we should baptize Nerie and a boy named Alenjandro that we are working with =)
I love the mission. I love being able to learn every day, and be able to testify of The Plan of Salvation and the restored GOspel.   I feel the SPirit daily, and am focused on doing the best I can and becoming the tool in the hand of the Lord that he wants me to be =)
I love you all so much family and friends!!! I miss you all dialy and pray for your safety =)
 You are all in my thoughts and prayers  =)
With all my love, Elder Hoyt =) Seth =) Sethie Poo =) Little Seth =) Whatever it is that you call me haha.

The beautiful Merida Temple as Elder Hoyt & his fellow elders adventured to Merida.

Elder Hoyt & the new missionaries that he came with. He sure does love them! 

Elder Hoyt with a Mexican brand of shoe polish called "El Oso." This made him think of his dad who they call the bear. :)

Elder Hoyt on the roof of their house! After a few water problems, they had to climb on top of the roof and try to work it out. Showing us the beautiful roof top view! 


Week 7: Blessings, Priesthood Power & The Day in the Life of a Missionary

Hola Fam Bam and amazing friends =) Hola from Cancun Mexico haha. It has been HOT this past week, sweating is an all day experience lol. But, the work is great, the Church is true, and I have the best support from home that I could possibly have =) Let me start with just a couple things and then Ill get to my week =)
Mom and Dad, I had to take money out this week cuz we went to Merida in the beginning of the month and bus tickets are so expensive and they havent refunded us yet! So I had to take money out. I usually can make it through the month I think, as long as we dont have any weird things happen haha. Like being illegal and having to go to Merida! lol. So make sure I have some in there still. I should have money in there lol.
Also, we found out last week that the Zone Leaders had a bunch of our mail at their house. They told me they had liuke 30 letters for me!!! haha. So theres all my mail haha. I have no idea why they hadnt been handing it out. So Ill get that all tonight. Finally all of Hayleys letters and Taryn and the fam and Suzie and everyone else =) I cant wait!! haha.
Everyone looks so good in their pics!!! Madi looks like she had so much fun with her friends in Ross and in Tahoe =) hope the tourney wenbt well! Glad your job is going well Mom. And the house looks amazing!!!!! Im so excited for you all to move in =) Dad looks great as well and I hope work is going well! Spencer.... I cant believe youre driving!! I remember when Mom and I first drove down the highway from Jackson. She about had a heart attack lol.! hahaha. And Parker you are 10 and so big =) There is a boy in our ward that looks like you and Im good friends with him haha. hes 10 and I always think of you!! And austin, you look amazing and that is so fun you got to meet Hayleys fam =) and I love you too hayley!! And I hope Cass is doing well, and Taryn and Ashley =) Love you all!
So, last week Dad was asking about the food of Mexico and how that is all going. Frankly, its amazing!!! haha. Its cool cuz here in Cancun there are a lot of types of Mexicans from all over the country cuz they come to work here in the hotels. So Ive met people from Michoucan =) thought of you Dad!!! And veracruz, guadalajara, DF (Mexico City), Puebla, Tijuana, all over!!!! and they all have different types of foods. The tortillas are amazing =) daily I have like 20 haha. Theyre the small type and are made all over in tortillerias =) You eat them with every meal. We do breakfast in our house. I make eggs and avocado, or cereal and bananas and yogurt, I try to eat healthy! Then lunch is always the biggest meal and is at 2. Ive had mole, enchiladas, tacos de pollo, carne, and yes, ive had some chiles! HOT! haha. My favorite meal so far has been tacos de pollo from a road side taco stand by our house. ITs like a pro stand haha. DOnt worry mom lol. Its clean =) we get guerras, or like tacos with cheese from juajaca =) so good!! We also eat a ton of burgers, pizzas, and the other day we got taken to the best CHinese food buffet in Cancun!!! It was so good haha. So the food is great. I do workouts every morning so I dont come home fat lol.
