Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Savannah and Natalie and Trevor,
The biggest problem we have as missionaries is feeling like we have a family. It is a strange thing having your family stripped from you and then thrown into a completely different world. THE BEST THING EVER is when as missionaries, we have the support of the ward and the families in it. There is NOTHING more filling and more comforting then feeling like a family needs you. Every day we are rejected and rejected and rejected and REJECTED. It is a very difficult life, but when you have someone, or some family that ACCEPTS YOU and what you have to teach it fills every broken piece of you and makes it easy to go back out and try to help once again.
As a missionary, I get to taste a little bit of what Christ Suffered. The Savior of the World, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings was rejected, spit upon, thrown out, beaten, broken, and ultimately killed for trying to help those whom he loved. I cannot say I know what Christ suffered, but I do know better and will continue to know better the suffering and sacrifice he laid down for us.
I know know know know know know know know know know that our family is one of those families that helps missionaries. I know how Elder Pexton, Hall, Doe, and ALL of the many missionaries that have passed through have felt... We feed them well. they are always welcome. they are apart of our family... Now here is the catch... ready? Savannah, if you really want to help the missionaries keep doing all of that and then one more thing, HELP THEM FIND PEOPLE WHO ARE READY TO RECEIVE THE GOSPEL. THEY NEED PEOPLE TO TEACH!!!! Invite the missionaries to teach a family home evening and invite a friend who is not a member. Invite you friends over and then call the missionaries and tell them that you have people who want to listen to a story or message about Jesus or the Book of Mormon. THE MISSIONARIES NEED PEOPLE TO TEACH. They need people to help look for investigators Sunday Morning so that other people can feel of the filling and renewing spirit of the Sacrament and LEARN about the Savior with people and friends and neighbors their age... The Missionaries Need Help.
The family that feeds the missionaries and helps them out at church and is really really good friends WILL be remembered, but
The family that helps the missionaries Find, Teach, and Baptize, will be remembered far into the ETERNITIES.
Savannah and Natalie and Trevor, the missionaries need your help... We Need Help.
I love you guys very much... I hope you know HOW EXCITED I AM to talk with you guys on skype and see your old faces.
Love you love you love you.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
So in Argentina we use busses for everything. As secretary, one of the jobs I have is to buy tickets for missionaries who are traveling to and from their area, leaders going on divisions, AP's checking on zones, missionaries being transfered...etc, so I get to spend some time in the Terminal...a lot of time.... I LOVE SEEING PEOPLE FROM THE USA (or other countries that speak english) BACKPACKING OR traveling or vacationing... I also love sharing the gospel in Engligh becuase I am so BAD at it! I don't know how to speak english... Yesterday a couple was at the window next to me buying tickets too and they had their dictionary out and they knew NOTHING of spanish! All they were doing was changing thier accent to a spanish accent BUT STILL SPEAKING ENGLISH.... I leaned over to them and threw a witty comment (Normal Elder Hampton) out and they were so supprised to hear english!"Where are you from?""We're from Austraila""Thats awesome we are missionaries in Argentina but are from the US""Wow, you guys know spanish very well?""Kind of...we try..." trying to be humble ;)Then I started to talk in spanish at the workers in the ticket window... this was the guys response to me. the guy from Astralia"You smashed it!"Judging by the comment, I guess my spanish is getting really good now... Never gets old running into people of a different cultre in the Bus Terminal. Love it.I think I have strep throat.Legal work (marrages and divorces) is nuts here. Satan must be at the bottom of it all...Well. That's about it. I need to go buy a christmas present for our white elephant dinner this next Thursday ! 3 Zones getting together! Woop woop woop! And a marrage the same day for our investigators...ojala......Love you bye.Elder Devin G. Hampton
Saturday, November 29, 2014
We couldn't take it! It was 1pm and we decided we were having Thanksgiving Dinner.
2kilos of potatoes
1 little turkey (chicken)
a salad with RANCH (sent in an earlier package!)
cherry limeade from Megan's Mom!
a plate full of stale cookies from the Noche de Hogar last week.
Threw together a play list of Christmas music and at 2:30 we were having Thanksgiving.
We did our "I'm thankful for" in a circle, and then after eating I plugged in the flash drive you sent and we sat and listened to all the family give there "I'm grateful for". I cried listening to some of them.
Thanksgiving made me really grateful for the support I have from you and the whole family. Thank you for the banner and the flash drive.
I love you mom.
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Saturday, November 22, 2014
I felt it appropriate to send this as a mass email the Saturday before thanks giving and to also say thank you for the many letters and packages I have gotten over the past 7 months. A Hampton Tradition before eating thanks giving dinner is to go around in a circle (the whole family and friends who are present) and to say what you are thankful for. I have to say the thing I am most thankful for this year is the atonement or sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I love our Savior and am grateful for the privilege and duty I have to be a representative of Him and His church. I know he lives and loves us. I know it.
To answer some questions:
What things are most satisfying for you that you're able to do or accomplish?
Hands down, the most satisfying thing I can accomplish in a day is my personal study. There are not words that describe the amount of help I receive when I keep this commandment given to us in John 5:39. I cannot begin to count the blessings and miracles I see in my work when I have started my day with my studies. Alma asks us, in the 33rd chapter 14th verse of his book, about our diligence in reading the scriptures, “now behold, my brethren, I would ask if ye have read the scriptures?” What follows is the blessing and reason we need to read: “…if ye have, how can ye disbelieve on the Son of God?” We “disbelieve” on the Son of God when we try to strong arm our lives. The I-can-do-this-my-self mentality is a sheer lack of faith and completely negates the role of Jesus Christ in our lives. I testify from personal experience that I have never in my life achieved such a level of productivity than that which I have and will continue to experience while working in the mission office. I KNOW that has only been because I have “searched the scriptures diligently, that [I] might know the word of God.'
Scripture Study is the most satisfying thing that I am able to do and accomplish.
What investigators have you been able to work with recently and their background or a little about them?
The people I teach have been and will continue to be the reason why I love being a missionary.
Right now we are working with Part Member families; killing two birds with one stone while teaching children who weren't baptized while also fortifying the testimonies of those who were recently baptized. The Familia Navarro is one of these familias. Natalia, Ailin, and Alexia are 3 sisters who were baptized less than a year ago. Natalia has 22 years and Ailin 19, and Alexia 16. Their brother Santiago, is the investigator. He´ll be baptized on the 29th. Elder Purser and I were trying to figure out how we could maximize our time in our area with less than half the hours of normal missionaries. Natalia and Ailin are both preparing for missions and we had the idea to give the sisters the opportunity to teach their brother so that he can be the first person they helped to be baptized. They loved the idea and it has been working very well. I have never sat and talked with their parents. There are 12 kids in the family and I haven't meet everyone either. Ailin can teach. She always helps us teach lessons and it’s SO AWESOME to see the progression of someone preparing for a mission. She’ll start her papers this Sunday. Natalia wants to serve a medical mission after her first year of university. She also teaches with us when Ailin can´t and loves to help in every way possible. This family was less active when we were transferred into the area and now 2 are preparing for missions and helping other members of their family beginning their path in the direction of the Savior.
Have you been able to play the piano in the office or other pianos as well?
In Tucumán I was the ward Pianist/Organist (the piano was electric and had organ functions… we lit that place on fire on Sundays). Here in Salta I again am the ward pianist (stringed piano… that may by missing a few… or a lot). I love it. God allowed me to take this talent with me to this earth and every time I play the piano I know I am blessing the lives of others: Helping invite the spirit, helping others sing their testimonies, just helping in any way I can. The 2nd counselor caught me after our Family Home Evening and gave me a piece of paper with the ward Christmas program on it. He said he wanted just to give me a heads up so that I knew what the primary and relief society and congregation would be singing. I really smiled inside when he handed me that paper. When before I would have received this responsibility with internal grumbling, I took the paper from his hands and couldn’t have been more excited to help. Sharing your talents not only blesses others but also the individual. I can now sit down and play almost every song in the Spanish Hymn Book. I am grateful for my opportunities to serve and praise My Heavenly Father and His children.
What you most look forward to each day?
Nightly prayers. It’s like ending your day with the best conversation. He listens. He understands. He knows what I’m talking about. It's like talking with your best friend in the middle of the night about the most important thoughts and feelings in your life. It is the best way to fall asleep (sometimes in the middle of the prayer) knowing that your triumphs and shortcomings for that day were watched and witnessed. It is THE opportunity of the day. Drop everything I need to. Give thanks for the countless blessings of the day. Pleading for answers and for help. I love the ending of my days.
What is your favorite dish or food you've had and do members feed you guys?
My favorite food or dish would be “Sandwich de Lomito de Pollo”. IT IS AMAZING! $35 pesos and they deliver. Celebrating the end of a “Wet Saturday” or when the stress of legality crushes every living thing inside of you a “Lomito de Pollo” makes everything a little bit brighter. In short it’s a chicken sandwich with french fries, but we don’t have this celestial food in the U.S. Next time we order one I’ll take some pictures of what’s inside.
Yes, members feed us. In Argentina, however, it’s lunch. Dinner doesn’t exist for missionaries in Argentina because it's at 10:30 at night. We eat a huge lunch that lasts us until breakfast the next day. It’s pretty sweet.
How cold is it?
Not really cold. It’s hot and humid. It rains a lot which cools down the night but makes the following day very humid or “heavy”. 2 weeks ago we moved all of our matrises up on the roof of our house to sleep because it is an oven inside the house. The mosquitos are the worst, but sleeping under the stars or waking up in the middle of the night to pee of the roof is something I miss since moving from Zenda Dr.
How are the llamas?