Funny thing this past week, a drunk guy during a lesson in front of a house came up to us and said in English whats up! And we kinda ignored him, and then he said cuidado porque los Mormones son... some word. We found out after....he called us child molesters!!! hahaha. The family was like uhh.... lol. They didnt believe him but we found out the word for that lol.
So this past week we had like 26 lessons, and we are really focusing on working with the members. I have been reading Jesus the Christ and am loving that!! The Saviors life and ministry was so filled with miracles and I love reading about all of the parables and how they apply to our lives today!! Im also reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish. Slow, but Im doing it haha.
So, I havent told you what a daily schedule is like yet. So, we get up at 6=30 every morning. I wake up and pray, then sit there for a minute or two trying to shake off the sleep hahaha. THen go to the bathroom and put music on (EFY =)) haha. Then work out. I do push ups and sit ups and jumps and work with the band. Im coming home not fat and with more muscle then when I left. Im determined!! Then I usually go shower first and get all ready and be back down by liuke 7=30 to eat breakfast and start personal study. From 8 to 9 we have personal study, which I love!!! Then companionship study from 9 to 11, 2 hours for training the new missionaries, and when Im done with this transfer Ill be trained and then well have 1 hour of comp study. And then an hour of language. So we leave the house at noon after a little snack. Then we go out and work for 2 hours till lunch at 2, and then work till 9 at night when we come back to the house!! We are teaching about 24 people right now, and the hardest part is getting them all to church lol. Cuz without church, they cant be baptized!!! But we had 4 this past week, so that was great. =)
I miss you all sooooo much but know that this work is true. Jesus is my Savior and whenever I miss any of you a ton, I just think of that. I remember the Lords sacrifice for me, and how through the Atonement I can be cleanses of my sins and weaknesses that I daily work at overcoming, and I can also receive comfort. Then, I go to work. work is the secret!!! haha. I love working haha.
So, to finish the email this week Ill end with a very spiritual experience we had. Saturday our investigator who is golden Nerie, tried to pick up her grandaughter and did somehting really bad to her back. She thought she would be better for church, so set her clothes out and everything to go the next morning. She woke up even worse!!! So, right after church we went over with Hermana Febe, her friend, and gave her a blessing. I got to do the annointing all in Spanish cuz weve been practicing it lol. Then Elder Barton gave the blessing. The spirit was soooooo strong, I know the Priesthood is real. After, Nerie and Hermana Febe were bawling, and Nerie said that power is of God. It was amazing and truly strengthened my testimony so much of the Priesthood =)
I know that power is real, and through that power we will be together forever as a family =) Ive already been gone 5 months family!!! its crazy!!! So the next only 19 months will fly by, and then we all have eternity to look forward to =)
I think of you each daily and pray for you all!!! I love you all sooooo much and always will =)
With all my love, Elder Hoyt =) seth!