There are not very many llamas in Salta. But there are more dogs than people… its awesome. You walk with a rock in your hand in some neighborhoods to chuck at the dogs so you can walk to your next lesson
Have you punched any of your companions yet?
No I haven’t punched any of them. yet…
Do you sleep well at night?
If it’s on the roof - yes. If it’s in my room – depends if it rained that day or not. My mattress is amazing. It practically temperpedic.
What is the area like where you are?
My area is the best. We have the drug dealing, robbing and killing neighborhoods. But also the church building so that’s awesome and a lot of ceramic brick factories. Lots of dogs. And this random little bunch of houses built up the side of a hill. Imagine the neighborhoods in Coachella in the middle of summer with like 300 dogs per person.
How is it being opposite seasons than us? Is it weird to be getting warmer the closer to the holidays it gets?
I miss the colder weather so I cut paper snowflakes and decorated the office with Christmas time things to compensate. I like to keep the air conditioning on very cold as well to make it seem like it is really Christmas time. But then when I leave to go teach it’s a season change. I got sun burnt last week from playing soccer for 2 hours without sunscreen. It’s a little different, but I’ve made the necessary adjustments.
Plans for thanksgiving?
I have heard nothing about thanksgiving in Argentina. I don’t think they celebrate it. I got target instant mashed potatoes in a package this last week and I am stoked to make myself some mashed potatoes instead of rice for this Thursdays lunch. The simple things in life. I love it.
Well. I hope that answered some of the questions you had. Keep the faith and know that Christ lives.
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Thursday, November 20, 2014
GOSH WHAT A WEEK!
I can’t tell you how much my heart is filled with love for you guys. Thank you for all of the pictures of Trevor's game. I loved to see everyone!
HIGH(s): People are moving to our area to be baptized. Its pretty amazing to watch the miracles of the Lord play out. Hermana Reynoso (My Cam) is back from her honeymoon and I have her running 18 missionaries through "migraciones" or the place where we make missionries legal these next 2 weeks. Teaching Elder Purser (my companion) to drive a stick shift - See Pictures
LOW(s): A lot of my buddies are ending their mission in 2 weeks. No one wanting to listen to two sopping wet missionaries this past Wednesday (but a high- walking in the rain with my companion). AND having one of our investigators who was supposed to be baptized last week disappear... interesting....
Can I just express that God is still a God of miracles! Every day in our area is so short (less than 4 hours every day) but our success has not waivered a bit. President Chaparro in our incoming interviews for the office said that the miracles we see in our area will be a direct result from the work we do in the offices. This morning my mind was taken to the scripture in D&C 35 so often used to describe missionaries. “Wherefore I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thrash the nations by the power of my Spirit.” I know without a doubt that I have been overly blessed to be able to work in the offices and then still get to see the hand of the lord work salvation in the lives of others.
"For I am God, and mine arm is not shortened; and I will show miracles, signs, and wonders, unto all those who believe on my name.
And whoso shall ask it in my name in faith, they shall castout devils; they shall heal the sick; they shall cause the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak,and the lame to walk." (D&C 35)
It’s true that when we first come on our missions, you may be weak and unlearned, but when we put our trust and faith in the Lord I am amazed by how we so quickly become “exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity…and true at all times in whatsoever thing you are entrusted.”
And to think about what the Lord has entrusted me with….the salvation of His children living in the Argentina Salta Mission. What a great responsibility. I am so grateful to be here. I am so grateful to be in this service. I am so thankful for what I am doing.
I love you all so much!
Thank you for all that you do for me.
Until Next Week!
Elder Devin G. Hampton
PS My companion would like it to be made know that he lives in Syracuse Utah NOT VERNAL!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In my life now , I love speaking Spanish more than English ... Seriously when I need to talk to parents of missionaries , it is difficult to talk to them . Also I do not like to hear people talking in English . The Lord has changed my mind and I am grateful for that change.
Working in the office has been a great blessing . I love working with Assistant President Chaparro. We are having a lot of success in our proselyting area . I know the Lord is guiding our efforts because we are not in our area for more than 4 hours each day ... it's amazing to see what can happen with the hand of the Lord . Amazing ...
Working so closely with President Chaparro is awesome. He reminds me a lot of Bishop Lowell. He is huge and his heart even bigger. I love him very much, and I love learning from him.
My companion: Elder Taylor Dax Purser is from Vernal Utah. He is the Mission Financier (I don't know what that would translate into English). He is in charge of the missionaries funds ($130 USD or $1550 AR Peso) and all of the finances of the mission. It has been a blessing being able to learn about what he does without having to do it. I know I wouldn't be growing and stretching as much if I was the financier and not the Secretary. All the financial stuff would be taken care of in 2 hours and then I would have nothing to do for the rest of the day haha. Just kidding.... that was prideful... I'm still working on humility...
There are 6 of us who live together:
2 - Assistants to the president - Elder Almond from Valencia CA and Merrill from Payson Utah.
1 - Registrador - Elder Tafur from Peru
1 - Pesionista - Elder Cardoso from Bs As Argentina
1 - Financiero - Purser
1 - Secetario - Hampton
We live in a house a mile and a half away from the mission offices. We walk to work if we don't have the truck. I love walking because almost every other house has star-jasmine in the front yard so I really really like to take my time and enjoy the walk to work. The smell reminds me of Zenda Dr. summer nights with the smell of star jasmine surrounding the house.
The mission offices of the church (very church designed and church functional)
The mission home is where Presidente lives. It's a HUGE house. Its sick... I'm still waiting for the prime opportunity to take pictures of the inside without being a weird North-American in Argentina taking pictures of people's houses.
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Sunday, October 26, 2014
This week was una locura - crazyness. 14 missionaries finished their mission, while 18 just started. I have found more time this week to study! It is the difference between good and great missionaries - their studies. It is also surprising to me how effective I am working if I study first.
I remember learning this at CALPOLY. I didn't use the help of the Lord as much as I should have but I learning something really important. "Y por el poder del Espíritu Santo, [podemos] conocer la verdad de todas las cosas." The promise in this scripture is not "you can know everything pertaining to the kingdom of God." not "through the holy ghost you can get only a testimony" - no. The promise is we can "conocer la verdad" - know personally (like a friend or a loved one) "la verdad" - the truth "de todas las cosas" OF ALL THINGS. Math. Science. English. Spanish. Chem. Accounting. Choir. Piano. Health. Life. Places. People. EVERYTHING! ALL THINGS.
But what do we need to do to receive this "don o bendición" - gift o blessing from our heavenly father? President Uchtdorf gave us the perfect formula that is also found in Moroni 10:3-5
"First, you must search the word of God. That means reading the scriptures and studying the words of the ancient as well as modern prophets regarding the restored gospel of Jesus Christ—not with an intent to doubt or criticize but with a sincere desire to discover truth. Ponder upon the things you will feel, and prepare your minds to receive the truth.6 “Even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you … that ye can give place for [the word of God].”
Second, you must consider, ponder, fearlessly strive to believe,8 and be grateful for how merciful the Lord has been to His children from the time of Adam to our day by providing prophets, seers, and revelators to lead His Church and help us find the way back to Him.
Third, you must ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, to manifest the truth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unto you. Ask with a sincere heart and with real intent, having faith in Christ.
There is also a fourth step, given to us by the Savior: “If any man will do [God’s] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” In other words, when you are trying to verify the truth of gospel principles, you must first live them. Put gospel doctrine and Church teachings to the test in your own life. Do it with real intent and enduring faith in God.
If you will do these things, you have a promise from God—who is bound by His word—that He will manifest the truth to you by the power of the Holy Ghost. He will grant you greater light that will allow you to look through the darkness and witness unimaginably glorious vistas incomprehensible to mortal sight."
Natalie and Savannah, I promise you from personal experience, as your brother and as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ, if you will study the scriptures and words of the prophets every day the Lord will reveal the truths found in Science, Math, Language, and other areas of academics unto you "por el poder del Espíritu Santo"
Little Sisters, I know this to be true. I promise you with all of my energy, love, and testimony that the Lord inspires those who seek his inspiration. My studies have changed the way I work as a secretary and will change the way I work for the rest of my life.
I love you both very very very very very very very very much.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Salta has mountain and at the top you can take mountain bikes down. It was pretty fun. White shirt and tie and bunny hops all the way down the mountain. It was a great way to let out some stress and run into some trees on the way.
What a difference it is when we accept our weaknesses and turn to the Lord for help. I know that prayers and prioritizing made the difference this week. I MADE the time to study thus making my days more productive and my lessons at night more powerful. As for the temptations as a missionary I have renewed my decission to be as exactly obedient to mission rules again. I forgot the process of change but was reminded by my buddy Lorenzo Snow:
"Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today. The temptations that perhaps partially overcome us today, let them not overcome us so far tomorrow. Thus continue to be a little better day by day."
Why is it so easy to forget what we need to do in this life to recieve the strength we need to continue oneward. Thank you for your help. I love you very much.
I recieved a "CAM PHAM" this week!!!!!! I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO EXPRESS HOW EXCITED I AM! Hermana Reynoso (aka Cam Pham version Argentina) is a senior-ish member in a neighboring ward who has been called to be a service missionary. Her assignment is to help me! YES!!!!!! She freaking rocks. She loves to try to speak English even though it's really really...she's learning, and I'm trying to help... This week we completed the legalization of 15 missionaries! BOOM! We've also started going file by file planning out way to 100% legality by my birthday. Ask and you shall recieve. (in the true spirit of Mom, I have another high). I "bajé la caña" or droped the cane (its a phrase in argentina which people use when someone talks very directly and very strongly in a rebuking way. It's like hitting someong in the head with the Spirit - The Spirit cane). I felt so full of the spirit. Normally when poeple aren't completting their commitments (reading, praying, etc) I take a supportive Christ-like approch, but this time it was the Christ-in-the-temple approach. I dropped the cane and could see the spirit working a number on the heart of this man. I don't think he will skip a day reading the scriptures again in his life.