Week 6: One Transfer In & It Just Keeps Getting Better!

Hola Fam Bam and beautiful friends =) I love you all and this past week was the best one of my mission, besides the baptisms Ive had lol. Im so excited to tell you all about it =) hopefully you just got the pics and loved those! I looooovvveeedddd the pics for this week both from Mom of Tahoe, and Grandmas 60th! WOW Grandma! 60 and still looking as beautiful as you do =) how lucky I am! And loved Hayleys pics that she sent. So fun to see you all and you all look gorgeous! Hope the family is doing well and everyone is safe =)
Im sooooo excited for austin to start his papers now... hes working on them now probably! AHHH! Thats so awesome that we will see each other sooner. And Madi and Spencer and Parker look adorable =) and Mom you look great and Dad as well! So excited for your new job Mom! The blessings surely never stop. And theyre about to double! haha.
So last week we didnt get any mail cuz the Zone Leaders didnt get it cuz we didnt have District Meeting. So tonight Ill get two weeks worth! Hopefully all the Dear Elders that Hayley and Taryn and the Fam have sent that I havent gotten yet. And I hope my letters are getting to people! Ive written Hayley, Ashley, and Taryn, and just sending Cassidys out today!
Well, this week was one of the best weeks ever. My testimony was strengthened so much and it was so fun. I love being a missionary and its crazy that today I have been in Mexico for a full 6 weeks! 1 transfer in. My comp and I are still together and will be till he leaves the end of this transfer =)
So, I will start by telling a story from this week. We have an Hermana in our ward named Hermana Febe. She is in her late 50s and once was the ambassador from Cancun to China! Shes amazing and her family is so cool. We are really good friends with them and they feed us a lot lol. So, she had a neighbour that she really wanted to hear the Gospel. So, she invited us over and we met with her. Her name is Narie, and she has a husband and 3 children, and is raising her Grandaughter cuz her son is having some problems. Her granddaughter is 4 and has muscular dystrophy, but is the cutest thing ever! She is so full of life, and even though she only can take like 3 steps here and there, is always so happy. So, we taught Narie the Restoration, and the Spirit testifieed to all that what was being spoken of was true. Narie felt it and said she wanted to be baptized! We set it up for the 30th of this month, and she said she would come to church. Our next lessons was 2 days later and we taught the Plan of Salvation. I had gotten in Boise from the Internet cutouts of the Plan of Salvation that I colored and translated lol. And we use those to teach the Plan of Salvation =) We taught it and the Spirit was again so strong. Narie was almost crying and she said that she has been waiting to hear this purpose in her life, and the beautiful message of the Resurrection where her grandaughter will be able to walk and use her hands perfectly. Sunday came and she came to church with HErmana Febe and her whole family. Narie brought her whole family!! It was so cool. Also, we had 4 other investigators show up Sunday who weve been trying to get there for like 4 weeks! The Lord blessed us so much and my testimony was strengthened so much.
So this past week we have been teaching the Plan of Salvation a lot, cuz we seem to teach in like a loop ahhaha. I studied and read and prayed about the Plan of Salvation this week and cant get enough of it. I love the Plan of Salvation, the sense of purpose that it gives all of us here on Earth, the fact that I can be together forever with you family, and with my wife some day =) I know the Plan of Salvation is true and I love testifying of it!
We are really working on working with the members here. I love my ward so much!!! We are really making friendships and working at having a family home evening with members every night of the week with investigators! Its funny. THe Church is a little different here. They are very new at it, and sometimes dont know what to do. THe missionaries get looked at a lot to lead the way, and at times its intimidating. But such a blessing lol. Makes me want to learn everything I can about the Church. PMG is so important and I love the idea of using that in your Family Home Evenings =) also.... I cant wait for spencer to serve at 18 and that is sooooo cool that Madi wants to serve now too!
I know this Church is so true, for so many different reasons. THis week it is the Plan of Salvation and the way the SPirit helps me with SPanish. I can now talk with someone, set up a return appointment, talk with them about their work and family, about me, show them pictures that I have (I got a photo album a little one that we carry around, cuz we use pics of our fam in our lessons lol) and yea. Everyone says for one month my Spanish is amaizng! I am learning so much. I know I have so far to go, but I also know that I have angels with me daily. I know that I can rely on my brother, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ daily whenever I need help.
A mission is the best experience of my life and I have like a week till Ive been gone for 5 months! So crazy. Ill get those pics to you for my 6 month Hayley!! And I agree with you about your decision about the mission. Love you best friend =) and Cass you have a letter coming! As well as Taryn and Ash! lol. I have the best girlfriends at home and the best guy friends =) at home and our serving missions! I love you all.
The mission is very difficult at times. My companion and I though work together through out problems with investigators and we have fun and laugh with each other. We have so many jokes and love the time we have here.
Well, this week was just so awesome and I love being able to write to you all about it. Im blessed cuz I can type super fast! (thanks iphone and texting) hahahaha. It was funny... this morning we went to Wal Mart and got stuff. It felt so like home lol. I heard Taylor Swift playing and thought of Madi and sang it out loud for you =) I saw a shoe polish I was getting that said El Oso hahahA. Thought of you Dad. And of course shopping the whole time I thought of Mom lol. Saw the video games and thought of Spencer and Parker and Austin and I when we picked 4000 weeds at a penny a weed to buy a computer game lol!!!! Laughed out loud. I think of you all daily and pray for you nightly =) I love you all and am so proud for how you are all doing! I have been collecting stuff to send home. I got some presents and stuff for Christmas for you all last week at Market 28. Im giong to print pics off and stuff too.I just dont know exactly when I can get it off.... so it might not be there before Chrsitmas hahah. BUt ill try!!! I think I got everything this week. Cant wait for Dear Elders and mail tonight... and to go back to work tomorrow! The mission is like a submarine... 6 days of the week we are submerged and Mondays we raise our periscope a little!!! haha.
I love you all so much and pray for each of you nightly by name =) Know that this Church is sooooo true. And that I am doing well =) safe and happy. These months are flying by and before we know it Ill be home!!!! =) love you!!!!!
With all my love,
Elder Hoyt =) Sethie Poo =) Little Seth =) Seth =)

Elder Hoyt cutting one of his fellow elder's hair! First hair cut in Mexico. Along with that, Elder Hoyt also buzzed his hair so he would have less to manage! No more fohawk for this Elder! 

Elder Hoyt & Elder Barton in front of the beautiful Merida Temple.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Week 5: Letter Overload & General Conference After Math

Hola fam bam!!
Oh my goodness family!!! I have sooooo much much to write. Its just crazy lol. I have 2 pages of written notes from this week to remember to write to you all haha. Know that I am doing so well and loving my mission. So here we go. Ill go through my notes and give my update on the week at the same time lol. Love you all!
Well!! Finally Dear Elders got to me. I guess Dear Elders were down or something so I didnt get them for like 2 weeks. But I get Dear Elders from the family from when they wrote me, Suzie, Gaylene, Gma and Gpa Swearingen, and yea. Then I got 3 letters from Cass, Johnsons, and Rhonda =) So i finally heard from Cass and Im writing you back!! I still havent gotten the Dear Elders from you Hayley.... weird haha. But I loved reading your email =) and the pics are amazing! You are all so gorgeous haha. But I heard I got a lot of Dear Elders this week from the office missionaries lol. So maybe theyre there =) I hope!!
Usually Dear Elders will take 1 to 2 weeks, and letters 3 weeks, and packages 1 to 2 months. so yes please!! Send my christmas packages now =) I would like peanut butter, the gospel art book, pictures =) some cds of gospel music, like the band called the Lower Lights (cuz we have a dvd player in the house for training that plays cds lol) and maybe a piano music one. Ties, snacks haha. IDk whatever you want. But I love pictures and letters. So that would be awesome =) Im doing good on pants and shirts and everything. Only thing is my suit pants are already kinda gross from all the sweat and stuff so it shows on the gray lol. So if you could somehow get a new one of those.... thatd be awesome. No se how haha.
And yes Mom and fam! Sorry.... last week I saw the moon right when you all did and wondered if you were all looking at it too!!! Crazy hahaha. The spirit Im telling you lol.
Well, everyone has been asking how sleeping in a hammock goes. I love it =) I like fall back into sideways kinda of, so it evens out and our backs dont hurt. I have always slept on my stomach and with a very set pattern of sleeping lol. (you know how I sleep family =) hahaha. So I start out on my back now, and then a couple mins in switch to stomach and pull the blanket over my head lol. Its been cool at night lately cuz we have been having so many tropical storms but its been great. So yea... Ill have to teach everyone how to sleep in hammocks when I get back =)
Oh Mom... you are the cutest thing ever =) seriously... number one fan =) I loved how you said you were crying so hard reading about me getting lost in the Mexico airport. I love you so much!!! ITs so true. Those are the experiences that I will look back on with fondness, I already do haha. And those make me more mature =)
Got the dear elder from Gpa and Gma swearingen! Crazy they will be in Cancun haha. Idk if I can see them lol. when will they be here? I heard maybe I could.... but no se lol. But I love them and know they are amazing and will love it here! I cant wait to come back after and go to the beach lol.
To answer the questions from the Dear Elders, my toe is doing just great now. Sometimes sore, it did get infected, but I treated it daily and prayed a lot and its healing lol. Sad mom that you packed up our highschool and college stuff lol. But Im so excited for the new house!! That is so funny that Dad helps spencer with his spanish and they laugh about when I would just ask dad for the answers and he would get mad and send me to the dictionary!! Oh el oso lol. OH I wish I had paid attention hahahaha.