To legalize missionaries, they need to come to Salta (one of the 4 provences in our mission). To get here, I buy them bus tickets and then send them codes to pick up the tickets in their cities. I was organizing a larger group of missionaries this past Jueves, and had 6 missionaries comming to Salta for 5 of them to complete their "tramites" or the papers to recieve a visa-religiosa. I forgot to tell 2 of them.... In the middle of a family home evening everything came to a head, I had forgotten my cellphone, I didn't have the codes for them to get their tickets, I was in charge of the activity, and the bus was leaving in 5 mins.... They missed the bus, money down the drain,. The activity died, spirit down the drain...it was just a bad night for Elder Hampton.
Mi lista de diez de gratitud:
- La Oración
- Jugando basquet con mis compañeros de las oficinas
- Discursos del Conferencia General
- Hablando con Presidente
- Escuchando la voz del Señor en las paginas de Las Escrituras
- Manejando la camioneta de la misión
- Decoraciones de Navidad
- Mensajes Mormones
I love you very much.
Keep your eyes on the Lord as he will lift you above that which you could ever accomplish alone.
Saludos de amor,
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Sunday, October 5, 2014
My Dearest Family:
I write to you today on this beautiful day – September 27th. It’s an overcast day here in Salta, Argentina 17°C – just perfect for a cup of Mate y una hora to write my family. I have been transferred to the Office in Salta to be the Secretary for the Mission. Along with that I have also
1. Lost 2 hours of sleep each day
2. Run twice as much in the morning
3. Drink 3 times as much Mate
4. Watch mormon messages and play the piano to break up the day
5. Live in a town very simmilarly looking to Westwood/Beaverly Hills.
Along with my life being changed (and it feels at times like I am living in the suburbs of Los Angeles) my resposibilities have also changed. As a secretary I am the sole provider of legality for the entire Mission. Of the almost 300 missionaries in our mission, over half are illegal. But don´t worry. Argentina doesn’t “ship out”. It is written in their constitution that they will not deport any good willed man who abides within its borders. As much as the US stresses about illegal immigration, Argentina really doesn't care. If your leaving the country and they see you were here illigealy, you pay $30 bucks at the airport and then your on your flight home. My goal in the offices is to have every group of new missionaries legal with Visa and DNI (Argentine Documentation) with in their first 2 transfers. That way as the time goes on, our new legal missionaries will push out all of the old illegal missionaries. My focus is on what can be done next not what needs to be fixed. In 1 year all missionaries in our mission will be 100 percent legal and with proper documentation.
As a missionary, I’ve really learned to look at the end results and then work backwards - Faith. It is so easy to see a person smoking or a lot of illegal missionaries and think “How will this ever change” or “Where do I even start”… Faith has taught me to see the end and then work backwards. What do I need to teach to touch the heart of this person to get him to stop smoking, How can I most effectivally start today with all of the missionaries to get them legal. Faith is hope now for the future. It places the worry in the hands of the Lord and allows you to work through things… I used to get very overwhelemed when loaded up with a lot of resposibilities. I used to put much more of my trust in my own abilities, only trusting in my way of doing things… People often have a difficult time seeing the need for Faith. They precieve Faith as something needed by those who are weak; however, only through Faith may we receive the strength we need to overcome the trials and obsticales of this world.
I bear my personal testimony of the power of Faith that it is Power. I cannot begin to express the power and abilities I have received when I have put my faith in Jesus Christ and His attonement. I have been freed from the blinding power of stress and the crippling insecurrities. Knowing that Crist’s atonement can make me whole motivates me to use it every day. My Faith has changed me and I’ll preach this change to all that will hear it. This I know to be true. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen
I hope you are readding your scriptures every day. I hope you are having personal and family prayers every day. I pray you’re doing this daily.
I love you I love you I love you.
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Elder Hampton's Secretary Schedule
Time Description Place With Whom
06:30 Wake Up! Casa E’ Purser to run up “el cerro”
07:30 Breakfast Offices The Illegal's
08:00 Residence Certificates Police Station Illegal's and The neighbors
08:30 Take Pictures Kiosko Shady Cheap Photographer
09:00 Take a number Migrations The Illegals and a bunch of Bolivians
11:30 Pay for legal work National Bank Take a random poor missionary
13:00 Finish legal work Migrations Me and Migrations workers
13:30 Prep missionaries to return Semi-legals and Taxi Drivers
14:00 LUNCH! Offices Every Freaking Elder in the zone b/c I pay…
15:00 Office Work Offices alone… por fin
16:00 Take Shipments Bus Terminal us and nice chubby workers
17:00 Buy Groceries Super Market my companion and I
17:30 Do missionary work South of Capital my companion and some member
21:30 Get other illegals Bus Terminal Me and the not-so-legal missionaries
22:30 PLANNING Apartment Every One Snuggling Together
23:30 Cook Popcorn for the Illegal's Kitchen Alone, with a bottle of oil and a jar of corn
Interesting Things That Have Happened in the past 2 weeks:
· Have deleted over 40G of memory on this computer.
· Taught myself how to make popcorn with out a fancy popcorn popper – 2 Gallons of popcorn latter every
Elder in our house is addicted to sugar and cinnamon kettlecorn.
· Was asked if I was from Buenos Aries… Language Study and Prayers from family/friends work!
· Spend about $5,000 pesos a week… that’s like $600 USD
· Have fallen in love… with Buenos Aires accents and the smell of burring trash (Very Argentinan)
· Don’t like calling parents on the phone. It is near impossible to carry a conversation in complete Engligh
· Listened to Elder Tafur from Perú play “Let the Holy Spirit Guide” at least 130 times on the piano in the offices. I think he’s got it down.
· Organized 4 years of filing and paperwork.
· Slept on average 5 hours every night.
· Seriously contemplated living here after my mission.
· Spent $8600 Pesos in Ink.
· Got my own personalized “sello” or stamp for being secretary
· Loved being in the offices: I get my packages and mail same day it arrives in the mission!
Thank you Mary and Karen and Cambria and Mom and Natalie and Savannah for my packages J
Thank you Mary and Karen and Cambria and Mom and Natalie and Savannah for my packages J
Monday, September 29, 2014
Just a field trip mid-spring to Chile through the Andes Mountains
1) Me and two flags
2) A man made tunnel so that the snow in the Andes Mountains doesn´t need to be cleared from the roads.
3) I didn't know what to do with my hands.
4) An Amazing Sunset.
I had one week of training before taking the responsibility of over 300 missionaries and doing it none the less in a second language! I'm a little stressed!
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
What am I doing here... at times I have literally no idea.
Let's just recap my life over the past 2 weeks.
Domingo Sep. 7:
Get a call telling me that I will be saying in Tucumán, AR. for another transfer but Elder Vera will be leaving to be a zone leader in Santiago de Estero, AR.
Lunes Sep. 8:
Woke up to drop E' Vera off at the terminal and waited 13 hours for my new companion to arrive (Elder Dawson from North Carolina). No time to wash clothes or buy food or write family.
Jueves Sep. 11:
All day lunch and meeting with Elder Jorge F. Zeballos of the first quorum of the Seventy. Amazing. Absolutely AMAZING.
Sábado Sep 13:
During our baptism, we get a call saying we are leaving in the morning for Córdoba, AR (a different mission in a different Provence) and then to Chile (the country) to do stuff for our visas.
Domingo Sep 14:
All day in a colectivo (2 story charter bus). Eat dinner in the mission home with President Alliaud and his wife. Take pictures in front of the to be completed Còrdoba Temple. Embark for Mendoza, AR (different mission in a different Provence).
Lunes Sep 15:
Eat breakfast in the capital of Mendoza. Arrive at the boarder of Chile in the middle of the Andes Mountains. Snow ball fight while waiting for 2 hours to cross over. Dinner at an awesome Chilean restaurant. So awesome. Start our journey back home.
Martes Sep 16:
While eating lunch in the middle of a ghost town in Córdoba, AR, get a phone call from Elder Merrel (Asst to the president) saying when I get back from Chile I will need to pack all of my stuff and then catch a colectivo to Salta, AR because I am the new Secretario de la misiòn.
Miércoles Sep 17:
Arrive in Tucumán, AR at 8am. Pack all of my stuff (and shower!) and then back in the terminal headed to Salta at 1pm. Arrive in Salta... still trying to figure out where I go from here...
0 changes of clothes
96 hours in a bus
Vale la Pena
Miss you guys,
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Friday, September 19, 2014
I love you.
I am safe and healthy.
My new p-day is Saturday.
I will share as much as I can this Saturday about my life - it has been turned upside down.
I love you so much!
Elder Hampton - Secretario
Mision Argentia Salta
Oficina - 0387-439-8119
Celular - 0387-594-9900
Monday, September 1, 2014
Here in Argentina, the culture is rich with history religion. Christianity and its traditions run through the blood of almost every Argentinian. Almost Prehistoric Cathedrals tower over the busy streets of ¨Centro¨standing as an Ensign to the country and to the world of their beliefs in God and Jesus Christ. It is truly amazing (in the actual meaning of the word - amazing) the architecture, detail, and sacrifice these titaneous symbols represent. My companion, Elder Vera and I, were sitting in the bench of one some weeks ago gazing upwards at the roof where the creation had been recreated in 7 individual murals representing the 7 creation periods; statues of the suffering Christ illuminated at the front and back of the halls. Biblical verse and history painted, carved, and written over every centimeter. At first glance, two white-shirt-and-tied, short haired and clean shaven Mormon boys sitting in a Catholic Building would seem awkward, even inappropriate. But there was something symbolic while sitting there. Something spiritual.