MY spanish is doing well =) I finally dont really get terribly lost.... sometimes i still am so lost, but I can talk now on my own and understand and even call on the phone (with members of investigators Im comfortable with)
Mom, how is the blog going? Have you or Hayley been working on it? lol. Just wondering haha.
Elder Barton is my companion. He is great and from Draper Utah. He went to Alta and leaves in just 1 transfer!! Speaking of!! AHHHH! My tranfser is almost done. Next week Ill have a full transfer in Mexico. Crazy lol.
The fam all sounds so busy, especially you Mom. Glad your liking subbing and everyone looks like they had so much fun at BYU! I love Brandon and am so happy he had that oppurtunity to be there for the game and everything. And hayley! Thanks so much for the pics and your email =) I love them so much and havent gotten your dear elders yet or letters.... but am expecting them soon! Cant wait to get them! And I am also writing every week. Havent missed! haha. Hopefully youre getting them lol. I also wrote cass back this week and Ill get a letter out to the Johnsons soon. I also want to write a letter to the young men of the Ione Ward so Ill work on that haha.
Also, any world news? We heard a rumor that we were going to war with Libya.... is that true? haha. Just curious. Were submerged here in the submarine of misionary work and really dont get to hear or see much about the surface lol.
Update.... they have little caesars here in Cancun. Just thought that would make you laugh family =) hahaha.
Ok.... here we go. Update for this week. So this week was insane! Last P day was awesome. We went to Market 28 and hung out with some other elders in our district. I love them! Then, tuesday we got a call saying that the Executive Secretaries in the mission office had messed up on my visa papers and that I was illegal! they apparently put my birthday in wrong and then sent it in and yea... haha theyre fault. Soooo... they said I had to come to merida to sign the new copy and then I was totally fine. So Wednesday we had to go to MErida. 4 and a half hours on the bus.... at least they were nice and had movies hahahaa. So yes.... on the mission you can sometime see a movie. I fell asleep mostly lol. So we got to Merida and stayed with some elders there that night and then the next morning went and signed the paper. Then ate some food and got back on the bus and went right back. 10 hours on a bus in total. It kinda threw off our work for a couple days lol. But Im not illegal so thats great!
Also General Conference was amazing!!!! Im still on the spiritual high from it lol. And aahhhhhhh!!! Can you believe the announcement about missionaries!!!???!!!! I gasped along with the whole mormon world. Austin... yes! Do it!! leave as soon as you can lol. And now sisters can serve so young. Its amazing! Like Hayley said in her email.... Im sure BYU is just freaking out! So many people will leave on missions and the work will shoot forward.
My favorite talks were Elder Hollands and Elder Bednars. I watched every session in Spanish except the last one which they had in English so that was great.
We also have a brand new family we are teaching named the Bernal family. THey are amazing and golden! Cant wait to get baptized and loved General Conference. They want their young sons to serve missions like us someday they said! THey are really young and have so much potential in the GOspel =)
So wow.... So much happened this week. I love you all and pray for you daily!! Cant wait to hear from you all again this next week and I love you all so much!!
Love, Elder Hoyt =) Seth =)