We all come from the same creator. God - our Eternal Father organized, planned, prepared, and created this world - the heavens above and the earth beneath - for us, his spiritual children. He did this out of his Eternal and Infinite love for us. Jesus The Christ lived, preached, and died to bring to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of Man. He gave freely his time, words, love, and life that we can be made perfect in him.
No matter the background, culture, religious beliefs, history, likes, dislikes, language, name, nationality, sexual orientation, or color of skin we ALL come from the SAME home. We are ALL headed to the SAME death. We are ALL headed to the SAME judgement. We are literally brothers and sisters who agreed to come to this Earth and help one another. To live above the world, to see people as Christ sees them, to be made perfect through the blood of the Savior is to loose your self in the service of love. I echo the words of one of my favorite Prophets who explained perfectly the importance of Charitable Service ¨And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.¨
My testimony is very simple but not to be taken lightly.
I know with full surety of Heart the God and Jesus Christ live. They love us infinitely and eternally.
I know because I have received it, the atonement or sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the only way to soften the hearts of the hardened and lift up the hands that hang low.
With the Help of God and Christ we can be made perfect. To this I testify.
As I sat in the sacred building of another´s beliefs I was humbled in my heart. To be given the sacred and special opportunity to share this message of love and unity is and will ever be my privilege.
You are in my prayers and I pray that I am in yours.
Your white-shirt-and-tied, short haired and clean shaven,
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Monday, August 25, 2014
MOM, Accept the facebook request from Alejandra Cuevas. The Cuevaz family lived in UTAH for a few years and she speaks Spanish and English. She Rocks. They are as close to the HAMPTON family here in ARG.
Bought a portable DVD. I love the sales/people skills Dad and Troy and Grandpa have taught me. My pockets are a little heavier because of it.
I appreciate the help with the Health. I am a pillar of energy and spirit this week. Thank you.
I want to share an experience with you about my week this last week.
One of our investigators, Miguel Giminez, has a badly infected leg. Last week it was to the point where infection has been saliendo (I don't really know an adequate word in English) out of an open wound in his knee for over 2 months. We teach him almost every other day and his pant leg is always soaked with fluid around his knee. It is terrible. He has ulcers on his feet and very very very affected toe nails that are changing the color of his toes. The shoes he wears are normal sneakers but very dried and almost like sand paper.
This last week, Elder Vera and I performed surgery.
We washed his leg and messaged the infection out of his leg for about an hour using a lot of gause to clean as we worked. Elder Vera had a pair of Crocs (The spongy shoe) that he turned into shoes that Miguel could wear. We washed his feet, peeling off crust and dirt from in between his toes and heals. We cleaned his legs and feet, took out as much infection as we could, used purification oil on his knee and feet and then wrapped everything in bandages to absorb the oil and keep it clean. Left with a priesthood blessing of health and a scripture on Charity (His favorite topic to listen to).
To be honest and open, it was a very trying experience, yet, I don´t know if I´ve ever felt more humble. While we were washing his feet Elder Vera had said a comment that made me realize what we were really doing. As representatives of Jesus Christ, we were literally washing the feet of another person like Christ had done in Juan 13. For the rest of the day I reflected on what we had done for Miguel; Feeling an insurmountable feeling of gratitude and love for my Savior.
Mom, I have to just say thank you for what you and Dad have taught me. Daily I represent two names. Hampton and Jesucristo. I am not here as Devin. Not for a second. A life of sacrifice yields the best tasting fruit, a heart full of love, a life filled the blessings of Eternity.
Enjoy your week my family.
You are always in my prayers and in my thoughts.
THINGS I NEED...well, I really don't need anything, but I would REALLY like:
P90X VIDEOS ON USB
Taco Bell seasoning
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU.
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Thank you for the updates this last week. I loved the pictures of the Beach and the Family. 2 years and I´ll be jumping through the waves too.
I am fine and well down here in Argentina. Days are long, and the nights couldnt be shorter. I have met a FABULOUS man whos name is Mario.
Mario was outside his house smoking a cig. when we contacted him. We talked for 2 mins, gave him a pamphlet of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, invited him to read it and set an appt for the following evening. The following night we asked him how he liked the pamphlet. His response was
¨As I was reading it, I just felt in my chest somthing moving. I felt all warm. Like I was reading something good. I felt good. I know what I read in that phamplet was the truth. I just know it. I know it is the truth¨
Since then he has recieved 3 very real and very powerful answers
1 - About the Book of Mormon
2 - About the sacred work done in temples for our ancestors.
3 - About the power we receive when we keep the Word of Wisdom.
I want to share just one of them to illistrate the type of person Mario has become and the powerful answers anyone can receive through the simple phrase ¨search, ponder, and pray¨
After our 2nd visit with him, Mario had learned about the Restoration of the Gospel and Priesthood of God. He had learned how to pray and experienced the Holy Ghost bear testimony of what we had taught and what he had read. He also had accepted to be baptised on the 16th of Agosto. At this point in his conversion we invited Mario to read 2 Nephi 31 and pray about it.
That night Mario read and prayed. He shared his experience with us the next day saying: ¨I had a dream about what you guys taught me. I had a dream and in the dream I saw my Dad who had passed away 6 months ago. He was SO happy. Almost laughing. He was in white. Everyone was dressed in white. There was a very tall guy, all in white too. He was huge. Big shoulders. Supper tall. It was just my dad and this tall guy and they were so happy.¨ In a later lesson we taught him about the work he can do for his ancestors in the templo. For some reason we had a photo of Angel Moroni in our lesson and he looked at the picture of Angel Moroni and said ¨that was the Tall Guy in my dream with my dad!¨. He said he got chills when he realized he could get baptized for his dad, and that he thinks he knows what his dad was so happy in his dream.
I too think I know what Mario´s dad was so happy in his dream. I know Mario is receiving the divine aid of his ancestors every day we continue to teach him. I know Mario (and his four kids) will bring salvation to his Father, Mother, and all of his ancestors. I can just imagine all of his family members who have passed away with spiritual swords fighting off the unseen forces of evil in this world.
Mario is devouring the Book of Mormon and is reading Talks by President Ering and other general authourities. He has a Doctrine and Covenants. He reads every day. HE IS AMAZING!
The pictures are of 1 - Santiago y Lordes the cousins of Carlos Almiron, Their parents are preparing for baptisim. and Santiago turns 8 this Jueves and is excited to be baptised like his older Cousin (kind of like Preston and I relationship).
2 - Full moon last night was awesome.
Love you very very very much.
Elder Devin G. Hampton
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Please Excuse my impossible English... Spanish has taken over my brain. Oh what a problem - forgetting English because The Lord has replaced it with Spanish :)
I opened 3 of the envelopes
¨1st baptisim¨ ¨open now¨¨for the kids¨
THANK YOU SO SO SO SO SO SO SO MUCH!
AND for the chicken article and all of the pictures and the written memories. Thank you for sharing and sending your love.
Cada persona aquí tiene su propias gallinas! Yo solo quiero ayudar con todo los animales. Cabras, gallinas, chanchitos, todos. Me encanta.
i loved getting all of the videos this week and all of the picutures. Utah looked like a lot of fun!
My High for this week is that I got to experience Salta! ¡QUE LINDO!
This week I had to fill out some papers in person in Salta so Elder Vera y Yo travled to Salta to get it all done. 5 hours (one way) in a bus can be long, but I brought my hymn book and am in the middle of transposing the entire hymn book for the harmonica. ALMOST DONE! it freaking rocks. The drive to and from is all ¨campo¨entonces we got to watch the jungle, mountains, and plains all pass by as we studied scriptures on the bus.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I live in Tucuman (just outside of the City) The corner of - Mateo and 9 de Julio (if you want to look me up). I don´t work in the city, I work out in the Neighborhoods... The hermanas have the City.
That's good to know! Well look you up for sure! I know we are not suppose to ask, but Its killing me...Have you received a package yet?
No, no packages from anyone. I have something waiting for me in Salta (since 3 weeks ago), but I probably won't get it until 2 more weeks or more
That is probably a package from me. I mailed it before you left the MTC. Is there a better address to mail to so you get things quicker? I am following the Mission Facebook page but have not seen any pictures of your area yet. I feel like a stalker looking through the page trying to find you! What is your zone called?
Elder Devin Gerald Hampton
Zona - Tucuman Centro; Distrito - Centro II
Compañero Subalterno : en entrenamiento
La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días
Salta is where we get our mail.
They don´t have an internal structure like the USA to ship, sort, and organize mail.
Also we have been advised by our Area Authority that we shouldn´t receive packages. Now, I have done my part by telling you that, but I can´t control what you do :)
I have received nothing at all. A lonely little wolf out here in Argentina.
Hahaha just kidding, but in all seriousness, No I have not received any letters, packages, notes, dear elders, nothing from anyone.
Mail works like this:
1) you send it
2)we receive it
3)it is delivered when there is a meeting in your area - which is like every 2 months.
Well, lonely wolf... You will have some nice surprises when your meetings come around every 2 months! I will keep sending things weekly like I have and whenever you get them you get them! Even if it means celebrating Christmas in July! You are loved and not forgotten son of mine!
I have never once felt forgotten in the past 3 months. I could never feel forgotten :)
When you send a package, feel free to put like 10 bucks in my account so I can pay for it.
I have to go, but Here are some scriptures to STUDY this week
Matthew 19:25-30 (Actually the whole chapter, but start with 25-30)
Keep the faith, be a missionary.
Love you mother of mine :)
Elder Devin G. Hampton